There’s an excellent article over at Not A Lot Of People Know That about the BBC’s most recent foolish claims about the Solomon Islands. They’re saying that some islands have been drowned by rising seas … but the truth is that these are man-made islands. They were built in a lagoon because of headhunters on shore, and yes, occasionally storms have destroyed them … so what? It beats getting eaten by the neighborhood bully, and it hasn’t bothered the residents much—these islands have been rebuilt and repaired many times.
This is the second post today around a similar theme – that reality or the truth of a matter often comes down to scale, to percentages. But it also comes down to narrative, journos and the money behind those.
Yesterday, getting off that bus with the sleet slashing down but the new winter jacket standing up to it, the doubledecker driver having just grumbled about a draft in the cabin, saying, ‘Mustn’t grumble,’ and making my way back home with two food bags to turn the central heating on and cook up a few days worth of food, I was reflecting that all was well with the world.
1. How many astronauts crewed the Gemini series of spacecraft?
2. Name anything that happened in Britain on September 3rd, 1752.
3. Truth, beauty, strange, charm, up and down are types of what?
4. What does Cytology study?
5. Radiocarbon is produced in the atmosphere as a result of what?
6. The absorption of ink by blotting paper involves what function?
7. Nuclear sizes are expressed in a unit named what?… More here ...