Classic nimbyism, enabled by Spain’s lack of effective central government: Castilla y León has lots of wolves, but other communities which, according to ecologists, should in historical and biological terms have some, don’t want to take the overproduction. So they’re being shot. I don’t suppose we could airlift them to the outskirts of Reykjavik.
- Recentralising Spain’s health care system
The gov that dares not speak its name.
- Duck hunting in the nature reserve on the Llobregat
It’s no longer a swinging safari now the nature-lovers have got guns too.
- Crap maps
If you’ve read Edward Tufte’s stuff, you’ll know that the Japanese used to be good at cartography. So were the British, the Dutch, the Swiss…, but since WWII the Americans have made the running in terms of technological and graphical innovation, as well as putting together some wonderful resources–just think of the University of Texas’ Perry-Castañeda collection. It’s a bit sad, then, that one of the chief motivators for this interesting but still underdeveloped Fool’s World Map seems to be to give some Japanese bloke and the comment crowd a chance to express contempt for The Disorientated American.
- Incompatibility of science and corrupt society
This lovely story of a Castilla y León government tender for a small investigative boat which already included the name of the winner, a company linked to the governing party, reminded me of this beautiful idea re (some of) the Greeks in Martha’s dad’s book:
Travel alone was not enough to create â€˜science’. These thinkers also