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Update: Rau Grows Up...

Censorial South Australia drops opposition to an R18+ for games


Link Here19th September 2012
Full story: R18+ for Games in Australia...Pondering an adult R18+ rating for video games

South Australia's Attorney General has given the greenlight to both MA15+ and R18+ classifications for games.

As reported by Indaily, John Rau has made a U-turn on his previous decision to abolish the MA15+ classification in South Australia when the new 18-rated game rating was brought in.

The Attorney General said that the recently released guidelines were stringent enough and different from the original report that he had no problem ratifying all game ratings:

The new MA15+ classification is now so different to the previous one that I no longer see an issue with it. I will, however, keep a watching brief on MA15+ games. The guidelines include much tighter requirements for every level of classifications, in particular, what constitutes MA15+.

Offsite Comment: Australian Christian Lobby have a meaningless whinge

21st September 2012. See  article from  international.to

 

 

Offsite Article: Playing Games with Classification...


Link Here17th September 2012
Full story: R18+ for Games in Australia...Pondering an adult R18+ rating for video games
Australian gamers unimpressed by recently published R18+ guidelines that suggest that games should face more censorship restrictions than other media. By Mark Serrels, editor of Kokatu, Australia

See article from abc.net.au

 

 

Update: Arbitrary Impact...

Australia releases censorship rules for R18+ games


Link Here13th September 2012
Full story: R18+ for Games in Australia...Pondering an adult R18+ rating for video games

Australia's Classification Board has released censorship rules that will be applied to the new adult R18+ category for computer games.

As Kotaku points out, the document disappointingly makes reference to the interactive nature of computer games necessitating tighter controls than other passive media formats, a notion that has been diluted by plenty of studies over the years, and never supported by any conclusive findings. The Censor Board document says:

Interactivity is an important consideration that the Board must take into account when classifying computer games. This is because there are differences in what some sections of the community condone in relation to passive viewing or the effects passive viewing may have on the viewer (as may occur in a film) compared to actively controlling outcomes by making choices to take or not take action.

Due to the interactive nature of computer games and the active repetitive involvement of the participant, as a general rule computer games may have a higher impact than similarly themed depictions of the classifiable elements in film, and therefore greater potential for harm or detriment, particularly to minors.

Interactivity may increase the impact of some content: for example, impact may be higher where interactivity enables action such as inflicting realistically depicted injuries or death or post-mortem damage, attacking civilians or engaging in sexual activity. Greater degrees of interactivity (such as first-person gameplay compared to third-person gameplay) may also increase the impact of some content.

The word 'impact' seems to be a fudge factor that means that its up to them. 'Impact' is an arbitrary scale with an arbitrary value of 'high impact' that will get games banned. The censors then justify the ban by a meaningless justification that the violence is 'high impact'. So Australian gamers will just have to wait and see how the censors arbitrarily interpret the arbitrary rules.

 

 

Go Sally Forth and Multiply...

Australian government turns down calls for censorship of outdoor ads


Link Here24th August 2012

Australia's federal government has rejected recommendations from an outdoor advertising inquiry, turning down calls for greater regulation of supposedly racist or sexualised images in ads and for further restrictions on alcohol ads.

The government rejected the inquiry's recommendation that racist or sexualised images in outdoor advertising should come under new anti-discrimination legislation.

The government has also refused a recommendation that advertisers who do not follow industry codes should be named and shamed in Parliament. It said this was primarily a matter for the advertising industry body.

During the inquiry's sometimes fiery public hearings last year, several nutter groups called for more censorship of outdoor advertising. The Salvation Army said the present system of self-regulation had failed to protect the rights of children, particularly girls regarding sexualisation.

The inquiry also recommended that the Attorney-General's Department review how well the industry acts on its recommendations and impose a co-regulatory system if there was not enough improvement. The government has agreed to give advertising industry bodies until December to respond to the report and show how they have acted on the recommendations.

 

 

Just Making a Joke...

Caricature of Christ winds up the nutters of Kassel


Link Here24th August 2012

   Hey, you. I fucked your mother

The German city of Kassel is home to a caricature museum that is dominating the headlines with a controversial cartoon hanging in its window, depicting Jesus on the cross. Christian leaders want it removed.

The cartoon in question is hanging outside the Kulturbahnhof, a cultural center which houses the caricature museum, known as Caricatura. It depicts Jesus in agony on the cross as a voice calls down from heaven: Hey, you. I fucked your mother.

I find it problematic when a caricature disparages the very heart of a faith, Barbara Heinrich, a Protestant official in the city, told German news agency DPA.

Local Catholic priest Harald Fischer has likewise criticized the caricature, according to the local paper, the Hessische/Niedersachsische Allgemeine (HNA) , as have Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders from the area.

Museum head Martin Sonntag has rejected calls to remove the poster. He told the HNA that caricatures are by their very nature offensive to some observers. But we can't remove caricatures after every complaint, he said. Were the museum to take into account all religious and other viewpoints, he added, it would have to close its doors.

The artist behind the caricature, Mario Lars, likewise expressed surprise at the burgeoning debate. It was not my intention to hurt the feelings of the faithful, Lars said. I was just making a joke.... (The church) should stand aloof of such things and address more important problems. Such a large commotion over a small joke isn't good for the church.

 

 

Update: Canberra Grows Up...

First Australian state adopts law to legalise games for adults


Link Here24th August 2012
Full story: R18+ for Games in Australia...Pondering an adult R18+ rating for video games

A while ago, the R18+ legislation for video games passed through Australia's Federal government successfully, and now it is time for each state to pass the law.

The ACT (Canberra) is the first territory to pass the R18+ law, which the ABC reports was done so with tri-partisan support, though the Canberra Liberals failed in a bid to boost the penalty for inappropriate display or distribution of material rated R18+.

Attorney General Simon Corbell has said, this is about making sure that adults are able to view and play and read what they wish as long as it does not do harm to others.

 

 

Bedaz Root Rate...

Australians given suspended jail sentences for Facebook page rating women


Link Here22nd August 2012

Two men from Australia's Victoria state have been given suspended jail sentences for supposed derogatory postings on Facebook.

They had created a Facebook page which allowed users to rate the sexual prowess of women. The page in question was called Bendaz Root Rate . [ Bendaz is a name].

The two men lived in a town called Bendigo and created the page after seeing similar efforts for other towns. They ran afoul of authorities after the page was noticed and its contents found to contain derogatory commentary that mentioned people well below the age of consent.

The Bendigo Magistrate's Court today deemed the content fell under the provisions of Australia's Criminal Code that prohibit using a carriage service to offend, or publishing offensive material on an information network. The prosecutors claimed that the material could do lasting damage to those it mentioned, and was not merely embarrassing.

One the men was barred from using Facebook for two years. The men were given suspended jail sentences of 6 and 4 months.

 

 

Offsite Article: The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking...


Link Here22nd August 2012
Our courts now jail at the drop of a headline, for stealing water or abuse sent on Twitter. So who are we to condemn Russia?

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: More Evil...


Link Here22nd August 2012
Bruce Campbell Gives Thumbs Up To Evil Dead Remake

See article from wegotthiscovered.com

 

 

Easily Offended Sri Lanka...

French tourists get suspended jail sentences for larking about at a temple


Link Here22nd August 2012

A Sri Lankan court has given suspended jail terms to three French tourists for supposedly wounding the religious feelings of easily offended Buddhists by taking pictures deemed insulting.

Two women and one man were detained in the southern town of Galle after a photographic laboratory snitched them up to the police. The pictures show the travellers posing with Buddha statues and pretending to kiss one of them.

The images were later posted on a Sri Lankan website.

A magistrate sentenced the trio to six months in prison with hard labour, suspended for five years - which means they will not actually serve any time in jail. The court also levied a small fine on them.

They were convicted under a section of the Penal Code which outlaws deeds intended to wound or insult the religious feelings of any class of persons through acts committed in, upon or near sacred objects or places of worship.

 

 

Ticking Over...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Club Nevada


Link Here21st August 2012

Club Nevada is located at the Beach Road end of Soi 13/2 (Soi Post Office)

The bar is still ticking over in its minimalist sort of way. Its probably the weakest of the clutch of GoGos in this soi and next. Far East Rock scores as a hangout bar while Hot & Cold and Las Vegas offer the best hands on fun.

Las Vegas generally has 3 or 4 dancers at a time and 3 or 4 more waiting their turn. The dress code is nude, topless or bikini depending on the girl. The music is oldie rock and it doesn't inspire the dancers very much.

The girls are friendly enough, but sometimes they seem to prefer to vanish off upstairs or outside rather than looking after customers.

Drinks are cheap though, and overall the bar provides a pleasant rather than enthralling experience.

 

 

Savages...

BBFC advise significant cuts for a 15 version of Oliver Stone's new crime thriller


Link Here21st August 2012

Savages is a 2012 US crime thriller by Oliver Stone.
With Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively. See IMDb

UK: Passed 15 for strong language, violence, drug use and sex after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:

  • UK 2012 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to a number of scenes. These were to reduce:

  • various moments of strong bloody violence,

  • sadistic violence,

  • strong sex and

  • some focus on drug use.

When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.

 

 

Update: Prometheus...

Theatrical Version set for DVD and Blu-ray but no sign of Director's Cut


Link Here21st August 2012
Full story: Prometheus...Hype about PG-13 vs R

Prometheus is a 2012 US/UK Sci-Fi adventure by Ridley Scott.
With Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Fassbender. See IMDb

UK : The Theatrical Version is set for:

  • UK 2012 20th Century Fox [3D + 2D] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 8th October 2012
  • UK 2012 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 8th October 2012
  • UK 2012 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 8th October 2012

There's no sign of the much hyped Extended Version of Director's Cut. Presumably the distributors are hoping for a double dip windfall with a subsequent Director's Cut release

There is also a US release

Promotional Material

After scientists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green, Devil) discover mysterious cave drawings that point to the origins of mankind, they soon find themselves aboard the spaceship Prometheus, sponsored by Weyland Industries and on a journey to uncover the secrets of humanity.

Overseen by the imperious Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman), looked after by the android David (Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class), and backed up by a team of scientists, Shaw and Holloway arrive on the isolated moon LV-223 to discover an abandoned alien spaceship and the truth... that not all is as it seems...

 

 

Pop Erotica Fest...

Shameless box set of erotica classics


Link Here21st August 2012

Pop Erotica Fest Box-Set

  • UK 2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set [Venus in Furs + The Frightened Woman + Baba Yaga] R0 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th August 201

Promotional Material: Pop Erotica

The third in the series of Shameless-Unwind videotape-themed box-set.

Stylish, imaginative and deliciously twisted, these three cult classics reveal the darker side of passion, love and sex.. Inspired by eclectic masterpieces, from the erotic literary genius of Leopold Sacher-Masoch's Venus In Furs , to Guido Crepax's arousing iconic comic strip Baba Yaga , via the far-out sets of Niki De Saint Phalle in The Frightened Woman , this Erotic Pop Fest also features some of cinema's most alluring leading ladies - think Dagmar Lassander, Laura Antonelli ! - caught up in increasingly bizarre and dangerous sex games...

Shameless' Pop Erotica Box will be presented with specially commissioned artwork from a top British artist emphasizing the videotape-shaped boxset - this time a V2000 ! ... remember those?

Venus in Furs

1969 West Germany/Switzerland/Italy erotic film by Massimo Dallamano.
With Laura Antonelli, Régis Vallée and Loren Ewing. See IMDb

UK: Passed 18 after 1:05s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set DVD released on 23rd July 2012

The BBFC specified their cuts as follows:

  • Remove all sight of woman's tearful screams turning to pleasure as man continues to rape her (this pleasure being indicated by her making moaning sounds and winding her arms around his neck). Intervening shots of other people may remain.
Previously even more censored:
  • Passed 18 after 2:32s of BBFC cuts for the 1993 Redemption VHS
  • Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for the UK 1971 cinema release
  • Banned by the BBFC for the UK 1970 cinema release

The Frightened Woman

1969 Italy drama by Piero Schivazappa.
With Philippe Leroy, Dagmar Lassander and Lorenza Guerrieri.
See IMDb

An Extended Version was passed 18 uncut for strong sexual threat, humiliation and violence for:

  • UK 2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set DVD released on 23rd July 2012

Previously  censored:

  • An unspecified version was passed 18 after 16s of BBFC cuts for the UK 1998 Salvation VHS

Baba Yaga

1973 Italy Giiallo by Corrado Farina.
With Carroll Baker, George Eastman and Isabelle De Funès. See IMDb

UK: The Reloaded version was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for:

  • UK 2012 Shameless Pop Erotica Box Set DVD released on 23rd July 2012
Previously censored:
  • The Original Version was passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for the UK 1974 cinema release titled Baba Yaga, The Devil Witch. The BBFC deleted two full frontal shot of Carroll Baker

 

 

Shaft...

New US region 0 Blu-ray release of classic blaxploitationer


Link Here21st August 2012

Shaft is a 1971 US crime action film by Gordon Parks.
With Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn and Charles Cioffi. See IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

There are no censorship issues with this release

 

 

A Drive for Cash...

ATVOD claim that the BBC should pay its fees for Top Gear clips on YouTube


Link Here21st August 2012

ATVOD has claimed that BBC should pay its extortionate censorship fees for clips of Top Gear and Nigella Lawson uploaded to YouTube.

Video on Demand censors ATVOD carried out the investigation and ruled that the BBC should pay its annual charge for each YouTube channel.

The clips under examination are segments of Top Gear lasting up to nine minutes, along with similar footage of Nigella Lawson and other cooks on the Food Programme . ATVOD claimed that the BBC clips on You Tube resemble linear television programmes .

The BBC consider that the the clips were not TV-like because they are watched in short chunks often by people on the move . The BBC said:

BBC Worldwide considers the duration of programmes to be a key characteristic of the form and content of programmes normally included in television programme services

The YouTube channel in question provides only short clips.

An analysis of the five main UK channels over four days demonstrates that only 3.2% of programmes were less than 10 minutes in duration.

Therefore it is a key characteristic of the form and content of programmes normally included in television programme services that they last longer than a short period of time.

Television programmes are consumed at home, in comfort on the sofa and the longer duration is indicative of this.

Short form content is not 'television-like' as it is often viewed on the move or during quick breaks in the working day.

The BBC has launched an appeal against the ATVOD ruling to an Ofcom panel.

 

 

Offsite Article: Goodies: censored tapes exposed...


Link Here19th August 2012
A generation of children were weaned on the wholesome teatime humour of The Goodies madcap antics. Now, 30 years on, the unseen clips that Australian censors discarded on the cutting room floor have emerged for the first time.

See article from brisbanetimes.com.au

 

 

Offsite Article: Fifty shades of ambiguity make porn laws a perverse joke...


Link Here 16th August 2012
Full story: X Rated Ban in Australia...Xrated porn sales are banned in most states
Australian censorship laws are all over the place and urgently need refining. By Jeff Sparrow

See article from smh.com.au

 

 

Offsite Article: National Ugly Mugs Scheme...


Link Here16th August 2012
Full story: Policing Sex Work...Sex workers put in danger by police
Protecting Sex Workers From Predators

See article from huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

 

Updated: Hanger...

Ryan Nicholson's horror just banned by the Australian film censor


Link Here15th August 2012

Hanger is a 2009 Canada horror video by Ryan Nicholson
With Debbie Rochon, Dan Ellis and Nathan Dashwood. See IMDb

The Australian Classification Board has just banned Ryan Nicholson's Hanger. It was submitted by Bounty Films, who have previously battled censors worldwide with their release of Human Centipede II . But the Australian censor was unimpressed and banned the DVD with the euphemistic 'Refused Classification' rating. Presumably the Australian censor will provide reasons for the decision at some point.

The film has never been sent to the BBFC but it would be sure to get a rough ride with scenes of sexual violence.

World Censorship Status

Australia: Banned by the Classification Board for:

  • Au 2012 Bounty DVD

UK: Never submitted for release

Germany: Hanger was released July 2009 in a severely cut and censored version for the German market. Unfortunately a torrent version of this was spread around the world and undermined the standing of the film.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: New Depths

Hardcore gore from Ryan Nicholson who previously directed Gutterballs, another extreme gore video that hasn't made it to the UK.

The director describes his film as:

A horrifying tale of revenge that begins with a back-alley abortion, and ends with a bloodbath so vicious that it brings a new meaning to an eye for eye. From pimps to dealers and hookers to junkies, this film dives headfirst into the depths of human depravity.

Update: Film Censor Explains the Ban

15th August 2012. See  article from  refused-classification.com .

The Australian Film Censor explained the ban as follows:

The film contains depictions of explicit sexual violence and sexualised violence that are very high in impact, as well as prolonged depictions of violence which are offensive and/or have a very high degree of impact. Depictions of violence include detailed mutilation and disfigurement, viscera and shattered bone as well as blood gushes, splatter and spray.

A male character is tortured with a blow torch while two others are choked to death - one with excrement and the other with a used tampon. Sexual themes underpin the depictions of violence with pornographic footage and still images featuring full frontal nudity with genital detail and explicit sexual intercourse frequently viewed in the background.

Other scenes of violence are cut with depictions of sexual activity and/or sexualised nudity. The sexual content and sexualised context both serve to heighten the overall impact of the violence viewed throughout the film.

This content exceeds what can be accommodated within the R18+ classification and, as such, is Refused Classification.

 

 

Minority Views...

Ofcom censures Sikh Channel for one-sided current affairs...again


Link Here15th August 2012

Sikh Channel Youth Show
Sikh Channel, 9 February 2012, 22:00

The Sikh Channel is aimed at the Sikh community in the UK. The Sikh Channel Youth Show was a weekly live programme broadcast in Punjabi. The licence for the Sikh Channel is held by TV Legal Ltd. This programme consisted of a live discussion, with a presenter and guest and an audience broadcast from a Sikh Gurdwara.

The discussion touched on a range of subjects of interest to the Sikh community and various reported actions taken by the Indian Government towards the Sikh community in India, including Operation Blue Star.

A viewer alerted Ofcom to the programme, stating that the broadcast contained inflammatory content about the Indian Government and no alternative views concerning the situation of the Sikh community in India. On assessing the content, Ofcom noted the following statements made within the programme:

All of this [i.e. negative attitudes towards the Sikh community in Canada] again organised at the behest of the Indian Government. The third agency within India, and be under no misconceptions about this, has been carrying out a cover war against the Sikhs in the diaspora outside...It's not a myth: They're at [indecipherable] Road – you can go and see their offices there – it's the research and analysis wing of the Indian Government. They're absolutely involved in this. There is example after example that will show that there is an agenda to malign the Sikh community outside of India .

[The Indian Government's] problem really centres around the idea that we consider ourselves a nation, that we consider ourselves as a sovereign nation.

Since '84, hopefully, I believe that the Sikh nation is coming to the conclusion that this is not a fight for independence, this is a fight for survival...The environment in India is so toxic that really Sikhism cannot survive there in its present form, and in its truest form, within India as it stands .

Ofcom considered Rule 5.5 of the Code which states that:

Due impartiality on matters of political or industrial controversy and matters relating to current public policy must be preserved on the part of any person providing a service. This may be achieved within a programme or over a series of programmes taken as a whole .

Ofcom Decision: Breach of Rule 5.5

Ofcom considered that the programme included a number of viewpoints, but all of them were: either critical of the Indian state's policy and actions in relation to its treatment to the Sikh community in India; or could be interpreted as arguing the case for an independent homeland for the Sikh community in India.

We considered that the programme did not contain any alternative views, which could be reasonably and adequately classed as: supportive of, or which sought to explain, the policy and actions of the Indian State in relation to the Sikh community within India, and in particular, the Punjab; or supportive of the arguments against an independent homeland for the Sikh community within India. Therefore, this programme when considered alone gave a one-sided view on these matters of political controversy and current public policy.

Ofcom considered the programme to be in breach of Rule 5.5 of the Code.

Ofcom Warning

We are concerned that the breach in this case comes after two previous contraventions of the Code rules covering due impartiality and elections recorded against TV Legal. In particular, we are concerned that the breach in this case follows relatively soon after a similar breach recorded in Broadcast Bulletin 192.

Ofcom is therefore requiring the Licensee to attend a meeting to explain its compliance procedures in this area.

The Licensee is also put on notice that, following that meeting, any further similar contraventions of the Code will be considered for further regulatory action by Ofcom.

 

 

Extract: CPS Roadkill...

Simon Walsh has his say about persecution by the CPS


Link Here15th August 2012

Last week, a jury at Kingston Crown Court took 90 minutes to acquit Walsh on all counts. In a potentially landmark case, they found that the image of the underage boy in fact showed an adult in his mid-twenties, and that the five other images could not be called extreme or pornographic, nor were likely to cause injury. Many people may think these practices distasteful but the pictures Walsh possessed of them were not unlawful.

Today he describes himself as roadkill --- a victim of the process by which the CPS is perhaps discovering the limits of the 2008 legislation. His career, he says, has been stopped in its tracks by that initial police suspicion, with its catastrophic implications of paedophilia, and by the splashing of his sex life across the press. He also claims that the CPS was out to get a conviction by whatever means they could .

The damage is irreparable. What I had, the status I had, has been ruined... The CPS refuses to accept that certain slightly unusual, but consensual, safe and pleasurable practices should be permitted, he claims. That's got to stop ... It's not even sado-masochism. That's not the way I do it. It's just a group of guys having fun.

...Read the full article

 

 

Update: Shades Unshaded...

Realising in Warwick that it's illegal to refuse lap dancing licences on a whim


Link Here15th August 2012

In a somewhat surprising change of heart, the third licensing attempt has proven lucky for a Leamington nightclub's bid to provide regular lap dancing.

Warwick District Council's regulatory committee voted by five to four in favour of granting Shades Gentleman's Club in High Street, Old Town, a sex establishment licence which will allow lap dancing and pole dancing at the premises from 11pm to 3am from Tuesday to Thursday and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The committee had heard representations from several objectors who had raised the usual bollox 'concerns' about the safety of residents including female students, its proximity to the Hindu Temple in High Street and the supposed detrimental effect the club could have on the regeneration of the area.

Ian Besant, the solicitor representing applicants and owners Robert and Lisa Ransford, argued that the business had been run as a strip club for four years before new legislation came in and there had been no complaints or issues with the club. He pointed out that neither Warwickshire Police or Environmental Health had raised any objections to the application.

Putting forward the proposal to grant the application, Councillor George Illingworth said there was no solid evidence the club would affect the area in the way objectors had suggested.

A condition of the licence will be for club logo to remove the female silhouette that forms the 'A' in SHADES.

Interestingly councillors at the meeting asked for their votes to be individually recorded. This gives a clue that perhaps councillors have realised that recent European legislation seems to have made it illegal to refuse licenses on some of the trivial moral justifications that have councillors have used in the past. Perhaps councillors, aware of these laws, wanted to ensure that their vote for the licence was recorded, to ensure that they are not individually held to account, should a failed licensee decide to sue the council.

See more about the legalities of lap dancing licensing .

 

 

Controversial Humour...

Facebook page of racial jokes riles Australia


Link Here10th August 2012

A Facebook page filled with racial jokes about aboriginal people has been taken down, after hundreds of people campaigned to have it removed.

SBS reported on the Facebook page, which allows posts with racial memes about Indigenous people. The page was temporarily removed, before re-appearing on the site with a tag noting that the content contained controversial humour .

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy weighed into the debate, saying he thought it should be taken down.

We don't want to live by the same standards that Facebook does, Conroy said: I think it's an offence. It's been reclassified but I think it should be taken down.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke warned the page could be a breach of the Racial Discrimination Act: [The page] potentially does insult and offend, but it probably does more than that. I think the depiction of these images on Facebook actually moves more in to vilifying.

Brisbane resident Jacinta O'Keefe started a change.org petition after a complaint to Facebook failed to result in the removal of the page: It is an openly racist page that is encouraging hate towards Aboriginal people. I find it incredible that Facebook would refuse to remove this page .

The social media site has responded to complaints with the message: After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

But the page ended up being removed anyway as of 6pm 8/8 2012.

 

 

Nutter Rant...

Australian policeman sounds off about violence in games and movies


Link Here8th August 2012

New South Wales' top policeman has claimed that knife crime is soaring among youngsters supposedly because brutal video games that reward players for murder, rape and theft have made violence seem acceptable.

Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione believes young people are being desensitised by spending hours acting out deadly scenarios on their computer screens:

The thing that's concerning me is the prevalence of people who are at this stage not just prepared to carry a knife, but prepared to use it

That has increased significantly.

He said he had reached the conclusion that there was:

Nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they're being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they're playing.

How can it not affect you if you're a young adolescent growing up in an era where to be violent is almost praiseworthy, where you engage in virtual crime on a daily basis and many of these young people (do) for hours and hours on end.

You get rewarded for killing people, raping women, stealing money from prostitutes, driving cars crashing and killing people.

That's not going to affect the vast majority but it's only got to affect one or two and what have you got? You've got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who's got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia. That's concerning.

And not once did he mention any scientific or well reasons basis for his nutter rant.

 

 

Fair Comment...

Australian advert censor extends remit to reader comments on Facebook brand pages


Link Here6th August 2012

Australia's Advertising Standards Board has issued a judgment in which it said comments made by fans of a vodka brand's Facebook page were ads and must therefore comply with industry self-regulatory codes and therefore consumer protection laws. Advertisement

The ruling will force companies to vet comments posted by the public to ensure they are not sexist, racist or factually inaccurate.

Non compliant companies could be fined or publicly shamed for the comments that appear on their Facebook brand pages.

A media lawyer is warning that the Advertising Standards Board's ruling on Smirnoff's Facebook page will put the onus back on companies to be more vigilant about the nature of the comments people are posting to their company pages. John Swinson, a partner at law firm King & Wood Mallesons, said the board's ruling turned people's opinions into statements of facts .

Swinson said that if, for example, a member of the public posted a comment on Smirnoff's site that claimed it was the purest Russian vodka and would lead to success with the opposite sex and Smirnoff failed to remove it, the company could be liable on a number of counts.

Although the Advertising Standards Board dismissed the original complaint about Smirnoff, which centred on sexism, under-age drinking and obscene language, it ruled industry codes applied not only to what a company was posting on its Facebook page but to the user-generated comments that followed.

The board's determination also cited a recent case of a health company, Allergy Pathway, which was fined for allowing misleading and deceptive testimonials to remain on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

 

Surf Nazis Must Die...

Trashploitation released on UK DVD by Arrow


Link Here6th August 2012

Surf Nazis Must Die is a 1987 US action comedy by Peter George.
With Gail Neely, Robert Harden and Barry Brenner.
See IMDb

UK: The Directors Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong violence and racist language with all previous cuts waived for:

  • UK 2012 Arrow R2 DVD at UK Amazon r eleased today on 6th August 2012

Promotional material: At Hang Ten To Hell...

When the California coast is ravaged by a massive earthquake the beaches are left in a state of anarchy. In this lawless void a new power is rising. Adolf and his evil gang of fascist water rats are coming. They are the Surf Nazis and they must DIE!

Fighting with rival beach gangs and harassing the locals, the Surf Nazis soon take over the area but when they ice a local jogger it opens up a can of revenge as the murdered man's Mama breaks out her retirement home, tooled up and ready for harsh vigilante justice.

Blood, guts, gore, nudity and murder come thick and fast in this gnarly beach bum holocaust extravaganza from Troma, the sick, twisted shlock house that brought you Combat Shock and Class of Nuke Em High.

Features:

  • Director's Cut Feature Presentation
  • Interview with director Peter George
  • Interview with producer Robert Tinnell
  • Six lost Surf Scenes with introduction by Peter George
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original poster and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphries
  • Collector's Booklet by critic and author Calum Waddell

Summary Review: Outrageously Bad

I think it's safe to say you will either love this film or hate it.  It's one of those movies that's so completely without any redeeming value that it actually ends up being enjoyable. If I had to describe it, I'd call it a cross between Repo Man and Plan 9 From Outer Space ... with nazis and surfing thrown in for good measure.

If you can enjoy something lewd, crude, bizarre, and outrageously bad, you'll probably laugh yourself silly and enjoy this movie.

Previously Cut:

UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 after 25s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1996 Allied Troma VHS

The BBFC cuts were

  • Cuts in three fight scenes to remove sight of chainsticks (nunchaku).

 

 

The Hunter...

A well regarded Iranian thriller by Rafi Pitts gets a US DVD release


Link Here6th August 2012

The Hunter is an Iran/Germany thriller by Rafi Pitts.
With Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar and Ismaïl Amani. See IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2012 Olive Films R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 31st July 2012

There are no censorship issues with this release

Promotional Material

Writer, director and Golden Berlin Bear nominee, Rafi Pitts stars as Ali, a man who's recently released from prison. Ali makes the most of his return and despite working nights, he tries to spend as much time possible with his wife and young daughter. To escape the stress of urban living, he retreats to his favorite pastime of hunting in the secluded forest north of town. Tragedy strikes as his wife and daughter are accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators. After a long and frustrating experience at the police station, the horror pushes him over the edge. In broad daylight, overlooking the busy city's highways, he randomly shoots and kills two policemen...

 

 

Extract: Despicable Legal Decision...

Judgement extends Obscene Publications Act to private internet chat


Link Here6th August 2012
Full story: Obscene Private Chat...Extending OPA to private internet chat

According to the Court of Appeal's Judgment in the recent case of R v GS [2012] private one to one text chat on the internet can be subject to the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (OPA).

This means that anyone using the internet to discuss sexual fantasies may be at risk of committing a criminal offence.

Prior to this judgment it was presumed that the OPA did not apply to one to one conversations between individuals. This position was clearly overturned by paragraph 21 of Lord Justice Richards' lead Judgment wherein it was stated that:

In our judgment, to publish an article to an individual is plainly to publish it within the meaning of the Act.

...See the full article

 

 

Extract: Positivity, Austerity and Redundancy...

Journalists doubting Spain's austerity policy lose their jobs


Link Here6th August 2012

A government making a raft of public spending cuts might not be expected to win many friends. But critics of Mariano Rajoy's rightwing Partido Popular (PP) claim that a series of departures from Spain's leading state broadcasting organisations are a sign that it will not tolerate any criticism.

A number of journalists who have presumed to question the administration's austerity policy have been purged from the national RTVE radio and TV channel. And this weekend the most high-profile exit in recent months -- that of Ana Pastor, the presenter of Los Desayunos de TVE, a popular breakfast news magazine programme -- was announced.

...Read the full article

 

 

Offsite Article: The William Friedkin Interview...


Link Here6th August 2012
Part 1: Good vs. Evil, Killer Joe and the MPAA

See article from ropeofsilicon.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Vietnam's blog shame...


Link Here6th August 2012
As a mother dies in protest at her daughter's detention, it's time for Britain to take a stand. By Kamila Shamsie

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Update: Slipping Down the Freedoms Table...

Ludicrous banning of porn from Australian sex shops continues


Link Here6th August 2012
Full story: Sex Shop Raids in Australia...Police raid sex shops looking for porn

A New South Wales woman has been the victim of $600 fine and put on a nine-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to selling or publicly exhibiting X-rated DVDs.

Lisa Mooney was charged with one count of selling or publicly exhibiting films classified X 18-plus or refused classification on June 19 after a police raid on her Armidale adult shop in May.

It was claimed in court that Ms Mooney was not aware that the films could not be sold and immediately admitted it to police.

After handing down the sentence, Magistrate Richardson said it was up to business owners to understand the laws and regulations governing their respective industries.

 

 

Petition: Release the young women of Pussy Riot...

And immediately end their unjust criminal trial!


Link Here6th August 2012
Full story: Blasphemy in Russia...Offending religious beliefs or desecration of holy objects or symbols

To: Russian President Vladimir Putin

Today we are taking a stand as the international community against the outright attack on human rights and free speech underway in a Russian courtroom. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- the three young female musicians who formed the punk rock band Pussy Riot -- face up to 7 years in prison for a peaceful anti-Putin protest that the all-girl group staged in Moscow's main Orthodox church last February. Though all three women apologized to Russian Orthodox believers who were offended, they staunchly defend their right to speak out against the Putin regime's absolute intolerance of political dissent as well as its persecution of the Russian LGBT community.

Despite wide international concern for these bold young activist and national outrage over their 5-month long detention, the latest hearing clearly demonstrates that the court is determined to adopt a severe attitude to the performers. These women are clearly not imprisoned for a real crime, but for being critical of your government and expressing the feelings and ideas of many Russian citizens.

Moreover, it is a standard legal principle worldwide that punishment must be proportional to the offense. Criminal charges against Pussy Riot are grossly disproportionate to their peaceful protest. In truth, it is a thinly veiled attempt to crack down on political dissent.

We demand that you comply with internationally recognized democratic principles by releasing the detainees and immediately ceasing these unjust criminal proceedings!

...Sign the petition [Requires Facebook user details]

 

 

Gun Massacre at Sikh Temple...

Authorities considering the possibility of a race hat motive


Link Here6th August 2012

Six people were killed after a gunman opened fire inside The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The gunman described as white man in his thirties with tattoos

The shooting occurred at a morning meditation service. The gunman was killed by a police officer who was shot at. Another policeman is in hospital with multiple bullet wounds. Up to 30 people were also injured in the massacre.

The authorities are now speculating that violent race hate may have been the motive behind the shooting. The killer, who has not been identified, was covered in tattoos which led authorities to describe the massacre as domestic terrorism .

The lone gunman was allegedly wearing tactical gear and armed with a single handgun. He was described by witnesses as a white male in his thirties.

The Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh-American civil rights organization, urged caution over the gunman's motive while the police investigation was ongoing.

Update: Neo Nazi

9th August 2012. See  article from  dailymail.co.uk

The neo-Nazi who killed six worshippers at a Sikh temple on Sunday morning died after turning the gun on himself. It was originally believed that Wade Michael Page had been killed by a police officer who was wounded after responding to the shooting.

Wade Page was said to have harboured white supremacist views and would rant about a racial holy war , according to an old friend of his from the army.

The FBI had received 101 leads worldwide during its investigation but reaffirmed that no one else other than Page has been connected to the shooting.

 

 

Institutionally Apologist...

Civitas report claims reverse institutional racism plays part in policing


Link Here6th August 2012

Police are failing to investigate crimes committed by ethnic minorities because they fear being branded racist, a report claims.

A pamphlet by think-tank Civitas claims pressure to show racial sensitivity may have been behind the initial failure to properly investigate Pakistani muslim street grooming gangs in the North of England.

Jon Gower Davies, a former academic, links the failure to police being branded institutionally racist by the Macpherson report into the death of Stephen Lawrence, which he says left police shackled by bureaucracy. The pamphlet says pressure to show racial sensitivity may have hindered past investigations.

Davies, a former Labour councillor, describes the lack of investigation into sex crimes as a case of reverse institutional racism in which the views of victims, vulnerable white girls, were not taken seriously.

The pamphlet, which is entitled Mind-Forg'd Manacles: Murder, Macpherson and the Police finds Macpherson lacked evidence for the charge of institutional racism which he says lacks substance . The report states: When in February 2012, the trial of a number of Pakistani men finally came to court, it seems that allegations of abuse by one (white) girl had been just ignored by the police .

 

 

Extreme Intolerance...

Buddhist arrested in Saudi for praying to Buddha


Link Here6th August 2012

A Sri Lankan youth employed as a domestic aid has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for praying to a statue of Lord Buddha, which is considered an offence according to Islamic Sharia law. According to the Bodu Bala Sena, the youth has been arrested by Umulmahami Police, which is a grave situation.

While the youth is a Buddhist, the charge levelled against him is that he paid obeisance to the Buddha at the house where he was employed.

The Bodu Bala Sena organisation further said those employed in Muslim-majority countries are prevented from practicing their religious faiths, and if found to do so are punished severely.

 

 

Not quite paradise but a good place to be...

Pattaya GoGo Reviews: Paradise


Link Here5th August 2012

Paradise A-GoGo is located on Soi LK Metro.

I visited quite early in the evening a day or two before a police raid, so things may have changed.

Everything seemed to be ticking along quite nicely. the bar had fair amount of girls and customers, but was not really what you would call busy.

There were 5 dancers on the central stage at anyone time. They were wearing various amounts of clothes but typically less clothes than the average for Soi LK Metro, where coyote dancers abound.

There were several girls that were well attractive and the rest were probably average. Surely not a bad line up.

The were several girls doing the rounds looking for customers to entertain, and there were several that seemed to prefer hiding away in the dressing rooms. Most customers seemed to have been given an offer of company so good marks on the hostessing front.

Drinks prices were reasonable.

It Would be a shame if the venue has been messed up by the police visit.

 

 

Midnight Movies: Action Triple Feature...

With The Big Racket once banned by the BBFC


Link Here5th August 2012

Midnight Moves: Action Triple Feature

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2012 Blue Underground R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 31st July 2012

Promotional Material

BIG RACKET: Fabio Testi (REVOLVER) stars as Inspector Nico Palmieri, a tough police detective tearing apart Rome to bust a ruthless protection racket. But when these violent thugs expand their empire into drugs, rape and murder, Nico throws away the rulebook to unleash his own brand of justice. In a city ruled by fear, there's a fine line between cop and criminal...and one lawman is about to blast it to pieces!

HEROIN BUSTERS: Fabio Testi (CONTRABAND) stars as a cold-blooded cop gone deep undercover to take down an international drug syndicate. But when a hair-trigger Interpol agent (David Hemmings of BLOW-UP, DEEP RED and GLADIATOR fame) joins the investigation, the case takes a deadly detour into sexual depravity and sudden violence. Can two tough detectives trapped in a criminal underworld now stay alive long enough to ignite a citywide massacre?

STREET LAW: The legendary Franco Nero (of DJANGO and DIE HARD 2 fame) stars as Carlo Antonelli, an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery. But when the police drop the case and the suspects remain free, Carlo is pushed beyond his breaking point. Now one man will launch an all-out war against the criminal scum who plague our cities, where justice has its own rules, vengeance needs no badge and the only force that matters is STREET LAW.

Extras:

BIG RACKET Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Theatrical Trailer

HEROIN BUSTERS Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Theatrical Trailer

STREET LAW Extras:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Enzo G. Castellari
  • Laying Down the Law - Interviews with Director Enzo G. Castellari and Star Franco Nero
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot

The Big Racket previously banned and then cut

UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
  • UK 1977 cinema release
UK: Passed 18 after 14s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 2003 Michael Lee/Vipco VHS

The BBFC commented:

  • Compulsory cuts were required to scenes of violent rape focusing on forcible breast exposure and female nudity

 

 

Update: Clean Your Balls...

Australian advert censor recommends Lynx advert


Link Here16th July 2012
Full story: Lynx Adverts...Nutters wound up by a liitle innuendo from Lynx

Australia's advert censor has banned an ad for Unilever deodorant Lynx for demeaning older men, but it was cleared of degrading both sexes, racism and bad language.

The part of the ad deemed unacceptable came at end, when an old man produced two deflated medicine balls and asks, Can you help me with these saggy old balls? Nobody's played with them for years.

The ad received around 150 complaints from the public. One of the complaints to the Adverstising Standards Bureau (ASB) read:

It is smutty and filled with crude innuendo of a sexual nature. It is not clever advertising but rather immature banter akin to schoolyard talk. It has nothing to do with the advertising of the product and is totally unnecessary and demeaning to men. If the topic was woman's breasts there would be outrage. Not funny not clever just feral.

The ASB ruled that, with the exception of the depiction of the older man, the portrayals of the people in the ad were not offensive.

Update: Follow Up Press Conference

26th July 2012. See  article from  mumbrella.com.au
See video from youtube.com

Lynx responds to ad ban with fake press conference boosting the double entendre Lynx responds to ad ban with fake press conference boosting the double entendre.

In a move suggesting that a ban on Unilever's Lynx Clean Your Balls ad was a part of the company's advertising strategy from the outset, the brand has immediately launched a new video featuring an unapologetic mock press conference.

 

 

Update: Sharing European Concerns...

Australia defers consideration of ACTA ratification awaiting the outcome in Europe


Link Here3rd July 2012
Full story: ACTA Trade Restrictions...Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The Australian parliamentary Treaties Committee is recommending that ratification Of ACTA be deferred - partly because of its near-collapse in Europe.

The committee states that ACTA should not be ratified until a range of conditions, including a cost-benefit analysis, are met.

Committee chair Kelvin Thomson says, in the committee's media statement outlines concerns including: a lack of clarity in the text; insufficient protection for individuals; and ACTA's potential to shift the balance in the interpretation of copyright law, intellectual property law and patent law . He also notes the unfavourable reception that ACTA has received internationally.


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