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Here's something I'm tinkering with in preparation for election night.

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Inspired in part by +Adrian Hempel's impassioned post [https://plus.google.com/u/1/116882776573858584198/posts/DJ5yRFnKYZ6], I sent the following email to my fellow workmates:


In previous years, I have taken part and been a strong supporter of Movember. With the chairman of beyondblue (one of Movember's main charities), Jeff Kennett, now actively working against the stated goals of the initiative he purports to lead, I believe that Movember should follow its own aims and stop supporting an initiative that does more for bigotry than men's health.

I sent the following message to Movember at the start of this week. As our company is planning on supporting Movember this year, I would encourage everyone to at least read more on these topics before pledging your support. I would note that Movember has thus far not commented so far on Kennett's outlandish statements.

Hello,

While Movember continues to support beyondblue with Jeff Kennett at the helm, I will no longer take part in the event.

I firmly believe that Mr Kennett is using his position as Chairman to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) on the subject of depression and mental health, as well as reinterpreting scientific reports to fit the goals of his preferred lobby groups.

I draw your attention to the following:

* An article by Kennett (in which he emphasises his role as chairman of beyondblue) [http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-1226132579875] which misrepresents the report [http://sydney.edu.au/law/news/docs_pdfs_images/2011/Sep/FKS-ResearchReport-Summary.pdf] it refers to (which has nothing to say about the gender of parents), as well as failing to disclose that the report was commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/09/new-report-for-kids-sake-released-in-canberra-this-week/], which is actively campaigning [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/featured-campaigns/] against same-sex marriage.
* In 2008, a beyondblue-commissioned study [http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.717&tmp=FileDownload&fid=1041] found a very high correlation between problem gambling and depression.
As well as being Chairman of beyondblue, Mr Kennett is the President of Hawthorn Football Club, and Chairman of Amtek, a supplier of gaming machines. [http://www.celebrityspeakers.com.au/political-speakers/jeff-kennett/]
A few weeks ago, Mr Kennett was reported criticising the Australian government's proposed policy of mandatory pre-commitment for players of high-intensity gaming machines, claiming that it would cut the club's gaming revenue by 40% and "threaten the viability of some clubs, and threaten the survival of the code". [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/jeff-kennett-warns-clubs-code-at-risk/story-fn59niix-1226146309133]

In the event that Kennett stands down from his position or Movember should choose another charity in beyondblue's stead, I would happily reconsider my decision. Kennett's bigotry and misrepresentation of scientific truths offend me as an Australian male, a Hawthorn supporter and a scientist.

I cannot support any organisation that endorses views of this nature.

-Sasha

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Since my earlier rant [https://plus.google.com/116882776573858584198/posts/DJ5yRFnKYZ6], I've discovered another bunch of concerns about Jeff Kennett's chairmanship of beyondblue: The relationship between problem gambling, depression and Mr Kennett.

In 2008, a beyondblue-commissioned study [http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.717&tmp=FileDownload&fid=1041] found a very high correlation between problem gambling and depression:

"The rate of being categorised as being at risk of depression in the problem gambler group was 71.4 per cent."

The study recommended screening and further research.

As well as being Chairman of beyondblue, Mr Kennett is the President of Hawthorn Football Club, and Chairman of Amtek, a supplier of gaming machines. [http://www.celebrityspeakers.com.au/political-speakers/jeff-kennett/]

A few weeks ago, Mr Kennett was reported criticising the Australian government's proposed policy of mandatory pre-commitment for players of high-intensity gaming machines, claiming that it would cut the club's gaming revenue by 40% and "threaten the viability of some clubs, and threaten the survival of the code". [http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/jeff-kennett-warns-clubs-code-at-risk/story-fn59niix-1226146309133]

Last year, the club announced a net operating profit of $2,326,545. It reported revenue from "gaming, bar and bistro income" to be $4,568,918. [http://www.hawthornfc.com.au/Portals/0/hawks_docs/10_annualreport.pdf]

By my calculations, if that part of revenue declined by 40%, the club would still make a tidy half-million dollar profit.

To further put these claims in perspective, the AFL will earn $1.253 billion dollars from its broadcasting rights deal for 2012-16. [http://www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/112560/default.aspx] That's nearly 14 million dollars per club per year.

The proposal does not threaten the survival of the AFL or any of its clubs.

I would like to know how the board of beyondblue can continue to support Mr Kennett as chairman in the face of these blatant conflicts of interest, and his misleading public statements harmful to the interests of people affected by depression.

I would also like to know what actions beyondblue has taken in response to the recommendations of its 2008 report on depression and problem gambling.

This is another reason I cannot support Movember Australia while it supports beyondblue with Mr Kennett as Chairman.

I, and many of my colleagues, will instead be donating to a different mix of charities, including the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Black Dog Institute. I encourage others to do the same.

Disclosure: I'm a member of the Sydney Swans Football Club.

I've just sent the following to Movember and beyondblue, to explain why I won't be participating in Movember this year:


For the last 3 or 4 years, I have been the team leader of the Australian Movember team at [EDIT: my workplace. My employer has] been very supportive of the cause, by matching all donations collected by staff, and by providing significant promotion [EDIT: link removed] of the cause. Last year, we raised over $45 000 [EDIT: I previously claimed this was over $90 000. I included the dollar matching twice. My mistake.], making us one of the most successful corporate teams. [EDIT: My employer's] headcount has increased significantly since then, and we now have a staff member dedicated to managing our charitable activities, so we are poised to raise even more this year.

I was looking forward to participating in another year of Movember, until I read this article [http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-1226132579875] by beyondblue's chairman. It misrepresents the report [http://sydney.edu.au/law/news/docs_pdfs_images/2011/Sep/FKS-ResearchReport-Summary.pdf] it refers to (which has nothing to say about the gender of parents), and it fails to disclose that the report was commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/09/new-report-for-kids-sake-released-in-canberra-this-week/], which is actively campaigning [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/featured-campaigns/] against same-sex marriage.

As a gay man who suffers from clinical depression, I can no longer support beyondblue while it has a chairman who uses his position in this way. Particularly when beyondblue's own fact sheet [http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=7.980&tmp=FileDownload&fid=1425] confirms that homosexual and bisexual people are overrepresented in depression statistics, and that stigma and discrimination are primary causes.

For this reason, I will not be participating in, or donating to, Movember this year.

I will instead be making a donation to the National LGBTI Health Alliance [http://www.lgbthealth.org.au/], and will be encouraging others to do the same.

These are my own views, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.


Yours sincerely,

Adrian Hempel

Dickhead. Now, the papers are just going to be filled with stories of some some tool and some shaving cream, rather than the goings on at News Corporation. Thanks, mate.

There are at least four reasons that the telco industry must share some blame for the phone hacking debacle:

1. For allowing calling parties to synthesise caller ID
2. For failing to force subscribers to select their own voicemail PINs
3. For relying on those unreliable caller IDs and PINs as a means of authentication
4. For failing to provide subscribers with proper advice on keeping their voicemail secure

I've worked out what's missing.

Until this thing has something analogous to Facebook's Events, it's no replacement for me. It's really nothing more than Twitter+.

Oh dear. What an unfortunate time for Facebook to have an outage.
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