There is blood on our hands again

(From the song 'Blood on our Hands' by Death From Above 1979).

What I'm clumsily trying to say is that here's a blog what I made whilst I should've been doing something better and that if you're reading it then you should be doing something better too. Also, the fact that you and I have the time and resources to respectively make and read this gumpf is why the World is so screwed.

31 October 2005


Stumbled onto someone's blog and kinda liked this: (it describes 'me' in a nutshell after selecting an option from a list(I'm not sure I agree with all of it... but it's more or less right I guess)):

Your World View

You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

Anywho... I've should go to bed now... got important things to do tomorrow... the kind of things that make me really nervous beforehand... I won't jinx it by describing them...

Now listening to:
I'm not Working - Manic Street Preachers

26 October 2005

Quote hunting...

I'm feeling the need for inspiration... and thought I'd share what I found...

All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interests of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interests of the immense majority. (Karl Marx and Frederick Engels (1848)

I even found that socialism exists in America ... who'd have thought it! (I'm only joking... I know there's a long history of socialism in America!)

"The democracy afforded us by capitalism is restricted, but we can no more ignore the attacks launched on our political rights than we can attacks on our jobs, wages and conditions. Both are important symptoms of a lack of confidence in the future on the part of the capitalist class. To maintain their power, privilege and wealth they must attempt to claw back with their right hand every reform wrenched from their left hand by generations of struggle. Hidden behind the barrage of propaganda about the need to fight terrorism are very real attacks on our ability to protest, and to organise to change society." - Taken from In defence of Marxism

25 October 2005

To the victim belongs the spoils

Now that I'm a victim of crime I feel justified in spouting the authoritarian beliefs I've held for some time and further developed over the last few days.

I no longer care about the civil-liberties implications about bio-metric data and ID cards... bring 'em on I say. If every citizen is obliged to have a card with fingerprint information then we could have a national data-base of fingerprint records that can be accessed and cross-matched against those found at the scene of a crime... like, oh I don't know... the prints found in my car when some FUCKING BASTARDS BROKE THE FUCK IN, YOU MOTHERLESS FUCKING CUNTS!

Ahem... Still, we all read about scum-bags with 60 offences finally being sent to prison... for a year. Just yesterday I was reading about someone who had forty-something driving offences and was being sentenced to two years... sure 'driving offences' they're not real crimes are they? Not like murder or rape or illegal distribution of copyrighted material (that last one's a joke by the way, who gives a shit about that? I mean really... The record/film companies that's who cares and screw them... they've made billions). And yet, driving without insurance might not seem so bad until that person drives into you and either: stops and tells you they haven't got insurance (unlikely) so you receive nothing or doesn't stop and maybe hits a few more people trying to get away (still you receive nothing). Of course, knowing the trouble that they're likely to be in if caught and the fact that they if they don't care about insurance then they probably don't care about pesky things like tax, MOT's, alcohol limits, speed limits, seatbelts for themselves or passengers and general highway rules this makes them all the more dangerous.

I'm not suggesting a blanket 'three strikes' kinda rule... some offences are 'worse' than others... (getting caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis etc. is worse than getting caught with a small amount of someone else's brains spattered all over a knife you're holding(providing they're dead/wounded and you stabbed them(I have to cover that point because some people are THAT pedantic))). Whereas some or all of that may be true... it should be fairly obvious to anyone in Britain these days that neither New Labour or the Tories are ever gonna really be 'tough on the causes of crime', it's easier to just do the first part of that cliché and just be 'tough' on crime full-stop. This means of course that the social issues are not addressed (the causes of crime) and so those working-class council house/inner-city type areas remain ghettos to all intents and purposes. They have poor residents that can't afford anything other than the state provided services that are staffed by people from the area because no-one else wants to be there. So the schools are poorly funded, they have kids from poor families who've been poorly educated and don't place importance on such things... Sure it's much more complicated than that and that's why there needs to be effective deterrent to crime and better detection methods.

CCTV is another area which could be expanded and the technology for that is getting better all the time too.

I'm tired of typing now...But more may well follow tomorrow.

22 October 2005

Black Hearts now reign

So... yesterday at about half two/three o' clock I discovered that my car had been broken into and my rear speakers stolen. Great innit, cos I've got so much money lying around I was begging for something like this to come along and give my brain a rest from trying to think of things to spend it on.
Uncharacteristically I'm not gonna let it get me down. I'm not sure there's much left to really get me down anymore... and I'm not being melodramatic or deluding myself that I've got it worse than anyone else (God knows I've got an incredibily extravangant life compared to about three quarters of the planet). Sure it's annoying... but I don't know, what can you do? I'm 'happy' to just be a little pissed off rather than punching walls/crying my eyes out like some people might.
Sigh... It's the inconvenience of it that's most annoying.

Went back to my parents and rang Fairwter police station car crime department to leave a message with their anwer machine... that's about right. Just after I left to come home they rang up and they should be on their way to look at the car now. I'm under no illusions as to what they'll find mind you but you've got do these things to find out eh?

Looks like I'm gonna be spending the night at my parents later so I can borrow my mum's car in order to get to work tomorrow, that should be fun. It'll be my first night their in quite some time. Hey ho.

11 October 2005

Just thought it was cool...

Well I've had every intent on continuing the Campsie saga... but I'm lazy.
One thing I have been doing though, and here I thank Simon (who's Blog link can be seen on the left) is stumbling like crazy! Firefox is without doubt the best web browser around and it's the sheer customization that you can carry out that makes it so great. The stumble add-on has allowed me to spend hours laughing when I stumble on humour and satire sites; and hours wasting time playing online flash games... it's been great. Everyone should stumble!

One thing I did stumble upon was the following speech which I decided to post here. I took it from a rather large page featuring this anti-war speech by Eugene Debs and I think it's worth a read. It's just as relevant now as it was then, war begets war, violence begets violence, greed begets misery.

Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder. In the Middle Ages when the feudal lords who inhabited the castles whose towers may still be seen along the Rhine concluded to enlarge their domains, to increase their power, their prestige and their wealth they declared war upon one another. But they themselves did not go to war any more than the modern feudal lords, the barons of Wall Street go to war.

The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another's throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose--especially their lives.

They have always taught and trained you to believe it to be your patriotic duty to go to war and to have yourselves slaughtered at their command. But in all the history of the world you, the people, have never had a voice in declaring war, and strange as it certainly appears, no war by any nation in any age has ever been declared by the people.

And here let me emphasize the fact--and it cannot be repeated too often--that the working class who fight all the battles, the working class who make the supreme sacrifices, the working class who freely shed their blood and furnish the corpses, have never yet had a voice in either declaring war or making peace. It is the ruling class that invariably does both. They alone declare war and they alone make peace. Yours not to reason why; Yours but to do and die. That is their motto and we object on the part of the awakening workers of this nation. If war is right let it be declared by the people. You who have your lives to lose, you certainly above all others have the right to decide the momentous issue of war or peace....

You need at this time especially to know that you are fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder. You need to know that you were not created to work and produce and impoverish yourself to enrich an idle exploiter. You need to know that you have a mind to improve, a soul to develop, and a manhood to sustain....

They are continually talking about your patriotic duty. It is not their but your patriotic duty that they are concerned about. There is a decided difference. Their patriotic duty never takes them to the firing line or chucks them into the trenches. And now among other things they are urging you to "cultivate" war gardens, while at the same time a government war report just issued shows that practically 52 percent of the arable, tillable soil is held out of use by the landlords, speculators and profiteers. They themselves do not cultivate the soil. Nor do they allow others to cultivate it. They keep it idle to enrich themselves, to pocket the millions of dollars of unearned increment....

And now for all of us to do our duty! The clarion call is ringing in our ears and we cannot falter without being convicted of treason to ourselves and to our great cause.

Do not worry over the charge of treason to your masters, but be concerned about the treason that involves yourselves. Be true to yourself and you cannot be a traitor to any good cause on earth.