• Culture

    The Grand Sophy

    This charming woman in her fashionable Regency dress and her basket of flowers looks a little like a flower herself. Perhaps her muscular dog with its studded collar hints there may be more to the girl, and to the author, Georgette Heyer, than meets the eye. The issue in Heyer’s mind, and in her many romantic novels, is the relationship between strong women and strong men when the former were restrained by society and the latter were not. Such rules led to surprises. This young lady, for example, rides a “splendid black horse,” Salamanca, and carries a “small, but eminently serviceable pistol.” Georgette Heyer (16 August 1902 – 4 July…

  • Greta the Environmentalist
    Economics,  Environment

    Our Politicians Are Idiots

    There she is, Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg, the pint sized Swedish environmentalist, holding a gun to our heads. If her arguments weren’t so dangerous, they’d be laughable. Unfortunately, our politicians, all of them, are idiots. First, they take her doom and gloom seriously, then they ignore the obvious answer to her apocalyptic vision. I’m not going to take time disputing the global warming hoax, now called Climate Change, but I will point to the stupidity of the response. Here are the facts. Renewables can’t be relied upon because the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. This is something both Europe and Australia have already experienced,…