Author: Chuckles

Getting things done

From Lawdog [no url]: There is a mental exercise — probably used by every military organisation since Alexander — which was described to me as a sprogling in Deepest Africa by a Rhodesian officer as “The Sandhurst Flagpole Test.” “Sandhurst”…

The mediocrity of the modern journalist

While the staggering mediocrity of modern journalists is often alleged, it has seldom been displayed to such perfection as here.http://www.newser.com/story/201978/toilet-paper-is-getting-smaller.htmlThe level of innumeracy displayed is quite remarkable, as she effortlessly equates smaller sheets with a larger cardboard centre, when in fact they are…

Not only in Britain

A man living in Kandos (near Mudgee in NSW, Australia) received a bill in March for his as yet unused gas line stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he received another bill…

Voice in the wilderness

Fascinating: In college I read a novel called The Last of the Just by André Schwarz-Bart inspired by a legend/theory from the Talmud — that there are thirty-six righteous souls (the Lamed Vav) in every generation whose existence justifies “the…

A masterpiece of narrative and framing …

… strawmen and all such: Is America ready to listen? Despite the near-consensus among scientists that the climate is rapidly changing, and that human-generated carbon dioxide is a major cause, a majority of the American public remains largely disengaged. Moreover,…

Do it, Dr. Mann

One of the joys of the Malthusian Catastrophists is that they will not debate their theories, nor will they willingly provide info. All is ‘settled science and the consensus’. Dear Dr. Mann of same has threatened Mark Steyn and National…

Boycott the Olympics [2]

From Metafilter: “We thought we were hosts like the queen is at a posh garden party, when actually we’re hosts in the way that John Hurt is in Alien.” As the Olympics approach, the scandals, inconveniences, mistakes and problems keep…

Health risks of tobacco

I like Carla’s comment at Theodore Dalrymple: Unless you live in a cave somewhere in the wilds of Tibet, you have been thoroughly educated concerning the health risks of tobacco usage. That being said, if you are an adult and…

They just can’t help themselves, these people

For July 4th: As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing…

Capita idea, this

Capita IT Services staff waiting to hear if they have a future at the integrator-cum-reseller have been invited to attend a photo shoot to be used in marketing material. As exclusively revealed, Capita ITS put 1,000 workers at risk of…

Handouts

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is actually proud of the fact it is distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S.Department of…