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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Heroes and Heroines

A growing list

Melanie Phillips: Right about nearly everything. But not drugs policy. Proud to have her topping my list.

Phillip Johnson: Hard to summarise but a great man!

Christopher Booker: Right about the EU. Right about AGW.

David Berlinski: The polemicist's polemicist - erudite and witty.

Daniel Hannan: One of my two favourite parliamenarians. The other is Frank Field. Here Dan's his famous speech in the European Parliament:

Thomas Gold: Twice vindicated in different branches of science. Probably to be vinicated in a third.

Peter Duesberg: A brave scientist who will be vindicated. Listen to him and you will wonder how the nonsense which is the HIV theory of AIDS ever got a hearing. Charles Geshekter is exceptionally good on African AIDS, as is Rian Malan.

Jonah Goldberg: If you haven't read 'Liberal Fascism', you are probably labouring under the same misconception that I was before reading this momentous book. I took Left and Right to be opposite ends of the political spectrum. Communism was extreme Leftism and Fascism was the extreme manifestation of Right wing ideas. Until I read Goldberg. He makes it clear that Communism and Fascism/Nazism were twins. Not only does he quote Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini expressing admiration for each other but he reminds us that Hitler called his movement National Socialism and that Mussolini declared himself to be a lifelong socialist. The antecedents of both were nineteenth century materialism, atheism and anticlericalism. Both forms of totalitarianism owed much to the Darwinian theory of evolution. These dictators were much admired by early twentieth century 'progressives'. It was HG Wells (all purpose progressive thinker and eugenicist) who called for Liberal Fascism.

Stephen C Meyer: Author of 'Signature in the Cell', articulate, lucid and convincing. Watch him in debate with Eugenie Scott. Hear her claim that black is white. The interviewer is a moron.

Michael Behe: Author of 'Darwin's Black Box' He invented the phrase, 'irreducible complexity'.

Bob Carter: Demolisher of the hypothesis that human CO2 emmissions are causing catastrophic global warming aka climate change. On YouTube:

Michael Denton: 'Nature's Destiny' is magisterial. His earlier 'Evolution a Theory in Crisis' will one day be seen to have been highly significant.

Vaclav Klaus: My favourite head of state. On Glenn Beck:

Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels): An essayist of brilliance and humanity. See his essay on Ray Honeyford, another great man. Two unmissable collections: 'Life at the Bottom' and 'Our Culture, What's Left of it'.

James Delingpole: A blogger's blogger and much more.

Christine Maggiore: Here is a link to Alive and Well -

Celia Farber:

Terry Wogan: On Monday Chris Evans takes over the Radio 2 Breakfast Show and I wish him well. Don't Forget Your Toothbrush was a great show and he is a fine broadcaster. But Terry Wogan is the broadcaster sans pareil (and the Greatest Living Irishman).

I remember one morning in Stockport years ago. I was stuck in traffic going uphill but movement in the opposite direction was free. Wogan was on the radio. All the drivers facing me had silly grins on their faces.

I am defeated by the very thought of trying to describe his magic. Perhaps it boils (I nearly typed 'boiled') down to 'Chemistry'. He has or had it in spades with all his collaborators. With Fran Godfrey (damn the BBC for letting her go), with Boggy, Deadly, Chuffer Dandridge, Edna Cloud, the lamented Paulie Walters, with the Girl from Splott and with his 8 million listeners.

One day he will go to Heaven. I am going record all the tribute programmes (if I survive him). The tears and laughter will be unprecedented.

The man is wise, funny, humane, generous and great! There are great men in many walks of life: science, philosophy, sport, war, business, art, music, politics. Terry Wogan is a DJ(!) and Terry
Wogan is a great man!

I believe he is to host a new show starting on Valentine's Day. I'll be there.

Couldn't find the PW fart show. But this is good.

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