01-16 October, 2004

Posted by Tim Ireland at 1 October 2004

Category: Uncategorized

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Date
20041001
An American Election
Time
18:54
Ha-ha!

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Date
20041002
Tony ‘King Blair
Time
16:46
Tee-hee.

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Date
20041007
John Howard: 2nd to Fall?
Time
09:57
Everybody hates a spammer.

SMH – Liberal phone spam doesn’t ring true, say unhappy targets: The Liberal Party has been accused of having breached electoral laws, improperly using silent phone numbers and using an overseas call centre in “phone spam” campaigning. The Australian Electoral Commission was considering a complaint from the Labor Party yesterday that recorded “advocacy calls” made to thousands of electors in marginal seats, did not carry proper authorisation. Section 328 of the Electoral Act requires any political advertisement to provide the name and address of the authorising official. The Liberal ads contain no authorisation. Then there is the question of how the Liberals know people’s silent numbers.

The article fails to note, however, that this exciting, new and vote-winning tactic has been copied directly from the Bush campaign in the U.S.

UPDATE – Hear that Gutless Johnny phone-spam in full (link to MP3 on page) and compare it to Bush’s cold-calling technique (direct link to WAV file).

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Date
20041009
John Howard: 2nd to Fall?
Time
12:54
1. Australia, I’m feeling very disappointed with you right now.

2. Howard did his best to avoid the issue of Iraq throughout the election, but you can bet that one day very soon today’s result will be presented as vindication on that front. Almost as if the general election were a referendum on that subject and that subject alone.

Oh, and almost as if being chosen as the lesser of two weevils is a ringing endorsement. (I’m going to leave it there at weevils, because I can’t even bear to think of what life will be like for Australians under that loathsome insect Peter Costello.)

UPDATE – Worth noting and ‘membering.

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Date
20041016
Spam
Time
15:39
Seems like a trustworthy chap…

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Date
20041016
Tolerance
Time
16:04
Blimey!

The Hillsborough reference could have been handled better (or avoided altogether), but the editorial in question makes a valid point. (See BugMeNot.com if my link doesn’t get you through. You do need to actually read the piece before forming an opinion.)

Me, I’d dare to ask where the extreme reaction was to the murder, torture and rape of innocent Iraqis. This may have even been followed up by more than mild interest in an apology from Tony Blair.

Sorry, that’s a bit off-topic, isn’t it? We should all be kicking Boris.

(PS – 10 points go to The Sun if they dare to vilify Boris over this. Can somebody please clip them if they do?)

UPDATE:

1. Isn’t it funny that an editorial on perspective should cause so many people to lose theirs?

2. Credit should go to Boris for taking the flak, as any editor worth their salt should.

3. Please also note how his blog continues to invite comment.

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Date
20041016
An American Election
Time
16:48
This may be of marginal interest. (B-boom tisch!)








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