Archive for February, 2010

NO Internet Filter! Perth Rally

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

http://www.stopthefilter.org
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=336217294950&ref=mf
(Please RSVP for the Event here!)

Come & make clear YOUR opposition to proposed web censorship by the Australian Government, at this event for the People.

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm
Location: Forrest Place, Murray St. Perth CBD

Stop the Filter (http://www.stopthefilter.org) is organising a Rally to express Public opposition to the introduction of the Australian Government’s proposed mandatory internet filtering plan. With no legislation yet tabled, the Government’s position is best put forth by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy – Stephen Conroy’s – initial media release on the proposition:

http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/115

As well as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s comments on Channel Seven’s “Sunrise” Program, 26th of February, 2010:

“It’s called, ah – ‘refused classification material.’ What’s it involve? Acts of child abuse, acts of sexual abuse against children, including material which also – ah – provides ‘how to’ kits in terms of conducting terrorist attacks. We have a very hard line approach on this. Is any system perfect in dealing with it? No. But is our challenge to reduce it to the absolute extent – ah – possible? Yes. And remember, what we’re doing here is the same treatment that you extend to any piece of, ahh, material out there in movies, in videos, and now we’re seeking to do the same when it comes to this; ‘awful material.’ Ah, which I think Mums & Dads watching the program this morning would be really worried about.”

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbqJ0P5M71g (from 1:28 to 2:16)

The Rally will be held in Forrest Place on Saturday, the 6th of March at 12 midday, as a part of the National Day of Action. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is again a speaker for the event, along with a representative from the Liberal Democratic Party and the Socialist Alliance. We are also fortunate to have Iranian ex-patriot Foad speak, who has lived most of his life in Iran and was an activist over there for a long time. He will speak about what internet censorship was like over there.

WAYS YOU CAN STOP THE FILTER

Write to Politicians from all sides of the House of Representatives & Senate about your concerns and opposition to the filter concisely. Spread the word to others in Perth about this event, post ideas for things that you think we could do on the day and of course… come to the event! Also, please print out and gather signatures for the petition addressed to the House of Representatives:

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/savethenet.html

This petition will be available to be signed on the day. Please mail any completed forms before March 30th, 2010 to the address provided on the site.

Petition Signature Team – WA:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=267057358856

ELECTRONIC PETITIONS ARE NOT SUBMISSIBLE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The electronic petition addressed to the Senate will be submitted:
http://efa.org.au/epetition

Stop the Filter is a non-violent group that neither participates in or endorses any illegal actions, and is not affiliated with any groups who carry out illegal activities to get their point across.

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KEY FACTS AND WEBSITES ABOUT PROPOSED MANDATORY INTERNET FILTERING IN AUSTRALIA

Mainstream media coverage of the protest held against Internet filtering on the 13th of December, 2008:
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/internet-censorship-wont-benefit-cyber-safety-protestors-say-20081214-6y3k.html

Federal Government measure we’re trying to prevent (no legislation proposed as yet):
http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/115

Department of Broadband, Communications, & the Digital Economy: “ISP Filtering – Frequently Asked Questions,” 17th of December, 2009:
http://www.dbcde.gov.au/funding_and_programs/cybersafety_plan/internet_service_provider_isp_filtering/isp_filtering_live_pilot/isp_filtering_-_frequently_asked_questions

A comprehensive review of the history of Labor’s varying ISP filtering policies/’plans’ since 2006:
http://libertus.net/censor/ispfiltering-au-govplan.html#s_21

“Australian Internet Filtering Wiki Page”:
http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/Australian_Internet_Filtering

Websites, organisations, and political parties/members who oppose mandatory Internet filtering

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam – who will be speaking at the Perth event – on the ABC’s PM Program, 16th of December 2009:
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/greencast/scott-talks-abc-pm-about-net-filtering

Liberal Democratic Party, “OPPOSE CENSORSHIP”:
http://www.ldp.org.au/files/Censorship%20brochure.pdf

Australian Pirate Party Media Release, “Conroy Misleads Public with Filter Report,” 15th of December 2009:
http://pirateparty.org.au/Conroy-Misleads-Public-with-Filter-Report

The Australian Democrats “No Internet Censorship” page:
http://www.nointernetcensorship.com

Liberal Party Senator Cory Bernadi, “Blanket Ban on Internet a Folly”:
http://www.senatorbernardi.com/2009/02/blanket-ban-on-internet-a-folly.html

Current Liberal Party Senate Leader Nick Minchin, 2nd of September 2009:
http://www.liberal.org.au/news.php?Id=3692

LABOR Party Senator Kate Lundy opposes a mandatory filter, stating:
“I do not believe a mandatory filter will achieve the policy goals stated and I agree that mandatory filtering creates an issue around free expression and business confidence.”
Source: http://www.katelundy.com.au/2010/02/02/q-and-a-from-my-thoughts-on-the-internet-filter/

From the Government Department of Broadband, Communications, & the Digital Economy (Conroy’s Department!), 17th of December, 2009:
“A technically competent user could circumvent filtering.”
Source: http://www.dbcde.gov.au/funding_and_programs/cybersafety_plan/internet_service_provider_isp_filtering/isp_filtering_live_pilot/isp_filtering_-_frequently_asked_questions#9.0

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Channel 7′s Sunrise Program, February 26th, 2010:
“It’s called, ah – ‘refused classification material.’ What’s it involve? Acts of child abuse, acts of sexual abuse against children, including material which also – ah – provides ‘how to’ kits in terms of conducting terrorist attacks. We have a very hard line approach on this. Is any system perfect in dealing with it? No. But is our challenge to reduce it to the absolute extent – ah – possible? Yes. And remember what we’re doing here is the same treatment that you extend to any piece of ahh – material out there in movies, in videos, and now we’re seeking to do the same when it comes to this; ‘awful material.’ Ah, which I think mums & dads watching this program this morning would be really worried about.”
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbqJ0P5M71g (from 1:28 to 2:16)

Save the Children and National Children’s & Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) both oppose the proposed mandatory internet filter plan:
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330087/child_groups_slam_conroy_isp_filtering_plans/

The Internet Industry Association is taking industry responses to the planned mandatory internet filter to the Government at the end of February:
http://www.iia.net.au/index.php/initiatives/789-iia-call-to-industry-on-filtering-proposals.html

Wikileaks released the ACMA Blacklist of sites for the internet filter on the 18th of March, 2009. Unfortunately, they are struggling for funding and the link is down. If you can financially support them please do: http://wikileaks.org

Australian Internet Censorship-related Websites:
http://www.efa.org.au, http://openinternet.com.au, http://www.netalarmed.com, http://nocleanfeed.com, http://chairmankrudd.com, http://www.internetblackout.com.au, http://www.stopinternetcensorship.org, http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com, http://www.thegiftofcensorship.com, http://www.block-the-filter.org, http://www.censordyne.com.au

Most of the Posters available on the net regarding this issue (see more in ‘Photos’ on the Facebook event):
http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/big-list-of-no-aussie-net-censorship-posters/

Written by Middle of WeAreChange Western Australia. Talk about this rally on our Forums.

Open Your Eyes News Review: Lord Monckton speech on Anthropogenic Global Warming – Perth, 8th February 2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010

From http://www.openyoureyesnews.com/2010/02/14/open-your-eyes-news-review-lord-monckton-speech-on-anthropogenic-global-warming-perth-8th-february-2010/

By James Fairbairn, Editor of Open Your Eyes News

Christopher Monckton is clearly a product of his upbringing with a self deprecating style and presentation that was straight from the Oxford Union “How to present a speech” book, complete with two quick anecdotes and a witty joke to start proceedings and warm the audience up. With no obvious notes and just a handful of fairly amateur looking slides he kept the packed room’s attention for nearly two hours as he covered the, now familiar to many, ground of why the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming just doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny.

The initial plank to this argument was historical. The obvious geological evidence that presents the rather inconvenient historical truths that the Earth’s temperature is always going up and down; that we have been emerging from the Little Ice Age for the last 150 years so it isn’t that surprising that temperatures have been slowly rising; and that CO2 has historically been a thousand times more prevalent in the atmosphere than today and yet that coincided in a period when there were ice sheets at the equator.

The second key plank of evidence was the science. Here he rightly highlighted the sun as the key suspect in most climatic changes; the inaccuracy of temperature measurement before the satellite era; the impact of the urban heat island effect on most calculations; the manipulation of the data as exposed by the recent climate-gate scandal; and finally the highly complex mathematical equations used to calculate the impact of CO2 and sunlight on the earth’s atmosphere. Here however though he, a mathematician, was in his element the vast majority of the audience was clearly completely lost.

Ultimately however his core argument was a moral one. If mankind continues down the current path of vilifying CO2 emissions then millions upon millions of our fellow humans will die. The reason for this is stark but obvious for all to see. If you want to reduce poverty (and the birth rate) you should raise peoples standards of living, especially through the provision of electricity. By de-carbonising the world economy we will massively reduce the opportunity for the 3rd World to do this; we will further increase world food prices through the immoral scam that is bio-fuels and increased production and distribution costs; we will cripple the world economy; and even if the IPCC’s calculations are correct, we will hardly impact global temperatures one iota. But to reitterate the point – millions of our fellow humans will die needlessly. However he missed, tellingly perhaps, the other key factor that is by targeting CO2 mankind ignores the real and massive environmental destruction and pollution that he is inflicting on this planet and ourselves.

However after seeing the doyen of the skeptics live, and chatting briefly to him afterwards, I am still none the wiser as to what his motives and agenda actually are, and a number of nagging questions still remain:

* Is he doing this purely philanthropically?
* Is he serving the agenda of corporate interests? After-all this Australia tour was funded by Australia’s richest woman, Gina Reinhart, who was at the presentation.
* Why did he side-step the very final question of the evening which addressed the surely crucial question of the multi-trillion dollar carbon trading industry that is being created out of the AGW myth? Surely the power and the influence the global banks over the complete agenda is crucial to the understanding and psychology of how we got to this point in the first place?
* Why the very blatant reference to his membership of the secretive and elite Knights of Malta? A reference that would surely be lost on most of the room, and yet to the more informed minority to whom it was presumably aimed, this would sound very large alarm bells and skepticism of his actual agenda
* And finally, the question still remains, though he is clearly an adroit speaker, clearly his arguments are well formed, and clearly he has gained a high international profile from this, however is this slightly eccentric, highly intelligent, English aristocrat really going to be most effective figurehead of the movement to stem this tide of self interest and religious fervor that has taken us down this insane path in the first place? Or is he just being set up as (or created to be) the pantomime villain for the masses?

James Fairbairn, Editor of Open Your Eyes News

Keep WA GM Free! Protest on Parliament House

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

From: http://no-gmo.asn.au

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Time: 12:30pm (should run for around 90 minutes)
Location: Parliament House

25 January 2010: Announcement by Minister Redman and Premier Barnett to lift the moratorium on commercial growing of GM canola is outright tyranny based on fraud. See the full media statement here:

http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/WACabinetMinistersSearch.aspx?ItemId=133050&minister=Redman&admin=Barnett

Farmers and consumers are outraged and will be uniting for a rally at Parliament House on February 23rd @ 12.30pm.

Download the flyer for more details and come and have your say – this is your chance to have a say!
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HOST OF PROTEST: “GM Free Consumers Network”.

Aim: To encourage communities to become protective of the state’s current GM free status.

Who we are: The Network is a coalition of local groups and branches based in various rural and metropolitan Perth. This is a public awareness campaign whose aims are to provide information on the latest GM push by agric-chemical companies through information sessions, film nights, seminars and presentations to community groups, local councils, local growers, health practitioners, etc.

Supporters of the Protest:

Conservation Council of WA Inc. http://www.conservationwa.asn.au
Wilderness Society. http://www.wilderness.org.au/regions/western-australia
Organic Growers Association of Western Australia. http://www.ogawa.org.au

And obviously, WeAreChange Western Australia.

Movie Star signs printout of himself naked after it was obtained from Body Scanning device at Heathrow Airport

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Original Article link: http://www.prisonplanet.com/exposed-naked-body-scanner-images-of-film-star-printed-circulated.html

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images are immediately destroyed after passengers pass through new x-ray backscatter devices have been proven fraudulent after it was revealed that naked images of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan were printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.

UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said last week that the images produced by the scanners were deleted “immediately” and airport staff carrying out the procedure are fully trained and supervised.

“It is very important to stress that the images which are captured by body scanners are immediately deleted after the passenger has gone through the body scanner,” Adonis told the London Evening Standard.

Adonis was forced to address privacy concerns following reports that the images produced by the scanners broke child pornography laws in the UK. When the scanners were first introduced, it was also speculated that images of famous people would be ripe for abuse as the pictures produced by the devices make genitals “eerily visible” according to journalists who have investigated trials of the technology.

However, the Transport Secretary’s assurances were demolished after it was revealed on the BBC’s Jonathan Ross show Friday that Indian actor Shahrukh Khan had passed through a body scan and later had the image of his naked body printed out and circulated by Heathrow security staff.


“I was in London recently going through the airport and these new machines have come up, the body scans. You’ve got to see them. It makes you embarrassed – if you’re not well endowed,” said Khan, referring to how the scans produce clear images of a person’s genitals.

“You walk into the machine and everything – the whole outline of your body – comes out,” he said.

“I was a little scared. Something happens [inside the scans], and I came out. Then I saw these girls – they had these printouts. I looked at them. I thought they were some forms you had to fill. I said ‘give them to me’ – and you could see everything inside. So I autographed them for them,” stated Khan.

The story was carried by Yahoo News under the headline, “Shah Rukh signs off sexy body-scan printouts at Heathrow”.

Khan’s reference to “girls” with printouts of his naked body scan can only refer to female airport security staff responsible for processing the images produced by the scanners, “professionals” who are supposed to instantly delete the images, according to Lord Adonis.

The revelation that airport security staff are completely abusing any notion of the professionalism promised by authorities by printing out and circulating images of naked body scans should set alarm bells ringing, especially in light of the fact that such images of minors break child pornography laws. British authorities have made it mandatory for travelers to submit to the naked body scanners when asked and have overturned previous rules that prevented under 18’s from passing through the devices.

Within days of the devices being introduced at Heathrow, staff have abused their professionalism and printed out naked scans of a famous actor for their own titillation.

We were promised all along that the body scanners “increased privacy” because they were only accessible to a single staff member who had no personal contact with the passenger taking the scan, in addition to the assurance that the images could not be saved and were instantly deleted. It in fact turns out that airport staff have been saving, printing and circulating naked body scans in complete violation of these supposed guarantees.

Furthermore, we were told that the identity of the person undergoing the virtual strip search would also be kept private. The fact that Heathrow employees must have known that the actor was about to take the body scan in order to print out copies of the image also proves this claim to be a total fallacy.

The abuse of the naked body scan images in this instance is a total violation of every data protection law in the UK. Far from treating the story in a comical manner, Khan should be filing a very expensive lawsuit and preparing for a successful and lucrative outcome.

In the meantime, the revelation that the naked body scanner images are being freely printed out and circulated by airport security staff should prove to be the death knell for plans on behalf of governments worldwide to institute the scanners on a widespread basis.

Courts have consistently found that strip searches are only legal when performed on a person who has already been found guilty of a crime or on arrestees pending trial where a reasonable suspicion has to exist that they are carrying a weapon. Subjecting masses of people to blanket strip searches in airports reverses the very notion of innocent until proven guilty.

Barring people from flying and essentially treating them like terrorists for refusing to be humiliated by the virtual strip search is a clear breach of the basic human right of freedom of movement. Security experts agree that such scanners would not even have stopped the incident that has been exploited to justify their widespread introduction – the Christmas Day underwear bomber.

Not only have the scanners proven to be a total violation of privacy, but major international radiation safety groups are now warning of the health risks they pose.

Despite governments claiming that backscatter x-ray systems produce radiation too low to pose a threat, the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety concluded in their report that governments must justify the use of the scanners and that a more accurate assessment of the health risks is needed.

Pregnant women and children should not be subject to scanning, according to the report, adding that governments should consider “other techniques to achieve the same end without the use of ionizing radiation.”

“The Committee cited the IAEA’s 1996 Basic Safety Standards agreement, drafted over three decades, that protects people from radiation. Frequent exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” reported Bloomberg.

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Second Lord Monckton Perth Presentation announced for February 9th

Monday, February 8th, 2010

http://agmates.ning.com/group/climatscepticsparty/forum/topics/lord-moncktons-tour-of

Date: Tuesday, February 9th 2010

Venue: Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre, Business School, University of Western Australia

Address: Hackett Drive (off Stirling Highway at Matilda Bay), Crawley

Parking: Car Parks 6 & 9, Hackett Drive

Time: 6pm – 8pm [Doors open at 5pm for 6pm start]

Cost: $20 per person. No bookings. Cash payment on entry. [Please bring a $20 note]

Note: Charge is for admission only. No provision of food/drinks.

Collection: Payment collected by designated AIIA members on entry

January 27th, 2010: Truth News Radio Australia interview Lord Monckton

From the site. Today we are joined by Lord Christopher Monckton, British peer, mathematician, and former advisor to the Prime Minister.

Lord Monckton, currently in Australia on a speaking tour, is one of the most outspoken and influential anthropogenic climate change sceptics, bringing a level of passion and intellectual rigour which is often missing in public debate. He is chief policy adviser to the Science and Public Policy Institute, a non-profit institute of research and education “dedicated to sound public policy based on sound science”.

Lord Monckton rose to prominence in the global warming debate with articles published in November 2006 disputing whether global warming is man-made, suggesting that it was unlikely to prove catastrophic, and criticising the science presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Lord Monckton also played a role in a 2007 UK High Court of Justice legal challenge in a bid to prevent the Al Gore film, “An Inconvenient Truth” being shown in English schools without offering alternative, balancing opinions. He was involved in distributing the documentary, “The Great Global Warming Swindle” to schools as a riposte.

During the interview Lord Monckton recounts the reasons why he came to be an anthropogenic climate change sceptic, in the context of his experience as a policy advisor to former PM Margaret Thatcher. He goes on to enumerate some of the more egregious lies and distortions made by the IPCC scientists and then turns to look at the anti-democratic agenda of the politicians and business leaders who he describes as corporate fascists. These interests, he asserts are striving to create a dictatorial, unelected world government which will oppress and exploit ordinary working people on a global level.

Related Links:

* Alan Jones (2GB Radio Sydney) talks to Lord Monckton
* Lord Monckton is on the fringe: Barnaby Joyce
* Climate sceptic Christopher Monckton to ‘prove Rudd wrong’
* British climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton slams Kevin Rudd’s ETS
* Climate denier lords it over scientists and their ‘global warming nonsense’

WeAreChange WA members are going to the February 9th event, talk about it on the Forum here:

http://www.wearechangewa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=395