Science & Society

Great Scott! Climate Change Deniers Accept Models!

A recent study of old log books, coupled with the use of computer modelling of ice estimates show that the summer sea ice edge then was further from the land in the Weddell sea but that ice conditions were surprisingly comparable to the present day in other sectors
According to a Delta Dental survey out today, American adults overwhelmingly want a little pumpkin at Thanksgiving, it has 36 percent favorability, more than double that of American's next favorite Thanksgiving pie, pecan, which ekes out only 15 percent.  

The Delta Dental Plans Association Fall 2016 Survey was conducted between October 18 and October 25, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 1,009 Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. Pumpkin pie is most popular in the West (46 percent) but that drops to 30 percent for people in the South. Additionally, 39 percent of Midwesterners prefer it, and 33 percent of Northeasterners.


In the criminal justice community, the community supervision approach known as Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) has generated widespread enthusiasm when it comes to substance use, violations, new arrests, and revocations to prison, but a new study casts doubt that HOPE versus probation as usual (PAU) is doing anything but saving money.
Mark Bittman, cookbook guru and former New York Times columnist for those who self-identify as being the latest nutritional trend followers, has had success telling other people how to run their business - but was a giant flop when he actually had to implement his own vegan beliefs.

That has led to a sweet teaching gig at Columbia University, which tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health education you are taking out $72,000 per year in student loans to get.
The current crisis in the US is of profound significance!!! This is not a mere economic or environmental crisis; it is not even a mere political crisis. This crisis is about the fundamentals of our social systems’ perception. Especially in a society that follows a democratic doctrine, media belong vitally to the perception apparatus of the social systems. Here is something almost none of you – NONE I say! – properly understand: You may be already aware of that there is a deep problem if the established media and intellectuals, that is precisely those that the society relies on to know better, to be their objective guide, is unable to see reality, for example the fact of that Donald Trump was winning all along.
Environmentalists almost certainly cost Secretary Hillary Clinton the election and now they want to act as a violent alternative to President-elect Trump. President Obama had consistently sided with environmentalists over jobs - an example was the Keystone XL pipeline - despite science and smart policy and that came back to haunt Democrats, who couldn't get back control of the Senate, stayed a minority in the House, and now lost the Presidency.

If corporate money controls our politics, as Bernie Sanders and others have claimed, then how did the Republican Party – the reputed party of business – manage to nominate a candidate whom almost no one in Big Business supports? And why have so many been so silent about it?


In a world where individuals have ranked preferences, it is not possible to create a voting procedure that is guaranteed to yield a fair selection between more than two alternatives. This is a mathematical certainty: in 1951 Nobel laureate Kenneth Arrow gave the mathematical proof.

It is still true that far more men than women have leading roles in many organizations. If you ask women to explain this, as many researchers have, they point to workplace culture as a prime culprit.

Summary: Legally the president makes the decision and everyone else then scurries around and follows his or her orders; in practice it's not going to be that simple in peace time especially. He or she doesn’t just have a button to press and the weapons fire; it’s a figurative expression. A president who gave that order in peacetime would surely be treated as temporarily deranged and ignored. They would need broad support, from their defense secretary especially.