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Post by horace on Wed 31 May 2017, 07:39

These can be about life, culture and the times we live in. Rather than bury them in the US Presidential election or Oz politics thread I decided to create a new topic. I have been going through a spate of on line reading and found a number of interesting pieces.

HERE is one such article written by a journo reflecting on the death of two men and an injured third who intervened on a train when a white supremacist was abusing a young African American woman and a young Muslim woman. Well worth a read.

Will try and find another article based on an interview with a Republican Senator who has written a history about Lincoln.
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Post by horace on Wed 31 May 2017, 07:46

HERE is the second. Ben Sasse is a conservative and highly erudite Senator reflecting on the world we live in, our diminishing attention spans in this era of social media and Lincoln (among other pollies from that era). Qmy3, in particular may enjoy it.
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Post by lardbucket on Wed 31 May 2017, 12:55

The first essay is well argued ... but the words of the (survivor) poet and (dying) younger man are even more potent, IMO.

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Post by furriner on Wed 31 May 2017, 16:53

Horie the link to essay 2 leads to the same as the Portland knifing news story for me.
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Post by horace on Thu 01 Jun 2017, 03:56

furriner wrote:Horie the link to essay 2 leads to the same as the Portland knifing news story for me.

Sorry Furri (construct another effigy for me!)

Try this. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/30/ben-sasse-trump-off-message-238924

Senator Sasse is that rarity - an intelligent, sensible and decent Tory.
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Post by horace on Mon 21 Aug 2017, 23:11

Here is an interesting essay post the Charlottesville events which inter alia compares the University town with the South African University town of Stellenbosch. 


Both are genteel, liberal towns initially built by African blacks for the privilege of whites. (African American slaves, some 'owned' by Jefferson in the case of the Uni of Va)


Here is the link


Both Unis and towns are associated with many famous figures eg Thomas Jefferson initiated the University of Va.  One of the grads of the University of  Stellenbosch was Verwoerd, one of the architects of apartheid. 


The article makes the point that post apartheid and post abolition of slavery the benefits continue to accrue to whites.


While not mentioned or discussed a similar case can be made for Australia.


Well worth a read.
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Post by horace on Tue 29 Aug 2017, 21:21

I admit to an unhealthy obsession with Trump. Along with many others I think of him as a psychopath. But should that disqualify him from office or provide grounds for removal. No in my view. 

Here is an interesting article by two US psychiatrists.

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Post by horace on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 22:33

This is an interesting piece on photos taken by J M Coetzee when he was a teenager.  Clearly an extremely talented man, albeit a little self absorbed, both with words and images. One of the photos is of a fellow student cricketer.

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Post by lardbucket on Tue 16 Jan 2018, 23:19

nice one

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Post by horace on Thu 18 Jan 2018, 19:45

Tony Schwartz wrote "the Art of the Deal" for Trump thirty years ago. To put it mildly he is not a fan of the sTrumpet. The following article I found to offer insight not to so much into Trump but more the human condition. Well worth a read.

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Post by lardbucket on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 01:15

saved - another nice one

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Post by furriner on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 17:48

Some good ones here, from a casual net search.

http://rafalreyzer.com/40-best-essays-of-all-time/

I'd quite forgotten about George Orwell's amazing talents as an essay writer.
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Post by horace on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 22:49

Thanks Furri. Much to contemplate.
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Post by lardbucket on Thu 25 Jan 2018, 22:58

great link - thanks

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Post by horace on Tue 20 Feb 2018, 22:21

I apologise for being unable to post the link. There is an interesting essay in the Guardian Online (Oz edition) about the reef,coal, the economy and how to extent Townsville is a microcosm of Australian life and future.

The author grew up in Townsville.

Whatever you think about climate change, coal etc it is an interesting piece. For several years I have thought Qld now represents the dominant hegemony over Oz politics and culture. Places like Victoria, or more particularly its capital are remote outliers in the national discourse.

Queensland in particular relies for news and analysis on one monopoly foreign owned supplier.

The boom bust resources cycle has made many folk highly vulnerable, as well as the reef. By fanning racist sentiment, the llr set in train the process that created the misery of 'one nation', which extends beyond that party to dominate the way all political parties view their prospects of electoral success.

The manner in which gutter crawlers like Shortpants parse migration, the economy, nationalism is a simple hairs width from Dutton.

Anyways enough of me, read the article if you wish.
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Post by lardbucket on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 03:49

I think you are unnecessarily pessimistic about the nation and its inhabitants.

To suggest that Melbourne has a (marginalised) monopoly on liberal and progressive thinking whilst Queensland is full of unthinking reactionary rednecks kowtowing at the feet of Pauline Hanson is to pose two hyperbolic stereotypes, neither of which remotely resembles the truth.

Nice wind-up though!

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Post by horace on Wed 21 Feb 2018, 08:42

Not a wind up. I am not talking absolutes but tendencies. Of course there are folk here who vote No Notion and QBillies with progressive views. However the Chippies in my view at least are closer to and lead the national norms.

I thought the article was well written and reasoned.
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