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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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From the Low-level Radiation Campaign comes this cheerful little missive about the BBC. You remember the BBC? That beacon of fair play and truthful, balanced reporting?
 

 
How the BBC plays down the health effects of Chernobyl; breaks its own rules; condones lying; and skews the nuclear debate.
 
In April 1986 Chernobyl's reactor number 4 exploded. It burned for ten days, spreading radioactivity all over the world. This was the worst nuclear accident ever. If it had no effect on health, then why would we worry about a new generation of nuclear power stations?
 
On 13th July 2006, just as the Blair Government announced its intention to go for new nuclear build, BBC TV broadcast "Nuclear Nightmares". This 50 minute Horizon documentary discussed public anxiety about the health effects of nuclear power using Chernobyl as a particular example.
 
Preceded by global publicity, Horizon
 
• claimed to present evidence that fear of radiation is irrational
 
• headlined claims from the Chernobyl Forum that radioactive pollution had no observable effect on health
 
• dismissed without explanation all the hundreds of published scientific studies that link the accident to increased rates of cancer, leukaemia, birth defects, miscarriages, genetic mutations, lowered intelligence, and other diseases
 
• suggested that the very real breakdown of public health in regions around Chernobyl is caused by fear of radiation
 
• speculated on unpublished findings that low levels of radiation may even be good for us
 
The BBC says Horizon is its "flagship science series ... outstanding acclaim ... a world leader".
 
Defending themselves against complaints of bias, Horizon staff
 
• lied about evidence they'd examined
 
• denied the topic was controversial
 
• put forward irrelevant, scientifically illiterate arguments
 
• totally ignored the studies that contradict the Chernobyl Forum.
 
In adjudicating the complaints, the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit
 
• denied that the topic was controversial
 
• ignored Horizon's lie about the evidence
 
• accepted Horizon's illiterate arguments
 
• misrepresented the complaints
 
• totally ignored the studies that contradict the Chernobyl Forum.
 
No surprise there, then. After 19 acrimonious months the BBC Trust adjudicated an appeal. Guided by an anonymous "Editorial Advisor" who was even more biased than "Nightmares" itself, they
 
• ignored Horizon's lie about the evidence
 
• parroted some of the illiterate science
 
• misrepresented the complaints
 
• totally ignored the studies that contradict the Chernobyl Forum.
 
But they also
 
• ruled that "Nuclear Nightmares" was biased - it had failed to meet acceptable standards for impartiality (this was on a rather obscure technical point). The Trust thought it was important to "remind all programme areas to ensure impartiality, especially on controversial topics", in which they explicitly included the health effects of radiation. The Trust has been very coy about saying what exactly they did to remind all programme areas. We infer that they did nothing beyond publishing their Ruling, which was garbled to the point of being incomprehensible on some issues.
 
Then they did the same thing again.
 
On New Year's Eve 2007 the Today programme repeated the Chernobyl Forum view that "apart from the deaths of a few highly irradiated firemen and some additional cases of thyroid cancer (mostly curable), there was no measurable impact." "Fear of radiation has had more of a health impact than the radiation itself". Evidence to the contrary is, they claimed, "mythology and misconception".
 
Emails from Today's editors show that, like "Nuclear Nightmares", they didn't consider any of the abundant scientific evidence that contradicts the Chernobyl Forum.
 
Can we trust the Forum?
 
No. The Chernobyl Forum is led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The IAEA exists to promote nuclear power and for half a century has exercised a power of veto over WHO research on radiation and health. An international campaign opposes this conflict of interest, calling for WHO to be independent of the nuclear lobby.
 
The veto was created by Agreement WHA 12.40, approved by the 12th World Health Assembly on May 28th 1959.
 
What we want from the BBC: the BBC must stop pretending that the Chernobyl Forum represents a "scientific consensus". Hundreds of scientists have shown increases in a wide range of diseases after the disaster and they believe radioactive pollution is responsible.
 
The BBC must make a programme to redress the bias of "Nuclear Nightmares". Their own rules on balance demand this. It must be as prominent as "Nuclear Nightmares" and it must have the same amount of advance publicity. It must examine the evidence which the Chernobyl Forum left out and interview some of the scientists they ignored.
 
The BBC complaints process is clearly partisan and should be made independent.
 
What we want from you: ask the UK's Secretary of State for Health and your MP to support revision of Agreement WHA 12.40 so that WHO research is free of IAEA influence.
 
Please write to Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, supporting our demands. His address is Room 211, 35 Marylebone High Street, London W1 U4A.
 
Please write to your MP, MSP, and Welsh AM pointing out that the BBC must be impartial, especially on controversial subjects; that they admit radiation and health is controversial, and that licence-payers bear the cost of their pro-nuclear propaganda. The Low-level Radiation Campaign would like copies of any replies you receive - send them to GOS and we'll forward them.
 
Letters to national and local papers will also add to the pressure for change.
 

 
The GOS says: I suppose we'd better admit to a bit of bias ourselves here. We don't in general agree with much of what the LLRC says, and are strongly in favour of nuclear power.
 
But that's just our personal opinion. When it comes to biased reporting by the BBC, we all know full well how they support the government's agenda on all sorts of issues - look at their reportage on Global Warming, for a start. When was the last time you heard a BBC programme say that the sweet ickle polar bears are doing very nicely, thank you, or that the polar ice last year extended a full 100 miles further south than it did in the 1890s?
 
You didn't, that's when. Only last week we heard that arse Marcus Brigstocke bragging that he'd been to Greenland with a team of scientists so he was speaking with authority. Pretty funny team of scientists, if you ask us - a bunch of artists, writers and musicians on an old sailing ship?
 
Mind you, it was buried among the patronising jibes about fat people on "The Now Show", which is supposed to be comedy. Perhaps he thought it was funny.
 
Bastard.

 

 
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