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/

Quick Flick Picks

Okay the heat is UP UP UP and so is the electric bill due to the NEED for air conditioning and fans to prevent being boiled alive like lobsters in a pot inside your own home. So here is a suggestion if you’re pressed hard for disposable cash and yet desiring some decent escapism from your local heat wave. Though it is my understanding that in some parts of the world waves of rain are causing very serious flooding. Ah weather extremes–what do they mean. Well if we’re brutally honest we know full well what they mean. But–right now the issue is heat relief and some decent entertainment at a price we can afford.  If you’re not aware that your local public library probably has movies available to check out either entirely free or for the nominal fee of one brilliantly useless American dollar, as my public library charges for the price of walking off with a brand new dvd for about a week, then you need to explore this heat distraction avenue asap!

Here is a list of some of the flicks on dvd that I have enjoyed so far via my public library.  Several of which they actually purchased via requests for recommendations.  Your suggestions and comments are very welcome here. Please share whatever film gems you’ve discovered no matter what the genre.  While I’m no ardent fan of Animal House or SAW fare I realize other folks are often on the lookout for such entertainment. So please don’t hesitate to share whatever flicks trip your dvd playing trap.

And now on with the shows:

http://fishingintheyemen.com/#/videos

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — Love of fishing not required for viewing. In my opinion Ewan McGregor steals the show quite delightfully.

http://www.newhollandpictures.com.au/unfinishedsky.asp

Unfinished Sky — Who needs Crocodile Dundee when there’s a man like John to be found in the Land Down Under?

http://weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist/

The Artist — OOO the beauties of black and white film!  Lessons in how to communicate without saying a word.

http://www.kingsspeech.com/

The King’s Speech — I may have been one of a handful of folks who did not view this film until recently. Unexpectedly throughly enjoyed the damn royal flick trick.

http://entretenimiento.terra.com.pe/cine/octubre-es-la-cinta-peruana-prenominada-para-el-oscar-2012,c4a6acd977e82310VgnVCM10000098f154d0RCRD.html

octubre —  Loan shark + baby + a month of miracles = changing lives in Peru.

http://www.sion.com/buenavista/elaura/indexf.htm

The Aura — Do all taxidermists have imaginations like this or only the ones in Argentina?

http://www.rezbomb.com/

Rez Bomb — Lakota girl and White boy fall in love and find a whole lot of trouble on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212132/

The Tracker —  Just f * $ & ing damn BRILLIANT!!!!

Submarine — Ah young gangly British love….

Memories of Murder — Do NOT watch this with the dubbing. Read the subtitles. The dubbing destroys the integrity of the film so badly it ought to be removed as an option. I watched it both ways after making the mistake of trying the dubbed route.  Very soon it became evident that something was not right. This is an EXCELLENT Korean film that offers visual beauty, an unnerving and complex storyline and memorable performances.

The Crazies — A surprisingly satisfying modern chemical horror story.  Yes, I’m serious, it’s pretty damn good stuff.

Reel Injun– I’ve plugged this documentary earlier and am doing so again. It bears watching–and Chris Hill offers great comic relief.

http://www.thepipethefilm.com/

The Pipe — Viewed this documentary on Hulu–free at the time. It offers an interesting view of the people battling Shell Oil’s proposed pipeline in Ireland. For more information about the protests ongoing for about 12 years now visit Shell to Sea online. Who says the government works for the people?

Okay, now what’s been twirling in YOUR dvd players?

The usual information on all these films can be found on Imdb –>> http://www.imdb.com/

Shell to Sea — the Irish battle against Shell for 11 years and counting.

For many the mention of Ireland conjures thoughts of W.B. Yeats, lush green grass and dark guiness beer freely flowing in crowded pubs.  Who thinks of Ireland being the battleground for a war against the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell being waged by young people, fathers, mothers, grandparents. For over 11 years Irish people have taken action against the destruction of their land and communities by Shell. Yes there is much more in Ireland than pubs and poetry.

The first FAQ on the Shell to Sea list. More FAQs and information at  http://www.shelltosea.com/content/faqs

  • Why is Shell’s Corrib gas project unsafe?

There are major health and safety issues with the high pressure raw gas pipeline planned so close to people’s homes – regarding an earlier pipeline route Shell admitted that homes would be put within a kill-zone from heat radiation in the event of a pipe failure. The refinery itself is in the catchment area of the local drinking water supply which would be forbidden in most other European countries.

Where there are profits to be made who gives a damn about tourism, fishing, swimming and the safety of the local residents? Clearly not Shell nor the corrupt politicians who made this deal which offers no benefits to the Irish people at large nor in the communities affected by the pipeline or refinery.

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