“Scandal” about separating parents and children gets more emotional

As we forecast, the new policy on illegal immigration last week has unleashed considerable emotion, particularly among Trump’s opponents and immigration supporters and activists. Media coverage also continues to be egregiously bad. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer had a panel that very evening which, yet again, played the “short version” of last…

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Cognitive dissonance from Yale Medical School courtesy of The Guardian

The Guardian published an article today with the provocative headline Trump is now dangerous – that makes his mental health a matter of public interest Bandy Lee This world authority in psychiatry, consulted by US politicians, argues that the president’s mental fitness deserves scrutiny https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/07/donald-trump-dangerous-psychiatrist Bandy Lee, The Guardian website…

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BBC wrongly claims US obviously “has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal”

Reports and comments on Donald’s Trump’s renewed “tweet storms” after the New Year holidays are as woefully uninformed and emotional as in 2017. The President tweeted that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his…

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We aint got no edukashun!

“I’d never heard of rhodium!” Ben Thompson, Anchor, Inside Track, Business Live, BBC World Service TV, 9 October 2017, during a segment on gold and the platinum group of metals. One can only assume that this BBC presenter never did chemistry, Mendeleev and the periodic table at school. Sadly, it…

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Mitigating Paris

As we argued in 2007 and again following the G20 summit in Hamburg, global warming will affect poor countries far less able to cope with the consequences than the advanced industrial nations. We also warned that if the science is correct, emissions of greenhouse gases need to be reduced due…

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QED – yet again

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, has given an interview to the BBC. The big scandal on social media in the United Kingdom was that Scaramucci kept invading the personal space of the female interviewer Emily Maitlis. Much more interesting is how such self-appointed “critics” failed to notice Scaramucci’s confirmation…

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No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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