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Naomi Klein, reactionary

This Naomi Klein talk is so crass, wrong and bad, it’s hard to know where to start. In about 19 minutes, Klein manages to: make a glib a analogy between the BP oil spill and financial crisis criticize risk-taking as “reckless” advocate the precautionary principle elevate Mother Nature over humanity (and present Mother Nature as truly feminine) blame men, and […]

Brendan O’Neill debating over-population in the New York Times

In his “Dot Earth” blog for the New York Times, journalist Andrew Revkin yesterday wrote about his recent correspondence with spiked editor Brendan O’Neill on the issue of over-population. It’s brief, but a great read nonetheless. The post is called “Deconstructing a bestiary of Malthusian ‘miserabilists'”, and Revkin quotes O’Neill as saying: An NGO that arrives in poor Africa […]

NASA’s amazing discovery of alien life – in California

Thumbnail : NASA’s amazing discovery of alien life – in California

When NASA announced last week that it had a new discovery “which would impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” the media clamored for details. But when the space agency finally unveiled the news that it had found alien life in the form of a microbe with previously-unknown DNA that that feeds – oddly enough – off […]

Too much vitamin D, or not enough? Yes

Today’s New York Times front page has a story with the headline “Extra vitamin D and calcium aren’t necessary, report says”. It refers to a report from an expert committee, which the Times says finds: The very high levels of vitamin D that are often recommended by doctors and testing laboratories – and can be achieved only […]

Fate of the World game: “Malthus on a computer chip”

Norm Benson at Timberati has a great post about a new video game, Fate of the World. He writes: The scenario for Fate of the World (FotW) starts in the year 2020 when climate change induced disasters strike. Then the “World Environment Organization,” (a turbo-charged United Nations), makes you the climate czar to “decide how […]

China’s high-speed rail expansion leaves US behind

Thumbnail : China’s high-speed rail expansion leaves US behind

  There was an interesting item on National Public Radio this morning about the amazing expansion of China’s high-speed rail network. In two years’ time, China will have about 8,000 miles of high-speed rail tracks – which means it will have more than all of the rest of the world combined. NPR notes: Soon, almost all the major […]

Katz: Why we need city-based manufacturing investment

(Video) Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution puts the case for manufacturing and innovation, based around strong metropolitan centers.

Trendy vs. real innovation

In the Financial Times on the weekend, Gillian Tett wrote about her attendance at a meeting called “Reboot America!”, organized by Daily Beast editor Tina Brown. The event was full of big names, among them economist Joseph Stiglitz, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and regulator Sheila Bair. Tett reports that a major theme was “reverence for the idea of innovation”. […]

Water on the moon – yes!

In November of last year, NASA announced an amazing discovery – water on the moon. Last week, six scientists announced in Science magazine that in fact there is much more water than originally thought – about twice the concentrations that are found in the Sahara.  The Wall Street Journal outlines the important implications: The large quantity boosts the case for a manned […]

Environmentalism’s true misanthropic colors

Disgusting video from British green group 10:10. Well, at least they make underlying misanthropy of environmentalism more transparent. The campaigners were forced to apologize, and are trying to remove the video from the internet.

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