Daily Archives: June 23, 2012

Fukushima: BBC Debunked

 Sources cited 

The BBC Program

CNN Report Quoted

The Yomiuri Daily Table

Atomic-Bombing Survivors Study 

In light of that study, it’s worth noting that the Japanese government calculated that the Cesium-137 alone emitted from Fukushima as of late August was 168 times more radioactive than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8722400/Fukushima-caesiu…

IAEA Report Quoted

NYAS Review (Yablokov et al.) Cited

Extra: detailed complaint submitted to BBC over the program critiqued in this video :


1:53 I cite a false analogy Al Khalili commits, which takes this form:

1. Fukushima and the tsunami are similar in that both were disasters. 
2. The tsunami’s harm is measured by its death toll before 9/14/11.
3. Therefore, Fukushima’s harm is measured by its death toll before 9/14/11.

That argument from analogy is assumed implicitly in his comparison aired on Sept 14, 2011. We cannot conclude as he wishes us to that the tsunami was far worse unless we accept that analogy as true. However, it’s a false analogy on account of the fact that the harm of radiation exposure is also measured by the deaths it causes years and decades later.

Genetically modified grass blamed for mass cattle deaths in Texas | The Raw Story

Genetically modified grass blamed for mass cattle deaths in Texas | The Raw Story.

Another victim of cycling on PCH: “Beware of cars, even when you’re not in their way!

Every time I ride on PCH between Seal Beach and Warner at least one car cuts thru the bike lane, right in front of me, to turn right. Also caps with soft drinks or water were thrown at me, hitting my  back, without any provocation: Such actions are pure evil, and criminal. This is not about cops, this is about criminals among us, that shouldn’t ever be allowed to drive anything else but a tricycle!

Today’s Quotation: E. M. Forster on – civilization and morality

The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ALAN MATHISON TURING (1912)

Alan Mathison Turing (1912)

Turing was a groundbreaking English mathematician and logician who worked on artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. He created the Turing test to determine whether a computer is capable of humanlike thought. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in AI. He also did valuable work in cryptography during WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code. In the midst of his pioneering work, Turing committed suicide after being convicted of what crime? More… Discuss


College Board Administers the First SAT Exam (1926)

The SAT is a standardized test used in college admissions in the US. Developed by Carl Brigham, a Princeton psychologist who worked on the US Army‘s IQ test, the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered in 1926 to over 8,000 test-takers—60% of whom were male. Criticized as being biased toward whites, males, and the middle class, the exam has been modified over the years to improve fairness. Still, its value as a predictor of success in college is debated. What does “SAT” stand for today?More… Discuss


Overspending Prompts Nobel Prize Payout Cuts

The weak global economy has claimed a new victim—the Nobel Foundation. It has been announced that lower than expected returns on investments over the past decade have made it necessary for the organization to cut the prize money awarded to Nobel laureates by 20 percent. The foundation is also looking for ways to cut administrative costs as well as expenses related to the Nobel Prizecelebrations, as overspending in these areas is also a concern. More… Discuss


Tafl Games

Tafl games were a family of popular board games that spread with the Vikings throughout northern Europe from about 400 CE and were widely played until the introduction of chess in the 12th century. Played on a checkered board, the games featured two uneven teams of pieces—a larger one that attacked and a smaller one that defended. The rules of these games, though largely lost, have been pieced together using literary sources from various historical periods. What was the objective of these games? More… Discuss

Beethoven Violin concerto (Perlman & Barenboim)

 Ludwig van Bethoven

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim, Dirigent

Konzert für Violine und Orchester D-dur op. 61
concerto per viole ed orchestra in Re maggiore op. 61
concert for violin and orchestra D major op. 61
concert pour violon et orchestre majeur op. 61
concierto para violín y orquesta en Re mayor op. 61

I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III Rondó, Allegro

Grandsaal Musikverein, Wien, Österreich


Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, was written in 1806.

The work was premiered on 23 December 1806 in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Beethoven wrote the concerto for his colleague Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the day, who had earlier given him helpful advice on his opera Fidelio. The occasion was a benefit concert for Clement. However, the first printed edition (1808) was dedicated to Beethoven’s friend Stephan von Breuning.

It is believed that Beethoven finished the solo part so late that Clement had to sight-read part of his performance.[1] Perhaps to express his annoyance, or to show what he could do when he had time to prepare, Clement is said to have interrupted the concerto between the first and second movements with a solo composition of his own, played on one string of the violin held upside down;[2] however, other sources claim that he did play such a piece but only at the end of the program.[3]

The premiere was not a success, and the concerto was little performed in the following decades.

The work was revived in 1844, well after Beethoven’s death, with performances by the then 12-year-old violinist Joseph Joachim with the orchestra conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. Ever since, it has been one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire, and it is frequently performed and recorded today.

Mozart – Requiem – Cecilia Bartoli – George Solti 1991

Beethoven.Violin.Sonata.No.9.Op.47.kreutzer.[Anne-Sophie Mutter.-.Lambert.Orkis]

Mozart – Violin Concerto No.3. David Oistrakh (Violin,conductor) 8 december 1968 Stockholm

A wonderful program: beautiful paintings, poem and music, celebrating life, art and resonating in every one of us, once and again. Thank you Stefania!