A rant….but not as long as he talked.. June 29, 2006Posted by Mick in Rants.
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I went and saw Jello Biafra tonight. If you don’t know who he is, and by golly most people don’t, he’s the ex-lead singer of The Dead Kennedys.
Nowadays he does spoken word shows at rock clubs to ‘granola munching’ greenies and liberals.
Tonight I was one of those, but really I am just totally anti-Bush and anti-American that I thought I would fit right in.
Luckily the show was exactly that. He bit right to the core of the problems with not only the American Republicans, but also the Democrats and the media and mostly anyone who’s partly responsible for the degradation of America and it’s society and image that it portrays around the world.
Some, but not all of the issues he touched on…
- The total and utter stupidity of the monkey they call the President.
- The shocking hidden truth about the voting machines and ‘mislaid’ votes from the 2000 and 2004 elections.
- The golden handshakes, pats on the back and arse-kissing that Bush and the government hands out to big oil companies and multi-nationals.
- The farce of the aftermath to Hurricane Katrina and the complete disregard for human life.
- The Iraq war and the unbelievable sacrifice of human life for oil.
- The role the media plays in dumbing down the American public so they don’t realise what a Fuckhead they have for a ‘leader’
- The brainwashing pile of garbage provided by news channels, magazines and newspapers that never tell the full story, let alone accurate.
- The story of Jessica Lynch that came out of Iraq and the fact that it was fabricated bullshit.
- The evidence of global warming that the government prefers to cover up, instead searching for oil where the arctic ice used to be.
- The Christian right and the fact that when the rapture comes at least the rest of the people will be left to fix the country.
There was a lot lot more but we only stayed for 2 hours and 20 minutes and he was just taking his first break.
It’s a pity that he was speaking to a room of already converted people because a lot of what he had to say should be told to the people that refuse to listen to this sort of stuff and continue to live in their little ‘American-made’ bubble.
But in the whole it was all a little depressing. There’s just so many things wrong and just so little ways t o fix it. How can people be trusted to vote for the right people when they aren’t interested in even finding out the truth.
The same goes with Australians. We are very quickly sliding down that slippery slope that the US has been forging for years. If we don’t stop it now it’ll be too late.
I think it is already too late for the USA. Bush has sucken soooo much money into the Iraq war that everything back home is suffering and the huge debts that he’ll be left with will cripple it’s ability to recover it’s own infrastructure…let alone someone elses. Every superpower falls. I think this is just the beginning of the end for the United States, and I for one am glad I won’t be here when it sinks.
But we have to stop it from happening to Australia. We have to make sure we don’t fall down that slope after them. Just because America jumps off a cliff…….
I don’t know the solution, but one day the government will realilse that sticking their nose so far up the American bum will only bring us our downfall.
This government? No.
Maybe the next one.
Try melting it instead June 28, 2006Posted by Mick in Rants.
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Oh, and another thing. Inspired by Ang, The US Senate voted against a constitutional amendment today to prevent American flag burning…..by one single vote.
Look at this Australia. If the US can’t even ratify a law like this, then why would we even bother for ‘our’ flag.
I heard comments when Australia was in the world cup from Americans like..
“Hey…why are they waving a British flag..”
Time for a new flag Australia. I mean, seriously.
Do I look gay? (honestly) June 28, 2006Posted by Mick in Diary.
Life is never boring in this place.
Not only have I slept in around 8 or 9 different beds (not with people) since being here, I have applied for places to rent as well, but not having much luck.
The latest in this saga is a studio apartment that I was hoping to share with a guy down the road from work. It wasn’t a huge place, but he was only going to charge $300 and it was literally 200 metres down the road. I was looking forward to basing myself somewhere
Apparently now his sister is going to be taking the space, which in theory is fine. I mean family comes before some random bloke you met through email. I’m a bit pissed that he took so long to tell me. (I was supposed to move in 2 weeks ago) I told him this on email last night.
He apologised and blah blah, but said that we should meet up for drinks some time……and maybe more.
I should have known.
I think I did know.
And no, there’s nothing wrong with that.
But maybe it’s good that I didn’t move in.
2 words. June 26, 2006Posted by Mick in Sport.
Yeah, we lost.
Yeah, we are out of the World Cup.
Yeah, we weren’t expected to even make it to the second round.
Yeah, we all still feel like shit.
In our own heads we all know that we probably weren’t going to make the Quarter Finals of the World Cup. The Final 8. But we all secretly also knew that we could give those big teams a shake.
We gave Italy a good shake. We should have gone to extra-time. It was a bullshit penalty and we all know it.
But I know we are all proud.
Only 4 years to go everyone….
Sick. Home or flu? Both. June 24, 2006Posted by Mick in Diary.
After the exhaltation of the other day, I have finally been attacked by the flu bug and I feel like crap.
Put that together with the fact that it's humid as hell, my mobile phone has stopped working, and I have nowhere to live, and I'm not feeling so crash hot.
I write this from the back room at the Embassy. I have a fan running next to me, (the air-con is not running) and I am sniffling, coughing and hacking up green goobers occassionally.
I head back to Australia next weekend for 2 weeks. I am really looking forward to it. Can't wait to see the kids and family. I just don't want to be sick when I am in New York next weekend (before I fly out) or on the 20 hours in the plane, or when I am in Canberra! I will have to stock up on some Sudafed or something cause right now my head is full of crap and I have bugger-all energy.
I was supposed to be moving in with a Swiss guy who was going to let me share his studio for $300 a month. His place was literally 200 metres down the road and he seemed like a decent guy.
Unfortunately I have not been able to contact him for the last week and a half and now I am not so sure that I will be moving in there at all. Which leaves me buggered for when I get back from Australia. I really need to find a place cause I don't think all this moving around is really doing me any good.
Hopefully I'll hear from him before I get back and I can still move in there, but I just don't know where he is.
Well, I think I have to force myself to get up and get out into the swamp that is Washington DC. This palce is crazy. The low temperature is 21 at night, with the high being 27, but mix in 75% humidity and it's pretty yucko.
But I won't complain…I won't complain…I won't complain.
Only 2 sleeps till Australia beat Italy! YAY!!
3 words. June 23, 2006Posted by Mick in Diary.
WE ARE IN!
Bring on Italy.
But hey, we are in the second round and I know that everyone was hoping we'd get there, but none of us were really sure that we would.
This is huge. This is exciting. I sort of wish I were back in Australia because the atmosphere on Friday would have been amazing. The atmosphere here at the embassy was pretty cool as well. We had the game showing on the big screen in the main hall and we were downing VB's and eating chips and making the Embassy shake with our cheering.
We had shirts made up for the event as well. Pictures to come soon!
Man…this is so good. I hope we make it to the Semi's cause I will be back in Australia for them!
Ok…a little analysis of the game?
Firstly, Kalac??? What was Guus thinking? He nearly cost us our chance. Nearly. That howler and that fumble? Jebus. How hard did he want to make it for us?
His response? "I had a world-class goal and I had a shit goal". SHIT??? That's it? For starters, that first goal you should have gotten a hand to it. I mean, yeah, it was a good strike, but to not even get a touch? You should have been a step ahead of where you were. And that second goal and those fumbles were just pathetic.
Apparently Schwarzer was dropped because he made mistakes in the last 2 games? I wish someone would point out what they were.
Kewell's relief (along with the rest of the country) and reaction to his goal was awesome to see. He has been the person that our team has been pinning our hopes and dreams on for so long and I really really felt for him that he managed to get a goal in a World Cup game. He deserves it.
Other players? Emerton, Cahill (loved his bicycle kick attempt), Neill, Aloisi, Kennedy. They all played well. I like Kennedy. I had never heard of him before, but I like him.
My last 2 weeks… June 17, 2006Posted by Mick in Diary, Music.
Sorry it's been so long since updating, but I have been catsitting out at Crystal City, and have not had Internet access, apart from trying to steal wireless from other people which wasn't very successful! It sucks because I have had a fun couple of weeks as well!
Here's a quick rundown…
6/6/6 – Wolfmother – Black Cat
Oh hell yes. I had been hanging out for this gig for months. We got in for free thanks to some Aussie friends in Chicago who knew the tour manager (whose number I now have in my phone!).
Wolfmother rocked out as only they know how. I saw them at the Big Day Out earlier this year, and they were outstanding in a big arena, but in a little club, they just went off amazingly. Solid, pumping, tight and rocking. They are so good live. I hear they have a sold out tour of Australia coming soon. If you haven't got tickets…SCALP some!
They have been going great guns in the states. Playing lots of shows, lots of TV and store appearances (were on Letterman last week) and they will be supporting Pearl Jam for some upcoming shows in Europe. I really hope the boys make it big because they are the most excting thing to come out of Australia for a long time (We don't count Jet or The Vines).
The World Cup
Of course this has been the highlight of the last week. Not only did I spend last weekend completely drunk and in Football heaven, that Australia game on Monday (which was at 9am for us here) , was just the icing on a huge huge cake of luscious football. Me, Dougall, Alex and Tinning just went ballistic after those 3 goals. It was so amazing to watch and experience Australia's first ever goals and first ever World Cup win. We were drinking malt liquor and beer from 9 in the morning and the day just flew by as the yanks went down (hehehe) and the Italians showed their skills against the Ghanans (Ghanians? Ghanesians?).
And right now? I am soaking in the Ghana v Czech Republic game. I have been trying to watch every game, or at least part of every single game……and…OMG Ghana just scored on the Czech Republic!! Holy crap….that was awesome!
It doesn't matter who is playing. I am just soaking it in as much as I can.
Mind you, the American commentators suck. I almost prefer to watch the games on Spanish TV to avoid hearing their crappy commentary where they feel they have to compare football to baseball, basketball and boxing. One commentator even said, "Everyone in the world has heard of Michael Beckham". So sad it's not even funny!
My Aussie holiday!
I have booked and bought my tickets back to Australia from July 1st to July 15th. I am looking forward to seeing the kids especially, but also I miss my family and friends so I will hopefully try and catch up with everyone I can while I am there. I actually arrive in Sydney on the morning of the 3rd (missing a day!) but can't wait to get there!
While I'm home I will be celebrating my 30th and my sisters 21st, so be prepared for a party!!
So hopefully I will be around a bit more from now on. Thanks to you all for your comments and emails. It's nice to know people are checking out this blog and enjoying reading it!
GO THE AUSSIES against Brazil tomorrow!!!! I will post some photos of our t-shirts that we'll be wearing. Made especially for the World Cup!