posted on September 6, 2007 at 5:37 am

a sydney footballer is in hot water cos of drugs
the guy apparently is a champion n successful player
and hes admitted to doing ecstacy regularly for a long time
….after being sprung by a copper in england
now said player is saying oh i took it cos of the pressure
oh i took it cos im bi-polar(bear)
but not
i took it cos i like it
now the hallowed halls of the rugby league(not human league)
are wringing their hands
gnashing their teeth
scratching their cauliflower ears
saying where did we go wrong?
and a whole load of other players too have been caught
and in the same week a pamphlett arrives
about getting tuff on drugs
i thought we were already tuff on drugs
but we gotta get tuffer
if we get tuffer we can stamp em out it says
although after about a hundred years of tuffness on drugs
theyre still there
jails full of drug users who are otherwise law abiding tax payers
police system stretched so they can bust drug dealers n users
courts clogged up with it
the dealers are thrivin’
the cops are bustin’
and the user being squashed in the middle
there are just as many if not more drugs out there
than when i was a kid
more expensive
more potent
more ” dangerous”
more addictive
now aint it time someone said
this war on drugs is ridiculous
you cant have a war “on” an inanimate object for a start
people obviously have some need to change conciousness
i know i do
and i know the change i “need ” is not facilitated by the things
“they” say i can have
tobacco, alcohol, barbituates, prozac etc
no i dont dig em all that much
anyway
the western govts
have
to disenfranchise certain groups
have made other drugs illegal
however i really feel
that the community is paying the price
and that finally biting the bullet
minimising harm to everyone
and establishing outlets which could sell
quality drugs at reasonable prices is the answer
the govt can tax and even own them
the products should all be tested and
manufactured or grown to whatever specifications
this would eliminate
drug dealers
if stuffs being sold for what its really worth
just like sugar or coffee or wine is
then who will pay dealers high prices
when you can get a real organic bag of
(insert drug name here) for the regular nonblackmarket price?
the end of much drugrelated breakins n theft
if the addict only has to find say 30 bucks a day
instead of 300
hes not gonna be ripping off so many car stereos
if drugs are legal the cop force is freed up
instead of busting potsmokers
they can get rapists
instead of some eccy swallowing footy player
they can catch the arms runners n the real badde guys
suddenly all those prisoners in jails can go home
jail dont sort out drug addicts!
treatment may
yoga may
religion or na may
love may
help and care if you reckon they deserve it
but jailing em is expensive uncivilised and actually making things worse
if the users know what theyre getting then fewer overdoses
if the drugs are clean and rated
it will help with diseases and damage to body
of course i realise there are many people
out there
who still say
look
i dont fucking care
i want all the druggies in jail!
have a look around at the havoc this prohibition is creating
it aint working
it aint never has
it aint never will
be as tuff as you fucking well like on drugs
it aint stopping em
people have always taken drugs
i dont actually see how its even a legal or govt matter
to tell me how i may change my consciousness
who gave em that power?
believe me one day
this paradigm will fail
as all the other stuff weve ruined goes wrong on us
with the weather n wars n mad cows n stuff i mean
theyre just gonna say
we cant afford to chase this 1950s drug persecution bullshit
anymore
its impossible
its expensive
and its achieving the exact opposite
in a hundred years
itll be legal to take drugs(again as it was pre 1900)
and
(for ecological reasons)
illegal to eat meat
thats right
vegetarianism would have more impact on the wevver
than if everybody stopped drivin’ their cars
imagine it
being left alone
to enjoy a nice mood alteration
and a nut cutlet
mmm
sks utopia

74 Responses to “drug blogge”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 6:34 am #

    Go the time being! If only those in power could be as sensible as you…. perhaps this should be on APECs agenda xxxxx

    Amy

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 6:57 am #

    Amen!

    I have a sister who´s an alcoholic, Steve. Imagine if they put her in jail! Don’t really see why being addicted to drugs is so different from being addicted to alcohol!?

    Love,

    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 7:00 am #

    got a light?.X

  4. avatar
    davem | 6 September 2007 at 7:17 am #

    I’ve worked in Englands Inner cities for the past 23 years and see every day the crime caused by people trying to get the dosh to fuel their habit to give to some tosser of a dealer.
    I wouldn’t argue about legalising some drugs but I wouldn’t support legalisation of all drugs. You’ve talked on here about the horror of your addiction. Be great to get rid of dealers though….got to rush to work now.
    Ta ra
    xx

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 7:20 am #

    If you mean hard drugs like heroin being made affordable for all sk, no way!!, how can that be a good thing? (Call me naive, but Please explain!)
    Chonk on
    Amanda

  6. avatar
    fantasticandy | 6 September 2007 at 7:26 am #

    wise words….softly spoken for a change.
    nice.
    andy L.

  7. avatar
    Julia | 6 September 2007 at 7:31 am #

    Even though I’m straightedge, I wholeheartedly agree with this. Odd how my mum and I were talking about legalizing marijuana earlier today. Heard something about a celebrity being arrested for pot.

  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 7:31 am #

    as I roll one up!..?…happy thursday!….nuttin’ else I can tink of too say!…Sept…avay good night !…love,as always,gen xxxxx

  9. avatar
    Richard | 6 September 2007 at 7:45 am #

    just imagine…

    the new ads on TV

    the new franchises opening up on the outskirts of town (“bongs r us”)

    the bloke from Gardening Australia introducing the brand new DIY segment

  10. avatar
    eek | 6 September 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Abso-fucking-lutely!!! I’ve been saying the same thing for years and I do feel that eventually it WILL happen. So many of the problems cause by drug use are caused by the illegality of it, not by the actual use. It’s just foolhardy to keep pursuing this exercise in idiocy.

  11. avatar
    Faye | 6 September 2007 at 8:21 am #

    is this called Decadence?…..i think …THIS is Decadence! xo

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 8:24 am #

    Steve, you should come and live in the UK – 10 year-old kids smoking dope in the streets, shopping precincts, on public transport, etc and no-one does a damn thing about it. Anything below dealing on a wholesale-scale and the cops aren’t even vaguely interested.CPA never prosecutes, courts never convict. Course, if y’don’t want to be around drugs, it means there’s no protection from it. My 11 year old daughter was held by one lad while another blew dope smoke in her face. I have to have my windows closed all year, even on the hottest days cos the dope smoke seeps into the house. There’s crack users 2 doors down and dealers sat outside in cars that have their engines running all night. I’m here at work after less than 4 hours sleep. I always said I didn’t care what anyone else did as long as they didn’t do it near me – but there’s no escape from it these days. You’d love it here. I hate it.

  13. avatar
    eek | 6 September 2007 at 8:42 am #

    ^
    and the vast majority of that would end if drugs were made legal and sold by other than thugs.

  14. avatar
    verdelay | 6 September 2007 at 9:08 am #

    Anon @ 6:24am

    I think the point is that the culture doesn’t deal with the issue at all; as it is ‘illegal’ it is dismissed from legitimate debate and cannot be discussed openly and dealt with within the community. Legitimate social use and antisocial abuse are conflated, and the resultant issues confused. No progress can be made while this is the situation.

    The UK does not exemplify the ‘free and open’ society in any way; rather, it exemplifies the worst consequences of criminalising certain behaviours

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 9:37 am #

    hi steve,
    very interesting issue, thats sure. i think there is difference between soft and hard drugs. Legalizing pot is a no brainer, but heroin? coke? I dont know. Not to mention all the blood and killing involved in transporting those drugs from places like Afghanistan and colombia. Jail for users is wrong. Perhaps if drugs were legal, and whole thing was government controlled, perhaps using would be less exciting and appealing. I’ve never been into drugs myself, but been around enough, not bothered by it, and definitely feel govt “war on drugs” is a big failure. But dont see any brave enough politicians on the horizon to make any sensible changes. Sorry for long comment, not my style..
    really just wanted to say hello!

    KevinN
    ps. really enjoying Mimesis!

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 9:39 am #

    anon 6:42,
    join the dots
    most of your hellish events wouldn’t happen if drugs were legalised and doses were controlled.
    I don’t want to be around alot of things that are in my face every day (idiocy, sexism, drunks etc etc) but I believe in freedom.

  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 10:17 am #

    So you’ll roll up a few for us on the 28th sk, tobacco free for me pleeez 🙂
    luv ap

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 10:32 am #

    Truth is, this shit is happening now because David Blunkett sought to free up police time by stopping them tackling all except major drug offences. It’s still illegal to smoke dope – but you’ll never get copped for it unless they want you for something else but can’t stick anything on you.
    The fact is, nothing like this happened when drugs were tackled by the police. It happens now because these fuckheads know full well that no-one will lift a finger to stop em. If they act like this cos they know the coppers can’t be arsed, this suggests that things would be infinitely worse if full legalisation occurred.

  19. avatar
    paranoia peta | 6 September 2007 at 10:45 am #

    ‘War on drugs’, my bulbous hairy ass! If any government wanted to locate drug crops, they could do it in minutes with satellite technology and then go in and destroy the stuff. ‘War on drugs’ is propaganda to look as if they’re at least trying. You know they’re not. Hey, shitloads of losers spending most of their lives getting fucked up means a shitload of losers who’re no threat to the State. Just because I’m paranoid, don’t mean they DON’T think like that!

  20. avatar
    kill em all | 6 September 2007 at 10:48 am #

    Me, I like the Communist China method – on yer knees, hands tied behind yer back n a bullet in the head.
    No drug users, no drug problems!

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 11:20 am #

    Yep! X

  22. avatar
    dystopia | 6 September 2007 at 11:30 am #

    Imagine it,
    being left alone
    to enjoy yer life
    without having to breathe in the shit that the druggies
    create
    My utopia.
    Mmmm

  23. avatar
    verdelay | 6 September 2007 at 11:34 am #

    My anonymous UK friend at 6:24 and 8:32

    Not actively policing an activity that is a criminal offence is not the same as legalising the activity.

    When an activity is legally proscribed it is a matter for the criminal justice system; when that system turns a blind eye to the activity (for whatever reason), it merely allows it to continue with no social mediation or community input. There is a risk that if the activity has the potential for harm (as taking drugs is potentially harmful) there is no social measure in place to deal with the negative consequences that arise.

    If that same activity was legalised there would be an opportunity for society to respond to the issues that arise without the risk of engagement with a criminal element or the fear of being branded a social pariah. In the case of drug use, that would mean integration with the health, education and taxation systems, along with continuing input from the criminal justice system to enforce statutory controls.

    Simply turning a blind eye to a potentially harmful activity and allowing it spiral out of control is not the same as allowing it to occur with the appropriate community-mandated safety measures in place.

  24. avatar
    Daberhasher | 6 September 2007 at 11:55 am #

    here here!!!
    that looks a bit strange all written out… anyhow, yes of course i second that emotion Smokey… one day…
    Dr. Ron Paul gets it……

    aloha,
    erik

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 12:15 pm #

    my uncle died of alcohol-related illnesses…my mother was in hospital for chronic lung problems stemming from heavy smoking…now i admit to enjoying my drink and i’ve even had the odd cigarette in my time (not any more) but i think legally available substances can be just as deadly as ‘illegal’ ones…the thing is that the federal government receives a shitload of revenue from the sale of things such as booze and cigarettes and it’s not in their best interests to ban them…war on drugs my ass…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  26. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 September 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    it’s all supply and demand…simple economics…if people didn’t want drugs, there probably wouldn’t be drug dealers. and no money to be made. but people do and all the laws, police and slogans they can come up with is not going to make people stop wanting drugs. and with our little war in iraq costing 319 million dollars a day…it would seem to me the government could use the extra income off the legalised drugs. now i would hate to see the money used for that…but we all know it would be.
    take care everyone

    mark

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    Verd’,
    you’re right in many ways. But the crucial point is: d’you really think legalisation would result in any increase in ‘socially responsible’ drug use and decrease in the kind of shit that’s everywhere at the moment?
    Really? I truly wish you were right. But I don’t think you are.

  28. avatar
    obvious | 6 September 2007 at 1:14 pm #

    Like our friend at 8:48 said:
    no drug users=no drug problems. Its not the dealers or the police or the laws: its you fuckin druggies that are the problem.

  29. avatar
    Peter Podcast | 6 September 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    All very sensible SK except for the fact that Government is Big Business is the Criminal Mafia and drug money is just about the only thing holding up the economy at the moment.
    Drugs are illegal because it make certain people lots of money.
    This year will see the biggest opium crop in Afghanistan EVER!
    Under the Taliban it was almost wiped out.
    So go figure.

  30. avatar
    John Garratt | 6 September 2007 at 1:33 pm #

    Has anyone here tried pot brownies?

    Since I’m so paranoid about what goes into my lungs, I was suggested that I try a marijuana brownie. Never been high/stoned before…

    John Garratt

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    humans have always used drugs.
    Shamen were the indivuduals in society who’se full time job it was to, well, take drugs.
    The rest of us are only supposed to take drugs in very small doses, if at all.

    to all those anti-“druggies”…ever taken an aspirin? Ever used alcohol?

    They are both drugs.

    KittyKatx

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 1:58 pm #

    oh shutup, shutup, shutup all of you

    this is one of those high horse topics that just polarises….you like ganja…guess what your response is to this topic? legalise it!! you had a brother who dragged your family through ten years of hell with an h addiction…what is your response? Who makes money from drugs? Steve you are naive if you think any of it is that simple. Have this conversation with your mother and see what she says. The whole world is not a response to your experiences, just because you are a libertine and want the whatever you want to be available whenever you want does not make for a functioning community or society.someone has to do the fuckin work. or go and live up in Nt where some of the oldest communities in the world have been shot to pieces by substance abuse and addiction. smartarse self satisfird spoiled jerk

    lame.

    c,mon potheads, shoot me down. Slowly and non sensically as thats often all addicts can do.

    lame.

    TV

  33. avatar
    u do their job 4 them | 6 September 2007 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow, musicians and music fans taking drugs. That’s, like, so rebellious, dude. Almost as non-conformist as rugby players drinking beer, eh…yawn.

  34. avatar
    flopcock | 6 September 2007 at 2:16 pm #

    Kitty, aspirin may be a drug but it ain’t a narcotic, etc. And no I don’t drink. Or smoke.

  35. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 6 September 2007 at 2:37 pm #

    Right on SK. I work in and live outside of Chicago. Police officers get shot and killed by drug dealers because their jail sentences are so long if they are arrested. Pot and opiates should be legalized. Not LSD or Crack.

    No doubt that slaughterhouses and hunting should be banned. The meat, pork, lamb, poultry and fishing industries are more responsible for pollution and global warming than car emissions.

  36. avatar
    softy | 6 September 2007 at 2:53 pm #

    yawns allround i think

  37. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 September 2007 at 3:13 pm #

    completely agree re: the idiocy of “war on drugs”. its not something i ever got into apart from a little green, but i really hate the sorta laws that try to protect you from yourself. As long as you’re not directly harming or infringing on someone else, you should be left alone to do as you please – and that includes poisoning yourself or ruining your body if you want to. if you ask for help or seek to change, help should be there for you. i believe that we should always err on the side of freedom, even if it sometimes bites us on the ass.

    the idea of jailiing someone over pot, or leaving them with a criminal record for life, is criminal in itself.

    “scratching their cauliflower ears”

    that was hilarious – i know a lot of grapplers like that. sad thing is, that badge of pride can be avoided if ya get the swelling drained before it sets in…

    “but not
    i took it cos i like it”

    right on. that pisses me off too. we seem to live in a society of excuses. its never my fault.

  38. avatar
    verdelay | 6 September 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    anon @ 6, 8, 11 – you are probably right. I do tend towards optimism, but it’s a cynics world. I thought I’d just try to express things as I see them as clearly as I could. For my own edification, if nothing else.

    Softy – quite right mate. This will just go ’round and ’round. I’m off for a bit of a kip.

    Sorry for the blather if you bothered to read this far, sk. I’ll return to my pseudosophist self in time for the next episode.

    v

  39. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 3:35 pm #

    if you tell me i can’t
    then i damn well will
    & i won’t hesitate to say
    ‘i took it cos i like it’
    & coz the one thing i like less
    than being told what i can do
    is being told what i can’t

    xx

  40. avatar
    Région Frontière | 6 September 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Totally agree on this one, although when it comes to meth and heroin, it’s not so clear. However, people ruin their lives with alcohol all the time, so why not make this shit legal AND make the people who take them accountable?

    Same thing with prostitution. Legalize it, tax it, make health care mandatory for the prostitutes and it will stop those who like to beat up or kill them AND help with the spread of diseases. Run it like a real business. Get people off the streets. It’s never going away, just like drugs. But these things can be regulated and in the long run it will help people.

    love,
    Miss Grove

  41. avatar
    Cee | 6 September 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    favorite quote today from Chuck Prophet
    “you could make a doubter out of Jesus”

    and that’s not directed at anyone, it’s just out there floating above all our heads

  42. avatar
    Leelinau | 6 September 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    its all about the
    benjamins baby

  43. avatar
    persephone2u | 6 September 2007 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi anon at 6:24,

    The UK is just effed up period. It’s nothing to do with drugs, it’s to do with terrible chav parenting (they make trailer trash seem classy) and Blair/Brown’s idiotic policies, etc. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d take a THOUSAND Bushes any day of the week over this fascist government currently running the UK. You commit a violent crime as a teen and they make you sign an ABC (a behavioral contract) promising never to do anything bad again. Yeah. That’ll solve everything and have the punks quaking in their boots. I’m sure the arsonist who set fire to everything up and down the street I live on and nearly blew up the gas line and my house is petrified with fear.

    Legalizing drugs is the way to go. People are gonna take ’em regardless, and this way ensures that they are safer than those bought on the street. Also, if they are cheaper, drug addicts won’t need to steal or commit crimes to keep up their drug habits. The governments could make plenty of money off of this too as they already do pharmaceutical meds. It’s really a win/win situation for society all the way ’round if you look at it logically.

    Besides, if horrid things like cigarettes are legal, other drugs should be as well. Smoking is disgusting and there’s no imagination involved there. Alcohol is just boring — some fine red wine with dinner is nice as is absinthe on occasion. Much more creative and fun than beer. But other than that…blah.

    Let’s bring back laudanum and opium and nice poetic drugs for those of us like me who have virtually no drug experience whatsoever so that we can expand our horizons! :-}

  44. avatar
    persephone2u | 6 September 2007 at 4:17 pm #

    Anonymous at 11:58,

    not all of us are potheads. I can count the number of occasions I’ve smoked pot on one hand over the course of my life. I’m a drug virgin. Sorry to disappoint you.

  45. avatar
    John | 6 September 2007 at 5:27 pm #

    Do I want the people I love affecting their long-term quality of life with drugs, smoking, drinking, etc? It WILL catch up with them in the end. It ALWAYS does. I have seen enough people in my life not only die prematurely from these poisons, but even worse, spend the last years of their lives REALLY miserably and become a MAJOR burden financially, physically, and emotionally on their families.

    But I can’t control what people do. Can I stop people from using drugs, smoke, or drink to ease their anxiety, any more than I can stop people from eating Big-Macs to satisfy their hunger? My children, hell YES. Adults, hell NO.

    War on drugs (like all wars) is a bad investment and I can think of a lot more effective and benefical ways I’d rather spend my tax dollars. I’m sick of wasting it on drugs and wars.

    John

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 6:56 pm #

    C’mon Steve, here in the States corrections is a $60 billon a year industry. How much of that is drug-related? And that’s just Corrections.

    Law enforcement, security, arms dealing, not to mention all that cash flowing into the Wal-Marts and Best Buys is a huge part of our economy and all tied into illegal drugs or the results of it.

    Capitalism MUST grow if it is to succeed and your fancy plans don’t fit in.

    I’m gonna go jump off a cliff now…

  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 7:35 pm #

    Is it just me or is intoxication the only thing more boring than sobriety?
    Ok, it is just me, innit…

  48. avatar
    davem | 6 September 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    Persephone2U.
    Agree on most of your comments except the bit about Bush over a thousand Browns. I don’t overly like ol’ GB but I’d rather inhabit hell than share even an inch of Mr. Bush’s right wing evangelical heaven.
    I’m not much of a fan of Acceptable-Behaviour Contracts, but there isn’t anything fascist about them. They’re really a bit wishy-washy and ineffective. Not stringent at all.
    I’ll be doing all in my power to see Brown elected as next PM at the next election to prevent us EVER having a return to Toryism. Not much I can do except vote, leaflet and pray. I’ll be trying all three. I despise the Conservative Party. I’ll also be hoping that Gordon starts to distance us from Bush over the next 5 years. I think we’ve just finished paying off our World War 2 debt to America.
    On a better note me and my eldest have been working on his keyboard tonight – my guitar skills are beyond help. We’ve been “murdering” Saturation off BWTB and “It’s The Truth” by The Only Ones.
    What an effing song Saturation is. Thanks for giving it to the world SK.
    xx

  49. avatar
    davem | 6 September 2007 at 7:49 pm #

    Sorry – almost forgot.
    Good luck at the poetry festival Steve.
    I hope it goes without saying that I’ll be thinking of you!

    xx

  50. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 9:37 pm #

    well Thomas Thomsen, Denmark

    4:57 PM – one difference is that alcoholics dont need to spend as much on their booze and therefore don’t get put in jail for stealing

  51. avatar
    George W Bush | 6 September 2007 at 10:10 pm #

    How do you feel about the war on terror?

  52. avatar
    steve kilbey | 6 September 2007 at 10:19 pm #

    what about a war on wars?

  53. avatar
    Peter Podcast | 6 September 2007 at 10:25 pm #

    Strangley in todays SMH.
    http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/breaking-taboos/2007/09/06/1188783413121.html
    Must read your blog!

  54. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 6 September 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    i am definitely down with sk’s utopia, i am there like there’s no tomorrow, haha…
    Hollywood

    ps. what bout their WAR ON WORDS!!!
    Jonny Moondog

  55. avatar
    andmoreagain | 6 September 2007 at 11:55 pm #

    Right on Kilbey!

  56. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 September 2007 at 11:58 pm #

    have a great one today SK!..you rock!….love,as always,gen xxxxx

  57. avatar
    c-man | 7 September 2007 at 12:00 am #

    Nothing like reading a few anti-drug diatribes to remind me how fucked up the world is. You don’t get it — people are gonna do drugs whether they’re legal or not, and keeping them illegal only makes things more dangerous, creates criminals and the “seedy underbelly” in society. You people buy the lie. You’re a politician’s wet dream.

    Sheesh, live a little for fuck’s sake, some drugs are, dare i say it, FUN.

  58. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 7 September 2007 at 12:49 am #

    From SK’s former touring mate about being a vegetarian.

    ” Animal rights is about human behavior. Every little thing-be it a tree, an insect, a fish, a vole-they all have a spirit in them and that spirit is the spirit of God, and you should never interfere with that in any form.”
    Chrissie Hynde

    On Drugs

    ” or your on drugs and that’s a problem too ‘cos they should be decriminalized”
    Chrissie Hynde

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 1:26 am #

    DRUG DEALER

    “I don’t mind going to prison.
    I’d get a break from this hell.
    I’ll be lazy and work out.
    It doesn’t matter how much money I have.
    There’s nothing I can do, I must face my doom, the inevetible fate, incarceration.
    Have I killed anyone?
    No answer.
    I’m an addict.
    I shouldn’t keep paying for my mistakes.”

    That’s one person I’d like to have never met. I’m not interested in substance abuse of any sort, legal or not.

    Art

  60. avatar
    Rik Rehab | 7 September 2007 at 3:07 am #

    Hear hear Steve! Never a truer word could be spoken! As a recovering addict I’m actually really enjoying being free of the hassle that drugs (and especially SCORING drugs) brought to my train-wreck of a life…but each to his or her own eh?! It’s time the world grew up to the fact that making drugs illegal is only exaggerating the problem..and making hypocrites of us all.

    I’m still getting the occassional brilliant flash of your Auckland gig in July! Sweet inspiration!

    Take care, good people…

    Rik Rehab

  61. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 3:15 am #

    Hi sk, have a good time at the festival in Brizzy, hope you’ll write to us today, but you’ll probably be so “over it” by the end of tonight, I don’t blame you if you need a break from reading, singing or typing any words for a while!
    Take care and love always where ever you are, Amanda

  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 4:28 am #

    Drugs are illegal because the government hates competition. Google “Cele Castillo.” He is a former DEA agent who witnessed the U.S. gov. and Central/South American cartels making pacts with the CIA and U.S. gov’t to smuggle coke in on C130 cargo planes. He watched them land in the U.S. and the drugs roll on out.

    The secret society “Skull & Bones” was founded by a heroin cartel. Two of its members were the presidential candidates in the 2004 fixed election in the U.S. Out of 324 million people, the 2 candidates in 2004 came from the most secret elite society in America. Only a couple hundred have ever belonged to it.

    Wake up sleepers, I know you’re in there, the lights are on, come out, face reality. Cause we’re all fucked together.

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 4:30 am #

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  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 4:57 am #

    anon. @ 2.30…What the hell are you on about?…relevance?…./gbx

  65. avatar
    persephone2u | 7 September 2007 at 5:17 am #

    hiya davem,

    Sorry I didn’t elucidate further on Gordy Brown and the fascist remark. Very true indeed, the ABCs aren’t fascist in and of themselves. I was thinking more about the DNA database on British citizens that New Labour would love to build, the CCTV cameras everywhere I look, the new-fangled CCTV cameras that will shout out at you if you’re doing something antisocial, the speed cameras everywhere which do bring in a lot of revenue, but don’t stop people from speeding etc.

    Now there is also going to be a national database of children so that each child born has his information put into a computer and doctors and future teachers will be able to enter their own information and have access to these records throughout the child’s life. Nobody seems to understand about all of these databases that 1) hacking is easy. China just hacked into the Pentagon a week ago. 2) even assuming you trust the New Labour government, let’s say another government comes in at a future time and tries to abuse the massive DNA database of every British citizen or the database of the 11 million children in Britain? This is just too Orwellian for me. Doubt the Tories would be any better either and wouldn’t want to take my chances there.

    Totally agree about Bush. Can’t stand the man myself. But I can honestly say that I never felt oppressed or stifled in America like I do in the UK. The neocons have badly hurt America and the Constitution, tis true, and the war in Iraq is the unspeakable.

    I’m up for a more libertarian government with more liberty and freedom for people and less governmental involvement and intrusion in personal affairs. The two-party system is dead in the water. I can’t vote in the UK now anyway which is a shame, or I’d be voting Boris in for Mayor as he’s such a character, haha! 🙂

  66. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 5:20 am #

    fucked @ 2:28: you can drink the kool-aid then.

  67. avatar
    isolde | 7 September 2007 at 6:26 am #

    here is a collection of bits and pieces from the session on songwriting at the queensland poetry festival to share with you

    we were treated to an hour of sk, an hour of jamie hutchings, then half an hour of questions and answers from both songwriters

    SK talked in depth about his songs up to around 1985

    the songs played by his parents which he listened to during his childhood developed his interest in putting emotions into words and evoking feelings through lyrics and music. his father played the piano but always sang other people’s songs. as a child sk took the songer’s emotions literally but then learnt that (at that time) songwriters wrote the songs so this kind of opened up his awareness and possibilities of being a songwriter

    It seemed to me that the stages of sk’s childhood and adolescence were in parallel to developments in popular music…

    sk said the influence of surrealism and drugs seemed to bring about a change in consciousness and it was reflected in popular music in the 60’s

    the beatles were appealing to him because they seemed like ordinary guys unlike elvis, and at that time he too was discovering emotions they were singing about

    in junior high school the rolling stones’ association with sex and drugs and exotic places had a lot of appeal

    His experiences in recording studios with engineers were frustrating, they kept saying oh you can’t do this or that, so he got a 4 track recording machine so he could experiment and this helped him to find his own voice instead of trying to be like other contemporary singers such as bolan or bowie. many of these were lost but some of these have been released in Freaky Conclusions

    Working on the songs with Peter Koppes who added guitar pieces and they started to look at the songs as a band would play them so this progressed the development further, and jamming with the church eventually replaced sk’s directing role as songwriter

    he felt that with the song Myrrh he had reached the point where he was writing exacly the sort of song he had always wanted to write especially the mood and feeling of travel. The lyrics of Myrrh had biblical overtones but other church songs are more accessible and popular due to their openness or references. he likes to write songs that create a space for the listener to come in and evoke their own associations

    He has thought a lot about the hit Milky Way and thinks it was successful because it was accessible and its opening line, and itwas a song that many people could relate to. He stressed the opening was very important to a song. it was obvious straightaway to the record company and all who listened to it that milky way was a hit

    sk builds he music up piece by piece, or like a sculptor, building it up then taking pieces away

    he writes songs over the top of music, he also does this in collaboration with people who send him music

    he trusts the process of letting the music direct the lyric and lets it flow naturally

    he finds that listening to the inner voice, and the heart before the head is the best approach to evoking that feeling of mystery he aspires towards, and writing and remembering lyrics by not being too intellectually conscious of the process

    if you want to write songs you need to play at least one musical instrument so you have the vocabulary/technique of music

    but don’t let anyone tell you you can’t write songs

    his last piece of advice to songwriters was to always present your work confidently and it’s especially important to approach people believing in your own work, be confident but not arrogant and make sure you sound as good as you can, even if it is your dad because you want some help in getting equipment to develop your music

    thanks sk

    stay tuned for further instalments tomorrow night…

  68. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 6:43 am #

    persephone2U,

    I’ve just seen Tony Blair’s face on the cover of a new magazine to America “Mens’ Vogue”. Imagine going through a checkout line at the grocery store being subjected to this. I find this very strange and on the distasteful side, I don’t think he should be glamourized.

    Art

  69. avatar
    Anonymous | 7 September 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    i don’t think anyone ever really kicks addiction. but in time, you learn how to manage it better.

  70. avatar
    steve kilbey | 7 September 2007 at 1:41 pm #

    dear isolde
    thank you
    that was a very nice summary, fraulein
    sk

  71. avatar
    CSTCoach | 7 September 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting that, Isolde, and for bringing the festival to those of us beyond the wine-dark seas…

    would love to read more of that sorta thing. it really resonated with me.

    🙂

    ryan

  72. avatar
    Anonymous | 8 September 2007 at 2:19 am #

    ##########
    Anonymous said…
    fucked @ 2:28: you can drink the kool-aid then.
    ##########

    How is this post relevant to what I posted? You need to relearn basic reading comprehension or pull the dildo out of your ears. I’ll leave the solution to you.

  73. avatar
    Fiction Man | 8 September 2007 at 2:22 am #

    Does Bono still post here?

  74. avatar
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