Open Democracy has just published a my piece on Trump, Putin, climate change and the EU (the connection is perhaps not blindingly obvious – I hope that list of items has piqued your curiosity. You can read more here). Continue reading
This morning my friend Sabrina, in Bukima Faso for work on sustainable irrigation, circulated this by email:
the horrible terrorist attacks took place in a hotel less than a km away.
I am fine, and have been advised not to go out today, as the office is near an area that was cordoned off for a search for perpetrators.
It’s strange to be here in this situation – I am for now confined, but to a calm and lovely guest house, surrounded by trees and birdsong, and yet so close by, there was such unspeakable carnage. Continue reading
We had nothing to do with it – we hired somebody else to do it, that was the claim. Retraction Watch points me to this article by Peter Waldman, Tiffany Stecker, and Joel Rosenblatt for Bloomberg – it includes this nugget:
Monsanto disclosed that it paid Intertek Group Plc’s consulting unit to develop the review supplement, entitled “An Independent Review of the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate.” But that was the extent of Monsanto’s involvement, the main article said. “The Expert Panelists were engaged by, and acted as consultants to, Intertek, and were not directly contacted by the Monsanto Company,” according to the review’s Declaration of Interest statement. “Neither any Monsanto company employees nor any attorneys reviewed any of the Expert Panel’s manuscripts prior to submission to the journal.”
Which aleady sounds bad, not an independent review at all, since they bought & paid for it. But – spoiler alert – it turns out their own staff had editorial control all along.
Back in London for two weeks, I’m reduced to reading about trees: Thoreau declared that he went to the Walden woods “to front only the essential facts of life,” for he did not want, when it came time for him to die, to “discover that I had not lived.”
Yesterday Leonardo and I finished our latest breakfast book (school days only, with porridge), John E. Wills Jr’s 1688: A Global History – an astonishing patchwork quilt of the world in one year. Continue reading
We do not need physicists to teach us about parallel universes – we create our own, in social media cells where we can polish alternate realities to perfection. Continue reading