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Weatherboard Boarder Disboards in Disorder on Feb 23 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Throsby can admit but awe and humility at the leader of the National Party’s overwhelming command of retail politics. Barnyard – or Beetrooter, as we have come to cherish him in so short a time – is such a retailing master, why, he could not only sell ...

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Stoush me not on Feb 21 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Australians might all have an opinion on a stoush between the government’s two most senior ministers – to wit, a prime minister and his deputy. But the perplexed alien – foreigners sufficiently interested to acquire perplexity (perhaps a Chinese or Indian family considering joining relatives here in business) ...

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BeetrootGate ~ The Week That Was on Feb 16 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Throsby’s advice to pundits - novice and well-seasoned - is to let a scandal play out a while before opining in a space more enduring than a tweet. We suspected that #BeetrootGate might whither and die on the vine, like Michaelia Cash’s stonewalling of her inquisitors. But ...

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January Knick Knackers on Jan 18 2018

by Throsby | ˜

Malcolm Turnbull, it is said, believes the polls might turn in his favour this year. Labour thinks likewise, that their popularity has peaked. Or are they just touching wood. For Turnbull maybe the tide has turned. But the mix of ideologies in the Liberal Party has ...

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2017–A Year Too Silly on Dec 31 2017

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.” Kenny ...

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The Heart of Politics on Dec 27 2017

by Throsby | ˜

In the strangest of dreams, Throsby welcomed to his neighbourhood an occupant of oriental origin. Her nocturnal avatar visited his REM trance to disclose she lectures in politics - plus some other incidentals now lost in memory. Still vivid, her face, voice, and gestures disclosed a ...

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Ignoring Sam on Dec 17 2017

by Throsby | ˜

To expats abroad, and abroad locally deplaned, Throsby delineates the dastardly dissemblance of Sam Dastyari. Intrepid headline hunters ought be relieved (but are probably disappointed) that Sam Dastyari is not a double agent, he’s just a naughty boy. He did and said only what every Aussie snollygoster ...

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Bobby, This is Rubbish on Dec 10 2017

by Throsby | ˜

In the Great Southern Land we have an anticipatory aphorism: “She’ll be right, mate.” Deployed phonetically as “shilbi roight moite,” it’s designed to comfort wunnannuther with some future bliss. Although it hasn’t been seen in print or heard in conversation for half a century, and back ...

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Much Ado About Stuff on Dec 1 2017

by Throsby | ˜

The international reader - should the northern hemisphere lapse into inexplicable torpor and attention drift towards Britain’s remaining colony, Terra Australis - might need a helping hand with the goings on around this place. Well, Throsby is here for you. The perpetual background noise dominating our ...

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Stay Calm on Nov 26 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Another exciting week in Australian federal politics. The 47th such, this year. Exciting for government opponents - like lion fans at the Roman Coliseum. Exciting for government supporters - like bus passengers careening down a forested hillside. Exciting for Throsby, too, like a food-throwing contest, and the menu? Shit ...

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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