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Asides to the Weary Visitor   Oct 23 2012

Filed under Australiana by Ewen Shearer

Ancient insistence greets weary travelers with food, conversation and warm company.

Like-minded, Australia (‘Straya) generously extends camaraderie to strangers peering curiously this way… perhaps puzzling at our enigmatic blend of lofty alacrity sans moral means. 

Our mission? To greet the foreigner with warm welcoming words, mischievous offerings of potted analysis, and cheeky advisories about this wide brown land and its truly odd people.

To explain to our alien friends the hidden and deeply sinister meaning of those disturbing reports about down-under… if, that is, one trusts the laid-back wherewithal of an imperturbable cloister of larrikin layabouts.

To provide an easily-digestible opinion of nationally significant daily events in this carnivale-caricature that is Oztralya.

To project a commonsense though ideologically-tainted view of life at the top, from lowlife at the bottom.

The nation

Though our ancestors pondered the universe of stars, we locals gaze slightly lower than the heavens to seek understanding of merely the world – in particular, this parochial, flat, greedy little part of it called Australia.

Dear intending visitor/immigrant, do not confuse this brochure-governed farce for a civilized nation! Ignorance is awash in this great southern land, democracy a pale shadow of its constitution, citizens infuriatingly heedless and complacent – ugly if disturbed – and the government arrogant and spiteful.

Former convict colony cum commercial cornucopia, Oztralya now resembles a collective of pillaging frontier townships so bereft of perspective it now back-trades hard-won twentieth-century grandeur for trinkets of manufacture. It dumbly barters assets and infrastructure as a small child might hock his dead mother’s diamond ring for an iPhone.

In such intellectual wastelands, relief for the reflective lives only in derision-gilded parody.

People and their Opinions

Freely and sadly admitted, Oztralya is characterized by deficiencies in both diligence and smarts – but that is our style and we must make do.

We comprise opinions and rants with seeping generalizations of little fact – and far less detail – but our perspective is without peer!

It’s our ranting lot in life to extrapolate, to purvey the probable, indulge "what-if’s" based on consensus retrospective collation.

And who would know the full facts of any given issue? Who could? Even those intimately involved in historic kerfuffles never knew the full extent of machinations, manoeuvrings and collusions that passed within a whisker (or whisper) of their collar.

No-one knows the truth, perhaps not even God – who would surely smite us, were he to. No amount of research, analysis, or historical proof-reading, can explain the affairs of mankind, anymore than technical analysis explains the stock market.

Ultimately you take it all at face value, sum the vectors, read the tea leaves, spin the bone and point the finger.

Which is how, you dear Traveller, you will reveal us, if you dare.

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.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

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