It all started as a lark Making fun of those deserving It bites as much as a bark A record worth preserving Upsetting difficult targets Crooks hiding in plain sight Questioning illegal profits Someone serving the people right A freedom of expression Something democracy holds dear Suddenly under suppression For making a crime more clear Unafraid to twist the knife Further for all to see At this risk of his own life And the right to remain free A legacy built by crooks Hiding behind shirts and ties An ever-constant cooking of books And truths in fuzzy disguise Though when money starts tasting sour A problem must be burned Friendly gangsters hold the power That the people want returned A David and Goliath fight When many Davids band together And shank with all their might To topple corruption forever
Inspired by the firebombing of investigative YouTuber Jordan Shank’s (friendlyjordies) house and the corruption within the New South Wales government.
Today I’m feeling: Tired, possibly getting sick. After visiting the psych last week we decided to try cutting down on my sertraline. I did that on Wednesday, taking just half a tablet. Then on Thursday I forgot to take it at all and didn’t sleep well that night due to my student being killed. On Friday, yesterday, I took half again but was so tired I got into bed at around 8pm. This morning I took half and started to feel dizzy in the morning. I know dizziness is a withdrawal symptom but with the possibility of getting sick too and not being able to relax this weekend, I don’t think I can deal with it back at school on Monday. Today I’m grateful for: The lunch provided at the hotel today which was more delicious than expected. Usually, there’s nothing I can eat at these kinds of functions and I would’ve happily gone without food but luckily there were two fish dishes, both of which were spicy. One had a dressing of red onions, lemongrass, ginger and chilli and I hoped it would knock the potential of this sickness out of me. The best thing about today was: Learning some new programs and applications that I can use for presentations. Despite only Thai being spoken all day it was simple to follow and interesting enough for me. At points, I was also able to catch up with some online reading as I waited for others to catch up. What was out of your control today and how did you handle it? The main thing out of my control today is tiredness and the feeling of getting sick. I will handle it by going to sleep early again tonight. Something I learned today? Scientists have been able to splice genes in certain breeds of mosquitos so that they will become sterile and die out over a period of time. The question being asked now is whether to introduce it into the wild and what possible consequences could arise from it. Where do I feel most at ease? Despite smelling of cat pee right now I’m very obviously most at ease in my home. I love it.
4 billion years to get to this point So fuck up, dickhead! Pull your head in, it’s not about you A tiny speck on a single thread We’re not here to fuck spiders There’s always good and bad seeds Everything is a part of everything The whole has everything it needs
Thank you to the Aussie vernacular.
Sometimes I would like to go back in time and punch out the younger version of me for being so retarded.
Brian Walsby, on behalf of most everybody
Today I’m feeling: Happy but a little tired Today I’m grateful for: The citronella incense trying to keep the mossies away. It’s not working particularly well but can imagine we would be itching and scratching even more without it. How is incense made? Maybe I’ll try to find out….now. Well, the site I checked said they ground ingredients, and mixed with water to make a paste but didn’t give any hint as to what the ingredients might be. The best thing about today was: Delicious fish, fish tofu and veggies in a mushroom hotpot soup with fresh chilli and garlic and chilli sauce. Zing. What was out of your control today and how did you handle it? I didn’t have any feeling of things being out of my control. That could be through passive acceptance or relinquished control. There were elements of my classes that were out of my control whilst I was doing one and two-on-one reading study with students but there was no way around that. I still managed to keep the class lightly occupied during their ‘free’ time. Something I learned today? I learned that the BBC published an article about a scientific breakthrough with nuclear fusion but then that seemed to be countered with lots of ifs and maybes. As with most reporting on science, the media speculates well before anything is clear. It’s frustrating that our media and our brains are even wired to accept and promote this. What does your ideal day look like? Imagine living the ideal day over and over. It would soon lose its charm and so I posit that an ideal day is one where I wake up in the morning, make fewer mistakes than the day before, do something different, learn something new and develop my body and mind. I don’t have many ideal days but that’s ok. I need something to aim for!
Madness – Baggy Trousers on the brain box. George mentioned them last week.
What was my dream? I remember not being very happy about something. I want to sleep more. Beautiful clear day today bright and sunny but not hot yet. Eaten by mosquitoes. Amy’s birthday – she got sad-drunk last night after her parents had a fight discussing their property and who it should be willed to. Amy feels her mum loves her brother more than her and has felt that for a long time. She said I was lucky to be an only child. Maybe.
Itchy itchy – mini workout. Work my way up. Dentist today and need money! Eat and drink – go out tonight – not sure yet. Itchy itchy everywhere. Meditate it away.
I am so happy and grateful for a sunny morning, time to wash clothes.