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Davie P

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  1. It's not really a story though. It's just news agencies reporting on how other news agencies reported the 'story'. It's vapour, and elements of the right are getting their knickers in a knot because the centralist 'mainstream' media aren't taking the bait. Unfortunately for the right, Biden's politics is so moderate and he is so uncontroversial that there's few labels or dirt they can get to stick. Calling him a member of the 'radical left' is quite frankly laughable - he's so centralist that he might as well be a moderate Republican than a moderate Democrat.
  2. Most journalists aren't covering the story because the sources and evidence aren't reliable or credible. I note that the media organisations you have linked to Watter (Daily Mail and NY Post) are themselves not reliable or credible. The FBI are looking into the case so hopefully the evidence will go through due process rather than just being rinsed through the rightwing scandal rags.
  3. It's foolhardy to try to brush the NY Times recent "Long-concealed records show Trump’s chronic losses and years of tax avoidance" story away as fake or biased news given the pedigree of the investigative journalists who wrote it (two of them, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, won a Pulitzer Prize for previous stories on Trump's finances). I think the right leaning media know that and seem to be attempting to portray Trump as some sort of ordinary guy who is just doing what anyone else would do to avoid paying tax, pay his family members inflated wages and use his position to enrich himself. Trump himself seems to be the only person trying to deny the story. But if he has conducted his business affairs unethically or outwith the law, will it really sway his voter base? It certainly won't be the first time his dubious ethics and disregard for legalities has strengthened his standing amongst his fans. And interestingly his reported personal debt liabilities could well see a sitting president be declared bankrupt should he win in November. But never mind all that, quick, look over there. Hilary's email.... and there's some new accusations against Biden's son etc etc
  4. Davie P

    SNP

    Indeed Capeesh. Stomping around shouting about taking back control might win populist votes domestically but will count for nothing when regions sit down to negotiate with each other. I hope the negotiations are approached with more finesse and skill than the preposterous electioneering.
  5. Davie P

    SNP

    Edinburgh and Westminster can blow back and forth to each other to their heart's content, and Westminster can trumpet the 'taking back control' rhetoric, but it'll all come down to the negotiations with the EU. The Westminster legislation is likely to have to be watered down significantly, and the Tories have a grim track record of supporting fisheries when it comes to EU negotiations. I'm not sure why people believe this will be any different.
  6. Davie P

    SNP

    It's hardly the "Press and Journals take" - it's just a statement from Douglas Ross which is riddled with misrepresentations. Sometimes I wonder if you read the articles you post links to as your one-line summaries are often way off the mark.
  7. Davie P

    SNP

    For the sake of accuracy, the UK wasn't a signatory of the 1957 The Treaty of Rome/ Treaty establishing the European Economic Community (it was signed by Belgium, West Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg & Netherlands). It's been pointed out many times over the years when you mistakenly post that.
  8. I was very pleased to hear the BBC are planning to tone down the jingoistic nationalism of the Last Night of the Proms. I very much look forward to and enjoy Proms season but I feel 'Last Night' sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the other concerts. It's like a parody of the end of a Tory Party conference. There have long been calls for the BBC to make changes to Last Night programming (which I personally find to be extremely dull and predictable) but I expect whatever they do they'll be under fire from the right wing who will no doubt go into a frenzy about traditional Britishness being under attack etc etc. I'm sure there are many people who will be getting offended by the potential change who don't engage with The Proms or appreciate the work the BBC put into supporting and promoting British classical music throughout the entirety the 8 week Proms season, and throughout the rest of the year for that matter.
  9. What about the people using Theyself as their pronoun Folk can crack on however they want.
  10. ^ or perhaps it's just the standard use of a third-person personal pronoun
  11. Again, the article you link to makes no mention of your claim.
  12. NASA haven't found 'offensive' planets, nor will they be changing their names! They're ditching some out-of-date nicknames, as they've done previously, and will be using the International Astronomical Union names instead, as most other organisations already do. Re: "Eskimo Nebula". Inuits (meaning 'people' in native language) don't like being called 'Eskimo' because the word has derogatory roots and was used by racist colonisers. Call it 'woke' if you want. I consider it to be common decency, and sensible standardisation. And don't believe everything you read in The Sun. That headline is laughable and misleading. You and The Sun have both chosen to highlight the word "offensive", and as far as I can see no-one at Nasa used that word.
  13. That is my point. The name doesn't reflect the services it pays for
  14. Am I missing your point? The BBC TV License pays for BBC TV, BBC Radio and BBC web services. Why would it go toward non-BBC TV, Radio and web services? https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/what-does-your-licence-fee-pay-for-top13 Despite you thinking the BBC website isn't "worth going anywhere near", it's the world's most popular news site. It's only 'free' because much of the cost is paid for by TV viewers. Therein lies the rub!
  15. I think a 'rebranding' of the License Fee would at least help people understand that it pays for TV, radio and web services. I think Shetlanders get good value from the 'BBC Fee' with our own radio station dedicated to a relatively small population (Orkney is similar). More recently, money has also come back into the local economy through the filming of the BBC Shetland series. Per head of population, I think we do rather well from it.
  16. Its not possible to avoid bias in reporting and it depends on what you mean by 'swayed' (the BBC is formally accountable to government but has editorial independence), but the BBC are the most balanced and centrist of all the news sources i read regularly. If you read the Daily Mail, the BBC probably looks left leaning, if you read the Guardian, the BBC probably looks right leaning.
  17. Part of the contract the BBC have with the government is that they don't compete with commercial broadcasters for TV, radio, and other advertising revenue in order to bolster the viability of the commercial broadcasters, and ultimately to support a plurality of commercial and non-commercial broadcasters. As the TV License system is by no means perfect and scrapping it seems logical in many ways, but as the Peacock Committee reported back in the 80s, it's the "least worst" option. As with other countries who have a centralist state broadcaster with editorial independence from the government, the BBC acts as a centre ground. If we want to see what happens when we go down a commercially driven deregulated media route then look to the USA after Reagan's office. Highly polarised, partisan, and where fact is often indistinguishable from opinion.
  18. I've gone for long periods without having a TV, and I simply returned their letter to say I don't have one, and didn't hear back from them. The one time they did visit, they were courteous. I don't see the problem.
  19. There are bad people in the world, and I'm sure there will bad TV License inspectors too. And I'm also sure the Daily Mail has carried stories about people from all walks of life doing horrendous things. But blaming TV Inspectors is a sideshow - it's like blaming the bailiffs if you get into debt. If folk have a complaint about the conduct of an inspector then they can complain to the TV Licensing Company, and if they're not satisfied, they can go to the Ombudsman. If it's a serious complaint, then they can go to the police.
  20. A "goon" visited where I was briefly staying on the Scottish mainland a couple of years ago. He politely pointed out that I had no TV license. I politely pointed out that I had no TV. We exchanged pleasantries, and off he went. Remember that these are people who are just doing their job. I'm sure most of them would rather be doing something else.
  21. I have no problem with paying the license fee for all the BBC services I use. Although I watch very little TV I listen to a lot of radio and use the various BBC web services regularly. However, how the flat fee license is collected is, I believe, unfair as it doesn't relate to peoples ability to pay or which of the BBC services they use. People of pensionable age are statistically wealthier than younger people, but there is also the biggest gap between the richest and poorest in this category, so why give a blanket fee waiver to all pensioners and not just those who can ill afford it? --- I pay for most of the news services I use regularly. Call me old fashioned, but I believe in the principles of paying for good quality journalism which is relatively free from external commercial pressures. But I suppose now-a-days many people want and expect all their content for free, and the only workable revenue model for journalism is advertising income which means news agencies have to jump to the tune of their advertisers, pursue populist agendas and use clickbait sensationalism to get the maximum eyeballs onto the adverts. I have seen a severe decline in the quality, balanced journalism in the last decade, and longform investigative journalism is almost a thing of the past. Many 'news' outlets don't even pretend to do the basics of journalism anymore - they just feed people what they want to read to fit their existing biases. Many people will believe what they want to believe, and if they can find 'news' sources to confirm their beliefs for free, why would they pay to have their beliefs challenged?
  22. This is quite an interview! I saw clips of it this morning and thought it was a spoof, but I've just watched the whole thing. Pity help America!
  23. Thanks for that MuckleJoannie, I'll see if I can get a swatch at those. There's one of the series available on Amazon for the bargain price of £132! I wonder if any of you has read Shetland: 40 Coast and Country Walks by Paul and Helen Webster?
  24. Hi all I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for walking routes, maybe off the beaten track? It would be great to hear your recommendations, and any stories or noteworthy things to look out for. These websites are very handy, and I think we've covered pretty much every route from them so I was looking for a little inspiration Shetland.org/walkingWalk HighlandsAccess RoutesCore PathsPeerie Wanders
  25. Where in the article does it say anything about making sexism "punishable by 7 years in jail"? The seven year maximum 'hate' sentence is usually reserved for assault or other serious crimes which are deemed to have 'hate' as a primary motivation.
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