Category Archives: United Kingdom

Black Mirror – 4od

Orwellian drama based in a future that although may be terrifying to think of, it doesn’t seem that unrealistic given the nature of our current progression.

This link is for the 2nd of 3. 15 Million Merits

Be sure to check out the other 2 within this link.

 

15 million merits

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Claims from the press: 1 cannabis joint = 20 Cigarettes

This is just a single shining example of how information can be regurgitated, twisted, printed, reprinted and fed to a nation.

To make the point clear this is not a pro or anti cannabis debate, but the debate itself is the launch pad for this post.

We all know that newspapers are the not the most democratic or the least biased in their articles and I guess this claim might very be true. I am no expert. I haven’t studied the topic and I am definitely no scientist. Despite there being potential positive and negative effects of smoking weed, why can safely assume that the claim,’one cannabis joint is as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes,’ is bollocks?

The answer? This tabloid claim was based a statement by the British Lung Foundation.

“It is difficult to ascertain whether or not the inhalation of cannabis causes damage to the lungs and airways independently of the tobacco smoke or not.”  This is a far cry from ” a joint a day is as bad as 20 cigarettes”

From Bellacaledonia

The full article gives a better understanding of claim and subsequent debate with Kaye Adams.

Give it a read and your opinion. Was this original quote “A joint a day is ‘as bad as 20 cigarettes” a reasonable claim?

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2012/06/06/cannabis-lung-cancer-and-the-wild-misleading-claims-of-the-british-lung-foundation-an-open-letter-to-kaye-adams/

Wait, can’t we just keep eating?

Apparently not. Between global food shortagesgenetically modified food, destruction of the environment, and pesticides galore, its hardly surprising that many experts believe we are up shit creek. (That wasn’t a direct quote)

There are many answers circulating, some involving further human intervention but one in particular seems to provide answers on most if not all levels.

The ‘movement’ is called permaculture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

http://www.permaculture.org.uk/

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/

 

See what you make of BBC’s Farm for the future. It helps to bring many issues into light

Quick simplification of UK economics

Can be found in the first paragraph of this article:

From The Guardian

Mumford and Sons: Tour with a difference

These guys could and have sold out arenas and big gig venues, but their new tour defies an agenda based on maximising profit. It’s got locals in mind.

Mumford & sons on stage

Their upcoming UK tour over May and June 2012 will see them play small venues who don’t usually get the chance to experience bands with this much success.

In an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 6 the band likened each tour date as a mini festival, seeing it as a celebration of a particular place. This is then furthered by joining other bands to play smaller gigs (could maybe be considered more jam sessions) at local pub’s etc.

To find out the details, dates and venues check out their website and this link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17703945

http://www.mumfordandsons.com/

Art: Is it all me, me, me?

If your looking for an answer to this question, I will tell you now. I do not know for sure but I can offer an opinion. We would know the answer if we could figure out an even deeper routed philosophical question. Is there such a thing as a selfless act?

I’m not even going to bother with ins and outs of that specific question. Bringing it back to question in the title, the answer is NO. Art is not all me, me, me. Though many artists would have you believe otherwise.

An artists work (an embodiment of their ideas) are in my opinion, a balance between the internal (self, ego, interpretation, opinion etc) and the external (everything else in the world that influences us). This balance may vary dramatically.

Even the best attempts at making selfless work still have some sort of artistic input. The Boyle family still chose darts to throw, a map to hit and the medium of casting.

Social and political art is by nature, swaying towards the external. Of course there will always be the influence of the internal and critics will often use this to undermine social, political or protest art (as well as other criticism), but what is prevalent is that not all art is me, me, me. There are people out there making art on the basis that they want to help influence mindsets or make a comment that goes beyond exploring ‘me’, some existential question or art in itself.

Now I want to make, encourage and spread social, political, ‘external’ art (and media) and maybe the subconscious part of me knows that it’s because I want to feel good in myself at some level, but I know I do so because I feel the world needs to see an alternative side other than being presented everyday. Though this could be argued against purely on number of ‘I’s in the previous sentence. Or even more so, based on the fact that I linked my own blog when mentioning the Boyle family.

What I do know is I will continue to show/make etc work based on the influence of others on me and then hopefully me on others so that in the end people can make their own, democratic decisions. And that sentence include a few “me’s” and “I’s” but will still argue that it is not all me, me, me. Make up your own mind and come to your own conclusions.

In doing so you might to browse some social or political art.

http://www.socialpoliticalart.com/

Or if your thinking it doesn’t matter what the topic is because its all about taste, genre, style, medium etc… then I may do a write up about that. On MY blog 😉

 

Which I have now done: http://bobwinton.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/specific-to-my-own-work/

Facebook: Democracy UK & Robin Hood Tax

Democracy UK followers: 305 000

Robin Hood Tax followers: 264 000

I’ve never been too great at the old bit mathematics but I would argue that it says a lot about the online community when the UK’s ‘page for politics’ only has abooouut 15% (?)  more followers than Robin Hood Tax.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent thing that people are tuning into the workings of the nation but considering Downing Street was willing to look into stripping  London rioters of their benefits with only 100,000 people backing it, why are campaigns like The Robin Hood Tax going virtually unnoticed?

Either way, keep up the good work in taking notice and being aware. Let’s translate Facebook ‘likes’ into votes.

 

Here are a few more to go liking.

http://www.facebook.com/robinhoodtax

http://www.facebook.com/democracyuk

http://www.facebook.com/aljazeera

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indymedia-Scotland/112397998791587

http://www.facebook.com/wagingnonviolence

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Liberation-Network/104456309633852

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RT-Latest-News/146856225340128