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Current Affairs Wrap: YouTube blocks Vegas conspiracies, app reveals “no” voters, the return of the ting king

Hooley dooley what a week it was. We saw yet more details emerge from Las Vegas, the marriage equality question get more personal, and yet more fire in the booth.

 

International

There could only be one place to begin.

As the neon-paved streets of Las Vegas nervously flicker back their way to a semblance of normalcy, the discourse online has ratcheted up to a strobe-like fervour.

With the facts now known, we question what we’ve been presented. The outline of Stephen Paddock has been filled in as a Nevada local with a gambling habit, but because his motive remains unknown, we yearn to know more.

Fortunately, the Internet has answers. Sort of. A raft of conspiracy theories bubbled to the surface, primarily speculating on the logistics of the affair, led by the entirely logical questions raised by the Las Vegas sheriff, Joseph Lombardo, who wondered if Paddock had some help in setting up the tableau for his awful one-man show.

“Do you think this was all accomplished on his own?” Lombardo asked, noting the arsenal of weapons the shooter amassed and the discovery of explosives in his car. “You’ve got to make the assumption he had to have some help at some point.”

Lombardo also said he had seen evidence that Paddock may have intended to survive his killing spree, but the sheriff stopped short in saying what that evidence was. The speculation, however, produced ire from the FBI, with the Vegas bureau chief stating “Theories are great and everyone can have a theory…but I need to deal with facts. The sheriff needs to deal with facts,” before adding, “He’s not going to make assumptions. I’m not going to make assumptions.”

The reaction to these conspiracy theories is almost as interesting as the theories themselves, most notably with Youtube toggling their algorithms to halt the ease with which conspiracy videos gain attention on their site. Curious and curiouser.

That being said, this speculation draws its own sort of danger.

Domestic

Feet met sand all over the commonwealth as yesterday was the day circled in the calendar to protest the oncoming Adani coal mine.

The demonstrations arrive on the back of a national poll that has illustrated a majority opposition to the project, with the belief being that the Queensland government should veto the $1b loan needed for the rail line that connects the Carmichael mine to the network.

Of the 2,200 people polled by ReachTel, 55.5 percent either opposed or strongly opposed the mine, while 26.1 percent said they supported or strongly supported it.

Almost one in five (18.4 percent) remain undecided.

Elsewhere, nerves were further stepped on, as those who oppose marriage equality released an app which apparently gives users “turn by turn directions” to the doors of the undecided. As for how the data is collated, we’re still unsure. The coalition for marriage claims that they’ve gleaned the data from the Australian census and the government’s freely available Geocoded National Address File.

The coalition pointed out the reasons why through an email; “The app will provide turn by turn directions to your nearest neighbour who is yet to hear from the campaign…and it will give you talking points for when you get to the door.”

The Freedom Team App was created by the American firm uCampaign, who also did the same for Donald Trump and Brexit’s “Leave” mob. While the marriage equality campaign has witnessed the automated text/robo-call invasion of one’s privacy, I say without a drop of overstatement that this is the next step. Your own.

 

Weird and wonderful

If you’re unsure on who my man Big Shaq be, fam, you dun kno. The man who possesses mathematic levels of genius, criticism of the aesthetic quality of your partner (man’s not hot) and the ting that goes skrrrah pop pop boom boom boom has returned to the booth to respond to his Internet haters.

Oh, Internet. Your elevation of pointless rubbish makes my heart sing. Don’t ever change.

 

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