Thursday, December 30, 2010

The following is a message from Sea Shepherd Society...






We have never had a busier year, nor a year in which we have achieved so much in terms of raising awareness, saving the lives of so many fish, whales, dolphins, and other marine species, and costing the poachers so many millions of dollars in illegally obtained profits.


In 2010, Sea Shepherd accomplished the following:
  • Saved the lives of 528 whales because of our interventions against the Japanese whaling fleet during Operation Waltzing Matilda.
  • Cut the nets and freed 800 bluefin tuna that are endangered and were illegally caught in the Mediterranean during Operation Blue Rage.
  • Interfered with the killing of pilot whales in the Faeroe Islands during Operation Grindstop.
  • Installed a surveillance system in the Galapagos that enables the Ecuadorian police and the Galapagos Park rangers to monitor all vessel traffic in the National Park Marine Reserve.
  • Put a long-term crew of "Cove Guardians" on the ground in Taiji, Japan to bring constant global attention to the dolphin slaughter.
  • Flew into no-fly zones in the Gulf of Mexico to expose negligence and lies by BP after the oil spill.
These are just some of the highlights from this year. It has indeed been a busy one! We could not accomplish so much without supporters like you. It is expensive to protect the oceans from those who pillage and plunder. 

For the sake of the oceans and all the defenseless animals we defend, please support Sea Shepherd in 2011 by making a donation today.

Thanks friends. Peace and love in 2011!

Monday, December 27, 2010

H E R O for whales

Mr. Paul Watson, in his quarters, aboard the MV Steve Irwin. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has just embarked on their annual mission to the Southern Whale Sanctuary, to defend the whales against the Japanese "research" vessels. I wish them safe passage.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Agents provocateurs

Yet another "anti-terror" operation the
government engages in regularly.

When they're not groping us at airports...
...showing up at our front doors for "clarification"
of our political ideas...or sending paid operatives
to pose as members of community groups...
they like to play this game: 

Sending police dressed up as demonstrators
to turn peaceful protests into riots. 

This video comes from Canada, but the
technique is used in the US every day of
the week. 

The truly bizarre thing is no one seems
to know about it. 

Every demonstration should have teams
specifically charged with identifying these
gun thugs (they're easy to find), pointing
them out, and blowing their cover.

It's a matter of public safety as these creeps
are there specifically to incite violence. 

Your tax dollars at work.   

Here's how the adults deal with it. 

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/288.html

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Taxi from the dark side...

Colby and me sit at a tram stop. We have just gone and seen another shit apartment that we may or may not want to rent in a snobbish neighborhood of East Melbourne. We thought we liked the place when we saw it in photographs on some real estate web site but when we arrive and see it in person, we realize that we have been had by trick photography or our own wishful thinking or our own foolish and rather desperate desire to find a residence we can call home in our new adopted city.
The trams do not seem to be coming along and the time of our next appointment draws closer. I check my watch. I look up the road. I check my watch again.
The traffic is heavy. A taxi sits at rest beside us as we wait for the never arriving tram. I make an uncharacteristic split decision to jump in the taxi.
I rush to the door as the traffic light turns green and the cars ahead start to lurch forward. I ask the driver if he is available to give us a lift to our destination. He doesn't really answer and we both just sort of force our way into the cab and he shrugs and follows the cars in front of him.
The meter is off and he explains that he has been driving for the last 20 hours. He cannot turn on the meter according to local laws regarding time spent on the road without sleep or rest.
We agree that a flat rate will be paid at the end of our short journey.
Colby, as always strikes up a mannered conversation with him. In less than one minute, we find out that he is a recent immigrant from the war torn nation of Afghanistan.
We are both taken aback by his honesty and candor and faith in human kindness.
He tells us that his entire family have been killed by coalition bombs and bullets. A coalition bomber strafed his village on the border with Pakistan and 2000 people were killed in less than a minute. His mother, father, sisters and other extended family members were all victims of this horrific war crime. His pride, sadness and strength leave us both in tears. He is in tears. In retrospect, it was a very powerful moment in my life and I shall never forget that man's face and voice. He could see that we were hurting from his story and he moved to calm us, saying that it was not the Australian or Canadian or Americans' fault but rather it was the policy of these counties' that caused this war.
I felt so ashamed. I felt such reprehensible guilt and anger and embarrassment that I have not felt since March 2003 when the bombs began to fall on Baghdad.
We reached our destination and our emotional ride was over. I don't know if the ride affected him as it did us but maybe we were supposed to feel that pain from him. First world westerners are not often faced with the fallout that their governments make on their behalf and maybe if we did more often, we would be more vocal and stand up for the rights of those who stand in the way of the bombs dropped in our our name.

Requiem for the true believers in Revolution

Sensibility is a vague trapping of the comfortable
Those with the time to think and not have to fight
and kill for a shred of self respect
or their next meal
A feeling of the way things ought to be
or ought not to be, you decide
which side you are on?
well... come on
If you have time for education
you have time for reflection and manipulation
Of the facts, of the tracks on which the train of bullshit runs upon
A little time in solitary confinement
will curb your desire to change things
Priorities will be decided by taxes and riot cops
The swift baton of reality will smash you on the skull
and make you recoil in fear
maybe next time you will consider not going
to the polls, to the soil, to the streets
Am I repeating, myself, again?
I always wear myself and others out
on the road to indictment
It is the excitement, that I crave
I'm not brave, just rogue and ecstatic, democratic even
I want to shove flowers in the guns
I want to be a fugitive on the run
from those who want to give chase and make haste
which seems like everyone
these days
Except the ones who are hiding in the walls and the malls
They are invisible but everywhere I turn
They get in the way of my plan
of understanding and demanding
what is expected from the ones we trusted
with the farm and to do no harm
Like art, it fell apart in shards, a house of cards
I always call a spade when I see one
It gets us into trouble
but a lot less
than the collateral damage that is families
that are piling up
on our doorstep.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Letter to Vancity.

Hello. I have temporarily moved to Melbourne, Australia from Vancouver. I let the bank know that I would be doing this before I left, as I realize, even though it is the 21st century and we live in a globalized culture, the idea of somebody trying to use an ATM card in another country is somehow shocking. I used my card once at the National Australian Bank on Dec. 7th and was able to make one withdrawal for $400.00. When I tried to use it again later, my account had been frozen. I tried to call the bank to sort this out but there is no 24 hour number to report or try to fix this sort of problem. Again, let me remind you it is the 21st century. When I finally reached someone on Monday in Vancouver, I was treated with the most lackadaisical and uninterested attitude by your 'service' representative. I was told that there was no record of me having told the bank that I was leaving the country. I was also told that my ATM card had been compromised due to 'skimming'. When I asked where, when or how the card had been compromised the service rep. could not tell me. I was under the impression that these sorts of precise electronic transmissions were traceable in some way. I was then told that I could receive a new ATM card in the the mail in no less than, wait for it, one month. I need not remind you again about the 21st century? Hello, Fed-ex? Hello, UPS? Then the service rep. told me that I should use my Visa card to make withdrawals and when I told her that I would be charged interest on the account immediately, she had no reply. In her defense, she did then come to a conclusion that I could go to the bank here and my card would be unlocked for enough time to withdraw some cash. I appreciated the temporary solution, albeit less than ideal. I will be getting in contact with Vancity again in the near future to make this arrangement again as I wait a month or longer, for my new ATM card to come in the mail. I then realized that Vancity Visa may also be surprised that someone may have left the nest and tried to pay for something overseas. Without my ATM or Visa card, I would truly be in trouble. So I called Vancity Visa and waited on hold. And waited. And waited. Then for some reason, I was hung up on. You can imagine how this may have made me feel after all the previous frustration. I thought that when I called back, I would call the 'lost or stolen card' number, as this would surely receive prompt attention. Alas, after ONE HOUR on hold, I could not raise anyone over at the old call centre. ONE HOUR on hold from Australia! I had to hang up after the 'once every minute' requests from an automated message for me to apply for a higher credit limit to avoid potentially embarrassing credit declinations, not to mention offers to call me back. I tried that while I was still in Canada and it took 3 days to finally make a connection with someone. In short, I am an extremely unhappy customer at this point. The reason for this correspondence is not only to register my discontent, it is to state the utmost importance of my Vancity visa not being cut off due to it being 'compromised'. Thank you. I expect a swift response.

NEW POST ON THE WIKILEAKS SITE...

This article may be affected by the following current eventUnited States diplomatic cables leak. Information in this article may change rapidly as the event progresses.

At least there's still some good left in the world...


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were attacked by protesters in London tonight as tuition fees demonstrations descended into vandalism and violence.
Charles and Camilla were unharmed after their car was struck and daubed in paint as they made their way to the Royal Variety Performance in central London.
Police and protesters were taken to hospital following a series running battles in the Westminster area after MPs voted to hike tuition fees to up to £9,000.
Protesters attacked a number of Government buildings near the House of Commons, smashing windows at the Treasury and the Supreme Court and vandalising statues in Parliament Square, including that of Winston Churchill.

wikileaks fallout continues...

Julian Assange is receiving massive outpouring of support from all over the world. All the governments in the world are trying to tell us that we should all be 'outraged' at this breach of security by this 'rapist'. What a total, absolute, fucking joke. What a predictable response from a bunch of fucking killers and murderers. Our leaders have enjoyed the secrecy that their untold power has provided for them for way too long. And now, as with all other things, these dinosaurs have fallen behind and world public opinion has left them feeling naked and stupid. They are trying to use their tried and true forms of thought control that have worked for generations and it is not working because we, the people, have lapped them in their own game of information dissemination.
'Leaders' from all walks are calling for the indictment to the assassination of this man, without knowing the full consequences of where all this will lead. These fucking evil pieces of genocidal shit have no idea where their asinine, ignorant observations and opinions will end up next. On the 6 o'clock news? Youtube? They are losing the reins. The lunatics have been in charge of the asylum for too long and the people are using new tools to build a new paradigm. A new game, where guns, germs and stupidity no longer rule the airwaves.
And these violent maniacs can try to tell us what we think but more and more of us are accessing the real truth. And history will look much more kindly upon the Julian Assanges than the Cheneys and the Stephen Harpers or all the other people that send young people off to die for religion and resources.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This man makes a fool out of evil men...

Julian Assange has apparently ruffled the feathers of those who kill and maim in the name of 'freedom and democracy'. I guess it is ok to commit acts of state sponsored terrorism or espionage, but for fuck sakes, it is obviously a far more deplorable act to tell others about it.

From Vancouver to Melbourne

from this...

                                                                        ...to this.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Security. Fuck yeah.

Airports always make me a bit apprehensive. I am not sure if it is the physical trip that lies ahead, replete with the 700 mile an hour jettison through the sky in a metal tube, breathing recycled air that makes my nose burn on inhalation. Perhaps it is the never-boring security checkpoints that you must pass through in order to spend 9 hours in an airport in a country that you would rather skip altogether, if it were not for the fact that the plane you are on needs to stop there to refuel. As I approach the ubiquitous scanner/search/de-moralization/checkpoint charlie area, where the shoes are removed, along with your belt, so that all manner of your remaining human pride is quashed, not unlike how they strip you down and search and seize when you have been caught drunk in a public space or have been caught trying to defend your democracy/nature/human rights/animals/peace. It is an age old tactic of making citizens feel like douche bags, even if they are the most stand up people.
You are at the mercy of the people who make the rules. If you question/joke/interpret/disobey, you can kiss your holiday/business trip/freedom goodbye.
Some people like this because it makes them feel safe. Believe me, people, the terrorists have won. Every time I submit myself to this faux exercise of the appearance of security, I am made to feel like a common criminal just for wanting to board an airplane. I can assure you, the next big 9/11 type attack will be nowhere near an airport or an airplane, rather it will be at a mall or some place like that. Then we will have to go through search procedures just to go to fucking Target to buy socks that are on sale. Make no mistake about it, my friends, the first world obsession with security is futile at best. If even a fraction of the time, money and effort that is spent on making us feel safe on the way to Cabo, were spent on people and cultures around the World that must live without, so that we can live with, there would be a lot less angry people who may want to do us harm.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have to finish that glass of merlot before our descent into LA...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Where the fuck is all the money going!?!?

Earlier this week, the federal gangsters were
forced to pull back the curtain on who got the
bailouts and how much.

Yes, believe it or not, until this week this data
was a state secret. 

Some revelations:

1. $3 TRILLION was given away

2. Goldman Sachs would have gone bankrupt
without the help

3. Money even went to companies like GE,
McDonalds, and Harley Davidson. 

From our Real Econ TV site.

Video:

http://www.realecontv.com/page/765.html

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HICK TV

There sure is a trend on contemporary television to give air time to stupid, hick, white trash, ignorant retards. Hicks chasing hicks, hicks fighting with hicks, hicks repossessing hicks' cars, hick douche bags that are trying to secure the next U.S. presidential election. Hicks that horde, hicks that can't afford, hicks that act like whores. The lowest common denominator has taken the airwaves by storm. I guess it is easier and more fun to entertain the twits and twats than to inform the public or even to entertain people that might actually think for a living. Our civilization slips another notch down the slippery slope of stupidity.

Wikileaks fuckfest...

Canadians found out a couple weeks back that our government has caved to NATO demands, ie: U.S. demands, that our troops stay in Afghanistan past the 2011 exit date. I wondered how this all came about in the international game of espionage and war bullshit games governments play. Well, this week wikileaks released cables about this subject. Turns out that there was plans for this extension long before we, the people, became aware of it. 
The following is an excerpt from a cable to President Obama preceding his first diplomatic visit to Canada in 2009...
“Your enormous popularity among Canadians (an 81 pct approval rating) is to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper both a blessing — because he can for the first time since taking office in 2006 gain politically from public and policy association with the U.S. President — and a curse — because no Canadian politician of any stripe is nearly as popular, respected, or inspiring as you are to Canadian voters…”
Breese goes as far as to say,
“Your trip will help to ensure that the government will survive an early February vote of confidence on the federal budget, in which Canada will post its first deficit in more than a decade as it provides a stimulus package of $30-40 billion.”
He tells Obama that there is “virtually zero willingness” in Canada to extend forces in Afghanistan beyond 2011, but that,
“Canada could offer up significant new funding to strengthen the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Much will depend upon convincing Canada that its continued contributions to the Afghanistan effort are a critical component of your strategy for success in Afghanistan.”