When it comes to the truth about radiation and health effects, there are no experts who are honest - not in government, not in science, not anywhere. Yet, people would rather listen to liars than challenge their assumptions about the sources of the so-called truth and disregard the purveyors of actual truth on this topic: the non-creditialed self-taught. - Andrew Kishner, May 18, 2013
The Buzz About The S-Word by Andrew Kishner www.idealist.ws August 28, 2008 The buzz in Idaho this week is all about Andrea Shipley's use of the S-Word.
On August 11, Andrea, who is director of Idaho's nuclear watchdog group, the Snake River Alliance, called an Idaho nuke developer 'scammers' on a television broadcast. The developer, Alternate Energy Holdings (AEHI), wants to build a 1,600 mega-watt nuclear power plant in Idaho, however the project's critics are troubled by a growing list of problems with the company. On the broadcast, Shipley was discussing AEHI's financial condition, which the company's auditor characterized earlier this month in quite possibly the bleakest of terms: its "significant operating losses raise substantial doubt about [AEHI's] ability to continue as a going concern." Shipley remarked on the news broadcast: "These guys are scammers. Regardless of how you feel about nuclear energy, these guys are scamming Idahoans." On August 22, it was learned that AEHI filed a defamation suit in an Idaho district court alleging that Shipley's comment was aimed at defaming the company's officials and harming its stock. This week, while Shipley's nonprofit is not commenting to the press while they are seeking legal representation, the blogosphere and the comments sections of recent news articles on the matter are exploding with mudslinging and heated debate. Whether it's the S-Word or any other word, one thing, however, is clear: Shipley knew what she was saying and doing. She holds an English degree from the University of Montana and an Associate Degree in Journalism from Northwest Community College. So one can't argue that Shipley didn't know what 'scammers' meant or even the consequences of saying it on a television broadcast. The question is whether or not the District Court Judge will think that AEHI is getting carried away with a public remark by Shipley that probably - at that time - only raised some eyebrows and did negligible damage to the company's reputation. If so, then the judge's decision about the case will be summed up in another word that will be substantive news that you won't need an English degree to understand: 'Dismissed'.
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