The drains have backed up again

What's going down in the 'hood?

The latest entries into the pit of despair

Half dutch
16 August

This cropped up as a most read lead on BBC News online. What at first appeared to be a compelling national statement on social media abstinence, however, turns out to be a very much more mundane tale of a minor celebrity stepping away from InstaTweet. What a let down! (thumbdown)

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attention whore; BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; celeb; grumpy; snowflake; teh soschull notwerk
Careless talc costs lives
12 August

Johnson & Johnson is to stop making and selling its legendary baby talc due to health concerns—raised in US civil litigation, natch! People who want a scapegoat's money to compensate for their disease, claim that the company's talc is contaminated with asbestos. Hence cancer.*

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health; in the news; the rumour mill
Bottompox
12 August

The US government has declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency. The disease causes painful blisters which, in gay men at least, occur around the mouth, anus, and penis. Sounds like a portal of entry lesion. *cough*

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health; pandering
Breaking news: a little more transparency?
12 August

Another breaking news story on the BBC, this time concerning an attack on the author Sir Salman Rushdie, in New York. This time, however, the footnote advises not only that this is a breaking story to be updated, but also that refreshing the page will bring the most recent version. With neither clarification as to what's been updated or corrected, nor any edit timestamp as to when it occurred. Naturally. (rolleyes)

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; in the news
Hun the wiser
12 August

Many of us associate Attila the Hun—rightly or wrongly, I'm no historian—among the pantheon of genocidal conquerors, alongside Ivan the Terrible; Vlad the Impaler; Genghis the Khan; and President the Pooh. But, as Kenny Rogers once opined, there's someone for everyone; and your views on genocidal conquerors may just depend on what side of the genocidally conquering/conquered divide you stand.

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history; random thoughts & brain farts

The latest updates to past woes

My outstanding H-index
17 August

Now she's replied to my query from two weeks' ago and, as I expected, all is as I expected. The flow of drinking tokens isn't in my favour.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Breaking news: a little more transparency?
13 August

It's all over now. At least, I think it is. The breaking news advisory has gone. I don't know what changed in the interim, or when. Nevermind, such are the ways of the world's most trusted international news broadcaster™.

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?; in the news
Of obesity and weight management
12 August

Sharon is more tenacious, or oblivious, than I'd given her credit for. But, at this point, I'm going to call it quits.

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
The new office...portal
12 August

Light the torches! Grab the pitchforks! The peasants are revolting!

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corporate cobblers; security
'Boiz will be 'boiz
9 August

Nine months on, and things have settled down. The pissing contest's over, and everyone's moved on.

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entertainment

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