In January, 16 scientists and/or engineers wrote an opinion piece in the WSJ. This is the response
of one of the academics cited in their piece: William Nordhaus. According to the 16 scientists/engineers, Nordhaus recommended no action on climate change for 50 years. But he didn't. The opinion piece
has generated controversy
among climate scientists as well.
posted by blueberry sushi
on Feb 29, 2012 -
"As teachers and leaders of communities that promote the development of compassion and mindfulness, we are writing to express our solidarity with the Occupy movement now active in over 1,900 cities worldwide....
Occupy Samsara. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Nov 9, 2011 -
"The structural greed, anger and delusion that characterize our current system are incompatible with our obligations to future generations and our most cherished values of interdependence, creativity, and compassion. We call on teachers and practitioners from all traditions of mind/body awakening to join in actively transforming these structures."
They are known as “quants” because they do quantitative finance. Seduced by a vision of mathematical elegance underlying some of the messiest of human activities, they apply skills they once hoped to use to untangle string theory or the nervous system to making money.
"They Tried to Outsmart Wall Street
." [spoiler inside] [more inside]
posted by dersins
on Mar 10, 2009 -
The End of the Wall Street Era.
“We always asked the same question,” says Eisman. “Where are the rating agencies in all of this? And I’d always get the same reaction. It was a smirk.” He called Standard & Poor’s and asked what would happen to default rates if real estate prices fell. The man at S&P couldn’t say; its model for home prices had no ability to accept a negative number.
The author of Liar's Poker
on the collapse of the subprime industry.
posted by bitmage
on Nov 11, 2008 -
Newsfilter: Murdoch Buys The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones
After some protests from editors about what sort of control News Corp. would have over the paper, a deal has been reached with the Bancroft family that runs the paper to sell for $5 billion. Murdoch gave up some demands for editorial control but still has the ability to hire and fire editors at will, making this the same sort of fig leaf agreement
he made with the Times of London.
posted by destro
on Jul 6, 2007 -
Le mur des je t'aime.
'In a world marked by violence and dominated by individualism, walls, like frontiers, are usually made to divide and to separate people and to protect them from one another. On the contrary, le mur des je t'aime (The Wall of I love Yous) is a link, a place of reconciliation, a mirror which reflects an image of love and peace. '
A Montmartre wall of calligraphic 'I love you's in 280 languages.
posted by plep
on Jan 4, 2004 -
Before the Berlin Wall, there was Hadrian's Wall, one of the most successful attempts ever to keep noisy neighbours at bay. It's still an impressive sight
, even though most of its stone has been recycled over the centuries. Nothing beats walking
it in person, but thanks to the web you can see a 3D VRML model
of one of its forts, read about the digital imaging
of thousands of written documents unearthed at another
, and even read a 2000-year-old request to "send me some cash
as soon as possible".
posted by rory
on Sep 19, 2002 -