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The Lonely Australian on Nov 5 2013

by bruce227 | ˜

By Tim Jones Anyone approaching the musty quagmire of human intelligence needs to have thought very carefully about this, the most obtuse of abstractions. There are real consequences for dancing recklessly into minefields, but discussing the intelligence of others really is one of the last great social taboos of ...

Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Sep 13 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens’ clamour. As we more cynical and paranoid know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia’s tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. One hundred years ...

Australia A to Z on Jun 20 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

ACT – Australian Capitol Territory – Former sheep paddock. Now a sheep management institute.  AFL – (Australian Football League) – ‘Aussie Rules’ – This bizarre ill-mannered game – bastard child of despicable unwashed lower-class rabble leisure activity using time theived from workhouse overlords – in its modern form comprises a ...

Writers on Sufferance on Nov 23 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Recently we have been extending the reach of democracy by killing people in the hope that the survivors might get to vote" Killing people, especially killing people at a distance, is something we now do very well," barbed Inga Clendinnen, startling her "Republic of ...