Saturday, November 21, 2009

McDonald's Wisdom and Make it snappy! From Paris

Over the past few days, I've noticed a trend. Speed dating tactics used in business hiring decisions and mentoring moments by Alpha women.

Last week the WSJ featured an article tauting the virtues of speed dating interviews. Small companies looking for new hires are overwhelmed with resumes'. These companies are trying creative methods to find the best applicants. Careful hiring procedures, using personality tests and 10 min screening interviews conducted by a team of consultants, assists the employer hire only the best candidate. There are companies blooming who do nothing but help the small employer employ only the finest.

Today's Wash Post had a similar approach to women mentors. An article by Mary Jordan described Alpha women mentoring other women:

"What was unusual was the format: 10-minute speed dating encounters with the Alphas. 'Minute mentoring' as it was called, looked like the first McDonald's wisdom drive through."

..."This event was the idea of Dana Perino, press secretary to former President George W Bush. Young women are hungry for advice on how to succeed and women who have climbed the ladder want to help, but time is precious...Perino set the clock and asked the bipartisan group of stars to quickly impart their top tips."

English pick up the same GW “cooked” data story

Climate emails

You know that we have been interested in the science of global warming.

We've been waiting to see what informed critics might say about the emails released after someone hacked into a computer at the University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre. First of all, were the emails genuine? It is now evident they are.

The emails are from major and minor British and American global warming scientists. They paint a disturbing picture of politics and grant money manipulating the facts of climate science. Attorney John Hinderaker of Powerline examines what the emails say.

GW Scientists “cook” the data. Link below


In the circumstances, here are some summaries of the CRUgate files. I'll update these as and when I can. The refs are the email number.

  • Phil Jones writes to University of Hull to try to stop sceptic Sonia Boehmer Christiansen using her Hull affiliation. Graham F Haughton of Hull University says its easier to push greenery there now SB-C has retired.(1256765544)
  • Michael Mann discusses how to destroy a journal that has published sceptic papers.(1047388489)
  • Tim Osborn discusses how data are truncated to stop an apparent cooling trend showing up in the results (0939154709). Analysis of impact here. Wow!

Unreal. Moslem Terrorist was part of Obama’s Transition. Link to George Washington University website at bottom. From Jody

Guess who was Homeland Security advisor on Obama transition team

Almost too difficult to believe, but his name is right
there in the document!
Nidal Hasan, was Homeland Security advisor on Obama transition team
(He was a participant and is listed on Page 29)
Now we have a little insight into why Obama said to not jump to
conclusions about Nidal Hasan.

GW Scientist “cooked” the data

Hacker Releases Data Implicating CRU in Global Warming Fraud

The WSJ reports that the “Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain was hacked yesterday, apparently by Russian black hats, and thousands of sensitive documents, including emails from climate scientists dating back a decade, were posted online.”

Some of the old emails from scientists made public apparently make references to things like “hid[ing] the decline,” referring to global temperature series and different ways to slice and dice climate data.

In all, it seems there are more than 3,000 files in the hacked folders, which have been reposted in various places on the Internet.

The big Copenhagen summit had lost a lot of its appeal in recent days, as world leaders kept dialing down expectations for the climate talks. Maybe this will spice things up.

James Delingpole at the Telegraph thinks it may be “the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’” but adds “there are too many vested interests in AGW, with far too much to lose either in terms of reputation or money, for this to end without a bitter fight.”

Economy: so why is O pushing healthcare

Germany warns US on market bubbles; Echoes China's fears...

Unemployment Rose in 29 States Last Month; Michigan Rate Highest at 15.1%...

Struggling Detroit unable to bury its dead...

How do they come up with this stuff?

Psychological Therapy 32 Times More Cost Effective at Increasing Happiness Than Money

House of Hullabaloo ...

ScienceDaily (Nov. 21, 2009) — Research by the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester finds that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. The research has obvious implications for large compensation awards in law courts but also has wider implications for general public health