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You shat on her Justin Bieber poster because you adore her. She cleaned the toilet bowl with your toothbrush for the same reason. Tell us of the times true love has not been as true as it should

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(, Thu 16 Jun 2011, 12:56)
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The current Mrs TitanLX used to be well adjusted
She wanted to read the paper with me as it would be a good bit of 'quality time' so I introduced her to the excellence of journalism that is the Daily Fail.
Nowadays, by page 7 she's ranting about benefits scroungers, lying politicians, lying footballers, self obsessed tv 'stars' etc

If anyone could recommend a paper that reports impartially on the news I'll try and wean her off it.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 14:54, 30 replies)
We at here Chutney Towers take the "i" (the mini independant)
It's quite fair and favour free, and covers a good mix of science and arts stuff the other papers miss.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:12, closed)
I second that...
Also contains a cryptic crossword (which I'm still getting the hang of)
(, Sat 18 Jun 2011, 15:49, closed)
its only twenty pence
(, Sun 19 Jun 2011, 12:23, closed)
I would suggest any left-leaning paper
For example The Guardian, however she's probably already built up a hatred of the paper and what it stands for. Possible, the same goes for The Independent.

Try the Daily Mirror first.

Or even easier, just stop buying the fucking bilious rag.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:14, closed)
There was The Daily Sport.
But that's sadly gone now.
I still like breasts though.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:16, closed)
My Gf's mum used to read it and spout its opinions like a parrot...
...then one day, when we were over for a visit, she stopped reading all of a sudden, calmly placed it on the table and let out a very long sigh. Apparently she hasn't read it since.
Might have something to do with the fact that her younger daughter's child was fathered by a Kurdish immigrant. Very nice chap he is too.

I'm sure she'll fill herself up with so much hate that she'll go full circle and become serene.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:26, closed)
Or alternatively,
Show her the following websites:


Some are updated more than others. The last one in particular is updated on a daily basis with sometimes two or more posts a day.
They all pick apart the stories in the Daily Mail and other tabloids and show them for the lies, racism and prejudiced bollocks that they really are.

Do it subtly, just draw attention to recent articles that have been debunked, such as:
"You remember that story yesterday about immigrants/benefit scroungers/'elf n safety that you got angry about, well get this, it turns out to be utter bollocks."
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:32, closed)
football365's mediawatch does the same thing for the sport sections
i'll never forget the "MICHAEL BALLACK: I CANT LIVE ON 100K A WEEK!" headline.

actual quotes, "its very expensive in london, so i am renting while i look for a house"....

but the textpage will be full of morons saying "WTF thes greedy prima donners are all mad, give it to nerses and docters!"

my mate (sun/star reading labourer) arguing with other mate (professer of sociology) over quality of broadsheets Vs red tops. Builder mate "yeah but the guardian is probably full of lies too, just its better wrote so you dont realise it"

(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 16:16, closed)
Its "professOr"

(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 17:54, closed)
and prima donna...

(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 18:58, closed)
Cheers for the list.
It's good to know that it's not just 'Street of Shame' in Private Eye that's keeping tabs on the fuckers.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 19:54, closed)
Why did you give her the Hate Mail?
I read i as well - there's a bit of sleb goss, but mostly there's stuff from all over the world and gives a good mix of opinion, articles and fun magazine stuff (like The Ten Best... socks, beds, vases, etc).
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:39, closed)
Despite my attempts to cure her, Mrs Moon Monkey also reads the Daily Seig Heil
...the ironic thing is, she's an immigrant herself.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 16:07, closed)
Have you threatened
to report her to immigration?
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 18:02, closed)
I love the typical responses
Of "If it doesn't fit into my world view it MUST be evil", or exactly the same thing the DM is accused of. I'm not in the UK, but I've read the Mail and calling in Hitleresque just doesn't seem to fit.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 16:16, closed)
The Mail is a mouthy, ignorant twat.
Politics aside some of the stories are, pretty much, "YOU PAID FOR THIS PEDOS SKY TV!!!!" -- when they mean that a person accused of deliberately downloading a cartoon of a child being sexually abused was housed in a open prison with some access TV.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 18:30, closed)
The point is, many of the proferred alternatives have a leaning far to the other direction
I've seen such silliness as you describe in many news sources. That is why you check a few or you begin to see the world as "those fecking Nazis" or "those fecking commies".

Which in hindsight is a bad example because both commies and nazzies were socialist, the only difference being that one wanted it universal and other just for that country. Not really right v. left is it?
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 20:34, closed)
I tend to agree on the right vs left thingy.
But The Daily Fail isn't just one side's political views -- it's a hate-filled diatribe against anything they think the lowest common denominator will dislike.
As I mentioned below -- try The Grauniad (liberal, apparently), The Torygraph (capitalist pigdogs) or The Independent (have something to prove) and argue over, discuss and research their stories. The Mail is not a newspaper it is a hate-filled comic -- in darker moments I understand their point about some things, but even then they miss the point.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 21:10, closed)
How? how the buggering fuck are communists and Nazis the same?
You can't come out with a claim that the "Nazi's were socialists" and expect it to pass without remark surely? And the remark is "Bollocks were they". Defend your position if you honestly feel that you can.

Even a minuscule acquaintance with history would prevent you from making such facile, shoot from the lip statements. Just because they had the word socialist in the name is not a sufficient reason to conclude that Hitler shared any beliefs with Marx. Who do you think the Brownshirts were engaged in street fighting with throughout the period prior to 1933.

It's perhaps fair to claim both ended up as examples of totalitarian states but Germany got there by a quite different route than did the USSR

(I don't actually believe the majority of communist governments were in any meaningful sense of the word socialist either. Given that they sprang from an avowedly left wing position and further given that virtually all state sized communist states have ended up totalitarian, it may be plausible to conclude that all unmodulated socialist projects collapse under the weight of human nature. Beside the point rather but felt it should be mentioned in passing)
(, Sun 19 Jun 2011, 12:42, closed)
For fuck's sake.
Socialist means that the products of labour go to society -- it has fuck all to do with anything else.
You can still be a racist, genocidal, power-crazed dictator and be a socialist running a socialist country.
You can't characterise a regime by using a quick soundbite, the politics of governments are complex and the terms used to describe them mean contradicting things depending on context as well as the leanings of the person doing the discussing -- not to mention that a particular policy could seem to be from a different doctrine to the rest.
Don't even get me started on the right-versus left bollocks.
(, Mon 20 Jun 2011, 0:58, closed)
I agree with the loss of distinction beween left and right
But would suggest that is a much more recent development caused by a very large number of factors. In the early 1900s, at the birth of Facism and growth into mass movement of communism, they were in very many ways utterly in opposition.

At the very basic level the similarities which do exist can serve to mask this to an extent. Certainly both were in favour of single party states, in which all power and material would be used for and by the state, (but in different ways, I would suggest). Also true is the fact that both movements were hostile to opposition, either as idea or physical entity. Other things which seem to unite them can be found, an anti-clericalism is in both and both were, in different ways, opposed to capitalism. Nevertheless there is, or at least was in the inception of each, an extremely important difference. Communism was intended as an egalitarian method of running society, one in which the fruits of the labour of the proletariat was shared amongst everybody. (Forget how it actually worked out in the event, I have already conceded the point that both ended up as profoundlt illiberal totalitarian states.)

Fascism, on the other hand, was intrinsically hierarchically inclined. Under Hitler different cultures and races were rated according to their closeness to the "Aryan" ideal and if found wanting considered to be subhuman. Well we all know how that worked out. It was also expansionist, lauded the martial "virtues" expressed in war and believed in the decay of the current system into decadence and weakness.

Again I stress the point that both systems ended up perpetrating monstrous injustices but the fundamental basis of Nazi Fascism was essentially an atrocious anti-humanism. Certainly under Hitler it was more or less designed that way and exacerbated by the "working towards the F├╝hrer" concept of government. The roots of communist thought, on the other hand, lie in a basically idealistic view of human potential.

As an aside Socialism is the belief that the material wealth produced by society be shared equally amongst the people, which is quite different from the notion of an abstract return of the products of labour to a nebulous "society".

I don't claim it ever worked out that way in anything larger than a small hippie type commune but again it's not what happened but what was intended which defines the differences. Where both fall into error is in the idea of an either perfectible or changeable humanity, designing policies toward which people should modulate their behaviour, rather than accepting the fundamentally conservative (small c) pattern of behaviour exhibited by the majority of humanity and trying to run things with a pragmatic stance.

(, Mon 20 Jun 2011, 21:39, closed)
Wow, I wish I'd studied politics or history.
My point is more that, at present at least, Socialism is pretty much the oposite of Capitalism -- so in today's vernacular Hitler really was "a Socialist".
As to Left and Right -- I'd argue that the terms confuse (in its original sense) financial and humanitarian (for want of a better word) considerations. Good example of what I mean being Stalin -- who used "far Right" methods to try to create a "Left Wing" society.
I suppose the real way to characterise both Hitler and Stalin (as a canonical example) is Fascist.
(, Tue 21 Jun 2011, 17:32, closed)
So, you're complaining about a factually accurate headline?
(, Sat 18 Jun 2011, 8:22, closed)
It's been compared to Mein Kampf because it consists of uninformed, factually incorrect ranting spewed out purely to incite hatred and hysteria.
And yet when non-white non-Christian authors put out similar publications, they're branded as terrorists. Funny old world, eh?
(, Sat 18 Jun 2011, 20:38, closed)
Try varying it.
The Graudian is less knee-jerk and sensationalist than most, I think, and The Independant at least tries to live up to its name. Then you could drop in The Fail and The Torygraph now and again to get some more opinions.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 17:34, closed)
The thing about the Guardian is that it's usually OK for hard news, but outside of that field it's written by North London media types for North London media types, and as a result is staggeringly shallow.
Which is why I only ever read it online.
(, Sat 18 Jun 2011, 20:40, closed)
The Morning Star
will probably make her explode.
(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 18:26, closed)

(, Fri 17 Jun 2011, 22:42, closed)
The Sunday Post
Oor Wullie will do her good.
(, Sun 19 Jun 2011, 3:08, closed)
(, Sun 19 Jun 2011, 10:32, closed)

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