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  1. It's a Dogs life...

    Presumably the owners found dog food in their garden that they hadn't put out themselves mixed in with those black berries and assumed that they were something like deadly nightshade. It probably isn't (it seems to flower in August and the berries don't last) but it could be something else that dogs don't like (such as, ironically, dogwood) and the person who left them may well thought that they were poisonous anyway.
  2. drug test fiddling!

    I don't know if they were 'dodgy' - that Wiki article says they weren't using the latest techniques for DNA in the early '00s which isn't quite the same thing - things get missed rather than the wrong results being produced. The trouble with any Home Office oversight is that you need a Government lab to check other people's results - and abolishing FSS got rid of that. Private Eye has been warning about the potential problems with forensic testing for years and there have already been other problems with particular forms of testing. Given that juries seem to look for forensic evidence more nowadays (this is known as the "CSI Effect"), not having a 'gold standard' for testing and private labs producing false results makes it a lot easier for clever defence lawyers to get acquittals.
  3. But apart from the automatic disappearance, that system already exists - you just click on the 'Report post' symbol in the top right of each comment and submit the complaint. You don't even have to give a reason, but presumably it carries more weight the better argued it is. Making censoring automatic just invites people to game it, but the mods will presumably react if they get a number of reportings - or if they get a flurry of bogus ones.
  4. What's going on at nobles

    And here it is: So rather than having one person replace four as Derek seems to believe, there are three HEO roles replacing two more lowly-paid EO ones. In fact the use of the word 'disestablishment' suggests to me that these posts weren't actually filled by anyone at the time and so not costing anything. More seriously, the real question is what these new Business Managers are actually supposed to be doing and why there are three of them needed. Exactly what 'business cases' does a health and social care department need - they've already taken over the Hospital Shop. Are Derek and his colleagues going to be Douglas's best paid shop assistants?
  5. MHK suggests media should be gagged

    That was undoubtedly the intention behind it - though it's hardly very flattering to Quayle is it? "Chief Minister, you're such an idiot that maybe we should get an adult to check what you say before the media can report it". And even Quayle knew that it was nonsense as no media organisation would ever agree to such conditions (unless you were a big name entertainment celebrity).

    Thanks - I spotted that when I was looking up the medicines one and forgot to return to it. Worth listing in all its glory: Personal assistant ??? I assume the £35 is a standard maximum amount that gets claimed irrespective of what was actually eaten.
  7. Public Sector Pension Liability

    Since they merged the Civil Service Commission into the Public Services Commission, a lot of the useful information is no longer available, including that on the age distribution[1]. But they do provide average ages for various 'pay groups': Education 44 Fire and Police 40 MPTC/NJC Health/Social Care 46 Other 48 PSC Civil Service and Analogous 47 PSC Manual and Craft Workers 48 These mostly look quite high with average only 10-15 years before retirement. [1] It's replaced by lots of guff about how wonderful the HR Department is. Though obviously not at providing information - but then concealing information may be part of what they are supposed to do.
  8. I should like to point out that I've never signed up for Facebook in my life (under any name). And while Twitter has its uses, even with 280 characters it's very limited at discussing anything in depth - hence those very jerky (1/n) threads where people try to make a case that would be better done as an article or even a blog. Anonymity is essential for some people and it is often these who can make the most valuable contribution to a topic that concerns them. So I think that Manx Forums is very useful. And if you think that trolls are put off other forms of social media by the 'lack' of it, you obviously haven't been paying attention.
  9. drug test fiddling!

    It's not just Randox that is affected though, because those under suspicion had previously worked at Trimega as well. And it's not just criminal cases either - "child protection and family court cases" seem to have been involved at the latter. However the investigation was first announced in May and started earlier, so hopefully the AG's Office would have been contacted if the labs under suspicion had been used in one of their prosecutions by now - though that assumes the AG's Office would be competent and honest enough to admit a problem and know what to do about it. The whole thing was an accident waiting to happen of course, ever since the UK Government got rid of the Forensic Science Service and left forensic testing to the free market, competition was bound to result in cheapness over accuracy.
  10. But surely the problem with voting down a comment is that all Mr Troll has to do is set up another ten accounts and use them to vote down anything and everything he doesn't like. If multiple identities is a problem, then that is more likely to encourage than discourage them. And reddit, whatever its virtues, is hardly known for well-mannered discussion. I'm not sure that there is a magic bullet solution for the sort of problem that Manx Forums has. Using real names doesn't seem to make some people behave better (look at Facebook) and encourages the sort of personal attack that the minority that use their real names already tend to receive. In the New Rules thread, some people mentioned how they had been reluctant to join for fear of identification under the current rules and some form of compulsory (if token) payment would presumably add to worries about traceability. And there's the point that John Wright has often made about how light-touch and reactive regulation is a legal necessity. The more heavily you moderate, the more liable the moderators and owners become for any content that remains. If you only intervene when an offending comment is brought to your attention, they are only responsible if they fail to act them. In the end all most of us can do is try not to behave like dicks. Don't accuse poster A of also being poster B (or real life person C) even if you think they are. Something is still idiotic no matter how few or many people say it - address what they say instead.
  11. WOW expensive flu jabs !!

    The FoI response gives the BNF Name as "Imuvac_Vac 0.5ml Pfs", which just looks like the standard vaccine, though it gives 5 items not 7. It's actually described as "the top 25 most expensive drugs over the last 12 months and how many of each have been issued" (which wasn't what was asked). I wonder if the 'item' here is batches or '000s or whatever.
  12. That seems unlikely as neither actually benefit from it - unless the venues are in cahoots with the touts in return for a backhander. But in that case why shouldn't they just charge more for the tickets if they are in such demand?
  13. Incapacity benefits - Tynwald debate tomorrow

    I seem to remember that the previous process ended up costing a lot more in terms of the contract that was given out to get people off the sick, than was actually saved in terms of benefits. The same thing seems to have been true of similar initiatives in the UK as well, but it's always more difficult to make saving somewhere like the Island because of the fixed overheads in such work. And as in the UK, the process seems to have been not very accurate with a lot of distress caused to those genuinely unable to work.
  14. According to the Guardian: All with the assistance of Appleby. Nothing seems to have been technically illegal, though it may have got fairly near the edge. The trouble is that no one likes ticket touts - especially when they are using complex technology to get ahead of the queue , but governments rarely seem to care much about making more than token efforts to stop it.
  15. What's going on at nobles

    There was an interesting reply to a question from Edge in the September Tynwald Written Answers. She had asked: In each of the last five years: (a) how many retired police officers were in receipt of a pension; (b) how many police officers were in post; (c) how many retired police officers had returned to carry out police duties; and (d) how many retired police officers had returned to carry out civilian roles? It turns out that there are currently 271 pensioners (up from 227 four years ago). The number of serving police officers however has fallen from 225 to 207. Eight retired officers are currently carrying 'civilian'[1] roles (none four years ago), though that doesn't include those now working for other government departments. [1] Although it's said that none of these are 'police'roles, the fact that it's also claimed that: These officers provide an important and cost effective contribution to, in particular, investigating financial crime. In this time of virtual full employment this is considered a sensible utilisation of a valuable, talented, and experienced local resource which reduces the need for off-Island recruitment, suggests that they may well be used in roles that were done by police officers in the past.