Three Developments

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. “
— Alex Carey

Baby Dingo

“Valkyrie walked to the back door, which hadn’t been closed properly, shut it and locked it. There was now a baby in the house, after all. She couldn’t take the chance that a wild animal might wander in and make off with Alice, like those dingoes in Australia. She was probably being unfair to both dingoes and Australia, but she couldn’t risk it. Locked doors kept the dingoes out, and that’s all there was to it, even if she didn’t know what a dingo actually was. She took out her phone, searched the Internet, found a picture of a baby dingo and now she really wanted a baby dingo for a pet.”

― Derek Landy, Death Bringer

What is the Meaning of this?

This whole Santa Claus thing just doesn’t make sense. Why all the secrecy? Why all the mystery?
If the guy exists why doesn’t he ever show himself and prove it?
And if he doesn’t exist what’s the meaning of all this?

I dunno. Isn’t this a religious holiday?

Yeah, but actually, I’ve got the same questions about God.”

— Bill Watterson


It’s something that everyone seems to unconsciously agree on: Looking young is not only good and desirable but necessary, at almost ant cost. The underlying agreement is that aging and the later stages of life are not good.

— Ellen Steiber in Tall, Dark, And…Thirsty? from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins

Getting Old

America is collectively terrified of getting old. It’s almost too obvious to say that few people want to look middle-aged, and no-one wants to look as if they’re over forty.

— Ellen Steiber in Tall, Dark and…Thirsty? from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins


If you want a committed man — look in a mental hospital.

— Mae West


Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte


…fantasy or not, it’s unsettling for a teenage girl to lose herself so much in her boyfriend that she can only think of protecting him if he should kill her.

— Anne Ursu in My Boyfriend Sparkles from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins

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Bella’s specialness is tied up in the strength of her love, and the love she evokes in return, and like all classic heroes, this shapes her loss as well as her destiny. Not [sic] matter what she does, Bella seems fated to lose someone she loves.

— Rosemary Clement-Moore in Romeo, Ripley, And Bella Swan from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins


Commitment: verb, female: A desire to get married and raise a family; verb, male: not trying to chat up other women while out with one’s wife or girlfriend.

— Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry


deliver us from evil

It’s a depressing  measure of the scale of the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church that news of a priest preying on a child is no longer shocking.

—Madison Magazine p53


Some of the best things in life are free? Well so are some of the worst, and I don’t see anyone throwing a party when they get cancer.


“Sadly, the world’s need for heroes includes, as a rule, the need for heroes’ deaths.”

—Rosamond Siemon in ‘The Eccentric Mr Wienholt’


Despite Edwards worries, Bella never has a doubt that she loves him, and wants to be with him, even though predator versus prey trumps Montague versus Capulet by anyone’s measure.

Rosemary Clement-Moore in Romeo, Ripley, and Bella Swan from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins

Joke offense

You can choose to feel offended because someone tells a joke that says anyone from your country is stupid. That doesn’t mean they are stupid and even if you agree that they are, abusing the joke-teller won’t make them any smarter.

— Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry

A sporting offer

Jacky Bindieye was once brought before a magistrate, charged with being drunk and disorderly.
“Fined twenty days with hard labour,” said the magistrate curtly.
“I’ll tell you what I’ll do, boss,” said Jacky. “I’ll toss you — forty days or nuthin’.”

— Bill Wannan’s Come in Spinner


Edward brings new meaning and intensity to the word remorse.

— Susan Vaught in A Very Dangerous Boy from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins

Sauce for the goose

Jacky Bindieye, the black stockman, was sent by the station boss into a far part of the property to mind a mob of sheep and to see that they kept moving on to good feed. The boss took the stockman’s rations to him once a week.

On one of these visits the boss brought everything except the meat ration.

“Boss,” said Jacky, “you never brought any meat — and I only got a bone left.”

“That’s all right,” laughed the boss. “The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat.”

When the boss came back a week later he was horrified to find the sheep in very poor condition.

“What do you mean by keeping the mob here, Jacky? There’s hardly any feed left!”

“That’s all right, boss,” laughed Jacky Bindieye. “the nearer the ground, the sweeter the grass.”

— Bill Wannan’s Come in Spinner

On the size of the town dam:

Whoi, it’s so small Oi could spit half-way across it.

(A voice: You’re out of order, Mr Doyle.)

Yis, and if Oi weren’t, Oi could spit right across it.

— Tom Doyle, mayor of Kanowna, Australasian Post, October 30, 1958. Quoted in Bill Wannan’s Come in Spinner