Last week else where

Still not quite got the hang of this, but here’s some fun bits from last week. Orphans of Liberty had some interesting thoughts on Scottish independence The Telegraph reminded us that free speech is only free if it’s for everyone Americans support Drug testing for congress – it’s an idea that could catch on over here I think The mainstream media begins to suspect that super ASBO’s could be bad SCottish greens support fracking as long as it’s not for gas Greenpeace sink to a new low +47-3

Thoughts on the IPCC summary for policy makers

The IPCC report has been out for a while now, though still only in “final draft” form and I’ve just finished reading the summary for policy makers (WGIAR5-SPM_Approved27Sep2013.pdf (MD5sum: 5177839cc4f679dff4e035ebae96503b)). That this isn’t the final version is quite apparent from the number of diagrams labelled “Subject to final copy edit”, however it’s the version we’ve got and it’s what everyone’s been working with so may as well go with it. I’ve not read the full report and at 2,216 pages I suspect neither have many people. I’m not a scientist, and other people are doing much better jobs of analyzing … Continue reading

High priests of the endarkenment

The barbarians are it seems at the very gates of the ivory towers, and I apologise for such an over used metaphor. The popular on line science magazine “Popular Science” is drawing up the door bridge and closing down comments. Now their gaff their rules, they can do whatever they like, they could have moderated comments, rated them all sorts of things, but they chose to turn off comments and let people discuss things on their forums which does serve the purpose of restricting those that comment to only the genuinely interested so fair enough. Their reasoning is that: “Comments … Continue reading