A vote for Abbott is a vote for Murdoch

In argument the last line of attack is to invoke Hitler. Murdoch fell just short of that in his attack on Stephen Conroy in the Daily Telegraph. I would expect such a vile attack on Senator Conroy to be an act of desperation. After this ridiculous attack what else can Murdoch find to attack Labour? How far from reality can one organisation go before the public sees the insanity of the Australian Tea Party led by Abbott as a puppet head for Murdoch. Murdoch’s line about protecting free speech was the media joke of the century. He needs to learn the difference between free speech and mob rule.


Usually Murdoch’s press appears to support Abbott, but in this case it is a case the pure self-interest of his position came through loud and clear. Abbott was largely bypassed, which indicated that the real power to distort facts and lie to the public trests with Murdoch, not Abbott. How could an insignificant little man such as Abbott reach the position of potential Prime Minister without powerful forces to exploit his insignificance?

The extreme right controlling the press and distorting the democratic process for pure self interest goes back to when, in the lead up to the Great War, Lord Northcliffe used his media empire to stifle any news of attempts to avoid the war because war would be good for newspaper sales.

In Australia we have Murdoch throwing his weight behind Abbott. My reading is that the prize is control of the Australian sector of the Internet which will mean control of Australia. Whoever controls the communication controls everything,

Astro-Turfing is the art of creating a false grass-roots movement and the possible use of this tactic by Murdoch can be viewed in the Wurth Lecture given be Kerry O’Brien in 2011. If you listen carefully to what is being suggested it is scary stuff. http://bit.ly/X6Y6cU

All you need for modern day astro-turfing is computer power. The modern way is to assemble an army of avatars on the net and create the illusion a grass roots movement. One of the questions posed by Kerry O’Brien was whether or not the email campaign that saw Malcolm Turnbull replaced by Abbott was a real campaign or astro-turfing by Murdoch.

If Abbott wins the next election Abbott as Prime Minister would be bad enough, but we are also likely to get President Murdoch.

Also worth reading is The most important vote in a lifetime by Barry Tucker. http://bit.ly/WLm2rF


Howards NBN rip-off

The story of the NBN starts with the beginning of the Internet in Australia. Telstra was not prepared and needed barrow loads of money spent to make it Internet ready.

Telstra engineers at the time wanted to make Telstra a wholesaler to create a level playing field for Commercial enterprises and future revinue to keep the network up to date. Basically many Telstra engineers wanted Julia Gillard’s NBN long before it became articulated as such.

Instead of spending the money necessary Howard embarked on a massive advertising campaign to promote Telstra as a world standard communications company when it was in reality a basket case. When the Australia public had been conned sufficiently he sold them half of Telstra for about four times market value. It was a massive corporate fraud that would have earned a ‘civilian’ serious jail time.

Now the Lib’s continuously quote Howard’s budget surplus but forget it came about because of insider trading of the worst kind.

The NBN will be what Telstra should have become at the time of Howard, but now Abbott wants to complete the rip-off by giving it all to Murdoch.

The internet has become central to modern life and is now essential for democracy. It is becoming the only way to express views contrary to MSM. If Abbott finishes what Howard started freedom of speech in Australia is doomed

How Abbott will give Murdoch all of Australian Communications systems.

The first step in rewarding Murdoch for his support will be for Abbott to bring in his scheme that uses existing infrastructure for his not so high speed broadband. Since a large proportion of that infrastructure the is the out of date and dying Foxtel system owned largely by SkyB this equals giving the Internet to Murdoch.

Now that that Foxtel is the carrier for the internet Murdoch it will become an internet service provider and give free internet to all Foxtel customers. This will kill free to air television and radio. Murdoch will then completely own the Australian media.

Anti Murdoch or alternative bloggers watch out because you will be using Murdoch infrastructure. Censorship without censorship is easy if you own the infrastructure, just restrict the speed till nobody can be bothered waiting.

Finally as technology converges telephones, fax and all other communications will be under the control of Murdoch. No need to phone tap if your own the infrastructure.

For this to happen all that is needed is for a gullible public to think that free internet is a good deal. Please don’t let it happen.

Smash and Destroy.

I am no longer amazed, but constantly saddened, by the large number of people I meet and sometimes have to deal with who see success in terms of how much damage they can do to another. I am saddened even more by the multitudes that stand on the sidelines and cheer on the bringers of destruction.

The inflicting of damage is often excused, and even made to sound desirable by the dubious use of words such as competition or accountability.

Another aspect of this smash and destroy mind warp is the willingness to exploit situations that in the moment has only a glancing reality to the victim.

At the top of my list of purveyors of the smash and destroy mentality are Tony Abbot and Rupert Murdoch. They are joined by hangers on and also-runs like Alan Jones and Carl Sandilands who don’t really have a talent for anything. Hanging on to Abbott’s coat tails is the best they can do.

Look at the way Abbott uses the word ‘Opposition.’ It is the excuse to attempt to smash and destroy everything the Government does. It is the excuse to oppose everything, a sad semantic exercise by a sad little man.

Opposition in the true democratic sense is an unfortunate word. A true opposition in a democracy will support legislation it sees as desirable, question aspects where it can see as problematic, oppose legislation it sees as bad legislation. It does not men smash and destroy everything.

Opposition leader has been a very good name for Abbott. No doubt having a head kicking political thug as ‘Leader’ has bought some advantages to the Liberals, but in the long-term advantages bought by such tactics often lead to self-inflicted terminal injuries. Power by any means eventually destroys the seeker of power.

Rupert Murdoch has achieved what some see as success in the media industry through ‘Competition’ In healthy competition the competitors continuously challenge each other to do better. Each relies on the other for the motivation to do better and everybody gains.

Murdoch’s competition involves using any method possibly to smash and destroy anyone or anything that gets in the way. One of the reasons this form of competition is so destructive is that the multitude of contributions that could have been made by those Murdoch has destroyed have been lost forever.

Murdoch in this country has destroyed truth and accountability in the Australian Media and supported a despotic Opposition that has morphed into the Australian Tea Party.

The pay-off for Murdoch in this alliance of the unholy is that the Opposition policy is to give the Internet in Australia to private entities. For ‘private entities’ read Foxtel/Murdoch.

The only clear policy to come from Abbott is to give the Internet to Murdoch. This is something I oppose with all my being. My ability to rant on-line may not be much but if the ability for Bloggers and Micro-bloggers to rant against what they see as tyranny is taken away because if Murdoch owns the medium democracy in this country will be gone.

Why do we need to spend so much on NBN? Because of Howard

At the time the Internet was in its infancy and developing rapidly Telstra needed big money spent on it to become Internet ready. Instead of doing what was needed Howard embarked on a advertising campaign promoting Telstra as a wonder of the Technology when it was already a cot case.

After beating up Telstra to ridiculous levels Howard sold off a big chunk of Telstra to an unsuspecting public at a price that would now seem to be four times its actual value. This was corporate fraud on a grand scale.

If the Howard government had done what was required to modernise Telstra following governments would have had the base to keep Australian communications up to date and the NBN would not be necessary.

The NBN is a catch-up exercise that is necessary because the Howard government perpetrated a massive fraud on the Australian public. The continuous reference to the surplus of the Howard years came about because of this and other frauds.

After the NBN is complete it will still require continuous funding to keep it relevant to the technology that has not yet arrived. The concept of a wholesaler only organisation responsible for keeping the infrastructure up to date for all is to me the best option.

Abbott’s scheme, such as it is, to me is no more than a continuation of the Howard years avoidance of responsibility.

Abbott and the Internet

According to Tony Abbott’s policy the internet will operate on the cable TV infrastructure, which means Foxtel. The likely outcome is that internet will be bundled with cable TV and telephone, killing off ‘free to air’ TV networks. Foxtel will have total control over communications in Australia.

News Ltd. is busy buying up Foxtel share, and the end result will be all communication in Australia will be under the control of Murdoch.

Tony Abbott needs to explain exactly what his internet policy is if he is to have any credibility with those who want an open and democratic internet.