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On Sheep Being Overboard   Dec 14 2006

Filed under Olio 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. And after their brief triumph, crew and first class will follow.

They say the brains of children are changing, affected by technological times and the pace of life. They also say childhood is lost sooner in these troubling times, while ironically adults are failing to grow up.

Whichever, this we know: eons of village life is ended and virtual global entities permeate the noosphere, that homogenizing layer which calls our tune too well.

Times are indeed changing us – a little too rapidly.

The editor no longer feels elation, or thrills at life. He’s lived long, seen and read too much. Dots are connected.

Even life-changing luck would evoke only tears, for happiness is but blind ignorance on today’s Earth. Age and empathy enforce guilt that no fortune can erase.

There is no joy on this planet while half are hungry and so many brutalized.

Such dark broodings drive the melancholy on

For which I’m sorry but that’s old age.

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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