A panoramic photograph of the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC on 30 October 2010

What do we want?

My favourite sign from the Rally to Restore Sanity:

What do we want? Evidence based change. When do we want it? After peer review.
What do we want? Evidence based change. When do we want it? After peer review.

More here and here.…

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Not getting a second date

Welcome to my world:


Fortunately my partner has reality-based beliefs.…

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Apricot and chick pea curry

The sweetness of the apricots offsets the spiciness of the curry in this dish which I am sure has no connection with India at all.   It is a very quick and easy vegan dish.   I usually serve it with brown …

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This means I should live forever

Guzzling coffee may cut heart disease – health – 16 June 2008 – New Scientist

The researchers found that women who drank four to five cups per day were 34% less likely to die of heart disease, while men who

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Fascist America in 10 easy steps

You must read this article by Naomi Wolf in the Guardian

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and

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Barack Obama on US Aid

In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Barack Obama has promised to double aid by 2012 if he is elected President:

For the last twenty years, U.S. foreign aid funding has done little more than keep

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Is DFID any good?

So asks Simon Maxwell at ODI. His conclusion is that DFID is pretty good.

In our own work on aid architecture, we asked developing country aid practitioners from 27 countries to rank donors and comment on their strengths and

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