Chairman Rupert and Tony the Tongue

We certainly now know whose tongue is in whose backside.

The partisan ravings of News Corp about the upcoming election, and their support for Tony the Tongue bears witness to the saddest state of the Australian Polity in my lifetime.

That one man’s commercial interests, and lust for power, could so distort and corrupt a country is a disgrace.

His reckless disregard of the rights of the little people in advancing his self and commercial interests, as seen in UK.  His company stands accused of bribery of public officials, and illegal wiretapping.  Yet he is allowed to dictate the outcome of an election, in the process showing that democracy is a veneer of choice over a base of greed and the self interest of the elite.  Rupert proves that some are so evil, they could be the devil incarnate.

Since the death of his mother and him becoming an orphan, his excesses are untempered by the need for his mother’s approval.  He has become quite a worry to the good order and sustainability of humanity.

 

WikiLeaks attacks the Status Quo

Julian Assange could well go down in history as a man who changes the world forever.

Wikileaks is a demonstration of the power of the nascent cybocracy movement.  Based on the principles of free exchange of transparent information, and the way in which it empowers every person who lives in a parliamentary democracy with a truthful understanding of the global society and its personal impact on them.

I can understand the virulent reaction in some sections of the US Government to the release of these cables. In a curious way, Wikileaks is a kind of information 9/11, where the US Government is exposed in all its manipulative duplicity and is seen to be powerless to contain the damage. In such circumstances they go feral, with grown men and women exhibiting all the self restraint of a 5 year old playground bully.  This over reaction only goes to further demonstrate to the citizens of other nations how untrustworthy, self serving, hypocritical and deluded the US Government really is.

Attempts by the US Government to undertake a rendition of Julian Assange to Gitmo and all that that implies will leave the world angry and perplexed that a nation that used to be a model of good behaviour could sinker lower than an alcoholic on skid row.

What value now is Barack Obama, another Kevin Rudd, lot’s of promise, but no real skill in great political policy achievements.  Poor compromises that penalise the ordinary people and enrich the wealthy and the large multinational corporations.  Wikileaks represents a clear and mortal danger to him and these other vested interests.  So they are marshaling forces to choke off its supply of funds, discredit the concept of free and truthful information, and harass the people behind an organisation that is merely the messenger of truth.

The political system in the US seems to be at an inflection point now, as it realises with massive fear and trepidation that it has waning influence now that it is the hands of its Chinese Bankers.  It is now debasing its currency to reduce the real value of the debt it needs to repay, while at the same time lecturing the world on the virtues of market capitalism.  This new and revealing outbreak of truth and transparency is just another nail in the coffin of its fading empire and diminishing global influence.

Australian democracy nearly hijacked

The attempt by extreme capitalism, their political handmaidens, and a partisan media has failed for now.  But can they cope with the new political reality?

Australia has a minority government for the first time in many years.  Luckily we barely avoided having our democracy hijacked by the forces from the Dark Side.

The Independents and the Greens who hold the balance of power seem to be the only one’s focused on the best outcomes for the nation, rather than the relentless and ruthless pursuit of power for it’s own sake.

The truth is becoming more clear as the days go by.  One trick Tony and his motley crew aren’t looking after what’s best for the country.  They are looking after number one, the pursuit of personal power and influence,  and the promotion of their radical political agenda for businesses to operate in an environment unfettered by Government regulation. Their goal is to reduce the population to little more than serfs who are subjugated to the needs of corporate operations and profit.  The Orwellian named Work Choices was the prime example of their true feelings towards the people, and a frightening glimpse of their true agenda for society.

Luckily the people were able to hit back in 2007 in one of the most effective ways an electorate can – by removing the incumbent Prime Minister from his seat.  But the coalition parties didn’t learn in 2007 that the collective wisdom of the Australian electorate is an exercise in crowd sourcing of the most enormous nature, and the true power of that dynamic. They tried again this year but only succeeded in trying the electorate’s patience to the point that the crowd decided we needed some umpires to put Parliament back in it’s rightful place to decide what’s good for the nation.

Whether the Dirty Digger Propaganda Empire (DDPE) will continue to try and seduce the simpleton masses with their tricky twisting of fact and logic, and their distortion of reality, to achieve their commercial and ideological interests is yet to be seen.

The conflict of interest they face, and yet never declare, when discussing the Resource Rent Tax, or the National Broadband Network (NBN), is breathtaking and beyond the pale.  They routinely demand a far higher level of probity from others than they are currently prepared to meet themselves.  Why any society allows the 4th Estate such latitude to undertake self interested propaganda campaigns in the name of journalistic freedom is a puzzle to me.

DDPE supports extreme capitalism, so the Resource Rent Tax was seen as a dangerous precedent in allowing a nation to get a fair commercial return on it’s sovereign wealth such as minerals.  The concept that the nation should be cheated of it’s heritage, aided and abetted by their political messiah, one trick Tony, is of such a grave consequence that I feel it borders on being traitorous to the nation and the national interest. Yet such an outcome is strenuously advocated by the DDPE as it advances it’s extreme capitalist agenda.

DDPE also has a commercial interest in cable TV that impacts on it’s impartiality when dealing with the National Broadband Network.  Fibre to the home, coupled with the disruptive technology of IP media streams will completely destroy the ability of cable providers to intermediate the content delivery chain and so kill off their business model.  Consumers will just buy a Google or Apple TV appliance, download and install the various media applications sold by each of the major Hollywood Studio’s, and purchase the content direct from them, completely removing the foxy middleman.  For this reason you cannot trust any opinions or analysis of the NBN by the DDPE to be objective and balanced.

Those battles to influence the opinions of the moronic masses were fought right up until the election, but again the power of the collective crowd produced an outcome that defied the pundits, and offered a chance for a Government of national interest, rather than a Government of the mindless winner takes all mentality that just delivers outcomes of end to end ideological power plays and the implementation of radical laws.

Will the partisan media, and an opposition that could be best described as an extreme Brown/Liberal coalition, be able to learn a new trick and put down the adversarial mindset?  Who knows? Maybe someone will know a good shop where one trick Tony can buy a clue.

Dictatorship of the Corporations

I thought this battle had been fought and won in the Middle Ages.

The ongoing attempts by interests that are proxies for the Hollywood Media Corporations to setup a new “Star Chamber” whereby the people are denied their right before the law to due process in civil and criminal matters is very frightening.  The fact that the French have already embraced this principle is a most troubling portent for the future.

The mere idea that private investigators should be permitted to spy on Bit Torrent users to determine an alleged copyright breach, then for a notice to go direct from one corporation to another corporation requesting a penalty action to taken against a person without any due legal process seems to me to be a very scary prospect for the rule of law.  You are accused, tried, found guilty and sentenced by corporations, completely bypassing the police and courts.  Is this the start of private enterprise taking over the justice system and running it with few rules or rigour in the process except the rule of administrative convenience, just like the Star Chambers of the Middle Ages.  There is no need to protect the rights of the accused, no concept of innocent until proven guilty, no due process, just unconstrained corporate process.

It is for this reason that I believe the Appeal Court will dismiss the case against iiNet.  To do otherwise would result in a higher court sanctioning a new rule of law where the rule of law itself is no longer forms part of the legal process.  The impact of this oxymoron on the Legal profession would be to deal itself out of a potential large body of well paid work connected with copyright infringement.  Given their penchant for conducting their affairs while dressed in 17th Century period costume, I see this as most unlikely.

Senator Conjob caught out

What a cack – caught with his “fingers in the till”.

The Minister for Censorship is clearly not the sharpest tack in the box, given that his core competency is as a factional warrior, but to be sprung in a clumsy attempt to censor his own department’s website just shows what a dangerous person this guy is.

Why the voters are happy to let such a person control what they can and can’t access on the Internet is beyond me. This troubling development indicates better than a thousand platitudes that Conjob is instinctively a suppressor of any information that is inconvenient to the desired outcomes.  This is the hallmark of a contempt for the rights of the citizens, and for democratic institutions and principles.

Of course we all know that the proposition about needing censorship to stop access to child pornography, terrorist and other “undesriable” material is just one of the many platitudes that Conjob and the clique of God botherer’s in the Government use to justify this vicious attack on the Australian democracy.

Welcome to the People’s Republic of Australia – you will know nothing except what is officially permitted – dissenters will be shot at dawn.

And now we are included on a Human’s Rights Watch on Internet Censorship in such illustrious company as North Korea, Iran and China.  Shows where Conjob’s true sympathies lie.