Watching the Greens involvement in public debate is like watching a runaway train.
No one knows who’s driving; no one knows where the brakes are; and no one has seemed to notice the cliff around the next bend.
The Party that has long relished occupying the twilight zone of political discourse in this country, promised a generational change when Bob Brown departed public life.
One of Brown’s final keynote addresses in Hobart beautifully represented the sum of his overall contribution to educated debate on important issues. In his speech he claimed the reason we haven’t found alien life on other worlds, is that upon becoming technologically advanced, their over-industrialisation strangled their planet into extinction. NASA and Trekkies were agog at Brown’s revelation.
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They call him the “hoax tweeter” but perhaps Tommaso De Benedetti just needs a more interesting job. The 43 year old Roman schoolteacher has been revealed as the man responsible for a series of false celebrity deaths posted on Twitter over the past year.
British author, JK Rowling was De Benedetti’s latest victim. She was killed off in a tweet he created and sent from a false account for novelist, John Le Carre. Before that it was Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope Benedict XVI.
Each hoax was met with varying degrees of shock and horror across the social media site, but De Benedetti likens his tweets to a game.
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