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NEUROHACKS| 29 July 2014
Psychology: Why bad news dominates the
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
"Many people often say that they would
prefer good news: but is that actually true?" — Tom
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:
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
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
And yet when asked, these people said they
preferred good news. On average,
they said that the media was too focussed on negative stories.
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
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
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
Alfie Sullock was left
with brain damage after being attacked with a shoe and a
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
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
He said he did not do anything to hurt Alfie,
who he killed at his home in August
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.
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
He then returned home and looked after Alfie while Ms Sullock
She told the court her baby was fine when she left Pearce's
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
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
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
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
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,
The victim has been identified as a
15-year-old girl who attended the same high school as the
Her body was found in the apartment of the suspect, who was
living apart from her parents, according to Japanese media
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
29 July 2014 Last
updated at 12:19 GMT
Japanese schoolgirl 'confesses' to killing
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
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
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
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.
The news BBC News recommended above:
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
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
"I saw that drama. I thought I'd do it that way", she was quoted
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.
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
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
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
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?"
"Why doesn't Venezuela fine the BBC every time it breaks
the laws of Venezuela until they leave?"
"Why does the BBC want to work in Venezuela shitting over
our national laws?"
"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
That is why we need to tax news about dead children and specially
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
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.
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
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
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
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.