GM-Reality, coming soon

GM Watch's scary starving African icon promises much...

… but don’t hold your breath. The SpinWatch sister site GM Watch has taken down its scary starving African icon that used to lead to the blind page, ‘GM Reality’, whose only content was ‘coming soon’. The page is still up, but seems to have no content.  .. that is a shame because it is the second movement to the first, ‘GM Myths’.

Given that GM Watch was founded in 1998, and worked for some years before that as the Norfolk Genetic Information Network, you might think that they would have found some evidence of ‘GM Reality’ that backs up their argument by now.

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SpinProfiles crashed

SpinProfiles, its new site powerbase and the associated NeoCon Europe have all been off air since Thursday. Could this be teething troubles? The Neo Con Europe pages were being transferred into the powerbase site.
Or has SpinWatch got into trouble with one of the many people it slanders?

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Absence of evidence of harm is not evidence of absence of harm … but it is not evidence of harm, either

Tying herself in knots Claire Robinson objects to the statement that there is no evidence of harm from GM foods. False she says, because ‘Absence of evidence of harm is not evidence of absence of harm’  … which is true, but it is also true that absence of evidence of harm is not evidence of harm, either.

Absence of evidence of flying saucers is not evidence of absence of flying saucers, but nor is it evidence of flying saucers, come to that.

Struggling to come up with a single instance of verifiable harm to people from the decades of GM food consumption, Robinson cites the Tryptophan poisoning in Japan. This was a case where a drug company poisoned scores of people with Tryptophan that was genetically engineered. But as has been well-established since, the Tryptophan’s being poisonous was not linked to genetic engineering, but other processes in its fermentation.

Surprising, really, that someone who has dedicated so much of her life to demonstrating the dangers of GM food still cannot find one single instance of harm.

GM Watch's scary starving African icon promises much...

... but delivers little

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GM Watch deny links to Andy Rowell

GM Watch and SpinProfiles editor Claire Robinson, while smearing the scientist Jonathan Jones claims ‘journalist Andy Rowell is not and has never been a “GM Watcher” ‘. In fact Rowell is the Director of Public Interest Investigations, the company that owns SpinWatch and SpinProfiles. ‘The GM Watch portal’ is hosted on the same website. In the account ‘ten years of GM Watch’ its founder Jonathan Matthews says that in 2000 ‘we teamed up with the investigative journalist Andy Rowell’.

In the acknowledgements to his preseciently-titled book Don’t Worry it’s Safe to Eat Andy Rowell says ‘some people have offered assistance and help beyond what might be deemed reasonably acceptable’, namely Jonathan Matthews of GM Watch (then called Norfolk Genetic Information Network) who ‘provided invaluable advice and information’ (most of which turned out to be wrong, but that’s another story).

In what sense could one say that Andy Rowell ‘is not and never has been a GM Watcher’?

Andy Rowell speaking to activists at the offices in South Brent, where the company that owns Spinwatch is registered

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GM food: citing evidence that is not there

Claire Robinson attacks the prestigious bio-scientist Jonathan Jones

‘Jonathan Jones is wilfully ignoring the large and growing body of scientific evidence indicating risks and harm from GM food’.

As a citation for this claim, Robinson gives a page on another part of the SpinWatch website, GM Watch, here

But this page, far from showing ‘the large and growing body of scientific research showing the risks of GM food’ as an extensive account of why there is no evidence of risks of GM food, under the heading ‘Are GM foods safe to eat?’.

Insisting that the lack of evidence that GM foods are unsafe to eat is evidence that their threat to safety has only been hidden, the passage goes on to ask about instances of dietary disorder in the US: ‘Is there a link with GM food? No one knows’.

‘Is there a link with the visiting aliens that built the pyramids? No one knows’

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More Jew-watching at SpinWatch

Strathclyde University Professor David Miller’s SpinWatch site shows a keen interest in people’s racial origins – when those origins are Jewish

after an East End Jewish childhood

born as Jan Ludvik Hoch into a an orthodox Jewish family

pretending to be a French Catholic, while in fact being Egyptian Jewish

Kagan came from a family of Jewish woollen manufacturers in Kaunas

Dershowitz (born 1 September 1938) is an Jewish-American lawyer

Aaron Weisburd is a Jewish American

Born into a Jewish family in New York City

British historian of Iraqi Jewish background

a leading Jewish figure in Britain

a prominent Mexican-Jewish journalist

born into a liberal Jewish family

born in 1987 as Jacob Liebstein into an Orthodox Jewish family in the village of Molchad

a German-born Jewish American political philosopher

disciple of the German-Jewish philosopher Leo Strauss

born into a Jewish family

the third son of poor Romanian Jewish parents who had emigrated to the United Kingdom

Richard Krygier, a Polish-Jewish refugee

he isn’t Jewish

son of ‘Boy’ Hart, the Jewish founder of Henry Ansbacher, the bankers. He was regarded as an outsider who would like to be an insider

an Israeli-American media-mogul

Drawing mightily upon the memory of her own Jewish family

raised in a Conservative Jewish home

the first Jewish candidate for the office of either President or Vice-President of the United States

Born in Boston, Massachusetts into a Russian Jewish family

A Jewish intellectual

born on 26 May 1921 in Breslau, Germany (modern Wrocław, Poland) to a Jewish family

Both his parents were were Russian Jewish immigrants

Walter Lippmann, the son of second-generation German-Jewish parents

Charles B. Wyzanski, Jr. (Exeter, Harvard), is a Jewish member of the upper class. Judge Wyzanski is married to another member of the Jewish aristocracy, Gisela Warburg

Attended the 2004 Yom Haatzmaut as a ‘dignitary’ along with ‘a veritable Who’s Who of British Jewry.

the son of a salesman and Jewish mother

His father was a synagogue attendant and his grandfather was a rabbi

Both his parents are Jewish immigrants

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SpinWatch, or JewWatch?

One of many lists of prominent Jews SpinWatch keeps under the tag of 'the Israel lobby'

Strathclyde University Professor David Miller struggles to deny that ‘SpinWatch harbours anti-Semitic views’, pleading that the long posting by the notorious Jew-baiter Kevin McDonald was put up by accident, and that the ‘volunteer’ who did it is no longer a contributor (but surely the ‘volunteer’ is the same contributor who wrote most of the pages about prominent Jews on the SpinWatch site, and still a prolific poster?).

What Miller cannot explain is why it is that SpinProfiles (now renamed ‘Powerbase’) has such a preoccupation with Jews. The answer is that the quest for secret conspiracies by malevolent forces is written into SpinWatch’s whole way of working.

The approach of listing sinister agents of influence and asserting their hidden connections; the ambition to cleanse the public realm of lying and corruption; the belief that one’s fellow citizens are in the grip of powerful mind control; the puritanical belief that filthy lucre is corrupting the state  – these are all the paranoid fixations of conspiracy theorists.

And the original conspiracy theory, as everyone knows, is the theory that the Elders of Zion are pulling the strings to lead us into war and destruction.

David Miller’s anti-business viewpoint might be tempered by Karl Marx’s central insight that ‘Capital is a social, not a personal power’ – except that that is one of Marx’s teachings that Miller has jettisoned. Instead Miller favour’s the approach of writing down the names and addresses of all those who are making more money than him, burning with militant anti-capitalism.

Very funny, but not a good model for a public interest project

Miller’s model is the 1980s anarchist fantasy Written in Flames: a pamphlet that lists all the names and addresses of business leaders, with the not-too-subtle meaning that we should firebomb them, in revenge for the left’s many defeats. B.S. Johnson’s novel Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry has the same theme of the loser’s dream of violent revenge. But Miller is too much of a coward to take direct action, preferring the poison-pen method of listing the particulars of those people he imagines are the secret cabal that runs the world, with the dream of ‘exposing’ them.

Led by the paranoid-delusional Miller, SpinWatch is a loaded gun, already being waved in the direction of the ‘greedy bloodsuckers’ that feature in the anti-Semitic propaganda of the 1920s. But once the conflict in the Middle East is thrown into the mix, the gun goes off.

Other leftists, like the Socialist Workers Party, are cautious about blaming the Jewish lobby for US policy in the Middle East, but SpinWatch knows no such restraints. It draws up lists of prominent and influential Jews here , here and here.

At SpinWatch they think that it is Jews who have subverted American foreign policy, pushing it towards war.  If that seems surprising, read SpinWatch’s page on ‘Neoconservatives’. According to the SpinWatchers, the neoconservative movement is primarily responsible for the American’s belligerent policy in the Middle East, and, as they argue, Neoconservatism ‘remains largely Jewish in its composition’ (which just is not true – unless Ronald Reagan is Jewish). The Neoconservatives’ motives are explained wholly in terms of their Jewishness: they ‘were propelled by resentments against WASP elites—the men who had ignored the Holocaust, they felt, and “frozen out” Jews from the establishment.’

Gerry Healy, of the Workers Revolutionary Party

Under the guise of ‘anti-Zionism’ all of the listing of prominent and influential Jews seems to make sense. Other leftists would be cautious about drawing up lists of Jews, remembering the shameful record of the Workers Revolutionary Party that collected the names of prominent British Jews for Colonel Gadaffi.

This is the group-think at SpinWatch: if someone calls you anti-Semitic, then you must be doing the right thing, or as Miller writes: ‘this is the sort of unsavoury claim that groups linked to the Centre for Social Cohesion frequently resort to’. A search of the site for the phrase ‘anti-Semitism’  shows that it is almost always used in the context of countering “alleged” charges of anti-Semitism, or of defenders of Israel ‘playing the anti-Semitic card’. Miller writes ‘our websites oppose anti-semitism just as we do other forms of racism such as Islamophobia’ – which is a bit like saying ‘we are against anti-semitism, but moving quickly on, we are a lot happier talking about other forms of racism, such as Islamophobia’.

As far as SpinWatch is concerned, there is no anti-Semitism: there is only playing the anti-Semitic card. And there are Jews of influence, dragging the good people of Scotland, England and America into their infernal wars.

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