Politics & War
Michael E Mann, inventor of the global-warming "hockey stick" and self-garlanded Nobel Laureate, is a public figure. That is an important legal distinction in his interminable defamation suit against me, but it is also true in a broader sense.
Not every scientist or professor is a public figure, but a scientist who writes celebrity columns for The Huffington Post and The Guardian, and appears in campaign commercials for powerful politicians, and stars in a big-budget James Cameron telly series with Matt Damon and Jessica Alba, and writes a book not about science per se but about an epic global struggle for truth and justice with him as the embattled hero can hardly claim he wants to be left alone with his Bunsen burners.
So Dr Mann is a public figure.
The problem - both for his lawsuit and for his long-term mental health - is that he's temperamentally unsuited to be one...
Jimmy Savile is entirely unknown to Americans. Which is as it should be. He was a British disc jockey and children's-TV host, but, even by the debased standards of those callings, he didn't appear to have any particular talent...
Thomas Eric Duncan has the distinction of being America's Patient Zero - the first but not the last person to develop Ebola symptoms in the United States. Is he a US citizen? No, he's Liberian. Is he a resident of the United States? No, he landed at Washington's Dulles Airport on September 20th, in order to visit his sister and having quit his job in Monrovia a few weeks earlier. So he's a single unemployed man with relatives in the US and no compelling reason to return to his native land. That ...
Selling Britishness in a post-imperial age
A soldier was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this morning, following the fatal hit-and-run attack on two soldiers in St Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec on Monday. That shooter or possibly another shooter then fled the short distance to Parliament, where more shots were fired. Mark spoke about the ongoing attack on the Canadian capital within the hour with Shannon Bream and Jon Scott on Fox News. You can see the video here. ~We're now getting reports that the attackers were in ...
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