"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Swag

A minor but (perhaps sadly) amusing point regarding the Beeville hoax story.

Here are closeups of the stuff Julisa got along with the infamous letter, clipped from the photo taken by (and kindly provided to Irene by) Sarah Taylor of the Bee-Picayune.




This all explains the two logos on the letter. Apparently the perpetrator could not come up with a high resolution NSF logo for the trophies, and resorted to clip art that says "SCIENCE" on it. (The objects designated on the pedestal are obviously a telescope, a microscope, and, um, a corn dog.) So for consistency, the clip art logo appeared on the letterhead.




Update: It didn't take long for somebody to find the original. (h/t JM) Here's a similar item available in single quantity. Here's what appears to be the logo itself:




Update 6/19: Links to Beeville stories by myself and others here

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