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this One Blogpost for Burma.

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Why a day of support briefly turning a bunch

of separated minds around the world

toward the Burmese people, crushed by

sudden and violent deadly oppressive force?

Free Burma!

Check out Niknayman’s blog where he (she?) is somehow still managing to post very infrequently, from within Burma.

Free Burma!

Read latest scattered and dwindling updates from within Burma HERE

Latest reports from within the regime indicate that thousands have already been killed and their bodies dumped.

The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: “Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.”

Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men. He has now reached the border with Thailand.

Free Burma!


vid tribute by Angelina

And make sure to spend some time today at Ko-Htike’s blog, sending out all the pieces of info as he gathers them in London.





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If it’s your first visit, there’s a good collection of Burmese news links here, but please make sure to check in with the Free Burma online action and register your support for today’s blog-silence.


Web Day of Silence & fresh global petition for Burma

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Check it out for yourselves. Maybe you think it’s a good idea. Maybe you don’t. Personally, I think that if enough people outside Burma do anything together at the same time for the people of Burma, it’ll be a good thing.

Another peace of keyboardom in effect and hoping for an urgent critical mass is the online petition and print-media ad campaign by Avaaz.org, which is seeking to pressure China by threatening measures to diminish the Beijing Olympics in 2008. May work, may not. My hunch is that China won’t feel particularly bothered by signatures equivalent to less than 0.1% of their own population. But it can’t hurt, and China does seem to be shifting its position in relation to foreign efforts at diplomacy. Let’s face it – if monks and civillians are prepared to be beaten and murdered, the least you can do is sign and circulate a petition.

370 000 signatures so far – get innuit.


Facebook – many reasons not to.

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A number of people i dig muchly have invited me to join Facebook over the last year but there are some things I just can’t get past. Without sounding at all like Miss Teen South Carolina, I hear you say ‘such as?’

Well, apart from the idea of giving some random entity your email password?

I haven’t seen the issue covered anywhere quite as well as in this article on New Media by James Massola in New Matilda earlier this year:

Given the volume of information that Facebook gathers, the question of who has access to it is an important one. A Privacy International report on the privacy policies of some of the biggest websites in the world — think BBC, Google and MySpace — gives Facebook its second lowest ranking.

More speculative than inquisitive, Binoy Kampmark has written a similarly valuable piece, Giving Good Face, at Counterpunch. Kampmark recontextualizes Facebook post-Virginia Tech massacre which backgrounds the visible head of the company well (but also makes me ask ‘can you name a single bombed out Iraqi School?’… ‘Baghdad Junior High’ gets points for effort). This article by Marie at CommonGroundCommonSense (!!!! – sheesh – there’s an idea, hey?) gives a very good rundown of some of the most concerning elements to the Facebook back story.

The Information Awareness Office seems to have survived some of its original purposes in a mutated form, found in today’s Facebook. In fact, one of IAO’s original example technologies included “human network analysis and behavior model building engines,” [10] a surprising echo of the social networking mapping that Facebook does using SVG visualizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 1, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Tasmania’s Pulp Mill Crescendo – media round up

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In Tasmanistan’s House of Rubber Stamp it’s full steam ahead : Pulp Mill Victory (for JohnPaul) which has Lord High Out-of-touch believing that Gunns full commitment to the project is still worth getting excited about. Big Red’s a bit excited because he has oh-so-competent Tasmanian Government legal advice that Malcolm Turnbull has fatally fudged administrative procedure, thereby putting the legality of his assessment in doubt (again?).

But the Australian Medical Association, a potent political force – not to mention occasional voice for good sense – has just upgraded its health concerns on the mill: Health Risk Too Great.

Meanwhile, and most comprehensively, Lateline got fully stuck in last night.

They revealed that like a liquid turd running down the leg of a grandmother dead from shock, the CFMEU are wanting to again make their election-year presence felt. How imaginative to threaten stacking marginal electorates in the year that the ALP might get rid of Howard if they can just convince people that the unions aren’t self-indulgently irresponsible, power-hungry bullies. Thanks for the last three years of dual house Liberal domination Michael O’connor – how about WorkChoices hey? Well done CFMEU. Why not try for WC II, The Enfuckwittening. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 30, 2007 at 12:04 pm

New Naomi Klein – New Book, New WWW, Latest Speech. JOY!!

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Hot Damn!!!

Not only is Naomi Klein’s new book – The Shock Doctrine – due for release and already available from certain internet locations, but Alfonso Cuaron – the utter mad genius who directed the essential Children of Men – is making a short film to accompany it which is also due for release shortly. AND Klein has a new website which is not only fully packed with a whole bunch of things worth knowing about and understanding, but has more to tell about all of the above, as well as ready and reliable links and connections to all of her other writing and film projects.


audio of recent speech by Klein at a debate scheduled between her and Bono’s economist Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs cancelled his appearance.

Text here. Excerpt of Klein’s inspired insight follows:

And unlike Jeffrey Sachs, I actually don’t believe that what is lacking is political will at the highest levels, cooperation between world leaders. I don’t think that if we could just present our elites with the right graphs and PowerPoint presentations — no offense — that we would finally convince them to make poverty history. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe we could do it, even if that PowerPoint presentation was being delivered Angelina Jolie wearing a (Product) Red TM Gap tank top and carrying a (Product) Red cell phone. Even if she had a (Product) Red iPhone, I still don’t think they would listen. That’s because elites don’t make justice because we ask them to nicely and appealingly. They do it when the alternative to justice is worse. And that is what happened all those years ago when the income gap began to close. That was the motivation behind the New Deal and the Marshall Plan. Communism spreading around the world, that was the fear. Capitalism needed to embellish itself. It needed to soften its edges. It was in a competition. So ideas aren’t the problem, and money is not the problem, and I don’t think political will is ever the problem.

The real problem, I want to argue today, is confidence, our confidence, the confidence of people who gather at events like this under the banner of building another world, a kinder more sustainable world. I think we lack the strength of our convictions, the guts to back up our ideas with enough muscle to scare our elites. We are missing movement power. That’s what we’re missing. “The best lacked all convictions,” Yeats wrote, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Think about it. Do you want to tackle climate change as much as Dick Cheney wants Kazakhstan’s oil? Do you? Do you want universal healthcare as much as Paris Hilton wants to be the next new face of Estee Lauder? If not, why not? What is wrong with us? Where is our passionate intensity?

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August 28, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Some Handy Oz Aussie Awstraylyun WWWs Youse Wankerz.

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Tired of supporting viciously biased government-funded media outlets like the ABC that proclaim a concern for quality journalism but really just want to so dilute your understanding of Australia that you might end up thinking trees and social justice are good? Fret no more – some of the crew behind the all-too-awesome Chaser’s War on Everything have put together a web & print based weekly fresh out of publicational placenta. The Manic Times promises to do everything but suck. . . unless that’s what you really want it to do
by Robert Williams

An older hand of proven vision and good intentions is Richard Neville. Somehow stumbled across these pages the other day and wish i’d got there sooner.

Lots of luscious, original, and angry creativity here. Definitely good pages to spend a long time picking through and the endorsed links, writers, and artists all lead to similarly rewarding labyrinths.

But it may be that Neville is leaving his own pages undeveloped for a while to publish Home Page Daily which, in short, is a bloody terrific destination in the digital playground. Up and running for three months, I believe it’s still in beta version but it’s a Swiss Army News Blog with globally sourced climate, political, fake, angry, cynical, and cutting edge news and features in mixed media formats so you can read, watch, listen, etc. Very cool way to gauge what’s going on all over when you want to know but don’t have time.

This picture kind of sums up Blogotariat, but at the same time doesn’t at all.

It’ seems a bit shiny and new, but highly user-friendly, quite diversely assembled, and offers a good Australian lens to domestic and international news and events.

Hmm… is also non-partisan, in that it has something for everyone to like or hate lots. Is a bit of an aggregator building towards being a self-reliant web-zine for Australian webscribblers. Link-rich with a smatire.

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August 27, 2007 at 11:58 pm

A racist and politically convenient land grab? In Australia?

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First posted this with Mask of Anarchy a couple of days ago, as part of the ongoing grouse bonzer kulcherool exchange blogram.

However Australia is perceived globally at the moment I can only guess. I would assume that our identity is something in the order of cricket, racism, rugby, climate change denial, shane warne, big eyebrowed dickhead little sycophant Prime Minister mopping up White House jism, more rugby, kangaroos, beer, and cricket. Did I mention racism?

What we have going on right now is quite astounding. The quality of our domestic racism has really taken a battering. We have been shipping it, or intercepting shipping with it, globally but we’re finally getting back to basics at home. Thank goodness! I’d hate to think that yellow, black, and brown people outside Australia are feeling more persecuted or stereotyped than our own people of colour. The poor ones, that is. We’d never consider Ehud Olmert a murderer any more than we’d consider Mumia Abu Jamahl a scholar or Alberto Gonzales the bit his mama should have thrown away.

Quick Australian history – White Australia policy in effect until late 1960s. Aware of Aboriginal family groups and nations being connected by relationship to blood and to land, children are separated from families and brought up as servants or on missions hundreds or thousands of kilometres from both. A national referendum in 1967 sees Australians vote in favour of changing the Constitution to recognize Aboriginal Australians as human, rather than fauna. Seriously. Revolutions of sorts through the 70s – land rights, womens rights, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, all that good stuff.

As we moved through the ’80s toward the Bicentennial in 1988, more and more questions were asked about national identity, values, direction. Unfortunately a lot of unquestioning flag waving and firework shows drowned most of this out. Still, the idea of a Treaty was finally before the nation – acknowledgment that wrongs had been done, war had been waged, and healing and recognition could only happen through real commitment to make them happen. At this time, the leader of the federal opposition in Parliament kicked up quite a stink.

In fact, when the issue of a Treaty was raised he made a vow – a vow that if such a Treaty was ever made between the indigenous and non-indigenous people of Australia, the first thing that he would do if elected would be to tear it up. His name was John Howard. Yes. That one.

When he was eventually elected, he really delivered. Native Title legislation was amended to offset the pro-indigenous impacts of a significant court ruling. Howard attended the landmark national summit on reconciliation in 1997. Before the most significant gathering of indigenous leaders in Australia in well over a hundred years he praised Australia’s history. He acknowledged the ‘blemish’ of genocide, but made it clear that there would be no ‘Sorry’ – the one word for which so many people had campaigned. And just to rub glass in the haemorrhage, ATSIC – the only directly elected representation for indigenous Australians – has also been disbanded and abolished under Howard.

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July 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm

We Kill News Ltd. We Smashes Them To BITS!!!!

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That title works on some levels, but not at all on most. Just announcing an unholy quasi partnership with the XLNT UK based political-angry-current-as-f#$% Mask of Anarchy. For a first offering, i’ve just posted the delightful bedtime story John Howard – Never One for a Racist & Politically Convenient Landgrab. Please go and check them out when you manage to pull yourself away from the Kama Sutrinator. . .

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July 29, 2007 at 5:17 am

Carnival of Australia #05 – inspiration, imagination, aggravation, explanation… and 1 exploding bunny.

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Well, the last issue was called ‘Fourplay’. Had no inspiring puns on the number 5 to use this time around, but being little ripper you beaut aussies, fourplay means untying your shoelaces so let’s get on with it, eh! What’s that mate? Came a whole day too early? Strewth…. Read the rest of this entry »

Chance for Aussie bloggers to score 3!!!! extra readers!

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Alternative News Online – 10 suggestions & a question

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WOW!!!! Sexy title, huh?

Here’s a list of recommended online news sources I recently put together for a zine. IMHO, it’s worthwhile, but certainly not comprehensive. Check some of these out for yourself and see what you think. The question is – what are your preferred corners of the web for alternative/progressive/radical/actual news, commentary and analysis? Please bomb the comments with your own suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 8, 2007 at 4:42 pm

May 2 – International Day of Action against Barrick Gold

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An international campaign against Canadian cyanide giant, Barrick Gold, has kicked up a notch today. Corpwatch has just launched a new global report, Barrick’s Dirty Secrets: Communities Respond to Gold Mining’s Impacts Worldwide, in honour of the occasion.

Barrick is a mega-corp which still plans to extract dirty gold from near the headwaters of an agriculture-dependent valley in Chile. But don’t worry, it’s safe. They’re just going to ‘move’ three glaciers to do it. Yes, they are rabid sociopaths.

The report details activites which span the globe and in many cases displace and damage traditional communities and sacred sites.

Of interest to Australian readers wanting to think global and act local, it details –

how Barrick threatens the water sources in water scarce areas in Chile, Argentina, Australia, and Nevada. In New South Wales, Australia, Barrick’s mine is licensed to use 17 million liters on water per day. Meanwhile, that region is experiencing their worst drought in the last hundred years.

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May 2, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Intimidation breaking through – Raverty elsewhere

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More fresh pieces to come, but in the meantime it’s good to know that Dr Raverty isn’t screaming in a vacuum. Apart from the trusty Tassie Times, his detailing of intimidation has showed up on national radar at the ABC. Keith Windschuttle mustn’t be trying hard enough. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 26, 2007 at 11:15 am

Silencing Dissent: an interview with Clive Hamilton – April 17, 2007

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What follows is the full version of a 20 minute interview with Dr. Clive Hamilton, executive director of The Australia Institute, conducted as preparation for an article about the book he has recently edited and contributed to with Sarah Maddison, Silencing Dissent. The summary impact of contributions from a range of authors is not only certainty that the Australian government is deliberately controlling public opinion and stifling debate, but a keener, specific awareness of the insidious processes by which this is occurring.

On a personal note, Hamilton’s Growth Fetish was the first book grounded in economics which I found to be not only highly readable, but to actually give both hope and reason to better understand the subject. In this Information Age (does that imply a Post-Information Age?), his multi-disciplinary proficiency, expansive critical thought, and refreshing accessibility are natural resources which offer an opportunity for social, economic, ecological, and political advancement in Australia. At the very least, he is a provocative thinker, and grounded as his ideas are in human rather than partisan values, they should also find resonance with a number of peoples across the globe.

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April 18, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Some Readommended Recconing

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April 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Sea Shepherd in Antarctica (2006/07) or Nisshin Implausible…

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Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd fleet has been accused of piracy and even terrorism, but the fact that he is walking free after his recent return to Australia perhaps tells another story.

People were captivated, earlier this month, by the actions of the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling ships, the Farley Mowat and the Robert Hunter, in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, where whaling is prohibited. It was a riveting story — ruthless ‘pirates’ dodged satellite tracking by steering through 400 kilometres of pack ice, ships collided and crew went missing. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 25, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Transcription of 1 hour interview with Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd

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But first, some light reading recommendations ….

Captain Paul Watson’s top 5 books if stranded on an iceberg.

  1. Darwin’s Origin of Species
  2. anything by E.O. Wilson (originator of the modern understanding of biodiversity)
  3. anything by Farley Mowat – especially Sea of Slaughter
  4. anything by Richard Dawkins
  5. The Poems of Leonard Cohen

“One of the things that Leonard Cohen wrote in one of his poems, that I think sums up our condition, is ‘we are locked into our suffering, and the pleasures are our seal.’ We are so busy entertaining ourselves that we’re destroying ourselves.”

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February 25, 2007 at 12:20 pm