Thursday, January 27, 2011

Clarkson 'weighs in' on Sky Sport sexism

Er... Jeremy this was not an issue of what Gray and Keys thought but how they behaved and what they said - in a workplace. Sexism in the workplace is illegal, along with racism, homophobia, ageism...but is still an issue and it will remain an issue unless determined action is taken. The rights of people should be protected and workplaces should not ignore the law and allow any kind of disrespectful, disciminatory culture to persist. Efforts are needed from all employers and employees to ensure that people are treated fairly and with respect.

Last night controversial Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson also weighed into the [Sky Sports sexism] row - and said he would have been sacked '100 times' if the same rules were applied to him.
Talking backstage at the National Television Awards, he said: 'We've arrived at a stage where you actually can be busted by heresy by thought, which is a terrifying place to live.
'While we try very hard on Top Gear not to be sexist... if a man wants to think that... that's fine. You should be allowed to think what you think.'

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Richard Keys resigns from Sky Sports over sexist 'bully boy' behaviour Mail Online

Horizon: Science Under Attack

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Great program, very revealing. Climate sceptics/deniers - or at least some of them - put faith and ideology before experiment, evidence and reason. Science is imperfect but faith and ideology tells us not to question and not to test things out to discover what's really going on.

Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded - from the theory that man-made climate change is warming our planet, to the safety of GM food, or that HIV causes AIDS.
He interviews scientists and campaigners from both sides of the climate change debate, and travels to New York to meet Tony, who has HIV but doesn't believe that that the virus is responsible for AIDS.
This is a passionate defence of the importance of scientific evidence and the power of experiment, and a look at what scientists themselves need to do to earn trust in controversial areas of science in the 21st century.

BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Horizon, 2010-2011, Science Under Attack

Bristol Local Exchange Trading Scheme - About Bristol LETS

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Now online...L.E.T.S. stands for Local Exchange Trading System. It is a way a community can trade skills, services or goods without needing or using real money. It's a bit like a barter system, but you don't have to do a direct swap - that's why you use a local currency. In this new scheme, we are using a currency called "ideals".

Bristol Local Exchange Trading Scheme - About Bristol LETS

BBC - Justice - A Citizen's Guide on BBC TV

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Well worth a watch. Saw a very interesting discussion, part of this justice season on the BBC, called Juctice: Fairness and the Big Society the other day, see

BBC - Justice - A Citizen's Guide on BBC TV