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Green Micks Day in Batman   Mar 17 2018

Filed under Down Under by Throsby

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. Nor should he venture the ratio of real micks to plastic paddys.

Despite the greenery, Labor “romped in” as we say, and the likeable Ged Kearney follows a string of union leaders into the relatively unified ranks of parliamentary ALPers. We keenly anticipate a plethora of doh-worthy inanities from the conservatives, claiming the Labor party is run by unions. You know, the Labor party – created by ordinary folk, workers and labourers who formed unions. Such dreadful bondships. Hmm, not unlike the BCA or the Minerals Council, but without such deep pockets.

Commentariat narrative quotes a consensus of themselves declaring The Greens would “cruise to victory” due to Batman now being a “gentrified” electorate.

The by-election was indeed an odd contest between two non-conservative candidates. Lacking a sufficiently brave or wealthy Toff, the LNP coalition decided it was a poor business case with a lousy likely ROI.

So we enjoyed the amusing spectacle of two socialist candidates – a neoliberal socialist and a tree-hugging socialist – trying to put air between themselves. Labor presented a poker faced steady-as-she-goes approach and steered into the franking imputation storm, emerging barely dampened, while the Greens almost self-destructed in a spiteful brouhaha.

The gentrified were not hugely impressed.

Perhaps the Irish presence was tacit support – not for the colour of The Green, but – for the party of the Catholic Labor Party.

Throsby loves an Irish irony. Who doesn’t?

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.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

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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"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

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