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#Review: What The Dog Knows (Cat Warren) #dogs
I love dogs. And I love reading about dogs. So when What The Dog Knows caught my eye, I knew I had to buy it. A book about cadaver dogs? Colour me intrigued. And the first four plus pages of fulsome praise didn’t hurt: “A beautifully written, fascinating, heartwarming, and oft-hilarious homage to working dogs” […]
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#Millennials are the new 50s housewives #Manipulation #Gullibility
Do you remember the old days, dear reader, when soap operas interrupted the daily vacuuming at home? When you could sell more cigarettes by placing magazine ads telling the little ladies that only successful families contain smokers and how much sexier they were than non-smokers? When you could flog the latest brand of gin by […]
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A change of pace…making #bread…also #Trump & #WhoopsApocalypse
There’s so much of political interest happening in the world at the moment that, conversely, I find myself bereft of a coherent blog post. So I’ve decided to take a break and talk about a subject close to home. Bread. We have a problem here in Malaysia and that is that everyone likes sweet bread. […]
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You can’t have #democracy without work #Brexit
So I was at a restaurant recently with a group of friends. There were twenty of us, including some children. And we had to decide on which main meal to eat. Three voted for steak and two voted for salmon. The rest were updating Facebook on their smartphones. When the steak choice won, the salmon […]
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The loophole loometh #UK #Brexit #PeopleAsCommodities
[A short one this Ides of March as Life momentarily heats up] In last Sunday’s paper, I came across an interesting article entitled “May impatient for divorce”. The story, from AFP, was about how British Prime Minister Theresa May will not “keep paying ‘huge sums’ into the EU budget after Brexit.” She’s impatient to start […]
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If you prick a #Yakuza does he bleed? #Fukushima #Daiichi
I have been looking at the radiation maps of the Pacific Ocean following on from the Fukushima disaster and, people, it’s not good. The “plume” stretches across half the planet although we’re assured by many authorities that there’s nothing to fear. The Los Angeles Times, for example, had this to say in 2014: The amount […]
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Poor #wogs and #wops can’t seem to catch a break #Plato
As is usual with my essays, I need to backtrack a bit before attacking the main point. I did my schooling in Australia and it wasn’t a happy place for me. There was much name-calling, for instance. I was a “slope”, “brown mongrel” and “black monkey”, while others were wops, wogs and i-ties. I could […]
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I want to respect #Russia but it’s difficult #Tupolev
While it’s true that I have a Masters degree in International Politics, it’s not worth a helluva lot in this world because of all I wasn’t taught. I wasn’t taught that the United States and the United Kingdom (together with their fellow Anglo wannabe dictator nations that make up the “Five Eyes”) use their influence […]

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