Rod McLaughlin

contact me

old articles

My favourite picture from Britain's EU referendum       24 jun 16

Look at these abject young EU supporters, as they realise that shouting "raaycist!" isn't working any more.

A comment NOT deleted in the Guardian       25 may 16
The Guardian often deletes comments which do not break its commenting policy, for example, exposure of racial prejudice against white people. However, the comment pictured above, which gives detailed information about how to kill hundreds... read more

A mistaken advert on Youtube       09 may 16

In the middle of a savagely sarcastic put-down of Islam by animator Sye Ten Atheist, an advert popped up for '' - "find your Muslim partner". 

Climbing at Ton Sai       22 apr 16

Me on Huayna Potosi in Bolivia and some locals       22 apr 16
This is the same pitch, looking different after twenty years. The pic of the women is from read more

The refutation of morality       19 apr 16
I thought up the best rebuttal of the concept of morality since Beyond Good and Evil. It goes like this: Suppose there are two parties, the good guys and the bad guys. If doing the right thing corresponds to their interests, both parties... read more

You can't make it up LXXXVI - DOJ has discussed prosecuting "climate change deniers"       13 mar 16

You can't make it up LXXXV - magazine publishes hoax "feminist glaciology" paper       06 mar 16
The academic journal is called Progress in Human Geography, and the article is "Glaciers, gender, and science: a feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research" - "Merging feminist... read more

You can't make it up LXXXIV - climatologists clarify catastrophe deferment       01 mar 16
"It is possible that the scientific disagreement could spill over into the skeptic blogosphere. But that is not reason enough to sweep the slowdown under the rug, said Michael Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania State University and a... read more

Elvis Costello's Puns       20 feb 16
"No, they cannot touch me for coining; I am the King himself" I don't know if you've been loving somebody I only know it isn't mine Alison Though you may not be an old fashioned girl You're still going to get dated ... read more

Brexit       20 feb 16
The best article about conspiracy pseudo-theories I've ever read       16 feb 16
You can't make it up LXXXIII - Counterpunch gives in to groupthink       04 feb 16
How to install the Phoenix framework       29 jan 16
No wonder the Middle East is such a mess       07 jan 16
You can't make it up LXXXII - extreme weather events and WMDs       28 dec 15
Climbing at Crazy Horse Buttress near Chiang Mai       19 dec 15
Hanoi-Chiang Mai - 3000 kilometres without a flat tyre       13 dec 15
The Guardian's worst act of censorship yet       08 dec 15
A month without the internet       02 dec 15
Lies about Vietnam       02 dec 15
The Vinh Moc tunnels and a US Navy recruiting slogan       05 nov 15
Phong Nha       30 oct 15
Thanh Hoa to Ky Lien via Vinh and Ha Tinh       26 oct 15
Quan Hoa to Thanh Hoa       23 oct 15
Mai Chau to Quan Hoa       21 oct 15
A holocaust survivor and some cute kids in Son La       18 oct 15
Potential rock-climbing near Tuan Giao       16 oct 15
You can't make it up LXXXI -'s Freeman Dyson scoop       14 oct 15
Dien Bien Phu       13 oct 15
Stuck inside of Lai Chau with the Dien Bien Phu Blues again       09 oct 15
A ride halfway to Sa Pa       03 oct 15
Country roads between Yen Bai and Lao Cai       02 oct 15
Yen Bai and a typical taxi driver       01 oct 15
One of those days when everything goes wrong...       30 sep 15
Vinh Phuc       29 sep 15
The road from Ha Long to Viet Tri       29 sep 15
Climbing with Asia Outdoors       26 sep 15
Re-reading the history of post-WWII Vietnam       21 sep 15
You can't make it up LXXX - the latest attempt by the global warming movement to jail dissidents       19 sep 15
Deep water soloing       19 sep 15
Hanoi to Haiphong       14 sep 15


Portland London