I used to know

You wake up with a drink,
And go to bed in the sunshine,
Your smoking ice and chilling grass,
You’re drinking down turpentine,

At the club you’re always talking,
At the pub you dance around,
In the bed you’re a mystic warrior,
In the mind there’s only sound,

So baby, take your game my way,
Cos you remind me,
Of some one I used to know,

You’re making plans and taking names,
You’re staring down the devil inside,
You’re the one that there talking about,
You rise and fall just like the tide,

So baby, take your game my way,
Cos you remind me,
Of some one I used to know,

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The people taking there music back.

Recently a social activist (as I will call him), called IlCreation, brought Justin Bieber and his biebets to there knees (and if you are picturing a sexual innuendo there, for shame).
What he did (assume he is a he) was send a copyright claim to YouTube on all of Bieber’s official videos. He also ‘attacked’ other pop artists, and I use the term artist loosely, including Lady Gaga and Rhianna.
Now while I know nothing about why he did this or who he is I am proud of the fact that he did it. Not because he took down singers who I dislike. But rather because they are singers who have been a product of the increasingly unit selling, linear, music market.
A market that used to be full of creative thinking and new ideas about social reform and where, and how, they can take music into the future, has now become a unit selling, bottom line profit focused industry.
This has stifled creative process and lessened the overall experience of music, and before now consumers have had to take what has been offered to us, or listen to back catalogue artists.
This industry basically has been running counter intuitively to the rest of the market, where consumers have more say than ever in what products they wish to buy, and corporations are being forced to listen. The music industry takes advantage of the fact that they create all the choice and forces products onto consumers.
This leads me to why I applaud this IlCreation. He has showed that consumers won’t take this dictatorship of music lying down.
He has effectively liberated millions of people from the tyranny that is the current music industry.
I only wish that more people see this and that in some way shows a beacon of hope to people outside the demographic of 13-16 year old, tone deaf, girls.
Maybe if this ban had lasted a little longer these biebets may have been forced to search other music and discover just how good and liberating music can be, as opposed to the mindless drones that they are now.
Unfortunately this is not the case, but this has opened the door, all be it a crack, which hopefully given enough pushes will eventually spring forth in a cascade of colour and wonderment. Or at least 1 person who truly deserves the title of music artist.

Be like me

Hey there kids don’t you want to be like me,
Get your big house, big car and big TV,
So don’t tell me you don’t want to be like me,
I’ve corrupted you so only the dollar you see,

Money, money everywhere but not a drop to drink,
Not a piece of land to own and not a thought to think,
Money, money everywhere but no more bread to eat,
No more oil to help get around and no shoes for our feet,

With everything that the world has why are we left alone,
With no internet and no I-pad not even a simple phone,
The selfish and manipulative have corrupted all our eyes,
So we don’t see the starving on the street or the constant suicides,

But still the bankers say, still they make the call,
Spilling mistrust from their pours, stealing all our souls,

Hey there kids don’t you want to be like me,
Get your big house, big car and big TV,
So don’t tell me you don’t want to be like me,
I’ve corrupted you so only the dollar you see,

With music set to selling units and meaning left alone,
With bankers getting reimbursed but children dumped from home,
With wars occurring through radio waves spilling tons of hate,
And love being sold like radio and lust used as bait,

Why can’t we see that the path is filled with metal traps?
And the blood we’ve spilled from each other has eroded all the maps,
With sisters sleeping on the road with dogs between their feet,
And brothers fighting against the cold, the wind, the rain, the sleet,

But still the bankers say, still they make the call,
Spilling mistrust from their pours, stealing all our souls,

Hey there kids don’t you want to be like me,
Get your big house, big car and big TV,
So don’t tell me you don’t want to be like me,
I’ve corrupted you so only the dollar you see,

A Statistic

You’re cold like a computer,
All hard wired, the perfect shooter,
No heartbeat and no compassion,
Making targets in your own fashion,

A judge, a jury and a conviction,
Grouping lives together in submission,
A bloody mess soon forgotten,
A human nature that is all to rotten,

Don’t let me, become a statistic,
Life isn’t so simplistic,
Don’t let me, become a statistic,
Our values aint intrinsic,
But to you we must all be
Some mere numbers conveniently,
Put forward at once to die,
No time for grief no time to cry,

I no longer know my name,
Unit 3k2 part of a powerless frame,
No strength yet all the weapons,
Promised much but left to the heavens,

Seems we’re all got an illness,
But no one is going to help us,
There’s no doctor, no nurse,
Just thieves stealing from the hearse,

Don’t let me, become a statistic,
Life isn’t so simplistic,
Don’t let me, become a statistic,
Our values aint intrinsic,
But to you we must all be
Some mere numbers conveniently,
Put forward at once to die,
No time for grief no time to cry,

Public Transport:

Public transport is a contentious issue at the moment and it is easy to see why. Conflicting views on every issue revolving around its operation. From different parts of the government, the private business sector and the commuters results in confusion and heated, sometimes baseless, arguments.
The main issues that are being debated are the below 4 points:
• Price.
• Safety.
• Reliability.
• Crowding.
Let’s address each issue separately. First is the Price. How much should a fare cost, can public transport run at a profit and if so should it, are fines more important than the purchase of a ticket and how to stop ticket evasion and the most prominent talking points in this issue.
Firstly let me say that I believe that the price of a ticket is to expensive. Lets take the cost for an all day travel pass zone 1 standard fair. This is the ticket that most people going to work will purchase. The cost is $7 a ticket. That’s $35 a working week. This is far to much for the average worker to have to pay just for transit. People shouldn’t have to sacrifice to go to work. Sure it’s cheaper than petrol for the average drive to the city, but not by enough to make a real difference. I worry that the process wouldn’t change whether there is a privatised system in place or not, as the privatised company would be operating in a monopoly and as we have seen this never bode well for either service or price. I believe that if ticket prices were greatly reduced; let’s say to $4 ticket evading would not occur (so much). As it stands right now ticket evasion comes in at costing the public transport system $80million dollars a year alone. The addition of ticket inspectors have done nothing to stop this flow as they only appear during peak hour, where everyone has learned to buy there tickets.
Continuing on with ticket inspectors, we will now look at safety. The other reason ticket inspectors where brought along were to protect the community of public transport travellers from people looking to hurt injure or disrupt this community. As such this has not occurred, in fact in some cases it is the transport inspectors that have been accused of brutality to commuters.
This is un reasonable, and was reflected in a recent survey conducted by the Sweeney Market Research Company on behalf of the government. It was found that the majority of commuters found them scary, abrasive, intrusive and non responsive to problems on public transport. Many believe that they are not there to protect but more to intimidate passengers so they don’t fare evade. From my experiences I completely concur with this statement and really have nothing to add except that maybe we should either get rid of them or increase their public service training. I think removing them would be best and this could inturn lower the ticket fare.
Reliability is a crucial issue. To many people are left stranded on a daily basis by late or sometimes even non existent trains and trams. Its like they decide not to appear for some reason. This is upsetting as there is almost no warning of this occurring unless you are at the station in question. I believe Social media could help. A twitter account telling people that certain trains will be late or not running would greatly help as most people have access to twitter on their phones now a days. But this is another reason why the price of the tickets is to high. $7 for something that may or may not occur and generally even if it does arrive its 4-10 mins late ridicules the average commuter’s intelligence.
Finally crowding. It is amazing that there are so few trains during peak hour. This has resulted in many commuters being squished and subsequently injured by the overcrowding of peak hour transport. There is nothing else to say except that we are in need of more trains running at the right times and less during the non-peak hour times. A reorganisation of the schedule should be enough to fix this if anyone could be bothered.
If we can’t fix these problems then I fear that public transport will be always a poxy of the modern commuter.

Higher Education – do we focus to much on it?

I was reading a little article about entrepreneurship in one of my favourite websites (mashable.com) where an interesting statistic caught my eye. Th e-article claimed that only 57% of students complete their first degree within a 6 year period.
This statistic is shocking considering how much emphasis we put on Tertiary education. In modern society it is assumed that we will all follow a set formula from grade school to a university or college, where we get a degree and spend the rest of our lives slowly moving up the ladder in our particular industry.
However this statistic seems to suggest that this is a fallacy. That this linear formula that someone in the government (not sure but most likely), has created for us, just doesn’t work.
It seems that all that stuff about freedom of speech and thought, we took as literal, not just as some empty promise given to us by our elders, which it seems was almost certainly the case.
Now I know what some media outlets will call my generation because of this statistic. They will use this to call us lazy, self indulgent, good for nothings that just spend all day slothing out on the couch and all night getting drunk or taking copious amounts of drugs. These words will most likely be associated with pictures or footage of youths drunk and falling about, kissing sloppily and yelling at a camera.
This is the image they like to portray of us for reasons only they know. I have some theories though if you will allow me to elaborate.
The reason comes down to three different alternatives:
1. They’re jealous of our youth and the fact that they miss the days where they could go about doing all the same activities that we do, but get away with it because camera phones weren’t invented yet.
2. They are upset because we have seen past the ruse that they were the golden generation, and realised that they ruined this world in so many ways (environmentally, economically, George bush-ily, musically, ect). So now that we don’t look back at them as being completely selfish they throw the first punch by giving us that label.
3. It makes for higher ratings on TV.
However maybe, just maybe, the reason is that we have entered into a new creative generation. One of not only the arts can be reformed, because they desperately need to be reformed, but also one of increased innovation.
Innovation that will create an alternative to fossil fuels and poetry that which can rival Keats, Elliot and Homer.
Because what we don’t need is just more mindless workers on wall street who idle and whore-ship the almighty dollar. We’ve seen what happens there.
What we need are free thinkers. Independent risk takers willing to attempt to swim even though the likely possibility is that they will sink.
For if we don’t attack the future head on like a rampaging bullet train filled with new and exciting ideas, the likely probability is that we will fall to the same results of the past and leave the problems for a future generation to handle.
This is something we can’t let occur.

Corporate Monotonousness

One step at a time,
Make sure you fall in line,
Original thought be a crime,
Got to work for that bottom line,

But what about the times when we let go,
When we can see all that’s on show,
And when we danced under the stars,
The joining together of Venus and mars,

Where out in the world yet hidden from sight,
Where the lines are paved in wrong and right,
What happened to all our plans and the like?
Why are we now content without being alive,

So why am I waiting,
Slowly suffocating,
In this drudge of soldiers,
Blindly following orders,

But what about the times when we let go,
When we can see all that’s on show,
And when we danced under the stars,
The joining together of Venus and mars,

It seems I’ve become lost from purpose,
Left abandoned on the road of service,
Shrinking away from my own conscious,
Becoming part of this corporate monotonousness,

So why am I waiting,
Slowly suffocating,
In this drudge of soldiers,
Blindly following orders,

But what about the times when we let go,
When we can see all that’s on show,
And when we danced under the stars,
The joining together of Venus and mars,