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FALSE AND MISLEADING PROPAGANDA

“Surely it must be patently clear to those with a modicum of intelligence that the (Australian) government is once again, (at the bequest of it’s master) feeding the public false and misleading propaganda regarding the established innocence of Iraq and that all attempts to further tarnish and keep the enemy in a status ‘hatred’ category whilst it pursues it’s atavistic motivation to plunder the country’s oil and allow for US firms to reap billions in reconstruction are futile,” writes Australian William Hardiker at Al-Jazeerah, a crank site not related to the similarly-named crank-ish TV network. Hardiker, whose maniac notions sometimes appear in The Age, then exposes the Great Douglas Wood Fraud:

How remarkable that within twenty four hours, Mr. Woods, appearing in newspaper headline photographs beaten, with deep black and bruised eyes, made such a miraculous recovery.

Within 24 hours? Wood appeared in those images on May 8. He wasn’t seen again in print until after he was freed on June 15. What kind of crazy theory will Hardiker run with next? Maybe he’ll claim that Iyad Allawi is a murderer.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/23/2005 at 07:34 AM
  1. I have a rule of thumb that helps me to suss out Moonbats.

    The more apostrophes are used with personal possessive pronouns (that is, “its” rendered as “it’s”), the more likely the author is a Moonbat.

    In the case above:

    ”...at the bequest of it’s master….whilst it pursues it’s atavistic motivation…”

    Or otherwise see any offering from Margo Kingston.

    Of course repeated spelling errors and the lunacy of the ideas represented are also good indicators.

    Posted by The Mongrel on 2005 06 23 at 08:48 AM • permalink

  2. We hardly need crank sites when the Australian Film Finance Corporation bankrolls the Storyline Australia agitpropumentary that SBS screened tonight. Carmel Travers (the writer, director and producer of this boilerplate) makes Micheal Moore look subtle.

    Posted by genwolf on 2005 06 23 at 09:23 AM • permalink

  3. Sometimes I envy those living on the moon, all that cheese.

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 06 23 at 09:23 AM • permalink

  4. feeding the public false and misleading propaganda regarding the established innocence of Iraq

    Ohhhhhh, I get it, as opposed to the Fairfax press feeding propaganda that is not misleading to the masses.

    Posted by Nic on 2005 06 23 at 09:25 AM • permalink

  5. I can’t take seriously anything written by somebody named Willie Hardiker.

    Posted by Arty on 2005 06 23 at 09:32 AM • permalink

  6. Wood was seen May 8 holding a plastic Christmas turkey.

    Posted by Some0Seppo on 2005 06 23 at 10:02 AM • permalink

  7. In a weird way I feel safe knowing that the people supporting the ‘insurgents’ are lunatics.

    Posted by Melanie on 2005 06 23 at 10:35 AM • permalink

  8. I suspect that he means “at the behest of its master”.  On second thoughts, perhaps “bequest” shows the author’s true state of mind after all.

    Posted by lewisinnyc on 2005 06 23 at 11:23 AM • permalink

  9. What is it with the use of “atavistic” anyway??

    My understanding is that “atavism” means “The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.”  Is the author suggesting that Australia has a historical desire to raid Iraq’s oil and that desire has only now surfaced?

    Posted by lewisinnyc on 2005 06 23 at 11:42 AM • permalink

  10. Also, in case you were wondering, William Hardiker is an anagram for my favorite “Ask an Imam” question, “I kill weird. Haram?”

    Posted by lewisinnyc on 2005 06 23 at 11:54 AM • permalink

  11. Possessive ``it’s’’ has an apostrophe, on the model of ``her’s.’’  It’s done for consistency.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2005 06 23 at 01:26 PM • permalink

  12. I bet it is “patently clear” to people with a mere “modicum” of intelligence, Willie boy, if, by “modicum”, you mean the same thing that Webster’s means, i.e., “a small portion; limited”.

    Posted by paco on 2005 06 23 at 01:57 PM • permalink

  13. “Surely it must be patently clear to those [of us] with a modicum of intelligence…”

    ...that those of us with more than a modicum of intelligence are laughing at your stupidity.

    Posted by whiteotter on 2005 06 23 at 02:27 PM • permalink

  14. You know, mental illness is nothing to make light of, but Will Hardiker’s psychological profile (depressed, loner, narcissist, etc.) has all the ingredients of a ‘hater’.

    He writes about himself as follows:

    I have led a life of “quiet desperation” since age 15. I turned to drugs to help cope. Things went from bad to worse and depression became a fact of life stoppig me acheiving anything at all. I turned to methodone to get off drugs and am now trying to get off that.I feel it acts as an anti-depressant, so it’s doubly difficult. I don’t know what to do with my life (or whats left of it and feel suicidal quite often). I feel estranged from my family who i consider , consider me worthless and useless. I am single but good loking i am told but am scared of relationships even rthough i want one (straight) badly. I hope to meet people with similar experiences here who can offer help and advice on how to cope in a complcated uncaring world.

    See: OCD Board

    Posted by lewisinnyc on 2005 06 23 at 03:01 PM • permalink

  15. How small does his intelligence have to be to before it fails to qualify for the modicum quorum?

    Andhis autobiographical excerpt makes him sound like the next candidate for that guy Michelle Malkin linked to who died due to “the stolen election of 2000 and living among right-wingers.”  This fella is just looking for a heart attack.

    Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2005 06 23 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  16. Possessive pronouns (its, hers, theirs, his, etc.) do not have apostrophes.

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 06 23 at 03:46 PM • permalink

  17. I hope to meet people with similar experiences here who can offer help and advice on how to cope in a complcated uncaring world.

    Here’s some advice—get some professional help on your punctuation if you plan to be considered a writer.  Commas are especially useful little critters.  Your grammar, spelling, and capitalization need serious help, too.

    Of course, I haven’t had similar experiences (meaning I’m not a whining, junkie loser), so you’re free to ignore me.

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 06 23 at 03:51 PM • permalink

  18. You know, mental illness is nothing to make light of, but Will Hardiker’s psychological profile (depressed, loner, narcissist, etc.) has all the ingredients of a ‘hater’.

    He writes about himself as follows:

    I have OCD myself, but I was never embarassed about it until I found out this guy has the same condition…

    Posted by Damian P. on 2005 06 23 at 03:53 PM • permalink

  19. An addendum on possessive apostrophes.  There are a few pronouns which use them (one’s comes to mind) but not its, hers, theirs, etc.

    Posted by Achillea on 2005 06 23 at 04:02 PM • permalink

  20. I think rhhardin was making teh funnay. Mostly because he apostrophed “it’s” correctly in his following sentence.

    Posted by Tatterdemalian on 2005 06 23 at 04:12 PM • permalink

  21. Hey Willie…. I got king hit in the pub 6 weeks ago and the black eye that resulted took at least a week to disappear… does that make a right wing death…. sorry, I forgot bad Douglas, bad me, I deserved it…..

    Posted by Isumbras on 2005 06 23 at 04:43 PM • permalink

  22. Surely it must be patently clear to those with a modicum of intelligence that wee Willie is once again feeding the public false and misleading propaganda….

    Posted by rog2 on 2005 06 23 at 05:19 PM • permalink

  23. One thing I did get from - can I just call him Biggus - is the picture of the wall on his site. What a great wall. It’s awesome. You don’t really realise how big it is until you see a couple of suicide bombers standing against it.

    Posted by Henry boy on 2005 06 23 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  24. Plundering Iraq’s oil?  Why yes, that would explain why oil just hit US$60 a barrel for the first time ever.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2005 06 23 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  25. Is a modicum bigger or smaller than a smidgin?  what about a skosh?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 23 at 08:34 PM • permalink

  26. Richard: a “skosh” is from the Japanese word “sukoshi”, which is usually pronounced very fast so the “u” and the “i” are barely pronounced. It became a fashionable word for pretentious yuppies to use as early as, I think, the Seventies (I think that’s when I first heard it).

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 06 23 at 09:25 PM • permalink

  27. For some reason I thought you were asking what the meaning of “skosh” was. What can I say, I cleaned the bathroom tonight and the Pinesol fumes must have left me a skosh addled.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 06 23 at 09:26 PM • permalink

  28. I’m surprised he didn’t notice how Douglas Wood had put on weight since his capture and 47 days feeding of only bread and water…

    I wonder if he cleaned his bathroom before sitting down to write and therefore had a more-than-usual chemically-affected brain…

    Posted by kae on 2005 06 23 at 10:35 PM • permalink

  29. That Pinesol gets you every time.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 06 23 at 11:10 PM • permalink

  30. In hius letter to the Aged, it sounds like Slick Wille was describing Iraq.

    When Saddam was in power.

    Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 06 24 at 12:44 AM • permalink

  31. gotta do that typing refresher course

    Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 06 24 at 12:45 AM • permalink

  32. Andrea at #26.  You just gave me a modicum of an idea. 
    “The Yuppie Pronunciation Game.”
    You know you’re a yuppie if you say neeesch player as opposed to nitch player.
    You know you’re a yuppie if you pay ohhmaage to a person.
    Everyone can play at home.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2005 06 24 at 02:30 PM • permalink

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