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Ouch. How stupid is this? Is this by now a monument to how lies can blow the truth out of the water, but not for very long. This bit of sillyness seems to be from just after the Copenhagen climate conference of 2009. Now we're heading for Paris, hoping that we can recover and do what should have been done then.

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I'm impressed. Verhofstad may even have read the wiki about Greece, so he can list some politicians from the past, and recent problems that need to be solved. This should be very useful to Tsipras, who knows nothing about Greece.

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Sounds like Obama should be enormously popular, as he's using all these clever communication devices, and he avoids all those 'wrong' words.  It is really tough. It is a dirty struggle, with the wrong guys getting the chance to repeat their wrong messages all over the media.

Why did the US democrats not try a carbon tax, but went for a market based mechanism to cap & trade carbon emissions? Why did their opponents choose to call it cap & tax, and refuse to give it any reasonable hearing?  I do have the impression that it was tried.  But the media did not help, and the opposing party had no interest in trying to listen, or understand. They wanted to block.  Any success for Obama would be bad for them.

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He's making claims about basic physics. Physicists and Astronomers don't actually assume these so-called dogmas. There are many good scientists spending their whole career trying to find if any of the constants are not constant, or if any of the symmetries in the laws of nature are broken, and to which extent.  

As a physicist, in your first year of study, in lectures about the statistic and systematic difficulties of doing measurements, students usually get to see graphs of how the measured values of natural constants have varied through time. It isn't easy to do the most accurate measurements. And if a new method comes along, it often turns out that the old method had some systematic effect that nobody had yet thought about.  You always try to estimate the possibility of systematic uncertainties, but you can never be sure. That's natural, isn't it :)   That metrology guy made a joke about it .. but he clearly knew how it works.

I'm guessing the talk was 'banned' because he makes statements about science and scientists that are simply not true. He also gave the impression that there's evidence for rats can learn telepathically from what other rats are taught, elsewhere.  If that were true, it would be spectacular, and a famous result. It's not.  So he's overselling his own hunch or belief.

.. nothing wrong for scientists going after some personal hunch. Many do, and sometimes it takes a long time for them to get convincing evidence. Or not. But they need that evidence to be taken seriously.

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The basic problem was legislative micromanagement, combined with an unworking compromise. And insistence that we follow the resulting rules to the letter, without allowing some flexibility to those to whom we delegated the task to implement them. And of course the rules never envisiged something like an economic crisis happening. 

Now we're in classic tragedy: hubris leading to crisis. And we can only avoid downfall if we dare to trust each other. But crisis is eating at our mutual trust.
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Interesting.. these reporters are all pretty white. The hate mail is largely about them allegedly being too nice about black people and women. But this video gives me the feeling that they're missing at least one or two black faces in the team.

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helaas hapert het geluid van deze video
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congratulations on getting all up there, safely..

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Overigens was Lodewijk Bonaparte de eerste Konijn der Nederlanden.
En in Polen werd de Koning gewoon gekozen, op een landdag. Wel door de adel.
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Let's compromise on Nukulear.

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Great Greek tactics: say that won't talk with (just) the Troika anymore. The Troika is a divide and rule mechanism. The only answer for Greece is to talk to all EU governments separately. Educate them on the details. Delegitimize the Troika. Make clear that this is not a technocratic and straightforward issue. Explain how bad it is in Greece. Explain how easy they can help, without having to really pay much.  Syriza and Varoufakis certainly got attention by strong first statements on the Troika and it's simplistic technocratic and oppressive role.  Poor Dijsselbloem didn't seem to know what hit him. Now they're pivoting to explanations, moderation, being reasonable, showing they know what they're talking about. BBC & Channel 4 interviews were spot-on and impressive.  Visiting London Bankers fits into a strategy of building up authority on the issue. The next step is to play divide & rule back on the Troika by collecting support from periphery governments, separately.  Explain how a 'loss' at the central bank may look bad, but is in fact pretty painless. Explain advantages from using Greece to force a paradigm shift a change of framing. Then France, Juncker. Keeping Merkel for later, so she has time to get used to it, with the germans, that reality must be faced.  In the mean time, many people have already dropped hints that maybe an open debt reduction is difficult, but it is possible to stretch the time for paying back. The first hints at the north retreating from their harsh austerity stance.  Still a journey to go, and lots of flight time for Yanis Varoufakis. But it doesn't look too bad.
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