- Climate change - another feedback loop
Time to recalibrate those models..........................again :
On a related, but perhaps more serious note, I see that Stephen Fry and his new husband have at a problem on their Honduran honeymoon.
Shoud they have shown more consideration to local sensibilities? Should we condemn Honduran and by extension, for example, Pakistani, homophobia in the forthright terms we use in the UK or the USA? I am not sure, what do people think? :
- Perhaps the world's conspiracy theorists have been right all along
- Climate consensus?
or not? :
- Have you changed your mind about global warming?
A couple of weeks ago somebody started a thread along these lines. I thought that it would be rather intersting to discuss this particular point. :
- UK population growth
- US constitution
I readily admit to starting from a low base on this one, but..... :
- Katrina revisited
Barsky, L., Trainor, J., & Torres, M. (2006). Disaster realities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Revisiting the looting myth..................
Freely available at http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/research/cornell-law-review/upload/Sun-final.pdf :
I don't know all that much about American history (self evident some might say), but I found this piece in the New York Review of Books challanged some of my preconceptions. The piece is a review of a recently published book on the New Deal. I found this section on isolationism as a function of US sectionalism particularly thought provoking - :
- Wealth inequality in America
An obsceniy or not? No wonder the video has millions of hits. ''All we need to do is wake up and realise that the reality in this country (world) is not at all what we think it is.'' :
- 2000 year old computer
Anyone interested either in history or the benefits of inter-disciplinary science might give this program a try: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hlkcq :
- Is psychology a science?
If so do we need to preface it with hard- or soft- or, even, pre-?
From the LA times: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/13/news/la-ol-blowback-pscyhology-science-20120713 :
- The sciences
A recent post by dubmdell on the beauty of science struck me as being rather eloquent. It paused me to stop and think what the relative proportion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students were across our various countries. In the UK in 2010, for example, there were 12,000 psychology and 10,000 history graduates. Chemistry and physics had 2,400 and 2,200 respectively. :
- Eric Hobsawn, Companion of Honour
I gather the recently deceased unreconstructed Stalinist Eric Hobsawn became a Companion of Honour in 1998, during Blair's period in office. I was wondering, even if by analogy, whether all terrorists eventually get to take tea with the Queen? :
- Look on the bright side of JP Morgan's recent loss
Doesn't it make you feel good, as we all collectively prop up these guys and take our medicine? Speaking personally the greed makes me feel sick. More below - :
- The Disowned Army
I knew one of these brave men. Unfortunately the proposed ''pardon'' will come too late for him, good news nevertheless.
- Farage lays into the Eurocrats
Thought that some might appreciate this:
- Academic Publishing Scam
George Monibot has this to say: http://www.monbiot.com/2011/08/29/the-lairds-of-learning/. I thoroughly agree with him. :
- Darmstadtium (Ds), roentgenium (Rg) and copernicium (Cn)
I see that we have three new elements to add to the Periodic Table.
I just wonder is it really appropriate to call these fleetingly present nuclear bodies elemental? :
- ''never forget that everything hitler did in germany was legal''
I wonder what people think of the MLK quote? :
If a unit is tapping you and you dislodge it does it invalidate the tap? Example to follow. :
- After the private university furore, Dawkins is in trouble again
Apparently one of our elders and betters has made a somewhat questionable analogy between a man chewing gum and the unwelcomed propositioning of a woman at an atheist conference. I am sure that this was eminantly logical but I am just struggling to see how!
- Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present
I haven't yet read the eponymous book, however, there is an excellent review of it in this month's New York Review of Books. A very coherent argument is put that it is indeed greedy bankers (sensu lato) who have chiefly got the world in this financial mess and much else besides. Moreover, those who blame various foreigners and their companies for the mess America is in are barking up the wrong tree. :
- Richard Dawkins has a new job
Should keep the wolf from the door! He and Grayling can also offer each other mutual flattery and support. :
Am I the only one in looking forward with eager anticipation to an Icelandic default on their loans? After Iceland then maybe Portugal, Greece, Ireland etc....That should wipe the smile off a few self-satisfied faces! In fact if I were them I would act in concert and to hell with the 'credit rating agencies'. :
- is this cheating
This message was made in the Global forumn by France is it cheating? I make no accusations just ask the question: ''look, i dont know what is your fucking problem?, i always play with my brohter (England), and sometimes we help each other'' Game name is YOSHI! :
- All purpose explination found in natural selection
I went to animal rescue cente with my daughters on Sunday to choose a new pet, and it gave me pause for thought. :
- The First American Civil War
I read an interssting piece in this week's New York Review of Books about the War of American Independance. The article drew attention to the large proportion (albeit a minority although substantial) of colonists who remained loyal to the crown. Indeed it went on to point out that preservation of the 'peculiar institution' was a significant motive lying behind behind much of the 'American' effort. :
I will not name names, for obvious reasons, but if one suspects metagaming what is the next step please? :