"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
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01.12.13 12:16 am
29.11.13 12:30 am
The newspaper reporter whose stories on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church prompted a royal commission has won Australia’s highest journalism honour.
Sean Stevenson, Mercury. Pic: of David Lonergan
14.11.13 1:08 am
He wasn’t so much a victim of racing as a champion of its cause. His eyes always lit up when he talked about the great horses he’d seen, or the colourful characters he’d met along the way. He had a rare understanding and respect for the talents of the greats—Bart Cummings of course, and jockey Geoff Lane. David was thrilled when Lane was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame this year.
Michael Erard, New York Times
11.11.13 1:45 am
In my Riff for this past weekend’s magazine, I write about the history of online comments and how they came to often take such an off-putting form. Here are some things we could adopt to help build a better commenting environment ...
01.11.13 5:49 am
On the first day of every month TT features a uniquely Tasmanian pic. Today, November 1, 2013 ... it’s the world above ... If you have potential candidates whack ‘em at: email@example.com. Photo: Bob Burton.
01.11.13 2:30 am
• Rupert Murdoch says Australia must embrace immigrants to boost economy Twenty-first century is ‘Australia’s for the taking’, News Corp chairman says at Lowy Institute lecture in Sydney
… but, (not) surprisingly there was no mention of Andy ‘n’ Rebekah’s six-year affair: Phone hacking jury told Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had six-year affair Relationship covers much of period editors are said to have been involved in criminal conspiracy to hack phones
28.10.13 3:45 am
Donald Knowler this year celebrates a half century in the newspaper business. He started work as a messenger boy in Fleet Street in September 1963 before writing his first words six months later on the newspaper that gave him his start in journalism, the Woking News and Mail, in Surrey. Fifty years on, he looks back, and forward, through his alter ego, Don Bentley, whose extensive musings can be found, here
28.10.13 3:15 am
Call me old-fashioned, but as far as celebrity outlaws go, I’ll take Ned Kelly over Chopper Read any day. The rise to fame of recently deceased Mark “Chopper” Read symbolised the emptiness of our celebrity culture. In a world governed by large-scale gangsters in control of big industry and finance, Read was a mere petty psychopath and opportunist who figured out how to turn a buck from the fact that, as he famously noted, “posh people love gangsters”. Ned Kelly, on the other hand, achieved fame and notoriety for entirely different reasons.
21.10.13 1:30 am
When Greenpeace emerged as an international organization in the 1970s, it embodied a spirit of courageous protest by activists who were willing to place their bodies on the line to call attention to environmental injustice. Its mission was to “bear witness” to environmental abuses and take direct nonviolent action to prevent them. In the 1990s, however, a new current of thought emerged, both at the international level and at the level of national affiliates such as Greenpeace Australia. Greenpeace leaders and many members began to talk of going beyond negative criticism. The Greenpeace Australia website proudly asserts this new philosophy: “We work with industry and government to find solutions.” This approach carries an obvious emotional and intellectual appeal, but it also carries dangers
Dominic Rushe, Guardian, published in Information Clearing House
21.10.13 1:00 am
More shocks for dead-tree media Pierre Omidyar says decision to set up news organisation fuelled by ‘concern about press freedoms in the US and around the world’
07.10.13 3:25 am
I hate that obnoxious slubberdegullion Piers Akerman. I hate your pretence to be ‘for Tassie’ when you’ve been talking the place down endlessly for years. I hate your guileless barracking for a cable-car-to-nowhere; if you believe in it, you put up the $100 million backing it will need. Hello? Hello? Anybody there?! I hate your false legitimacy from being the only paper in town.
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Tess Lawrence, Independent Australia
30.09.13 2:55 am
In time to avoid the grand final frenzy he famously deplored, Australia loses one of its great journalists, writers and voices — the inestimable Keith Dunstan. Contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence provides a touching tribute.
27.09.13 5:00 am
Over six days, the Mercury published 95 photos of sportspeople. Of these photos, only two were of women. Adding weight to this imbalance, many photos were of group shots, so dozens of men were portrayed.
Duncan Abey, Mercury
23.09.13 3:02 am
SOMETHING is rumbling inside the old Mercury building in Hobart’s Macquarie St. Behind its signature art deco exterior, the empty newsrooms and long-silent printing halls are being transformed into restaurants, art galleries and a creative industries hub that will give it new life. … Overseeing progress on site yesterday, Ms Clive revealed a secret weapon behind the transformation: former Mercury electrician Dean Ware. Mr Ware spent more than two decades getting to know the building’s nooks, crannies and quirks. “Dean has been such a key person in the development of the building, because he brings a connection to the past,” Ms Clive said.
18.09.13 4:35 am
Advocating for the jobless. The Burnie daily, The Advocate, has launched a campaign to find and fill $25 million worth of jobs across north-west Tasmania over 100 days: here.
Michael Kelley 23 February 2013 6:45 AM, Business Insider. Avaaz
02.09.13 2:50 am
Israel has granted a U.S. company the first licence to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports. A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights.
• Avaaz: Dear friends, Murdoch’s media is using all its might to influence the Australian election, and unfortunately— it’s working.
The Editors Pic:* First pub: August 26
27.08.13 6:35 am
Sometimes more than one person deserves to be recognised for sometimes people come together and achieve amazing things. And the winner is…
• Lindsay Tuffin: This is our fifth Tasmanian Times Tasmanian of the Year Award. The first was to ...
Australian Marriage Equality National Convenor Rodney Croome MR
26.08.13 3:15 am
In the otherwise commendable Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act there is an odd little section which, if the Liberal Party and the Upper House get their way, will get even odder.
Dr Buck Emberg (PhD Tasmanian History). Pic*
26.08.13 3:03 am
I have been buying, reading, writing for, and interviewed by the Examiner since arriving in Tasmania in 1972. We have had a very harmonious relationship. I used to be proud of working with one of the oldest newspapers in the world. Things change. Recently, The Examiner announced the highly controversial fine of $50k on John Gay without allowing reader’s comments and THEN they likewise showed similar favoritism towards two Bass Candidates. Goodness, I still miss Michael Courtney (ED) who always answered phone calls, letters or queries and who, amazingly, was always ready for a face to face conversation and was flawlessly fair. But then, our popular culture has changed. There was a time newspapers saw themselves as the eyes and ears of a community and a force for the good of its readers as well as a corrector and navigator for politicians. We do not have to look at the Big Press to discover transparent favouritism to the detriment of accurate news.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Pic:*
26.08.13 3:00 am
Myth: Asylum seekers are illegal immigrants FACT: Asylum seekers are neither illegal nor are they immigrants. Immigrants leave by choice and can return at any time. Asylum seekers are forced to leave and cannot return for fear of persecution— such as torture, imprisonment and execution. FACT: As a signatory to the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Australia must provide protection to people fleeing persecution, regardless of whether they arrive by air or by sea ...
Charles Haviland, BBC News
26.08.13 2:50 am
On a beach in the midday breeze fishermen stitch their nets and smoke, waiting for the wind and weather to turn favourable. But by night such beaches have witnessed something different: the departure of boats crammed with people seeking new lives in Australia. Since the civil war ended in 2009, thousands of Sri Lankans, especially Tamils, have fled the country from points around the coast.
Certainly the deck chairs in the Federal liberals appear to be dancing to Credlin’s tune.