This is a beautiful song, well worth a listen.
It looks like we’ve entered an even more blatant area of lying. To catch the advantage politicians and businesses, who we wonder about at the best of times, are using blatant lies to attempt to fool the public. The Coal Seam Gas Industry are putting a new add out to convince the public of their worth. This is what “Get Up” has found out.
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“We’ve been waiting for this moment – the CSG industry’s just been caught blatantly lying about the safety of coal seam gas mining by Australia’s peak scientific body, the CSIRO.
Part of a new multi-million dollar advertising campaign, the offending ad says: ‘CSIRO and government studies have shown that groundwater is safe with coal seam gas’. But that’s a lie and the CSIRO flatly rejects it. They issued this sharp rebuke to APPEA, the CSG lobby group running the ad:
“At no time has CSIRO made such a statement, and nor do the results of CSIRO research support such a statement. CSIRO has stated on the public record that coal seam gas extraction is likely to pose a ‘low risk’ to groundwater quality through contamination. CSIRO has also indicated that groundwater levels will fall as a consequence of coal seam gas extraction. In some places this could see aquifer levels subside by tens of metres for tens of years; in others it is likely to reduce aquifer levels by several metres for several hundred years.” 
APPEA has dismissively stated they have “taken CSIRO’s comments on board” as they develop a plan to reach as many Australians as possible with the new campaign. The recklessness of saying CSG is safe when Australian lives, land and water are at risk is outrageous”.
 ‘CSIRO rejects claims made by APPEA regarding groundwater and coal seam gas’. CSIRO Press Release, 4 September, 2012.
 Rick Wilkinson, Twitter.com, 4 September, 2012.
The wonderful Jimmy Webb.
What now for Julian Assange? He is well and truly holed up inside the Ecuadorian embassy and only a back down from the UK and or Sweden will see him walk out back into the UK sunlight or is it more darkness. It is not likely the US will make any statements in his favour as they are denying having much to do with him or even wanting to talk to him. Believe that if you can. Of course his own country Australia, has remained even more silent on his troubles, I wonder why?
There are rumours today that Sweden has dropped the sex charges but it is still a wait and see. Does this mean that he may not be extradited to the US from Sweden but could he now be extradited from the UK. Everyone denies he will be extradited to the US, believe that one as well if you wish.
Assange himself has stated that he feels he will be in the Ecuadorian embassy for at least a year and is no doubt prepared for the long hall, tedious as that may be. It is said however that he has full computer access and presumably is able to carry out Wikileaks activities still.
Assange has also stated that he thinks the standoff will have a diplomatic solution or after ”an unusual world occurrence that we can’t predict”. Not sure what he means by that.
An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities is another way he may be able to leave the embassy he has stated. Not sure what he means by that either? It certainly would distract the US and the UK and totally disrupt the world, we wouldn’t be thinking too much about his case. Maybe he feels the UK and US governments, as they almost certainly would be preparing for war, would prefer to have their nations onside and be better off dropping the bad publicity associated with him.
Assange ultimately though feels that the Swedish government dropping his case is the main solution to the impasse and he may be right. The Swedish government however would need to at least appear as if they have carried out a full investigation to cover what would be a drastic backdown.
The UK government has denied it has any intentions of storming the Ecuadorian embassy. This would set the cat amongst the pigeons with unusual percussions from other countries. The UK itself has given refuge to dissidents within it’s embassies and the whole concept relies on everyone sticking to the rules.
Julian Assanges lawyer Baltazar Garzon (who previously was involved in the pursuit of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who by the way UK Home Secretary Jack Straw ruled in January 2000 should not be extradited to Spain) says US prosecutors are secretly preparing a case against Assange for publishing sensitive diplomatic cables.
In 2010 after the Interpol problems Julian Assange was having, Wikileaks put a 1.4 GB encrypted insurance file onto the internet. No one so far has been able to break the security of the file. The idea is that should the organisation be damaged or it’s members be sentenced to prison, passwords for the file will be released back to the internet. What happens next is that the most insightful cables ever will apparently be released.
The cables are thought to be so harmful that the major countries involved in this whole saga would rather leave Assange alone than have them released.
This however seems to be against what Wikileaks stands for, holding people to ransom.
It’s all a very dark business and as with all dark businesses it’s hard to pick the good guys.
Rumor has it that the Wikileaks password is on the brink of being released, would this also assist Bradley Manning? Don’t hold your breath, or maybe you should.
There has to be an ace up the sleeve somewhere here. Someone has it.
I guess we can figure that Julian Assange doesn’t intend to go to Ecuador, I’m sure the British, US, Australian and Swedish governments already realise that.
They are pitted against Assange the master WikiLeaks strategist, using standard western systems that move slowly and still partly in the past, not all their fault, it is the way it is, governments are like liners, big, cumbersome and difficult to move around.
However the world’s citizens have moved on. Years, decades of non regulated banking, alleged corruption, phony reasons for wars (or did Saddam manage to get chemical weapons over the border to Syria before the invasion, a two hour drive?) media giants and politicians co-operating cosily together have left a disillusioned populace who rely more on their own news via social media than the government line. They trust it and love the pace it moves at, a speed so fast that it’s no wonder governments worldwide are finding it difficult to get their message across, to even keep up.
Governments play the man (or women in Russia – Pussy Riot by the way are about to sell a lot of records and be even more famous than they are now, worldwide) but generally governments are playing against the whole team, taking on the whole population, sending a warning, hoping you will head back into your quiet cosy spot.
Well that spot has changed in fact it could be said it no longer exists, where do we all now live? What world or country do we feel we exist in? I say this figuratively, it’s the mind set in a global world that I’m referring to.
Organizations like WikiLeaks although not superficially as similar as Twitter or Facebook are at bottom very, very much the same. They are distributing, providing if you like, pure information.
We all now live in the most information rich society that has ever existed. We need our fix, and we need it every hour, every day with endless updates. A day without information is a day missed, a moment gone.
Some like the fast moving information flow of social media, keeping up with grannies breakfast needs, saying happy birthday across the world, others prefer state securities, war details, government secrets. At the end of the day it is all the same, it is information and we can’t get enough.
Julian Assange is no more responsible for the bigger picture than Mark Zuckerberg. Extraditing him to the US on what is possibly going to be espionage charges will stop nothing. The damage has already been done, there is no turning back, the population is addicted and addiction as we all know is not something you can quit overnight, if at all.
However is this addiction a bad thing? Has corporate capitalism taken on a darker authoritarian feel? How far will the neo-conservatives take us? Have citizens through a need for more transparency created and encouraged WikiLeaks, Twitter, Facebook and the many other social media platforms that now inhabit our world.
Capitalism unlike totalitarian or authoritarian Communism and Fascism has provided for us, maybe not the rest of the world, but for especially the middle classes living under western capitalism a certain amount of freedom, legislated, set in a constitution, a way of life most wouldn’t wish to lose.
Could it really be that the supporters of Wikileaks and social media by default are the true supporters of capitalist ideology, wishing for more clarity in an attempt to preserve or even save the system that corporate industrial capitalism is making an excellent attempt of destroying.
Capitalists destroying capitalism, now that is an irony.
Now I’m not alone in hoping that when Wikileaks release material that lives of course are not at risk, that’s always a basic question that is asked.
I’m not sure how they could ensure this given that the complexity of cross referencing many details and putting a picture together is within most people’s reach, especially at government levels. There are those that fight for freedom of speech who may feel the bigger picture is more important, this ironically would be a government attitude under different circumstances. The individual however is still important.
Those who do vote under a western capitalism system usually have a choice of two, sometimes three parties to choose from and then there’s the possibility of a coalition if the third rises up. Like any ideology the mechanism is in place to ensure it exists for the population in the way the ideology has been set, we are no different to any other ideology and our governments do this under our name as any government would do.
We live under a particular ideology and it is, apart from providing food and shelter, a government’s role to ensure the current system continues. How they do this varies but all governments worldwide do the same. If a government doesn’t protect its ideology then sooner or later someone else’s ideology, will prevail. It would be grossly unfair to suggest all politicians are without reason and empathy, the party line though takes in all of them and a swing to the right sweeps up even the left thinkers. They are in or they are out.
How far should a government go to ensure an ideology survives? How sharp should their knives be? How tough do they go to enforce their way? This of course is the dividing line that we all disagree on. We want to eat at our favourite restaurants, watch our TV in peace, have healthy careers, follow our teams, enjoy our holidays, barbecues etc and the list goes on. Unfortunately to feed the thirst of our state involves not always being palatable to other nations, we are talking about the way life has been for centuries. Only human evolution will tell if we can overcome this and we have a long way to go yet.
No government in “real politik” plays fair and the “there are no good guys” saying is as true as ever. Diplomacy can only go so far and citizens recognize the need to protect a way of life but governments are on shaky ground when they attack any form of the media.
The problems facing the US, UK, Australian and Swedish governments is not Julian Assange, it’s all of us, it always will be all of us. Our insatiable thirst for knowledge, the means by which we transmit this knowledge has changed. In some ways when you attack the media you are attacking the people, this applies also to WikiLeaks.
A lot of what governments do worldwide relies on the ignorance of the population and there are times when for all our national security this is what is required and done. The less people know in this complex world of ours the more they are able to have the wool pulled over their eyes. Individuals who are unaware of what their elected representatives are doing under their name are in a very weak position and thankfully there are people and organizations prepared to enlighten.
The public and political outcomes for the countries concerned should Julian Assange be extradited and put on trial would be significant electorally. There are political systems waiting in the wings, gathering momentum, firing up for the day, for the right moment.
The last thing capitalism needs right now is another nail in its coffin. The lid is slowly shutting and wise politicians would adapt and clearly show that they grasp the consequences and commence the bedding down of the capitalist system into a more democratic, yes democratic, ideology that will benefit all citizens, of all races.
Playing the man, in this case Julian Assange, will not change the outcome, it is foolish and irrational. Oh! and we haven’t forgotten Bradley Manning.
The Genie is well and truly out of the bottle and the world now waits and watches, via the new media.
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