Saturday, 31 December 2011

Class Wars 2011, The Workers Strike BACK!

This year has been the year of the protester. Time magazine saw fit to make the protester its coveted 'person of the year', of course Hitler has also featured here before so let us not jump for joy too soon.

From the first signs of revolt in Tunisia a year ago, yes it all began back then in Tunisia (the dawn of the Arab spring) through to the horrific scenes at one breakfast time of Gaddafi being brutalised and executed in the streets by rebels in October this year, the protester has taken the worlds media by storm.
Closer to home there has been the national day of action on November 30th, an occupy movement in London, with the movement taking hold in over 900 cities world-wide as people rally against a system unjust. A system that is good for a few (and if truth be told the majority really of the self named 99%) but enslaves the rest, the rest being left without access to clean drinking water, shelter and food. Something that is a basic human right for all.


It seems we are not amused.


So whilst the rich get richer, the not so rich complain about not having enough fiat currency for the latest iPhone or Nike Air Jordan athletic trainers, the poor get busy dying.  Some of us have decided to make a stand and ask more questions.
Whilst some of the humans try to spread the message and ask the questions the rest of the planet has not thought of yet, the likes of David Cameron and Barack Obama, with their guide dogs Hilary Clinton and Theresa May, they continue to preach to people outside of their club about human rights and the right to free speech. Syria, Iran and China are regularly in their sights, and maybe rightly so,  however they themselves continue to belittle, beat, imprison and silence their own people with the very essence of fascism that they claim to be liberating the rest of the world from.
Quick to jump on the Arab spring bandwagon because they think they might be in for a cheap barrel of oil but even quicker to crack down on a slave revolt on their own doorstep as people begin to see that the game is up, after all who will flip their burgers, switch on the petrol pumps or tooth fairy forbid make their Calvin Klein's?

As Ghandi put it Mr Cameron and Mr Obama "be the change you want to see"


In light of all this Dejavusion Productions and Lucas Media have collaborated again to bring you a trailer for an upcoming short movie inspired by the Star Wars movies. Class Wars trailer


Nike Air Jordan scenes. You couldn't make it up.
Theresa May's Human Rights Rant. Shocking

Friday, 30 December 2011

From Iraq, With Love

We have a duty to ensure our governments do not send our troops to unjust wars. If our government does send them out to killed and maimed they have a duty to support and care for them.
Dejavusion Productions and Lucas Media have collaborated to bring you this latest effort 'From Iraq, With Love'.

Enjoy, comment, share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDbuFVyFMsk&context=C3e77fcfADOEgsToPDskJc_rOiffoZRQfp8R3NE9Ul

Imperial War Machine

"In western Christian culture, war is sacred. The church is the pentagon and the soldiers are the priests, which is why you cannot criticise soldiers in American movies because they are the priests, they are warriors of  god, they get screwed up but they always do their job well. You can humanise the soldiers but you cannot give them a background for why they are there, whether it is Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, there is no background. It is about making the soldiers priests of God" - Oliver Stone, Vietnam war veteran and Oscar award winner.

War porn-Vogue
Harsh, to the point and fair. When you look through the list of American and British war porn movies it is a glorious run of Imperial war machine victories with depiction of heroic acts. The benevolent nature of the Imperial war machine is well documented from Hurt Locker to Saving Private Ryan, yet it was not always this way.
Apocalypse Now and Platoon are examples that portrayed a very different vision of war and the atrocities committed by both sides, this was not good for America particularly as the war in Vietnam being so fresh in the peoples minds, served to reinforce the message that no good comes from war and that ultimately we all lose.

Then came Top Gun.

Top Gun was the Pentagons movie wet dream as they collaborated with Hollywood and conspired to make one of the best advertising movies, only bettered recently by What Women Want. I must confess to being sucked in by the Top Gun theme and the idea of 'heroism' at a young age, but then who wasn't? At least I was not old enough to be recruited at the box office as a lot of young men were when they exited their showings, dreaming of wearing a white military uniform and serenading women up and down bars across the continent and the world. It is said that recruitment went up by 20,000 uniformed personnel the year after Top Gun was released.

There have been a succession of war porn films released since, showing the American military in a brave and heroic light such as Black Hawk Down, Tears of the Sun and We Were Soldiers. This has been compounded by the targeting of our children through the glorification of the armed forces in computer games such as the highly successful (and brutal) Call of Duty series, and in movies aimed at a younger audience, such as Iron Man, Transformers and the latest Marvel comic book superheroes movies X-Men- First Class and Captain America. Hollywood has been complicit in this with the Pentagon to the point where if production does not include the input from their man, Phil Strub, then they may as well forget the movie. Phil Strub has a list of accredited movies to his name if you type his name into IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0835243/
With Hollywood's approval of a script the film makers get access to machinery, personnel, tactics and techniques to ensure a realism. This is ironic because as a viewer we are being held back from witnessing a directors true vision of things.

The danger is now if you go against the party line, as advertised by the mainstream media and the movies then you are in danger of being made an outcast by people such as Bill O'Rielly on Fox News. This happened with the movie Redacted which came out in 2007. O'Rielly is offensive at the best of times but he called for people to take 'support the soldiers' signs to theatres that played the movie and stop people from watching it. A great advert for liberty and the right to free speech that he and his war mongering friends like to claim we are helping the rest of the 'uncivilised' world to have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83qPmcmt8Z4

Over the years we have become a people desensitised to the atrocities of war, we allow our governments to send our troops off to war with out ever really questioning 'why?'. It is our duty to stop the governments from fighting unjust wars with our soldiers, it is our duty to to ensure that the government does not ditch the responsibility of looking after those it has sent to be killed and maimed on to us. It is time we all took a stand against this military industrial war machine.


Please take the Earth time to check Aljazeera's 'Hollywood and the War machine' on Top Documentaries and the Guardian article by George Chesterton in the links below.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/hollywood-war-machine/
http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/commentisfree/2011/dec/23/military-love-affair-dangerous

Friday, 23 December 2011

Mon£y Make$ The World Go Down

Fractional Reserve Banking. I have tried to explain it before, it is a relatively simple concept to grasp but sometimes pictures paint a story better than a thousand words so Lucas Media and Dejavusion Media have come together to put it in plain sight for you all in an accessible way.

We present to you via YouTube, 'Money Makes The World Go Down'  with help from The O'Jays http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_c6j6ny4Dk&context=C338579cADOEgsToPDskJfbB7NsY3fZGuOFii6LNGi

Enjoy. Comment. Share.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Lies My Government Told Me

The Daily Mail has featured an article on the Military Wives Choir who have recently taken to the airwaves with a charity single, made from lines of letters they have sent to their loved ones, fighting in the many theatres of operations that our soldiers, their partners, are currently operating in around the world.
It is the fastest selling single for six years.
The video can currently be found on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/militarywiveschoir?v=0hR6O7VxKaQ&feature=pyv&ad=9835277362&kw=military%20wives) if you have not seen or heard it whereby you can make your own mind up about it.
Cameron meets and greets the wives and girlfriends

The article starts by describing the women as beautiful because they are "every day women and mothers in High Street dresses with their roots showing"....yes, it really says this.
You can find the article here - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2076787/Military-Wives-Choirs-Wherever-You-Are-moved-war-widow-mother.html
The military wives choir are compared to celebrity artists, such as the latest X-Factor robots, in that they are a refreshing change from the scam that is the 'charity single'. It comes around every now and then and is performed by the rich and famous every time a bandwagon comes into town. Generally they are people who only do it for the PR that goes with being linked to the current charity bandwagon (yes that means you Paul McCartney, Bono, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, Dizzee Rascal, the list is endless and non-exhuastive)

The Daily Mail's article of course used adjectives such as 'brave', 'stoicism', 'resolve' and 'togetherness' to name but a few of the usual emotive words when used by the Daily Propaganda to strengthen the feeling of nationalism within the country.
It is however a subject that must be dealt with carefully.
The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and moving forward most likely in Iran, have been costly. In a currency sense yes, but more importantly in a physical and moral sense too. Thousands of troops have been injured or killed and millions of innocent civilians have too been injured, killed or displaced through the ravages of war. If by anyway we discredit our troops then we are considered unpatriotic, or tarnished with a brush far worse, yet the reality of it is this; our troops have been sold a lie (as were we all) and their suffering at the hands of successive Governments is a betrayal of their faith and belief in that system. Yet the very women singing their hearts out, for loved ones they might not see again, are seen pictured with the latest war monger and tyrant 'incharge' at 10 Downing Street, shaking hands and all smiles.

Not something I would be doing if given opportunity to meet the Prime Minister. I would not want to get blood on my hands.

More effort should be put in to bringing home the soldiers, men and women, fighting for the billionaire Military Industrial Complex criminals who are trying to secure resources in the name of democracy and liberty and leaving behind them millions of families across the world without their mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters this Christmas.

"War does not determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Right To Fight

December, it has been a rare month for Human Rights with first the news that Chantelle Taylor had become the first woman to officially kill on the front line and then the news that women can now serve on submarines too. This all goes some way to addressing the issues raised on International Womens day, back in March this year, where it was claimed that the inability of a woman to serve on the front line, as her male counterparts do, was having an adverse affect on their ability to progress through the ranks. In the book 'A Guide to Saving the World, From Tibet with Love' by Isabel Losada she comments on this weird aspect of the women's rights movement here, that in the West women are shouting for their 'right' to kill the enemy, whilst in Tibet the women simply want the right to practice a faith and way of life they believe in without being imprisoned.

These recent developments, along with Theresa May's comments in March, have gone some way to dealing with those issues. However this all comes against the backdrop of the furor from the sports personality of the year nominations (where not one woman was nominated) the push for and highlighting of the lack of women's rights in both Kurdistan and iRan and the issues on UK soil where so called honour killings are on the increase.

The irony is not lost on me as on International Womens day Theresa May was busy selling a woman's human rights away under the proviso that domestic violence was 'only a violation of their their human rights during a period of peace time, not war time'. Considering we have been at war in one form or another every decade since World War 2, I am not too optimistic for a woman's future.

Our Governments appear to be conspiring as we speak to find cause or reason enough to attack Iran. The discovery of natural gas just the last couple of days will I am sure have done nothing except strengthen their resolve to invade and 'liberate' the women of Iran.

This is all well and good but our Governments cannot even agree to look after and respect women in our own countries let alone profess to care about the women in another land. At the recent Euro zone summit a French official described David Cameron as "a man who had shown up at a wife swapping party, only without his wife". A disgraceful comment to make.

Are women now to be traded the same as commodities like our laws and currencies with keys in a bowl?

Where are the 'sluts' now?
Someone asked me today, "where are the feminists now?" We had a series of global 'slut walks' throughout the early part of the year in reaction to a comment made by a police chief over the Atlantic and as yet nothing said about the comments made about Cameron. Before this however, I read an article by the enigmatic writer, Laurie Penny, in the Independent who receives some of the most vile hate mail, from men I am ashamed to say. These messages included encouraging rape and a variety of other hideous assaults to take place on her just because she dares to air an opinion. An opinion that may well differ vastly from the mainstream party line but so what? As an avid follower of her Twitter page I have seen some of the tripe thrown at her and find it unbelievable we call ourselves civilised.

Now we live in a 'civil'isation where a woman can serve and kill on the front line, serve on a submarine, but not have an opinion? We then get ourselves worked up over a ridiculous sporting award, voted for by a bunch of old men that never won an argument let alone a medal, and accuse them of sexism but forgoe the French faux parx? We have our values all mixed up and it is time we started to really evaluate what matters in our lives.

We risk becoming a society that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.


http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/laurie-penny-a-womans-opinion-is-the-miniskirt-of-the-internet-6256946.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/03/human-rights-women-violence
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/dec/08/royal-navy-women-submarines?newsfeed=true
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/09/angela-merkel-david-cameron-table

Can't Beat the Feeling McDonald's Test Part 2, Week 1

Banksy Caveman
The McDonald's test part 2, week 1, is now up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. After only 8 days there is already a vast difference in the two portions of chips and it would appear also that the claims from others that McDonald's meals last an unusual amount of time compared to everyday food may be true.

Keep posted and see how the study unfolds.

Ask more questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1J3VYL7u04

Can't Beat The Feeling McDonald's Test

Nine days ago I embarked on a not very scientific test for a McDonald's Happy Meal in comparison to some home made fries the same day.  I posted the initial blog December 12th (http://newell-news.blogspot.com/2011/12/super-science-me.html) this is just an update with the video link to YouTube so you can follow the first days actions.

Ask more questions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgz4wZbyoH4

Monday, 12 December 2011

Super Science Me

Two minutes from 'happiness'
There have been many stories on the Internet and occasionally in the newspapers about the shelf life of a McDonald's meal.  Just the other day someone sent me a YouTube link detailing this very issue so I decided to take it upon myself to find out first hand.

I headed down to the local fast food giant and purchased a happy meal, complete with burger and fruit juice, and returned home to start the test. My plan? To keep the meal in its box for 3 weeks leading up to the end of the year and check it everyday. To compare the happy meal I knocked up some home made chips on my return, storing them in the same fashion to see their progress.

I plan to provide updates every couple of days with all the images and video as I go along so stay tuned.
Unimpressed with the purchase
Fries Vs home made chips

The meal laid out with the home made option chips on the right

Monday, 5 December 2011

You Just Can't Beat The Feeling

The packet that failed to fill a hole
It has been a long while since I've purchased a packet of crisps but after a busy afternoon looking for some presents for the family I stopped off for an expensive, pre-packed sandwich filled with salt, and a bag of Walkers Crisps. I was shocked when I opened them to find that I had effectively opened a bag of air. I resisted the urge to freak out over the contents and reflected upon the situation.

For 34g of processed potato today there seems to be a lot less than in a packet of crisps a decade ago. This seems to have happened with everything including chocolate bars. Aside from the fact I would prefer to eat an apple, I begrudge paying for a single mars knowing it is as expensive as the old king size bar but half the size of the original. Then if I want to 'super size' it costs me nearly £1 for a double bar that is about the size of the old king size. Madness.

A pound is not what is used to be. Thank you Bank of England.

Advertising, this shits got to go
So whilst the banks continue to screw the planet, the corporations conspire to compound the problem by making products smaller and charging you the same price or more. This is done for two reasons. One because they are trying to convince us it is for health reasons, that by making chocolate bars and crisps contain less it will reduce obesity. The other is that it enables companies to 'hold the price' whilst providing us 'an affordable treat'.

Of course this is utter nonsense on all levels.

If the reality was that the world wanted to fight obesity in the UK and other parts of the 'civil'-ised world, then they would not let cereal companies push their under nourishing products on our children. They would not let McDonald's promote World Cups or other sporting events. They would not let Coca-Cola claim it was thirst quenching or employ Santa Claus to promote it, nor develop kiddies yo-yo's or footballs.

These corporations, that feed on the life blood of our future generations, would not spend billions on advertising to create super consumers that grow emotional attachments to their products, products that not only have a detriment to the health of everyone that consumes them but to the lives of those people in the lands where these corporations cut corners in the pursuit of the dollar and ruin natural water courses and aquifers, making land non-arable.
Banksy does evolution








We have all been there and seen it, used it, drank it, done it and/or played with their free Disney movie toy, but we have the power to choose. We can choose to break free of this cycle and not let our children's futures be hijacked by them.

It is 'time' to save the humans.

Stealing your children. Banksy 'beat the feeling'




Coca-Cola employee of the century...






Pictures by Banksy and Dejavusion Media.