The problem was fundamentally insoluble, from a mathematical point of view. If the system is dependent on exams to allocate the grades, but it can’t have the exams, then it can’t allocate the grades. No statistical method in the world is going to be able to give you good results if the information you’re looking for is fundamentally not there in the dataset that you’re trying to extract it from. (Hollywood is just wrong on this one when it has people looking at grainy CCTV footage and saying “Let’s enhance.”) … [Read more...] about This year’s A-level results are a fiasco – but the system was already broken
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The tangle of public and private aid programs for rape victims turns out to be something she, traumatized and disoriented, does not always have the wherewithal to navigate, even when she meets the overly stringent qualification requirements. She feels purposeless, alienated from her former self, and unable to concentrate. With no one to tell her that these are common responses to sexual violence, she sees her malaise as a personal failure. “I didn’t blame the rapists or the police for my unrecognizable life,” she writes. “I blamed myself.” … [Read more...] about Should we stop calling rape victims ‘survivors’?
The administration is facing a perfect storm of negative economic indicators. In his traditional end-of-year interview on 10 December 2014, Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, stressed that Russia had not entirely recovered from the great recession of 2008-09, noting that “negative trends have been adding up in our economy for the past few years” and that “there were signs of crisis in the economy all along”. In addition to falling oil prices and “outside pressure”, the rouble crisis had been provoked by “speculation in the national currency”. He admitted that “the sanctions have cost our economy tens of billions of dollars”. … [Read more...] about Plunging oil prices have rocked Russia, but Putin may yet surprise us
One first good result of this oil price shift, however, was witnessed at Opec’s meeting in Vienna last week. The once feared cartel of oil-exporting countries, with Saudi Arabia at its core, a cartel that at one time commanded more than half of global production, is now a shadow of its former self. Opec’s members were unable to agree to cut production because most are strapped for cash and had no choice but to maintain levels. … [Read more...] about Falling oil prices offer the west a great chance to refashion itself. Let’s seize it
But at the same time cheap oil weakens market forces that might otherwise rein in energy use. The expectation that fossil fuels would get scarcer and pricier has forced capitalism to take investment in energy efficiency seriously. Manufacturers of electric cars and green fridges could get cold feet, and there could likewise be an unravelling of the logic of developing renewable energy, which only stacks up when the power that it generates is less costly than carbon-based energy. That’s not a sum that works in favour of renewables in a free-market $50-a-barrel world. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on cheaper oil and the environment: an invitation for business as usual