Reports of Palestinian civilian casualties during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge are known to lack objectivity because they are provided by Palestinian sources, which have incentives to exaggerate total numbers and misclassify combatants as civilians. Reports from the BBC and New York Times utilize simple statistical methods to show that misclassification is almost certain to be endemic, rendering these reports both meaningless and deceptive.
Category Archives: International
According to Bloomberg’s Sangwon Yoon, the executive secretary of of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change believes it is.
The EU Parliament recently considered, and apparently abandoned, a proposal that would have destroyed the economic credibility its Emission Trading System for greenhouse gases. The proposal would have withheld from the market permits for 2013-14 permits for 900 millions metric tons of carbon. Contrary to popular reporting, this does not leave the ETS “in tatters” (Wall Street Journal) or “crumbling” (Click Green). Rather, it means that, at least for now, the credibility of the ETS as an economic incentive has survived another crisis.
Regulation without Enforcement Is No Regulation at All, Part 3:
New York, US, and UK regulators are not on the same page
The Wall Street Journal’s Liz Rappaport, Max Colchester, and Damian Paletta report (subscription) that federal regulators are trying to quickly come up with a unified position with respect to Standard Chartered Plc, the British bank that New York State regulators say engaged in a 10-year long conspiracy to hide transactions with the government of Iran.
The bank denies the charges and has been ordered to appear on August 15 to respond. According to the Journal reporters, the debate seems to be about how much money the bank must pay (and perhaps to whom) to settle the charges, not whether the charges are valid.
Regulation without Enforcement Is No Regulation at All, Part 2:
Standard Chartered plc denies wrongdoing, stock price partially recovers
We posted on August 6 about the order issued to Standard Chartered Bank by the New York State Department of Financial Services, alleging that its US subsidiary had “schemed with the Government of Iran and hid from regulators roughly 60,000 secret transactions, involving at least $250 billion, and reaping SCB hundreds of millions of dollars in fees.” In response, Standard Chartered “strongly rejects the position or the portrayal of facts as set out in the order.”
This statement is reprinted in full below. It contains highly relevant (and highly technical) information that the NYS Department of Financial Services did not mention.
The UK’s Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health Opines on How Not to Discipline Children
The smack is out, ‘reasonable chastisement’ is in
Rebecca Smith and Martin Beckford of the Telegraph (UK) tell us the British experts have concluded that smacking (i.e., spanking) children for misbehavior doesn’t work and is equivalent to physical assault. They quote RCPCH president Prof. Ternce Stephenson as saying, “Children should be provided with the same protection against physical assault as adults, and aside from being unnecessary, smacking is generally a very ineffective deterrent to ‘bad’ behavior.”
“Smacking is too often seen as the easy option – sadly as paediatricians we see all too often today’s smack becomes tomorrow’s punch.”
Parents could previously use “reasonable chastisement” to discipline their children, but the law was tightened under Labour in 2004. The new definition prohibits any force that causes “reddening of the skin”.