[extropy-chat] yo extropes

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Jan 8 18:46:50 UTC 2007

At 09:58 AM 1/8/2007 -0800, Brian wrote:

>I honestly wasn't sure what Brett was thinking, and sincerely
>wanted to know why he thought Americans might not be so fully deserving
>of a Happy New Year greeting (I could have made guesses, but didn't want

Well, I'm also guessing, of course, but as a fellow Aussie I figured 
I might make an informed guess at his intention. And yes, Australia 
also has troops in Iraq, at the behest of a brown-nosing Prime 
Minister, but currently the regard of the majority of Aussies for the 
govt is apparently pretty low.

Moreover, I didn't read Brett's wry remark as directed at *all* 
Yanks, but just at those who were not fully deserving etc. Aussies 
are mostly well-disposed toward Americans (I married one and moved 
here!) but we have an odd blend of anti-authoritarianism and 
shrugging acceptance of the status quo that baffles even our own pundits.

Damien Broderick

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