Possible genocide in Ukraine? Humanity never learns

Reports this week of alleged Russian murder of civilians in Ukraine on a large scale – denied by Russia but essentially confirmed by German intelligence and aerial photography, which showed bodies strewn on the ground – are horrifying on many levels. It has been called genocide by President Zelenskyy: other commentators are more circumspect, but … More Possible genocide in Ukraine? Humanity never learns

The end of the beginning for Covid – lessons from Churchill

This year’s situation over Covid puts me in mind of a speech Winston Churchill gave on 10 November 1942, after the second Battle of El Alamein. This decisively defeated a German-Italian Army in the field of battle; and by early November the Axis force was fleeing west, pursued by Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Freyberg’s Second New … More The end of the beginning for Covid – lessons from Churchill

New Zealand’s parliamentary protest and the lessons of 1848 Europe

The occupation of New Zealand’s Parliament grounds by a disparate group of protesters – ostensibly over the Covid mandates, but representing a multitude of causes and apparently without a single organiser – follows similar occupations in Canada and elsewhere. It’s a disturbing development. Protests usually focus on an issue. They are usually led and organised … More New Zealand’s parliamentary protest and the lessons of 1848 Europe

What happens when Earth is hit by a 10km wide banana…

This week I watched Don’t Look Up. I was impressed. Others may have different opinions, but to me it came across as a razor-sharp satire on the current zeitgiest, a social commentary of the highest order and a dark comedy with some solid science behind it. The scary part wasn’t the concept of a planet-killer … More What happens when Earth is hit by a 10km wide banana…

Predictions for 2022 – what’s going to happen?

In my previous post I suggested that 2022 was arriving like a Medieval butt-trumpet, with all that this implies. This wasn’t entirely for satirical effect though, you have to admit, Medieval butt-trumpets are pretty funny. But there’s a serious issue behind it (see what I did there). Back at the beginning of 2021 I joined … More Predictions for 2022 – what’s going to happen?