Quite true, that’s ephebophilia

“You’re misunderstanding what pedophilia means,” he told the hosts of a podcast. “Pedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature. Pedophilia is attraction to children who have not reached puberty.”

It’s a difficult distinction to make in front of the mob though.

Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos resigns ……

Getting this wrong

Mrs Ranjan’s supporters point out that Indians spend a staggering one fifth of their lifetime earnings on weddings.

The fathers of girls in particular save for their entire lives to amass a dowry that will secure for their daughters the best match possible in a respectable home. Even among the mega-rich, men mortgage their homes and sell off assets to pay for the weddings.

India’s recent cash crisis that followed Narendra Modi’s surprise decision to scrap the country’s two largest banknotes at a moment’s notice has underscored the precarious financial position in which households place themselves during wedding season.

Thousands of weddings went to the wall because fathers could no longer pay dowries with their now-worthless savings.

Dowries don’t pay for the wedding you twit.

The delights of The Guardian’s readers

Reducing absolute poverty is exactly what is so detrimental for us as a species. It is our consumption that is destroying this planet for us. It’s what’s behind climate change and it’s why we have started the sixth mass extinction. It’s our success that is the problem.
Reducing poverty is just another way of saying ‘increase consumption’.
Obviously this is a nasty reality -or inconvenient truth if you will-but this doesn’t stop it from being the truth.


Raise the propaganda levels Comrades!

This is actually someone who runs part of the Guardian occasionally:

As we get to grips with living in an era in which the White House is going to call the press “very, very dishonest” people who are suppressing information, we, as journalists, are going to have to wrestle with how to deal with this. Infowars, Breitbart, Britain First – the sort of websites and organisations that are spreading the far right’s anti-Muslim, conspiracy-theory-ridden ideology – are not going to be afraid to double-down on spreading their message. Fact-checking their spurious claims is one thing – but what does it achieve? To really challenge the spread of this nonsense we need to work out what we are going to do about more effectively spreading the truth.

But which truth comrade?

The NYT really is fun

Supreme Court nominations are among the most important decisions a president makes, and certainly the most enduring: A nominee like Judge Gorsuch could sit on the court for more than three decades. At a rally last summer Mr. Trump said: “Even if you can’t stand Donald Trump, you think Donald Trump is the worst, you’re going to vote for me. You know why? Justices of the Supreme Court.” That may have played well on the campaign trail, but Mr. Trump’s failure to choose a more moderate candidate is the latest example of his refusal to acknowledge his historic unpopularity and his nearly three-million-vote loss to Hillary Clinton. A wiser president faced with such circumstances would govern with humility and a respect for the views of all Americans.

Trump won therefore he should appoint a Democrat to the Supreme Court.


Ooooh, get her!

Quoting from the experts
Nobody can accuse Tory MPs on the international trade committee of being unprepared. Two of them — Ranil Jayawardena and Sir Edward Leigh — quoted from an “expert” who urged the City to shed red tape to become a deregulated offshore centre.

They were independently quoting from a brief comment article written a few days after the referendum by Tim Worstall, a one-time Ukip press officer and MEP candidate. The City is in safe hands, clearly.

And one time comment piece writer for The Times…..

The Daily Mail is now running an Oz version?

Sydneysiders who are stuck in the daily grind and unable to afford a property in the expensive local housing market might be in luck.
For less than the price of a median house in the harbourside suburb, you could be living the good life on your very own island in the Caribbean.
An island measuring almost four acres off the coast of Belize has become available on eBay – and it could be yours for as little as $660,000.

Think there’s a version of this piece which talks about the price of a one bed London flat as well.

Good freelancing trick tho’ research once rewrite many times.

And just for those tempted, that part of the world is also known as The Mosquito Coast…..

Tsk, there’s a right way to do these headlines

Kashmir remains cut off from rest of the country due to heavy snowfall
Srinagar received two cm of snow during the last 24 hours and the mercury settled at the low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

The right way being:

Snow in Srinagar – India Isolated.

Come along folks, there are certain standard headline jokes which must be used whenever possible.

Steve matey, don’t feed ’em

Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s combative chief strategist, said his administration considered the media to be America’s real “opposition party”.

In a rare interview with the New York Times, Mr Bannon said: “You’re the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. The media is the opposition party.

That’s what they already believe anyway.

And until you’ve worked with some US media types you never do quite get it. They, entirely seriously, consider themselves the Guardians of the Republic, the protectors of all that is good and holy. The problem with this being that they never do manage to see the beams in their own eyes. The American press is very much more left wing than the country as a whole, hugely, vastly, D rather than R. Thus their ideas of what are good and or holy, need defending, are rather different than the norm.

Hey, maybe they’re even right in all of that, but they’re not representative.

To give an example, black lives matter and all lives matter. Someone who says the latter is not going to get the same sort of hearing as someone who says the former.

Entirely fascinating

The dossier published by BuzzFeed was originally intended as “opposition research” against Mr. Trump. There’s nothing unusual about this; political campaigns routinely investigate the background of their opponents to identify vulnerabilities. This information is often passed quietly to reporters in hopes that a damaging article will result. What was surprising in this case was that the allegations against Mr. Trump, none of them verified, ended up on a highly popular news website.

Wait, what?

Is he really saying what I think he’s saying? That peegate dossier was originally done by the Hillary campaign?

If so isn’t that actually rather the story here?

Does that low pressure area between the ears hurt Amanduh?

Trump’s behavior has left him with certain vulnerabilities. Men like him don’t have real friends, just opportunistic lackeys. As #Peegate shows, they can’t lean on their reputations or demand fair play, because you have to give some to get some. This is why authoritarian demagogues, in other countries, end up leaning so heavily on the police state to maintain power. They have no other tools. Trump gave up all his political capital to get to the top, and now he has none to spend.

He’s just about to become President with (at least nominally) his party with a majority in both Houses.

He has no political capital?

So here’s a fun test then

The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news.

Amid growing concern among politicians and news organisations about the impact of false information online, news chief James Harding told staff on Thursday that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”.

Alright, this is true, this ain’t.

We in the Labour party, who have so often been on the wrong side of misrepresentation and unfair attacks from the rightwing media, have a responsibility to be vigilant and reject fake news material on social media and elsewhere – even if it purports to come from the left. Everyone who wants to see honest and rigorous news reporting, proper fact-checking, investigative journalism and robust political debate also has an interest in fighting fake news. The only people who have anything to fear from this inquiry are those who are deliberately spreading stories they know to be untrue or those who are turning a blind eye to it.

We have a responsibility to stand up for good journalism everywhere. It is an essential part of our free speech and our democracy. The old adage that a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes has never been more true. The growing risks posed to our democracy mean we can no longer ignore the threat from the proliferation of false news stories.

Okey Dokey.

At which point an interesting test. Will these proposed systems actually insist upon killing off fake news?

For example, both Nick Clegg and Peter Mandelson have recently claimed that Brexit means we must impose tariffs upon imports into the UK. Both are, potentially at least, in line for European Union pensions. And the insistence that WTO rules mean we must impose import tariffs is undoubtedly fake news. To the point that the WTO themselves sigh when you call up to check it. What, this lie again?

So, are these two claims things which would be marked as fake news? And if not, why not?