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Lavish Lifestyles of the Down and Out

Filed in Down Under by Throsby
Just another day on #Newstart Image by kind permission of Michael Leunig…

Laissez Faire Dinkum

Filed in Down Under by Throsby
Politics in this “fair dinkum” nation is anything but. Throsby is mortified by the return to popular usage of that dreadfully worn-out phrase, and is exceedingly distressed that it would be brandished by a prime minister. To their credit, the…

The Vole That Roared

Filed in Serendipity by Ewen Shearer
En route from Navy Mess to Situation Room, Wilbur warned me to expect one unusual amid the gathering. Unusual how? A character seen mainly at night, in office or hallway, at to whom you might risk a sideways glance but…

And They Adjourned

Filed in Archives by Editor
One day when Peter Allen, member for Wallaroo, in S.A. Assembly, was in one of his most eloquent flights, Archibald, of Port Adelaide, got up and asked leave to interrupt. “Does the member for Wallaroo yield to the member for…

Elderly as Commodity

Filed in Australiana by Editor
[Letter to the editor, Griffith Review 6 September 2007 – responding to Edition 13 ~ Author unknown] The Next Big Thing inspired me to write concerning another demographic whose “political, social and creative agendas have been eroded by commercial imperatives,…

Twitter Burn 1906-style

Filed in Archives by Editor
While sitting in his favourite corner at the Greenroom Club, Henry Irving* was approached by a member, Watkins by name, who was an acknowledged bore. Watkins slapped him on the shoulder: Ah, Harry, delighted to see you.” Irving, who was…

A Socialist of Sorts and Other Things

As Throsby surveys Sheep Station Central, the shenanigans therein elicit a sweaty itching of delight, as might lobbyists’ ...
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OK to be #LNP

Age brings despair – with both politics and the greedy imbeciles running this stunted civilisation. Lately, ...
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Suicide by Code

Such were the times, infatuated by the dream of artificial thought, few noticed their dominion ebb as the ...
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The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Harper’s Magazine February 1947 In view of the exceptional public importance of this article, permission is given ...
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Dear Smart People

This is a letter from one of your dull cousins. No, it’s not to complain or ask ...
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Only Three PMs Until Christmas

It might be advancing age and softening intellect, but Throsby senses less need to brighten up the political ...
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On Swatting Magpies

During the past half century Australians have absorbed their legendry with the quaint fervour of tribal sports fans. ...
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She Won’t Stand For It

History, unless delivered in a good yarn, tends to bore most kids. As does, its detractors ...
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Trojan’s Cusp

When Enterprise is Predator Insane forces erode jungles, stifle atmosphere, sterilize oceans, and greedily combat the ...
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I Love a Sunburnt Cliché

Throsby’s Rule: If a politician hasn’t earned a nickname in his first term, he can’t be trusted. ...
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AusPol at Easter

Once, exasperated news hounds might shake their heads and marvel at how life imitates art. It ...
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The Haircut That Ate Kew Trinity Grammar

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands, ...
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Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

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 ..


~ 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.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison