In the terrifying opening to his 2020 novel, ‘The Ministry for the Future’, Kim Stanley Robinson depicts an intense heatwave in India. In an ‘ordinary town’ in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, people are struggling to cope with unbearable heat and humidity. It is the combination of the two, measured by the so-called ‘wet-bulb temperature’, that is potentially fatal. →
As the US economist and media analyst Edward Herman rightly noted in the aftermath of the mass slaughter of the first Gulf War: ‘It is the function of defense intellectuals and other experts, and the →
‘The American population was bombarded the way the Iraqi population was bombarded. It was a war against us, a war of lies and disinformation and omission of history. That kind of war, overwhelming and devastating, →
There has been much gnashing of ‘liberal’ teeth and pulling out of ‘centrist’ hair following the Tory government’s announcement that the BBC licence fee will be abolished in 2027. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries declared via →
"While Boris Johnson partied, I helped a child put on PPE to see his dying dad.
"As Boris raised his glass and chortled, more than 60,000 of us still lived, still breathed, who, three months later, would be dead." @doctor_oxford