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March 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Funny how something that suggests women’s breasts are for/on “SALE” is called out as an example of ethical consumerism. And Oxfam, like PETA, actually sets out to do good. To be sure, it isn’t even irony.

Oxfam, IDEO: Ethics FAIL.

Calling B.S. on AP

March 11, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve done this before here, and so have so many others, but Gary takes the cake today:

Ever since the AP lied when they ran a story during the final primaries that Hillary Clinton had dropped out of the race, those of us immune to the kool-aid have known that they are a thinly disguised propaganda ….For example:

Jennifer Figge […..] became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean…The 56-year-old left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa’s western coast on Jan. 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet and strong winds. David Higdon, a friend of Figge who kept in touch with her via satellite phone, said she had planned to swim to the Bahamas, a distance of 2,100 miles, but inclement weather forced her to veer 1,000 miles off course to Trinidad, where she arrived on Thursday…

The Cape Verde Islands are actually about 2,500 miles from Trinidad. That they wouldn’t even verify the distance should have been a red flag to begin with. But anyone who has gotten past 4th grade math would be able to figure out that this is just complete bullshit.

If she left on Jan 12, and arrived on Feb 7th, which is when this story was published, that means that she swam about 96 miles a day for 26 days straight. Supposing she swam a grueling 10 hours a day, that means that she was swimming at a rate of…..almost 10 miles per hour! That’s incredible considering this:

“… The highest speed reached by a swimmer is 5.05 mph by David Holmes Edgar (US). Mark Spitz (US) in setting the 100 meter record of 51.22 secs. in 1972, required an average of 4.367 mph.”

As is the norm these days, along with six-inch heels for ordinary women, and idiots becoming US Presidents, this is shitty, non-fact-checked, biased journalism. Shame on AP, “the only national-level news service in America“. Apparently AP declares itself to be a non-profit. But for blatantly shilling for a political party and for one candidate over another, they’ve set themselves up for a cancellation of their non-partisan non-profit status, haven’t they?

Oh, and Gary’s also done some amazing fact-checking and story-line-spying before, especially on the Confluence all of last year. Go read…