Nolte: NBC News Investigated Itself and Found No Culture of Harassment at NBC News Scott Gries/Getty Images by John Nolte 9 May 2018 0
9 May, 2018 9 May, 2018 NBC News has conducted an internal investigation of itself and found that NBC News is as pure as Caesar’s wife, reports Deadline . According to Deadline:
Investigators did at least find credible the four allegations already much-written about in the press: that Lauer engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. But investigators also found credible that NBC News and Today show leadership did not know about his behavior. They had heard rumors but thought Lauer was confining his extra-marital activity to outside the workplace.
As we should all be, Deadline is skeptical of this “internal investigation.”
“If you guessed the internal probe would say ‘it does not believe that there is a current widespread or systemic pattern of behavior that violates Company policy or a current culture of harassment in the News Division,’ you are correct.”
Numerous NBC staffers, both on and off the record, have said that “ everyone knew ” about Matt Lauer’s “sexual harassment lair.”
NBC’s decision to investigate itself also flies in the face of what Fox News did after allegations of harassment hit the network’s highest-profile figures, including Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes. On more than one occasion, Fox hired outside law firms to investigate its workplace practices.
NBC refused to do this.
Obviously, as a left-wing propaganda outlet in good standing and importance to the anti-Trump Resistance, NBC will get away with this.
NBC’s ideological colleagues throughout the establishment media — CNN, New York Times, Washington Post , etc., will allow NBC to turn the page on this scandal, using the fig leaf of this whitewash.
By any standard of decency, NBC is an embarrassment that employs proven liars Joy Reid and Brian Williams, homophobe Alec Baldwin, rape denier Andrea Mitchell, victim-shamer Mika Brzezinski, and accused sexual harassers Chris Matthews and Mike Tirico.
But because NBC News is seen as ideologically pure, issues like honesty, decency, and integrity are seen as meaningless.
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Cocaine breathalyser ‘one step closer’ – BBC News
Cocaine breathalyser ‘one step closer’ 9 May 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US say they have developed a low-cost chip that can detect cocaine in minutes.
The team hopes it will lead to the development of a portable cocaine breathalyser that can tell if a person has used the drug.
At present, it says the chip can only analyse substances extracted from blood, breath, urine or saliva samples using a purification process.
One road safety group called the research “exciting”.
The new chip is significant because it costs only a few pence to produce.
“These findings have the potential to improve the speed and accuracy of roadside drug testing,” said Joshua Harris from UK road safety charity Brake.
“Shockingly, drug-driving was a factor in 81 fatal road crashes in 2016 and it is clearly an ever-increasing danger on our roads.
“We are calling upon the government to prioritise the type-approval of roadside screening devices that can detect all banned drugs and step up roads policing levels to deter offending.” ‘Layer cake’
Many chemical compounds can be detected using an existing technique called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (Sers).
“The chips used for Sers are typically fabricated using expensive methods,” said researcher Nan Zhang from the University at Buffalo, New York.
“We created our chip by depositing various thin layers of materials on a glass substrate, which is cost-effective and suitable for industrial-scale production.”
The university has described the chip as a “layer cake” , in which an insulating material is sandwiched between a silver mirror and a layer of material made from gold and silver nanoparticles.
When a substance such as cocaine is put on the chip’s surface, light is “scattered” and forms recognisable patterns that act as fingerprints, revealing what is present.
The researchers said the chip had a long shelf life and found that it worked well after 12 months in storage.
The next stage of the research is to create a portable testing device to detect cocaine.
The researchers hope the chip will also be able to detect marijuana. Related Topics
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Red tide: Electric blue waves wash California shore – BBC News
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A dazzling neon blue tide in San Diego, California, has filled its beaches with electric aqua colours.
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Bioluminescent light shows are not uncommon globally, but the last red tide in San Diego was in 2013 – and it’s no less beautiful each time they grace the oceans.
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