Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Spanish cannabis

Cannabis clubs plug a gap in Spanish drugs laws
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/28/cannabis-clubs-spanish-drug-laws

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The Economics of Happiness

Zac and Ben Goldsmith are hosting the UK launch of a new documentary at
The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London
Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7pm
£15 at the door

The Economics of Happiness_ is a vitally important film that offers concrete
and compelling solutions to some of our most intractable problems. It is
guaranteed to be a thought-provoking evening.

RSVP to [1]rgs@theeconomicsofhappiness.

theeconomicsofhappiness.org



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History of Welsh Cinema- documentary

Undercurrents own Solar powered cinema appeared on ITV last night. You can now watch it online.

Trevor Fishlock looks at the history of cinema in Wales. Trevor and his crew spent a day filming The Sol Cinema. Broadcast on December 28th 7.30pm, you can watch it online on ITV Wales

Trevor Fishlock uncovers intriguing stories about life in Wales. 100 years ago a pioneering film maker took to the roads in Wales with a traveling cinema. Trevor meets a company reviving the roving film showing tradition, but with a modern twist - using solar power.

Watch the full programme online here

. Sol Cinema is in the 2nd part of the 22minute programme

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund

The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund is a new initiative developed
by the People’s Postcode Trust team to give organisations the chance
to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the
opportunity to bring to life.

In order to meet the challenges facing the charity and voluntary
sector, the fund encourages applications that will address the key
strategic concepts of collaboration of organisations to provide more
efficient services, and the promotion of volunteers.

The Dream Fund will offer £600,000 over two years, with £300,000
available for 2011, and £300,000 for 2012. Registered charities and
community organisations in Scotland can apply for up to £100,000 to
deliver a new and innovative 12-month project. Read the Dream Fund
page to get all of the details.

Small Grants Programme – Applications:

Applications are now open for £2,000 or under. Please download the
appropriate application form in order to apply. Please ensure you have
submitted your form and supporting documents by Wednesday 12th January
2011 in order to be considered in the January decision meeting.
Applications in this rolling monthly programme will not close, but if
you submit your form after the above date, it will not be considered
until the following month’s meeting.

Applications over £2,000 will not be accepted until the next quarterly
funding round, which will open on 10th January 2011. Any applications
for projects over £2,000 received before this date will be returned to
you.
http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/



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Friday, December 24, 2010

15th Annual Newbury Bypass Walk Jan 9 2011

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Banksy says...

The art I make is similar to film - my paintings are essentially freeze frames from movies that are playing in my head. I think its pretty clear that film is the pre-eminent art form of our age. If Michaelangelo or Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today they’d be making Avatar, not painting a chapel. Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.
Read the full interview with Banksy

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

W for Winkles

Andrew explores Winkles as edible coastal food. They appear in prehistoric shellfish middens throughout Europe, and is therefore known to have been an important source of food since at least 7500 BC in Scotland.
They are usually picked off the rocks by hand or caught in a drag from a boat. They are eaten in Great Britain and Ireland where they are commonly referred to as winkles or in some areas willicks or wilks, and in Belgium where they are called crickles.Periwinkles are considered a delicacy in African and Asian cuisine. The meat is high in protein and low in fat.Andrew also shows how to cook limpets.
Watch the full series on http://www.azbushcraft.com


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My Christmas Tree has a criminal record!

Walking through the snow past Swansea Police station yesterday, I spied a bag stuffed into a bin. Being the curious type, i pulled it out to find it was a Police evidence bag, cable tied and tagged


containing a Christmas tree, complete with tinsel and baubels and other decorations.

I decided to take it home and use it to add some cheer to my view of the City. A Christmas tree with a criminal record- now that is a first!

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Whirlygig Cinema want your music videos

Whirlygig Cinema is an initiative dedicated to the exposure of
up-and-coming filmmakers through short film programmes. We are currently
looking for films to show at our next event in January at Rich Mix in
London, which will form part of the London Short Film Festival. This will
be our second collaboration with film score artists The Cabinet of Living
Cinema, who wrote and performed live scores for a selection of short films
earlier this month. We can't wait to provide them with a new batch of films
to work their magic on and play previously unheard soundtracks to an
unsuspecting audience.

We are looking for visually exciting films that work well with music, and
contain little or no audio dialogue. They should be less than 10 minutes in
duration and have a decent picture resolution. We are particularly keen on
showing films that have never been screened in public before due to
previous complications with music copyright.

To be part of this unique and exciting project, please email
katie@whirlygigcinema.com before the New Year.
http://whirlygigcinema.com
http://thecabinetoflivingcinema.org.uk



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Monday, December 20, 2010

“News is what someone, somewhere wants to suppress, everything else is just advertising.”

This is an article i wrote years ago so thought I would publish it to my blog...

“News is what someone, somewhere wants to suppress, everything else is just advertising.”
Lord Northcliff, Press Baron 1914

Weapons of Mass Distraction
By Paul O’Connor
The United States government unleashed ‘Operation Desert Fox’ against Saddam Hussein in December 1998. But the military action perhaps had a more truthful tag in the Iraqi media- ‘Operation Monica!’ As President Clinton faced impeachment over his affair with Ms. Lewinsky, his Pentagon media team ensured that the news networks were being supplied with plenty of dramatic images to sell their war. But were the grainy black and white cockpit video images of ‘precision’ missiles hitting their targets or battle zone satellite photos, the ultimate weapon of mass distraction?

Skip forward five years and digital images would once again grab the Worlds attention but have a very different effect. Taken on two different cameras in December 2003, the images of sadistic torture and rape by President Bush’s troops in the Abu Ghraib prison perhaps finally forced the ‘reality’ of the Iraq war into our comfortable living rooms. Initially distributed across the ‘net, the grainy stills have managed to slice through the tightly managed facade constructed by the Pentagon and Whitehall.

Controlling whose perspective of events we see has been an ongoing battle between Governments, Corporations and the public since the tools of mass media were invented. Recently the World Wide Web has placed inexpensive distribution into the hands of the people, but its power hasn’t gone unnoticed by the authorities. During the mass demonstrations against the policies of the world’s G8 leaders in Genoa, sympathetic reporters established an alternative media center to allow the public to publish online their own video, photographic and text reports, without the need for an editor’s approval. Following the live reports from various viewpoints of how police shot dead a demonstrator, the Italian police raided the media center smashing cameras and computers as well as teeth and bones. By planting ‘bomb making material’ the chief of police hoped to justify the brutal raid. Instead 74 officers were eventually charged with assault thanks partly to the eyewitness video images from grassroots news organisations such as Undercurrents.

In a world of tightly controlled media images, it is the photographic and video images which slip through the net that have the most immediate impact. How could a young cargo worker have known that since 1991 the Pentagon has banned the media from taking pictures of army coffins in case it affects public support for their wars? In her innocence, Tami Silicio supplied photographs in April 2004 depicting the flag-draped caskets of fallen U.S. soldiers to The Seattle Times. The Pentagon forced the amateur photographers employer to have both her and her husband fired from their jobs. News editors in more than 30 periodicals reacted by publishing her photos on their front pages to promote debate about Government censorship.

The protester dressed as Batman and scaled the walls of Buckingham palace displayed that dramatic images will always grab the medias attention. But ensuring those images actually make it to the newsrooms is sometimes more difficult than it appears. While reporting direct action protests with video cameras over the last ten years, most of my colleagues and I have been arrested, assaulted, or had tapes seized at some stage. Yet never have we been convicted of any offence. The obvious goal has been to stop certain images being made public.

Freelance photographer, Nick Cobbing is one of the very few journalists actually convicted and fined despite the courts recognising him as a working reporter. Arrested while photographing the evictions of environmental activists from a forest, police seized his films and cameras. The only other reporter to get close to the evictions was a HTV reporter, only to receive a truncheon across the head. Cobbings exclusive images were effectively censored reinforcing his belief that Police have a covert plan. “As the Police come under a lot of criticism for the policing methods, they want to put journalists off going to these events and the easiest journalists to put off are the freelances because they do not have the backing of the large news organisation” he said.

Why the Police should be taking an active role in controlling which images the public should see is still largely open for debate and it has prompted me to produce a Channel 4 news feature about the issue. Highlighting the story of video journalist, Roddy Mansfield, I discovered that he has been arrested and released without charge only when his news deadlines had passed on twelve separate occasions. The Metropolitan police have even gone as far to erase his video footage in the custody suite, unwittingly recording their own feet and voices in the process.

Every picture may tell a thousand words but what story is being told depends largely upon the teller. In 2002, I traveled to the Middle East at the height of the Israeli invasion into Palestine. My mission was to retrieve camcorder tapes hidden inside the infamous Church of the Nativity by Jacquie Soohen, the only video journalist recording at the time. The Israeli government, keen to portray people under siege in the Church as a nest of Palestinian militants and terrorists had to distract the media away from the fact there were a large number of civilians and secondly, the armed men were mostly composed of the Palestinian Authority police. The stand off lasted for over a month with people finally coming out in coffins, stretchers or only after being captured. Unfortunately the Israeli troops got to the hidden tapes before I did, ensuring that the world only saw their own highly sanitised version of events. By accepting the very carefully selected portions from the tapes, the BBC and others, allowed the Israelis to propagate the myth that the Church was full of militants. They have refused to return or allow anyone to see the tapes in their entirety.

It is for these reasons that I co-founded Undercurrents as an alternative news agency. World events are much too important to be told only by the vested interests of multinational Corporations or Governments. The people who have the most to lose should be the voices we hear, so supporting independent outlets is vital lest we want to wait until it’s too late before we can begin to understand the peoples version of events.
END


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Video Job in Oxford

Director of Operations for InsightShare
Starting salary around £25 - £30K p.a.
Based in Oxford, UK

InsightShare are leaders in the use of participatory video as a tool for
individuals and groups to grow in self-confidence and trust, and to build
skills to act for change. Our methods value local knowledge, build bridges
between communities and decision-makers, and enable people to develop
greater control over the decisions affecting their lives. For more
information see www.insightshare.org

InsightShare is a small, but fast-growing organisation that is looking for
someone who wants to contribute to the maturing of the organisation. We
are looking for someone who can manage the logistics of video projects,
making sure that the people, resources and equipment are in the right
place at the right time – effectively a film production role. You will
also help us to implement new systems, challenge the way we do things and
bring new perspectives to our operations.

You will need to communicate clearly and bring everyone on board when
initiating ideas. You should be flexible and able to adapt to a fast
changing work environment, working with new clients, new countries and new
projects on a regular basis.

InsightShare is an exciting, growing and ambitious organisation. Your role
is pivotal to that growth. Your salary will therefore grow with the
organisation and be reviewed after 12 months. Current levels permit the
starting salary of £25,000- £30,000.

Prepared to live in or near Oxford, to be based at Oxford office, although
some home-working may be possible.

For a detailed job description and instructions on how to apply visit the
website of Oxford HR:
http://www.oxfordhr.co.uk/index.php?pg=43&job=122

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on Monday 10th
January.






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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Police attack wheelchair user

When police are dragging people out of wheelchairs to stop them protesting you know something is wrong with the states response to dissent.Jody McIntyre says he was the victim of unprovoked action by the police who pulled him from his wheelchair.
Watch the video here

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jingle Mail

Met a Irishman today who told me about what the bank workers call jingle Mail- the days when when people send their house keys back to the banks- it is cheaper to give them to the bank than keep paying the interest on mortgage..Ireland is in for some crazy times

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Street Report of Student fees protests

SchNews gives the news....

The wave of student protests that sprang forth so vehemently on
11/11/10 faced its day of reckoning this Thursday (9th) as MPs huddled
in Parliament to decide on the future of education. Chaos was on the
menu as the tuition fees bill passed with a majority of 21 votes.

The crowds started congregating at 12 noon by the University of
London Union in Malet Street. The march stalled to hear speeches and
bold declarations such as 'We will not be detained, constrained
and kettled again!' just before heading towards Parliament
Square.

At 12.45 the march crossed the starting line, and police tried to nip
in early by containing the protesters at the first turn, helped by
stewards linking arms to control the crowd - but alas the kids gave
them the two finger salute and ran through the whole lot. 'Today
we won't be kettled because today we are prepared,' as one
protester put it.

There were scores of police lining each street and batches of riot
police waiting round each corner. Cops tried to run in front and form
a line but the youth ran faster and by 1.15 they had descended on
Trafalgar square in numbers, accompanied by the sounds of a salsa
band.

Protesters were stopped there but soon managed to break through. The
FIT team was shoved out the way by a rebellious posse. At this point
billows of coloured smoke surged through the air as the demonstrators
released flares and bangers. The feisty atmosphere became charged as
people reached the corner by Westminster Abbey. The harris fencing
surrounding the green got ripped apart and waves of the disgruntled
started cascading onto the legion of riot police protecting the
finishing line, batons at the ready.

Hundreds more police started approaching the square and each road
leading off from it was filled with a dozen riot vans. Flares, sticks,
snooker balls and paint balls flew across the square, placards were
set on fire as students hollored 'Fuck the cuts!' The
protesters started using barriers to break through police lines.
Scuffles erupted, leaving one officer with a bloody nosy while another
got sent to hospital with a broken leg. By 3.45pm a containment was in
place with peaceful demonstrators allowed to leave the space, but for
many that was easier said than done.

As the afternoon wore on a large sound system was in place and the
party started really bouncing - to a backdrop of hardcore,
protesters and riot police having it out on the street. The focus then
turned towards the Commons as voting time approached. In the distance
an outline of police horses could be seen standing ominously in wait
as dusk set in. The police line flowed back and forth as people kept
trying to break through their lines.

After the vote, angry protesters rampaged through the government
quarter, smashing telephone booths, vandalizing statues and breaking
government building windows.

By 6pm reports were coming through of many people getting injured as
police tactics took a turn towards the oppressive. Police marched
through docile crowds and shoved them violently backwards. The horses
were released towards the crowd. Two demonstrators were knocked
unconscious, another demonstrator on a wheelchair was dragged away by
police; minutes later the wheelchair was seen lying empty. A medical
steward passed on he treated at least 10 serious head injuries from
marchers being hit with police batons.

The next generation of possible voters then turned their attention to
the Treasury building, home to the Chancellor George Osborne, and let
loose. While contained inside the square, students started using
concrete blocks and metal poles to smash windows of the building on
Great George Street before the riot crew got in and reclaimed the
property. Windows of the supreme court were also put in.

Protests spread to the West End with demonstrators breaking shop
windows in Oxford Street. Police eventually surrounded a group of
around 150-200 people in Trafalgar Square, where fires were lit,
graffiti daubed on statues and missiles thrown at riot police. They
then moved on towards Marble Arch, attacking two Vodafone stores along
the way.

Elsewhere, at around 7.30pm, an angry mob attacked a vehicle they
thought contained a mediocre Tory candidate; instead they managed to
hit the negative media coverage jackpot by coming face to face with
Prince Charles and his bit on the side.

The stately window was cracked and the royal buggy was splashed with
paint. Cue the media's defining image.

By 9pm the protest seemed to be dwindling. Police attempted to clear
Parliament square by reopening Westminster Bridge to the South Bank.
They had apparently been letting protesters out one by one but felt
the area (perhaps unsurprisingly) was not clearing quickly enough. The
police made 22 arrests in total with scores injured. There were also
protests in Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Belfast, Brighton,
Manchester and Bristol, with school pupils joining students.

* See www.anticuts.com



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Politics and young people

Politicians are always moaning about young people having no interest in politics- the Tories have succeeded to politicize thousands over the student fees!

The monarchy and the government are trembling

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Watch seminar about digital inclusion

Watch the Digital Inclusion Wales Conference
Live online on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th December


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Films wanted

Underground Films are looking for short films and documentaries to include
on future dvd compilations. We offer a non-exclusive contract to filmmakers
as well as a small royalty on all dvd sales. Please visit our website to
find out about the kind of films we distribute. On the dvds page you'll can
view trailers for all our dvd compilations.
www.undergroundfilms.co.uk

For more info about distribution please email James.
james@undergroundfilms.co.uk


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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Funding to get online

The Antigone Foundation was founded by Martha Lane Fox in 2007. Its
area of focus is to help charities consider their use of internet and
mobile technology. The kind of projects they are looking for should:

● Show that they are improving people’s lives
● Be managed by inspired and dedicated people
● Have ambitions for developing their work on a bigger scale.

The Foundation gave approximately £44,000 in grants in 2009 and around
£63,000 in 2008.

The next deadline for applications is 31 January 2011.

For more information, including information on the charities currently
being helped by the Foundation, see here:
http://is.gd/iohUn


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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Dancing With Hands - We No Speak Americano



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JOURNALIST RECEIVES £30,000 COMPENSATION FROM MET POLICE AFTER BEING STRUCK IN FACE WITH SHIELD DURING G20 PROTESTS

The well known and highly respected National Union of Journalist member David
Hoffman, who is represented by Chez Cotton head of the Police Misconduct Department
at leading civil rights law firm Bindmans LLP has received £30,000 damages today from the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.

Mr Hoffman was working in a professional capacity covering the G20 protests. Despite
being out of the way and not interfering with any police operation, an inspector in
full riot gear ran towards Mr Hoffman and hit him in the face with a shield,
fracturing Mr Hoffman's teeth. As well as paying compensation and the cost of the
extensive dental work that has been required, the Commissioner of Police of the
Metropolis has also apologised to Mr Hoffman for the treatment he received and has
confirmed the force's recognition that journalists have a right to report freely.

Mr Hoffman's solicitor Chez Cotton says:
"Journalists such as my client are critical in disseminating information into the
wider public domain. Reporters and photojournalists play a significant role
recording political unrest, political events, which includes recording protest and,
if it arises, police wrong doing. That my client was assaulted by a police officer
when carrying out this essential function, and brutally so, is shocking. Fortunately
with photographic and film evidence of the incident and detailed testimony, Mr
Hoffman has succeeded in holding the police to account. It is absolutely right that
the Metropolitan Police Force has paid significant damages, given an apology and
confirmed recognition and respect for a free press."

The apology from the Metropolitan Police states:
"On 1 April 2009 well-respected social issues photographer David Hoffman was
recording the G20 protests in the City of London. The Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS) recognise that Mr Hoffman was entitled to report on that day but was caused
injury by an MPS officer during the event, preventing him from doing so. The MPS
confirms its recognition that freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and
that journalists have a right to report freely. The MPS apologise to Mr Hoffman for
the treatment he received and have paid compensation."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary says:
"No journalist should be singled out by the police and the police service has no
legal powers or moral responsibility to prevent or restrict photographer's work.
Journalists have a duty to record and report on public protests as well as the
behaviour of the police. David's case is a shocking example of police brutality and
totally unacceptable. We believe that attacks on working journalists are attacks on
democracy and on society's ability to make informed decisions. The NUJ will continue
to take action in support of our members when they are targeted by police."

NUJ Legal Officer Roy Mincoff says:
"David Hoffman suffered very painful injuries as a result of this entirely
unnecessary gratuitous and violent assault on him while properly and professionally
going about his work. The role of journalists, including photographers, as the
public watchdog, must be respected. It is one of the essential elements of a
democratic society that journalists are entitled to inform the public, which itself
is entitled to be informed. The NUJ has fought for this to be recognised, and is
pleased that the Police has now accepted responsibility and properly compensated Mr
Hoffman."

Background to the case
Mr Hoffman, a well respected social issues journalist and member of the National
Union of Journalists, attended in a professional capacity to report on the G20
protests on 1 April 2009 in the City of London. Throughout the event Mr Hoffman was
carrying professional equipment and had his Press Card clearly visible around his
neck and was obviously a journalist.
Mr Hoffman took photographs at various sites throughout the day. At around 4 p.m.
police in the Bank area stopped Mr Hoffman and others from moving forward and tried
to push everyone back. However, due to the size of the crowd behind Mr Hoffman there
was nowhere to move back to.

After about ten minutes the police intensified their action and started to push Mr
Hoffman and the others in the crowd using their shields and batons aggressively,
even though there was still nowhere to move back to. Mr Hoffman was standing beside
a line of police officers and was for no reason pushed hard by an officer, to one
side.

Mr Hoffman saw a space and was anxious to avoid any further trouble. He moved to one
side so that he was further away from the police. Whilst doing this, Mr Hoffman was
suddenly hit for no reason with considerable weight in the back by a policeman using
his shield. This threw him violently into the back of a man in front of him.
Mr Hoffman moved even further away form the police and was partly shielded by some
builders' boards. He remained in this position, out of the way, and watched the
events around him with his camera raised, ready to report. He was doing absolutely
nothing wrong and was photographing without interfering in any police operation.
A few seconds later a heavily built inspector in full riot gear suddenly left the
group of police officers he was with, ran directly towards Mr Hoffman, and
deliberately hit him hard in the face with a shield. The shield made contact with
great force, causing Mr Hoffman considerable pain and causing one of his cameras to
fly round where it was knocked, causing damage to the equipment. Mr Hoffman was
shocked and in pain from the shield hitting him and was thrown backwards.
It was subsequently confirmed that Mr Hoffman's teeth had been fractured. Mr Hoffman
instructed Chez Cotton of Bindmans LLP to act on his behalf and the Commissioner of
Police of the Metropolis. Proceedings were issued and the claim was settled shortly
after the Particulars of Claim were served. The terms of settlement were agreed by
Consent between the parties. The Central London County Court sealed the agreement at
the beginning of December and the Commissioner of Police has today paid the damages
in full.

Ends
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Monday, December 06, 2010

New Danny Boyle movie



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Friday, December 03, 2010

Solar Cinema wins Welsh award

Media and arts charity Undercurrents have won the Network Wales Awards 2010 for their unique Solar Powered Cinema. The awards were held last night at a prestigious dinner in Cardiff.Undercurrents won the Class Award for Best Communications
More here

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Untrue statement of the week

Commander Broadhurst said: "The Met will always respect the right to protest peacefully, but I would urge all those considering taking to the streets of London again this week to think carefully about the consequences of engaging in violence and disorder.'

The Met are the worst police force to stop protests, using violence to break up peaceful demonstrations!

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Citizen journos get the stories

Citizen journos are getting all the best images it seems.During the G20 demos it was a citizen who who used his video phone to record the cop who batoned an innocent newspaper seller and killed him. The Guardian splashed the story worldwide.

Last night it was BBC showing footage by 'political blogger' (a new name for Citizen Journo/video activist perhaps?) Kate Belgrave (exterior pictures) and Samuel Stewart (interior pictures), shows how the situation developed when a protest erupted at Lewisham town hall
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11871131

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

A brief history of Police “kettling”

Following from the student demos recently- this gives a background to police tatics

The police tactic of “kettling” was first used at N30, the anti-WTO summit protest at Euston station, London, November 1999. It was introduced after the disastrous policing efforts during J18 (Carnival Against Capital) some months previously where anti-capitalists and anarchist demonstrators roamed free throughout the city of London causing mayhem as part of the global protests against the G8 summit.

The process of kettling involves lines of police forcefully corralling people together into a space then surrounding the whole group on all sides preventing them from leaving the cordoned-in area. Any attempt by people to leave the cordon would result in physically being attacked (usually with batons, often riot shields, boots and fists) in order to preserve the kettle. Detention in this manner would last several hours. After people have become bored, tired and cold they would be released in a controlled fashion, usually one person at a time, after being searched, photographed and had their names and addresses taken.

So successful was the kettling tactic it was implemented at all future potentially inflammatory ‘mass demonstrations’ as a method of controlling, subduing and ultimately criminalising protestors. (Early kettling procedure went hand in hand with the misuse of ’section 60′ order whereby police took the personal details and pictures of all those in the kettle for their database).

Although not defined in law (it still is simply a police tactic) it was given the green light by the High Court after some protestors questioned the legality of their seven hour kettling in Oxford Circus on Mayday 2001. The courts ruled that the police could under certain circumstances detain people against their will for long periods of time to prevent outbreaks of violence and criminal acts – and typically a breach of the peace. The example they gave was the detaining of football supporters in the ground while opposing fans left the area.

In terms of the practicalities of the law it’s an absolute sham and the judges who made the ruling know they got away with a large dose of bullshit. But it also meant the police could continue the tactic along with all the violence and thuggery that goes with it under the protection of the law.

The anarchist group the Wombles developed a strategy (borrowed heavily from the Italian radical left movement Tutte Bianche) of wearing padding and protective headgear and using re-enforced banners to break through police lines on demonstrations.

While this proved very effective in the short term – the police had no idea how to handle such a disregard from their authority, it had to rely on everyone else adopting the same strategy of forcefully breaking out of the kettle to be truly successful. In the end it was seen as vanguardist (by the left, without a hint of irony) or too specialised to be universally adopted by everyone.
http://www.wombles.org.uk/article20060318.php

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Permaculture- investor wanted

Award winning media charity seeks investment to produce innovative video series about Permaculture. Working in collaboration with Permaculture magazine, Undercurrents seeks funding to record the key figures, projects and skills to support this growing movement.For more details contact paulo@undercurrents.org


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The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

deadline: 22 December 2011
The Trusts current round of grant giving is targeting local community groups,
villages and towns in Wales.

Any constituted community group can apply for funding of up to ?2,500 to support
programmes that improve the lives of people living and working in Wales. Project
activities must fall into at least one of the categories of Sport, the Arts, the
Environment or the Community. Applicants are asked to bid for the funding via an
application form and process. The deadline for this round is Wednesday 22 December
2010 and trustees will make their decisions in March 2011. For further information
please contact the Trust Office on 029 2049 4963 or access the application details
via the web link below.

The Trust receives its income from a levy on tickets sold at the Millennium Stadium
and since its creation in 2001 has awarded grants in excess of ?3 million.
http://www.millenniumstadiumtrust.co.uk



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Get your pen out

Are you interested a writing challenge? The Natur Cymru competition is a challenge
to write 1,000 words on a subject of topical environmental or wildlife interest in
Wales which inspires you. The winner will receive ?500 donated by WWF Cymru, which
is sponsoring the competition for the third year. The runner-up will receive a
place worth £500 on the nature writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers?
Centre.

?The purpose of the competition is to stimulate debate and encourage contributions
from anyone with a passion for our natural world in Wales,? said Natur Cymru?s Huw
Jenkins.

The judging panel, which includes Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, will
be looking for original content, use of plain language in English or Welsh, and how
the piece engages the reader. The competition is open to anyone who subscribes to
Natur Cymru, the quarterly magazine which promotes the wildlife and nature of Wales,
apart from the employees of the magazine, WWF Cymru or Ty Newydd. Articles, along
with illustrations (if any), are to be submitted by email to info@naturcymru.org by
31 March 2011. The winning entries will be published in the Summer 2011 edition of
Natur Cymru.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day - December 8th

This seems to be a movement that is growing..rules are that you must spend the entire day in costume and character. The only rule is that you cannot actually tell anyone that you are a time traveler. Other than that, anything's game.

There are three possible options:
1) Utopian/cliché Future - "If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress." Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:

- Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!"

- Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.

2) Dystopian Future - This one offers a little more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters:

- If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before.

- Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off.

- Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO"

- Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.

- Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away.

2) The Past - This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:

- Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.

- Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.

- Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.

And that's it. Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile. Naturally, the dystopian future has a little more leeway. And for the record, I've already tried out all of these in real life, in costume. It is so much fun you want to pee yourself.

So on December 8th if you see people acting odd, it maybe a time traveler!

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Inspiring music video about making a community garden

One of the UK's top DJ outfits, Above and Beyond, have shot a video for their next single, On A Good Day (Metropolis). The wonderful piece of film features the good folks of Georgia Street turning a spot of typical Detroit wasteland into a garden, transforming their neighbourhood piece by piece into a better place to live. It was directed by Steve Glashier, who has also made videos for famous names like Fatboy Slim and Juliette Lewis. It's superb, not least for featuring ordinary Detroiters and showing the city in a positive light.



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Alien film will be used in an exam

I got an email today asking for permission to use my film in an exam in Quebec. The
theme of the package is about where the line between privacy and security should be drawn. They ask the students to use their critical thinking skills to answer a question given about the film.
It is a new use for my film so i said yes, so soon bunch of Quebec high school students will be sitting their exam to watch the film below.


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The Ecologist guide to video activism

The Ecologist guide to video activism, featuring Undercurrents and VisionOn
Read it here

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Monday, November 22, 2010

A Zebra crossing...with a difference



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Friday, November 19, 2010

Cae Mabon ecovillage



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BT Community Connections award scheme is now open for applications!

If your community group helps, or wants to help, people access the internet and
improve their ICT skills, you could be eligible to receive 12 months' free
broadband. Silver surfers, after school and youth clubs, even 'IT for the Terrified'
groups have benefitted from an award in the past and are now encouraging even more
people to get online – you could too!

We have attached a PDF of a flyer/poster which you may like to email to other
colleagues or contacts. You can also print it off and use it internally – either
putting a colour version up on a notice board or using it as a leaflet for people to
pick up at reception.

Applying for an award is easy. Simply log on to www.bt.com/communityconnections to
access the online application form and the full rules and guidance notes.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 January at 5.30pm but in the
meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 0845 257
6792 or info@btcommunityconnections.com.

Kind regards,
BT Community Connections
0845 257 6792
www.bt.com/communityconnections




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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The shit is about to hit the fan in Ireand with Mortgages

The morons in power in my home country of Ireland have really screwed it up but the storm is about to get worse.

People are going to extraordinary lengths – not paying other bills and borrowing heavily from their parents – to meet mortgage repayments, both out of fear of losing their homes and to avoid the stigma of admitting that they are broke. In a society like ours, where a person’s moral worth is judged – by themselves as much as by others – by the car they drive and the house they own, the idea of admitting that you cannot afford your mortgage is unspeakably shameful.

That will change. The perception growing among borrowers is that while they played by the rules, the banks certainly did not, cynically persuading them into mortgages that they had no hope of affording. Facing a choice between obligations to the banks and to their families – mortgage or food – growing numbers are choosing the latter.

In the last year, America has seen a rising number of “strategic defaults”. People choose to stop repaying their mortgages, realising they can live rent-free in their house for several years before eviction, and then rent a better house for less than the interest on their current mortgage. The prospect of being sued by banks is not credible – the State of Florida allows banks full recourse to the assets of delinquent borrowers just like here, but it has the highest default rate in the US – because there is no point pursuing someone who has no assets.

If one family defaults on its mortgage, they are pariahs: if 200,000 default they are a powerful political constituency. There is no shame in admitting that you too were mauled by the Celtic Tiger after being conned into taking out an unaffordable mortgage, when everyone around you is admitting the same.

The gathering mortgage crisis puts Ireland on the cusp of a social conflict on the scale of the Land War, but with one crucial difference. Whereas the Land War faced tenant farmers against a relative handful of mostly foreign landlords, the looming Mortgage War will pit recent house buyers against the majority of families who feel they worked hard and made sacrifices to pay off their mortgages, or else decided not to buy during the bubble, and who think those with mortgages should be made to pay them off. Any relief to struggling mortgage-holders will come not out of bank profits – there is no longer any such thing – but from the pockets of other taxpayers.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ice cream Van cinema

Ice Cream Van cinema
http://www.flickr.com/photos/48980826@N04/with/4551645801/

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Police fail to shut down website thanks to social media

On Monday night FitWatch received notification that their website had been suspended due to “attempting to pervert the course of justice” due to a posting offering advice to the Millbank students.

Fitwatch said
Whilst the email requesting the site be closed on the basis it was being used for “criminal activity” came from DI Paul Hoare, from the Police Central e-crime Unit, the authorisation to close was given much closer to home, by acting Detective Inspector Will Hodgeson. Hodgeson, who was involved in the first Fitwatch case, and has sat through many of our trials and appeals, evidently finally had enough and decided to shut us down.

However, through totally underestimating the power of social media, this pathetic attempt has failed miserably. Within minutes of networking what had happened, people were re-publishing the post anywhere and everywhere. There are now over 100 sites carrying the original post – we haven’t managed to count them all. We have been overwhelmed by the support and solidarity and send massive thanks to everyone who’s offered to help and reposted the information. If we haven’t replied personally, it’s only because we’ve been inundated, and haven’t had time.

This was a real attempt to squash dissent and criticism of the police, as well as attempting to stifle common sense advice to protesters subject to a witch hunt by the right wing press. The solidarity given by so many people has ensured this hasn’t happened, and has shown we can fight back. Even if we were to be arrested and prosecuted now, we would still be grateful to CO11 for the amount of publicity they’ve generated for us.
http://www.fitwatch.org.uk/

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Off The Grid: in the USA


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Undercurrents in running for another award

Undercurrents have been short listed into the final 3 in the 2010 Network Wales Awards for our Sol Cinema.

We are in the Class award for best communications – for the group with the most effective or innovative way of communicating its message.
We find out on December 2nd how we do so stay tuned.


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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Street Artists chased by cops in Hollywood



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Monday, November 08, 2010

Anyone who has squatted want to talk to the BBC?

I'm from BBC Radio and want to record an interview with some squatters today. As you know, they want to make it harder for you to squat in the future. But I want to find out from you why you do it and why you think its OK to live in empty buildings. I won't identify you OR where you live. Can you call me on 07711-894243 or email me: lesley.ashmall@bbc.co.uk

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Tory Guide to stop squatters to be published online

A Tory minister told the BBC: "Squatting is anti-social, undesirable, and unfair on homeowners who find they have their homes taken over.

Squatting is a key target for the Tories so I wrote the following comment on the BBC website.
I and many other people squatted in East London during the 1990's. First as a protest against the M11 link road, then as a lifestyle choice.

We found out that 250,000 buildings are abandoned for various reasons all over the UK.

There were so many empty buildings, we declared ourselves as care takers. We squatted them, fixed leaks, tidied gardens, paid council tax, gas and electricty bills. Sometimes we stayed for 6months, others a year at a time. We always left the place in a better state that we found it. Squatting was and is vital to allow people to build alternative communities. Too many of us live in tiny boxes paying high rent to be isolated. We need communal buildings to come together to create sustainable worlds.

Ask any artists or journalist or anyone in a creative industry and chances are, they have squatted or attended an inspiring squat party. Squats shape our society for the better.

We even made a film to help people- Squat the lot- a squatters Guide

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YOUTH VISION: £5,000 APE SHORT FILM AWARD

Are you under 25 years of age? Have you got something to say about climate change? Tell us how you feel in a one-minute film and you could win £5,000

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Youth Vision: A Better World Is Possible
Sponsored by Artists Project Earth

“The imagination is a powerful tool: artists can use it to show others the world as they see it, and bring others into their dream of how the world could be.” – David R Becker
The imagination plays a vital role in shaping our response to climate change. It is imagination that affects the future, for much of what we see today was previously conceived in the human imagination. To paraphrase Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same mindset that created them,” and so it is the imaginative response of artists, writers and filmmakers thinking ‘outside the box’ that will help to resolve the crises we face today.

With that in mind APE is sponsoring the ‘Young Vision’ category of this year’s 1 Minute To Save the World Short Film Competition. We are inviting young amateur filmmakers, both individually and through school or youth groups - from diverse cultural backgrounds across the globe – to reflect on the challenges of climate change and how society can address these issues.

Films can be presented in any format: from animation to musical; documentary to puppetry – but must be only one minute in length. The winning filmmaker(s) will receive an Award sponsored by APE of £5,000 – but there is a catch…

As well as presenting a one-minute film, participants will be asked to present a Proposal explaining how the prize money will be spent. For example, a school group may want to spend the money on a 'living playground’ or a youth group may wish to create a bicycle-powered sound-system for gigs and shows. Alternatively, individuals may propose to spend the Award on sponsoring the education of a pen-pal in the developing South, or on a film-making course to hone their practical skills. Any combination of film and proposal is acceptable – but of course, the more ambitious, radical and thought-provoking, the better!

The winning entry will be judged on the quality and originality of ideas presented in both the film and the proposal. Once the Award has been made, the winning entrant(s) will then have a year in which to bring their dream to fruition at which point a final one-minute concluding film about the venture’s successes (or failures) will be made, which completes the Award. The initial film will be shown on both the APE and 1 Minute websites and other media platforms. The complete Award documenting the initial film, proposal and final film will be showcased on the APE website. We encourage young people from school age up to 25, years from across the globe, to participate in the ‘Young Vision: A Better World Is Possible’ One Minute Film Award.

For more details and entry rules visit: www.1minutetosavetheworld.com/competitions

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Launch of the 2011 International Women's Day Grant for Wales

The 2011 theme is 'A Celebration of Women's Achievements in the Last 100 Years'.
Applications should reflect this theme. A total grant fund of £30,000 is available
and each payment will be limited to £2,500. Funding events should highlight issues
and concerns relating to women and represent the diverse needs of women in Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government will favour not-for-profit organisations that
establish a partnership to organise events together which promote IWD. The deadline
for receipt of applications is 17 December 2010. Further details are available from
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Division, Welsh Assembly Government, tel 029 2082
6828, email mailto:edidmailbox@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Joint Welsh Assembly Government and Equality & Human Rights Commission Capacity
Building Fund:
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/equality/funding/ehrcfund/?lang=en

This new small grants scheme has been established by the Welsh Assembly Government
on a joint/matched funding basis with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to
support capacity development in the third sector in Wales. A total grant fund of
£50,000 is available, with each payment limited to a maximum of £5,000 per
organisation. The programme will consider applications from those wishing to work
together in increasing awareness of equality and human rights issues. Proposals for
initiatives which will strengthen the governance of organisations will be
particularly welcome. Eligible project costs may include: staff costs (salaries and
office overheads); volunteer costs (travel, lunch, expenses, training);
operational/activity costs (equipment or venue hire, food, refreshments, childcare);
and publicity costs (publicity material, information and websites). Third sector
organisations located in Wales may apply. The deadline for receipt of applications
is 17 December 2010.


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Watch on Channel 4 tonight Thu 04 Nov, 9PM

We have supplied images to a documentary which will be aired on Channel 4 tonight.
A group of environmentalists are challenging the movement they helped to create. These life-long diehard greens advocate radical solutions to climate change, including GM crops and nuclear energy.

Watch on Channel 4 tonight Thu 04 Nov, 9PM

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Royalty free images and music

There are numerous royalty free stock footage websites where a one off fee is paid for an unlimited use licence. Here is one example http://www.artbeats.com
There are also similar sites for music. Here's a good one http://www.music2license.com - a one off fee of 40 grants the licensee an unlimited, worldwide synchronisation licence.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Sol Cinema in the news

This is a week for our Sol Cinema
The USA website Tree Hugger has reivewed our Solar powered Cinema this week. Read it here

ITV films us today for a history of mobile cinema and Michael Fish the weather man gave us a forecast which you can see below!



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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Build your own Home- premiere of latest Undercurrents movie

Join Transition Swansea & Undercurrents for the premiere of an inspiring movie of woodsman Ben Law. A step by step guide to building your own home using local resources.(85minutes) 
No tickets, donations accepted on the door. Start time 7.30pm

Where and when? Wednesday November 24th 7.30pm
 Dylan Thomas Centre Cinema Swansea. SA1 1RR 
Entry by donations on the door


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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Swansea Telly




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Friday, October 29, 2010

The world's smallest solar powered cinema- BBC report


http://www.thesolcinema.org/

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Was a time traveler captured on camera in 1928?

This short film is about a piece of footage George Clarke found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA - the scene shows a large woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device - talking as she walks alone.Is she a time traveler on a mobile phone?



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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Activists find undercover cop in their midst

Eco activists in Nottingham have uncovered a police officer working as an undercover cop. Mark 'Flash' Stone is now recognised as a policeman.
More on this and photos
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/10/466477.html?c=on#c258293

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IPTV seeks manager- paid work

The World Development Movement (www.wdm.org.uk) and Corporate Europe Observatory
(www.corporateeurope.org) have funding to run a one-year pilot project to increase the presence of attractive,educational and informative video-content that addresses global justice issues,on the web. The project is aimed at influencing rich world opinion leaders and decision makers through ensuring increased coverage of environment and anti-poverty messages across mainstream on-line news sources. Global Justice TV is the current working title for this project.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to run the project for the duration of the pilot period, with a possibility of extension beyond the period, after an evaluation of the project,and if funding is renewed.
For more information see here:
http://www.wdm.org.uk/jobs-and-volunteering/global-justice-tv-pilot-project-manager



Interested applicants should send me a CV and cover letter
by 10th Nov to deborah.doane@wdm.org.uk


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

California to legalise Cannabis?


Cannabis is California's number one cash crop. This fall, voters will decide whether or not to fully legalise the drug and transform US drug policy.

The implications are huge if it passes. It will have a profound effect on the state's struggling economy, the overburdened criminal justice system and even the raging drug war in neighbouring Mexico that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives.

In the meantime, no politicians running for statewide office are supporting the measure. What does that say about the politics of cannabis?

On this episode of Fault Lines, Josh Rushing travels deep inside the world of cannabis in California to explore the implications for the economy, politicians and the criminal justice system. What will it mean if the state votes to legalise it?
http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/2010/09/2010930122157461130.html

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Monday, October 18, 2010

LEDs- a guide

Idiots guide to LED's
The LED will have a long leg, and a short leg.
The long leg is the Positive connection.
An LED need's maybe about 1.6v to run.
To work out what value resistor you need to place between the positive connection on the power source and the long leg of the LED, you need to use Ohm's Law.
Voltage divided by the Current equals Resistance.
If you have a 3 volt supply, and you have a 30mA LED you would require a 1k Ohm resistor.
3 divided by 0.003 equals 1000
Then you have to ask yourself if you're connecting the LED in Series or Parallel?
If you're connecting then in Series, one after the other in a chain, you'll need add all the LED's together.
So a 3v supply will run 2 LED's, and a 9v supply would run about 5 LED's.

If you connect them in Parrallel, (all the positive connections together and all the negatives together) Witchcraft happens, and you can connect lots of LED's together but you have to add all the currents together ensuring they don't exceed the maximum current of your power source.

LEDs have a specified current, which you should match within a reasonable tolerance. Since D is for Diode, you also have to satisfy the forward voltage drop across the LED. The resistor gives you somewhere to shunt the remaining voltage and a means to control the current. The forward voltage and the expected current vary. There are some standard values which are often right, but you should really check the specifications for the parts you're going to be using. Alternately, have extras and know how to use a multimeter to verify your estimated values by trial and error.

Looking at it as a way to "limit the current" is in the right ballpark but not really entirely correct. It does set the current, and it is chosen such that given the supply and forward voltages the LED will receive its specified current. But its purpose is not to prevent an over-current condition and it doesn't have a way to stop it from occurring if something happens outside the ideal expected conditions.

This is pretty handy for single LEDs and this one for arrays, especially if you don't grok circuit analysis. On the other hand, you don't need much more than Ohm's Law for this, which you should really pick up ASAP if you're going to be doing electrical stuff. Note that the array wizard will give you results which are of varying stability. One resistor per LED is the most stable (1xN array), but this is not always desirable. The overall circuit including the supply and other elements will determine whether this works in any consistent or usable fashion, so you should stick to single-LED or 1xN arrays if possible.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Lusty Luddite Looking to Seduce Lonely Steam Punk

An online novel about a girl looking for a guy who can pimp up her life (and her laptop)

I had a dream, years ago, that I’ve never been able to shake. It was one of those dreams where you wake up to profound disappointment because you don’t actually have the thing you had in your dream — the perfect pair of elf-cobbled gypsy-toe boots or dead Dad not dead. It was one of those mornings and I hung my head. I’d gotten lost in a department store of fairy tale oddities and was winding through a maze of small majicks, when the “electronics” section beckoned. (An only in dreams rarity. I’m a low-tech Luddite. I still haven’t succumbed to a cell phone.) The mythic machine that called my name was something awesome strange. A “computer” with claw-feet and typewriter keys, a disc of abalone shell in lieu of a mouse pad. I traced my finger over the smooth oceany spot and felt the pulse of the machine. It wanted me as much as I wanted it. It craved stories and hungered for books. I was just the girl it was looking for.

I’d only heard the term steampunk used when referring to a certain segment of the sci-fi genre so I had no idea that such a thing existed outside of my own brain.. http://creamscenecarnival.com/2008/10/25/lusty-luddite-looking-to-seduce-lonely-steam-punk/


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Is the future of watching films an inhalable gas?

At the start of the decade, I was receiving shows to review on clunky VHS tapes. By around 2005, roughly half the offerings arrived on DVD. Now online previewing is the norm. In five years' time, most shows will probably come in the form of an inhalable gas which makes visions dance in your brain.
Charlie Brooker

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

What if the Nazis had invaded Wales in 1944?

A new movie will be shot in Wales soon. Michael Sheen plays Tommy Atkins, a secret service agent in this adaptation of the debut novel of one of Wales’ most celebrated authors and poets Owen Sheers.

Due to be shot around Abergavenny, South East Wales (Sheers’ home town), the film is set in an alternative-history when a German counter-attack lands on British soil. Within a month, half of Britain is occupied.

The Story
Sarah Lewis, a 26-year old farmer’s wife, wakes to find her husband Tom has disappeared. She is not alone. All the other women in the isolated Welsh border valley of Olchon have also found their husbands gone. They must have left to join the resistance. The women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait, hoping for news.
Read more
http://www.filmagencywales.com/Film-Agency-for-Wales-to-fund-Owen-Sheers-first-feature-film-Resistance

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BBC Storyville "Why Poverty?" - get a commision

The deadline for the BBC Storyville/ Joseph Rowntree Foundation call for
proposals has been extended to this FRIDAY 15th OCTOBER at midday.

We're looking for proposals for short (6-10 min) documentaries about UK
poverty, to be screened as part of the BBC Storyville "Why Poverty?" season
in 2012.

We'll be making a long shortlist that afternoon so make sure your proposal
is in by midday at the latest.

Find out more here:
http://mosaicfilms.com/2010/08/why-poverty-uk-shorts.php

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1977

20-30 October 2010
At 229 High Street, Swansea, and on tour
Volcano continues its unique explorations and transformations of Swansea's
undiscovered or abandoned places. In Shelf Life earlier this year we re-opened the
old Swansea Central Library in Alexandra Road. Previously we brought to life a
former copper rolling-mill in Landore and invited people to explore the Lord Mayor's
Mansion House in Ffynone. This time we are moving into retail! In the current
climate, empty shop floors in our High Streets are an all-too familiar sight. We
will take over one such space and transform it into a unique promenade theatre bar
for ten days of performances.

The show takes us back to the year 1977. A thriving year for plane hijackings, and a
busy period for the terrorists of the Red Army Faction. The Sex Pistols and the The
Clash released their seminal albums, and with Franco gone, Spain's fascist regime
gasped its last breaths. The Vietnam war, of course, was over, although its meanings
for American culture and global politics were anything but finished. In Manila,
Francis Ford Coppola was struggling to make an ending to his classic Vietnam War
epic Apocalypse Now.

Volcano's 1977 begins on the set of the notoriously troubled movie. As Coppola,
Sheen and the crew go mad in the jungle, we transport you to a very different event
taking place on the other side of the world - a conference is gathering in Wales
that aims to take the temperature of a "dying century". Among the thronging
intellectuals there are two very particular young delegates. Their lives and stories
unfold, with shattering consequences, against the twin backdrops of the conference
rooms and Coppola's film.

With music by The Doors, Patti Smith and Gang of Four. Expect love, politics,
movie-stars, and some very loud drums...

Swansea Performance times: Wed - Fri 7:30pm (Except Tues 26th 8pm), Sat 6:30pm. Bar
opens half an hour earlier.

2010 Tour Dates
SWANSEA | 229 High Street | 20-30 October | 01792 60 20 60
CARDIFF | Chapter | 12 & 13 November, 8pm| 029 2030 4400
COLCHESTER | Lakeside Theatre | 17 & 18 November, 7:30pm | 01206 573948
BEDFORD | University of Bedfordshire | 20 November | 0800 328 5334
WOLVERHAMPTON | Arena Theatre | 23 November, 7:30pm | 01902 321321

1977 is directed by John Hardwick
Featuring Paul Davies as Eleanor, Francis Ford Coppola, and various conference
delegates.
Philip Ralph as Keith, Martin Sheen and various conference delegates.
Peter Webb on drums, and as the older Keith, the journalist, and various film crew.
Movement Advisor: Catherine Bennett
Design for site-specific performances by Holly McCarthy
A 2009/10 production by Volcano Theatre Company and Taliesin Arts Centre
www.volcanotheatre.co.uk


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Howard Marks on Drugs

This new documentary sees Howard Marks, whose nefarious drug trafficking antics are the subject of upcoming biopic Mr Nice, examine the effects of the prohibition of drugs.Are governments the world over making a big mistake?

Psychoactive agents like amphetamines, heroin and LSD are all designated as controlled substances under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.
The UK government currently designates an ever-expanding list of substances as illegal drugs, deemed too dangerous and too harmful to be openly available to the general public.
But is this the right approach?
In this documentary Current TV writer, broadcaster and celebrity drug dealer Howard Marks goes on a journey to explore whether Britain is taking the right approach to drug prohibition. Exploring all sides of the debate he will examine why drugs are illegal, the dangers of prohibition and how decriminalisation of drugs could effect society.
Take a look at this clip in which Marks argues that the prohibition of drugs is "a disastrous social experiment".
http://tv.sky.com/howard-marks-on-drugs


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Guns and climate change

Mad advert here-Democrat WV Governor Joe Manchin takes aim at climate change legilsation -- literally with a gun. Only in America.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How to fund a film- using your imagination

Having spent 10 years producing documentaries for television, Emily didn't doubt that she'd be able to make the film for either Channel 4 or the BBC. But selling the idea to commissioning editors was riven with difficulties. "I was asked to sit down and write a treatment for a commission and I was in tears," she recalls. "The executive producer kept reminding me that I had to be objective and journalistic about this story. They seemed to believe that in order to attract an audience to the film you had to have a negative critical perspective on the people that were in the film because that was the way to get your two million viewers at nine o'clock. I just thought to myself, 'I can't sell out all the people who had put their trust in me.'"
Find out how she is making her film and how you can help

Meet the crew behind the film in this funny video


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OddSocks - Changing your name to confuse the police computer



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Protests kick off international day of climate action

This morning activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide (1) dropped a
banner reading 'IMPORT CO2AL: EXPORT POVERTY' from Avonmouth bridge near
the docks, as part of a global week of action for climate and
environmental justice.

The Royal Portbury Docks contains one of the largest coal import terminals
in the UK. There are currently plans to build several new coal power
stations in the UK, and over 2/3 of coal used in Britain is imported. (2)

Tracy Jones from Rising Tide said “Fossil fuel extraction devastates
communities, from villages destroyed by floods in Pakistan to land grabs
in Colombia, and is being resisted around the world. The failure of the
Copenhagen climate summit shows that governments have their hands in the
pockets of corporations and cannot be trusted. It's up to ordinary people
to take direct action to stop climate chaos.”

October 12 – 16 is the Global Minga (3) in Defence of Mother Earth, an
international week of action for climate and environmental justice called
by indigenous peoples from the Americas, social movements and allies
around the world. Further actions are happening in London (4), which
people from Bristol will be attending.

Notes for editors
(1)In April activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide chained themselves
to the railway at Ffos y Fran, the largest opencast mine in the UK, to
stop a train carrying coal to Aberthaw power station. In August they
received conditional discharges. For a full report see:
http://risingtide.org.uk/node/353
(2)http://www.coalimp.org.uk/9.html
(3)In the Quechua language of Ecuador, minga means the coming together of
a community for the betterment of all.
http://intercontinentalcry.org/global-minga-in-defense-of-mother-earth-october-12-2010/
http://www.beyondtalk.net/action/atlas-of-resistance/
(4)16 October in London – 'A Crude Awakening' mass action against the oil
industry. http://www.crudeawakening.org.uk/

For further information, see:
http://www.risingtide.org.uk
or contact:
bristol@risingtide.org.uk





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Monday, October 11, 2010

Get off your arse and help these guys

There’s an amazing documentary film being made but it can’t get finished
without your help.

It’s called Just Do It and it’s going to be a feature film about climate
change activists, it’s going to be funny and inspiring. They’re making it
totally independently (ie no big backers) and planning to give it to us for
free. But money doesn’t grow on trees, so they need our help.

Go over to their website, check it out, and make a donation. RIGHT NOW Lush
are doubling donations so get in there and make it count.
www.just-do-it.org.uk



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Banksy creates new Simpsons title sequence

UK graffiti artist Banksy has created a controversial title sequence for long-running US animation The Simpsons.The intro, which was shown in the US on Sunday, opens with the street artist's tag scrawled across the town of Springfield.

It closes with a minute-long sequence showing dozens of sweatshop workers in a warehouse painting cartoon cells and making Simpsons merchandise.
Watch it here
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

The New Look Foundation funds for projects

The New Look Foundation can give grants to local schools, community
groups and charities. The priorities for its local giving are:

* Educational activities aimed at helping people to help themselves
* Activities aimed at regenerating local communities and promoting
a positive community spirit
* Activities which help people to feel included in local community
life who might otherwise feel excluded
* Activities which promote positive self-esteem and confidence.
For more information see the New Look website
http://www.newlookgroup.com/index.cfm?page=1016



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A Minority Pastime- my review

I joined the audience last night in Swansea Environment centre to watch a film about Fox Hunting last night called A Minority Pastime

When 55year old Nisa Ward witnessed a deer torn apart by out-of-control hunting hounds in 2005, she was shocked and the film follows her journey of discovery as she tries to understand why the right to hunt and kill animals for sport is so important to a small, but very powerful, group of English people.

Film maker Michael Dixon does well under pressure to get the shots needed but tends to use too much, presumably deliberate, camera shake. Perhaps he is trying to re-create the look of CSI but it get's in the way and becomes annoying after 40mins which is less than half way through in the long film. And the film does feel long- 100mins which detracts away from it.However the quality of his footage is excellent.
About 10% of the audience left before the end so i think a 75min edit would be helpful. The music put me off too.

Fantastic Fox from Minority Pastime on Vimeo.

It did give a useful insight into the world of hunting, explaining the hunters and followers techniques to kill foxes with hounds despite it being illegal.

A notable point of the film was that just about everyone in the film was above 55, some much older than that. One hunt saboteur jumping out a land rover must have been 70!

Nisa Ward said
“Like most people I supported a ban on hunting but I would never have become involved in any campaign against it until this happened to me. I want the public to know what’s happening and to see it. We will be filming over the winter season and into the spring, they can follow the story on our website, see the film and judge for themselves.”

It is interesting to see more and more feature length films made by activists. But we need to learn how to keep the pace going for the full film!. Other than that, A Minority Pastime needs to be viewed to understand what the Tories want to legalise once again.

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