Wednesday, April 18, 2007

So MUSU was just a mistake!

Let's take a quick step back in time to July 2005. Lachlan Murdoch had just resigned from News Corp.

Andrew Landeryou comments on the news: "From what I’ve always heard, Lachlan’s competence and diligence are unquestioned, the OneTel thing being a mistake but over-enthusiasm for IT&T assets was certainly not unique to him in the late 90’s".

Interesting how Landeryou suggests that the collapse of the billionaire dollar telephoney company, OneTel, was just an enthusiastic mistake. Wasn't Andy also involved in enthusiastic IT&T assets: IQ Corp anyone?

KK caught Landeryou out with this comment: "...sort of like your (Landeryou's) enthusiasm for real estate assets, eh Andy? just a bit of a mistake at Melb Uni was it?" Read on, KK was certainly flying the flag for 'full disclosure' that day.

More on KK here.

16 Truth On Comments:

Cait Catt said...

This is another misrepresentation. How could anyone take KK seriously after this posting on Tim Blair's weblog:

Having learned to read at the age of 3 and to write soon after, my education was complete. All other attempts to inculcate in me some other useful life skills, such as numeracy, discrimination, taste, tact and restraint, failed. After a misspent youth failing to get a degree in linguistics (yes, I know, it’s not rocket science), a succession of appalling jobs, writing mostly pointless policy documents, thickheaded policy analyses, and just plain spin and flim-flam, has sucked most of the life out of me. Alhough one job did allow me to go boating on sewage lagoons. That was fun.

Hobbies are watching the development of scientific jargon (try accelerator physics - it’s a growth area), using brutal methods to train bureaucrats to say ‘about’ instead of ‘regarding’, and the Liberal Party. Oh, and maintaining my status as a fully paid up lardarse and glutton. And neglecting my blog.

Anonymous said...

KK's comments were bang on the money for mine!

Cait Catt said...

The Landeryou Blog, Australia's finest, has been approvingly cited in a study of Sydney's Earth Hour by the University of Chicago. That's great recognition for an Australian blog. Beat that Slanderyou.
Read on:

GAME ON: Earth Hour Exposed, The OC Quoted in Academic Study and Lefties Put In Their Place

Let it be known that not only is the OC revered and respected in the community of political hacks and numbers savants, not only are we archived as a national living blog treasure by the National Libarary but we are also cited in academic essays by those completing PhDs at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Hardly surprising, I hear you say given the quality of our work, the magnificence of our photoshopping, our reverence (admittedly shared among so many) for Mrs Sophie Mirabella, the subtlety of our character assessments and our outlook on the bacteria of international socialism.

Verily, in the case of one lefty blog owned by a Senate aspirant Lachlan Connor caught misrepresenting the OC about the origins of our contempt for The Aged newspaper, when we insisted that a correction would be appropriate we added the charming words that if it wasn't done to our satisfaction "you must surely know what happens next." That had them jumping like Mexican Leaping Frogs and the correction was made within moments. Freedom in action.

Anyway click here to see the University of Chicago Business School's David Solomon's interesting assessment of the Earth Hour fraud (sponsored by Fairfax) [pdf]. via Patriot Tim Blair

Game on.

Anonymous said...

Catt in the wee hours loves Landeryou. Where was the rejoinder by catter8? I suspect she went wandering up some alley and they had to find her and take her back to the cattery, and as punishment they wouldn't let her write!

Anonymous said...

"The Landeryou Blog, Australia's finest"

I guess Tim Blair would have something to say about that, especially given that Landeryou had tried to shut down Blair's blog in the past

Anonymous said...

Cait attacks KK. Ok.

Why not also attack Landeryou:

- claiming to have won a Walkeys Blog Award, when no such award exists
- claiming to be a journalist, when in fact that is a blatant misrepresentation
- for services to ‘bankrupt online gaming spivery’
- being a tireless promoter of KFC family buckets and single-handedly causing the obesity epidemic
- for services to creative defamation and sleaze
- for services as a clinical case study of narcissism, and
- attempting to shut down blogs.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if KK is Landeryou's former wife, Kimberley Kitching. Andy's "enthusiasm for real estate assets" drew her into unfortunate public attention, which ended badly.

Anonymous said...

Cait Catt, who always posts in the wee hours of the morning, is at it again I see.

It was Cait Catt who introduced sex content to this blog, revealing the location of the Daily Planet brothel in Elsternwick. Other contributors have suggested that this ought to be a clean blog and this sort of puerile post is more suitable to the Landeryou blog. I totally agree.

I nevertheless love the response to a contributor who was ignorant about the the fact that brothels actually existed in Melbourne. Believe me there are such simple people around, and many of them read the Landeryou blog.

That response revealed that a Sri Lankan actually wrote to the Daily Planet applying for a job as a journalist. Apparently it's true.

Cait Catt is always good for a laugh, and so is catter8, but I wouldn't want to go out with either of them. Never know what disease I might catch. My mother would no doubt advise me to always wear a condom!

Hell. I'm getting as dirty as Cait!

Anonymous said...

There is reputedly a dunny poll on this blog where a majority of respondents are fearful of what they might catch using a toilet at the National Library, in view of the fact that this institution records the Landeryou blog for posterity.

There is a good dunny story in what Landeryou calls the Aged this morning that Slanderyou readers will love. Read on:

Can of worms: the world's worst toilets

Trust me, I've seen much, much more disgusting ones but, for pure comedy value, my favourite "bad" toilet would have to be in Thailand.

Having talked my erstwhile travel buddy, the Hilton Hippy, into slumming it for a while, we spent a week in a beachside bungalow on Kho Phangan (just us, and a few thousand other tourists).

Our little party pad was budget at best, with two bare beds, a concrete floor and a bathroom with one of those toilets I've only ever seen in Thailand - the half Western, if you will ...

I call it the half Western because the bottom bit is like a Western-style toilet, but there's no top bit, meaning to flush it you have to fill up a bucket of water and pour it into the dunny. You see them everywhere in Thailand.

But what was so great about our little bungalow's bathroom was the doorway, which was built about three centimetres lower than the Hilton Hippy and I. While this wouldn't seem like much of a hassle, when you wake up every morning with a bucket-of-vodka-Red-Bull induced hangover, you tend to forget your bathroom doorway's little idiosyncrasy.

So for seven days straight we would struggle out of bed, stumble towards the bathroom, and, crack! - smash our foreheads on the doorway. We'd then briefly writhe around on the ground in pain, get up, go to the toilet, pour the bucket of water in, and wait to watch the other one do exactly the same thing.

Toilets are the great leveller when it comes to travel. No matter what your travel habits are, it's the one place everyone has to visit. And they range from the spotlessly clean and technologically savvy (Japan) to the faeces-coated hell holes (ah, name your country).

And in the peculiar world that is life on the road, the humble crapper is the topic of constant conversation. For some reason, there's no taboos on talking about poos. Number twos become the number one thing to chat about.

I travelled through Africa for three months on an overland truck, and we'd find ourselves talking toilets as much as we would our other favourite topic: what we were going to eat when we got to Cape Town. A typical conversation would go something like this:

"Hey, where'd you go?"
"Oh, just went to the toilet."
"Really? How'd you go?"
"Yeah, not bad, pretty solid."
"Oh, nice one."

Having travelled a bit now, I've seen my fair share of disgusting dunnies - a fair few of them in camp sites in Europe. But hey, I was even shocked the first time I saw a squat. Travelling to Hanoi, I'd stopped over at KL International, and went for a quick toilet stop. There, to my surprise, was a bare hole in the ground and a hose. "What the hell am I supposed to do with this?" I thought.

And that one was clean! Now I'm no expert on this, but seeing as most Asians use squat toilets ever single day of their lives, you'd think they'd have better aim. It's ridiculous the amount of squats I've walked into which look like the guy in there before me had had a fit while he was on the can. What's wrong with using the hose?

I saw a whole new spin on the squat in the train I took from Hanoi to Hue in Vietnam, where the toilets were literally holes cut in the metal floor of the train, with the tracks flashing away below.

In places like India, you've also got the dilemma of how to clean up. Do you wander around all day carrying an annoying roll of dunny paper, or do you go Indian and use the jug of water? Or, for guys, do you just adopt a "when in Rome" mentality and disregard the use of toilets altogether?

I've got to say, I'm no fan of the long-drop either. While there are a few in national parks around Australia that have made me want to grab the bog roll and head for the nearest bush, the worst I've ever seen was in a tiny place called Sipi Falls in Uganda.

The long-drops, housed in a little wooden shack, were all covered with wooden hatches. You'd walk in there, gingerly lift the hatch, and be enveloped in a swarm of flies and an almighty stench coming from the pit.

That was only a little bit worse than the combo I found in a little makeshift camp in the Serengeti, though: a long-drop squat, with the threat of being mauled by a lion while walking over to it. But hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Then there are always those times when you can't make it to a toilet at all. It's back to nature time in the bush. While that might seem all rustic and manly, the actual act is not much fun, particularly if, like me, you miss the little hole you've just dug for yourself.

For the girls on our Africa trip, particularly when we were in Tanzania and Malawi, things were even worse. A few minutes after our truck pulled up by the side of the road, hordes of locals would inevitably appear out of nowhere, and follow the girls around to check things out, probably out of pure curiosity more than anything else.

Once, in Tanzania, I was squatting behind a bush, trying to get finished as quickly as possibly, when a women and her son casually walked past about two metres away from me. Little did I know, I'd squatted right next to a walking path. I made a hasty retreat. I assume the woman and her son did, too ...

Got a dodgy dunny story? What's the worst you've ever seen? Are some countries worse than others?

Hope you're enjoying the Backpacker blog. There'll be a new one up on every Wednesday, for a bit of light relief to remind you of why you went to work in the first place: to save up enough money to get the hell out of here! If there are any good travel topics you think I've missed, drop me a line at
Posted by Ben Groundwater
April 17, 2007 4:49 PM

Anonymous said...

The Landeryou blog contains this item of news from the London Financial Times. It seems the EU wants to criminalise nutters like Dr Toben from Adelaide and Mr Bennett from Melbourne who think the holocaust didn't take place. This action only makes them martyrs, and only increases belief in holocaust denial, nonsense though this is. Read on:

EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial

By Tobias Buck in Brussels

Published: April 17 2007 19:56 | Last updated: April 17 2007 19:56

Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.

Offenders will face up to three years in jail under the proposed legislation, which will also apply to inciting violence against ethnic, religious or national groups.

Diplomats in Brussels voiced confidence on Tuesday that the controversial plan, which has been the subject of heated debate for six years, will be endorsed by member states. However, the Baltic countries and Poland are still holding out for an inclusion of “Stalinist crimes” alongside the Holocaust in the text – a move that is being resisted by the majority of other EU countries.

The latest draft, seen by the Financial Times, will make it mandatory for all Union member states to punish public incitement “to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin”.

They will also have to criminalise “publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes” when such statements incite hatred or violence against minorities.

Diplomats stressed the provision had been carefully worded to include only denial of the Holocaust – the Nazi mass murder of Jews during the second world war – and the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

They also stressed that the wording was designed to avoid criminalising comical plays or films about the Holocaust such as the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni’s prize-winning Life is Beautiful . The text expressly upholds countries’ constitutional traditions relating to the freedom of expression.

Holocaust denial is already a criminal offence in several European countries, including Germany and Austria. It is not a specific crime in Britain, though UK officials said it could already be tackled under existing legislation.

In an attempt to assuage Turkish fears, several EU diplomats said the provisions would not penalise the denial of mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops in the aftermath of the 1915 collapse of the Ottoman empire. Turkey strongly rejects claims that this episode amounted to genocide.

The proposal draws what is likely to be a controversial distinction between inciting violence against racial or ethnic groups and against religious groups. Attacks against Muslims, Jews or other faiths will only be penalised if they go on to incite violence against ethnic or racial groups, the draft text states.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007

Anonymous said...

Its really interesting that Andy is forced to post his silly little articles on THIS blog. Obviously his readership of his blog must be severe decline, and he is forced to 'advertise' on this blog.

At least Slanderyou doesn't delete these 'cries' for help from Landeryou.

Anonymous said...

Andy's desperate for readers.

No news - just boring, biased commentary - no readers.

Top 100 Australian Blogs Index doesn't even list his blog

Time to get a REAL job, Andy.

You've been wasting your time.

Tflip said...

MUSU was in big trouble from the moment the careerists in the University Labour Club (devoid of ideology but endowed with a born to rule mentality equal to any young Liberal) managed to turn student political positions into paid employment, and then gain real control, with little accountability, over real budgets.

Originally most student funds were quarantined from the, elected for a one year term, student officers via a Board of Management. The percentage of student funds under direct student management was small.

Once they had control a (sandpit?) corporate model prevailed and in a short space of time privatisations and contracting out changed the landscape forever, and made a few young people very wealthy.

Combine Labour aristocracy, sons of mere apparatchiks, with immaturity and a 1980s greed is good mentality, add the kindergarten views of Keating and his economic urgers, and it would not be surprising if you got a train wreck and perhaps some seriously dodgy deals.

The Landeryou site, in my reading, shows that the 80s obsessions and the good solid "hating" so beloved of the apparachiks, still have a place in his heart.

Hopefully justice will be done and I for one would be very wary of regarding Andrew Landeryou as a victim of anyone. And I certainly would be more inclined to trust what I read in the Age than anything on his site.

Anonymous said...

Well written, tflip.
Andrew Landeryou is a supreme Labor hater and sadly just can't get over being rolled as a student pollie.

KK said...

thanks for the hat tip. no i am not kimberley, nor peter katsambanis, nor any of the other improbable identities suggested by landeryou & others. merely an amused observer

Anonymous said...

Andy you still haven't explained MUSU - we are waiting!