Rats

by Kobi LaCroix

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“We tested the hypothesis that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii manipulates the behaviour of its intermediate rat host in order to increase its chance of being predated by cats, its feline definitive host, thereby ensuring the completion of its life cycle. Here we report that, although rats have evolved anti-predator avoidance of areas with signs of cat presence, T. gondii's manipulation appears to alter the rat's perception of cat predation risk, in some cases turning their innate aversion into an imprudent attraction…”

“John Steinbeck once said that socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires…”

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Through the squalor skittering
Into the ballroom glittering
An enemy, you're said to be
Who only will swallow me down
Somehow your sickly scent entices me towards you
I find my instinct twisting around
Why do I feel this way about you?
How come I let you seize control?
I craved a nibble of your social caché
My poisoned brain is forced to be your prey

I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love

Hiss at me and attack me
But this can only attract me
They tell me I’d best be terrified
But I cannot stop begging for more
You curl your whiskers in disgust and denial
Can’t let on what you’re hungering for
Claw through my neck so warm and tender
Feast on your willing sacrifice
I’ll take your orders and applaud your views
And lick the filth off your snakeskin shoes

I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love

Why does my heart continue longing
After you’ve bitten off my head?

I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love
I only wanted to fall in love

God, what have I done?!

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released May 7, 2021

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