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Joan McAlpine: BBC's more sleazy uncle than Aunty after Savile - - Daily Record

In a crass 2008 episode, the pair left obscene messages on the answering machine of Andrew Sachs, the actor who once played the waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers. The head of Radio 2, who authorised the broadcast, cleared her desk. Ross and Brand were suspended. The Jimmy Savile crisis, like Sachsgate, has exposed cover-up and arrogance at the Beeb. But the Savile scandal is of far greater magnitude.

You cannot get worse than vulnerable girls being raped and abused on BBC premises. Brand and Ross broadcast five minutes of insensitive smut. Savile unleashed a tsunami of filth, in the words of the BBC’s own chairman. So why did we see swift action against Radio 2 in 2008 and absolutely nothing now? Where are the resignations? The BBC used to be called Aunty. More like a sleazy uncle now.

via Joan McAlpine: BBC's more sleazy uncle than Aunty after Savile - - Daily Record.

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Oct 12

Who were the SECRET 28 who ended all climate debate at the BBC? • The Register

Far from the Jimmy Savile scandal, the director of BBC News Helen Boaden took the witness stand in London today.

A squad of Beeb legal staff, including two barristers, crammed into a small court room to support the £354,000-a-year news chief against her opponent, a North Wales pensioner who was accompanied only by his wife. The case is a six-year freedom of information battle in which the BBC is refusing to disclose who attended a seminar it held in 2006.

This seminar is historically significant. The BBC's global reputation for news reporting stems from its unshakable impartiality; even in wartime its commitment to maintaining evenhandedness has occasionally enraged British politicians (and sometimes servicemen). Following that 2006 seminar, however, the corporation made a decision to abandon impartiality when covering climate change - and that's according to the BBC Trust. This was an unprecedented decision for the BBC in peacetime.

via Who were the SECRET 28 who ended all climate debate at the BBC? • The Register.

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Oct 12

E.L. Rothschild and Weather Central Launch MyWeather Site - The Daily Beast

Lynn Forester de Rothschild and her husband Sir Evelyn de Rothschild made waves when they launched their private investment company, E.L. Rothschild. Now, they're tackling everything from local weather to big storm systems with MyWeather, which provides personalized forecasts.

via E.L. Rothschild and Weather Central Launch MyWeather Site - The Daily Beast.

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Oct 12

The Four Horseman of the Gulf: Transocean’s Role | DAVE HODGES - THE COMMON SENSE SHOW

As I pointed out in a previous article, we now conclusively know that Methane laden oil and Corexit, resulting from the BP oil spill, permeates the entire geological structure and threatens to reap widespread devastation upon the beleaguered State and perhaps even the entire region. The methane and Corexit has even made its way into the New Madrid Fault prompting FEMA earthquake drills and the need to ship thousands of generators to Louisiana. Additionally, the ongoing health, safety of the food and the quality of the air are still seriously jeopardizing the health of Gulf Coast residents and I call for justice for this catastrophe which knows no bounds.

via The Four Horseman of the Gulf: Transocean’s Role | DAVE HODGES - THE COMMON SENSE SHOW.