Sunday, November 29, 2009

Points of View - November 29

Family, food, fun, and football is pretty much what every Thanksgiving has always been about with my family, and this year was no different. We all hope that everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and the traditional long weekend of shopping and decorating.

For today's post, the main subject is climate change with the world's leaders meeting in Copenhagen next week, and this issue will take center stage in the media. There are definitely some varying opinions, so sift through and enjoy.

Climate Change

A Heated Debate - The Economist - "'WHAT is truth?' That was Pontius Pilate’s answer to Jesus’s assertion that 'Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice.' It sounds suspiciously like the modern argument over climate change."

Rigging a Climate 'Consensus' - The Wall Street Journal - "The climatologists at the center of the leaked email and document scandal have taken the line that it is all much ado about nothing. Yes, the wording of their messages was unfortunate, but they insist this in no way undermines the underlying science. They're ignoring the damage they've done to public confidence in the arbiters of climate science."

Before the Climate Conference, a Weather Report - The New York Times - "President Obama and other world leaders will gather in Copenhagen next week to discuss climate change. Though this is a global issue, it’s also a profoundly local one. For this reason, the Op-Ed editors asked writers from four different continents to report on the climate changes they’ve experienced close to home. Here are their dispatches."

Health Care

A Modest Public Plan - The New York Times - "It is astonishing, but the question of whether a small slice of Americans should be able to choose between a government-run health insurance plan and private health insurance plans is threatening passage of much-needed health care reform."


The Jobless Gender Gap - By David Paul Kuhn - The Wall Street Journal - "The unemployment rate for men, 11.4%, based on seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, outpaces the rate for women, 8.8%. We now have the largest jobless gender gap since tracking became possible in 1948. The gap reached its previous peak, 2.5 points, in 1967 and 1978. Today's gap has exceeded that for three months. It's endured at two points or above for an unprecedented length, eight months and counting."

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