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She Won’t Stand For It on Sep 16 2018

by Throsby | ˜

History, unless delivered in a good yarn, tends to bore most kids. As does, its detractors claim, the Australian national anthem: Advance Australia Fair. So here’s a good yarn to wake them up. Entwined with Australian colonial history and evolving nationhood, our various national anthems ...

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I Love a Sunburnt Cliché on Aug 30 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Throsby’s Rule: If a politician hasn’t earned a nickname in his first term, he can’t be trusted. “Fake Farmer” doesn’t cut it. They all are, the Nats. Real farmers don’t have time for grandstanding in parliament or baby kissing. Real farmers are too busy farming. ...

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SA Election Softens Energy Erections on Mar 18 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Throsby has a theory on elections and coin tosses. Experts on chance proffer the counter-intuitive fact that each coin toss has a 50-50 chance of being heads or tails, no matter how many times either has fallen in a sequence. But this doesn’t apply to ...

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A Flash Bit of Kit on Feb 26 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Noely @YaThinkN has knickers rightly in a knot after a tsunami of Bondi wave proportions beat down upon her tweeted enquiry, why wasn’t Bridget McKenzie short listed for Nats leadership? “She’s a senator, stupid” was the gist of the indignant but misconceived wave. But nobody offered the backwash as ...

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Weatherboard Boarder Disboards in Disorder on Feb 23 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Throsby can admit but awe and humility at the leader of the National Party’s overwhelming command retail politics. Barnyard – or Beetrooter, as we have come to cherish him in so short a time – is such a retailing master, why, he could not only sell the ...

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Stoush me not on Feb 21 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Australians might all have an opinion on a stoush between the government’s two most senior ministers – to wit, a prime minister and his deputy. But the perplexed alien – foreigners sufficiently interested to acquire perplexity (perhaps a Chinese or Indian family considering joining relatives here in business) ...

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2017–A Year Too Silly on Dec 31 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Yet each seems sillier than the last. That’s odd. You would think we’d be getting more used to silly. Maybe we are and, to borrow a saying and twist it: “Don’t argue with Silly. It’ll drag you down to its level and beat you with experience.” Kenny ...

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The Heart of Politics on Dec 27 2017

by Throsby | ˜

In the strangest of dreams, Throsby welcomed to his neighbourhood an occupant of oriental origin. Her nocturnal avatar visited his REM trance to disclose she lectures in politics - plus some other incidentals now lost in memory. Still vivid, her face, voice, and gestures disclosed a ...

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Ignoring Sam on Dec 17 2017

by Throsby | ˜

To expats abroad, and abroad locally deplaned, Throsby delineates the dastardly dissemblance of Sam Dastyari. Intrepid headline hunters ought be relieved (but are probably disappointed) that Sam Dastyari is not a double agent, he’s just a naughty boy. He did and said only what every Aussie snollygoster ...

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Stay Calm on Nov 26 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Another exciting week in Australian federal politics. The 47th such, this year. Exciting for government opponents - like lion fans at the Roman Coliseum. Exciting for government supporters - like bus passengers careening down a forested hillside. Exciting for Throsby, too, like a food-throwing contest, and the menu? Shit ...

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Down Under


Australiana


Civilization ..

   defiles itself


Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
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A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


Charity

~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.