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Tagged: / Posted: 24 February 2010

Auntie, you know: solid, impartial, if anything a bit dusty. Yet here she is screaming at the top of her lungs, 'Date-rape drugs are on the rise, UN warns.' 'So-called date-rape drugs are on the rise, according to the United Nations drug control agency's annual report.' http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8533736.stm Under the peculiar sub-head 'sexually abusing', auntie adds 'In the UK, ketamine, an anaesthetic, has been a class-C drug since January 2006, while the solvent GBL, or gamma-butyrolactone, was one of a number of "legal highs" that became class-C drugs last year.

Tagged: / Posted: 1 February 2010

Australia's News Ltd newsrooms continue to excel themselves with shonky journalism of the most deceptive kind. This last weekend, the NT News posted a story that was then circulated on the websites of The Australian and News.com.au that reveals the lengths they will go to to have a sexy image on the home page. I deconstructed the storry here. http://www.atomiksoapbox.com/2010/01/how-journalism-works-sex-lies-and-v...

Tagged: / Posted: 27 January 2010

Here's a furious (and over the top) attack on all British journalists. Maybe its real significance is that the reputation of all journalists suffers from the stupid behaviour of a few:

 http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201001/british-newspapers-make-things

 This is the story he is complaining about:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/genetics/article6990988.ec...

Tagged: / Posted: 20 January 2010

Some interesting info from the Czech Republic in relation to an excitable BBC3 documentary which claimed that Brits who go to Prague for stag nights are becoming involved with women who have been trafficked into the sex industry.

 http://www.czechfocus.cz/2010/1/11/art50861.html

 

As background, see the evidence of mighty falsehood and distortion in the reporting of sex trafficking in the UK at:

Tagged: / Posted: 12 January 2010

Risk of dying from heart disease 'rises every hour you watch TV' Every hour spent watching TV each day increases the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a fifth, say scientists. ...................................................... Article in the daily mail today. I am not a mathematician but I can easily understand the nonsense of this article. If every hour increases the risk of heart disease by a fifth imagine what 100 hours or even 1000 hours could do. My concern is that many people who read this become very worried unnecessarily.

Tagged: / Posted: 25 December 2009

Here, under the pretence of attacking British privacy laws and defending free speech, is the Daily Mail fulminating that some football manager who went to some massage parlour can't legally be identified. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1238017/Premier-League-manager-c...

Tagged: / Posted: 22 December 2009

Without even having to search the following is an article from Alexanders Oil & Gas's e-news which needs to be highlighted along with a quote from Zawya Weekly (a weekly middle east e-newsletter " What goes around, comes around‘ As always in the final editing of the content of the Update, there are a few issues that catch the attention more than others, and sometimes these issues are right-out shocking. One major issue can be found with the article: ‘The global oil scam: 50 times bigger than Madoff‘, which describes the going on of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).

Tagged: / Posted: 17 December 2009

The Independent and other British titles made much of US research into the possible impact on cancer rates of the use of CT scans. The link is not nearly as clear as the news stories made out. In particular, the UK use of CT scans is siginficantly different to the US use.

Tagged: / Posted: 19 November 2009

A small success story here: http://wyattmosswellington.com/news.html#22 - consumers wanting reliable news actually have to ask for it, unfortunately. But sometimes if you ask, you receive, so I guess it's always important to hold them up on inaccuracy rather than just observe it.

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