I’ve taken the original piece offline whilst I overhaul it. It’s been a massive bit of work over the course of the last year trying to keep on top of all the fine and very moving writing of the respective blog authors. Given the MoJ statement on the final outcome of the consultation today, and its consequences for the future of our justice system, it seemed fitting that Save UK Justice: The Blogs turn up its collar against the cold, hat against the rain and retire from the public eye for a time. I hope to have it back online in the very near future
A blog about a different type of technology this time. One that’s had a very profound impact on me: the electronic cigarette
I stopped smoking and began vaping on Saturday 6th April 2013, when a good quality electronic cigarette (‘ecig’ or ‘ecigarette’) I had ordered arrived in the post. I haven’t looked back. I am much fitter, healthier and feel considerably better all round compared to when I was smoking. It was relatively easy to do I’d say. Yes, it required a desire and conviction, but nothing like the level I thought it might. It has also saved me a significant amount of money and I am no longer a creature of ritualised habit – a cigarette at the bus stop, outside the shop, immediately after a meal (and before) or when in any kind of stressful situation or when needing to concentrate
After smoking fairly heavily for over 20 years, I am now something I thought I would never be: a non-smoker. Statistically speaking at least, my likely lifespan increased significantly on the 6th April this year
There are approximately 1.3 million vapers in the UK (compared to 9 million tobacco smokers) and this number has been growing exponentially. The vaping sphere is a bit of an unknown to outsiders and comments such as “It’s still smoking though isn’t it, you’re still blowing smoke out” are understandably common (and wrong). Here’s my take:
- there is no tar in ecigarettes, which clogs up your lungs and kills you
- e-cigarettes do not contain the thousands of toxic chemicals present when inhaling tobacco smoke, which will kill you
- nicotine (usually present in ecigarettes) is a stimulant, much the same as coffee or tea and has comparable effects
- you can vary the nicotine strength of your ecigarette to suit or you can leave it out entirely
- you can reduce the strength over time to wean yourself off nicotine altogether (which is what I am doing)
- you are not blowing out smoke – it’s vaporised liquid, a steam/vapour
- it doesn’t smell unpleasant, in fact quite the opposite
- there is no known secondary inhalation risk from vaping as there is in passive tobacco smoking
- my worst case scenario is that I will be vaping for the rest of my life as opposed to dying from smoking tobacco
What is vaping?
Vaping is a physical alternative to smoking that provides you with comparable effects to smoking tobacco but with vastly reduced risks to your own health and the health of those around you. The vapour you inhale is the product of combusting liquid commonly referred to as ‘juice’ or ‘e-liquid’ within an ecigarette device. The inhaled vapour contains the following, in varying degrees:
- nicotine solution in varying strengths
- diluents: this makes up the bulk of the juice – propylene glycol (PG) and/or vegetable glycerin (VG). The higher the concentration of PG the stronger the throat hit, the more VG the more vapour produced
- distilled water may occasionally be present too
You would usually buy e-liquid already made up but you can easily make your own by buying the constituent parts and mixing it up yourself if you want to save money and/or enjoy experimenting. It’s worth stressing however, that nicotine is poisonous and should be treated with care, especially in its highly concentrated – before diluting it – form
Why is it so effective at stopping people smoking?
My view is that common nicotine replacement products such as gum and patches do not address the behavioural aspects of addiction to smoking. Note I said addiction “to smoking” there and not “to nicotine”. The act of vaping is physically similar to smoking, even to producing smoke-like vapour. Vapers are still free to follow the same routines as smokers as and when they choose eg going outside for a vape along with smoker friends who are going for a cigarette. In this sense it provides an effective substitute for both the behavioural and social act of smoking whilst also addressing the underlying physiological nicotine addiction
My personal experience was that when I first began vaping I continued to follow the same routines eg vaping on a morning with a cup of tea before I did anything, vaping after meals and so on. As the days and weeks went by what I found was that I just got out of the habit of following these routines. They became irrelevant, even to the extent that now if I forget to take my e-cigarette with me when I go out it’s just no big deal
I also very much enjoy vaping in a way I never experienced when smoking tobacco! It’s totally different to smoking and very pleasant, especially when you have a nice set up and are vaping a particularly nice juice
Are there health risks?
There isn’t much research available on the health risks of vaping given it is a relatively new phenomena. However, contrary to what various regulators and the big pharma and tobacco industry lobbyists would have you believe there is some, and what there is is both robust and particularly striking. If you are interested, watch the whole of the video at the end of this post, especially from this point here (YouTube video opens in a separate browser window). The video is an abridged announcement of the results (published June 25th this year) of the ECLAT Electronic Cigarette Study (“Efficiency and Safety of an Electronic Cigarette as a Tobacco Subsitute”) headed by Dr. Riccardo Pelosa from the University of Catania in Italy. Dr. Michael Siegel from the Boston University School of Public Health also discusses the implications of the study from the perspective of public health
I’m a smoker and want to give it a go, where should I start?
Good on you. The first thing I would say is don’t spend tons of money at the outset; there are countless options and things to choose from – work out what you like and what suits you gradually – experiment. Start with a kit, something that gives you everything you need from the get go. Spending anywhere between £20 to £40 will get you a very good ecigarette kit, including USB charger, a bottle of juice and other peripherals. For reference, the first 10ml included in the kit I bought lasted me just over 10 days. Assuming a cost of £4 per 10ml, that equates to a cost to vaping of 40 pence a day, or £2.80 a full week. Compare that with what you spend on cigarettes if you are a smoker
Where should I buy from?
It’s up to you, but after experiencing both good and bad online sellers, you could follow my personal recommendation of starting your journey with ecigwizard. They’re very reputable, deliver exceptionally quickly, have good priced products and an excellent customer service team. They are by far my favourite vape shop at the moment. I’d suggest you register first as this attracts special discounts and makes shopping with them much easier. They also run a decent loyalty programme which means you earn points as you spend (and also for registering) that can be set off against your first or future purchases
If this blog got you thinking or, even better, got you to give it a go then when registering put my email address in the ‘referred by’ box – copy and paste: firstname.lastname@example.org – then I will get a few points to go towards my next bottle of juice too! You can do this even if you want to buy something but don’t want to register. Thanks, that’s very thoughtful of you!
Psst! Special tip: when I registered I received an email a short time after giving me 20% off my first purchase with them so, after registering just wait a short while before actually buying anything (check your junk mail). You can’t sniff at 20% off, especially if you decide to spend a decent amount
In terms of kit to buy, here are the best contenders in my book
The Bundle, which is exceptionally good value at £19.99. I paid about £48.38 (!) elsewhere on a similar kit when I started. You can also scroll down for video tutorials on how to set up and use the device:
The Premium version of this bundle is also decent at £39.99. It includes two of the devices so you can either have a spare for yourself or two of you can both kick the habit together
You could also have a look at the Olympian Imist, which again gives you two devices. It’s a more powerful battery so will last you longer in-between charges but is also way more expensive at £51.59 (and you need to buy juice on top). Personally, I think this is one to avoid and if I was going to spend this kind of money I would buy a mod and all the things I’d need to go with it (see below). So, I think one of the two I’ve already mentioned would be a better way to go. I myself also prefer the cartomisers the bundles above use too (the bit that takes the liquid), as I think they would be easier to maintain than those in the Imist. I’ve never tried the Imist type though so, if you do decide to go for this one make sure you watch the video at the bottom of the page so you know how to put it together and maintain it
If you wanted to jump straight in at the deep end (you risk drowning!) then have a look at the mods like the Lavatube variable voltage, or the Zmax (even better) or the Tesla. If you have money to spend, you could always buy a Provari, the highest and most consistently rated ecigarette device there is, coming in at around £175! Bear in mind though, assuming you don’t already have them and were starting out at the top so to speak, you would also need to buy appropriate batteries, a charger and a cartomiser or tank or whatever you wanted to screw on the top to hold your juice + eliquid to go with your mod
Good luck! I may do some follow up blogs at some point and talk in more detail about the various paraphernalia in a bit more detail, especially the mods and repairable atomisers, the vape shops (good and bad) and so on. OK, I appreciate the vast majority of my readers work in the legal profession but, it might be an interesting diversion from what we normally talk about!
I would like to dedicate this post to my beautiful five-year-old daughter, Ruby. On the 17th March this year as we were walking home together Ruby said to me that she didn’t really like me smoking and thought I should stop as it might make me “poorly” one day. I ordered my first ecigarette online the next day. Love you angel x
Press Conference: Announcement of ECLAT Study Results, June 25th 2013
Those who follow this blog will know that I have been ‘stalking’ BAILII for about a year now, ever since creating the @BAILII Twitter account and then taking over and automating the Support BAILII Facebook Page. More recently, you will also know about me doing a little unofficial collaboration with them in respect of getting RSS feeds from searches conducted on the BAILII site. The purpose being to offer a way of not only being able to access BAILII content through existing RSS feeds differentiated by court type, but also by term eg a feed of cases involving “defamation” or “environmental information regulations”, for example. In fact, an RSS feed of cases specific to absolutely any search term you care to search for
I am now pleased to announce that after an ongoing testing phase that was exclusive to readers of this blog and a few other Twitter compadres, and since I wrote the last blog post, the feature has now been formalised and incorporated into the main BAILII website on its home page. From now on any search you undertake on BAILII will offer you the opportunity to generate an RSS feed directly from that search. Feeds can then be included in your feed reader of choice, or used in whatever other way you see fit eg to update your blog or website
Personally, I think this is an excellent addition by the great BAILII – and great work by Roger Bell_West, their Systems Administrator/Developer – who I liaised with. It can only be of benefit to those who use BAILII already and is another small step towards making the law accessible and useable in a modern practical sense (think RSS feeds on smart-phones, for example – there’s an app for that)
BAILII has asked me to pass on its thanks to those of you who gave feedback so, I think that deserves a special shout out – with my own personal thanks added – to Lucy Series, Judith Townend, Jonathan Baines, Nick Holmes, Paul Skowron and Colin Yeo for their valuable input. Apologies if I missed anyone who also contacted me with feedback
And for the record, despite setting up and running the unofficial BAILII branded social media accounts I don’t work for BAILII and nor have I ever been paid by BAILII. It’s simply that BAILII’s work and my own interests coincide from time to time and something especially useful came of this particular link up
Thanks again to those that helped out and I hope you find the new BAILII feature useful. Well done BAILII
I wrote about embedding objects into WP.com posts the other day whilst embedding an interactive jigsaw as an example. The same principle can be used for games and other interactive objects. This time round I’ve incorporated a Grooveshark playlist. I don’t presume to set the soundtrack to the Save UK Justice campaign but, even though this is a thrown together playlist for the purposes of this blog, there might be the odd track that might make your list!
If you think there’s a glaring omission let me know in the comments and I’ll add it in!
And, for the ‘non-legal’ people reading this please do me a big favour and sign this petition. It’s important! If you want to know why then have a read through some of the excellent (and amusing in some cases) blogs about what the government is up to
1. Open a Grooveshark account and create a playlist. Alternatively, you can just embed a single song by making a little tweak – see below
2. When you’ve finished with your playlist (ordering it and what-have-you), click on the Share button and select the Embed option
3. This gives you the embed code you need – copy and paste it into a text editor
4. You need this bit of the code, the bit between these two parameters: ”flashvars” value=“YOU NEED THIS BIT” /><span>. Delete all the rest of the code, both before and after it
5. Copy and paste the code below into a text editor and then paste in what you were left with in step 4, where indicated:
6. Then paste the whole thing into your post and you should be good to go
You can adjust the size of the player by playing around with the size height/width variables in the code. Also, if all you want in your blog post is a song, not a playlist, then follow the instructions above to get your embed code from Grooveshark, dig out the piece of code you need in just the same as if it were a playlist but then, when at Step 5 above, in the final code where it says widget.swf change this to songWidget.swf. This should also work for embedding a music player into a widget in your blog sidebar – I might give it a go later tonight
Thanks to Panos, who worked all this out!
Don’t forget to sign the petition!
Well, there’s the save UK justice ‘blogs’ so, we may as well have… the jigsaw!
Have a go, it’s interactive, just use your mouse
Anyway, they’re wrong, it can be done. You just need to transform the embed code that you would pick up from elsewhere – by re-forming the ‘embed this into your website’ code – into an appropriate shortcode. I did a bit of digging and found this excellent workthrough. Basically, it’s just about pulling the bits you don’t need out of the embed code and reforming the bit of code you’re left with into a shortcode that works in WP
I’ll use the jigsaw I did above as an example
First off, find what you want to embed. I used http://jigsawsite.com/ (credit to Panos who wrote the blog I’ve linked to above) and selected the option to make a jigsaw from a URL – providing it with the URL to the image I used in the earlier Save UK Justice post I did
Once you’re happy with how many pieces you want in your jigsaw, select the code from the “Embed puzzle directly on your blog or website” and stick it in a text editor. I just used TextEdit on my Mac, but anything you can edit text in will do
This is what you get (using my example – the jigsaw at the top of this post):
However, all we want from this is this bit beginning with “FlashVars” and including the ‘.swf’ link – highlighted:
So, just get rid of absolutely everything else so all you have left is that bit of code. Then, paste it where indicated in this little downloadable PDF – you’ll have to pull it out of the PDF and paste it into your text editor to play with it. I had to do this as I can’t paste source code directly into a post on WP! That’ll have to be another post I guess…
Once done, paste what you’re left with onto a line of its own in your blog draft, but make sure you are viewing/writing your draft in “Text”, not “Visual” when you paste it – look to the top right of your drafting area and you’ll see the two little tabs (or top right if you’re writing in Distraction Free mode). You can switch between them mid-draft so don’t worry, just click the “Text” tab, paste the code, and click back to “Visual” if you like
And that’s it. Voila!
You can use this same method in your sidebars too, not just in posts. When I get a minute I’ll insert a flash chess game into my sidebar so when you get bored reading my blogs you can have a quick game of chess against the computer instead
One final thing!
Please sign the petition to save UK justice. As I write this blog, it stands at over 83,000 signatures but needs 100,000 to be considered for a debate in Parliament. We need to see what they do when they’re put in this position and have to make a decision on whether to hold a debate. My personal feeling is that the government will try to avoid it at all costs. However, let’s put it on the line regardless and see just how interested in ‘transparency’ and ‘justice’ this government really is. Let’s see if they’ll allow the wider public to be able to put all the pieces together for themselves
Video footage of speeches at the demonstration outside Parliament on 22 May 2013 for the Save UK Justice campaign. Full credit goes to Glenn McMahon who shot the videos and kindly made them available to me. You can see more of Glenn’s videos here and learn more about Glenn’s work on his blog, The Meddler
Clive Stafford-Smith warns of move towards US style legal system. The founder of Reprieve says a good defence lawyer will become the preserve of the rich:
Black defendants will lost trusted high street solicitors from legal aid reforms, warns QC. Courtenay Griffiths QC warns that small & trusted high street solicitor firms that represent ethnic minorities will be first to disappear after changes to legal aid:
Government Ministers to keep legal aid while cutting it for the poor. Helena Kennedy asks how much legal aid was spent on representing Tony Blair at the Hutton inquiry:
Legal aid proposals led to the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four. Breda Power, daughter of Billy who spent 16-years in prison for the Birmingham bombings, speaks out for the first time in 20-years. It was not being able to choose their solicitor that led to poor defence & being wrongly imprisoned:
Alfie Meadows needed specialist legal team just as he needed a specialist neuro-surgeon. Susan Matthews, mother of Alfie who was nearly killed by a police baton strike before being charged with violent disorder says just like he needed a specialist surgeon to save his life he needed a specialist legal team to keep him from prison:
Former Tory MP lambasts Tory legal aid reforms. Jerry Hayes says Grayling’s proposals to reform legal aid will put ‘poisoned dagger’ through law and should be ‘strangled at birth’:
Alistair Webster QC: It’s a disgrace! It has to be stopped now!
Tom Wainright, who successfully defended student Zak King against charges of violent disorder, explains how the proposed legal aid reforms will affect cases such as his:
Are you interested in any of the following?
- Getting a working RSS feed for any search term(s) on BAILII, including when using Advanced Search?
- Utilising this feed in your current RSS feed reader?
- Incorporating it into your blog eg a feed of a certain type of case, such as those involving “defamation”?
- Linking the feed to a Twitter account so that it tweets these particular cases as they appear on BAILII?
- Receiving an email every time a new case appears on BAILII which corresponds with your particular search term(s)?
- Providing feedback so that BAILII can improve the services if provides?
If the answer to any of these is “yes”, then please read on
I wrote last week about efforts to produce an RSS feed from search terms on BAILII. There were a couple of potential issues identified, however. One being the potential to put too much server load on BAILII, but also further headaches in terms of having to use a third party to create and maintain a functioning RSS feed before you even get to using a feed reader. Oh, and it also appears to be something BAILII considers a prohibited use, but let’s just move on quickly, shall we
Since posting that piece I’ve been in contact with BAILII. As it turns out, BAILII had been looking at potential developments itself and had already ruled out at least one of my suggestions, for understandable reasons
To cut a long story short, after some great work by BAILII’s Systems Administrator/Developer, Roger Bell_West, we are now in a position to let you know about a new experimental method of pulling valid RSS feeds from BAILII search terms
I say experimental because whilst the method itself is valid and works well, it may not be able to be maintained by BAILII for a number of reasons, the most important one being server load
As such, I have agreed with BAILII that in flagging up the method I would stress that this is not currently an officially supported service and so may be pulled at any time without notice
That said, I’m optimistic (but that could be just me)
How to get your RSS feed
Visit BAILII and perform whatever search it is you are interested in. There are a number of search options available, including the Advanced Search facility. It might be a search for a particular type of legal issue (eg “libel”), proceedings (eg “judicial review”) – whatever you like
Once done, your search results will be displayed and in your browser’s address bar you will see the URL specific to that search. You’re going to need to amend this URL, which you can do either directly in the address bar or by copying and pasting it to a text editor or similar and doing it there
Here’s an example:
Let’s say I’m interested in cases involving aircraft noise. Typing “aircraft noise” into the search field gives me the following URL in my browser address bar:
Bear in mind that you can change the way the search results display by sorting results by title, jurisdiction, relevance (default) or date (either oldest or newest first)
Back to the URL – look for this section within the URL string:
and replace the number “1″ with “RSS” (it’s not case sensitive). Then hit enter to navigate your browser to the amended URL
Using Safari (5.1.9) with its inbuilt feed reader this is what we get – your search, now transformed into an RSS feed (most recent case first):
Safari switches automatically to the feed in the browser window, which is handy, but other browsers will be different. If you’re not on Safari you’ll need to add your amended URL to your feed reader and create the RSS there
I tried it in Google Chrome for Mac, using a free RSS toolbar widget from the Chrome App Store, and it converted it into a full RSS with no problems. The final RSS also parses correctly in Twitterfeed too. I’m going to try some tests on more exotic searches this week and see what comes out
Where does this leave us?
BAILII has indicated to me that it is prepared to listen to what people have to say about this. Assuming it’s something they can handle their end – server load, covering development/maintenance time etc – then if people find it useful it just might become a standard feature of the site and be incorporated into the home page. I stress the might, no promises
Personally, I think it’s a great idea and could be incredibly useful for people and it’s something that’s worth pursuing
We need feedback!
I’ve agreed with BAILII that I’ll collate any feedback we can pull together on the new search RSS and pass it on to them – it doesn’t matter if it’s technical feedback or just whether you think it’s useful and something you would like to see BAILII formalise (or not) – any feedback is valuable!
So, I’d be very grateful if you could let me know what you think or, how it panned out if you tried it. I’ve embedded a feedback form below for you to reply to me if you can help out. I’d be especially interested in feedback from people using Windows/other browsers. Also, BAILII will be monitoring its server load so if anyone is using it it would be good to get an idea so BAILII can evaluate impact
I’ve been looking at location services in Twitter – the ability to include your location as part of a tweet so that people can click on it and see where you actually are on a map
First off, check out the picture below so you can see what I mean – when I tweeted this, I was apparently at Buckingham Palace, Westminster. If you follow this link to the tweet and click on the bit highlighted below it will bring it up on a map
Now, do the same thing and have a look at the location of these tweets, all sent within a few mins of each other:
The long and the short of it: location services on Twitter can be easily spoofed. You can pretend to be somewhere you aren’t
I used a site called Please Don’t Stalk Me. Before you use it you need to turn on location services in your Twitter account (it’s in Settings). Find where you want to be in PDSM and enter your text in the pop-up box. Hit ‘tweet’ and you’re done. Just make sure your text is less than 140 characters or it won’t work at all
Why do it? Well, because you can. You never know, it might even come in useful one day
Once you’ve finished don’t forget to go back into your Twitter settings and turn location services off. If you’ve any sense of privacy at all, always keep location services turned off – you would be amazed what information can be acquired about your personal life when it’s left on. You might also want to revoke access to the app too if you’re extra cautious – you can always re-authorise it if you want to use it again
I’ve been having an interesting discussion on Twitter with @TheSmallPlaces and @JTownend over the last week or so about being able to get an RSS feed of a particular case type pulled from the BAILII case databases eg cases on ‘defamation’
My original view was that it wasn’t possible as the information contained within the RSS feeds which BAILII provides is not necessarily specific to the actual case type. However, Judith (@JTownend) came up with a brilliant solution – use the search function on BAILII to search for the particular case type and then form an RSS feed from this using an online RSS feed creator (note: there are tons of online RSS tools and sites and plenty that don’t serve adverts so, Google about until you find something that suits). It’s so simple I could kick myself!
Lucy (@TheSmallPlaces) then wrote up a blog post about it, which is worth reading to get some more of the background on how to set it up – I won’t be going into that here so do check out Lucy’s blog if you want to set it up for yourself
Since the exchange a couple of other things have come to mind. One of which is to get an email notification whenever a new case pops up that meets your defined criteria. There are obvious benefits to this, mainly being that you wouldn’t have to keep checking the RSS you have created or going back to BAILII to search the databases periodically
I did some searching around and I found what appears to be a very simple solution: IFTTT, also known as If This Then That
Here’s how to do it:
- Create an account at IFTTT
- Click ‘Create (a new recipe)
- Click ‘This’
- Choose trigger channel (feed/RSS)
- Then ‘New feed item’
- Enter the RSS feed you already have from above
- Hit ‘Create trigger’
- Click ‘That’
- Choose action channel (click the email icon)
- Choose an action (send me an email)
It’s all very self-explanatory and the IFTTT interface is beautifully simple and easy to work through. What will happen then is that IFTTT will check your RSS feed every 15 minutes (I don’t think you can change this) and if there are any new items it will send you an email (to whatever email address you registered with), case name in the subject line, link to the case in the email body. Genius!
I set one up yesterday for the main BAILII RSS feed and it has kicked in this morning. So far it seems to be working fine – I’ve received an email notification for all three cases that have come onto the main feed
I still think a bit of testing is necessary – I want to see if it’s reliable with very occasionally updated RSS, as well as pretty active RSS. There is also the broader issue of server load on BAILII that needs to be explored a bit more in respect of forming RSS from search operators but, for now at least, this looks a nice and simple ‘convenience add-on’ to Judith’s work
If anyone has any thoughts, views or ideas on any part of this please feel free to reply below. I’ll update when I’ve had time to play with it a bit more. Oh, and now I’ve found it, I’ve begun some new little IFTTT projects that should prove interesting too!
I came across an interesting Twitter-storm this morning. One that has been going on for the last couple of days and is still ongoing at the time of writing. It appears that a well known Daily Mail and Express journalist made a couple of statements on Twitter on 6th May regarding her ability to obtain the personal contact information of other Twitter users
Those tweets are here:
And a few tweets later:
Clearly, it is of interest when an established journalist and broadcaster claims publicly, so soon after the telephone hacking scandal and Leveson, to have “contacts” who are prepared to trace and provide personal identifying information (which they believe to be held privately by Twitter) on other Twitter users, including telephone numbers and presumably names and addresses. Further, it seems clear from the tweets above, that this has occurred and the information has been both provided and then utilised by the journalist in question
Is the journalist exaggerating? Did she really use “contacts” to trace other Twitter users so that she might ‘have at them’?
I am sure we have all over-egged the pudding on occasion but, if this was the case here shouldn’t the journalist have just admitted it? Would it really have been a big deal?
It seems from the journalist’s tweets, prior and subsequent to those pictured above, that she had taken issue with the people she has obtained the personal information on, describing them as “trolls”. She also goes on to provide in a separate tweet the full name of at least one person and adding, in most likely unintentional Yoda-speak: “Not a spine to her. Scared of me. Hiding after that last call“
I have to be clear, I do not know whether the journalist is making it all up or has actually obtained personal information on other tweeps, whether legitimately or otherwise. However, her public claim that she has obtained what is privately-held information and the rather aggressive tone in some of her tweets does I think merit some further consideration
One tweep said the journalist must have obtained the information from Twitter itself, however this seems highly dubious given that Twitter will not release any such information unless you have jumped through a considerable number of legal loopholes and nor has the journalist herself confirmed that this is how she came across the information
My other interest in all of this is the way that other Twitter users are involving themselves. Most importantly, the role of a core group acting in support of the journalist by muddying the discussion; continuing – now into its third day – making ad hom attacks on the blogger who first contacted the journalist and seeking to head off any proper exploration of the central issue (the journalist’s tweets) by any casual Twitter users that happen to come across the exchanges
As far as I am aware, there has still been no satisfactory explanation from the journalist as to why she made the comments in the first place. Not that she need explain on Twitter, of course. But it might have prevented the level of fallout
This is all happening right now. If you are interested then I would encourage you to read the original blog post by Thomas Pride and then work your way through his Twitter timeline, beginning with his tweet in which he initially raises the question with the journalist. You will quickly identify the core actors. What is noticeable as you read through the conversations is the way in which the blogger is accused of “spin and distraction” of “being sneaky“, and far far worse. All entirely unsubstantiated of course, but thrown in nevertheless. There are also some very good examples of concern trolling going on that are worth noting for future reference
Just having had a look now at the grief he is still getting, it appears that blogger Tom has certainly struck a nerve. What isn’t clear, is precisely whose nerve he has struck…