The Primate Diaries

Archives for December, 2009

The Blind Leading the Blind

Image: Jesus! vs. Darwin! by The Searcher It’s a tired old routine, yet time and again the same argument is taken off the shelf, dusted, buffed and then presented with a sly smile as if it were something new. Evolution, it’s asserted, is only progressive and builds on earlier adaptations in its march forward through…

Tiger’s Sex Tape Released

Uncensored video below.

Darwiniana: Notes on Evolutionary History

Alfred Russell Wallace, co-discoverer with Darwin of the theory of natural selection, was so great an admirer of the English philosopher Herbert Spencer that he named his first-born son Herbert Spencer Wallace on June 22, 1867. Ironically, Wallace later became a socialist, a view that was diametrically opposed to Spencer’s right-wing libertarian views. Source: David…

Journalist Robert Eshelman is blogging from Copenhagen throughout the UN Climate Conference and offers this cogent observation: If there’s going to be an agreement, it will come down mostly to money. The E.U. might offer more money and the U.S. might provide a counteroffer. There might be some movement on emissions targets from the E.U.…

Canadian journalist Naomi Klein, author of the international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, and the recent Rolling Stone article “Climate Rage,” gave the following talks at the KlimaForum09 alternative climate conference in Copenhagen. As the US is insisting on a mere 17% reduction in carbon pollution based on 2005 levels (when the IPCC Working…

Yep, this is pretty much how it works. Marc Roberts has this brilliant comic that sums up the spectacle currently underway in Copenhagen. Here’s a taste, but make sure to click the link to see the whole thing.

Please Welcome Casaubon’s Book to ScienceBlogs

Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher and small farmer living in rural upstate New York and now writes at Casaubon’s Book, after the character in the George Eliot novel Middlemarch who attempts to put everything in history within a single narrative. She writes and speaks frequently about peak oil, climate change and depletion issues. Here…

The so-called “Danish Text” agreement that was leaked to the Guardian newspaper has resulted in a firestorm of controversy. By far the most hostile reporting about the outrage that poor nations have expressed has been from the Financial Times. FT Commentator Fiona Harvey wrote yesterday that: The more the spotlight falls upon this Danish text,…

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech Leaked

The following is an unconfirmed draft of the speech that President Obama plans to give before the Nobel Prize Committee in Oslo later today. Daniel Simpson has transcribed the draft: EMBARGOED UNTIL DECEMBER 10, 2009 (Check against delivery) Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Distinguished members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Dear Friends around the…

Executive Director of the South Center Martin Khor and Journalist Naomi Klein are interviewed in Copenhagen: Martin Khor: I think that the US has a positive role to play in the climate negotiations, which it has yet to play, by allowing those countries who are in the Kyoto Protocol–and that’s all the developed countries except…