Witty White House; denial pie; Delhi reflections; spooks and vaccinations; a big year for UK aid; walk or run in the rain? Links I liked

January 16, 2013 2 By admin

I’ve more or less made the transition to using twitter for sending round links, but here are a few recent highlights for the untwittered, or those who follow thousands of people and so never read most of their tweets:

‘This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For’: Witty White House response to an online petition that the US should ‘Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016’ [h/t Tim Harford]

What % of peer reviewed climate papers reject global warming? Not many (see pie chart).climate change peer reviews

The two best things I’ve read so far on the Delhi rape case. A brilliant reflection from Naila Kabeer on why it has caused such anger, when so many other attacks are ignored and ‘What If We Responded to Sexual Assault by Limiting Men’s Freedom Like We Limit Women’s?’ Brilliant, almost Swiftian, satire from Amanda Taub

Why President Obama should sign an Executive Order banning US intelligence services from using vaccination campaigns

It’s going to be a big and controversial year for the UK aid budget as Britain hits 0.7% despite cuts in domestic spending. The Guardian’s Larry Elliott looks at the pro/anti aid arguments and comes down on the side of the angels.

And finally, the answer to that eternal dilemma: ‘Is it better to walk or run in the rain?’ [h/t Chris  Blattman]