Translation: fracasso: failure, otimismo: optimism.
Australians: Nick Xenophon, John Madigan, Tony Abbott, Maurice Newman
It is customary (in some quarters), given their history, to think of Australians as genetically selected for criminality & anti-social behaviour generally. This is of course unfair, unjust, biggotted, probably even (simply) wrong, but there it is.
They certainly set a terrible example for Stephen Harper a few months ago - which he and his brown-nose lackey, Paul Calandra, promptly took them up on with loud Hee-Haws of applause.
Now they are backtracking on the miserably pathetic and insufficient policies they put in place a few years ago.
Donkeys! Dinosaurs! Let them eat cockroaches!
Is this what it means to be soi distant? Maybe call it 'instant Karma':
And a tribunal convened to consider the question:
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From Umwelt little poetry magazine,
MUN - Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1969.
L'armée des étoiles jetées dans le ciel:
Hannah Arendt's rather odd collection, 'Men In Dark Times' (1968) is a book I often turn to (in dark times) - and always come away from again both enlightened and ... baffled. It is a kind of list of examples, almost exemplars to be emulated but not quite. I would reproduce her short preface, but not today, maybe it is on-line somewhere - I will check later. [Yes, at Book ZA.]
That, to introduce a list which is maybe just as odd in its way.
If the question is How to tell the awful truth without driving the audience either away or mad? then it might (I don't know, I'm just saying) be worthwhile considering, keeping in mind:
Irmã Dorothy, Zé Cláudio & Maria do Espírito Santo, Tim DeChristopher, Brigette DePape, EF Schumacher, Yvo de Boer, Marina Silva, Northrop Frye, Rachel Carson, Barbara Frum, José Datrino - Gentileza, Chico Mendes, N!xau, Nick Ut, Jim Hansen, Stephen Schneider, Wangari Muta Maathai, Mike Frastacky, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ...
... a list which goes on and on.
Teilhard de Chardin; that reminds me ... Whatever change in evolutionary direction may get us out of this dead-end fix, it seems to me that it has to be along the lines of his noosphere notion, communication à la Matthew 18:15 & Ivan Illich's take on The Good Samaritan ... something like that. Plus maybe a bushel of Arthur Clarke's 'Childhood's End', and a peck of First Corinthians 13:12.
I have been reading that the big bang is a probability event (Paul Davies in The Independent in 1996). If the whole damn universe is a probability event then why not spirit too? And being just somewhat out of the purely physical realm such a change could happen (even without quantum physics) ... in a twinkling. (as they say :-)
Be well gentle readers.