‘Entertainment’ Category Archives


MAURICE BLACKBURN AND THE LEGALITY OF POKER MACHINES: what about the morality of all gambling?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Money

Melbourne law firm, Maurice Blackburn, is considering legal strategies to crack down on poker machines:

“We think there’s a genuine argument that some of the behaviour by the pokie designers is misleading and deceptive . . . .

“You might have won 30 cents on the dollar you played. You’ve still lost 70 cents but you still get all the stimulus and reaction from the machine as if you’ve won.

“The neuro-science shows that gives you a little bit of a hit . . . not dissimilar to the hit you get when you take a drug.”

Correct. What about other gambling?

Like Bingo?

Who would play Bingo, if it, too, didn’t stimulate one’s neuro-transmitters?

In a better society would the Church encourage, and make money from, gambling?

Shouldn’t one only acquire other people’s money when it’s payment for something useful done or if it’s a gift expressing love.


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AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Happiness, Lifestyle, sport

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?


This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?




by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, God, History, Lifestyle

So British singer Sam Smith is to sing the theme song for the new James Bond film Spectre.

The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall”.

Interestingly that title comes from the Bible, in the book of Daniel.

In the year 539BC, King Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon (modern Iraq) held an orgy for 1000 of his noblemen.

They drank wine from the holy vessels which Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadrezzar had stolen from the Jewish temple when he ransacked Jerusalem 50 years earlier.

Along with the wine, they had women and song — songs in praise of their pagan idols.

Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster wall of the palace.

The king went pale. His knees were knocking.

He called for the Jewish prophet Daniel to interpret the words written on the wall.

Daniel said, “Your Majesty, you have defied the Lord of heaven and defiled the vessels from his Temple. You have given no glory to the God in whose hands are your breath itself and your destiny.

“The writing on the wall says this: ‘God has measured and weighed you and you are found wanting. Your kingdom will be taken over by your enemies.’”

Before the night was over, King Belshazzar was dead. The Persians took over his kingdom.

He had lived the if-it-feels-good-do-it lifestyle now celebrated and recommended by the James Bond industry.

That way lies annihilation.

It would be nice if the fans watching the movie and hearing the song could get that message.



MARDI GRAS & THE MEDIA: thoughts re homosexuality and justice.

by Arnold Jago in Entertainment, Justice, Lifestyle, Media

Media coverage of the Mardi Gras events always seems to give a skewed impression of the phenomenon of homosexuality and related issues.

There are big questions about promoting homosexual activity as a normal healthy lifestyle option.

Policies like same-sex “marriage”, adoption of children into non-mother-father households, using classrooms to propagandise and recruit gender-confused youth into irreversible coming-out self-declarations etc. — these are all unjust or at least arguably so.

TV viewers, in particular, are vulnerable to one-sided presentations.

Better if the media were to either ignore the Mardi Gras or submit it to scrutiny along objective lines as outlined above.




FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: a morality-undermining cop-out?

by Arnold Jago in Entertainment, Lifestyle, Money, Women

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a commercial phenomenon which, by written word and screen depiction, is making heaps of money.

Presumably the title plays on the concept of some things being, not black-and-white morally, but somewhere in between on a kind of grey spectrum.

Which is nonsense. Take a page of newsprint. The grey areas are made up of black and white dots.

If they look grey it’s because you haven’t got up close and examined in detail.

Here is part of a poem by G. K. Chesterton:

“The men that sell what others make,
As vultures eat what others slay,
Will prove in matching plume with plume
That naught is black and all is grey . . . .
Grey as those dingy doves that once,
By money-changers palmed and priced,
Amid the crash of tables flapped
And huddled from the wrath of Christ . . . .

But raised for ever for a sign
Since God made anger glorious,
Where eagles black and vultures grey
Flocked back about the heroic house . . . .
Where war is holier than peace,
Where hate is holier than love,
Shone terrible as the Holy Ghost
An eagle whiter than a dove.”

Read Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 21. It might improve our understanding of what appears above.




CHARLIE HEBDO: more thoughts.

by Arnold Jago in crime, Death, Entertainment, Media

1.5 million gathered in Paris, chanting, “I am Charlie”.

Meaning what?

That we stand together resolutely for free speech (i.e. mockery of other people’s beliefs)?

But Charlie was never truly free.

Charlie only mocked certain beliefs. Others being off limits.

They never mocked, for example, the fiction that abortion doesn’t kill a real human being.

The 1.5 million called their meeting too late.

Why no outrage back when Charlie starting mocking, not only Mohammed, but also Jesus Christ, Mary his mother, the pope etc. in demeaning fashion?

We need to do better. And think a bit deeper.

Shooting other people and demeaning other people’s culture – they are both the wrong thing to do.