Categories – Disbelief – disenchantment – disgust – Dishonour – Disrepute – Disrespect – distrust – dissolution – disclosure, or disinformation?.
Author – Arthur
Is there a word for it?
Some way of conveying the frustration to someone out there who might listen.
I’ve this minute finished listening to Rob Messenger speaking on ABC radio about his fight for the truth about entrenched corruption in Qgov, their pet CMC and hell, west and crooked.
Mr. Messenger chose to speak over the national broadcaster the same day the ‘One Nation’ political party was knocked back yet again by the qld electoral commission.
Mr Messenger is the independent member for Burnett in the state of
and reckons he’s having a tough time in his role as fighter for justice and right. Queensland
Leaving aside that some find his fights somewhat selective and self-promoting he may have a point that gaining airtime can sometimes be difficult.
I have the impression that the propaganda machine is working well.
What is prime news ‘here’ in this region doesn’t get a mention ‘there, elsewhere’.
Of course the news media these days are under immense pressure to self-censor their output but sometimes it goes beyond a joke.
These dudes reckon the press has standards - http://www.presscouncil.org.au/pcsite/fop/charter.html
- but unfortunately the press council has to admit their people have no actual rights except, ultimately, to argue the toss at immense cost in a court of law if someone objects to what they’ve written.
Don’t believe me? Find out for yourself.
Phone - (1800) 02 5712 or find them here - http://www.presscouncil.org.au/pcsite/contact.html
Sam Griffith made sure there was a defence under the
criminal code if any statement was substantially correct but that doesn’t matter much wherever judges can be bought. queensland
Considering that, it isn’t surprising that some poor journo isn’t going to utter anything against his boss’s wishes in anything she writes – especially when the boss is the same government that refuses to countenance adopting dedicated human rights legislation.
Then again I suppose it depends whether journalists these days consider themselves as objective, unbiased reporters of fact or are merely employed as low grade entertainers and purveyors of specious pap.
How does this operate in
To find out I phoned the ABC – about the ‘One Nation’ situation post their radio interview and about a ‘lockdown’ of
’s Central Railway Station yesterday evening. Brisbane
Why annoy the ABC?
Coincidentally, the gent who interviewed ‘One Nation’ the other day also announced over the airwaves yesterday evening, according to numerous ‘Tweets’ sent to him, that , for reasons unknown, police had isolated Brisbane’s major rail facility at peak hour.
(STOP PRESS – One source, repeat, only one source has reported this incident, ‘
Times’ – see link below.) Brisbane
Neither event is exactly earthshattering in the grand scheme of things but nonetheless newsworthy – leastways for that single disgruntled ‘One Nation’ member who wanted to know why he couldn’t catch his #+%*$! train home from work yesterday.
Two hours have passed and I’m still waiting for my return call from that talking head at the ABC.
Surely he’s going to return that promised call – or is he in ‘lockdown’ himself this afternoon?
Maybe he blotted his copybook by not asking first whether he should mention ‘One Nation’ and ‘what the police are up to’?
But I didn’t phone the ABC to give him a rev.
After all, he was the bloke who was decent and ethical enough to put out the information in the first place.
Without his good service I wouldn’t have known that One Nation was putting in its application to be re-registered as a full-house political party.
What I want to know is why the Qld branch of the Australian Electoral Commission™ dishonestly knocked them back.
I want to know why that ‘rejection-out-of-hand’ (sound familiar?)has not exactly been covered by the press.
The same thing applies to the other event.
In democracies the sudden and unannounced closure of a major public transport facility usually attracts attention and if some reasonable justification cannot be provided after the inevitable press attention results in censure or at least embarrassment for the relevant administration.
But not in
, eh? Queensland
Post Script -
So I gave up waiting and phoned back the ABC. This time our radio journo answered himself.
He was unaware that One Nation had been knocked back by the Qld electoral commission but promised to chase it up.
Maybe he should read this - http://www.onenation.com.au/media.htm .
As far as lockdown at Brisbane Central Railway Station – indeed, according to his tweets it was a full-house police operation evacuating the place.
Yet the people at ABC have heard nothing about that incident through their usual news channels.
Arthur interviews the proprietor of PRS Defence
Arthur – So what do you think of them apples, Chief?
P – “Just keeps getting more interesting every day.
Someone once said something along the lines of ’You don’t notice the barbed wire going up until it’s too late’.
The last few years I’d believed it was all about stupid vindictive people in an overly competitive business playing bastard up close and personal games with us.”
Arthur – You mean the government condoned home invasions, theft of assets and intellectual property, all the sort of things those bastards reckon are legal for them?
P – “Yeah. Things like that are clearly okay in
Must be. They certainly did the number on us in the royal fashion.
But that was in private, if you understand, in the privacy of my home and workplace. They even made sure they were in private when I tried to take the scum to court.
Did you know that Arthur? Court is supposed to be a public place and the free press is supposed to be out there ready, waiting and primed to publish that sort of thing in the public AND national interest.”
Arthur – Right, I’m with you. Now they (the masters) are confident enough to get up to their vicious little games right out there in the face of the public. Are the people scared or is it that they just don’t give a stuff, so long as the hate is happening to someone else?
That’s what you mean, isn’t it?
P – “That’s the shot.
Bertrand Russell said – “Most people would rather die than think; in fact they do!”
I heard that one on the radio just a minute ago and on the strength of that, googled these after ward.
‘The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that allows a solution.’
And – ‘In all affairs it’s a healthy thing to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.’
By the way, Arthur, a bit of a stop press moment here Dave Hicks is speaking later; by radio from the writer’s festival. I heard on a news bulletin that the feds are trying to confiscate his income from his book as the ‘proceeds of crime’. Now, how stuffed is that?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/22/3223519.htm (says it all here. DR, editor)
Hey, did the Russians rip off Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn for writing the ‘Gulag Archipelago’?
Has Dave ever committed a crime in
What’s to bet that they’ll (the ABC) have yet another ‘unforeseen break in transmission’ just after he gets warmed up.”
Arthur – You want me to put good money down against a sure thing?
Anyway, I take your point; try to put an article together about injustice and autocratic, bureaucratic insanity and the stupid bastards flood the environment, Can’t get ahead of the pricks.
Where were we; Bertie Russell, wasn’t it?
P – “Right. That first quote stands alone: after all, who are we to argue with Bertrand Russell, especially when we agree with him. What!
‘Stating the problem in a way that allows for a solution’ is a little more knotty.
Is the problem to do with the sordid acts of this dystopia being rammed down our necks or the remarkably adaptable gullets of the silent majority; so many of whom seem quite prepared to do the cormorant to each and every stinking fish thrown their way?
As to the question mark over things taken for granted?
Tell you what, Arthur, let’s ask Winston Churchill.”
Arthur – WHAT?
P – Why not. No bastard listens to us ‘cos we’re too radical and nonsensical.
So why not present them with some sage advice from a right old Arch-Conservative?
Here, take this – “If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law.”
And – “You have enemies? Good. That means you have stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Then - “The farther backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see.”
Last but not least – “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
Further reading -
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/central-station-bomb-threat-a-hoax-20110519-1euxv.html according to everyone else, it never happened
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2011/05/18/newspoll-60-40-to-lnp-in-queensland/ popular, aren’t they? Why would one nation be being stuffed about again?
http://goldcoast.iprime.com.au/index.php/news/national-news/commissioner-backs-staff-in-hanson-row the public service is allowed to exercise prejudice and act vindictively?
http://media.watoday.com.au/news/national-news/one-nation-rejected-again-2371196.html - Funny that. Called payback isn’t it?
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/noreen-hay-vs-gordon-bradbery-its-on-again/2167822.aspx - what, another politician gone overseas at an opportune time?