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Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Fairfax frippery and other (Gerard Henderson) joke journalism
Mood:  lazy
Topic: big media

One question - who funds Gerard Henderson?

Supplementary: If you don't know because the Sydney Institute funding is secret - how can you publish him prominently in the opinion pages and claim you are a real newspaper and not simply a propaganda sheet?

The truth is Fairfax opinion editor is a professional joke.


Posted by editor at 10:16 AM EADT
Paul Monk, creepy spooky scared weird little guy, on wikileaks
Mood:  energetic
Topic: big media

What can you say about ol' Monky eh?

There he was back in the day slumming it at Ursula College residential hall at ANU in the mid 80ies, like a barely concealed ASIO recruiting officer.

2 doors down from Burgmann College were KR Rudd was holed up some 5 years earlier.

Monky had a reputation amongst what Sister Scholastica (RIP) referred to as the elite: One a maths professor today, another a uni medal winner destined for Macquarie Bank, another who got more HDs than credits or distinctions. And this humble cynic - even at that age. I spent too much time envying Rodney Day listed as world record holder of Pengo arcade game in Wikipedia, earnd in the Ursula common room.

Back in the day when it was a religious Catholic institution. And I confess I ought not to have stolen the bottle of alter (!) wine and am just about a teetotal these days.

We had another name for ourselves - The Sloth Club. Which was so not true - all ambitious and quite hard working in private. But in the common room to join our 'club' there was only one rule - you didn't care if you were in our club! Suitable social apathy was the evidence required of a strong identity and self confidence that eschewed vain double talk.

Hence Monky was never going to cut it. And now we read his prose yesterday in The Australian dated 4 January 2011 attacking Assange as literally Daniel Ellsberg endorses Assange. WTF? Monky tries to turn that endorsement around while ignoring the revelations on the Iraq war count, the Right to Know agenda, the effective rescue of the relevance of the 4th estate from their own craven compromises with Big Govt/Big Corp Donors, peace dividend from what Gandhi calls the role of 'openness' in his profound 10 principles of non violence. And so on.

Monky hasn't changed - short of stature and short of principled prose. No one doubts the Big Media aka conservative press will both exploit wikileaks and proceed to their 'little murder' of the source being Assange and wikileaks. The 5th estate well know the deconstruction. But it won't work.

For the same reason gold Walkley winner Laurie Oakes staunchly defends the role of wikileaks in boosting the public's right to know, so Monk has only made an intellectual and moral fool of himself - again.


Posted by editor at 9:49 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 January 2011 10:08 AM EADT
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Verrender, Van Onselen display their $15B stupidity on power asset profile
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: big media

On the issue of the sale (sell out?) of NSW power assets we keep reading the cannard of the 1997 sale proposal being worth $30 /$25 billion then only $15B under Iemma in 2007 and now only $5B (or $3B after the coal mine).

These are not the same asset bundle. As pointed out by John Kaye MP (Greens) some years ago the 1997 proposal included the poles and wires which may be Transgrid authority.

 No doubt there are other variations in the asset profile for the 3 DIFFERENT sale proposals.

For so called professional journalists or opinion writers in Fairfax and News Ltd in the space of 2 days to get their articles wrong by a mere $15B while promoting their critique is an outrage of public misinformation, probably as bad as the performance of the NSW Govt itself.

No wonder the Govt is so bad. The 4th estate is a sad projection of incompetence. The irony is that this makes the case for Wikileaks regarding actual sourcing of information to cross check the dopes in the big media.

Van Onselen's story may not be online but it appears at p100 today of the Sydney Sunday Telegraph.

Verrender's piece in the weekend Sydney Morning Herald is here:

Seller's remorse hits as power station buyers jump for joy

One stupid quote here:

"At just $5.3 billion, with maybe another $2 billion to come, NSW taxpayers have been royally shafted, ripped off and taken for a ride. At least, that's what the critics would have us believe. And, superficially at least, it's difficult to argue with them.

In 1997, those same assets were in the books at $25 billion. But within two years, the value had plummeted to $16 billion."

Posted by editor at 8:34 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 19 December 2010 8:35 AM EADT
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Wikileaks pioneer targetted for exposing more truth of Iraq death count
Mood:  loud
Topic: big media


This cartoon above ran on ABC Insiders on 31 October 2010:


They are by David Pope, also referred to in this report:


Pope honoured as Cartoonist of the Year

Posted Sun Nov 7, 2010 11:13am AEDT

Canberra cartoonist David Pope has won one of Australia's top cartooning honours, taking out the 2010 Cartoonist of the Year Award in Melbourne last night.

He beat five other finalists to take home the top award.

Pope has been drawing cartoons for the alternative press in Australia since the mid-1980s and for The Canberra Times since 2008.

He says former Canberra Times cartoonist Geoff Pryor created the space in the paper for his brand of political cartooning.

"I've been very lucky to follow in the footsteps of Geoff Pryor at the Canberra Times, who really created the space at the paper where you are given free rein to make political comment about the news of the day and social events," he said.

"It's a terrific space to have and he created that space in the paper over 30 years."

 Over to Insiders comment here:

JASON CHATFIELD: Yes, oh it was a godsend, incredible. It was a slow news day and then just a shoe flew in and every cartoonist in the country stood up and applauded.

There's two reasons that I'm excited that John Howard is back on the scene. One of them is that I get to draw John Howard again.

The other one is that I get to hear Mike Bowers do a John Howard impersonation.

MICHAEL BOWERS (in John Howard voice): Oh not tonight!

JASON CHATFIELD (in John Howard voice): Oh stop it Mike, yeah!

(Referring to Paul Zanetti's cartoon, www.zanetti.net.au):

MICHAEL BOWERS: The shoe throwing incident just gave so many visual metaphors and visual puns for you guys. It was just fantastic.

JASON CHATFIELD: It was amazing. Yeah we've got a Zanetti here with "three shoes?" and then Tony Jones here saying, "Oh the third one is from Costello."

Very good. I'm surprised it's an actual shoe and not a fluffy slipper or something.

(Referring to Jason Chatfield's cartoon, jasonchatfield.com):

MICHAEL BOWERS: You've picked up on it as well.

JASON CHATFIELD: I did. Yeah I mean it was just the fact that that week it got so much press for the book.

He's written everything that's happened to him and then this happens.

And you know I can imagine him just sort of sitting there thinking, oh "Damn, I could have put that in the book."

MICHAEL BOWERS: If they go to a second printing I'm sure it will be in the book.

JASON CHATFIELD: There'll be an addendum yeah, Lazarus writing still.

MICHAEL BOWERS: Me and the shoe.

JASON CHATFIELD: Lazarus reeling.

(Referring to David Pope's cartoon in the Canberra Times):

MICHAEL BOWERS: David Pope from the Canberra Times has really gone for the jugular.

JASON CHATFIELD: Yes. This is one of the sharpest gags I've seen all week.

MICHAEL BOWERS: "The legacy resurrected."

"Sorry is this a bad time?" coming from the skull as they pour out of the Iraq War with the Wikileaks man opening the door on it.

JASON CHATFIELD: This is such a good cartoon. And he's just hit it straight on the head.

The deeply cynical attempts to smear Assange of Wikileaks in the big media remind of the devastating critique of some in the big media - like Fox News today - in a re-run of the 1986 Olive Stone movie Salvador whitewashing massive fatalities by a right wing dictator convenient to the USA fascist influence in Central America.

Director Oliver Stone, a Vietnam War veteran, talks about the movie here:


The movie cast included such notables as:

Truly I say to the Big Media in their coverage of Assange this is their Bonhoeffer moment in terms of professional morality: They can reflect the facts or self censor and sanitise in the face of seemingly overwhelming power of the USA military machine. And yes the death rate in Iraq is comparable with Nazi Germany if not as great.

*    *     *

Which all reminds of the sly Cut & Paste in The Australian yesterday, scolding the Greens (as if the criminal News International have any moral stature on such things) for referencing climate change/global warming as akin to coal trains as death trains in the Holocaust.

Ironically The Australian is 'correct': Inundation and changed monsoonal rainfall patterns from Africa to South East Asia and the Amazon will affect hundreds of millions of people as well as diverse species in nature. Which means the comparison to the Holocaust is inappropriate. The death rate from climate impacts of coal trains will be far, far worse than the Holocaust.

Which of course is anathema to the death cult like worship of the Holocaust as the greatest evil that man has ever been capable of.

Regretably not.

Posted by editor at 7:27 AM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 21 November 2010 7:54 AM EADT
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Elvish climate protesters at GMT in 2009 get off with a stern lecture
Mood:  chatty
Topic: local news

Another not so cryptic photo from a grovelling lawyer's existence:



Posted by editor at 12:29 PM EADT
Saturday, 9 October 2010
They always said you were so weird ...
Mood:  lyrical
Topic: peace

Thank you John Lennon, an influential life echoing down the years, posted at the anniversary of his death, or something like that around this time in alot of big media. The header refers to a line in a song by George Harrison in tribute to his band brother on his untimely death. But on balance I went for another song link demonstrating such influence in the current day, like the lovely "IMAGINE" banner below in 2007: Eddie Vedder cover of a well know Lennon song, apparently channeling Dylan at the time.


Posted by editor at 7:26 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 7 November 2010 12:14 PM EADT
NSW forest still being trashed - Dampier SF NSW south coast Oct 2010
Mood:  sad
Topic: nsw govt


Posted by editor at 5:14 PM NZT
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Too much time on a long weekend
Topic: about editor







Posted by editor at 11:40 PM NZT
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Abbott in Green Zone - but where are the WMD Tony?
Mood:  sharp
Topic: peace


Posted by editor at 6:38 PM NZT
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
SMAGE enviro writer plays catch up on tired Wilderness ruction
Mood:  mischievious
Topic: big media


Picture: Alec Marr, Director of The Wilderness Society 3rd from left, taken off a collage in the TWS Sydney office wall display.

We briefed colleagues yesterday on a page 3 story rudely interrupting our Easter Monday holiday (doing the ironing actually). It refers to Alec Marr so called out of the loop in Canberra, pictured above next to Albanese, Garrett etc in the lead up to the federal election. The politicians know where the weight is, as we do.

We wrote before about the central role Lyndon Schneiders has played as a rival for Marr's job, an ambition missing from the Age stories in February. The SMH have to that extent updated. But they also failed to get to the history of perverse manipulations by one Judy Lambert, a senior figure in TWS with in our view some terrible impacts on forest policy in Australia, not least as former policy fixer for discredited ALP Enviro Minister of yesteryear Ros Kelly.

We believe J Lambert has some major conflicts to explain, and accountability for past job review fraud cutting a swathe through the national organisation of TWS in the 1990ies. We understand J Lambert is involved again in the rebel group in 2010, having requisitioned a town hall meeting in Melbourne.

Here is our update to colleagues given the beat up by the SMH yesterday:

Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 4:29 PM
Subject: TWS will be fine, 45K members etc

I have no private interest or connection with any of the stakeholders which becomes important given many undeclared conflicts in this dispute.
I had a call from a member of the national executive regarding Lyndon Schneiders resigning early last week. From what I can see there is nothing really new in the story in the SMH from the coverage in The Age over a month ago other than Lyndon spitting the dummy. That earlier story is here
I spoke to that Age journalist for half an hour last month after the story about a common sense approach needed regarding democratic empowerment of the 45,000 membership which often is not the same as the admin functionary cliques that develop in branches of TWS (read below 1994 primary doc with figure involved in 2010) sometimes with no understanding of campaigning imperatives (like current death struggle with Gunns Ltd). 
In my time it was functionaries thinking TWS was a shallow PR factory existing to employ them while activists out on the line put their lives at risk. Marr on the other hand has been on the front line many times. #1 defendent in the Gunns Case.
The recent New Matilda story #1 
and #2
and comment string covers the situation.
What the SMH story today and Lyndon's quotes don't reveal is that he apparently is the long time ambitious rival candidate for the director's job, with alleged destabilisation campaign to achieve that. Also the national campaign committee attack on Marr was after an IR dispute involving the attempted sacking of a talented, dedicated individual arguably implicated indirectly in breach of intranet privacy obligations of national management team.
(I consulted the IT manager for ACF who is an old school friend of mine and he noted there are legal consequences of hacking private email, let alone national management. That sacking was overturned in the Tas IR Commission, but is itself being appealed by the national body. I read the lengthy judgement at first instance and there are some problems with the decision - failure to make a glaring finding of fact regarding burnout of the individual, somewhat perverse finding about the attitude of Alec Marr arguably lacking evidence.)
Also in the SMH today the notion that AGMs of the national meeting of TWS are held in a national conference plenary is not what I recall back in the early 90ies. They are held at the same event in parallel but always a very small private affair for security of the organisation. The idea that 150 or 200 would be at a national AGM of TWS during the national conference sounds like fantasy to me. For instance anyone who pays their dues might stack the AGM - infamous redneck Jennifer Marohasy being the most extreme case (in print quoting Wilderness News via subscription one assumes).
Also significant in the ructions is the conflicted role of an old fixer exposed here
with a degree of fraud to her record from way back in 1994 (again in 2010?) when she effectively helped remove the previous national campaign team. Advisedly. The primary documents are there and a long time coming out 15 years later. The fact this person was previously a fixer for ALP federal environment minister Ros Kelly (who was sacked in a funding scandal) before returning to TWS machinations is not lost on this writer.
It may be this posting with hard evidence of fraud national management job review process in 1994 has scattered the rebellion in 2010 given the implications. Same person requisitioned the rebel meeting in Melbourne in February.
Lyndon while achieving great things in Qld is a marked man over the Qld Wild Rivers controversy so the notion he could take up the national directorship is fairly fraught, with fierce critic Pearson likey to meet Obama later this year in Australia, and Garrett refusing to progress world heritage without such as Pearson's approval. That's a snooker.
The best thing for Lyndon in my view would be to get involved in the NSW state election campaigning not least Eden deal koala power plant. This would empower TWS locally and help everyone to move on including his spouse Felicity Wade as NSW campaign co-ordinator for TWS.
All in all, the most significant news is that Lyndon has resigned which indicates he is no longer a rival candidate within the main national organisation, but possibly remains so outside. The best way forward is mediation with an expert wilderness supporter like former federal court judge Murray Wilcox who is available apparently. 
Meanwhile Gunns Ltd is on the skids and the share market is calling for the head of the CEO for alleged insider trading before the share price crashed. Alec Marr was #1 defendant against Gunns Ltd for good reason.
Regards, Tom McLoughlin (state campaigner TWS 1993-94)


Meanwhile here some nice pictures of the koala forest campaigners, also supported by The Wilderness Society here in NSW, as per the large laminate Koala poster (their materials from the 2003 state election if memory serves):







Posted by editor at 6:07 AM NZT

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