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Olio on Mar 4 2017

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

The term ‘sheep overboard’ describes an ageless battle: a herd of naive humanity prey to pyschopathic kin. SheepOverboard the website expresses in essay that struggle reflected within. A vanity website for personal musing in public. Well, it keeps me off the streets. Disclaimer ...

Argue with us via email on Jan 15 2017

by Throsby | ˜

To read the latest Letters to the Editor  ~ Click Here ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To send a letter to the Editor, email your masterpiece to: Notes Readers' comments are the essence of vibrant community websites, a festival of clever minds, and the icing on an already ...

Immortality ~ Not Fame on May 27 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out." ~ Joseph Addison Writing is the most devalued human pastime. ...

Testimonitals Forgettable on Jun 6 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

(No-one cared so we made ‘em up) “More useful idiots” … "Crikey she ain’t " … “An affront to all English-speaking ovines” … “Sure glad it ain’t” … "Brought tears to our eyes – but like a real onion ...

On Sheep Being Overboard on Dec 14 2006

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Sheep, when bunking with seafarers, go frequently overboard (often by choice and for unsavory reasons we shan’t consider). And, yes, sheep can swim. While “sheep overboard” is a curious seafaring circumstance, it is also a metaphor for our times. We, the sheep, the simple folk, are being jettisoned. ...

Throsby on Jun 15 2005

by Editor | ˜

It’s a long way to the top… and I’m not even close. Born 1944 in the fabulous little village of Springwood in NSW’s Blue Mountains. The sepia-blue mists of winter and the scorching rusted summers marked a world both breathtakingly beautiful and lethally violent to the wide-eyed ...

The Editor on Jan 31 2004

by Editor | ˜

Born 1949 in Sussex Inlet, NSW, Australia, and educated to High School Intermediate level, he worked around Australia in regional newspapers and freelanced for ABC country radio. The qualities that made him an attractive proposition to this fair rag are those that – in an astounding career decision ...

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison