Monthly Archives: November 2011

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US Bases Out – meeting reminder

Curation schmuration, sup?

I am getting in early to discuss the internet buzz word curation before you are sick of reading about it and flick the X button.
I am on about the concept of curation as it applies to eBooks and and eMedia.
If you have a different take on curation, feel free to share.
I will talk about eMedia but the analogy with eBooks is clear.
The theory behind the selling of media and indeed almost  all capitalist commerce is the notion of scarcity.
People are eager to buy goods and services because they are scarce.
But media and books as internet products are in plentiful supply . Consumers would need several lifetimes to inspect every available item. In these circumstances  how do consumers make a choice? One significant way is they turn to a curator.
The metaphor alludes to an art exhibition curator who selects which product the public will see. The curator sometimes explains their choice and at other times presumes credibility in the eyes of the public.
Here is another explanation http://www.servantofchaos.com/2011/07/curation-is-the-new-black.html
The main two ways consumers view news on the net is through aggregators and email alerts.
These are both methods of curation where headlines and the first par of a story is selected FOR YOU and presented for your inspection.
The aggregators often make their curation choice based on unsophisticated surveys of your reading interests while the email alerts from newspapers recommend stories based on news-value judgements of journalists.
Based on an inspection of the headline and first paragraph, you make a decision whether to consume the full story.
A curator builds credibility every time a reader is satisfied with a story they have opened.
Let’s move on to eBooks
Both the writer and reader of eBooks need to find reliable curators to guide them across libraries bulging with thousands if not hundreds of thousands of titles.
The opponents of eBooks say this is why standards are threatened as quality gets lost in the clutter.
Proponents of eBooks – and I am one – say let’s join the wild ride to see how curation evolves.
What do you think. Has curation any relevance to you?

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December Meeting of the 17 Group: Pat Mackie – A Rebel within the Rebellion

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The next meeting of the 17 Group will be the rather festive break-up meeting for the year 2011 and will be held on Wednesday the 7th of December at 7pm. It will occur in unit 6 at number 20 Drury … Continue reading

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Rally at Labor conference: not in malaysia – not in nauru – end mandatory detention – refugees are welcome

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Hi all, The rally for refugees at the national Labor Party conference is now just over a week away. We are pleased to be able to announce that Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions has now … Continue reading

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*Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange, High Court, The Strand, London

MONDAY DEC 5th. *from 8.30 a.m. *Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange, High Court, The Strand, London An anti-war solidarity vigil will be held outside the High Court, The Strand, London on Monday Dec 5th against the extradition of Julian Assange. … Continue reading

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45th anniversary of wave hill walk-off and strike.

the 45th anniversary of the wave hill walk-off and 9 year strike, the longest in australia i believe. back in 1966 we were into the 17th year of the menzies (pig iron bob) federal government and there was no government … Continue reading

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Australia shatters its party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

by Gerry Georgatos It is indeed now common knowledge that Australian adult prisons are incarcerating children as young as 13. The human rights struggle to free these children from our adult prisons has been an arduous one, with the major … Continue reading

Them ol’ Publisher blues

I came across another mainstream publisher at a conference the other day – very depressing. I don’t mind so much they are in denial that ebooks will send them spiralling into obsolescence just like epublishing sent the big  record companies down the drain. If I was in their shoes, I would be dreading the future of the ebook.
What gets up my nose is the high and mighty attitude of the BPs -Big Publishers. Ebooks will savagely  lower the standard.  New authors will not be nurtured.
Hello: the standard has been dropping over the past 40 years. A mainstream publisher could not sell a novel of ideas to Socrates. That is if they were interested in trying.
New authors have to pay for their own editing and acquire an agent themselves – things publishers used to do for someone they “nurture”.
Bent Banana Books is my publishing hut, set up to promote local self-publishing throughout the world, aligned with global e-publishing.
It will develop a resource base of honest and reliable self-publishing facilitators, provide handy hints for emerging writers and promote ebooks of self-published authors.
Bent Banana Books will engage in the discussion on the future of the book, through its website and this blog.
I will post faithfully, every Wednesday  and Friday.
If you have a passion for books and their future, have your say on this space. If you need a topic: will a flood of ebooks lower the standard and prevent quality breaking through?

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Human rights day forum in support of Tamil asylum seekers

The international celebration of UN Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10th December to mark the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A public forum to support the human rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, … Continue reading

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Petition to Save AHIMSA house

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We call on people who support community organisation to help defend AHIMSA house at 26 Horan Street West End from unconscionable sale by Challenger Bank, now owned by National Australia bank by signing the petition below. Background Following attendance at … Continue reading

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FOCO NUEVO in DECEMBER

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We’re coming up to our fourth Christmas, and this Foco Nuevo will be our final for the year before returning in February 2012. Come and help us celebrate with Jumping Fences’ full line-up and guest musicians The Poachers and Ishka. … Continue reading

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Book Launch at the New International Bookshop: Humphrey McQueen, ‘We Built This Country’

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You are invited to attend the launch of historian Humphrey McQueen’s seventeenth book: *We Built This Country: Builders’ Labourers and Their Unions* (Ginninderra Press, Port Adelaide, 2011) At* The New International Bookshop* Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St Carlton, Vic *Wednesday … Continue reading

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‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking

‘Poultry’ pay not OK: Baiada workers on why they’re striking By Sue Bolton From Green Left Weekly, Saturday, November 19, 2011 The main slogan on the Baiada workers’ picket line in Melbourne’s western suburbs is “No more $10! No more … Continue reading

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Michael Anderson: “Make 2012 the Year of the Last Stand for Justice” 3 Attachments

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i, and i know many others also will, strongly support michael in his call and demand to “make 2012 the year of the last stand for justice” and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the tent embassy that was set … Continue reading

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“Urban Wildlife – The good the bad and the just plain ugly” by Adrian Caneris

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From: WPSQ Brisbane Branch Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 9:45 PM To: brisbane Subject: “Urban Wildlife – The good the bad and the just plain ugly” by Adrian Caneris Hi, This Tuesday night we have our last presentation for the … Continue reading

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BHP in front line as Marines take Darwin

fyi contention & collusion betwixt & between the imperium & its pretender are looking more than a tad hot jim BHP in front line as Marines take Darwin By John Helmer MOSCOW – The share price of OM Holdings, one … Continue reading

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Remarkable scenes of nonviolent resistance to in the face pepper spraying at Occupy U.C. Davis, California

From: Ciaron OReilly Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 7:56 PM To: ENGOXFORDCWCliveMeena ENGOXFORDCWCliveMeena Subject: Remarkable scenes of nonviolent resistance to in the face pepper spraying at Occupy U.C. Davis, California Remarkable scenes of nonviolent resistance to in the face pepper … Continue reading

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Rally to defend Julian Assange (Brisbane)

When Friday, November 25, 2011 Time 5:00pm until 7:00pm Description This is a rally for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Julian’s extradition to Sweden puts him at risk of disappearance to the United States. No human being should ever have to … Continue reading

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Local coalition to oppose US military presence in Australia and an independent security policy for Australia?

Hi friends, you may be interested in a new initiative which JustPeace is launching – a coalition around US military presence in Australia and an independent security policy for Australia. An exploratory meeting about this is planned for Monday 5th … Continue reading

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Phil Monsour at the Crown Hotel Nov 27 2pm

Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Phil Monsour News and Information Hi The band will be performing at the Crown Hotel this Sunday the 27th of November with a few other bands. Sunday November 27 2.00 p.m. … Continue reading

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Bad moon rising over Great Sirte Bay

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Editor’s Note— This is an excellent article about NATO’s plan to take Libya. The article demonstrates that the political consciousness of the rebels is not as bad as first thought. Note the prediction of a new uprising in Algeria. Note … Continue reading

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How do we stop the US using drones to kill people?

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The are prop driven slow speed model aircraft with a deadly payload. Surely there is software or hardware which can stop them. Their use is murderous, unlawful and ammoral. They must be stopped. Thanks to David Cole for these insights. … Continue reading

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A request for a lil’ help from Bimblebox Nature Refuge

Hello friends … long-lost or new! This is a story very close to my heart, which I would like to share with you, so please take a minute to read. Australia could be on the verge of allowing a dedicatednaturerefugeto … Continue reading

WHY Australia wants to drive Afghan refugees out

NOWSHERA, Pakistan A few hundred men took to the streets in a suburb of this city early this month, furiously chanting for the expulsion of neighbors they described as interlopers.

The objects of their ire were Afghan refugees, millions of whom reside here in Pakistan. They are hardly newcomers many fled war, Russian occupation or Taliban rule years or even decades ago. Many were born in Pakistan. Reasd more

Editor’s Note I had a look at some of the comments to this article I found this comment interesting and informative – more so than the article itself (as often happens). I encourage readers to read other comments to the article provided at the link :

Soviet invasion caused problems and then the creation of mercenaries Mujahideen or Freedom Fighters (now called Terrorists and Talibans) with weapons and training in Pakistan by US added fuel to the fire.

The 3.5 million Afghan refugees ended in sheltered in tented cities or in bigger cities. Pakistan with its exploding population, endless social problems were loaded with another major problem.

No one wants to address the unwanted problems of that country which was caught between a wall and a hard rock, it wasn’t used but abused by US.

Pakistan lost hundreds of thousands of their personnel fighting the Soviets, the so called collateral damage inflicted by US with its DRONES and misguided Missiles.

Read Ahmad Rasheed and listen to Pakistanis before considering them as cockroaches.

A trigger happy US agent kill 2 or 3 men in Lahore because he was in a rush, pays off for his crime and is laughing in the states. US, where ever it goes acts as a bully, diplomatically and intellectually they are bankrupt when it comes to problems of the poor nations.

Reminds one of Queen Maria Anntionette, “if people are revolting for lack of bread why don’t they eat cakes.”

In all fairness US and the West should stay out of poor countries, they will eventually solve their problems and will also pride over their achievements but sending military in the guise of specialists, prowling and sabotaging MUSLIM countries may work for a while, eventually the hydra they have created will keep on growing its tentacles.


Pamela Curr
Campaign Coordinator
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
12 Batman st West Melbourne 3003
ph 03 9326 6066 / 0417517075

“NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE AN ASYLUM SEEKER”

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Democratic Rights and Occupy Brisbane

Local Brisbane Solicitor Terry Fisher spoke at Occupy Brisbane this afternoon – this is what he said: Sorry, I  did not catch all the questions in the session – however Terry’s responses give listeners a clear idea of what was … Continue reading

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Raining funk at the jazz club with peter hunt

In the late 1960s and early 1970s I drove a cab to fund my Uni. fees. When I went to uni. you had to pay fees unless you won a commonwealth scholarship. It took me a year to win a … Continue reading

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The AGM for the BLHA is on 3 December 2011

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Comrades and friends, Please find attached a notice for the Annual General meeting of the Brisbane Labour History Association. Regards Jason Stein SECRETARY/TREASURER BRISBANE LABOUR HISTORY ASSOCIATION Mobile: 0413 133 587 BLHA AGM notice 2011.pdf

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Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Cordially Invites You to Attend The Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary January 26th -29th, 2012 We invite you to Corroboree At the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary For our people’s Sovereign Rights. Sovereignty was never ceded. Join … Continue reading

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Put Obama into Detention

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By Humphrey McQueen Speech outside Parliament House, Canberra, Thursday, 17 November 2011. Ten years ago, we were told that we were going to chose who came here. Today, we are exercising that choice by protesting at the arrival of the … Continue reading

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Day of support for Julian Assange/Brisbane Tomorrow

Day of support for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Time Thursday, November 17 · 5:00pm Location Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Brisbane 295 Ann Street (corner of Creek Street) across from central station This rally has been organised by members … Continue reading