Bob Broughton's Blog: Central American migration in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro

Children riding The Beast “La Bestia” (The Beast) is an unofficial name applied to freight trains that start in Tapachula, Chiapas, and go to Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, or Matamoros. These trains have for many years served as the transportation method of choice for poor people of Central America migrating to the United States. This method ...

Mind of Dan: It’s never game over

This isn’t a 2ºC or bust fight. It’s a fight to limit consequences. It’s a fight for every 1/10 of a degree. If we fail to hold to 2ºC, we have to fight for 2.1º; failing that, we battle on for 2.2º. With millennia of impacts at stake, we never get to give up, even ...

Mind of Dan: In Flanders Fields recited by Leonard Cohen

Mind of Dan: Asimov on Ignorance

Mind of Dan: Trumped

The end of the world as we know it The Trump victory in the US presidential election is a victory for incoherence (also racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and denialism). During the campaign Trump never once articulated a coherent set of policies, he never explained how he was going to “Make America Great Again” in any way ...

Mind of Dan: RIP Leonard Cohen

Words that feel especially poignant right now. Everybody knows the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

Mind of Dan: Hockey Stick, XKDC Style

Notice the change at the bottom of the graph? Anyway you look at it that sudden change is alarming. Click to embiggen —via XKCD It is worth noting that, nothing presented here is new, but XKCD author Randall Munroe is a master in making complex topics and difficult to grasp issues of scale easily approachable.

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

The Political Road Map: Happy Birthday Canada!

A quick shout out to the best country in the world and to all of the lovely people who call it home! As the day is almost at an end, let us continue celebrating this amazing country into the night and remember why Canadians are citizens of the world. Here is to another 149 years ...

Mind of Dan: How the media gets science wrong

John Oliver explains it nicely, the instead of the imaginary TODD conference, I recommend the very real Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses Festival BAHfest! Or If you prefer the news cycle in comic format PhD Comics has you covered:

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: I remember horsebuns, by Rafe Mair

Rafe Mair’s 13th book can be classified as an autobiography. It covers his life up to the University of British Columbia Law School. However, after the first 150 pages, the chapters in this book alternate between autobiographical ones and ones on topics that Rafe feels that the readers should know about. The chapters in the ...

Mind of Dan: Downtown Vancouver skyline

and the iconic Science World

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Most Dangerous Writing App

I tried this silly online app, and won on my first try. I chose the easiest 5 minute difficulty though. I’m certain I won’t be able to use this dangerous writing app effectively. I should have a screenshot of it, just in case, I fail. It’s been nearly one minute, and I’ve not been interrupted, ...

Mind of Dan: A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

20 Years ago John Perry Barlow published the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace: Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among ...

Blunt Objects Blog: The Blog Awakens

So, after months of campaigning, successfully, the Liberal Party is now back in government. Hooray! We have a Prime Minister we can be proud of. I have a Member of Parliament who is going to go far. And my little Liberal life probably couldn’t be better. So, five months after shutting the blog down, things ...

Blunt Objects Blog: The Blog Awakens

So, after months of campaigning, successfully, the Liberal Party is now back in government. Hooray! We have a Prime Minister we can be proud of. I have a Member of Parliament who is going to go far. And my little Liberal life probably couldn’t be better. So, five months after shutting the blog down, things ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Into the Heart of Mexico: Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir

The title of this book is totally appropriate. Some people who travel go to the beach, visit museums, birdwatch, or sample the local cuisine. Ginny NiCarthy, who lives in Seattle, got into traveling later on in life, and started doing a special type of “adventure travel”; visiting places that are in the news, talking with ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Seeing for Myself: A Political Traveler’s Memoir

The title of this book is totally appropriate. Some people who travel go to the beach, visit museums, birdwatch, or sample the local cuisine. Ginny NiCarthy, who lives in Seattle, got into traveling later on in life, and started doing a special type of “adventure travel”; visiting places that are in the news, talking with ...

Mind of Dan: So much for change south of the border.

Now it is just more of the same, regardless of who ultimately wins: Lessig quits presidency bid, blames political system he wanted to change See this for a good, succinct, explanation of the problem Lessig is trying to solve

Mind of Dan: Harper Conservatives: The anti-data party

If we are going to survive this century, we need to move away from decision-based evidence-making and truly make evidence-based decisions. Public access to publicly funded science would help ensure that the government relies on the facts, not on ideology. Science is too important to democracy to be kept in a government vault. -Elizabeth May ...

Mind of Dan: The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment

Originally published by John Dupuis Apr 2006. One Tonne Challenge funding stopped Apr 2006. Tories muzzle environmental scientist Mark Tushingham, told not to appear to promote his novel about climate change (More info: 1.) May 2006. Environmental Groups Call on Ambrose to Resign as Chair of International Kyoto Negotiations Oct 2006. Circumpolar ambassador job axed Oct 2006. Canadian Ambassador for the Environment ...

Bob Broughton's Blog: Book Review: Into the Heart of Mexico: Expatriates Find Themselves Off the Beaten Path

John Scherber has lived in San Miguel de Allende since 2007. He has written 17 fiction books, and this is his third non-fiction. This book is a series of interviews of extranjeros who have settled permanently in Mexico. Scherber asked a lot of good questions, and got a lot of good answers. At first glance, ...

Mind of Dan: This

And when I think about it, a lot of “things I want to do” are just learning about and discussing new tools for tinkering with the chain.

Bob Broughton's Blog: Volcanos and monasteries in Puebla State

Popocatepétl as seen from Cortez Pass. Photo byJakub Hejtmánek at Czech Wikipedia. The volcano Popocatépetl, located between Mexico City and Puebla, is currently 5,426 meters (17,802 feet) in elevation; it’s the second-highest mountain in Mexico. It erupted on May 8, 2013, and has been sending up ash frequently since January 2012. There are webcams pointed ...