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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

3 June - Morning News Quick Picks

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Memo reveals Copenhagen climate talks blame game
de Boer blamed the collapse of the talks on the Danish presidency of the event, in particular on Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Against de Boer's advice, Rasmussen distributed a draft compromise agreement before the talks began.
According to de Boer, the document was "unbalanced" and heavily biased in favour of western nations. "The Danish paper destroyed two years of effort in one fell swoop," de Boer wrote in a memo shortly after the conference ended. The memo was obtained by Danish journalist Per Meistrup, author of Kampen om klimaet, and can be seen online at bit.ly/aanbGg.
( This looks to be a partisan version of the effects of the Danes leaking a change of UN position papers in what was perceived by smaller nations as a 'Bait and Switch' scam by the U.S. : false representations. )

Why is some coverage of scientific news in the media very poor?
About four or so months ago, I started monitoring media coverage of PLoS ONE papers and posting weekly summaries and linkfests on the everyONE blog. In the previous post (the one you just read and then came back here) I focused on the importance of linking to the papers, and why bloggers tend to provide links while traditional media does not.

What often goes unspoken in the practice of engendered development is that aid agencies want to work with women not just because they have traditionally been excluded, but also because men are harder to work with.

Indeed, in many ways, and in striking contrast to women, men often represent something of an impediment to development.
The economist Amartya Sen, for instance, has often drawn attention to the fact that women’s education and employment levels are among the best determinants of child mortality, fertility and other development indicators.

In other words, focusing resources on women is, to use Mr. Moris’s phrase, a “more efficient” way of spurring general development.

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