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Trojan’s Cusp on Sep 11 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

When Enterprise is Predator Insane forces erode jungles, stifle atmosphere, sterilize oceans, and greedily combat the species-potpourris nurturing them. Worming through neo-classical economics, seducing state and nation to plunder in consumptive frenzy the entire estate of this evanid ecosphere, lunacy of economic growth overwhelms ...

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The Haircut That Ate Kew Trinity Grammar on Mar 26 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands, Grasping his shears in his long bony hands Click goes his shears; click, click, click. ...

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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? on Mar 21 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s department (PMG)  – you know it today as the privatised gouging entity, Telstra. In those days the PMG was run by engineers whose core mission, after ...

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A National Living Treasure on Feb 22 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Artists, cartoonists in particular, are frequently criticised, or their work simply disliked, for an apparent childlike drawing style. Like many, Michael Leunig’s style resembles the rambling intricate but superficially childish “doodlings” of the verteran Bruce Petty. But as crude or simplistic as Leunig’s work ...

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Tweets from the Camel Toe on Sep 30 2017

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Not since Clampett’s tribe pitched camp by an up-market cement pond has this great nation of exceptionalism so derisively mocked, to mask a swelling pride. As strongmen go, the vulgarian whose Olds 37 so rarely oilstains the Pennsylvania Avenue driveway is “par for the course.” As ...

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Ex Machina on May 24 2015

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

When we touched the moon the universe paused. When we created a mind, God stirred. Ex-Machina shows how we might misstep playing with smart toys. A lesson in human-machine interaction that icily depicts, from infinite possibility, a most plausible outcome. A formidably smart tech boss, Nathan, ...

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Cacophony on the Pacific Rim on Nov 4 2013

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Before the laying of a great telephone cable Australians developed a truly odd argot. Long isolation had deprived them of verbal reassurances from the Fatherland. From this uncertainly came a canting cadence that is not only impossible to understand even by English-speaking visitors to this fair ...

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Roadkill on Pennsylvania Avenue on Mar 3 2012

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

I have a question Do presidents, on the first day of office, alight the yellow bus at 1600 Pennsylvania, down socks, defiantly swagger up the driveway, plastic lunchbox replete with jelly sandwich and apple, sidle to the Resolute desk, penknife poised to carve initials in that ...

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On Not Shedding a Tear on Mar 7 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

What in the human condition blinds you to stumbling weakened neighbors fading beneath your overladen dinner table? Here we stand, a species stubbornly enigmatic, gluttony unattenuated in paucity’s face. And what passes for deep self-honesty on this glittering blue-green globe would earn derision in the cosmos’ ...

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A Statesmanlike Negro on Jan 21 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Hand resting on the gilt-edged burgundy Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, Barack Hussein Obama became the 44th president of the United States. He was the first African-American, and first Hawaiian-born, to hold this highest office in the land of the once-free. … our power alone ...

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Down Under


Australiana


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 ..

Charity

~ 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