How about a skeptical news feed? We start by subscribing to Reuters, Associated Press, and any other significant news feeds so we can be certain to catch all the data being generated. Then we filter out stories that don't offer any citations, make adequate claims of first hand knowledge, or which simply cite across to another news feed. Finally we index the facts being claimed to check for contradictions, developing an algorithm for dealing with common patterns. Finally we generate and syndicate a news feed based on the results.
It might make for a rather delayed feed of some rather dry news, but it is likely the sort of thing that could be marketable to those who want quality facts, like investors and educational institutions. Just a thought.
(BTW, this used to be very representative of the BBC and CBC)
I think demonizing these poor passengers is disgraceful. The minor radiation they carry should be ignored. They should receive any help we can give them.
BUT! There is a real and HUGE threat to everyone from this meltdown. The major thrust of news mis-information is saying things like "---% increase in radiation is not dangerous to human health." Please notice how World stock market reports often eclipse updates on the meltdowns. They seem to be saying, "Don't worry about radiation, just keep buying stocks as usual!"
My understanding of nuclear radiation is that when a single "ray" passes through a cell's nucleus during the process of cell division, and, rather than killing that cell, results in two new cells which do not function correctly AND which multiply more frequently than the original cell, a cancer has begun. The percentage of resulting cancers increases with the level of radiation, but one cell damaged during division is all it takes. Even normal background radiation causes cancer, as well as beneficial, but mostly non- beneficial mutations - Evolution.
Yes, the news is manipulated.
Send her to the Rachel Maddow Blog.
Rachel has been working harder than anyone in the MSM to dispel radiation hype, as well as presenting a great deal of science on this event. Hit the archives for earlier in the month.
They also archive show clips.