Book Review: Future Babble by Dan Gardner « Critical Thinking « Skeptic North Posted on 04 February 2011 by Darren McKee. Today’s guest post is from Darren McKee, an contributor to the Ottawa Skeptics podcast. Want to contribute a review? Contact us. About Us - ideas42 What We Do We grew out of research programs in psychology and economics at top academic institutions, and our work draws on decades of experimental scientific research. We use these insights to design scalable ways to improve programs, policies and products in the real world. We work with a wide range of partners, from leading foundations and non-profit organizations, to government bodies and businesses. In short, anyone who wants to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives. Meet our Partners
Actualite - CRUISE MISSILES AND NATO MISSILE DEFENSE: UNDER THE RADAR ? Dennis M. GORMLEY The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the threat of cruise missile proliferation is as equally challenging to NATO as the threat of ballistic missiles. Over the last two decades, the emergence of cruise missiles and UAVs as a threat has been slow, and governments, particularly the United States, have invested much less in cruise missile defenses than in ballistic missile defenses. Since 2004, however, several new land-attack cruise missile programs have been launched, after a new narrative formed around their strategic value, and as a response to progress achieved by ballistic missile defense systems.
INRA METARISK 16 january 2012 The Met@risk research unit has been working since its creation in 2004 on developing and improving risk analysis methodologies. Risk analysis is a crucial issue for public and private decision makers because most of the policies to protect public health, to develop standards and implement controls or to inform consumers about food are based on this process. The 48 Laws of Power Background Greene initially formulated some of the ideas in The 48 Laws of Power while working as a writer in Hollywood and concluding that today's power elite shared similar traits with powerful figures throughout history. In 1995, Greene worked as a writer at Fabrica, an art and media school, and met a book packager named Joost Elffers. Greene pitched a book about power to Elffers and six months later, Elffers requested that Greene write a treatment. Although Greene was unhappy in his current job, he was comfortable and saw the time needed to write a proper book proposal as too risky. However, at the time Greene was rereading his favorite biography about Julius Caesar and took inspiration from Caesar's decision to cross the Rubicon River and fight Pompey, thus inciting the Great Roman Civil War. Greene would follow Caesar's example and write the treatment, which later became The 48 Laws of Power. He would note this as the turning point of his life.
Ottawa’s campaign against income inequality faces some hard limits On a recent snowy afternoon in Ottawa, Jean-Yves Duclos sat in his as-yet-undecorated office overlooking Canada’s Parliament, reflecting on the limits of government. Until last fall, Duclos was an economics professor specializing in the use of public policy to reduce inequality. In November, he became the country’s minister of families, children and social development; his new job is to execute some of what he previously theorized about. But very, very carefully. “Trade, globalization, technology — all of that has over the last decades favored in larger part the top earners,” said Duclos, whose relaxed air, careful choice of words and surprisingly large pink boutonniere were simultaneously charming and vaguely patrician. “And that we can address in limited manners if you want to make sure that you’re not hindering growth.”
EU Policy Lab The EU Policy Lab is a collaborative and experimental space for innovative policy-making. It is both a physical space and a way of working that combines to explore, connect and find solutions for better policies. By accessing diverse areas of knowledge, we strive to co-create, test and prototype ideas to address complex social problems and to enable collective change. The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War #3. Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, the Eastern Front of WWII The Situation: USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) The Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis (ORACBA) was established by the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-354, H.R.4271, Section 304). ORACBA began operation on April 15, 1995, in USDA's Office of the Chief Economist.
List of military writers The following is a list of military writers, alphabetical by last name: A Sidney Allinson – Canadian military historian, The Bantams: The Untold Story Of World War One, Kruger's Gold: A novel of the Anglo-Boer WarStephen AmbroseAlberto Bayo – Latin American revolutionary, A Manual of Guerrilla Warfare B C D We should be striving to work less, not toiling until we drop Work already consumes too much of our lives: for the next generation, it could consume even more. The state pension age will be bumped up to 66 by 2020; and according to experts reacting to the government’s review of the state retirement age, those lucky young things now joining the world of employment could be waiting into their 70s for a state pension. An inevitable byproduct of rising life expectancy, they say; but surely a gift of progress should be the granting of more healthy years of leisure, not fewer. It gets worse: the pensions company Royal London says average earners who from the unlikely age of 22 put aside money for retirement will find themselves working until around the age of 77 if they wish to enjoy the same standard of living their parents did on retiring.
Introduction – Museum of the Future Climate Change Reimagined: Dubai 2050 The Museum of the Future is a unique initiative by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that explores the future of science, technology and innovation. The exhibition re-imagines the three biggest challenges facing us from climate change – how to create enough fresh water, how to feed the world, and how to build (and rebuild) our cities – as a opportunities to radically transform the way we live and create a better, stronger, and more vibrant global economy. The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War Some one-liners uttered by historical figures during the heat of battle are so awesome that they seem taken right out of a particularly bombastic Hollywood war movie. But we've already gone over those. The following quotes aren't like that: These are the real-life wartime quotes no one would ever put in a film, because they're simply too badass to believe.
Commission européenne Before the European Commission proposes a new initiative, it evaluates the potential economic, social and environmental consequences. An impact assessment gives decision-makers evidence regarding the advantages and disadvantages of a policy choice. It explains why action should be taken at EU level and why the proposed response is appropriate. It may also find that no action should be taken at EU level. Once the Secretariat General, the Impact Assessment Board and the Commission decide that an impact assessment is needed, a roadmap is drawn up that sets out the planned work. Impact assessments are prepared for: