The Politicians have laid the blame, but now it’s time to identify and resolve the issue

So now that the politicians have had a moan about who’s at fault for the chaos on the M80 at Cumbernauld, we need to dig a little deeper into the issue.

Sure the weather is the main culprit, and there’s not much we can directly do about that. There were plenty of warnings about the possibility of problems with a Red Warning from the Met Office which was highlighted ahead of schedule by Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf. He was perhaps a little too enthusiastic in his foreboding before the Red Warning was actually issued and came across as another politician trying to grab the headlines – this probably reduced the potency of the crucial Met Office message as folk politely ignored him and carried on regardless.

But if we look back, we see that at the end of February 2017, the exact same problem arose in the exact same location hit us when “a weather bomb” from Storm Doris struck central Scotland.

Now this is the real issue – the same problem, happening in the same location, two years running – so this is what we should be encouraging our politicians to looks at. You should note that this stretch of road was upgraded to motorway as part of a Government project that was completed in 2011 at a cost of £320m.

As much as we like to criticise the Council, this is not a Council road, it is a Scottish Government road, so instead of laying blame at the foot of the hauliers, perhaps now the politicians can get some folk round a table and sort out what the issue is with the road they designed and now manage, and how the issue will be dealt with more effectively moving forward.

League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth

In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

Disconfirmations, Framing & Satisficing

A quick summary from Ben Carlson on Robert Cialdini new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade.

  • Avoiding mistakes is often more important than seeking brilliance.
    Framing can influence your thought process in both positive or negative ways.
  • There are subtle ways in which you can be persuaded to make decisions that you may not be aware of.
  • Before the persuasion even begins there are triggers that can cause us to lean in a certain direction in terms of how we view certain decisions.
  • In increased awareness of these techniques can help you avoid mistakes and also increase your ability to persuade others.

One in 11 Scottish species threatened with extinction, new study finds

It’s not too late to save nature in Scotland but we must act now – that’s the conclusion from a coalition of 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.
Great Yellow Bumblebee
Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 50 wildlife organisations in Scotland have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea.
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Lost in a Sea of eLearning

A quick question, when was the last time you sat down, and asked your learners what they thought of your eLearning, and I don’t mean a quick smile sheet exercise, but some digging – identifying the opinions and feelings about what they experienced.

Well, Queen’s University Belfast have done just that with a group of students who are increasingly using eLearning during their 5 years of study.
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Analysis of head impact exposure and brain microstructure response in a season-long application of a jugular vein compression collar

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Could a jugular vein neck collar help to reduce the possible concussive effect of head impact?

“study has generated initial evidence for a potential protective effect of the collar device”

“It supports the notion that the approach of protecting the brain internally via jugular vein compression may be a promising alternative”

see also:

MIT article