Thursday, 11 November 2010

In Case You Missed These ...

Here are two articles which are simply too good to leave till Saturday.

Firstly (via Belinda), are the MSM starting to realise that 'science' isn't all it's cracked up to be? Writing in the FT, John Kay puts his finger adroitly on the problem of vested interests debasing science by producing fantasy dressed up as fact.

The studies I have cited are carefully referenced and use advanced statistical techniques. But sophistication of method is used to torture data to reveal conclusions that do not obviously follow from them, but which fit either the researchers’ preconceptions or the sponsor’s policy objectives, or both.
Free registration is required, but it's well worth it to read Kay destroying the myth (which lackwit MPs believe without question) that modern day studies are anything more than a bastardisation of ethics in pursuit of a payday.

Also, if you have 30 minutes free this lunchtime - and if you haven't heard it already - check out Smoking Hot's recording of UK Border Agency staff employing bully-boy tactics towards a British citizen returning from a shopping trip in the EU.

Arrested for trying to exercise his freedom of movement, worried officials then refuse a request for a recorded interview after realising that he fully understands his rights and isn't willing to let himself be trampled on.


Bucko said...

Dick - You do transport, right? Do you do an artic that can carry 64 Euro pallets, double stacked, with a total wieght of 54 tonnes? Is there such a vehicle? Our suppliers have a weight limit of 27t

Dick Puddlecote said...

Bucko: No, I'm afraid we don't deal with vehicles that big. :(

Bucko said...

Bugger :-(

Dick Puddlecote said...

Hehe. I'll ask around tomorrow for you but can't make any promises unfortunately. :)