Anti-Cuts Protests, 26 March 2011

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Last Saturday, I walked alongside at least 250,000 (and maybe as many as 500,000) other Britons to protest the cuts planned in the name of balancing the un-balanceable chequebook of capitalism. Apparently, we’re in terrible debt. O RLY?

Here’s the lie. We are in a debt crisis. Our national debt is dangerously and historically high. We are being threatened by the international bond markets. The way out is to eradicate our deficit rapidly. Only that will restore “confidence”, and therefore economic growth. Every step of this program is false, and endangers you.

Let’s start with a fact that should be on billboards across the land. As a proportion of GDP, Britain’s national debt has been higher than it is now for 200 of the past 250 years. Read that sentence again. Check it on any graph by any historian. Since 1750, there have only been two brief 30-year periods when our debt has been lower than it is now. So we can afford to run a deficit, if that has a positive effect – which we’ll get to in a minute. If we are “bust” today, as George Osborne has claimed, then we have almost always been bust. We were bust when we pioneered the Industrial Revolution. We were bust when we ruled a quarter of the world. We were bust when we beat the Nazis. We were bust when we built the NHS. Or is it George Osborne’s economics that are bust?
(Source: Johann Hari)

I could tell from the start that the demo was massive. At points, we were shuffling along, there were so many of us. This reminded me of the Feb 15th 2003 antiwar protest, the largest protest in British political history. So far.

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The spirit was friendly, positive and peaceful. Look at the pic above – do those protestors look ready to barbecue babies? Because that’s how the protest was reported: the media fabricated stories of widespread violence when, in fact, most of the actions of UK Uncut were peaceful occupations, like that of Fortnum and Masons. :

This was not the first time that the police have gone too far in their actions at UK Uncut protests. In January we witnessed an officer use CS spray to unjustifiably devastate a group of protesters outside of tax-dodgers Boots.

On Saturday, their choice to make so many arrests of peaceful protesters, and to subsequently bundle us up with others who were arrested for ‘violence’, are clear examples of political policing: before we left the senior policewoman inside the store said our actions were “nonviolent” and “sensible”. The excellent Green and Black Cross legal team got this all on film. We were shocked to be arrested following these comments, following statements that we had been kept inside the store for our own safety, following assurances that we would not be detained upon leaving the store.
(Source: UK Uncut)

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We marched, we sang, we tried to get passers-by and even coppers to join us. Don’t believe what you saw on the telly, it’s utter, utter bullshit. To focus on the actions of maybe 100 people in a march of 500,000 shows you how the media want to portray anti-government sentiment.

After a knackering day, I got home and relaxed by going on Facebook. Woah – wave after wave of status updates from people complaining about violent protestors ruining the day / country. What the fuck?

That’s is what I posted when I got too fed up:

“1. Why post a status update about a tiny minority action when 250,000 (-450,000, depending who you believe) of us marched peacefully? You didn’t congratulate us, the huge majority at any point, you condemned the minority. Classic Daily Mail-ism. I question your focus.

2. Why post a status update about how criminal and horrible 100 anarchists breaking some windows are when the huge crime of what this government is doing, destroying this country’s infrastructure, you say *nothing* about? Property can be fixed, a generation of ruined lives cannot. I question your priorities.

3. You’re implying “genuine protesters” can only be non-violent. Are you aware of how women won the vote in this country? Or how we got rid of the Poll Tax and then Thatcher? Or how the ANC defeated apartheid? Are the Libyan rebels fighting Gaddafi not “genuine protesters” because they’ve got guns? I hear they’ve broken quite a few windows.

In short, you’re regurgitating the perspectives of Sky News, the Daily Mail, the Tory Party and the ruling class. Nothing wrong with that, free country etc., but it doesn’t mean I’m going to let it pass un-challenged.”

Last Saturday was a tremendous day for British democracy. We protested like hundreds of thousands of others are doing in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, New York and Madison.

And we will march again!

Bzangy Groink Playlist 16/3/11

Tonight’s best new track was ‘Super Duper Rescue Heads,’ Deerhoof’s poppiest track to date. This song is pure sunshine dappling your face through leaves, butterflies flapping around like nutters and tiny dogs yapping shopping lists.

The best old track was The Boo Radley’s ‘Lazy Day.’ Another slice of summer in a pop song, I used to love dancing to this in the Blue Note, back when they played non-chart music. Shoegaze love.

Shpongle – before the big bang
Cyanna – San Quentin
Access Immortal – Acc The Villain
Not Advised – A Red Light Situation
Betty and the Werewolves – Wind-Up
Shannon Wright – Fractured
The Legends – Call it ours
Set Your Goals – Mutiny!
Dr. Oop – Midtown Memoirs
Akira Kiteshi – Ming The Merciless
The Crayon Fields – Graceless
Ten After Two – Reason To Fake
mc chris – EMO PARTY
1000 robota – er sagt ( punks jump up remix )
Kid Liberty – Fight With Your Fists
Bassnectar – Art of Revolution
The I.R.S – Gorilla Shuffle
Big Troubles – Modern Intimacy
Electric Wizard – Black Mass
Igorrr – Melting Nails
Brand New – Guernica
School of Seven Bells – Babelonia
Chunk! no captain chunk – Time’s Up!
Reso – Beasts In The Basement
Erland & The Carnival – ThisNight
Darkest Hour – Violent By Nature
Xzibit f/ Nate Dogg – Multiply
Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance
Calories – Orchard Girls
Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads !
Simon G – Simme
ACODA – Finding Your Feet
AMP Live – Hot Right Now (Bassnectar Remi
boo radleys – Lazy Day
Everything Everything – Schoolin
NumÈro – H.O.N.N.E.U.R
Veara – We Have a Body Count
WC – Revenge Of The Barracuda
Belle and Sebastian – Come On Sister
Matta – Solar Driftwood (Feat. The Abyss)
Atmosphere – You
The Juan MacLean – No Time
Counterpunch – The Great Regression
Pelican – Ephemeral
Data Select Party – Wake Up The Town
Cut Copy – Take Me Over
Algernon Cadwallader – Serial Killer Status
The Answering Machine – Video 8
Mystic Man – Off It
le Page – Luna Land
Hour of the Wolf – Domestic Wild
Taking Back Sunday – Timberwolves at New Jersey
Say Hi – Take Ya’ Dancin’
Super Chron Flight Brothers – Travailler
Allo Darlin’ – Silver Dollars
Computer Club – Losing Streak (Featuring Frankmusik)
KGV – Harde Kern
Aden – Matinee Idol
The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
Telefon Tel Aviv – Helen Of Troy
Luna – Beautiful View
Sefiros – Exabyt
Cylob – Flicklife (Cylob Mix)

March For The Alternative, Tomorrow!

march for the alternative

We are being told that we have to make sacrifices. Even as bankers pay themselves four thousand million pounds in bonuses and, obviously, there’s always money for war.

The rest of us, the plebs, we need to shut up and accept our country’s infrastructure being vandalised by the hoodlums in government.

No. We won’t do that.

That’s why I’m marching tomorrow, along with hundred of thousand of Britons who will not lie down quietly.

It Cuts Both Ways…The Alternatives from Oonagh Cousins on Vimeo.

Make your voice heard tomorrow! MARCH FOR THE ALTERNATIVE!

Panasonic DMC-GF2 + Fotodiox Adaptor + Canon EF 50mm F/1.4

Panasonc GF2 + Fotodiox Adaptor + Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

I’m loving my GF2. My poor 5D mk2 is feeling neglected at the mo, as the GF2 is always out and about with me, a little mate.

But…

I’ve got craploads of Canon lenses. Wouldn’t it be good if I can use them on my new pal? Well, thanks to Fotodiox, I can. I bought their M4/3 to Canon adaptor and then created the monster you see in the snap above.

Okay, I’ll admit, putting any Canon lens on the GF2 totally defeats the point of the micro 4/3 system. I’ve taken the tiny GF2 and basically stuck an aircraft carrier on the front of it. But it’s fun! And here are the results:

Panasonic GF2 + Fotodiox + Canon

I think sticking a lovely lens on the GF2 really shows what the little beast is capable of. I’ll be experimenting further. 🙂