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And Those Sheep on Nov 25 2010

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Biblical times dwell upon shepherds and flocks, man and sheep. In their eyes, beyond language, sheep evince deep admiration and devotion to their companion species mankind, considered a great and powerful friend. Personkind, in requite, displays equal adoration, though crueler observers suggest mans’ eyes reflect appetite more than ...

More About Sheep ~ part 1 on Mar 12 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Extract from Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management c~1861 This valuable animal belongs to the class under the ox – the Mammalia; to the order of Rumenantia, or cud-chewing animal; to the tribe of Capridae, or horned quadrupeds; and the genus Ovis, or the “sheep.” The sheep may ...

Lanolin Love Affair on Feb 1 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

I first met sheep as an antipodal child on a vast dry continent in a previous century. Following a great war, as Europe and Asia rebuilt themselves, this isolated British colony breathed a collective sigh of relief and resumed rounding up sheep. Though nervous ...

Sheep Breeds in Australia on Oct 24 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Reproduced from Australian Encyclopaedia, circa 1950 The demand for a dual- purpose sheep was responsible for the developing in Australia and New Zealand of two important breeds—the Corriedale and the Polwarth. Corriedale and Polwarth The Corriedale was first established in New Zealand and later was further ...

Chicken Flu Leaps Species on Aug 27 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Sheep are the latest victims in deadly game of genetic dice. In an ironic twist of cross-species interaction, having eluded SARS by immunity acquired from close contact with New Zealand graziers, sheep have succumbed to Avian Influenza. However, Australian sheep seem poised to maintain breeding dominance with the ...

Ovine Cuisine on Jun 12 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Extract from Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management c~1861 Technology-based societies increasingly view food as merely output of factory processes, not of farming. This series of industrial-strength mutton recipes read like a manual for a food processing plant, or a shearer’s kitchen preparing for the onslaught of tired, ...

Offal Offerings on Feb 15 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Gross-out little bratface, who’s been hammering his PlayStation for the last 12 hours and expects you to go buy him KFC Or: Everything you wanted to eat but were afraid to cook Extract from Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management c~1861 FRIED KIDNEYS Ingredients: Kidneys, ...

Bunghole Crutch Outrage on Mar 13 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Ovine Rights protest PETA Mulesing mauling MUDGEE ~ Australian branch of Ovine International expressed alarm at PETA’s campaign against sheep Mulesing. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have the Australian sheep industry on notice to eliminate Mulesing by 2010, a deadline the industry will find difficult ...

Australia ~ Days of Golden Fleece on Feb 1 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Reproduced from Australian Encyclopaedia, circa 1950 The Spacious Days The 1880s and the early 1890s were, in many ways, the most spacious days of Australian sheep history, particularly in regard to Merinos Stations were vast, flocks were large, the pastoral company exercised a tremendous influence in the ...

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.
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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