"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
01.09.14 2:30 am
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE being rather a new line of business for me, and having survived, if barely, last week’s South Pacific Forum in Rotorua, New Zealand, I was interested to read a few days later Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?  This is a book of memoirs by Mr Edward Behr, a foreign correspondent for some thirty years and now European editor for Newsweek.
The Guardian's Dominic Rushe in Chattanooga
01.09.14 1:29 am
Why the NBN is good for business ... The city is one of the only places on Earth with internet as fast as 1 gigabit per second – about 50 times faster than the US average. Despite Big Cable’s attempt to block the Gig’s expansion plans, money keeps flowing into Chattanooga
Evan Whitton. Pic: Lauren Bacall ... in the 50s
25.08.14 2:30 am
The brief [March 1986] said: photographic session in the Presidential Suite, followed by lunch with Miss Bacall. The omens were not good: there was a delay while a barber got Miss Bacall’s hair right; bald, bearded Warren Mitchell, dashing in red T-shirt, denim shorts and sandshoes, inquired plaintively at large: ‘Do they serve dinner while we wait for the lifts?’ and Miss Bacall winced when we shook hands.
Kim Williams, The Age. Pic: of Kim Williams
25.08.14 2:20 am
During my time at News Corporation there were frequent frustrating leaks, much like the one this week, a comprehensive set of numbers on the company’s Australian enterprises.
21.08.14 10:35 am
Media giant News Corp - which controls a majority of the nation’s print media - has cut up rough, threatening legal action over Crikey’s publication of apparently damaging internal financial analysis. It’s not the first time the media Big Boy which loves to dish it out, has shown its super-sensitive side ... • Here’s Crikey’s latest ...
Bob Burton. Image: Nathan Carswell's Facebook page.Pub: Aug 13
18.08.14 3:20 am
Nathan Carswell seems to be a man of strong opinions: he loves the idea of building a cable car up kunanyi/Mt Wellington, admires cable car developer Adrian Bold and derides critics of the proposed project. He has had comments published on Tasmanian Times as well as The Mercury website but – with one minor exception – only ever on the topic of the cable car. Back in late 2012 Carswell even made a detailed submission to the Wellington Park Management Trust, urging the agency to change the management plan to accommodate the cable car. In his submission he even went so far as to argue against the practice of the Hobart City Council clearing the road to the summit of Mount Wellington after heavy snowfall. Who exactly is Nathan Carswell?
• Susan Smith, in Comments: Wow well done - reassuring to see that investigative journalism still alive and well. Thank you.
• Nathan Carswell, in Comments: Wow, what a beat up. Is friendship an offence now? I contribute to these debates under another name (as I’m sure many opponents equally do). I’m still a ratepayer, and my opinions expressed still count. I just prefer not to use my own name for privacy reasons. While Adrian has passed on your number, I have no inclination to talk with the reporter for the same reason.
• Alderman Eva Ruzicka, in Comments: This article raises some very serious concerns for any planning process. I have asked our Council’s General Manager what safeguards are in place to test the veracity of any representor submissions to a development application generally. Likewise, can he verify what safeguards that the Trust has? That Aldermen will likely have to assess any development application on its land on kunanyi/Mt Wellington, this article raises a serious allegation of perversion of the planning process. If people are salting the Trust process for assessing any changes to the Pinnacle Zone, how seriously can the Trust’s deliberations be taken?
• Nathan Carswell, in Comments: I’m Nathan Carswell and so is my wife.
• Phil na Champassak, in Comments: This is a forensic examination at its best. Making a public submission under a nom de plume is seriously misleading and has probably consigned the cable car project to oblivion.
• Ted Cutlan, ROCC: Mountain assessment process flawed “The current process means that anyone can put in an anonymous submission. We call on the minister Matthew Groom to review the process and restore the integrity of the management of the mountain” “ROCC will be writing to the WPMT today, insisting that the current changes to the management plan should be abandoned until the integrity of the process can be assured.”
• Alderman Eva Ruzicka, in Comments: So I asked the questions: What safeguards does Hobart City Council have for determining the authenticity of development application representations? Is it possible for a person to fake an identity to lodge a representation and for Hobart City Council to not know? Further, given the land on Mt Wellington belongs to Hobart City Council, and the issues raised by Mr Burton, what measures can the Council take to test the veracity of any management plan submissions for amendment, either for or against? Especially now as there is a management plan amendment open for submissions and much is riding on the outcome? And the end result of my enquiries:
• Editors, in Comments: Pilko Steve & Ben: The “Who is Nathan Carswell?” story in the view of the editors does not disclose personal information and therefore the privacy issue does not arise.
Evan Whitton @EvanWhitton1 Pic: of Evan Whitton
11.08.14 1:30 am
BONAPARTE was inclined to ask: ‘But is he lucky?’ In journalism, the trick is to find yourself at the right paper at the right time. In retrospect it seems to me at any rate that some such were Truth in the mid-1960s, The National Times in the 1970s, and The Sydney Morning Herald in the 1980s.
Byron Bay Writers' Festival
11.08.14 1:20 am
For many years, investigative journalism has played a vital role in initiating the battle for justice for victims of some of the state’s worst crimes.
Lindsay Tuffin, Tim Thorne, James Dryburgh
04.08.14 3:59 am
Launch Speech, James Dryburgh, Essays from Near and Far (Walleah Press, 2014) The late great Hunter S Thomson claimed that he was the only journalist to ride with both Richard Nixon and the Hell’s Angels. James Dryburgh is probably the only journalist to have interviewed both Ingrid Betancourt and Martin Lynch. The inclusion of both these in the book shows another dimension of his talent. It is a remarkable achievement to be able to present the experiences and the ideas of these two quite disparate people without intruding his own personality, yet at the same time to use his intelligence and insight so as to shape the interviewing process into a coherent and memorable work.
Read both Tim Thorne and James Dryburgh’s speeches…
Paddy Manning, Background Briefing Pub: July 28
29.07.14 3:45 am
Transcript Paddy Manning: Clean coal. It’s the key to a low-emissions future for one of Australia’s largest export industries and a linchpin of the government’s plan to slow climate change. So get ready to hear more claims like this, from Environment Minister Greg Hunt, about cleaning up our coal-fired power stations:
Bob Burton: The track record of Ignite, and it’s common to a lot of these other small companies, is it’s a small company to start with. So the fact that we don’t have major coal companies pursuing these technologies tells us a lot, because major coal companies don’t think this technology is worth investing in, it’s not going to give them significant rates of return. All of these small companies rely on hyping a technology to deliver a future benefit, and then hoping that they can either find private investors, or wangle grants out of governments.
• Peter Hannam, Environment Editor SMH: Giant Galilee coal mine gets Canberra nod The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
• Helen Burnet:The Federal Government’s Budget cuts This evening (Mon) my motion was considered at last by full council and fully supported regarding the federal government’s budget cuts on the Tasmanian science community, especially relating to climate science.
Nick Davies, The Guardian. Extract of Hack Attack ... Pub: July 28
29.07.14 3:15 am
In this first extract from his new book, the reporter who broke the phone hacking story looks at Rebekah Brooks’s 2009 wedding – and how it was a perfect display of the nature of Rupert Murdoch’s hold on British life
Dan Uglow, Cirrus Media
28.07.14 2:45 am
In case you didn’t notice, the media industry is in the throes of a revolution. At the forefront of this you’ll find journalists, and many of them are just as resistant to change as the organisations that employ them.
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour
21.07.14 2:30 am
The Editorial columns in today’s Sunday Examiner speaks volumes about the paper and its Tasmanian readership.
Mercury editor Matt Deighton. Lindsay Tuffin
21.07.14 2:15 am
NEW figures have confirmed the Mercury is Tasmania’s No.1 newspaper brand, reaching a total print and digital audience of 368,000 people each month.
Peter Jukes, New Statesman
21.07.14 12:10 am
Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor’s extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial. Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.
14.07.14 1:45 am
In 1966-7 my Dad got a job as a young reporter for the Daily Mail’s Manchester office, just as it was made Newspaper of the Year. All staff received the memo below from editor Mike Randall.
Roy Greenslade, The Guardian. Pic*
02.07.14 3:30 am
The conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault dominates today’s national newspapers. It gets front page treatment in each of the 10 titles and I counted a total of 43 pages devoted to the case, plus several leading articles.
01.07.14 5:30 am
Pics: All pics copyright Simon Bonny, http://www.simonbonny.com . Top pic: Clifton Beach.
Nick Davies, The Guardian. Pic*
30.06.14 5:12 am
TT linked to this story off a news report ... It is a brilliant analysis of the ‘Trial of the Century’. We point to it again ... Rupert Murdoch’s money washed through the ‘trial of the century’ like a Rolls-Royce. The story behind the News of the World scandal was not about journalists behaving badly, but the power of money and its abuses
• Robin Lustig: Something is rotten What do you call an organisation, originally based in Sicily, that uses bribes and threats to buy influence and power? Here’s a clue: it begins with the letter M. Here’s another question: Whom did the Labour MP Tom Watson, at a parliamentary select committee hearing in November 2011, call “the first mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise”? Again, the answer begins with the letter M. That’s M for Murdoch. In this case, James Murdoch, the hapless son hung out to dry. Forget Andy Coulson. If you can, forget phone-hacking. The real scandal is how senior politicians—and police officers—allowed themselves to be used by a ruthless media tycoon for his own commercial ends. And if you think it’s all over, it’s not ... • HERE
Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia
25.06.14 11:30 pm
The unjust conviction of Peter Greste and other Al Jazeera journalists continues a long and often bloody vendetta against this truth telling media organisation — and not just by Egypt. Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence reports.