Totally Pointless Policing

Whoever placed this poster outside New Scotland Yard (HQ of the Metropolitan Police), not only does that take serious cojones you are my Person of the Year ;-) These posters are originally from Strike Magazine and seems like someone has worked out how to replace those bus shelter posters with something far more truthful.

And cheaper than MILLIONS the Met spent last year telling us how so wonderful and brilliant they are. They spent nearly half a million pounds on that campaign alone? Right.

Apparently they’ve been Infiltrating Christmas too on the Tube. Love it. Subvertisements with some real meaning, at last…let the #notallpolice and #onebadapple comments commence!

Russell Brand and tax havens

John mentioned this to me, and thus I googled what it was about – so Russell is a hypocrite because his LANDLORD uses a tax haven? What is that to do with him? I didn’t know you could choose how your landlords invest their money? It’d be great if you could, especially mine. His response video is great, and points out the hypocrisy of Murdoch and others using tax havens legally (yet morally corrupt) to avoid tax. He’s right that the issue isn’t him, but the fight that’s going on elsewhere like New Era, and that the law should change. I’d make it if say, Vodafone or Amazon has a single bit of local infrastructure (a warehouse, mobile antennas etc) then they are classed as a local company and must pay local tax.

As well if anyone trades or works here, like ‘British’ pop stars such as Cliff Richard, they should pay tax here (he’s not actually British, many of the pop stars that trot out and pretend to be National Treasures have foreign citizenship and have fucked off abroad, and pay no or little tax here…so why roll them out for Band Aid 30 or support their crap?). Get outs like ‘my wife owns the flat’ or ‘my partner really owns the company’ shouldn’t be allowed either, and it’s disrespectful to those who want to come here and work that some rich people – ironically the ones that follow UKIP crap – don’t contribute. I’d set max work and stay limits for those rich people who expect to stay here and pay no tax (a few weeks or a month, then sling yer hook), and not allow them to work at all unless they are contributing to local tax and are applying and want to become a citizen. We don’t need these rich parasites, jetting in promoting their latest single then fucking off to L.A. or Barbados.

We do need more people like Russell Brand though, that use their power and wealth for good, and point out the stupidity of the system.

Oh and he’s right about that O’Brien bloke, complete snide. Journalists should focus on the facts at hand, attacking the messenger is very low, and “comedian lives in London and pays high rent to do so” – that’s not news? And it reeks of that whole ‘If you’re such a communist/socialist why don’t you go to Russia and live there!’ I faced in the 1980s, making the whole argument a puerile tit-for-tat which sidelines the real issues. I think the #TheSunLogic tweets are classic, and point out the fallacy that if you’re going to challenge everyone with ludicrous accusations of hypocrisy, then no-one can do anything.

Now if HE had a tax haven that would be news, but this is classic yellow press, trying to create guilt by association, because AFAIK he doesn’t, and his landlord’s affairs are nothing to do with him, nor does he have a choice. I wish you could choose a landlord like that, it would be great. Mine would be out tomorrow!

Black Friday: Ferguson or Modern Warfare?

Robert Cohen of St Louis Post Despatch posted this image of Ferguson last night, it looks like a dystopian computer game, the sort that will be flying off the shelves in parts of the western world in tomorrow’s ‘Black Friday’ – but not in places like this.

Sadly it’s real, it’s not a cut-scene, and you will see more of this as the result of not indicting Officer Darren Wilson explodes across America.
You can see more in the gallery, great shots but for sad reasons, and amazing that a first-world country could get like this?

And more liberal hand-wringing, and blaming the victims, but when you see the last words of those who have died, like Kenneth Chamberlain, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kendrec McDade, Jonathan Ferrell – the list goes on, and in black and white hits hard. And don’t forget the black women, who tend to get forgotten in these times, sure the fear of the black man and gang culture means that black men are killed more often, but sadly like with the case of Aiyana Jones or Yvette Smith a police response or search for others can be deadly.

This is Cherie Groce territory, and must stop – recently flash bang grenades were used in another SWAT raid on a family home, and a baby was hurt. Military tactics and SWAT teams should not be used near children, whatever the crimes of the person who they are looking for – they usually come willingly anyway.

And then you find that the boys in blue in almost all of these cases never were prosecuted – at the most lost their jobs, but never faced jail time. So they are 100% perfect then? I don’t think so. The millions in wrongful death suits put paid to that.

To put it in a wider context, bigger than the United States, this is all part of an attack on the working class, the poor. Be you transgender, female, sexworker, black, white or just in the wrong place – the 1% rich are scared of you, that you might take their trinkets away. So the police in the West are militarising, realising that when the shit hits the fan, and people realise how much the bankers and bureaucrats have sold them and their pensions down the river, they can resist in force.

That’s not to downplay racism, because that’s an extra evil in this, as with homophobia it makes the little soldier drones happy in what they’re doing, it confirms their own fascist biases, makes them happy to hold open the door of the gas oven and stuff you inside. It’s easier to treat people like shit if they are dispossessed, poor, immigrants, or of a race or gender or sexuality that they or society at large don’t like. So sadly some groups get the double whammy of attacked by the police, and then told you deserved it by the community at large.

But mark my words – those 1% don’t care about anyone, be they police, army, camp commandants, liberals, right-wingers or middle managers…you are all one step away from Ferguson. ‘They do not care about black people’ is just as much ‘They don’t care about poor people’. And poor to them is those who aren’t millionaires. It’s genocide.

The soundtrack to this for me is Run The Jewels 2’s Early, which I played on the podcast last night, which details Killer Mike’s fears of being arrested in front of his kids and partner:

Scab Aid

For profit, stars, and company
Consumers of the world agree
Nothing sells like disaster, let it be.

Rather appropriate The Scum & Let It Be by Chumbawamba – originally in response to The Sun and others cashing in on the Zeebrugge Ferry disaster, but just as well applies to any of these charity songs. Also a good reminder of how evil Rupert Murdoch is, and how Cameron and co. want to take up back to that terrible time, of Miner and Printer Strikes, well actually they’d prefer you didn’t struggle and peacefully went into the workhouse or gas oven.

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