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Way Down Under   Feb 21 2004

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Travel in Asia, Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, reveals a affectionate admiration for the peoples and lifestyle of this great sunburnt country, this wide brown land.

Asians in particular regard us warmly, especially recalcitrant Muslim States to our north who accept our kindness and generosity with both awe and gratitude.

They view pre-emption nobly offered by a former diminutively-revered leader as that unique Australian blend of regional cooperation and derring-do.

Our eastern neighbours, of whom we are proud paladins, play safely unmolested in their sunny Pacific precincts. The fuzzy wuzzy angels to our close north fondly consider us a rascally gang who altruistically saved their southern cousins from another fifty thousand years of stagnation.

To all strangers and foreign souls (arriving only by air) we extend the warm hand of welcome. And, too-long forgotten, particularly, a warm greeting to those long-patient Territorians. Especially, also, our inland dwellers, those Arafura Pedestrians of Antiquity, our Native Australians.

Both our white outlanders and our indigenous tinted folk share with foreigners the misfortune of never having cherished the ‘real Australia’ – those sensuously skyward steely-glassed coastal cities fed by cascading combustion-powered rivers of commerce.

Girt by sea, black with coal, this wide brown land’s wealth radiates around the globe to nations whose paucity of mere culture, education, and civilization reflect with flowing fiat their envy .. which goes mostly over our heads, being deep within those loving excavations that finance that cargo cult of magical foreign-made goodies.

Obscene sports obsession our badge of pride, a voracious public mind feasts on fast intellectual food from frenetic thronging presses of Press whose livelihoods depend upon screeching minutiae about overpaid Neanderthals with too much time on their talentless hands, undeserved of such fabricated fame.

And, not least, this nation’s grand sweep of erudite cardinal fertility, that cultural and social incubator: the ethnic tribes of Sydney’s great western ghettos, and the triple-mortgage trash of her far flung suburbs.

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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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