Balancing Act At The BBC

The BBC has quite rightly been given a pretty good press on the Glynsky and Pete Diablog, but sometimes news comes out showing the esteemed corporation in not such a good light
I read and have shown extracts from the Media Guardian on a new book that is about to be published entitled
“more bad news from Israel’

In this book the BBC have been accused of ‘confusing cause and effect’ in their coverage of the Israeli/palestinian conflict.
I also found interesting was that the article agreeing with the books conclusions came from Tim Llewellyn who is a former BBC middle east correspondent

Israeli soldiers disperse Palestinians during a demonstration marking al-Nakba Day in Bethlehem 

I have quoted extracts from the article below and whilst it is not quick to read, perhaps sometimes our Diablog readers deserve more detailed coverage than we usually give them on certain occasions.
This I believe is one of those occasions. Continue reading “Balancing Act At The BBC”

cut the crap 12a, netanyahu joins bliar…

Dear diablog,
It is always a pleasure to salute humility in a world leader, politician and his people with the visionary ability to make decisions to improve the lot of other human beings and promote peace, irrespective of the cost to themselves.
Yet another failure to report I am afraid.
On carefully reading all the comments by Netanyahu during his recent visit to President Obama it was a little disappointing (if not unsurprising) to realise that Israel wants peace with its neighbours -but what they mean is that they want to steal another piece of land from each of them.
One day, diablog, one day…

The Spirits of Life #3

Dear Reader,

Browsing through diablog posts like this and this I noticed, that I still owe you posts about spirits. Before I get to Rum, let me quickly say a few words about another drink making somewhat of a come back: Gin.

Gin is mostly made of grain distilled with juniper and other spices and flavors.
Today mostly perceived as an English liquor, it actually originates from the Dutch, Belgian, German area, there originally known as Jenever / Genever or by the town of origin, Steinhäger.

Most people consume Gin as long drink, Gin & Tonic, or in cocktails like Martini, Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, Gimlet, etc.
Today, the most popular variant by volume is London Dry. Some old recipes were revived lately, like Scottish Gin.

Now, most alcoholic beverages suffer the image of being unhealthy, alcohol in general being demonized almost like tobacco.

But originally Gin was invented and became popular as medicine.
Juniper causes a very noticeable body reaction. About 10-15 minutes after drinking just one shot of lukewarm gin, you have to go to the loo. Nothing stimulates your kidneys and bladder quite like Gin.

So, if you are as old as our two protagonists here, you might want to have shot of Gin at room temperature about an hour before bedtime. You will enjoy an uninterrupted sleep.

Stay healthy and sleep well,
Engine Room

Finally, the Kings are naked

Dear Reader,

Google CEO Eric Schmidt once said:

“The internet was the biggest experiment in anarchy ever.”

Until someone showed it to politicians, I might add. And they got to see it, didn’t they?

Over the past six months politicians experienced first hand the power of the internet.
First came wikileaks, then Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Italy, Greece. Wherever people stand up against their government, they are organizing and informing via internet. And no matter what the politicians do, the people don’t go away. Even when shot at.
And again via internet, the whole world is witnessing their abuses of power.

So what would you do as a politician, scared of your people?

Their first attempts were and are all kinds of laws to censor the internet. Diablog has posts about that here and here and here like LEWP. That did not fly too well. So, what is next?

Maybe you missed it, there is a G8 summit happening in France with a special meeting ahead, called eG8.

You are likely to have missed it, because you were not invited. For a mere € 100,000 you could have bought a ticket. But only theoretically, because Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, News Corp. etc. were offered the tickets and bought them. Sorry, none for you.

So, what do the political leaders of the eight biggest economies have to talk about with the giant internet and media companies, most of them known for not caring about freedom or privacy? Continue reading “Finally, the Kings are naked”

Park And Ride

Working people frequently ask retired people what
they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day, my wife and I
went into town and visited a shop.
When we came out, there was a traffic warden writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and I said, ‘Come on, mate,
how about giving a senior citizen a break?’
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
I called him an “arsehole”.  He glared at me and started
writing another ticket for having worn-out tyres.
So my wife called him a “shit head”.
He finished the second ticket and put it on the windscreen with the first.

Then he started writing more tickets.
This went on for about 20 minutes.
The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it
and went home.
We try to have a little fun each day now that we’re retired.
It’s important at our age.

There Maybe Bubble Ahead

From Our Technology Correspondent

Have you seen that the LinkedIn share surge signals a probable dotcom bubble 2.0
The business networking site’s flotation shares doubled in a day, in clear sign of new technology craze.

Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman, centre, applauds with CEO Jeffrey Weiner, right, as the opening bell is sounded during the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange. 

This is the first major US social network to go public
The shares more than doubled as they debuted on the New York Stock Exchange to a bidding frenzy from investors.

It makes Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn’s founder and largest shareholder, a billionaire and comes as larger social network firms including Facebook and Groupon are lining up floats. The rise in shares is likely to drive up the prices of those sales too. Continue reading “There Maybe Bubble Ahead”

cut the crap 12, the greatest of them all…

Dear diablog,

There can be times when one is proud of one’s nationality. Often it is irrational, brought by a sporting, cultural or serendipity moment, even if the core subject doesn’t  interest you. Sometimes, say on state occasions which the British do very well, one can be totally caught up and overcome with emotion. Usually it is a fleeting moment which can be filed in ‘good day that’ and dragged out when conversation flags at a cocktail party. Nice, cosy.

However, from time to time (inevitably Pete!), scum floats to the surface exuding sweetness and light – but it is still scum. Even worse, it seduces the desperate to believe.

In 1997 the British thought they were desperate for a new set of rulers. I always have believed a people gets the government it deserves – and boy did it happen!

The frenzy of sleaze and ineptitude that followed, was finally brought to an end (thank heavens) starring one of the greatest con artists of the century
but the whole world has been saddled with the worst of them all
Ex Grime Minister, Tony Bliar.
This post, diablog, is not a party political rant, but a comment on one of the greatest scandals of our time. This grubby slimeball (aided, aiding and abetted by his money grabbing wife) is now