Archive for category Science
“Soul murder” — not a phrase one comes across every day. By Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7815388 Sir Roger was listening to the ABC Science Show today. It was Robyn Williams’ homage to Oliver Sacks (Awakenings, The Man Who Thought His Wife Was a Hat, Seeing Voices, Uncle Tungsten etc. etc. […]
Posted: 21 May, 2016 in audio, Aussie Citizenship, Australian Politics, Australian Values, Culture, legal, politics and government, Racism, Science, values.
Tags: Abbott, ABC Science Show, Australian Politics, Australian Values, Bowen, child abuse, children, Dutton, Evans, Gillard, Howard, Keating, Manus, Morrison, Nauru, Oliver Sacks, politics, Robyn Williams, Rudd, Ruddock, soul murder, Turnbull, values, Vanstone
WARNING: POLITICAL DISCUSSION PROTECTED BY SECTIONS 7 AND 24 OF THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION. Sir Roger (or at least his amanuensis) was harried recently by the legal department of a minor university which happens to accommodate a “controlled entity” bearing the name of a once terrifying but now sadly faded and largely ignored (for those who […]
Posted: 17 August, 2013 in Australian Politics, Australian Values, History, legal, politics and government, Science, values.
Tags: 1972, 2013, Australian law, Australian political values, Australian Values, beast, copyright, election, Gough, Gough Whitlam, intellectual property, law, lawyer, legal, legend, monster, myth, passing off, political values, politics, trade mark, trade mark infringement, trademark, trademark law, University of Western Sydney, UWS, values, Whitlam, Whitlam Institute
Astroturfing is a form of advocacy in support of a political, organizational, or corporate agenda, designed to give the appearance of a “grassroots” movement. The goal of such campaigns is to disguise the efforts of a political and/or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to some political entity—a politician, political group, product, service or […]
Posted: 3 October, 2011 in Australian Politics, Australian Values, comedy/humour, Economics, Education, environment, legal, Life, politics and government, Science, values.
Tags: Alan Jones, ARL, astroturf, Astroturfing, Ch 9, Channel 9, Channel Nine, climate, climate change, concerned citizens, corporate, corporate agenda, corporation, denial, denial organizations, Economics, family, family breakdown, gambling, gambling addiction, Peter Fitzsimons, Phil Gould, poker machines, pokies, political agenda, politics, Rabbit Warren, Ray Warren, Rugby League, Science
Should we take the coal industry’s advice and abandon renewable energy immediately? It seems far too dangerous. In The Know: Coal Lobby Warns Wind Farms May Blow Earth Off Orbit
Posted: 29 June, 2011 in comedy/humour, environment, Nature, Science, Technology, Video.
Tags: climate change, coal lobby, comedy, dangers of renewable energy, Earth, environment, global warming, humor, humour, Onion, Onion News, Onion News Network, renewable energy, Science, solar energy, solar power, technology, The Onion, Video, wind farms
David Hume, hero of the Enlightenment, father of skepticism, linchpin of democracy and human rights and freedoms, Happy 300th Birthday! Sir Roger has some understanding of how Hume felt when he said this: “Here am I who have written on all sorts of subjects calculated to excite hostility, moral, political, and religious, and yet […]
Posted: 7 May, 2011 in Aussie Citizenship, Australian Politics, Australian Values, Culture, Economics, Education, History, Life, Literature, mystery, Nature, politics and government, Religion, Science, US Politics, values.
Tags: Australian democracy, Australian democratic values, Australian political values, Australian Politics, Australian religion, Australian religious values, authority, David Hume, democracy, emotion, Enlightenment, epistemology, evidence, evidence-based, Feelings, freedom, government, human, human values, humanity, Hume, metaphysics, moral values, morals, opinion, philosopher, philosophy, political values, politics, Religion, religion and politics, religious politics, religious values, rights, scepticism, Scottish Enlightenment, skepticism, suffrage, understanding
Love-sick, that’s Sir Roger’s friend, unfortunately, and Sir Roger needs your help. Sir Roger has a friend – no, really – who is, to put it politely, totally smitten with this girl. Love-sick is what he is; there is no better way to describe it. UPDATE: Sir Roger’s “friend” has responded fiercely to Sir Roger’s […]
Sir Roger tells me he really didn’t want to have to write anything today. He has a new pair of Wellington boots and they are chafing his heels. He just wants to put his feet up and go to that nothing box men go to where women are not allowed. Perhaps this will help you […]
Posted: 21 March, 2011 in Australian Politics, Australian Values, comedy/humour, Computing, Culture, Internet, Language, Life, Media, politics and government, Science, Sex, Technology, values, Video.
Tags: australia, Australian political values, Australian Values, birth of a word, brain, brains, connection, cultural values, Deb Roy, democracy, election, government, idiots, Labor, Labour, Language, learning, Liberal, mars, men, men's, mens brains, MIT, networking, NSW, NSW election, nsw election ads, NSW politics, O'Farrell, political values, politicians, politicians are idiots, politics, slime, social media, social network, technological values, technology, TED, values, venus, women, women's, womens brains
Sir Roger is not one to boast. But he felt it right to congratulate you, his cherished friend, on your taste, intelligence, discrimination and excellent choice
Posted: 12 February, 2011 in Australian Politics, Australian Values, Blogging, Computing, Culture, environment, Internet, Nature, politics and government, Science, Sport, values.
Tags: australia, Australian Values, Bing, Bob Correll, cetacean, Google, Immigration Department, Japan, Live, microsoft, Science, search engine optimisation, SEO, values, Values Australia, whales, Yahoo
Extraordinary images! When Sir Roger found this image he was very sceptical. He’s seen he’s never seen one like this. He checked. It’s real!
Posted: 23 January, 2011 in Australian Values, environment, Internet, Nature, Science.
Tags: antarctica, australian antarctic division, environment, Google, google earth, green icebergs, have you ever seen anything like this, icebergs, jade, jade icebergs, multi-coloured icebergs, natural values, nature, scientific values, snopes, striped icebergs
Amazing Penguin discovery and an unseasonal spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. Perhaps this might help to explain the mystery of a penguin colony in Sydney.
Posted: 22 January, 2011 in Australian Values, comedy/humour, fun, Nature, Science, Video.
Tags: bbc, comedy, Dimbleby, European culture, flying penguins, gastro9nomy, humor, humour, nature, penguins, penguins flying, Science, spaghetti, spaghetti harvest, Video
A Sciencey Xmas celebration with Robin Ince, Ben Goldacre and Brian Cox, Weird Placebo Effects, Amazing Universe and Onion News is Back with the Palin Effect!
Posted: 20 January, 2011 in Australian Values, comedy/humour, environment, Nature, politics and government, Religion, Science, US Politics, values, Video.
Tags: astronomy, Ben Goldacre, Brian Cox, carols, christmas, comedy, cosmology, cosmos, election, humor, humour, Ince, lessons, Morbid Curiosity, nature, nerdstock, Onion, Onion News, Palin, particle physics, placebo, political values, politics, presidential candidate, Professor Brian Cox, quantum physics, Religion, Robin Ince, Science, science values, The Onion, universe, US election, US presidency, xmas
Influential and surprising people go to bat for dealing with global warming or clean air or both – including a CIA Director and Richard Branson.
Posted: 13 January, 2011 in Australian Values, Economics, Education, environment, movies, politics and government, Science, US Politics, values, Video.
Tags: branson, clean air, clean water, climate change, Earth, environment, geothermal, global warming, government, politics, Science, solar, solar power, technology, values, Video, wind, wind power
So here’s a heads-up for the new year about how gullible people can be and how ignorant and stupid celebrities can be (or maybe they’re just greedy).
Posted: 3 January, 2011 in Australian Values, Culture, Life, Science, Technology, values, Video.
Tags: body mind spirit, celebrities, celebrity, confidence trick, Demi Moore, fake science, kinesiology, magic, Naomi Campbell, placebo, placebo effect, power balance, pseudo-science, psychology, Science, scientific values, Sense About Science, skepchick, suggestibility, woo woo
I just had sex, on The Lonely Island with Akon, Jessica Alba and John McEnroe, and then fireworks with Katy Perry, followed by an antacid tablet
Check out this picture, one of a series taken by Twitter users of yesterday’s total eclipse of the moon, posted on Mashable.