Censorship, self-censorship and the chilling effect
Saturday May 31st 2008, 3:10 pm

This is it- this is the image from a postcard invitation to the opening of a Bill Henson exhibition opening that Hetty Johnson wants to use to put Henson and the Oxley9 gallery owners in jail.


image: Bill Henson, Untitled 2008
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More Henson porno
Wednesday May 28th 2008, 3:32 pm

piggish wardrobe malfunction

oops, wrong Henson.

-weez



Pearls before swine
Wednesday May 28th 2008, 7:57 am

Norman Lindsay‘s take on media criticisms of his art:

image: Journalism and Art, Norman Lindsay, 1999

Journalism and Art, Norman Lindsay,
posthumously published in 1999

Times seem to have moved on at ABC News and Fairfax, where stories and opinion pieces are running strongly in favour of Bill Henson.

News Ltd remains largely in the dark, toady ages, pandering to the very lowest common denominators, who think that nudity invariably equals pornography, or that somehow, putting an image on the big bad internet magically transmogrifies it from art to porn.

So, for the great unwashed, who can’t tell the difference between art and smut, here’s some more ‘kiddie porn,’ brought to you by those dirty bastards at The Internet.

image: Anne Geddes

image: Anne Geddes

Ought to get the knees-a-jerking. ;)

-weez



Huzzah! Labor to childproof internet, kinda… well, not really
Sunday May 25th 2008, 8:00 pm

wrap that rascal!Online civil libertarian group Electronic Frontiers Australia warns on their site No Clean Feed of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s plan to force mandatory ISP-level filtering on all residential and business internet users in Australia:

What is planned?

The Government is refusing to release concrete details on the plan. However, we know that ISP-level filtering has been ALP policy for some time and is being zealously pursued by the Minister. What we do know is this:

  • The feed will be mandatory in all homes and schools across the country.1
  • The filter will censor material that is “harmful and inappropriate” for children.2
  • The filter will require a massive expansion of the ACMA’s blacklist of prohibited content.3
  • The filter will target legal as well as illegal material.4

EFA notes that any filter system would ultimately be circumventable by use of an anonymiser service or other offshore proxy. (more…)



Nice try, neo-nazis: false kiddie porn complaints don’t work
Saturday May 24th 2008, 10:26 am

Oh yeah? :D

Eagle-eyed mgk readers will have noted that this site was ‘suspended’ from about 1AM to 9AM AEST today. This was due to a false complaint of child pornography on this site, lodged by Darrin Hodges, one of our beloved local white supremacists/neo nazis, about the Bill Henson image accompanying the immediately preceding post. (more…)



Paedophilic pornography paranoia
Friday May 23rd 2008, 7:17 am

image: Bill Henson
image: Bill Henson

Noted photographer Bill Henson’s Sydney exhibition of photographs of nude adolescents has been closed by NSW Police after a complaint of suspicion of child pornography. (more…)



Aunty Beeb sez ‘Ood: no data’
Thursday May 22nd 2008, 11:19 am

The BBC seem to have taken a page out of the Metallica Guide To Winning Dedicated Fans.

Aunty says 'No.'

Aunty’s upset about a crochet pattern made by a fan and offered for free on her website; BBC Worldwide threatened a copyright lawsuit if the pattern were not removed. Regrettably, the knitter complied. She should have told them to EFF off.

Outraged residents of Oodnadatta, South Australia are rumoured to be taking advice on the BBC’s blatant exploitation of their historic town name via this silly Dr Who character.

-weez



Costa & Iemma: Monday morning dickheads
Monday May 05th 2008, 4:22 pm

Costa’s obscene outburst at unions
Andrew West and Andrew Clennell

May 5, 2008

MICHAEL COSTA stormed across the room – his face flushed, his hands clenched – towards John Robertson, the secretary of Unions NSW. “You blokes can get f—ed,” he screamed. “You’re going to look like dickheads on Monday morning.”

[...]

In the end Mr Costa took to the stage on Saturday. His arms were flailing, his voice rising. On ABC TV yesterday it was referred to as a “Mussolini-like” performance. The vote went 702 votes to 107 against him.

no similarities at all!

Leave it to those pinko commies at the ABC to draw such a ridiculous and unrealistic comparison.

Who does Iemma think he is? Making unilateral decisions against the best interests and will of the people is King George II’s job.

So, how do you sack a premier in Australia?

-weez



Robert Mugabe advising WA government on media relations?
Friday May 02nd 2008, 6:56 am

As if NSW Premier Iemma heavying the media wasn’t bad enough, the WA Premier’s office have sent the police to lock down and search a News Ltd. newsroom (watch the raid: video) to find the source of a leak about government policy on spending taxpayer money to get re-elected:

Police raid on WA newsroom criticised

May 2, 2008

FAIRFAX MEDIA has joined a growing chorus of condemnation of the West Australian Government over police raids on a Perth newspaper, seen as an attack on free speech.

The department of the Premier, Alan Carpenter, a former journalist, yesterday admitted it made a complaint that led to the raid by 16 officers on the Perth newsroom of News Ltd’s Sunday Times on Wednesday.

The officers were trying to find out what “government sources” leaked information about a $16 million ad bill for taxpayers to help get the Government re-elected. Exits at the building were blocked and staff leaving had their bags searched. (more…)