Just because you CAN automate something, doesn’t mean you MUST. WYSIWYG stands for ‘What You See Is What You Get’. It was actually the name of a software language, but it had a brief and more colloquial coinage in the 80s, when Apple were giving the world the GUI (stands for ‘Graphical User Interface’), and […]

Don’t just do something, stand there!

God Save the King from the opinions of the Prince he was. ‘Don’t just do something, stand there!’ I first heard this witticism on the lips of Ronald Reagan. It’s a piece of valuable wisdom for anyone in a position of authority and responsibility. For a British monarch, it might well serve as a job […]

Excess deaths, not from Covid – who’da thunk it?

Apologies to Harrumpfers for my extended silence – my duties as a chorister in two intensive programs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Mahler’s Second Symphony and Brahms’ German Requiem have claimed much of my attention. I had hoped that the war in Ukraine would make good the hazard deficit that underlies the psychology of […]

John Anderson interviews Jonathan Sumption

John Anderson’s podcasts are always good value, and his interview with the distinguished British jurist Jonathan Sumption is no exception. Pity, then that Sumption should turn out to be a subscriber to the cult of anthropogenic global warming, describing it as a problem that needs supranational action. I sent Anderson the following: Tom Forrester-Paton Dear […]

Brett Weinstein interview

Covid sceptic claims vindication It’s been a while since I posted anything about Covid. With the exception of China, and, to a lesser extent, New Zealand, most countries are quietly allowing their more ridiculous anti-Covid measures to fall into desuetude, and trusting, probably correctly, that we won’t notice that they retain the powers to oppress […]

War Notes 3

Don’t let’s be beastly to the Russians. As the demonisation of all things Russian becomes an obligatory shibboleth among the bien pensants of the West, it’s perhaps worth Harrumpf casting upon it the jaundiced eye it retains for such feel-good fashions. When war broke out in 1939, the contents of London’s National Gallery were evacuated […]

Vlad’s Army

And why we should shut up about its war crimes. I’ve been reluctant to write a great deal about the war, partly because I’m about as expert in warfare as I am in playing the zither. And partly because so much else is being competently written, and I don’t want to waste my, and your […]

War notes 2

Wir Schaffen das nicht The war in Ukraine is debunking a lot of the West’s most cherished nonsense. Net Zero is fading like Alice’s Cheshire cat, leaving just a smug, bien pensant smirk behind it. In time, one hopes, the demonisation of coal and oil that begat it will follow it into oblivion, as people […]

War Notes

It’s been over a month since the last post. My main excuse is that I had Covid, which was unpleasant, but far from the worst I’ve experienced, and on the whole not really worth the couple of trillion that’s been spent on it, let alone the misery occasioned by the lockdowns employed in fighting it. […]

Fearing default, Russia issues new currency

Shock move sees Rouble recalled. Faced with the prospect of defaulting on its US-denominated loans, and rebuffed when it suggested making its payments in a Rouble fast becoming worthless, Russia has issued a new currency – the Rubble. Announcing the issue of the Rubble, a spokesman for the Central Bank of Russia commented, ‘Let’s face […]