Roger Kerr: The Working Man and the Man and his Work

(The following is reprinted with the permission of Bryce Wilkinson. It is the eulogy he delivered at the service to honour Roger’s life held on Thursday 3 November 2011 at 2.30pm at Old St Paul’s in Wellington.) (Photo courtesy of the New Zealand Herald) Roger Kerr committed his working life to improving the quality of […]

A response to “What’s really warming the world?”

Back in June, an article on Bloomberg had some pretty fun charts that purport to unequivocally demonstrate that man and his CO2 emissions are wholly responsible for Earth’s warming since 1880. Every few weeks another friend seems to stumble across this article and share it. I’ve been offering them all friendly explanations about the reality of these charts, but […]

Where are you now? Supporters of diversity are MIA

Let’s set aside the policy debates of the presidential primaries for a moment. Instead, focus on the line-ups of the parties’ nominees. The two sets of candidates flip conventional wisdom on its head. The Democratic Party usually advocates policies and values such as diversity, affirmative action, multi-culturalism, inclusiveness and so on. It also tries to […]

Syrian refugees and America’s retreat

Photos of the body of a three year old boy washed up on a beach in Turkey have drawn worldwide attention to the plight of refugees from five years of civil war in Syria. Friends from across the globe, many of whom seldom take to social media, were so shocked by the images that they […]

Memo to Robert Reich: Should we care what the top 1% earn?

[Originally posted on Facebook, September 6, 2010] Robert Reich’s Labor Day blog referred to the following fact:  ‎”In the late 1970s, the richest 1 percent of American families took in about 9 percent of the nation’s total income; by 2007, the top 1 percent took in 23.5 percent of total income.”  He used this data point […]