James Wimberley

A Bread and Butter Letter

Dear Miss Isabel* : This is a letter from another grandfather, to mark my appreciation of your work on Friday to help your own, Secretary of State John Kerry, sign the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States. Photos of you both have been seized on and circulated by the world’s media, with… Read more »

For Paris Agreement Junkies

If you like watching diplomatic paint dry, the UN has a live webcast of 170 delegates (at the latest count) signing the Paris Agreement today in New York. They will also be making speeches, presumably much the same ones they made in Paris. To my surprise, it looks as if Obama isn’t going. He is… Read more »

Impeaching Dilma

The lower house of the Brazilian Congress has voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The middle-class anti-Dilma crowds in the streets of big cities are ecstatic. At last the PT will be brought to account for its corruption! The smaller pro-Dilma working-class crowds are despondent. The right-wing plot to reverse the results of the 2014… Read more »

Cui Bono?

xkcd: Randall Munroe is not making this process up. Consider the single-celled amoeba-like parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasma gondii is known to remove rodents’ innate fear of cats. …. The microbe is a single-celled pathogen that infects most types of mammal and bird, causing a disease called toxoplasmosis. But its effects on rodents are unique;… Read more »

The Paris Accord Junket

Since well before the adoption in December of the Paris Climate Accord, the State Department was angling for a splashy junket in New York for the opening to signature. This will be on Earth Day, April 22. Tradecraft note: an international agreement is adopted by a group of states at a diplomatic conference: that means… Read more »