Gandhi's quote about the truth
On 9 February 2015, OFSKI posted two items on their Facebook page. Both of these were highlighted by TNR on their Facebook page to demonstrate how OFSKI is covering up the true situation. These two posts appeared after OFSKI had deleted posts from Robert John (aka John Hughes of TNR) and banned him from further comment. One of their posts, which suggested OFSKI adhered to the following Gandhi “truth quote”, has already been taken down by OFKSI, presumably as an admission that OFSKI cannot (or do not wish to?) live up to it:
As per TNR’s mission, we ONLY assemble and disseminate “factual, scientific and verifiable information”. In anyone’s language, surely this equates to the truth? Unfortunately, OFSKI does not subscribe to the same acceptable standards. In their other post (not yet removed but should be as it is untrue), which is copied in full at the end of this article in the interests of openness and transparency, they claim: “We now feel it necessary to clarify an untruth he (member of TNR) is encouraging & circulating within our community in order to discredit admin and our organisation. Contrary to rumour, all polite Contributions, Comments, Questions, Ideas & Opinions on this page are NOT deleted or manipulated, censored, gagged or removed in any way to improve our case. That is simply not true, or even necessary.”
Let’s look at the facts, with the help of a few screen shots from deleted sections of discussions following their various posts.
1.There have been no “untruths” coming from members of TNR. The same cannot be said about OFSKI – for example, they make up statements and attribute them to their challengers such as their their local MP and John Hughes. When they are challenged for the source of the fictitious quotes, they vilify the requester, delete their comments and ban them from further comment. Evidence of this has already been published on TNR’s Facebook page.
2.OFSKI claim they are polite and others are not. That is an extremely false claim as shown by the following screen shots of discussion threads that have since been deleted:
Despite Sian Begley’s requests being polite, OFSKI deleted the comments and banned her from further comment. Similarly, in the discussion that led to the latest banishment of John Hughes (aka Robert John), this was one of the sequences that OFSKI has since deleted:
All the comments between the Scott Nickels and Michael Buick comments in the above discussion thread have been removed. Most reasonable people would consider the comments by “Robert John” quite polite whereas OFSKI’s are somewhat toxic.
3. OFSKI say “Contrary to rumour…..comments…..are NOT deleted” when it is a fact that they do delete comments that do not align with their ideology or, alternatively, question the source of their information.
4.OFSKI falsely calls anyone who questions them about their “facts” (untruths) “oil lobbyists” when they are plainly NOT. The members of TNR are very supportive of a realistic energy mix which includes renewables. However, we are not supportive of untrue statements especially in the subject area in which we have experience.
5. OFSKI falsely claim that posts challenging the untruths, promoting the truth or seeking an open/transparent discussion on a particular topic have an “intent to disrupt, distort, argue, abuse, bully, name call, or harass other members or admin”. Any review of the discussion threads removed by OFSKI will demonstrate the opposite! For example:
The above examples are but a few that surely demonstrate OFSKI’s duplicitous nature which they are constantly trying to cover up. Surely they cannot believe that repeating falsehoods hundreds or thousands of times will somehow make them true!? This was certainly not Gandhi’s message and their tactics are unacceptable in any discussion of important issues to South Australians.
Cut and paste of OFSKI’s outrageous cover-up:
““We at OIl Free Seas Kangaroo Island appreciate every members contribution to this page. This page was created for people who would like to learn about fossil fuel alternatives, and have a shared interests in the welfare of our Southern Ocean.
This page is NOT designed to promote oil exploration for Bight Petroleum lobbyists so they can argue its benefits.
Yet, It appears that the director of Norwood Group has launched a very aggrieved campaign within his group because he feels excluded. We now feel it necessary to clarify an untruth he is encouraging & circulating within our community in order to discredit admin and our organisation.
Contrary to rumour, all polite Contributions, Comments, Questions, Ideas & Opinions on this page are NOT deleted or manipulated, censored, gagged or removed in any way to improve our case. That is simply not true, or even necessary.
When an oil lobbyist has been banned their comments are automatically removed and all replies on that thread go with it. We apologise to anyone local members in the community who were linked to any or all of Norwood Groups deleted threads. They are welcome to repost their comments on any other link at any time.
What is NOT ACCEPTABLE and will be deleted, are aggressive comments from persons joining with intent to disrupt, distort, argue, abuse, bully, name call, or harass other members or admin. They will be immediately banned without notice or explanation.
A group of oil lobbyists have been entrenched on Kangaroo Island much longer than OIL Free Seas. Some run profitable business on the Island, and are supported by the local MP who has openly aligned himself with that lobby group. His priority lies in winning another election.
Our priority is simply to protect our Southern Ocean from the exploitation of the corrupt oil & gas industry, and to safeguard the local tourism & seafood industry. We believe South Australia’s deserve a future in creating local jobs in clean energy.
In fairness to Oil Free Seas, all persons who have been ‘banned’ were given a cooling off period before being ‘unbanned’.
Thankyou to every single member, for your continued support and understanding that managing a page as controversial and active as this one can be difficult at times.
Oil Free Seas Kangaroo Island””