Monday, September 23, 2013

New film about Police Spies

Jason, a filmmaker living in Germany has started his new documentary after finding out a good "friend" of his was actually the undercover cop Mark Kennedy, who had been spying on protesters over a number of years.


He has uploaded a number of video clips to explain the impact which the spying, the secret police and the private corporate spies has had on activists.


Jason told me
'I've been working really hard on this project, and am hoping to spread the word about it, especially before we kick off our Crowdfunding campaign and UK Tour in October. If you also are shocked by this story, you could help support the film project by spreading the word and telling your other friends who might be interested. I'd be really grateful.'

His website all about the film is on spiedupon.comhttp://spiedupon.com

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cut energy use on your electical items

Trying to cut energy use on our video equipment has always been a goal and finding this website has been very useful. Sust It is on  http://www.sust-it.net/
and includes TV, laptops, vehicles and much more.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Sol Cinema in the news this week

The Sol Cinema is a miniscule movie house which I co-founded and have toured all over the UK for the last 3 years. This week we have had a flurry of news coverage.

Chris Evans wrote for The Independent  about 'The most unusual places to munch popcorn'. The the Daily Mail took all his text, got their own photos and published their own story about Sol Cinema titled;

'The movie goer's guide to the weirdest places to watch the latest blockbuster'

In a sign of how the media works, our local newspaper, the South Wales Evening post then phoned wanting to write about our little cinema. It resulted in a 2 page spread about our cinema. This followed quickly by ITV Wales getting in touch to feature us on the Welsh News. So it's all go here.

We have just finished a tour of the UK including London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham and Leeds. Check our cinema here and come join us in the next performance.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Armstrong Lie- documentary


In the aftermath of the scandal that disgraced Cyclist Lance Armstrong as a cheat and bully, one of those former believers, film-maker Alex Gibney, gradually realised he was sitting on a goldmine.

He had been commissioned to make what most people expected would be an uplifting documentary about Armstrong's second comeback, for the 2009 Tour de France. Instead he got the inside story of a scandal that would rock the sport for ever.

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Tories try to bring back National service for the UK

Politicians are now trying to sign our sons and daughters for their armies.

Army recruitment figures are drastically falling, so they need new bodies for their wars on Syria and Iran. National Service ended in the 1950s after WW2 and now a bunch of Tory Ministers want to take us back there.

1 National service system

(1) Every individual who has attained the age of 18 years, and who has not
attained the age of 26 years, shall be liable to serve one year of national service
at some point between these years unless exempt.
 
(2) 5Exempt individuals are those with severe mental or physical disability.
(3) National service shall be defined as participation in a full time scheme
accredited by HM Government as meeting the requirements of national service
and set out in regulations by the Secretary of State.

Check out the proposed bill here
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2013-2014/0032/cbill_2013-20140032_en_2.htm#l1g1

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Why is the BBC so pro-war over Syria?

The BBC flagship news programmes, news channel, online news service and radio news outlets have spent several days in constant hysteria about the probability of a second vote on Syria, after parliament rejected military intervention last week.  Why is the BBC obsessively attempting to answer a question only they are asking?  A look at the interests and characters running the organisation help explain their seemingly rabid hunger for war.

Who Runs the BBC?
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The BBC Trust is responsible for granting licenses to all BBC outlets and stations, managing value for money on license fee payments and ‘the direction of BBC editorial and creative output’.  The Trust consists of 12 Trustees and is headed by Lord Patten.

Lord Chris Patten is a conservative peer and former governor of Hong Kong; he also happens to have 13 others jobs besides chief of the BBC.  These include an £80,000 year role as an advisor for oil company BP, and £40,000 a year from EDF Energy.  Some might well be surprised that the Chairman of the BBC Trust is receiving more pay from just these two advisory roles than the £110,000 a year he receives for his chairmanship of the BBC Trust.
A war with Syria would increase the price of oil, which would in turn increase profits for the likes of BP – not to mention the possibilities of access to Syrian oil reserves if an alternative, compliant regime were in place.  Energy giant (and employer of former US Vice President Dick Cheney) Halliburton made $39.5bn from Iraq related contracts over the last decade.  Oil prices have already risen on the back of the mere threat of military action, the BBC gleefully reported just days ago.

Syria aside – can we expect Lord Patten to have no conflict of interest in managing the ‘direction of BBC editorial output’ on matters such as Fracking, New Nuclear Energy and climate change when he is receiving more money from the energy industry than the media?

The recently appointed Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, James Harding, is a former employee of the Murdoch Press. While Editor of The Times newspaper, he was responsible for exposing the identity of police blogger NightJack by hacking the bloggers email accounts – which his legal team then covered up during a court case against the action.  Harding has also gone on the record as ‘pro Israel’.  This is the figure responsible for hiring the news teams, presenters and journalists who will report on matters of hacking, privacy, Middle East issues and of course the planned assault on Syria.

Raffi Berg, Editor of the BBC News Website, was outed for clenched teeth inducing behaviour in a report by Electronic Intifada.  During the 2012 eight day assault by Israeli forces on the Gaza strip, in which hundreds of Palestinians were losing their lives, Berg was emailing journalists with ‘guidance’ to maintain a pro-Israel tone in their reports.  This from the report:

In one, he asked BBC colleagues to word their stories in a way which does not blame or “put undue emphasis” on Israel for starting the prolonged attacks. Instead, he encouraged journalists to promote the Israeli government line that the “offensive” was “aimed at ending rocket fire from Gaza.”
This was despite the fact that Israel broke a ceasefire when it attacked Gaza on 14 November, a ceasefire which the Palestinians had been observing — firing no rockets into Israel.

In a second email, sent during the same period, Berg told BBC journalists: “Please remember, Israel doesn’t maintain a blockade around Gaza. Egypt controls the southern border.” He omitted to mention that the United Nations viewed Israel as the occupying power in Gaza and has called on Israel to end its siege of the Strip. Israel’s refusal to do so is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1860.”    

Now, it behoves us never to make simplistic links.  However, if one were seeking an independent opinion on a military intervention in the Middle East, surely one would not rely on the opinion of paid employees of energy companies that would directly profit from such action, or those with a declared personal bias to one of the nations in the region most likely to benefit.  Yet, this is what we are doing when we rely on the BBC as a news source.

Read full article here

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Governnments Lobbying Bill aims to stop all protest

I have seen a great many dodgy bills passed through Parliament since 1993- the year when I actually stopped to notice just how much was being done to stop all forms of protest and dissent.



The Criminal Justice Bill of 1994 wiped out an entire culture of people living in alternative ways. Squatting empty buildings, protesting against fox hunting, losing the right to Silence when interviewed by Police and a whole raft of bills which eroded our sense of being a free people.

Now the Government (Tories and Lib Dems) are trying to bring in by stealth  a 'Lobbying Bill' which will stop anyone protesting against their policies- aimed at stopping dissent during the run up to the next election.

The "transparency of lobbying, non-party campaigning and trade union administration bill" will treat charities, thinktanks, blogs, community groups and activists of every hue as political parties. From tiny groups vocal on local matters to great national organisations, all risk being silenced in the year before a general election. The Guardian
This has got to be overturned.

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