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Repost - News Ltd cynically puts real criminal justice at risk

As we meander towards the end of the month and the end of Pure Poison we thought we’d drag a few of our favourite articles from the archives and give them a second airing. It’s instructive to look at how the things we cover here have, or haven’t, changed over the past three years. This […]

Repost - Lock up your fathers

As we meander towards the end of the month and the end of Pure Poison we thought we’d drag a few of our favourite articles from the archives and give them a second airing. It’s instructive to look at how the things we cover here have, or haven’t, changed over the past three years. This […]

Arctic sea ice update - still happening before our eyes

Last month we noted that after momentarily being near the long-term average, Arctic sea ice extent had returned to tracking at very low levels for that time of year. The latest update from the National Snow and Ice Data Center makes clear that ice extent is remaining close to record low levels – but even […]

Where does alarmism come from?

We need to issue a correction. In last week’s post titled “Good news for Pacific islands becomes bad news for global warming”, I quoted Andrew Bolt who in turn quoted this statement from The Telegraph: More than 75 million people living on Pacific islands will have to relocate by 2050 because of the effects of […]

"Correction demanded" redux

A little over a week ago, Jeremy noted the video released by Wikileaks under the title “Collateral Murder”, and the claims by some commentators that media outlets were swallowing an “already-discredited lie” about “wicked US troops”. Today, Wired has published an interview with a US soldier who was on the ground during the helicopter gunship […]

Evolution of a smear

South Australia goes to the polls today, along with Tasmania. A couple of weeks back I noted Andrew Bolt’s attempts to poison Mike Rann’s image by writing as if the allegation of an affair was an established fact. Did the smears stop after that? No – Bolt just switched to a less direct approach, and […]

Still not saying "alleged"

On Monday morning I noted that Andrew Bolt had written as though a sexual relationship between Mike Rann and Michelle Chantelois was an established fact. On Monday afternoon, Andrew Bolt amended his post to note that Mike Rann had denied that fact. This morning, he’s at it again: The polls must show that voters – […]

Consensus reaffirmed

A few months ago: Andrew Bolt proclaims a “new consensus” on global warming. His evidence? More than 50 physicists, including a Nobel laureate and many others prominent in their field, have signed a new petition warning against the great warming hoax This week: The Council of the American Physical Society has overwhelmingly rejected a proposal […]

What the asylum seeker debate should be about

I wrote this at my old blog a year ago. I stand by it. It looks like some conservatives are keeping a weather eye on Australia’s territorial waters, as they prepare for an influx of illegal immigrants in the wake of changes to the mandatory detention policy. Apparently we are up to three boats bringing […]

Trends in temperature

I lost track of the climate change discussions we were having a couple of weeks ago and only just rediscovered a comment from last week that I wanted to respond to. I thought I’d launch a new thread since (i) the last post is pretty deeply buried now and (ii) there’s a new story from […]