Weaseling about surveillance, Australian Attorney General attains bullshit Singularity


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That’s not George Brandis. That’s John Clarke and Bryan Dawe, comedians.


#3

The guy sounds like he wouldn’t think his lobbyists had steered him wrong if he had driven off a cliff.


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#4

Well isn’t that what lobbyists are for? To give our leaders the benefit of their expertise with a neutral, unbiased explanation of important issues?


#5

Yep. Poe’s Law is in effect. Gotcha!

I love how John Clarke here is clever enough to make the meaningless distinction sound just clear enough to sound like a real policy.


#6

Typical politician: repeating talking points.


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This is a bit more complicated than it appears. This is indeed Clarke and Dawe who are comedians. They usually cleverly lampoon politicians through a mock interview format. In this instance though the politician they are lampooning, the hapless and ignorant George Brandis, gave a real car crash of an interview and they are merely lip synching to that interview because it was so appallingly cringe inducing that it has made satire redundant.
Edit: Someone else has dubbed that interview over the top of one of their old pieces.Still funny.


#8

I think this is the real video that this audio came from:


#9

Perhaps the better headline: “Comedians Clarke and Dawe Simply Read Transcript of Brandis Interview on Surveillance.”


#10

Wow, the satire and source material are equally as funny :smiley:


#11

Haven’t they just thrown the original Brandis interview audio over the top of Clark & Dawe? Sounds identical to me and the audio’s clearly not lining up with the video…


#12

Oops, looks like that fact has been touched on a few times in the comments already!


#13

As a person that has been working on DNS issues for the past fees weeks, I giggled


#14

I thought the Roast depicted the popular reaction to the Government’s latest total fucktastrophe quite nicely. Skip to 3:35 unless you want to enjoy some Australian News parody.


#15

It seems rather obvious to me: the front fell off!


#16

Is Cory going to acknowledge the edit and replacement of the video (i.e. the crux of the story)? Without that, most of the comments above look slightly unhinged.


#17

Oh.
I honestly though Cory had deliberately used the overlay of those two Australian comedians to highlight the idiocy and surreality of the Ministers actual behaviour.

Hope @doctorow didn’t think we were too gallingly dumb to get the joke… or maybe it really was a mistake.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Just to point out that there is a difference between keeping a record of the name of every file (webpage) that you have downloaded to your computer and keeping a copy of the contents of that page. So the government would know that I have visited this discussion thread, but NOT what I or others have said on it. This seems to be what the minister is either trying to communicate or less charitably, trying to understand.


#19

Electronic address of the web site.

Like, as opposed to the gravitational web address?

/years ago, I pointed out the sign “Digital MP3 Players” to a staffer in a store. -“As opposed to an analog MP3 player, eh?”


#20

That “Broadcorping Castration” was first uttered AFAIK by Ted Ziegler, when he was working for the Canadian Broadcorping Castration, and not during a comedy routine.