Cheryl Rofer

Getting the Word Out on Climate Change

GETTING THE WORD OUT ON CLIMATE CHANGE….The NASA Inspector General tells us that political appointees messed with public accounts of NASA’s scientific findings on global climate change. From the fall of 2004 through 2006, the report said, NASA’s public affairs office “managed the topic of climate change in a manner that reduced, marginalized, or mischaracterized… Read more »

Extraordinary Rendition Continued

EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION CONTINUED….Reprieve, a human rights organization (UK branch, US branch), claims that the United States is using prison ships to keep prisoners outside legal jurisdictions. They say that there have been more than 200 new cases of rendition since 2006, when President George Bush declared that the practice had stopped. A US Navy spokesman… Read more »

Mark Penn Speaks

MARK PENN SPEAKS….but doesn’t say much. Does he wish he’d taken a sabbatical from lobbying? Penn’s answer is the closest he comes to expressing any regrets about his campaign work. “I think that we – you know, with the benefit of hindsight, we might have done things somewhat differently. I’ll spend some time analysing that.”… Read more »

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL….A lot of people didn’t like the latest Indiana Jones movie. I did. Here’s a review that I think makes some fair points. Much of the less formal criticism (for example) revolves around believability, particularly of the computer-generated effects. I must admit that I’m not cognizant of… Read more »

Margin of Error

MARGIN OF ERROR….Another mini-uproar with (about?) North Korea ensues. Or perhaps more than one, if the media have their way. Helene Cooper, or rather the editor who wrote the headline on her article, leads the media faction. Looky looky, the numbers don’t match! American intelligence agencies estimated that North Korea had produced 40 to 50… Read more »