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Lavish Lifestyles of the Down and Out on Nov 16 2019

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Just another day on #Newstart Image by kind permission of Michael Leunig

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Laissez Faire Dinkum on Nov 18 2018

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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 Australian people would not be ...

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A Socialist of Sorts and Other Things on Oct 29 2018

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As Throsby surveys Sheep Station Central, the shenanigans therein elicit a sweaty itching of delight, as might lobbyists’ pheromones wafting through parliamentary halls titillate the peoples’ representatives. A half-century exposure to our Strine Kabuki suggests a decline, of a steepening nature, in the caliber of our ...

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OK to be #LNP on Oct 22 2018

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Age brings despair – with both politics and the greedy imbeciles running this stunted civilisation. Lately, though, a faint joy gladdens Throsby’s heart, softening the grim chicanery passing for governance in this land of sweeping plains, a nation of weeping pains. Drollery, like our Prime ...

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Only Three PMs Until Christmas on Oct 3 2018

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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 noticed that unembellished reporting of proceedings now ...

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She Won’t Stand For It on Sep 16 2018

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History, unless delivered in a good yarn, tends to bore most kids. As does, its detractors claim, the Australian national anthem: Advance Australia Fair. So here’s a good yarn to wake them up. Entwined with Australian colonial history and evolving nationhood, our various national anthems ...

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I Love a Sunburnt Cliché on Aug 30 2018

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Throsby’s Rule: If a politician hasn’t earned a nickname in his first term, he can’t be trusted. “Fake Farmer” doesn’t cut it. They all are, the Nats. Real farmers don’t have time for grandstanding in parliament or baby kissing. Real farmers are too busy farming. ...

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AusPol at Easter on Mar 30 2018

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Once, exasperated news hounds might shake their heads and marvel at how life imitates art. It was stranger than fiction, they exclaimed. Nowadays it’s just “You can’t make this shit up.” And though headlines grow sillier, this isn’t an altogether bad thing. ...

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Green Micks Day in Batman on Mar 17 2018

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Voters in the Victorian federal electorate of Batman were a little nonplussed at the huge number of Greens supporters roaming the streets on March 17 election day. Throsby can’t be sure if punters knew how many of those green-clad enthusiasts were Saint Patrick’s Day oirish celebrants. ...

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Boko Bombs Bill on Mar 4 2018

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A teenaged Throsby recalls listening to Parliament on the unidirectional non-buffering broadcast pre-Internet. Ming’s Liberal pollies presented as a sharp well-spoken crew and Arfur Caldwell’s a mob of buffoons. That same mind finds today’s political arena all topsy-turvy. It’s so hard, when ...

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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