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The Vole That Roared on Nov 18 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

En route from Navy Mess to Situation Room, Wilbur warned me to expect one unusual amid the gathering. Unusual how? A character seen mainly at night, in office or hallway, at to whom you might risk a sideways glance but never, never directly address. I hope not. ...

Post Truth Teapot on Jan 9 2017

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

What’s this silliness of “memes” and “#hashtags” swirling through social media in ever decreasing circles? I’m older than most of you – well, all of you - and have seen myriad headlines and multitudinous news in my time. On social media, everything old is new again. Apparently. ...

The World’s End Missed By All on Sep 10 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

No-one noticed the end of the world yesterday. Earthly creatures skipped an atomic heartbeat in vague unease then, as if startled from a dream, resumed in tedium their virtual toils. At 9.28am GMT on September 10, 2008 in a former reality, deflected 27Km circular by the most powerful ...

Companion Death on Apr 22 2007

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

To Live is to Suffer Life is inevitably pain, sickness, death and decay. Everything is touched by the shadow of dissatisfaction, imperfection, disillusion. No one escapes. Sound familiar? Not just my pathetic publisher on a good day. Not just any ...

Drugs Link to Beached Whales on Jun 3 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Dr. Richard Mobey, Director of Cetacean Pharmacology at the Institute of Cetacean Research, has scorned popular theories on whale beaching. He favours a radical concept of 'metabolic biomagnification' to explain sudden lapses in judgment leading larger ocean mammals into harm's way The current fad suits ...

God Moves the Goalposts on Jan 22 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Faltering faith goads God - bountifulness blamed God (via a spokesbeing, of course), via an unprecedented communication to the peoples of Earth, presaged increased stringency upon a plenteous Earth in the approaching era. It is 'time' (as mortally ...

American Infidels on May 22 2004

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Family Research Council ‘Eye to Eye’ with Al Qaeda: "Americans Infidel" A hitherto unknown pioneering dotcom is at the center of a religious and political storm Groundbreaking software, designed to extract news from ‘"background noise on the Web", created more publicity than intended at a press conference launch. ...

Child Wrong on Nov 5 2003

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Cowering in the afterglow of nuclear fear, a child - progeny of Western scientific democracy in the most egalitarian of lands - keenly anticipated twenty-first century utopia. Youthful optimism believed one more lifespan (his own) would complete a work begun when modern humans gasped in awe ...

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