Craig Murray – Paid Lying Bastards at the Guardian

Craig Murray on how the Guardian are sinking to even lower depths:

Watching live, I too did not think that John McDonnell’s Chairman Mao joke was wise, because of the obvious misrepresentation to which it was open in the right wing press. But in fact while the openly right wing media all have a go, they all respect the basic tenets of journalism by fairly reflecting both the content and the context of what Corbyn said:

Daily Telegraph

The Labour shadow chancellor mocked the Chancellor – who he dubbed “Comrade Osborne” – for encouraging China to invest in British infrastructure projects…

After joking about the sale of public assets to the Chinese government, Mr McDonnell said: “To assist Comrade Osborne about dealing with his new found comrades, I have brought him along Mao’s Little Red Book.”

Daily Express

Mr McDonnell accused his Tory rival of selling off Government assets to foreign nations such as China.

He said: “Nationalisation is ok for him as long as its by any other state but ours.

“To assist comrade Osborne in his dealings with his new-found comrades, I have brought him along Mao’s Little Red Book.”

The Daily Mail

The Shadow Chancellor, who could not be mistaken for Jimmy Tarbuck even on a good day, was essaying a satirical dig at Mr Osborne for becoming too chummy with Chinese investors. He argued that Mr Osborne was nationalising our economy – but turning it over to the Chinese state.

That is pretty plain, is it not? And actually fair journalism.

Yet astonishingly the Guardian ran three whole articles entirely about the McDonnell gaffe. You could read every single word of these three articles and not learn the basic information provided in each of the three Blue Tory papers above. The utterly disgraceful Jonathan Jones, John Crace andTom Phillips all managed to produce articles which utterly omit what McDonnell actually said and why he said it, to contrive to give the impression that McDonnell was quoting Mao straight and with approval.

As a member of the NUJ myself, I cannot say how much it pains me to see colleagues renouncing every single tenet of professional, let alone ethical, journalism in order to produce a deliberate distortion of the truth. Even the Blue Tory newspapers did not here sink to anything like the depths plumbed by the Red Tories of the Guardian.

Crace, Jones and Phillips have crossed a line and are not journalists. What are they? Paid lying bastards.

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Andrei Sakharov on Radioactive Fallout

Originally posted on Frank Davis:

The designer of the 1961 50 megaton Tsar Bomba was Andrei Sakharov. Some years earlier, Sakharov had become concerned about the effects of radioactive fallout, and in 1958 he had published a paper in which he estimated the numbers of human casualties in subsequent generations. He believed that the Tsar Bomba, even though it was exploded over an uninhabited area, would end up killing 500,000  to 1,000,000 people.

In Chapter 14 Sakharov writes that after the success of his
1955 Soviet H-Bomb test, he “worried more and more about the
biological effects of nuclear tests… The long-term biological
consequences (particularly atmospheric testing, in which
radioactive fallout is dispersed throughout the hemisphere) can be
predicted and the total number of casualties calculated with some

Considering only such fission products as radioactive carbon,
strontium and cesium, he calculated that genetic damage, plus the
immediate and delayed damage to immune systems would…

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Craters – Impact or Electric – Hard To Tell.


Looking at the recent NASA imaging of craters, I’ve been thinking very much along these lines. Great article and some stunning imagery.

Originally posted on The Daily Plasma:

Star_formation_and_magnetic_turbulence_in_the_Orion_Molecular_Cloud_node_full_image_2Did Van Gogh paint this?

This image shows electromagnetic forces in the Orion Nebula. The dark red areas indicate high energy in the star forming regions.

It’s hard to believe, but mainstream science still does not acknowledge these forces have anything to do with making stars or planets. It’s all gravity to them.

That leaves planetary scientists with some hard questions to deal with. Every planet they fly past shows features they struggle to explain. Let’s examine some of them to understand the problem.

Craters… they just don’t look like they should.   (All images courtesy of NASA and JPL)

The standard theory says there was a period of crazy pinball during the solar system’s history when the planets and moons were bombed with asteroids.

According to physics 101, asteroids had to slam into the planets and moons from all angles, with an average impact angle around 45 degrees. But look…

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Eleven Years Looking For Nada

Originally posted on The Daily Plasma:

Nada is Spanish for nothing. It’s also the number of gravitational waves found after an eleven year study, as reported by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) this week in the journal Science.

The study, led by Dr. Ryan Shannon of ICRAR, and conducted with CSIRO’s Parkes telescope, was designed to monitor radio waves from millisecond pulsars and record the arrival time to an accuracy of ten billionths of a second. By doing so, they expected to detect gravitational waves generated by colliding galaxies. Image credit NASA. Pay no attention to the Black Hole hiding in there.

According to Big Bang cosmology, and the General Theory of Relativity, super massive black holes inhabit the core of spiral galaxies. Colliding galaxies should produce gravitational waves as the black holes merge. Gravitational waves rippling across the…

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Wishful Thinking


What a refreshing reply.

Originally posted on Frank Davis:

I’ve received permission from Professor Peter Diggle, the President of the Royal Statistical Society, to publish our recent correspondence. So here it is, minus the start and end felicitations. Here’s what I sent him:

I write to you in your capacity as the current President of the Royal Statistical Society. I am myself merely an English old age pensioner who is becoming increasingly dismayed and bewildered by the seemingly exponentially rising number of health warnings being carried more or less every day in the media.

For example, the BBC yesterday carried a story about processed meat:

Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were “probably…

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Stealing Scottish Seas

Originally posted on MalagaBay:

Stealing Scottish Seas

Craig Murray is a blogger, human rights activist and former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who has many interesting tales to tell.

One of these tales relates to the stealthy theft of 6,000 square miles of Scottish Sea [and associated oil deposits] by England just as the United Kingdom devolved power to the Scottish Government.

Now tell me Labour or Westminster can be trusted with Scotland’s interests.

Craig John Murray (born 17 October 1958) is a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and was Rector of the University of Dundee (2007–10).

While at the embassy in Tashkent, he accused the Karimov administration of human rights abuses, which he argued was a step against the wishes of the British government and the reason for his removal.

Murray complained to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in November 2002, January or early February 2003, and in June 2004 that intelligence linking the Islamic Movement…

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From NASA Science: “Close Encounter with Enceladus “

Originally posted on Science Springs:

NASA Science Science News

Oct 27, 2015
Author: Ferris Molina | Editor: Dr. Tony Phillips

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft is about to make a daring plunge through one of the plumes emerging from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
Download the mp4 video here.

Enceladus, from

Over 980 million miles or about 1.6 billion kilometers from home, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft hurtles through the starry expanse of space.

NASA Cassini Spacecraft

From its vantage point orbiting Saturn, Earth is nothing more than a miniscule pinprick of light not unlike the stars framing the gorgeous ringed planet.

Cassini has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, and it has made dozens of flybys of Saturn’s intriguing moons. Its next close encounter with Enceladus on October 28, 2015 promises potentially exciting results.

Enceladus boasts an icy, ostensibly barren landscape riddled with deep canyons, dubbed “tiger stripes.” Underneath its icy exterior churns a global ocean, heated in part by tidal forces from Saturn and…

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Review: Daily Weather Summary


Excellent Bruce.One I’d missed and so useful too :)

Originally posted on xmetman:

Daily Weather Summary

I stumbled on what to me is a new Met Office publication (apologies if you already know about it) the other day when browsing their website, it’s called the Daily Weather Summary [DWS] and loosely resembles the Daily Weather Report [DWR] that many moons ago you could have the HMSO deliver to your home, I did it for a while, but it was very expensive for a teenager whose only form of income was his paper round. Although the new version is called the ‘Daily’ Weather Summary it’s only available monthly as a PDF, and not daily as you might think. The archives on the website list each issue of the DWS, from the first issue of January 2014 to the latest in July 2015.

The new Daily Weather Summary

I personally think that the idea is a very good one, because at the moment, any member of the public who wants…

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