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The Baker’s Dilemma on Nov 25 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Australian politics digs down each day, infatuated by how deep is possible. Throsby likes to “have his cake and eat his cake” (as Howard actually told Cromwell) so his pointy little ears pricked up (so to speak) when a government zealot waxed despondent that Australians had approved same-sex marriage.   ...

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Don’t Tread on Our Inselberg on Nov 5 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Exploring central Australia in 1873, William Gosse stubbed his toe on a half-buried gibber and cursed Sir Henry Ayers out loud for not cleaning up. So for a century hence Australians called their desert landmark “Ayers Rock” and, as men do boast, hailed it “the world’s biggest rock.” Seventy ...

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Writers on Sufferance on Nov 23 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Recently we have been extending the reach of democracy by killing people in the hope that the survivors might get to vote" Killing people, especially killing people at a distance, is something we now do very well," barbed Inga Clendinnen, startling her "Republic of ...

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Science no Substitute for Common Sense on Nov 17 2005

by Throsby | ˜

The Australian federal Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, brushed off the submission from 151 senior Australian academics, saying their arguments are no substitute for common sense. Now isn't that what I've always said? Seventeen researchers in industrial relations and the labour market, from nine universities around Australia, ...

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Cry Lebbo on Sep 10 2005

by Throsby | ˜

We, the boiling frogs, watched seven state premiers and a Territorian embarrass themselves with indecent haste to embrace the ugly foster child of terrorism. An abrupt increase in government power to harass its citizens and silently jail them for SEVEN years, threatening likewise family or reporter who might ...

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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