Archive: Open Parachute March 2010

Why doesn’t Putin shirtfront someone?

Ken Perrott Nov 02, 2015

A 10-month-old girl gazing at the planes in St. Petersburg airport before departing to Egypt – this picture has become the symbol of the plane crash in Sinai on social media. Image credit: Darina Gromova © Can’t help being provocative here. Surely if the Russian authorities want a clear answer to what caused the crash of the Airbus … Read More

October ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Ken Perrott Nov 01, 2015

Image credit: 5 Factors That Affect Your Search Engine Ranking Sitemeter has been extremely slow again this month. The collection of Sitemeter data is hardly “automatic” at the moment. There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know … Read More

The quackery of anti-fluoride internet trolls

Ken Perrott Oct 27, 2015

The article How Quackery Sells from Quackwatch is ten years old but it still very relevant. Perhaps even more relevant than it used to be because of the increase in internet coverage. This has widened the possibilities for snake oil salespersons. But it has also widened the possibilities for propagandists who may not be selling something themselves but are promoting the … Read More

Christian co-option of karakia

Ken Perrott Oct 21, 2015

In my post, European and Māori major non-believers in NZ, I posed the question: “I wonder if these non-religious Māori feel as offended as I do when a Christian prayer, disguised as a karakia, is imposed on them?” Ngaire McCarthy So, I was pleased to get this article from a reader. It has just been posted on ON … Read More

MH17: Final technical report

Ken Perrott Oct 15, 2015

The final technical report from the Dutch safety Board on the crash of Malaysian flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine has just been released. You can download your copy here or go to the Final report page which also provides links to the appendices. (Warning – I don’t think this URL is permanent). Having discussed the previous preliminary report here, … Read More

Responding to Tracey Brown on fluoridation

Ken Perrott Oct 13, 2015

I appreciate Tracey Brown, Director of Sense About Science, taking the time to respond to some of the comments in my article The ugly truth about critics of “the ugly truth” in science (see “The ugly truth” – Tracey Brown ticks me off).  Despite apparent differences I think Tracey and I are singing from the same hymn sheet regarding the need to … Read More

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