Australian PM Julia Gillard Loses Shoe in Angry Mob Attack

Australia’s top two politicians were whisked away from an angry mob in Canberra during Australia Day festivities yesterday. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were celebrating the national holiday in a swanky restaurant, sipping champagne when a group of some 200 people from the nearby Aboriginal tent embassy surrounded the premises and began chanting ”Shame”, ”Racist” and ”Always was, will be, Aboriginal land” while banging on the restaurant’s the glass walls.

It’s believed the protests were sparked by comments made by Abbott about ”moving on” the Aboriginal tent embassy, which celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday.

In the scramble by security to whisk the Prime Minister and Abbott to safety, Ms. Gillard lost a shoe. The protesters are now alternating between using it as a trophy (as shown in the video above) and/or hostage (as shown in this video) to get Gillard to meet with the new Aboriginal parliament.

Australia’s relations with its Aboriginal citizens has been contentious, to say the least, since European settlers began arriving on the continent in the 1600s. 

Additional sources for this story: KazzaDrask Media wrote about Australian politics and the election of Julia Gillard as the country’s first woman prime minister in 2010. Click here for a recap about the fierce fight to rule the Land Down Under between Gillard and Abbott.

Video: Sh*t Silicon Valley Says

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In the sh*t people say and the YouTube video craze around it (Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls, Sh*t Girls Say to Gay Guys, Stuff PR People Say, etc.), this parody of Silicon Valley is a little late. In fact, if it was technology it would be the rotary dial phone to today’s smart phones. But the Valley isn’t necessarily known for its sense of humor, which is evident in the first string of comments denying that people who live and work there talk like this.

Since the Valley ate San Francisco, or the San Andreas fault line moved us closer together, I think I speak from experience when I say I’ve heard a few of these phrases. And, I’m guilty of a few myself. “It’s like Instagram…” or “It’s like Foursquare” and “I’ve already retweeted that…and reblogged it, too!”


Gossip and Tech Buzz: What People Are Talking about Online This Week, Jan 16-20

There was only really one story this week – wasn’t there? SOPA – and how to stop it. The Stop Online Piracy Act and its bastard cousin PIPA (Protect IP Act) sound like something we would want. But in reality, they are something that Hollywood wants to protect foreign countries (um…China) from copying movies and selling them, thus keeping the Hollywood moguls from getting even richer.

Nothing wrong with that, really. But the way the legislation is written leaves a lot of room for interpreting what exactly constitutes “piracy” and “protecting IP”. Read “SOPA and PIPA Explained – at Last!” or, if you’re a more visual type, check out’s rendering of the big Internet balckout. You’ll be up to speed in no time.

With the Internet on strike all day Wednesday, January 18 one might have feared those crazy Republican presidential contenders wouldn’t have enough online time this week to out-whackjob one another. But, lo and behold, the minute the Internet blinked back to life, one of Newt Gingrich’s ex-wives came forward to tell us how Newt asked her for an open marriage…and wanted to trade her in for a “Chevrolet.” Ah, you can’t make this stuff up!

Not to be outdone by celebrity chef Paula Deen’s controversial diabetes type 2 diagnosis (that’s what happens when you need a side of breadsticks to accompany your bacon cheese fries), Jersey Shore “star”, Snooki took a photo of herself sans makeup.

And how was your week online? All these stories – and more – are curated over at the Online Media Roundup.

Photo courtesy of KazzaDrask Media. 

SOPA and PIPA Explained – at Last!

Did you spend January 18th in the dark? Did you sign petitions, attend a rally, keep a low profile online or do something to explain to someone why the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the lesser known PIPA (Protect IP Act) are a bad idea?

A lot of people did. In fact, the grassroots movement led by the tech industry – both big players and small – to halt these two pieces of legislation was so fierce, “more than 162 million people saw the protest message on Wikipedia, 18 senators have backed away from the proposed legislation, and 4.5 million people signed a petition against the acts.”

In fact PC World also reports that “The New York Times called Wednesday’s online activism, that also included messages of protest from Craigslist, Google and Mozilla, “a political coming of age for the tech industry.”

Like we said above, the online activism was not limited to just the “big” players like Wikipedia, Mozilla, Wired, et al. Some small players like came on strong – with this animated .gif you see playing here.

This should sort out what could happen if SOPA and PIPA in their current forms became law. Yes – the movie industry needs protection from their materials being blatantly pirated and sold for profit. But protections put in place for that multi-gazillion dollar industry should not be so full of holes that they can be turned around and applied to those who are freely expressing themselves on the Internet, using link backs and crediting original sources, like this

So, share the love with a link, credit your sources, call your representatives in Congress and sign an online petition. Do what you can to keep the Internet free…and interesting.

Sources:, PCWorld and Worthwhile (blog).

What Can You Do to Stop SOPA?

Lots of sites are “going dark” tomorrow, January 18 and KazzaDrask Media will, too. Well, we’re not exactly sure how to “go dark” with our limited blogging tools, but we won’t post, tweet or Google. We’ll even stay off Facebook for the day (now that’s a commitment!).

With all this talk about the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill in Congress that is meant to stop foreign Internet sites from pirating copyrighted US materials off the Internet, it’s easy to get confused. Surely, none of us want our materials stolen by a “rogue” overseas site or anyone else. But the way the current bill is written, there could be backlash against sites as big as Wikipedia and I Can Has Cheezburger or as small as say, KazzaDrask Media.

In the worst case scenario, SOPA could shut down your site for an infringement you may not even be aware of. Small businesses or self-employed bloggers would probably go out of business rather than try to keep up with regulations meant to protect them that could be ultimately be turned against them. A lot of bigger sites could find themselves in hot water and endless legal disputes that could severely harm their bottom lines as well. The ACLU sees this as a free speech issue.

How SOPA would affect you? – FAQs answered on

Besides turning your site off for the day and/or doing your best to keep a low-profile online what else can you do to stop SOPA?

First, you can try to understand what SOPA is and share that information with as many people as possible. (See the FAQ link above). Then, if you support the work of the ACLU and their dogged protection of our first amendment rights, you can sign their petition. There is a Senate version of SOPA that is much better written than the current House version. Even President Obama opposes SOPA in its current form. Do what you can to stop SOPA and keep the Internet safe to express your opinions and freely share information. There is no place for censorship in the United States.

Gossip and Tech Buzz: What People Are Talking about Online This Week, Jan 9-13

The only way you could have missed this week’s most talked about event online was if  every connection to the Internet you had access to imploded. Music divas and/or moguls (you be the judge) Beyonce and Jay-Z welcomed baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. Online pandemonium ensued.

This was mostly due to the fact that the star couple basically took over all of Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital – we’re not talking just the maternity ward. The baby arrived Saturday. By Monday morning, headlines shouted out that her name was already transposed (it’s Blue Ivy, not Ivy Blue!), her parents were numerologist freaks obsessed with the number 4 (hey, isn’t “IV” four in Roman numerals?) and this child that has come from the union of music industry royalty was the biggest birth news since, um…Jesus, or at least Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.

Comedian Joan Rivers (Joan_Rivers) probably tweeted it best, “Beyonce said that she delivered her baby naturally, which for her meant no wind machine or backup dancers.”

Were people talking about anything else online this week? The hoopla around the arrival of Blue Ivy seemed to set a mood for using our devices to chatter about the trivial, from Rick Santorum’s sweater vests and Mitt Romney’s supposed career as a sinister businessman stock photo model to the Hostess bankruptcy filing (OMG! Are Twinkies really going out of business!?).

Last week’s viral video sensation, “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls” got spoofed at least twice – with the inevitable “Shit Girls Say to Gay Guys” and the PR-correct “Stuff PR People Say”.

At the start of the week Denver Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) set a Twitter record when football fans tweeted his playoff overtime touchdown pass at a rate of 9,420 TPS (tweets per second).

No stats are in yet for tweets immediately following the birth little Miss Blue Ivy Carter but we’ll go out on a limb here and say she is the first baby born with a Klout score better than yours, mine or ours. And, how was your week online? All these stories – and more – are curated over at the Online Media Roundup.

Have You Friended Flipper Yet? Social Media Takes Its Cues from Dolphins, Other Animals

Research from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences suggests the way we talk or share links on social networks mirrors the way animal groups, like dolphins, share information.

According to a story in, our activity on Facebook and Twitter is hardly a new phenomenon. Dolphins, whales, monkeys and hoofed animals have been sharing information among their networks like this for eons.

No – they are not posting links and liking status updates, per se. But if one animal influences the group to say, check out the waters near Fiji or chill on some greener pastures others will follow.

In short, one animal starts a conversation among their network, others follow and thus the network effect occurs, with more and more animals joining the party and extending it to their circles, and so on.

The same six-degrees-of-separation theory that got so many of us connected to friends of friends and colleagues of colleagues on Facebook and LinkedIn is technically the same type of behavior Flipper and friends depend on for survival. (Read more)


Gossip and Tech Buzz: What People Are Talking about Online this Week: January 2-6

The online conversation this week diverged down two distinct paths: over-connection (with the Republican Party Iowa caucus) and dis-connection, with a 2012 trend out of the gate for more time offline.

Let’s take the first, more distasteful path (why not?) and take a look at former Senator Rick Santorum. He seemingly came out of nowhere to come within 8 votes of toppling front-runner Mitt Romney in Iowa this Tuesday. This led to gay sex columnist Dan Savage’s ultimate wet dream.

The notoriously homophobic Santorum once equated gay sex to something widely paraphrased as “man on dog”. Savage ran a contest to nominate the most disgusting byproduct of anal sex and then ran it up the Google flag pole to the point that if you Google “Santorum” you will not get this lovely picture of the Senator we’ve posted here, but rather something that will make you go Ewwww! Despite pleas from Santorum to the Big G itself, Google claims there is nothing they can do about “Santorum’s Google problem.” The more people that search his name and then click on Dan Savage and friends’ definition, the higher Santorum as anal sex byproduct goes. Try it

Makes sense as to why the path offline is getting a lot of foot traffic this week. A story in the New York Times by Pico Iyer  (“The Joy of Quiet”) underscored all those New Year’s resolutions about spending more time offline. It’s given legs to catch phrases like “Internet sabbath” and “solitude is the new luxury.” People are trying to log off for a whole day each weekend or are willing to pay premium dollars for a getaway with no TV or wi-fi. For those who can’t go cold turkey, Mashable reviewed the top 6 apps for helping you break your online addiction. We hope they don’t get in the way of you reading our Online Media Roundup, though!

What else are people talking about online this week? Overall, it was a slow week. A Steve Jobs action figure hit the market, a woman known as the Human Barbie was being roundly criticized for giving her 7-year-old daughter a gift certificate for liposuction (not valid until the girl is 16, btw), Facebook has been cited in up to one-third of UK divorce cases and Fidel Castro is still not dead (in spite of Twitter reports to the contrary).

How was your week online? Stay in the loop, join the conversation and catch up on all these stories and more at the Online Media Roundup.