With some blog readers cruelly suggesting the Orange Rag is dumbing down (actually, as our original aim was to be a cross between Private Eye and Heat magazines, its arguable that we've been dumbing-up) we thought we'd go all hog an introduce a new Dumb-down Friday feature. We start with an exclusive preview on a new social-networking spin-off from FaceBook for people who don't like anyone…



Next, we cruelly take advantage of all those stereotypical characterisations of IT people by running a story about UFOs – although this is actually a true story. Earlier this month the UK Ministry of Defence (HQ Air Command) issued this statement…

“The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of
extra-terrestrial life. However, in over fifty years, no UFO report
has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom. The
MoD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such
sightings.  There is no Defence benefit in such investigation and it
would be an inappropriate use of defence resources. Furthermore,
responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MoD resources from tasks
that are relevant to Defence.


“Accordingly, and in order to make
best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December
2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address
will be withdrawn. MoD will no longer respond to reported UFO
sightings or investigate them. The ongoing programme to release
Departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.”


We know – you'd have thought MoD officials would have seen enough movies by now to know that precisely what the aliens want us to think. Here, incidentally, is clearly undoctored (yeah, right) photo of UFOs flying over central London recently.



Finally, our friends in the US say that e-discovery has become so exciting that there is talk of an Avatar-like movie being made. Here is one of the storyboard pitches currently being reviewed by producers in Hollywood (although it may be Burbank).



We'll be back with serious news on Monday.