Friday, 24 October 2014
Blog Stuck in rut
Blog unable to upload photos or videos at moment in time, I hope it's temporary, any suggestions please?Also missing a dear friend, but that's another story. Meanwhile between 13 and 26th October a joint police Operation called 'mos maiorum' takes place in nearly all European countries to identify, imprison and finally deport illegallised migrants. Thousands of people will be subject to so called ' racial profiles ' and will be harassed and criminalised upon those criteria.
The following site tries to document the actions that are part of 'mos maiorum' and to make these effects visible to everyone.
Please contribute to document public police checkpoints or identify checks throughout the European union.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:43
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
48 years ago a on Friday October 24, 1966 , 9.06 a. m shortly after school assembly many tons of collier rubbish swept down the sides of Merthyr Mountain as a result of a conflict of financial interests, verses financial ones, that sadly still happen today, which saw the death of 144 people, including 115 children, many of whom were between the age of seven and ten long with, five of their teachers, in what is now known today as one of one of Wales worst mining disasters in it's history, not forgetting Senghennydd which I've written about previously when in 1913 over 400 were killed. But The sores and wounds of this disaster is now forever stored in the memories and feelings of the people of Wales because of the whole collective loss of a generation that it wiped out. So today again we try not to forget the children and adults who died, this human tragedy, that many say could easily have been prevented .And today we still try not to forget, we remember this people grief and how they carried on,
Today we remember the people of Aberfan, and hope still that lessons learnt from that today can be learnt for tomorrow, and especially today where this bitter legacy still continues, and continuing social and economic problems in the South Wales valleys because of successive govermnents have made lives a contining source of discomfort. People before profit. Lest we forget.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:56
Monday, 20 October 2014
Hundreds of police officers attack Occupy Democracy participants because they don't want them to sit on tarpaulins. This was after Occupy Democracy broke away from the TUC march on Saturday and headed to Parliament Square for an open Assembly, wardens had asked protestors to leave under an old by law, then sent the police in, and then their was a total overreaction, on behalf of the police and a standoff lasted till yesterday. What was witnessed was a scene that had reminiscences of Hong Kong, less freedom seen in Parliament Square. The protestors sound system was confiscated and tents and sleeping bags were not allowed into the camp. The massive overpolicing and attempshut down this democratic forum is truly shocking and outrageous. The protestors plan to occupy the square for the next week. Viva freedom.
George Orwell on the police ;-
" I have no love for the idealized 'worker' as he appears in the bourgeois mind, but when I see an actual flesh and blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ak myself which side I'm on."
Friday, 17 October 2014
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Tory welfare minister Lord Freud apparently thinks disabled people could be paid less than the minimum wage. And where is the opposition to these remarks, Millibland just keeps on shuffling and smiling, he needs to wake up... did he read any of his dads books for gods' sake... somewhere he must have some guts.
Lord Freud the same heartless individual who said ' The poor should take more risks as they have the least to lose.' Lord Fraud every time he opens his gob, a shallowness emerges that says much about his character and very much about the nasty party that he represents. People holding these views should not be in government, they are reckless and damaging, but their they are pontificating about realities that they know nothing about. He has no previous experience of the welfare system Baron Fraud, but who asked him first to provide a review of these services, Mr Tony Bliar under New Labour. You couldn't make these things up. My mind boggles. Oh blundering Mr Fraud has since apologised, but he's done that before as well, over previous gaffes of his own making, time he got another job, same applies to the rest of his cohorts in government who are equally complicit in their appalling attitudes to the poor and disabled.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:05
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Ok I would be the first to admit that I don't always like what emerges out of the house of commons, but as a result of tireless campaigning, yesterday finally resulted in the historic occasion which resulted in the UK Parliament voting to recognise the state of Palestine. This follows the Swedish Parliaments decision to do the same. Wonderful news. It saw as many as 274 voting for the motion to 12 against in a momentous event that gave me much joy, when usually the only thing that emerges from these dusty corners are dark shadows.
Surely it is a big thanks to all who for years have marched, demonstrated for the rights of the Palestinian people and is also a sign of times in the fact that British Parliament seems to have noticed and reflected what it's people really feel in the wake of Israels recent onlslaught in Gaza, that left over 2,000 Palestinians dead, and that people are now wide awake to its continuing illegal military occupation and recognise that Israel is losing the battle for public opinion and is part of a growing international trend that demands justice for the Palestinians. The time is now right for the Palestinians to have the state that it deserves.
This symbolic vote will mean absolutely nothing if further action is not taken, to bring the Palestinians dream of statehood into reality. International pressure must continue to be mounted until oppression is ended and the maxim from the 'rivers to the sea' is finally achieved.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:10
Monday, 13 October 2014
This poem is copyleft.
You're free to distribute it and diffuse it,
re-write it and abuse it,
and use it.
For your own ends,
and with your own ending.
This is an open source poem
entering the public domain.
Here's the source code,
add a little salt and pepper if you like,
share it out amongst your friends.
Because I didn't write this poem
I moulded it,
picked the lines out of a skip as I was walking on over here
took used up fragments of leftover ideas,
and put them to use.
Think about it -
I can't telly you anything new.
In all these millennia of human existence
there certainly can only be a few ideas to be thought through.
So we treat them like rare commodities?
Plunder artic reserves for new ideas buried deep beneath the permafrost,
suffocate them with patent protection
and junk the rest?
Or do we re-use them and recycle them?
Pile our public spaces high with shared ideas beyond anyone's imagining.
So I steal a verse here and a line there
a riff there and a rhyme there
pass it on around the circle,
roll it up
add a joke
here have a toke
does it gey you high?
This poem is indebted to Gil Scott Heron. Abbie Hoffman, Jim Thomas
and Sarah Jones
This poem is indebted to all the words I've read and the voices I've known
This poem is a community of intellect, your and mine
This poem is ripped off line after line after line
Because intellectual property is theft
and piracy is our only defence against the thought police.
will be plagiarised!
The revolution will not happen if ideas are corporatised
So steal this poem
and use it
For your own ends
and with your own ending
This poem is copyleft
all rights are reserved
Claire Faucet is a performance poet, activist and researcher for Corporate Watch.
Her poetry can be found online at http://www.re-clairethestreets.blogspot.com
and her political writing at http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk
The above poem reprinted from:-
This poem is sponsored by : Poems in the face of corporate power
Posted by teifidancer at 10:50