Tagged: Obama

Defending yourself Against Persuasion – Innuendo - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 28, 2011

Innuendo is in myopinion one of the most pernicious forms of persuasion. It relies on our tendencies to be cautious and is reflected in the commonly accepted belief that “There is no smoke without fire”. Unfortunately, innuendo is the equivalent of a smoke bomb – able to deliver copious quantities of smoke with no fire at all. Innuendo appears to be fairly common in … Read More

A day of maps and visualisations - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 28, 2011

I’m a pretty visual being, and today has been a feast for my soul. Whilst writing our weekly newsletter, I came across a bunch of awesome stuff around mapping and visualisations.  Which I’m going to share (warning: short blog post due to encroachment of Friday arvo beer o’clock). In order of discovery, then: … Read More

After the defeat - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 31, 2010

“Sometimes dead really is dead — and for this Congress, barring a miracle, climate action is finished. With an ugly election looming in November, it may be years before we get another chance to debate a bill that prices carbon.” That’s Eric Pooley writing this week in Yale e360. He’s the author of The Climate [...] … Read More

Obama’s failed climate strategy - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 30, 2010

Obama must take a different tack, says economist Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, writing in the Guardian. The President has been pursuing a failed strategy of negotiating with senators and key industries to try to forge an agreement, making no headway in the back rooms of the White House and [...] … Read More

The Climate War - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 20, 2010

The climate change rhetoric when Obama came to power was exciting. It sounded as if he would lead from the front and the US would soon have a federal cap-and-trade system. “Delay is not longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.”  Certainly we have seen an end to denial from the White [...] … Read More

Out of Control - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 18, 2010

Two US surgeons have offered some commentary on Why US Healthcare Costs Are Out of Control. It is a highly revealing read. They cite six reasons: The Building of Shrines for Hospital Administrators – buildings constructed out of desire to make a mark rather than out of necessity. Unnecessary Duplication of Services – Often added under the aegis [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Gap into Conflict - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 05, 2010

You  may be wondering why Republicans seem so adamantly against Obama’s healthcare bill when it seems, superficially at any rate, to offer millions more people a chance of decent health care. The Democrats love to portray the Republicans as selfish people obstructing the provision of healthcare to millions of their fellow Americans. This may explain their [...] Related posts: … Read More

Dominion Post editorial as shaky as Herald’s - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Feb 06, 2010

When I was writing the post on the Herald’s acceptance of journalistic say-so in its editorial on the IPCC Gareth drew my attention to the fact that the Dominion Post had also produced an editorial claiming that the ethics and integrity of climate scientists is being called into question.  I was too engaged with the [...] … Read More