(Update: Richard Wolstencroft stepped down from the Melbourne Underground Film Festival with a somewhat hollow apology. He’s still making a film about a Nazi and is listed as Contributing Editor for Alternative Right blog.) Richard Wolstencroft, the director of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival, has recently ended up in hot water over a post he made after the marriage … More Richard Wolstencroft’s relationship to holocaust denial and Nazis
Recently Peter Costello compared Australia’s gambling industry to the NRA. I think he’s on the mark, just have a look at the donations the gambling industry gives to politicians, or the revolving door between government and gambling industry or the harm the products make or the regulatory capture that exists. Peter Costello said: The casino and gaming industry in … More Why Northcote By-election Matters: The Australia gambling industry “is the equivalent of the NRA” and politicians are turning a blind eye to harm
This is a response to a review of Vaxxed by Simon Foster which can be found here (I left a comment more than a week ago but it needs approval by Simon to be published, so far it hasn’t.) Here are some particular egregious quotes from the review: To decry his film’s credibility based upon bias is … More Response to Screen-Space review of Vaxxed
I’m not a fan of open letters like but I actually wrote a letter to Dick Smith and had someone pass it to him through an advisor. Not sure if it made it to him so I’ll put this here. Dear Dick Smith, If you read nothing more then the message is this: 1, Help … More Open Letter to Dick Smith – re support for One Nation
Like Milo Yiannopoulos controversy, attention and exposure is what Richard Wolstencroft wants and its what he needs for the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). The 2018 catalogue was just released (see here) and it falsely frames the screening of Vaxxed in order to maximise the potential for controversy. I wanted to deflate the manufactured controversy. … More If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound. If Vaxxed is shown at MUFF has it really been shown at a festival?
We have heard from some of the extremists of the environmental movement over recent years — people like Al Gore, for example. Remember his infamous movie, An Inconvenient Truth? The whole movie was an inconvenient truth for him, because it had more holes in it than Swiss cheese. It was proven time and time again … More An Inconvenient Truth – A Climate Denial Talking Point
So it looks like ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ by Andrew Wakefield is finally going to get an Australian film festival premiere care of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). For good measure the notorious documentary the Red Pill (named after the matrix like epiphany Elam had when “his mother tried to force him to take … More VAXXED, CLIFF and THRUSSELL: How a cancelled film was everything about consequences of poor decision making and nothing about freedom of speech.
Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster The earth is a finite place. Earth image from http://www.shutterstock.com Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne If the rich nations in the world keep growing their economies by 2% each year and by 2050 the poorest nations catch up, the global economy of more than … More Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster
The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections AAP/Lukas Coch David Holmes, Monash University The endorsement for coal mining from the Labor-Coalition duopoly that the election campaign has seen in the last week makes the token appeals that have been made about tackling climate change even more disingenuous. In this election campaign, the major parties have … More The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections
Many moons ago I went to a uni in the Czech republic on exchange, while there I did this essay for a subject called ‘Resurrecting Civil Society’. Although it’s an extreme example there are lessons and warning signs here for today especially in the era of Trump and post-truth “alternative fact” universe. His pen had … More Resurrecting Civil Society – Trust and ghettoization in Czechoslovakian dissent and lessons for Trump’s America