Thursday, June 27, 2013

Word back from the Office of the Premier


Thank you for your email regarding arts funding.

The provincial government is proud of the tremendous creative talent in British Columbia and we are aware of the very valuable role it plays in the quality of life for our citizens and communities.  In fact, new grants to support arts spaces and places were just announced last April and the announcement can be viewed athttp://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2013/04/new-bc-grants-support-arts-spaces-and-places.html.

We have shared your comments with the new Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Honourable Coralee Oakes, so that she too is aware of your views.  We can assure you that government will continue to consider the value of the arts whenever funding decisions are under consideration.

You have also referred to a previous email you sent regarding the Enbridge pipeline.  We can assure you that your views were appreciated, noted and remain on file. 

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

I was very pleased to receive a reply from the Premier's office. I was quite happy, actually, and I did not hesitate to let them know...


Office of the Premier,
Wow. I am absolutely shocked that you wrote me back. I write so many letters to people about the things that I care about. You are one of the VERY FEW to ever write me back. I commend you. I will never be so disrespectful in my tone again. 
I can tell you that your office taking the time to reply gives me not only faith in your position as Premier, but it may have given me just a hint of hope towards our political process and the state of politics in this province.
Thank you.
Tony Durke.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A letter from Yogiuday...


i have been thoroughly enjoying the clandestine events and melodrama being played out by snowden, hongkong, america, iceland, ecuador, uk and now russia.  a better fiction could not have been written.

yeah hongkong!! yeah turkey!! 

and how stupid of the uk not to have ordered aeroflot to watch for snowden when they wrote to so many other airlines ordering this and that.

and which government will be the final saviour of our protagonist snowden?

uk and america are finished.  now the only hope is that something less bad will take over....hhhmmmmm.

china must be drooling with anticipation of waving a cyber finger at the newly discovered cyber terrorists.

meanwhile, business as usual in ottawa, canberra and the rest of the blind fools following the big brothers into oblivion. i have to say, canada is really amazingly stupid these days.  but that is no surprise considering it is run by adolf petrohitler and his corrupt mafioso.

no less interesting, of course, is canada's two top mayors:  one charged with corruption and forced to resign.  the other, a coke head and former drug dealer, who arranges for the police to wipe out all evidence of his connections to the current drug trade by creating huge raids and chaos in the drug community. and he is still running canada's biggest city and demanding more security.

meanwhile, 1,000,000 people in brazil and tens of thousands in many other countries are raising their middle fingers to the governing mobsters to say enough is enough. and what does EVERY country do? send in the hollywood ninja riot goons to put democracy in its place.

here in north india, 20,000 people are missing and presumed buried under mud after the recent monsoon flooding, but the government says 600 are dead.  the rest, i guess, are not important....like the protesters in egypt, spain and greece and the one and only openly gay man in yemen who escaped to save his life after too many death threats, like the 1 billion people being spied upon in facebook, google and everywhere else digitally, and like anyone who wishes to speak out and challenge the corporate farce and  psuedo democratic bullshit currently being foisted on humanity.  the only people of consequence, it seems, are the yes men who drink coca cola and shop at walmart and who buy guns and bigger weaponry.

this little rant, my friends, i am sure is running, in some version, through many minds right now...collectively, it is drawing us all closer to some kind of new vision.  past all the fear, past all the violence, past all the hate. in each of our own ways, we will be a part of the shift that is already underway.

may it be peaceful.....and may i change my own words to be less spiteful and more kind.
my apologies for sending you this mail, as you are probably now on a list.

of course, some of you left wing pinko commie hippy homosexuals were probably on that list a while ago. :)

Monday, June 17, 2013

From State of the Arts to Petro State; a word to the Premier

Dear Ms. Clark,
Hello, just thought I'd check in and see how things are going in Victoria. Or Kelowna. Wherever you are, these days. I wrote a letter a while back thanking you and your government for the official position on the proposed Enbridge NGP. I never received a reply, so I assume you are having your staff craft a response or perhaps the correspondence was lost in the internets. I see you are using government servers, so I really don't know how secure that is. Be careful, for goodness sakes.

Now that the nasty business of that pipeline has all but gone away, we can turn our attention to other things in this province that require our scrutiny. There are a few I can think of but what I want to talk about today is the state of arts funding in this province.
Now, I know you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking I must be another lazy artist, looking for the proverbial handout, so I can lay about all day, thinking up ideas for my next modern art exhibition that nobody will understand and consequently not shill out any cash to purchase said art, leaving me even more broke and relying on more handouts, but this time in the form of welfare.

This mode of operation does exist but I think you will find it more in the corporate business community, rather than in the arts community. Corporations always rely on government handouts in the form of tax incentives or just plain old giveaways. One need look no further than banks, oil and gas, etc, to see where the lion's share of handouts is going.

In my last letter I mentioned that your government may have some accounting issues when it came to the privatisation and sell-off of certain crown properties and services.
It seems like your government may have relied on the same accountant to ascertain the importance of spending on the arts.
I mean, really, with your new cabinet shuffle, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was reduced to  the Ministry of Things We Don't Really Care About.
And with that same cabinet shuffle, your government created the Ministry of Natural Gas.
At least we know where your priorities are. There are many things that can be said about that but we shall save that for a later date, when I write another letter about a topic I care deeply about and nobody in your government will even read it, let alone reply to it. That's okay, you know that I am a lost cause, I will never vote for your party. I will never vote for the spineless, useless NDP either, if that makes you feel any better.

So, yes, I am an artist. I am very passionate about the arts. I spend money on the arts. I go to art exhibitions, films, concerts, shows and the like, dropping money straight into the coffers of local, small business.
I also spend money mounting my own exhibitions. I cover all my own costs of renting the gallery space, serving refreshments, hiring help, advertising and whatever else I may need to put on a successful show.
In other words, I am not a lazy artist. I am the kind of artist that works hard and inserts added value into our local economy, unlike timber companies that export raw logs or oil companies that export raw bitumen. Yes, I know, there is money and jobs aplenty when it comes to plundering our supernatural province for the good of multinational companies but the cost-benefit is still up in the air, isn't it?
There are many jobs to go around in the arts as well. And they are mostly low paying, non-union jobs, which are the type of jobs your government loves, am I right?

I find it especially odd that your government seems to find such value in those industries of yesteryear, while completely ignoring industries of the future that are thriving and do not require the massive environmental and social cost. The recent refusal of any incentives toward the gaming/VFX/film/TV business highlights that point quite clearly. There was an article in the Sun yesterday that decried the $260 million in 'subsidies' that the film industry receives each year. Of course, the article doesn't mention spin-offs or jobs or infrastructure spending. I wonder if the author, an economist from Calgary, (surprise, surprise) would display the same outrage about $327 million in 'subsidies' to oil and gas in BC?

I am not comparing the economics of resources to the economics of art but I do make the distinction of the arts feeding our local and provincial economy.
There is one other thing that I would like to compare between the two 'industries' though. One of them has a pretty low environmental impact and the other destroys our environment and poisons our water.

Your own government did a study a while back and came to the conclusion that for every dollar spent on arts in this province, the return is $1.36. Yes, you read that right. That is a much higher rate of return than most investments, isn't it? Yet, BC ranks dead last in per capita arts funding. The national average spending is $26 per person, per year. BC spends $6.50 per person, per year.
I must ask you again, who is doing the accounting down there?

Your government has thrown all the eggs into the LNG basket, which is the most insane gamble I have ever seen, yet, there is an industry right before your very eyes that is a guaranteed investment with a 36% rate of return and your government not only ignores it but actively defunds it.
That can only mean one thing; your government's decision must be wholly ideologically based. With the arts being so lucrative for the economy, I can draw no other conclusion.
In your defence, you (or someone) added $7 million back into the arts chest last year, which was greatly appreciated but I can't give your government too much credit for giving back something they took in the first place, can I?

What is the philosophy behind arts cuts? Why do governments and the media perpetuate the myth that the arts are a liability and a cost to taxpayers, when the opposite is true?

As tempting as it is to draw my own cynical conclusions as to why the arts are ignored, I won't.
I just ask that your government take another look at arts funding in this province because the state of it at this time is shameful. Arts and culture is a measurement of civility and is the backbone of our society. Without the arts, we are nothing but rats in cages.

From the Best Place on Earth,
Tony Durke







                  Tales from the Goldmine...
                      Forest Graveyard
    Port Mann, 6 AM

Saturday, June 8, 2013

14 defining characteristics of Fascism (The Harper Government may or may not be displaying some of these)





By Dr. Lawrence Britt
Source Free Inquiry.co
5-28-3


Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
 
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
 
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
 
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
 
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
 
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
 
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
 
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
 
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
 
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
 
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
 
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
 
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
 
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
 
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
 
[ From Liberty Forum ] 



Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandpa.

Manitoba
the Farm
Then came the war
A navigator by trade
Ansons over the prairie and Pacific
Alliford Bay
Left the city for the island
Vancouver
Met Kay
Farm and fruit trees
and 4 kids
One gone and now you are, too
But I will remember you
Whistling a tune
or jangling your change
in your pockets
Shaving
Pancakes
old tools and screws and nails in jars
tobacco tins
fishing rod
Bicycles
The smell of dried fruit
Canning jars
firewood
Arbutus tree
Gardening gloves
shiny shoes
Reader's Digest
the Summer
Christmas



Stupid is as stupid does.

The same state that just passed a law that allows teachers to teach Creationism and for students to have the right to reject Evolutionary science if the teacher chooses to teach it. If there is a God, I am pretty sure he is laughing at Louisiana.

Homophobia is learned and so is stupidity.


Via Vice Magazine;
The incident: The Boy Scouts decided to start letting gay kids be scouts. 
The appropriate response: Nothing. 
The actual response: Aaron Butler, a Scout Leader in Roseau, Minnesota, quit his position as a scout leader and forced his son to leave the Scouts, too.
Aaron and his son Evan both left the Scouts last week. In an interview with NBC News about it, Aaron said that he hadn't explained to his son why they were leaving, but admitted that it was due to the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to stop discriminating against homosexual children: "They say it—'On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep [myself] physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.' If the BSA cannot honor their own law, then how can I stay with an organization that just does not care anymore?”
Aaron said that his son Evan was disappointed that they "had to leave" the Scouts, saying: “He cried for about ten minutes because I told him that the Boy Scouts were not honoring their own law."
Eight-year-old Evan also spoke to NBC, and said he felt "pretty bad" about it, as he was going to miss the camp-outs, archery, and slingshot activities. When asked if he understood why his parents had made him quit, he responded: “It was between honoring God, and not honoring God. And [not] honoring God got more votes.”
Aaron also expressed regret, saying: “It was something that we all enjoyed, we loved every week of it.”
Cunt.

It's Bilderberg time again! Secrets, Lies and World Domination.

It's June again already, so you know what that means; time for 130 or so world leaders, CEOs, bankers, despots and criminals to meet in secret, to discuss how they will devalue currency, start wars, end wars, crash markets, start markets and just generally act like rich and powerful people. And by that, I mean that these people feel that they have the inherent right to rule over us, the citizens of the World.

All you have to do is look at the list of attendees to know that there is some nefarious shit going on behind those closed doors. The media is never invited. Correction: People that OWN the media are always invited. There are always a few people that sit on the 'steering committee' who belong to the owner class of the media.

For our country, Canada, this person is Heather Reisman, CEO of Chapters/Indigo. She has been a Bilderberger for years. There have been other media people who were courted in the past, including Peter Mansbridge of the CBC.
Also, this year will see Rob Prichard attending. He is the head of Torys, LLP, an international law firm that specialises in mergers and acquisitions. I could point out that Prichard is the former head of Torstar but that would just be mean spirited of me, wouldn't it?
Now, why would the highest paid personality and the most recognisable face in state sponsored, Canadian media (Mansbridge) be invited to a secret conference with the most powerful people in the World, you may ask? It is a valid question.
Our own former premier Gordon Campbell, attended the conference in 2010, Alberta's premier, Allison Redford, went last year. Brad Wall, Saskatchewan's premier, will be gracing the Bilderbergs with his presence this year in Watford. Even the loveable Mike Harris once attended the Bilderberg conference. When asked about it, Harris responded in this fashion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTgEd0T8ad4

I am not one for conspiracy theories but I am going to point out that there is a common thread here. All three of those premiers are conservative and all three are from Canada's oil producing provinces. I also must point out that Bilderberg was started by four men, one of whom ran Royal Dutch Shell.
Again, not theorising, only taking note.

Another steadfast member of the steering committee is Ed Clark, CEO of TD Financial. Major banks are always welcome at Bilderberg, especially the TD. They are there every year to enjoy the festivities. I hope they are all acting in the best interest of citizens and not just shareholders.

Please check out this link and learn about the Bilderberg group.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cmWlLcVQFc

Thursday, June 6, 2013

#OccupyGezi

The picture that inspired this meme was posted below a couple of days ago. Things are moving fast these days...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#Random pictures.

                      Colby flying sunset

                      Sunday night at the Fraser River

                               Stewardson Way
                                Untitled.




Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Letter to Heath...

Dear Heath,
I read your email with great enthusiasm, it was short, only one paragraph, two continents, Kilimanjaro and lions, leopards and a cheetah. So forgive me if it is all just too much to take in.
Kilimanjaro? Just crazy. I first read the Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Short Stories when I was living in Nanaimo in 1995. I have dreamed about it ever since. So, you went to the highest mountain in the world, then climbed the highest mountain on another continent. No big deal! 
The safari sounded amazing. What a gorgeous array of large cats. It must have been thrilling. There you are in Africa. Africa, Heath. Good Gawd.

The last of your trip up to Goa, and then inland to see the three UNESCO sites sounded brilliant. The rock caves looked stunning.
And then that was it. On to another continent and new adventures! Did you suffer culture shock after leaving India and going to Africa? Your biggest culture shock will, of course, be when you come back here to all the spoiled, affluent, bored, unhappy people.
You already know this. But it seems as though you have reached a much higher plane of consciousness on this journey. How could you not? What you have been through as a family can never be known by anyone other than yourselves. An experience of such great learning and adventure. Difficult times, too. The stress you felt in many situations is the thing that makes most people stay home. Foreign countries with foreign languages writes about half of everyone off the list. 
You guys had some harrowing adventures, from cockroaches, to epic train journeys, wildlife viewing, meditation and stimulation. 

Your memories of that ashram will be forever burned into you, too. What a time you all had there.
The picture of Raven and Su beside the Sampan boat is amazing. They both look wiser, intrepid, travelled. Like they belong there. They looked more like tourists in earlier photos. Granted, the Sun has been on them longer and in the earlier photos you guys were all red-cheaked and cherub smiles, up in the Himalaya. Now you have ridden thousands of miles on trains and buses, crossing the better half of the Indian Subcontinent. You are all looking a bit Ewan and Charlie near the end of 'Long Way Round'.
Which is good. There is a distinct change in all of you that I can see immediately, even in photographs.

You are on a fast paced leg of the journey now, heading to Europe. I see that you are going to England and Scotland? I will be visiting there in September, so you will have to give me some info on Edinburgh and such. Are you taking the train up there from London?
Are you still thinking of going over to Amsterdam? 
At least you will have sort of a halfway point of easing yourself back into North American culture. At least they still sit down and enjoy their coffee or tea, whereas here, there are fucking drive through windows for people to pick up their morning caffeine fix. If that isn't the meaning of North American car culture, I don't what is. 

I know words cannot do it justice but how were the snows of Kilimanjaro? Did you hike it alone or did you all go? I take it the view from up there was alright? 

Your blog is really quite amazing. ( http://castlegriffeyadventure.blogspot.ca/  ) The pictures are breathtaking, for chrissakes. The one of the owl is award winning, for sure. I feel as though I have taken the journey with you, in a way. When we were all travelling around in the 90s, the experience was much different. One would be lucky to get a phone call in the middle of the night or a letter that had taken 3 weeks to reach it's destination. Now, I can see and hear all that you have done and with style, no less.
The writing has improved markedly over the course of your absence. Both of you have discovered your stride and settled into an interesting prose. Su has found that place where she is more feeling and less thinking and you have fine tuned your narrative, making for a nicer, more streamlined body of words.
I sincerely hope that you continue with your writing, both of you, when you return home. As your attorney, I advise you. 

Colbs and I have moved into a new place. Our other place was sold out from under us, so we moved a block away. It is a way better place, in every way. Less noise, more room, more fun. Seriously.
I am off for another month before I go back for season 9. I am making art, writing my web series, shooting another one and Jay's film trailer project, the Grade Nine piece I was telling you about, made it to the top 5 yesterday. Out of 91 films. http://www.cinecoup.com/gradeninemovie 
Everyone worked so hard, and it has paid off. The man has vision. If he wins, it's a million bucks to make the actual film. So everyone is pretty excited. 

When do you return? 

Safe travels, my friends.
Love Tony.

Letter to Christy Clark...


Right Honourable, Premier Christy Clark,

I am writing you for a couple of reasons. First, I congratulate you on your recent win in the BC election. I think even you were surprised by this. I know I was. To be quite honest with you, I think I should have paid more attention to how lame Adrian Dix really was because that election was the NDP's to lose and they lost it. 

The fact is, I have always despised your government. Do not take this personally, Ms. Clark, I despise the NDP as well. Just for different reasons, that's all. My whole life, it seems, I have been let down by them or by your government.

Let me just say that I think you are a much better premier than Gordo. He was such a tyrant and a misanthrope, he had to leave office. He had no choice, he was hated here.

You have much more going for you. And I am being genuine when I say that. You have charisma, talent and compassion. I also just feel better when it is a woman in a position of power. (excluding the Condoleeza Rices of the world) Women are not nearly as cruel and callous as men and men have been in power forever and look at the mess we are in today.
I am proud to say there are six female premiers in office right now in this country and I think we shall be better off because of it. And this time, you were elected, not just taking over to try and clean up the mess left by a male predecessor. Well, sort of elected. We won't get into the whole David Eby thing right now. A quick by-election ought to straighten all that out. So, again, congratulations. 

It must have been very challenging for you to serve under Gordo as Deputy Premier back in those early, heady days of 2001-2003, during the service cuts and all the cuts to education and the environment and all the selling off of our publicly owned assets. The province was in social turmoil.
I mean, you were only in your mid 30's then. It must have been a very stressful time.
Especially with that BC Rail scandal so close to home (literally), the legislature raid, the sell-off of the fast ferries to the Washington Group at a giveaway price, somehow your brother was involved but we'll never know how because Basi and Virk decided to plead guilty the day before some high profile folks were to take the stand. And their $6 million in legal fees were footed by we, the taxpayers. But that's ancient history. We're past that now. 
It seems I have a more vivid memory than a lot of voters in this province.

So, here we are now. Yesterday, I heard on the radio that your Government turned down the Enbridge proposal for the much maligned Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
I have to admit, I was surprised. I was ecstatic, to be honest. 
I thank you and your Government for challenging my cynicism. I thank you for taking into account the environment in which we live. In which you live. In which your children live.

I would like to think that $12.7 billion per year in tourism or $1.2 billion per year in sport and commercial fishing were not the only reason your Government made it's decision. I hope that our beautiful province, with it's pristine coastline, was at the forefront of your Government's conclusion.
After all, your government bases most of it's decisions on revenue.
Although, looking at the sale of the fast ferries, the runaway costs of the Vancouver Convention Centre, The BC Place Stadium, the attempted privatisation of the BCLDB, the sale of BC Hydro and BC Ferry Services, one might want to think about getting a new accountant?


Your faithful citizen of the Best Place on Earth,
Tony Durke.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Meanwhile, in Brazil...


Cross Posted from AmazonWatch
Only two days after the reoccupation of the Belo Monte Dambegan, the fate of 170 indigenous people is at stake. Yesterday, the Federal Court in Altamira ordered them to leave by 4 pm today or they would be removed by Federal Police. They responded by tearing up the order and refused to leave by the deadline. Instead, they are standing strong and are demanding that President Dilma’s Chief of Staff, Gilberto Carvalho, come meet with them. Their letter to the Brazilian government is below. Read, share and take urgent action right now!
You can also show your support by donating to the indigenous occupation on CAUSES.
Letter No. 8:
The massacre has been announced and only the government can avoid this fate
(Original version in Portuguese here)
We have occupied the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam. We are defending our lands. These ancient lands have always been ours and you have already taken a part of them. And now you are trying to take more. We will not leave.
You will come to kill us and we will die. We will not leave without being heard.
The federal government announced a massacre of indigenous peoples, the 170 warriors, women, children, leaders and shamans who are here. This massacre is going to happen at the hands of police, Funai, and the judicial system.
You have killed at Teles Pires and will kill again when you need to. You killed us because we are against the dams. We know what you are capable of doing.
This time the government and corporations have asked Norte Energia to kill us. Norte Energia pled their case to a federal judge, who subsequently authorized the police to beat and kill us if needed. Government of Brazil and corporations building Belo Monte, it will be your fault if any of us die.
Enough with the violence! Stop threatening us! We want our peace and you want your war. Stop lying to the press that we are kidnapping workers and buses and causing an inconvenience. The occupation is quiet The unrest is caused by the police sent by the judge, Norte Energia, and the government. You are the ones who are humiliating us, threating us, intimidating us, and assassinating us when you don’t know what else to do.
We demand the suspension of the order to repossess the construction site, until Thursday morning, May 30th, 2013. The government needs to come here and hear us. You already know our agenda. We demand the suspension of all works and studies of dams on our lands. We demand the removal of the National Force from our lands. The lands are ours. You have wasted enough of our lands.
You want us to be tame and quiet, obeying your civilization without question. But in this case, we know you would rather see us dead because we are making noise.
Belo Monte construction sites, Vitória do Xingu, Pará, May 29th, 2013

















Copyright Reuters
Hero. The woman or the cop? 
#Turkey   #occupygezi    #worldspring   


It was a beautiful car.

                               1984 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

This is about democracy!



Saturday, June 1, 2013

#FearlessSummer


It is up to us. The world we want for future generations will not be possible because the corporate greed and level of capitalist destruction, as well as the tightening of security and systematic vilification of anyone who dares to stand up to them.
Are we willing to risk anything?
Are you?
Will you?