Archive for February 15th, 2010

How Many Ways To Interpret "No"? Just One

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | February 15, 2010 12:23 pm

So a ‘survey‘ (via online polling) of over 1,000 people in London supposedly reports:

‘a majority of women believe some rape victims should take responsibility for what happened.’

But considering:

– how frequently we blame the victim rather than taking the time to address the real social and cultural norms that allow this mentality to persist…

– how many victims of sexual violence already do not report the crime out of shame, fear, or public embarrassment…

–  Silence Is The Enemy

It’s necessary to speak up. And the truth is relatively simple: Regardless of how a person dresses or behaves, there is only one way to interpret No.” Case closed.

That said, I’m skeptical that the results of this so-called survey reflect reality.


A Warming Planet Can Mean More Snow

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | February 15, 2010 11:31 am

Many people are confused about the relationship between weather and climate, and Jeff Masters did a nice job of explaining the difference today on NPR’s Morning Edition:

Meteorologist Jeff Masters, with the Web site Weather Underground, says it’s average temperatures — not snowfall — that really measure climate change.

“Because if it’s cold enough to snow, you will get snow,” Masters says. “We still have winter even if temperatures have warmed on average, oh, about 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past 100 years.”

Masters say that 1 degree average warming is not enough to eliminate winter. Or storms.

A storm is part of what scientists classify as weather. Weather is largely influenced by local conditions and changes week to week. It’s fickle — fraught with wild ups and downs.

Climate is the long-term trend of atmospheric conditions across large regions, even the whole planet. Changes in climate are slow and measured in decades, not weeks.

Go listen to the full clip by Christopher Joyce here.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Global Warming, Media and Science

Insights from the Paul Offit Interview, Part I: Waking the Silent Majority

By Chris Mooney | February 15, 2010 9:25 am

(If you haven’t yet heard the first episode of the new Point of Inquiry, you can listen here, and I also strongly encourage you to subscribe via iTunes from the same page.)

There were many aspects of my interview with Paul Offit that I found very informative, even surprising, and I thought I would highlight some of them here on the blog this week. Perhaps the first was Dr. Offit’s response to my second question–when I asked him, around minute 6, about all the hate mail he receives (including some death threats). I was expecting dire tales of the extremism that had been directed at my guest; but instead, Offit opened up about the incredibly positive response his book has received: Read More

CATEGORIZED UNDER: point of inquiry, vaccination

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