Posts Tagged ‘reuters’

How the “Walk For Life” Anti-Abortion People Used Reuters to Exaggerate the Number of Participants

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Here’s your search:

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And here’s the kicker, in super small type:

* Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.

Oh, so it’s a press release.


What the Walk for Life people are really touchy about are crowd estimates. At the beginning, they’d have realistic crowd estimates, then a few years later, they started exaggerating. I don’t know if they’re still doing that. Maybe I’ll check next year.

Anyway, this kind of press release on Reuters is one way to promote yourself and your movement via the M$M.

What Do You See Here? MUNI Sees $8, But I See Four Pissed-Off Nuns – Next Stop, San Bernardino

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting:

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Oh look, San Bernardino* has a City Family too!

Special Report: How a vicious circle of self-interest sank a California city

*Population 200k, which is about four times less than SF’s. But otherwise very similar, City Family-wise.

No More Embarrassment for Thomson Reuters – Genepax Water Car is Dead

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Remember the Genepax Water Car from way back in 2008, when gasoline and diesel prices were just a skosh higher than these days? This video from Thomson Reuters is still up, so enjoy.  The claim:

“Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water.”

As stated before, the car in the vid wasn’t running on “nothing but water.” Anywho, the whole idea is officially kaput right now, so there’ll be no more embarrassment for Thomson Reuters. Read below for details.

“We provide the right information at the right time.” Maybe so, TR, but not in this case.

And, the inevitable “things didn’t work out after all” letter from Genepax:

Thank you for visiting our website.

We at GENEPAX have strived to develop new technologies to enable environment friendly energy systems, to mitigate environmental risks such as those posed by global warming. The systems that we have proposed have received warm words of support from many people. However, we have yet to overcome the many obstacles we face in the current world, to bring our systems to market. Moreover, the costs of development have become very large. As our resources are very limited, we need to retrench and reassess our resources and our development plans at this time, and we are accordingly closing our website.

We express our deep gratitude for the supportive messages we have received. We hope that you will continue to be supportive of efforts to develop cleaner and more environment friendly energies, and we will continue to strive to develop systems to preserve our environment.

February 10th, 2009
Yasuyuki Takahashi
Representative Director




代表取締役 高橋 廉幸


Oh well…

How Dasani, Fiji and Evian WON’T replace Exxon, BP and Shell

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Or, How the Examiner Embarrasses Itself With Japanese Water Car Story.

Now, over at the Denver Green Living Examiner, writer “Linnae Selinga-Puyear” has this bit called “How Dasani, Fuji and Evian will replace Exxon, BP and Shell.” (Of course she probably means Fiji Water and not Fuji, but let’s not dwell on that as it’s probably equally stupid to get your drinking water either from the slopes of Mount Fuji or from the South Pacific.)

As stated before, you can use water to make a car go down the road, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s powered by water. If the Genepax company in Osaka, Japan were claiming something along the lines of cold fusion, then there’d be a chance, an incredibly small chance, but still a chance they might actually have something.

Is this a real Japanese Water Car?


It must be tough to come up with “something green” on a regular basis for today’s demanding readers. Even if you’re sort of joking around, you’ve got to try harder to show you don’t believe in fairy tales. Especially automotive-related fairy tales in the age of $5 per gallon gasoline.

Don’t you think?  

Thomson Reuters Embarrasses Itself with Japanese Water Car Story.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Reuters has a short video report from a few weeks back about Japanese company claiming to be working on a car that “runs on water.” Check it: “Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan.

Now, here’s the beef, this quote from reporter(?) Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri: “…Genepax may well have the solution they’ve been looking for.” No. Genepax does not have the solution they’ve been looking for. Simple as that. You’d think there might be a retraction from Reuters by now, and yes, a few days ago they ran a kind of follow-up: “Professor doubts water car claims” 

The problem with the title of the follow-up report is that the professor doesn’t just doubt the claims, he thinks it’s impossible for the Japanese company’s claims to be true. Now if Reuters had put these two stories together and maybe paid an editor to be a little more careful with the final product, then the news service wouldn’t have anything to be embarrassed about.  


As an alternative, Reuters could do a story on my Japanese water car. I won’t let them see what’s inside the magic engine box – they’ll just have to trust me.    

See you  in the funny pages (or the MSM)!