Will this madness never end?

What's going down in the 'hood?

The latest entries into the pit of despair

Blair which?
9 December

Following in Elliot Page's pioneering footsteps, actress Selma Blair has crossed over. Or so the BBC 100 Women droid would have us believe.

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; celeb
The sweet smell of farts
8 December

Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis got together for a good old mutual reach-around, hosted by Variety. For her part, Lawrence explained that she doesn't enjoy press interviews, saying: I’m always very self-conscious of my intellect because I didn’t finish school. I dropped out of middle school. But she'd already demonstrated that, earlier in the conversation.

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attention whore; celeb; entertainment
Peruvian poverty
8 December

The BBC homepage has a link to a story on the ousting of Peru's president, Pedro Castillo. Except the link (right) refers to Peru president, although the article's headline does correct the error (top).

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; language; random thoughts & brain farts
Not reading the room
7 December

In the wake of China's about-face cancellation of its zero-WuFlu policy, to the relief of many of its denizens, some have actually expressed concern over the sudden changes.

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Chongvirus/WuFlu; pandemic; politics; quoted for WTF?
Beat the meat
6 December

After all the hype and excitement of vegan foods rising to the challenge of tasting like meat, the public's enthusiasm for fake meat is waning in the UK and US. This appears to be at least in part due to consumers' cost-consciousness in the face of soaring food prices, coupled with Beyond Meat's failure to get the taxpayer or meat buyers to subsidise their business model.

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food & diet; health

The latest updates to past woes

Blair which?
9 December

And it appears that this was an issue of editorial, rather than sexual, orientation.

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; celeb
Word of mouth
6 December

Offering me greets from Oral Health & Dental Science, Regina K heralds Scivision Journals' entry into the mouth health arena. I'm no expert, in either oral health or the English language, so I may be way off-base here, but while she refers to this field of Dental Health, I think it's only a subset of the wider field of oral health. I haven't the foggiest idea about dental science.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Psycho
6 December

And that year-'round fire sale continues, this time from Sarah J Beasley in the name of Medicine and Clinical Science. The one thing that occurs to me is that all of these journals, and their respective managing editors, have only one and the same reply address. Whoever it is must be working their tits off just fielding all the replies. I really shouldn't add to their burden, so I'll do just that.

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bonkers; predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Superior stats
1 December

Chinese officials are relaxing WuFlu restrictions in light of a new situation, according to vice-premier Sun Chunlan. But it has absolutely nothing to do with saving face while backing down in response to riots. Oh no.

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; Chongvirus/WuFlu; if schadenfreude didn't exist, it would have to be created; pandemic
Enriching women's health redux
30 November

Replying once again to my message of 14.09, Laura returns to my junk mail folder.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email

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