Archive for April, 2011

Goodbye CBC

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

As a complement to today's federal leaders' debate the CBC had a group of first time voters watch and comment. But while the clear majority felt that the NDP's Jack Layton was the winner (as demonstrated by holding up pictures) there was no identification made for those that couldn't clearly see and interpret the photos […]

Creationism at the Royal Society

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

This would be old news but for the fact that the Royal Society's president at the time was Martin Rees - who might now be seen by some as finally getting his reward for letting it happen.  On the other hand, Rees does seem genuinely bemused about the award so perhaps, in his mind at […]

Retail Internet Pricing - Without Slogans

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

All sides in the debate on "Usage Based Billing" are off base. The issue is quite complicated and not helped by the use of simplistic slogans which often either ask for the impossible or run counter to the interests of those tricked into reciting them.

No Shades of Gray?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Sometimes I find PZMeyers over the top in his denunciations of religion (especially when he tars all with the same brush and goes on to demonize even those who merely point out that error), but this time he's right on the mark and expresses it most eloquently. However, although there are no shades of grey with […]

Where’s the Left Wing Science Denial? Alive and Well in Vancouver I'm Afraid

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Chris Mooney at Discover Magazine is optimistic, asking Where’s the Left Wing Science Denial? But in fact, although there are many reasonable voices (and even George Monbiot has belatedly changed his tune and is now quite critical of the anti-nuke crowd), the media is still full of knee-jerk scare pieces like Olson's in the Vancouver Courier. Other […]

Legitimate Concerns and Overstated Rhetoric

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Colin Macilwain has unfortunately marred a reasonably sensible article in Nature News by adding unsupported inflammatory rhetoric in the opening and closing paragraphs. In between these he refers approvingly to a much better article by Charles Ferguson which appeared a week earlier, and makes some legitimate points of his own about real failings of the nuclear industry (and those […]