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Daily Digest 7/19 -Turkey's Baffling Coup, Spotting A Dodgy Statistic

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 10:20 AM


Turkey’s Baffling Coup (jdargis)

No less baffling was the almost amateurish behavior of the putschists, who managed to capture the chief of the general staff but apparently made no meaningful attempt to detain Erdoğan or any senior politicians. Major television channels were allowed to continue to operate for hours, and when soldiers showed up in the studios, their incompetence was almost comical.

Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic (jdargis)

In July 2015 Jeremy Hunt said: “Around 6,000 people lose their lives every year because we do not have a proper seven-day service in hospitals….” and by February 2016 this had increased to “11,000 excess deaths because we do not staff our hospitals properly at weekends”. These categorical claims that weekend staffing was responsible for increased weekend death rates were widely criticised at the time, particularly by the people who had done the actual research. Recent studies have confirmed higher death rates at weekends, but these showed no relationship to weekend staffing levels.

E.U. Imposes Record Fine on Truck Makers for Price-Fixing (jdargis)

“We have, today, put down a marker by imposing record fines for a serious infringement,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, said in a statement. “For 14 years, they colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers. This is also a clear message to companies that cartels are not accepted.”

Atom wranglers create rewritable memory (jdargis)

Otte’s team uses a scanning tunnelling microscope with a sharp needle, like the tiniest of tweezers, to probe the atoms and make them hop into adjacent spaces. One chlorine atom and one vacancy make one bit (there are 8 bits in one byte). Moving chlorine atoms in and out of vacant spots means researchers can switch between ones and zeroes, the basis for computer code.

Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016, Minister Says (jdargis)

Canada’s premiers agreed in March, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to have their governments develop an emissions reduction plan and present it by October. The plan would be preceded by study of “carbon pricing mechanisms adapted to each province’s and territory’s specific circumstances,” which premiers interpreted broadly to include things such as carbon capture and storage.

Carbon Metrics: Global Abstractions And Ecological Epistemicide (Adam F.)

This publication is a warning call. But warning of what? That we are being misguided by the dominant discourse on halting catastrophic climate change. That some solutions could actually exacerbate the disaster. That the style of thinking advocated for managing it could result in a less hospitable world. The heat is on, and we are in danger of leaping out of the frying pan into the fire. 

Medical Study: Asthma Exacerbations Linked To Fracking Activities (Josh O.)

"Asthma is a common disease with large individual and societal burdens, so the possibility that UNGD may increase risk for asthma exacerbations requires public health attention,” the report’s authors noted. “As ours is the first study to our knowledge of UNGD and objective respiratory outcomes, and several other health outcomes have not been investigated to date, there is an urgent need for more health studies.”

Eggs That Clear the Cages, but Maybe Not the Conscience (jdargis)

Though Mr. Pacelle said aviaries were “not perfect,” he said he believed they represented a vast improvement over the status quo. “It does not conform to our ideal of an animal running freely and pecking at the dirt and eating insects and being warmed by the sun,” he said. “But aviaries are dramatically better than the conventional barren battery cages.”

Gold & Silver

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Big Cost Bump Ahead for Federal Long-Term Care Enrollees

Big Cost Bump Ahead for Federal Long-Term Care Enrollees

Bloomberg BNA-3 hours ago

July 18 — Enrollees in the optional Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program will face an 83 percent average increase in their premiums under a new ..

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Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills?

In many respects, society's theatrical response to catastrophic oil spills resembles the way medical professionals respond to aggressive cancer in an elderly patient. Because surgery is available, it is often used. Surgery also creates the impression that the health-care system is doing something even though it can't change or reverse the patient's ultimate condition. In an oil-based society, the cleanup delusion is also irresistible. Just as it is difficult for us to acknowledge the limits of medical intervention, society struggles to acknowledge the limits of technologies or the consequences of energy habits. 

The hard scientific reality is this: a big spill is almost impossible to contain because it is physically impossible to mobilize the labour needed and current cleanup technologies in a timely fashion.

And that's where the state of marine oil spill response sits today: it creates little more than an illusion of a cleanup. Scientists -- outside the oil industry -- call it "prime-time theatre" or "response theatre."



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Massive fire breaks out in Dubai Skyscraper

Another big high rise fire. Maybe the smartest thing to do is just "pull it"?

Massive Fire Breaks Out In 75 Floor Dubai Skyscraper (ZH)

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