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A couple of “oldies” inject some sense into international politics

Politicking: Stephen Cohen on the Ukraine crisis and his ‘unpatriotic’ views At last – something sensible from an American perspective on the Ukrainian crisis and the new cold war. The trouble is – it’s a minority viewpoint and no-one in … Continue reading

Dirty politics over MH17?

I have followed events in Ukraine for a year now and learned very early on never to be surprised. There have been so many seemingly outrageous things happen. On the one hand this has kept the Ukrainian events in the … Continue reading

The science and politics of climate change

Michael Mann: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars – TAM 2013. Have a look at this video for an excellent description of the history and science of climate change. It’s presented by one of the central figures. Michael Mann … Continue reading

Dirty politics on the Royal Society fluoride review

In Anti-fluoride activists unhappy about scientific research I related how local anti-fluoride propagandists were busy rubbishing the Royal Society of NZ  fluoride review – even before it was released. Now that it is released (see Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of … Continue reading

A concise summary of climate change – science and politics

Here’s a relatively short (26 min) video of a lecture by Michael Mann. I think it gives a very concise and accurate picture of the current science of climate change and the political attacks on climate scientists (Mann calls this … Continue reading

Politics and economics of Arctic ice loss

The unprecedented loss of sea ice in the Arctic this northern summer has made the news lately. The images below from the Guardian article Arctic sea ice shrinks to smallest extent ever recorded show the problem. But this second figure … Continue reading

Quantum politics

There’s a delightful article in Saturday’s New York Times – A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney. OK – it’s about the US Presidential election but I am sure we could find local politicians whose behaviour could be more in line … Continue reading

The blinkered view of politics?

Picked this up in Twitter (thanks kev sampson (@kev667)). Sure – it’s a photoshopped spoof. But I can’t help wondering if there isn’t a message there somewhere. Is the UK government reacting to the riots in the typical blinkered political … Continue reading

It’s politics, not science

I am currently reading Clive Hamilton‘s book “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change.” This figure in the book intrigued me. It’s taken from the report Global Warming’s Six Americas: An Audience Segmentation Analysis. I … Continue reading

The clash of science and politics

I am awaiting the Employment Court’s decision of Jim Salinger’s case (see Clamping down on science communication). However, related to this is the scandal blowing up in the UK over the sacking of the Professor David Nutt as the governments … Continue reading