November 27, 2011 1 Comment
Throw your TV in the bin today and check out these links instead!
Sources and related links (youtube)
And finally, if you want to watch the ballet remix version of this video……
the unscene magazine
November 27, 2011 1 Comment
Sources and related links (youtube)
And finally, if you want to watch the ballet remix version of this video……
November 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Links to source material and other info on RFID:
Katherine Albrecht, author of ‘Spychips’
Stay strong Katherine, sending you healing vibes! x
October 31, 2011 1 Comment
My first post on this blog was about this group.
Here is their latest offering. Love it!
作詞:須藤元気 作曲：須藤元気/ Takashi Watanabe/今井悠
Music by Genki Sudo /Takashi Watanabe[over rockets]/Yu Imai Words by Genki Sudo
WORLD ORDER are…
野口 量（RYO NOGUCHI）
森澤 祐介（YUSUKE MORISAWA）
高橋 昭博（AKIHIRO TAKAHASHI）
落合 将人（MASATO OCHIAI）
上西 隆史 （TAKASHI JONISHI）
Executive Producer & Creative Director: Genki Sudo
Chief Choreographer : Ryo Noguchi
May 30, 2011 Leave a comment
(Post updated/ edited 1.6.11)
On May 28, 2011 television host (and Iraq war veteran) Adam Kokesh along with several other activists participating in a flash-mob were arrested at the publicly-funded Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Their crime? Silently dancing, in celebration of the first amendment’s champion; a clear violation of their right to free-expression. In an excessive use of force, video was captured of Adam being body slammed and placed in a choke for his non-crime.
You can visit Adam’s site and read the story with full video here
Here are some of the highlights caught on camera.
Adam explains the background to the event and gives more details about what happened on that day following the arrests in this interview.
Whatever your thoughts are on people moving their bodies to music only they can hear (via headphones) in a public space, there are several questions which immediately present themselves:
And if we step outside of socially instilled definitions for a moment and look at this from the perspective of objective common sense we can even ask these questions:
Are these valid questions? What are your own feelings on these matters?
Here’s Stefan Moleneux of Freedomain Radio with his usual astute, wise and delightful take on the whole episode.
Stefan suggests, with some degree of humour, that it would be a good idea if these thuggish (and rather overweight, it has to be said) police officers were required to attend dance classes/ dance therapy of some kind in order to help them to reconnect with their human side; not to mention everybody else’s.
But is this suggestion something we could actually take seriously?
Or maybe having a ‘human side’ and learning how to judge and respond to real life and spontaneous social situations doesn’t matter so much these days. Maybe we as humans living in world of increasingly virtual interactions, multi media entertainments, as well as organized (managed) events such as sports games and concerts, we can exist without so much emphasis on skills like cooperation, fairness, empathy, communication, warmth, compassion, affection and humour…… or…. maybe these kinds of values and social skills are in reality extremely useful for helping to prevent those annoying accidental collapses of a free society, like the ones human history is so full of.
Bearing all this in mind, I personally think the idea of giving some kind of dance therapy to the police (and any other uniformed workers such as private security staff ) is actually a stunningly intelligent idea – especially for those with poor people skills and a tendency to resort to thuggish behaviour. It is the kind of scheme which somebody (a charity perhaps?) with the resources should definitely consider taking on – and ideally make a documentary about it too. Such a scheme could easily end up being a roaring success; a success for all concerned, not least the police (or security staff or whoever) taking part in it.
The very idea of ‘fighting against’ violence or thuggish behaviour is quite obviously ridiculous, partly because it is a blatant contradiction in terms but also because today it seems all laws and other forms of government intervention are moving in the direction of sanctioning violence, encouraging violence, enforcing violence and even arming those who wish to commit violence as the ‘solution’ to all things in the world.
But even disregarding this fact, the best way people who lack social skills, human judgement and who are prone to thuggish behaviour can really be helped to rebalance themselves is for them to receive the encouragement and help they need to unpick their own programming for themselves. Or at least be given the choice to have a go at it if they want to! As with most things in life this help can be either viewed as a an impossible task or a social responsibility (not least to our children) or even as a sheer delight.
The reality check is that if we don’t help our fellow thugs and regard them, on the whole, as fellow victims of a system created by a hierarchical ruling class which is fundamentally pro-violence (and in fact utterly dependent on violence) then no one else is going help them.
And if they don’t get that that kind of help while there is still time then heaven help us all in the very near future ….
Perhaps you think I am being a bit fanciful and unrealistic suggesting we can all help each other out by mutually working through and repairing our ‘bad programming’, and you might think it is unrealistic to imagine something as ‘artsy’ as dancing could be of any help in that respect.
But I always say that every failure is ultimately a failure of imagination.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
Seneca – Roman Philosoper, Statesman
More on the story here
May 8, 2011 1 Comment
First of all, what is flashmobbing?
Flashmobbing means slightly different things to different people. (wiki definition of flashmob)
In its purest form flashmobbing might be described as any group behaviour which involves interaction, improvisation and spontaneity for no other purpose than to break out of the habitual trance state we are all prone to entering due to the monotony of daily routines (job, commuting, TV, shopping) and learned socialization and instead enter into a more heightened state of awareness and vitality, and also to express and transmit this heightened state to others.
In other words flashmobbing is playing when it is done by grown ups.
It its most impure form it might be described as a contrived and cynical parody of all of the above by corporations in order to advertize their products and services.
A third category would be flashmobbing used to raise awareness of a good cause or campaign.
Trafalgar Square, London hosted an awareness spreading flashmob event on April 4th 2011. According to this in the Metro online:
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11
146 West End Stars hold a flashmob in support of the non-profit organistation Love 146, which campaigns to end child sex slavery and exploitation, at Trafalgar Sqaure on April 11, 2011 in London, England.
(Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
According to their website Love 146 is a non profit campaign group dedicated to the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation. I have never heard of them before, have you? Unfortunately this event does not seem to have got much publicity or coverage in the mainstream media.
Here’s how Love 146 got their name (according to their website).
In 2002, the co-founders of Love 146 travelled to South East Asia on an exploratory trip to determine how they could serve in the fight against child sex trafficking. In one experience, a couple of our co-founders were taken undercover with investigators to a brothel, where they witnessed children being sold for sex. This was their experience. This is the story that changed our lives.
“We found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder with predators in a small room, looking at little girls through a pane of glass. All of the girls wore red dresses with a number pinned to their dress for identification. They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness. Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us, with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl…
“…All of these emotions begin to wreck you. Break you. It is agony. It is aching. It is grief. It is sorrow. The reaction is intuitive, instinctive. It is visceral. It releases a wailing cry inside of you. It elicits gut-level indignation. It is unbearable. I remember wanting to break through the glass. To take her away from that place. To scoop up as many of them as I could into my arms. To take all of them away. I wanted to break through the glass to tell her to keep fighting. To not give up. To tell her that we were coming for her…”
If anyone was there in Trafalgar Square either watching or participating (or filming?) please leave a comment/ video link – thank you!
And a big thank you to Love 146 and to all the flashmobbers!
Trafalgar Square hosted another event recently aimed at raising public awareness of the abuse of children. The UK Rally Against Child Abuse was held there last year on Saturday 7th August. Unfortunately, this event was not heavily publicized or covered by the mainstream media either. And according to one of the event’s speakers, the filmaker Bill Maloney of Pie and Mash Films, over 600 members of parliament were invited to attend……….. not one single MP showed up.
Here’s Bill Maloney talking about his personal campaign to sort out institutional child abuse to ITV London News who were present to cover the event that day. I am not sure how much of this interview (or the event) was ever broadcast by the television though. Does anyone know?
Bill Maloney meeting fellow survivors on that day
Bill Maloney addressing the public (video contains some heartfelt language peppered with the occasional swear word)
There were many speakers that day. Here’s David Icke telling it like it is…
…. and here’s Minty Chalice speaking out
Hollie Greig alleged in 2000 that she was the victim of a paedophile gang in Aberdeen. Her mother Anne was forcibly sectioned within days of the allegations being made. Hollie was awarded £13,500 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in spite of the fact that no-one was ever charged with any crime. Grampian Police only interviewed two of the fourteen people named by Hollie as abusers and none of the six people she named as fellow-victims.
Here is (part 1) of a talk given by Robert Green outlining this extraordinary and shocking case in more detail.
An interview with Hollie, her mother Anne Greig and Robert Green from April 2010
Kenny MacAskill questioned by Robert Green at Portobello Hustings
(Edited to add: More videos of Robert’s campaign can be found here)
Watching these people speak from the heart, from experience, and with such passion and conviction is – I’m sure you will agree – an emotional experience. And it raises so many questions about this world we live in that it is hard to know where to begin. For example, why do we not spend more time championing these causes to protect such vulnerable children (as all children are), and why don’t we regard the people who do campaign so valiantly as some of society’s greatest heros and heroines?
I can’t imagine anyone (apart from those who actually abuse children) who wouldn’t want to see child abuse exposed and stopped wherever possible. Therefore supporting these campaigns and championing their campaigners should be a ‘no brainer’ cause, right?
So in that case why is it that these people are often left shouting to crowds of 50-100 people in Trafalgar Square (London’s population is approx 10,000,000) while later that evening millions at a time will tune in to watch mass entertainments like televised ‘X-factor’ or ‘Masterchef’ game shows or televised football games every evening or every weekend?
This can’t even be properly explained away using the idea of ‘selfishness’, because surely the satisfaction and ‘feel good factor’ of helping to bring these causes to light, bring them to justice and in doing so help prevent any future abuse of children must outweigh the ‘feel good factor’ of watching a bunch of fame obsessed out-of-tune singers, celebrity cooking wannabe’s or even the most talented sports games players?
The next video happens to feature David Beckham but is not meant to be a personal criticism of his contribution to society (it could have been any overpaid sports, music or movie celeb). But this example of an overblown ceremony of sports celeb adoration does raise the valid question: why are we not treating these researchers and campaigners like Robert Green who are fighting so hard to stop the rape of children a bit more like this?!!!
In a future post I will look further into why today’s adults are not only failing in their duty to protect their own children (and the children’s generation as a whole), but are also helping to perpetuate society’s dysfunctional condition in the process.
Meanwhile, I found this wonderful TEDx talk by Chameli Ardagh on ‘….. how to allow for a natural response towards injustice, without creating more hurt, how to embody the power and beauty of feminine rage, why we are called to step up and give voice to the power of the fierce feminine, and how anger is not intrinsically negative, only what we do with’.
When it comes to understanding, and then dealing with injustices such as child abuse of all kinds, this might be a good starting point.
Every 80 years or so the whole population of the planet is replaced, yet the dysfunction at the core of our society (but not, I would suggest, at the core of our human nature) never changes. What is going on with that? Clearly some kind of ‘damage’ is being passed down somehow from each generation to the next to create an unbroken cycle.
The fact that we are so utterly familiar with society’s dysfunctional state does not mean we necessarily understand its root cause at all (but it does mean we are more likely to accept it without even questioning why).
But if we were to ever gain a proper understanding then perhaps society could be transformed, quite naturally, simply as a result of that increased understanding.
Or to put it another way:
Just what incredible changes to civilization might we see if we could allow just one new generation to grow up free from systematic sexual/ violent abuse by adults?
At the moment any answer is speculative because it’s never happened before.
April 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Thank you World Order for giving me such a perfect heart melting video to put in my first post and launch my new blog with. Here is the text from the video’s info:
Many disasters are ongoing in Japan; earthquakes, Tsunami, and nuclear accidents. These unprecedented things may be able to change however from now. That’s why I expressed through World Order to convey some message to you on my own way. I see these accidents will become a turning point of civilization. I think the time of revolution is coming, where people in the world coexist with this planet against the system of modern society, economy and politics.
Any accident is neutral. Although we are straying around this deep darkness, I believe we can get through anything when each of us can let go of our fear and face things positively.
The world won’t change on its own. We do change one by one. That makes the world change. The darkness just before the dawn is deepest. So, we do rise up together to greet the brilliant morning truly coming for the human beings.
WE ARE ALL ONE
「MACHINE CIVILIZATION」/WORLD ORDER
Music by Genki Sudo /Takashi Watanabe
Words by Genki Sudo
And here’s another….