Thursday, November 01, 2012

Six of the Best 291

Craig Brown writes on badgers, cows and evidence-based policy for the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists site: "The badger cull is rare in that it is one of the few policies for which real scientific field trials have been performed in order to establish its efficacy. Peer-reviewed journals detailing the results of these trials conclude that culling badgers is, for the most part, ineffective as a remedy for bTB."

"This British scientist, rejected by his short-sighted government, has written as good a handbook as one is likely to find." Jacob Silverman reviews David Nutt's "Drugs without the Hot Air" on Bookforum.

Green Economy says a UN report has found that cities will benefit greatly from more greenery as urban areas expand.

"At the very least, you have to admire a man who can get thousands of people to come to Wembley Arena to watch a twelve-hour PowerPoint presentation." James Ward listens to David Icke.

TalkYork introduces us to Nana Zheng, a Chinese postgraduate who has just completed a dissertation on “The history of the management of York city walls since the 19th century.”

"Dixon’s shooting is so shocking because it is unexpected. The Blue Lamp has a classical narrative shape that disrupts the order presented at the start of the film and reinstates it by the end." BFI Film Forever ponders Dirk Bogarde's shooting of Jack Warner.

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