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Argue with us via email on Feb 28 2018

by Editor | ˜

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I Love a Sunburnt Cliché on Feb 28 2018

by The Cigar | ˜

Cigar’s Rule: If a politician hasn’t earned a nickname in his first term, he can’t be trusted. “Fake Farmer” doesn’t cut it. They all are, the Nats. Real farmers don’t have time for grandstanding in parliament or baby kissing. Real farmers are too busy farming. ...

Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Mar 30 2011

by The Cigar | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens' jostling clamor. And, as the more cynical and paranoid of us know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia's tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. ...

Eroding Society ~ Let Me Count the Ways on Apr 2 2010

by The Cigar | ˜

There are two sayings amonst engineers and technologists that summarize pragmatism gained at great pain from inventive trial and error. The first most people have heard:"Don't reinvent the wheel" - which needs no explanation, but also  translates:  "Do not waste your time making something that you can buy for ...

A Day in Ballina Bay on Aug 17 2006

by The Cigar | ˜

Ballina. Beautiful one day, 'purrfek' the next. Australia's coastal highway is dotted with jeweled palaces risen Phoenix-like from the ashes of World War 2. Conceived originally as venues for returned veterans of that ghastly but victorious conflict, the diggers soon acquired their own properties and established societies ...

Aussie Press: Iraq, Where? on Dec 14 2005

by The Cigar | ˜

So, Public Affairs (DOD, Australia) clam up tighter than a pollie's grip on pay day when it's about our troops in Vietn.. err, Iraq. They might be stingy with information - hence truth - but the blame settles elsewhere. Since The Toad knee-jerked us into another ...

Working for Less. Sounds About RIght on Dec 2 2005

by The Cigar | ˜

Egalitarian societies - you don't hear much about them nowadays, yet on the face of it our freedom seems never greater. Our freedom down at the ol' Woolies or K-Mart, maybe. Talk about freedom of choice. Why, you can choose shit, or cheaper shit. I can ...

Science no Substitute for Common Sense on Nov 17 2005

by Editor | ˜

The Australian federal Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, has 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? In anything I write, I justify its rubbishy content by claiming ...

Hypocracy Bared, Smarts Well Hidden on Sep 10 2005

by Editor | ˜

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



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