Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

The curious doings on Bank Holiday exit day

The American alternative media have now taken up the story of yesterday’s doings in Leeds, which so many of us asked them to do.  Bear in mind that I am choosing my words ultra-carefully here.

There was a court case yesterday which was commented on by a public figure, that public figure was arrested and incarcerated on the same afternoon, Twitter exploded, blogs were way behind but that’s the nature of a blog – it takes longer.

I have now transferred my own operations to Twitter where the only person who could be punished is myself, although even that does not help because with me removed altogether, the blogging and tweeting ceases, and so it is with everyone who would like to blog or comment.

With the issuing of that notice by the judge [I must not specify her name, although I have seen it, plus I have seen the judgment], a gag order came down on the entire UK and territories and furthermore, I can vouch that it is actually being enforced. More here ...

This is the EU for you …

this is what we’re dealing with:

Five years after the European Union imposed a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, an “experts committee” of the member states has now finally voted to make the ban permanent. This was hardly a surprise. The vote followed shortly after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published their advisory opinion that neonics “represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees,” a finding that got banner headlines across Europe and the U.S.

Any reporter who actually read the report, however, would have discovered that EFSA found nothing of the sort. What they actually found was that it’s very difficult in the real world of science to prove a negative, which is why the most repeated phrase on the inside pages was that a “low risk could not be confirmed.”

The distance between saying something “represents a risk” and the peculiar assertion that a “low risk could not be confirmed” is quite wide, of course.

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Try these

Film [or movie] please:

1. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
2. Are you not entertained?
3. I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.
4. They had 500 years of democracy and peace.
5. Killing me is not going to bring back your apples.
6. Colour Sergeant, it’s a short-chambered, Boxer-Henry .45 calibre miracle.
7. I thought this country spawned the ****ing language, and so far nobody seems to speak it.… More here ...

Journalism?

And so we have the obvious situation:

It is no secret to anyone that most of the political media in America don’t like this president. Many people would say that the MSM is focused solely on disrupting Trump’s presidency. Others will say that the press is doing God’s work and speaking truth to power.

I say that an endless stream of anonymously sourced stories isn’t journalism, it’s gossip.

The biggest news of the day is that the administration secured the release of three American hostages from North Korea. It was a win for the hostages, a win for the president, and a win for the American people.

None of those fit the MSM’s narrative or agenda.

One of the themes today seems to have become “journalistic tricks” and I for one shan’t play. This “anonymous source” rubbish is another trick. It’s actually tough because real sources are often in danger and won’t go on record – that’s always the bane of investigative journalism but it’s an iffy approach all the same.… More here ...