Friday 22nd of September 2017

writing history with a slanted white quill...

endeavour

Who would have thought the mere suggestion that Captain Cook did not in fact discover Australia would be so controversial?


vale jerry... his replacement has us crying in the aisles...

 

jerry

Jerry Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91.

the aussie women champions...

cricket

This cartoon of a woman cricketer by Minns, published in 1885 at The Bulletin, shows a certain amusing sexism. Sports cartoons in these days illustrated:

— the cost of professional Aussie Rule players looking more at the cash to be made than keeping their eyes on the ball, 

— the unruly crowds and players leading to a lot of injuries,

from cyprus with love

another pom

Influential crossbench senator Nick Xenophon has announced he will refer his election to the High Court after discovering he has a form of British citizenship.

rubbish past and present...

parkes 1888

In this very well drawn racist cartoon from The Bulletin 1888, Victoria's Premier Duncan Gillies tips a barrel of "chow" rubbish onto the New South Wales garden of Premier Henry Parkes...

Quite funnily these two characters were born in the United Kingdom. Who knows if they rescinded their Pom nationality? They did not have to, the constitution was only declared in 1901. Parkes was born in Coventry, where the population of Pakistanis is now bigger than that of white English people. 

Gillies was born in Scotland, migrated and worked in the Australian gold fields first as a miner then as a businessman. 

 

climate trends, decades into the future...

golf courses

A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various Cabinet officials.

losing the audience...

 

losing the audience...

The lack of care taken by a number of politicians about something as basic as their eligibility to sit in the parliament speaks volumes about the lackadaisical attitude of Australia’s political class to the rules of their road, which reflects our entirely deficient mechanisms for accountability and enforcement in politics.

the "science" of politics...

the art of politics

Politics is an art form like religion and painting nudes. Religion is calcified artistic imagination. Politics is fluid and some people describe it as a science but to tell the truth, there's more sociopathy in politics than of sciences. And this is unfortunate. This sorry state of affairs is mostly due to our ability to con people and to be conned by people. 

Quoting Gus Leonisky:

 

a ponzi scheme ...

a ponzi scheme ...

Profit is theft, in our current economy. That is the profound conclusion that must be addressed. But surely no one will agree with this on its face. It sounds equally absurd. But corporate/ceo/shareholder profit would not exist if workers were paid the full value of their work. All workers contribute to the profit or losses of a business. But in traditional capitalist practice, only the owners or shareholders receive the profits while 99% of the workers - the working class minus management usually - receives a static wage. And this wage *must* be depressed lower than the full value of their work otherwise profit could not exist.

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