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The Bad News and Good News, if you want to be Holland.
The bad news is that, short of a zombie apocalypse changing the planet’s demographics in ways we can’t even imagine, your country will never have a 25% bike modal share, or rates above 60% in city centres, as the Netherlands does. Our countries were already quite different (ours having hills) but really parted ways in the wake of the war...

Like a lot of countries in Europe, the Dutch were left broke. So while we were pouring the boom-time surplus into freestanding houses outside of our cities, they were patching holes in city centres.

Suburban development was further resisted in the Netherlands due to their unique shortage of farmland. So where the Sydney region, for example, has housing on land without any rail service (all the land coloured black on the following map)…
cycling  australia  netherlands  SeparatistCritique  geography  urban  jbcomment 
3 days ago by juliusbeezer
Hands-Off Learning? The Evidence Against Minimally Guided Instruction – ELT Research Bites
Empirical studies spanning decades show that minimally guided instruction (when the learners are novices) requires a large cognitive load and, therefore, is not supported by the research on how we learn effectively and efficiently. Solving a problem, specifically “problem-based searching” places a large burden on our working memory, especially by splitting learners’ attention, and therefore takes up valuable resources that are needed for actually learning. It’s possible to search and work on a problem for quite some time without learning a thing. It seems that only those who have extensive experience, schema, and prior knowledge benefit from this type of activity.
learning  memory  psychology  education  jbcomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Mortality from Diesel Car Pollution in the UK | Energy Matters
On Tuesday 4th April Channel 4 News in the UK carried a report on the impact of pollution from diesel cars upon UK mortality. It was claimed that pollution from diesel cars accounted for 40,000 excess deaths in the UK each year: 29,000 down to particulate matter (PM2.5) and 11,000 down to nitrogen oxides (NOx). The source of the statistics was a report from the Royal College of Physicians called Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution published in 2016. I decided to delve into the statistics and conclude that PM2.5 pollution from diesel cars may reduce life expectancy by between 2 and 22 days. Fake science and fake news is getting us into deep trouble...
The following story covered air pollution in UK cities, in particular NOx (nitrogen oxides) and soot emissions from the engines of diesel cars, that was reported to be prematurely killing 40,000 UK citizens per year!
air_quality  airpollution  health  jbcomment  driving 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Blackout: the sequel | Energy Matters
Scotland has become a serial electricity importer as was to be expected. In Jan-Feb imports were 2,733 MWh. This has risen to 227,002 MWh in Oct-Nov (to date), an increase by a factor of 83.
Imports of 1000 MW or more are commonplace peaking at 2552 MW on 23 November following the reactor trip at Torness.
Oct-Nov was less windy than Jan-Feb, which was particularly stormy and wind never got close to the presumed 3500 MW curtailment level (dashed line lower panel). However, exports seem to be curtailed at a lower level of 2600 MW. This is difficult to explain other than wind did not get above this level.
Exports and wind output are still correlated but with one notable exception. From 11 to 17 Nov there was a block of exports not correlated with windy conditions. We can speculate that it was windy in Scotland but not in England at this time.
The reactor trip at Torness was followed by a sudden fall in wind, which just goes to show how events can conspire against grid integrity.
energy  uk  france  jbcomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Downing St dressing-down shows Barwell’s out of his depth | Inside Croydon
the majority of his constituents, a growing number of whom are homeless and unable even to get a council home to rent because of the Thatcherite housing policies of the past 35 years.

Barwell has described the homelessness crisis as “a moral shame on us”. But he has yet to show any willingness to address the fundamental issue: the need to build many more homes, and that these homes should be available to be lived in by people who are not fortunate through accidents of birth to be heirs to small fortunes.
politics  uk  finance  tax  jbcomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
“The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars” | Road Danger Reduction Forum
First, the good news: another academic study using conventional cost-benefit analysis finds that motorists in the 27 EU countries have a net economic cost to society, with the UK second only to Germany in costs. Take a look at the nice short summary in the Guardian. It’s good to counteract what the Guardian correctly calls “The perennial complaint from drivers that they are excessively taxed”, not least the prejudice that cyclists are cheating by “not paying a tax”. The figure given for these external costs – £48 billion per annum, some £10 billion more than the total of motoring taxation revenue – looks pretty damning. However, it can be argued that the costs of motoring to society are considerably greater than those in the picture painted in the study, and that the report is inadequately critical of the status quo.
driving  environment  road_safety  jbcomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
(59) Débat houleux aux Communes sur les frappes en Syrie - Libération
Reste le parti du Labour, profondément divisé sur la question. Son dirigeant, le très pacifiste Jeremy Corbyn, qui a demandé à David Cameron d’assurer qu’une intervention aérienne ne sera pas suivie par une intervention au sol - ce que ce dernier a confirmé - votera sans aucun doute contre les frappes.
syria  war  uk  france  jbcomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
(3) Une liberté attaquée par l’ennemi et restreinte par l’Etat - Libération
Je parie qu’il sera important de suivre le discours sur la liberté dans les jours et les semaines à venir, et qu’il aura des implications pour l’Etat sécuritaire et les versions rétrécies de la démocratie qui nous seront présentées. Une version de la liberté est attaquée par l’ennemi, et une autre version est restreinte par l’Etat. L’Etat défend la version de la liberté attaquée comme l’essence même de la France, et pourtant, il suspend la liberté de réunion («le droit de manifester») au beau milieu de sa période de deuil, et prépare une militarisation encore plus poussée de la police. Sur le plan politique, la question semble être : quelle version de la droite sortira des urnes aux prochaines élections ? Et qui devient maintenant une droite acceptable dès lors que Le Pen est «au centre» ? Voilà qui laisse présager des temps terrifiants et tristes, mais espérons que nous pourrons toujours penser, parler et agir au milieu de tout ça.
france  translation  français  jbcomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
(4) Etat d’urgence, mode d’emploi - Libération
Un officier de police judiciaire procède aux saisies et à l’interpellation, le procureur dirige l’enquête. On retrouve donc le cadre judiciaire habituel, sans aucune spécificité liée à l’état d’urgence. L’avocat peut être présent dès la première heure de la garde à vue, le juge des libertés et de la détention a la possibilité de reculer son arrivée jusqu’à 24 heures en régime de droit commun, jusqu’à 72 heures en matière d’enquête terroriste.
france  law  police  jbcomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
(22) Faut-il porter un casque à vélo ? - Libération
Dans les compétitions cyclistes organisées par l’Union cycliste internationale, la question ne se pose pas : le casque est obligatoire.
cycling  helmetwars  français  jbcomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
(5) Guerre en Irak : le mea culpa inattendu de Blair - Libération
les différents protagonistes cherchent à rejeter la responsabilité les uns sur les autres. Les militaires accusent les politiques d’impréparation et craignent d’être accusés au nom du Human Rights Act ou autres procédures internationales. Les responsables des services de renseignement ont déjà écrit leurs Mémoires- où ils ont consigné leur vérité. Pour le moment, dans leurs tiroirs, mais qui en sortiraient si ils étaient mis en cause et si les responsables politiques- entendez Blair- échappaient à tout blâme. Seuls les hommes politiques de premier rang- Brown, Blair et Straw semblaient impassibles, ne regrettant rien et ne s’excusant de rien. Ils étaient devenus des conseillers que l’on s’arrache à prix d’or, pour qui la guerre d’Irak était un lointain souvenir. Elle semblerait bien les avoir rattrapés.
chilcot  iraq  français  jbcomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Radars supplémentaires, drones, contrôle technique : ce qui va changer sur les routes - Libération
Les «usagers vulnérables», c’est-à-dire les piétons et les cyclistes, font également l’objet de nouvelles mesures. «Les enfants de moins de 12 ans seront quant à eux obligés de porter un casque quand ils font du vélo», a annoncé Manuel Valls vendredi matin.
jbcomment  cycling  road_safety  helmetwars  français 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The white-noise chatter of the environment | katsdekker
We should be listening to the people who we want to see cycling in the (near) future i.e. the 97%, and make them the subject of our city cycling research – through their eyes can we see the “real” world. Due to circumstances beyond their control, the current cyclist had to turn a blind eye. The current cyclist is desensitised – not by making a conscious decision.
cycling  jbcomment 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Coulisses de Bruxelles - Le monolinguisme anglophone, une mauvaise action contre l’Europe - Libération.fr
@Gerz 100% d'accord avec vos remarques sur "globish": c'est une terme bizarre inventé par des français qui veulent "diviser pour régner."


À la poubelle aussi des traductions vers le français "de l'Américain" (une des 300 langues indigènes du nord peut-être?) Non, la langue de la majorité là-bas est l'anglais. (English, American English if you insist)


Et à la poubelle avec 'anglo-saxon'* aussi : on cherche toujours la fameuse nuance française en regroupant tous les pays, états et cultures de langue anglaise dans une telle manière aujourd'hui.

Ironie suprême : cette politique monolingue qui assure souvent un ignorance généralisé en France est un moteur important pour l'acquisition de l'anglais.

*On accepte toujours l'usage pour décrire les tribus du sud-est de l'Angleterre entre le 5ième et 10ième siècles EC.
jbcomment  english  français  translation  politics  eu  france  education 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Mike Taylor’s ESOF2014 talk: should science always be open? | Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week
As a scientific idea is one that is refutable, and as refutation may arrive from any quarter, I’d argue that deliberately limiting potential critique is by definition unscientific, so paywalled articles are not science. Most serious practitioners accept this, hence ArXiV, BioMedCentral etc etc.

The drag is in what the French call les sciences humaines; no less a personage than Martin Eve, for example, argues that “The best form of critique is immanent critique; making people aware of the boundaries that structure and limit their thought and practice from within.”

I read this statement, perhaps unfairly, as “Only club members’ comments are valuable.” But there are numerous examples–from crowdsourcing in astronomy to patient power in medical science–where this attitude is patently false, and damaging to the practice of science itself.
openaccess  jbcomment 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Is Google Now a Publisher Offering Other Publishers an Inadequate Deal? | The Scholarly Kitchen
Google has always had “the ability to use editorial judgment to modify search results.” We humble users would wish it so: the price of decent search results is eternal vigilance against SEO, content farms, spammers, etc etc, not to mention paywall publishers who want to show up in search, but then don’t want to abide by the convention of the web that the content then be freely downloadable;(So-called “cloaking”).

I don’t know if you remember the days of AskJeeves, OpenDirectory, and AltaVista, Kent, often bizarrely irrelevant results, with spammy paid links indistinguishably mixed in–I seem to remember Coors bought the word ‘beer’ on one search engine–and all that after a wait over dialup.

The appearance of Google beta search in 1999 quite literally transformed the utility of the web. And if another search engine comes along that serves our needs better, we are but one click away from changing our allegiance, and Google knows it. I for one would love to use a search engine that strongly deprecated in its search rankins any publisher not in conformance with an ideal web: presenting open access, freely and fully downloadable, archivable content, alongside a responsive and honest commenting system. Life is short, I have no shortage of materials to read, and I’d rather favour those that play nicely with my attention. I certainly don’t want my search results spammed with paywalled stuff I can’t afford and won’t be buying. Keep it for your hundreds of subscribers!

So I agree with Mike: if you find your old business model isn’t working on the web, remove your content: the rest of us will just have to get by on the few crumbs that are left.
search  jbcomment  google  publishing 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Torture : la sénatrice Feinstein répond en direct au directeur de la CIA, sur Twitter - Libération
John Brennan a ainsi déclaré, face à la presse conviée au siège de l’agence d’espionnage, qu’il était «impossible de savoir» si les renseignements obtenus par la torture auraient pu l’être par des techniques d’interrogatoires classiques. «Le rapport montre qu’on SAIT: la CIA avait des infos avant la torture», a écrit sur Twitter Dianne Feinstein, présidente de la commission du Renseignement du Sénat,
torture  us  français  algeria  jbcomment 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
A few notes about openness (and a request)
It gives me particular joy to write for the web, as I continue on my path the enlightenment. It is a suitably humble activity: obscurity is almost inevitable. Yet there is always the possibility that something I write will also help someone else. I always tell the truth as I see it. Where I cannot, I find the inner revelation about my own cultural beliefs even more rewarding (and disturbing) than seeing my truths writ large. That is why I currently write under a pseudonym after ten years of online presence under my true name: to explore the difference between the two states. Maybe one day I will write the comments I couldn't publish, but I probably won't, because they remain unwritten.
writing  commenting  jbcomment  open  anonymity 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Life in the accelerated academy: how it’s possible for Žižek to publish 55 books in 14 years | Mark Carrigan
According to the Žižek bibliography on wikipedia, he has published 55 books since 2000. 55 books in less than 15 years. I was curious about whether this amounts to the sheer weight of writing that it would superficially appear to be. In assessing this I’ve excluded papers, letters, interviews, collections of his writing, things that are co-written, his joke book (!), edited collections and what is apparently a reprint of his doctoral thesis...Even so, he still writes a hell of a lot with a remarkable consistency. In spite of his self-presentation as dishevelled and chaotic, it seems rather unlikely that he’s a binge writer and that he instead has a very regular writing routine. The more I’ve thought about this, I’ve become really intrigued by the conditions of his working life and how they facilitate his prolific output. As part of the project me and Filip Vostal are discussing at the moment, looking at the acceleration of higher education and it’s implications for scholarship, I’m increasingly aware that I’d like to do a case study of Žižek as representing a mode of public intellectualism facilitated by the accelerated academy.
zizek  scholarly  writing  philosophy  theory  attention  jbcomment 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Reverse Pedalling « LRB blog
Like any aggressive raptor species, cyclists colonise the surrounding space. Unlike cars or scooters (which are also allowed to use the cycle lanes), they bring pedestrians a whispering death whose advent is heralded only by the shriek of their back-pedalling brakes. One night in Rotterdam I was nearly chopped in two, vertically, by a speeding, lightless roadster; he seemed to think it was my fault. It’s a mentality thing. The Dutch media harp on constantly about cyclists’ rights, as though they’re downtrodden rather than top dogs.
cycling  netherlands  jbcomment 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Alfred The Great and Winchester’s 20mph Speed Limit | Pedaller
On 20mph speed limit enforcement--and counter-intuitive consequences.
road_safety  jbcomment 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Camp Climat at Nantes - UK Indymedia
One Julius Beezer publicises France's first climate camp at NDDL. A blast from the past.
aéroport  climatechange  politics  jbcomment 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
More Thoughts from the Netherlands | Town Mouse
It’s actually quite stressful to cycle in Amsterdam, due to all the bikes. We’re not really used to sharing our cycle paths with anything other than the odd dog walker and maybe another cyclist coming the other way.
cycling  netherlands  france  jbcomment 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Will the best and most talented translators benefit from the disruptors? | The translation business
Few translation industry players really felt seriously threatened by Google, which was seen as a sort of free “toy” which could safely be ignored. Needless to say, it pretty much wiped out the professional “gisting” market that had previously been at the low-value end of many professional translators’ range of services.

I would venture to suggest that few of the top localization companies—those who service the top end of this complex market—are concerned at any potential threat from Google. Nevertheless, in 2013, Google launched a new fee-based localization service targeted at developers producing apps for mobile devices
google  translation  business  jbcomment 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Active travel dictionary « Psychobikeology
Filtered permeability

Jargon phrase. ‘Permeability’ refers to the ability of traffic to get to places in a city (nice image, I suppose, of a city taking up people like blotting paper). ‘Filtered’ is the idea that we should select those who are allowed to so permeate.

"Good stuff! The term permeability in the context of cycle planning was purloined quite consciously from capilliary physiology; we were seeking a general term for a principle of always giving cyclists a legitimate exemption from one-way road schemes in Hackney: cycle contraflow lanes and modal filters, all that.
Of course, cyclists being what they are, they will often exact the permeability they require, be it legitimate or not. I believe the American term for this is ‘salmoning.’ Conscious acts of civil resistance to motor hegemony may be known as ‘CycleVoodoo.’ http://web.archive.org/web/20081121083617/http://uo.twenteenthcentury.com/index.php/CycleVoodoo"
cycling  permeability  jbcomment 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter bloque des contenus jugés «blasphématoires» par le Pakistan - Libération
A la demande des autorités, les utilisateurs du réseau dans le pays n'ont plus accès à des contenus critiques du prophète Mahomet ou à caractère pornographique.

Le site de microblogage Twitter a bloqué pour la première fois au Pakistan du contenu web portant atteinte au prophète de l’islam Mahomet à la demande des autorités, a appris l’AFP vendredi. Le Pakistan avait brièvement bloqué Twitter en mai 2012 en raison de la diffusion de contenus «blasphématoires» relatifs à un concours controversé de caricatures du prophète Mahomet.
twitter  censorship  dccomment  jbcomment 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Peer Review, Part 5: The Importance of Gatekeepers
why insist on limiting the number of papers?

The answer is simple: time. It’s the only resource we can’t make more of, and it is the one that limits what we can possibly consume. Being able to find work that has been vetted, rather than having to vet it all yourself, is hugely valuable. You can now trust that the work has at least a minimum quality level, and is not just a video of somebody’s sleeping cat.

JB wrote: "This is a useful discussion, and I think Kosara is to be congratulated on posing what might be called the attentional argument for peer review so clearly, even if it does turn out to be ultimately false. My own view is that scholarly information seeking habits have been so radically changed over the past 20 years that is hard to be confident that any element of the print-based system will necessarily be valuable in the age of ready access to networked computers, but, you know, old habits die hard.
We also know, as randomwalk nicely illustrates, that traditional peer review is not good at identifying truly radical scientific breakthroughs. We know that it is hardly effective at detecting scientific malfeasance. We know it consumes a tremendous amount of reviewer time, and most of the time the reports they produce are simply buried–a tremendous waste. We know that ‘glamour journals’ sustain their 90%+ rejection rates as much as on a ‘sexiness’ criterion as on any of scientific rectitude. We know that junior colleagues fear the career consequences of criticising their seniors. We know their seniors, on occasion, abuse peer review by nicking ideas from unpublished manuscripts.
And as the function that Kosara claims for it here, of correctly apportioning scientific attention, is among the easiest to imagine replacing with modern tools such as overlay journals and microblogging platforms like Twitter, I suspect it is misguided of him to defend the status quo on these grounds."
attention  peerreview  sciencepublishing  blogs  twitter  scholarly  jbcomment 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Précarité énergétique : quand votre maison vous rend malade - Basta !
pas de prix pour le rénovation du parc français de logements mal-isolé de point de vue thermique...
aéroport  jbcomment 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Apothecary Shoppe « LRB blog
Diski sees 'psychosis'; I see only ethical failure.
jbcomment  ethics  medicine  death_penalty 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why are we fat? | Edinburgh Eye
Edinburgh Eye on obesity. A curate's egg of a post. I was of course richly rewarded for my pains at adding some enlightenment in the comments.
jbcomment  health  cycling  agnotology  commenting 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
On translating Camus | Books | theguardian.com
When I first got the contract and told people, the first thing everyone asked was "How will you translate the first sentence?" It was a real challenge because most translators used "Mother", which I found did not get across the close relationship that "maman" implies in French. One translator left the word in French, which didn't really tell the reader anything about the connotation. I chose "My mother" because I thought about how someone would tell another person that his mother had died. Meursault is speaking to the reader directly. "My mother died today" seemed to me the way it would work, and also implied the closeness of "maman" you get in the French. Afterwards, I used "mama", partly because it sounds like "maman" and partly because I was aware that a British audience would probably prefer "Mum" and an American reader "Mom" so I needed something that worked on both sides of the Atlantic.
translation  français  fren  english  camus  jbcomment 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Car and The Kitten | Beyond the Kerb
Somewhat hysterical attack on a campaign for a more courteous road environment prompts me to reply: "A collision from the rear is the least likely form of cycle-motor crash: even the doziest driver usually manages to look forwards, and even if they hate cyclists, they don’t want the paperwork that would follow a crash. Zoe Williams’ recent line that she feels “as safe as a bollard” when she rides seems like quite a nice truth.
cycling  jbcomment 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Out of Unmündigkeit – Final Thoughts on Translating Kant on Enlightenment | Persistent Enlightenment
Nice 'working notes' kind of essay by American academic James Schmidt. I found the first comment thrillingly Luddite and decided to respond.
translation  philosophy  archiving  attention  jbcomment 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
A modern Amsterdam Roundabout | BICYCLE DUTCH
JB sticks boot into Dutch "cycle-friendly" roundabout nerd-fest
jbcomment  cycling 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
Open Access and Editorial Quality - YouTube
NUJ/Wellcome meeting discussing OA and quality of journalism. Use of commenting system to highlight content in long video interesting.
openaccess  jbcomment  commenting  attention 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Moore freedom of the press | Edinburgh Eye
Handbags at dawn as the grim harpies of Fleet Street tangle with the T in LGBT, though the death toll of Brazilian transsexuals it reveals is a shocker.
jbcomment  writing  sex  oppression 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Open Access: sometimes all it takes is the right person | What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate
Dinosaur chemist is replaced by a physicist: new OA policy for Aus immediately announced, albeit with 12 month embargo.
openaccess  jbcomment 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Notre-Dame-des-Landes : il faut sortir de l’impasse ! - Libération
Et n’utilisons pas l’argument fallacieux selon lequel, ayant voté localement pour des élus favorables au nouvel aéroport, les habitants ne seraient plus en mesure de contester ce projet. Ce serait faire injure aux électeurs et adopter une vision restrictive de la démocratie.
-->Glad that at least some in the PS recognise this.
aéroport  jbcomment 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
YouTube sucks on French ISP Free, and French regulators want to know why — Tech News and Analysis
Free is deliberately playing silly buggers with google with the net result online video is throttled. Hence the suckage chez nous. Putain!
internet  jbcomment 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Wikileaks is not Assange | Edinburgh Eye
Real smear stuff from the EdinburghEye ball sadly; so I comment...
wikileaks  jbcomment 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
NDDL : l’aéroport risque d’inonder Blain « Breizh Journal
Analysis of effects of proposed airport on local water courses. Floods predicted, but no mention of recent water shortages and effects on aquifers.
aéroport  jbcomment 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
Podcast: The Correction of Taste | Virtual Memories
My new found Dirda fascination fails thanks to podcast of interesting content and shockingly poor audio quality.
sound  jbcomment  literature 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
Open Access publishing: A Personal View | SAGE Connection
Our own view is that open access publishing where the author pays is likely to be highly divisive, will undermine yet further academic freedom in some quarters, and will have unintended consequences of suppressing some work rather than rendering it increasingly available.

We are compliant with green open-access conventions and we see no reason to depart from that.
openaccess  sciencepublishing  jbcomment 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
Entre Deux Langues « Poetry in Translation
Poetry translator buffer waffle; JB can't stand it! Il faut rayonner la lumière.
[update 13/06/13: my comment (and I think the original article) mysteriously disappeared. See: http://web.archive.org/web/20130306081106/http://poetryintranslation.org/category/french/)
jbcomment  translation 
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
The effusions of M. Julius Beezer
I blog as little as possible so the productivity of the last 2 weeks has been rather shocking: 3 articles!
jbcomment  from twitter
july 2012 by juliusbeezer
Bristol could be Europe's green capital
Nantes to be voted European Green capital 2013!
jbcomment 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
The Day After The Count | Edinburgh Eye
Hideously authoritarian proposals for those reprobates who just will not vote deprecated.
jbcomment  politics 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
The evolution of monogamy « EvoAnth
Skeletal evidence suggests weak male/male competition was an early differentiating factor in hominid evolution. I regret the $39.95 Elsevier paywall below the line
human  science  jbcomment 
march 2012 by juliusbeezer
Of Semites and 'Anti-Semites' | The Nation
First poster seemed ignorant of serious proposal for single-state solution, so it seemed worth pointing out.
(update 13/06/13: all comments below this article seem to have been disappeared. Nothing remains in my disqus either. Weird.)
jbcomment  Israel  Palestine  politics 
january 2012 by juliusbeezer
Climate Change Denial: Who can you trust when you don’t trust yourself? « Small Epiphanies
GP Wayne muses on the personalities behind the denier comments on CiF, to good effect. I for some reason feel motivated to educate him.
jbcomment  climatechange  authoritarianism  philosophy  science 
june 2011 by juliusbeezer
open...: Exploring Entitlement Economics
Responses to Bradley Kuhn's piece arguing that software engineers should be paid but once for what they do.
economics  jbcomment 
july 2010 by juliusbeezer
Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life | It's a Wonderful Life « short review [juliusbeezer] « filmaster.com
Rather proud of my second comment on this thread. Filmaster.com is cool, recalling Udell's saying that "data finds data, then people find people."
jbcomment 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
Greece on Edge of the Abyss | openDemocracy
Good summary analysis of Greek economic and political crisis
greece  jbcomment 
may 2010 by juliusbeezer
Let’s Make Open Access Work « The Scholarly Kitchen
how to determine what can be posted and what cannot? The answer is to formalize some of the policies that are now in place at many major universities, policies that I call “provostial publishing.” Unlike traditional publishing, where editors review each paper for publication, provostial publishing is a means to determine which authors can post to the repository.
jbcomment  sciencepublishing 
march 2010 by juliusbeezer
European Public Policy Blog: Google and paid content
Still not much debate on this google blog re hot issue of paywalls, linkage, "cloaking" et al. Why not? Where's it at?
jbcomment  google  internet  from twitter
december 2009 by juliusbeezer
Blogger: European Public Policy Blog - Post a Comment
Blogger Julius Beezer said...

I define my usage of the internet into two epochs: before and after Google, so I am a fan.

BUT: when I search Google I expect to find content that is freely and fully downloadable as is the norm on the web.

Increasingly I have found the top links on some searches are unsatisfactory because they require subscription or registration, neither of which I desire.

If I do subscribe to online content, it will be because I decide a resource is valuable to me on a long term basis, and not because I lighted there once after a Google search.

I do NOT want pay-for content in my top search results on a routine Google search. I want, for philosophical and political reasons, to find only content that is world-readable, because that is the only content I want to cite. To put it another way, I want to be as ignorant as everyone else.

If too much pay-for content arrives in the top-ranked links following a Google search (and this seems to happening increasingly) I will use one of the many other search engines available.

I think you know this, and it keeps you straight, but I am concerned fiduciary pressures will corrupt you one day, and I assure you I follow the issue closely.
jbcomment  google  search  cloaking 
december 2009 by juliusbeezer
Give power to the people and you’d best expect lunacy | Rod Liddle - Times Online
The paradox of democracy, the death penalty etc. in context of Swiss minaret vote.
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december 2009 by juliusbeezer
France Likes Flatulence - FRANCE facts about
Baked bean (haricots blancs en sauce de tomates inférieur) sales in France are up.
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december 2009 by juliusbeezer
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