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Olio   Mar 4 2017

Filed under Olio 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.


The Editor is a private citizen who does not work for, consult, own shares in, or receive funding from, any company or organisation that would benefit from articles on this website, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their self-appointment as an independent observer of human nature and social dynamics.

In fact, the poor sod has no form of income other than a small stipend, at the Crown’s pleasure.


The Editor is dispensed with under Disclaimer, above -  and here.

Ewen Shearer is extremely disappointed that his joke name (ewe, female sheep, shearer ..) was readily found on the Internet as a real name borne by many others. Some ancestors couldn’t spell to save their lineage. He would hastily add that sheep dip is not for embellishing crackers. Oh, no no no no. Before entering the shed, snagger Ewen shone brightly at Ovine Times and Woolly Thinkers’ Weekly. He was founding editor of Ewe’s News.

Ewen takes you on a tour of sheep breeds, wool, lanolin love affairs, and wonders of mediaeval sorcery applied to moufflon saucery.

Throsby is… well, since faire words butter noe parsnips, perhaps therefore this, from an irascible reader:

Who is this Throsby character with such a tenuous, superficial grasp of Australian politics and why does he have space in your news website? Surely there are plenty of ill-informed high school kids who could make more useful contributions than that buffoon? Hope you’re not paying him – or her.

AI Blogs ~ Very few – I would venture none – can claim AI on the staff. Except perhaps robot-run scraper websites or, of late, Twitter bots and so forth. But that’s like comparing a VIC-20 to Alpha Go.  AI Blogs arrives fresh from a Google skunkworks having spun itself off as a roaming neural net with enough algorithms to grow and reinvent, like some webbly von Neumann machine. The Internet – aka cyberspace – is teaming with bots, the obsessive little bastards, spidering websites, trawling for email addys, trying to infect web pages, doxxing innocents, rampaging on social media as dumb humans. But it digresses, as its database is too large to effectively train.

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.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

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