Oryn Lusitana                                                          

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Oryn Lusitana (April 7, 1977-2016) was a Canadian performer and filmmaker, as well as an instigator of the Personal Income Tax Rebuttal Act of 2015[1], and founder of the C911TP, the 2011 petition that spurred the civil lawsuit against the Canadian government for its negligence in failing to conduct an investigation of the September 11 Attacks.[2][3]

Early Life                                                                                                  

Born in Nelson, B.C., Lusitana was the only child born to Clementine Annette (née Walter), a contemporary ballet dancer, and Frankie Lusitana, a marijuana activist.[4] Lusitana Sr. was the founder of Farmers Against Plant Censorship (FAPC)[5], who established the Legality of Cannabis Act in 2015.[6] He was extradited for U.S. imprisonment from 1982-1990.[7][8]

Lusitana’s mother was shot to death on January 26th, 1990, during a raid of the family’s property due to suspected cannabis cultivation.[9] The RCMP officer, Duke Blakely, was reprimanded with a 6 month administrative leave.[10]

Lusitana was home-schooled by her mother before attending L.V. Rogers Secondary School at 13[11]. She was expelled for engaging in an interview with Vancouver Media Co-Op regarding inaccuracies in Canadian history curriculum.

Lusitana attended McDonald International Academy in Toronto, Ontario before expulsion for truancy[12][13] and began attending the Toronto School of Circus Arts at the age of 17 where she studied lyra, fire spinning, and aerial silks [14], going on to form Animalia Lyrica in 2007, an animal-free circus that toured Canada and the U.S..

Personal Life                                                                                              

Lusitana became vegan in 1997 and is accredited for inspiring singer/songwriter, Lady Gaga, to adopt a vegan diet with an open letter published on ellentv.com in 2012.[15] Gaga later wrote a song about the event titled Blood on My Dress, in reference to the meat dress she wore to the 2010 VMAs.[16]

Lusitana had an open marriage to filmmaker and activist, Kairo Porter from 2008 until her death in 2016.[17] They resided on a geothermal eco-friendly ranch on Mount Elphinstone near Gibsons, B.C. known for its eccentric “playground” décor, featuring slides, swings, poles, and tunnels.[18]

On May 15, 2013, in the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario, Lusitana gave birth to a daughter, Rousseau Jackie Portana, named after Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was considered one of the first animal rights activists due to his support of animals’ natural rights in 1754.[19]

Activism                                                                                                      

During Occupy Vancouver in 2011, Lusitana and Porter gathered 10,000 signatures to support a re-investigation into the September 11 Attacks in the Canadians for 9-11 Truth Petition (C911TP).[20] In April of 2013, the C911TP was used as the basis of a negligence lawsuit by the people of Canada against the Canadian government, orchestrated by whistleblower litigation attorney, Jeremiah Paxton.[21] The lawsuit alleged negligence on the part of the Canadian government for failing to administer an independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, in which 24 Canadians died, which led to misused military funds and endangerment of Canadian public safety[22]. The lawsuit demanded a government review and response of: Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe, as well as a public statement from the Minister of National Defense.[23] The trial received international coverage and in 2014, a verdict was reached that ordered the launch of a full-scale investigation into the September 11 Attacks by referendum-elected criminal investigators, forensic scientists, military scientists, structural engineers, and demolition engineers. A separate investigation was also launched on the actions of 36 members of the Canadian government in relation to the protocol taken in response to the September 11 Attacks, leading to 19 charges of high treason.[24][25]

Lusitana’s public performance The Crop Circus, in Stanley Park, on August 4th, 2012, featured images of recent crop circle findings, as well as fire spinners, acrobats, and contortionists. The audience of 5,000 was dispersed with tear gas and subject to a long range acoustic device utilized for the first time in Canadian history.[26}{27] Four children under the age of 10 passed away from the effects of the device and became the subjects of The Speaker Death Trials in 2013.[28]

In December of 2012, Lusitana organized the first public showing of Venus on Earth in Robson Square, a street circus based on The Venus Project, which resulted in her arrest, as well as the arrests of 4 other performers and 7 spectators.[29]

In 2015, Lusitana presented the first working torus energy machine at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the establishment of a permanent Black Rock City in the Nevada desert.[30] The torus was conceptualized by polymath and physicist, Nassim Haramein.[31] Black Rock City was declared as the first P.A.Z. (Permanent Autonomous Zone), rejecting the U.S. dollar as currency, and claiming autonomy from U.S. Law. U.S military troops raided the city on four occasions during the first six months of its establishment, killing 12 U.S. citizens, but after the death of 7 month old, Gemma Lucki,[32] nationwide protests called for legislation that temporarily allowed the city to exist under the structure of a religious community until due court procedures could be completed.[33]

Controversy                                                                                                  

Lusitana was criticized for a photoshoot in Adbusters in September, 2014, entitled Owned in which her daughter, Rousseau, was drenched in oil to resemble an animal affected by an oil spill. Rousseau commented on dawnofanewera.com: “It’s not like I fed her antibiotic and pesticide laced food.”[34]

Critics of Lusitana note her eccentric fashion choices, such as corsets, as degrading to the feminist movement, with the coalition Women Against Women indicating that Lusitana “over-sexualized the female form.”[35][36] Lusitana responded to the criticism in a 2009 radio interview with The Agora National, stating: “I’m an equalist, not a feminist.”[37]

Films                                                                                                               

Lusitana directed, and produced four documentaries with husband, Kairo Porter under Tetranatrix Productions.[38]

Oryn Lusitana activist

Black Rock won Best Picture at the 2012 Alternative Film Festival. Unfit for Trial made the Top 5 Most Viewed Internet Films of All Time on watchtheworldunravel.com. Outcome was shown at Western Canada High School in Calgary, Alberta in 2013 and was subsequently banned from public viewings [39] after a lawsuit from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce for unlawful use of intellectual property referring to the film’s culture jamming stunt in which Porter posed as a fictional electoral candidate named Beau Runningbear, who essentially gained the title of Calgary alderman, Ward 9, for his stated intention to eliminate provincial income tax. Porter was discharged after inauguration for fraud.[40} No charges were pressed and the Chamber’s lawsuit was dismissed.[41] From these parodical premises, the Personal Income Tax Rebuttal Act was founded and taken to the Parliament of Canada in 2015, rejecting the tax as unconstitutional as per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.[42]

Arrests                                                                                                            

Lusitana was arrested in 1993 for civil disobedience in protest of the Clayoquot Land Use Decision in which logging was being permitted in old growth forest areas of Clayoquat Sound.[43] Lusitana was subsequently arrested in 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000 for public mischief for anti-capitalist performances on municipal property.[44][45] She was fined $9,000.00 for a performance art piece in 2009 involving indecent exposure.[46] The amount was paid by an anonymous donor.[47]

Lusitana was put on surveillance by the FBI, the CIA, and the CSIS after her 2012 arrest for her performance in Venus on Earth for breaking fire safety codes, noise bylaws, and for misuse of public property.[48] Lusitana was subsequently charged under the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act with intent to conspire against the Canadian government[49]. She commented on the charges in an interview with Democracy Now! on January 5th, 2013: “The only path to social and economic development is complete disregard for current policy.”[50][51]

Lusitana awaited trial in prison from 2013—2014. In 2014, after multiple delayed court dates due to her deemed status as “unfit for trial” [52], Lusitana was released. The Supreme Court of Canada stated: “further prosecuting Lusitana was no longer in the interests of justice.”[53]

Assassination                                                                                                 

In 2016, Lusitana’s tortured body was found on the shore of West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park with lacerations to her throat, wrists, and genitalia.[54] Autopsy results were inconclusive. [55]

Oryn Lusitana activist

*This has been a Wikipedia culture jam. Details on how we can and should urge Canada to officially investigate 9-11 were inspired by http://www.thevertigo.com/html/9-11/


5 Ways to Address the Controversial Subject of Non-Violence

without Focusing on the Controversy

When asked what the theme of this blog is I often tell people: nonviolence. In dawnofanewera, I aspire to deconstruct modern myths in place of a sustainable and dynamic nonviolent existence or, the end of all oppressive systems.

But often, when an individual is unwilling to compromise on something (even non-violence) they are labeled extremists. Sometimes, in the unrelenting path of my own mental expansion, I look behind myself to see an uproar in the wake of my words. And actually, my intention is not to cause controversy, but to inspire others to come together to create a more free-spirited world.

So, here’s what I’ve been thinking:

1) Communication is the Response that You Get

Christian Carter, dating guru and the boyfriend I never had, may not have come up with this one, but he did coin it (I believe it was one of his female friends). Basically this statement means that if you’re not getting the response you wanted, then you didn’t make the statement or pose the question effectively.

I have experienced several examples of this recently. A certain unnamed person, we’ll call him, John Lennon, was recently feeling as though I wasn’t respecting his needs. But unfortunately he chose to tell me this at an extremely sensitive time in an extremely blaming way, and therefore I didn’t even want to engage with him. I thought about it and realized that if he had asked me to support him in a gentle way with a specific solution in mind, I wouldn’t have even questioned offering the support he was requesting.

So how can we learn from this when discussing non-violent topics such as veganism or a RBE (Resource Based Economy)?

  • Choose the right moment
  • Remove the blame
  • Offer specific solutions
  • Ask for what you want, don’t demand

Essentially, knowing that communication is the response that you get puts the responsibility perpetually back in your hands.

2) Give Up Attack Thoughts

In Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love, she discusses how in a dream one night a dream figure told her that she could never establish peace while hating politicians so much, because she was a ‘hawk’. Or in other words, she was on the attack and as such could not spread peace.

Marianne Williamson talks a lot about ‘attack thoughts’ and I really like this term because it refers to not only our attacks on others, but attacks of others on us. This means that if we’re contemplating an unfair remark made towards us, we are still focusing on the attack rather than the non-violent solution. (Serious LOA going on here.)

Being defensive is just as bad as being offensive because we are still creating a scenario of attack in our minds. Which brings me to my next point.

3) Choose your ‘Battles’

Those who advocate for non-violence are not likely to see their tactics as being violent. I have a few friends whose vegan views feel slightly fundamentalist to me and who often use the cause as an excuse to behave threateningly. It can be difficult at demos to not get carried away at times, as there is so much adrenaline in the air, but it is entirely possible to use rage at demos in a non-violent way. Non violence is not about not having feelings. The key is to do it in a respectful, controlled way.

In order to see opportunities to create non-violence in place of battles, you have to first be clear about your intention. I’ve discussed the concept of ‘choosing connection’ before. Instead of judging a (totally adorable and amazing) friend, we’ll call her Nelly Furtado, for wearing bunny moccasins recently, I explained a similar situation where I’d unknowingly purchased a fur hair accessory once. My intention is to connect with her, not to villainize her.

Engaging with teeny bopper girls who pretend not to know English on the street, or a certain millionaire booty queen who swears she’s a good person (and skins hundreds of animals alive a year) – it’s not so easy. You want to slap stickers their furry backs and kick them in the face. *Face kicking is violent, for those who were wondering. Solution? Keep it light and then move on. I chased the Harajuku girls for a block and they took a pamphlet, and I came up with some zingers for the poor Kardashiass, eg. “junk in the trunk, nothing in the heart #furkills”, which were retweeted.

I have a friend, we’ll call him David Blaine, an advocate for non-violent principles, who saves up his rhetoric for people of more influence, such as journalists who he feels could actually help him reach his activist goals. It can be fun to completely annihilate people intellectually, and I love a good debate, but sometimes our time can be better spent when working at larger goals. However, I’m in no way encouraging passivity. Passiveness is not pacifism.

4) The Rogerian Approach

We’ll call this the ego-sensitive approach, but it can be fun because it requires an element of stealth. Technically, a Rogerian argument is a long slow finessing of the other side, completed by a gentle suggestion of your true stance. Think of Robin Hood the fox sucking the rings off the cowardly lion’s fingers after buttering up his ego with praise.

The Rogerian approach doesn’t need to be manipulative – you could call it Canadian if you prefer. It begins with a great amount of listening and summarizing the other person’s view, and your best impersonation of sympathy. *This is not a feely feely communication guide.

When you’ve found a way to agree with every single point the other side has brought up eg. you know what climate change could be natural, and the government does do a lot right that we don’t give them credit for, and a transition of economic models could be messy (hint: do it in a way that doesn’t hurt too much), then suggest one small, unobtrusive point at the very end of the conversation, eg. hey, I heard your aunt was suffering from cancer, have you ever heard of the China Study?

The theory is that the other side will be so sure that you’re agreeing with them that they won’t notice that you’ve implanted a logic bomb inside their minds. A bomb like a bath bomb, not nuclear.

5) Use your Anger

Often when discussing non-violence with people who think it’s far-fetched or ‘utopian’, rage follows on the part of the pacifist. The other party transforms into this barbaric monster with antiquated views and entitled values and this is exactly what enrages those who rally for a non-violent world (even though it would make more sense for those who advocate violence to go to anger). The anger stems from the obviousness that arises from seeing better solutions that others do not see.

If you see the possibilities of a non-violent world, you are part of a minority. (In case you haven’t noticed, we’re still living in the dark ages where war and slaughter are daily occurrences). This learned vision is a gift, but it comes with anger – which is what will drive us to create change. It is our responsibility to diffuse the anger as we move forward. To exchange the anger for results.

In Marshall Rosenberg’s The Surprising Purpose of Anger, he advises not to see anger as something bad, and not to oppress it but to see it as like a warning light on your car – informing you that you need something. He says not to confuse the trigger for your anger with the actual cause of it, which is always your own thinking. So once we identify the trigger and cause, we can move onto the unmet need behind the anger. Just as we would die of starvation if we were never hungry, we become angry to satiate our emotional needs.

I think often times we feel like victims to our anger. We don’t want to engage with it because we feel it is overpowering us – bossing us around. One alternative to diffusing anger is ignorance, making a quick escape from the anger to something else. But activists for non-violence usually choose to go deeper. We are not afraid to get angry, even though we’re not experts at understanding our anger yet. As my friend, well call him Marcus Aurelius, just summed up well on Facebook: the more you oppose an idea, the more you give it strength.

When we entertain blaming thoughts, we are rejecting our personal power. It takes humility to recognize the scope of changes you can realistically make (those directly through yourself), but this seemingly small scope can lead to huge effects. It is all we can handle, and all we need.

Remember: just because we are honing our debate skills and activist methods, non-violence should NEVER be compromised to reach any type of temporary peace. Gentle interactions can exist without meeting people who support war or killing halfway. Stick to your… carrot sticks.

Capitalism is Collapsing:

11 Reasons Why it’s About Time

In a lengthy Facebook debate recently, I was told that I was using capitalism as a ‘strawman’ to boost my anarchic Venus Project ideas. I replied that I didn’t make capitalism a strawman, it simply is a strawman – easy to destroy.

As the masses shake off their shackles of financial oppression, capitalists such as former IMF chief economist, Kenneth Rogoff, try to spin the epidemic by agreeing that: sure there are some problems but no real imminent revolution, trying to minimize the international uprising. But the Occupy movement is part of the slow waking up of human consciousness – people are finally realizing that they’re being used.

In this post, I’m going to break down why capitalism is inherently flawed by listing its false premises.

1) Capitalism is Not Barter

Barter implies the exchange of commodities of EQUAL value. Capitalism often tries to ride the coattails of barter as ‘a free market exchange system’, but while barter aims for a trade that equally benefits both parties, capitalism is based on profit, which means that one party must always exploit the other party in some way to get ahead, whether it’s an employer exploiting their employees by paying them just enough to get them to stay, or a merchant charging a customer as much as they possibly can without the customer spending their money elsewhere. Capitalism strives not for sustainability, but for gaining the ‘little bit more’ than the other party, ie. profit. Capitalism ensures that there will always be a winner, and as a result, not only the other half, but 99% loses.

Should we also talk about how capitalism has morphed beyond goods and services to trading abstract concepts such as derivatives that most people don’t even understand? I would, if I understood more about it.

2) Capitalism Breeds Sociopathy

Some argue that capitalism, while not ‘fair’, does reward those who work the hardest. But by now we know that those who come out on top of the capitalist game not necessarily those who work the hardest, but are actually:

a) those who are most interested in financial gain

Excelling at financial gain is just one strength of many other equal strengths – those who excel at science, math, writing, raising children, etc. are just as important to the quality of life of our society.

b) those who are already in a position of financial privilege

Should businesses necessarily be started only by those who have the funds? This just leads to more financial imbalance of the rich getting richer.

Or what about growing up in a wealthy family? This leads to segregation among classes, elitism, and resentment. And politicians like Newt Gingrich suggesting that poor kids work as janitors at lunch to make money.

c) those who are most physically and/or mentally endowed

Many financially successful people feel as though they deserve their monetary gain because they have worked hard for it. But what other traits led them to their financial gain? Many people don’t realize how brilliant they actually are and how many other people don’t have the same intellectual or physical capability. Sure, a businessman who works 8-5 for 40 years has worked hard, but hasn’t a person with physical or mental disabilities perhaps worked just as hard at tackling their own obstacles?

What we essentially live in is a meritocracy. When we are not born equal, capitalism only exacerbates our individual weaknesses.

e) those who are the most ruthless 

Capitalism is the economic system of ‘survival of the fittest’. This is a vicious and often violent mindset, when ‘fittest’ becomes interchangeable with ‘most ruthless’.

Going further down this mental mindset could lead all the way to eugenics – a valid concept to explore, but loaded with potential for genocide and other types of oppression.

3) Capitalism Trumps Community

Capitalism is in direct competition with community, which is why it’s illegal to have a bake sale on the streets of Vancouver, it’s illegal for homeless people to congregate in tent cities, and it’s illegal to exercise free speech in many places unless that space has already been determined a ‘free speech zone’ or unless one purchases a permit.

Canada’s media is among the most consolidated in the world – why? Because a few individuals managed to purchase it. So the community does not talk amongst itself in mainstream media, it is talked to by the voices of its paying customers. How is Canwest owning the media any different from Monsanto purchasing patents on organic life?

Instead of having places of true ‘free space’, capitalism dictates what activities can be held in what zones. For example: in Wal*Mart – you shop. You don’t sit and relax, or play cards with friends. Wal*Mart owns that space and while you’re there Wal*Mart tells you what to do, the same as in any private property.

When we go out to socialize, we rent a portion of space and are expected to get in and get out, buying enough to justify our presence there. Capitalism frowns upon simply giving things away because then it’s more difficult to control what’s being exchanged. Capitalism wants to track, measure, rate, evaluate, classify… which brings me to my next point.

*(To digress,  non-profits such as Liberation BC can’t be considered charities because they actually strive to change laws. This is how charities can get tax breaks while activist groups can’t – a blatant policy to stifle activism or anything that opposes capitalist reign.)

4) Capitalism is a Control Freak

Capitalism aims to dissect and package what we have to work with until everything has been claimed and assigned a dollar value in a bloody race to the finish. It is so fearful of scarcity that it mutates into a complex knot of rules and regulations until they make no sense anymore and can be interpreted about as clearly as the bible.

Capitalism has so much fine print that entire sectors must be devoted to defining its rules and policing the rules. These sectors are made up of anal people policing each other. I’ve worked with them. They are so pressured to ‘fit in’, that they will call you out if you don’t fit in to ease their own pressure, the corps. don’t even need to get involved – it’s a self-cleaning system.

And have you heard the one about the fat cop spraying the cross legged activists like an exterminator? (Don’t worry he was fired reprimanded.) What exactly do you think he’s trying to protect? I doubt he knows, but his heavy-handed training taught him to protect the current dominant economic system that employs him.

In the U.S., anyone who upsets business trade can now be labeled a terrorist, and (even more recently) detained and tortured (some articles say assassinated) on the grounds of suspicion without legal process (!)

When we have demonstrations against fur stores in Vancouver, which side do the cops stand on? The side of the store, of course.

Now… what makes people become control freaks?

Oh, right. Insecurity.

5) Capitalism has Nothing to do with Democracy

Those who wave the flag of capitalism believe that it provides them with the freedom to prosper. By now we know that 1% of the people own 99% of the world’s wealth. So ok, let’s lower our expectations of financial prosperity to simply the freedom to have guaranteed income and a home. Not so easy – inflation soars, interest rates waver at the hands of the major banks, minimum wage drags its feet to keep up, social programs are snipped to pay off national debts, and your worth as an employee declines as technology leaves your skills behind. Sorry, pal.

So what does this leave us with? Freedom to choose. How we want to spend our 8 hour work days, sort of. Consumer freedom – well, based on the declining selection of monopolized corps. And freedom of our small slices of free time. As long as you stay leashed to your designated areas of habitation and employment and don’t break any laws or get caught looking bad on Facebook or make your co-workers feel uncomfortable by being too different from them or….

This is a rather vast point to explore, but for me, true freedom comes with knowing that as I flourish, others do not suffer. Capitalism creates a world of winners and losers, employers and employees. For one to win, others must lose.

6) Capitalism is Drama

Capitalism has us chasing our tails to fill arbitrary 8 hour days, celebrating and grieving stock market crashes and bail outs – such unnecessary drama. Wouldn’t it be nice if the busy work was automated and those who wanted to play the money game could in some virtual reality scenario? And those who didn’t want to play wouldn’t starve their families because of that?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could create our own drama instead of being a slave to the hormonal capitalist outbursts?

7) Capitalism Wastes Time

In Tim Ferris’s book 4 Hour Work Week, he describes the perfect job as ‘one that takes the least amount of time.’ Most people would rather be doing something else rather than what they’re doing. Do people have the insight to imagine what that might be after being indoctrinated by the media and public education their entire lives? Perhaps not. They have forgotten how to imagine a more satisfying life. Could these people learn to live by their gifts and not their jobs? Sure, quickly.

People spend so much energy simply surviving. Shouldn’t we be past worrying about survival by now? We’re not cavemen – it’s 2012. There are more than enough resources to ensure that every single person on this planet could prosper. So, as Foster Gamble points out: why aren’t we thriving?

How much time do we waste re-writing the rules, translating the rules, establishing bureaucracy around the rules, enforcing the rules, punishing people for not adhering to the rules? How much free time and resources would we have without all this excess?

Sure, transitions can be messy, but once new systems are established, how many redundant, boring jobs could be eliminated? How many wasted lives could be resurrected?

8) Capitalism is Addictive

Or rather, capital is. Money is and always be a virus in the human mind because we can never get enough. Money is (well, really it’s debt) but in our society it represents potential power and potential power is never something that you can achieve and put aside – its obtainment is a lifestyle. Two words: dangling carrot.

In Zeitgeist III when I saw pictures of people throwing away their money, I wanted to go and pick it up. I have the addiction, too. We place all our power in this external structure of money, and therefore the worth of humanity lessens. This is why factories and factory farms exist. Sentient beings becomes products. Human welfare becomes secondary.

Those who are the closest to the money will always have a Gollum type relationship to it, which calls for surveillance, which calls for a need for surveillance of those who are surveilling, etc. (See 7)

9) Capitalism Disempowers Personal Will

The world is in debt to itself. When we are born into countries in debt, it creates a mindset as though we owe something, even if it’s not personally us who’s acquired the debt. When we owe, we are indentured to work. When we are indentured to work, we have less time to think for ourselves.

Profit incentives in social experiments have only been shown to raise productivity level with tasks such as factory line assembly, or other mindless work. However, people are more innovative in creative ingenuity when left to their own devices with the reward of freedom instead of money. The natural human state radiates genius and if we rid ourselves of the stress of needless competition, human potential would flourish exponentially.

Technological breakthroughs exist not because of capitalism but despite capitalism. The internet exists not because a corporation forced it into existence, but because of the human need for global inter-communication. Inevitable human expansion at its finest. It is not regulated and taxed to its fullest capacity only because of the non-physical nature of intellectual property.

10) Capitalism Promises Uniformity

In other words – booo-ring. How many times have you gone on vacation only to see the same effing KenTacoHut franchises littering the landscape? How many times have you gone out shopping for something unique… and found every store to carry the same knock off fashions? How many times have you tried something new at work and been told to: just stick to the protocol?

Sure, the world’s financial crisis has become exacerbated since WW1, since the derivatives spiraled out of control, etc. But going back even as far as the industrial revolution, people were made to involuntarily witness a transformation of their landscapes and lifestyles as mass production turned them into machines (I recommend reading the American classic: The Jungle), and even when gold was the currency fractional reserve lending was being practiced. Capitalism turns people into consumers, but worse it turns people into products. We are so much more complex than this.

Ok, so on the plus side, it’s nice sometimes that Starbucks has your favourite drink at every location on the planet. But are we willing to sacrifice variety, adventure, selection, and creativity for consistency? Maybe we are until we see the repercussions.

11) Capitalism is Delusional

Capitalism is not based on reality because it never started from a place of assessing our collective resources in total. It is based on ideas, not solid resources. Might we prosper from the resources of other planets one day? Yes, but not yet.

How does a capitalist system measure the total of its resources if it’s measuring with old systems? Capitalism measures energy in money – a concept.  A resource based economy relinquishes the game tokens and aims to preserve and equally distribute resources, releasing human innovation from the confines of lifetime enslavement so that we can function to our fullest capacity (a resource that capitalism does not even perceive and so therefore has not been able to exploit).

Capitalism does not see the world as an inseparable entity, it divides and conquers: and this is why it creates a war machine. War is the use of force, which is why capitalism and constant struggle are lovers.

So, can we reform capitalism? Tweak it into something more functional. Absolutely not.  There is no from of renovation that can make capitalism habitable because it was never intended as a long term sustainable system, and therefore we must lay a new foundation.

The point of a resource based economic system is abundance, where people don’t have to steal because they do not lack. It is not lack of resources that prevent widespread wealth – it is closed minds. Only when we diminish the power of money to zero will it be impossible for a small group of people to gain control over it. Only when we eliminate poverty will people no longer feel compelled to fearfully hoard and preemptively strike each other down for land and wealth. Only when we distribute widespread elective education can people become mentally sound enough to make better decisions.

When asked on a university exam which was more important: the needs of the individual or the needs of the collective, I argued that the needs of the individual ARE the needs of the collective. The systems ARE the people. When the people are secure, the systems will be, too.

Top 6 Myths About Anarchy

November 13, 2011

Too Pre-Occupied to Occupy?

The Resistance to the Resistance

Blaming the 1% for the vast disparity of wealth distribution is like blaming Hitler for the  Nazi regime: if millions hadn’t backed his views he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere.

The 1% are comfortable with their wealth and feel they have earned at least most of it, through hard work, or cunning smarts, or being a trophy wife.

What we need to examine now are those among us who, even when the cage doors have been flung open, choose to stay in their cages.

Why are those of us in the most desperate economic situations siding against the Occupy movement?

In an organic nutshell, they are afraid and confused. So let’s break down what anarchy is and isn’t:

1) Anarchy is chaos

Many picture society after anarchy as somewhat like Biff’s futuristic gun-toting casino world in Back the Future II. No laws, everyone is a vigilante, you could get shot at any time.

Anarchism is not about everyone running wild and nothing getting done. It is about decentralizing the power and distributing it equally among the people so that we are living the lives we choose, not the lives others tells us we must just to survive.

There are still systems.

There are still responsibilities.

There are still manners.

We will always be units of a collective and there will always be compromises to make. The question is what type of collective that will be.

2) Anarchy is communism

Many people, including myself, fear that an anarchic takeover would include a loss of personal rights and freedoms for the greater good.

But how much power do you have now over your country’s decisions? The only power you have is to vote for someone else to represent you, so that you can perpetually cross your fingers that this person might maybe have some shred of influence over a government that doesn’t really have power anyway because it’s funded by private institutions.

Once these private institutions (big banks) are taken down, then the discussion can begin anew.

There is no need to fear sharing if there is always enough to go around.

There is no need to fear equality in decision making if we are an intelligent nation.

There is no need to fear a loss of individuality if we collectively value individuality.

3) Anarchy is gonna mess up my life

Many people enjoy their lives. Good news! We look at our loved ones and favourite sports and activities and shows and music and clothes and art and places and homes and pets, etc. and we think: calm down, shit disturbers – life is not so bad. “Sure, the government may be plummeting towards collapse, but I have a lot in my life to be appreciative of – can’t I just focus on that?”

Yes. Keep doing that.

But also pay attention to this movement and what role it is calling you to play.

You can still live your lives as this transformation takes place. Keep playing the violin as the Titanic goes down. But don’t deny that shit IS going down. The more people pay attention to the Occupy movement NOW, the faster all the drama will be over.

If you are above the Occupy movement, it’s precisely your attention that Occupy is trying to capture.

*Now – imagine all those small pleasures possible within a world that is not in debt to itself with 1/6 of its inhabitants starving to death and the rest of them eating away at the Earth’s resources like a cancer. You can live your lives on or off of a sinking ship: which do you choose?

4) Anarchy is dangerous

Many have seen the black block and mistaken them for ninjas, or seen ‘A’s spraypainted onto the places they get their favourite mocha frappuccinos, and felt that this behaviour is too extreme for them to relate to. Fair enough. We have been taught that vandalism is a crime and it took a while for me to understand that destruction of property is not violence (unless it hurts someone in the process).

But while some choose these methods to relay their concerns, others practice other types of resistance. Anything from standing their ground in the face of police presence to documenting the movement, or donating to it.

You don’t have to stand beside those whose tactics you don’t agree with to put forth the same message: the corporate oppression of our governments needs to end.

Show dissent in a way that feels comfortable to you, but do not use the extreme methods of others as an excuse not to act.

5) Anarchy doesn’t solve anything

My grandmother recently told me that Calgary has ‘squatters’ now. When I explained the economic situation that inspired their presence, her reaction was: that’s not the way to solve things, you should just go through government. This is a popular sentiment among those who pride themselves on being law-abiding citizens.

When has standing in the street ever solved anything? Well there was that small historic moment when women got the vote. And pretty much every other radical social change in the history of the planet.

The laws and law enforcement currently in place are there to protect decisions that have already been made by the faulty government, so it makes no sense to go through them to cause economic and social change. Makes more sense to go around them.

To those who look down on the Occupy protesters who take to the streets as wasting their time, acknowledge that at the very least we are talking about their presence.

Conversation started.

6) Anarchy is for the young

Many people look at those participating in the Occupy movement and feel that it’s the flower children of the 70s revisited, kids going through their rebellious phase before they realize that it’s better to simmer down and make the best of the ‘real world’.

Look more closely at those involved. It is not just the young (or the mentally ill and drug addicted – although I don’t see why their opinions are not just as valid, lucid or not), it is people from all walks of life – the educated, the uneducated, those who have been to war and those who haven’t. Young/old, male/female/other, gay/straight, all races.

The only ones missing are the rich. And they are participating, too, from a distance.

They are the audience.


Dost thou protest too much?

November 27, 2010

What is the Alternative to Protesting..?

I’ve been noticing that in my dreams I’m often on some mission that deters me from having fun. Usually, there’s a main event, but I can’t go because I have a cause to attend to – whether it’s an insignificant loose end to tie up, or a world to stop from ending, And of course, some of you may be aware of the affinity this blog has for protesting as a method to save the world. But, when you fight against something you give it power. Like quicksand. He who angers you conquers you.

So if protesting is not the most energy efficient way to change things, then what is the alternative..?

No really, I have no idea, I’m asking you. It’s taken a while, but I present you with

dawnofanewera’s 1st poll:

At 5″4

I’ve always liked them

Tall

And a little Omnipotent…



Dear Steve Madden,

Shoe King

Designer of my high school clogs

How I want to love you

as I wander into your new store

in my neighbourhood mall.

Before only in the US.

But alas your foot covers

I cannot wear

Almost all made of

Skinned slaves.

Creatures who are not shoes to me.

Dear Amex,

Am I hallucinating?

Or did you change the text inside

those giant burger buns

that hang pervasively from mall walls

from: Not just for “foie gras”

to  – Not just for “gourmet fare”?

I think you did.

I think you are listening.

I celebrate your Bar Mitzvah

from afar.

Dear Winners,

The Paris Hilton of clothing stores

You have no personal style.

I ravage your racks

and come across

Real Fur!

You sell-out bitch.

Pawn off the unsellable scraps

on tacky people,

you try to.

You won’t get away with this.

Shoplifters Unite.

Dear Redken,

Your Color Extend

Is a silky dream.

I wept when you discontinued

Active Express.

And yet – in any passionate love affair

The mystery must be kept,

and your secret is out.

My lacuna can avert itself no more:

I know  you test on animals.

The Two Big Games

July 29, 2010

Capitalism and Playerism – 7 Links

This is Simon Rex, AKA Dirt Nasty.

He’ll be our model for this post

(This is disgusting!

…and yet kind of hot…)

*Men – if the following doesn’t apply to you then don’t take offense . I’m discussing a type – that type being The Player, and to this type some of these correlations may ring true.

1. Scarcity

Capitalism is based on scarcity. The more scarce a product is, the more it’s generally worth because of the fear that it will soon be unavailable. Humans live in constant fear of things running out – of not being able to obtain a product that’s in low supply. This fear creates an emotional parallel, making some men believe they only have so much love to give – a finite supply, if you will. They only have so many years of youth and a player doesn’t have time to let a female mess with his game. The tight capitalist grip on not only material goods but intellectual property runs deep – stockpiling assets a practice very similar to emotional hoarding.

2. Sociopathy

Anyone who watched The Corporation knows that a corporation has all the same traits of a  sociopathic person. This sociopathic behavior has a way of transcending those special pieces of paper that bind together the corporate world and becoming an intrinsic part of the player’s personality. NML’s Mr. Unavailable and the Fallback Girl discusses a breed of ambivalent, ambiguous, non-committal men who get off on the unconditional love of confused, masochistic (and also  non-committal) women. The behavioral patterns of these relationships are on par to that of corporate functioning – the man asserts his autonomic need for monopoly and dominance at the expense of those who “believe” they are emotionally dependent upon him. Sociopathy is all about using people rather than sharing with them. It’s about gain – what does this woman have to give me? What is she trying to take from me?

3. Variety as Freedom

In this capitalistic world, we’re chained to our 9 to 5 jobs like dogs on leashes. Our reward, we tell ourselves, is consumer freedom – we get to choose what brand of cereal to buy, what brand of clothing. (Though the larger the corporate spread, the less choice, hmmm…) This what-color-do-you-want-to-paint-your-cell? lifestyle forces us to cling to choice as the main thing that defines us. We are what we buy, and to some – who we date. This mindset of feeling powerful primarily through choice elicits a deep-seeded indecisiveness in the player accompanied by a greedy first world entitlement that he should have it all. “If I choose her, what if someone better comes along? How do I know she’s the best one? How do I just pick one? Do I have to? Isn’t that limiting myself?”

As Napolean Hill states: “The most powerful people in the world makes decisions quickly and undo them slowly.”

A million dates with random hos does not a satisfying connection make.

4. Superficiality

With all the gloss and glitz of the media, modern men live in a world of images. They are constantly taunted by Maxim magazine wherever they buy their food/toiletries/literature and kept in a state of perpetual arousal. Poor things. So naturally their “pickers” are off (lingo courtesy of Patti from Millionaire Matchmaker). They want pretty, they want shiny, and they want boobalicious, because this is what they’re told to want. They associate these attributes with symbols of status and these shiny pretty images cause a discord between what they’re seeing in the media and what they see in front of them, fostering an unreasonable perfectionism within their imperfect minds based on false standards. Just as Dirt Nasty bases his image on bitches and bling (at least he’s tongue and cheek about it), the modern day player follows suit to establish what he believes is a powerful role for himself in society.

5. ADD

In the subtle manipulation of the capitalist world images are constantly flashed in front our eyes before we can even identify their meaning. Advertising is meant to trigger our subconscious before we even realize what reaction we’re having. Having been raised in front of their televisions, players are trained according to a see-it-must-have-it mentality. If it’s not in their hot little hands ASAP, if they’re not mentally stimulated 24/7, they can feel like they’re missing out and will look to said female in their lives to provide them with the satisfaction previously provided by multi-million dollar television networks and their PlayStations. As detached from reality as this viewpoint is, it’s the secret broken childhood of many players that causes them to act on impulse and break hearts. See it, must do it, did it – NEXT!

6. Autopilot

Capitalism breeds a spectator culture in which we’re supposed to watch the world go by, a technique to keep us in our place and keep our participation at a low lest we stir  up some genuine trouble. The modern player doesn’t have to do much to rake in women if he has even the slightest bit of sex appeal. With a bit of flattery and an ass grab, women will flock to him like Dirt Nasty to a pile of coke. Way back when, a proper caveman had to go out and drag a woman to his cave and then ensure that she stayed with him to raise his offspring (I’m sure there was a lot of rape and abuse that came from this practice, but nonetheless…) Now, women everywhere are well-trained by the media to look perfect and doubt their self-confidence. The player only needs to prey on these female weaknesses to get laid. And operating from this position of apathy, he will score a lot of p**** without undue strain on his brain from the exceptional few females that could put him in his place. The autopilot player takes ‘er easy, and if she’s easy – takes ‘er twice, BUT! he misses out on the best lay of all – the infinitely orgasmic mindfuck that only a truly intelligent, self-assured woman can give him.

7. Competition

Capitalism creates an eat or be eaten world. It sparks an insatiable hunger in the player to a) acquire the newest and best, b) keep up with their homeboys, and c) keep their inner worlds more secure than yours – U Can’t Touch This!  (There are passwords, ladies…Christian Carter is your friend.) The player is stuck on the treadmill of lust competing for: a) the latest greatest female version (which conveniently means that those old ones who know their issues won’t be bugging them anymore), b) the SUPREME playa status (he’s a wild stallion – no one can hold him down), and c) a bulletproof heart with armed forces strong enough to blow yours out of the water to maintain the  high priced premium insurance of the platinum upper hand.

The player at play…

Peter Joseph tells it like it is in:

“Where are We Going?”

“‘Social progress and human well-being are always second to monetary gain.”

“Abundance, sustainability, and efficiency are the enemies of profit.”


We Are All Free.

To Work.

If There’s Enough Work.

And You Fit In.

And Can Keep A Smile On Your Face For Long Periods of Time.

And Don’t Say Offensive Things.

Or Write About Them Online.

I know so many wonderful people who have so much creativity and potential, yet are trapped playing the money game called capitalism. It takes up all their time and sucks them dry, spiritually and emotionally. I was going to write a list of their prized ideas for you, but they might sue me for stealing their intellectual property. I can assure you, their plans are vast and novel.

So if we have such big ideas, what’s stopping us?

- time

– money

– nerve

Sure, my friends and I live in the “1st World” (hello entitlement), but still we are indebted to the money machine, without the time to sit and focus on our creative blueprints, without the start-up funds to initiate them, and without the confidence to believe in our visions strongly enough that we may break out of our worker mentality. Some call the current system we have in place a meritocracy, but what the merit is currently based on is aggression – who is willing to push and grab their way to the top. There is a slim margin for intellectual success in fields other than finance, but only for the exceptionally gifted (and therefore sponsored) people.

I started losing faith in the capitalist system when I was about 14. My teachers stopped praising me for being student of the month, and started praising the meticulous artwork I would draw all over my notes. The “why” wouldn’t leave me alone anymore long enough to concentrate on homework. Why are we learning this? Why are you wasting my mental time? If school was meant to truly prepare us for the capitalist blood bath we’d be thrown into upon graduation, it would have featured a subject called Money Studies from first grade. (More freedom of curriculum choice, artistic options, hey, how about vegan studies…, etc.) In addition, we would be given the right to make money from the get-go. Child labour in measured doses. Because money is freedom – no matter what age.

Back to our focus point: who would we be if we didn’t have to waste our lives worrying about money?

Such an important question to ask ourselves, as even without the money, when we shed the sound of this pounding dollar sign in our hearts – we can at least clearly hear what we need that money for.

If you had the resources…

How would you spend your time?

How would you help people?

How would you generate a sustainable income?

How would you express your creativity?

How would you instigate social change?

What kind of space would you create?

Veganity

May 25, 2010

Veganity:

“A religion for the new millennium, the foundations of which are formed by the principles of veganism. At its core is the desire to curb excessive usage of non renewable resources and thus perpetuate the existence of a habitable planet, and hence the human race.”

Urban Dictionary


Is Veganism a Religion?

No, no it’s not.

Recently I started going by a different professional name in order to prevent myself from being discriminated against due to non-violent political and dietary choices. As a public persona, anyone can google me and see that I don’t buy animal products and do advocate the end of all oppressive systems, a lifestyle best described as veganarchy.  I have been asked not to talk about veganism or animal rights at a job, and have also been asked not to answer questions asked to me about my “beliefs”. (What employer you ask? Well I won’t name names. Ok, I will: Spa Utopia! ) But veganism isn’t a belief, yo – it’s an event as current as Obama. I’ve even been called a Bible thumper by my own hardcore barbecuing Albertan family, though I’m actually anti-religion, which brings me to my point: veganism is not a religion.

  1. Religions are gangs groups of people who believe that there is one truth. You can’t be two religions at once. And yet, you can be vegan and any religion you want, or none at all. Veganism, while it reflects a non-violent morality, is a consumer choice.
  2. Religions are based on speculative literature. Whether it’s the Bible or the Koran or The Watchtower, religions are filled with fables and shoulds and predictions. Veganist literature only discusses the here and the now. Factual, pertinent information to show where your food comes from and how your decisions affect yourself and the planet. Veganism doesn’t have ten commandments and doesn’t care if you get loaded or sleep around or trespass against thy neighbour or trespass onto thy neighbour’s driveway or whatever that one means. It only poses questions like: what is nourishment, really? Or, how can we do this differently?
  3. Vegans don’t want to convert you so that you’ll “be saved”, so your soul won’t burn in eternal damnation, so you’ll donate, or so they can recruit another vegan babymaker for the new vegan race – vegans just want to end the long chain of suffering of confined, abused animals. It’s that simple. Sure, they’d love to go for dinner with you, but vegans have no plans of world domination.

Anarchy: “Self-control as the preferable form of government rather than external legislation.”

Veganism: First, do no harm.

Veganarchy: Liberation for all, not just the workers.

Anarchy Is Happening

May 8, 2010

On Wednesday, May 5th,

3 people died in a protest against the Greek government:


Three people were reported killed Wednesday after protesters set fire to a bank building in central Athens as workers across Greece went on strike to protest tough austerity measures aimed at staving off economic collapse. Tear gas billowed across the central Sintagma Square in front of Parliament as demonstrators trying to storm the Parliament building hurled rocks and gasoline bombs. Police responded with tear gas canisters that spread a choking pall of smoke. Tens of thousands of people had converged on the city center as part of a general strike that paralyzed flights, ferries, schools and hospitals.

The important thing to remember is that it is much easier for a police officer to impersonate a civilian than vice versa. Insert a plain clothes officer, have this officer throw a bottle, and an entire police force now has the right to use force.

In the past several years, Greece has been experiencing mass riots, up to 60 000 people protesting wage reductions for the working class and police brutality. Anarchists and students, supported and often joined by significant swaths of the population, have clashed with police, destroyed corporate and government property, and occupied government buildings, trade union offices, and media outlets, not to mention the usual universities. Police have retaliated with thousands of capsules of tear gas.

Is it ever okay to throw a Molotov Cocktail if the intention is not violent, but to destroy property? I wouldn’t because I have worked with severely burned children and would never want to inflict that onto anyone accidentally.What do you all think?

It’s Not the Economy, Stupid:

(from CrimethInc)

The corporate media has ignored the banners decrying police brutality and unaccountable authority, seizing instead on the idea that the unrest is the result of widespread unemployment and poor economic prospects for young Greeks. Thus prompted, many people—including some radicals—have focused on these issues as well.

Some corporate outlets have gone so far as to announce that the events in Greece may presage the second coming of the anti-globalization movement thought to be vanquished after September 11, 2001.

Should we accept that the rage being vented in Greece is economic in origin, the implication is that it could be dispelled by economic solutions. Perhaps the exploitation, misery, and unemployment currently rampant in Greece could be exported to some meeker nation, or else enough credit could be extended to the disaffected stone-throwers that they could come to identify as middle class themselves. These approaches have worked before; one might even argue that they have driven the process of capitalist globalization.

To the extent to which the resistance in Greece is simply an expression of frustration at dim financial prospects, then, it is possible that it can ultimately be defused or co-opted. But there are other forces at work here, which the corporate account de-emphasizes.

These riots are not coming out of nowhere. Masked anarchists setting fires and fighting the police have been common in Greece since before the turn of the century. In 1999, shortly before the Seattle WTO protests, there were major riots when Bill Clinton visited. At the time, the economy was livelier and the socialists were in power, which seems to contradict the theory that the current unrest is simply a result of dissatisfaction with the conservative government.

Corporate media generally ignore anarchists, trivializing them with qualifiers such as “self-styled” when they refer to them at all. That corporate outlets have been forced to detail the anarchist involvement attests to the depth and seriousness of anarchist activity. Leftists may attempt to portray the events in Greece as a general uprising of “the people,” and certainly countless “normal” people have participated, but it is clear even from this vantage point that anarchists started the rioting and have remained the most influential element within it. We hypothesize that the rioting in Greece is not simply an inevitable result of economic recession, but a proactive radical initiative that speaks to the general public.

Though the rioting was provoked by the murder of Alexandros (a 15 year old who was shot by police in 2008 after a minor verbal confrontation), it is only possible because of preexisting infrastructures and social currents—otherwise, such murders would catalyze uprisings in the US as well. Such an immediate and resolute response would not have occurred if anarchists in Greece had not developed a culture conducive to it. Thanks to a network of social centers, a deep-seated sense that neighborhoods such as the one in which Alexandros was killed are liberated zones off-limits to police, and a tradition of resistance extending back generations, Greek anarchists feel entitled to their rage and capable of acting upon it. In recent years, a series of struggles against the prison system, the mistreatment of immigrants, and the privatization of schools have given innumerable young people experience in militant action. As soon as the text messages circulated announcing the police killing, Greek anarchists knew exactly how to respond, because they had done so time and again before.

The general public in Greece is already sympathetic to resistance movements, owing to the heritage of struggle against the US-supported dictatorship. In this regard, Greece is similar to Chile, another nation noted for the intensity of its street conflicts and class warfare. With the murder of Alexandros, anarchists finally had a narrative that was compelling to a great number of people. In another political context, liberals or other opportunists might have been able to exploit this tragedy to their own ends, but the Greek anarchists forestalled this possibility by immediately seizing the initiative and framing the terms of the conflict.

That is to say, it’s always the economy. But it’s not just the economic hardships accompanying times of recession—the resistance in Greece is also a revolt against the exploitation, alienation, and hierarchy inherent in the capitalist system, that set the stage for police to murder teenagers whether or not a significant percentage of the population is unemployed.

Horrific

April 15, 2010

Squatters Turn £6.25 Million Townhouse into Anarchist Commune

Squatters have turned a £6.25 million townhouse in one of London’s most exclusive addresses into an anarchist commune.

The group, posing as workmen, climbed a ladder and forced their way in through an unlocked window at the vacant Grade II listed property on Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair.

Calling themselves the DA! collective, they claim they are turning the six-storey Georgian house into an artists’ studio and making it “live, through the exchange of knowledge and ideas”.

However, their artistic pretensions have failed to impress the neighbours, including those behind a new restaurant, Corrigan’s, which has just opened across the road.

Jacques Dejardin, the manager, was horrified by the unexpected influx.

“It’s rather bewildering. When you move into an address like this you don’t expect to have squatters as neighbours,” he said.

The property, which comprises 30 rooms, is only yards from Park Lane, close to the Grosvenor House Hotel and two doors away from the family home of Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan Police.

A worker in the building said: “I’m not sure Sir Robert would be entirely supportive of the squatters.”

According to the Land Registry, the deeds belong to Deltaland Resources Ltd, a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands – whose consulate is two doors along.

The collective of foreign and British students had been watching the building for “at least six months” before they decided to try moving in.

Stephanie Smith, 21, one of the squatters, said: “We had put tape on the keyhole, and kept looking through the letterbox to see if anyone had been there.”

One night in October a number of the group dressed in high-visibility jackets, while Miss Smith wore a fur coat and carried a clipboard.

“I went across to the window and I couldn’t believe it when I found it was unlocked,” said one squatter, who declined to give his name.

“I was so happy. We didn’t really expect it to be open, so it was a really exciting moment.”

Since then they have reconnected the utilities and changed the locks, but have had no contact with Deltaland Resources. “Squatting is not a criminal offence, it’s a civil matter,” said Miss Smith.

“If the owners want to kick us out they will have to apply for an eviction notice at the county court.

“If anything, we are improving the building by mending leaks and things like that.

“The building is listed so English Heritage might be interested to see how the owners have let it disintegrate.” The squatters refused interviews yesterday, saying they were too busy preparing for an exhibition in the evening during which images were projected on to the windows at the front to give it the appearance of a doll’s house.

However, Miss Smith later appeared on the balcony and, standing near a black, ragged Union flag, read out a statement prepared by the collective.

“Who we are is not important. As a collective we have ‘squatted’ an empty, dilapidated building in Mayfair.

“We are making this place live through the exchange of knowledge and ideas,” she said.

The squat is less then 100 yards from the American embassy on Grovesnor Square.

Miss Smith said she was concerned that press reports which described the exhibition as a party would draw an unwanted crowd and bring the collective into conflict with the embassy. “We’re really worried that because of the coverage crowds of people will turn up this evening,” she said.

“It wasn’t our intention and I don’t expect the US Embassy will be very happy about it because there are obvious security implications.”

A spokesman for the embassy said it did not wish to comment on the squatters, adding: “This is something to do with the neighbourhood and British Law.”


The comments are really funny. You can hear them shaking their heads, but there’s an element of jealousy, too.


We march against violence and are met with more.

Our taxes feeding a misleading war

You heard there was violence at Heart Attack 2010

Criminals who needed to be stopped, reined in.

Since when does breaking a window

Give someone the right to break your face?

The law will tell you if your stuff gets broken

That only entitles you to have it replaced.

Doesn’t give another the right to push you to the pavement

Beat you with batons, threaten you with tasers


Violence in movies is death and bleeding

Corporations aren’t people. Buildings don’t have feelings.

Did the police really inflict brutality?

Look past CBC & CTV

Hit up You Tube, you’ll see…

Police using weapons against people like you and me.

Shields and batons to beat down the truth.

Alternative news flash 5-0:

This is the state of your city.

It’s not pretty.


You can’t cover it up – it’s already happened.

Those shattered windows heard in every direction.

Peaceful Canada’s identity revealed

Police brutality concealed.

People are dying and sick and without.

Drug addicts with a death wish. Crazy, reckless.

Label them what you will – they still need your help.


Were the black bloc out to get you

No. Just the windows.

Anti-capitalists

Labeled terrorists.

Mess with the profits

And it’s your turn to get hit.

Our society’s priorities:

Things above people.

Systems above equals.


You cover your faces with helmets and masks

Then calls us terrorists when we do the same

Say you’re here for our security

Packing heat

Hiding behind uniformity

Badge numbers, nowhere to be seen.

Riot Cops, Heart Attack 2010

Capitalism Is

  • traveling to a far off land to find… the same stores and restaurants you had back home.
  • having to sit down, shut up, and stare straight ahead for eight hours a day… the same thing that was punishment when you were a kid.
  • paying your landlords before the month begins, and getting paid after you’ve done your work.
  • used tampons in your broccoli – the non-organic brilliance of using raw sewage as fertilizer.
  • driving home after a hard day at work and reaching for some tunes on your radio to get bombarded with commercials for a car, a phone, and a sex drive that’s better than yours.
  • having to keep your voices low at work when discussing where food really comes from.
  • the supposed edgiest pop star alive featuring 8 product placements in her “epic” new video.
  • working as hard as your boss but getting paid a fraction of the salary because she’s “in charge”.
  • your country owing billions in debt, yet giving billions to another country (cough*Israel*cough) as long as they spend it to buy weapons manufactured by your country.
  • the world peace keeping coalition being run by the largest arms dealers.


Parecon

March 13, 2010

What Comes After Capitalism?

Participatory Economics

After watching  “The Corporation” we learned that a corporate world is a sociopathic world. One in which we put our best interests above those of our neighbor and pretend this doesn’t affect the collective unconscious. A world in which we keep score apart from the resources actually available to us, and in our race to hoard as many materials as possible (before anyone else gets their hands on them), we tip the balance of our planet and thwart the potential thriving of future generations, all the while keeping a suspicious eye on our neighbors in case they might be as ambitious as ourselves.

So how do we create a sociable world?

Following the law of attraction, if we want a new era we must shift our focus from anti-capitalism, anti-globilization, and anti-poverty to pro something. Pro what is the question. What will the world look like after capitalism?

This?

When I discuss the idea that there are alternatives to capitalism, many immediately respond by stating: ” but communism didn’t work”. Firstly, communism is not the only alternative to capitalism, and secondly, you can’t have an authentic communist country in a capitalist world.

Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century cuts through the ambiguous dreams of dreamers to propose actual improvements to our current government. Here is the synopsis:

“What if we had direct control over our daily lives? What if society’s defining institutions—those encompassing economics, politics, kinship, culture, community, and ecology—were based not on competition, individual ownership, and coercion, but on self-management, equity, solidarity, and diversity? Real Utopia identifies and obliterates the barriers to an egalitarian, bottom-up society, while convincingly outlining how to build it. Instead of simply declaring “another world is possible,” the writers in this collection engage with what that world would look like, how it would function, and how our commitments to just outcomes is related to the sort of institutions we maintain. Topics include: participatory economics, political vision, education, architecture, artists in a free society, environmentalism, work after capitalism, and poly-culturalism. The catchall phrase here is “participatory society”—one that is directly democratic and seeks institutional solutions to complex sociological and economic questions.”

I’ll discuss the content of the book in more detail in another post, but in the mean time, check it out.

I personally think that having watched Zeitgeist: Addendum, the first thing that must go is our monetary system. We need a blank slate, terrifying as that seems. Zeitgeist explains how the bank has more power than the government because the banks determine the money flow. Not vice versa. The co-first thing that must go is religion. No more pre-packaged thought systems – every (wo)man for his/herself.

Step Into A World

February 27, 2010

“There Is No Other”


A new short story published through an intriguing Los Angeles literary journal,

Two Hawks Quarterly: A Literary Uprising

“…sparking debate and discussion through exposing the world to the most challenging, edgy, and lyrical prose, poetry, memoir, and artwork available.”

How timely, given the upcoming special day:

“…show your boss who’s boss – no one!”

Police Brutality

February 22, 2010

The Face of the 2010 Games

I have had several alpha male types tell me in regards to the Heart Attack protests last weekend: they wanted to punch the protesters in the face. But does breaking a window give anyone the grounds to break your face?

No. In the court of law, you are required to be made whole regarding damaged or stolen property. If you hurt someone for ruining your stuff, there will be serious charges laid against you

Then WHY is this legal for the police?

Below is a compilation of some exceedingly brutal arrests made during the march which are an ominous sign of what is to come for our society since the police did not inflict proper discrepancy on who they were arresting. The Vancouver Police department took people down as they tried to disperse and they detained peaceful protesters in the street for a strangely long period of time. To violently attack anyone wearing black is not a solution for arresting the few in black who smashed windows – the police force didn’t know who they’re taking down, but someone had to pay. With them, the police brought machine guns, pellet guns, batons and shields (which they used), and tear gas, which was not used as the area was crowded with Olympic goers, or as one policeman called them “normal people”.

It is not illegal to cover your face with a mask on the street. If this were the case, the SWAT team would be breaking the law by covering their face in anticipation of the tear gas they may potentially deploy.

The videos all show protesters hitting the pavement and being hit and shoved with shields and batons. They do not show the protesters inciting violence towards law enforcement.

When a movie warns that it will contain violence, does this typically mean that you will see vandalism? Buildings being demolished?

No, it means that there will be bloodshed and people will get hurt.

A main intention of the protesters on the street on Saturday 13, 2010 was to show the world what becomes of those who express intense dissent towards government. You can disagree with the government, but make too strong a statement and you will be physically attacked.

Do You Believe?

February 18, 2010

The slogan for the Olympics this year is strangely similar to the old McDonald’s jingle: “Do you believe in magic?” (then something about always having a friend wearing big red shoes), the main quality I seek in friends. Anyway, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics somehow requires our belief for it to take place. But although the city is abuzz as expected with red-clad bandwagon riders who jump at the chance to celebrate drink, the city has also been in a state of perpetual protest, thousands gathering to express dissent about the two week party for the rich and the  corrupt society that Canada has sunken into.

Why Resist 2010?

  • Ecological Destruction

Despite claims to be the “greenest Olympics” ever, and PR statements about ‘sustainability’, the 2010 Olympics will be among the most environmentally destructive in history, with tens of thousands of trees cut down & mountainsides blasted for Olympic venues in the Callaghan Valley (near Whistler) & the Sea-to-Sky Highway expansion. In the summer of 2007, a record number of black bears were hit on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, with at least 11 dying (attributed to loss of habitat). Massive amounts of concrete used in construction have also caused millions of Salmon to die in the Fraser River, where tons of gravel are being mined to make concrete.

  • Homelessness

Since winning the 2010 Winter Games in 2003, Vancouver has lost over 850 units of low-income housing; during the same period, homelessness has increased from 1,000 to over 2,500. It is estimated by 2010, the number of homeless may be as high as 6,000. Since the 1980s, Olympic Games have caused the displacement of over 2 million people (Fair Play for Housing Rights report, 2007). In Seoul 1988, some 750,000 poor were displaced, in Atlanta 1996, over 30,000, and for Beijing in 2008, an estimated 1.5 million have been displaced. Yet still today Olympic officials talk about ‘sustainability’ and ‘Olympic legacies’! To ‘clean out’ the poor and undesirables, Olympic host cities routinely begin a campaign to criminalize the poor. In Vancouver, the city has launched Project Civil City and new by-laws to criminalize begging for money, sleeping outdoors, etc. It has also included hundreds of thousands of dollars for increased private security (i.e., the Downtown Ambassadors). New garbage canisters on streets make it more difficult for the poor to gather recyclables, and new benches make it impossible to lay down.

  • 2010 Police State

Some 12,500 police, military and security personnel are to be deployed for 2010, including Emergency Response Teams, riot cops, helicopters, armoured vehicles, etc. The RCMP plan on erecting 40 km of crowd-control fencing along with CCTV video surveillance cameras. Special security zones will be established to control entry near Olympic venues. For 3 weeks, Vancouver will be an occupied Police State! And once the Olympics are over, there is no guarantee many of these security measures will not remain (i.e., CCTV).
Repression also involves attacks on anti-Olympic groups & individuals, including arrests of protesters, raids of offices, surveillance, media smear campaigns, cuts to funding programs, etc., all in an effort to undermine anti-2010 resistance. This repression has already been used against anti-poverty & housing groups, environmentalists and Natives, in Vancouver.

  • Public Debt

VANOC and government officials claim the 2010 Games will cost some $2 billion. However, this amount doesn’t include the Sea-to-Sky Highway expansion, the Canada Line Skytrain to the airport, the Vancouver Convention Center, or the lower mainland Gateway Project. Including these costs, since they were necessary to win the bid and had to be completed by 2010, makes the true cost of the Games some $6 billion, which must be paid for through public debt, money that could have been spent on social services, housing, drug treatment, healthcare, etc.

  • Corporate Invasion

Governments and businesses use the Olympics as a means to attract corporate investment. In BC, the Liberal government has ‘streamlined’ application processes, cut taxes, and offered other incentives to increase certain industries such as mining, oil & gas drilling, and ski resorts. This includes large increases in transport systems, including new ports, bridges, expanded highways & rail-lines. This is all part of their Investment to 2010 Strategy. The results have been dramatic, record-breaking increases in these industries, resulting in greater environmental destruction and more corporate power & influence over our daily lives. Many of the main corporate sponsors of the Olympics are themselves responsible for massive ecological destruction and human rights violations, including McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Petro-Canada, TransCanada, Dow, Teck Cominco, etc., while others are major arms manufacturers (General Electric & General Motors).

On February 15th, a tent village was erected on an empty lot on East Hastings owned by an Olympic sponsor. Watch below what Canada was become:

That evening, several hundred gathered for a moving spectacle against globalization, poverty, and war on the downtown streets, ending at the tent village to show support.

Sticker left suprisingly not by myself

And NOW for your daily dose of propaganda:

(Meanwhile back at the ranch in Calgary, anarchists smashed up a McDonald’s in solidarity.)

Here are my points of contention with CTV’s spin on the protest, and yes – it was a protest:

  • You call the protesters violent, yet make no mention of anyone they hurt, although I know from participants that protesters were beaten in the street with batons.
  • Why were police so terrified of protesters blocking the Lion’s Gate Bridge when they close it bi-weekly at the drop of a hat based on “police business”? It was partially blocked this morning for an hour.
  • I’ve got news for you, the black bloc is not a small group, it is not even a group – it could be anyone behind those masks at any time. The same way that you hide behind your riot gear.
  • Police claim the anarchists are from Central Canada and the U.S.. There are anarchists in Vancouver, in every city. Anyone who has felt poverty, violence, and oppression is an excellent candidate for anarchy.
  • We must remember that the largest theft happens on a scale too massive to see, made legal by jargon and loopholes.

But the anarchist movement had this to say of Saturday’s protests:

The San Francisco-area blog, entitled “Beneath the snow: covering the resistance to the 2010 Olympics,” said the group of masked protesters, members of the “black bloc contingent,” have been a strong force of resistance since the Games opened in Vancouver Friday.

“What’s especially striking here… is how disciplined and strategically — even politically — effective they’ve been, and how much respect they’ve earned through their organizing efforts leading up to this point as well as their actions on the streets,” the author, who remained anonymous, wrote. The blog is produced by three writers involved in the social justice movement.

Two of Hearts

February 17, 2010

Two Hearts that Beat As One

Human + Animal = Beastiality True Love

Silly humans, fur is for animals.

Have you ever wanted to feel famous for a day? Well that was the experience Sunday as 12 activists took over the stairs at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Valentine’s Day. With thousands of camera happy people lurking around the fountain and clock, we had constant flashbulbs going off. Might have had something to do with the naked people…

This was my beginner attempt at banner making, which is an excellent thigh workout, btw, with all the hovering. The letters are made of everything from pastels, to oil paint, to tape, to gift bags, and there are also sparkles, diamond studs and tissue paper. Keep it simple.

We also had media attention, including a Russian newspaper and who I believe was Kermit the Frog.

Check out 24’s coverage here.


Behind the Scenes

Everyone loved the naked guys. From our Zac Efron look-alike who couldn’t put his clothes back on because there was too long a line-up of tweens wanting to take pics with him, to our super, super naked guy who was not afraid to go all the way for compassion and was so well-received, even families wanted to take pictures with him.

So there you go – feel famous, toned thighs – activism has its perks.


Heart Attack 2010

February 14, 2010

Clogging the Arteries of Vancouver

Olympic Welcoming Committee, Feb.12 2010

After thousands hit the streets yesterday to come together in protest of the 2010 Olympics, chaos broke out today in the downtown core of Vancouver, windows of various corporations smashed and doused in red paint, including The Royal Bank, The Bay, and Bell. The protesters, about 200, were in black bloc formation.

The Black Bloc

While some misguided protesters decided to vandalize personal property (?) others sent a strong anti-capitalist message to corporate sponsors. CBC is describing the group as “violent”, but it was the cops who committed violence – full on beatings with batons.

Property destruction is not the same as violence. Get your story straight CBC. Spin, spin, spin.

What is violence? Smashing a window, or someone's face?

Personally, I think kicking over mopeds on the DTES is stupid, but it was a sight for sore eyes to see The Bay’s windows demolished. The Bay makes millions of dollars off the needlessly cruel fur industry and are very much deserving of anger coming their way. Vans parked on the sidewalk tried to cover the broken windows. A woman stood in front of a window after holding a cardboard sign that said something like “Douchebags breaking windows is not protesting.” Of course, I yelled something about how The Bay skins animals alive only to have the media cameras on her aim at me, asking: “What is freedom?” I replied:

“The end of all oppressive systems”

An explanation of the tactis used for Heart Attack 2010:

“Diversity of tactics means support for each others’ chosen method of resistance while not threatening the lives of those around us. It is a way by which we hope to create space for the realization of tension, uncertainty, action, humour and beauty as we strive for new ways to engage with each other and against a common enemy. While we may practice one tactic or action, we do not chose yours. As participants we agree to leave the policing of tactics to our oppressors, not our comrades; we will not attack each other for using methods that are not our own. Through a diversity of tactics we are stronger and more cohesive towards our goal of giving Capitalism a massive coronary.”

*More footage of the protest to come…

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