Joe Jordan

the geek of hearts

A Cheaper Stimulus


Let me first point out what I mean by feedback, because I’m using it in a technical sense. A feedback function is a mathematical expression that feeds into itself, e.g.

feedback function

Now, it may be that something like the above can be easily re-arranged to give you a linear equation (where you have a straight f on one side at some xs on the other,) but assuming you can’t this is a feedback equation; you can’t find f when given x without iterating through your calculation lots of times, and seeing if you converge on an answer or not.

Do you want the good news, or the bad?

OK, so earlier there was no news. This is what is so frustrating about being shut out of the Bella Centre – I, like you, must get my news from the Guardian and the BBC, who aren’t always going to tell us the whole story. However, we do have two conflicting stories, which I think shows some interesting political posturing by the different news media.

“So Much for the Process…” – Michael Zammit Cutajar

The COP-15 is structured something like this:

  1. Initial sessions are opened, according to the Bali roadmap which says that there should be two Ad-hoc Working Groups (AWGs) – one for nations already signed up to the KP (Kyoto Protocol) and one for the LCA (Long-term Cooperative Agreement). The Initial meeting is quite brief, setting up chairs and leaders for the various subgroups (the chairs/exec of the AWGs themselves have been set up and working on things for the last 2 years already).
  2. The subgroups then get to work discussing the language of assigned bits of the text, with nations “Parties” (within the COP=”Conference Of Parties”) able to contribute and modify bits of the text. This is the initial stages of the negotiation, with many civil servants from each country led by a chief negotiator, and eventually a minister (or two, in the UK’s case).
  3. Then, the subgroups report back to the AWGs, who decide on a draft to send up to the COP-MOP (MOP=”Meeting Of Parties”) which is the forum in which ministers and leaders debate and decide on the final issues.
  4. Last and Biggest, the Leaders and Ministers sit down and compromise on their existing policy – “filling in the brackets” – in order to come to a text that everyone can sign.