==> His resolve weakens: Scott Sumner admits that there is a non-trivial chance that my monetary views are correct.
==> The media are going nuts over the revelation that one of the leading climate change “deniers” failed to disclose his funding from fossil fuel companies, because obviously this should lead us to doubt his objectivity. In related news, the head of the IPCC (and joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore) resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. In his resignation letter, Pachauri reportedly said, “For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma.” But this BBC article on the story doesn’t even mention that. Instead the news story bleeds into a (labeled) “Analysis” from its environmental expert who writes:
Dr Pachauri’s resignation is a shock – but it is unlikely to create lasting damage to the IPCC as he was due to retire, and potential replacements are already throwing hats in the ring.
Good luck to them: the IPCC chair is one of the most gruelling and controversial jobs on the international stage.
The chair has to spend much of his life in mid-air, flitting between capitals, whilst suffering relentless attacks from campaigners challenging climate science.
I’m glad to see that the alleged dichotomy between science and religion has evaporated!
==> I’m probably not going to address the male/female wage gap stuff, because I don’t have too much to say that others won’t have already (by the time my article would be posted). If you’re curious, though, here’s Daniel Kuehn’s contrarian take, just to see how anybody could possibly reject the standard libertarian view on this stuff.