Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Via JMG: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Spoiler?

Will Libertarian Party presidential candidate siphon off enough Romney votes to swing a few states back into blue territory for President Obama? Fox News worries about a reverse Ralph Nader for the GOP:
The Libertarian Party is now touting that possibility. An emailed statement from the organization earlier this week carried a rather sensational subject line: "Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gov. Gary Johnson Could Deprive Mitt Romney of 5 battleground states, 74 Electoral Votes, 27% of the Electoral Votes needed to win in 2012." Libertarians reasoned Johnson, then, "could determine the winner" of the election. It's impossible to gauge at this point what effect Johnson could have, but of course it's not unprecedented for a third-party candidate to tilt the scales. In 1992, third-party candidate Ross Perot won roughly 19 percent of the popular vote, which many people think cut into GOP incumbent George H.W. Bush's take and put Democratic candidate Bill Clinton in the Oval Office with just 43 percent of the vote. Though Johnson is polling barely above 5 percent nationwide, Romney and Obama are separated by single digits in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.
The above-linked article adds another wrinkle regarding Colorado: "The survey found Obama leading Romney 49-43 percent, but his lead was cut to 46-42 when voters were given the Johnson choice." (Tipped by JMG readers Wayne and PGHMike)

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Posted: 18 Aug 2012 09:20 AM PDT
by Frank Lowenstein and Evan Girvetz, via Planet Change 

In the wake of the economic crash of 2008, the resilience of millions of Americans’ personal finances collapsed in the face of unexpected stresses — loss of a job, collapse of a home’s value, decline in stock prices, or a medical emergency. Personal bankruptcy filings accelerated from just under 600,000 in 2006 to over 1.5 million in 2010.
Sometimes the stresses piled on one another, as when the loss of a job deprived a family of medical insurance and then a medical emergency hit. The financial woes that led to the wave of bankruptcies took most of us by surprise, even though iconoclasts in the banking industry had been warning of looming disaster for months or even years. And in the wake of the bankruptcies came a wave of homelessness, suffering and anxiety.

In just the same way we were warned of the subprime mortgage bubble, we have been warned of climate change’s looming impact. And this summer is driving home the need to be concerned about looming climate bankruptcy.
Just as unsustainable debts and freewheeling lending practices reduced the resilience of personal and national financial systems, so our mounting climate debt is warming the earth and reducing the resilience of our food, water and social systems. Much like an overdrawn bank account, we are rapidly depleting the carbon storehouses of our forests, and the deposits of coal and fossil fuels underground. By releasing all this carbon dioxide into the air, we are tipping the atmosphere’s balance sheets into the red — too much carbon in the atmosphere for our forests and oceans to absorb it all. The more CO2 we pump into the atmosphere, the further in debt we go, and the more sacrifice we’ll need to make to balance our carbon budget in the future.

And this summer the impacts of our mounting climate debt became clear. July was the hottest month ever in U.S. history (3.3°F above the 20th century average). Drought has reduced water levels in soils and rivers across much of the country, and spectacular and unprecedented heat has evaporated what little water is available, baking our soils and forests. With the natural resilience of our forests and watersheds reduced, climate bankruptcy hits home, yielding charred homes from fires in Colorado; suffering in stifling, power-less homes across the East; and reduced yields in the parched breadbasket of the Midwest.

We have been told that climate change is coming and will have big impacts. But this summer has made many Americans wonder if it isn’t here now. And new research from NASA scientists shows they’re right: climate change is likely responsible for the destructive heat waves we have experienced over the past decade.
And extreme temperatures are occurring faster than scientists anticipated. Extremely hot summers — warmer than virtually ever occurred during a base period of 1951-1980 — have occurred across more than 10% of the world’s lands during the past several years. Extremely hot temperatures are more than 10 times more likely to occur now than 50 years ago.
You have likely felt the heat this year — which has broken tens of thousands of heat records across the U.S. But do you also recall the heat wave in Texas and Oklahoma just last year that killed 100,000 cattle and 500 million trees? The Russian heat wave two years ago that killed 56,000 people? The European heat wave in 2003 that killed an estimated 70,000 people?  The new research shows that this is not just year-to-year variation in weather, but almost certainly due to global climate change causing warmer temperatures.

These heat waves have major impacts for people. Hot temperatures were a cause of the terrible wildfires that ravaged Colorado and New Mexico this year and destroyed hundreds of homes. Hot temperatures exacerbate drought conditions and are contributing to the crop failures we see across the Midwest, with rising prices in the grocery store certain to follow.
And hot temperatures have direct health impacts for people — more than 60 people died in the US earlier this year from the heat. A new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review notes that the 2006 heat wave in California killed 138 people, more than died in the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes combined.
Nor is heat the only climate extreme we need to worry about. This year has also featured record-setting flooding in Maine, Minnesota, and Florida. A report in late July from Environment America documented a 30% increase in the frequency of extremely heavy rains since 1948, confirming findings from many other studies, and giving truth to the old saying, “when it rains, it pours.”
The recent heat waves show it’s time to start looking closely at our climate credit card bill, and quit building our debt. We need to take action now, before climate bankruptcy takes our homes and livelihoods.

And we can do it! We can reign in our climate debt by using our knowledge and our science to cut carbon emissions and at the same time help people prepare for climate impacts. Nature conservation can help us do both: forests absorb carbon dioxide, and green infrastructure can help protect our communities, industry and businesses from climate risk. Preparing for climate impacts right now not only reduces suffering today, but also buys us time to find ways for reducing our carbon emissions. And a study of California’s pace-setting climate laws has shown that we have the technology to reduce our emissions dramatically, without significant damage to our economy.
To start doing your part, visit The Nature Conservancy’s Carbon Footprint Calculator and help tighten our collective belt when it comes to climate debt!
Frank Lowenstein is Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy. Evan Girvetz is Senior Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Program. This piece was originally published at Planet Change and was reprinted with permission.

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This Week's Top 3 On ThinkProgress: The Paul Ryan Edition

This week was full of news about Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan. Here are three important stories about Romney’s selection that you don’t want to miss:
1. 12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan
2. INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About Romney’s Dishonesty On Medicare
3. After Documents Show Paul Ryan Secured $20 Million In Stimulus Grants, He Claims ‘I Never Asked For Stimulus’

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012 12:42 PM PDT

On Tuesday, the Boston Globe and Associated Press reported on documents showing that GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan had secured more than $20 million in stimulus funds for a local energy efficiency organization.
According to the reports, the documents showed that Ryan also brought in $5.4 million for local bus services. His requests came at the same time he was publicly calling the stimulus a “wasteful spending spree.”
However, in an interview with a local Ohio television news station, Ryan claimed he never secured funding through the program, saying “I never asked for stimulus.”
Watch it, courtesy of local ABC affiliate 9 News.
The Associated Press wrote a follow-up story to Ryan’s comments:
Ryan’s statement directly counters the evidence of four letters obtained by the AP which the congressman wrote to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, praising energy programs supported by the stimulus and requesting funds for initiatives in his district.
Ryan’s private praise for Department of Energy programs and his written requests for stimulus funds contradict not only his public criticism of the 2009 stimulus bill, but also many of the budget priorities he has laid out, including cuts to investments in green technologies.
Raising further questions about the vice presidential candidate’s claim today that he never sought stimulus money, Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck referred AP to previous explanations by the congressman’s office that by requesting funds Ryan was simply “providing a legitimate constituent service.”
Ryan is one of dozens of Congressional Republicans who have actively lobbied the government for loan guarantees and grants for clean energy companies in their districts — even while many of them railed on the stimulus program in the press.
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Ryan has issued a statement explaining why he falsely claimed he never requested Recovery funds:
“After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled. This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier,” he continued. “But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that. Regardless, it’s clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again.”

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012 03:52 PM PDT
Summary of the Summary:  We are five years into a severe global food crisis that is very unlikely to go away. It will threaten poor countries with increased malnutrition and starvation and even collapse. Resource squabbles and waves of food-induced migration will threaten global stability and global growth. This threat is badly underestimated by almost everybody and all institutions with the possible exception of some military establishments.

The yield per acre for wheat in England, France, and Germany and the yield for rice in Japan. These top-producing countries for the two most important cereals for direct human consumption have failed in the last 10 or more years to increase productivity.
Uber-hedge fund manager Jeremy Grantham has released another important discussion. Grantham, a self-described “die hard contrarian,” is one of the few leading financial figures who gets both global warming and growing food insecurity, two cornerstones of Climate Progress analysis.
I’m going to excerpt his analysis, which comprises the entire quarterly newsletter from the former Chairman and now Chief Investment Strategist of GMO Capital, which has more than $100 billion in assets under management.  Grantham’s work makes very clear that the global economy is a Ponzi scheme.
In Grantham’s blunt 2Q 2010 letter (see “Grantham: Everything You Need to Know About Global Warming in 5 Minutes“), he wrote “Global warming will be the most important investment issue for the foreseeable future.”  Then in his January 2011 newsletter he wrote about “Things that Really Matter in 2011 and Beyond”: “Global warming causing destabilized weather patterns, adding to agricultural price pressures.” Later that year, he wrote another blunt analysis “Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever.”
In his new discussion, he warns we are in a “chronic global food crisis that is unlikely to fade for many decades, at least until the global population has considerably declined from its likely peak of over nine billion in 2050.”  Why? “There are too many factors that will make growth in food output increasingly difficult where it used to be easy”:
  • Grain productivity has fallen decade by decade since 1970 from 3.5% to 1.5%. Quite probably, the most efficient grain producers are approaching a “glass ceiling” where further increases in productivity per acre approach zero at the grain species’ limit (just as race horses do not run materially faster now than in the 1920s). Remarkably, investment in agricultural research has steadily fallen globally, as a percent of GDP.
  • Water problems will increase to a point where gains from increased irrigation will be offset by the loss of underground water and the salination of the soil.
  • Persistent bad farming practices perpetuate land degradation, which will continue to undermine our longterm sustainable productive capacity.
  • Incremental returns from increasing fertilizer use will steadily decline on the margin for fertilizer use has increased five-fold in the last 50 years and the easy pickings are behind us.
  • There will be increased weather instability, notably floods and droughts, but also steadily increasing heat.  The last three years of global weather were so bad that to draw three such years randomly would have been a remote possibility.  The climate is changing.
  • The costs of fertilizer and fuel will rise rapidly
He points out something I have reported on many times here, “Talk privately to scientists involved in climate research and you find that they believe that almost everything is worse than they feared and accelerating dangerously.” The good news/bad news is:
On paper, though, the energy problem can be relatively easily addressed through very large investments in renewables and smart grids.  Those countries that do this will, in several decades, eventually emerge with large advantages in lower marginal costs and in energy security.  Most countries including the U.S. will not muster the political will to overcome inertia, wishful thinking, and the enormous political power of the energy interests to embark on these expensive programs.  They risk being left behind in competiveness.
The devastating food crises to come will, however, largely affect the United States indirectly, through much higher prices and the terrible global instability they causes. He notes that:
For Fortress North America (ex-Mexico), or what we might call Canamerica, these problems are relatively remote.  When corn crops fail we worry about farmers’ income, not about starvation.  In the long run, the truth is that Canamerica seen as a unit is in an almost unimaginably superior position to the average of the rest of our planet.  Per capita, the U.S. alone has five times the surface water and seven times the arable land of China!  And Canada has even more.
But the staggering immorality of our food, energy, and climate policies will become increasingly indefensible. As but one example:
Despite corn being almost ludicrously inefficient as an ethanol input compared to sugar cane and scores of other plants, 40% of our corn crop – the most important one for global exports – is diverted away from food uses.  If one single tankful of pure ethanol were put into an SUV (yes, I know it’s a mix in the U.S., but humor me) it displaces enough food calories to feed one Indian farmer for one year! To persist in such folly if malnutrition increases, as I think it will, would be, to be polite, ungenerous: it pushes the price of corn away from affordability in poorer countries and, through substitution, it raises all grain prices.  (The global corn and wheat prices have jumped over 40% in just two months.)
Our ethanol policy is becoming the moral equivalent of shooting some poor Indian farmers.  Death just comes more slowly and painfully.
Once again, why single out Indian farmers?  Because it was reported last month in Bloomberg that the caloric intake of the average Indian farmer had dropped from a high of 2,266 a day in 1973 to 2,020 last year according to their National Sample Survey Office.  And for city dwellers the average had dropped from approximately 2,100 to 1,900.
The whole discussion — “Welcome to Dystopia! Entering a long-term and politically dangerous food crisis” – is a must read. Below is just the discussion on climate change.

The negative effect of climate change on grain production
I used to think that “climate change” was a weak, evasive version of “global warming” but not anymore, for weather extremes – drought, floods, and bursts of extreme heat – have turned out to be more devastating for food production than the steady rise in average global temperatures. Droughts and floods were off-the-scale awful three growing seasons ago, and I forecasted some improvement. But with impossibly low odds – based on the previous weather distribution pattern – severe weather events kept going for two more growing seasons. Just as with resource prices, detailed last year, when the odds get into the scores of thousands to one, it is usually because the old model is broken.
So in the resource case, the old model of declining resource prices was broken and a new, very different era had begun. Similarly, the odds of three such disastrous years together are just too high to be easily believed and the much safer assumption is that the old weather model is broken and a new era of rising temperature and more severe droughts and floods is upon us. All-time heat records in cities across the world are falling like flies and the months of March through May this year were the hottest in U.S. history. As with the equally unpleasant fact of rising resource prices, this new, less desirable climate has to be accepted and adjusted to. Once again, the faster we do it, the better off we will be. Several industries like insurance are already deep into the study of the new consequences. Farming must also adjust, and not just to the rising prices. With skill, research, and, above all, trial and error, farmers will adjust the type of crop and the type of corn seed they use to the changing weather. And I have no doubt that they will mitigate some of the worst effects of increased droughts and floods. But the worst shock lies out quite far in the future: grains have developed over many thousands of years in an unusually moderate and stable climate (moderate, that is, over a scale of hundreds of thousands of years); and selective breeding of the last few hundred years also was done in that moderate environment. Grains simply do not like very high temperatures. By the end of the century, the expected rise in temperature globally is projected by the IPCC to reduce the productivity of grain in traditional areas by 20% to 40% – numbers so high that the heart sinks given the other problems. Yes, northern climates will benefit (so Canada once again looks like a good ally) but more world-class grain land will be lost than is gained. And do not for a second think that the scientists can be dismissed as exaggerators in the pay of evil foundations as right-wing think tanks would have you believe. The record so far has been one of timid underestimation. Much the majority of scientists hate being in the limelight and live in dread of the accusation of the taint of exaggeration, so severe a crime in the academic world that it is second only to faking data. What the timid scientists forget (this is all driven by career risk just as with institutional investing) is that in this unique case it is underestimating that is dangerous! To put the science clearly in the public domain – a task so far totally failed at – is left to a brave handful of scientists willing to be outspoken.
Talk privately to scientists involved in climate research and you find that they believe that almost everything is worse than they feared and accelerating dangerously. A clear example is in the melting of the Northern ice, now down in late summer by 30% from its recent 30-year average to 2005. It is at a level today (and last month was the least ice cover of any June ever) that was forecast 15 years ago for 2050! Dozens of ships last year made commercial voyages across the Northern waters where none had ever gone before 2008. A dangerously reinforcing cycle is at work: the dark ocean absorbs heat where ice reflects it, so the water warms and more ice melts. Other potentially more dangerous loops might also start: the Tundra contains vast methane reserves and methane acts like supercharged CO2. It warms the air and more Tundra melts and so on. For agriculture, which is very sensitive indeed to temperature shifts, it has become a very dangerous world. There is now no safety margin to absorb unexpected hits as we are seeing in the global crisis playing out in the Midwest today.
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Via JMG: Paul Ryan: Those Five Times I Asked For Stimulus Millions Were By Accident

Mr. Ryan said in the television interview that he did not recall writing the letters. Later, his office issued a statement that he had since checked into the letters. “They were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled,’’ he said in the statement. “This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that. Regardless, it’s clear that the Obama stimulus did nothing to stimulate the economy, and now the President is asking to do it all over again.’’
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Posted: 17 Aug 2012 09:17 AM PDT
JR: Last month I had a piece, “We’re Already Topping Dust Bowl Temperatures — Imagine What’ll Happen If We Fail To Stop 10°F Warming.” The WashPost reported this week:
The United States will suffer a series of severe droughts in the next two decades, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Moreover, global warming will play an increasingly important role in their abundance and severity, claims Aiguo Dai, the study’s author.
His findings bolster conclusions from climate models used by researchers around the globe that have predicted severe and widespread droughts in coming decades over many land areas…
“We can now be more confident that the models are correct,” Dai said, “but unfortunately, their predictions are dire.”
For more on what the models have been saying, go here.
What follows is an update on the Dust Bowl of 2012 from Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters.

August 14, 2012 drought conditions showed historic levels of drought across the U.S., with 62% of the contiguous U.S. experiencing moderate or greater drought, and 46% of the county experiencing severe or greater drought. Image credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.
by Jeff Masters, via the WunderBlog
The great U.S. drought of 2012 remained about the same size and intensity over the past week, said NOAA in their weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday, August 16. The area of the contiguous U.S. covered by drought remained constant at 62%, and the area covered by severe or greater drought also remained constant at 46%. However, the area covered by the highest level of drought–exceptional–increased by 50%, from 4% to 6%.
Large expansions of exceptional drought occurred over the heart of America’s grain producing areas, in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The new NOAA State of the Climate Drought report for July 2012 shows that the 2012 drought is 5th greatest in U.S. history, and the worst in 56 years. The top five years for area of the contiguous U.S. covered by moderate or greater drought:
  1. Jul 1934, 80%
  2. Dec 1939, 60%
  3. Jul 1954, 60%
  4. Dec 1956, 58%
  5. Jul 2012, 57%
The top five years for the area of the contiguous U.S. covered by severe or greater drought:
  1. Jul 1934, 63%
  2. Sep 1954, 50%
  3. Dec 1956, 46%
  4. Aug 1936, 43%
  5. Jul 2012, 38%
Comparison with the great Dust Bowl droughts of the 1930s
An important fact to remember is that the 2012 drought is–so far–only a one-year drought. Recall that 2011 saw record rains that led to unprecedented flooding on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers. In contrast, the great droughts of the 1950s and 1930s were multi-year droughts. The Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s lasted up to eight years in some places, with the peak years being 1934, 1936, and 1939 – 1940. Once the deep soil dries out, it maintains a memory of past drought years. This makes is easier to have a string of severe drought years. Since the deep soil this summer still maintains the memory of the very wet year of 2011, the 2012 drought will be easier to break than the Dust Bowl droughts of the 1930s were.
In addition, a repeat of the dust storms of the 1930s Dust Bowl is much less likely now, due to improved farming practices. In a 2009 paper titled, Amplification of the North American “Dust Bowl” drought through human-induced land degradation, a team of scientists led by Benjamin Cook of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explained the situation:

During the 1920s, agriculture in the United States expanded into the central Great Plains. Much of the original, drought-resistant prairie grass was replaced with drought-sensitive wheat. With no drought plan and few erosion-control measures in place, this led to large-scale crop failures at the initiation of the drought, leaving fields devegetated and barren, exposing easily eroded soil to the winds. This was the source of the major dust storms and atmospheric dust loading of the period on a level unprecedented in the historical record.

Figure 2. Black Sunday: On April 14, 1935 a “Black Blizzard” hit Oklahoma and Texas with 60 mph winds, sweeping up topsoil loosened by the great Dust Bowl drought that began in 1934.
The Dust Bowl drought and heat of the 1930s: partially human-caused
Using computer models of the climate, the scientists found that the Dust Bowl drought was primarily caused by below-average ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and warmer than average ocean temperatures in the Atlantic, which acted together to alter the path of the jet stream and bring fewer precipitation-bearing storms to the Central U.S. However, the full intensity of the drought and its spatial extent could not be explained by ocean temperature patterns alone.
Only when their model included the impact of losing huge amounts of vegetation in the Plains due to poor farming practices could the full warmth of the 1930s be simulated. In addition, only by including the impact of the dust kicked up by the great dust storms of the Dust Bowl, which blocked sunlight and created high pressure zones of sinking air that discouraged precipitation, could the very low levels of precipitation be explained. The Dust Bowl drought had natural roots, but human-caused effects made the drought worse and longer-lasting.
The fact that we are experiencing a drought in 2012 comparable to the great Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s–without poor farming practices being partially to blame–bodes ill for the future of drought in the U.S. With human-caused global warming expected to greatly increase the intensity and frequency of great droughts like the 2012 drought in coming decades, we can expect drought to cause an increasing amount of damage and economic hardship for the U.S. Since the U.S. is the world’s largest food exporter, this will also create an increasing amount of hardship and unrest in developing countries that rely on food imports.
– Jeff Masters is the founder of the Weather Underground. This piece was originally published at the WunderBlog and was reprinted with permission.
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Professor do CEAD/UFOP participa do congresso ICME-12 na Coréia do Sul

Professor do CEAD/UFOP participa do congresso ICME-12 na Coréia do Sul

O professor Milton Rosa, do Centro de Educação Aberta e a Distância (CEAD), participou de 08 a 15 julho de 2012, no COEX, em Seul, na Coréia do Sul, do congresso ICME-12, patrocinado pelo International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).

Prof. Rosa participou de dois grupos de estudo, o TSG 17 - Mathematical Applications and Modelling in the Teaching and Learning Mathematics e o TSG 36 – The Role of Ethnomathematics in Mathematics Education. Prof. Rosa apresentou dois trabalhos que são frutos do desenvolvimento de sua recente pesquisa, em conjunto com Prof. Orey do CEAD, na área de etnomatemática e modelagem, denominada etnomodelagem.

A apresentação do Prof. Rosa para o TSGG 17 teve o título de "Ethnomodeling: a research concept on mathematical modelling", que discutiu sobre os aspectos êmico, ético e dialético da pesquisa em etnomodelagem enquanto que a apresentação para o TSG 36 teve o título de "Ethnomodeling as a pedagogical action for uncovering ethnomathematical practices", que discutiu como utilizar a etnomodelagem para descongelar práticas matemáticas desenvolvidas em diferentes grupos culturais.

Na pesquisa desenvolvida por Prof. Rosa e Prof. Orey, a aplicação da teoria da etnomatemática com as ferramentas e técnicas utilizadas pela modelagem matemática permitem a percepção holística da realidade, que fornece pontos de vistas diversos e distintos para que se possam utilizar conceitos matemáticos ao se adicionar aspectos culturais ao processo da modelagem matemática.

Professores do CEAD/UFOP participam de congresso em Londres

Professores do CEAD/UFOP participam de congresso em Londres
Os professores Daniel Clark Orey e Milton Rosa, do Centro de Educação Aberta e a Distância (CEAD) da Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP), participaram do congresso Anthropology in the World, que foi realizado entre os dias 8 e 10 de junho no British Museum, em Londres.
A conferência foi composta por 32 painés, duas plenárias e duas sessões paralelas de cinema sobre estudos relacionados com a antropologia, em suas mais diversas áreas de pesquisa, que estão sendo conduzidas no mundo.

Os professores Orey e Rosa participaram do painel P04, intitulado Multimathemacy: an Anthropoly of Mathematical Literacy, apresentando o desenvolvimento de sua recente pesquisa na área de etnomatemática e modelagem, denominada etnomodelagem.

A apresentação dos professores foi intitulada de Ethnomodeling as an anthropological research concept o n ethnomathematics and mathematical modeling, que discute sobre os aspectos êmico, ético e dialético da pesquisa em etnomodelagem.

Nesse tipo de pesquisa, a aplicação das técnicas da etnomatemática com as ferramentas da modelagem permite a percepção de uma realidade diferente, que fornece pontos de vistas diferenciados para que se possa praticar uma matemática holística, adicionando aspectos culturais ao processo da modelagem.
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Via JMG: OHIO: Republicans Work To Reduce Polling Hours In Liberal Areas Of The State

Republican election officials in Ohio are working to limit the hours polls will be open in the more liberal areas of the state. The New York Times is screaming bloody murder:
If you live in Butler or Warren counties in the Republican-leaning suburbs of Cincinnati, you can vote for president beginning in October by going to a polling place in the evening or on weekends. Republican officials in those counties want to make it convenient for their residents to vote early and avoid long lines on Election Day. But, if you live in Cincinnati, you’re out of luck. Republicans on the county election board are planning to end early voting in the city promptly at 5 p.m., and ban it completely on weekends, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The convenience, in other words, will not be extended to the city’s working people. The sleazy politics behind the disparity is obvious. Hamilton County, which contains Cincinnati, is largely Democratic and voted solidly for Barack Obama in 2008. So did the other urban areas of Cleveland, Columbus and Akron, where Republicans, with the assistance of the Ohio secretary of state, Jon Husted, have already eliminated the extended hours for early voting.
The Times notes that the same plan has already been instituted in Florida. (Tipped by JMG reader Gus)

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Here are a few of the words and terms added to the 2012 edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary by its editor Peter Sokolowski: F-bomb, sexting, man cave, earworm, energy drink, flexitarian, mash-up, e-reader, craft beer, and shovel-ready. A couple of existing words have had new definitions added: toxic (in a political sense) and underwater (regarding home mortgages.) Flexitarian, which describes a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat or fish, was a new one to me.

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When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. When you practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self.
- "Actualizing the Fundamental Point" by Zen Master Dogen

Via JMG: Romney Holds Campaign Stop At Shop Owned By Convicted Cocaine Smuggler

The press is having a field day after learning that yesterday's Miami campaign stop by Mitt Romney was held at a business owned by a convicted Colombian cocaine smuggler.
In media reports in November 1997, Bermudez was identified as one of 12 people accused in a Colombian drug smuggling operation. The arrests followed a seven-month investigation led by the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agents seized about 2,850 pounds of cocaine at three South Florida ports over several months. Agents first seized 430 pounds of cocaine at the Port of Palm Beach in July 1997 and then 117 pounds in late September at the Port of Miami. Those shipments were concealed in containers filled with fish imported from Trinidad, an island in the south Caribbean. The largest and final seizure came in late October at Port Everglades, where officials found 2,304 pounds of cocaine in a container of soap imported from Venezuela.
Bermudez says the Romney campaign vetted him thoroughly and knew about his criminal past. As a felon, he is unable to vote. (Tipped by JMG reader Rolf)

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Ryan a deficit hawk? More like a fake. His budget proposal is so unrealistic, it would more likely increase the deficit by trillions!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Via JMG: US History: Romney/Ryan First Ever Presidential Ticket Without A Protestant

Immediately upon the news that Paul Ryan had been selected, I quizzed folks here and on social media whether we'd ever had a major presidential ticket without a Protestant. There was a lot of pondering, particularly on whether Quakers (Richard Nixon) are considered Protestants. The National Journal apparently doesn't think so.
In 1928, New York Governor Al Smith, a Democrat, was the first Catholic to sit atop a major party ticket, but his nomination was balanced by Arkansas Sen. Joseph Taylor Robinson, a Protestant who was outspoken against anti-Catholic bigotry. They lost in a landslide to Republican Herbert Hoover. Since then, John Kennedy was the only non-Protestant to ever win at the top of the ticket. Other than Romney, the only other recent non-Protestants to head a presidential ticket were Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in 2004 and another Massachusetts governor --1988 Democratic nominee Mike Dukakis is Greek Orthodox. Before Ryan's pick, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, D-N.Y. and current Vice President Joe Biden were the only Catholic politicians ever selected for the number-two slot. Al Gore picked Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, as his running mate in 2000.
So far I've seen little grousing about this from the teavangelicals, but give it time. And of course, the Tea Party has long claimed that there are no Protestants on the Obama/Biden ticket.

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Via JMG: Butter Flavoring Linked To Alzheimer's

If you've been looking for one more thing to worry about, here it is.
If you're a fan of butter-flavored microwave popcorn, a new study finds a flavoring used in the product may trigger Alzheimer's disease. University of Minnesota drug-design expert Robert Vince, PhD, and colleagues found that diacetyl causes brain proteins to misfold into the Alzheimer's-linked form called beta amyloid. Vince's team also found that diacetyl has an architecture similar to a substance that makes beta-amyloid proteins clump together in the brain -- clumping being a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Even more, the popcorn butter flavorant can pass through the blood-brain barrier and can inhibit the brain's natural amyloid-clearing mechanisms. Diacetyl, already linked to lung damage in people who work in microwave popcorn factories, is also used to produce the distinctive buttery flavor and aroma of margarines, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods, and even some chardonnays.
(Tipped by JMG reader SIdan)

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Via JMG: Martian Photo Coolness

You will now go waste a good chunk of your day playing with the Mars Greeley Haven 360 panorama camera.

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Via JMG: Catholic Bishops Are Not-Ryans

In April the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a denouncement of Paul Ryan's budget plan. They wrote him to complain:
On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to urge you to resist for moral and human reasons unacceptable cuts to hunger and nutrition programs. The committee has been instructed to reduce agricultural programs by an additional $33.2 billion. In allocating these reductions, the committee should protect essential programs that serve poor and hungry people over subsidies that assist large and relatively well-off agricultural enterprises. Cuts to nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will hurt hungry children, poor families, vulnerable seniors and workers who cannot find employment. These cuts are unjustified and wrong. If cuts are necessary, the committee should first look towards reducing and targeting commodity and subsidy programs that disproportionately go to large growers and agribusiness.
We'll see if they stick to their guns.

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