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Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Sep 13 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens’ clamour. As we more cynical and paranoid know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia’s tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. One ...

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Oz-tralya on Feb 10 2010

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

The name Oztralya is derived from two roots: "Oz" a transform of Uz, meaning fertile land, and "tralya" from the Pacific phyla of shell species "Tralia." Uz (Hebrew: 'Uwts) was an ancient land where Job lived sometime after the Flood (cf Bible in three verses: 1:1, Jer. 25:20, Lam. ...

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Straya FAQ on May 28 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

To eloquently encapsulate this this great wide brown smudge on the southen hemisphere, BondiCigar's editor has kindly and heavily annotated to a hyperlinked glossary of odd terms. ACT - Australian Capitol Territory - As the man said, the less said about it the better. I believe this backgrounder will ...

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The Lonely Australian on Nov 5 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

By Tim Jones Anyone approaching the musty quagmire of human intelligence needs to have thought very carefully about this, the most obtuse of abstractions. There are real consequences for dancing recklessly into minefields, but discussing the intelligence of others really is one of the last ...

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It Sticks to yer Shoes on Jan 2 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

We are all outsiders. A touch of paranoia is a trait common to us all. If you've never felt alone, unwanted, shunned in your own backyard, then probably you have never stopped to ponder your place in the world. This nation, barely two hundred ...

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Bondi Origins on Jun 8 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

The people from whom this wide brown land was stolen two centuries ago were rather fond of a coastal retreat they called Boondi, the "noise of water tumbling over rocks" (or "a place where a fight with nullas took place"). Whitey, with a penchant for mangling vowels, ...

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The Sandman of 1902 on May 18 2006

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Surfing as a universally accepted activity in Australia covers little more than a century. Photographs show English-type bathing boxes on Googee Beach, NSW, as early as 1870. Sea-bathing during daytime was forbidden by law. In 1833 the New South Wales Government passed an Act ...

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Ashfield Council in Flap over Pigeons on Nov 5 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Emergency Flying Squad Proposed Sydney's inner-west Burough of Ashfield fears pigeons are the biggest potential source of disease if the global threat of bird flu eventuates. The Deputy Mayor of Ashfield, Nick Adams, wants to eradicate local pigeons. He is worried that migratory birds could bring the ...

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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.
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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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