Cognitive Suicide

Failed States, Propagandhi

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You were a flash of light across a sky of total dark. You saw their shocked and gaping jaws then it all returned to black. There was a brief surge of panic, their eyes pressed tight. You brought a swarm of confusion to their bleak but simple lives. Cognitive suicide. Insular, pathetic minds try to cut you off at the knees so they won’t be left behind. If everything is bland and unambiguous, maybe they can understand how they fit into this place. Every time they fail they seek a victim for their spite. Some dismal need to crush someone beneath their feet. All their acrid words can’t ease their wounded hearts. Despite their claims they have no maps, no keys to any gates. Cognitive suicide. Insecure, regressive minds try to cut you off at the knees so they won’t be left behind. Petrified, frozen to imaginary times. Pay no mind, I hope they pass you by. Live your life and don’t apologize to the cowards of this world, they’re a waste of time. Everything’s in between. Are they terrified of unobscured and brilliant colours? Perhaps you cracked the door to their own forbidden worlds. Everything’s in between.

This song is dedicated to Caster Simenya, a middle-distance runner who was subjected to a public and humiliating “gender verification” after winning the 800 metre World Championships in 2009; and Eudy Simelane, a footballer on the South African women’s national team who was beaten, raped and murdered as a “correction” for being a lesbian and LGBT activist. While Eudy’s life was tragically cut short, Caster perservered and continues to compete in track at the highest level. “Coward” here refers to those who are afraid to think, learn and look critically at themselves, not those who may hesitate, are afraid, or are too physically weak to “fight” in the traditional sense.

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    Winnipeg, MB
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  2. 11.8.2017
    Vancouver, Canada
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  3. 11.10.2017
    Seattle, WA
    El Corazon
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    Portland, OR
    Hawthorne Theatre
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    San Francisco, CA
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Propagandhi

Propagandhi

Since forming in Manitoba in 1986, Propagandhi have brought an emphatic anti-fascist message to their music. Along with addressing a number of personal losses suffered ...

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*Everybody* had a concussion by the end of it. I'm not kidding, all the long hair getting banged around me left rai… https://t.co/iiaWAm4gNp

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*Everybody* had a concussion by the end of it. I'm not kidding, all the long hair getting banged around me left rai… https://t.co/iiaWAm4gNp

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I shit you not, I had bleeding whip marks on my arms from all the headbanging going on around me. Pretty sure I gave myself brain damage.

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Cliff had been killed just 3 months before I saw them. Still pretty much the most deadly show I've ever seen. I had… https://t.co/vJdUYCxzfL

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That it's been that long. It's longer than the span of time between the end of WW2 and the day I was born. 💀 https://t.co/1HffekFg7Q

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The last time I saw Metallica live was 31 years ago. That's fucked.

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@propagandhi

*Everybody* had a concussion by the end of it. I'm not kidding, all the long hair getting banged around me left rai… https://t.co/iiaWAm4gNp

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@propagandhi

I shit you not, I had bleeding whip marks on my arms from all the headbanging going on around me. Pretty sure I gave myself brain damage.

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@propagandhi

Cliff had been killed just 3 months before I saw them. Still pretty much the most deadly show I've ever seen. I had… https://t.co/vJdUYCxzfL

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@propagandhi

That it's been that long. It's longer than the span of time between the end of WW2 and the day I was born. 💀 https://t.co/1HffekFg7Q

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@propagandhi

The last time I saw Metallica live was 31 years ago. That's fucked.

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@propagandhi

CBC Cross Canada Dumb-Up

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@propagandhi

"...cultural music would be played as an incentive. Futility techniques included the playing of Metallica, Britney… https://t.co/6qLPrADgan

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@propagandhi

Are you serious? I've seen more intense puck battles at the community centre 5-and-under winter carnival tournament. https://t.co/fSrKcI2cSL

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Our version of the metal scene's "wall of death" is the "vale of tears"; crowd splits into two and tries to out whi… https://t.co/zYiEjp62ax

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