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Suicide by Code

Filed in AI blogs by Ewen Shearer
Such were the times, infatuated by the dream of artificial thought, few noticed their dominion ebb as the Age of Reason slid to an early grave. In those heady days when artificial intelligence first challenged human expertise, all knew the…

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

Filed in Misanthropy by Editor
Harper’s Magazine February 1947 In view of the exceptional public importance of this article, permission is given to any newspaper or magazine to reprint it, in part or (preferably, since its effect is cumulative) in full, with credit to Harper’s…

Dear Smart People

Filed in Anthropic by Ewen Shearer
This is a letter from one of your dull cousins. No, it’s not to complain or ask you to do my homework, and certainly not to insult you. How could I possibly win at that? Nor am I asking for…

Only Three PMs Until Christmas

Filed in Down Under by Throsby
It might be advancing age and softening intellect, but Throsby senses less need to brighten up the political commentary – as we did in the good old days when the political landscape was as dry as a Pommy’s towel. He’s…

On Swatting Magpies

Filed in Australiana by Ewen Shearer
During the past half century Australians have absorbed their legendry with the quaint fervour of tribal sports fans. A key pillar of this self-adoration is the mighty assertion that our animals are the planet’s most dangerous. Of course they are,…


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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The Haircut That Ate Kew Trinity Grammar

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands, ...
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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing?

An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed ...
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Haircutgate ~ A Grammarian Comedy

As The Cigar waded through the stream of anguish, the unfolding tragedy at Kew TGS - Trinity Grammar ...
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SA Election Softens Energy Erections

Throsby has a theory on elections and coin tosses. Experts on chance proffer the counter-intuitive fact ...
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A Flash Bit of Kit

Noely @YaThinkN has knickers rightly in a knot after a tsunami of Bondi wave proportions beat down upon her tweeted ...
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Weatherboard Boarder Disboards in Disorder

Throsby can admit but awe and humility at the leader of the National Party’s overwhelming command of retail ...
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A National Living Treasure

Artists, cartoonists in particular, are frequently criticised, or their work simply disliked, for an apparent childlike drawing style. ...
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Stoush me not

Australians might all have an opinion on a stoush between the government’s two most senior ministers – to wit, a ...
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BeetrootGate ~ The Week That Was

Throsby’s advice to pundits - novice and well-seasoned - is to let a scandal play out a while ...
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2017–A Year Too Silly

Yet each seems sillier than the last. That’s odd. You would think we’d be getting more used to ...
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Generosity

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.