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16th March

  Chinese Nervous Breakdown

From Ananova

The Chinese government has ordered the Rolling Stones not to play some of their best-known songs during two shows in the country, because they contain sexual references.

The band will not be allowed to play Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Beast of Burden or Let’s Spend the Night Together . The Stones are due to perform in Shanghai on April 1 and in Beijing on April 4 - the first time they’ve played in China.

Concert organiser Chen Jixin says the four songs were also cut from the mainland release of the band’s 40 Licks album by China’s culture ministry. Chen said she didn’t know why the government had banned the four songs. The Chinese Ministry of Culture said no one was immediately available for comment.


16th March

  Six Million Dollar Blame

I wonder what TV George Bush watched as a kiddy. They surely must have cause of his conversion from being a mere nutter to being an arch war criminal.

From Reuters

Children who watch violent television shows, identify with the characters and believe they are realistic are more likely to be aggressive as adults, U.S. researchers recently reported.

But the researchers found the most violent shows did not have the strongest effects, the shows children liked the best did. These included shows that by today's standards would not be considered especially violent.

But if parents watch television with their children and discuss the differences with reality, they may be able to temper the effects of TV violence, the team of psychologists said.

They interviewed Chicago-area children aged 6 to 10, their teachers and parents, and analyzed their television viewing habits. They waited for 329 of them to grow up and marry, then interviewed them again, talked to their spouses and checked criminal records.

Fifteen years later, the men and women who had most watched, enjoyed and identified with violent television programs tended to be more aggressive, the team reported in this week's issue of the journal Developmental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association. Psychologists Rowell Huesmann and colleagues at the University of Michigan caught up with children first interviewed in 1977 about which violent TV shows they watched.

The findings were the same even when a child's economic status, race, parents' personalities and occupations and other factors were taken into account. Some of the "violent" programs included Starsky and Hutch , The Six Million Dollar Man and Roadrunner cartoons.

Men who really liked such television shows as children were much more likely to have pushed, grabbed or shoved their spouses, shoved someone who insulted them, been ticketed for speeding or convicted of another crime.

Women who enjoyed violent shows, including Charlie's Angels , were four times more likely to have thrown something at their husbands, shoved or punched someone else, or been caught speeding or committing another crime.

The researchers did not believe that children predisposed to aggression or violence tended to watch such shows. It is more plausible that exposure to TV violence increases aggression than that aggression increases TV-violence viewing, Huesmann said in a statement. Also, the study suggests that being aggressive in early childhood has no effect on increasing males' exposure to media violence as adults and only a small effect for females.

The researchers were especially struck by their finding that it is a child's identification with characters rather than the degree of violence that predicts later aggression. Violent scenes that children are most likely to model their behavior after are ones in which they identify with the perpetrator of the violence, the perpetrator is rewarded for the violence and in which children perceive the scene as telling about life like it really is. Thus, a violent act by someone like Dirty Harry that results in a criminal being eliminated and brings glory to Harry is of more concern than a bloodier murder by a despicable criminal who is brought to justice.


16th March

  Explicit Artcore

Rocco Siffredi is starring opposite Chanel model Amira Casar in a new film by controversial French director Catherine Breillet. Anatomie de l'Enfer , which translates to "Anatomy of Hell", is based on Pornocratie , a sexually explicit novel written by Breillet. The story explores the world of pornography, and Breillet intends to push the boundaries of censors with the film version of her work. The film is being shot on a closed set in Portugal and is expected to wrap in mid-February. Anatomie de l'Enfer will debut at Cannes 2003. Siffredi has worked with Breillet before - he starred in her 1999 film Romance .


4th March   Beads Banned in Arizona

Haven't the Americans got anything better to do? Haven't they got bombs to make and innocent people to kill?

From The Arizona Republic

From New Orleans to Mill Avenue, the beads of Mardi Gras have become associated with women flashing their breasts. And although Tempe police want revelers to enjoy the fun this Tuesday, they've asked business owners not to provide the tempting baubles.

Our concern is that the combination of alcohol, a large crowd and females exposing themselves can create an unpredictable situation that is difficult for the police to manage, Tempe police Chief Ralph Tranter wrote in a letter to the downtown merchants.
The Mardi Gras beads are associated with giving beads out to ladies who bare their breasts.

The police said businesses complied with the request last year.


16th February   Daredevil Censors

From The Star

The film adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Daredevil, wont be hitting the big screens in Malaysia this month.  The Film Censorship Board has banned the film of the same name for its unhealthy elements and specifically for its violent content. 

The film’s distributor 20th Century Fox has submitted an appeal to the board to review its decision.  

The board gave five reasons for the ban, citing the first as the theme which focused on the dealings of a secret society. (like film censors maybe!). The ban also stated the film contained violence including fighting scenes using weapons and hands.  

Another reason given was the vigilante act of the comic book legend known as “Man Without Fear” who is a lawyer by day and “killer” by night.  It also stated the film focused on the mafia world and portrayed a character who is a hired killer.  

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said each film, videotape, VCD or DVD for public viewing had to get approval from the ministry before screening. He said the films were usually banned if they went against the board’s guidelines for containing excessive violence and sexual material or elements which can create chaos in the community . (A little stronger than mere harm). Most of the time, censorship is adequate if only some portions of the film require censorship, but if too much censorship is required, making the film meaningless, it is best banned.


16th February   Make War Not Love

From Clean Sheets

President Bush's budget request for fiscal year 2003 includes $135 million for abstinence-only programs -- a 33% increase over 2002 funding.

In case you haven't heard, the Federal definition of Abstinence Education includes:

  1. has as its exclusive purpose, teaching the social, psychological, and health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity
  2. teaches abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage as the expected standard for all school age children
  3. teaches that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems
  4. teaches that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity
  5. teaches that sexual activity outside of the context of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects
  6. teaches that bearing children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society
  7. teaches young people how to reject sexual advances and how alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances; and
  8. teaches the importance of attaining self-sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.


12th February   Yaboo France

It is ludicrous to suppose that French law applies in the States. Everybody knows that only US law applies to all other countries. And if you don't like it they will send the boys round.


A French criminal court on Tuesday acquitted the former CEO of Yahoo of condoning war crimes by selling Nazi memorabilia. The court found that Timothy Koogle and Yahoo did not condone or praise Nazism and that they had not shed favorable light on the policies of Adolf Hitler by selling objects from the Third Reich.

Koogle, who left his post at Yahoo in 2001, had in theory faced up to five years in jail and a fine of $49,000 (45,700 euros) in a trial triggered by a complaint filed by three France-based Jewish and anti-Semitism groups in October 2001.

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