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.

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Not getting a second date

Welcome to my world:

Dilbert.com

Fortunately my partner has reality-based beliefs.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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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 … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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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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Tradable missions permits for aid agencies?

One of the unconscionable practices in international aid is the “mission” – a team of experts from donor countries who fly out to the developing country to supervise the way that aid is used. For large aid projects, these mission … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Are Republicans good for the world’s poor?

Many progressives here in the UK have a stereotyped view of US politics (roughly speaking: 'Democrats good, Republicans bad').  These assumptions have been reinforced by negative perceptions of the Bush presidency.  And so there is an assumption that the Democrats … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Michael Gerson on Foreign Aid

Michael Gerson was, until last month, George W. Bush's speechwriter. His views are hard to pigeonhole – perhaps compassionate conservative comes closest – (see this profile in the New Yorker): he is strongly religious, anti-choice on abortion, and … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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No eternal friends

Peter Hitchens in the Mail:

I repeat, I love America, think we have much to learn from her, am endlessly glad that she exists, I like Americans and enjoy many aspects of American culture. My heart always lifts when I

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Aid works for redistribution

Much of the literature about the effectiveness (or otherwise) of aid revolves around whether aid accelerates economic growth.

But there is another purpose to giving aid: to redistribute income and consumption from rich to poor.  If aid is taken from … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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G8 Action on Darfur Overdue

Woman in camp in DarfurHuman Rights Watch says that the G8 must act on Darfur:

“For the third year in a row, Darfur will be on the agenda at the G8 meeting,” said Peter Takirambudde, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “This year, the

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Have we made poverty history?

I have got a blog post up at the Center for Global Development blog, Views from the Center, saying that we have got a long way to go.… Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Abortion and viability

It is irritating to see opponents of abortion seeking to restrict abortion by opportunistically using arguments which they think are superficially persuasive but which bear no relationship to their real views and which they know to be irrelevant.

There are … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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International Development Bill

The International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill will today be voted on for its third reading by the House of Commons.  The bill requires the government to produce an annual report assessing progress toward the 0.7% target, the UN's millennium … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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My morning run in Boulder

Here is me on my morning run in Boulder yesterday. This is at the top of Bear Peak, from which there are great views over the Rockies.

Unfortunately I lost Grethe’s phone somewhere down the trail coming down. But the … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Linux at home

I installed the lastest version of SUSE Linux on my home computer last weekend. 

Linux is a free alternative to Windows.  For technically-minded people, it can be more powerful, safer and much cheaper to use than Windows.  It is now … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Lack of press coverage on Sudan and DRC

Ethan Zuckerman comments on the lack of media interest (either mainstream or online) in the continuing conlicts in Darfur and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  He also reports the study in the Lancet of the number of deaths in … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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