No, this is not me or Gawain kidding. This is for real.
There has been an explosion in the usage of this online social networking tool across Europe: unfortunately many people have crossed the line from social networking to social dysfunction. This is a real health issue and I am calling upon the Commission to take action.So far so 'Hahah'.
Visiting your Facebook page frequently actually causes what psychologists refer to as ‘intermittent reinforcement’. Notifications, messages and invitations reward you with an unpredictable high, much like gambling. That anticipation can get dangerously addictive. Many people access their Facebook page once or twice a week; however, for others it has turned into a compulsion — and it is a compulsion to dissociate yourself from your real world and go and live in the Facebook world.
Moderate usage is not a problem at all for most people, however some people do not seem to realise that it is not real life.
But the final two lines of MEP Childers' written question put into sharp, chilling focus what mess we got ourselves into:
With the passing into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU now has increased powers to legislate when there is a threat to public health in Europe. Will the Commission submit proposals to Parliament to address this growing threat to the mental health of European citizens?Telegraph columnist Ed West: That ringing in your ears is the sounds of alarm bells coming from the direction of Brussels.
Just let these words sink in for a moment: With the passing into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU now has increased powers to legislate... Then look up Articles 3, 4 and 6 in the consolidated version of the Turnip. Finally, return to the words of Mrs. Childers: With the passing into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU now has increased powers to legislate... anything it wants (h/t Witterings from Witney).
And it was our own establishment, our own politicians and journalists, that sold us out to this madness, this unaccountable monster. So, the reason we are not executing the lot of them is...?