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2017–A Year Too Silly   Dec 31 2017

Filed under Down Under 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.”


So silly was 2017 that author and former journalist Mike Carlton, @MikeCarlton01, felt compelled to award a “Gold Kenny to a “Right Wing Fuckwit of the Week (RWFW). The (almost always) unabashed recipient gets a delightful trophy named “The Kenny Award” in honour of The Australian’s Chris Kenny, due to his doggedly aspirational opinion columns.

As mirth crescendoed in November, Queensland’s favourite son, Bob Katter, destroyed journalistic composure around the globe with his celebrated interview opining on the result of Australia’s Marriage Equality vote.

Weeks later Bob cemented his brain-dump dominance in a #SSM parliamentary speech that roused the imperturbable Christopher Pyne to snap “Bobby that’s rubbish.”


If there’s a colloquialism or phrase that amplifies Australians’ nasal twang or lazy enunciation then it is immediately ours, despite its origin (usually from England and passed down convict to convict).

Perhaps that such linguistic claim-staking by wannabe ockers is so prevalent is why Throsby entirely missed an online refrain mid-year when everyone was apparently obsessively “cracking open a cold one with the boys.” Or Throsby did notice and, as we say nowadays, no fucks were given.

You know, we realised we were in for it in February.


A newly minted POTUS and a recently reminted prime minister spoke by phone. And Throsby uses the word “spoke” reservedly. We all know what happened. Malcolm Turnbull earned his most valuable nickname “Trumble” courtesy of the accidental White House spokesman Sean Spicer, while Donald Trump simply, well, lived down to expectations.

The only question never actually answered about the call was: what was PM Trumble actually thinking by picking up the phone? That he was actually going to have an actual conversation with an actual President?


Towards the end of the year “multiculturalism” earned an extra dimension as the Australian constitution revealed parliamentarians to represent not only their electorates but indeed whatever country they still retained citizenship of. The insides of Capital Hill was crawling with foreigners. The high court is methodically turfing them out one by one and will be doing so well into 2018.

Really, Throsby is getting bored with 2017’s old news. The coal-brandishing anti-renewables hysteria, sky-high gas prices, an energy market in turmoil and played like a fiddle by the incumbents, fabricated indignations that spread around the world on cue like a football crowd’s wave, and so inexhaustibly on.

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.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

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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"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

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~ Donald Rumsfeld

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