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Richard Neville has been a practicing futurist since 1963, when he launched the countercultural magazine, Oz, which widened the boundaries of free speech on two continents. He has written several books, including Playpower (71), the bio of a global serial killer (79), his sixties memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake (95) and his latest handbook of social change, Footprints of the Future. A social commentator and a professional futurist with a sharp tongue, Richard is based in Australia, where he continues to stir the possum.
He co-founded a futurist oriented socio-political website: http://www.homepagedaily.com -which aims to be the first global student newspaper.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 6, 2011 House of Horrors -Smashing Plato's Cave
A fear of losing your job... the fear of being stuck with some label, unpatriotic or otherwise... the war turned reporters into stenographers.
It is time to focus on homegrown terrorists who pose as saviours; the gutless assassins of the CIA and its secret affiliates, flinging Drones at impoverished tribes, killing the good and the bad and the babies, just like in Vietnam.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 9, 2010 DRACULA'S ARMY
You get the sense that the burgers are washed down with lavish tumblers of blood. Often the blood of innocents. It becomes an addiction, perhaps, an insatiable desire that's part Gothic and part Surrealist, like a videogame played on a helicopter hovering over Transylvania.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 19, 2009 Apocalypse Porno - The Beat Goes On
Are you scared yet? Instead of a leisurely process with oodles of time to drive to Paris in a sports car with Anna Wintour on your lap, the transformation to a hothouse world will be abrupt.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 11, 2009 Trigger Happy in Kabul
There are no easy answers. Curbing air strikes is a start, as well as holding clean elections. Many westerners seek a bright future for Afghanistan and the voices of the well informed, and of the local people, must prevail over trigger happy soldiers, secret geo-political maneuverings and the endless flood of Kabul-shit.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2009 The AfPak Blues
It started as a revenge for 9/11, easy as shooting quails in a barrel. "Kill the bastards" screamed Murdoch's pet Aussie ranter in the New York Post, "a gunshot between the eyes ... blow their countries into basketball courts". And we did.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2009 The Torturer's Apprentice
The act of rendition began with a bunch of Americans in balaclavas, wearing black T-shirts, grey pants & yellow boots, beating him black and blue. They cut off his clothes, rammed a suppository up his rectum and fitted him with nappy and tracksuit...
SHARE Thursday, October 30, 2008 PICKLED HEADS, MUDCAKES, RIVERS OF BABYLON
Growth is Vanity Fair, Lear Jets, Sex in the City. Sustainability is Adbusters, bicycles, sex in the haystack. And now, just as eco awareness is spreading, the financial meltdown hits.
SHARE Thursday, September 11, 2008 The Baby Killers
In an era when Geneva is mocked, dissent ineffective and baby killing tolerated, it is strangely perfect that a presidential aspirant and his running mate should have blood on their hands, whether of Vietnamese civilians or an Alaskan Moose.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 27, 2008 Washington comes to Mr Smith
450 schoolgirls, a transparent blouse, a choral rendition of What a Wonderful World. No wonder Condoleezza Rice says"There is no better friend to the United States than Australia". Right now, probably the only friend.
SHARE Friday, June 20, 2008 The Age of Eco Surrealism
"You're all just playing with Climate Change", she said, "you haven't mentioned fences or guns"... or yellow pellets, or fading boomers fiddling with worm farms while sales of Lear Jets soar, or even the age of gothic malice, or eating the rich. So having digested these warnings, have I become clinically depressed?
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2008 STORM IN AN A-CUP
When Sydney police swooped on an upmarket art gallery on the eve of an exhibition of photographs by Australia's internationally renowned artist Bill Henson, pandemonium struck. Photographs of pubescent children were removed by police. The tabloid press applauded the censorship and described the images as "child porn". The gallery owners received death threats.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 17, 2008 PINE GAP MIND GAP: A TERROR CELL THAT NEVER SLEEPS
Four Christian activists were recently put on trial for penetrating Pine Gap, a top secret military base in Central Australia which hosts the largest CIA facility outside the USA. The base provides targeting info to coalition commanders in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, not all of it accurate. Australian citizens remain unaware of their vital role in the "war on terror" and of Pine Gap's devastating impact.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 15, 2008 Australia's "Sorry" inspires the White House
"These injustices must never happen again," the Prime Minister said, "they are a great stain on the nation's soul". For thirty minutes he held the nation in his hands, as millions cheered, applauded and wept. Watching a broadcast of the apology in the White House, George Bush was transfixed...
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 31, 2008 THE SPEECH FROM HELL
These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it's fair to say we've ignored the call. Yet history will record that amid our differences, we acted with malice. All of us were sent to Washington to carry out the business of billionaires. That is the purpose of this body.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 21, 2008 The Dying of the Light
"Do not ever think in acquisitive terms".
Are you laughing? At heart, the attempt to imprison Shakespeare in the past is a political act.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 6, 2007 FUTURE OBVIOUS SURPRISES
Oil fuels illusions, invasions, food supplies and shopaholia. It makes the absurd seem normal.That's the mystery. The ice caps melt and we watch glacier surfing on You Tube. What's going on?
SHARE Wednesday, July 25, 2007 MURDOCH'S TRANSPLANT
Rupert is trying to colonize Australia's heart and re-brand his flagship paper as the epitome of 'intellect and compassion'. Watch out Wall Street Journal.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 9, 2007 Is this man a psychopath?
The Bomber's tactic was on track. The gloves were off. Over the next three months, NATO would set out to prove that its air force could kill more civilians than the number achieved by the Taliban.