How treacherous history is! Half-truths, ignorance, deceptions, false trails, errors and lies, and buried somewhere in between all of that, the truth, in which it’s easy to lose faith, of which it is frequently easy to say, it’s a chimera, there’s no such thing, everything is relative, one man’s absolute belief is another man’s fairy tale, but about which we insist, we insist most emphatically, that it is too important an idea to give up to the relativity merchants.
They say truth is the first casualty of war. And a variety of interests, from Viacom and CBS to Bush family loyalists and right-wing zealots, hope the same fate awaits the provocative new film, Truth.
Consider seeing The Truth 60 Minutes CBS News Dan Rather American Bush Mary Mapes ... at the antipodean Palace Cinemas if you can as all the underground movement tends to monopolise the bar after the movies. What seemed like a solid piece — though rushed to air to be timely — turned out not so good when commenters on the Internet began questioning the authenticity of some key points. It started a firestorm. The whole thing became a black eye in CBS’ view and Mapes, and finally Rather, were basically thrown under the bus. It began Rather’s downfall at the network. Vanderbilt has meticulously laid it all out, without turning anyone into heroes or villains. What I found most interesting was this all happened just as the Internet was gaining power and turning journalism as we knew it on its face. Five or 10 years earlier, the outcome might have been quite different. (I am not so sure that Kerry Packer would be as keen to finance such a challenging film / his son James just did - the world is full of surprises) No one knows the truth, but it is interesting how even the search of truth gets sidetracked by those who are pushing the trolley of truth ...
Our story was about whether the president fulfilled his service. Nobody wants to talk about that. They want to talk about fonts and forgeries, and they hope to God the truth gets lost in the scrum.
Think: All The President’s Men and The Insider when you think of Truth, based on the book Truth and Duty, by Mary Mapes, who is played in the movie by Cate Blanchett.
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The coffee-machine bacteriome - From a new paper in Nature, Scientific Reports:
Microbial communities are ubiquitous in both natural and artificial environments. However, microbial diversity is usually reduced under strong selection pressures, such as those present in habitats rich in recalcitrant or toxic compounds displaying antimicrobial properties. Caffeine is a natural alkaloid present in coffee, tea and soft drinks with well-known antibacterial properties
*In related news from a few years ago, scientists in the US have genetically modified an E.coli strain so that it is ‘addicted’ to caffeine ...
Unclear accountability has resulted in exactly what opponents of outsourcing feared, argues a new think tank report based on interviews with agencies' policy experts and external community services providers. It also found commissioning is misapplied. Outsourcing creates 'alibis' for bad service
This month we published our fourth Financial Secrecy Index (FSI), complete with a series of reports about each of the biggest tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, looking into the political and economic histories of how and why they went offshore, who was involved, and where the bodies are buried. How the U.S.A. became a secrecy jurisdiction
New York Times, Tighter Lid on Records Threatens to Weaken Government Watchdogs: