BBC Fact-checking?

What the hell BBC?

There was a BBC Special on the Science of Optics.

Wow, there was a golden age of Islamic science? Really? Haven’t we read this article before?

YES WE HAVE. IT APPEARED A YEAR AGO ON WIKIPEDIA RIGHT HERE.

I wrote the following to the BBC “Accuracy review” page:

A little fact checking would go a long way. The quotes here are taken directly from the Wikipedia article called CAMERA OBSCURA. The current revision is the most fact-checked, the previous revision (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Camera_obscura&oldid=195223185) has bits and pieces of your article in it. The BBC is republishing “facts” that Wikimedia debunked last year.

The current version isn’t really a shining example of wikimedia, but it’s better than the crap the BBC reposted. I suspect the current revision will be “corrected” after the BBC version.

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Little Big Planet Delayed – Offends Jawas

Little Big Planet has been delayed because it offends Muslims. I wish I was making this stuff up, but you can read about it here.

According to a now-removed thread on the PlayStation Europe messageboards, the licensed LBP soundtrack song ‘Tapha Niang’ by Muslim artist Toumani Diabate’s Symmetrical Orchestra uses voice excerpts from the Qur’an in its musical composition.

We Muslims consider the mixing of music and words from our Holy Quran deeply offending.

Yes, which is why a Muslim artist, Toumani Diabate, wrote the piece in the first place.