the collapse of the Sydney City Hub, Mark I, in early 2001 (it
was renamed The Organ in its last edition), Nick was without a
print outlet until August when he got a start at The Chaser. Having
sponsored our hero's trip to Afghanistan in search of his long-lost business
partner, Bruce Possum, the teenage editors of The Chaser withdrew
his press credentials and abandoned him in Kabul without warning or explanation.
It was perhaps the most treacherous betrayal of a working journalist in
a war zone since Jan Wenner abandoned Hunter S Thompson in Saigon in April
Market is God
Nick stumbles on a mental health emergency in Hyde Park and gets to meet
Our hero investigates a weird case of inverse influence peddling involving
New Right columnist Imre Salusinszky.
There's fear on the streets as ethnic mega-gangs like The Libs, 'Fat Boy'
Beazley's mob and The Carr Gang run amok.
piss and journalism
In which Nick takes Joadja's tomcat to be desexed and Dr Gupta the vet
sounds off about far-right celebrity journalist Paul Sheehan.
September 2001 Our hero gets an audio file from
his St Petersburg contact. It turns out to be from a Russian bug in the
US War Room and Nick learns exactly how George 'Dubya' Bush's boys came
up with "Operation Infinite Justice".
In which Nick flies to Central Asia after hearing that his long-lost
business partner, Bruce Possum is in Tajikistan, working for Afghanistan's
2 Tea with the Taliban
After an anonymous tip-off that his long-lost business partner, Bruce
Possum, has been seen on the road to Kabul, our hero crosses into Taliban
territory and finds their fighters listening in to the Pakistan-Afghanistan
3 The more things change ...
8 December 2001 Stranded in
Kabul, our hero is called to Taliban security headquarters the night
before they quit the capital and head for the hills.
Part 4 Teethmarks
on an apple core
After the Northern Alliance takes Kabul, Nick is arrested and expelled
from Afghanistan, but not before coming (almost) face-to-face with Bruce
Evil Empire of oil addicts
Old Possum explains why George Dubya Bush wants war on Iraq: US imperialism
is desperate to gain direct control of the Middle East oilfields because
oil experts agree that world oil production will soon go into decline,
leaving the Arabs as the biggest producers.
deserve the enemies we have
Nick remembers that a hundred years ago the world was terrorised by Anarchist
bombings and assassinations. State repression never succeeded in stopping
the Anarchist terror, but eventually it died away as the poor found more
practical and effective methods of fighting for their rights.
in a time of drought
Hired by the cops to play his part in The Great Terror Alert, our hero
finds himself surveilling an old cottage because its owners have painted
it in genuine Federation heritage colours.