Pls Bring Children To Spatter With Blood

My mother is a member of the Australian Greens (I know, I know) and is also hopelessly computer illiterate (who would have suspected those things went together?). The result of this is that I have my email address on the Greens mailing list, providing me with an endless stream of entertaining lefty wank. For example:

Tandanya and the Greens (S.A.) invite you
to a very special education, reconciliation and action event
BLACKFELLA – WHITEFELLA TALKING.
on Wednesday, May 5th from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
at Tandanya Indigenous Cultural Centre, 253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

BLACKFELLA – WHITEFELLA TALKING…is a gathering to encourage the horizontal exchange of information and ideas between black and white fellas. If you’ve ever yourself agonised over, and wanted to know more about the burning issues most concerning representatives of Adelaide and South Australia’s First Nation People, to listen, question, discuss, share stories and swap ideas, then come along.

If it’s all the same to you guys, I think I’d rather chew all my fingers off. And what the hell is “horizontal exchange of information”? Is that some kind of euphemism for sex?

Anyway, this is the email that prompted this post. It’s from NOWAR-SA but is being passed along by the Greens mailing list.

Please come to the steps of Parliament House, Adelaide at 4:30pm Friday 23rd April

THE APPALLING SITUATION IN FALLUJAH THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE INVASION OF IRAQ must be brought to the notice of the people of South Australia

We want people to wear clothing that looks as though it is blood splattered. Wear white T-shirts and put anything red on them. We are going to have a “DIE-IN” on the steps. We will ask you to lie down there. If you think it is OK, please ask your children to come to represent the many children who have been murdered in Fallujah this past week.

A “DIE-IN”. The peace movement has come a long way since the days of John Lennon. I can see the conversations now:

Mummy, why are we putting red paint on my shirt?
Well dear, we’re going to a DIE-IN, and I’m covering you with fake blood so we can pretend you’re dead, to represent all the boys and girls just like you who have died horribly in Iraq in the last week!

All the way nice.

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