Lying for Jesus: The Discovery Institute

by David on September 29, 2007

The Seattle-based creationist advocacy think-tank, The Discovery Institute tries to respond to the criticism that proponents of creationism and its cousin ‘intelligent design’, which has been called ‘creationism in a fancy suit’, do not publish in peer-reviewed scientific journal by publishing a page of short descriptions of ‘Peer-Reviewed and Peer-Edited’ publications. Things aren’t quite as they seem.

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

by David on September 29, 2007

It’s Been Done – Angela McCluskey

by David on September 29, 2007

Schillings: Brilliant and Unstoppable

by David on September 28, 2007

We run events and seminars for specific interest groups where people come together to learn about how the law can be used to help protect both personal and corporate reputations

Schillings, the legal representatives of Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov

The problem

Our client was a lardy foreign oligarch looking to take over a leading British football club. The former British Ambassador to his country had published allegations about him which he considered to be false and defamatory.

The solution

We put the frighteners on the former Ambassador’s webhost to such an extent that it shut down not only his blog, but also other high profile blogs which had nothing to do with it, including that of the Conservative candidate for London mayor, and others in elected office. The allegations then spread around the internet and the mainstream media like wildfire.

Bloggeheads: The Alisher Usmanov Affair

CRE goes bonkers

by David on September 27, 2007

The majority language in Wales (pop. 3 million) is English. Despite compulsory Cymraeg lessons until the age of sixteen for everybody attending a State-run school in Wales – although not for those attending privately run schools – only about a fifth of the population of Wales speak the ancient tongue, a Brythonic branch of the Celtic family of languages which used to be spoken natively in the principality. The vast majority of residents of Wales simply cannot speak and don’t use Cymraeg in their day-to-day life.

2007-09-26

by David on September 26, 2007

Religion, you gotta love it.

Lunatic Catholics strike again: the head of the Catholic Church in Mozambique has told the BBC he believes some European-made condoms are infected with HIV deliberately.

Dhimmitude postponed: a Muslim dentist from Greater Manchester has been found guilty of telling a female patient she could not register with him unless she wore an Islamic headscarf.

2007-09-23

by David on September 23, 2007

Googling Craig Murray censored suggests that Alisher Usmanov, who was once jailed for six years, and his lawyers, Schilling, may not quite have achieved their aims. I wonder how fans of Arsenal Football Club are feelings.

Contrasts

by David on September 21, 2007

A coroner called yesterday for bravery awards to be given to passersby who tried to save a flood victim in central Sheffield.

Three men struggled to save Peter Harding, 68, from freezing water which rose from waist to neck height within minutes after torrential rainfall in June.

Two of them, Christopher Brennan and Richard Tomlinson, tried to keep Mr Harding’s head above water, while the third, Darren Fogg, stripped off and swam beneath a bridge to haul him to dry land.

Coroner praises trio, The Guardian

Meanwhile, on another planet:

Police chiefs have defended two community support officers (PCSOs) who did not enter the water as a 10-year-old boy drowned in a pond.

The BBC, Police defend drowning death case

The Elephant in the room

by David on September 21, 2007

“Israel, like most of its Western allies, regards Hamas as an unreconstructed terrorist organisation bent on the destruction of the Jewish state.”

That’s absolutely right Jeremy. Just as we regard a large, grey, four-legged mammal with a long trunk and big ears as an elephant.

From Biased BBC

BBC Climbdown

by David on September 16, 2007

After the BBC’s Newsround 9/11 Guide for Children to the events of 9/11 came under fire and despite the pathetic defence made by Sinead Rocks Newsround’s editor, the guide has been changed. So, for example, where it used to read:

On 11 September 2001 armed people took control of four planes that were flying above the US.

it now reads:

On 11 September 2001 Islamic fanatics hijacked four planes that were flying above the US.

Of course, the original story, the lie about its origin and the circumstances of it’s appearing on the BBC’s website, and defence of it by the Newsround Editor all just bear out Andrew Marr’s observation:

The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias

but what a shame a large part of the liberal left’s response to 9/11 has been to shack up with Islamic theocratic fascists. Apparently operating under the slogan that my enemy’s enemy is my friend – and with the US firmly identified as the enemy – in the BBC terrorists are called militants and fanatical hijackers are called armed people.

The idea of a tax on the ownership of a television belongs in the 1950s. Why not tax people for owning a washing machine to fund the manufacture of Persil

Jeremy Paxman, James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, 2007