Tag Archives: Scotland

Does the Alcohol industry run Scotland?

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Why Scotland will not have a fair Independence referendum. The Scottish media, largely controlled by Westminster, seem unable to report any of the GCHQ Snowden leaks. The English government was so concerned for national security they banned press reporting of the leaks within 48 hours. It seems this had more to do with protecting British businesses who appear to have been and complicit and may even have profited from selling our data to GCHQ and NSA. It has been revealed that GCHQ has access to our banking and medical records, think this may not be a big deal?, but consider your data has value, it’s value is decreasing. http://tacma.net/

We know GCHQ hacked Blackberries at G20 conference, Scottish MSPs will not admit to using ministerial Blackberries, but if you email an MSP, many have limited technical skills and will not remove the ‘sent from my Blackberry©’. So we know they use them, we can also assume GCHQ will be monitoring all calls and emails made by MSPs. Thus leaving Scottish Ministers vulnerable to blackmail from whomever.

We also know the NSA has planted it’s employees across communications and businesses, so we could assume GCHQ have employees in working businesses here in Scotland, we know they operate at Edinburgh University.

Why then is the Scottish media paying attention to a D notice issued by William Hague gagging the press over the Snowden affair?

Does the government in Scotland have any real power? Does the Alcohol industry run Scotland?

Dealings between Scottish Government and lobbyists should be video streamed online so the public is fully aware of how our country is being sold off and how MSPs profit.

The heroin and methadone industry makes millions of dollars for American drug companies at the expense of Scottish youngsters, Scotland doesn’t even own its own drug problem. Scottish MSPs allow this and and probably have a share in those profits. Scottish politicians have a long history of treachery against the Scottish people, but I have a feeling that is about to change, secrets are becoming redundant, especially in governments.

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 São Paulo removes urban visual pollution.  We propose the removal of all environmentally polluting outdoor adverts and billboards from Scotland’s skyline. We complain about spam in our email but think little of the spam in our surroundings. In particular alcohol advertising beside schools, how sinister. These spaces could be used for art projects or even lolcats.

The advertising industry criticized the city of São Paulo administration for the Cidade Limpa law, which prohibits all forms of external media and visual pollution such as billboards. Ad companies tried to keep the billboards in the streets with injunctions, but the supreme court determined the law to be constitutional. At any rate, support for the initiative from the public continues to be widespread.

Scotland Medieval Fiefdom

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Scottish Independence should include the return of the Crown Estate to Scotland. Most of the estates are playgrounds for wealthy outsiders. Scotland needs a Constitution that protects its people from their leader’s financial interests.

  • The Crown Estate’s energy and infrastructure portfolio includes managing the seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit. ??
  • The body has the right (given by whom?) to explore and utilise the resources of the UK Continental Shelf, apart from oil, gas and coal.
  • It has the right to license renewable energy in the form of offshore wind, wave and tidal power. What?
  • Its rural and coastal portfolio covers about half of Scotland’s foreshore, where it manages about 800 aquaculture leases and 5,000 moorings. eh?
  • It also controls 42,000 hectares of rural Scotland, including the Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth, Stirling and Whitehill estates. what the fuck?
  • 140 Scottish river salmon fishing locations. Medieval Fiefdom

Over the past 5 years the Crown Estate has been selling off Scotland, “The Crown Estate is a significant landowner and rural landlord in Scotland “. However, it is still an anomaly that – post-devolution – the Crown Estate commissioners are not accountable to Scotland’s communities. “I have met with Highlands and Islands local authorities and know they believe Scotland is missing out on revenue and income generated from our seabed. Importantly, the Crown Estate is the only public body that currently stands to accrue a direct benefit from offshore development and our massive offshore renewable potential.

Do whale carcasses beached on Crown Estate foreshore belong to The Crown Estate?

No. Whales, amongst other species, are part of what is known as ‘Royal fish‘, and when beached, theoretically The Queen can claim ownership. In practice however, is it dealt with by a government or local agency, dependent on the location of the whale.

Since the late 1980’s the Crown Estate have also supported a policy of conservation by retaining coastal netting stations in hand and un-let, in order to preserve fishing on game estates and prevent poor people from fishing for food. Scottish people starve while their resources are harvested.

http://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/fears-over-crown-estate-sell-off.11110063

Declaration of Independence

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José Clemente Orozco (Mexican, 1883–1949)

United States Declaration of Independence In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=61486

Colony

This is a passage from ‘In The “Heart of Darkness” by Nigerian Olu Oguibe, it has significance here as Nigeria is a former British Colony and displays certain parallels with current colonisation of Scotland and the invented history and traditions.

“Prehistory. History. Post History. It is evidence of the arrogance of occidental culture and discourse that even the concept of history should be turned into a colony whose borders, validities, structures and configurations, even life tenure are solely and entirely decided by the West. This way history is constructed as a validating privilege which it is the West’s to grant, like United nations recognition, to sections, nations, moments, discourses, cultures, phenomena, realities, peoples. In the past fifty years, as occidental individualism grew with industrial hyperreality, it has indeed become more and more the privilege of individual discourse and schools of thought to grant, deny, concede, and retract the right to history. Time and history are no longer given. indeed history is to be distinguished from History, and the latter reserved for free market civilisation, which , depending on the school of thought, would either die or triumph with it. ”

excerpt from  The Culture Game By Olu Oguibe 1964

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=F2kh_cezizoC&pg=PA3&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false

Scotland’s best galleries have become well decorated canteens for the wealthy.

The following passage is from a text by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (July 26, 1937 – March 22, 1980). I would hope any Scottish artists or observers may find this interesting. Scotland’s arts should be more accessible. Scotland’s best galleries have become well decorated canteens for the wealthy.

Art is no longer an instrument of intellectual domination, can no longer be used as something ‘supreme’ unattainable, as pleasure for the whisky drinking bourgeois or the speculative individual: the only art of the past which will remain is that which can be apprehended as direct emotion, what can release the individual from his oppressive conditioning, giving him a new dimension which responds to his behaviour. The rest will fall, since it was an instrument of domination. One thing is definite and certain: the search for the supra-sensorial, for man’s life experiences, is the ‘discovery of will’, through which the ‘experimental exercise of liberty’ (Pedrosa), by the individual to which it opens itself. Only truths matter here, in themselves, without metaphorical transposition

Hélio Oiticica 1937-1980 ‘Appearance of the Supra-Sensorial’ from English translation Hélio Oiticica, Rotterdam: Witte de With; Minneapolis: Walker Art Center 1992

Scottish Independence

The “5 Stars Movement” is not a political party nor does it have the goal of becoming one in the future. It seeks being an avenue for achieving an effective exchange of ideas and democratic debate using the Internet as the means of communications normally assigned to political representatives.

Independence for Scotland.

Free high speed internet access for all citizens.

End political and economic corruption.

E-Voting, whereby citizens may have more input to important collective decisions.

Decriminalisation of prohibited drugs and health care rather than criminal justice.

 

Lolcat doesn't want to be censored.

Lolcat doesn’t want to be censored. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Information is one of the foundations of democracy and citizen’s survival. If the control of
information is concentrated in a few hands, loss of democracy is unavoidable. If information is constrained by economic powers more than single citizens, corporate interests and economic
power groups prevail over the interests of the population. For these reasons, information is the background to any other area of social interaction. A citizen that is not informed or uninformed cannot take decisions, cannot choose, they are forced, then, into a passive consumer and voter role, prevented to have a say on the choices concerning it.”

Beppe Grillo
Comedian