YOUR CASH FOR OUR COMMENT!
COOEEE! WE'RE IN FUNDRAISING MODE.
COMPETITION IS GOOD!
BIG NOISE ANNOUNCEMENT!
A CALL TO ALMS FROM CONTRIBUTING-EDITOR-AT-LARGE, TESS LAWRENCE.
FOR EVERY $25 YOU DONATE TO IA, YOU GET A CHANCE TO WIN:
AN APPLE 13'' MACBOOK AIR, WORTH $1,349.
HOW GOOD IZZAT?
BUT FIRST YOU HAVE TO ENGAGE IN A GAME OF SKILL AND ANSWER A QUESTION:
Work out the number of pageloads* for the Independent Australia website for 2012 (as recorded by IA's Statcounter™ plugin).
Check out the graph we've provided which shows our rise up until now, so you can apply your own mathematics formula:
The closest to the true figure for pageloads (the green bar above) wins*!
So, simply donate $25 (or multiples thereof) to IA, send the receipt and your entry to email@example.com (or by mail or fax, details below) and you can win this AwEsOmE prize!
And our bank account details are: A/c name: Independent Australia; BSB: 124-001; A/c no: 21890458.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The competition starts NOW (upon the publication of this post) and ends upon the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2012 ― that's if the Mayan Prophecy has not come to pass.
Sadly, entry is confined to residents of Australia. (Donations from overseas, however, are still gratefully accepted!)
Editorial board members of Independent Australia and their immediate families are excluded from the competition. Dammit.
You can make multiple entries, each of which costs a donation to IA of $25.
If an entrant donates $50 that entitles the donor to two entries, and so on.
Again, our bank account details are: A/c name: Independent Australia; BSB: 124-001; A/c no: 21890458. We also accept cheques, however entries must be RECEIVED BY US, if sent by post, by 31 December 2012.
Entrants will automatically be placed on our free subscription list, unless otherwise stated on the entry form.
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Independent Australia will not share your information with anyone.
Independent Australia will pay for the postage and insurance to send the MacBook Air to you.
Managing Editor David Donovan will adjudge the winner and his decision will be final.
The MacBook Air is valued at $1,349.
This is the recommended retail price and IA is not responsible for any variation.
The winner will be notified by email (or fax or post, if the entrant specifies) and the winner's name will be announced and published on Independent Australia on January 2, 2012.
The adjudication will be made at the head office of Independent Australia.
(‘The journal of democracy and independent thought’, PO Box 260, Isle of Capri, Qld, 4217. Mobile: +61 403 237 880; Fax: +61 7 5526 8217; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.independentaustralia.net.)
The winner will also be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Macbook Air is the sole prize and is not transferable for cash or exchange.
Good luck everyone and our thanks to @GeorgeBludger for the wonderful prize he has so generously donated for us. It's a ripper!
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WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GROW
Friends, Bogans, Countrymen and Women. Lend us your ears.
We need your help and ongoing support.
...isn't even two and a half years old, but already we have removed the shackles of conventional journalism and evolved into one of Australia's more influential and robust online defenders of public interest.
We daily defy and outpace corporate big media. We break exclusive news and challenge the status quid pro quo, without fear or favour.
We've broken away from the pack.
We speak truth to power.
We're not afraid of emotion.
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We're not afraid of conscience either.
We're clearly unafraid of taking on the top end of town and we're not afraid to stand up for the bullied and the voiceless, including animals, the environment; flora and fauna.
And we like a good larf and a good read and the sting of satire and we like parody and point out paradox and lampoon the pompous. Sometimes we're just plain old silly billies.
We're for the people. We're of the people. We're by the people.
For us, IA is a labour of love. We are an unpaid editorial board. We are all unpaid professionals.
We are competing against media behemoths and their open chequebooks.
We underwrite and fund our own stories and personally bear the expenses incurred.
Some investigations are huge and long-term. Sometimes we work for weeks, even months, tracking a story.
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In normal circumstances, we'd be drawing a salary, or be under contract. But these are not normal circumstances and we are not normal mainstream media, or wish to be.
Our contributors and commentators and subscribers are part of the Independent Australia family.
Sometimes our readers are all three!
In fact, that description fits our wonderful MacBook Air donor, who goes under the twitter moniker of @GeorgeBludger, but otherwise wishes to remain anonymous.
Thanks so much George, for your generosity and for your support.
Many of you will recognise George. Even a cursory glance at some of the comments sections indicate that at times, our readers are familiar with one another's points of view.
So often commentators provide another piece to the story's jigsaw.
We didn't start off mimicking other successful websites. We're doing our own thing. And we can't help but notice others are copying us. But we're not standing still. We're still evolving.
The collective life and work experience of the IA editorial board is formidable.
It's fair to say, all are certifiable enfants terribles who morphed into adultes terribles with a profound love for Journalism and an endless curiosity for the human condition and hungry for a good story.
[caption id="attachment_24588" align="alignright" width="170"]Donor of prize George Bludger: international athlete, renowned artist, decorated war hero, revered public intellectual, potential Nobel Peace Prize winner.[/caption]
13-inch : 128GB
- 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
- Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
- 4GB memory
- 128GB flash storage1
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- MacBook Air
- 45W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter, AC wall plug and power cord
- Tess Lawrence, Contributing Editor-at-large, Independent Australia has compiled this competition despite the often confusing and conflicting advice of various state and territorial bodies. Any contravention of boundary regulations is certainly unintentional.
- We suggest the Federal Government consider a central one-stop agency with modern regulations that acknowledge websites are without borders.
The latest Intel processors and graphics
The latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors provide plenty of power. And up to 60 percent faster graphics makes everything you do feel quicker and more fluid than ever.*
Faster all-flash storage
Flash storage allows MacBook Air to start up almost instantly and makes everything you do snappier and more responsive. And now it’s up to twice as fast as before.
Thunderbolt and USB 3
Dramatically expand your canvas by connecting an Apple Thunderbolt Display. And transfer data at superfast speeds between your Mac and devices like cameras and external hard drives.
*Up to 60 percent faster compared with previous-generation MacBook Air.
What’s in the box
[caption id="attachment_12313" align="alignright" width="150"]Legendary contributing editor-at-large Tess Lawrence[/caption]
What's not to love about the Macbook Air?
* In the case of a tie, entrants will be asked to guess the number of Statcounter "unique visits" for IA during 2012. In the unlikely event of a further tie, entrants will be asked to guess the number of "Pageviews" for IA in 2012 (as determined by Google Analytics).
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