1. Juice media celebrates
Sorry, that’s a screenshot, not a link. Here the real Honest Government Ads: 5 Year Birthday Special!
Zoë and Ellen present the videos; they actually lip-synch with the voice supplied by Lucy.
published two academic books (The Colonisation of Time and Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country) – after which he realised he could be more useful as a human by communicating beyond the world of academia. Which led him to embark on a number of other projects…
In 2016 Giordano launched the Honest Government Advert series – which he writes, directs and edits – collaborating with his partner and voice-actor Lucy, and actors Ellen Burbidge and Zoë Amanda Wilson.
Giordano banging out a script:
Here’s Adam Bandt in a 2018 speech warning that the government was trying to enact powers which could silence just about anything they didn’t like, and they definitely didn’t like Juice Media:
Here’s the JuiceMedia YouTube Home with all the videos.
Recent episodes include electric vehicles:
Climate Breakdown from March 2019 is excellent:
- Authorised by the department of adults requiring supervision by children.
I have to finish with Honest Government Ad | We’re F**ked:
authorised by the department of going gentle into that good night.
2. The Speaker speaks
Adam Bandt raised the question as to what is satire, and who decides? Satirist Jonathon Swift was very serious when in 1729 he anonymously published A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick:
- The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocked heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as British policy toward the Irish in general.
Question Time in our House of Representative is, according to Katharine Murphy in The Guardian, simply an abomination and a disgrace. That link has a video showing the Speaker, Tony Smith, pulling into line the PM Scott Morrison, the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Health Minister Greg Hunt. Here’s what he said to the PM:
- “I’m asking you to return to the question,” Smith said to Morrison.
“Happy to do that, Mr Speaker,” Morrison soothed.
Smith promptly called Morrison’s bluff. “I don’t care whether you’re happy or not,” the Speaker said. “You need to return to the question.”
Murphy points out that a few weeks ago there was a report on Question Time from a parliamentary committee covered by Amy Remeikis in A sludge of grandstanding: does question time finally need some answers? Seems they did a survey:
- Of the 3,465 survey responses the committee received back, more than 95% of people wanted question time to change. “Waste of time” and “farce” were among the popular comments.
Mostly, people are disillusioned with the whole process. They expect questions to be answered, or for the answers to at least be relevant to the question. Anyone who has watched QT knows that’s almost impossible. After all, it’s never been known as answer time.
A lot of what we get is scripted theatre with questions like:
- “Minister, could you update the House on the importance of strong and consistent border protection policies, and, Minister, are you aware of any risks associated with alternative approaches?”
A chance to brag and then dump on the opposition, while staying within standing orders.
The speaker said that if ministers want to talk about “alternative approaches” they need to name them, and this to Josh Frydenberg:
- “if he wants to give a general character assessment of those opposite he’ll need to find another time to do it during the parliamentary day, no matter how much it has been scripted beforehand.”
At least, as we are reminded by Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (Series 13, Episode 2, from 18:55+), our pollies don’t engage in fisticuffs or throw chairs.
Micallef did also highlight Greg Hunt not respecting the Speaker.
There is often more substance in the satire than the material that is being satirized.
3. America remembers the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
On 31 May President Biden issued A Proclamation on Day Of Remembrance: 100 Years After The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, beginning with:
- One hundred years ago, a violent white supremacist mob raided, firebombed, and destroyed approximately 35 square blocks of the thriving Black neighborhood of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Families and children were murdered in cold blood. Homes, businesses, and churches were burned. In all, as many as 300 Black Americans were killed, and nearly 10,000 were left destitute and homeless. Today, on this solemn centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, I call on the American people to reflect on the deep roots of racial terror in our Nation and recommit to the work of rooting out systemic racism across our country.
Before the Tulsa Race Massacre, Greenwood was a thriving Black community that had grown into a proud economic and cultural hub. At its center was Greenwood Avenue, commonly known as Black Wall Street. Many of Greenwood’s 10,000 residents were Black sharecroppers who fled racial violence after the Civil War.
In the subsequent decades governments took deliberate action to prevent the community from rebuilding.
Biden’s proclamation ends with:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 31, 2021, a Day of Remembrance: 100 Years After The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. I call upon the people of the United States to commemorate the tremendous loss of life and security that occurred over those 2 days in 1921, to celebrate the bravery and resilience of those who survived and sought to rebuild their lives again, and commit together to eradicate systemic racism and help to rebuild communities and lives that have been destroyed by it.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
A brief video from the BBC tells the story.
A 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Centennial Commission has been set up.
Hanks says he studied American History for four years when he was young, but not a page about Tulsa.
- “Tulsa was never more than a city on the prairie.
“The Oklahoma Land Rush got some paragraphs … but the 1921 burning out of the Black population that lived there was never mentioned. Nor … was anti-Black violence on large and small scales, especially between the end of Reconstruction and the victories of the civil rights movement.
“… Many students like me were told that the lynching of Black Americans was tragic but not that these public murders were commonplace and often lauded by local papers and law enforcement.”
Republican-controlled legislatures across the country are advancing measures to limit how students can be taught about race and racism.
- At least 16 states are considering or have signed into law bills that would limit the teaching of certain ideas linked to “critical race theory,” which seeks to reframe the narrative of American history. Its proponents argue that federal law has preserved the unequal treatment of people on the basis of race and that the country was founded on the theft of land and labor.
Those states include Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
The latest state to implement a law is Tennessee, where the governor this past week signed a bill to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools.
Only in America(!?)
4. Warrigal Creek where the water turned red in 1843
Here in Oz we have ‘The water turned red’: Remembering the Indigenous victims of the c:
- When dozens of Indigenous people were shot dead at Warrigal Creek in 1843, the water turned red with their blood, says Stephen Thorpe, a member of the same Gunnai tribe.
A gang of white settlers on horseback pinned Indigenous men, women and children against the bank of the creek, in South Gippsland, and opened fire.
Those who escaped into the water were shot as they came up for air. A boy who was shot in the eye was forced to lead the murderers to other camps, where more Gunnai people were killed.
Gunnai and Gunditjmara man Stephen Thorpe is passionate about encouraging non-Aboriginal Victorians to be courageous in confronting uncomfortable truths about our state’s history.
Today, few Victorians know about this slaughter of as many as 150 people – a crime for which no one was arrested. There are no plaques at the now peaceful spot on a farm 40 kilometres south of Sale and 200 kilometres east of Melbourne.
But there are more than a dozen monuments in Gippsland to pastoralist Angus McMillan, who is widely believed to have led this and other massacres. Until 2018, a federal electorate was named after him.
Wikipedia has a List of massacres of Indigenous Australians.
We have much to think about having just come through National Reconciliation Week.