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Exclusive on new Louis Theroux project

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I recently watched the excellent documentary ‘The Ultra-Zionists’ by Louis Theroux – pictured here in his earlier doco about life in San Quentin prison.

Louis Theroux

I noticed that Louis has actually gone into deep cover inside the Australian Labor Party, creating a full alternate identity as former trade union head called ‘Greg Combet’ and managing to rise all the way to a senior portfolio as Minister for Climate Change in the Gillard cabinet.

"Greg Combet"

Should be a great doco! What would you call it? Louis and the Focus Groups?

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March 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

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Thursday links

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Hi blogreaders! Links! How good are they??

Five emotions invented by the internet. You may be feeling one of them right now.

– Are you ridiculously good at darts? Unless you can hit a one-inch diameter circle about two thirds of the time, you’re probably aiming at the wrong spot.

– The game theory implications of shutting down internet access when your dictatorship is threatened by popular revolution. (Spoiler: not a great idea.)

– Letters of Note is great every time, but for some reason I really liked this one, this very one.

– Classic pub conversation: How long is a severed head conscious for?

– What were the Reagan years actually like? A scathing and hilarious contemporary account called ‘The Clothes Have No Emperor’ has been republished and the first chapter is free online.

Watch a comet go by.

Life is a bit too hectic in Mongolia for much blog posting but I have a few drafts I will try and churn out some time soon.

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March 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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