We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This is one of those rare moments in life when you realize you've just read something such as you've never read before, nor may ever read again.
ON 21 July, we published an article claiming that the video games company Rockstar Games were planning to release a version of their popular Grand Theft Auto video games series titled “Grand Theft Auto Rothbury”.
We also published what we claimed would be the cover of this game, solicited comments from a family member impacted by the recent tragedy and criticised Rockstar Games for their alleged plans.
We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story. We also did not question why a best selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.
It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false. We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member.
We unreservedly apologise to Rockstar Games and we have undertaken not to repeat the claims again. We have also agreed to pay them a substantial amount in damages which they are donating to charity.
Danged if I know. I took a quick glance on Google before posting it and it either has to do with a couple of people dying at a music festival or some nutcase who killed a few people and skedaddled to Rothbury where he later blew his brains out as the coppers closed in. Either way, it was a pretty remarkable apology. I guessing the New York Times won't be following suit.
Rothbury in the north east of England was where a murdering lowlife ended up committing suicide (while trapped by police) after going on the run having killed his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, trying to kill the young woman herself and then blinding a police officer as he sat in his patrol car.
There are some strange people who think what the man did was somehow heroic, that like Robin Hood he was magically fighting for the oppressed instead of being what he really was, a skulking turd. He had just been released from jail for some violent crime and was telling people he would kill his ex-girlfriend because in his worldview women don't have lives of their own.
Unfortunately he did the damage before he could be caught, though many are asking how come if the prison officials knew of his stated intentions the cops weren't properly alerted first.
It may also amuse you to know that there are a number of people who think The Star newspaper in these islands has in the past embroidered stories or not always checked their sources thoroughly.
Unfortunately, Doc, I'm afraid you are correct.
The national "main stream media" in the US are notorious for never publishing such complete and timely retractions to stories they screw up, either because of their bias, or because some believe they cannot be wrong.
This attitiude is one of the main factors in their accelerating demise; I say, good riddance!