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Archive for July 13th, 2007

US Republican Greenhouse Legislation better the Oz ALP policy

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-13

I’m talking of Florida, not Washington.  The Economist 2007-07-12 reports in Greening Florida that Charlie Crist, Florida’s Republican state governor, has just announced that he will sign into law some of the toughest emissions standards in America, reduce GREENHOUSE-GAS EMISSIONS to 80% below their 1990 levels by 2050. New Jersey also adopted a similar law.  Make’s Rudd’s promises look feeble, and Howard’s criminally irresponsible.

But then, Florida did experience Hurricane Katrina.

Florida agencies have been told to get back to 2000 emissions levels by 2017.

Meanwhile, Bob Brown, is probably confused about having US Republicans agreeing with his targets.

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IPCC got it wrong about solar effect on climate

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-13

The IPCC’s estimates of the effect of the sun on recent climate change are way out… But before the climate skeptics start applauding the conversion of Balneus to their cause, the latest direct analysis measurements of solar activity since 1977 show that the IPCC overestimated the warming due to the sun, and in fact, if the sun were the major driver, temperatures would have been going down since 1985, when (no-one knows why) solar activity did a U-turn and started dropping, yet temperatures kept increasing.

"Recent oppositely directed trends in solar climate forcings and the global mean surface air temperature" by Mike Lockwood & Claus Fröhlich in Proceedings of the Royal Society A (mathematical, physical and engineering sciences), DOI 10.1098/rspa.2007.1880, published online 2007-07-10, has the following abstract:

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Managers or mismanagers – spinning across the globe

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-13

Another stimulating read from VoxEU.org capable of being spun all sorts of ways is the boringly titled "Can European firms close their ‘management gap’ with the US?".  My take-home message is that you are better-off buying European products, as their managers can actually keep things running more more smoothly than the US, and because of better quality control, the EU has a competitive advantage over the US.

The (1 US and 2 UK) economists present a picture that the EU is less productive because their managers are less competent than in the US and UK, and needs labor market reform.

Looking through the graphs, I’d say that US productivity (output per man hour) has to be much greater than in mainland western Europe, because the Europeans manage their processes better (and things fall apart less).

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Spam: flattering and scientific

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-13

Spammers are getting more sophisticated. That’s not news. But one tickled me, and others show that bots are reading the blogs for meaning.  Rather than the typical "I enjoy your site" spam comment, a Russian casino promoter came up with:

Your site is very cognitive.

I’m flattered that such an adjective would have been chosen, and wonder if "fluffy kitten" blogs get such spam or things like "Purrfect site".

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Political advertising: paid, free, and under-the-wire

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-13

Updating "Surprise! Howard makes a valid point!" on the need for reform of political advertising (and implied agreement with Rudd’s calls for proper auditing), I’ll refer readers to a post at Australian Policy Online by Fred Fletcher: "Advertising at arm’s length", which discusses the advantages we might gain from developments in Canada.

I’ll also discuss some of the background issues not mentioned in the APO note, including the Orwellian titling of bills to appear the opposite of what they are, and those that don’t advertise the true extent of the powers granted to an executive.

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