Pine tree pt. 2

Check out my boy: <a href=””>he’s a model now</a>.

And for perpetuity:

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Okay so like most people I was a bit shocked and disappointed by the result of the recent US election. Much has already been written on why it happened but the one thing I will bother saying is that if the Democratic National Congress had adhered to the _democratic_ part and elected Sanders as their candidate instead of installing Clinton they might’ve won.

This popped up recently and although there’s some odd holes in what it looks at, there’s a bit on the history of Trump. Hypernormalisation:

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For a week or so I was trying to be optimistic, thinking that the sane yet still conservative majority of the GOP would steer Trump away from some of the more ridiculous ideas he’s mentioned but he may well be putting together a proper nazi cabinet.

Perhaps this will trigger a new wave of angry, energetic Punk.

Jello Biafra and D.O. A

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death death deady deady dead dead

1. Charu brought another rat into the house last night. By my calculations that’s 2 in just over two weeks! We were in bed when we heard her in the hallway talking happy sounds, which is odd if she’s not begging for food. The rat was lying in front of her and not quite gone. It move a bit and she grabbed it and it squeaked, which I guess was it’s death-squeak. See, that’s disturbing to me. Even if it is a rat, it’s disturbing to be right there because I start to think about what it would be like to be _being killed_ and be living that last moment.

Charu only has three of those big canine teeth which is weird. We’d never have found out ourselves either if the vet didn’t tell us because charu’s not the biting kind of cat the way boy cats are.

Anyway, she took it outside by herself. I guess, learning since I took the last couple. Je went out and watched… charu ate parts of the rat. That’s probably not a good thing.


2. Gough Whitlam died. Abc news website had some photos. I C & P’d a couple for the perpetuity.

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I like this one because Mrs.Gough’s feet/leg positioning is so rock n roll. If she was leaning over a bit and wailing on a Les Paul, that’d be great.

Anyway, it was cool that Gough introduced free education, I just wish I coud’ve got some. Although, not paying for it until I’m making decent money is nothing to complain about either. I also like how he bought Blue Poles too. However I wish he’d done something when Portugal pulled out of East Timor and Indonesia invaded. Australia shouldn’t have let that happen.

I’ve been getting more angry about politics again lately. I think it’s a result of just being more stressed.

3. And a week or so ago I got word that a former colleague died. I worked with Graham doing bidness english in korea and although I only talked to him properly a few times. He’d lived in Korea in the 70s which is really interesting if you ask me, and a whole bunch of other places too. His family put a whole load of photos of his up on the internet but I don’t know how long they’ll be there for. He was 66 which seems a bit early to me.

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sunny breaks tells you how to vote and how to eat

Well this is exciting. I missed, what… the last two(?) elections but here I am all ready to vote. I was actually thinking I might get slapped with a nice big fine when I rock up to the booths on Sat. but I’m sure the DFAT told the AEC I was OS.

*”Humanity Is A Flawed Creation”*

I’ve been rewatching the 2000s ‘reimagining’ of BattleStar Galactica and really enjoying it. Edward James Olmos is a great actor. And in one scene he uttered the above pullquote. That’s pretty much how I feel when I think about politics, and parliamentary politics in general. It’s far from perfect but it could be worse.

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This website <a href=””>below the line</a> is useful for figuring out senate stuff. I wonder how many people out there properly understand how preferences work…? I mean, you can control  where the preferences go completely if you want, but if you want to be lazy and just vote “1” above the line on the senate paper then the above website shows you where each party send their preferences. I heard some misinformation a while back that the wikileaks party were sending their preferences to the shooters’ party but I am glad to see that’s not true.

It would be good to see Assange get into the senate even if only for the fact that it would mean that he could legally get out of the .ec embassy. I read most of <a href=””>this</a> a couple of months ago and he is really an intelligent fellow, perhaps too much so for Aust. govt but maybe that’s how you drag its IQ up.

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This is the biggest broccoli head I have grown. I stuck my hand in there for size comparison but I don’t think it worked. If there was some sort of petrol and fertilizer crisis I think I’d end up a lot thinner because we had to wait quite a while for what will be enough broccoli for part of one meal. I don’t know what _they_ grow broccoli in to get it so big. I didn’t use any fertilizer.


I decided the responsive theme was too much like joining the Borg. There was no easy way to modify it. It’s like those new cars that have the engine bay all locked up in plastic and you need a qualification in rocket science to make any changes to it. So, it’s back to the old style, but with more motivation to update it.

Similarly, I wake to find that self-preservation has spurred the labor party to stick kruddy back into nerd postition no.1 up there in nerdcity. Because being out of power is a great motivator.

50 000 Lux

Well that’s another summer gone. Easily the hottest of the 8 I’ve had here in Korea, although it’s always hard to really compared, since I’ve lived in different areas and different apartments. Apparently this is one of the hottest three areas in Seoul too. I’m pretty sure it was more than subjective conditions — it really was unusually hot.

And because of the small amounts of regular work on weekday mornings I wasn’t really able to drop off the planet as I sometimes do during tertiary education breaks. I’ve had to keep more abreast of local news and political issues as well, which can be sometimes interesting but sources really are limited while I’m only able to read English versions of the news. One issue that’s been dragging along the whole 7 years I’ve been here is of who owns the islets called Dokdo in the sea between korea and japan. There’s endless amounts of stupid when it come to trying to get an accurate read of the situation, but I was nicely surprised to read this <a href=””>two</a> <a href=””>part</a> interview with a couple of wise and knowledgeable old heads in the realm of east asian diplomacy.

Also, goodbye to Hal David. Thanks to my mum’s old records that I borrowed during my teens and twenties I’ve always dug on Hal & Burt’s work — with Dusty Springfield and even just sans the big-name singers.

goodbye to Gil

Gil Scott-heron died a few days ago. The news blurbs mention ‘the revolution will not be televised’ and a recent comeback album that I’ve not heard but he made heaps of great music. A couple of months back I came across the album Reflections. I was looking for whatever album he made that contained the excellent track, Gun. <a href=””>Here</a> is a youtube of it if you’re interested. But Reflections has the track B Movie as well – a rather keen observation of Regan-era america.

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I’ve always thought one of the most difficult things for anyone doing political music was balancing out the preachiness with good, musical listenibility. Gil’s partnership with Brian Jackson achieved that really well.

frank oz references

I was quite struck by a foto of Obama and the Queen in the news the other day. I didn’t save it but it was of Obama giving his kermit the frog smile (no hover-hand sadly) and several feet lower and to the right was the queen, who is starting to remind me of a paler, more feminine version of yoda. When I see occasions of pomp and ceremony that must have surrounded the queen here whole life, I am impressed with not how humble she appears to have remained, but how aware of her surroundings she seems to be. Being treated so weirdly by people usually leads to the kind of terrible eccentricity we see in Gaddaffi.

As for Obama, I keep thinking of his predecessor. Would he have been invited to the palace. No. If that guy had somehow still been in power in the US, what would their approach to Libya have been. Probably a lot more singular and violent. I used to think that a single person, leader or not, wouldn’t make any difference to something like the juggernaut of american foreign policy but I’m changing my opinion.

Australian political situation

Lol. It’s like one of those community meetings where something exceptional has happened and some whacko or hippy gets a hold of the mic. for an extended period and they’re saying Y’know why can’t we completely do things differently and all get along? And a group of people are actually agreeing with them and you’re thinking have I really become that cynical, or is that hippy fucking crazy.

And then there’s Bob Katter and I’ve _always_ thought he was scary. It used to be just that he looked scary, but now with the position he’s in, he is actually scary. He reminds me of one of the leaders of the aliens in the original V. Someone should get him some dark, wrap-around sunglasses and a dark-red jump suit. That would be awesome. And Adam Bandt must be pissed that he’s a Green and not an independent because he ain’t getting a fraction of attention that the other three are getting. He’s also scary, because I dead-set remember that name from years back but I can’t remember if it was from one of those student unions like NUS, or from one of the ultra-left groups. Scary because it’s another reminder that people I knew in the protest-kid days are now politicians.

Anyway, it won’t be long before the powers that be from the rest of the world send Australia a memo to cut that shit out because *a)* all this talk of ‘unity govt’ is making a mockery of the illusion of choice in regular two-party systems and *b)* in two weeks time, when there’s still no government, and society hasn’t fallen apart, people will see that they don’t need politicians at all, and that all we need are an unelected public service, the corporate elite and the Illuminati/Lizardmen.