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Gerald Zuckier

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Gerald reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2011
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4.0

As with any popularization of a scientific paper, this must be approached with caution; a good paper always has to address the evidence against its findings, which never appear in the newspaper articles, which invariably deal in blacks and whites. That said, this article is better than most, giving some background; as would presumably be expected from Science Daily, rather than the National Enquirer.

This article does point out what few AGW opponents seem to understand; the bias in scientific publication towards conservatism in predictions. Thus this is one of many current papers which demonstrate newly discovered influences and/or positive feedback loops which will exacerbate global warming; and though there will be mitigating factors reported as well, the safe bet is that the majority of future papers on the subject will be in the nature of higher estimates.

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Gerald reviewed this story - Oct 12, 2011
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3.9

Satire becomes reality with appalling frequency these days "If I didn't have the full story of how and why we got into Iraq, I could see how the continuing violence might, possibly, make the whole war seem almost misguided or something," Atlanta resident Arnold Grover said. "You read about terrorists dressed as police officers gunning down men at a recruiting station and catch yourself wondering for a moment if maybe, just maybe, we might have actually made a terrible decision that ... More »

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Gerald posted this story - Oct 12, 2011
Gerald reviewed this story - Oct 2, 2011
Gerald's Rating
3.7

Another study of the role of the culture war: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1871503&http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1871503 and James Hansen's observations from 1999 on why the US climate had failed to be as convincing as the global climate " Part of the "answer" is that U.S. climate has been following a different course than global climate, at least so far. ... The U.S. has warmed during the past century, but the warming hardly exceeds year-to-year variability. Indeed, in the U.S. the warmest decade was the 1930s and the warmest year was 1934. Global temperature, in contrast, had passed 1930s values by 1980 and the world has warmed at a remarkable rate over the last 25 years." ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - Sep 22, 2011
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4.4

Strange to say, however, confidence hasn’t surged. Somehow, businesses and consumers seem much more concerned about the lack of customers and jobs, respectively, than ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - Sep 21, 2011
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2.0

It's a polemic; beginning with a straw man, implying that Obama said that all millionaires pay less taxes than their secretaries; going on to say that "only" 1470 people with over $1 million income paid zero income taxes (!!), which of course is the exact kind of thing Obama would like to eliminate; muddying the waters by informing us that lots of "low and medium income households" also pay zero taxes (a family of two adults with two or more dependents making $50,000 or less) as if that were some sort of counterbalance to the millionaires mentioned; admitting that "for high-income families and individuals, investment income is often taxed at a lower rate than wages" (i.e. for wages greater than $34,500) but attempting to ... More »

President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure millionaires are taxed at higher rates than their secretaries. The data say they already are. … There ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - Aug 10, 2011
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4.0

It demonstrates the utter incoherence of being very concerned about a structural federal deficit but ruling out of consideration the policy that was largest single ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - Jul 12, 2011
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2.0

More of a polemic based on a hypothetical Obama-free utopia than a clear eyed analysis of what is proved and what is not proved.

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Gerald reviewed this story - Jun 16, 2011
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4.0

the 7 dwarfs speak.

This is a reduction in the supply of labor, not a reduction in the supply of jobs. More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 31, 2011
Gerald's Rating
3.9

Krugman is absolutely right; following the link to Politifact, then following the link there to the CBO where the graph is, we find the following sentence: " It also includes the impact of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (referred to in this report as the 2010 tax act), enacted in December, which provides a short-term boost to the economy by reducing some taxes, extending unemployment benefits, and delaying an increase in taxes that would otherwise have occurred in 2011. " i.e., stimulus spending is already in those discretionary spending numbers.Just like the man said.

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 30, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

Fear, in fact, is precisely what Ailes is selling: More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

Sketchy, but does manage to present the Perry's actual pro-environmental actions amid the rest.

" His response to the drought and wildfires that have been plaguing his state? A proclamation to pray for rain. … Perry called the Gulf of Mexico oil ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

Interesting that the writer can say what is obvious to all outsiders; that although the US takes advantage of Saudi Arabia, it is not any different from the usual interaction between nations; if anything, America is more benign than most first world countries. The difficulties Saudi Arabia and the other Arabic countries find themselves in in the modern world are of their own making as much as anybody else's. And yet, he cannot (or will not) touch the self-destruct button of Arabic politics, Israel. Not to worry though; most of the commenters bring up Israel in response to this discourse on Saudi Arabia's internal problems; as though Saudi Arabia were right up there nearly as progressed as, say, Europe until 1948, when the ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

Points out something i had never really thought about. Nice insights.

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Gerald commented on this review – May. 28, 2011
Gerald Zuckier
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Reviewed by Gerald Zuckier - May. 27, 2011

It's a bit sketchy; a quicky interview, intended more to connect a couple of dots for the undecided than to convince anybody. But as far as it goes it does a pretty factual job.

I find that most people have no idea of the actual amount of energy the increased CO2 adds to the atmosphere. It's about 1.6 petajoules per second. By coincidence, that's slightly greater than the energy produced by one of our current nuclear weapons.So the energy we are putting into the atmosphere, is like firing off an H bomb every second, 24/7, for decades and decades. That's plenty to move some water vapor around, I would say.

it’s like Lysenko in the old Soviet Union or something, when there are too many people willing to believe that their ideology can trump physics and chemistry. That is a ... More »

Gerald Zuckier Comment:

But the position of global warming believers is that "there should be some warming…it is the level of warming that is in dispute.” and a lively dispute it is.
That puts Spencer out of the skeptic class, and into the mainstream global warming believer class, albeit at ... More »

Gerald reviewed this story - May 27, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

It's a bit sketchy; a quicky interview, intended more to connect a couple of dots for the undecided than to convince anybody. But as far as it goes it does a pretty factual job.

I find that most people have no idea of the actual amount of energy the increased CO2 adds to the atmosphere. It's about 1.6 petajoules per second. By coincidence, that's slightly greater than the energy produced by one of our current nuclear weapons.So the energy we are putting into the atmosphere, is like firing off an H bomb every second, 24/7, for decades and decades. That's plenty to move some water vapor around, I would say.

it’s like Lysenko in the old Soviet Union or something, when there are too many people willing to believe that their ideology can trump physics and chemistry. That is a ... More »

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Gerald commented on this story – Apr. 28, 2011

typical; the authors accept the birth certificate as settling the story, without any question of whether Hawaii was part of the US in 1961. Until we see Hawaii’s long form certificate of statehood, the controversy will not be settled.

Gerald reviewed this story - Mar 3, 2011
Gerald's Rating
2.5

USA Today has the correct analysis: SS's only problem is that the government has in the past borrowed so much money from it to paper over budget busters (starting with the Vietnam War) that now paying what it owes is daunting. It's like blaming the folks who Madoff scammed because he can't pay them what he owes.

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Gerald reviewed this story - Feb 26, 2011
Gerald's Rating
4.0

In contrast with the "sky is falling"/"those old folks have to give up the cash" schools of reporting, this explains why SS' only failing is that it lent funds to an unreliable borrower, the US government.

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Gerald reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2011
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5.0
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Gerald reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2011
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5.0
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Gerald reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2011
Gerald's Rating
1.1

Calling Obama a socialist is a sure sign that an author's compass has wandered from true. Of course, it allows one to call the healthcare reform bill Obamacare and label it as socialism, without having to note that it's authorship was mostly Bob Dole; this of course allows one to use said bill to "prove" Obama's socialism. And so it goes.

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Gerald reviewed this story - Jan 26, 2011
Gerald's Rating
3.1

pretty onesided

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Gerald commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2011
James Canning
4.1
(NT Rating: 2.5)
Reviewed by James Canning - Jan. 10, 2011

Is Israel getting ready for another murderous rampage ikn Gaza? Falk thinks the answer is yes.

Another slaughter of Palestinian civilians by Israel, having next to nothing to do with achieving security, is hardly welcome.

Gerald Zuckier Comment:

Probably why the actual article which Al Jazeera et al quote ends with “Under such circumstances, it’s hard to see Israel embarking on yet another Operation Cast Lead in the Strip. Indeed, Netanyahu, Barak, and the IDF under Yoav Galant’s leadership ... More »

Gerald reviewed this story - Jan 10, 2011
Gerald's Rating
1.0

As a geneticist in a former life, I realized a while back that just as one can trace the reproduction of a species by following a specific mutation, one can trace the parroting of a story on the Internet by following the spread of a specific error. As in, to be specific, the nonexistent "influential Israeli journalist, Ron Ren-Yishai", who apparently has been quoted almost 500,000 times according to Google, despite the difficult hurdle of his nonexistence. And always in the exact words of this "article", by which I mean no insult to actual articles. That's almost half a million bloggers who are happy to say anything showing Israel in a bad light, without niceties such as using Google to check primary sources. (For an exercise ... More »

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Gerald commented on this review – Dec. 23, 2010
  • When could global warming reach 4°C?

Kaylee Lentz
3.8
(NT Rating: 4.2)
Reviewed by Kaylee Lentz - Dec. 7, 2010

As informative and in-depth as this article was, I was a little lost during most of it. I think the authors could have much more positive feedback if they worded their research in simpler, layman's terms. It kind of read like a science report, which depending on their audience, is OK. However, to be understood by a variety of people, it needs to be briefer. On the other hand, I really appreciated their organization and charts. They couldn't have done a better job grouping the data together. It's an interesting and relevant topic that I pay attention to, but sometimes I can get lost in the overwhelming data.

Gerald Zuckier Comment:

According to the article,
“The A1FI storyline describes a future world of very rapid economic growth, global population that peaks mid-century and declines thereafter”
The UN prediction is
“According to the 2006 Revision, the world population will ... More »

Gerald commented on this story – Nov. 23, 2010

Ah, another member of the party of the people who doesn’t know that when you get hired by anybody except Johns Hopkins, your healthcare begins at the beginning of the next month to simplify things for the insurers; and instead, he attributes it to “the inefficiency of ... More »

Gerald commented on this story – Nov. 23, 2010

Yet another accurate analysis of a subject which is completely susceptible to quantitative analysis; but talking math to the Tea Party is like teaching math to a hamster.

The one note the article doesn’t touch on is that one reason we will see premiums go up is that ... More »

Gerald commented on this review – Sep. 23, 2010
Preston Watts
2.0
(NT Rating: 4.1)
Reviewed by Preston Watts - Sep. 21, 2010

Another guy placing blame and defending an indefensible position.

Are Bush Jr. and Sr. responsible for destroying our economy? No. Are Clinton and Obama? No. Is there any real difference between tax cuts and stimulus? Not really. Are the rich angry? Yes Is the middle class angry? Yes. Do they have different reasons. No. The US economy has collapsed. The US is rich because it has been a stable place to put your money. With the exodus of manufacturing the US lost its ability to use massive amounts of capital making it less stable and less able to ... More »

Gerald Zuckier Comment:

"Are Bush Jr. and Sr. responsible for destroying our economy? "

No of course not. The policies they put into place are.

Gerald posted this story - Aug 2, 2010
Gerald reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2010
Gerald's Rating
3.0
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Gerald reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2010
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3.0
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Gerald commented on this story – Jun. 12, 2010
Gerald commented on this story – Jun. 12, 2010

this should not be a surprise at this point. all the Arab countries, with the possible exception of Syria, fear Iran a lot more than they fear Israel.

Gerald reviewed this story - Jun 11, 2010
Gerald's Rating
1.2

It fails to check the sources; the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine was condemned by Turkish medical associations, among others, for being an organ of the Turkish Ministry of Justice, which itself has subjugated "justice" to the whims of the regime to an extent which should appall anyone with any pretensions at being progressive. http://www.sundayszaman.com/sunday/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=160861 The author also fails to address (or perhaps has failed to notice) other problems with his pre-judicial verdict; how it is that this boat was treated so differently than the others, and the circulation of a video as "evidence of murder of Dorgan", which later proved to be constructed by out of sequence editing.

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2010
Gerald's Rating
2.5

Same set of shibboleths as usual; unfortunately Chomsky does not provide sources or references for his bald statements regarding who walked out on talks, or the offer by the Arab nations to recognize Israel; which is therefore no more convincing than a similarly "everything you know is wrong!" unsupported broadside from a pro-Israel source would be. In addition, in this article Chomsky adopts the same "the world began in 1967" stance as most shallow "poor innocent Palestinian" commentators, reminiscing about the freedom the Palestinians had pre-1967 (when they were, of course, not at all free in their own state, but in fact had been annexed by Jordan for 20 years), without the slightest curiosity about what it was about the ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2010
Gerald's Rating
4.7

this is an excellent and responsible opinion piece, showing both sides of the question, pros and cons. Rather than a polemic attempting to sway the reader to come down for one side or the other, it displays the complex mix of interpretations a healthy adult would have given a complex situation which has not presented a solution for over half a century.

I sympathize with the author of this piece; there are atrocities and generosities on both sides; instrasingents and conciliatories, doctrinaire xenophobes and tolerant visionaries, so that the question of right cannot be based on historical assignment of guilt. What's needed is for those on either side who are more interested in a future, even if it's just for their own people, than in redress for ancient insults to join together and get support from those outisde the battle.

I wish I didn’t believe that the events now unfolding in the Middle East are too complicated for unalloyed outrage. I wish the arguments of only one side rang wholly ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 29, 2010
Gerald's Rating
2.7

It's a good job of connecting the dots, but lacks any form of skepticism; this would never constitute even the preponderance of evidence in a civil trial, for example. For instance, the author doesn't address the question of why Israel would so diligently guard the secret of their nuclear program, then offer to sell it. Or how the Defense Minister, typically very close to the Prime Minister in Israel, would go off on a tangent like this all the way to generating a paper trail on this top secret issue before discovering somewhat later that the Prime Minister would veto it. At very most, in such a case the Israeli Defense Minister might have a discussion with a foreign power so that the famous deniability could be maintained. And ... More »

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Gerald reviewed this story - May 28, 2010
Gerald's Rating
5.0

Mr. Cox took the words right out of my keyboard: As usual, the Economist has produced a thoughtful, adult, in depth article about something which will be shallowly and somewhat immaturely glossed over in the mass market newsweeklies, sandwiched between articles on Lady Gaga and the Tea Party.

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Gerald commented on this story – Feb. 16, 2010

They’re only clarifying what the Founding Fathers would have said, if only they had been a little more focused, intelligent, and better with words.

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