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TIN-FOIL HAT SENATOR: Greens party politician Scott Ludlam thinks Big Brother is watching him

Conspiracy theory enthusiast and Julian Assange fan-boy WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is living proof that owning a smart phone doesn’t make you a genius….

He told a sympathetic and gullible lefty scribe Andrew Crook that:

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his iPhone may have been hacked by the federal government so it could keep tabs on an internet activist.

Ludlam told Crook from New Zealand this morning that his iPhone had been exhibiting strange behaviour consistent with external interception when he escorted former WikiLeaks spokesman Jacob Appelbaum from Ballarat to Melbourne last Friday.

The strange behaviour was that his phone battery was running out, a problem that has confronted us all from time to time, especially those in rural areas where the signal isn’t strong and those using smart-phones. Only a few us blame the security services for the annoying problem of battery drain.

He concluded, with surprising self-awareness:

“I don’t want to come across as paranoid and delusional…”

Oops… too late.

One of Crook’s commenters offered a more realistic explanation for Ludlam’s phone battery issues:

Let’s see. Does the Senator understand PUSH and 3G when in a 2G coverage zone?

I’m guessing that this is his battery draining because he had GPS on, and was refreshing maps, or because he’s used to city centre service with high signal levels on 2100 and not rural on 850.

I’m guessing that the more both of them descended into a paranoid delusional fantasy, the more they used their phones, with more apps, all of them attempting location services, and it fed itself into flatness.

We’ve all played ‘spot the special branch’ and its pretty boring. Since I have a number-2 haircut do you assume I’m a plod? I didn’t realize english premier football league tops was a secret code. I assumed that all went out with Hankie code for the gay community. I assume anyone in a tie in Canberra is a pollie. Maybe I’m wrong and they all work for DSD?

Really, if the ASIO want to identify each other, they can do it far more effectively than a leeds united top.

Another helpfully explained to the city-slicker inner-urbanite Senator Ludlam:

Recently I spent a week in a remote location on the south coast of NSW. While my phone indicated there was a 1-2 bars signal I was unable to make calls, only send texts, albeit very slowly.

The point of my post however is that my iPhone4 drained its battery at about 3x the normal rate during that entire week. As soon as I was back in Sydney battery life returned to normal.

The reason? IMHO probably because I left things like ‘Location Services’ switched on, so the phone was pinging itself stupid trying to update all the location-aware apps, but couldn’t get a strong enough signal to connect.

The Senator should Google iPhone and battery life (as another poster pointed out). When out of the city there are things that should be deactivated to preserve battery life.

Scary to consider Ludlam is the Greens spokesperson on communications.


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  1. Even MY kool-aid wasn’t this bad

    Posted by Jim Jones | January 25, 2012, 6:34
  2. f—k are you one funny cat Andrew….”Senator Scott Ludlam is living proof that owning a smart phone doesn’t make you a genius….”

    Posted by Bev from Balwyn | January 25, 2012, 9:47
  3. he is yet another great reason to vote Green! paranoid and delusional!

    Posted by the Insider | January 25, 2012, 10:47
  4. I’m sure that my smart phone has been hacked.

    Posted by AdamGQBandt | January 25, 2012, 12:03
  5. Welcome back “the insider” where have you been…

    Posted by Taking of Pell 123 | January 25, 2012, 16:50
  6. I’ve listened to Ludlum in the Senate. If there was ever a Darwin Award for stupidity, inane comments, ala wankspeak – Ludlam is most deserving of it.

    Posted by Futureproof | January 25, 2012, 21:11
  7. Senator Ludlum should be so lucky that he would be an important enough security risk to warrant surveillance.

    Surveillance of terror suspects costs a lot of money and it isn’t going to be wasted on insignificant foolish paranoid spruikers for extremist causes. It will be used on the actual extremists.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | January 26, 2012, 3:12
  8. ASIO has better things to do!

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | January 27, 2012, 1:02
  9. thank you Pell – did not know I was so loved! Have been courting some action

    Posted by the Insider | January 27, 2012, 8:41