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May 9, 2008

Jason at Gatewatching advises a new report on Press Freedom in Australia is out and apparently there has been some headway. I haven't read it yet, but according to Jason the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance are looking forward to improvements in freedom of information over the next year.

The alert among us will have noticed that vital information has already begun to circulate more freely. I, for one, feel far more informed about grave issues than at any time since 9/11. Take this for example:

"Grave-robbers 'used skull as bong'"

Authorities in Texas have filed corpse-abuse charges against two men who allegedly removed a skull from a grave and used it as a bong.
One of the men allegedly told police they dug up a grave in an abandoned cemetery in the woods, removed a head from a body and smoked marijuana using the skull as a bong.

These guys should have been in the creativity stream at the 2020 summit.

The big news of the day though is Burma, where freedom of information is a problem and media has apparently had trouble getting in.

Undaunted by some measly military junta, some brave journo has nevertheless gone straight to the source.

"Rambo takes aim at Burma's junta"

Sylvester Stallone, whose latest Rambo film takes him to fight baddies in Burma, has ripped into the junta's handling of a devastating cyclone.

"As a result of Rambo and the cyclone, world attention is increasingly turned toward Myanmar [Burma]. I hope that the situation will improve and am honoured if I could be of any help."

So there you go. With a little help from a cyclone Sly has saved the world again. So much for those who think celebrities are a waste of space.

Amazing how easily reality is confounded with entertainment to the point where somebody who spends their time pretending to be other people can be confused with an authority on a topic because they once pretended to be somebody in a vaguely similar situation. Still, it's nice to know our media has the freedom to obtain and share this information with us. We'd be so much the poorer without it.

| Posted by Lyn at 4:52 PM |