I appear to have moved my blog.
You can find it here: My new blog!
I’d appreciate it if you could all update your links!
Just a quick blog to let you know that I will soon be sending a number of letters off to the Welsh Health Boards.
I will let you figure out what they will be about from the title of this post.
Ciao for now!
As I am approaching my 20,000th tweet, I decided it would be a good idea to try and raise some money for Sense about Science!
The basics are, you bid. If you win, then I will tweet almost whatever you like – to promote it, advertise it or just have a funny tweet as my 20,000th.
Basically, tweet me your bid. When you bid, I will announce it on Twitter so that everyone else can see the latest bid too.
Obviously, there must be some ground rules:
1. Bid money must be paid through PayPal.
2. No, I will not promote any woo or bad science as my 20,000th tweet.
3. And, uhh… I think that’s it.
If I think of any more rules, I will add them here and let you all know. If you want to run anything past me, you can email me – thewelshboyo (-at-) gmail (-dot-) com
The bidding starts today and will run until 8pm on the 2nd of December.
So, let the bidding begin!
This week is the first anniversary of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely hostile to writers, while being unreasonably friendly towards powerful corporations and individuals who want to silence critics.
The English libel law is particularly dangerous for bloggers, who are generally not backed by publishers, and who can end up being sued in London regardless of where the blog was posted. The internet allows bloggers to reach a global audience, but it also allows the High Court in London to have a global reach.
You can read more about the peculiar and grossly unfair nature of English libel law at the website of the Libel Reform Campaign. You will see that the campaign is not calling for the removal of libel law, but for a libel law that is fair and which would allow writers a reasonable opportunity to express their opinion and then defend it.
The good news is that the British Government has made a commitment to draft a bill that will reform libel, but it is essential that bloggers and their readers send a strong signal to politicians so that they follow through on this promise. You can do this by joining me and over 50,000 others who have signed the libel reform petition at http://www.libelreform.org/sign
Remember, you can sign the petition whatever your nationality and wherever you live. Indeed, signatories from overseas remind British politicians that the English libel law is out of step with the rest of the free world.
If you have already signed the petition, then please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up. Moreover, if you have your own blog, you can join hundreds of other bloggers by posting this blog on your own site. There is a real chance that bloggers could help change the most censorious libel law in the democratic world.
We must speak out to defend free speech. Please sign the petition for libel reform at http://www.libelreform.org/sign
Just doing a sample blogpost from my new iPad!
It’s absolutely awesome!
That is all.
At home today, because I’m feeling sick and have a sore throat.
However, I have received a letter from Cardiff Trading Standards today about Miracle Mineral Solution. This, I guess, is the response to my council meeting public question where I asked to know what they were doing about it!
First off, it was due to my initial Trading Standards complaint that the FSA acted. Cardiff Trading Standards referred the matter to the FSA, who as we know, released a warning here.
Now, here’s for the very exciting news…
The FSA have advised me further that they have notified the European Commission so that the product may be withdrawn across the European Authority.
This is excellent! Also, some news that the FSA are advising local authorities
…of any websites in their area selling MMS so that enforcement action can be taken.
For those who wrote to Southwark Trading Standards and heard back from them that they were already dealing with it and already knew about MMS Health, now you know why!
…the address on the website does not appear to be accurate…
Devon Trading Standards have since referred it onto East Cheshire Trading Standards, as that’s the area where it is believed Pankhurst ‘resides’.
Also, Cardiffians, good news! It appears that there are no MMS sellers here in Cardiff. Hurray! Even so…
…we are in the process of checking premises…
They’re really taking it seriously, which is good. The more action taken on the sellers of MMS, the better. Thanks again to everyone who has helped! Now, lets wait for (even more of) the fall out…
P.S. You can listen to my interview on RI Podcast here. They also managed to get the man himself, Jim Humble for an interview here. Well worth a listen. Very enlightening. You can also read Marsh’s thoughts on Jim here.