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Reply #150 on: July 12, 2019, 02:20:18 PM
This was interesting.
BBC News - The moment a US Coast Guard raided a submarine
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48965005

39,000lbs of drugs recovered.


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Reply #151 on: July 12, 2019, 04:14:02 PM
In normal numbers that's around 17.5 tonnes.

Impressive haul.  :cool:


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Reply #152 on: July 15, 2019, 07:33:38 PM
There's some complaints that 100-150,000 members will dictate our next PM....but

Most media organisations steer whole swathes of public opinion with a fraction of those numbers.
I did some work for a media company recently where it became apparent that not very many people are actually involved in the process.....probably less than a couple of hundred at a local level (it was in London though), all involved in their different aspects of what we call News.

It wasn't the BBC, but we can only assume that they'll probably be on the same scale or less, given the range of countries they cover (which is a problem in itself, since even fewer people will be driving opinion).
And you'd expect the BBC to at least be impartial, but that's far from the case in my opinion.

Anyone who's followed politics has seen it 1st hand.
UKIP and Farage were all over the News for years, despite having no MP's and only a handful of MEP's.
Farage himself has appeared on Question Time more times that any other politician...again, despite having no MP's etc. and he's still appearing.

This is not BBC bashing (they can go fuck the horse they rode into town with as far as I'm concerned) but it's not difficult to see why there's a lack of trust with a Media presence that they, of all organisations, should have been rising above.
We know that the Telegraph and the Mail is biased toward the Tory position, the Guardian is kind of left leaning and the Sun will back any horse that sells papers, but the BBC is becoming more like English State TV every week.

If it's a Tory story (which it practically always is) it's about Brexit or the leadership, Labour story, it's about anti-Semitism....and that's about it.
You don't see the Liberals about much, the SNP (despite being the 2nd largest party in regard to membership) or any of the Welsh or Northern Irish parties represented very much, if at all.
...in saying that you don't see a great amount of news from around the English regions mentioned either.

So in that respect, you'd be as well watching Euro News, or France 24....


I think I went off on a tangent there, upshot is, the news you're fed is mostly the output of a minority of people, all of them with their own personal biases. (They're only human)

It's not 'fake', but it can be a bit slanty.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2019, 07:40:08 PM by Wooster »


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Reply #153 on: July 15, 2019, 09:50:37 PM
I think most of us have known that for years.
I had a news push from the Chinese Morning Post this morning. No idea how I got on their list. Quite sensible, really. They had it we'd apparently identified the ambassador's leak-ist, though  didn't name him. Their report was factual and didn't name anyone or make any other point.


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Reply #154 on: July 21, 2019, 11:20:27 AM
I see that they've started to figure out that seizing an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar might not have been the best idea when we have a Navy about the same size as the Swiss.  :azn:
Somebody pointed out that each one of our functional warships could have it's own Admiral.  :cheesy:


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Reply #155 on: July 21, 2019, 11:57:36 AM
True, but it wasn't all our idea. The US demanded it and the EU too. What that ship was doing was against EU law. It also flouted the laws of Gibraltar, which isn't ruled by us.


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Reply #156 on: July 21, 2019, 04:11:32 PM
Aye, it's a complex situation.
I hear we knocked back an offer by the USA to supply protection as well.

It's also a bit weird that the Iranians boarded a Scottish operated tanker and let it go.


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Reply #157 on: July 22, 2019, 09:18:31 AM
An offer of a lifetime supply of lorne?


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Reply #158 on: July 22, 2019, 09:33:37 AM
I'd have thought they'd be more into haggis.  :azn:


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Reply #159 on: July 23, 2019, 06:18:52 AM
Has anyone else noticed that Jeremy Corbyn's front door opens cack handed?
It opens outward, which means you could knock out the hinge pins and bypass the lock.  :wink:


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Reply #160 on: July 23, 2019, 12:07:54 PM
Oh bloody hell. I'd have preferred my dustbin man, whoever he is.


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Reply #161 on: July 23, 2019, 12:34:06 PM
This could be the Tories last shake of the bag for a long while.


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Reply #162 on: July 24, 2019, 10:10:33 PM
Ooof, just imagine a clown now in charge of the country?

Though I must say that at least as far as we know, that he isn't a racist clown, like the one over the pond


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Reply #163 on: July 25, 2019, 09:21:45 AM
« Last Edit: July 25, 2019, 09:37:24 AM by Wooster »


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Reply #164 on: July 25, 2019, 04:32:52 PM
 :grin:

The National (Scottish Online/Newspaper) has gained 500 subscribers since yesterday.


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Reply #165 on: July 25, 2019, 07:39:53 PM
I did not see that


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Reply #166 on: July 26, 2019, 12:43:45 AM
Guy's a prick


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Reply #167 on: July 26, 2019, 07:08:23 AM
I woke at 8.15 this morning, got up and by the timer for I'd done the usual and made my way into the kitchen, thinking it was a touch cloudy, I glanced at the clock. 6.50. I'd got up at 6.15. Bugger.
Overnight the living room temperature has dropped by a whole half degree. Double bugger.


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Reply #168 on: July 26, 2019, 01:35:35 PM
As for media bias, it's so easy to spot with the BBC, especially their anti-Trump position. But what irks me the most about the BBC is their nauseating, nannying, political correctness.
On the other hand, the media in Argentina is unashamedly and bare-faced biased, for which they make no apology. In fact, it's got to the point where it's simply party political propaganda verging on preaching from a pedestal.
It's nauseating stuff, so I don't watch it and it will get much worse as the general election approaches in October.
Cutting the cable helped too.


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Reply #169 on: July 26, 2019, 02:15:12 PM
Anti-Trump bias? I thought that was the only position allowable if one had more than two brain cells in functioning order.


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Reply #171 on: July 28, 2019, 04:42:06 PM
Now that's fresh to plate.
The only thing that'd beat it is them handing you a live chicken and a hatchet.   :grin:


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Reply #172 on: August 02, 2019, 12:23:06 PM
The dam wall in Derbyshire was so bad that they evacuated the nearby town. Top that up, they now have to get rid of most if not all of the 300 million gallons of water before they can even think of repairing it


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Reply #173 on: August 02, 2019, 05:26:40 PM
One can't help feeling sorry for the population. That dam is 200 years old. It's been fine until now, and has been upgraded a bit since.


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Reply #174 on: August 02, 2019, 07:05:51 PM
Unfortunatley the repairs they make will never be as good as the original dam it lasted 200 years the repairs will probably last 10 max