Wednesday, 30 November 2011

National Day Of Action

Today for the first time in over 30 years there has been a national strike in the United Kingdom. It comes as a result of years of successive Governments running rough shod over all sections of society and it has been lead by the public sector today.

Unions voted in numbers with a resounding 'YES' vote to take industrial action and around the country picket lines, marches and rallies have been held with a resounding success. I attended and spoke at one such meeting where a number of unions, some on strike for the first time in their history, gathered together to demonstrate their anger towards the Government and the banking terrorists. People from all walks of life, young and old were represented and it was a joy to see so many united for one cause.

For this I thank you David Cameron.

The day started with a gathering at a local park, news cameras and local radio stations were present and a some what healthy estimation of about 300 people gathered. At 11:30 we began our march through town and suddenly it seemed as though our numbers trebled. As we reached the brow of a hill I could see people the length of both streets. Easily 1000 people were marching, bringing our town to a brief halt as traffic had to wait for our route to clear.
Was he silenced?
The usual round of chants took off and people stopped in the streets to ask questions, unbelievable that they were not aware of the first national strike for a generation but apparently so. Chants of 'don't watch us, join us' echoed around and I then spied the MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker in the crowd. Alas I was not to get my chance to speak to him as he disappeared before the rally speeches having apparently being 'Milibanded' as it was put to me. It seems his position of Defra in the Shadow Cabinet may have been at stake if he spoke, which if true is a disgrace. His silence to the people that elected him betray them and it is the very nature of people remaining silent in the face of tyranny that dims the light of our liberties. Once I began my address I confessed to the crowd that I am not part of a public sector scheme because I do not believe there is any chance any Government will honour any agreement, between now, and 32 years time (longer than I have been alive) when I could potentially retire.
At a recent meeting in Parliament with my Counties local MP's I expressed these concerns in a truth telling session only to be told I was irrational and perverse. Fine comments for someone that earns over twice what people in my sector earn a year and work only a quarter of the Earth years to get a full pension. Despite not having a pension to fight for personally I still fight for the pensions of others and refuse to remain silent and watch our future generations hopes and dreams be crushed by this or any other Government.

Our lives are our legacy.

So with all this the crowd was left to make do with an Oscar type, written statement of 'sorry I could not be there' from both Luton South Labour MP Gavin Shuker and Luton North  Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins.

As the rally progressed each union representative gave a break down on their specific sectors issues, with some other speakers covering wider issues regarding the cuts and the most recent news bulletins from the politicians. I too was tasked with addressing the people from my sectors perspective with less than 12 hours notice. Deep joy.
With a couple of spare Earth hours at work I knocked up a speech and took my turn to speak. I decided to focus my address on the issue of unity, the theme being 'Unity is our Strength'. For months now there has been a constant battle pitting private and public sector workers against each other, with the Government controlled media constantly drip feeding terms such as 'union barons', 'gold plated pensions' and so on in their news articles.
Remember Hitler once said 'make the lie big, make it simple, keep repeating it and eventually they will believe it'. I sought to expose their lies, created by them, to divide and conquer us.
They continually try to pit private sector against public sector when the truth of the matter is we are all suffering at the hands of successive Governments and the banking terrorists that they get their money from i.e the Bank of England. I highlighted the issue that it is not that public sector pensions are unsustainable or gold plated, rather that private sector pensions are a disgrace and that we should ALL be fighting to raise the standard of their pay and pensions, not to decimate the public sector.

Of course there is the hidden agenda that with the worsening of the public sector pay and pension schemes it makes them more vulnerable and susceptible to privatisation.

Moving on from the unity theme I touched on the political aspect. It was convenient that I happened to see Ed Balls on the BBC News this morning state that the Tory Government had gone 'too deep, too fast' with their cuts, a statement Ed Miliband had the audacity to make as he addressed the mass demonstration in London on March 26th in Hyde Park. Do not believe the hype. Labour have never said no to cuts, just 'not too fast, not too soon'.
This is totally unacceptable.
Our Governments can find billions of pounds a year to fight illegal wars, billions of pounds for the Trident nuclear project to maintain a seat on the security council and billions of pounds to bail out banking terrorists, but they cannot find the money to pay a decent wage and pension to the people today so that they may retire in comfort tomorrow? I do not accept this and neither should you.

It is an utter disgrace and a betrayal to us all, condemning our future generations to a life time of debt.

I finished on a positive note leaving the public to consider this, that ultimately it comes down to a choice between fear and love of one another. The power of choice is what makes us who we are. With out going too Bill Hicks on them I finished with a quote "we can continue to participate in the lies they have created for us, or we can begin to create our own reality"

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The War Must Go On

The Independent article on our WMD's
The movie 'Lord of War' could not have been more accurate as to the way the Military Industrial Complex works.
On February 25th 2011, the UK trade in arms with current despots, was highlighted once again in various news outlets whilst the Arab Spring protesters were being put down by weapons bought here in the UK. I wrote about this as our countries appetite for war leaves a bad taste. (http://newell-news.blogspot.com/2011/02/uk-arms-dealsfloat-that-economy-people.html)

A few months later in September the arms fair ran with large banquets and a who's who of the International Community. There was a degree of negative publicity over the exposure of the fact that some of the banks bailed out by the public, Lloyds TSB for one, have been funding the research and development of the banned cluster bomb.  The Independent and The Guardian ran lengthy publications about their experience of attempting to buy these weapons of mass destruction from multinational corporations and highlighted the murky world that is the trading of arms. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/come-and-buy-our-weapons-uk-arms-fair-tells-bahrain-2353647.html)

Unfortunately however this is not a new phenomenon for the UK or Imperialist West.

They have long been dealing with so called despots for the sake of a slice of the economic pie.  A documentary on the 'Top Documentaries' website called 'Flying The Flag' hosted by none other than Investigative Journalist John Pilger, blew open the shameful lengths our Governments have gone to over the years to secure a pound. The documentary first aired nearly 20 years ago and covered our cosy relationship with Saddam Hussein, the fact that this sort of thing still goes on today should lead to such people as Tony Blair and David Cameron being tried for war crimes.

Whilst the working men, women and children of this country go to fight wars in foreign countries for resources (killing other working men, women and children) they risk being killed by people supplied by our Governments, with our own weapons. The war mongers that sent them in the first place stay safe sat in swish hotels, eating caviar, fabricating the next set of lies with the mainstream media on why we should obliterate another country.
It was a brilliant effort by John Pilger who's other great documentary 'The War You Don't See' is also on Top Documentaries and is a recommended viewing.

If this was not enough, whilst you have been reading this America has agreed a $53m arms package with Bahrain to assist it with any foreign aggression. The fact they have been violently oppressing protesters for change since February seems to have gone by the way side. Supplying countries with questionable human rights records seems to be a past time for the Imperial West as Indonesia was involved in the potential purchase of several Typhoon Fighter Jets with the UK back in March.
(http://www.tradearabia.com/news/DEF_206691.html)
(http://www.defencetalk.com/uk-eurofighter-aircraft-indonesia-32692/)
(http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/225939/britain-in-eurofighter-talks-with-indonesia-report)


They say if you are not out raged then you are not paying attention.


(http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/flying-the-flag/)

Monday, 28 November 2011

The World IS Our Paradise

Lucas Media and Dejavusion have taken some clips from around the world and put them together in this pretty little video.  The Earth is magnificent, from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain it is breath taking in its beauty and it is our home. We have a duty to look after it, not for the Earth's sake but for our sake. The Earth will still be here long after man has gone and it is that very reason we should cherish and look after it, so that we can live a long and prosperous future, with a symbiotic relationship with the rest of the Animal Kingdom we form a part of.

Follow the link below to view.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLc7XifBy9I

#TheChineseAreComing!

In July of this yearI wrote a piece about the future tensions between America and China (http://newell-news.blogspot.com/2011/07/conflicting-interests.html) since this there have been numerous news articles regardingthis very issue with indeed the Daily Mail taking the story by the horns with a piece on American troop deployment in Australia (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061914/South-China-Sea-dispute-Obama-increase-US-military-presence-Asia-Pacific-region.html?ito=feeds-newsxml)

This comes as the South China Sea dispute has grown louder in recent months with the Chinese laying claim to it and various other nations putting theirs in also.  The oil and gas reserves in this Sea I am sure is of no consequence regarding this issue. President Obama addressed APEC in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago where he stoked the fire with China by applauding them on the one hand with regard to their assistance in putting sanctions on Iran, whilst making an under hand comment about their economy stating that in fairness to the International Community, China should adhere to the Market Base rate thus making trade fairer between the Western World and China (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMgd7tIVs78)

The Chinese are booming, they have projected growth far out reaching anything the UK can hope to achieve over the next two years. They will continue to prove to be a very troublesome figure for the Imperialist Alliance in the West.
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-15924892)

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Time To Come Home

Lucas Media and Dejavusion have been busy putting together this latest effort, a run down on the cost of war. Most news reports focus on the cost of war based on a monetary or currency context, here at the ranch we consider the cost of life from a human perspective. The multitude of video games out there today have made war a game, with visceral images depicting the glory of war, thus desensitising the real truth behind it all. That war is hell.

The video is just a few Earth minutes long, check it out following the link below.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b94o4z7n9BY

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Liquid Lifesaver

One mans vision- clean drinking water for all
In March this year I wrote about a wonderful new invention called 'Lifesaver Bottle' as demonstrated by Michael Pritchard at TED talks in 2009.  This device enables you to pretty much drink anything.  If you are near a water source the Lifesaver bottle is able to filter it and provide clean drinking water.  This of course would have numerous benefits for areas affected by disasters (man made or otherwise) where access to clean drinking water, essential for life, is limited or absent altogether.  So in light of this, plus my aversion to bottled water, I decided to invest in this technology and find out for myself.

I bought the device from Amazon through the Internet and within 3 days it arrived at my doorstep.  Excitement and apprehension came all at once but having read numerous reviews from the website and YouTube I decided to suck it up and get on with it. On my first free day I headed to the nearest source of unclean, standing water in town....the river lea, where I filmed what happened.  Suffice to say I have lived to tell the tail and the video explains a little more, if I can fathom out the technical difficulties I am having then this video shall be yours to see!
It is an amazing piece of kit and goes to show once more what technology can do for us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXepkIWPhFQ

'Originally posted on November 17th, since then we have solved the technical difficulties with the video upload and can finally show the bottle first hand, as it were' NNI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTxEHzMxroo

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Silence Must Be Heard

It is hard sometimes to stay focused, when confronted by so many issues it is easy to get swallowed up and lose your thread and so it was for me recently at the Occupy London Stock Exchange. Tensions rose following an armed police raid on a Kurdish tent after an accusation that the group were carrying guns,  this turned out to be false but the damage to their reputation and presence there had already been done. The Kurdish tent pitched up at the footsteps of St Paul's Cathedral provides an uneasy sight for the UK Government as they, Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union have labelled the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist group and the very prospect of everyday Londoners, tourists and protesters engaging in meaningful conversation in to the untold story of Kurds in Turkey proved too much.

At one of the general assemblies, where members of the Occupy Working groups stand and disseminate the latest news, a man stood and spoke out about the incident looking to encourage people to engage with the Kurds.  I decided to take this opportunity and introduced myself to the gentleman at the end of his address.  He told me a bit about himself (his name was Mark) and then invited me into the tent where I met four others in a picture of tranquility amongst the hustle and bustle of the busy London road just yards from them. Shy at first they each introduced themselves to me before going on to explain their history.

As with all things you have to look to the history books to fully understand a current situation or predicament, such as Tibet, Ireland and of course Palestine.

Kurdistan it seems was to be a country of its own right to self rule, along with Armenia, after the break up of the Ottoman Empire following the signing of the Treaty of Sevres. Unfortunately however it was never ratified. This meant after the area fell to the forces of Kemal Ataturk and the reconquest complete, it led to the Treaty of Lausanne and the modern borders of Turkey, leaving the Kurds with no self ruled region. Rebellion ensued between 1925 and 1965 and later from 1983 the Kurdish Workers Party was labelled a terrorist organisation due to the activities of the activist arm the PKK. The 1980's and 1990's saw much blood shed and this is where the information from this group became particularly upsetting.

I was told how their families are not allowed to give their family name to their children, how the practice of their language is restricted and how their people were slaughtered by the army. Towns razed to the ground by flame throwers, mutilation, rape and torture.
In short, ethnic cleansing.
Mark was encouraged to tell me about his own personal experiences of the Kurdish struggle and the town of Lice (pronounced Leejay) when working as a photographer and journalist in the area in 1993, he came across a scene of true horror. On October 22nd and 23rd 1993 the Turkish army went to Lice and burned it to the ground whilst shooting those people running for cover. Lice was home to 35,000 humans.

Mark has his own Twitter and blog page with information and images which I shall attach at the end for you to see and make your own mind up and I urge you to.

Eventually they went on to discuss with me their experiences at the hands of our police, it came to light that some of the police in question were in fact Turkish speaking. As I sat and listened to them all it became more apparent to me as to why there had been this alarmist raid by the police. The debacle surrounding the St Paul's Cathedral has been a media circus, particularly around the 'will they, won't they' eviction nonsense, Remembrance Sunday was fast approaching and so the sight of this political statement turning up on their corporate doorstep was a huge problem.  The best way to discredit this peaceful move was to pray on the peoples fear of terror. Hitler once said "Make the lie big, make it simple. Keep repeating it and eventually they will believe it."  All I can say is ask more questions, if you are in the area speak to the Kurdish people. Listen to what they have to say and make up your own mind. 

http://www.economist.com/node/1581362
http://hevallo.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-dare-turkey-talk-about-justice.html

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Occupy Together, From Home...

It would be easy to sit with a cigar on the balcony and watch the struggle play out as the Euro crashes and the economy hits a double dip recession with a bit of Louis Armstrong 'Gone Fishing' in the background but then that would not be very...Christian of me. So instead I have been mulling over the question of "what next?" or "what do we do now?" in response to the global unrest and Occupy movements springing up around the world.  With the 'Occupy Together' date coming up this Friday November 11th where the world potentially takes to the street in a show of anger and protest it is only getting bigger and a solution is needed.

After some considerable discussion with people and a copious amount of coffee I decided it was not for me to come up with a solution...but I did have an idea and ideas can spread like ripples in a pond.

A few months ago a Facebook group was created about not paying for petrol on a particular day.  I proposed an alternative to this whereby everyone would fill up and not pay full stop.  The beauty you see is if everyone acted as one in this way it would cripple the court system.  If you disagree with me take a look back to the recent London riots where a couple of thousand looters stretched our court system to it's limits with many courts running through the night to process all the cases. Multiply that chaos by a few million people not paying for petrol and you will see my point. We are each powerful individuals in our own right and it is time we realised this.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14487636

It becomes a simple choice, between continuing to participate in the lie they have created for you, or you can start to create your own reality.

The slave that defied an Empire
Which brings me back to my original idea, if everyone refused to pay back their mortgage and occupy their own home the system would not cope.  The problem is solidarity or the potential for a lack of it. On our own it is easy to get picked off and crushed but as many we are strong.
An "I am Spartacus!" moment is required.
The principle remains the same though, if the millions of people out there with mortgages stopped their mortgage payments this would provide a much more powerful message to the 'takers' running our economies into the ground for their personal gains.

Remember these people profit from the climate of fear THEY create with downward markets.  All there is to fear is fear itself. Our entire currency system is a dream and if we choose to wake up it is finished.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNabVbmonDw&feature=related

Why stop there? Stop paying your over inflated student loan as someone just put it to me, stop paying the criminals at British Gas making billions of pounds of profit this year despite selling gas to its customers on the cheap but are now increasing prices in time for the up coming harsh winter.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jul/28/centrica-british-gas-profits-refuel-row-over-prices

Sticking to the issue at hand people are asking "what next?" and after initially feeling a little stumped I return to the source. It is simply a choice between continuing to participate in the lie or starting to create your own reality. In the words of Alessio Rastani "I have been dreaming of this moment for years" and I truly hope the Spartacus moment is about to occur.

The War Against War

10,000 hrs to become a genius?
Back in the time of such greats as Jimi Hendrix music of a political nature used to fly through the mainstream air waves, but today the remnants of the 80's soda pop movement, as once famously described by Bill Hicks, has left a flaccid and rank amateur bunch in their absence.
I used to ask the question "where had the great anti-establishment music gone?" only to accidentally stumble across Michael Franti (before he sold out or got conned by Obama) The Flobots and Bliss & Eso. Where as most of the modern music 'artists' are happy to sing about cheap sexual thrills, one night stands, S&M and coca cola, people such as Bliss & Eso are hard hitting and topical but increasingly unlikely to make it mainstream (unless like Franti you get duped by an actor looking to secure a vote during an election campaign) as shows like X-factor and American Idol continue to flood the arena with processed wannabe's.

I eagerly await Franti's next album exploiting the actor currently in office at the White House.

This is not to say that there have been no good singers or performers, as Leona Lewis has proved, but she is enslaved by the Simon Cowell cash cow and not likely to rock the boat speaking out against the injustices of this world, unlike Lauryn Hill.
Lauryn Hill released a song called 'I get out' which I believe was a direct slap in the face to this system and not before time. Unfortunately I do not believe she has done much about it since and was probably declared crazy by MTV or some other media outlet.

As soon as someone rises to challenge or expose this system (as stock broker Alessio Rastani found out after being interviewed by the BBC recently) the ranks close file and the news repeaters strive to discredit or humiliate.

So I shall continue to dig, share and receive pointers in the direction of artists providing a voice for the silent majority and share the latest effort from Dejavusion in association with Lucas Media, 'The War on War' with a little help from the late and great Jimi Hendrix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7jAh7KyOGw

Monday, 7 November 2011

Wake Up Call

Check out the new video from Lucasmedia in association with Dejavusion.  It is a blend of hard hitting images of a world in turmoil, against the back drop of the soulful tones of Robin Thicke.

Follow the link below and comment, spread the word and look out for more from this innovative group.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZXIl3clEPs

Saturday, 5 November 2011

'Occupy' Movement Moves From Strength to Strength

To occupy, according to the UK Government, is to flatten a countries infrastructure with a vast quantity of cluster bombs (funded in development by banking corporations such as Lloyds TSB and Barclays) and rebuild the cities using Government contracts thus proving war is good for business. On the footsteps of St Paul's Cathedral however it has become a meaning of peace, education and hope for change.  Now in it's third week the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement has grown from strength to strength and each day seems to bring more innovative ideas than the day before.

It all goes back in the box
At 1400 on November the 5th there will be a rally held with guest speakers such as Weyman Bennet, a crusader against the rising fascism in this country (whom I have had the pleasure of meeting) and the enigmatic John Pilger, a crusader for truth in these dark times in our society.  Speakers of this magnitude go to show the depth of feeling against the feelings of un-justice we all see each day but few seem to accept.  The 'Occupy' movement globally has spread like wild fire and although the mainstream media would like you to think it is an aimless movement with no 'end game' what it does provide is the chance for people to spread awareness amongst themselves, and the thousands of visitors that come down everyday, of a whole range of issues domestically and internationally.  The human interaction is something of true beauty.

One couple I spoke to from Tunisia had family involved in the uprising almost a year ago that kicked off the Arab Spring.  They explained to me how many protestors were shot, how people were shot and killed after Ben Ali had been removed and the issues that were still prominent in their country today.  Of course, our media have moved on from such news items as there were wars to be fought in Libya and whether Wayne Rooney would be banned from the Euro's next year. The couple had only been at the Occupy LSX for the day but had seen enough to make return visits and support the movement.

Another group I spoke to where the Kurdish people and supporters, whom I am sure you will have read about in the various media outlets under the banner of 'terrorism'.  They were raided by armed police for the suspicion of having guns in their tent which turned out to be false, but by then the damage had been done.  The sight of armed police surrounding people in the midst of a peaceful demonstration has limited this particular groups ability to impact people that would have otherwise have benefited from hearing their story of oppression in Turkey. The news repeaters then proceeded to label them members of PKK, a so called terrorist group according to Turkey, the US and the European Union.

I for one was not about to be put off and went to find out more, but that is another story.

The Zeitgeist presence 
As I moved around the camp I spoke to all sorts of people, specialists in tech and media (responsible for the global connections with the other occupy cities) people who have left jobs and actively seeking part time jobs in the area because they believe so deeply in the movement.  It became apparent that this movement is here to stay.  As one person put it to me "this movement is about building infrastructure for the time when the financial system fails".  This is fundamentally changing the human nature versus the human nurture debate.  Time and again people tell me that it is human nature to be greedy or to not want to help others but I believe this to not be the case and to some extent know this to not be the case.  The Occupy LSX is proof of this as people donate their time and labour across all manner of expertise from law to simple administrational duties.

You are your labour.

There are some humans of course running around throwing out comments such as "of course they are unemployed, how else can you protest unless you are on the rock and roll" If said individual actually stopped for 5 minutes to ask the question, rather than believe the Daily Mail, he would have known that not everyone here is unemployed.  There are city workers staying here, public sector workers staying here and as I keep mentioning, EACH of them is contributing in their own way for free.  There are 36 working groups here covering every aspect of society from sanitation to waste disposal and health care, all being run more efficiently than your local borough council that employ fortnightly waste collections!
There is no litter, street cleaners here are not being cut back.

The new Finsbury Square occupy
Even I received personal insults telling me I should be ashamed, when asked ashamed of what the lady replied "it's just a free kip in the city".  Too right, why would anyone pay £200-500 or more a night for a hotel when you can pitch a tent and receive a free education in life lessons?  Some newspapers are concerned the Occupy movement will still be here during the Queen's Jubilee and the Olympics.... I say embrace the idea and invite the world to Occupy London during the Olympics.



http://occupylondon.org.uk/
http://www.occupytogether.org/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-banks-fund-deadly-clusterbomb-industry-2338168.html
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=british-police-raid-pkk-tent-in-london-2011-10-28
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054408/Occupy-London-St-Pauls-Cathedral-chancellor-quits-violence-fears.html