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Biased Public Funded Media Organisation Wants To Privatise The ABC

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News Corporation, which paid no tax last year, has welcomed the proposed sale and break up of the ABC, saying there is only room for one severely biased media conglomerate in the Australian market.

“The people saying that we’re depriving the Australian public of millions in annual tax revenue have no idea of the deductible expenses needed to run our newspapers,” said News Corporation accountant Atticus Sludge. “Our Photoshop bill alone is the size of the GDP of Belgium, and that bloke who draws Staria charges us an arm and a leg.”

“I see nothing biased at all in headlines such as “Sun God Tony Abbott Is The Right Man To Lead Our Country” and “Greens Want To Kidnap Your Children And Turn Them Into Organic Mulch”,” said Daily Telegraph sub editor Janice San-Serif. “We’re doing the country a favour by employing Peta Credlin and keeping her far away from an actual position of power, but do we get any thanks?”

“The ABC fills a vital role in Australian society and it would be a shame if we couldn’t fund the building of an even bigger coffee mug for Tom Gleeson to drive around in just so our greedy schools and hospitals could hog an even bigger slice of the public purse,” said ABC board member Felicity Scoby. “We’re currently working on a new series where Annabel Crabb takes a typical Australian family and makes them relive decades of budget cuts to the ABC.”

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This digital novel narrates the violence against ethnic Chinese during the 1998 riots in Indonesia

“We cannot heal what we will not face.”

A digital illustrated novel tells the stories of Indonesian Chinese who were attacked during the riots that toppled the Indonesian government in 1998.

In May 1998, violent riots erupted across Indonesia demanding the resignation of then President Suharto who had ruled the country for over three decades. The riots led to a change in government but thousands of innocent civilians — in particular, Indonesians of Chinese ancestry– were injured, raped, and killed. Many Orang Tionghoa (how Indonesians with full or partial Chinese ancestry are called) fled the country because of the escalating violence that targeted them.

A government report released in October 1998 revealed that, while some violent incidents against Indonesian Chinese were spontaneous, most cases appeared to be systematically planned by local thugs supported by powerful political and military forces. The report also documented cases of rape that victimized many Indonesian Chinese women.

After two decades, victims of the attacks in 1998 and their families continue to seek justice.

Written by Melbourne-based artist Rani Pramesti, the ‘Chinese Whispers’ illustrated novel narrates the tragedy that forced her to flee her beloved country in 1998. It also features the stories of women who witnessed the 1998 riots.

Global Voices interviewed her about the novel and her motivation for initiating this project:

The Chinese Whispers was inspired by my personal experiences of how the May 1998 racial violence impacted my sense of identity as well as by the historical context of May 1998.

I noticed how 1998 became an important unspoken issue (among) Chinese Indonesian diaspora in Australia.

I can’t speak for other people’s experiences. But I can speak about mine. My family and I were spared from (the) 1998 looting, rape, and violence but we lived the era where we were subjected to politically motivated racism. Being raised unequivocally Indonesian, a proud one that is, the 1998 riot questioned my identity.

Through the Chinese Whispers, I want to reveal what politically motivated racism (PMR) could do to people, (and it) doesn’t matter how many years after it happened. PMR has real human costs, not just in Indonesia but the entire world today.

She explained why she chose the title ‘Chinese Whispers’ for her novel:

During the creative process with the community, we talked about many things and everything. Yet, when I brought up the events that took place in 1998, of our whereabouts and what not, the voices in the room were reduced to whispers.

As a student of dramatic arts, I learned to observe tones, body languages, expressions. What I came across during the meetings and dramatic workshops, 1998 held a certain significance to the community.

Many said that the 1998 riot is something taboo to talk about. It remains sensitive, it’s hard to talk about the events, but taboo’s not the word to describe it.

And this is what she hopes her work will accomplish:

One day I attended a poetry reading by Mark Gonzales, one of his poems reads “We cannot heal what we will not face.” That rang true to me.

20 years on, 1998 is barely acknowledged. There [are] a lot of things to be done in terms of healing, to obtain some forms of justice. I’m not only talking about healing at the personal level, but also as a nation.

I want my readers to remember what 1998 entails and to be moved by the experiences of individuals who went through it.

In my work, my 12-year-old persona experienced having her identity torn apart by politically motivated racism.

I love how dramatic arts contributed in telling my personal stories. After all, despite the macro stories we hear everywhere, in the end, we are all human beings, we all have our micro stories and that is how we connect at the most profound level — from one person to another.


One of the pages of the Chinese Whispers. Used with permission.

Currently, the Chinese Whispers is available in Indonesian. Its English version is due out by the end of 2018. Rani's work can be found on her website and she can be reached through her Facebook page and Instagram.

The (un)Australian Guide To Who To Follow In The World Cup After Australia Get Knocked Out Next Friday

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Unless you’re that knob in the office who still thinks saying “sportsball” is the epitome of cool you’re going to have to try and get a little bit excited about the soccer World Cup. (Yes I know, but saying “football, I mean soccer” gets wearisome after a while.)   Crotchety old Socceroos fans like me who can still hum the theme song from ‘Captain Socceroo’ and know how to spell Mooroolbark City are old hands at picking a team to follow in the cup that’s not wearing green and gold. We’ve had plenty of practice. So here’s a few tips for who to throw your lot behind after Australia gallantly lose to France and Denmark before giving Peru a shellacking in the consolation final.

GERMANY

This is the team to get behind if you’re the sort of person who goes to the races and has an each way bet on the favourite in every race. In other words, if you’re a boring fart.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: THE MELBOURNE STORM. They crush every opponent like killer robots and no-one likes them.

ARGENTINA

Argentinian players are like drummers in 70s bands, in that they all have hot looking wives and girlfriends they most definitely wouldn’t have if they weren’t Argentinian soccer players or drummers in 70s bands. Lionel Messi looks like the sort of bloke who keeps his girlfriend up all night talking soccer tactics. Just remember to refer to the Falklands as “Los Islas Malvinas” if you find yourself watching alongside any sharply dressed blokes in tango dancing clobber.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: GEELONG CATS. Have been punching well above their weight for longer than anyone can remember.

ENGLAND

They still steadfastly refuse to pick Roy Race from Roy Of The Rovers despite years and years of him pulling off thrilling second half comebacks after realising that his rubbing lineament has been replaced by sulphuric acid by an unscrupulous match fixer. I haven’t heard their World Cup song yet but I’m guessing its rubbish too.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: PARRAMATTA EELS. Their glory days are a long, long time ago, when they had a brilliant bald headed hero. In the Eels case it was Sterlo, for England take your pick of Bobby Charlton or Nobby Stiles.

BRAZIL

If you have a pre-existing heart condition you might just get yourself into the news as the inevitable Brazilian fan who dies of a heart attack at an intense moment of the semi-finals. If you’re an irritating twat keep the rest of the bar on edge and your virginity intact by imitating that commentator who shouts out Go-go-go-go-goalllllllllllllll every time a goal is scored.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: ST GEORGE DRAGONS. Unbeatable in the fifties and sixties but things have been a bit quiet of late.

BELGIUM

It’s hard to name a famous Belgian who isn’t fictional. (hint. There’re two. Plastic Bertrand and Mathias Cormann.) The team to pick if you want to be that smug bastard who was following them two weeks before everyone jumps on the bandwagon when they make it to the quarter finals. Yeah, you with the craft beer and the artisan bread.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: PORT MELBOURNE BLOODS. Of course you follow a VFL team don’t you, you hipster beardo.

URUGUAY

Won two World Cups back in the days when half the European teams died of scurvy on the boat taking them to South America. No-one’s really sure why it gets to be its own country. If you really like the letter “u” I’d highly recommend them.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: COLLINGWOOD. Known for their violence and no-one much likes them so you’ll feel right at home. Have a dusty old trophy cabinet full of pennants from the 1930s when pennants were a thing that grown men cared about.

PORTUGAL

Must be handy because they won the European Championship, but then again Glasgow was once named the European City Of Culture so just because something has the word “European” in front of it it doesn’t mean its a fair dinkum guide to form. Will bore their way through to at least the quarter finals.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS. A one man team so if Cristiano Ronaldo does a hammy they’re stuffed.

NIGERIA

The poor sod who has to write the official technical report for FIFA will cut and paste the usual stuff about marvellous natural ability and tactical naivety after Nigeria go out in round one. Hanging out with over-enthused Nigerian fans will be the best chance to get your face on TV because desperate TV news producers looking for a lazy story about exotic World Cup fans don’t have the usual fall back of sending a camera crew to Lygon or Norton Streets to film the crazy Italians.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: FREMANTLE DOCKERS. Not going to win but will be everyone’s second favourite team once Iceland get knocked out.

SPAIN

Invented a short passing game which they named “tiki taka”, further evidence that along with their ability to infantilise pop music and call it Eurovision, continental Europeans can also infantilise anything, even football tactics. Very different tactically from the style employed by the Peakhurst United under 7Bs of 1971, whose tactic was to give the ball to big Mick Loder who’d boot it down the field.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: CRONULLA SHARKS. Finally won the big one after decades of trying and now sliding backwards into obscurity.

FRANCE

Will get severely annoyed by the Socceroos mispronouncing their name as FRAN-NCE instead of FRAR-NCE. Will bow out in some spectacular and highly unfair fashion. You will eat very well at whatever venue the expats are watching them from. (hint. the bidet is for washing your bum).

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: MELBOURNE DEMONS. Experts at finding highly creative ways to lose important matches.

ICELAND

The country with the smallest population ever to field a team at the World Cup Finals. Unlikely to catch their opponents off guard like they did during EURO 2016 and qualifying, when everyone thought “we’re only playing Iceland, let’s go out and hit the piss the night before the match.” Have some Sigur Ros cued up to play in the unlikely event of them toppling Argentina in their opening match.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: The CANBERRA RAIDERS. You should already know how to do the thunderous hand clap, which won’t get tired at all very very quickly.

MEXICO

Might be their last chance to impress because from now on if they kick their ball over the wall there’s a good chance they won’t get it back. Always play in the finals because CONCACAF is the easiest group to qualify from, unless you happen to be from the USA.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: ST KILDA. They’re always there on the fixture list and I guess they start out hoping to do well, but you know.

RUSSIA

If your refereeing the Russians, expect to find a short video on the pillow of your hotel bed that shows you the effects of polonium poisoning on anyone who doesn’t give the home team lots of penalty kicks. Will be setting the bar very low for Qatar in the “how far will the host team go” stakes. Their manager looks like Alexei Sayle, which is a plus.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: MANLY. Everyone will be supporting whoever it is you’re playing against.

AUSTRALIA

Missed a golden opportunity to appoint Frank “Mad Dog” Arok as coach when Ange Postecoglou resigned and show the world what they could have done in Mexico in 1986. Mark Milligan will be voted player at the World Cup who looks most like that bloke from You Am I.

Follow them if your AFL/NRL team is: NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS. Have as much chance of winning the World Cup as the Knights did of winning the 1997 Grand Final at the 70th minute mark.

THE REST

Expect one of either Morocco, Egypt, Senegal or Colombia to go surprisingly far. If Serbia end up playing Croatia don’t accidentally wander into the wrong place wearing the wrong shirt. Don’t bother staying up late to watch Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, South Korea or Japan, as you will instantly fall asleep once they start playing. Panama is most likely to do a Zaire and get beaten 9-0 by some middling European nation. Peruvians probably won’t think you’re cute if you join them to watch them play whilst clutching a Paddington Bear doll. I don’t predict a Denmark vs Tunisia final. Can’t think of anything to say about Saudi Arabia, other than they contain the most numbers of one vowel in their name (4 x “a”) than any other country.

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Australia needs an urgent reappraisal of its place in a changing world

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James O’Neill It seems likely that the Australian House and Senate will pass the governments legislative proposals, ostensibly aimed at alleged foreign interference in Australia’s electoral process. Despite denials to the contrary, the legislation is manifestly aimed at alleged Chinese interference, although the scope of the proposed legislative provisions amounts to a sustained attack upon the ability of critics in the media and elsewhere to do their job of holding governments to account. The cynic might argue that such legislation is hardly necessary, as serious and sustained criticism of the policies of successive Australian governments, and certainly in the “defence” and “national security” areas has been conspicuously absent for many years both from the mainstream media and the Labor opposition. There has been a noticeable increase in the barrage of one-dimensional propaganda in recent decades, and a corresponding reduction in the presentation of fact based analysis. As equally insidious as the propaganda nature of much of what is termed “news” is the systematic ignoring of actual events. A stark illustration of this is in the …

Far Right Watch Explain Why Tommy Robinson Is Not a Martyr for Free Speech

Last month, Tommy Robinson, or to give him his real name, Steven Yaxley Lennon, was arrested and jailed for contempt of court. Robinson is the former leader of the Islamophobic EDL, and has also been a member of PEGIDA UK, as well as the BNP. He’d been covering the trial of a group of Pakistani Muslims in Leeds on the internet outside the court. Robinson already had a suspended sentence for doing the same thing about a year ago in Canterbury. The rozzers swooped, Robinson pleaded guilty, and is now enjoying a holiday at her majesty’s pleasure.

His supporters have gone berserk, claiming that he’s been persecuted for his beliefs and that this is a serious breach of free speech by the multicultural establishment to protect Muslims. They’ve also been on the internet claiming that this is all part of the establishment’s campaign to make Whites extinct through immigration and racial mixing. The Islamophobic Dutch politician, Gert Wilders, who is himself no stranger to prosecution for racism, has condemned Robinson’s arrest and imprisonment. As has Pauline Hanson, the head of the minuscule Australian anti-immigration party, the One Nation Party. Hanson runs a fish and chip shop in Western Australia, and she’s made herself president for life of her outfit, so there are definitely no overtones of Fascist dictatorship there.

Last Sunday, 4th June 2018, Robinson’s supporters held a rally in London demanding his release. This has alarmed anti-racist activists and organisations. Hope Not Hate have released a video telling the truth about Robinson and what he really stands for and why he was jailed. As have Kevin Logan, the male feminist and anti-Fascist, and Far Right Watch. RT also covered the demonstration, and their short clip shows some of Robinson’s supporters trying fighting or attempting to fight the police.

Far Right Watch are an unpaid, volunteer group of nine people dedicated to exposing Fascism and the Far Right on the internet. In this video, which is about 28 minutes long, they answer five questions about Robinson and bust seven myths about him.

They start out by making the point that Robinson is a racist, and has been a member of a series of racist organisations, including the BNP. He’s also a criminal, having been convicted 12 times of various offences, including fraud. They go into great detail, including citing the official court document explaining to Robinson why he is being jailed, showing that his arrest is certainly not political censorship but was done as part of the ordinary legislation designed to give defendants a fair trial.

They point out that under English law since the 13th century, a person is innocent until proven guilty. This is unique to English law and the legal systems that are derived from it, and it’s a cornerstone of British justice. Robinson broke that in his coverage of the case, because his commentary on the trial assumed that the men being tried were guilty.

This is serious because it threatened to prejudice their trial, meaning that if the judge considered that the accused couldn’t get a fair trial because of Robinson, the trial would be abandoned or the accused acquitted. And if the accused were guilty of the heinous crimes with which they were charged, it would be a serious miscarriage of justice. Hence the mass of legislation surrounding the reporting of criminal cases which bind real journalists.

Robinson also violated accepted journalistic procedures by broadcasting live. When the professional broadcasters cover cases from outside a courthouse, it’s always recorded, and the report is then examined by legal experts to make sure that it complies with the law. Robinson did not none of that. He had no control over what was occurring, and was simply filming events as they happened. Furthermore, there were other people also coming to court for their trials, and his cavalier contempt for the law could have placed their cases in jeopardy.

His followers have also claimed that Robinson was all right to present his commentary on the case, as it was over. This video reveals that it wasn’t. The case Robinson was covering was only one of a number of trial, which were ongoing. They have also claimed that the ruling of contempt of court doesn’t apply to him, because he was outside the courtroom. That isn’t the case. The documents state that Robinson was still subject to the laws about contempt of court because he was still in the precincts of the court. Mike, who is a professional journalist, and who knows the law, told me that the precincts of the court are wherever the judge decides they are. So that excuse for him doesn’t hold up.

As for Robinson’s swift arrest, it’s so fast because he was given a 13 month suspended sentence for doing the same thing in Canterbury last year, which he didn’t contest. This sentence would immediately have started the moment Robinson broke the law again, regardless of any additional sentence he would be given for this offence. And while the speed of his arrest is unusual, it’s not unknown. Plus the fact that Robinson actually pleaded guilty to contempt when he was tried for it, so there’s absolutely no reason for the whole process to be prolonged with a lengthy trial and prosecution.

The video also makes the point that Robinson’s own interest in the trial was cynically racist. He wasn’t interested so much in the welfare of the children these people are accused of violating and exploiting. He was only interested in it as a way of generating further hatred against Muslims. He hadn’t covered a string of similar trials up and down England and Wales, for the simple reason that the paedophile gangs being tried in these cases were all White. Just like he also wasn’t interested in talking about Jimmy Savile or the allegations against the former Tory leader, Edward Heath.

As for Wilders and Pauline ‘President for Life’ Hanson fulminating against his arrest and sentencing as a travesty of British justice, or words to that effect, the same laws against contempt of court are in force everywhere, including the Netherlands and Australia. So if Robinson had broken the law in those countries, as he has here, he’d still have been jailed.

In short, Robinson is in no way a martyr for free speech, as the document outlining the reasons why he has been jailed states very clearly. This wasn’t about politics. It was about justice, giving the accused a fair trial, under laws which go all the way back to the Middle Ages. It was definitely not about protecting Muslim paedophiles, or the elites advancing the cause of ‘White genocide’ or any of the stupid and vile conspiracy theories that the Far Right may choose to believe or make up about it. And Robinson himself is hardly a high-minded, principled political activist. He’s a convicted criminal and a racist, who knowingly violated the law in order to generate more anti-Muslim hatred.

Mars as Communist Utopia in Pre-Revolutionary Russian SF

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/06/2018 - 3:39am in

I thought this might interest all the SF fans out there. One of the books I’ve started reading is Lost Mars: The Golden Age of the Red Planet, edited by Mark Ashley (London: The British Library 2018). It’s a collection of SF stories written about the Red Planet from the 19th century to just before the Mariner and then Viking probes in the ’60s and ’70s showed that rather than being a living planet with canals, vegetation and civilised beings, it was a dead world more like the Moon. It’s a companion volume to another book of early SF stories from about the same period, Moonrise: The Golden Age of Lunar Adventures, also edited by Mike Ashley. The Martian book contains stories by H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury – from The Martian Chronicles, natch – Marion Zimmer Bradley, E.C. Tubb, Walter M. Miller, and the great novelist of dystopias and bug-eyed psychopaths, J.G. Ballard. It also contains pieces by now all but forgotten Victorian and early Twentieth writers of Scientific Romances, W.S. Lach-Szyrma, George C. Wallis, P. Schuyler Miller and Stanley G. Weinbaum.

Both books are also interesting, not just for the short stories collected in them, but also for Ashley’s introduction, where he traces the literary history of stories about these worlds. In the case of the Moon, this goes all the way back to the Roman satirist, Lucian of Samosata, and his Vera Historia. This is a fantasy about a group of Roman sailors, whose ship is flung into space by a massive waterspout, to find themselves captured by a squadron of Vulturemen soldiers from the Moon, who are planning an invasion of the Sun.

The history of literary speculation about Mars and Martian civilisation, is no less interesting, but somewhat shorter. It really only begins in the late 19th century, when telescopes had been developed capable of showing some details of the Martian surface, and in particular the canali, which the Italian astronomer Schiaparelli believed he had seen. The Italian word can mean ‘channels’ as well as ‘canal’, and Schiaparelli himself did not describe them as artificial. Nevertheless, other astronomers, like Percival Lowell of Flagstaff, Arizona, believed they were. Other astronomers were far more sceptical, but this set off the wave of novels and short stories set on an inhabited Mars, like Edgar Rice Burrough’s famous John Carter stories. I remember the Marvel adaptation of some these, or at least using the same character, which appeared as backing stories in Star Wars comic way back in the 1970s.

It’s also interesting, and to contemporary readers somewhat strange, that before H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, the vast majority of these stories about Mars assumed that the Martians would not only be far more scientifically and technologically advanced, but they would also be more socially and spiritually as well. Just like the Aetherius Society, a UFO new religious movement founded by George King in the 1950s, claims that Jesus was really as Venusian, and now lives on that world along with Aetherius, the being from whom they believe they receive telepathic messages, so there were a couple of short stories in which Christ was a Martian. These were Charles Cole’s Visitors From Mars, of 1901, and Wallace Dowding’s The Man From Mars of 1910.

Other utopias set on the Red Planet were more secular. In Unveiling a Parallel, by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant, of 1893, the Martians are handsome and intelligent, and their women totally liberated. Another feminist utopia was also depicted by the Australian writer Mary Moore-Bentley in her A Woman of Mars of 1901.

And in Russia, the writer Alexander Bogdanov made Mars a Communist utopia. Ashley writes

While the planetary romance theme was developing there were other explorations of Martian culture. The Red Planet became an obvious setting for a communist state in Krasnaia Zvesda (‘Red Star’, 1908) and its sequel Inzhener Menni (‘Engineer Menni’, 1912) by Alexander Bogdanov. Although reasonably well known in Russia, especially at the time of the revolution in 1917, and notoriously because of its reference to free love on Mars, it was not translated into English until 1984. Kim Stanley Robinson claimed it served as an influence for his own novel, Red Mars (1992), the first of his trilogy about terraforming the planet. Although the emphasis in Bodganov’s stories is on the benefits of socialism, he took trouble to make the science as realistic as possible. The egg-shaped rocket to Mars is powered by atomic energy. His Mars is Schiaparellian, with canals that have forests planted along their full length, explaining why they are visible from Earth. He also went to great lengths to explain how the topography of Mars, and the fact that it was twice as old as Earth, allowed social evolution to develop gradually and more effectively, with planet-wide communication and thus a single language. (Pp. 11-12).

So five years before the Revolution, Mars really was the ‘Red Planet’ in Russian literature. I’m not surprised it wasn’t translated into English until the 1980s. British publishers and censors probably disliked it as a piece of Communist propaganda, quite apart from Anglophone western Puritanism and the whole issue of free love. No naughtiness allowed on the side of the Iron Curtain, not even when it’s set on Mars. Russian cinema also produced one of the first SF films, also set on Mars. This was Aelita (1922), in which Russian cosmonauts travel to the Red Planet to start a revolution, though at the end it’s revealed that it’s all been a dream.

Meanwhile, Mars as a planet of mystery continues in the French SF series, Missions, shown at 10.00 Thursdays on BBC 4. This has French spationauts and their American rivals landing on the Red Planet, only to find a mysterious altar constructed from lost Atlantean materials described by the Romans, and Vladimir Komarov, a Soviet cosmonaut, who has been turned into something more than human with three strands of DNA. In reality, Komarov died when the parachutes on his spacecraft failed to open when it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. Tragically, Komarov knew it was a deathtrap, but went anyway because Khrushchev wanted another Russian space achievement to show up the Americans, and Komarov did not want his friend, and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin to go. It’s a tragic, shameful waste of human life on what was a purely political stunt, and Komarov is, because of his desire to save his friend, one of the great heroes of the space age.

But Missions shows not only how much people really want us to travel to Mars – to explore and colonise – it also shows how the Red Planet still remains the source of wonder and speculation about alien civilisations, civilisations that may not be hostile monsters intent on invading the Earth ‘for no very good reason’, as Douglas Adams described the motives of those aliens, who wanted to take over the universie in The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. One of the French spationauts, Jeanne, has dreamed of going to Mars since being shown it through a telescope by her father when she was a little girl. Electromagnetic scans of the area, when developed, give a picture of her face, and ‘Komarov’ tells her he has been waiting millions of years for her, and she is the true link between Mars and Earth.

Yes, it’s weird. But different. And it shows that Mars is continuing to inspire other forms of SF, where the Martians aren’t invaders – or at least, not so far-but benevolent guides waiting for us to come to them and make the next leap in our development. Just like Bogdanov in 1912 imagined that they would be ahead of us, and so have created a true Communist utopia.

Lift the ban on communications! Free Julian Assange!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:53am in

by James Coga, via WSWS June 6 will mark 10 weeks since the Ecuadorian government blocked all communication by WikiLeaks’ editor Julian Assange with the outside world, including personal visitors. Assange has been trapped inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, when Quito granted him asylum in the face of a legal witch-hunt by the governments of the United States, Britain and Sweden. Britain was moving to extradite Assange to Sweden on trumped-up allegations of sexual abuse as the first step in transferring him to the US to face charges of espionage, which carry a possible death sentence. Washington had vowed to punish Assange for having exposed before the world war crimes committed by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as US intrigues against other countries. In remarks last Wednesday, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno attempted to defend the silencing of Assange. He sought to deny—unconvincingly—that this action was the outcome of his government’s capitulation to pressure and threats by the United States. Moreno put forward an Orwellian conception of freedom of speech …

Doctor Who Club of Australia - Yearbook

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 03/06/2018 - 7:38pm in

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The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) has announced the return of its Zerinza yearbook.

The magazine contains interviews, fiction, comics and articles. From the archives, you can read Nicholas Courtney discussing his career as the Brigadier and Dudley Simpson reflecting on everything from composing scores to street racing with Jon Pertwee.

Go behind the scenes on Whovians with show researcher Pat Magee, then from in front of the camera with Adam Richard. Camille Coduri discusses the departure of Christopher Eccleston and the arrival of David Tennant, writers Jon Blum and Kate Orman talk about writing for Big Finish, and Titan artist Simon Myers discusses his covers for the Doctor Who comics range.

Plus the true story of how Rosemary Howe succeeded in writing the first ever novelisation of The Daleks’ Master Plan, without access to the script or ever having seen it! And just what did happen to Katy Manning on the drive to the recent DWCA day event?

Zerinza Volume Two is available now as a free PDF to all current DWCA members.

It can also be purchased in hardcover, softcover (ISBN 978-0-244-99088-6) or epub (ISBN 978-0-244-99086-2) formats via the DWCA Publishing store:

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Open Source Investigation: The War on Cash

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Following last nights shutdown of Visa’s payment system across large parts of Europe, we thought this would be good time to revisit the topic of money. Cold hard cash is on the way out, following a sustained global effort to undermine its usage. Is that a good thing? Does the Visa crash exemplify just how little power the consumer wields in a world of universally digital payments? James Corbett has been running his Open Source Investigation into the “War on Cash” since 2016, here we post some of the more concerning findings. Feel free to contribute BTL if there are any further developments, or get in touch with The Corbett Report directly here. The Cashless Society List ARGENTINA – Argentina’s currency crisis has been known for some time. In short, Argentinians don’t trust the peso and are willing to pay premium for any currency they perceive as “more stable,” especially US dollars which are traded on the black market as “blue dollars” at prices far exceeding the official exchange rate. That’s why Argentina has been …

MH17: “New evidence”, same issues

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Nearly four years since the incident, and over two years since they last reported any progress, the MH17 Joint Investigative Team (JIT) have held a press conference. To underline their previous position – they still think Russia did it. The timing of this statement could be seen as very politically convenient for the NATO allies and the Kiev regime. The West would have you believe that the proximity to the World Cup is purely coincidental. Whilst those suggesting that this is a great cover for Ukraine’s renewed shelling of separatists regions in the Donbass will surely be dismissed as “apologists” or “cynics”. None of that is really the issue though. Whether they truly have “new evidence”, or whether this is just a rehash of discredited Bellingcat nonsense, is immaterial. If the politically convenient timing is a coincidence or a stunt does not matter. The most important point is that the JIT is fatally and irredeemably flawed. The JIT, made up of investigators from Australia, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine…but not Russia, has obvious credibility problems …

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