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Our old friend Cognitive Dissonance was at play again last night.  Hearts manager, Paolo Sergio, seemed to accept Stephen Elliot’s second minute attempt was cleared so quickly officials might not have had a chance to ascertain if it crossed the line, but he tried to reconcile his frustration at this reality by publicly adopting a position which, on reflection, he should accept is in contravention to the rules of the game.

Elliot’s attempt struck Joe Ledley, who was standing on the line with his arms stationary and by his side, before being cleared by Fraser Forster.

Sergio said, “If you don’t see the ball over the line then you should see the handball which is a penalty and a red card.”

It’s scarcely credible that the Hearts manager is unaware of the rules of the game which clearly establish that for a handball offence to be committed the player needs to deliberately use a hand or arm to play the ball, not have the ball played against his stationary hand or arm.

No one had much of a clue whether the ball had crossed the line or not until after watching multiple TV replays and even then, while I can understand the attacking team claiming a goal, TV evidence does not provide conclusive proof that the whole of the ball crossed the line.

This will no doubt be the source of Sergio’s frustration; his team could have taken the lead but didn’t.  Armed with this frustration he then created a false scenario which allowed him to reconcile his feelings of grievance.

What a shower.  Struggling to operate in the SPL and pay tax, disorganised team structure and afflicted by football’s Cognitive Dissonance epidemic.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    SHAMELESS REPOST….

     

     

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    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS says:

     

     

    9 February, 2012 at 11:46

     

     

    BIG REQUEST FOR HELP…..

     

     

    Four members of my family went to the POTY Dance last year-brilliant night-and my sister has been left in charge of this year’s arrangements.

     

     

    My Dad has been nagging for a few weeks to get the tickets booked,and she finally got round to it this morning.

     

     

    DISASTER,SOLD OUT!

     

     

    Now,in order to avoid one of those relationship-damaging murder suicide pacts when my Dad finds out,does anyone have two or three spares for the night?

     

     

    Big ask,I know,but rest asured,you won’t have to put up with my company,just that of my sister(s) and my Dad. Much nicer people….

     

     

    If there is anyone out there who can help,please let me know through these pages,or contact Lorna via The Samaritans,who will no doubt have her on speed-dial by now!

     

     

    Otherwise I’ll just have to console myself with a larger share of the spoils when the will gets read out….

     

     

    FINGERS CROSSED

  2. Ahhh, it wasn’t just me who couldn’t get the mag to work then?

     

    I was too scared to ask.

  3. Neil Lennon says NO to BESNA!! on

    Just typed my longest ever post, on my phone, it took 15mins.

     

    The post that followed it was by some guy Paul67 saying new article posted.

     

    Gutted….i give up.

  4. Following on from Broxi Bears dramatic deadline day transfer to

     

    Edinburgh zoo; Rangers chairman Craig Whyte(White) has announced

     

    that the clubs new mascot will simply be a fan dressed up as a

     

    Giant cheque.

     

     

    He shall be known as BOUNCY BOUNCY.

     

     

    :)

     

     

    HH

     

     

    Mike

  5. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Sammis layoff for Broonie

     

    Victors instantaneous control before shooting

     

    Sammis cross for Ledley

     

    Broonies chip and body swerve

     

    Frasers goal line clearance

     

     

    Top 5 for me

     

     

    Hail Hail

  6. Has anyone listened to clyde last night?

     

     

    1hr and 15 mins in the callers name is Billy, anyone who hasn’t listened to listen to it.

     

     

    Billy you are not a tim and you have been caught out mate, its just 2 things you said when you were talking about the 9IAR era.

     

     

    SSB have put Billy on as a plant or he has done it off his own back, I’m more suspicious clyde done it due to him going on about the tv deal and without 1 of the OF scottish football would die.

  7. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Paul67 –

     

     

    That’s the third time in four of our games a goal has not been allowed to stand – last night turned out to be in our favour while the decisions in the matches with St Mirren and Falkirk went against Celtic.

     

     

    The most obvious things to say about the two that went against us is we didn’t require multiple replays or blown-up images to see that those decisions were wrong – but we are still behind in terms of these things starting to even out … and that is just since the turn of the year.

  8. Guys, I have a plan to satisfy the media campaign to get 4 of these OF games AND put Rangers in Division 3

     

     

    1. Recreate League cup sections – make it compulsory for us and them to play in a section every year home and away until they get to the top flight – 2 games down

     

     

    2. In the Scottish cup which is contracted by SKY same idea but make it a home and away play off with away goals counting like in a European tie.

     

     

     

    Hey presto – 4 OF games (even though they won’t be that club anymore), SKY get their spectacle, we win normally and humiliate them and they have to work their way up the leagues benefiting the smaller clubs for 3 years.

     

     

    They get the Euro Ban and the TV money for the SPL is shared EVENLY between the 12 to offset the losses made by their horrible fans not being in the league.

     

     

    Celtic still get the gate money for the league cup and Scottish cup and prices go down across the board for season tickets again offset by CL money for us and the other sides get 3 years of a guaranteed better chance at winning a cup.

     

     

    If there is a will they can reconfigure the leagues to get them up quicker if such a will exists.

     

     

    Thoughts?

     

     

     

    Not a perfect solution but definitely better than a free pass for cheating.

  9. from previous article

     

     

    cheers lads i was 99.95 sure the music on the tannoy had started for a goal – check out bbc highlights online and they show the full clip from the hearts “goal” up until Bronnie’s goal and that has magically disappeared

     

     

    just read in the Irish Daily Mirror – rangers are waiting to find out if they can re-sign daniel cousin from some 3rd division south african team

  10. Steinreignedsupreme at 12:14

     

     

    Good to know that in the “these things even themselves out over time” that we are still due another piece of good fortune before long.

     

     

    Personally I’d take it at Ibrox and ideally our player would be a mile offside before crashing the ball off the underside of the bar seeing it bounce clearly on the line before linesman gives it as a goal.

     

     

    Karma is a dish best served with ice cream and jelly.

     

     

    Mort

  11. Zaluska

     

    Lustig Loovens Majstorovic Izaguirre

     

    Juarez Kayal Ki Commons

     

    Stokes Brozek

     

     

    Subs M.Wilson, Cha, Ibrahim, McCourt, Bangura,

     

     

    strong team and bench who were not in starting 11 last night

  12. Snake Plissken says:

     

    9 February, 2012 at 12:16

     

    Guys, I have a plan to satisfy the media campaign to get 4 of these OF games AND put Rangers in Division 3

     

     

    1. Recreate League cup sections – make it compulsory for us and them to play in a section every year home and away until they get to the top flight – 2 games down

     

     

    2. In the Scottish cup which is contracted by SKY same idea but make it a home and away play off with away goals counting like in a European tie.

     

     

    Hey presto – 4 OF games (even though they won’t be that club anymore), SKY get their spectacle, we win normally and humiliate them and they have to work their way up the leagues benefiting the smaller clubs for 3 years.

     

     

    They get the Euro Ban and the TV money for the SPL is shared EVENLY between the 12 to offset the losses made by their horrible fans not being in the league.

     

     

    Celtic still get the gate money for the league cup and Scottish cup and prices go down across the board for season tickets again offset by CL money for us and the other sides get 3 years of a guaranteed better chance at winning a cup.

     

     

    If there is a will they can reconfigure the leagues to get them up quicker if such a will exists.

     

     

    Thoughts?

     

     

    Not a perfect solution but definitely better than a free pass for cheating.

     

     

    Cracking point mate.

  13. Paul67

     

     

    Hi Paul, just tried again to buy the print version of CQN mag, it is still coming up with mag no5.

     

    Tried refreshing but still the same.

     

     

    HH

  14. kitalba —-

     

     

    Sometimes i struggle to hold back the thought that such outpourings of Hun bile are porode or satire but then I remember this-

     

     

    The Summer of Love 1967. Chip shop in Milngavie, Beatles doing their All You Need is Love Thing on the Chip shop’s tele, deranged drunk numb nut in the Q shouting—–

     

     

    ” Ringo Starr yer a —— FENIAN ——- ”

     

     

    I can still see the big flakes of dandruff glistening in his Brylcreamed bonce. Can still see his brown brogues. Can still see his way to tight Baratheaa blazer with the Milngavie Bowling Club badge

  15. A further thought on my posting of yesterday where I expressed my undying admiration of Fergus McCann.

     

    Despite its prodigious muck-racking prowess, the worst scandal that Scotland’s media rat pack could pin on him were the horrible twin vices of being a bit tight fisted and somewhat abrupt.

  16. enmac, a bampot stands shoulder to shoulder with Neil Lennon on

    I see there is a nardinis opend up on byres rd.

     

     

    jelly and ice cream for lunch methinks !

  17. Snake Plissken says:

     

    9 February, 2012 at 12:16

     

     

    Mate get that point out on Clyde, i guarantee they won’t have an answer lol.

  18. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Hats off to John Newtons article in the CQN magazine. I also think he is quite close with his intimation that Whyte will buy a low order English team and then move the operations to Ibrox. I wonder what UEFA can do about that ?

     

     

    Hail Hail

  19. I make no apology for posting the following little nugget …

     

     

    Although obviously addressing contemprary society’s larger woes, it nicely backs up my long-held view about demographic difference between them and us …

     

     

    (Over to you philvis … ;-)

     

     

    Raisingthetone.CSC

     

    ——————————-

     

    LIBERAL CONSTPIATION

     

    February 6, 2012.

     

     

    Conservatism is linked to low intelligence; but the real idiots are the progressives letting it win.

     

    By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 7th February 2012

     

     

    Self-deprecating, too liberal for their own good, today’s progressives stand back and watch, hands over their mouths, as the social vivisectionists of the right slice up a living society to see if its component parts can survive in isolation. Tied up in knots of reticence and self-doubt, they will not shout stop. Doing so requires an act of interruption, of presumption, for which they no longer possess a vocabulary.

     

     

    Perhaps it is in the same spirit of liberal constipation that, with the exception of Charlie Brooker (1), we have been too polite to mention the study published last month in the journal Psychological Science, which revealed that people with conservative beliefs are likely to be of low intelligence (2). Paradoxically it was the Daily Mail which brought it to the attention of British readers last week (3). It feels crude, illiberal to point out that the other side is, on average, more stupid than our own. But this, the study suggests, is not unfounded generalisation but empirical fact.

     

     

    It is by no means the first such paper. There is plenty of research showing that low general intelligence in childhood predicts greater prejudice towards people of different ethnicity or sexuality in adulthood (4). Open-mindedness, flexibility, trust in other people: all these require certain cognitive abilities. Understanding and accepting others – particularly “different” others – requires an enhanced capacity for abstract thinking.

     

     

    But, drawing on a sample size of several thousand, correcting for both education and socioeconomic status, the new study looks embarrassingly robust. Importantly, it shows that prejudice tends not to arise directly from low intelligence, but from the conservative ideologies to which people of low intelligence are drawn. Conservative ideology is the “critical pathway” from low intelligence to racism. Those with low cognitive abilities are attracted to “right-wing ideologies that promote coherence and order” and “emphasize the maintenance of the status quo” (5). Even for someone not yet renowned for liberal reticence, this feels hard to write.

     

     

    This is not to suggest that all conservatives are stupid. There are some very clever people in government, advising politicians, running thinktanks, writing for newspapers, who have acquired power and influence by promoting rightwing ideologies.

     

     

    But what we now see among their parties – however intelligent their guiding spirits may be – is the abandonment of any pretence of high-minded conservatism. On both sides of the Atlantic, conservative strategists have discovered that there is no pool so shallow that several million people won’t drown in it. Whether they are promoting the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the US, that manmade climate change is an eco-fascist-communist-anarchist conspiracy or that the deficit results from the greed of the poor, they now appeal to the basest, stupidest impulses, and find that it does them no harm in the polls.

     

     

    Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what two former Republican ideologues, David Frum and Mike Lofgren, have been saying. Frum warns that “conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics.” (6) The result is a “shift to ever more extreme, ever more fantasy-based ideology” which has “ominous real-world consequences for American society.”

     

     

    Lofgren complains that “the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today” (7). The Republican party, with its “prevailing anti-intellectualism and hostility to science” is appealing to what he calls the “low-information voter” or the “misinformation voter.” While most office holders probably don’t believe the “reactionary and paranoid claptrap” they peddle, “they cynically feed the worst instincts of their fearful and angry low-information political base”.

     

     

    The madness hasn’t gone as far in the UK, but the effects of the Conservative appeal to stupidity are already making themselves felt. Yesterday the Guardian reported that recipients of disability benefits, scapegoated by the government as scroungers, blamed for the deficit, now find themselves subject to a new level of hostility and threats from other people (8).

     

     

    These are the perfect conditions for a billionaires’ feeding frenzy. Any party elected by misinformed, suggestible voters becomes a vehicle for undisclosed interests. A tax break for the 1% is dressed up as freedom for the 99%. The regulation that prevents big banks and corporations from exploiting us becomes an assault on the working man and woman. Those of us who discuss manmade climate change are cast as elitists by people who happily embrace the claims of Lord Monckton, Lord Lawson or thinktanks funded by ExxonMobil or the Koch brothers: now the authentic voices of the working class.

     

     

    But when I survey this wreckage I wonder who the real idiots are. Confronted with mass discontent, the once-progressive major parties, as Thomas Frank laments in his latest book Pity the Billionaire, triangulate and accommodate, hesitate and prevaricate, muzzled by what he calls “terminal niceness” (9). They fail to produce a coherent analysis of what has gone wrong and why, or to make an uncluttered case for social justice, redistribution and regulation. The conceptual stupidities of conservatism are matched by the strategic stupidities of liberalism.

     

     

    Yes, conservatism thrives on low intelligence and poor information. But the liberals in politics on both sides of the Atlantic continue to back off, yielding to the supremacy of the stupid. It’s turkeys all the way down.

     

     

    http://www.monbiot.com

     

    References:

     

    1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/05/daily-mail-calls-rightwingers-stupid

     

    2. Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri, 5th January 2012. Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes: Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact. Psychological Science February 2012 vol. 23 no. 2 187-195 doi: 10.1177/0956797611421206 http://pss.sagepub.com/content/23/2/187.full.pdf+html

     

    3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095549/Right-wingers-intelligent-left-wingers-says-controversial-study–conservative-politics-lead-people-racist.html

     

    4. Eg:

     

    SW Keiller, 2010. Abstract reasoning as a predictor of attitudes toward gay men. Journal of Homosexuality, 57, 914–927.

     

    Ian J. Deary, G. David Batty and Catharine R. Gale, 2008. Bright Children Become

     

    Enlightened Adults. Psychological Science, Vol 19, 1. pp 1-6.

     

    Lazar Stankov, 2009. Conservatism and cognitive ability. Intelligence 37, 294–304.

     

    5. Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri, as above.

     

    6. http://nymag.com/news/politics/conservatives-david-frum-2011-11/

     

    7. http://www.truth-out.org/goodbye-all-reflections-gop-operative-who-left-cult/1314907779

     

    8. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/05/benefit-cuts-fuelling-abuse-disabled-people

     

    9. Thomas Frank, 2012. Pity the Billionaire: the hard times swindle and the unlikely comeback of the right. Harvill Secker, London.

     

     

    http://www.monbiot.com/2012/02/06/liberal-constipation/

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