“Apeman” – at least animals are worse off

“I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilised cos I’m a strict vegetarian
But compared to the flowers and the birds and the trees I am an apeman.
And with the overpopulation and inflation and starvation and the crazy politicians
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
don’t want to die in a nuclear war
I want to sail away to a distant shore”
The Kinks

Yesterday, feeling sick with the worst abdominal cramps and diarrhoea ever, I was staying home, crouched in front of my tv and among other crap I saw a ‘documentary’ about dogs in China that made me cringe. It was outstanding in its mixture of being involuntarily funny and racist and speciecist. First the film team desperately looked for markets or shops that sell dog meat and you could tell by one endlessly reappearing picture how happy they were when they finally found one dead dog at one food stand. Then they contrasted this evil/uncivilized/traditional part of China with the happyhappy colourful modern China in which the people finally know it better and keep dogs as pets. The example for that being freaky sentimental dog owners who dye their poodles’ fur. I’m not sure if the racism or the specicism in that documentary was worse. Really ridiculous Really ridiculous yet it made me remember times when this would have caused an outcry of criticisim in next day’s papers. We are so numb.

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There’s a little piece you might like to read in the Ted Leo news (wish he would change that into an RSS blog thing) about hating “People who think that there’s some sort of hypocrisy in “a beef-flavored soy patty”.

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This one isn’t new, it’s from 2003 but I stumbled upon it again and it’s worth being recommended if you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a documentary (narrator: Joaquin Phoenix, music: Moby). “EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.”
You can watch it streamed here.

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I’m not writing very much at the moment cause I’m still a bit tangled up in bad moods and feel disgustingly fragile. I manage to keep things up and going but it’s taking far more power than usually. Will get better but becoming sick is no big help. I’ll better stay home and lick my invisible wounds for a while. My mp3 ep is out now on www.starvingbuthappy.com but I can’t concentrate on writing about it for you here. Tomorrow I will.

Oh, and maybe I will dj as support for GET HUSTLE next Sunday in Würzburg. XYEAHX asked but it’s not safe yet.

Ach, and please: no matter how much I like you or how much I respect your work, be it as promoter or artist, I won’t have those stupid oversized advertisement comments. It’s like elbow-pushing other people’s nice little ads from the page and crashing profile-layouts just to get your thing promoted.
And there I was thinking I’d never complain about anything myspace-related.

PS.: Hooray for Ray Davies releasing a new album. I hope it’s not crap but am prepared for the worst.

PS PS.: “Starbucks is less evil than Universal Music.” Kim Gordon
What do you make of that?

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