It’s safe to come back Jørn, we’ve changed!

Gladys_Berejiklian

N.S.W. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has instructed the Sydney Opera House to allow its sails to be lit up with colours, numbers and a trophy to promote next Saturday’s Everest horse race.

“This is one of the biggest events of the year. Why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?” Prime Minister Morrison said.

“I come from a tourism background, these events generate massive opportunities for the state, for the city.”

From this

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‘Amazing clouds, brilliant moonlight, and the fabulous Sydney Opera House make a spectacular trifecta (sic).’ Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation website

to this

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‘The Racing NSW advertisement will be beamed onto the Opera House from Tuesday.’

Come back Jørn! Now we understand what ‘big picture’ means and how important vision is to culture! Honest!

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Hooray lads! Big, tough Australia finally stands up to the U.S.!

Barnaby Joyce: the face of power. Imagine being confronted by this across a bar at closing time. I'd be asking for a room for the night.

Barnaby Joyce: the face of power. Imagine being confronted by this across a bar at closing time. I’d be asking for a room for the night.

Barnaby to Depp: ‘I’m warnin‘ yer Johnny, bugger orf wiv yer dogs or so help me, we’ll kill ’em all!’

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also, the same day…

Prime Minister Abbott reassures us the Americans don’t intend to base B-1 bombers here (thanks Tony, I really needed to hear that, but, come to think of it, what do you intend?)

and…

while knocking your knees at the threat of a rising China not ‘playing by the rules’ (and the ghost of the Yellow Peril – back on the agenda as ‘subtext’), you might like to read about the overt threat by the then rising U.S. – their Monroe Doctrine.

What is notable about the story of Joyce (a Federal minister speaking on behalf of the Australian government and people) and Depp’s dogs is not its trivial stupidity but the degree to which it contrasts with Australia’s true relations with the U.S.

The degree of bizarre overreaction of the former is directly related to the degree of servility of the latter.

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Humans excel in many areas – one of them is idiocy

Batterie Mirus, Guernsey, ca. 1942

Batterie Mirus, Guernsey, ca. 1942

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