Sunday, 29 May 2011

Getting Connected - UK-Uncut join Forces with Medics

  Service.

Activists from UK-Uncut joined forces with medics nationwide to denounce NHS cuts which are happening in tandem with massive bank bail-outs - brightgreenscotland link.  In a combined operation of hits across towns and cities stretching from Dundee to Brighton, UK-Uncut occupied multiple banks - UK-Uncut - link.
  I joined them outside NatWest in Camden after a rendevouz at Soho Square just off Oxford Street yesterday (Saturday, 28/5/2011).  They said, 'This is an emergency.  Our NHS is under threat.  Today we're here to transform this bank into a hospital, to demand that the government stops the destruction of our NHS and makes the banks pay for the crisis they caused.'
UK-Uncut say that the government is using the terms 'efficiency' and 'reform' as a cover to cut the NHS and sell off what's left.  They accuse Health Minister Andrew Lansley of not listening to health pofessionals despite him proclaiming that the government of millionaires is engaged in a 'listening exercise' on proposed reforms.
UK-Uncut continued, 'Whilst the government are taking an axe to the NHS, the banks that caused the crisis in the first place are still costing us money.  Even after the bailout in 2008, we are still subsidising our broken banking system to the tune of £100 billion a year.  That's the same amount of money as we spend on the entire National Health  
  Join us and together, let's make Landsley listen.'
 

 

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Shout out for Brighton Protest

Slack-lining
Following a march with over 100 demonstrators, democracy protesters have taken over a section of the Old Steine, a grassed square in the heart of Brighton less than 300 metres from the beach.
  Comprised mainly of young Spaniards, the protestors want more people on the ground to add to their numbers, which are growing daily. 
  The protest is linked to larger ones throughout Spain, where today (Friday) riot police swooped on protesters in Barcelona - link.  Indeed, protest camps are springing up worldwide - link - but you'd be lucky to hear about them in the mainstream media.
  Waiter and yoga teacher David Monteserin, 26, said, 'We are growing every day.  So far we have Spanish, English, Greek, French and Morrocan people here.  About 50 people in total, although people come and go to work and have a break at home.  We intend to stay as long as possible in solidarity with the protesters in Spain, where public spaces in every city have been occupied.  Unemployment for young people in Spain stands at 40%, so we need a different system.  Our governement doesn't represent us - politicians are like slaves to the rules of the global market.
Painting
  'By occupying public space  we will show people democracy in action and give them an alternative space to discuss, debate and learn.'
  BBC Madrid and Spain protest pictures - link.
  The pro-active protesters are engaged in various workshops, including slack line (similar to tight rope walking), dance, language lessons, yoga and meditation, children's painting and more.

  Timeline: Started Saturday. Brighton's Green council  supports the right to protest.
  Restrictions: This needs to be stressed; Brighton is a dry site - drink, drug and violence-free.  So the jobless junky wrecks who soured Democracy Village on Parliament Square a year ago take note and stay clear.
  Location: Old Steine, Brighton - Google Maps link.
  Contacts: Blog , twitter@campbrighton, democracybrighton@gmail.com.
  News Links: Spanish Facebook Group - link, Indymedia - link, Ian Bone - link, NewsFromBrighton - link.

The message is clear - the sooner the better

Connected generation



Reception desk


Unicycle

Family friendly - no drink, drugs or violence


Contemplation


Dance Lesson

Head Massage
Comments by non bloggers...
From Seski, Spanish porter on the Brighton camp 
  'Hi Neil, I'd like to tell you that your report is fantastic.
  I think you wrote the right idea about why we are here.  I support those who work to show the real situation.  Now you have a new follower.  Thanks a lot!!! Seski'


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Britain Welcomes Obama

‘We persist in regarding ourselves as a Great Power capable of anything and only temporarily handicapped by economic difficulties.  We are not a Great Power and never will be again.’
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Sir Henry Tizard, chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, writing in 1949.  His comments upset the cabinet, who had ordered a British nuclear programme in 1946.   Half a century later, another scientific adviser to the MOD, Dr  David Kelly, upset unelected spin-doctor Alastair Campbell.
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‘Dr Kelly took his own life by cutting his left wrist...  There was no involvement by a third person in Dr Kelly’s death.’
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Lord Hutton’s press statement. 
Lord Hutton’s background is law, not medicine.  British health professionals specializing in just such wounds Dr Kelly reportedly ‘died’ from have had the temerity to disagree with Lord Hutton – link. 
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A Derbyshire steel works, Stanton, is
sold as scrap to China
Persisting in thinking ourselves a great power, with a 'special relationship' with the US, we just don't get it.  We're broke.  Our industrial base is gone.  Oil has peaked or is peaking, which is why growth has slowed right down, food and fuel prices are rocketing, and our troops are plonked atop energy supply routes - Resource Wars - link, Peak Oil - link.
  This week President Obama is visiting, and in a joint Times article, Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr Obama described the national relationship, once merely 'special', as 'essential'.  After going about various (yawn) photo opportunities with the Royals (link - The Sun's fawning coverage of the story), President Obama will then meet the odd couple in Downing Street and talk to Mr Cameron as Nick Clegg serves tea and watches out for those crumbs.
  'Tomorrow will be devoted to politics, with talks between Mr Obama and Mr Cameron at 10 Downing Street, followed by an address to both Houses of Parliament in which the President is expected to say that the US has no closer ally in the world than Britain.' - Daily Mail - link.
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A junkie shoots up on the path leading to Park Hill, Sheffield
 Oh yeah?  What about this report, when Obama declared France (of all places) America's strongest ally? - link.  One of Obama's first acts in the Oval Office was to remove Churchill's bust and send it back to the British Embassy. As teh ground war began in Iraq, Bush's first call was to a Saudi Arabian leader.  Blair was number three.  For those of us still clinging to the notion that our nation is somehow a key player on the international stage, consider this; Mr Obama won't even be drinking our water - link.
  Jeez, you know, it's like we're all a load of dumb-asses.  You know?...
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Mainstream drivel
‘Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.’
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Pop-princess Britney Spears explains her position on The War on Terrorism to CNN’s political 'news' correspondent Tucker Carlson – link (content warning; reading drivel CNN interviewing the vacuous Ms Spears is a truly numbing read). 
  Our real position on the world stage is, of course,  military attack dog and arms manufacturer and, conversely, dependable UN poodle.  As a case in point, look at the treatment of Aspergers Syndrome sufferer Gary McKinnon, facing up to 60 years in a US jail for computer hacking - link.  Imagine the Yanks extraditing a US citizen so as to face British punishment. .
British infantry training for the Middle East
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And as for Dr Kelly - why did I mention him?  Just a hunch I guess.  I think there's more to the visit than positioning for a second term.

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'As we (Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell) walked into the Oval Office, Bush was very friendly, said ‘Hey, congratulations, you took on the bastards, and you did great.’  He said he had seen some of my testimony, and that Dan had kept him informed.
  ‘You did great.  You showed that if you are in the right, if you believe in it, and you give no quarter, you can prevail.’  He kept coming back to it in the meeting, almost embarrassingly so.  Cheney was as impassive as ever, Powell was chirpy but looking tired, while Condi was more subdued than usual.’
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Entry for Thursday, July 17, 2003
The Blair Years: Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries - link
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  Condi was more subdued than usual.  The day Dr Kelly died.
The day before his body was found.
When the flag-wavers have gone back to Cheryl and Pippa, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, their factories and building sites, remember this... the powerful have only their own interests at heart.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Business Secretary Struggles With Indoctrination

Drawing down - what was once a petrol station,
now an unviable business on this stretch of the A38
An exasperated Business Secretary Vince Cable has told the Guardian that is has been a challenge explaining to the public just how bad the state of the British economy is in - BBC link, Guardian link.
   'The political class as a whole is not preparing the public for how massive the problem is... The fact is that we are now having to get used perhaps to lower growth and a gradual process of building the economy up again.
  'We have had a very, very profound crisis which is going to take a long time to dig out of. It is about the deficit, but that is only one of the symptoms. We had the complete collapse of a model based on consumer spending, a housing bubble, an overweight banking system – three banks each of them with a balance sheet larger than the British economy. It was a disaster waiting to happen and it did happen. It has done profound damage and it is damage that is going to last a long time.'
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The remains of a Derbyshire ironworks - Stanton - is scrapped
and carted off to China.  Well done, politicians!
What next?  Our topsoil?
‘The children who know how to think for themselves
 spoil the harmony of the collective society
which is coming, where everyone
would be interdependent.’
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US education reformer John Dewey, 1899
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  So Vince is struggling to educate people.  Perhaps that has something to do with a consumerist mind-set repeated ad-nauseum by advertisers, a media that tells us that the to-ings and fro-ings of orange-skinned celebs has more importance to our lives than real news, and an educational system preaching conformity and obedience rather than critical thought.  As for perpetual growth... come on!  Have these people never heard of Peak Oil?  We've either maxed out or are hitting Hubbard's Peak about now.  We've been living a lie, listening like docile fools to this - link - rather than this - link.
  Dr Colin Campbell, Peak Oil proponent:
  
‘I don't think new technologies will have any impact on the date of peak, which I estimate to have been passed in 2008...
 The whole flimsy financial edifice has now crashed, and some of the sillier governments are now pumping yet more fictional money into the system to encourage new consumption. Such policies may briefly succeed, but will only make the subsequent crash worse. We enter a new world, as the principal energy that drove the anomalous past two centuries heads into decline from natural depletion.
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Dr Colin Campbell,
interview with myself
on February 8, 2009

Friday, 20 May 2011

Ex-MP Elliot Morley jailed for expenses fraud


Former Labour environment minister Elliot Morley has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for dishonestly claiming more than £30,000 in parliamentary expenses - BBC link.
Morley and fellow expenses cheats discuss their tactics
  Grasper Morley obtained more money than any other MP and over a long period, said Mr Justice Saunders, sentencing - link.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Police Time Bomb as Government of Millionaire's Gets Its Teeth In

The very glue that props up the Establishment - the Police - is coming unravelled. 
  Greeting the Home Secretary's speech with complete stoicism, our comrades in the Police Federation made their opinions less than opaque; Theresa May left the podium of the Annual Police Federation in Bournemouth to an applause of none.  All that could be heard were her shoes clippety-clopping as she walked backstage - mainstream media Guardian link.
  Mrs May faced a withering barrage of criticism as she attempted to trot out top-down management politico-platitudes to the rank and file who see life on the streets as it is.  It was in sharp contrast to a year ago, when her first speech to the Police Federation was met with great applause - link.  PC David Rathband, the officer blinded by thug and council estate chav-icon Raoul Moat, faced her on a live video link-up.
  He said, 'I was paid £35,000 last year. Do you think it was too much?'
Theresa May and fellow Conservatives discussing
business opportunities with Third World tyrants
  Millionaire Mrs May looked unsettled.  
  Police federation chairman Paul McKeever claimed that the government's decision to protect international development spending as the police budget was cut by 20% was motivated by the desire of Conservative activists to go to Africa every summer on social projects.  If he's right - taxpayers kids are getting knifed for their mobiles because the police officer that should have been there has been scrapped... so that some rich young Tory can go off on safari... on our backs.
  Mrs May responded: 'If you get aid right in certain parts of the world, such as Pakistan, it will reduce the possibility of terrorism on the streets of the UK.'
A police officer at the G-20
  Terror exists on the streets - and in homes like that of Baby P - because the cash necessary to deal with the problems is frittered away by imbecilic politicians on useless causes - and insane public sector management salaries.  The police laughed at Mrs May's comment.  Is now a good time to mention Pakistan's multi-billion nuclear programme?  What a clanger to drop before the guys and girls who patrol some of the toughest streets in the country.
  If Mrs May wants to link street crime with Pakistan and Afghanistan; that's fine.  Let's do so...
  Heroin has been flooding onto the streets of Glasgow since 2001, when British forces in Afghanistan were told to turn a blind eye to its cultivation less they upset the farmers - link.  But cheap heroin is a problem for the sacked shipyard workers of Govan, not the smart-set of Stockbroker Belt.  So of course it's off the radar to Tory toffs.
  Besides, we're already doing our bit where the heroin comes from.  Since 2001 we've lost 365 service personnel as of May 15, 2011.  Our troops are dying in a place where farmers are growing the very poison which is ravaging the council estates back home... which for some of them is why they joined the forces.  Neither fact matters to the millionaires.
  As they slash the services we taxpayers pay for, the imbeciles of government hand dictators across the world fleets of white Mercedez and the like.  As long as they vote for our policies at the UN, and trade their resources to Theresa & Co's business chums.  That, after all, is how one becomes a millionaire.
  Every Little Helps.  This ends the Meltdown broadcast.  You may go back to Britain's Got Talent and Cheryl Cole now - link - and fill your minds with shit.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Activists Wanted For Lewes as Council Moves to Evict

Entrance to camp
A call out has been made for more eco protestors at a recently occupied school in Lewes, near Brighton, as an eviction notice was served ordering their removal in a week's time. 
  The council want the protestors off the land by 4PM on Friday May 25 - one-sided BBC link. *
  Originally intending to occupy St Anne's School for only one week, organisers immediately realised the vast potential of the former special needs school, situated in an idylic and historical East Sussex market town - SchNEWS link describing the initial occupation - and started digging their feet in.  Strong support from the locals focused their energy.
  County Hall bosses had their sights on the land which their council offices overlook, but were dismayed to find that activists beat them to it.  It's in the word - active. ;)



Brown envelopes and rounds of golf. 
In the shadow of the Town Hall Graspers, a patch of green. 
Setting their own precedent with an ugly lump of concrete,
the Fat Cats demonstrate their attitude to planning
 permission in a rambling country market town
 who's history stretches back beyond the Saxons. 
     Veteran campaigner Marina Pepper, a former chair of Lewes District Council, has been leading the fight to save the site.  From her own camp on high ground (a tarp strung out in the open) just metres from the concrete council offices, she looks out at the smartly presented admin area below her.  A kids area, comms tent, work space, social space, storage tent and cookhouse are the hub of the location.
  Further afield is a covered toilet and then the campsite.
  A motto on the front entrance reads - Use It Or Lose It - and the locals seem to agree.  A recent copy of the town's newspaper was full of glowing comments by neighbours, many of whom now regularly visit the school bearing food and construction materials.  There was only one negative voice (allegedly); an un-named resident referred to by an un-named council press officer.

Hats Off!! - Marina Pepper, veteran activist who gets things done -
 and one of the creators of Meltdown
   Work is ongoing in the very shadow of the ugly council buildings whose bosses want to trash the place for executive homes. 
  The council leader there earns between £165,000 and £181,000 - link.  East and West Sussex are both secretive regarding their chief executives pay; they consider the amount siphoned from resident's house-keeping budgets and into a Fat Cat's trousers to be something that should be hidden from recession-hit locals. This isn't an approach set in legalese stone - Brighton and Hove openly states their council chief's salary.   Locals - bear that furtive secrecy in mind when your library or school closes; there's £26 million of cuts currently smashing into East Sussex, where the eye-watering council tax rates in some cases are set at over £3,000 - link.  Bear it in mind come election time, too, when the MPs come a-grinning and a-baby-hugging.
Thriving local shops... in the shadow of Tescos.
 The Big Three - retail versions of drift nets. 
  From defences such as tripods and Harris fencing, to preparing ground, planting, erecting tents and constructing toilet facilities, they've been busy.  Workshops for anyone interested are a constant theme, and Sussex Police described the campers as peaceful - link.  Despite the glowing articles from Lewes' own tiny newspaper, regional big boy the Brighton Argus has done a typical mainstream media sneer job thanks to desk-bound hack Rebecca Evans - link.  The news desk there seems more concerned about maintaining the flow of drivel press releases than focusing on the community.  After all, when the climate campaigners have long gone, the Argus will still be wanting the ad revenue and slanted press releases of the council.  Council ad revenue = your taxes.  It's easy, it's cheap - and the corporate news types can get by on fewer journalists.  Which means more cash for them.  Conflict - Media - link.
  Tuesday 1400 hrs update - Director of Corporate Resources - 'We have been as patient as possible but we are now beginning to get complaints about the camp from near neighbours.'  BBC link
  On emailing Mr Nolan a media request for further information on these 'residents'  - names, numbers of complainants, complaints of what specifically - I have yet to receive a reply.  Like it says on the tin; we don't have to divulge info on the bosses pay packet, so there's no chance getting to the root of this unsubstantiated 'fact'.  I'll edit this text accordingly as and when the council produce the evidence.
Thursday 0600 hrs update - email from Martin Fitzgerald
Communications Manager
Governance and Community Services
and Corporate Resources
East Sussex County Council

'Dear Neil. Thank you for your email sent to Sean Nolan today  (17 May).
As this is a media enquiry it has been passed to me to reply.

To date we have had two official complaints from near neighbours.
Best wishes. Martin'


  And my best wishes to you Martin.  I could have done with knowing what the complaints were about, when were they made, are they from the same household etc, were they made by council employees, would a near neighbour include people working in the council offices which the camp is in the shadow of, would it be possible for you to forward a request for an interview with them, etc, etc... but never mind.  I'm sure the Brighton Argus will be straight onto it, LOL!
 Getting there - Post code for Sat Navs: BN7 1LJ.  London to Brighton, then bus or train to Lewes.  Map - link (press on option A - East Sussex County Council, and it will link you there; the camp is in the shadow of the council building and accessible from Rotten Row, from which it is well sign-posted).
Brew time on the no alcohol or drugs site
  Once there - contact Marina for a full briefing.  There's space for tents on a south facing (warm) playing field, running water, plenty of food - and plenty of work; you hippies out there take note.  Work: it's what happens when you do things.  Such as getting off your arses.
  This needs to be stressed - Lewes is a dry site; no drugs or drink.  BBC - link. Conflict blog - link. Argus pressure via readers comments - link.
  One-sided BBC link; response to my complaint...
 'Dear Mr Jackson,
 Thank you for your email.
 It is our policy to seek balance in stories whenever possible.
In this case messages were left with a number of campaigners to ask them
for their views but regrettably none replied.
 While we do not provide a letters section, we are always keen to hear
feedback from readers such as yourself.
 Yours sincerely,
 The BBC News Website team'

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And that's the BBC; sorry - you're an activist who's been roughing it for your beliefs for a month so unlikely to have a charged phone.  What we'll do instead is open the forum to those you're opposing, and leave it at that.  Pathetic mainstream media cop-out.  Have they ever heard of stringers, the people on the ground who ACTUALLY GO THERE AND ASK? They can afford millions for their drivel-celebrities; how about some cash for news gathering?  The sheeple actually pay for this service. Conflict - Media

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Getting to Know You


Links have now been established between Meltdown-2017 and No To The Bike Parking Tax pressure group, campaigning against the graspers corrupt attempts to rip off bikers through parking fees.  
  For more on the insidious methods of ripping off Joe Bloggs, see The Trough.  Westco, Gilchrist and Chalkley are now on our radar.  We look forward to working with you people. ;) 


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Ian Tomlinson Was Unlawfully Killed - Inquest Jury

Whitehall McDonalds 2000
Ian Tomlinson was unlawfully killed by a Metropolitan Police officer at the G20 protests, an inquest jury has said.
  The 47-year-old collapsed and died after he was hit by a baton and pushed to the ground by PC Simon Harwood at the protests in London on 1 April 2009 - BBC link.
  Perhaps now they will introduce psychological profiling for riot cops.  Writing as a veteran of many protests and riots, it is apparent to me that many officers are decent, hard-working, courteous people.  And many others are bordeline psycopaths out for a ruck; as impressive as a bunch of beered-up right-wing boot boys.
  Let us all hope that the decent police officers will police the thugs amongst their midst.  As a former British infantry soldier - I expect they will.  But if they dont I shall be there to witness and organise.  We are the connected generation.  You are being watched.  Time to decide.