Weakly Ghost Bulletin #10

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That Child Who’d Vote UKIP

A British schoolchild has been filmed telling Tristram Hunt that he would vote UKIP in the upcoming General Election because they’d “get all the foreigners out of the country.” The video is really difficult to watch because it’s awful to see a child repeating what he has probably heard adults saying. As children we trust our parents to be right even when they’re not and it can have a devastating effect in many ways.

Watching the video was a chilling experience and took me back to a very similar and embarrassing experience that I had at school when I was younger. I can’t remember the exact context but we had been tasked to write a letter to the Prime Minister about something that we felt needed to change or improve and I wrote about the number of foreign people coming into the country. The teacher was walking around the room and engaging us children about what we had written and when he got to my desk he asked me why I held that view. The words I said are still very clear in my mind to this very day, “I think they need to sort things out their own countries before they come over here and use up our resources.”

Wait, what? Thirteen-year-old Hayley Stevens didn’t know immigration statistics and policy, she didn’t know anything about public resources or the benefits system in the country, so what on earth was she talking about? Well, I was parroting what I had read in The Sun newspaper that my parents would buy and read on an almost daily basis. I was parroting what the biased media tell us with scary headlines and I was parroting what I’d heard certain older relatives saying (in fact, a certain relative said the exact same thing Thirteen-year-old me said just last Christmas.)

Today a child of that age can connect to the internet and gain access to all sorts of information in minutes to help develop an informed opinion but when I was Thirteen we didn’t have that luxury in our house. I think we had a dial-up modem on the family computer at that point but we certainly didn’t use it 24/7 and I was limited to the media that my parents brought into the house which came mainly in the form of The Sun and ITV News.

But even with the internet access of today it is still possible to be misled and tricked into thinking incorrect things are true by the media who provide unfair balance to those who are not experts, and by twisting facts or simply making them up to suit their agenda.

political compass result graphic

I don’t hate immigrants. In fact, I now try to champion immigration and foreign aid as the good, positive things that they are and when I took The Political Compass test recently I was in the left libertarian quadrant (the red dot on the picture above is me, apparently.) So what changed?

I learned how to question stuff people claimed was true…

…and I’m glad that I didn’t grow up to view the world with a mindset shaped by such limited, biased input because I believe that every act of intolerance lessens what it means to be a human. When we are intolerant of another person we are intolerant of humanity.

Yet, that could so easily have been different because we’re taught what to think and not how to think as kids, and watching the young boy tell Tristram Hunt that he would vote UKIP reminded me of this. Children want to learn but when they’re not taught how to properly evaluate information it can impact their ability to think reasonably.

Let’s not hate the child for saying what he did, and let’s not even hate the parents for potentially making him thing this way intentionally or unintentionally – let’s hate the biased media that creates an echo chamber full of lies to twist the way people view the world around them and to turn good people against other good people. Fuck them.

Weakly Ghost Bulletin #9

What? Oh my gosh. Can it be? Is this… why yes! Yes, this is the Weakly Ghost Bulletin, risen from the grave like Jesus himself. Hallelujah!

Eerie Photo of Little Girl Followed By Ghost Goes Viral

Anastassia Perets ghost phot

This photo is really creepy when you look at it without consideration. The little girl in the photo, Anastassia Perets, claims that upon looking back at photos from her childhood she spotted a mysterious girl in the background of this photo of her that her parents say was not present. In this context the image looks really creepy… but Perets is 21 now and she is very young in the photo meaning that the best part of two decades have passed since the photo was taken. Us humans have really bad memories but we think that we have really good memories meaning that we rely upon what we remember being accurate more than we should. In my opinion this “creepy” apparition is probably another child.

h/t The Anomalist

This Baby Was Photobombed By A Ghastly Hand

ghostly hand behind baby

This photo is so old that the baby now has a law degree. It was determined back when it first surfaced in 2013 that it’s entirely possible that the hand belongs to a child standing in the background of the photo even though we are told there was nobody present when the photo was taken. You can see that they’re wearing a white t-shirt and grey shorts or trousers. The pink blur at the top left of the photo is a finger slightly over the lens. Boring.

Ghost Girl Appears In Photo Taken At El-Paso High

el paso ghost

The image above apparently shows a ghostly figure standing near two people at a football stadium. You can make out what appears to be two stumps legs. My initial impression is that this is a faked photo or the “ghost” could be a photographic artefact. It’s so difficult to tell either way because the quality of the photo is so, so bad.

Unidentified Dementor-like Mist Flies Past Car In Nebraska

A woman filming a storm while in a moving car caught this odd object flying through the air at speed. People have been quick to say this is a UFO or, more bizzarely, a dementor from the Harry Potter universe. Guys, as much as it pains me to say this what with being a huge Potter fan, the Harry Potter books are fictional. There are no such things as happiness-guzzling dementors flying around.

Speculation is rife over what this mystery object could be and although my money is on it being Tony Stark most people think it is some sort of a test drone.

And now for something completely different…

College staff thought they were being haunted by ghosts… it was actually a goat

‘Caretakers at Coleg Cambria’s Northop campus kept reporting lights were regularly being left on in the rare breeds centre’s goat barn. Baffled animal centre manager Wendy Gacem began to suspect a ghost or intruders were to blame. But the truth finally emerged after Jake the Bagot Billy Goat was caught red-handed flicking the switch’ the Daily Post reports.

…because when lights are left turned on the first conclusion to reach is ‘ghosts or intruders’, right?

The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters

I wrote previously about a research team at Clarkson University headed up by Professor Shane Rogers that seek to establish whether there is a link between air quality and strange experiences people often associate with a haunting or with ghosts. Rogers said “experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by individuals exposed to toxic moulds. Psychoactive effects of some fungi are well-known, whereas the effects of others such as indoor moulds are less researched.”

I have seen a frankly bizarre and at times bitter reaction from large swathes of ghost hunting communities to this news such as… Continue reading The Anti-Science Bias Of Ghost Hunters