By Chris Mooney, Mother Jones
According to a Pew study released last year, 38 percent of US adults watch cable news. So if you want to know why so many Americans deny or doubt the established science of climate change, the content they’re receiving on cable news may well point the way.
According to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, misinformation about climate science on cable news channel.
par Wildinette Paul, Quartier Libre
Un diplôme de troisième cycle n’est pas garant de l’obtention d’un emploi. Seulement 20 à 30 % des détenteurs d’un doctorat sont en mesure d’obtenir un emploi en milieu universitaire….
Chroniques histoire et généalogie
Saviez-vous, qu’à la prison de Bordeaux (Montréal), le son d’une cloche retentissait sept fois pour annoncer l’exécution d’un homme et dix fois pour annoncer l’exécution d’une femme, et qu’au Québec l’échafaud était peint en rouge sang alors que dans le reste du pays, il était noir ? Ces faits font partie de la petite histoire de la peine capitale au Canada.
On ne sait pas combien de personnes ont été condamnées à mort depuis que le monde européen a conquis le Canada. Nous savons par contre que la première personne à avoir été exécutée au pays est Michel Gaillon condamné par le sieur de la Rocque de Roberval pour cause de vol. Quant à la première femme connue à subir la peine capitale au pays, le déshonneur en revient à Françoise Duverger qui a été exécutée en 1671, à Québec, après avoir été trouvée coupable d’infanticide. Cependant, on estime qu’il y a eu environ 57 exécutions capitales sous le Régime français, 7 de 1761 à 1791, et au Québec, 111 de 1792 à 1866, et 148 de 1867 à 1960.
Wendell G. Johnson
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) is a national, nonprofit organization providing information on capital punishment. DPIC seeks the abolition of capital punishment and offers analysis in a nonpolemical fashion. The toolbar on the DPIC’s home-page allows access to a wealth of information via various sublinks.
The homepage has a toolbar (“Issues,” “Resources,” “Facts,” “Reports”), which provides concise and far-reaching data to the county-level. For example, Harris County, Texas, has carried out fully 30 percent—115 of 379—of the executions in the United States since 1976. Various law reviews and articles are indexed, which can be filtered by topic; however, patrons will have to access a full text database for the actual copy.
Patrons can also obtain lists of aggravating and mitigating factors by state, find opinions and orders of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the death penalty, and read relevant press releases on the topic. Most of the controversial issues associated with the death penalty are covered by DPIC: mental illness, racial disparities, juvenile offenders, life without parole, capital punishment for nonhomicide offenses, etc.
There is also an extended entry on the history of the death penalty, complete with timeline and bibliography. Under the toolbar, visitors to the site will find four buttons: “Fact Sheet,” “Execution Database,” “State by State,” and “Newsletter.” “State by State” offers “State Pages,” which describe famous cases, notable exonerations, and other interesting facts for each individual state.
The homepage also has a search screen as well as links to DPIC on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and podcasts (available in English and Spanish). Visitors can also subscribe to DPIC’s newsletter. DPIC remains remarkably current—in fact, it was updated during this reviewer’s initial visit to the site.
Businesspeople, and anyone with an interest in the machinations of business-related matters, will find much to enjoy at the Business Insider site. The offerings here include long form reports, current news updates, and topical news offerings divided into such themes as Tech, Finance, and Strategy. First-time visitors might wish to get started by looking at the Trending topics, which cover everything from the smart phone market to stock performance updates. Visitors are also welcome to register online to receive special updates, newsletters, and other materials that might be of interest. As a great feature of personalization, there is also an option to receive alerts every time items of particular topical interest are added to the site.
It was 50 years ago today (or so), that the Beatles came to play
The Beatles / Mike Mitchell//Christie’s/AP
By, The Crhistian Monitor
By John Pareles, The New-York Times
By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor
Bobby Owsinski, Forbes
On February 9th, John, Paul, Ringo, and George came to play on Mr. Sullivan’s "big shew" and everything changed. Americans were introduced to the Beatles through the wonder of television, people screamed with joy at home, and some critics were less than receptive to the four lads from Liverpool. By the time the Beatles appeared on Sullivan’s show, they were already on the music charts in Britain and even some Americans were already exposed to their music. It’s hard to realize this now, but they were quite unusual for their time. Not only did the Fab Four write all of their own music, but they had little formal classical training. This week, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr made an appearance on a CBS special dedicated to the Beatles and dozens of journalists weighed in on their lasting legacy. No doubt the encomia will continue and certainly we haven’t heard the last of the four fine fellows.
The first link will take visitors to a wonderful appreciation of the Beatles and their legacy via Noelle Swan of the Christian Science Monitor. The second link leads to a writeup of the CBS Beatles tribute that aired on Sunday. Moving along, interested parties will find another bit of commentary from noted columnist, Bob Greene, on the man who brought the Beatles to America, Ed Sullivan. The fourth link leads to a great video clip courtesy of TIME that documents the true mania of "Beatlemania." Next up, is an amusing collection of what critics (including William F. Buckley) had to say about the Beatles in 1964. Finally, visitors will find a great behind-the-scenes look at the making of the White Album, courtesy of Forbes.