Archive for October, 2006

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Better Read than Dead

October 29, 2006

Not posting much because in my spare time I’ve been busy reading. Finished Loewenstein’s My Israel Question and thought it was very well written. I personally thought that Antony asks his question with great understanding of both sides. He does not shy away from highlighting faults and atrocities committed by both sides. It was a fascinating insight for me personally as well to learn more about the political games surrounding Israel in Australia.

At the moment, I’m into Inga Clendinnen’s quarterly essay The History Question. So far I’m enjoying it immensly. She’s a very level headed historian and is one of those historians who really is a pleasure to read, like Eric Hobsbawm. I’ve also got Chris Masters’ Jones Town which I should get started this week after I’ve finished The History Question. Bleary-eyed mornings await me in the week to come.

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Sunday thought… Don’t fear… Anything

October 15, 2006

“It’s just a ride, and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. “ – Bill Hicks.

As soon as you fear something, you’re as good as dead. Love it and you’ll feel more alive than you ever have.

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Could you let the Aliens land please… They might be here to pick me up…

October 10, 2006

What of the North Korean alleged nuclear test? If it has indeed happened, it’s yet another step along the road to our self destruction. No doubt that the North Korean leadership are a bunch of fuckwits. No freedom to speak of, barely any food and armed forces totalling over 1 million in a country with a population of 21 million. I can only imagine what hell it must be for the average North Korean struggling to live in a nation whose government is bragging about having nuclear weapons whilst many of the people suffer from fucking malnutrition.

In saying that though, as many are saying, North Korea is just the latest member to be admitted to the “nuclear club”. The fact that these weapons exist at all is one of humanity’s greatest shames and anyone who thinks that “their” country has any more right to possess nuclear weapons than any other country is just as much of a fanatical fuckwit as any hard-headed dick in the North Korean leadership. Nuclear weapons are the greatest destructive tools that we have come up with thus far. I can think of absolutely no circumstance that would justify them being used. And if you think you can, then you need to do a little more research about the nuclear weapons that are stored all over the world at the moment – we ain’t talking about the pissy things that were dropped at the end of WWII (of course, I’m not claiming that they were small – only relatively small to what we have now). The problem is still nuclear weapons themselves, not who has them. Let’s not forget that the only country that has ever used them was a democracy…

Where to from here? The fact that these weapons exist ensures that we have a sure-fire way to destroy ourselves in an extremely efficient and thorough manner. All the while calls to preserve humanity and life on Earth fall on deaf ears – whether it be in relation to global warming, global ineqaulity or local needs of communities. For the jerks like the North Korean leadership who joyously proclaim their killing abilities or the moronic Hawks in Washington who had no idea what the fuck they were doing when they invaded Iraq, life and the preservation of our planet seem to come a distant second to power plays, brutality and war. Everyone seems so shocked at this latest announcement. I ask, what the hell were they expecting in the current climate? Meh, down, down, down… Fuck these arseholes and their weapons I say. That’s all I really can say isn’t it?

“The sun is setting on the century,

And we are armed to the teeth,

We’re all working together now

To make our lives mercifully brief” – Ani Difranco.

“Vicariously, I

Live while the whole world dies

Much better you than I” – Maynard James Keenan.