Got my mojo working

The new Reader that is. Now it stands in for the Google Reader I used to have out there in public.  I wanted a space for selections of the day and I wanted a reasonably logical array of feeds. Took a lot of playing around but here it is:


Update 4 November

As you can see I have incorporated the “Daily Readings” into this blog.

2 November 2011: new blog!

Pissed off with the demise of my public Google Reader I have set up a substitute here:

NEIL’S DAILY READINGS [now incorporated into this blog]

Double-posting today’s entry.



Environment/Climate Science

Graph of the Day: NOAA, Northeast Precipitation extremes

Preoccupied: Grist readers sound off about the Wall Street protests

Coke Helps Bears. Limbaugh blows nut

Texas Drought’s Global Ripples

Deltoid: Rosegate: Rose hides the incline

David Rose is notorious and fabricating data to claim that global warming isn’t happening as well as for fabricating quotes, so this story in the Daily Mail comes as no surprise. Rose presents a graph of temperatures from BEST that purports to prove that global warming has stopped and then quotes Judith Curry

"As for the graph disseminated to the media, she said: ‘This is "hide the decline" stuff. Our data show the pause, just as the other sets of data do. Muller is hiding the decline…

smiley-happy005smiley-happy005[3]smiley-happy005[6]smiley-happy005[8] New Scientist: Climate Change: What we do and don’t know

Skeptical Science: Fred Singer Denies Global Warming

Texas toast: State’s drought-crippled ag market has global impact





Niall Ferguson, Defender of the 1%

Conservative historian and Harvard professor Niall Ferguson has a funny habit. He asserts himself as a timely political commentator by weighing in on a debate about a hot contemporary problem. But then he proposes policy measures so dramatically inappropriate to the issue at hand that his comments become the opposite of timely. Antonyms such as untimely or inopportune don’t quite capture it. He is willfully, stubbornly wrong at exactly the right moment—when the wrongness of his thinking could hardly be more evident.


3 Quarks daily Tuesday Poem: Crossing the Loch

IT and internet

Mac web browser Raven is flying, with 100,000 in-app installs in 3 weeks

Chart showing how utterly Facebook has destroyed MySpace



GLBT issues

Quote of the Day – The Wild Reed



‘Teachers Want Corporate America Assessed’ 

Amidst all the chattering on TV about education reform, teachers are hard at work each day in overcrowded, dilapidated classrooms with meager supplies and budgets. Many teach in classrooms with hungry, anxious students who lack health care and safe neighborhoods. Other teachers are seeing more homeless students whose parents lost jobs or have been deported because they came here illegally. Teachers will continue to teach children who might have one or both parents overseas fighting in Afghanistan.  Despite all this, teachers continue to do whatever is necessary to care for their students.  Teachers now find themselves as the last line of defense in the battle for the souls of our nation’s children.  

That’s why teachers will continue to occupy Wall Street and Washington, Trenton and Oakland, Knoxville and Raleigh, as they turn the tables and demand accountability for the crimes against children being committed in the name of education reform. They are finally standing up to the bullies. As Congress debates No Child Left Behind and the future role of the federal government in education, this time around teachers and parents are no longer going to be silent, sitting on the sidelines. They are going to be marching in the streets, protesting, calling their congressmen and senators and making their voices heard. Teachers are finally demanding the freedom to teach and the professional autonomy and respect that they deserve. 

Current affairs

UNESCO: Boycott For Boycott?

Middle East Propaganda 101

When it comes to American propaganda about the Middle East, this New York Times article— detailing U.S. plans to bolster its influence in the region after it “withdraws” from Iraq — is a masterpiece. Here’s the crux of the new American strategy and its ostensible rationale:

With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran, the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. While the United States has close bilateral military relationships with each, the administration and the military are trying to foster a new “security architecture” for the Persian Gulf that would integrate air and naval patrols and missile defense…


From the HUN and the Victoria Police to seven billion people and a plague of Perrottets on a dangerously over-populated pond …

Because the pond is lazy, it always picks the low hanging fruit from the very bottom media branches, but every so often, it’s worth tipping the lid, doffing the hat, doing a nod (but damned if we’ll curtsy) to someone who’s done the hard yards.

The most excruciating, tedious yards imaginable, which is to trawl through the HUN files, and come still smiling and smelling of roses (imagine that, in a sewer), as Andrew Crook has managed in Get Baldy: Herald Sun’s blatant campaign to knife Simon Overland.

Say no more, just read the piece if you want to know a little bit more about the perverted power wielded by the HUN in Melbourne, a gift of its big circulation, and its willingness to swing the axe with Murdochian vigour…



Iranian: Digging Photos

I am homesick … my family has all left my end of the world, they are all in Iran; and I am digging photos. And putting them on the facebook page of my blog.
Something about facebook is soothing to my short temper of these days and my short attention span.
I want to go home … to go to Iran; and smell something familiar … my mother.
What have I to say any more … what have I to say about Iran? ..

Scotland: Heroes Not Zombies: The power of vulnerability

This is one of the most inspiring, funny and moving TED talks I’ve seen so far. Brene Brown’s qualitative research has led her to conclude that one of the most important issues for human beings is connections – we need to be connected, to belong, to love and be loved. This need for connections is the basis of our feelings of vulnerability, and that vulnerability can be the basis of feelings of shame, of feeling not good enough, not deserving of love or connections…



One a day – Hoarded Ordinaries