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Leaked Emails and a Political Scandal Down Under

January 14, 2014

Don’t pay much attention to Australian political scandal? Truth be told, I’m not following local Queensland politics too closely myself, but any story of inadvertently leaked emails is hard for us to resist. This tantalizing email scandal broke yesterday, and it has “Why didn’t he use Virtru?” written all over it.

Here’s an excerpt from this news.com.au story:

Last December, emails emerged in which Dr Douglas described how “bogans (had)… inherited the earth and the world (was) full of them ­demanding their right, in an odd way, to be heard”.

In the exchange, between Dr Douglas and Mr Zucco, he went on to lament how bogans “rejoice in their ignorance” and enjoy Ugg boots, watch Big Brother and “choke on a diet of grease”.

Just in case you are wondering what the word “Bogan” means (I was).  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this Australian and New Zealand slang word: “pejorative or self-deprecating, for an individual who is recognised to be from an unsophisticated background or someone whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplifies a lack of manners and education.”

Translating this for myself, this would be the equivalent of a major party leader in the US calling everyone fat, lazy, and self-entitled. I find the email a bit strange because I’m a big fan of Ugg boots myself, and I’m wondering if that makes me something of a fat slob – or maybe a Bogan? Who knows. I know one thing, though. I’ll bet you real money this Dr. Douglas figure wishes he had a little more control over his email than he has today.

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