Muertos, o algo peor

November 22, 2009

Dies abans de la notícia d’avui en què, com podeu llegir, els qui no combreguen amb la tesi oficial del canvi climàtic ja poden anar plegant veles, que ben se n’ocupa l’establishment científic de què no publiquen, vaig quedar astorat de llegir aquestes dades que presentà n’Arcadi Espada. Resulta que, després d’anys d’haver estat induïts a pensar que a Ciudad Juárez es mataven dones, i només dones, i només pel fet de ser-ho, u se n’assabenta ara de les xifres. Les corresponents a enguany mostren que han mort 114 dones, i sorpresa: 1386 homes. A El Pais hi deuen haver llegit n’Espada, perquè avui, curiosament, posen feminicidi entre cometes.

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Universally ignored

October 27, 2009

ACADEMY. After explaining about the long time plate tectonics had to wait until it finally got accepted by the mainstream geology science, Bryson ends the chapter with the following comment:

Interestingly, oil company geologists had known for years that if you wanted to find oil you had to allow for precisely the sort of surface movements that were implied by plate tectonics. But oil geologists didn’t write academic papers; they just found oil.

ROSSI. Quina és l’expressió que mai no fan servir ni en Biaggi, ni en Sete, ni en Lorenzo? Vale.

SALUTACIONS. Quant més sonor el bes, més fals el sentiment?

FREEDOM What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > Freedom. It sounds trite, but without it, what’s the point of life? Almost everything else is incidental to the basic right of a newborn human being to grow up to enjoy life on this planet limited only by the moderation required to mutually accommodate others (Brett Lock, from the normblog profiles).

Si hi estàs d’acord, ets un liberal clàssic.

THE IMPORTANT PAPER WHICH WAS…

When the crust reached the end of its journey at the boundary with continents, it plunged back into the Earth in a process known as subduction. That explained where all the sediment went. It was being returned to the bowels of the Earth. It also explained why ocean floors everywhere were so comparatively youthful. None had ever been found to be older than about 175 million years, which was a puzzle because continental rocks were often billions of years old. Now Hess could see why. Ocean rocks lasted only as long as it took them to travel to shore. It was a beautiful theory that explained a great deal. Hess elaborated his ideas in an important paper, which was almost universally ignored.

Bryson of course.

Mancur Olson, in his book The Logic Of Collective Action, highlighted the central problem of politics in a democracy. The benefits of political market-rigging can be concentrated to benefit particular special interest groups, while the costs (in higher taxes, slower economic growth, and many other second-order effects) are diffused through the entire population.

via Armed and Dangerous » Blog Archive » Some Iron Laws of Political Economics.

Una d’aquelles coses que sempre he pensat però mai no he sabut expressar. Es exactament això el que passa en aquest país, per exemple, amb els petits comerciants, que obtenen una protecció dels seus interessos concrets i materials que va en contra dels interessos de la immensa majoria de consumidors, massa dispersos com ni per pensar-hi d’oposar resistència.

M’apunt la referència del llibre d’Olson per llegir-lo.

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