The BBC: are claims of political bias justified? Part 2.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how embarrassed will you be when you read this in the morning?

Zero.

I’m not a fan of character assassination from a position of ignorance – are you?

This fellow is a descendent of ‘woodbine Willy’, and demonstrates the decency and generosity of spirit to his fellow man that was exemplified by that distinguished padre.
 
It's very important National news I'd argue as the Union (slightly indirectly) is at stake.
They can’t let it take up bandwidth at the expense of really important (to them) stories such as Princess Latifa and Radio Ga Ga’s dogs can they?

I agree with you by the way, the Salmond case deserves prominence over the lightweight celebrity stuff.
 
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Well, you get dick of the day award.
I know this fellow, well.
Was with him a week ago.
Anyone less self-absorbed or self-satisfied would be close to impossible to find.
And, if there is hair dye in his house, it belongs to his v feisty jocksanese wife.
If she ever catches up with you, Arrse posting will be something you did in a previous life.

Ps. And, I didn’t hear the question you throbbed so inelegantly about, but if you served, you will have sometimes carried out an order you weren’t mad keen on.

Your hot-cheeked rage pleases me.
 
I didn’t hear the question you throbbed so inelegantly about
A question so moronic (even by BBC standards) that it sounded as though Capt. Hindsight had actually paid Pym to ask it.

Still, you must feel very important given that you and he are bezzers eh. What on earth is this bit about:

If she [wife of Pym] ever catches up with you, Arrse posting will be something you did in a previous life.
Does his wife inflict (or threaten to inflict) harm upon anybody that disrespects Hughie’s professionalism?

She sounds really really delightful.
 
This wound me up the other day - Extinction: Freshwater fish in 'catastrophic' decline
If you read the article you don't find out that the main gist of it is that there is a problem with overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution in other parts of the world. This doesn't stop them from declaring that:



If you actually look into this though you'll find that the last burbot was caught in the late 1960's and is a fussy breeder (they don't breed every year and need very specific environmental circumstances before they can). The sturgeon didn't even breed here and was a visitor rather than a resident. Given the state of UK waterways back then (and I remember from the 70's justy how bad many waterways were) it's surprising we didn't lose more.
I'd also reject this comment from the WWF about UK wildlife:



UK waterways have never been cleaner. The amount of wildfowl we have now far surpasses anything I saw as a kid around here. We now have many species breeding around me that were unthinkable when I was young. And many of these are very fussy about their habitat too.
This is also quite interesting as regards the dramatic fall in eel numbers from the WWT:



This really does indicate that the major cause of this lies elsewhere.
Bah! Just ranting about an article written with what appears to be an agenda with (and is common for the BBC) little research into the topic. It's more a propaganda piece than a blanced article and tries to blame you and I for problems elsewhere, which do need addressing. It's a bit like me living on my quiet Lancashire street being encouraged to do more about the cleaning up of south American city ghettos.

The Polar bears don't take much notice of the bbc though.

Climate change: Polar bears could be lost by 2100
July 2020

Polar bears will be wiped out by the end of the century unless more is done to tackle climate change, a study predicts.

Scientists say some populations have already reached their survival limits as the Arctic sea ice shrinks.

The carnivores rely on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean to hunt for seals.

As the ice breaks up, the animals are forced to roam for long distances or on to shore, where they struggle to find food and feed their cubs.

A bit long but. ***

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2021/02/Crockford-Polar-Bears-2020-.pdf

Executive summary.

Results of three new polar bear surveys were published in 2020. All three populations were found to be either stable or increasing.• Southern Beaufort polar bear numbers were found to have been stable since 2010, not reduced as previously assumed, and the official estimate remains about 907.

M’Clintock Channel numbers more than doubled, from 284 in 2000 to 716 in 2016, due to reduced hunting and improved habitat quality (less multiyear ice).

Gulf of Boothia numbers were found to be stable, with an estimate of 1525 bears in 2017; body condition improved between study periods and thus showed ‘good potential for growth’.

At present, the official IUCN Red List global population esti-mate, completed in 2015, is 22,000–31,000 (average about 26,000) but surveys conducted since then, including those made public in 2020, would raise that average to almost 30,000. There has been no sustained statistically significant decline in any subpopulation.

Reports on surveys in Viscount Melville (completed 2016) and Davis Strait (completed 2018 have not yet been published; completion of an East Greenland survey is expected in 2022.

In 2020, Russian authorities announced the first-ever aerial surveys of all four polar bear subpopulations in their territory (Chukchi, Laptev, Kara, and Barents Seas), to be undertaken between 2021 and 2023.

Contrary to expectations, a new study has shown that females in the Svalbard area of the Barents Sea were in better condi-tion (i.e. fatter) in 2015 than they had been in the 1990s and early 2000s, despite contending with the greatest decline in sea ice habitat of all Arctic regions.

Primary productivity in the Arctic has increased since 2002 because of longer ice-free periods (especially in the Laptev, East Siberian, Kara, and Chukchi Seas, but also in the Barents Sea and Hudson Bay), but hit records highs in 2020; more fod-der for the entire Arctic food chain explains why polar bears, ringed and bearded seals, and walrus are thriving despite profound sea ice loss.

In 2020, contrary to expectations, freeze-up of sea ice on Western Hudson Bay came as early in the autumn as it did in the 1980s (for the fourth year in a row) and sea-ice breakup in spring was also like the 1980s; polar bears onshore were in excellent condition. These conditions came despite summer sea-ice extent across the entire Arctic being the second-low-est since 1979.

Data collected since 2004 on weights of fe-males in Western Hudson Bay have still not been published: instead, polar bear specialists have transformed standard body condition data collected in 1985–2018 into a new met-ric for population health they call ‘energetics’, which cannot be compared with previous studies.

In 2020, virtually all polar bear research was halted across the Arctic for the entire year due to restrictions on travel and efforts to isolate vulnerable northern communities from Covid-19

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On ROPS
On ROPs


This is telling from that bit

snip "The BBC has been criticised by some viewers because the case featured on national news only three times and the first trial was later largely confined to regional Scottish bulletins including the verdict itself. Although admitting that the BBC had "got it wrong", the organisation's Head of Newsgathering, Fran Unsworth, largely rejected the suggestion that Donald's race played a part in the lack of reportage, instead claiming it was mostly a product of "Scottish blindness". In preference to reporting the verdict the organisation found the time to report the opening of a new arts centre in Gateshead in its running order.[23] The BBC again faced criticisms for its failure to cover the second trial in its main bulletins, waiting until day 18 to mention the issue and Peter Horrocks of the BBC apologised for the organisation's further failings.[24]
Peter Fahy, spokesman of race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, noted that the media as a whole tended to under-report the racist murders of white people, stating "it was a fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims were young white men".
 

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Peter Fahy, spokesman of race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, noted that the media as a whole tended to under-report the racist murders of white people, stating "it was a fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims were young white men".
Possibly because, in part, to highlight the misdeeds of BAME individuals is to be seen to be 'racist' rather than for what it is - the factual reporting of their failings (note: not all BAME individuals, just those who committed the offences).

Similarly, you don't see non-white faces in adverts where there is a criminal or safety message - because it 'reinforces negative stereotypes'.

It's all propaganda, of course.
 
Possibly because, in part, to highlight the misdeeds of BAME individuals is to be seen to be 'racist' rather than for what it is - the factual reporting of their failings (note: not all BAME individuals, just those who committed the offences).

Similarly, you don't see non-white faces in adverts where there is a criminal or safety message - because it 'reinforces negative stereotypes'.

It's all propaganda, of course.
Watching one advert the other day, out of 14 people who appeared in it only 3 were Caucasian. How is that representative of the UK?
 
Watching one advert the other day, out of 14 people who appeared in it only 3 were Caucasian. How is that representative of the UK?
Have you been to London recently?

You can't be suggesting that London isn't representative of the UK. That would be regionalist or something. In aunties mind....

You'll be suggesting gender fluid types or people who have sex with pans aren't a thing next. Call the PC police!
 
I don't know if this is supposed to be an ironic article or not - Covid: 'People are tired of working from home'

People are keen to return to the office because working from home has left many "fatigued", says a boss at Britain's biggest office and retail complex.
Howard Dawber, head of strategy at Canary Wharf Group, said people will still want to divide time between the workplace and home.
 

Daz

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Most people are not fed up working from home but not being able to make use of the extra free time it gives you
I'm not fed up with working from home........and I can make excellent use of the extra "free" time not commuting
 
The Polar bears don't take much notice of the bbc though.

Climate change: Polar bears could be lost by 2100
July 2020



A bit long but. ***

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2021/02/Crockford-Polar-Bears-2020-.pdf

Executive summary.

Results of three new polar bear surveys were published in 2020. All three populations were found to be either stable or increasing.• Southern Beaufort polar bear numbers were found to have been stable since 2010, not reduced as previously assumed, and the official estimate remains about 907.

M’Clintock Channel numbers more than doubled, from 284 in 2000 to 716 in 2016, due to reduced hunting and improved habitat quality (less multiyear ice).

Gulf of Boothia numbers were found to be stable, with an estimate of 1525 bears in 2017; body condition improved between study periods and thus showed ‘good potential for growth’.

At present, the official IUCN Red List global population esti-mate, completed in 2015, is 22,000–31,000 (average about 26,000) but surveys conducted since then, including those made public in 2020, would raise that average to almost 30,000. There has been no sustained statistically significant decline in any subpopulation.

Reports on surveys in Viscount Melville (completed 2016) and Davis Strait (completed 2018 have not yet been published; completion of an East Greenland survey is expected in 2022.

In 2020, Russian authorities announced the first-ever aerial surveys of all four polar bear subpopulations in their territory (Chukchi, Laptev, Kara, and Barents Seas), to be undertaken between 2021 and 2023.

Contrary to expectations, a new study has shown that females in the Svalbard area of the Barents Sea were in better condi-tion (i.e. fatter) in 2015 than they had been in the 1990s and early 2000s, despite contending with the greatest decline in sea ice habitat of all Arctic regions.

Primary productivity in the Arctic has increased since 2002 because of longer ice-free periods (especially in the Laptev, East Siberian, Kara, and Chukchi Seas, but also in the Barents Sea and Hudson Bay), but hit records highs in 2020; more fod-der for the entire Arctic food chain explains why polar bears, ringed and bearded seals, and walrus are thriving despite profound sea ice loss.

In 2020, contrary to expectations, freeze-up of sea ice on Western Hudson Bay came as early in the autumn as it did in the 1980s (for the fourth year in a row) and sea-ice breakup in spring was also like the 1980s; polar bears onshore were in excellent condition. These conditions came despite summer sea-ice extent across the entire Arctic being the second-low-est since 1979.

Data collected since 2004 on weights of fe-males in Western Hudson Bay have still not been published: instead, polar bear specialists have transformed standard body condition data collected in 1985–2018 into a new met-ric for population health they call ‘energetics’, which cannot be compared with previous studies.


In 2020, virtually all polar bear research was halted across the Arctic for the entire year due to restrictions on travel and efforts to isolate vulnerable northern communities from Covid-19

*** A link from
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I did laugh at this climate/political demo a while back - they really didn't think it through.

If there's a Polar Bear on a bit of Ice floating down the Thames, Global Warming might not be the issue you thought it was.
 
Huzzah! The BBC have leapt to the defence of Our NHS with this heart-shredding piece:

and yet again they grab for their interpretation of data which doesn't bear close scrutiny, championed by the failed Political Editor and now Health Editor, one Hugh Pym.

Pym says that the UK has less critical care beds per capita than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

This may be true - but what Pym fails to mention is that, unlike Italy and Spain, at no time was any Covid patient denied a bed if they were classed as seriously ill or in need of critical care.*

The headline should have said, 'More Money. Now!'




*and I'm more than happy to concede that point if someone can source a link which states otherwise.
 
Huzzah! The BBC have leapt to the defence of Our NHS with this heart-shredding piece:

and yet again they grab for their interpretation of data which doesn't bear close scrutiny, championed by the failed Political Editor and now Health Editor, one Hugh Pym.

Pym says that the UK has less critical care beds per capita than France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

This may be true - but what Pym fails to mention is that, unlike Italy and Spain, at no time was any Covid patient denied a bed if they were classed as seriously ill or in need of critical care.*

The headline should have said, 'More Money. Now!'




*and I'm more than happy to concede that point if someone can source a link which states otherwise.
Don’t you diss Hughie. @sonofgreenfinch will get all exercised again and threaten you with the murderous Mrs Pym.

If she [the aforementioned murderous Mrs Pym] ever catches up with you, Arrse posting will be something you did in a previous life.
 
I've tried to give Laura the benefit of the doubt.

However, tonight we're into Brazilian variant catastrophising. "It's all Boris/Hancock/Patel fault for not implementing instant watertight quarantine with mandatory firing squads" apparently.

It's desperate. It's not news. It's mountain / molehill territory. Anything to catch the evil Tories out. Quite what the chief political correspondent is doing reporting on a health issue is unclear....
 

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