Political? Active? Musical? Thematic? –Oooo Johnny what have you done?

Well, yeah, I got a little carried away with Johnny’s theme, Political/Activist–Musical Selections. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface here. There are so many ways to go with this theme.  Hmm.  Oh well, it is what it is.  Namaste.

Tibet:

“Tibetans  challenge XI Jinping – Gangnam Style.

Upload by   SFTHQ   http://www.youtube.com/user/SFTHQ?feature=watch

Published on Nov 7, 2012

On the eve of the CCP’s 18th Party Congress, Students for a Free Tibet and the International Tibet Network release a parody video titled “Tibetans challenge Xi Jinping – Gangnam Style.” A takeoff of Korean star Psy’s uber-popular Gangnam Style, the video features China’s heir apparent as a dimwit — a big-headed oaf whose only response to Tibetans’ growing resistance is to arrest, beat and torture protestors. But Xi — like the four generations of undemocratic CCP heads before him — cannot stop Tibetans who are moving beyond fear and challenging the very foundations of Chinese rule in Tibet. Ultimately, the joke is on Xi Jinping, the soon to be leader of the unfree world and a remnant of authoritarian rulers of the past. Xi: Resolve the Tibet crisis now or Tibet will soon become your biggest headache.

Join Tibet’s Xi Challenge:
http://www.xijinping-tibetchallenge.org/

About the making of this video: Using the power of humor and theater, this video highlights the cruelty and absurdity of the Chinese government’s colonial policies in Tibet that have driven 63 Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule; 50 this year alone. It also depicts some of the creative protest tactics being used by Tibetans to challenge China’s occupation, including a 2011 boycott of Chinese vegetable vendors. This video will be banned in China and Tibet but Beijing’s censors cannot stop the truth from spreading: Xi Jinping, China’s 5th generation leader will be the last to rule Tibet. Above all, this video is a call to action to the world, urging individuals and governments to help the Tibetan people in their nonviolent struggle for freedom.

For more information on the current crisis:https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org…

International Tibet Network
http://www.Tibetnetwork.org

Students for a Free Tibet
http://www.Studentsforafreetibet.org

Background music by: PSY, “Gangnam Style”

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Madison, WI, USA:

Two Weeks In Madison WI, A Tribute, The music is “Wander My Friends” by Bear McCreary

TheVoiceOfWisconsin

BEFORE there was “Occupy”  the people of Wisconsin occupied the Capital Building in protest.  This ongoing event was IGNORED by most of mainstream media in the United States.  Other countries sent reporters to cover what was happening in Madison while the major networks in the USA did their best to ignore it. Democracy Now! was one of the few American news outlets that provided coverage. Students, teachers, firefighters, farmers and people from every social economic class in WI joined together with the Wisconsin 14 who did the only thing they could to stop The Bill–they exiled themselves from the state of WI.

“Tell Me What Democracy Looks: This is What Democracy Looks Like” —Inside the Capital building in Madison–this was not a fifteen minute protest. This continued for days on end until Gov. Scot Walker found ways to keep the people out of the building. Enlarge the video to full screen and watch for the round ‘food’ tray, I think it’s bread, come to the drummers through the crowd.

superflyr

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For more on WI in 2011 https://47whitebuffalo.wordpress.com/2011/02/

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Ireland:

Rossport Solidarity Camp Join the Resistance

zapa4663

Intinn song ‘ Come Away’

Come in solidarity – the rossport solidarity camp is open all year round for people to come find out about what’s going on and take action against Shell.
http://www.shelltosea.com
http://www.rossportsolidaritycamp.org

“The Shelltosea campaign in Co Mayo, Ireland is the longest running environmental and economic campaign in the world. The campaign is entering its’ 13th year of protest against Shell Oil’s attempt to bring ashore deadly untreated gas to be refined inland.”Dominick Bruno

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Shell to Sea Protest at castlerea prison

edeire29  upload

Mickey Coleman’s song about Pat O’Donnell

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Canada:

Idle No More

Get four like minded, highly motivated smart women together and you’ve got traction in all four directions. I posted about Idle No More early on. Its blog / site and actions have spread far and wide since then.  The video is long but it covers a range of issues all in one.

Buffy Peters upload

Drums – sung by Donna Augustine, written by Johnny Cash
Seventh Generation – Seventh Generation Singers
No No Keshagesh – Buffy Sainte-Marie

http://www.idlenomore.ca/

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Idle No More

Bullet Proof

No Time For Apathy

Fair Use – For Educational Purposes Only (feel free to mirror)I do not own any of the material (music, images & video).Watch in HD/Full Screen and read the following before starting the video.The following video tries to cover 1200 years of History (from my perception, I live in BC so there is a couple of issues that are close to my heart that are represented), relating to the indigenous peoples of North America from the Viking, Spanish and British invasions, to current. It is an attempt to cover a long time frame in a short period of time and I mean no disrespect to anyone. It is a show of support for the “Idle No More” campaign, and to show my support towards peaceful protests. The images and videos used are meant to portray a general overview and are not meant to cast all non indigenous individuals in a bad light. I believe most human beings are on the same page when it comes to equality and fair treatment.It is a little blunt, but sometimes there is no way around it…..Music:”Titanium” – David Guetta cover by: Boyce Avenue

Video Clips: (in order of first appearance)

“Pathfinder” (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446013/?…

“Apocalypto” (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472043/

“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” (2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0821638/

“The Last of the Mohicans” (1992)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104691/

“First Nations – Lakota People” (2009)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3HpvJ…

“Time Lapse Scenery” – Youtube user – Nik123dj

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8p8J…

“Wounded Knee” – Short Film w/Russell Means (2012) – Youtube user – ANRYIN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MME8Q…

“Oka Crisis” – News coverage – CBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61ldZT…

“Shawn Atleo (Canadian National Chief) w/Stephen Harper” – News coverage – TDTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMG5vl…

“Theresa Spence hunger strike” – News coverage – NTDTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtI4Ny…

“Flash Mob” clip – Youtube user – Aaron Peters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHEUgh…
“Idle No More” image – professional recreationalist

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucedea…

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South Africa:

Peter Gabriel & Simple Minds  “Biko”

Simple Minds & Peter Gabriel – Biko Mandela 70th Birthday Concert June 1988 Wembly 1988

From wiki-google

  • Stephen Bantu Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. A student leader, he later founded the Black Consciousness Movement which would empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Wikipedia

I know I should decide on a version of the same song but I can’t.  So take your pick. The first offers the incredible live crowd. The second offers images from the film “Cry Freedom”.

pcfrlog upload

Released in 1987 for the film ‘Cry Freedom’
Directed by Godley and Creme
From a live performance at Cleveland Blossom Amphitheatre 27 july 1987

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Oakland, CA, USA  – – 50,000 strong Occupy the Port — Community Unity Without ‘leaders’,  “Mic Check.”

occupysfmediavideo

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Occupy Oakland Port Shut down   “Be My Own Radio”

sftimecap

Bay musical group we dont know their name provides musical context for the joy and pride felt by of all those present at the Port of Oakland Shut Down, today, 11.2.11. This non-violent action was done in the most peaceful and loving way in the HISTORY OF MANKIND! The people of Oakland, CA have showed the rest of us how to stand together and continue this move towards true democracy and true economic repair of the chronic and cynical damage inflicted on the 99 by the greed of the 1%.

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To provide a sense of the number of people involved, here is Helicopter ‘music’ from the air view provided by a news cam. Soon after there would be no more of these views as the local television stations ceased reporting to the public the huge turnout. Probably in an effort to NOT inform and encourage others to participate. The main coverage was via people live-streaming the event on the ground via smart phones and laptops to online  livestream sites where thousands more people watched on the world wide web.

Occupy Oakland called for a general strike on the Port of Oakland, the 5th Largest port in the United States. They held the Port for 20+ hours stopping out incoming and outgoing cargo trucks.

OperationLeakS

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Everything about the Earth and the environment is now Political–there’s no getting around it–the issues with pollution, food, water, destruction of our environment all comes down to the influence of corporations on politics. So–there’s no way I could not go here to people and the planet.

“You Are Amazing” Greenpeace Music by the Maccabees

GreenpeaceUK

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She’s Alive…Beautiful…Finite…Hurting…Worth Dying For

Bittu Sahgal

This is a non-commercial attempt fromhttp://www.sanctuaryasia.com/ andhttps://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryasi…, to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/). Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s incredible film HOMEhttp://www.homethemovie.org/. The music was by Armand Amar. Thank you too Greenpeace and  http://timescapes.org/

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Check out what Johnny, Bear and willow have selected. Go on, you know you want to. Be curious. I am.

Johnny          http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/music-theme-politicalactivist-music-for-10913/

Bear               http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/music-themes-politcal-activists/

Willow           http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/theme-political-and-protest-songs/

Who are these police people and who do they serve?

Since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement the police have emerged in a certain negative light around the world. From Athens to New York City to Melbourne and beyond Police have faced off with protestors in ways that have nothing to do with the images commonly seen on American crime drama television shows.  Some have a penchant for pepper spray, others for smashing people into the ground, and some for teargas.  It’s been ugly in Oakland, Boston, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles,  London, Liverpool and other cities around the world. If you haven’t seen the police in action then blame your mainstream television stations and newspapers. Much can be found on youtube  and on the sites of the occupy camps.  Oakland now has a weekly Saturday night protest against police brutality.  Get the feeling something has gone a bit wrong somewhere along the line? When did the police become the private army of the mayor of New York City–or any city? Who do the police now protect and serve?  Here are just a few examples of police actions which were originally seen live via livestreams online—yes, livestreams not via your television screens.

Oakland

Melbourne

Bloomberg “I have my own private army in the NYPD which is the seventh biggest army in the world.”  Olbermann segment.

Occupy Greece 

Riot Dog

Now famous Pepper Spray at UC Davis

A montage

Occupy Oakland’s media site http://hellaoccupyoakland.org/

Occupy Oakland’s information site  http://occupyoakland.org/

A Very Wicked New Year to One and All

Hello everyone to whom I’ve been AWOL for so long.  Just have been pre-occupied with streams of Occupy online and other things offline. Hope everyone is well and is surviving whatever winter is throwing your way weatherwise. It’s COLD here but nothing to complain about.  Looking forward to visiting many blogcasas very soon. Something that came up in a recent occupy livestream chat was the lack of comprehension of word ‘play’ on the part of many Americans. Apparently our educational system offers NO appreciation of the finer points of the English language and hence our sense of humor is stunted by our lack of appreciation for clever turns of phrases.  Some of you poets will probably beg to differ on this account. But–believe me it is a valid a concern time and time again in many occupy chats where random segments of the global population consort daily.  Some humor simply does not come across well in text. Others fail to comprehend multiple meanings of words. And there are many forms of self-expression from individual communities that take time and patience to decipher.  This goes beyond the texting genre. Though that also comes into play in the chat stream in various incarnations.  Best thing to do when at a loss is to ask for definitions–some are obvious, some bewildering and others very enlightening and useful.  It’s an ongoing exercise in communication on a global level.  So–when I use the word “wicked” to herald the new year –I have a variety of meanings and associations with “wicked” that vary from slang to formal dictionary traditional meanings–very cool and wonderful to downright evil.  While hoping 2012 is indeed a wonderful and exciting new year for everyone in all the possible positive ways this is tempered with the awareness of the president signing the National Defence Authorization Act on New Years Eve when many people were paying NO attention to this potentially evil little legislative ‘delight’.  So–while every ‘new’ year brims with creative positive potential it also brims with all sorts of  new negative hatchings as well.   And so it goes…..

For the moment–Chocolate truffles for everyone! But don’t you dare fall asleep under the table this new year or there may be hell to pay……. Mic Check!

Links regarding NDAA:

A piece by Mother Jones   http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/12/white-house-caves-veto-threat

Montanans launch recall of senators who approved NDAA  http://salem-news.com/articles/december252011/ndaa-recall.php

Democracy Now!  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/12/19/obama_prepares_to_authorize_indefinite_detention

Doing an internet search of NDAA ought to bring you up to speed fairly quickly.  You might want to have your favorite libations or comfort foods handy while discovering what’s happened.

Occupy Confused? Not on Dame Street–or in Philly either.

A continuing complaint about the Occupy Movement is lack of focus and vague demands. Apparently some folks are hearing impaired and have serious trouble reading. Maybe that’s due to the lackluster education system in America? Or is it selective hearing and intellectual denial? Indeed none of this fits well into 30 second mainstream news coverage soundbites.  Probably because the issues are too big and complex and hence mainstream news mentality FAILS dramatically with anything requiring their attention beyond 5 minutes viewing span.  It’s clear many people still think this movement is a ‘joke’ that will vanish with winter snows and freezing temperatures.  Well, even if the symbolic tents do disappear via snow or police action–the people involved have not and they will not be invisible nor silent — even if corporate controlled mainstream media continues their puppet plays.

While much protest music has come from the past, for example, John Lennon’s “Imagine”, there are new songs being written too.

Recorded LIVE at Occupy Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland    December 10, 2011  “Foreign Lands” by Matthew.  Thanks to Liam of The Fingals channel, for the video.

 

To protest the recent Budget Cuts on the backs of the people who did not create the continually swelling economic disaster The Spectacle of Defiance and Hope filled Dame Street with scarlet in many forms–including spoken word.

Spectacle march and proclamation

 

Temper Mental Miss Elayneous  held nothing back on December 3, 2011.

 

Confused? Maybe  Curly can help clear up a concept or two.

 

If that doesn’t work maybe Peadar  O hlci ‘s  song “Occupy Public Spaces”  will do the trick.

 

Recently a “pigeon” delivered a letter of Solidarity to Occupy Dame Street from Occupy Philly.  So it seems fitting to connect this post about Occupy Dame Street with a tip of the tubes to Occupy Philly with their fierce Foreclosure of Wells Fargo on November 18, 2011.  If this action had aired LIVE on any television station in Philly as it did on Livestream—how could anyone who suffered foreclosure in Philly not have joined Occupy Philly at Wells Fargo?

Oh yeah, they stayed!    And look who WAS watching:

That’s not an American accent, is it?  O my, Occupy unites the world?

 

 

 

Occupy Dame Street Kettles Central Bank in Dublin–with tents not orange mesh. No pepper sprayed.

All day, every day Occupy Dame Street kettles the Central Bank in Dublin, Ireland. The camp receives postal mail at Occupy Dame Street, Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.  The garda help keep the drunks out of the occupy camp.  Sweeny’s Pub provides laptop charging. Other businesses donate food, including a steady stream of CAKE. Yes, you read that right, CAKE.  In case you thought occupy only occupies in America here is an introduction to an occupy in Ireland.  The Emerald Isle also has economic and environmental woes. Yes the Irish march and protest too.  Though you might not believe that if you trust your television news.

Occupy Dame Street Oct. 15, We are the 99%

Tours of Occupy Dame Street at the Central Bank

The Crazy Ones?

Kitchen chores

Occupy Dame Street Mic checks bank

Matthew sings Live

Folks old and young

Somethings Happening here….

Some mainstream media?

and the Irish Times

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Occupying the Dept of Agriculture on budget day

Fingals channel on the tubes of you   http://www.youtube.com/user/TheFingals

Dame Street Livestreams  at  http://www.livestream.com/occupydamestreet

Occupy Dame Street  site  http://www.occupydamestreet.org/

What’s coming to the West Coast? No, not Santa’s reindeer. Port Shutdown from Icey Anchorage to Lovely LA.

Yes, folks this is for real. Port Shutdown is coming all along the entire West Coast of the USA. The mainstream media may decline to cover it. The city mayors may try to prevent it.  No talking heads will announce it on your local news stations. But Occupy Oakland’s action in Solidarity with the Longshoremen  has been agreed upon from Anchorage  to LA and beyond. This major mic check direct action fully intends to  fly.   

Check Occupy Oakland’s livestream for coverage on Dec. 12.    http://www.livestream.com/occupyoakland

 

 

 

 

 

Ustream, Livestream, We All Stream! Real Raw Media Direct From the Streets. The New News is at your fingertips.

If you’re wondering what the ongoing “occupy” movement is doing and have noticed that mainstream media news isn’t clearing up any confusion but adding to it instead, don’t despair. There is a cure–it’s the news coming direct and live from the streets of America, London, Greece, Ireland, Canada and around the world. This is not objective, nice or neatly packaged media footage that has been edited to fit a television time slot. It’s real-time with real people dealing with real issues. There are no professional talking heads in this new news media. But there is often plenty of talk to be had–good, bad and ugly all swirling together in a stew of information unlike anything on your television.  The people who bring this news online are not suited or hairbrushed fashion plates.  Personal imagery is not their priority.  Catching the action and information as it comes down the pipe is their goal. No one is paid. These are volunteer journalists from the grassroots.  It’s not all 24/7. It’s not pretty. It’s not spin. It’s just what’s happening folks. Often it’s downright messy. Sometimes the police get violent.

Here a few of those who stream news from the concrete streets. This is only a sampling of the folks out there using their phones, laptops and cameras who contribute to the new news evolving right now:

Tim Pool of “we are the other 99%” tirelessly follows the occupy action on the streets of New York City.  Appreciative local NYC viewers bring him umbrellas, gloves, food and coffee while he is on a streaming mission with occupy wall street actions. Pool is cool-headed, gives good commentary, has a great eye for the scene and seems to have the endurance of a marathon runner.

http://www.ustream.tv/theother99

On the west coast Spencer Mills aka OakFoSho has been covering the occupy action in Oakland. During his recent stream from LA he shared his decision to quit his job in order to try to cover as much of the west coast occupy movement action on the coast as possible. OakFoSho makes no apologies for his NON violent stance or bias.  He seems to have a penchant for chatting up the police whenever possible. One might wish he’d keep a safer distance from the riot gears at times. He has brand spanking new site compliments of a friends web effort at

http://www.oakfosho.com/

Oakland is also livestreamed at  http://www.livestream.com/occupyoakland by the one and only Jahrastafari and/or legind. And OakFoSho’s ustream is also featured.  Most Occupy locations have their own media livestream crews: Seattle, Toronto, NYC, Portland, Nashville, London, Auckland, Los Angeles et al.  And each one has its very own flavor. This is real diversity in media.

On the morning of Oakland’s first raid in Oscar Grant Plaza the ONLY news coverage of any kind came from Punkboy streaming via his phone.  His efforts got him into the press conference held that day where even the mainstream press tried to ask hard questions like “How is Oakland going to pay for all this police action?” The reply was less than adequate. Those of us who watched that morning thank Officer Bolton for finding Punkboy on the street outside city hall and getting him into the not open to the general public press conference.

In Dublin, Ireland currently one man, Irelandseyes,  does marathon livestreams from Dame Street. From the Occupy camp that kettles the Central Bank come scenes of the street, marches, music, and endless talk of the Irish.  So far the gardra and local businesses have been very good to Occupy Dame Street.  Even the security garda in the 24/7 McDonalds, Moses, has been willing to greet the livestream chatters while Irelandseyes “recharges.” Other Irish occupy camps are in the process of setting up livestreams and ustreams: Cork, Waterford, Galway, Tipperary.

http://www.livestream.com/occupydamestreetIn

Athens Greece there is the ever energetic voice of multilingual George and his cohorts of StopCarteltv-Gr. When the streets Athens were full of protestors and tear gas, the StopCarteltv crew was in the midst of it all, including the tear gas.  They also covered the protest occupation of Greece’s Electric Company when the government told the company to start collecting a new surcharge tax.  Their coverage is ongoing and ever evolving on issues. Also, George will get to English at some point in his commentary  at    http://www.livestream.com/stopcarteltvgr

You can even jump from livestream to livestream with chats at  http://occupystream.com/

Travel across the states and europe without enduring TSA.

For information on Europe’s livestreams:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WY3Y4kGnrUV6cEdpqs46R_gOQynCmiwEExBwnrJvKI0/edit?pli=1#

http://www.livestream.com/guide/search?search_tag=occupy%20together

Ustream  http://www.ustream.tv/

Livestream   http://www.livestream.com/

 

 

 

 

Some people have a talent for hitting nails on the head like Olbermann on The Bloom

What can I say? Olbermann is just so good at scoring direct hits that it’s downright spooky. Who is occupying whose mind here? Olbermann mine or me Olbermann’s? It doesn’t really matter because the bottom line is that we’re on target when it comes to The Billionaire Bloom of New York City and his handling of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Heck, even NPR said at one point that it wouldn’t cover OWS unless there was violence involved. Gee, that must have been Mayor Bloomberg’s cue card to show his secret support for the people pointing fingers at the folks who destroyed the economy. Nothing else makes sense, does it? Why else would The Bloom march out New York’s finest to deal with peaceful protestors every chance he gets? With every confrontational step he takes, The Bloom aids and abets the very folks certain big banks want to banish into the pits of debt slavery of all ilks. A huge round of applause is due The Bloom for preventing the occupiers from becoming complacent in Liberty Park and encouraging everyone into the streets.  According to one NYPD estimate 32,000 people accepted the mayor’s latest invitation to stomp through the streets and across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Kudus to The Bloom for revealing the very uncomfortable reality of the  world in which we are living.

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Do you get the feeling something serious is going on here?  Just for a moment let  concpets of positive social evolution occupy your mind.  Just one moment at a time is fine. Really, everyone moves at their own pace–even the one percent like The Bloom.

 

Get a view of Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline Action–complete with the plastic pipe handlers.

The following videos offer video information of the Tar Sands Action at the White House on November 6, the Ottawa action (video just recently posted on YouTube) and an older segment from Democracy Now! which offers an introduction to the issue and the ongoing Indigenous struggle.  Approximately 12,000 people surrounded the White House three lines deep–and other buildings to express disapproval of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline which President Obama can veto all by himself.  If you saw live coverage of this protest on your television please post a comment stating which station, where, and when.

 

Much appreciation to the Livestreams of Occupy Oakland and Global for sharing the LIVE Tar Sands Actions video feed with their viewers as soon as they learned of the protest. Thanks to the Occupy DC KSt media team for expanding LIVE coverage of the protest by going mobile with their own equipment.  The combined efforts brought the Tar Sands Action viewership to approximately 3,000 people online via the Livestream media.

We are all connected.

 

 

 

Wild Irish Poet Calling

Greetings, all cyber surfers. The speech video posted here came to my attention while visiting Occupy Dame Street in Dublin, Ireland on its first day of streaming live for a few hours.  If you’ve wandered into the various chatstreams arising for the spreading occupy movement then you’ve probably experienced everything from total madhouse chaos of Occupy Wall Street in New York City to relatively coherent discussion of issues in Los Angeles–at times.  Pure chance led me to Dublin’s livestream debut and its sublimity. Yes, sublimity of experiencing the positive actualization of what the internet can do for bridging the literal physical distance between people and places.  People were watching and listening online the very serious and informed discussions of those occupying Dame Street across from the Central Bank in Dublin, Ireland. We watched, listened and conversed.  There was discussion and communication in English and Gaelic. It was grand. After the livestream went down to cool the computer on the ground and recharge its batteries the conversation continued. It was sweet, heady stuff. Not because of the political exchange, but because of the reaching out and sharing and learning and connecting.  All the things nearly impossible in the now often free for all textual brawling, trolling and raving in the Occupy Wall Street chatstream.  This video shared by the wildirishpoet is a tiny part of that wonderful conscious inter-connecting. It exemplifies something important for Ireland that can be extrapolated to the rest of humanity–to manifest the sublime we’re capable of actualizing.

It’s been interesting to watch this “movement” of occupation from its inception in New York City with Occupy Wall Street.  At the start it was impossible to find any coverage of the event and now, well, now even Fox News is covering OWS as best it can–with the usual suspect results of course. Still it’s telling that even right wingers are increasingly aware of  the occupy movement. It’s clear some have no comprehension of the fundamental issues that are bringing people into the streets to voice discontent. The lack of understanding is a sign of what’s gone so very wrong in this culture and others. When one part of the population doesn’t really comprehend what’s got people riled up to civil disobedience then there’s a serious problem with seeing reality.  It’s still easy for many to remain comfortable and cozy in their havens of home and work.  But I sense that comfort will not last much longer. Chris Hedges recently penned a piece titled “Why the elites are in trouble.”  Hedges hits the target right on mark. The occupation will continue until real change occurs.  But what Hedges does not contemplate–at least not yet to my knowledge–is just what bringing about real positive change will entail in the long run.  The One Percent and their minions may be aware and may have passed the stage of ridiculing the movement indeed–but they are nowhere near capitulating to its demands. Why should they–yet? When they have many tools of FORCE at their beck and call via the carrot of money to blow.  I suspect the honeymoon period is about over for the Occupy Movement. The newness and novelty are fast fading.  Roots have dug in and are spreading.  Now real work is beginning–the work of awaking the rest of the population, the work of having to really deal with the power of the One Percent who will NOT “go quietly into that dark night”.  This shifting of consciousness has no clear ending in sight. No one really knows just where it will lead. Oh there is all the hope for a better world for everyone. The thing is how will we get to that promised land of loving compassion for all? There are still the dark dark woods to venture through. And the history of human nature so far shows that’s not an easy journey.  This is about more than just creating jobs that give everyone a living wage and enough disposable income to feed the consumer addiction.  This shift in values, perspective and relating goes far beyond that and what shape(s) may eventually manifest is anyone’s guess.  Oh and for those thinking this will fade and go the way of the peace movement of the 60s, I say think again. This is an awakening that knows no bounds. When the mind is free from illusions then there are no limits, no  boundaries and no constraints. People often cite the Rule of Law. Well The Law is a human construct. It’s clear our current Rule of Law is fatally flawed. It does not serve the people. It serves the interests of the One Percent. Only the Laws of Nature are pure and uncorrupted by human meddling. The Laws of Nature are perfect and complex. Nature’s Law trumps human created Rule of Law because it cannot be corrupted by avarice, ego or blackmail.  For humans there are laws beyond Legal Law. At the risk of sounding offhandedly simplistic I’ll call these the “laws of doing the right things” for the “right reasons.”   We want to protect the Earth because it’s our only home and it’s a Wonderful Home. We don’t have a planet to migrate to so we need to clean this one up if we wish to continue as a species.  We reach out and help others because it’s what caring humans do. Some, like Tim DeChristopher, defy the human construct of Rule of Law to do the right thing–and do it without regret or remorse because they know they’re doing what needs to be done on the most fundamental levels of understanding and awareness.

The Rule of Law serves the One Percent, it’s just one tool they will use in every way they can because they enjoy being the One Percent Feudal Lords  and they don’t want their luxury boats rocked by any uprising serfs.  The One Percent has not yet begun to fight back. They will. It won’t be a pretty sight. They will not cede power and bow out gracefully. That’s not their style as evidenced by how they’ve become the One Percent  This revolution will not be won by millions of keys shaken in the streets per the Czech’s Velvet Revolution. It’s going to be won one heart and mind at a time. And that’s damn hard work.  Get ready for the long haul because once awake no one goes back to sleep.  This street only goes one way–forward. To where? How long? Creating what?

Imagine the possibilities.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

I imagine a world where no one goes without the necessities of life because of someone else’s greed; where quality education is free for everyone; where everyone gets the healthcare they need; where there is no war, where Mother Earth is loved and respected; where everyone can live a live worth living–and that’s just for starters.

namaste

Links of possible interest:

Occupy Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland:   http://www.livestream.com/occupydamestreet                  

The Spirit of Ireland Film:  http://www.thespiritofirelandfilm.com/          

 

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