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Shoot-'em-ups are good for you, say researchers

As said, violence is sick whether real or virtual, very simple to understand. Would you consider virtual rape or virtual kiddie porn ok? I'm sure some sick souls would enjoy such genres of entertainment. The point is you enjoyed it. Otherwise you could have gone clay-pigeon shooting or played racing games. And the fact you enjoyed is down to cultural conditioning and, of course, desensitises you not only to violence but the notion of just force, as promoted by Blairites. Many FPS games are essentially...

Shoot-'em-ups are good for you, say researchers

Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who runs the Independent and who funds research in our universities? The other day we had a piece promoting (gun-toting) Angelina Jolie's charity work. Then we have John Rentoul's pathetic idolatry of a war criminal. Now a piece claiming that fantasising violence 4-6 hours a day is somehow good for you. I'm wise enough to know the arguments of first person shooter addicts off by heart (Me, I'd never hurt a fly, I find these games "cathartic", an adjective repeated ad infinitum in...

How Journalism Works, pt 102

Well, Blair's friends in big business have benefited from NewLabour's relaxations of advertising restrictions to persuade desperate debt-ridden Brits (given loans during New Labour's consumer spending boom) to part with their gold. Germans on the hand, not only subsidise the rest of Europe and pay reparations for the crimes of a past regime, but actually manage to save rather than squander their cash on 60" plasma TV screens.

Johann Hari: Catholics, it's you this Pope has abused

There we have it. This effing pervert protector. Go for him!! Let's lynchmob him and firebomb any police officers who dare protect this paedophile. Then let's storm all Catholic Churches during Sunday Mass and castrate all priests. Perverts, the lot of 'em. I read it in the Sun. We need a hit list of all registered priests so we, the enlightened masses, can enforce justice. Let's call it Night of the Long Knives... Let's re-ennact Grand Theft Auto, but with priests rather than prostitutes as targets. Wow. ...

Johann Hari: Catholics, it's you this Pope has abused

You are totally brainwashed. Most people had never heard of bipolar disorder twenty years ago. That's precisely what I mean by psychiatrisation, reclassifying psycho-social problems within a purely bio-genetic framework. Thankfully, some of us actually remembers the 1960s and 70s and I can assure while most people had to make do with much less materially, only a very small minority were dysfunctional. Now anyone who simple not supercool or feels just a little overwhelmed by our hypercompetitive social...

Johann Hari: Catholics, it's you this Pope has abused

First I'm not catholic or religious at all. I've merely observed social trends over 40+years of life. You confuse rhetoric with hard facts on the ground and propaganda with personal experience. The breakdown of modern family life and its replacement with hedonism accelerated under Thatcher and continued unabated under Blair, both allegedly religious. As a result millions of kids are neglected in dysfunctional households. It has taken a huge frenzy of media scaremongering to convince people that the...

Johann Hari: Catholics, it's you this Pope has abused

It's open season on the Catholic church. Let's embrace the New World Order of single mums, hedonism, psychiatrisation and atomisation. The Neoliberal establishment hates stable families and will resort to fearmongering to destroy all opponents of their agenda. As Mr Hari knows. Traditional catholicism advocates the total abstinence of priests and disapproves of all sexual activity outside a loving heterosexual relationship. So how could it suddenly condone such blatant abuses? Does Mr Hari seriously think...

That “Blair is a Liar” Nonsense

OK there are two possibilities. Either Blair is a fool, believing his own propaganda in the face of all evidence to the contrary from his friends in the oil and banking industry, or he is a LIAR. Either way he does a disservice to humanity. Superpowers do not spend upwards of 3 trillion dollars to spread freedom and democracy, that's totally delusional. We don't even have real democracy here, let alone in Iraq. They do so to maintain control of resources and prevent rivals from forging deals with former...

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