About Tom Tanuki 9 Articles
Tom Tanuki is a writer, satirist and anti-fascist activist. He has worked in political comedy online, on stage and at protests through projects including direct action anti-racist group 'Yelling At Racist Dogs' (YARD) and the satirical nationalist group 'Million Flag Patriots'. His premiere theatre-comedy show, 'Yelling At Racist Dogs: Just As Bad', performed to sold-out crowds at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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    • The above author still believes, Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He probably believes the American Federal Reserve is government owned. He would then believe that WTC 7 fell within its own footprint on Sep 11 because of a fire. His fundamental believes seems to be governments are looking after the interest of the people, and not beholden to International finance flows and influence, Critical thought my friend. One last thing,It seems he suffers from cognitive dissonance.

  1. Thanks for an insightful article. I wonder how many of these conspiracy theorists know that apparently Witness K’s trial is has started? Or even who Witness K is? And that fact that even his LAWYER is being prosecuted by the Morrison government?

    Thinking about why conspiracy theorists seem to turn away into fantasy land right at the moment of recognizing that there’s something wrong with the government . . .Generally it seems that people have the instinct that something is broken but have been so used to relying on Rupert Murdoch’s opinions for so long that it feels unusual to be agreeing with Greens, Labor or any other group they’ve been encouraged to blame. So instead they do not agree or disagree with anyone in politics because they are commenting on stuff that is fabricated.

  2. Regarding Witness K, how many of these conspiracy theory protesters know what a joint venture partner is, and that when you legal partnership with someone you’re not supposed to stab them in the back? The Witness K case might be dry reading for some who would rather fantasize about shape-shifting lizards, but the truth of what’s going on in Australia is much scarier than their fantasies.

  3. Thank you for mentioning the mass state surveillance of the Uyghurs. No matter how economically powerful China is, it is never in Australia’s interests to suck up to bullies. Worse still Australia is already starting monitoring its citizens, at least on a trial basis. There is a real-time facial recognition camera being used in Perth, WA. And according to Crikey.com, also in the public library in Toowoomba in Queensland. It would be great to have these conspiracy odd-balls put their energy into what is really happening to us as a society.

  4. Glad to see these protesters have energy and interest in politics. If they can make it into the city for a this protest, then hopefully we can look forward to seeing them at Richard Boyle’s trial. Perhaps they also might want to contribute to the gofundme crowdfunding campaign that he has had to start.

    Where are you lawyers of Australia? It is shameful that Richard Boyle has to raise the funds for his own legal defence. Anyone heard of pro bono publico? No win-no fee? This case is in the public interest.

    Malcolm Turnbull’s retired from politics, he’s a gun barrister, how about it, Malcolm? Oh no wait, it’s your Liberal mates that are after Mr. Boyle so I guess that won’t work.

    Geoffery Robertson where are you. Someone needs to write and tell him to get over here to represent Mr. Boyle. .

  5. The Conversation website had a puff piece with a few traces of actual useful information about the anti-terror laws. “Don’t worry, they’re on the books but they don’t get used.”

    Great. The most regressive anti-terror laws in the developed world. No mention of Dr. Haneef. And in the spirit of laws to silence, the comments on the page were turned off. No wonder straitjacket potato is happy. Having powers to question 14 year-olds probably has nothing to do with all the environmental protests projected to occur in the future. Probably the definition of terrorism will be anyone breathing on a street corner.

  6. The Liberals are terrible economic managers. They probably think society is going to degenerate into chaos so they need to pass these extreme laws. We are just consumers to these neo-liberal idiots. Trump always says “American people” and never uses the word “public.” Morrison is the same. Dutton’s new anti-terror bill allowing ASIO officers to question 14 years olds without a lawyer present proves he doesn’t give a stuff about the public.

  7. Thanks Tom for writing this article and thank you for being on the front-lines against these thugs. Your actions help contribute to a safer society for others who can’t be there to protest. I had the unfortunate experience of talking to a friend recently who I haven’t been in touch with for a while. He kept bringing up the subjects of vikings and the way mothers raise their children and I didn’t realize some of these references were from the alt-right. I’m sort of glad I didn’t realize as I was able to debate with him naturally without knowing what his motivation was. .

  8. Dutton also wants the power to be able to spy on Australian citizens through doing a deal with the USA. Some of the people he wants to give authority to are Liberal mates who are hostile to civil liberties.Most of the media in Australia is completely cowed. The ABC’s questioning of politicians in interviews is like watching someone being flogged with a lettuce.

    • Well part of me thinks the ABC must be doing something right because the Coalition wants to cut their funding so drastically. But on the other hand, you look at Leigh Sales interviewing Morrison and you can see the fear in her eyes as though she really is questioning her employer. She questions him like he is the bully she knows him to be. And then she in turn appears to bully guests like Sally McManus.

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