Posted on January 13, 2012
UC Berkeley physicist, and longtime climate skeptic, Richard Muller has finally gone on the offensive, publicly admitting he was wrong to doubt global-warming data in a piece for The Wall Street Journal.
The outspoken professor, who gained notoriety in the climate-denial community for his rants against Al Gore and fueling the fire on Climategate, decided to take matters into his own hands earlier this year by creating an independent study to assess specific objections raised by climate skeptics.
Posted on November 23, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The father of an American student arrested during protests in Egypt says his 19-year-old son has called home and said he’s being treated well under the circumstances.
Derrik Sweeney, of Jefferson City, Mo., was among three American students arrested this week in Cairo.
Kevin Sweeney says his son called about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday from the phone of a U.S. Embassy official before additional questioning and spoke “very briefly” with his mother Joy Sweeney. The teen said he hasn’t been hurt. Continue Reading
Posted on September 20, 2011
This summer, I spent 7 weeks teaching English in Jiangsu province, China. While I was there, I became progressively more and more Chinese. The superficial, cultural traits I picked up – driving like a maniac, clicking my fingers at waitresses, proposing a toast every five minutes to anyone I’m remotely enjoying having dinner with – are proving that they can be unlearned (which is probably just as well, as “when in Rome” is generally a good mantra).
Certain ideological traits which gradually permeated my way of thinking in the course of two months, leaving me wondering things like “would there be these crazy riots in London if we had proper media censorship?”, were erased by my reassimilation into English modes of thought almost immediately on my return. But the lessons I seem to have learned permanently are the ones I learned from my students. Chinese students have a work ethic of dedication, resilience and self-discipline which quite frankly puts us – not only British students, but also Oxford undergraduates – to shame, and they’re learning it from age three. If I’d grown up with that attitude, I’d be earning more by now. Continue Reading
Posted on September 19, 2011
Is the world about to watch 750,000 Somalis starve to death?” The opening line to a story I read in Friday’s New York Times. Given the fact that the story didn’t even make the front page of the International Section, let alone A1 — it was buried on A5 — I couldn’t help but respond to the question with an emphatic “NO.” Continue Reading