Wednesday, 22 December 2010

This video makes me feel slightly sick

The student protests across the country against rising fees have subsided for christmas it seems but i'm hoping they continue into the new year as this isn't something we should let drop.
This story has recently caught my attention about a young protester, Jody Mcintiyre. He suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. This video explains the story. enjoy, or not...


The police are out of control. They are meant to serve the people not fight them. It sounds a little corny but with everything going on in the news the past few months i genuinely think something big is on its way. The world cannot carry on with the ridiculous system we currently have in place to run it.
More on this later.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Politician, can you make the right decision?

A documentary on Wikileaks and the founder

Into the wild

"make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."
— Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild)



Into the wild is an awesome film adaptation of the book by Jon Krakauer, everyone should watch it. Its a really powerful film based on a true story about a guy who was fed up with the world we live in so decided to up and leave.
Christopher McCandless, he shed this name early in his journey and became Alexander Supertramp.

The soundtrack by Eddie Vedder is also amazing, definitely worth getting hold of.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Sheep and wolves

Another blog find from a while ago, not my work but very good reading:

Of sheep and Wolves

My friend Sanjay likes to talk about sheep and wolves, he says he wants to meet wolves, the different, the aggressive, the free spirits. Sheep, as he describes, shop at Lowes, drink coffee at starbucks and go to dinner at the olive garden (I personally like the olive garden). I say being a sheep is easy, and if I were to venture a guess I'd say sheep are probably a much happier lot than their wolven antithesis. I wish I were a sheep, don't make too much noise, don't stray too far, don't complain when the time comes to get sheared, and in return your fed, protected, and allowed to spend your days frolicking in the grass and commiserating with your fellow sheepen brothers and sisters.

A wolf on the other hand is a killer, a hunter, a deeply intellectual strategist that finds himself unwelcome in most circumstances. Sheep fear wolves almost as much as shepherds do, always on the lookout, for the wolf is relentless, stealthy and quick. Wolves are tenaciously loyal, family, friend's, the pack travels light moving from one hunting ground to the next, always searching, always scanning, ready to kill if the opportunity should so arise. There are times when the hunts are prosperous, enough food to feed the pack, time to settle for a bit, enjoy the calm of pups wrestling in the sunlight on a brisk winter morning. But then there are the bad times, the starving times, these are the times the game is sparse and the pack, including the pups go hungry, no kill, no eat, starving wolves make poor bedfellows, and nothing is sadder than the day one must bury a pup.

Sheep know none of this, the bliss of the hunt, the pride of the kill, but they also no not the feeling of desperate hunger, the crushing agony of loss, sometimes inflicted by your own hand. Wolves are born, sheep are created. Wolves live their lives with a measure of calculated risk, they're gamblers, they're thinkers and if a wolf is not given, that wolf will take, for the knock of opportunity comes but a precious few times. Sheep, in contrast live their lives governed by fear and submission, instilled from birth, the sheep is taught restraint, rules, and a blind obedience to the master that protects and feeds. "Be happy your in here" says one sheep to the next "Who knows what could be out there." 

Ignorant fools you are.

Some text i found on a guys blog years ago speculating on society as it is today.

Ignorant fools you are:

Keep on running in your hamster wheel. day after day, and when you get your pay, consume stuff you don't need. Trapped in a world of ignorance, narrowmindedness and oppression. Eat your burger and feel good about destroying the environment, eating life brought up like plants, massproduced without love. You are driven by greed to be one of the selected few. Wear your suit with expensive brandnames, made from the same cotton as my worn out jeans. Comb your hair to be presentable to your god: pounds, dollars and euro. Then you can die a happy man, knowing that you polluted, harvested life as grown plants, knowing that your mountain of consumed goods is big enough to take you to your heaven of money and greed. But when the lights go out, you will know, you did this for nothing. all you contributed to was pollution, death and inequities, spreading your ignorance so others can do the same. You have been fooled, even though the truth has been in front of your eyes the entire time. You are an imprisoned slave, lured by your bottomless hunger for money and consumption, but you cannot realize it, you cannot see the bars of your prison, for it is in your own mind. If you did realize it, you would know that you've lived your life for nothing.

Monday, 13 December 2010

The System is a fraud

Recently watched the film 'Das Experiment' after hearing about it a few years ago. I started looking deeper into the theory behind the experiment and came across this lecture by Phillip Zimbardo, The Lucifer effect is what he has called the theory of how good people do evil things.
The lecture covers pretty much everything he studies. Interesting stuff
Links here:
 http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/459

Dizraeli

Dizraeli has some awesome tunes on youtube i was introduced to a while ago by a friend.
Bomb Tescos started popping up on my facebook news feed when Tescos decided they would attempt to open a new store in Stokes Croft, Bristol they're still trying! On a side note i don't think the songs actually related to this though.
good stuff!

Everything is OK!

The everything is ok series is something i came across on youtube a year or so ago. Basically two guys go out and highlight what a bad job uk police do and how fucked up some of the laws we have are. you should check the vids out heres one of them