Monthly Archives: March 2013

Enlightenment, endarkenment, Private Eye and the end o’ the world

Two quotes- one from Private Eye, one from the Proceedings of the Royal Society B (as you do). Alas, he is a journalist, not a scientists or a philosopher king, and thus takes the journalist’s now standard route to enlightenment, … Continue reading

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Juking the Stats: #TheWire for real, yo?

NYPD on Trial: Police Say They Are Forced to Harass Kids in Order to Meet Quotas NYPD whistleblowers say quotas are forcing them to make bogus, racist stops, summonses and arrests. March 27, 2013  | Last week, NYPD whistleblowers Adhyl … Continue reading

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China crisis – 38% reduction in food production at 2C temp rise #climate #china #food #doomed

Hat-tip to Sam. Emphasis added. http://www.straight.com/news/358181/gwynne-dyer-why-chinese-government-wants-carbon-tax Gwynne Dyer: Why the Chinese government wants a carbon tax March 4, 2013 Last week’s announcement by China’s Ministry of Finance that the country will introduce a carbon tax, probably in the next two … Continue reading

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Cooperation versus Collaboration – hat-tip to Harold Jarche

I run a site called “Intellectual Self-Defence”. Some intermittently interesting stuff (usually other people’s!) Mostly about distinctions between concepts that are regularly conflated, like capitalism and democracy, or progress and growth, or competence and Steering Group. Here’s a link to … Continue reading

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Under pressure(d)

I am hopeless at practical tasks. Metalwork and woodwork classes were a nightmare at school. I can now, closer to the end than the beginning, just about drive a nail and cook a meal (for one). And, when confronted with … Continue reading

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Better to be conventionally wrong than unconventionally right

It’s a Keynes observation from somewhere (I will come back and dig it up – if I find it now I will be late for the job I love oh-so-much). People like predictability. Even if you are predictably wrong, that … Continue reading

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Dilbert on job satisfaction; “what people feel right before they die from stress-related problems”

The full strip is here.

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