So, our European colleagues have been giving their opinions on how Brexit should proceed http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/25/eu-emergency-talks-brexit-berlin . To French colleagues Ayrault and Macron, Luxembourg colleague Asselborn, EC President Juncker and local boy Steinmeier, I say: how about you back off a little? You’re… Read moreBremain/Brexit II
Pete Seeger died early today. It popped up on my iPad as I was reading the morning news. There is lots to say about Pete, most of it not by me. The New York Times’s obituary by Jon Pareles does… Read morePete Seeger
When I was in school in the 1960’s, detention was what happened to you if you attempted to imitate farting when the French teacher was writing on the board, and he figured out it was you. You spent forty-five minutes… Read moreDetention
Can things that look like hard facts and indeed are hard facts be socially constructed? Sure. But many people, indeed quite a few scientists, think not. I remember being quite surprised a decade and a half ago when I realized… Read moreThe Social Construction of Crime and Tort on the Internet
The British Royal Academy of Engineering, an institution whose membership is nominated and elected only, is conducting a study on the engineering and societal impacts of space weather and has issued a call for evidence. I sent the following note… Read moreSolar Storms (Coronal Mass Ejections) and Nuclear Power Plants
I don’t have time to write any blog posts or anything else for that matter at the moment. But it seemed to me that an e-mail I wrote today might be converted to a post. Herewith. Steven Tockey pointed to… Read moreDrones in Civil Airspace Again – Bringing Gifts of Tacos!
Martyn Thomas chaired a committee convened by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering on infrastructure vulnerabilities to GPS disturbances. The committee reported in March 2011 and Martyn was briefly on the front page of UK news media on March 10,… Read moreAnother Glitch, Same Old Moral
Not mine this time (the one I wrote in 1997 is still being referenced, but is out of date because the German degree system has changed) but the OECD’s from October 2011, based on 2009 data, which I have just… Read moreTertiary Education – A Comparison over Countries