Thursday 29th of July 2021

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A producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies was recently arrested for allegedly stalking and intimidating NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, following investigations by the Fixated Persons Investigations Unit (FPIU) of the NSW police.

This unit, set up in the wake of the Lindt café siege, was created to monitor extremists and fixated persons who may not fall under Australia’s counter-terrorism laws but nonetheless pose a risk of serious violence. 

At the heart of this case will be the charges of intimidation and stalking, but it also will raise questions around what constitutes a “fixated person” and when the use of this unit is appropriate.

Kristo Langker, 21, produces videos for the popular YouTube channel Friendlyjordies, run by Jordan Shanks. At the time of writing, the channel has around 500,000 subscribers.

Shanks has appeared in videos alleging wrongdoing by NSW Nationals leader Barilaro, which Barilaro has strenuously denied. Lawyers for Barilaro say Shanks defamed the deputy premier in a number of “vile and racist” videos. The NSW deputy premier is now suing Shanks (and Google) for defamation.

Langker was arrested at a home in Dulwich Hill, Sydney, on June 4. The charges relate to two alleged incidents.

According to a Guardian Australia news report, the first allegedly occurred at a Macquarie University politics in the pub event. Langker and Shanks (who was dressed as Luigi from Mario Brothers) approached Barilaro and shouted “Why are you suing us?”. According to police, as reported in the Guardian, Shanks then left but Lankger stayed, repeating the question and allegedly “tussling with several persons in an attempt to get close” to Barilaro.

The second alleged incident involved Langker filming and speaking to Barilaro as he returned to his car after the funeral of rugby league player Bob Fulton. According to the same Guardian report, Langker asked the NSW deputy premier again, “why are you suing my boss?”. According to the report, this second incident allegedly occurred hours before Langker’s arrest.

Based on these alleged incidents, Langker was arrested by the FPIU and charged with two counts of stalking and intimidation. The offence attracts a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, where someone stalks or intimidates another person with intent to cause the person fear of physical or mental harm.

Langker has been released on bail under very strict conditions. He is even prohibited from possessing images or caricatures of the deputy premier, or “commenting on his appearance or behaviour”.

 

Read more:

https://theconversation.com/friendlyjordies-producer-arrest-what-is-the-nsw-police-fixated-persons-investigations-unit-and-when-is-it-used-162758

 

 

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Gladys Berejiklian has been mocked by her deputy John Barilaro after a photo of the NSW Premier watching the State of Origin went viral on Wednesday night.

Hours before kick-off, Berejiklian posted on social media that she was “getting ready for Game 1. Go the @NSWBlues”, alongside a picture that instantly became a meme.

The photo taken from behind Berejiklian shows the premier watching a small TV from a distance while wearing a NSW beanie and holding a no-sugar Coke...

 

Read more:

https://7news.com.au/sport/rugby-league/gladys-berejiklian-mocked-by-nsw-deputy-premier-after-origin-photo-goes-viral-c-3069698

 

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comedy in democracy...

The importance of comedy in democracy is as old as democracy itself...  We are reminded of the importance of critical thought and comedy in "What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About Democracy" by Josiah Ober:

 

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The apparent contradictions among the values and behaviors endorsed or permitted by the democratic regime provided fertile ground for intellectual critics, which in turn has provided ammunition for critics of popular rule. Saxonhouse (1996) surveys some of the main lines of argument. Despite the notorious trial of Socrates (...), the Athenian democratic regime actually tolerated, indeed in certain ways actively encouraged, a very substantial level of political criticism.

The dramas presented in the Theater of Dionysus were chosen by a lotteried magistrate and financed by the state system of liturgies — special taxes on the very wealthy (Christ 2006). Comedies were typically sharply critical of political practices of the citizen masses and their leaders alike. While some scholars still regard even comedy as essentially irrelevant to democratic politics (Rhodes 2003b), others point to the deep political critique of comedy (Rosenbloom 2002, 2004).

Moreover, a considerable body of scholarship argues that Athenian tragedies, like comedies, were fundamentally involved in a critical enterprise — investigating and challenging core democratic values (Euben 1986, 1990, Goldhill & Osborne 1999). Ober (1998) argues for the emergence, in the late fifth and fourth centuries, of a self-conscious “critical community” of Athenian intellectuals — including dramatists, philosophers, historians, and rhetoricians — engaged in what amounted to a collaborative project to expose inherent contradictions in the democratic political order.

Intellectual critics of democracy pointed to a number of ways in which democracy fell short. For example, some claimed the democratic approach to distributive justice erred in seeking to distribute goods equally to persons who were inherently unequal.

Some of the sophists (e.g., Thrasymachus, as famously depicted in Plato’s Republic) contended that democracy conflicted with a natural order in which the strong dominated the weak and enjoyed a superabundant share of goods. The uneasy relationship between democracy and “natural hierarchy” is a staple of Straussian political theorizing. Plato’s Socrates in the Republic argued that democracy violated the first principle of justice by encouraging individuals to engage in more than one domain of activity.

The concern with diversity, social and political, was a leitmotif of Greek critical thought (Saxonhouse 1992). Aristotle in the Politics was concerned that democracy encouraged majorities to employ arbitrary and selfish rather than consistent and fair criteria when making judgments with public import, and led majorities to seek their own factional good to the detriment of the public good. The problem of greed was another fertile source of complaint. Thucydides and Aristophanes each emphasized ways in which democratic culture stimulated an unhealthy desire for excessive consumption and possession (Balot 2001a). 

 

Read more:

https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev.polisci.11.112006.143750

 

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“Late and defective” court papers filed by entertainer friendlyjordies fail to explain why accusing a senior politician of perjury is justified, a court has been told.

Jordan Shanks-Markovina is being sued for defamation in the Federal Court over two videos viewed more than a million times on YouTube about NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

“We are making a wholesale attack on the defence,” barrister Sue Chrysanthou SC, for Mr Barilaro, told the court on Friday.

 

“There’s barely a paragraph that will survive, given the lack of particulars.”

Mr Barilaro says the entertainer, known by the moniker friendlyjordies, unduly defamed him and subjected him to a “vile, racist attack” in YouTube videos published in September and October 2020.

In one video, the entertainer refers to Mr Barilaro as a “big, fat, wog c***”, “greasy Ned Kelly” and “a conman to the core, powered by spaghetti”.

The NSW Nationals leader, who is of Italian heritage, says the first video titled “bruz” insinuated he was a “corrupt conman” and had “so conducted himself in committing perjury nine times that he should be gaoled”.

The entertainer admits “bruz” carried those meanings, in a wider defence pleading contextual truth and justification, the court was told.

But he wants parts of the MP’s claim struck out as they concern the truth or otherwise of comments made before the NSW Parliament.

“Had we pleaded the particulars … we would have been met with the argument that those particulars infringe parliamentary privilege,” barrister Matthew Collins QC, for Mr Shanks-Markovina, told the court.

Mr Collins conceded the defence was filed and served three days late but said it caused no prejudice to Mr Barilaro.

 

The parties were in correspondence and the proper way forward was to have Mr Barilaro request the NSW lower house waive parliamentary privilege over his comments, he said.

But Ms Chrysanthou, describing the defence as “defective on its face”, said the case law was clear: full particulars first, questions of privilege second.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2021/07/09/friendlyjordies-defence-john-barilaro/

 

And we agree... Barilaro should be placed on a pedestal so high he would run out of oxygen in the middle of a farting koala colony, while Jordan Shanks-Markovina should be flogged with a small branch of Eucalyptus punctata... Not having any understanding of the law, we suspect we could be wrong... Insults are not the tools of satire, I have been told... and Barilaro deserves the benefit of the doubt considering he is not a really good friend (but he could be a secret admirer) of Madam Gladys.

 

Times are hard. In this new Covid-19 lockdown, isolation makes our brains go a bit mushy... and we say crap. Voltaire isn't a defence...

 

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More than $1 million has been raised to fund YouTuber friendlyjordies’ legal battle with NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who he is accused of defaming.

Jordan Shanks-Markovina is being sued in the Federal Court over two videos viewed more than a million times on YouTube about Mr Barilaro.

Mr Barilaro said the entertainer, known by the moniker friendlyjordies, had unduly defamed him and subjected him to a “vile, racist attack” in YouTube videos published in September and October 2020.

 

In one video, the entertainer refers to Mr Barilaro as a “•••••••“, “••••••” and “a •••••• to the ••••, powered by •••ghetti”.

The NSW Nationals leader, who is of Italian heritage, said the first video – titled “bruz” – insinuated he was a “•••••••” and had “so conducted himself in •••••• nine times that he should be ••••••”.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/07/15/funds-raised-for-friendlyjordies/

 

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