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Whispers from the mean streets for 2005
This was the year when peak oil probably peaked; the year John Howard brought in the notorious sedition laws and
Hunter S Thompson cashed in his chips; the year of the 7/7 London bombings. It was also the year Hurrican Katrina devastated New Orleans and Bob Carr resigned as premier and went to work for the Macquarie Bank.

Whispers from the mean streets for 2004
"Bring it on", George W Bush said in 2003, and 2004 certainly did. The year was dominated by a rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq, the revelation of US atrocities at the Abu Ghraib prison and the curious affair of the beheading of US contractor Nick Berg. A detailed study of the events and the notorious beheading video led Nick Possum to conclude it was a "black operation" by Neocon-aligned US security operatives. By the end of the year, Bush was being credibly blamed for a massive vote-rigging operation in the presidential elections.

Whispers from the mean streets for 2003

2003 opened with right-wing columnist Paddy McGuiness accepting an Order of Australia, an award the old fraud had rubbished for years. The American imperialists looted Iraq's cultural treasures got bogged down in a guerilla war. Our hero got hold of an audio tape recorded at a secret meeting of John Howard's media cheer squad and delves into the twisted affair of alleged al Qaeda operative Willie Brigitte.

Whispers from the mean streets for 2001, 2002
2001 began with Nick stumbling on a mental health emergency in Hyde Park and getting to meet God. The Sydney City Hub disappeared in a miasma of bad weirdness and amphetamines, depriving our hero of a regular print outlet. Then a brief fling with the satirical fortnightly, The Chaser sent him on a doomed mission to Central Asia in search of his long lost business partner, Bruce Possum.

Whispers from the mean streets for 2000
Pseudo Millenium hype forced Nick and Joadja to take refuge in bed with a bunch of old comedy videos; internet stocks go mad, Nick gets involved in the greyhound doping case; Paddy McGuinness and Peter Costello meet in the mouth brothels of Paris and an American stripper beats local favourite Rose Porteous/Handcock to gold in the last event of the Olympics -- the Womens' Freestyle Wealth Redistribution Handicap.

Whispers from the mean streets for 1999
Former Olympics Minister Bruce Baird develops a death wish, the Whitlams have a bad week and the NSW cops get white line fever; Nick writes to John Howard urging him to find a better class of friend; The Bob Ellis imbroglio brings much pleasure to a lot of simple folk; Old Possum explains why the monetary system is ultimately doomed; Nick signs up for a hazardous mission to help the East Timor independence fighters; Meg Lees and Cheryl Kernot go missing and Nick stakes out the Parramatta Mall, posing as a Mormon; our hero confronts a lynch mob led by Daily Telegraph journalists; a chilly wind blows through the corridors of power in Canberra and Jakarta as the friends of Indonesia's dictatorship find themselves redundant and Nick is reminded of bogus community groups run by a certain Rodney Johnstone.

Operation Gareth
In December 1998 Nick was blackmailed into taking part in a top secret Australian - US mission to kidnap an Indonesian general: really bad weirdness and treachery in foreign affairs. He eventually made it out alive in January 1999. This adventure ran "in real time" in the Sydney City Hub.

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Whispers from the mean streets for 1997 and 1998
A palace coup dislodges historian Robert Manne from the editorship of Quadrant, the house journal of Australia's neo-conservative intelligentsia; the wharfies strike to defend their rights; the NRMA gets involved in greenwashing; and our hero stumbles on a sinister right wing support group in the course of a routine matrimonial investigation.




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