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A New Weather Prophet   Nov 25 2010

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From The Gadfly 28 February 1906

Mr. J. Harcourt Giddons’ weather chart for the next thousand years having just come to hand, it has been studied with considerable interest in this office.

The Gadfly has decided, however, that meteorological forecasts of a more local nature are needed, and has pleasure in printing some prophecies made by a gentleman whom we can confidently recommend, he having had considerable exerience in reading gas metres and adjusting chandeliers.



Ist to 5th —Warming up.
6th to 8th —Hot.
9th to 12th— ——! hot.
13th to 15th— *** hot.
16th—Sudden change.
17th—Things will begin to look green.
18th to 31st—Windy in federal circles.


Ist to 9th—Glass will go up; also kerosine, potatoes, lifts, hod-carriers, burglars, and land agents.
11th to 15th —Financial and theatrical frosts. Floods of bad language in principal cities.
16th to 18th —Very cold at North Pole. Park lovers wear overcoats.
19 th to 23rd—Heavy weather. Vessels will be unable to leave for Tailem Bend or Broken Hill.


Ist to 30th —Sultry in the Divorce Courts.


Ist to 22nd—Threatening in Sydney. Land agents, come in out of the wet.
23rd to 30th —Very dry, especially in Legislative Councils.

July, August, September, October.

Wet, cold, warm, showery.
Hot, clear, calm, with strong sou’-east by north winds. Continued wet off the coast.


Close and muggy at the seaside.


24th —Glass will fall and break. Fill up another.

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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