A tale of Three Twits

One of the touted benefits of Twitter is that it allows you to “find out what people REALLY think”. As many people have found out, that’s not always such a positive. In a culture ruled by the iron fist of political correctness, just as it was in the Soviet Union, saying what you really think …

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The Myth of Indigenous Science

In the early 20th century, there was great scientific enthusiasm for “rays”. Following the discovery of ultraviolet, x-rays and radioactivity, everyone wanted to discover a “ray” and stick a letter in front of it. When the distinguished French scientist Prosper-René Blondlot announced his discovery of “N-rays” in 1903, it became a matter of intense national …

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Failed Ideology Comes Back for Another go at Our Kids

Thomas Sowell wrote that, “Intellectuals enjoy a similar insulation from the consequences of being wrong, in a way that no businessman, military leader, engineer or even athletic coach can”. As a consequence intellectuals refuse to abandon their pet theories no matter how often their theories fail in the real world. Nearly a decade ago, the …

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Hong Kong Protests: A Local’s Perspective

Their voice has been digitally altered for their protection. https://youtu.be/YKiQJLNLIdM Clarification: According to The Financial Times, the extradition bill in question – provisions added to Hong Kong’s previous Fugitive Offender Ordinance – “if approved, would allow extradition of people not only to China but to any jurisdiction in the world with which Hong Kong has …

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The Threat of Religious Freedom

When Australia passed same-sex marriage legislation, the government has also acceded to calls to protect religious freedoms. Former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock was appointed to chair the Religious Freedom Review. As the review prepares its final report, senior government members have called for a religious freedom bill. Many Christians in Australia are concerned about …

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Cassini: How Environmentalists Tried to Stop Progress

One of the most famous images from Cassini. Had the environmental lobby got their way, we'd never have seen it. In his memoirs, Failure is not an option, NASA’s Gene Kranz recalls being sent back to college in the summer of ‘68. While he was busy studying in the library, students regularly noisily protested on …

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Reparations: Where’s My Share?

In his fascinating book, Long Trek South, Tasmanian historian Barry Brimfield chronicles the history of human settlement in Tasmania as consisting of waves of different language groups, over thousands and tens of thousands of years. Only a die-hard romanticist would imagine that these waves of settlement were entirely peaceable affairs. In that respect, the arrival …

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