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Sunday, 20 May 2007
Sunday political talkies: Capt Jack in pirates 4 coming to an APEC near you
Mood:  chatty
Topic: election Oz 2007

Picture: Will Capt Jack Howard be eaten by electoral fate? Will he go down with the Liberal ship as APEC meeting of the world's pirates ...err leaders comes to Sydney Sept 07? Images from YouTube trailer of Pirates 3 World's End movie out May 24. 

Author’s general introductory note (skip this if you know this regular weekly column):

This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media. ]


Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208


“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”


Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.


For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.



Media backgrounder:

Significant shifts this week in media coverage. Wheels fell off AWAs re Big media/govt/corporate complex re polling bad for govt, ALP/unions hang tough, budget no bounce, wages (no) growth stats shows unequal rewards of boom.

Big Media in existential angt navel gazing over 9's CEO bailing out in the press last 2 days but really boring as batshit?.

Weird quotes - Bryan Frith crusty in Murdoch press 'transparency is not good for the market' - WTF? Terry McCrann against lowering of the company tax rate - again WTF? [references in due course]

Hard to read a compass on the political high seas with stuff like this, not least Murdoch himself going carb neutral green in rhetoric at least.

- major story of Nigel Wilson buried re India Pakistan Iran gas pipeline like the US$70 Billion oil supply deal to China from Iran in 2003 or so. USA under Bush promoting Global Nuclear Energy partnership as counter influence energy geo politic with Canada/Australia yellowcake in their sphere of control, counter that is to Middle East 'Great Game' over oil powering western economies.

- this thesis echoed by Hamish McDonald on Japan looking at departing USA assurances vis a vis nuke detterence provision, go nuke weapons for self, which Howard surely wants to do also by enrishing uranium here also, as per Marian Wilkinson (all quality journos and thinkers, Wilson, McDonal, Wilkinson).

- it finally struck this writer re Spiderman 3 movie US$250 million investment - its a homily on the poison of revenge after Sept11 WTC terror to the voters of the USA etc, and a lesson well taken judging by

Picture: Harvard educated, former interim Defence Minister, finance minister now author on SBS Dateline last Wednesday repudiates the Occupation as 'rank amateurs, swaggering disaster', calls for international political solution with neighbours, effectively rebutting the article in today's Sunday Telegraph on p88 "Aussies are crucial to a stable Iraq" quoting comparative political light weight - Istrabadi, a UN diplomat and constitutional author presumably based in New York not the country itself which would focus the mind no end.

- strange reverse smear on "old fogey" Gerard Henderson who went the full on sledge against light and cringeful Jacinta Tynan articles p89 of Sunday Telegraph.

- NASA's James Hansen freaks me out holding firm to 5 metre sea rise quite possibly in next 90 years or so in scientific paper late March cross references here via pdf link at Grist news site (also have access to Murdoch etc) An interview with renowned climate scientist James Hansen |  

 "I've actually written a paper and submitted it called "Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise" [PDF], because it just seemed to me that there was a gap between what scientists really thought and what was in the public knowledge in regards to ice sheet stability and sea level rise."

at the pdf

"Under BAU forcing in the 21st century, sea level rise undoubtedly will be dominated by a third term (3) ice sheet disintegration. This third term was small until the past few years, but it is has at least doubled in the past decade and is now close to 1 mm/year, based on gravity satellite measurements discussed above. As a quantitative example, let us say that the ice sheet contribution is 1 cm for the decade 2005-2015 and that it doubles each decade until the West Antarctic ice sheet is largely depleted.

That time constant yields sea level rise of the order of 5 m this century. Of course I can not prove that my choice of a 10 year doubling time for non-linear response is accurate, but I am confident that it provides a far better estimate than a linear response for the ice sheet component of sea level rise." Dr James Hansen NASA

10 Meet the Press 8-8.30 am


 Sunday Mail 'Carter says Blair obsessive with Iraq'.

Footage of Andrew Robb ex Party organizer, re skills shortage attempt to neutralize Budget in Reply by Rudd. Looking grey haired like his boss. Echoes Costello in press looking grumpy.


Goes straight to the polling against the govt. Tuning out he says. Politics free week. Getting a bit sick of it all. Draws attention 4th term, do another term, do it well. Talking Rudd’s case – bad start for Robb. Respond appropriately – climate change matters. [as per Australian lead story re carbon trading via APEC summit]


Q. desperate measures go to Costello like Hawke 1983 –  absolutely the wrong strategy. Work harder.


Radio footage Costello, would jump out with the parachutes leaving Rudd Gillard to die in a plane crash. [ Echoes the ruthless nature of his character in hawks arrogance in Iraq.]


Footage of Rudd 2650 trade training facilites. Robb as minister of vocational training carps and reacts – sounds like an Opposition.


Panel Jennifer Hewitt now with The Australian, Peter Hartcher Herald – Robb pressed on money ‘wasted’ on policy backflip ‘will monitor week to week [meaning if polls change, rort of tax funds].


Robb sounding very tired, misses his cue to wind up 3 times.


Rubbery figures by Nicholson off the Australian has Howard and Rudd scrapping to meat the Dalai Llama to celebrate peace and love to be reborn as cockroaches.


Ist ad break public education junior schools theme.


2nd half – Hicks return to Australia today. Civil Liberties expert Dr Kristine Klugman Civil Liberties Australia.  PB asks issue neutralized? Takes the principle line not the politics so possibly out of her depth.


APEC controls draconian. Iraq involvement is main problem. Army carrying guns in streets? Gun culture like USA.


Hewitt presses re threat level, justified? Says people may agree for temp suspension but afraid of ASIO raids on Muslims in lead up to election based on Tampa electoral choreography [my word] experience. As a deliberate strategy in the election period. Yes.


Came across as a bit woolly but its becoming very clear atmospherics around APEC are the next big political chronology in federal politics – climate policy, muslims alleged threat, Iraq drawing trouble unlike NZ or Canada.

Picture: The govt definitely has whiskers on it now with polls suggestive of a Davy Jones Locker result next election, the question being do Australians really want an economic pirate for a Prime Minister (Howard/Costello in the alternative)?


Transcript in due course www.ten.com.au/meetthepress


7 Weekend Sunrise, 8.35-40 am Riley Diary  - Come on 7 time to start streaming this on your website???!!!!


Riley Diary, likeable new compere there again. Mark Riley looking a little grey and fortyish, compared to younger version of 'Riles' weekend reporter on Saturday news.


Feature on FoI Yes Minister rejection of $10B – drought in information. Turnbull looking exposed. FoI to protect officials.


Footage of PM refusing to answer “Will you release the water documents”. Document


Milky Bar kid  moniker with amusing footage of Rudd as this.


Q & A re advertising for Work policy expense. Similar to Hartcher on 10 above. $50M on advertising. Public should get behind reform of political advertising.

show goes on to story on Pirates movie in our theme here.

Footage of Costello gag jump from plane with/without parachutes. Women across the country cringe?

Insiders 2


Intro re govt confronting its immortality.  Lovely Leigh Sales with luke warm reviews of her book for being too balanced and therefore chronically ABC bland, on Hicks return. She wants the exclusive first pics if possible.


News rap Blair swing through Iraq, a tragedy of arrogant confidence really, which is what power does to all leaders in a democracy that they know better.


Ruddock cross – dead fish tone. Virtually endorses Sales book – kiss of death really for her – a journo career in search of a vocation if ever I saw one. Rudd defends indefensible 5 year delay of justice. Ugly stuff.


Everyperson segment – bleeding hearts disturbed by Hicks treatment.


Panel – Farr Murdoch Sydney Telegraph, Milne looking fitter on the wagon same Murdoch press, Lenore Taylor - ‘barnacle of Hicks removed’ metaphor, nice (like Shark Tale scene on tv last night, very funny).


Paul Kelly soliloquy from Murdoch press – insider/outsider thesis – good enonomic figures for the govt. Sounds plausible on a range of stuff Rudd, water etc, economy etc


Milne - 'mid paradigm' insight reveals - 1. he still has boyish appeal 2. his brain is reviving and is still good like Bill Leak from quitting booze for good 3. the peers appreciate the return in decent form. Good luck Glenn you are redeeming yourself. That's good for democracy even if your Costello grump story this morning in the Sunday Telegraph looking like a grumpy pirate too.


Milne comes out with another impromptu cracker: Abbott is turning into another naked Peter Debnam. Ouch metaphor, of course Abbott is rival to Milne's own mate Big Pete C. (generally refers to stupid 'six pack' photo in Sat Herald from memory.)

Sunday 9


Terrible child abduction case in Portugal.


Feature on fathers rights follows by the look. Custody issues panel.


 Oaks with Ruddock?  No Oaks interview today? Rugby mini panel discussion.


Turnbull in fact is the subject. Reckless Rudd he says on Japanese whalers. [But ignores general view Japan are enviro and diplomatic vandals – on chipping forest, on whales, on seeking own nuke weapon deterrent, on denial of own war history.] Probably will be a vote winner for Rudd.


Macquarie Bank involved in water here? Resounding yes, as per the UK. Will go down like a lead balloon. Plundered for cash says Turnbull of State Govt on their water utilities. As if Macbank would be better.


Serious threat of water shortages affect power, not alarmist talk as such. Goes into boring dissertation, talk talk talk.


[irony of car adverts in wild scenery and majestic animals, when in fact its burgeoning car fleet, roads, mobile energy emissions killing those natural areas. A real Orwellian eco mind f*ck]




Picture: is that the ship sinking, or the sea rising? Refer world class climate scientist James Hansen quotes in Media Background above re 5 metre rise in the next 90 years.

Posted by editor at 10:48 AM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 20 May 2007 1:17 PM NZT
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Imitation is the best form of flattery, Eco, Eco Shout, GE frog, whatever
Mood:  on fire
Topic: independent media


Picture: This is our frog logo and ecology networking group in local community press Sydney City Hub on page 3 for 2 years 2005-2006 up to the last NSW State election.

We noticed this latest micro news start up recently called EcoShout. When you sift through the grains, drill down through the rock you find its organised by, well associated with, Friends of the Earth in Melbourne always the strongest base for that network in Australia.

SAM's editor was associated with the moribund FoE Sydney office for too long in our working ngo lives until 2001, so we find this ironic they have adopted an outreach vehicle similar to our Sydney Alternative Media website here, with some 12,000 password protected hits per month, given our alter ego ecology action sydney.

We know something about news work they may not but that's okay, and imagine they will teach us a thing or two. Good luck Eco-Shout! And yes if they contact us we will share this profound gem.

And we already realised an Eco 2-page spread every Tuesday in the Sydney Morning Herald was a bit of a rip-off of our ecology action moniker too. But hey no one really owns it, except to say again its roughly the same news/green model, just much bigger circulation.

It's the same comment to withhold for now as to EcoShout above. Even so good luck Eco!

It's in a long line of copy reuse, and even in some more sinister cases, counterfeit - the frog sticker in NSW State Forests propaganda for that logger agency a few years back comes to mind.

Then we did a double take yesterday to see a corporate advertiser General Electric on the high quality USA Grist news site in the form of a very green cute frog. Whoa. It's on this story about Big Rupert here An interview with Rupert Murdoch about News Corp.'s new climate ... along with the athlete carrying 'clean coal' (talk about fiction becoming reality, or just plain old fiction as fiction). It's call EcoImagination apparently.

GE operate nuke plants and other scary stuff so presumably is into greenwashing too, like Big Rupert to some degree, the frog being the logo again of ecology action sydney above, which is fair dinkum green. Way green. And before you get too greenwashed check out this sobering reminder of the nuke cycle reality:

Now we don't pretend to have influenced GE's advertising dept, nor does anyone own the frog as a symbol but talk about de javu.

And now we notice a cute new tool "share this post" feature at the bottom of our blog template.  Is this a hint to network our news more? As Danny Concannon of the 'Washington Post' would say - okay.

Postscript #1 23rd May 2007 7.30 pm

We have just updated the biography of the editor on our "profile" at the right hand side button, and for the sake of disclosure in this sensitive election period we include it here:

Name:  Tom McLoughlin
E-mail:  ecologya@telpacific.com.au (mobile phone 0410 558838)
Location:  Sydney Australia
Birthday:  22 June, 1964
Bio:  1979-81 - Junior Surf Boat Victorian State Champions; ...........1979-81 - Captain under 18, Old Collegians Australian Rules FC Premiers, Best and Fairest..........1981 - Year 12 (HSC), CBC Warrnambool.........1982 - retail KM Lynch wine merchants.........1983-86 - zoology degree ANU Canberra........1987 - Trademarks Examiner, Canberra public service.........1988-9 - law degree (hon) ANU Canberra.........1990-91 - Baker & McKenzie solicitors Sydney............1993-94 - NSW Campaign Coordinator, The Wilderness Society (Australia) with significant victories including listing of several 100K ha of protected wilderness especially forest, and removal of state govt.......1995-1999 - Councillor, Waverley Municipal Council, with significant victories such as closure of Waterloo Incinerator, prevention of private rail onto Bondi Beach, paved way for 3 Greens at next election from one in '95..........1998 July - legal adviser Jabiluka protest camp NT..........1995- 2001 - office coordinator, natural heritage campaigner Friends of the Earth Sydney;............2002-04 - founder Turrella activist centre, Sydney involving renovation of 1000sqm factory site and 15 tenants...........5-6/2002 travel Chile, Western Europe...........7/2002 ongoing - founder/principal ecology action australia, significant victories include $15K funding to successful Chilean civil society rejection of Alumysa US$3B hydro/smelter scheme...........2002 ongoing - gardener p/t Addison Rd Community Centre...........6/2006 - recommencement as NSW solicitor...........1/2007 ongoing - founder Sydney Alternative Media news website ..............3/2007 ongoing - website builder for Addison Rd Community Centre Sydney..............4/2007 ongoing - structure working group of international OurMedia network.

Interests:  rock climbing, cycling, media especially press, movies, books, quality modern music, body surfing, bushwalking, blogging

Picture: The editor sans spectacles gawping at the hand held digital camera, which probably has a time delay if we could find the booklet, thankfully set to red eye control.


Posted by editor at 1:09 PM NZT
Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007 9:31 PM NZT
The Grist on Murdoch, an evolving green story
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: big media

People say Rupert Murdoch, media mogul, is simply moving with the times and getting ahead of something big and serious. We prefer to think that he is looking into the eyes of his young child and knows what we all know - we are amazing animals that need our mother earth like nothing else in this universe.

Over to Grist here 16th May 2007 who obtained privileged access to the Man, and look out for the reference to George W Bush being a covert greenie (#@$&?!). Hysterical hey?:

Murdoch, She Wrote

An interview with Rupert Murdoch about News Corp.'s new climate strategy

By Amanda Griscom Little

16 May 2007
Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch.
When Rupert Murdoch, the cantankerous and conservative owner of Fox News, enthusiastically joins the fight against climate change, you know we're past the tipping point on the issue. Think landslide.

Last week,
the media mogul pledged not only to make his News Corp. empire carbon neutral, but to persuade the hundreds of millions of people who watch his TV channels and read his newspapers to join the cause. Messages about climate change will be woven throughout News Corp.'s entertainment content, he said, from movies to books to TV sitcoms, and the issue will have an increasing presence in the company's news coverage, be it in the New York Post or on Hannity & Colmes. Yes, as Murdoch told Grist in an exclusive interview on his climate plan, even Fox News' right-wing firebrand Sean Hannity can be expected to come around on the issue.

Murdoch's climate conversion marks a major turning point for a man who has made campaign contributions to numerous conservative Republicans, including recently ousted Sens. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), both of whom have expressed skepticism about the reality of climate change. Now, as Murdoch told Grist, a willingness to address the climate challenge will be a "litmus test" in his political giving.

Still, Murdoch is hardly a sentimental do-gooder. "[A]cting on this issue is simply good business," he said during the launch of his climate plan last week.

Whatever the motivation, News Corp.'s global reach is immense, and its grand climate plan could, if faithfully implemented, have a seismic impact that makes that of An Inconvenient Truth look like a tremor.

I sat down with Murdoch in his midtown Manhattan office after the launch to discuss how he came to embrace the climate cause, what he thinks of President Bush's environmental record, and whether an action hero can drive a hybrid car. (Full disclosure: I have a book contract with HarperCollins, a News Corp. company.)

questionWhat motivated you to implement your climate plan? Was there a "conversion moment" when you realized this needed to be a priority?

answer I grew up in Australia, which is facing its worst drought in 100 years -- that has struck a personal chord for me. I've read about the climate issue over the years, but I was probably a bit more skeptical than my son, James, who's a complete convert, and who converted me. I saw what he did at [British Sky Broadcasting] and we said, well, let's make it company-wide.

question So this is an example of younger-generation sensibilities trickling up?

answer Well, more twisting my arm, at first. But I've become more enthusiastic day by day. I don't think there's any question of my conviction on this issue -- I've come to feel it very strongly. The more I've looked into it, the more I've been able to see what we can do, not just from an operations standpoint but by subtly introducing [the climate issue] into our content.

question What do you intend to achieve with your climate plan, and how will you meet your goals?

answer We want to help solve the climate problem. We'll squeeze our own energy use down as much as we can. We'll become carbon neutral for our own emissions within three years, and be entirely transparent throughout the process, publicly reporting our reductions and offsets. But that's just a start. Our audience's carbon footprint is 10,000 times bigger than ours, so clearly that's where we can have the most influence.

Posted by editor at 12:30 PM NZT
Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007 12:47 PM NZT
Complaint re NSW Stateline airbrushing real news on logger vandalism of public heritage
Mood:  irritated
Topic: big media
----- Original Message -----
From: To: John Cameron Director News Current Affairs Cc: Clover Moore MP ;Sylvia Hale MP ; Lee Rhiannon MP ; Ian Cohen MP ; Harriet Swift ; Jill Redwood Env East Gippsland, John Kaye MP 
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:42 AM
Subject: Fw: Grounds for complaint: ABC NSW Stateline failure to report the real news in state round up Re: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

----- Original Message -----
From: To: ChipStop networkCc: Sen Stot Despoja, Sen Siewart, Sen Nettle, Sen Murray, Sen Bob Brown, Sen Bartlett, Sen Allison. Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2007 9:35 AM
Subject: Grounds for complaint: ABC NSW Stateline failure to report the real news in state round up Re: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

ABC Stateline refuse to ever cover protest stories like Gulaga logging outrage below, and last Friday evening was no exception, even as it runs in regional press, even as the show should ethically and professionally in the 'state round up' section of the programme if not a decent story. Make no mistake, it's a deliberate snub of this matter of public concern.  It is real news. It is of general interest.

This is my professional assessment based on 2 years as a reader analyst with Media Monitors (the unofficial Big Brother information arm of Govt and Big Business), and 15 years in the ngo sector.

It even ran in the not very sympathetic Sydney Daily Telegraph here last Thursday and page 3 Batemans Bay Post etc.as reproduced on my micro news blog www.sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog 


This advisedly is grounds for a formal complaint to the ABC senior management, and it's been going on for about 2 years now here in NSW as regards community opposition to publicly owned forests being trashed as shown by poll after poll. For example here

April 2002...East Gippsland opinion poll on attitudes towards logging, of general significance for regional Australia

As always the ABC is not about truth per se in the sense used such as Peter Manning media expert at UTS school of journalism, it is about "balance" and that's not balance of facts but political mediation Media Report - 18 October 2001 - Balance in Political Reporting. Truth is entirely a relative substance in such a broadcasting culture of survival first, public duty a long way second. We all know what happend to the ABC Radio National Earth beat programme.
The irony is that NSW ABC Stateline cannot even enter the fray to report any side of the logger trashing of well over 100 State Forests in the last several years, as here

19/3/2003...NSW government 'Big Logging List' giving background to the Bob Carr/ALP government real forest performance in the lead up state election in March 2003.

even on the loggers side which would at least give the issue some attention and something for the public to address. How pathetic is that?

I can't take this forward any more because they know how I feel and it's a scatched record and they don't give a damn about whether its true, or fair, whether it complement's climate change or water catchment concerns. It's bias pure and simple and some kind of political fix. My view, it's all about power and job security at the abc and fear and loathing. That's the Lib/Lab country we live in.

What I would recommend is that diverse people from different parts of the SE of NSW and more broadly send 'a letter of concern' at the "omission" and "failure" of Stateline to cover the news on the south coast of NSW on "our" abc.

You can send it to the executive producer

travis.murray@abc.net.au as I have been doing all the usual updates of this unfolding tragedy.

The complaints pages is at this page:

  • Complaints
    How do I make a complaint?

    and direct link here: http://www.abc.net.au/contact/

  • and I suggest copy it to his superior for News/Current Affairs
    ABC Ultimo Centre
    700 Harris Street
    Ultimo 2007;
    GPO Box 9994;
    Sydney NSW 2001;
    Phone (02) 8333 3095;
    Fax (02) 8333 4551;
    Director: John Cameron

    and Managing Director
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation;
    ABC Ultimo Centre;
    700 Harris Street;
    Ultimo 2007;
    GPO Box 9994;
    Sydney NSW 2001;
    Phone (02) 8333 1500;
    TTY: 1800 627 854; (Deaf & hearing impaired)
    Fax (02) 8333 5344;
    Managing Director: Mark Scott;
    Chief Operating Officer: David Pendleton;

    Yours truly, Tom McLoughlin, principal ecology action sydney, editor www.sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog
    solicitor in nsw
    ----- Original Message -----
    To: Chipstop network Cc: Murray Travis NSW Stateline Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:58 AM
    Subject: [chipstop] Fw: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

    sent broadly to nsw and federal mps and some other networks
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:44 PM
    Subject: community rally at Batemans Bay against logger vandalism of the tourism coast

    Full gallery here: index.blog?topic_id=1083693
    Wednesday, 16 May 2007
    Community protest today in Batemans Bay re logger vandalism of the tourism coast
    Mood:  sad
    Topic: ecology
    Postscript# 1
    To quote the 'receipt of complaint' screen at the ABC website, the peers of ABC Stateline can consider this shameful situation for themselves:

    Thank you!

    Thank you for your email to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. General emails offering personal opinions, comments and suggestions will be noted and forwarded to the relevant area.

    Emails that request specific information or require a detailed response may be directed to a specialist ABC area for their advice.

    As the ABC receives a large volume of emails every day, we ask you to note that it may take up to four weeks for a detailed response to be forwarded to you.

    Unfortunately, the ABC is unable to answer questions about
    ABC TV program guide more than four weeks in advance. Visit the ABC TV program guide for the latest information.

    Posted by editor at 11:51 AM NZT
    Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007 12:50 PM NZT
    Friday, 18 May 2007
    Aye there cabin boy Hartcher over yonder Capital deck, tis a scurvy day for plundering the tax purse, aye
    Mood:  lyrical
    Topic: big media

    Pardon our reprise of talk-like-a-pirate day, as the rain patters down here in Sydney Town. Ain't it lovely.

    We at SAM here wonder whether youngish Big Media blade Peter Hartcher - who like Stephen Mayne at crikey.com.au has the excellent capacity to see over the financial ramparts - has been stung into action by some stirring letters there at the Sydney Morning Herald today 18th May. Or maybe stung by our criticism Big Media including PH are pirates (just like Macquarie Bank) for amplifying matey corporate advertisers barracking for cruel AWA's. Or is PH simply taking corporate revenge with his column today on behalf of Fairfax against the govt for losing the AWA stoush beloved of corporate bean counters everywhere?

    Indeed the dirty little secret of AWA's is that they have suppressed wages growth in a booming economy, as a sharp lad like Hartcher surely knows: Wages held down by IR laws - NEWS.com.au - 16 May 2007. If AWA are so good why are everyone's wages not growing with the profitability of the economy? Because it's a rip off obviously.

    In our view that report of suppressed wages killed AWA's dead 2 days ago. Hence also our call for the Big Media commentariat to reveal their rare high AWA salaries while barracking for oppressive AWAs for everyone else on behalf of Big Capital/Govt/Media complex. 

    The letter writers in the Herald today take umbrage at  the revealing but jarring opinion piece here only yesterday

  • Peter Hartcher: Macquarie's small bickies compared with big boys
  • pointing out no doubt accurately the home grown international pirate Macquarie Bank is small fish compared to the whale sharks on Wall Street, New York USA. '100 times our PM's salary' for their CEO is some 'small fish' apparently, but to make the point was always going to get Peter Hartcher a big reaction. And friction from us little guys.

    Now also today the bleeding hearts in the Fairfax readership have been appeased in quick measure with a 'look over there' cannon fire at the PM while he's down in the polls by Peter Hartcher; a Howard Hating piece dense with facts re $1.7 billion of govt advertising in the life of the Howard regime. Ouch. It's a cracking read too.

    Picture: PM Howard looks like he's in the crows nest of good ship Big Capital stuck in the canon sights of his critics, arms raised in surrender (adapted from Rocco, Sydney Morning Herald today)

    Here it is:

    Hey, big spender, that's our money

    PETER HARTCHER | Government use of taxpayers' money to propagandise for political causes is utterly unjustifiable. It shows contempt for taxpayers.

    But the sub text seems to be this: Big Capital are pirates with their crappy AWAs no one believes are generally fair. That's understood even in popular culture: mcleod's Daughters gets political

    Big Govt are pirates with their propaganda adverts at our own expense and doing Big Business dirty work - that's understood as above.

    And finally if you look through the gun smoke of real politik battle Big Media are pirates too: No matter how well senior journalists, even blades like Hartcher jig a sea shanty as a diversion with cracking political corruption stories like this one.

    For up until yesterday Big Media commentariat and the Govt were singing the same song as Big Corporates that AWAs were best for the economy and the people. But something went wrong in the chorus. As the ALP win the politics on AWAs with polling and lowly wage growth figures, the Big Media have effectively avoided transparency on their own motives from ultra hierarchical pay structure and cost cutting, while barracking for oppressive AWAs for everyone else. Suddenly the burning torch of transparency was getting way too close to their own backs as the govt case fell apart.

    The Big Media's moral exposure has only really emerged as they shifted to 'he said - she said' type reporting in the face of the ALP and the unions hanging tough.

    Yes the Herald piece by PH today does sledge a juicy advertiser in the govt party (on the way out) but that won't stop the govt advertising drip this election period so no problem there. And Hartcher still gives comfort to big business advertisers with:

    "...business has threatened to fund a campaign against Labor in this election campaign, which is surely its right"

    But let's be real here. Cabin boy Pete and the pirate crew in Big Media have been doing the advertising on AWAs sans election endorsement for Big Capital/Coalition Govt at least up until 2 days ago when the govt raised the white flag and virtually to half mast now. Lest the polls go even further down, down to Davy Jones Locker.

    Indeed Hartcher in this light virtually reads as a revenge story today with "unchain your anger" exhortation to voters in the last line, for the govt expensively losing the AWA argument and Fairfax cutting and running . Ouch again.

    And only now do we read this other letter today about AWAs/Work Choices, which is the burr under the skin of Hartcher and all his Big Media/Govt/Corporate colleagues now for lack of their own transparency. Indeed a dirty little secret obscured by sound and fury:

    By the by this writer lives on about $10K after tax per year. Perhaps its a fitting time to say "the workers united will never be defeated. Oi"

    Posted by editor at 1:55 PM NZT
    Updated: Saturday, 19 May 2007 1:07 PM NZT
    The tricky kangaroo meat debate - next course
    Mood:  incredulous
    Topic: health
    Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 7:55 AM
    Subject: ....Re: partial grovel re hydatid life cycle BUT still many questions re kangas and public health

    I'm indebted to James Thomspon [below] for his sledge even though he mispells my name (Comments 16th May 2007) and partly grovel now re : "Eating red [kangaroo] meat does not result in hydatid infection."  I am no vet or medical man as such and it shows now half folding my tent on this one.  I had forgotten the dual life cycle of the creepy parasite from all those years ago in the lecture room. This diagram here Echinococcosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, or here Echinococcus -- Encylopedic Reference of Parasitology shows the hydatid cyst in the kangaroo whether offal or meat is infectious to the 'definitive' dog stage of the life cycle, but not intermediate host like kangas or humans.The South Australian government web site also makes it clear "People cannot be infected by eating Hydatid cysts in infected offal & Humans cannot infect humans [sic]" Hydatid disease (SA) [pdf]. 

    Even so presence of hydatid is enough for sheep carcass to be rejected from an abattoir in WA 2006 presumably for hygiene/marketing reasons ESPERANCE REGIONAL OFFICE AGMEMO  and I still doubt eating one would be much fun if not dangerous directly. It would be another story if the pet bow wow ate it then licked, patted you. And the concern over quality control of meat on farm versus off farm (domestic v wild) is still not over: Anecdotally pet owners are cautious with "wormy" kangaroo meat: Dogz Online and EDBA Forums > Kangaroo Meat, and animal rights people still argue with some logic of other potential contaminants in off farm or wild animal situations here in NSW Parliament re chemical sprays Kangaroo Meat Contamination - 10/10/2000 - QWN.

    So I stand by the more general concern agricultural controls lessen risk compared with wild animal meat. For instance in meeting the sledge we found this submission [bold added] of Tony Pople and Gordon Grigg Dept of Zoology, Qld Uni for Environment Australia, August 1999 for the federal govt Overview of background information for kangaroo management - Chapter 7

    "Andrew (1988) reviewed the issue of kangaroo meat and public health, including the records of inspections between 1980 and 1987 made of carcasses by Australian Quarantine Inspection Service officers at export game meat establishments (this pre-dated the change of legislation in New South Wales in 1993). There were records for 204,052 red, eastern and western grey carcasses of which 196,104 were passed as fit for human consumption. Of the 7,948 rejected, 81% were rejected for reasons not associated with parasites or pathology, mainly poor handling, particularly inadequate refrigeration. Of the rest, only 1,452 were rejected because of a parasite, and that was for a nematode, Pelicitus roemeri, which is quite harmless, anyway, to humans, but is unsightly.... it is uncommon, but can infect the muscles of the lower leg.."

    Elsewhere the authors note people often prefer to cook kangaroo rare.

    We understand 3.6 m kangaroos are being 'culled' this drought year (usually 5 or 6 million per year). That's alot of dead kangaroo with no records. Nor is a study of 20 years ago, referred to in 1999 by govt, sufficiently recent for public confidence in 2007. The onus is on the industry not the other way round.

    Tom McLoughlin, ecology action

    James Thompson writes: Tom MacLouglin (yesterday, comments) has either misunderstood the mode of transmission of hydatids or he is deliberately attempting to mislead the public over the risk of eating kangaroo and other red meat. I agree that hydatid cysts are a potentially serious parasitic disease of humans. However, humans are at risk from the ingestion of hydatid tapeworm eggs, laid by tapeworms living in the gut of farm dogs, dingoes or foxes that had fed on cattle, sheep or kangaroos. To avoid human infection with hydatids, after handling dogs wash your hands before eating and worm your dogs regularly. Eating red meat does not result in hydatid infection. Tom should have paid more attention during his zoology degree.

    Posted by editor at 12:24 PM NZT
    Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007 3:02 PM NZT
    Local press south coast pick up the call to halt logger vandalism
    Mood:  crushed out
    Topic: ecology


    Posted by editor at 12:19 PM NZT
    Not so much lawyers in love, as lawyers in strife
    Mood:  blue
    Topic: health

    We received an intriguing letter from Lawyers Assistance Program yesterday not so much about high paid ambitious good looking 'lawyers in love', as the song goes here YouTube - Jackson Browne Lawyers in loveas lawyers in strife:


    We called up the LAP Co ordinator Richard Gulley who advises the letter

    1. is not related to a controversy running in crikey ezine at the moment about alleged drug use like footy players;

    2. they send to 18,000 every 2 years or so

    3. they get 2 or 3 calls per week from needy lawyers

    This letter comes coincidentally (?!) on the heels of

    - Big Media reports of depression in the profession especially in the younger cohorts leaving in droves apparently Lawyers most depressed: study | NEWS.com.au, and here Blake Dawson Waldron - Corrs Chambers Westgarth - Lander & Rogers ... and here Profession depression

    - claim and counter claim by senior lawyers in the crikey.com.au ezine of alleged drug use like cocaine in the profession, like every other section of society. Lawyers Weekly are onto the story here Depressed lawyers turn to alcohol and drugs and we know what they mean with my lawyer father being a victim.

    - official responses by the profession it's all under control and being monitored Lawyers row over drug use | Herald Sun

    Our comment: Drug use amongst any group of 18,000 humans? Der. And good luck to the LAP too. Working with unhappy people as lawyers'clients often are is bound to make you unhappy. We wonder how doctors manage. Glad we got out of mainstream legal work in 1991.

    Posted by editor at 11:43 AM NZT
    Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007 12:18 PM NZT
    Thursday, 17 May 2007
    Julian Armstrong, State forest public servant does the logger's PR in local paper Narooma News
    Mood:  down
    Topic: nsw govt

    Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 10:09:02 +1000
    To: narooma news
    From: harriett swift.....Subject: letter to the editor

    Julian Armstrong of Narooma (NNW 16/5) has written in support of logging the beautiful spotted gum forests at the foothills of Gulaga Mountain.
    He has a right to do so, but I think he also has an obligation to tell us that he is an employee of Forests NSW.
    Forests NSW spends $1.5 million a year on propaganda, which should be more than enough. Its employees should not be writing to the media as private citizens in their spare time without declaring who is paying them.
    Yours sincerely
    Harriett Swift

    CHIPSTOP campaign against woodchipping the SE forests, PO Box 797 Bega NSW 2550 Australia, http://www.chipstop.forests.org.au
    Pictures below: Gil Mathie, logging contractor leans on car bonnet (top) and watches (bottom) as police close up their paddy wagon after arresting another member of the local community Tuesday May 15th 2007. The day before Tilba Chamber of Commerce President Sol Ramana-Clarke was also arrested. One of Gil Mathie's crew was convicted of criminal assault against conservationists in 2006.



    Posted by editor at 2:18 PM NZT
    Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007 2:43 PM NZT
    Get Up to get up our sad, sorry democracy in Oz Election 2007
    Mood:  a-ok
    Topic: election Oz 2007
    Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:49 AM
    Subject: Big decisions

    Dear friends,

    Right now we've got some big decisions to make, and we need to make them together, as a community.

    Sometime before the end of the year, Australians will go to the polls to choose the next government of our country. We all know how it works: the parties will posture, out-manoeuvre and outspend, while the pundits speculate and the voters alternate between trying to make sense of it all and just tuning out altogether.

    But for the first time there's something new in Australian politics this election year - you, the independent, connected movement of people for a progressive Australia. The next six months will be critical to our country's future, and we need your vote now to decide how we can best make a difference.


    GetUp's people-powered experiment began just over 18 months ago, when few imagined anyone but wealthy donors, party power-brokers or media barons could change Australian politics. Since then we've worked together to help stop child refugees from being detained in Nauru, achieved the first major budget increase for the ABC in more than a decade and put the political spotlight firmly on the issues we care about - from climate change to Indigenous rights, justice for David Hicks and defending the voting rights of every eligible Australian.

    Lately we've been hearing from GetUp members across the country about why this election matters to you, and what sort of role you want us to play. These are big decisions; we can't make them alone, so we're making it easy for every GetUp member to be heard right now.  

    Tell us why you believe the next election is important to Australia, what issues you want us to focus on and whether we should sit on the sidelines of the election campaign - or take our collective gloves off to fight as effectively as possible for the issues we care about.


    Thanks for speaking up,
    The GetUp team
    PS: We can't wait to hear from you so we can report back on your priorities and our next steps by early next week! Be quick to give us input and help set the course for our future now.

    Posted by editor at 2:00 PM NZT

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