Visions of a Freeman - Brain Age - 29, July of 2014
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NEUROHACKS| 29 July 2014
Psychology: Why bad news dominates the headlines

Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.

"Many people often say that they would prefer good news: but is that actually true?" — Tom Stafford

When you read the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are terrible, depressing events. Why does the media concentrate on the bad things in life, rather than the good? And what might this depressing slant say about us, the audience?

It isn't that these are the only things that happen. Perhaps journalists are drawn to reporting bad news because sudden disaster is more compelling than slow improvements. Or it could be that newsgatherers believe that cynical reports of corrupt politicians or unfortunate events make for simpler stories. But another strong possibility is that we, the readers or viewers, have trained journalists to focus on these things. Many people often say that they would prefer good news: but is that actually true?

To explore this possibility, researchers Marc Trussler and Stuart Soroka, set up an experiment, run at McGill University in Canada. They were dissatisfied with previous research on how people relate to the news – either the studies were uncontrolled (letting people browse news at home, for example, where you can't even tell who is using the computer), or they were unrealistic (inviting them to select stories in the lab, where every participant knew their choices would be closely watched by the experimenter). So, the team decided to try a new strategy: deception.

Trick question

Trussler and Soroka invited participants from their university to come to the lab for "a study of eye tracking". The volunteers were first asked to select some stories about politics to read from a news website so that a camera could make some baseline eye-tracking measures. It was important, they were told, that they actually read the articles, so the right measurements could be prepared, but it didn't matter what they read.

After this ‘preparation’ phase, they watched a short video (the main purpose of the experiment as far as the subjects were concerned, but it was in fact just a filler task), and then they answered questions on the kind of political news they would like to read.

The results of the experiment, as well as the stories that were read most, were somewhat depressing. Participants often chose stories with a negative tone – corruption, set-backs, hypocrisy and so on – rather than neutral or positive stories. People who were more interested in current affairs and politics were particularly likely to choose the bad news.

And yet when asked, these people said they preferred good news. On average, they said that the media was too focussed on negative stories.

Danger reaction

The researchers present their experiment as solid evidence of a so called "negativity bias", psychologists' term for our collective hunger to hear, and remember bad news.

It isn't just schadenfreude, the theory goes, but that we've evolved to react quickly to potential threats. Bad news could be a signal that we need to change what we're doing to avoid danger.

As you'd expect from this theory, there's some evidence that people respond quicker to negative words. In lab experiments, flash the word “cancer”, “bomb” or “war” up at someone and they can hit a button in response quicker than if that word is “baby”, “smile” or “fun” (despite these pleasant words being slightly more common). We are also able to recognise negative words faster than positive words, and even tell that a word is going to be unpleasant before we can tell exactly what the word is going to be.

So is our vigilance for threats the only way to explain our predilection for bad news? Perhaps not.

There's another interpretation that Trussler and Soroka put on their evidence: we pay attention to bad news, because on the whole, we think the world is rosier than it actually is. When it comes to our own lives, most of us believe we're better than average, and that, like the clichés, we expect things to be all right in the end. This pleasant view of the world makes bad news all the more surprising and salient. It is only against a light background that the dark spots are highlighted.

So our attraction to bad news may be more complex than just journalistic cynicism or a hunger springing from the darkness within.

And that, on another bad news day, gives me a little bit of hope for humanity.

BBC wants to break the record on lame ass piece of shit Bullshit supreme.

It's trying really hard to be Asshole of the Year in International media. :I And It deserves gold in that category.

A news about: "Why we destroy mental health of society with bad news?" has a simple answer: "It's profitable!". Since it is profitable... "We the BBC do it!" And so BBC...
29 July 2014 Last updated at 12:28 GMT

Alfie Sullock: Babysitter boyfriend guilty of manslaughter
Alfie Sullock was left with brain damage after being attacked with a shoe and a plastic bottle

A man who killed his girlfriend's six-week-old baby by battering him with a shoe and plastic bottle has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Michael Pearce, 33, was looking after Alfie Sullock, from Cardiff, for two hours while the baby's mother had her first night out following the birth.

Magistrate's son Pearce, of Nelson, Caerphilly county, was cleared of murder at Newport Crown Court.

Mother Donna Sullock said she was "disappointed" with the verdict.

Alfie had extensive brain damage after the attack and died four days later.

As she wept on the steps of the court after the verdict, the 29-year-old said: "We are disappointed at today's verdict but satisfied that he will still go to prison for what he's done.

"Whatever sentence he will get, it will never be long enough for taking Alfie's life away.

"We have been through a year of absolute hell."

Judge Mr Justice Baker thanked the jury, and added: "It is never easy in a case like this."

Throughout his three-week trial, father-of-one Pearce denied murder and manslaughter.

He said he did not do anything to hurt Alfie, who he killed at his home in August 2013.

Ms Sullock had left Alfie, born on 6 July 2013, with Pearce, who she was in a relationship with at the time, to enjoy her first night out since giving birth.

The pair had become friends while she was six months pregnant, and later became a couple.

Although the court was told Pearce began to display "obsessive behaviour" towards Ms Sullock - and even asked her to give him a child just weeks into their relationship.

'Trust me'

On 16 August, Ms Sullock travelled from her home in Cardiff to Pearce's house in Nelson, Caerphilly county, to stay the weekend. Pearce suggested she go out with his friend's girlfriend for a "girly night out".

That night Pearce had drunk five pints of beer - four of them in 45 minutes.

He then returned home and looked after Alfie while Ms Sullock got ready.

She told the court her baby was fine when she left Pearce's house.

But less than half-an-hour into her night out, the pair exchanged a series of text messages.

Pearce maintained Alfie was fine but shortly after he sent a text saying, "you can trust me" he dialled 999 and called Ms Sullock to say Alfie had stopped breathing and was being taken to Prince Charles Hospital.

Alfie was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where four days later - on 20 August - life support was withdrawn and he died.

A post mortem examination showed Alfie died of blunt trauma injury and extensive bleeding into the brain.

After deliberating for 35 hours and 56 minutes, the jury decided by a majority verdict of 10-2 that Pearce was guilty of manslaughter but cleared him of murder.
Donna Sullock was enjoying her first night out since Alfie's birth when he was battered by Pearce

Following the verdict Gwent Police's Ch Insp Leanne Brustad said: "Innocent baby Alfie Sullock was killed at just six weeks old.

"His mother Donna, and Alfie's extended family, have sat throughout this trial listening to shocking evidence about the nature of his death.

"During an extremely emotional and upsetting time they have handled themselves with great dignity and composure and our thoughts remain with them."

Pearce will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Another dead baby.

It's War Against Babies on BBC News. Mind torture for enhanced slavery. :I Criminal media no doubt about it.

Hey BBC psycho criminal without empathy, why not title: "Why do we like dead babies?" instead? :I Cannibal ASSHOLE!

BBC went all the way to Japan to search for a news about a girl that dismembered a girl as part of the menu for it's viewers that supposedly are delighted at such type of news.
28 July 2014 Last updated at 06:12 GMT

Japanese high school girl 'dismembers classmate'

A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say.

The 15-year-old was arrested on Sunday in Sasebo city in Japan's southern Nagasaki prefecture.

Police said the girl beat her friend and then strangled her on Saturday. She then severed the victim's head and cut off one of her hands, they said.

The victim has been identified as a 15-year-old girl who attended the same high school as the suspect.

Her body was found in the apartment of the suspect, who was living apart from her parents, according to Japanese media reports.

Police said the suspect used a metal instrument to beat her friend.

They quoted the suspect as saying she acted alone, saying: "I did it all by myself", Kyodo news agency reported.

Ten years ago, a similar crime rocked the same city when an 11-year-old schoolgirl stabbed her 12-year-old friend to death.

In that case, the young girl told local media she acted because the victim had made comments about her appearance in internet chat-rooms.
And again:
29 July 2014 Last updated at 12:19 GMT

Japanese schoolgirl 'confesses' to killing classmate

The Japanese high school girl who was arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media.

National news agency Kyodo quoted police sources as saying the girl had admitted she "wanted to kill someone" and dismember a body.

The murder has made headlines in Japan which has seen a number of killings of children by children.

A similar incident happened in the same city, Sasebo, 10 years ago.

In the most recent case, the body of Aiwa Matsuo, 15, was found in the suspect's home early on Sunday morning, after she failed to return home and her parents called the police, said the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

Police sources told local media the 16-year-old suspect had returned to her home, where she had been living alone since April, with the victim on Saturday night.

The suspect, who cannot be named as she is a minor, had then struck the back of Matsuo's head with a tool and strangled her with a rope in her home.

Matsuo's body was found with her head and left hand severed. Her belly was cut open.

Police sources said they found a hammer and saw at the suspect's home.

'History of problems'

She also appeared to have posted a number of messages, which include photographs of a bloody hand, on an internet bulletin board.

Police are now investigating these messages which began to emerge around two hours after Matsuo was thought to have died.

The suspect's mother had died of cancer last year and her father had recently remarried, local media said. According to acquaintances, she was preparing to study abroad.

Kyodo quoted people who knew her as saying that she had a history of problems.

The suspect is now due to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

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A similar incident happened in the same city, Sasebo, 10 years ago.
Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK

Japan schoolgirl killer 'sorry'

A Japanese schoolgirl who killed her classmate has offered an apology to her family and the victim's relatives as more details emerged of her motives.

The girl reportedly told police she was annoyed by comments Satomi Mitarai made about her appearance during their exchanges in internet chatrooms.

This has prompted Japanese media to question the dangers of this form of communication.

Satomi Mitarai, 12, died on Tuesday after being slashed with a small knife.

"She wrote something bad about my appearance several times on the Net a few days before the incident. I didn't like that, so I called her (to a study room) and slashed her neck after getting her to sit on a chair," the Yomiuri Shimbun quoted Mitarai's killer, 11, as telling police sources.

Her lawyers said she had begun to question her actions, and had repeatedly expressed remorse.

"I wonder why I did it. If I thought and acted properly it wouldn't have happened. I would like to apologise," she was quoted as saying.

The Mainichi newspaper said she told investigators she had planned the murder four days earlier, and had been inspired to use a paper cutter after seeing the method used in a television drama.

"I saw that drama. I thought I'd do it that way", she was quoted as saying.

The Asahi Shimbun said classmates at Okubo Elementary School in Sasebo, southern Japan, had often seen her reading horror books, including Battle Royale, about schoolchildren killing each other.

Children are increasingly using online chatrooms to communicate, according to Yomiuri.

The newspaper quoted a professor in media studies as saying that this could lead to misunderstandings.

"Generally speaking, it's true that people communicating on the internet can bring people closer, but unlike other forms of communication, such as the phone, it's very hard to pick up the nuances and subtleties when talking online," Tasuo Inamasu, of Hosei University, told the paper.

But he said the internet alone could not be blamed for this crime.

"There must have been a lot that went before... I don't think we can blame computers for causing a murder," he told Reuters news agency.

Juvenile crime

There has been considerable hand-wringing in Japan over youth crime, ever since a shocking incident in 1997 in which a 14-year-old boy killed an 11-year-old and placed his severed head outside the gates of his school.

That prompted the country's parliament to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 14.

Last year a 12-year-old boy in Nagasaki was accused of murdering a four-year-old boy by pushing him off a roof.

The latest incident has shocked Japan's media.

"We must make children understand even more the basic importance of life," the Yomiuri said in an editorial on Wednesday.

Although Japan is still one of the safest developed nations in the world, youth crime has dramatically increased in recent years.

The number of children under 14 committing serious crimes in 2003 rose to 212, a 47% increase on the previous year.

Mitarai's killer, who is too young to be punished under the Penal Code, has been transferred to juvenile detention while her case goes before a family court, the Associated Press said.

So here is another title for you BBC ASSHOLE:

"Why do we like girls killing girls?" :I


"Why do we need to know a girl in Japan killed another girl?"

I have a better one. XD

"Why does BBC torture the British and world people and purposely increase depression?"

Or even better:

"Why does the BBC CONTINUE to violate the laws of Venezuela that clearly prohibit those news?"

How about?:

"Why doesn't Venezuela fine the BBC every time it breaks the laws of Venezuela until they leave?"

I like:

"Why does the BBC want to work in Venezuela shitting over our national laws?"

How's about:

"Why don't we start fucking taxing news that deteriorate social mental health?"

How about this one?:

"Why do we still respect the Copyright for idiocy and demented greed of BBC News?"

Or better yet:

"Why don't we GORE and dismember BBC News instead of seeing dead children?" :I

"Why does BBC not give a damn at all about the mental health of people?" Good question really.


"Why does the BBC contribute to the spending of hundreds of millions by world governments on mental illness in the UK and the rest of the world?"

I know why!

"Because destroying sanity is BBC New's best source of income." :I

That is why we need to tax news about dead children and specially dead babies.

Tip to Russia: Tax 10,000$ for each mentally depressing news that strains the medical system to the BBC and then with that pay Pussy Riot so they can support the "We need more dead babies" campaign in Russia. :I

With that trick, you'd have millions to pay for the public mental hospitals. XD And since BBC is ridiculously stubborn, it rather die than have common sense. :I Publishing more dead babies like a maniac! More tax to charge. XD I will propose a mental health tax on BBC to My country's law enforcement agencies and law makers. :)

A new law for mental health. :D 10,000$ per dead baby or child would be nice. Don't like it? THEN GET OUT BBC! :I Share your dead babies in the UK.

The Tax on criminal media is a good, excellent idea for Putin to enforce, would boost his moral ground and make Europeans like the BBC News cower in shame and defeat as they try desperately to hide from the humiliation. :I Put all over Russia: DEAD BABY OR DEAD CHILDREN NEWS WILL BE TAXED. :I

Then put why and say BBC does it x number of times and put the BBC to cower in shame not knowing what to explain to the Russian people. XD Hurray! Yay!

That is called: Ragging the floor and cleaning the shit with the face of the BBC. :D Nice :) More effective!

What could the BBC say? Will it tell the Russians: "You need dead baby and dead children news!"? :I I doubt it! If Putin likes revenge he can also have a cold smile for what they did to him with Pussy Riot. >:) Accusing the BBC of sadistically enjoying the profit coming from horrible deaths of children around the world! >:)

So I made this blog entrance called: "TAX MOTHER FUCKER, BABY CANNIBAL BBC for social Mental Health damage!".

Then I can share it with Law enforcement and law makers because it is legal, it is what our laws demand on children protection. :)

Maximizing sales of a media using horrific news about dead babies and children are torture, and not to just one person but torture to millions of people and I do not see how the so called European Convention of Human Rights has a problem with that. Is it the European Human Rights and Dead Baby Enjoyment Convention? Or are they complicit with the Crimes of the BBC News against society's mental health?
29 July 2014 Last updated at 10:41 GMT

Pussy Riot pair sue Russia over imprisonment

Two members of the feminist group, Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their imprisonment for a protest in a Moscow cathedral.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say their prosecutions amounted to torture.

They have filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, seeking compensation.

The pair are demanding 120,000 euros (£95,000) each in damages, plus 10,000 euros (£8,000) court costs.

Tolokonnikov's father, Andrey, said the pair should have asked for greater compensation.

"What can I say? Good girls! But, in my opinion, the requested amount is too small," he said.

"They should have requested 250m euros, not 250,000 euros," he told the popular Russian newspaper Moskovskiy Komsomolets.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were among five Pussy Riot members who donned balaclavas in February 2012 and tried to perform their song Mother of God, Drive Putin Out, in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, near the Kremlin.

The performance was interrupted by staff at the cathedral and the pair were arrested along with a third member of the group.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison each after being convicted of hooliganism.

They both served 21 months in prison and pre-trial detention.

Their story was covered widely, and they were viewed sympathetically in western countries.

But their actions were seen as blasphemous by many Russians, and were condemned by the Orthodox Church.

The two Pussy Riot members opened their action at the ECHR in June 2012, while their own cases in Russia were still ongoing.

They argued that their detention and trial had violated European Convention of Human Rights articles which prohibit torture and guarantee freedom of expression, security and liberty, and a fair trial.

Suffice is to say, I do NOT support dancing semi naked women in a Cathedral. :I I do not think 21 months in jail without a previous judgment is fair. Too much time :I But the worse thing about Pussy Riot is that it sings crappy! :OOO!!! Not like My BOSSES Delta & Emma so cool. :) Yay! Hahaha!

Who said shitting on a Cathedral is art? :I

Then BBC says that Western people felt sympathetic to them. DUDE! If you freaking stuff it into people by force on ALL NEWS AGENCIES including Reuters 24 hours, seven days a weak... How could people NOT be sympathetic? :I

Sympathetic with disrespecting the Church and abusing the religion of others. :I Shitting on Jesus Christ.

Wasn't it easier to protest NAKED in a fucking STRIP BAR? Nobody would complain except for the CRAPPY MUSIC!

Still 21 months way too much. :I I don't agree. Too strong handed for just SILLY SPOILED BRATS! :I

They are just victims of European sabotage campaigns. Little Bosses need counseling and to grow up.

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