The Primate Diaries

Archives for December, 2009

Kyoto would be replaced with a protocol run by the World Bank, says Guardian.Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images [updated below – Update II – Update III (Thurs.)] The Guardian newspaper last night published a leaked draft of a climate agreement entitled only Draft 271109 but known as the “Danish Text” by UN delegates in Copenhagen. The…

(updated below) Media Matters is reporting that on December 4th Fox News manipulated the evidence from a poll to suggest that 94% of the US population thinks that scientists falsified evidence to support their beliefs about climate change. As can be seen, however, their numbers added up to 120%. What happened? Well, here’s the Rasmussen…

What Climategate?

There has been much ado about the hundreds of pages of stolen e-mails from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia. The reality of course is that this is about creating a wedge by those who are opposed to the regulations necessary to circumvent climate change and is not about the scientific realities. This…

How the Inuit Are Solving the Climate Crisis

Maana (Now), Directed by FĂ©lix Pharand D. As part of the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference is the Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Film Festival. Included in the festival is this humorous story of one Inuk teenager who is disturbed by how the climate crisis is affecting his community and sets out to do…

What do the following countries have in common? Bahrain, Burma, China, Iran, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan If your answer is that they’re some of the most corrupt, authoritarian nations in the world you’d be correct. If you associated them with significant human rights abuses, you would also…

Scientia Pro Publica is EPIC

The twice monthly premiere science blog carnival has just been posted at Mauka to Makai. Many of your favorite science bloggers have been included (as well as yours truly). Make sure to stop in and prepare to be amazed.

The State of Religion

Your Sunday funnies from Atheistcartoons.com

Carnival of the Godless is Up

Nonreligious Nerd is hosting the latest edition (we’re up to #130 now) of the most ungodly carnival in the blogosphere. Take a moment in between hymns to check out the selections on your iPhone. Just tell the other parishioners that you’re praying for them.

American Golem

In the recent incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, the cylons were a human creation who turned on their creator. Such a motif is a classic literary form and can be found in Shelley’s Frankenstein, Goethe’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and in the 16th century Jewish folktale of the golem. In the latter, the golem is animated by…

Thank You, Jenny McCarthy!

From the brilliant minds at ThankYouJennyMcCarthy.com. WTF, indeed. I got my vaccine, have you?