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      01.12.2012 13:36
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      Enjoy newsprint while it lasts

      If you guys are lucky enough you will still have an electrical store on the high street where you can buy you stereo and TV and stuff and talk to a sales assistant about what you want. But for most towns they have all been pushed into the out of town shopping parks and many closing down. For newspapers they have had the same drop off in demand as business and newsfeed heads online but haven't made the changes they need to save the trade by cutting titles by buying each other out. There are still ten big national tabloids and broadsheets on sale in newsagents but all of them are losing big money and pretty much printing the same stuff, which is now out of date compared to the internet. Here lies the problem. National newspapers are not as subject to economies of scale as normal businesses are and often selling political propaganda with the truth. This means the people who buy them not to make profit but just to keep them going. Interestingly The Mail is not only our most popular tabloid on the high street but off line too, even though they can get all the same copy online for free, and some. Its right wing agenda is what most British people think and that is reflected in its comment section.

      The internet is the new truth, although it's hard to find that truth amongst all the chaos, libel and accusation. If the printed press is on the way out then the www is the oracle to speak for the masses and the more articulate and controversial you are the more people will want to believe you, simple as. Online newspapers comment sections are awash with anger and speculation and the whole thing is getting out of control, culminating in that ludicrous stunt by the lightweight Phillip Schofield on This Morning when he named uncorroborated names involved in pedophilia. Richard & Judy would never have pulled that stunt.

      As far as the BBC goes I just scratch my head on why they get so much stick. The people slaughter them for allowing testimony of a now discredited witness (Steve Meesham) for falsely claiming and naming an allegedly pedophile ring at a children's home and yet berate the same BBC for not revealing Jimmy Savile accusers from similar style testimony, which could still be from discredited witnesses. When this all pans out I think you will be shocked on just how many fake claims are being made in the current investigations. The internet has opened Pandoras Box for this stuff. It's amazing how many people with problems or suffering some sort of mental illness or depression will pile in to get attention. Ok, a simple Google search revealed Meesham to have MADE previous FALSE sexual abuse accusations against a senior police officer from North Wales and it turns out committed alleged charity fraud after setting up a charity for survivors of sexual abuse in North Wales and keeping most of the money, and also up for benefit fraud, not telling the dole about his £45,000 compensation payout for the alleged child abuse at the children's home. How do we know the BBC top brass simply ran the piece as a feeble balance exercise to appease the mob? Yes, Jimmy liked young girls and he was clearly an odious creature but would we attack famous sexy male pop stars of the day if they did the same sort of thing with the more willing young girls in the dressing rooms or hotel suites? Probably not. He looked the part of the dirty old man. It would not surprise me if some of these girls hung around the dressing rooms to try and meet famous people, whatever the consequences.

      No, the rants BBC rants are about the mandatory license fee, simple as. Sky is far more expensive and if you want subjective news then that's the place to go guys. Journalists join and stay with the BBC because of its honest mandate, not the money. If the ranters only knew how cynical the commercial stations are with news and programming just to make you buy the stuff in the commercial break they would think again. The BBCs job is to provide the news and programming the commercial stations won't touch because they can't earn from it so the BBC may feel a waste of money sometimes. One can only tolerate so much of Bill Oddie! But they also have to justify their massive budget and so that contradicts their mandate sometimes and so you get the Newsnight scenario where they chase a sensational story to keep viewers, often trying to compete with the internet. Put simple we prefer internet scandal to BBC news but we can't yet admit that to ourselves. We all love the gossip at work as we do reading it in the tabloids at tea break. What we don't want is us to ever be the gossip. Online newspapers are awash with stuff and mostly women love it. I have seen female lawyers reading Hello magazine.

      On the face of it the suggestion was the story was shelved because the BBC wanted to protect the reputation of Savile, where in reality the guy had died recently and they simply wanted to clear their library shelves of prepared tribute programs expensive to make, Christmas a good time to do that. Publicly blind to Jimmy's desire for young girls at that point we would expect those programs to be made. But, of course, the Newsnight witness's interviews were in the can and those women had to sit through the tribute shows, the controversy. Pretty much everyone in the business knew it was going on but without proof and 'solid testimony' the BBC simply can't run stories. People who slag the BBC are really slaging that integrity. Trust me, BBC news are swimming up a stream of white water busting a gut to tell you the truth against an increasing tidal wave of lawyers and political correctness. There are far more chancers out there like Steve Meesham making allegations in pursuit of tabloid and litigious payouts than people just wanting to report the truth, this guy costing good people their jobs.

      Post Hutton Report the BBC lost their confidence and fear if they do try to take on the establishment and report the often terrible truth they will be further downsized by the incumbent government. Any weakness like that means the lawyers move in and the rich and famous are further protected and non accountable and so the BBC lose their edge. It will be people like Hugh Grant, rather than good editors, that will decide the shape of the media to come after the Leveson Enquiry report. Andrew Gilligan reported the truth about New Labor 'sexing up' the case for war, proved by the fact there were no WMD, yet he and the BBC, not Blair and his government, had to fall on their sword over the disgrace Iraq was for Britain. I think BBC news have mentioned the words 'oil' and 'Iraq' together once in a news report in ten years since the war. Once you don't report what you know as truth and scared of censure its game over and this Newsnight thing could be the end of the license fee as we know it, maybe the point of the attack. Their station rivals would love to the see the BBC budget slashed, their website alone costing 20 million a year. The BBC, alas, do seem to have lot more time and money for the more frivolous stuff now. When did we get to the point where the countries most prestigious broadcaster should be putting idiot content out like the One Show??? The BBC has been dumbed down by that fear not to question their viewers any more and so end up treating them like idiots.

      The Newsnight debacle, of course, will be a stick for the politicians to beat the BBC with and coupled with the Leveson Enquiry and I fear the media will have their wings clipped next year so they can no longer fly. There's nothing the politicians want more than to gag the media from reporting their lies and greed, the nature of being a politician. Was it not the media who exposed their vulgar expenses fiddles?

      Hugh Grants crusade against the on and off line media though his 'Kick it Out' campaign may well be to protect the little guy from the full force of the press but it's also about celebrities only wanting to be adored and seen in a positive light. The Leveson Enquiry was hijacked by them and the whole thing turned out to be yet another establishment whitewash, no criticism for the police that were taking money or Cameron for cozying up to the media. But new online media is making that all irrelevant as you can pretty much say as you want there and many are, political blogs based off shore the most effective at that, the Radio Luxembourg of the day on political gossip.

      I have done some bits for BBC local radio on cricket and sport and the guys and girls who work the regional stations maybe a bit 'local' but they want to work for the BBC because they want to be taking seriously as journalists. That is the point. You go there to be objective, not subjective.
      I write for my local paper and website on cricket and you have to learn to judge people, officials and players in front of you to work out if they are telling the truth. Often they are not and do what they need to protect their jobs and the sporting brand they are working for. Proper journalists have to make that call everyday and if they get it wrong their paper can be sued for libel. The big disadvantage is the person you are interviewing is allowed to lie and in some extreme cases lie to get the chance to sue you and hope you back down or they get paid compensation. But the lesson you learn most is the public don't want journalist to have an opinion if it's not *their* opinion and so you can only please all of the people some of the time.

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        09.03.2010 21:43
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        Press the green button - Skippy is a dog's dinner

        What with Jonathan Ross leaving the BBC and ending his lucrative deal, due to deep cost cuttings that would at least halve his annual salary. It was inevitable that next to go was lacklustre programmes that roll-on a loop, spurting out ground hog day tap drippings on a hourly basis, just in case you missed it the first time. Not that the public was bothered anyway, which the licensee was paying for out of their annual fee. The analogy reminds me of a 'Hungry Horse' meal out. You ask for a roast beef dish, eat quarter of it because it was the edible part and don't even consider the rest due to its dried-up gristly unappetising attire; garnished with a three coloured toned hair follicle. Naturally, you pay through the nose for it because it was out of 'Happy Hour;' and after wafting a newspaper voucher at the waitress at the till with size 1 font explaining you're a fool to believe the 'big text' at the front offering you a 'meal offer' in its terms and conditions. So the UK public now expect to pay more for a service that is diminishing in size. Why should we expect anything different from our 'British Broadcasting Corporation?' We aren't allowed to get too excited, if we did so, more strokes will decapitate us and that won't be at all productive for the UK economy.

        I stuck my neck-out fourteen months ago, claiming that there maybe some cost cutting in regards to the TV licence fee leading up to the 2012 Olympics, this was partly because of the online demand. I totally misjudged the silver chinned smug fat cats that steer this BBC ship. In reality you're getting less for your money, and the Beeb still packages the deal up to customers with a tidy glossy bow stating it is great value for money. Personally, I prefer a 'pay per view' system that Sky does for the add-on programmes that is part of the tidy glossy bowed present Mr. Thompson the 'Director-General' has giveth to us faithful doe-eyed public.

        Now that it is about revenue with showing these channels the BBC and not because no-one wanted to see the infuriating repeated loop that endangered your sanity, perhaps the question is, why did the BBC actually think that showing inept daily programme criteria that looped round like wooden galloping horses at a playground was entertaining? - Well ladies and gentleman the answer to that question lies with the over expansion programme that the BBC boasted about for over three years. The problem was; the BBC balance sheets; it was completely unsustainable.

        Mark Thompson the Director-General, in one statement made all BBC employees scamper to the bars and order trebles to calm their nerves, when he stuttered the vision for BBC's future, throwing in buzz words and interactivity in regards to the internet. You can just see it now, presenters in small pod-stations the size of a dog kennel, doing web transmissions via web-cam and fighting with a rubber plant prop. Thompson must be a deep rooted fan of amateur dramatics. Amateurish presenting sent to our homes; done on a mega low budget; that is not passed on to the voyeur, sounds familiar doesn't it. It is evident in all the energy firms and that is after they told the customer they would pass on the reductions due to the wholesale fuel prices fluctuations.

        The transparency of the BBC has to be applauded to some extent. Reporting on their own calamity balance sheets and picking holes at the Director-General agenda and it certainly made for fascinating television, which now can be viewed on 'Newsnight' via the iPlayer, (The Mark Thompson getting 'Paxo-ed' interview) - This isn't the sort of stuff you will get during 'BBC Parliament', it is refreshing. Entertainment value that would be hard to beat, even by 'Gavin and Stacey' - BBC4 was put to the sword for its programme schedule. The actual TV camera was visually shaking due to its laughable parody when Paxman shedded light on matters by reading out 'Skippy the Kangaroo' TV listings, that was on 'repeat' every couple of hours, or maybe it was nerves at the thought of losing his or her job. Diluting quality is exactly the intentions are when the realms of finance and cost cuttings are squash buckled around as much as smashing plates about at a Greek wedding, except at the Beeb, the plates will be causing casualties amongst the workforce.

        An avalanche of snipes consumed the airwaves, boldly going where no other interviewer has the thrill of doing; interviewing your boss. The proven heavy weight versus the rhetorical figure shifting Director-General who was getting caught with some upper cuts and wincing in response. - 'Heaven forbid, I expected a 'John Cage whimsical nose whistle, 'for those of you who knew of the TV programme 'Allie McBeal' from the late 1990's. It is not surprising when over 500 radio channels are broadcasted that several will be failing on the numbers. Whose got the time to listen to offish random jovial tunes 24/7 anyway; even the 'saviour' of radio Christopher Moyles has elapse into a jog at 5 million regular listeners. Tony Blackburn at the beginning of the great radio conception was hitting 18 million at a canter; so it isn't due to content. It is just that the consumer favours the 'internet.' - Now we've become accustomed to live streaming of digital data that captivates audiences and allows full control at a click of a mouse. I don't believe the media is necessary on its last legs like 'Jimmy Savile doing a marathon', but perhaps merge with an internet mogul, and bring back 'Jim'll Fix it.'; excluding the Cuban cigar, that infringes on health and safety terms and Allie McBeal would have a case after ten years of being in the wilderness.

        Thompson's efforts were deluded, frail and unprepared. He reminded me when I sat a Chemistry exam and should have been doing Physics instead, which was next door. Thompson conveyed an ideology suited for a power-point presentation, except without the correct figures or time-span, it was pointless, without believable points. He continued his tunnel vision approach not spotting the 'Kangaroo in the room.' The intention was for a route-map to be implemented, but instead Thompson unearthed a puzzle with the words 'suitable for 3 years;' stamped on the box. He epitomises what the BBC could end up being, washed out, diluted dribble; ready to be sold off at the nearest offer.

        - Anyway I shall miss 'Skippy the kangaroo.' Will there be a re-run?

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          17.12.2008 14:15
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          Use both together for the full media experience

          News and media online covers a range of different functional aspects and uses compared to offline:

          1. Search engines

          Companies that wouldn't otherwsie have an interest in the news are increasingly putting it on their websites as search engine spiders love it (dates and times show your web site has been updated recently - they love dooyoo!). You can pay a company just to write articles for your web site for this purpose.

          2. Length of articles

          Online they are generally much shorter, and in my opinion have a lack of information. This may be because of the above reason, or because it is generally accepted that people are more impatient and will read less online.

          3. Advantages and disadvantages of having something physical to hold

          Some people like it, some don't. I personally like having a magazine to hold, but newspapers are awkward and take up a lot of space, particularly on public transport. Reading online for long lengths of time can be awkward, especially depending on the text formatting.

          4. Getting information for free

          Online is a much better source of things like celebrity gossip (if you can put up wih the ads) as it's much more current and also free - magazines can be expensive and if the quality is poor you're stuck with it.

          5. Convenient

          Get as much information as you want when you want e.g. early in the morning and late at night. There's no need to buy or wait for newspapers or a specific time when the news is on/have digital tv

          6. Impact on the environment

          Paper can be more damaging to the environment than plastic, weirdly enough, and there are thousands of copies of magazines and newspapers which are left unsold every day. You avoid this by viewing online.

          7. Quality

          Picture quality, especially of celebs, isn't always great online. You also have to be careful of your sources as it may not be accurate...see below

          8. Who to trust

          You'd be more likely to trust the major newspapers and media outlets online as well as off, but they want you to buy their newspapers etc. as well, so thy don't always give good information or what you want to find out about. When looking at sites you aren't sure are trustworthy, try to compare with other articles on the same subject to see what the consensus is.

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            23.05.2007 18:27
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            PLEASE TAKE JUST 5 MINUTES TO READ AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

            PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a review.
            This is an AD made my me as my way of helping find Madeleine Mccann. DO NOT RATE


            PLEASE USE THE LINK PROVIDED BELOW TO SIGN THE PETITION FOR MADELEINE MCCANN

            http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/HelpMadeleine/







            Madeleine Mccan is a beautiful 4 year of little girl who was so cruelly abducted from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the evening of May 3rd 2007.

            This again is NOT a review but an AD to try to get the message across to anyone and everyone where ever you may be.

            Please take 5 minutes of your time to read through this Ad and see if you can do anything to help.

            There are a number of ways that you can do you bit.

            Either by visiting the Madeleine Fund website where you can make a donation into Madeleine's fund, helping raise money to help find Madeleine McCann, support her family and bring her abductors to justice.

            By visiting Madeleine's website you can :
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            You can also download the Madeleine Mccann posters to put up where ever you go,

            By downloading the Madeleine banner you can add them to your websites, email, and where ever possible. By doing this anyone who clicks on the banners will be automatically be directed to Madeleine's website.

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            Madeleine Mccann has a very distinctive right eye, where the pupil runs into the blue-green iris. A photos can been seen further down this page to help you recognise Madeleine if you was to see her.

            The Police are appealing for anyone who may have been visiting the Ocean Club Resort, Praia da Luz or in the surrounding areas in the two weeks leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance.

            If you were around the resort around the time Madeleine was taken the Police are urging anyone to go through photographs that you may have taken. Not photographs of the scenery of or your own family/friends, but photographs that have other people within the, maybe acting suspiciously, or appear in a number of your photographs.

            If you think you may have some photos that could help then you can up laid them by visiting

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            For anyone unsure how to uplaod photos please visit the site and there are links to tell you how. If you are still unsure after reading the instructions then maybe you could try out

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            AGAIN THIS IS NOT A REVIEW SO I DO NOT WANT IT RATED, I JUST WANTED TO DO MY BIT TO HELP GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS AND MAKE SURE THAT MADELEINE IS KEPT IN THE TOP HEADLINES UNTIL HER SAFE RETURN.

            THANK YOU VERY MUCH

            if you feel that this AD is in appropriate then please let me know, but again I am just trying to do my bit and get the message across the world...........

            Return home soon Madeleine, You are very dearly missed, Your mummy and daddy miss you very much as does all of your family, and that they are doing all they possibly can to bring you home safe

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              16.12.2002 03:22
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              I make no apology for endorsing my local community website. From humble beginnings in 1999, with an ambition only to serve the local community, caithness.org has marched on to be a world player. This is a site run entirely by volunteers, yet is currently attracting over five million hits per month. And perhaps more significantly, is attracting over 1.5 million page views per month. Parochial it is not. Granted, the front page is full of local news, available much more quickly than the local press can achieve. And, granted, much of the content is locally-orientated, which is exactly what a community website should be about. Bur through user-friendly indexing, and excellent links, caithness.org provides access to everything which is happening around the globe. For me, this is what sets caithness.org apart from other community websites. It manages to combine local interest with world interest. Perhaps this is why it was elected Site of the Year 2001 in the Yell.com awards. I quote: ?SITE OF THE YEAR Winner ? Caithness Community (www.caithness.org) Caithness won top spot because of its ability to punch above its weight. Created in February 1999 bay a father and son team (the former coming out of early retirement), along with a few volunteers, the site manages to combine the freshness of grass-roots activism with a high degree of professionalism. Originally intended just for people in the UK?s most northerly mainland county, it quickly outgrew this role, with the web site's exhaustive content and commerce attracting a global audience.? And it was also elected Site of the Month in the Mirror in Dec 2001, an achievement picked up on by Simon Mayo at BBC FiveLive. (www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/mayo/traffic_tv.shtml) Nowadays, traffic to the site far exceeds that in the days of these awards. This is a site growing, and growing in confidence. The growth is part
              ly explained by the non-parochial enthusiasm of the team behind it, and the open-mindedness and ambition to be not just a local site, but a little bit more. The use of photographs on the front page ? regularly updated, often twice a day ? is undoubtedly a major factor. Archives on the site are a tourist?s dream and wish-list. A little bit of browsing will throw up photos and information on historical and recreational sites and activities in the North of Scotland which the Tourist Authorities have barely touched upon. I could use up lots of words describing what you can find on this site, but I?d far rather you just went and had a look at www.caithness.org. Bill and Niall Fernie deserve all the kudos which come their way. The fact that Bill Fernie was voted Caithness Citizen of the Year in 2001, is testament to the value if this community website locally. And recognition of the site?s achievements on the global internet. (Forgive me if this is in an inappropriate category. I searched for "community websites", and failed. The fact that these days I find it increasingly difficult to find categories on DY, or indeed to find anything I want, is understandably connected to my advancing senility. And my irregular visits. I am in no way suggesting that the DY of today is virtually un-navigable. Or even -navigatable.) (c) Mike Clark 2002

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                09.06.2002 04:34
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                For most of us, most of the time, online news serves one of two functions: either to get the latest headlines immediately, or to read more in-depth articles not easily accessible elsewhere. Arts & Letters Daily (www.aldaily.com) is invaluable for the second purpose. The name has probably gone halfway to explaining the “pretentious” bit of the title, and when you reach the site, you will see that it even has a Latin motto. However, this little bit of Latin has more contemporary resonance than most: ‘veritas odit moras’ translates as ‘the truth hates delay’. The layout may look a little old-fashioned, but that is deliberate. It is based on eighteenth-century newspaper design. However, don’t let the pretentions put you off. The site is superb, and well worth a daily (or at least, regular) visit. It is basically a collection of links to articles of interest throughout the web. Although American, it has a good proportion of British and other international articles on a huge range of subjects. Divided into three sub-headings (articles of note, new books, and essays and opinion), it has an introductory sentence with a link to an article or articles about the subject. The featured items range from book reviews to opinion pieces to in-depth essays, with a mixture from the humorous to the highly serious. Science and economics are covered alongside literature and philosophy; history, current affairs and politics also feature along with a whole host of topics best described as ‘miscellaneous’ (whew, never thought I’d remember how to spell that!). New links are added daily from Monday to Friday, and there is also a weekend edition. The most recent are at the top, so it’s easy to access the latest articles. Unfortunately, there will be a few broken links further down as the original articles are archived or deleted, but these are actually relatively rare. So, pretentious and
                unmissable; why erratic? We’re back to those introductory sentences for that. Although some are simply factual, and many have a slightly cruel humour (“Modern etiquette. What do you do with that awkward wad of gum? Care too much and you’re a snob. Care too little and you’re a slob...” or “The great Kamasutra is fanciful, dangerous nonsense. It’s not to be read in bed while drinking, or to be held with only one hand...”), a certain proportion bear almost no resemblance to the content of the article, or are simply too cryptic to make sense. However, that is a minor quibble when set against the huge range of materials brought together here. A really nice touch is the list of links to various worldwide publications at one side of the page. It’s probably the most concise, useful set of links of this type that I’ve come across. More scattered are the inevitable adverts, which are relatively few, inconspicuous and altogether less obvious than on most sites. If you want something a little more intellectual or provocative than the usual web content, Arts & Letters Daily is highly recommended. It’s an easy and rewarding way to keep up with major news stories and debates in North America and beyond, and has its fair share of amusing or downright weird content too. Go on, visit!

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                  28.03.2002 03:40
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                  The internet has the real news. Blair's Italian connections? http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Propaganda_Matrix/message/5514 I start my day with www.whatreallyhappened.com This tells me what's worth reading in the Guardian, Mirror, Washinton Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Jakarta Post etc. lobster-magazine.co.uk has a jolly layout and lots of inside info on the British security services. Want to find out about New Labour leaders' links to various US organisations which may or may not be CIA fronts? Want to find out more about Irish terrorism? Look at Lobster. rense.com is easy to read and asks lots of relevant questions about TERROR and about the events of 9 11. copvcia.com is one of these sites the powers-that-be would like to hack. The site is run by an ex-US cop with a great investigative mind. Lots of exclusives. www.theherald.co.uk and www.sundayherald.com These are easy to use sites and have lots of stories the others won't publish. Recently the Sunday Herald had a scoop about MI5 allegedly being the brains behind the break in at the police HQ in Northern Ireland. "The break-in at Castlereagh barracks was carried out by British Army intelligence to preserve the identity of an army agent deep inside the IRA, writes Home Affairs Editor Neil Mackay" And, how many newspapers mentioned this?- Police notebooks recording the Lockerbie Bomb aftermath were DESTROYED. This was disclosed to MPs on 27/3/02 by Tam Dalyell who demanded the government launch an inquiry into the bombing. According to the HERALD :"Dalyell said Mary Boylam, a former police constable, had been asked to give a statement to the procurator fiscal regarding her activities at Lockerbie.... The retired WPC phoned Livingston police station to ask for her notebook. She was told it had gone missing. 'Who gave the inst
                  ruction for the destruction of the notebooks?' asked Mr Dalyell. 'After all, this was the biggest murder trial unresolved in Scottish legal history.' Mr Dalyell recounted how Ms Boylam had discovered the handle and rim of a suitcase in a field near the crash scene. The Father of the Commons s aid the WPC found out the suitcase belonged to Joseph Patrick Curry, a member of the US Army special forces. Later, she was told by a colleague it was the suitcase which contained the bomb. "If the bomb was in Curry's suitcase, Mr Megrahi is hardly likely to be guilty," said Mr Dalyell." www.onlinejournal.com has a neat site that covers international news in a lively fashion. It seems to be free of government interference. www.arab.net is worth a look in order to get the non-Bush/Blair/Sharon/Hitler view. www.telegraph.co.uk is owned by the same people as the Jerusalem Post, but it has some relatively unbiased 'home' news. Take this story for example- "an 11-year-old girl was trying to find photographs of Adolf hitler for a school project. She logged into a website labelled 'Adolf Hitler pictures', but found herself faced with child pornography...." My favourite two sites are of course- www.whatreallyhappened.com which has everything you want to know about what really goes on. This site is updated daily and gets about 5,000,000 people reading it each month. and www.rumormillnews.com which has a reading room with all the latest rumours. But beware, rumormillnews may be fed lots of disinformation by the powers-that-be and certain freaks. I will add to this list de temps en temps...

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                    Now it is nearly that football time again and i am looking forward to it seems like forever since the last day of the season. The one thing i love in the build up to the start of a new season is the good old Fantasy Football Teams in particular the one that the Mirror newspaper runs. For those who don't know about Fantasy Football all you do is get a copy of the mirror or go to www.mirrorfantasy.co.uk where you will get given an imaginary balance of £30 million to spend on a team of 11 current Premiership players and then give your team a name. Then every match you will be awarded point's for clean sheets for Keepers and Defenders and goals scored by midfielders and strikers. There are bonus point's for defenders scoring and scoring more than one goal. Build up your point's by checking the Mirror every Saturday and hope your players score loads. Every week there is a prize of £500 for the highest scoring team and a £10,000 prize for the league winner at the end of the season all this for the cost of a phone call about £1.50,you can enter more than one team to increase your chances but i find that quite difficult to keep up with. I think it adds even more of an edge when watching Match of the Day not that the game is not exciting as it is but i love a more or less free punt. If you think this sounds good check out the great website set up for this by the mirror at the above address,the site is well set up and easy to navigate it does ask you to down load a small program that has no other effect than to help access your update on your team quicker. I think the Mirror is the best but other papers do the same sort of thing,maybe i'm bias because i buy the Mirror all the time but hey it is free and the chances of winning are the same for everyone. If your the next England manager or fed up with Premier managers making the wrong diccisions give it a go and prove WHO'S THE DA
                    DDY. By the way for those who are intrested in my selection here it is. Keeper - Van de sar - Fulham Defender - A. Cole - Arsenal Defender - G. Kelly - Leeds Defender - G. Neville - Man U Defender - Stam - Man U Midfield - S. Gerrard - Liverpool Midfield - P. Scholes - Man U Midfield - Della Bona - Chelsea Striker - Rosler - Southampton Striker - M. Forssell - Chelsea Striker - F. Ravanelli - Derby Well thats my wisdom i ran out of money when i got to my strikers. GOOD LUCK ALL WHO DARE!!!!!!

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                      CNN is undoubtedly the worldwide news leader. However the notion amongst us is that this is an American company and therefore the main emphasis is on American news and matters, is wrong. Their coverage of international news and other programs is very comprehensive and they often break the UK news even before BBC or SKY. The main reason for my writing this opinion is not regarding the news side of them but instead a very helpful feature that this site offers us all. It is called MYCNN.COM. Simply log on to: www.mycnn.com. Fill in the free registration and then you are met with a page that is divided into many sections, which are: -Top World News from CNN -Weather -Business – Stocks, Indexes, Index charts and Top business news/headlines -Sports -Top US news -Science and Technical news -Showbiz news -Lifestyle There are a few more but basically the ones mentioned above are the important ones. Now the whole point of this being very useful to us is that for each and every section, mentioned above, you can do your own personalized settings. For example – Weather: You can select your city i.e. London and then select the number of days you want the weather forecast for. Everytime you log onto this page you have the current weather forecast for your city, everyday. If you move to another town or city you simply change the setting and select another town or city. Business: Select the stocks that you want to keep and eye one, select the indexes that you could like to monitor etc and it’s the same thing. Everytime you log on you have the current figures for all your selected stocks, shares and indexes. The pages refresh periodically whilst you are online so you always have the latest information for your own preferences all on one page. This is the case for all the other settings. You choose your own personalized setting
                      for each category. I have set this as my Homepage, so that whenever I first log on I am immediately met with all my desired information. This is very helpful, as you don’t have to keep on moving from site to site to get each bit of information separately.

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                        27.05.2001 04:39
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                        Right - You doousers, -- up-front, I do not work for dooyoo, I have no connection to dooyoo apart from being a member, and I am ‘winging’ it by even writing this opinion which is probably posted under the wrong category , will never see the inside of a dooyoo ‘pointy crown’ and might even get my knuckles rapped ! I don’t care. I couldn't care less ! It is not going to be dooyoos ‘opinion’ of the year, but I’m going to write it anyway. Got your attention ?? O.K. I did a search in dooyoos products, expecting to find a category/item site and guess what ? there isn’t one for yell.com ! So- What’s it all about I hear you cry ! What it’s all about is that wee yellow banner thing which has been gracing dooyoos, opinions page for the last week or so. Have you noticed it ?? and more importantly, have you used it ?? The wee yellow banner thing I’m talking about says “ Vote for dooyoo as the best community site in the yell.com internet awards ” Well - have you voted ?? Have you ?? Be honest ! -- It’s pay-back time folks !! Its definitely dooyoo payback time !! O.K. If you’ve already voted for dooyoo then please ‘surf on’- to reiterate a world famous quote, but if you haven’t voted then - don’t even take the time to rate me, just get on over to yell.com and vote for our breadwinner - dooyoo. For dooyoo it’s probably the equivalent of winning the ‘Bafta Awards'. Last year dooyoo won a major ‘net’ award and I feel that they should ‘scoop the pool’ this year also because in my opinion, they are not only the best in the business - They Are The Business ! The prestigious Yell.com awards take place on Thurs 4 October 2001 at the Atlantis Gallery in London’s Famous Brick lane and is reck
                        oned to be the “ Premier UK consumer internet event of the Year !! O.K so far ?? -- Right, all you’ve got to do is click on the wee banner and this will get you into yell.com awards. In there you will find many ‘categories’ which you can vote for and thereby ‘nominate' them for an award. Now I’m not for a moment trying to influence your opinion here, but if you feel as I doo, then simply click on : Categories > Best community site > Nominate > Select > Community, from the drop down box, then follow your heart from there. What are you waiting for ?? Why are you still reading this ?? You should be looking at yell.com by now - Doooit NOW http://www.yell.com/awards/ Tell them auldmac sent yoo -- :-)

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                          27.08.2000 17:01
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                          WHO REALLY ATTACKED AMERICA? "Afghanistan is indispensable to the regional control and transport of oil in Central Asia....Afganistan's Northern neighbours contain reserves which could be critical to future global supply." From www.guardian.co.uk Gosh! A newspaper that still has investigative journalists brave enough to tell us the truth. "In 1998 Dick Cheney...then chief executive of a major oil services company, remarked, 'I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as strategically significant as the Caspian.'....The only route (for the Caspian's oil and gas) which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan.... "The US government is dominated by former oil executives.... "The possible economic outcomes of the war in Afghanistan mirror the possible economic outcomes of the war in the Balkans, where....a pipeline carrying oil and gas from the Caspian to Europe is a critical allied concern." AND YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT TERRORISM! "American foreign policy is governed by the doctrine that....the US should control military, economic and political development worldwide...Afghanistan is the key to domination of Asia." Thus wrote one of the world's greatest journalists GEORGE MONBIOT on 23/10/01. No wonder the web site of the Guardian is THE most popular. No wonder the Guardian's circulation has shot up compared to that of the Times and Telegraph! And have a look at www.madcowprod.com So, five of the hijackers were trained at US military bases! This will change your life, if you dare to read it! Read what? Read the document at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/news/20010430/ OK! Your life has changed. Want something even more mind-blowing! http:/www.raven1.net/ra1.htm Hope dooyoo is not going to delete this. <br> http://emperors-clothes.com is suggesting that Mr Bean Liner or bin Laden is still a CIA agent. Emperors Clothes quotes extensively from the Wall Street Journal, which has recently had exclusives on the bin Laden links to the Bush family. It was Pakistan, say some Indians. It was Iraq, says Mossad. It was Mossad, say some Americans. It was Bush, say some other Americans. It was Bin Laden, says the CIA. Read the latest bits of 'insider' information at - www.rumormillnews.net "At lunch today with a top international banker I learned ...one of Lehman Brothers' largest investors sold short everything he owned the Monday before the terror attack. The investor was from Texas....How well did he know the Bxxx family?" "Anyone half awake knows about Bush's formerbusiness ties through Arbusto energy to Bin Laden and how it connects to BCCI and the HEROIN trade....." Take that with a pinch of salt. Conspiracy Nation (www.shout.net/~bigred/cn.html) has an item suggesting that by July 2001 the USA already had plans to invade Afghanistan. America had big economic problems. Without a war, America's leaders would become wildly unpopular.... Don't necessarily believe everything you read. For more links, see also Aang's op on the attack on America. AND YOU MUST LOOK AT - www.eionews.addr.com This beautifully set out site tells us- HOW TO STOP THE NIMDA WORM ! Go into tools menu, select internet options......) It also has some 'inside info' on the attack on America. And www.spectator.co.uk has an article by Stephen Schwartz which points the finger at....... .......Saudi Arabia. The argument goes like this - Serious Moslems are not suicide bombers! "Muslim theology...cautions soldiers 'in the way of Allah' to fight their en
                          emies face-to-face, without harming non-combatants, women or children.....The Islamofascist (Wahhabi) ideology of Osama bin Laden...is no more intrinsically linked to Islam...than Ulster terrorists...to Christianity." "Anti-terror experts and politicians in the West must now consider the Saudi connection." My only caution on the Spectator is that it is owned by the same people as The Jerusalem Post. 1.CIA DRUGS LINKS? DIANA - how did she die? Iran and the Lockerbie bomb? Coming financial crash in the USA? Bush and drugs? New World Order? BIG BROTHER? Manchester United? Horoscopes.... Where do you find the truth or look for a good conspiracy theory? ############################################# JOHN PILGER, award winning journalist, has a beautifully presented site at - wwwjohnpilger.com Here you can read about GAP CLOTHING, THE NEW RULERS OF THE WORLD, THE ARMS INDUSTRY and lots more. http://pilger.carlton/globalisation concentrates on GLOBALISATION. Warning: Pilger is on the LEFT politically and his targets are mainly on the RIGHT. ############################################# Try: www.janes.co.uk for a 'respectable and trusted' site on the subject of security and spies. It has an interesting 'security' item on possible Iranian involvement in the Lockerbie bomb. It names possible names over the attacks on America. ############################################# political scandals? Leaders as crooks and arms dealers? Bush linked to drugs? For a well set out and respectable looking site, using text from newspapers such as The Times: click on the top one of 'my favourite sites'(profile page) : www.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/scandals/political.html <br>For a scandalalous approach - http://wwwtarpley.net/bushb.htm#3- http://www.bk2k.com/bodycount/bodies.html ############################################# Another political scandal site, but with an American bias, is www.almartinraw.com/ Here you can read what an ex-secret intelligence officer alleges about STAR WARS, the Anti-Ballistic Missile system, or, about Jeb Bush, <br> or about, DoJ Cover-Up Specialist Bobby Mueller being named as FBI chief (Mueller investigated the Lockerbie bomb incident). YES, read about MUELLER ! ############################################# For more on Lockerbie go to Middle East Intelligence Bulletin at www.meib.org or www.thelockerbietrial.com and look for "Lockerbie: The Syrian Connection" by Ian Ferguson, and, "The Lockerbie Bombing trial: Is Libya Being Framed?" by Gary Gambill. ############################################# www.harpers.org is a highly respected publication and one of the few top US magazines which remains independent of 'The New World Order.' A recent article critcised Henry Kissinger in a way that Time or Newsweek never would. www.newdawnmagazine.com is worth bookmarking if you think our news media is too much controlled by the rich and powerful guys of the so-called 'New World Order'. For Washington stories of high-level corruption/ politicians links with the mafia and arms dealers etc., go to the excellent site at- http://washinton-weekly.com/ ############################################# For dramatic 'information' about 'heroin smuggling by the CIA on PanAm flight 103' and the 'CIA cover-up' go to http://www.rumormillnews.com/cole.htm www.rumormillnews.com is the best place to go for rumours/inside information on various scandals. Take some of it with a pinch of salt. ############################################# A
                          BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED and very detailed site about worldwide scandals and conspiracies is MARIO'S CYBERSPACE STATION at http://mprofaca.cro.net/mainmenu.html Mario will give you hours of reading on everything from East Timor to Scotland Yard. There are links to many learned journalists and authors. Look for the articles on CIA manipulation of the media. ############################################ www.freerepublic.com gives an unorthodox view of scandals and conspiracies. It has lots of useful pieces on CLINTON, Lockerbie and all the usual stories. It is well presented and serious minded. ############################################# Go to www.ctrl.org for more conspiracy theories and lots of links. www.copvcia.com for stuff on the CIA and drugs. ############################################# www.conspire.com has items on JF Kennedy, Bush, and much more. Alleged involvement by George Bush senior in the Kennedy assassination is considered at www.busprod.com/hellion/jfk/ARTICLE/bo_bush.htm ############################################# www.nuclearfiles.org is the place for info about nukes. ############################################# DIANA? www.conspire.com/curren54.html and www.conspire.com/curren33.html have theories on Diana, including the one that Dodi was the TARGET, that Diana was collateral damage, and that it was all about a crooked arms deal.... www.senderberl.com has some way-out stuff on DIANA, Clinton etc. Maybe not to be taken too seriously! ############################################# Spies? Try www.prorev.com ############################################# Alleged CIA manipulation of the media is dealt with at : members.nbci.com/yugo_archive/20000318mediaoverb.htm www.fair.org/ is a useful site which points out bias in the media. www.mcsp
                          otlight.org/ is a fun site for those interested in reading about "mad cow disease, poor wages and poor service" in the fast food industry! ############################################# 2. FOREIGN NEWS Want detailed news about OUAGADOUGOU ? You may not find it on the Six O-Clock News or in the Sunday Sport or even in the Guardian. So try one of my favourite sites- www.oneworld.org This site covers the world and is intelligent and outspoken! It covers emotive subjects from slavery to race hatred. An alternative is www.foreignwires.com which contains detailed news and some opinions. www.theage.com.au has world news from the likes of investigative journalist Duncan campbell. www.crisisweb.org has a clearly set out site with good maps on the subject of international crises. www.wsws.org gives a Socialist perspective on the news (or should I say Communist?). It is worth reading for its inside info. A recent article was on "growing evidence of Israel's plans to invade the West Bank and Gaza." An essential site for giving basic news, and finding links, is: www.bbc.uk/news/ Want to find out what's happening in Chile or Argentina? It's there on the BBC. The whole world and lots of links! www.cnn.com , www.CNBC.com , and www.msnbc.com also give you basic news, news without any strong opinions. What do I mean? CNN will report that "militias are causing trouble in East Timor" rather than "militias, trained and organised by the Indonesian army, are deliberately killing people in East Timor." CNN's coverage of the Middle East has apparently allowed both sides to have their say. But, be warned, there are allegations that the CIA secretly influences most of the US media. ############################################# 3. FIND A NEWSPAPER Want to read the Blairgowrie Advertiser or the Jordan
                          Times? Then you need www.thepaperboy.com. This exciting site can take you to just about any newspaper in the world. So why not find out about Blairgowrie? (at July 2001 the site seems to be temporarily out of order) ############################################# 4. TOP BRITISH NEWSPAPERS Try the Financial Times www.ft.com or The Sunday Times www.sunday-times.co.uk which are the very best newspapers for foreign news. The Sunday Times site is particularly well layed out and cannot be recommended too highly. The Sunday Telegraph www.telegraph.co.uk has recently gone a little down-market and its political views are a little right-wing. However, it does have good travel/book reviews/finance columns etc. Among its writers are John Simpson and Matt Frei. The Guardian www.newsunlimited.co.uk sometimes has writers like David Leigh, George Monbiot, and JOHN PILGER ( who may be one-sided, but who is good at finding the hidden agendas). The Guardian's coverage of the Middle East has been excellent. 5. TOP FOREIGN NEWSPAPERS The International Herald Tribune www.iht.com has news from the Washington Post and New York Times. Sometimes it is well informed. One of its best articles in recent years was on Marc Dutroux! (Belgian scandal) The Sydney Morning Herald www.smh.com.au is surprisingly good at providing foreign news ( and stories they're scared to print in the UK). I read it every day! In fact it must be one of the World's BEST newspapers. ############################################# 6. HUMAN RIGHTS Human Rights Watch www.hrw.org is a valuable source. Definitely worth a look. www.amnesty.org covers the whole world and is a well presented site ############################################# 7. UNCONVENTIONAL The Nation www.thenation.com gives an unconventional account of what's going on. Th
                          en there's www.drudgereport.com for a non-conformist view. ############################################# 8. ASIA, AFRICA South East Asia Newsport http://primaveradesign.com/seregion.html is typical of many sites that give detailed news of their region. It can save you the bother of looking up lots of different sites. (July 2001-This site seems to be temporarily out of order) www.arab.net gives you the exotic near East. www.africanews.org gives you more deatiled news on Africa. There are lots of magazines from different parts of the world which can be found on the internet. My favourite is www.tempo.co.id ############################################# 9. YAHOO NEWS yahoo.com is a site that can put you in touch with hundreds of excellent news sources. It is highly recommended. ############################################# 10. www.economist.com has a new site that will give access to its thoughtful articles; everything from the BIG MAC INDEX to books and technology. Hours of interesting reading!

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