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The Condamine Theory

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THE CONDAMINE THEORY
For an outsider looking in, the current state of affairs in American politics is disturbing. "America First" is like meeting the United States for the first time. Another America.
Where did these massive groundswells of populist feeling come from? And why does it seem to have taken the rest of us in the Western world by surprise?
Perhaps an Australian analogy can help. In 2016 the Condamine River in southwest Queensland caught fire. And, yes, you're right. Rivers are not supposed to do that.
To quote a news report by Fairfax Press dated 25 April in that year:
CONDAMINE RIVER ON FIRE.














Large bubbles of methane gas gurgle along the surface of the river before Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham waves a kitchen lighter over the side of a tinny boat. Without warning the river explodes in flames, forcing Buckingham to retreat to the other side of the boat. The flames continued to burn throughout several minutes of footage to the MP's Facebook page...
Mr Buckingham tr…

FRONTIER MOMENT: Ch 3, THE PEOPLE

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FRONTIER MOMENT:  BOLDENS RUN 1840


Chapter Three:  THE PEOPLE

Every tribe has its chief, who is looked upon in the light of a father, and whose authority is supreme. He consults with the best men of the tribe, but when he announces his decision, they dare not contradict or disobey him. Great respect is paid to the chiefs and their families. They can command the services of everyone belonging to their tribe...No one can address a chief or chiefess without first being spoken to, and then only by their titles as such, and not by personal names, or disrespectfully...The succession to the chiefdom is by inheritance. When a chief dies the chiefs of the neighbouring tribes...appoint the best male friend of the deceased to take charge of the tribe until the first great meeting after the expiry of one year, when the succession must be determined by the votes of the assembled chiefs alone. The eldest son is appointed, unless there is some good reason for setting him aside. If there are no sons,th…

FRONTIER MOMENT: Ch 2: THE LAND

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FRONTIER MOMENT: Boldens Run 1844-44


Chapter Two:  THE LAND


During the period from August to Christmas 1840, the Messrs. Bolden, by forming various outstations, occupied on the western side of the Hopkins all the country subsequently held by Messrs. Plummer and Dent [Minjah], Strong and Foster [St Mary's], Manifold [Grasmere], Ryrie [The Lake], Carmichael [The Union], Good [Injemira], Mailor [Merri Farm], Manning [Manning's Farm], Eddington [Ballangeich], Walker [Drysdale], and Cosgrove [Bryan O'Linn]; and on the eastern side, the part of the country held by Black [The Sisters], Johnson [Liberton], Walker [Drysdale], Chisholm [The Junction], and Allan [Allandale and Tooram]. (1)This summary of Boldens Run at the 'frontier moment' is from Thomas Manifold, the squatter who took over the Bolden Brothers home station of Grasmere in July 1844. Manifold's list provides the broad parameters of the land claimed by the brothers, by referencing the individual squatters who…