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September 06, 2014

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2:59 PM | Weekend update: Some research on climate literacy to check out
I have a bunch of critical administrative tasks that are due/overdue.  Fortunately, I discovered this special "climate literacy" issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education.  It'll make for a weekend's worth of great reading. Thinking that others might be in need of the same benefit, I decided to post notice of the issue forthwith. Reader reports on one or another of the articles are certainly welcome.

September 05, 2014

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10:51 PM | Oooh Baby, You Are So Talented!…
…And they are so dumb. “They” in this case refers to the mouthpiece for he whom Charles Pierce indelibly dubbed the C-plus Augustus, one Dana Perino, who complained that in some photographs of President Obama’s visit to Stonehenge, ” he’s standing alone.” Why is  this a problem for the former White House Press Secretary, who, in […]
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6:57 PM | He Could Have Been A Contender
Well, no, he couldn’t, not really. I’m talking about Bobbie Jindal, and I’m of the opinion that there never was any there, there.  But up until his never-to-be-forgotten impression of Kenneth the Page the usual suspects spent a lot of bytes talking up this New Republican™ epitome of competence, intelligence and non-old-white-maleness. Not anymore, of course, for an […]
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3:54 PM | Login Widget Busted
For some reason the usual login thingy isn’t working. Investigating. Meanwhile, members can login via this link.
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4:05 AM | Teaching how to teach Bayes's Theorem (& covariance recognition) -- in less than 2 blog posts!
Adam Molnar, in front of graphic heuristic he developed to teach (delighted) elementary school children how to solve Riemann hypothesisThe 14.7 billion regular readers of this blog know that one of my surefire tricks for securing genuine edification for them is for me to hold myself forward as actually knowing something of importance in order lure/provoke an actual expert into stepping forward to set the record straight.  It worked again!  After reading my […]
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2:50 AM | http://planet3.org/2014/09/04/10304/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NeGCo2YvuA&w=560&h=315]

September 04, 2014

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11:02 PM | Nice Interview with Kevin Trenberth
here [more]
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10:46 PM | Chomsky Jeremiad
Noam Chomsky invokes the Owl of Minerva, climate change, and middle eastern politics, and doesn't see a good outcome. [more]
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9:28 PM | mt Speaks in Austin Noon Sunday – WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HARD PROBLEM
Seen on Austin EcoNetwork: The world has had a couple of generations of stability and a global economic system has emerged that has many benefits. Meanwhile, global sustainability problems like climate change have emerged which are technically solvable but which the current world finds very difficult to cope with. This talk will outline the scope of the problem, examine why the usual solutions we have developed to our problems are so ineffective against it, and discuss how we can move […]
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9:15 AM | Political psychology according to Krugman: A degenerative research programme if ever I saw one ...
As I said, I no longer watch the show "Paul Krugman's Magic Motivated Reasoning Mirror" but do pay attention when a reflective person who still does tells me that I've missed something important.  Stats legend Andrew Gelman is definitely in that category.  He thinks the latest episode of KMMRM can't readily be "dismissed."   So I've taken a close look.  And I just disagree. My reasons can be efficiently conveyed by this simple reconstruction of the tortured path of […]
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6:52 AM | Lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women in England report poorer health and worse experiences of healthcare in the NHS
Our analysis of 27,000 responses to the national GP Patient Survey finds gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to report communication problems and have less trust in their GP...

September 03, 2014

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8:27 AM | mH2 – the future of mental healthcare
Mental healthcare is often described as the Cinderella of medicine – overlooked, disparaged, and generally neglected. In the UK, mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/11), but in practice this means that only about 11% of the overall spend is allocated to deal with 23% of the disease ...read more
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7:53 AM | Croatia’s northern county, Međimurje, misses out on knowledge hub that could have aided development
A recent mess-up with an EU grant was a big setback for development in Croatia’s northern county, Međimurje, a leadership forum heard last week. There had been plans for the development of a knowledge centre within the building complex that already houses the Technology and Innovation Centre in Čakovec (TIC), which could have contributed to decentralised development and supported local people and entrepreneurship. Instead, poor management of the grant by Croatia’s central […]

September 02, 2014

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10:40 PM | David Roberts
is back.
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3:24 PM | A new chapter
I wanted to pass along some personal news: I’ve taken a position starting today with SpaceNews, as a senior writer there. I’ll be writing there on a lot about what you’ve seen here and elsewhere: space policy, commercial space, and related topics. It’s a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the excellent [...]
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4:52 AM | Ice Loss Acceleration
An article by Tim Radford in the Guardian reports that since 2009, ice volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and in the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three. [more]
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