I think the spice of life should be cinnamon - Tactical Ninja
Jul. 12th, 2011
09:42 am - I think the spice of life should be cinnamon
Every winter I have a morning when I wake up at 5:45 in the dark and the cold and I think about getting up and going to work, and there's this weird *flex* that happens in my head as I stare down the barrel of another 25 years of this - and I find myself wondering how the hell we ended up in this artificial situation, doing things that feel unnatural and repetitive, swapping the lion's share of our life for money. Then I get up and get dressed and get on the train and go to work because, what else would I do?
This morning was that morning.
OK first to the poll. Yesterday I asked about this sign:
meesto wins the prize for actually knowing what it means - it's the international sign to warn about carcinogen hazards. However, some of the answers were pretty imaginative and so I've selected a few so we can vote for the NEW meaning of this sign. Have a poll:
Which of these ~should~ the above sign signify?
Tick the one you think is most appropriate and at the end there'll be a winner who's actually winning and if it's ferrouswheel I will give him a prize. ;-)
OK down to srs bsns. What's up with the cops lately? First there was the Tiki Taane incident, in which the ex-Salmonella Dub frontman was arrested in a club for performing a version of the "Fuck the Police" protest rap while police were in the club. Apparently this was 'disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence'. Weirdly, it didn't cause any violence from anyone other than the police.
Then there was the Arie Smith-Voorkamp incident, in which Arie, who has Asperger's, was caught taking light fittings from a damaged house after the Christchurch earthquake in February. He was constructed as 'the face of looting' and elbowed in the face by police as part of his arrest. While it's his first offence and obviously not a case of some arsehole stealing food from a homeless family or expensive electronics from a damaged shop (ie, real looting) - and therefore under normal circumstances would be given diversion - the police have refused diversion twice and are pressing for trial by jury. It's commonly believed that this is because Arie spoke up about being beaten up by the cops. Yes, this travesty is being paid for by the taxpayer, why do you ask?
And this morning I found out about the Billy McKee incident, in which an amputee who lobbies for medical marijuana to be permitted in New Zealand has been arrested, and now the cops are trying to shut down the Green Cross website. Not a lot is known about this but unless the site is breaking the law, I believe the police have no right to silence voices that advocate for the decriminalisation of cannabis?
These are matters of concern to me, and while I know enough to realise that my perception that there's been an increase in this type of censorship-by-policing may not be accurate, it does seem that our cops are getting worse. Anyone else noticed this?
(I'm also aware that the sort of things described above wouldn't even be news in some other countries - that's kind of my point. NZ is a country where bad behaviour by the police is still newsworthy and I'd like it to stay that way)
Yesterday was my first lecture for Social Movements. I have to write 2 x 4000-word essays for this one, each on a social movement of my choice. Things that interest me so far:
The impact of internet communication on the Egypt uprising and state response.
Slutwalk as a grassroots movement in which most of the work/discussion has taken place online.
The Springbok tour, the protests and the impact it had on both domestic and international policy.
The advent of Anonymous.
Also, my lecturer has a well-projected voice and I found myself covering my left ear for most of the lecture because it hurts. It's frustrating because even though it seems ultra-sensitive to certain frequencies, it doesn't actually hear them - just causes me discomfort. I'd like to be able to unplug the cable to my ear and just use the one that works, and stop with the ringing and the vibrating and the "EH WHAT?" and the fucking vertigo. Plz to be developing the technology kthxbye.
Today I started taking the flax seed oil and fish oil and using eye drops in preparation for lasering in 2 weeks' time. I R EXCITE.