Saturday, March 19, 2005

M18 anti-war rally

Yesterday I went on the anti-war rally. It was a great experience and I'm considering joining the stop the war coalition. Anyhoo here are some pictures taken by strangers but including me or friends, conveniently highlighted within the pictures for your enjoyment. Also I got the new adbusters today and have we made it in! Remember when i told you about the buy nothing day activities? Well they got in there. Only in the form of four sentences but its still cool. I'll quote.

'What does every event like this need? Shopping Zombies of course! We had at least seven participants don white makeup and wander the the streets and shops around the mall. I can report with pride that they were thrown out of the Nike store, the David Jones' store and possibly Myers as well.'

Pretty cool. Frankly our other activities have been of much more notablility that this such as the one alluded to in the kangaroo post but this is good anyway.

On a related note. I'd like to start a discussion about activism. What is it? What's the point? etc. I have a good friend who believes that rallies are only important if John howard personally kows about them and takes notice. I must say I don't think this is the immediate aim of rallies. What groups and work are you people out there doing? Do you go to rallies? Why?

In a semi-related note I was also pondering our horrible drug laws. To be honest I know that a lot of you take drugs and if you were to be caught either selling some to your friend or just simply indulging in these recreational drugs you could go to Jail! This is plainly ridiculous. Cigarettes are always going to kill a million times the number of people that die from recreational drugs and yet they're still legal and their use is widespread. Thankfully a renewed stigma is being attached and i'm pleased to report that its becoming less common among young people. Anyway non habitual drug use is far from a horrible thing and it reflects poorly on our society that we are so intolerent of recreational drug use that we need to lock peo-ple up for it.
Perhaps I'll leave you with the lyrics from the streets song: The Irony of it all . And then the pictures.

Hello, hello. my names terry and I’m a law abider
There’s nothing I like more than getting fired up on beer
And when the weekends here I to exercise my right to get paralytic and fight
Good bloke fairly
But I get well leery when geezers look at me funny
Bounce ’em round like bunnies
I’m likely to cause mischief
Good clean grief you must believe and I ain’t no thief.
Law abiding and all, all legal.
And who cares about my liver when it feels good
What you need is some real manhood.
Rasher rasher barney and kasha putting peoples backs up.
Public disorder, I’ll give you public disorder.
I down eight pints and run all over the place
Spit in the face of an officer
See if that bothers you cause I never broke a law in my life
Someday I’m gonna settle down with a wife
Come on lads lets have another fight

Eh hello. my names tim and I’m a criminal,
In the eyes of society I need to be in jail
For the choice of herbs I inhale.
This ain’t no wholesale operation
Just a few eighths and some playstations my’s vocation
I pose a threat to the nation
And down the station the police hold no patience
Let’s talk space and time
I like to get deep sometimes and think about einstein
And carl jung and old kung fu movies I like to see
Pass the hydrator please
Yeah I’m floating on thin air.
Going to amsterdam in the new year - top gear there
Cause I taker pride in my hobby
Home made bongs using my engineering degree
Dear leaders, please legalise weed for these reasons.

Like I was saying to him.
I told him: top with me and you won’t leave.
So I smacked him in the head and downed another carling
Bada bada bing for the lad’s night.
Mad fight, his face’s a sad sight.
Vodka and snake bite.
Going on like a right geez, he’s a twat,
Shouldn’t have looked at me like that.
Anyway I’m an upstanding citizen
If a war came along I’d be on the front line with em.
Can’t stand crime either them hooligans on heroin.
Drugs and criminals those thugs on the penny coloured will be the downfall of society
I’ve got all the anger pent up inside of me.

You know I don’t see why I should be the criminal
How can something with no recorded fatalities be illegal
And how many deaths are there per year from alcohol
I just completed gran tourismo on the hardest setting
We pose no threat on my settee
Ooh the pizza’s here will someone let him in please
We didn’t order chicken, not a problem we’ll pick it out
I doubt they meant to mess us about
After all we’re all adults not louts.
As I was saying, we’re friendly peaceful people
We’re not the ones out there causing trouble.
We just sit in this hazy bubble with our quarters
Discussing how beautiful gail porter is.
Mtv, bbc 2, channel 4 is on until six in the morning.
Then at six in the morning the sun dawns and it’s my bedtime.

Causing trouble, your stinking rabble
Boys saying I’m the lad who’s spoiling it
You’re on drugs it really bugs me when people try and tell me I’m a thug
Just for getting drunk
I like getting drunk
Cause I’m an upstanding citizen
If a war came along I’d be on the front line with em.

Now terry you’re repeating yourself
But that’s okay drunk people can’t help that.
A chemical reaction inside your brain causes you to forget what you’re saying.

What. I know exactly what I’m saying
I’m perfectly sane
You stinking student lameo
Go get a job and stop robbing us of our taxes.

Err, well actually according to research
Government funding for further education pales in insignificance
When compared to how much they spend on repairing
Leery drunk people at the weekend
In casualty wards all over the land.

Why you cheeky little swine come here
I’m gonna batter you. come here.



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