Thursday, December 30, 2004

I have just finished reading 'Welcome to the Machine' by Derrick Jensen and George Draffan. Excelent book with much in it to think about. Heres a sample:

"A high ranking security chief from South Africa's apartheid regime later told an interviewer what had been his greatest fear about the rebel group African National Congress (ANC). He had not so much feared the ANC's acts of sabotage or violence - even when these were costly to the rulers - as he had feared that the ANC would convince too many of the oppressed majority of Africans to disregard 'law and order'. Even the most powerful and highly trained 'security forces' in the world would not, he said, have been able to stem that threat. As soon as we come to see that the edicts of those in power, that they carry no inherent moral or ethical weight, we become the free human beings we were born to be, capable of saying yes and capable of saying no."

Plus the new book from the CrimethInc collective 'Recipes for Disaster' is out. Worth checking out!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Following the disaster in Asia, the main 12 UK charities have got together to do an appeal. You can dontate at - show solidarity. Donate.

Friday, December 24, 2004

War of Text

I guess if you have been following the soap opera of BIMC you may well have read a few things. First I have been 'outed' politically – yes anarchist606 is Tom aka imcvol tom from Indymedia. I did not really want my alias to be known. A while back when zaskar was 'outed' too by an anonymous poster I remember thinking that that was not nice at all – a piece of privacy being dragged away from you. Now zaskar has done this to me, I know my feelings on how this would feel are correct. Its not nice at all. As an Indymedia volunteer I could have removed the post from the site within the guidelines as us volunteers are entitled to the degree of privacy if they choose – but if I had I would have been attacked for censoring, so I feel I have no choice but to loose some of my privacy. I am dammed if I do, dammed if I don't.

Second I have been subject to a fair amount of personal abuse by zaskar including compared to the sadistic nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest and been told I am key in the BIMC 'miserable crew', called a liar and a few other things. However, if you search for where I have insulted him, you won't find anything. While I have disagreed with him plenty, on many points, I have never insulted him. When zaskar was subject to some pretty nasty and unwarrended insults, I looked to me like it had affected him. Now, knowing how he felt, I don't plan to insult him. I don’t like being a digital punch bag for insults by somebody who obviously feels that they have the right and justification to portray me in this way – but what can I do? Insult back? Troll? Let the mud stick? I am dammed if I do, dammed if I don’t.

I expect I will be subject to more abuse – especially following this post. What can I say? I don’t agree with how I am being portrayed nor do I agree with his accusations. I could get into a point for point rebuttal and carry the whole thing on. Myself, zaskar and other interested parties could spend months on this – each new posting further feeding the fire. The only way you the reader can know for themselves if to meet the people involved. Zaskar has been very generous in offering to work with people on filmmaking, and I bet it would be worth it, as he has a prolific output. The BIMC meetings are always open – come along and judge for yourself.

Other than that – Happy Christmas.

Sunday, December 12, 2004 10th Anniversary
The top anarchist online site has it's 10th Anniversary in January - if you can I suggest donating some cash to them as they are on a fund drive. Worth it as the site is an excellent resource showing how good alternative media can be.

I guess the UK version of this site is, which is also very good. All this reminds me of something Robert Fist said, (i am paraphrasing) that the alternative media needs to stop acting as if we are small and behave like we ARE the mainstream and its the corporate media who have the narrow (i.e. neoliberal) agenda. To right! And these two projects show what we are capable of! Ffs, even the Tories are acknowledging that the best thinking is coming from us; Martin Summers formerly of the Institute of Economic Affairs; "The right in the UK has lost the excitement, creativeness and restlessness that distinguished it in the 1980s. These days, most of the exciting thinking about freedom is on the libertarian left." (Without getting to bogged down in ideological categorising, the libertarian left is basically anarchism).

More power to all.