The problem with self-appointed online experts

Something I’ve noticed online of late is the number of people who believe they are experts in fields in which they’re manifestly not qualified. The ones I’ve run into clearly believe themselves to ‘know more’ even than those qualified and professionally working in that territory. On my experience of them, such people don’t want to … More The problem with self-appointed online experts

A dozen years with WordPress – and what’s next

According to WordPress, I’ve been blogging for 12 years this week. Time flies. Back in 2010 I’d never have guessed where the blogging path might lead. And where has that path gone? First and foremost, I’ve made some great blogging friends – people who’ve been in regular contact with me, both via the blog, via … More A dozen years with WordPress – and what’s next

Household cleaning products and their annoyances

Something that annoys me about household cleaning products is that they’re often not labelled ‘cleaners’. It’s usually ‘cleanser’. A one-letter difference that carries a world of advantage for sales. Though to my mind it shouldn’t. My problem is that ‘cleansing’ is also used as a euphemism for genocide. You know – ‘ethnic cleansing’. One of … More Household cleaning products and their annoyances

New Zealand’s looming failure to control Covid

New Zealand has a fantastic record of biosecurity. We are the only country in the world to have eliminated microplasma bovis from the cattle population. We eliminated hydatids from the sheep population. We got rid of fireblight from the apples. And recently we also eliminated pea weevil where it had arrived in the Wairarapa. New … More New Zealand’s looming failure to control Covid

The real explanation for chemtrails

The other day I discovered what aircraft contrails really are. The Reptile Elite who secretly Rule the World are using every commercial aircraft as a weapon. The chemtrails interact with 5G death rays to fjkiyjigle bargle and profit, gooberflop blib conspiracy wyjhuw evil control gubblibble. Makes perfect sense. In short, why bother learning about fluid … More The real explanation for chemtrails

Covid-19 conspiracy theory isn’t new – think Apollo

These days, as endless conspiracy theories about Covid-19 flow through my social media feed, I keep thinking of their grandparent, the Apollo moon hoax conspiracy. There are some surprising similarities. Most of the claims today are to do with Covid-19, which (if we are to believe the conspirators) is a fake virus promoted by the … More Covid-19 conspiracy theory isn’t new – think Apollo

Social media and Covid-19 – what it tells us about human nature

A few weeks ago, before Covid-19 had really hit, my Facebook feed began filling up with Useful Advice on How To Avoid It. Almost all of it was rubbish: urban myths, given credence because they were repeated to the point where they had become ubiquitous. My favourite was the one about keeping the mouth and … More Social media and Covid-19 – what it tells us about human nature