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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Whatever happened to the dialectic?

Rhetoric Is the Art of Persuasion – Aristotle Source: http://sodralatinsgymnasium.stockholm.se/humanistiska-programmet-inriktning-sprak Soon after our article on Anthony Scaramucci’s BBC interview, the new White House Communications Director hit the headlines after a telephone rant full of expletives with Ryan Lizza, a journalist at The New Yorker. As usual, the commentariat put the…

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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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Transgender Ban vs Russia and China in the Baltic

On Wednesday 25 July 2017, President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the US military predictably made the headlines. But just days before, Chinese warships entered the Baltic Sea for the first time – a profound development which was barely registered by the…

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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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Show Me The Money

Much of the West is effectively bankrupt and insolvent. The developing world is not much better off. France’s cumulative debt of government, households and businesses amounts to 250% of GDP, an increase of 66% since 2007. That figure excludes unfunded pension and health-care liabilities. six largest pension saving systems –…

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