Thursday, 31 October 2013

News and views noted long the way.
  • How climate change threatens the ability of global populations to rise out of poverty
  • U.S. lawmakers call for action to curb internet child trading
  • These 2 words will make you more selfish — “Students were twice as likely to betray their partner in a Prisoner’s Dilemma if told they were playing a game called ‘Wall Street’.”
  • One third of Australia’s media coverage rejects climate science, study finds — “An academic study has found that 32% of articles dismissed or questioned the link between human activity and climate change.”
  • The end of the British breakfast as we know it. The pressure for Britain to quit the European Union will surely grow now that officialdom in Brussels is seeking to reduce the minimum level of sugar that  a product calling itself “jam” or “marmalade” can contain. Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt argues that if the regulations change, as the government is proposing, “we’ll end up with something much more like the French and German product — and worse still the Americans, where they have things a bit like a fruit butter or a fruit spread. It’s dull colours that don’t taste the same and they certainly don’t last as long.”
    I’m actually quite worried because I think this is going to be the end of the British breakfast as we know it.
    Our jams and marmalades are so important — and we know what to expect when we go into the supermarket or into our local shop or farm shops locally, we know exactly what we’re going to buy when something says jam on it — or marmalade or jelly — we know exactly what to expect.”
    At the minute, we’ve got a jam that we know exactly what it’s like. It’s a fantastic colour, a really good shelf life — it’s going to last a year — it’s beautiful consistency, it’s got a gloss to it.”
    A quote for the day.
    First Law: It is almost impossible by rational argument to persuade people to believe what they do not want to believe. Second Law: Almost any argument, no matter how feeble, will convince people of what they do want to believe. The third law is the non-obvious one; I learned it the hard way, by making mistakes. Third Law: If you think your opponent’s position doesn’t make sense, or that he or she is stupid or uninformed or irrational, think again. Almost certainly, YOU are the one who does not understand”
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