Thursday, September 29, 2011

Undercover cop- the photos he wishes you didn't see

Mark Kennedy, former undercover policeman who spied on the environmental movement as he has never been seen before.
Indymedia has just published these new photos of the cop undercover




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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Trader on the BBC says Eurozone Market will crash

Incredible interview.


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'Shoplifting for Jesus'- new album from Alabama 3

Excellent publicity for Alabama 3's new album

Why 'Shoplifting for Jesus'?
There are so many questions to answer about what is theft and what is liberation.
Is illegal downloading theft?
Is sampling and borrowing from other musicians homage, tribute or another form of shoplifting?
If it's ok to kill for whoever your god may be, isn't it ok to steal in their name too?
These are confusing times we live in when, in the words of Rev D.Wayne Love, 'Wrong is Right.'

While the poor have to pay the price for the pilfering of the bankers, who have left the world's economies in tatters but are never made to repay their debts, our youth are being attacked for taking something back for themselves - whether that is an illegally downloaded tune or a pair of knocked off trainers...

We say all property is theft and we're all thieves.
This album is full of begged, borrowed, stolen and recycled ideas.
It is an album that cries out against the demonisation of our young people.
Whether it's the riots in London or the Arab Spring it's all about the young people taking to the streets amid the death throws of capitalism.
Alabama 3 say the youth is our future and we must celebrate all signs of resistance.
Our time is now.

You must get this record.
Steal it if you can.
Buy it if you can't.

'It doesn't matter what you liberate as long as you liberate yourselves' says Larry Love.

http://www.alabama3.co.uk/en/home


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rebellious Media Conference website is now LIVE!

The interactive section of the upcoming Rebellious Media Conference in London has just gone live. So if you have an interest in all things radical in video, print, blogs etc then get onto http://live.rebelliousmediaconference.org

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Undercover eco-Cop film on Channel 4

A contact of mine managed to attend a private showing of a rough cut of the film about undercover cop Mark Stone. Planned for broadcast by Channel 4 next month, the film maker Brian Hill showed his rough cut at this event http://www.quadranglefilmfest.com.

From what I heard, the film is lacking focus as no environmental activist will engage with the filmmaker. Mark Stone was a police officer who duped his way into the environmental movement for 7 years. My contact tells me that Mark Stone has very little charisma on camera so is a bit dull to watch. Blue screen and re-enactments have been used to try and liven the film up.

This is from Channel 4 press office:
Directed by Bafta-winner Brian Hill and narrated by Kennedy, Cutting Edge also features interviews with the police to reconstruct the story of how Mark Kennedy went from being a regular south London police officer with a wife and two children, to becoming Mark Stone. This was Mark the environmental campaigner, militant activist and undercover cop who broke into power stations, learned how to make bombs, infiltrated groups hell bent on attacking major corporations and stood arm in arm with anti-capitalist anarchists. He also had a relationship with a female activist for four years and was even beaten up by fellow police officers unaware he was undercover and all the time he was feeding intelligence back to his handlers.

Now, with his cover blown only a few months ago, he lives in fear for his life. He is separated from his wife and family. The woman he fell deeply in love with as Mark Stone never wants to see him again. For the first time, Kennedy is returning to face up to himself, his actions and to the people who claim he betrayed them.

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Master the art of investigative journalism with Paul Lewis and Heather Brooke

New dates announced: 26-27 November 2011
Duration: Two days, 10am to 5pm
Location: Kings Place, London
Price: £500 (inclusive of VAT)
Maximum number of places available: 30

The digital era has transformed investigative journalism. As information has become more easily accessible, holding the powerful to account is no longer a task restricted to reporters in newsrooms. A generation of 'citizen journalists' is now breaking major scoops across the globe, many equipped with no more than a laptop and a nose for a story.

In this intensive, weekend course, two of the UK's leading investigative journalists will give students the skills needed to reach the next step.

Paul Lewis and Heather Brooke will teach the secrets of their trade in a series of interactive workshops and skill-based sessions. Two previous dates for the course were sold out, with the programme proving useful to journalists looking to sharpen their tools, as well as curious amateurs, lawyers, regulators, investigators, bloggers, press officers and campaigners.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guardian-masterclasses/1

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2012 The Mayan Word • La Palabra Maya: English

2012 The Mayan Word • La Palabra Maya: English: Everyone is talking about the Mayan Prophecies of 2012. But who is listening to the Maya? This groundbreaking documentary brings us the voi...

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Investigation into companies selling solar photovoltaics panels

Which magazine used hidden cameras to show up dodgy solar sales people.

We've investigated how well firms assess properties during the initial sales visit - see our video, below.http://www.which.co.uk/environment-and-saving-energy/energy/guides/how-to-buy-solar-panels/how-to-buy-solar-photovoltaics/


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Job: Editor of Travellers’ Times

Editor of Travellers’ Times
The Rural Media Company is looking for an Editor, who will be the
national champion and advocate for our well established Travellers’
Times magazine project. The Editor will be expected to keep up to
date with developments in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT)
communities in the UK, write and edit news and features, and take an
editorial overview of the content. Experience of professional print
and/or online journalism and of working with GRT communities are both
essential.

We would expect you to work from your own base, but with a minimum
monthly attendance at The Rural Media Company's offices in Hereford
(HR4 9HG) to liaise with our office-based, part-time staff team.

Remuneration will be based on 20 working days per quarter, with
flexible working, and with a daily rate ranging from £150-£200
depending on knowledge and experience.

To find out more about the Travellers' Times project please visit
http://www.ruralmedia.co.uk/travellers-times and the Travellers' Times
website at http://www.travellerstimes.org.uk

To download a Job Description and Application Form visit
http://ww.ruralmedia.co.uk/opportunities or telephone 01432 344039 for
an Application Pack.

Closing date 18th October 2011.

Natalie Watkins
Administrative Assistant
The Rural Media Company
Sullivan House
72-80 Widemarsh Street
Hereford
HR4 9HG

T: 01432 344039
F: 01432 270539
E: nataliew@ruralmedia.co.uk
W: http://www.ruralmedia.co.uk

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Film maker gets Bionic eye

Canadian documentary maker Rob Spence has always loved science fiction.
So much so that when he lost his eye six years ago, he took inspiration from some of his heroes."There are so many characters in pop culture and science fiction that have a camera eye that pretty much anyone who loses an eye at least makes a joke about getting a camera eye."In my case, I just actually did it." Read more on BBC


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Do you know anyone aged 16-25 years and interested in filmmaking?

Do you know anyone aged 16-25 years and interested in filmmaking?
To celebrate Ken Loach’s 75th birthday, the BFI, First Light, Film Club and Film Education are launching a competition for young creators, inspired by the work of Ken Loach.
We are looking for talented filmmakers aged 16-25 years to submit short films up to 3 minutes in duration that tell new stories, give a voice to interesting characters and challenge audiences to think differently about the world we all live in.

The 10 best entries will be invited to a celebratory event at the BFI Southbank in November where the winning filmmakers will be announced.

Two runners up will receive 6 months subscription to Love Film.

The winning filmmaker will receive:
• The opportunity to be part of a special academy programme at the BFI Future Film Festival February 2012;
• Mentoring and career advice from a film industry professional;
• Their film published online by the BFI and First Light.

For more information, and to enter, click here.

Deadline for entrries: 5pm Monday 10th October 2011


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iPhone App About Apple's Rotten Supply Chain Gets Past Censors


To the great surprise of its creators, a funny new iPhone game critical of Apple's human rights record was accepted by the iTunes store and is being released today. The app, called Phone Story, teaches players about abuses in the life-cycle of the iPhone by putting them in the manufacturers' shoes. To win, players must enslave children in Congolese mines, catch suicidal workers jumping out of Chinese assembly plant windows, and conscript the poorest of the world's poor to dismantle toxic e-waste resulting from obsolete phones.
The seriously funny new game will sell for 99 cents on iTunes; all proceeds will go to organizations fighting to stop the horrors that smartphone production causes.
http://www.phonestory.org/

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ning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Undercurrents in The Mirror newspaper

Helen from Undercurrents was profiled in the Mirror this week
Helen Iles has been producing films promoting positive environmental and social change for over a decade as part of The Undercurrents Foundation, an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. Helen was the 2009 Digital Heroes for Wales.

The Undercurrents Foundation trains people who have little or no experience of digital media to create short films about their lives and concerns and enables them to share these films online and screen them in its Solar Cinema.
Helen and her team work with people who have little or no experience of digital media to help them create short films about their lives and concerns and share them online and in their solar cinema. It can be a very empowering process and can give participants the confidence to explore the internet further.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/life-style/talktalk/2011/09/09/profile-helen-iles-the-undercurrents-foundation-115875-23407523/


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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Racists coach trashed in London

I guess this coach company won't be transporting the EDL again


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Monday, September 05, 2011

Free broadband and PCs for groups

If you know of a community group which helps, or wants to help, people access the internet and improve their ICT skills, they could be eligible to receive 12 months' free broadband from BT.

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.

Applying for an award is easy. Simply go to www.bt.com/communityconnection to access the online application form and read the full rules and guidance notes. The closing date for applications is Thursday 15th September at 5.30pm.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us on 0845 257 6792 or email us at info@btcommunityconnections.com.

BT Community Connections
0845 257 6792
www.bt.com/communityconnections
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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Camp Frack- September 17

Camp Frack
Manor Farm, Hesketh Bank, Near Southport, Lancashire
Weekend 17-18 September
http://northern-indymedia.org/events/2175

What is fracking?: The process – called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - involves pumping a mixture of water, sand and drilling fluids at high pressure into the rock, to split it apart and release the natural gas it contains.
This process has already, in its relatively short history, caused a great deal of controversy, due to environmental problems and risks posed to human health, including water contamination and higher rates of air pollution than that of coal production.
And now ‘fracking’ has recently begun in the UK – starting with several sites near Blackpool.
Camp Frack Info
What: The camp will include a day of workshops on shale gas, and on planning an ongoing national campaign against it. It will involve raising local awareness about the problems with shale gas and an action day of peaceful protest mainly focused on the nearby active drilling rig, but we also hope to have the option of expeditions to take the message out to Blackpool and Preston as well.

For details see http://northern-indymedia.org/events/2175

More information: campfrack@gmail.com

websites for info:
http://frack-off.org.uk/
http://www.campaigncc.org/fracking

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