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01 October 2004 @ 10:28 pm
Praise the Lord, for I have seen the...cow.  

My brother just remarked that Doom 3, the Playstation game that was banned for being too gorily realistic, is on sale in Smyth's, and it got me thinking about The World, something I don’t generally do.

Being forced to listen to Morning Ireland on the bus this morning (I tell a lie…this evening. Hat, hat, hat.) had its advantages. I got to hear Robert Fisk, a war correspondent for the London Independent, talk about Kenneth Bigley and Iraq. I haven’t spoken much on politics before due to the simple expedient of it not interesting me very much. (I do realise how narrow fandoms are in terms of The World, but to be honest I don’t care).

My view on Iraq is probably simplistic. It is this. The West shouldn’t have got involved in any way in the first place. (It is a terrible pity they put American oil under Iraqi sand…but you get these celestial hiccups from time to time.) Fisk seemed to think along the same lines, but more in the way of saying: ‘It was the West that created this state of anarchy in Iraq [true] and we cannot now say we refuse to negotiate with people who’ve got guns [hearing this, Tony Blair?]’. He also mentioned that the Americans didn’t give a tiny rat’s arse about their hostages, the now-gruesomely-beheaded ones…that would be the oil scenario acting up again. And that insiders from the Italian government revealed that one million euro was handed over to secure the release of THEIR hostages.

Now, seeing as Kenneth Bigley was born in Ireland, there’s been a massive hue and cry from the nation calling for his release. The Al Ja Zeer Az website (which I cannot spell, natch, how obvious it is that I only listen to the news on the radio under duress and never read newspapers - well, except for Dilbert) reported that it had never got so many emails begging for a hostage to be released. Fisk said that these kidnappers were very smart, apart from being devious and cruel; they knew exactly how to turn this situation into a political minefield. Call me stupid, but I didn’t realise that saving someone’s life - by the British government’s intervention - could be seen as aiding and abetting terrorism. The way I see it, it’s  merely (huh) saving someone’s innocent life. True, we only care because he’s a Westerner…but back along, Iraq has done nothing to earn the respect or sympathy of the West. By the same coin it’s done nothing to deserve our political interference, which is the direct cause of the kidnapping of hundreds of Iraqis under the same conditions and so much death (we’ll never know how many, because the Americans have forbidden people to go into mortuaries and count the dead….oil again.)

I hate politics, I hate corruption and I hate, above all, deviousness. If I were Tony Blair, I’d call up the kidnappers and say, ‘Release Bigley, to save a man’s life we’ll give you what you want. To save the lives of your fellow people we’ll pull all our troops out of your horrible little country and encourage everyone else who foolishly stationed troops there to do the same. Then you can go have a civil war if you want, just like every European power and America did, and did you see anyone jumping in to meddle in that, no siree.

Oh, and I’ll have the M15 assassinate George Bush.’

Which is why I’ll never be a politician.

And what this has to do with Doom 3 is that the people who objected should wake up and smell the fresh blood - REAL PEOPLE are getting beheaded right now, in the age of iPods and MP3 players, why don’t they just get a life?


Why oh why did I choose graphic design instead of jewellery making?

The teacher took against me because I seemed to know how to use a mouse. And the computers are APPLES. Yeh, APPLES. After suffering two hours of struggling with one and trying to damp down the rising tide of horror, I realised the reason for foisting GODDAMN Apples on us, and it has to do with insurance.

Which would be pretty low, because it is a truth universally acknowledged that no burglar in their right mind would want to steal an APPLE.

High point of my day: Seeing the most beautiful boy ever on the bus in this morning. He had it all: nice hair, peaches ‘n’ cream skin (or do I mean porcelain?…all smooth and perfect anyway), gorgeous long eyelashes and CHEEK-BONES. I wanted to draw him right there and then. He looked like a wet-dream bishounen.

Then some twat with a big fat blonde head sat in front of me and obscured my oblique angle towards him. I felt like putting two hands on her big fat blonde head and PUSHING her into a little pancake. (The size of her head, the pancake probably could have fed the population of Sudan, with seconds.)

Of course, someone that pretty would be perfectly horrible in real life - a real life Sue, in fact - but it’s nice to know there’s someone so visually stunning out there, it really gives you a basis on which to kill yourself because you know you’ll never, ever hook someone who looks like that.

I fell asleep when Mary was drawing my portrait this afternoon. I was snoring and my head was nodding and everything, and what did she do? Wake me up and spare me the terrible, terrible shame?

No, she just let me there, even when the teacher walked by and told me to wake up. (I didn’t). Also, she laughed. How cruel is that?

Heard this on the radio: What fictional character would you most like to go out with?

Any thoughts? My mind's gone blank except for Jon Snow in 'A Song Of Ice And Fire'.

Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: 'Summer of 69', Bryan Adams
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on October 1st, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)

Or... for seriousnessness...

Shadow from "American Gods". For a date. Probably not for more than that. But it would be... interesting.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 2nd, 2004 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Draco would be quite cool. Certainly if he's as good looking as the fandom would have you believe...but really, he's so delightfully obnoxious, you could imagine having great arguments with him. Which is of course what I look for in a man...:)
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on October 2nd, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
Which is why it works so well... and despite provocation, I am *not* going to explain how it works, because you're a big girl and you can figure it out yourself. ;)

That, and he's in my shower.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 3rd, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
No fair! My shower is Draco-less! (Also quite mildewey.)
(no subject) - rimestock on October 3rd, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on October 3rd, 2004 10:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
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The Light Snarktasticsnarkophagus on October 1st, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC)

Treason! You must be pro-terror! </sarcasm>

Riiight. It irritates the living snot out of me that most people have conveniently forgotten that we went over there for terrorists, and Bush hijacked the whole thing and turned it into what we see today. I'm sure it makes me quite un-American (if you ask a conservative anyway, but I thought their lips were sewn shut by legal decree?) that I'm not supporting our president during wartime.

He's a git. And that's the nicest word I have for him.

Sleep is vastly underrated. I'd have just told her to throw the word "repose" somewhere into the title and leave me alone...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 2nd, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think you could be called un-American for having your own opinion? Isn't that what that Fifth Amendement is about?

From what I've seen, your conservatives are VERY conservative. Over here, it is so much simpler...you vote Pro or Anti Treaty. (This would be the, er, 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty). And like Mussolini, we're non-belligerent, so no wars for us!

Second the git-hood.

Well, the art teacher made her draw me with open eyes to 'practise'. I wouldn't let her anywhere near my stuff again, the teacher that is...she went at my portrait of Mary and gave her a nose like a pig plus wrinkles. Another landscape fanatic, I'd imagine...yuck!
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on October 2nd, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
1st Amendment: Right to free speech, among others.

5th Amendment: Right to not incriminate yourself in court (the right to shut up instead of inserting your foot into your mouth).
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 3rd, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Interesting useless fact: the Irish constitution still states that a woman's place is in the home...
(no subject) - rimestock on October 3rd, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - scoradh on October 3rd, 2004 10:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - rimestock on October 3rd, 2004 10:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
The Light Snarktasticsnarkophagus on October 2nd, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)

Landscapes are fine, in their place. They don't belong on the human face, unless it happens to be Halloween and someone has an exaggerated idea of costuming...

I think it's the first amendment that covers the opinions. Free speech and all. Fifth lets me keep my mouth shut in a courtroom, so I don't have to admit to whatever crime I've been hauled in for.

Our conservatives tend to be fundamentalist-types, and as a result are generally considered to be from hell. They certainly talk about it often enough...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 3rd, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
I've been watching too many law shows and not paying enough attention...In fact I never realised that outside America lawyers still wear those big wiggy things.

I hate landscape. Degas is my friend on this one.

Can't see the fire for the priests type-jobbie, heh?

BTW, sign up for nanowrimo?
(no subject) - snarkophagus on October 3rd, 2004 10:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
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lie here charmedkraken_wakes on October 3rd, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)

Okay, after thinking about it for a while (and one of my friends commenting that a Brit-picking community is likely to become the literary equivalent of fandom_wank - not that there's anything wrong with that *g*) I've decided that I don't have time to run a community like this because a. it would take some serious modding and b. I've got this blasted PhD which I really need to do some work on. Um. So. Not that I think it's a bad idea per se, I just think that it could turn into fanfic_hate etc and I don't have the time to be involved on such a large scale. *she says, backing up so fast she runs over the cat*
*goes back to article she's writing*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 3rd, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Oh, no worries. Although f_w and fanfic hate are quite amusing, I reckon...

I feel so inferior to a PhD...wow...
lie here charmedkraken_wakes on October 4th, 2004 12:49 am (UTC)
I feel inferior to my PhD (hobbits and fanfiction and slash, oh my!)
(no subject) - scoradh on October 4th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
henbock on October 4th, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
got i hate blinkered vision!!
Hi ok where did the beautiful boy get on the bus. if it was where you get on I might know him. I think that your opinion is that of Robert Fisk's not your own . I have known you long enough to know that your compassion for the people of Iraq is short lived. However the best person to get an account from about Iraq is RF. His journalism is honest, fairminded,unbiased and accurate.

KERRY FOR THE WHITEHOUSE, could those old enough to vote please vote for John Kerry as we here in ireland do not appreciate being bullied by that jacked up little shit. Being threatened with major industrial pull outs, fund freezes and boycotting isnt exactly our idea of good relations. I never thought I would stand up for a British PM until Ireland was united but Tony Blair is caught between Iraq and a hard place. He is essentially a good man and was forced to join in the war by that wanker so eventhough he is partially to blame the majority of it lies on GWB. The americans did not go into Iraq looking for terrorists as everyone knows that Osama Bin Laden hated the regime in Iraq so why would he hide out there. America went into Iraq to settle the old score which GB senior started in the eighties and fundamentally for oil it is black and white so don,t give us that shit about terrorists, Randompenguin.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 4th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
Re: got i hate blinkered vision!!
At Fermoy. I saw him today too. He has a really girly voice...

Calm down. All the Americans I've met on lj hate Bush. I think were you a conservative you would not be using one in the first place...and leave randompenguin alone, didn't you cop the sarcasm bit?

(There's loads of cute icons with John Kerry/his running mate, whoever that is...politic slash!! Squee!!)