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ASIO catches South Korean spies, pretends there are no South Korean spies

Posted May 2, 2013 into Politics by John Birmingham

I love the Le Carre/Clouseau madness of the story out of Canberra this morning, with ASIO nabbing a bunch of South Korean NIS villains wot had been doin' terrible things to our state secrets and stuff.

Of course, when you spy on Australia, the state secrets are all about teh farming, but nevermind.

ASIO nabbed four of these characters trying to have their way with our precious beef secrets and then turned themselves inside out trying to pretend nothing had happened, because of course South Korea is a very good friend and would never do anything as dodgy as that. It all came asunder in court this week.

Although engaged in what ASIO described as "inappropriate activities" harmful to Australia's interests, no South Korean spies have been expelled from Australia. Instead, in an effort to maintain good relations with the NIS, ASIO took legal action to prevent disclosure of the incident and protect the identities of the South Korean agents so they might continue their clandestine careers.


Naming the four NIS agents (South Korean embassy minister-counsellor Hoo-Young Park, minister-counsellors Bum-Yeon Lee and Sa-Yong Hong, and some mystery guy called Kim) would apparently damage relations between Seoul and Canberra more than the foiled spy-op.

On that basis perhaps ASIO should have just let them have at it. Or even handed over the information they wanted so the NIS didn't have to go to the trouble of subverting a senior public servant.

Got to keep things sweet, after all.

22 Responses to ‘ASIO catches South Korean spies, pretends there are no South Korean spies’

HAVOCK21 mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

dead set fkn JOKE!, scary thing is, I'm rather enamoured with the thought of NUKING shit from orbit, really fkn scary thing is, I suspect that the first place I would zap from me BSG style fkn battlecruiser would be the fk tards in CANBERRA! whilst parliment was sitting, talk about fkn tool of the first order.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted May 2, 2013

Beef secrets are worth keeping. Never forget what happened to the NZ Kiwi industry.

oberonsghost reckons...

Posted May 2, 2013

Kiwis? I thought sheep secrets had been duffed in NZ...

oberonsghost is gonna tell you...

Posted May 2, 2013

;-)

oberonsghost would have you know...

Posted May 2, 2013

;-)

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted May 2, 2013

Well I am sure in the spy game these are what MI5 would refer to a decent chaps, and decent chaps like ASIO don't make it hard for other decent chaps.

George Smiley would understand.

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DrYobbo mumbles...

Posted May 2, 2013

If only they'd been spying on fat German interweb pirates, all would be OK

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NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted May 2, 2013
ASIO. Bringing the comedy A game to transnational spookery everywhere.
I can imagine a bunch of retired spooks sitting in a Saigon bar discussing the high & low points of their craft; the Brits building a kennel for the wolf inside MI6, the CIA misidentifying pretty much everyone, the Sovs being caught with there pants down & their Caucuses showing. The cool efficiency of the Germans, the spooky pea & cup game of Mossad. But everyone slapping their thighs and howling in mirth when discussing ASIO.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted May 2, 2013

"the Sovs being caught with there pants down & their Caucuses showing"

hahahhahahahahhahhaaaa!

Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

Oh Paul, you know you shouldn't encourage him. And I'd just like to say that I consider ASIO a fine organisation and one to which I would be proud to belong. (PS, I wrote my application in green ink so it would stand out. Look forward to hearing from you guys.)

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tqft is gonna tell you...

Posted May 2, 2013

Trade secrets are probably worth more than our mil secrets.

The advantage of leaving the SK spies in the country is that they don't have to ferret out who the new ones are which may be a challenge for them.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

Gangnam Style Diplomacy

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TC mutters...

Posted May 2, 2013

I love the naivety of it all. It’s almost as though we’re expected to believe that there are people out there that have everything in hand. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I can guarantee you that these things happen every fucking day.

This one just became visible because some meatpuppet dickhead asked questions instead of shooting; “Yeah but... aren’t those guys on our side...?”

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Dropbear reckons...

Posted May 2, 2013

I hope Bruce Bond, double-oh-four-ex rooted someone..

Maybe some hot little Korean crumpet

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Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted May 2, 2013

Korean chicks are hawt. When this story broke sort of, it was becaus the dude defending himself at the AAT couldn't mount a defense because so much of the allegations had been suppressed. I guessed at the time that meant it was one of our so-called 'unhelpful allies'.

ROK is at the top of that list.

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HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted May 2, 2013
ah ues, industrial espi..well folks, its a fkn reality sept most fkn muppets have NO FKN IDEA!

I've sept a LOT..I mean a LOT of money to fkn counter it! I.T do every day, but thats just one element.

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NBlob would have you know...

Posted May 3, 2013
Without sending Havsy off his pills. I'm intrigued by the Lack of discussion around PRC wholesale commercial espionage.
I heard a speaker at a conference suggest that in some targeted sectors 90+% of companies had experienced hacking. This chap suggested that certain units in the PRC gov/industrial complex would target a company, say prefab concrete, & %100 of their files would be copied for later interpretation & a kind of reverse engineering.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted May 3, 2013

There was a story came out a few weeks ago on the PLA unit specifically responsible. But it did get much traction outside the tech press.

Also, noted this morning that another Korean NIS case came up before the courts yesterday.

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tqft puts forth...

Posted May 3, 2013

Australia has no chance

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-01/china-cyberspies-outwit-u-s-stealing-military-secrets.html

Secret style top US defence contractor opened up. Australia no chance.

I do question why that story now though.

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JG asserts...

Posted May 3, 2013
You worked in Dept Foreign Affairs as a researcher, John. Were you an ASIO agent? I've always suspected JB007 of clandestine duties. JG000.

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JG asserts...

Posted May 3, 2013

Ah. It is as I thought. Silence speaks volumes, JB. Suspicions confirmed. I say nothing, wink wink. You are probably not the first spy to turn writer, although you always were a writer. It's in your blood.

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Korean Crisis reaches the point we all knew was coming

Posted April 6, 2013 into Politics by John Birmingham

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JG ducks in to say...

Posted April 6, 2013

Really? I don't believe it. I hope you're joking, JB. Stupid North Korea. That young upstart leader is a pain in the butt. Well, North Korea's always been a pain and a threat. Guess we're all going to die now.

P.S. Forget my DM to you on Twitter. Server's fine now. I wasn't logged in. Doh and double doh.

JG

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tqft is gonna tell you...

Posted April 6, 2013

Yeah but

http://theaviationist.com/2013/04/05/lancer-nk/#.UV-sObXqm0w

B-1's to Guam. I also saw H say something about massing chinese troops but no reference

HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted April 6, 2013

TQ, can't remember which one , but google it and there are references all over the place.

Interesting to not the recent addition of Chem warfare units from the US to Sth Korea as well, this is one of the larger build ups.

I'll say it again, I THINK the Chinese will move and move fast if it starts to go to shit. The kind of scenario would be a limited retaliatory strike back by the US or Sth Koreans to a daft fkn act by the NTH, if the Chinks think its gunna go south ..I think they want the joint and their own bloke and just how fkn happy would Japan be. NOT FKN MUCH!

yellowunmellow ducks in to say...

Posted April 8, 2013

Chinks? Really?

yellowunmellow puts forth...

Posted April 8, 2013

Chinks? Really?

yellowunmellow puts forth...

Posted April 8, 2013

Chinks? Really?

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Bangar is gonna tell you...

Posted April 6, 2013

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkies ;)

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 6, 2013

Can North Koreans Play Accordians?

Remember the Cold War?

''If you're an optimist learn Russian,

If you're a pessimist learn Chinese''

If you're an Australian stop thunkin' bout shet.

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted April 6, 2013

Can North Koreans Play Accordians?

Remember the Cold War?

''If you're an optimist learn Russian,

If you're a pessimist learn Chinese''

If you're an Australian stop thunkin' bout shet.

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Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted April 6, 2013

Oops

I double dipped.

Now the old CBG would've picked that up?

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted April 6, 2013

This is all Boylan's fault.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted April 7, 2013

I was sleeping when it happened.

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Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted April 6, 2013

I don't twtter.

I do read them sometimes.

It's the rain John. Everyone is stuck at home.

What is the opposite of troppo?

Monsoon cabin fever.

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Abe Frellman mumbles...

Posted April 6, 2013

And now the PRK has suggested foreign diplomats "consider leaving Pyongyang."

I would've thought that would be something they'd consider doing on a daily basis, saber rattling or not.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted April 6, 2013

I am not too concerned about North Koren missle technology, after all this IS rocket science.

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted April 6, 2013

http://9gag.com/gag/7012909

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Matthew K ducks in to say...

Posted April 6, 2013

What if the Chinese were to unilaterally just march into NK and take it over?

It's not like the Norks wouldn't be better off and we shouldn't give China shiot about it because NK isn't Tibet.

There's no ideal solution but that strikes me as close to a dream fix as any. (Won't happen of course).

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted April 6, 2013

Yeah. If I was a cold & half-starved North Korean, I think the Chinese puppet guvmint would look pretty sweet. Then they (the PRC) could have all the trouble and expense of bringing the North into the 21st century. Remember all the fun the West Germans had? The easiest & cheapest way would be to let the South expand its industries in the North in partnership with the PRC - which doesn't let politics interfere with Taiwanese companies operating mainland factories. The PRC leaders may be all sorts of bad, but they aren't mad. I would imagine the Japanese would find them more comfortable neighbours than the Kim dynasty.

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drej would have you know...

Posted April 6, 2013

Meh, over Nth Korea. Movie m

drej swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 6, 2013

Er, as I was saying, movie night ahead. Gonna check out the new Red Dawn...

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NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 6, 2013

I read a piece yesterday that suggested that Kim Ver II was a consummate professional at playing brinkmanship for the home audience and playing the interational community (ie Slouth Korea & USA) for maximum negotiating position. The fear was that Kim Ver III May have drunk the cool aid & believed that his shitpot crackervile had a chance in hell of landing a blow against the Imperialists.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted April 6, 2013

If you were a hypothetical large country that shared a border with a country that was "mostly harmless" but knew which buttons to push that would draw the domainant power in the world into a lengthy expensive military action that would do nothing except suck trillions of dollars out of an economy that couldn't afford it, would you be telling the "mostly harmless" country to settle down?

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yankeedog is gonna tell you...

Posted April 6, 2013

Actually (and it pains me to say it) Greybeard has a good thought. If China took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. If the South took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. If Fiji took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. Whatever they would get is almost bound to be better than what they have now. Possibly no government there would be better.

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yankeedog swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 6, 2013

Actually (and it pains me to say it) Greybeard has a good thought. If China took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. If the South took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. If Fiji took over North Korea tomorrow, it would be an improvement for the North Korean people. Whatever they would get is almost bound to be better than what they have now. Possibly no government there would be better.

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Murphy puts forth...

Posted April 7, 2013

Someday, if they do not suffer from an East German type collapse, they are going to push the South too far. When that day comes, they are liable to find themselves on the receiving end of a war they really can't hope to win. I doubt at this point the South Koreans would need much in the way of American help aside from air support and possibly a nuke or two if NK got really froggy.

Respects,

Murph

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted April 7, 2013

Someday, if they do not suffer from an East German type collapse, they are going to push the South too far. When that day comes, they are liable to find themselves on the receiving end of a war they really can't hope to win. I doubt at this point the South Koreans would need much in the way of American help aside from air support and possibly a nuke or two if NK got really froggy.

Respects,

Murph

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted April 7, 2013

I personally hope the fun never ends. Seriously, folks, all of this has never been funnier. North Korea start a war? Hillarious! North Korea possessing the capability to launch a nuclear weapon? Hillarious! The efforts being made to make it look like Kim Jong Un is actually leading that country? Hillarious!

Believe me, no one wants this to end. Not the Chinese. Not the US. Not South Korea. Nobody. And efforts are being made to keep things just the way they are - with North Korea remaining always on the brink of collapse and forever responsible for the best political comedy available. I just saw a collection of photos showing Kim Jon Un looking at things and trying desperately to appear serious. His father did the same thing (I have a photo collection of Kim Jong Il just looking at stuff, like radishes, and blocks of cheese, ears of corn). I hope to live long enough to achieve belly laughs over threats of destruction issued by Kim Jong Un's son coupled by photos of him looking at stuff, and riding horses, and strolling with his hired wife. Oh please, God, never let it end.

pi ducks in to say...

Posted April 8, 2013

I agree, never let it end. Because if it does end, and the north gets their asses handed to themselves in quick-smart time, the real curly questions start happening with the power vacuum that exists once they're gone.

China aint gonna wanna give up their proxy, and they're not particularly good on the whole puppet government management business. I mean, the yanks have got that whole model sewn up.

What happens when the Chinese just say... "let's give the whole world certainty. It's mine".

Who's gonna argue? I mean... 'cept for the hundred or so thou foreign troops that will be housed in the country?

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Murphy is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7, 2013

There is also the very real problem of putting North Korea back into decent shape once a collapse/war/regime change takes place. It is going to cost a lot of money and no one really wants to pick up the tab.

Respects,

Murph

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Quokka reckons...

Posted April 7, 2013

Well, I for one spent a sleepless night worrying that from here on every croissant I eat will taste like pickled herring.

JG would have you know...

Posted April 7, 2013

Haha. I like this. Made me laugh.

Lulu asserts...

Posted April 8, 2013

Quokka, no, that will only happen if France surrenders to Poland. Seriously - Polish supermarkets have pickled herring selections like other supermarkets have cheese selections.

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damo is gonna tell you...

Posted April 7, 2013

God, I would love to forward that picture around the office and stick it up in the tea room, though I shouldn't cos I work for a French company. Which is also precisely why I want to do it.

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted April 7, 2013

I remember Sunday Evening 7.30pm Channel 9 1971 Springtime(?)

Star Trek

There was this episode where two cultures at perpetual war had evolved so much that their AI's had decided to have a truly cold war and ditch the weapons and simply have telegrams delivered to random(chosen by AI's) suburbs/ cities where these poor recipients marched offto the glue factory.

Very civilised and understanding of Cultural Relativism. 'Bit likedownloading GoT...

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted April 7, 2013

RED DAWN aint bad, its not epic either, but so'kay as an...actioish type film.!

And whats the better, A sth Korea with a Nth Korean border or a Sth Korea with a CHINESE ( formerly Nth ) Border.

Thats a scenario that would make the Sth and JAPS goe especially fkn nuts I think.

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Alcibiades has opinions thus...

Posted April 8, 2013

With respects to Paul about no one wanting it to end, I would expect that the people who want it to end least are the governing elite of North Korea, who has to understand that they would be swept out of power. I dont think they want that.

That really isnt my worry, so much as the North Korean military. I have a nagging problem with the notion of an entire nation being fed propaganda and no outside information for 60 years... told they can win... that they have the moral high ground... etc etc... and then all it takes is one nervous 2nd Lt who gets someone shot.... and the other side shoots back... and then it doesnt start to matter who wants what, because it becomes a matter of what is.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted April 10, 2013

You don't know me....

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pi mumbles...

Posted April 8, 2013

Interesting post on foreignpolicy about how the whole war is gonna go down.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/03/tell_me_how_this_starts

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Goresh would have you know...

Posted April 8, 2013

I think that NK has become a major headache to the Chinese who would really love to see the problem go away in a manner that would not involve them losing face (difficult after decades of unwavering support).

The US and it's allies can always claim that their encirclement policy is not aimed at China but rather at an aggressive NK which is a diplomatic minus for China.

I suspect that China would go so far as to accept a unified Korea in exchange for withdrawal of the US presence there and whichever way this plays out, that is the likely endpoint.

If NK is actually stupid enough to point their rocket in the direction of Japan (they have overflown Japanese territory before in launches) then the recent rhetoric leaves Japan with no choice other than to shoot it down.

If Japan shoots down an NM rocket, then NK will either have to put up via some form of retaliation, or shut up.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted April 10, 2013

No one is going to shoot anything down. That would confirm that it can be done, and no one who can do it wants to demonstrate that they can do it. Instead, various parties will claim they can do it, but choose not to. That keeps the bubble in the champagne, they mystery in the relationship, so to speak. Much safer that way. It maximizes the fear of the unknown. A nation cannot calculate and evaluate strength and power that it cannot observe and measure.

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Soldiers once, and young

Posted March 27, 2013 into Politics by John Birmingham

The Boston Globe has a photo essay which is worth checking out, about fifty snaps from the Vietnam War. They were taken by Charlie Haughy, a 24 year old draftee who was called up in 1967 after running out of money for college tuition. He arrived in country where his commanding officer told him to start making with the happy snaps.

"You are not a combat photographer," the colonel said. "This is a morale operation. If I see pictures of my guys in papers, doing their jobs with honor, then you can do what you like in Vietnam.”

Haughy took thousands of shots which lay undeveloped for decades until recently. The Globe has a brief piece about what happened when he digitized them, and the photo essay is worth checking out.

I grew up reading about the Vietnam War. It felt close, even though it had ended about seven or eight years before I really started paying attention. The cultural ennui of the 1970s was in part a product of social and economic atomisation brought on by the War, amongst other things. And the mad, economic hysteria of the 1980s was in turn a reaction to that.

I found the photos eerie because they seemed to come from a time that was much more remote than my own childhood. Almost a far removed as the earlier war in the Pacific. Perhaps it was the black and white exposures, but I dont think so. Looking at the men Haughy photographed they seem to have lifted out of history, a fading, fast receding history. Their faces, even their body shapes, mark them as from a different era. The past as another country.

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Murphy mumbles...

Posted March 27, 2013

I'm headed off to the site now but in looking at that first photo I had the same experience I had when I read Tim O'Brien's The Things they Carried. You tweak that image just a bit sideways and it could easily be my time in the military. I used the same weapon, wore the same flak jacket in Korea, probably had the same type of boots. The only real difference besides age and location would be the steel pot and the OD green uniform.

Some aspects of soldiering are timeless. That is what this photograph tells me.

Respects,

Murph

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted March 27, 2013

Yeah, poor choice of photo to make my point. That looks like it could have been shot in the backstreets of Falluja. I just thought it a very strong image. But I found rest of the series was weird the way it seemed to be lost much further back in time than a couple of decades. Even the equipment looked antique, and most of it is still in operation somewhere. But it was the faces that most arrested me. They looked like the faces of long gone ghosts.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted March 27, 2013

I don't think it would have mattered which image you picked. They are all strong, haunting images and yet to me, they are all equally familar. I could have seen these guys yesterday.

Might be worth a longer ponder when I get a moment.

Respects,

Murph

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tqft would have you know...

Posted March 27, 2013

Fascinating and a bit surreal.

I grew up in an army town houses on both sides army people shuffled regularly and up and down the street.

Occassional war stories would come out.

For some reason the B&W's affected me more than the colour pics.

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NBlob has opinions thus...

Posted March 27, 2013

How young is that kid in #40? Also like the Huey slung under the chinook.

Nice one JB

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BrianC has opinions thus...

Posted March 27, 2013

Some powerfull images there.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted March 27, 2013

The image that got to me was the sergeant with the injured child. I was immediately reminded of Michael Yon's similar image from Iraq of the major and the little girl dying in his arms.

It's always the innocents ...

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Jacques Stahl mutters...

Posted March 27, 2013

The images are arresting, I think, because of the relationship these guys have with the photographer. He is one of them, therefore they are not on edge at any level because of the camera. That doesn't underestimate his ability to find context and compose his subjects very well, but it may explain the intimate nature of his work.

Contrast this with the work of, say, Don McCullin and there is a difference in the edginess that is portrayed.

The photo of the .50 Cal and the boys reading mail reminded me immediately of the scene on the PBR in Apocalypse Now, which I still believe is close to some of the best conceptual work on film of the 'feel' of a combat zone (in very select parts).

Note also the body shape of these soldiers, much closer to the WWII soldier than the typical modern day build.

I like this portfolio a lot, thanks JB.

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Spanner puts forth...

Posted March 27, 2013

As an amateur photographer I love the images. They are so powerful, well composed and show so much technical ability on a film camera. I fkn love them.

From my own memory as a scrawny 18 year old skinny soldier I can relate to these these young men. I don't completely relate to the musclular soldiers I see in the images from Iraq or Afganistan. Different time different place but how did we become so large?

I'm interested to read Murph's and Havocks view on this (and any other ex soldiers). Have soldiers become bigger? Or am I living in a dreamworld from 1989 where I was young fit and normal and now the world is populated by monsters?

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Jacques Stahl swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 28, 2013

If you follow the link, it leads you to Charlie's story - this guy worked as a FKN forward scout (!!) for over two months, having arrived in country just after the Tet offensive! No wonder he was able to get this feeling into his shots. See the photo of the scout looking into the bamboo to try and find the MG - just before it opened fire on both of them. A legend this man, looking forward to seeing the rest of his portfolio published.

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damian mutters...

Posted March 29, 2013

Awesome.

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The West Wing guys know not to put a goat on the White House lawn

Posted March 26, 2013 into Politics by John Birmingham

So who let Kyle Sandlilands into Julia's easter egg hunt?

I'm only half joking? I mean, she does employ people to make sure that stuff like this never, ever happens.

I wanted to embed this video below in Blunty, where I wrote about this, but we haz rights issues.

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted March 26, 2013

That picture was the first thing I saw when I woke up this morning.

I will have nightmares, I tell you. Nightmares.

Dave W asserts...

Posted March 26, 2013
I thought it must have been one of those 'chaser-style' pranks at first. But it was intentional?

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Conspiracy Cat reckons...

Posted March 26, 2013

Where's the chocolate? Someone said there was chocolate.

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Therbs puts forth...

Posted March 26, 2013

That pic looks as though its an entry for Viz's "Up The Arse Corner" segment. Ten comments in and 'Juliar' gets a mention by some fucking boneheaded muppet. Cap the fucking lot them. Would have commented over there but can't contain the fkn sweary.

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Dave W mutters...

Posted March 26, 2013
At least when he's at the PC's place we can keep track of the hateful little fucker.

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Dave W puts forth...

Posted March 26, 2013
At least when he's at the PC's place we can keep track of the hateful little fucker.

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MickH swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 26, 2013

I like Kyle! :)

I think her is misunderstood!

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 26, 2013

I'm guessing that the same people who think Kyle is a good idea are the same people who think a 2PP ALP vote of under 40% is also a good idea.

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Jacques Stahl has opinions thus...

Posted March 26, 2013

Methinks there is only one bunny in that photo.

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Spanner reckons...

Posted March 26, 2013

Oh sweet baby retarded jebus what fkn numbnuts adviser thought that was a good idea?

Arent the ALP in enough shart already after little Ruddy's petulant hissy fit and their own policy bungles? Now this! FFS they might as well hand Gina R and George Pell the keys to the Country.

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JG would have you know...

Posted March 26, 2013

Love the West Wing video. Haha.

Easter Bunny? That's the scariest Easter Bunny I've seen. Enough to give the sick kiddies nightmares. Geez, if you saw that Easter Bunny coming, you'd be saying your prayers. Looks more like the abominable snowman. Poor Kyle. He just isn't on anyone's pool party invite list at the moment. Maybe if he smiled. So, he tells it like it is (even if he's frequently wrong and just, *wrong*!).

A lot of Australian men (and women) do that: spit the dummy. I do. Hell, all redheads do. And I wouldn't be Australian if I didn't spit the dummy on occasion. A bit of tolerance for Bad Easter Bunny please. Let's not ban Easter Bunny from trailing the Orange Roughie, as John Bunny likes to call our beloved prime minister.

I gather the comments over at Blunty are insane, JB, seeing as you're weilding the ban hammer like a tomahawk. I never go over there. Too dirty. I read your Blunty here and never read the Blunty comments.

Joanna, another JB cyber bunny.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 26, 2013

"Bad Easter Bunny"

Bingo! KS looks downright disturbing in his get-up & your comment made me realise he looks like a Easter Bunny version of Bad Santa. Except for one thing - the Billy Bob Thornton film was actually funny.

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John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 26, 2013

God, the extract pic in the slider is even more disturbing than the real thing.

Brother PorkChop asserts...

Posted March 26, 2013

The whole thing is disturbing in a weirdly wacky way. I wish I had time to photoshop it and substitute Mr Rabbit sneaking up on the Orange Roughy but as it is the look on Kyle's face is priceless.

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Spanner reckons...

Posted March 26, 2013

Eeeep. Turns out you can't cut and paste from word eh.

DNABeast puts forth...

Posted March 26, 2013

You should be able to from now on.

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Spanner would have you know...

Posted March 26, 2013

In my comment that got scrambled by word I was going to say that the derp is unbelievable at Blunty. The crowd has abandoned discussion about the merits of having the Snotgoblin at a children's event and instead moved into the default lefty righty fighty. It's so pointless.

Timmo mumbles...

Posted March 26, 2013

Yep, reading those comments just makes me sad. Is this really the best we can do as humans? Sniping and hating and cutting others down?

Yes I'm generally a Labor voter and am disappointed at the almost certainty that Abbott will get in - mostly cause I think we'll see the same immediate detrimental impact on marginal groups and social justice that we have seen in the wake of the Newman govt here in Qld. And the same bias toward big business at the cost of the poor, the environment and general workplace conditions.

All I'm hoping for is that it's not a massive margin that gives him room to claim a "mandate" to do what he pleases - given the lack of detail except "rolling back what Labor have done" he could weasel anything into a mandate.

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Brian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 26, 2013

I went, I saw, I fled.

Seriously though. Didn't anyone make a comment likening Kyle to 'Harvey'? The 6 foot invisible pooka from the James Stewart movie of the same name?

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Therbs asserts...

Posted March 26, 2013

Any column which points to the PM or the Opposition Leader is going to attract Max Derp, my new psuedonym.

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theangrywarden ducks in to say...

Posted March 26, 2013

Kyle Sandilands is a cunt.

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theangrywarden is gonna tell you...

Posted March 26, 2013

I get no brandy to swirl?? This is bullshit!

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 26, 2013

But you got to say 'cunt'.

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Lulu mutters...

Posted March 26, 2013

That's an insult to cunts everywhere ...

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