|30th September |
Australian nutter MP is caught with 200,000 hits on porn websites
2nd September 2010. From samesame.com.au
Australia's nutter MP, Fred Nile, is red-faced after Parliament's IT audit suggests he checked porn sites – clicking them up to 200,000 times.
The Daily Telegraph has the scoop, but Nile today claims his staff were using his log-in to conduct
research purposes. Particularly researching the Sex Party according to his staff.
The Christian Democrat adds that a huge 200,000 hit-count on the suspect' NSFW sites is surely impossible.
Nile is holding on, though another
NSW politician's career is over after he was similarly discovered having accessed porn at work. Ports Minister Paul McLeay resigned following his net history revelation.
In a teary media conference, McLeay said he had apologised to the Premier.
The audit, by the Department of Parliamentary Services, is understood to have found more than 60,000 suspect hits on McLeay's log-on. I am quite embarrassed to be standing here before you. This behaviour is not the standard expected of Government
ministers, he said.
A firewall was installed in July for Legislative Assembly MPs so they could not view pornography, but Legislative Council President Amanda Fazio elected not to install a firewall for the Upper House. Before news of McLeay's
resignation broke, Ms Fazio yesterday said she was refusing to implement a similar ban in the Upper House saying she was against internet censorship . She said MPs should be able to research pornography.
Nile's comeuppance follows a long
line of attacks against LGBT communities from from the early 80s right up to this week. Wading unhelpfully into the NSW debate on same-sex couples adopting children, he bizarrely claimed at a rally on Tuesday that some women would abort their children
rather than risk them being raised by gay couples.
The Bible-thumper's hatred towards homosexuality is well-documented through his long political career. He used to frequently state that being gay was an "immoral and unnatural
lifestyle choice" and described Mardi Gras as a "public parade of immorality and blasphemy." He has labels his Green Party rivals as "anti-family."
Crap filter definitions make for false accusations
4th September. From news.com.au
An audit of politicians' internet use that claimed the scalp of a state minister ranked the newspaper site
news.com.au as the most visited adult website .
The audit supposedly showed whether NSW MPs had been visiting adult links such as gambling and pornography sites. However Legislative Council president Amanda Fazio yesterday revealed the
audit had incorrectly classified news sites as adult because they contained links to or advertisements for adult dating sites.
Both news.com.au and smh.com.au (Sydney Morning Herald) were classified as adult sites in the audit.
definition of what has been classed as an adult site is something we're reviewing, she said: What surprised us... the biggest (site) of what is classed as an adult site being hit by the parliament is the news.com.au site. Because there are adult
matchmaking links or ads on their site, every time someone accesses news.com.au and they go from one article to another, that's counted as an individual hit on an adult site.
The bungle is one of the most embarrassing examples to date of the
problems that can occur when governments and organisations try to regulate internet use.
The revelation could also absolve some MPs tangled in the web porn scandal at NSW parliamentary offices that erupted this week.
Opposition Leader Barry
O'Farrell said every politician had been tainted by the scandal and asked for the matter to be settled quickly.
Update: Democratically elected representatives have to ask
permission to access more adult areas of the internet such as news websites
6th September. Based on
article from sify.com
Politicians at New South Wales Parliament House will now be able to access porn sites (including mainstream news sites with links to porn sites) with prior permission and only if it's for research .
Upper House President Amanda Fazio has
reviewed the policies over Internet use. The new guidelines will allow staffers to seek an exemption to view adult sites if they need to research, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Fazio said a memo will be issued to MPs this week of the new
arrangements, with the permission slip already available on the parliament intranet.
Update: Parliamentary (Dis)Services
7th September. Based on
article from smh.com.au
The parliamentary staff member who commissioned an unauthorised audit of internet use which forced the sudden resignation of a minister last week has herself resigned.
Lisa Vineburg, a human resources executive in the NSW Department of
Parliamentary (Dis)Services, left her position after it emerged she had asked the IT department to trawl through the computers of all ministers and MPs, their staffers and all non-political employees.
The raw data, which suggested about five
people had recorded an usually high level of activity or hits from adult or gaming websites, was subsequently leaked to the media.
Ms Vineburg took it upon herself to audit everyone in the building , a senior parliamentary source
Update: Government inquiry finds crap internet filter definitions
30th September 2010. From
A state government investigation into Internet use among Australian politicians has been revealed as an embarrassing bungle after mainstream news websites were classified as adult sites.
The audit, conducted by the Australian state government of
New South Wales, labeled Fred Nile, president of Australia's right-wing Christian Democratic Party, as one of the most prolific visitors to adult websites in the Aussie parliament.
Paul McLeay, the minister for the state's ports and waterways,
resigned after admitting he looked at adult and gambling websites on his parliamentary computer.
However, further investigation revealed that McLeay -- guilt aside -- possibly resigned prematurely, while Nile probably was using the Internet for
Analysis of the audit left investigators red-faced when it was discovered that mainstream news websites had been classified as adult because of advertisements or links to matchmaking and dating sites.
definition of what has been classed as an adult site is something we're reviewing, said Amanda Fazio, president of the New South Wales state Legislative Counci.
Critics of the hotly debated Australian proposal believe the latest episode
demonstrates exactly why Web censorship is unworkable. The [Australian government] audit shows how a system that automatically classifies Web pages is going to be flawed, Colin Jacobs, of the Internet civil liberties lobby group Electronic
Frontiers Australia, told AOL News.
|21st September |
Protestors against adult video shop find little support from the customers
The Men of Jesus Christ reported on their website:
On 18th September about 40 people came out to protest against Family Video and the fact that they distribute pornography in the town of Tonawanda in New York State.
There were many people that we spoke to that were totally unaware of this and immediately turned around.
Of course there was the flip side as well, where people were so desensitized to
pornography that they just did not care. And there were those that came out and told us that they were OK with it and it should be there. There was even a situation in which a woman and her 12 and 6 year old, just to spite the protest, said to the
manager, in front of her children, Can you point me to the dirtiest movie you have in here? .
This is the problem that this country faces, the fact that pornography is legal, but just because it is legal does
not make it right.
The major response I received from people who were pro-porn was that I may not agree with it, but what you do in your home is your business and if you don't like it, then don't rent it .
|17th September |
ASA easily offended at ad for 'immaculately conceived' ice cream
See article from asa.org.uk
|15th September |
ASA easily offended at ad for 'immaculately conceived' ice cream
Based on article
A magazine ad for Antonio Federici ice cream showed a heavily pregnant woman dressed as a nun standing in a church holding a tub of ice cream in one hand and a spoon in the other. Text stated Immaculately Conceived ... ICE CREAM IS OUR RELIGION .
Ten readers challenged whether the ad was offensive to Christians, particularly to those who practised Catholicism.
Antonio Federici said the idea of conception represented the development of their ice cream. They said their decision
to use religious imagery stemmed from their strong feelings towards their product (they cited the text ICE CREAM IS OUR RELIGION ) and also from their wish to comment on and question, using satire and gentle humour, the relevance and hypocrisy of
religion and the attitudes of the church to social issues. They believed the small number of complaints the ASA had received represented a very small proportion of the readership of the publications. They did not believe offence had been so deeply felt
as to affect their right, as marketers, to free expression and that offence caused to a small minority should not affect the ability of the wider public to see their ad. They believed that, as a form of art and self-expression, advertising should be
challenging and often iconoclastic.
The publishers of The Lady magazine had received eight complaints made direct to them. They said that, in hindsight, it had been a misjudgement on their part to publish the ad. They regretted the offence that
had been caused to their readers and said they would not publish the ad or anything similar to it in future.
Grazia said they considered the statement ICE CREAM IS OUR RELIGION suggested that the ad was intended to be lighthearted and not
mocking of any religious groups. They said the editorial content of Grazia encouraged debate and questioning. As such, they believed the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence to their readers.
The ASA noted that the CAP Code stated that ads should contain nothing that is likely to cause serious or widespread offence. Particular care should be taken to avoid causing offence on the grounds of race,
religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. Compliance with the Code will be judged on the context, medium, audience, product and prevailing standards of decency . We considered the use of a nun pregnant through immaculate conception was likely
to be seen as a distortion and mockery of the beliefs of Roman Catholics. We concluded that to use such an image in a light hearted way to advertise ice cream was likely to cause serious offence to readers, particularly those who practised the Roman
We noted that the number of complaints was relatively small but that the ad had been placed in a small number of publications only.
The ad breached CAP Code clause 5.1 (Decency).
|14th September |
Mothers' Union shake its rattle at 'sexualisation'
Based on article from
See also report at byebuychildhood.org
The christian campaign organisation writes:
Mothers' Union believes children should be valued as children, not consumers. However, childhood has become a marketing opportunity worth £99 billion in the UK. Marketers
target children's natural inexperience, through methods such as celebrity endorsement, in order to reach not only children's pocket money but also the household purse. These commercial pressures encourage materialism which negatively affects children's
wellbeing, family life and peer relationships, and can encourage values that Jesus taught against. The use of sexualised content and the imposition of sexuality on children to market and sell goods is particularly concerning. Families can feel
overwhelmed by this commercialisation of childhood and unsure how to challenge powerful marketing initiatives.
In response to this, Mothers' Union is launching a major campaign to:
- Raise awareness of the commercialisation of childhood
- Empower families to address the influences of the commercial world within the home
- Hold the UK
Government accountable to its pledge to address the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood; and through Mothers' Union members lobby political representatives in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
From the report:
Regulatory bodies responsible for rating films and video games do not do enough to protect children
Don't know: 19%
TV programmes that are inappropriate for children are often shown before the 9pm watershed
Don't know: 8%
Source: ComRes for Mothers' Union
|8th September |
Malaysian TV Ramadan clip canned for being too christmassy
Based on article
See video from
A Malaysian TV station said it has withdrawn an advertisement marking the Muslim festival of Eid al Fitr after the ad's Christmas-like theme was criticized for being un-Islamic.
The private TV3 channel began airing the one-minute
commercial marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month. The ad showed a man wearing an Islamic skullcap taking children on a magical rickshaw for a ride through the sky.
But some viewers in Malaysia said the character was reminiscent of Santa
Claus, and several groups demanded that the ad be retracted. There was also criticism that the ad featured a lotus flower, which is linked to Buddhism.
TV3 apologizes on the airing of the advertisement ... which has offended many people, the station said in a statement, adding that it had been taken off the air.
We will be more cautious to avoid similar incidents ... in the future.
|6th September |
Baptist nutter throws his Bible at UFC fans
article from townhall.com
by Adam P Groza
How should we as Baptists regard the growing popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)?
Simply put, we should hate it.
Psalm 11:5 says, The LORD examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence. This is a hard verse for at least two reasons. First, it does not say that God simply hates violence, but rather, that God hates
those who love violence. Second, it confronts our culture's lust for violence, a lust which many Christians indulge rather than reject.
UFC and MMA comprise a lucrative mainstream business of entertainment violence.
Gate revenue for UFC fights in 2007 totaled $2.8 million and $200 million for pay-per-view. An international phenomenon, one UFC fight in Dublin sold all 10,000 seats in two weeks. Surprisingly, an estimated one-third of fans are female. UFC and MMA
fighters have been featured on mainstream shows such as 60 Minutes and Dr. Phil, and on ESPN.
What exactly are people paying to see? MMA and UFC offer a simple formula. Two people are put in an enclosed
or confined space, usually an octagon cage, and fight until one of them is deemed (by the referee) too injured to continue or taps out , meaning he just can't take any more beating. Fighters wear minimally padded gloves which lead to more blood,
and those bloody images are then used to market the sport.
Those who pay to see the fights also pay to see octagon girls, scantily clad eye-candy between bouts. MMA and UFC are far from a harmless sport. They
are a sinful amalgam of blood lust and female objectification that reflects our cultures growing desensitization to the inherent value of human life.
UFC and MMA amounts to violence porn, a term which has been applied
to movies with wanton violence such as SAW, where violence is not part of the plot, it is the attraction. Violence for violence's sake, as opposed to instrumental or redeeming violence, desensitizes the viewer to the graphic horror of watching two
people pummel each other for the sake of entertainment. UFC and MMA offer exactly the kind of violence condemned in Psalm 11:5. Ezekiel 7:23 decries, the city is full of violence. Why are Christians supporting violence in the city?
Early Christians were objects of violent persecution, being thrown into Roman coliseums for the amusement of the masses. Two-thousand years later, some Christians are now in the stands, cheering and supporting the blood and
violence. Christians must avoid any support or association with the entertainment violence of MMA and UFC. We must not envy the men of violence or choose any of their ways (Proverbs 3:31).
Or have we forgotten the
words of Christ? Blessed are the peacemakers.
|3rd September |
Anti-gay, anti-AIDS protection, anti-adult entertainment catholic whinges that Britain is anti-catholic
A leading catholic has blamed abortion and gay rights for turning Britain into a selfish, hedonistic wasteland which has become the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death .
Edmund Adamus, director of pastoral affairs at the
diocese of Westminster and an adviser to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, said Parliament had turned Britain into a country which is more culturally anti-Catholic than nations where Christians are violently persecuted such as Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan.
His comments, made with only weeks to go before Pope Benedict XVI's historic state visit to Britain, will cause embarrassment between organisers of the visit and government officials, because they reveal how some members of the Church's hierarchy
believe that the pontiff is travelling to a hostile and anti-Catholic country.
In an interview with Zenit, a Catholic news agency, Adamus railed against five decades of equality legislation and the availability of abortion services in modern
Britain: Whether we like it or not, as British citizens and residents of this country – and whether we are even prepared as Catholics to accept this reality and all it implies – the fact is that historically, and continuing right now, Britain, and in
particular London, has been and is the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death. Our laws and lawmakers for over 50 years have been the most permissively anti-life and progressively anti-family and marriage, in essence one of the most anti-Catholic
landscapes, culturally speaking – more than even those places where Catholics suffer open persecution.
The expression culture of death was first coined by John Paul II and is frequently used by Catholic traditionalists as a catch-all
phrase covering the practice of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment.
In the same interview, he spoke at length about marriage and the role of men and women, pleading with Catholics to exhibit counter-cultural signals against the
selfish, hedonistic wasteland that is the objectification of women for sexual gratification. Britain in particular, with its ever-increasing commercialisation of sex, not to mention its permissive laws advancing the 'gay' agenda, is such a wasteland.
Adamus's comments, however, drew widespread criticism from gay rights groups and secularists. Peter Tatchell, a leading figure behind the Protest the Pope coalition, said: The suggestion that gay equality laws make Britain a moral wasteland is
insulting but not unexpected. The Pope supports legal discrimination against gay people. He says we are not entitled to equal human rights. [But] to claim that Britain is the centre of a culture of death is absurd. We are a world leader in scientific
research to develop new medical treatments to save lives and we make a significant contribution to helping combat hunger and poverty in developing countries.
|26th August |
Polish nutters push blasphemy prosecution of pop star for minor quip
One of Poland's leading pop stars faces trial for suggesting that the Bible was written by people who liked herbal cigarettes and were drunks . Dorota Rabczewska, aka Doda, could face two years in jail over her youthful remarks.
A Warsaw court has cleared the way for criminal proceedings after it rejected an appeal by Doda against attempts to prosecute her for insulting religious feeling.
Doda's troubles relates to comments she made during a television interview in 2009 when she said that she had little faith in the Bible because it is hard to believe in something written by people who liked herbal cigarettes and were drunks
Rabczewska has argued that her remarks were youthful and off-the-cuff, and that she had never intended to insult religious feelings. She also attempted to argue that she meant medicinal cigarettes.
But the comments riled
conservative Catholics in Poland already angered by the singer's willingness to bare all in Playboy, and her raunchy videos.
One of her critics, Stanislaw Kogut, a senator in the Poland's upper house of parliament, called Doda's comments an insult to Christians and Jews
, while Ryszard Nowak, the chairman of the Committee for the Defence Against Sects, an ultra-conservative organisation dedicated to upholding Catholic values, appealed against an initial decision by prosecutors to drop the case. His argument that
Doda had broken Polish law protecting religious sensibilities and, therefore, her actions merited official investigation triggered legal proceedings against her.
|21st August |
Pornography and sexualisation cause aggression in some women
These women will have some explaining to do when this mass pornography exposed generation grow up to be as normal as any other generation.
Two authors are campaigning for a change in the law to stop the pornification of society which they claim promotes violence against women.
Kat Banyard, who wrote The Equality Illusion , told the Edinburgh International Book
Festival mass pornography will have a corrosive impact for years to come.
She said: All the research shows that watching pornography leads to - as you would expect - an increase of attitudes which support violence against
women and aggressive behaviour.
Huge numbers of young boys and men are sitting watching, and getting positive powerful experiences of watching women being physically abused.
a massive problem - we are nowhere near tackling it.
She said an internet search using the term porn brings up 193 million results, most of which link to sites with aggressive and violent images: We have never
had pornography or sexual exploitation on this scale. The effects are untold but we are likely to see them played out over the next few decades, she said.
Natasha Walter, whose most recent book is Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism ,
told the festival even primary school children are being damaged by our hypersexual society. Up to 90% of teenage boys admit to watching hardcore porn, according to surveys. Walter said, if boys did not, they were regarded as odd.
girls are also psychologically harmed by these degrading images, she continued: Women believe that to be successful they have to fit into a very narrow view of what female sexuality should look like.
|21st August |
Australian nutter party on the brink of collapse
Family First which made a splash in Australian politics six years ago, grabbing a key Senate seat and direct access to the Prime Minister's office, appears to be on the brink of political collapse.
Its federal campaign is in chaos with a dumped
candidate who supports gay marriage, a Twitter scandal and an alleged flirtation with the Australian Sex Party threatening the standing of the standard bearer of the religious right and its backing by well-financed evangelical churches.
First is struggling to repeat its success of 2004. That year, the party's federal branch raked in more than $1.6 million in donations and loans, but by June last year it was mired in more than $200,000 of debt, according to its financial statements.
South Australian church figure Peter Harris, Family First's one-time figurehead and financial backer, is facing financial woes after the collapse of his private company last year.
The deep pockets and political ambition of chairman and
South Australian Senate candidate Bob Day, a residential property tycoon, may yet save Family First from financial collapse though.
But Family First is set to lose its one Victorian Senate seat , with Labor declining to repeat its 2004 tactic of
preferencing Family First ahead of the Greens, a move which gifted Steve Fielding the state's final Senate spot.
Day is rated only a slim chance to win a seat in South Australia. In other seats, Family First candidates have reportedly refused to
campaign at all, but will turn out on election day to man the booths.
|19th August |
TV standards have been falling every year since broadcasting began
More than half of older viewers believe television has deteriorated in the past year because of the soaring number of repeats, bad language and violence.
TV censor Ofcom found that 53% of over-65s believe standards have fallen and the quality and
range of programmes have worsened.
Almost two thirds of those surveyed said part of their dissatisfaction was down to the increased number of repeats on screens, while a quarter were unhappy with the level of bad language and the variety of shows
Violence was another reported problem, with 15% saying programmes were using endless fight scenes in a gratuitous manner.
Last year, the five main channels broadcast 30,485 hours of original programming - down almost 8 per cent
on 2008, and the lowest level for more than seven years.
For the BBC, EastEnders was one of the most complained about programmes in 2009. Hundreds whinged about its violence.
ITV has repeatedly come under fire for its reliance on big
talent search reality shows such as Britain's Got Talent , The X Factor and Dancing on Ice at the expense of original drama and comedy.
Vivienne Pattison, director of nutter group MediaWatch-UK, said: There has been an
erosion of the watershed in recent years, with people seeing more and more inappropriate scenes before 9pm.
|15th August |
American Family Association whinge at nude art works sold at Sears
Based on article
The American Family Association (AFA), a far-right-wing Christian association that promulgates an intolerant attitude to adult sexual freedom, is accusing venerable retailer Sears of using pornography to market items on its website. The offending
content in this instance can be found in the In the Home section of the website, in the Wall décor/Art category.There are, in fact, nude art posters for sale in that section.
A blog post by AFA president Tim Wildmon titled You Won't Believe
What Sears is Selling, AFA tried more than a half-dozen times to reach out to Sears quietly and professionally, to no avail. Sears' public relations department has refused to return our calls and emails
The blog post continues
with a tone of incredulity. Sears is currently offering giant posters of total nud**y on its website, writes Wildmon. Sears knows they are selling smut. Technology allows Sears to remove and stop selling these posters within minutes, so why
These aren't just posters of scantily-clad women, adds Wildmon. Some of them depict groups of people, lesbians and others engaged in ***ual activities. Very little is left to the imagination. Except the actual ***,
Needless to say, AFA wants its readers to complain to Sears, and they provided a link to its publicity department for that purpose. Unless Sears hears from you, they will continue to sell offensive posters, Wildmon says.
According to The Consumerist,
A Sears employee has responded to the group's concerns by saying that they 'have reviewed the products in question and found that they do not fall outside our marketplace guidelines.'
|14th August |
Mike Stock whinges about Britney Spears and Lady Gaga
12th August 2010. Based on article from
Is pop music sexualising our children? from
Songwriter Mike Stock has condemned Britney Spears and Lady GaGa for their raunchy music videos, insisting modern pop stars are bad role models for young children.
The British producer, who helped launch the career of Aussie singer Kylie
Minogue in the 1980s, believes acts such as Spears need to tone down their overtly sexual performances - because so many kids look up to them.
He says: The music industry has gone too far. It's not about me being old
fashioned. It's about keeping values that are important in the modern world. These days you can't watch modern stars like Britney Spears or Lady Gaga with a two-year-old. 99 per cent of the charts is R&B and 99 per cent of that is soft pornography.
Kids are being forced to grow up too young. Look at the videos. I wouldn't necessarily want my young kids to watch them. I would certainly be embarrassed to sit there with my mum.
And Stock has also
singled out pop superstar Madonna, admitting he's concerned about the teen fashion line she has recently launched with her daughter, Lourdes which features short skirts and slashed tops: I'm being told by mothers of young kids
they're worried by the pressure on them for their children to wear clothes and make-up at a young age. Lourdes is a 13-year-old girl. Madonna may have been happy but I bet about 90 per cent of parents wouldn't be happy with that.
Offsite Comment: Lady Gaga IS poisoning children's minds
Thanks to Dan
14th August 2010. See
article from dailymail.co.uk
by Bel Mooney
The fact that my father detested Cliff Richard for his ‘jungle music’ made it all the more thrilling for me.
Why then do I sympathise with music mogul Mike Stock’s condemnation of the
pornification of pop?
Because what was once rebellious is now mainstream and inescapable; what was once suggestive is now graphically explicit — and, most worryingly of all, it’s being aimed at a fan base that is
getting younger and younger.
...Read the full nonsense article
|12th August |
Whingeing about Hooters opening in Cardiff
article from guardian.co.uk
Members of the Cardiff Feminist Network gathered outside Cardiff Central Library for the Say no to Hooters in Cardiff campaign, collecting signatures for a petition which will be presented to Cardiff Council.
A licensing application was
submitted to Cardiff Council to open the chain in the St David's shopping centre.
Cardiff Feminist Network was set up by organisers of the Breaking the Waves Cardiff Feminist Festival 2011 earlier this year, and the group have been against the
application for Hooters from the outset. Sally Hughes, who heads up the network, claimed:
We want to say 'no' to Hooters and sexism in our city. We believe that Hooters would objectify woman and we're concerned
that a Hooters in this area of Cardiff will contribute to sexual harassment of women in the city.
We know Cardiff Council and the Welsh Assembly Government are looking at this issue. There are big groups which come to
the city for stag parties and other events, and we want to make sure the rights of women in the city and women working at Hooters are protected.
The campaign has gathered support via Facebook, with 230 people joining the
Say no to Hooters group. But a counter group has also been set up on the social networking site.
Say HELL YEAH to Hooters in Cardiff currently has 400 members and there is an online petition here in support of the restaurant chain
coming to Cardiff.
The application will be considered at licensing committee on 3 September.
|10th August |
US Nutters clobber McDonald's Happy Meal toys
Thanks to Nick
article from cinematical.com
The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood has targeted the Marvel figures provided with McDonalds Happy Meals.
The Thing and The Human Torch, two of The Fantastic Four's main members seem to have particularly offended the CCFC who note: One
action figure, The Thing, menacingly roars 'It's clobberin' time!' each time a child presses a button on its back. Another, The Human Torch, is a man on fire.
CCFC Director Dr. Susan Linn shows how little she understands boys by adding, But
now, for preschool boys, a so-called happy meal at McDonald's features the horrifying spectacle of a man engulfed in flames ...
Linn further demonstrates a certain amount of short-sightedness by stating, It's awful that this giveaway
continues the troubling trend of fast food restaurants promoting toys linked to violent PG-13 movies.
The CCFC also argue that putting toys in junk food meals to entice kids to eat McDonalds is a terrible practice.
|6th August |
Sexualisation is the new phrase in the ever recurring mini skirt debate
Based on article
British parents are having a whinge at retail chain Tesco for selling a school skirt that is less than 30 cm long and a third shorter than normal school skirts.
The school skirt called a Hitch and Stitch is 29.5 cm and parts of it are hitched
up and stitched in place to keep the hemline high.
Parents observed that the skirts overly sexualises girls.
The Sun quoted Siobhan Freegard, of parenting website Netmums, as saying: It looks like it should be sold in a sex shop.
Shy Keenan, a child protection 'expert', said that the skirts, priced at 8 pounds, could invite very unwelcome attention .
A Tesco spokesperson said: Ultimately it's for parents to decide what is appropriate for their child.
|3rd August |
Blaming the world's ills on Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Based on article from
Scantily clad pop stars, TV shows such as Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, and the popularity of glamour models are legitimising prostitution in the eyes of men, and endangering women, a campaigner has claimed.
Ann Hamilton, head of the
Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA), believes reducing the demand among Scottish men to purchase sex is the best way of tackling the root cause of trafficking and prostitution.
But she believes that popular culture portraying it as sexy,
empowering and enjoyable to women, allow men to believe that prostitution is harmless, when that is far from the truth.
Hamilton claimed: People tend to think that prostitution is dead sexy, very liberating and that there is
nothing harmful about it. It's portrayed as very attractive women having lots of sex and enjoying it, when in actual fact that's about 0.005 per cent of women.
Shows like Secret Diary Of A Call Girl have been
very damaging in the public's awareness. Even music stars like to look like a stereotypical call girl because they think there's something sexy and empowering about it. The women's outfits might be very sexy but the reality of prostitution is not.
We now have girls saying they want to be glamour models and lap dancers and it's all part of that culture making it more acceptable.
|3rd August |
Indonesian clerics ban muslims from celebrity gossip
Based on article from
Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has forbidden Muslims from viewing gossipy content in the country's media after a celebrity sex clip scandal dominated television news in the past month.
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued the edict
this week because of concerns that some media programs were not meant to educate but went beyond the barriers of decency toward pornography, said the MUI's Ma'ruf Amin: The problem is not about infotainment but its content which contain slander,
rumors.. also the shows lead to pornography, Amin said.
He said the organization had recommended the government follow up the edict through regulations to control such infotainment content.
|26th July |
Westboro Baptists will picket Comic-Con on grounds of idolatry
16th July 2010. Thanks to David
article from comicsalliance.com
Comic fans beware: The man who believes that god hates...well...everyone but his family is headed to San Diego Comic-Con on July 22.
Fred Phelps on the official Westboro Baptist Church site, wrote:
people would spend even some of the energy that they spend on these comic books, reading the Bible, well no high hopes here. They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they
worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it.
The destruction of this nation is imminent - so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.
the creative guys at Comic-Con can come up with an amusing counter action.
Update: Bite my shiny metal ass
26th July 2010. From inewp.com
Fortunately, those at Comic-Con knew about Westboro's plans and prepared to meet them head on in a counter-demonstration. Obviously, Phelp's followers were massacred.
Led by an individual in a Bender costume from the cartoon Futurama,
Comic-Con nerds dressed in various outfits held humorous signs that effectively counter-demonstrated.
Memorable moments include Bender megaphoning Bite my shiny metal ass to the Westboro congregation while holding a sign that read
Kill All Humans and a person in a Buddy Jesus getup holding up a God Loves Everybody sign contradicting Westboro's signs that read God Hates Fags , God is Your Enemy , You're Going To Hell . Signs like God Hates Kittens
and God Hates Jedi also accompanied the counter-protest.
|25th July |
Daily Star gets carried away over fake GTA Rothbury story
23rd July 2010. Thanks to Dan.
article from thinq.co.uk
A tabloid journalist working for the UK's Daily Star 'newspaper' has been caught out by a spoof Photoshopped image claiming to be of a Grand Theft Auto game based on gunman Raoul Moat.
It wouldn't have taken hack Jerry Lawton long to work out the
amateurishly edited image was a fake before reporting news that a book, Hollywood movie and computer game were all in development - but then, where's the fun in that?
The article started:
erupted last night over plans for a Raoul Moat book, movie and game… before the man he killed has even been laid to rest.
A book on the crazed killer is due out in weeks and film companies are lining up bids for the
And last night gaming websites showed the cover of Grand Theft Auto Rothbury – a version of the XBox hit Grand Theft Auto.
Lawton's article berated the gaming industry for supposedly
immortalising a killer with the improbably titled GTA Rothbury , a game based on his week-long shooting spree.
In the piece, Lawton quotes the grandmother of Moat's ex-girlfriend Samantha Stobbart, whose partner was killed by the gunman,
saying of the non-existent game: It is sick - it's blood money. The game is beyond belief.
The article has since been pulled from the Daily Star website.
Update: Daily Star Apologises
25th July 2010. Based on article from guardian.co.uk
The Daily Star has been forced to apologise for its false story, carried about the creation of a video game entitled Grand Theft Auto Rothbury .
The paper has also had to admit that the publication of its article was due to its own
It has now published a complete retraction of its claim in a lengthy apology. Here is the full statement:
On 21 July we published an article claiming that the video games company
Rockstar Games were planning to release a version of their popular Grand Theft Auto video games series titled Grand Theft Auto Rothbury .
We also published what we claimed would be the cover of this game,
solicited comments from a family member impacted by the recent tragedy and criticised Rockstar Games for their alleged plans.
We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact
Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story. We also did not question why a best-selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.
It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false. We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and
soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member.
We unreservedly apologise to Rockstar Games and we have undertaken not to repeat the claims again. We have also agreed to pay them a substantial amount in
damages which they are donating to charity.
|19th July |
Art causes a stir in Italy
article from catholicnewsagency.com
The pastor of the Italian city of Pietrasanta, together with local Catholic associations, have lodged a complaint with city officials over a picture of the Virgin Mary holding a child-like Adolph Hitler in her arms.
The picture titled, The
Virgin of the Third Reich belongs to the collection of Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano, known in the region for his works mocking various historical figures including Jesus Christ and Pope Benedict XVI.
The picture was used on a poster
promoting the Zeitgeist Expo, which will feature various works by Veneziano at the Panichi Palace in Pietrasanta starting this weekend.
The mayor of Pietrasanta, Domenico Lombardi, has publicly apologized to Catholics for the picture and
organizers of the expo have pulled the controversial piece from the Zeitegeist program: I assume all responsibility for the publication of this picture, but I had not seen it beforehand, and had I, I would have selected another one . I
apologize if the painting offends anyone's religious sensibilities.
Veneziano also has complained to reporters about the decision to pull the piece and said he was a victim of censorship.
|19th July |
Big names defend the right of Westboro Baptists to spew hateful nonsense
Odd bedfellows are standing side by side with Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church in a demonstration of First Amendment fundamentalism. They've filed a friend of the court brief in favor of the right to infuriate families of the fallen
with those vicious funeral protests.
The list includes the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, the E.W. Scripps Company, the Hearst Corporation, NPR, The New York Times, and the Tribune Company (parent of the Chicago Tribune and Los
Jeff Schogol of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported these companies joined other free-press advocates in supporting these hateful incitements:
The media organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the
Supreme Court in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, which protests near service members' funerals because it believes that troops' deaths and other national tragedies are divine revenge for America's tolerance of gays and lesbians.
of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who died in Iraq in 2006, sued the church for picketing near his son's funeral with signs that said God hates you, You're in hell and Semper Fi fags. They also distributed a flier with Snyder's picture
on it that read Burial of an Ass.
Snyder's father, Al, won at trial, but he lost an appeal and was ordered to pay more than $16,000 in court costs. The latest case will be heard by the Supreme Court in the fall.
While not defending
the Westboro Baptist Church's actions, the 22 media organizations argued that the church is protected by the First Amendment. They also contend that the case could have a chilling effect on news gathering if Al Snyder prevails.
In the brief, the
media groups argue that speech cannot be deemed too offensive to be protected by the First Amendment.
|18th July |
Nutters whinge at Californian art exhibit
Based on article from christianpost.com
A California public library has come under nutter fire for displaying anti-religious paintings as part of its current art show.
The most controversial of the paintings on display at the Sacramento County Public Law Library is called Moral Values
by San Francisco attorney-artist Jeri Wyrick. The painting depicts a large Bible with a label reading: Warning: May Impair Judgment.
The painting is part of the library's art show called A Creative Merger II: Justice and Peace. Wyrick has three paintings on display in the art show.
On the library's website for the art show, Wyrick describes her paintings as anti-religious. She said Moral Values was inspired by the 2004 presidential election when George W. Bush won his second term. She said that exit polls of
those who voted for Bush show their main concern for America's future was not terrorism or the war in Iraq, but moral values, such as gay marriage.
I came to the conclusion that there must be something about religious faith which renders
people stupid, Wyrick explained in the painting's description.
Sacramento-based Pacific Justice Institute is calling on the law library to remove the painting and its description that says religion makes people stupid. The legal group – which
specializes in defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties – has sent a letter to the Board of the Sacramento County Law Library to ask that Moral Values be immediately removed.
It is outrageous that our
local public law library is actively promoting anti-religious paintings by an artist who calls people of faith stupid, said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, in a statement Thursday. We are demanding that the library remove this
blatant violation of the Constitution's Establishment Clause, which forbids government sponsored hostility towards religion.
|13th July |
Cleric writing in Al Qaeda magazine calls for the deaths of Mohammed cartoonists
A muslim cleric has placed the Seattle cartoonist who launched Everybody Draw Mohammed Day on an execution hitlist.
The Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki singled out artist Molly Norris as a prime target :
A soul that is so debased, as to enjoy the ridicule of the Messenger of Allah, the mercy to mankind; a soul that is so ungrateful towards its lord that it defames the Prophet of the religion Allah has chosen for his creation does
not deserve life, does not deserve to breathe the air created by Allah and enjoy a life provided for by Allah. Their proper abode is Hellfire.
In Inspire , an English language Al Qaeda terrorist mag, Awlaki damns Norris and
eight others for blasphemous caricatures of Muhammed. The 67-page magazine is seen by terrorism experts as a new attempt to reach and recruit Muslim youth in the West. The other cartoonists, authors and journalists in Awlaki's crosshairs are
Swedish, Dutch and British citizens.
Norris initially grabbed headlines in April when she published a satirical cartoon on her Web site that declared May 20th Everybody Draw Mohammed Day as a way to mock Viacom and Comedy Central's decision
to censor an episode of South Park that showed Mohammed dressed in a bear suit.
David Gomez, the FBI's assistant special agent in charge of counter-terrorism in Seattle, said Norris and others were warned of the very serious threat. We
understand the absolute seriousness of a threat from an Al Qaeda inspired magazine and are attempting to do everything in our power to assist the individuals on that list to effectively protect themselves and change their behavior to make themselves less
of a target.
|11th July |
Small protest against Craigslist adverts for adult services
Based on article
Dozens of people have protested in front of the Craigslist headquarters, calling on the popular website to close its Adult Services section and set a sex industry-free standard which would eliminate human trafficking on the Internet.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Prostitution Research and Education and over 75 Co-Sponsors said technology should never be used to prostitute women and girls.
Protesters said a large portion of Craigslist profits come from the sale of
commercial sex. They say Craigslist normalizes and facilitates online pimping.
They become another channel. They become cyber pimps. The owners of Craigslist need to regulate their website, said Alfonso Faustino, a Filipino-America
candidate for California Assembly.
Members of the US Prostitutes Collective, who held a counter protest this afternoon, said stopping sex workers from advertising in Craigslist will do more harm than good.
Rachel West of US PROS said, Stopping sex workers from advertising in Craigslist will prevent women from being able to work more safely from premises. It is ten times safer to work indoors than on the street. When sex workers are forced out of premises, many end up working on the street and are more vulnerable to rape, violence and arrest as a result
|7th July |
Adults fret that Eclipse lacks good role models for teens
See article from usatoday.com