Post on how difficult it can be to determine whether the wool is being pulled over your eyes coming here soon, based on this article:
|Xiantingia (China) - internediate fossil between dinosuaurs and birds|
The camera work made it difficult to understand the data presented. For example:
i) A key equation was presented -and then the camera began shaking violently so that the equation could not be read - WHY?
ii) Then the camera zoomed in so that only part of the equation could be seen - WHY?
iii) A little later, a chart showing how light from a star dips as a planet passes in front of it was shown - but the camera zoomed in so far that I could not tell how much the light dipped by - what it 1%, 20%, 90% - WHY DID YOU PREVENT ME FROM SEEING THIS?
Nor could I tell how long the effect lasted, because I could not see the X-axis- WHY DID YOU PREVENT ME FROM SEEING THIS?
And then the director decided that the best thing to do would be to shoot from BEHIND the screen, so that I could not see the chart at all - WHY?
BBC science programming never used to look like a pop video, why does it do so today? I have no doubt that if similar techniques were employed in a presentation that was being given internally at the BBC, staff would be up in arms - but it seems acceptable to do so for the audience.
"I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed a great many of the programmes broadcast by the BBC recently. In particular :
From our own Correspondant (Radio 4) - I have learnt so much about the world from this programme, and continue to be impressed by the beautiful language that the journalists use to describe their experiences.
The Parliament Channel - Lately, I have taken to having this on in the background of an evening when I am writing emails etc. I am coming to the view that this is a really important channel - it gives viewers a chance to see the political process in its raw form, undiluted or sensationalised by the media. On this channel I have heard numerous politicians speaking with passion, knowledge and eloquence - a far cry from the manner in which they are portrayed in the media usually. The many functions that the Speaker of the House attends outside of parliament has been fascinating to watch, including a recent event where a robust debate was held on the current political system and how it could be improved. The Parliament Channel is perhaps the only true reality TV there is - and it is also the most significant one. Thank you for setting this up.
Thinking Aloud (Radio 4) - Laurie Taylor is such an engaging host, who always seem to ask the right questions. This programme never fails to provide food for thought.
Comedy on Radio 4:
Heresy :Really funny, fascinating to hear snippets of the guests experiences along the way (such as Germaine Green saying what Jimi Hendrix was like !).
Mark Steel's In Town : Funny and educational! Could listen to this all day.
I Haven't Seen Starwars : This show always seems to get under the skin of the guests, revealing a side to them that it not usually on display
Genius : This show is Genius.
The Age of Do-Gooders : Learnt so much from this, this series had a lot or relevance to many questions facing society today.
Also, many of the one-off documentaries on the BBC are also excellent. Thanks once again and please keep up the good work."
. . at the present moment, the position of Christians in the region is more vulnerable than it has been for centuries. The flow of Christian refugees from Iraq in the wake of constant threat and attack has left a dramatically depleted Christian population there, and perhaps I can say in passing how very glad and grateful I was to have stood alongside the Grand Mufti of the al-Azhar mosque in Cairo at a press conference here in London some three years ago joining in condemnation of attacks on Christians in Iraq. Similar senior voices from al-Azhar have been heard more recently in condemnation of anti-Christian outrages in Egypt itself . .
. . . No one is seeking a privileged position for Christians in the Middle East, nor should they be. But what we can say-I firmly believe that most Muslims here and in many other places would agree entirely-is that the continued presence of Christians in the region is essential to the political and social health of the countries of the Middle East. Their presence challenges the assumption that the Arab world and the Muslim world are just one and the same thing, which is arguably good for Arabs and Muslims alike. They demonstrate that a predominantly Muslim polity can accommodate, positively and gratefully, non-Muslims as fellow citizens, partners in an enterprise that is not exclusively determined by religious loyalties even when rooted in specific religious principles. . .
. . .One of their real grievances is what they experience as the twofold undermining of their identity that comes from a new generation of Muslim enthusiasts treating them as pawns of the West and, on the other hand, from a western political rhetoric that either ignores them totally or thoughtlessly puts them at risk by casting military conflict in religious terms. Talk of crusading comes to mind. . .
. .It was Martin Luther King who said:"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends". . .
. . .We have already heard today about the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt, of Maronite Christians in Hezbollah-controlled areas in Lebanon, of the vast exodus of Christians from Iraq and of the concern of Christians in Syria as to what might happen there should there be further destabilisation. In the past year, we have heard of churches set on fire, of a suicide bombing that cost the lives of 21 Christians as they were leaving a church in Cairo, of violence and intimidation and of the mass flight of Christians, especially from Egypt. .
. . . we make a great intellectual mistake in the West when we assume that democracy is, in and of itself, a step towards freedom. Usually, that is the case, but sometimes it is not. As Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill pointed out in the 19th century, it may merely mean the "tyranny of the majority". That is why the most salient words in the current situation are those of Lord Acton, in his great essay on the history of freedom, who said: "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities". . .
. . . religions that begin by killing their opponents end by killing their fellow believers. In the age of the Crusades, Christians fought Muslims. Between the Reformation and the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, Christians fought Christians-Catholic against Protestant. Today, in the Middle East and elsewhere, radical Islamists fight those whom they regard as the greater and lesser Satan, but earlier this week we mourned the death of 55 Shia worshippers at a mosque in Kabul and another 28 Shia who were killed in a terror attack in Iraq. Today, the majority of victims of Islamist violence are Muslim, and shall we not shed tears for them, too? The tragedy of religion is that it can lead people to wage war in the name of the God of peace, to hate in the name of the God of love, to practise cruelty in the name of the God of compassion and to kill in the name of the God of life. None of these things brings honour to faith; they are a desecration of the name of God. . .
My Lords, I am deeply grateful for a debate that in both variety and quality has not disappointed expectations. Wider points have emerged, and I shall touch on one or two. . .
. . .The definition of religious liberty, we have been reminded, is not always a simple matter. The right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Exeter pointed out that we are speaking not simply of the liberty to worship but a liberty of conscience - a mental liberty. That includes asking some difficult questions about the rights of conversion, which many noble Lords have raised in their contributions today. . .
. . .I was delighted to hear the noble Lord, Lord Sacks, quote the late Lord Acton on the test of liberty being the treatment of minorities. It was the same Lord Acton who observed that a coherent doctrine of religious liberty was at the foundation of all serious talk about political liberties. We have a number of issues there worth taking up and holding in our minds. . .
. . .We have also been reminded by a number of noble Lords about the significance of education and adequate communication in this field. Points have been made about the poisonous effect of certain kinds of school textbook, for example. . .
Antony Inglese (AI): There are conventions in Parliament about what can be answered on legal privilege-Ministers, for example. There are various ramifications of the legal privilege point. At the moment, there is a judicial review being brought against HMRC.
Richard Bacon (RB): Oh, really? Can you give us the case number, please?
AI: We have had the pre-action protocol letter by a pressure group and we are now looking at our response.
RB: Are there any proceedings?
AI: Proceedings are imminent.
RB: What is the answer to my question?
AI: The way judicial review works-
RB: What is the answer to my question, Mr Inglese? Are there any proceedings?
AI: For the purposes of the sub judice rule, we have had a letter before action-
RB: Yes, I understand that you have had a letter before action. Once again, what is the answer to my question: are there any proceedings before the courts?
AI: Proceedings are imminent.
RB: Are there any proceedings before the courts now? Yes or no?
AI: At this moment, no.
|Normally very calm and collected, the Greenpeace logo only lost his rag when pictured beside text that was in Times Roman|
|Daisy had fallen in with the wrong crowd and was now part of an aggressive gang that roamed the countryside looking for horses to mug|
|In the seventies, there was a government rule that all new University buildings had to have concrete or pebbledashed exteriors.|
“Until now, modern governments and businesses have treated the Earth as a commodity to be exploited and used up to serve human needs and desires. Our whole economic system is built on the belief that a thing is only of value if it creates money. By these standards a forest is worthless unless it is cut down and sold. When economists balance the books, they don't take into account the value of the work that forests do to provide rainfall, regulate the climate and provide habitat for most of the world's plants and animals, not to mention food and shelter for millions of local people.”
|Bottom Trawling can wreck my environment, please buy your fish with care!|
|The Danish attempt to make the worlds largest "Battleship" grid was going well|
|The new Vauxhall could do a lot more than just automatic parking|
|Apple were determined to address the criticisms of the camera in the iPad2|
|Having miraculously survived its landing sequence, Curiosity was ready for action|
|Powered by Ion engines, just like a TIE fighter !|
|WARNING : Thinking about this picture for too long may result in your brain melting.|
|The Sc spiral? Just keep going and turn left at the lenticular galaxy. You can't miss it. If you see an Esso garage, you've gone too far|
|Upon coming back from his holiday, Adam realised that he had forgotton to put the pizza in the freezer|
|Mr T - the next presenter of the 10 o'clok news?|
|Satellite technican Bob decided it was probably best to keep quiet about the set of screws he had just found in his pocket . .|
|A phone-hacking tabloid reporter, yesterday|
Dear Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport,
I'm have no doubt that you are a very busy person, so I'll be brief :
I have been very disturbed by the testimonies of the witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry. In particular, that way in which the tabloid press treated Charlotte Church, even when she was still a child, is something that I find difficult to reconcile with a civilised society.
I do not think it is acceptable for a newspaper to print a countdown to a girls 16th birthday.
I do not think it is acceptable for a newspaper to print lurid stories about a singers parents or other family members.
I do not think it is acceptable for a newspaper to fabricate entire stories.
On a related note, I do not think it is acceptable for a newspaper to print an almost daily drip-drip feed of stories that demonise minority groups - this is really dangerous and stokes the flames of community distrust.
Please take the opportunity of the Leveson Inquiry to fix Britains print media so that it, like Radio 4, becomes something that I can be proud of.