Thursday, 10 April 2014

Global warming scare tactics, the story of the Jews and other news and views for Thursday 10 April

10-04-2014 storyofthejews
  • What a Saga! – a review of The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC–1492 AD by Simon Schama ”The present book is by no means a history of the Jews, despite its roughly chronological structure and distinct geographical frames. It is, as its title proclaims, a story, for which mere words barely suffice. What Schama has written demonstrates yet again his prodigious ability to write with fluency and panache, and to structure his work in surprising ways.”
  • Global Warming Scare Tactics – “there is every reason to believe that efforts to raise public concern about climate change by linking it to natural disasters will backfire. More than a decade’s worth of research suggests that fear-based appeals about climate change inspire denial, fatalism and polarization.”
  • Search for Malaysian Jet to Be Costliest in History – “Even if searchers are able to pinpoint wreckage from the plane soon, it would open another costly chapter, involving undersea exploration and possibly the recovery of parts of the plane, bodies and other evidence from depths of nearly three miles.”
  • ‘I Will Tear His Head Off’: How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany
  • Obama in Malaysia: A Strategic Partnership? – “During his upcoming late April trip to Asia, President Obama will visit two nations in Southeast Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines, in addition to stops in Northeast Asia. The White House already has been briefing reporters on the overall messaging of the trip… In Malaysia, it appears from several news reports and from speaking with several administration officials, President Obama will add to the Malaysian government’s self-promotion that Kuala Lumpur is a successful and democratic nation, an example of other Muslim-majority countries, and a force for moderation in the world.”
  • Philosophy on Top – “… an independent report by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI), a Swiss think tank … recently released a ranked list of the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013. The ranking includes economists, psychologists, authors, political scientists, physicists, anthropologists, information scientists, biologists, entrepreneurs, theologians, physicians, and people from several other disciplines. Yet three of the top five global thinkers are philosophers…”
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