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Upcoming "Policy Week" events - of trade deals and arsenic

Both as part of University of Manchester’s* Policy Week
Manchester Policy Week: The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Cash Bonanza or Risky Deal?
on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00… 57 more words


31 & 3/4 Hours Later

I address you, dear Reader, from the back seat of the no. 39 bus, en route from Beijing Capital International Airport to the University of the World of Laminate’s Taizhou Campus (Eastern Possessions).* 364 more words


Humor in Science (Episode 3: surname-sharing in co-authored publications)

My friend Engin pointed me to this very instructive paper by A Few Goodmen (2014) about the phenomenon of surname-sharing in co-authored publications. Absolutely frontier-pushing, as these few Goodmen explain: 45 more words


The rich or the powerful?

There has been a lot of debate on this blog recently as to whether or not political outcomes are unduly influenced by the rich; in this post I want to consider the influence of other nondemocratic agents – activists, civil society pressure groups, non-corporate lobbyists and academics in the social sciences and humanities. 818 more words


Wealth and America: Truck Drivers have it Better than PhD's

First, an interesting look as what ‘wealth’ actually means. To quote E (albeit borrowed from the situation in Turkey) “Nobody makes money without money”, or real wealth doesn’t accumulate from salaried positions or honest time-invested work. 360 more words