Players: Freya Elizabeth, Alyx Marwood, Les Croques Messieurs.
Score: Les Croques Messieurs: 24, Kyü: 14
Game Note: A demon of a pitch – complete with obstacles, low light and a 20° slant towards the harbour. Experience won out, but not without a respectable challenge.
Kyü’s debut album is due out oh-so-soon, and while the indie-world salivates in waiting, we thought we’d assail them with the larger issues facing humanity. They were gracious enough to oblige. Check out their myspace for an album teaser.
##LCM: In light of the continuing threat that North Korea poses to worldwide security, would you say in your opinion that South Korea is being foolhardy in pressuring its neighbours to financially sanction North Korea on account of their recent wayward naval aggression?
AM: Well I think Koreans are actually the nicest people in the world.
LCM: Nicely played madam.
AM: No actually! I’ve been to Seoul and people were so amazing. Although i also went to the demilitarised zone that borders North Korea. You can actually walk pretty close so you can see the North Korean guards on the other side waiting to shoot if anyone get too close.
LCM: How was the food in Seoul? We’ve heard mixed reports.
AM: Well I’m a vegetarian, so I couldn’t eat anything! It was like Kimchi for a week. Although it was funny because I got lost in these huge markets in Seoul and they were selling freeze dried lizards and stuff, and i was so hungry I almost caved to save my life. I’d eat meat to save my life for sure, but I don’t think humans are “meant” to eat it. So yeah i got beef with Sam Neil, mind the pun.
FE: Well I actually read the Spectacles interview on your blog, and they posed a funny question about vegetarians which maybe you can answer Al…
LCM: Ah yes! Is it hypocritical to eat animals, then to kick up a stink when aliens come down to eat us?
AM: Well funnily enough I was actually reading this Childrens Introduction to Philosophy book when i was at Parramatta library the other day. And there was this analogy for Vegetariansim. It was very simple but it was great! There was this guy on a desert island, and he only had one beef sandwich on him. It was all he had to eat so he was saving it. He bumped into this bunch of cannibals and they tied him up and were about to eat him. So he was all like “please don’t eat me”. And they were like “Why? Why shouldn’t we eat you”. And then he said like “I’m a living thing and i want to live!”. So they were like :”Oh, I suppose you have a pooooiint”. Anyway it was at this point that his beef sandwich fell out of his backpack and when they asked what it was he said it was a beef sandwich so the gig was up!
FE: Did they eat him?
AM: They did, because it was hypocritical! He can’t eat a living thing then claim that he shouldn’t be eaten.
FE: That’s a heavy children’s story! I’m still gonna eat meat though.
LCM: Well there’s a philosophical question then about where one stops classifying things as “living” for the purposes of vegetarianism.
AM: I think if it had a mother or a face.
LCM: Are animals then culpable for eating other animals? Like a cheetah? Can we turn the Children’s story on it’s head and take from it that it’s okay to eat other carnivores??
AM: Well cheetahs are actually BUILT for killing and eating meat, and I don’t think humans are. We dont have the right teeth…
FE: But we’re built to think, so that we can kill stuff.
AM: No we’re not, we’re just built to survive. And yeah like i said, I’d eat a cow if it meant death otherwise, but the fact is that there is so much to eat that isn’t a dead living thing!
LCM: So our brains give us choice.
AM: Exactly right.
FE: But what about how people become iron deficient if they don’t eat red meat?
AM: There’s plenty of iron and protein in veg. You just have to know what gives it to you.
FE: Well i’ve ALWAYS eaten meat and i think it’s healthy. I disagree. I think we’re built to eat meat.
LCM: Have you ever eaten meat Alyx?
AM: Never! I ate veal once by accident and it came back up. I eat cheese, but only without rennet.
AM: It’s the enzymes of the stomach lining of the cow basically. It’s funny though, i actually think that eating meat is less bizarre than drinking milk and cheese and stuff. It’s another animal’s sustenance prepared for it’s young!
FE: It is very strange to drink a cow’s milk
LCM: Good point!
##LCM: Considering the ever-increasing strain on public hospitals, do you consider the legalisation of euthanasia a slippery slope to unscrupulous health-care cost containment?
AM: I just read about some 80 year old woman who wanted to die, she was fully mentally capable just didn’t want to live anymore.
FE: It’s tough isn’t it! I think that it’s only the potential exploitation of it that makes it bad. If someone actually wants to die (with perfect mental faculties), why should they not be able to it the nicest way possible? What about people that are actually non-responsive and the family has the decision to turn off the machine..
LCM: Wait though, that’s not Euthanasia is it?
FE: Well from experience with a family member with dementia, I think that in circumstances where someone is just flat out suffering, surely the family should be able to ‘turn off the machine’ or so to speak. But yeah, this is all pretty agreeable in principle but it’s in the taking advantage of it that there’s problems I guess isn’t there.
##LCM: Okay then, a related question – At what point during foetal development, would you say that a person should gain the legal status of a human being?
AM: Well my friend’s having a baby, and at ten weeks into her pregnancy, she went and got an ultrasound. The baby was fully formed and had a heartbeat. Ten weeks!! It’s scary. I’m pro-choice, but it’s a HUUGE question isn’t it.
FE: I can see myself as a foetus wanting to be alive, and also as a pregnant teenager who really can’t afford to nurture a baby and bring it up properly. I think anyone who thinks they have a definite answer to this is kidding themselves.
AM: My mumma was quite young when she had my brother, and i can’t imagine a life without my brother in it!
FE: Ah, but can you imagine having had a baby when you were three years younger than you are now?
AM: Well, if it were to bring my brother into the world, in a really weird non-freudian way, then yes.
LCM: Ha, so maybe your not pro-choice, but you’re definitely pro-‘having your siblings’.
AM: Haha, exaclty. Sibling surrogacy.
##LCM: What are the three biggest problems currently facing humanity??
FE: Did you just ask that?
LCM: Yup. It’s out there.
AM: Ummm… Cats. I hate cats.
AM: Except for Carly and Pussywillow….
FE: My Carly is amazing! But cats??? Really?
AM: Okay, okay… how about U2.
LCM: Absolutely! This was meant to be an open question, but that is
definitely a correct answer.
AM: I was about to say Lady Gaga but I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side.
FE: I actually don’t even know any of her songs but did you hear what Joanna Newsom said about her??
AM: Yeah that was awesome. Apparently she got drunk and did an interview and said that Lady Gaga and Madonna were arseholes. Or dumbasses or something. She even did a follow-up apology email where she said she shouldn’t have called her a dumbass, but she’s just completely untalented.
FE: Haha, yeah it was completely un-apologetic. What about people thinking that global warming is a hoax.
AM: My sister does environmental science and genetics, and she has this guy doing a Masters in her faculty who was a disbeliever. This is a qualified scientist who is going to shape the future of science and doesn’t believe in it. You guys believe in global warming yeah??
LCM: Well, at the risk of alienating our not-insignificant “Global Warming Skeptic” demographic… I think it’s safe to say we are Pro-Global Warming.
FE: Hah, pro-global warming hey?
LCM: Haha… Aah yes. We think the Earth could do with a couple of extra degrees.
FE: Ooooh, oooh…. is it too late to say mosquitos. They are the worst thing ever.
FE: So that’s our answer…mosquitos, U2 and global warming deniers.