Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Some not so light reading

Don't read these with any sense of obligation, just if you find them of interest.

It was a fascinating account of what went on behind the scenes and in front of the public that lead to the release of Australian refugee soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi from a Thai gaol where he was being held pending extradition to Bahrain. The cynic in me wonders if the outcome would have been the same had he been a plain looking non athletic person. I would like to think not, but....... He was only freed because of the extreme pressure being put on Thailand from so many directions, and even the Thai Royal Family was becoming concerned. The excellent and so interesting piece is at The Age.


Another read that I found fascinating was how the private media company Salesforce Social Studio employed by Victoria Police swung into action on the day of the Bourke Street Massacre. God knows how much that cost. I hope VicPol have a fixed price contract with the company. Not only was the media managed, there was a huge effort to gather evidence that might have been posted on social media. If you are not part of a large company, and at times even if you are, you might have no idea of what happens now behind the scenes in managing media, minimising bad publicity and responding, or not, to social media. The tale is at Tech Republic.


It seems gaol is not being kind to James Gargasoulas, the convicted perpetrator of the horrendous crime.



A company part owned by Federal Minister for Energy Angus Taylor is under investigation for illegal land clearing, The Guardian reports, and why does it take The Manchester Guardian (England) to tell us this? What is our own ABC and other media doing?


Dare I mention Angus Taylor, Barnaby Joyce and a Twitter story? My understanding is that a Twitter user had her account cancelled when she published a tale on Twitter of what seems to be extreme corruption at the highest levels of our Federal Government. From what I read, it was a factual story, without opinion and I can't see how it could be defamatory. It was a drawing together of pure facts. Thanks to Annie ODyne for steering me towards the link but I am not game to link to the story directly. You might find it by Googling; Twitter, Barnaby Joyce, Angus Taylor, Cayman Islands and Water Buy Backs. Again I ask, why hasn't our main media reported on this?

Corruption cuts to the core of a society and must be rooted out and prosecuted.

18 comments:

  1. Sigh. I am pretty certain that if Hakeem al-Araibi was not a rising sports star the outcome would not have been so happy.
    Our guvermint's support of their mates is an corrupt and strong undercurrent. I do hope that they are washed out to sea by the associated rip.
    We really need an independent Anti Corruption Body. One with broad powers and where appointments are NOT quietly made by the government of the day.

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    1. EC, the rip is coming next month. I agree about the anti corruption body, with powers as the NSW body had, and maybe still has. Our Victorian model is a little weak, I think.

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  2. I did not read any of the above--watching the fire at Notre Dame and remembering visiting it with our daughter almost a year ago to the day. Everything in the world is fragile and perishable, even a cathedral set in stone. Thanks for reading about the coffee farm and complimenting my BIL on his writing. He will be pleased. Anyway, the honey-and-chocolate flavor in the coffee that he mentions is VERY subtle. I just knew it was good coffee.

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    1. Forsythia, the fire was awful and I will post about it tomorrow. Me, Melburnian+coffee. Good coffee is very important to us. We are coffee Nazis.

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  3. I think that athletes in general get a pass on a lot of things.
    Currently we have the "Beautiful Hollywood People" who are hopefully going down in flames for buying their kids admission into prestigious colleges. If there is justice, these people will serve time. If not...then they all will get off. Money talks.

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    1. Maribeth, I did hear a little about the school admissions but I didn't really follow it. These people are already rich and should not be able to buy their way anywhere.

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  4. 1. Energy minister? ha ha
    2. Ex Deputy Prime Minister of Australia? oh dear

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    1. Crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans, in my humble opinion.

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  5. I've got a stack of unread fiction novels that are way more interesting to me than any of this.

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    1. As I warned you River. I understand and the minimal number of comments prove your point, but I am quite proud of the post.

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  6. It's really interesting to hear about these things that are going on in other countries, and so sad. I agree, and it's unfortunate that privilege and sports savvy allow so many to get away with things they shouldn't. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, well in this case it wasn't him getting away with anything but because of his sports profile, he was rescued.

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  7. Sadly I have to agree with you on the refugee soccer player Andrew, if he wasn't a sports person The Government wouldn't have cared.

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    1. Sami, so many cared, including me. But you are correct. No one would have cared if not for his profile.

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  8. Sadly, corruption seems to be alive and well throughout the continent.

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    1. Sandra, it does indeed. Is it getting worse? I am not sure.

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  9. I care not if jails are unkind to the inmates...I waste no thought or energy on it. My hope is they get what they deserve...our weak so-called "justice" system is incapable of handing out severe sentences...deserved sentences.

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    1. Lee, no argument for me light sentencing. If violence is involved, they are away for a long long time. It is quite clear that a couple of years in gaol is not a sufficient deterrent.

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