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Fear and Loathing Down Under.

I wish I could caption the following snippet with something uppity and political like, “They never taught us THIS in those whitewashed history classes…” but to be honest, I don’t remember much from history class. For all I know, this is all they taught us and I just wasn’t paying attention.

"…there is nothing new about the presence of Muslims in Australia. Before European settlement Macassan traders were visiting Australia’s north and interacting with indigenous people, a long-term relationship whose effects can still be traced in the Macassan-derived words in Aboriginal languages of northern Australia. It’s in relation to this early trade relationship that historian Regina Ganter has called Muslims “Australia’s first non-indigenous segment." - http://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/discoverycentre/your-questions/muslim-australians/

I do, however, think the idea that Muslims arrived in Australia before the ‘First Fleet’ is a neat factoid in a commercial media and politician-fuelled whirlpool of arbitrary “go back to where you came from” racism and “we grew here you flew here” bumper stickers.

Commercial media organisations (those whose primary objective is to make money for shareholders rather than report the truth) are having a field day by perpetuating this fear of ‘the other’. Media loves tragedy. It’s cheap to produce, preys on fear and ignorance and satisfies our Storytelling 101 belief that every story needs a hero and a villain.

The government knows this all too well. By portraying the Muslim community as the villains, the government can set themselves up nicely to swoop in as heroes (see military action in Iraq, raised terror threat levels, burka ban brigades and big-scale terrorism raids for the cameras). As Adolph’s boy, Hermann Goering said back in 1946, “…the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.” - http://www.snopes.com/quotes/goering.asp

Or former US President Lyndon B Johnson during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960; “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” - http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson

The first step to conquering is to divide.

I am not suggesting that terrorism is not a real and despicable threat (although it comes in more shades than brown) or that action should not be taken to stop violence and extremism wherever it surfaces. It’s just vital we remember there is an agenda behind every piece of media we consume and it’s a fairly safe bet that it has something to do with the acquisition of power and wealth.

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We spend half our lives selling our souls to earn enough money so we can spend the other half trying to buy them back.

People die at their desks. How do you know if you’re sitting at the right one?

Blood is blood.

If races just take care of our own.

If genders just take care of our own.

If religions just take care of our own.

If abilities just take care of our own.

If sexualities just take care of our own.

If humans just take care of our own.

We will never be at peace.

We are all fauna.

Australia Day: Sam Kekovich, take a fucking hike.

"Eat more meat! Eat more meat! You’re not a fucking man unless you eat more meat. Buy more than what you need. Eat more than what you can. Create a bigger demand for next year! (We might make a buck or two. Don’t worry about it.) Eat more fucking meat! Otherwise your dick’s not big enough. It’s Australia Day. You don’t want to be unAustralian do you? Don’t be fucking unAustralian!

Everywhere you turn this fucking snoozer is screaming at you to eat more meat under the guise of patriotism and a fuckwit’s version of masculinity.

You know what makes sense?

Having an appreciation and respect for what’s on your plate and how it got there. Meat isn’t a right.

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Oh and on a personal note, fuck off Sam Kekovich - stop telling everyone what it is to be Australian just to fill your fucking bank account.

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This is why when I wake up I have deep sense of unease. I think about discount meat. I think about animals that are frightened (including humans). I think about horror movies. I think about whether it’s ok to suppress unpopular thoughts. I think about how easy it is to assume something is right when it’s backed by acceptance. I think about burying my old shoes in the yard. I think about meat as a right. I think about my anxiety talking about food. I think about how pigs are smarter than dogs. I think about the disgust we feel when we read about (domestic/endangered) animal cruelty. I think about lack of awareness masked as indifference masked as tolerance masked as preference. Sometimes I count sheep but I worry what will become of them.


This is why I stopped eating animals.
A true hoaxer would bother to Google the actor’s name.

A true hoaxer would bother to Google the actor’s name.

I feel like there are a number of outdated concepts going on here, including that hat.

I feel like there are a number of outdated concepts going on here, including that hat.

I thought this article was an exposé on stupidity and that Tori was spelling the word ‘pregnant’, t-o-o-s-o-o-n.
In a funny way, maybe this was an exposé on stupidity.

I thought this article was an exposé on stupidity and that Tori was spelling the word ‘pregnant’, t-o-o-s-o-o-n.

In a funny way, maybe this was an exposé on stupidity.

theindecentexposures:

What’s the matter?

Long before. Long after.

theindecentexposures:

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Long after.