Julien Blanc “pick up Artist” and the use of petitions to help the girls or not as the case maybe.

The petition to deny US ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc a UK visa (which I didn’t sign) reached more than 156,000 signatures. Yet a petition pressuring David Cameron to fund rape crisis centres, or to close down Yarl’s Wood – the immigration detention centre for women ( widely criticised for its treatment of vulnerables) gets barely noticed. A petition (which I signed) to close Yarl’s Wood was set up earlier this year, and has attracted fewer than 50,224 supporters signatures with another 24,776 needed. The reason I didn’t sign the Julien Blanc petition not because I didn’t agree with it but I knew that I didn’t have to. The media had already decided to make him an example and it was job done.


So how do we get them to apply the same pressure about the shutting down of our rape crisis centres. A time when rape is now seemingly not a serious enough issue for the police to bother recording properly or even investigating it at all. And how so we highlight a Immigration Removal Centre where traumatised women are invisible, run by the security company Serco.  A company who had to payback £68.5m for overcharging on criminal tagging contracts and has just had £600 million wiped off it’s market value. This doesn’t seem a company that is going to be focused on these traumatised vulnerable women and children after all it has shareholders to answer to.

Titelbilder_Rape_Crisis_Facebook_B-940x290So are we just going to have summary executions by bandwagon kangaroo courts in the form of petitions? and if we are, can we spare a little of that venom for the government and the capitalist companies that are doing as much damage, if not more to these women we should be supporting. We need to be screaming from the roof tops about these women, but we’re not we screaming about a man.



We want a book bloc they look so cool




So with the student demo coming up I am hoping there will be a book bloc. For a number of reasons. Firstly the visuals are brilliant and the titles of the books they use can be thought provoking and relevant to the day, covering culture, politics, thought, history or comedy. This also serves the purpose of a highlighting the attack on our education system and seems to show a dark side of our intellect being attacked. Secondly they are brilliant for protection from the police brutality that we saw in 2010 and they keep the formation of a bloc nice and tidy.  We have seen book blocs used around the world, London, Italy, Brazil to very great effect

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If your feeling creative here is a quick guide to making a book shield:

Things you will need

Cardboard/Foam Rubber/ Plexiglas

Cable ties



1) Firstly cut some book size shapes from the cardboard / Foam Rubber/ Plexiglas

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Layer the 5 sheets as shown above. Drill three holes on each of the long side  of the block and two holes for each of the rope handles.

2)  Secure the side holes tightly with cable ties. Cut off the ends that are sticking out.


3) Now you can insert a single length of rope into the holes to form the arm handles. You can wrap these in material to pad them our a little and make them easier on your arms.








4) Place your arm in the rope handles to make sure it fits well and then tie the ends of the rope from the front.


5) Cut of the ends of the rope from the front. Now the fun part. Think carefully of your book title and what might represent you or what message you want to put across. Depending on how artistic you are you can either draw and use spray paint to design your book or you can use a projector and trace the cover artwork .









6)  Now you have your book shield. When out on the street place your arms in the rope handles and use the shield to non violently push back against containment lines, or use is to protect yourself from police batons. Practice using the shields in group formations  for display and protection. remember you are turning the media “story of the battle” into the “battle of the story” Use the books to hold your ground.

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#Solidarity from the Hampstead Mum


What I hate about anon is also what I love about them


What scares the establishment most is a group of people with no particular ideology and lots of anger and a belief that they can change the world. Welcome to the world of anon.

I’m not going to try and explain what anon is here I am just putting forward my view of what I see as their relationship with the establishment

As individuals I take issue with anon their half baked ideas and conspiracies theories, their ego’s and their crass and insulting methods of communication, the list could be endless as we look at them as individuals and all their shortfalls. But this is what makes it so difficult for the authorities, there is only one thread that is consistent in this group and that is their catch phrases, their logo and the fact that every Nov 5th from here on in there will be world wide gatherings of angry people and they have no leaders.

To be honest I think my biggest single issue with anon is whom they target. All that energy and power that is wasted on the most inane targets sometimes individuals, sometimes governments, sometime each other and this is where lies the contradiction it is this very reason that I love anon. There is no format there is no process there is no rhyme nor reason to a lot of what they do and because of this they scare the establishment.

Anons do not originate from one particular social group they originate from the internet where nobody can see what car you drive or know what job you do. You can be 12 you can be 40, you can be a hacker or just a member of one of the thousands of on line anon groups. On a daily bases all these people are individuals sat in front of their computer but once a year they all come together in the flesh and nobody knows what the fuck they are going to do. No plans other that the obvious march on Downing Street a little deviation to go shout at the Queen “Who’s Queen Our Queen? ” ( Not mine actually they all need lining up and shooting) and the rest will be chaos and the police can not plan for chaos.

So how do the police prepare for this group of people with no particular target, no cohesive plan and no end goal, they go into lock down. This alone just says to me how scared they are of this group. The only other group of people that cause such a reaction is the world wide Occupy movement.

Appeals sent out to the “organisers” by police were desperate and pleading not the best approach I feel as there is nothing organised at all about Nov 5th other than it is happening. These appeals further made them a laughing stock, prompting ridicule and satirical email responses from all round the world to the Met.

So in a playground kind of emotionally immature way. Your not doing what I want so this is how I am going to respond. The police came out in full, puffing up their chests and twitching for a fight. They went over the top barricading off that lovely piece of grass which has been highlight in the recent Battle of the Tarpaulin by Occupy Democracy. They themselves responded to the fear of the unknown in a truly thuggish manner. The layout of the barricades and the policing tactics made this a public safety issue with pinch points and no room for movements as more and more people arrived. Their appearance in full riot from the offset and a Sargent  foaming out of his mouth as adrenaline rushed through his veins did nothing than create an air of menace.

Imagine if as we see celebrations in other European countries they had just left this Nov 5th celebration to it’s own devices. People would have turned up met people they only knew from alt accounts, they would have hugged and laughed and pointed other anons out to each other and a night of introductions would have continued, a few fireworks would have been fired and a mini rave may have taken place. Just  because you can’t control them doesn’t mean you have to batter them. I am not saying that there won’t be incidents that occur but this is their time and if they want to dance on parliament and swing from the lamp posts and create photo ops by the thousand why not? what you scared of ?

The police were set up to deal with the mob all those years ago and this is still the same the police are protecting the capitalist system against the mob.

So my love hate relationship for anons continues. For those politically engaged that slag them off for anons lack of politics Lighten up we need them they are our allies. Diversity of tactics and all that.

P.S I hear Vivian Westwood was there.


Emotional blackmail brought to your home courtesy of the Royal British Legion

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I am reblogging this my very first blog from last year as once again we are made run the gauntlet of Poppy sellers trying to sell us the war machine. I arrived at Tower Hill station to see the barriers lined with uniforms and rattling tins. There was no possible way I could escape the shake and look as I chose to weave myself through the line. Here I had to stop and catch my breath as a young soldier leaned towards me waving a card machine at me and told me “It’s ok if you haven’t got cash, Support our troops”
Once outside the station the assault course had only just began, the street from Tower Hill station to Fenchurch street was lined either side with members of Her majesties forces, once these had been dodged, there was then the onslaught of public with the red poppies followed by more poppies sellers inside and outside the turnstiles at Fenchurch Street and the public announcement system telling us of the sale of poppies in the station ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!
I have read articles of how trite is the sea of blood. Thousands of poppies representing those who have fallen flooding the Tower of London and I have read how some think it is a UKIP style memorial as the poppy is a symbol used by the far right in their nationalistic views. Today I met 2 elderly ladies whom had travelled from up North to see the poppies. “It’s lovely to think that one of those poppies represents my father” one said to me. So I am not sure what I think of it myself, it’s impressive as an installation but pretty crap in the art stakes and it seems important for some, but overall I think it has missed the point. This poor attempt of artistic symbolism has taken away the sombre reality this is about war, death, loss, sacrifice of the poor souls that had no choice but to fight or be killed for not fighting. They seem to have celebrified the event it’s now a show. You can now buy a piece of this experience. Are they having a fucking laugh or what?
So yeah this is another rant on top of the rant I am reblogging from last year. I wasn’t going to but the celebration of war disgusts me. Where people that want peace are the ones that are having to defend them selves against people that want to celebrate war in the sick rationale that this is some kind of memorial to remind us not to let it happen again, whilst it is happening again and innocents are dying all over the world at the hands of the capitalist war machine. Am I missing something here?
I honour and mourn all those who died for my freedoms anywhere, everywhere and at any given point in time.


Only a few weeks ago I was involved in some actions against the Arms Fair. A place where Arms dealers from around the world came to show off their fineries, compare the size of their missiles and flash the cash. A place where Arms companies can be found to be dealing in items  of torture. Dealers were wined and dined in heritage landmarks like the Cutty Sark and put in the finest of hotels to rise early to discuss and deal in death over a nice Almond Croissant and a flat white. All of this subsidised by the British tax payers through sweeteners bullshit bullshit bullshit. As if the War Machine needs subsidising at all. But this is not about the Arms Fair this is about the War Machine on our doorstep.

So for the last few weeks on FB as Novemeber  11th comes  closer the more and more…

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