Happy April to our readers around the world. This week Mark was in New York to talk climate change and in Toronto to debate the "refugee" crisis.
~On Tuesday Steyn joined Will Happer, Richard Lindzen and other eminent scientists to discuss the state of the climate at a conference mounted by The New Criterion and the just launched CO2 Coalition. You can read William M Briggs' account of the event here. (As to why Mark gets invited to climate conferences, that's because he's being sued for a gazillion bucks by climate mullah Michael Mann.)
~On Wednesday and Thursday Mark was back in his hometown of Toronto for a flurry of media interviews. He started the day with Liza Fromer and Jeff McArthur on Global's Morning Show, on the matter of who exactly is "vulnerable" in the new Europe. Click below to watch:
Later, Mark gave extended interviews to both his old piano-playing imam Andrew Lawton on AM980 and to Canada's foremost freespeecher Ezra Levant. You can see the full Ezra show at Rebel Media but here's a taste:
~Finally, on Friday, live in Canada on CPAC and in the US on C-SPAN (TV and radio). Steyn and UKIP leader Nigel Farage debated former UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour and distinguished historian Simon Schama on the "refugee" tide sweeping Europe. It was a rollicking night, but, if you missed it, all you have to do is click below and stand well back:
The motion before the house was:
Be it resolved, give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...
At the start of the debate, the audience voted 77 per cent pro, 23 per cent con. At the end of the debate, they voted again:
The post debate vote is 55% pro and 45% con. The con side shifted 22% of the vote from the pre-debate results. Con wins.
Supporters of the pro side did not take it well.
~Listeners continue to enjoy Steyn's new cat album Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats, featuring Mark and his beloved cat Marvin. It has a four-and-a-half star rating over at iTunes and a lot of five-star reviews at Amazon, including this one:
I bought this CD as a gift for a cat-loving friend (I'm a dog person myself), but after hearing it I had to go back online and order a copy for myself... Simply put, if this record doesn't put a great big smile on your face, you may as well go out and slash your wrists now!!
Hold off on the wrist-slashing because Mark may do a dog album next. Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available on CD. But, if you can't wait that long, it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.
~SteynOnline will have more reaction to the Munk Debate in the days ahead.