Financial Times corrects editorial alleging ’40 year US policy’ calling settlements “illegal”

Whilst this blog takes no position on the legality of Israeli communities across the green line, we do take a strident stand on holding British media outlets accountable to the accuracy clause of the UK Editors’ Code of Practice. So, over the past several days, we’ve pushed back against multiple outlets – including the Guardian, Independent, Economist, Telegraph and Financial Times – that have misrepresented longstanding US policy on settlements in the context of reports on the new US decision that they’re not illegal.

As we noted in a recent post, these outlets have erred in claiming that the new US position breaks with “four decades” of US policy, which, they assert, deemed Jewish communities in the West Bank “illegal”.

This is not true, as between the late 1970s and 2016, there was not one President or Secretary of State who labeled the settlements “illegal”. …

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Discrimination in Hiring Based on Potential and Realized Fertility: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment


By: Sascha O. BeckerAna FernandesDoris Weichselbaumer
Abstract: Due to conventional gender norms, women are more likely to be in charge of childcare than men. From an employer’s perspective, in their fertile age they are also at “risk” of pregnancy. Both factors potentially affect hiring practices of firms. We conduct a large-scale correspondence test in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, sending out approx. 9,000 job applications, varying job candidate’s personal characteristics such as marital status and age of children. We find evidence that, for part-time jobs, married women with older kids, who likely finished their childbearing cycle and have more projectable childcare chores than women with very young kids, are at a significant advantage vis-à-vis other groups of women. At the same time, married, but childless applicants, who have a higher likelihood to become pregnant, are at a disadvantage compared to single, but childless applicants to part-time jobs…

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Eugenics and Social Biology at LSE Library: An Introduction

Decolonising LSE Collective

Guest post by Indy Bhullar and Debbie Challis

There is much more research to be made in these areas, particularly the relationship of eugenics to demography and LSE’s role in training for colonial administration. This is just an outline of some of the material in LSE’s Library Collection and Archives. A good starting point to read more is the blog post by Shikha Dilawri.

The Webbs

In 1883 Galton published Inquiries into Human Faculty, a
collection of experiments, correspondence and data on inheritance, human
ability and psychological tests. It was in this book that Galton created the
word ‘eugenics’ to describe the science and idea of breeding human ‘stock’ to
give ‘the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing
speedily over the less suitable’ in a footnote. ‘Eugenics’ came from the Greek
words ‘genus’, translated as race or kin, and ‘eu’, meaning good…

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Champ and Freeman on banks inflating the economy

Patrick Michaels on modelling of #globalwarming

November 21, 1916: Death of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary.

Rather poor security in 1914 given the history of successful assassinations.

European Royal History

Franz Joseph I (August 18, 1830 – November 21, 1916) was Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, and monarch of many other states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from December 2, 1848 to his death. From May 1, 1850 to August 24, 1866 he was also President of the German Confederation, the successor state to the Holy Roman Empire. He was the longest-reigning Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, as well as the third-longest-reigning monarch of any country in European history, after Louis XIV of France and Johann II of Liechtenstein.


Franz Joseph was born in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna (on the 65th anniversary of the death his great-great grandfather Holy Roman Emperor Franz I of Lorraine) as the eldest son of Archduke Franz Karl (the younger son of Holy Roman Emperor Franz II), and his wife Princess Sophie of Bavaria. Because his uncle, reigning from 1835…

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Supreme Court weighs lawsuit pitting climate scientist against skeptics

Green Jihad

By John Kruzel – 11/21/19 – The Hill

The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to take up a prominent climatologist’s defamation suit against a venerated conservative magazine, in a case that pits climate scientists against the free speech rights of global warming skeptics.

The dispute between scientist Michael Mann and the National Review has drawn attention from lawmakers, interest groups, academics and media, as the court weighs adding a potentially blockbuster First Amendment showdown to an already politically charged docket.

Scientists hail Mann’s lawsuit as a necessary defense against efforts to erode public confidence in the scientific consensus that climate change is an urgent threat, while free speech advocates have rallied around the iconic conservative publication.

The case has made for strange bedfellows, with the National Review receiving backing from the Center for Investigative Reporting, which has produced award-winning coverage of climate change; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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