Ship of Fools

(By Tucker Carlson) (2018) The brilliant TV pundit Carlson (one of the few Americans in the public square who understand irony) is perhaps better on screen than in print. Still, this is an amusing, engaging, stimulating and un-footnoted overview of America’s political and corporate elites, and how they, like the Emperor with no clothes, disport their naked ambition with a staggering immunity from introspection. Carlson is a rock-solid conservative, and has plenty to say about American liberal idiocy and childishness, but that doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t train a metaphorical AR-15 on the Republican Party as well. In fact,…

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Think Tank

April 30, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Panel of the Solicitors General – Adelaide University John Bray Alumni Network, 29 April 2021 In the Exhibition Hall of the National Wine Centre, a pretty remarkable gathering took place: 6 Solicitors-General for South Australia presented thoughts on their respective tenure. The main image shows the panel: L-R Gray QC, Doyle QC, Kourakis CJ, John Williams (Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions, as MC), Hinton QC, Bleby J, Wait SC (and facilitator and introducer Judge Katrina Bochner). That photo, incidentally, was snapped before proceedings commenced – the crowd was actually very healthy, even though, curiously for the NWC, no wine…

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Four

April 27, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE, Ulalume |

In our material universe, science finds four categories of sex in Homo Sapiens: Old Traditional # 1 Who produce ovum (“Woman”) Old Traditional # 2 Who produce sperm (“Man”) Small Sliver (# 3) With gender dysphoria or intersex anatomy (who deserve love, compassion, understanding, and perhaps, especially if given high office in the Biden Administration, treatment) Burgeoning New Category (# 4) “Fraudsters” If I can’t win a medal in my shotput division, I may do better turning out on the track in a skirt. Not bright enough to gain admission to Law School? If I reimagine myself as a disabled…

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The Grail of Sport is to Beat Port

April 26, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v Port Adelaide (@ Glenelg Oval, 24 April 2021) A healthy crowd on a beautiful autumnal evening enjoyed a terrific tussle between the 2019 Grand Finalists. Port were up and about, emblematized by Sam Powell-Pepper (who was annoyingly like salt-and-pepper; i.e. everywhere). Although the Tigers actually won every quarter, none of them were by much, and the lead changed or closed throughout the game. It was (pardon the cliché) an ‘arm wrestle.’ In the Presidents Room, 100 years of memorabilia were arrayed, reminding all that the sum of a Club is so much more than its premierships. The team…

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This is a Robbery

April 22, 2021 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Documentary, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(The World’s Biggest Art Heist) (Directed by Colin Barnicle) (Netflix, 2021) The documentary tells (at Dickensian length) an intriguing story: how in 1990 two men dressed as Boston police officers were admitted to the elegant and boutique Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in dead of night, tied up the two slipshod guards and stuck them in a basement area, and helped themselves, in a leisurely fashion, to 13 artworks, several of them priceless (to use an old cliché). SPOILER ALERT: We have to plough through 4 episodes to learn that, $10m reward notwithstanding, the works have not been recovered, nor anyone…

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