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I'll be discussing this with every canvasser that knocks on the door or calls me during the upcoming election campaign.
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When discussing the Copenhagen Theory of Quantum Mechanics with +Phil Ledwith , I suggested we may have to invent a computer in the future to explain the implications of quantum mechanics to us, along the lines of Deep Thought in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  I was joking at first, then realized that that may indeed come to pass.  It didn't occur to me that we might not understand the answer.  

Richard Feynman's father, if I remember the story correctly, encouraged him to go into physics so Richard could explain Einstein's theories to him.  Richard never could, so disappointed his father.  Will this be our fate, too?
 
An interesting thought: what if technology makes scientific discoveries that we can’t understand? http://ow.ly/i1BdO
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"Economics is a subject of importance because it informs policy". -- There's traditionally a bit of a feedback loop between economists and politicians, in that Politicians tend to cherry pick the economic data and suggestions that they prefer in order to implement the kinds of policies they espouse, and this in turn informs the data set that economists get to analyze. Sort of. I'm not explaining that well. 

The tradition is I think susceptible to change. To get really crude about it for a second, consider US monetary policy around the stimulus and taxation. Those decisions are not about, not even framed as, questions of "what is best for the country as a whole" but instead questions of "who deserves what". the whole 99% movement is predicated on the assumption that the top 1% are overpaid and undertaxed UNFAIRLY. I've seen at most two articles about circulation of capital and having a viable consumer base. The Republican argument "these are the job creators" is really a thinly veiled argument for meritocracy (it's not pure meritocracy because the playing field isn't level to begin with, but I did say I was being crude). The outcry over bailing out Wall street is at least in part an outcry against hypocrisy and against rewarding failure. I could go on, but let's not. The point is, these decisions are not rational. They are tangled up in value judgements and the way we see ourselves as people. These things might evolve.  
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A coherent look at the some of the political scenarios for the Northern Gateway project from +David Eaves 
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I wasn't trying to pin this on Canada.  The global scale of the problem is illustrated by China burning Australian coal to make products for Americans.  However, Canadian tar sands will never put the Saudis out of business.  A massive, WWII-style commitment on the part of developed nations to transition to clean energy - with much more efficient use of it - actually could have that effect on the Saudis.

I'm dreaming here, but if the focus was "Is everyone doing all they can?" rather than "Who gets to create what fraction of the last 'safe' emissions?" we'd have a shot at avoiding a truly dystopian future.
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"For both Israelis and Palestinians, the question of responsibility has nothing to do with who acted first to break the latest truce. For israelis, Palestinians are at fault not because they decided to start launching rockets at Israeli towns on October 8th or October 29th or November 16th, but because they launch rockets at Israeli towns at all. Launching poorly-guided rockets at Ashkelon, Beersheva or Tel Aviv cannot conceivably have a legitimate military purpose. Israel's strikes on Gaza kill hundreds of civilians, and an international court might very well determine after detailed investigation that some of those strikes had no legitimate military targets, and constituted war crimes; but a court examining Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli towns would need perform very little investigation at all to make the same determination. It is a cliche, but a perfectly accurate one, that no people would tolerate militias launching rockets at them from neighbouring territories, and Israel is perfectly justified in using military means to stop it.
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Yet in another sense, Mr Jones is quite right. Palestinians consider Israel to be responsible for the recent violence in Gaza not because Israel scotched the cease-fire negotiations and killed a high-level Hamas officer, but because Israel has driven the Palestinians out of most of the territory in which they historically resided, confining them to ever-shrinking patches of parched land, sealing their borders, crippling their economy, stunting their political aspirations, jailing or killing their heroes, and blasting apart whatever chance they might have had at a prosperous, well-governed state if left to their own devices—not that those chances were necessarily particularly high. Of course they blame the Israelis. Of course the Israelis blame them. Thinking about the problem through the prism of who is at fault for the most recent cease-fire violations or escalation of violence doesn't seem a terribly useful exercise."
 
The general impression in America is that the most recent round of fighting in Gaza got started when Israel retaliated for a major ramp-up in rocket launches by Hamas this year. On the European side of the Atlantic, and in a few pockets of the American left, a different narrative contends for space http://econ.st/SqTT3o
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You know when your friends can see what your problem is, but you are too blind to see? +Barack Obama 
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Hope everyone enjoys their #ScienceSunday  

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I had a little difficulty with G+ sharing.    I have longed used Google's Picasa to organize my photos, and Picasaweb to share them.  Picasaweb allowed me to use a secret link to share web albums with friends and family  that were not on social networks.    When I used Picasa to upload photos from the past year that I want to share, I found that Picasa would now only upload to G+.   I have friends who do not wish to use Facebook or Google+ for privacy reasons; when I went to upload pictures I found that Picasa's facial recognition had tagged them, linked their email addresses to the photos, and was preparing to email them, presumably with G+ invites.  I had previously used my address book to assist with tagging photos internally on my PC, but these did not carry over on to the web.   I also found that the weblink from Picasa web albums now came with a prompt to sign into G+

Irritated, I went to use Facebook instead.  FB does have an option to share albums with people who aren't on FB - unfortunately. it only seems to work if you set the privacy settings to "public".  This was a non-starter.

I discovered G+ had also change the privacy settings on my albums - making them public.  In restricting one album to my friends circle, it seems to have reshared the album with them so it has popped up as a new album.   Worse, I can see the discrepancy between the security settings in G+ and Picasaweb -  I have one album that showed as limited to friends in Picasaweb, but is visible as Public in G+.

These may just be growing pains and migration pains.  If I set the security in G+, it seems to work properly.  Sharing via link in G+ also seems to work - I can share an album via link, and those following the link can view the album without signing in to G+ .  Security settings assigned in G+ also seem to work.   Still, my privacy should not be compromised by Google's decision to  merge services, particularly without my knowledge and consent.
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The type of gun control that works:  (From +The Economist )
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From +The Economist : "And so, similarly, from a European, Canadian or other rich-world-country perspective, American attitudes towards righteous violence are a strange outlier from its civilisation, seemingly belonging to another age, castles and all"
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