Ann Narkeh Media’s 2017, so far. [PRAXIS]

Massive thanks to everybody in this ever decreasing filter bubble who’s still seeing and helping to share my stuff. Special yuuuge thanks to the four lovely people who have also kindly contributed £77 towards my doings this year.

Knowing that kind folks appreciate my stuff and have my back keeps me strong with the force. Thankyou all so much. 🙂

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I’ve sadly failed some of my Radical Resolutions for this year already. Still smoking. Such is life. Given myself to the end of this year to wean myself off fags and finally pack it in. I also failed to keep up with my commitment to producing weekly damage reports. Sorry. They took ages to put together and hardly anybody was seeing them.

I’ve been reflecting on the last period of creative activity and have arrived at some conclusions.

  1. My stuff is only reaching people if I spend time aggressively ‘Marketing and Distributing’ it. Endlessly reposting, retweeting , scheduling posts, messaging people who might be interested, directly ASKING them to help share stuff, tagging people etc…
  2. ‘Marketing and Distributing’  is compromising time which would be better spent creating new things (and if it’s not already annoying people, it will start to).
  3. I’ve over done it and am exhausted.

January has been Ann Narkeh Media‘s most productive month so far. I created an average of one new thing each day in January. praxis

I’m going to give myself a little break now, to develop new theories and strategies before getting stuck back in.

PRAXIS makes perfect…

‘Normal’ Service Will be Resumed ASAP.

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Weekly Review – 8th January 2017

One of my Radical Resolutions for this year is to be more proactive and disciplined with celebrating, supporting and sharing other people’s stuff.

These were the most noteworthy, interesting and inspiring things from Ann Narkeh Media’s ideological echo chamber this week, for your edification and lulz.

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I’m not normally into the old sports and that, but these two stories caught my eye.

There was a great #NoDAPL #Divest banner drop at the US Bank stadium in Minneapolis on New Year’s Day.

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And Tunisia’s Club Africain fans displayed these “created by the poor, stolen by the rich” banners before their friendly against Paris St Germain:

 

The 70-mile long crack in the Larsen C ice shelf grew another 11 MILES in December alone. That leaves just 12 miles before an iceberg the size of Delaware snaps off into the Southern Ocean.

Wednesday was #FatCatWednesday when UK bosses had ‘earned’ more than the average worker’s £28k annual salary in just two and a half days…

On Thursday, London breached it’s annual air pollution limit for ALL of 2017 – In Just FIVE DAYS!

Hooray for Finland who have become the first country to put #Basic Income into practice!

2017 is going to be another busy year for the UK’s anti-fracking movement.

Fracking monsters Cuadrilla have started drilling in Lancashire. Reclaim The Power made this statement regarding the odious corporation’s move.
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Massive love and respect to whoever got the Anti-Fracking RickShaw Banner Response Unit together within hours of the news breaking…

Seems a good time to tweak this graphic which I rushed together for the last Cuadrilla comms blockade. (called off by Tina Rothery after winning her court case just before Christmas last year…)

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Simultaneously, INEOS are preparing to frack historic Sherwood Forest. Get yer tights on – it’s Robin Hood time! 

Drill or Drop‘s Ruth HayHurst put together this great roundup of some of this week’s protests against dirty fuel. frack-off.org.uk have published this map detailing all the current threats and the growing resistance around the country.

People are also mobilising against the latest round of PSPOS being used to criminalise and persecute the increasing numbers of homeless folk in the UK.

Sadly, yet another Ro̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶Sl̶e̶e̶p̶e̶r̶ Homeless HUMAN BEING has already frozen to death after being found in a Liverpool city centre gateway.

 

Scottish musician, Alasdair Codona has ended his 24 DAY hunger strike after MSPs finally agreed to talk about changing Scotland’s homeless laws. He had been starving himself to death outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to protest at the treatment of homeless people by local authorities. For 24 DAYS. He is currently recovering in hospital.

 

GOOD READS 

THIS article by Ed Jones for opendemocracy.net is a MUST READ for citizen journalists and everybody actually. It gets a bit scary towards the end, but being unaware is more scary in my very humble opinion.

Amongst many factoids about media corruption which may be familiar to this site’s filter bubble, the author offers this brilliant list of co-operative media sources – trustworthy alternatives to the fake news peddled by corporate controlled tabloid media;

Alternative media such as openDemocracy, Indymedia, Democracy Now andRed Pepper have existed for years, while The Canary was launched online a year ago. There has also been a resurgence of co-operatively owned media after some failed experiments in the 1970s, with The New Internationalist (now apparently the UK’s oldest workers’ co-operative) still surviving from that period. These media co-operatives are either owned by their workers, their readers or both as multi-stakeholder co-operatives. Corporate Watch and Strike! Magazine – both workers’ co-operatives – have been running since 1996 and 2012 respectively. The Morning Star has been a reader owned co-operative for several years. Ethical Consumer converted into a multi-stakeholder co-operative in 2008. The Bristol Cable has recently been created by local residents as a co-operative. Positive News has recently been crowdfunded by its readers to be a co-operative. STIR magazine is planning to transition to a co-operative structure. In the UK the co-operative movement founded their own publication in 1871 to report on the co-operative movement – the Co-operative Press – which continues as Co-operative News to this day.

The list continues, detailing co-operatively owned media sources around the world.

Another great article I missed towards the end of last year was by The Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum. An honest, uplifting account of his visit to the #NODAPL protest camp at #StandingRock How Standing Rock solved my 2016, First World problems. Initially frustrated by his inability to make himself useful, Andy meets a  “sexy, sassy, long-haired gay Navy vet named Hey” and many others who offer insights into why so many are compelled to help the long arc of history bend towards justice at standing rock and around the world.

Protesters are still being arrested at #StandingRock. The fight is not yet over there yet, it looks like it might be just beginning.

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA LIST: RECOMMENDATION

wrong_kind_of_green_logoI was recommended The Wrong Kind of Green, which is a 100% volunteer, critical-thinking collective which stands united behind ‘The Peoples Agreement’ to protect the rights of mother earth, agreed upon in Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 2010.

The site’s content focuses on exposing Big Green corruption, from spin doctors to false front NGOs to the doings of the Global Shadow Government and Military Industrial Complex.

This site has been added to the Alternative Media List.

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This toon by @SKZCartoons on the sickness of in 2017…is tragic, but brilliant.

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CROWDFUNDER!

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The ARTIST TAXI DRIVER, @chunkymark is crowdfunding BREXSHIT The Movie.

I’ve got no money to spare at the moment, so I made this poster for him instead.

Really pleased that he liked it enough to make it his profile picture! 😀

Click here if you can spare a few quid to help him out.

 


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  • If I can raise £24, I can get rid of the adverts on this site for a year! 

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HAVE A CHRISTMAS

Ann Narkeh’s End of Year Message

I’m overdue a break, so I’m shutting down to recharge and scheme radical resolutions for a more productive rEVOLution in 2017.

This article by Gary Glass for Real Media perfectly sums up my feelings regarding CHRISTMAS AND THE REPRODUCTION OF CAPITALISM how Christmas fails to reconcile the social and ecological alienation of Capitalism, instead reinforcing it.

“Christmas is a kind of bourgeois leisure-time devoted to excessive shopping, making it a pivotal moment in the continued reproduction of consumer capitalism. Pagan and Christian customs have been recycled since the Victorian era into the 21st century as aesthetic props for this annual revelry in the power of mass production.”

“A wide enough cultural rejection of the debt servicing that the Christmas tradition necessitates would significantly disrupt business as usual. Meanwhile mulled wine, twinkling lights and a roast are possibly all that maintains the social order from deteriorating into a real winter of discontent.

You can read the full article here.

I found it really uplifting to read somebody expressing so articulately that which I usually struggle with during the holiday season. Nobody wants to upset the one day of the year when we’re supposed to embrace our loving, generous nature…maybe I should just hibernate this year…

Massive thanks to all the Ann Narkeh Media supporters who’ve helped me keep it lit with contributions, collaborations and distributions in 2016. You know who you are. You’re the best, thankyou.

This will be the 173rd thing I have posted on this site since starting to document my doings at the start of the year. I’ve received about 600 odd quid in contributions from people who support these doings in that time. This has been reinvested in phone credit/livestreaming time, phone reconditioning, buying the domain name annnarkehmedia.com, tobacco, coffee and food while I was sanctioned by the DWP. I’ll update all the things I’m grateful to my subscribers and supporters for helping me with on my wishlist.

In addition to having been apparently ghost banned on fedbook, I received a report from a friend today that my paypal ‘contribute’ button isn’t working now… I last received a contribution of a tenner, 10 days ago. Prior to that another kind person contributed a fiver in late November. (thankyou both – very much appreciated)

If you’re able to try slinging me a quid or two to test it, please do and let me know if it’s broken or not. I am more skint than ever (as most people are…).

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All this digital censorship mullarkey has been quite disheartening on one level, but I’m determined to take it as flattery and redouble my efforts. I’m an artivist, not a capitalist. I’m not doing this for contributions, (though they have definitely kept me healthier in mind and body).

I think my doings this year have been quite good even if the hyper paranoid, neo McCarthyist, militarised, corporate police state  1% don’t like it.

If ‘they’ don’t like it enough to censor it, then I (we) must be doing something right…

It’s not just ‘dissent’ which they are clamping down on. To my eyes and ears, there is a full blown war on people’s capacity to think and feel for ourselves. The corporate controlled culture is going hell for leather to destroy our confidence to express any true thoughts and feelings we might have. The 1% want absolute control over the popular narrative. Meme wars which have been going on since way before Orwell are being fought today. The internet offers us the means to democratise this control, but the battlefield is still not level.

At this juncture then, it is critical that wsiezethememeswpe truly understand what is happening in order to develop new strategies.

We need to burst these filter bubbles, break the algos – we must reclaim the internetz, Seize the Memes of Production!

This article by Frank Barker, for medium – CANARY BASHING & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT makes some good points and offers some good advice.

“Remember that when considering what news sources to use we are not standing apart from the reading public and observing it. We are the reading public. We are a group of people who are aware that old media sources are corrupt, cowardly, untrustworthy and compromised. We are large in number, growing in number and able to persuade others of our viewpoint both on Social media and in the real world.”

You can read the full article here.

This Rubber Bandits guide to #PostTruth is the first thing that’s really made me laugh about the state of it all.

And thank goodness for Angus Hervey who compiled this list of 99 Reasons 2016 Was a Good Year.

No matter how bad it gets, never forget that there is good in the world.

Keep it lit everybody. Be excellent to each other. Have a Christmas.

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THE PROSTITUTE STATE by Donnachadh McCarthy [The Occupied Sun Book Review]


The Prostitute State
is a transformative read.

book cover 24mmI was lucky enough to spend time with the author, Donnachadh McCarthy during Occupy Democracy’s Tarpaulin Revolution in 2014, where he was arrested several times for peacefully protesting the UK’s scandalous democratic deficit.

We occupied Rupert Murdoch’s news HQ together in 2015, where he generously gifted me a copy of his third book, The Prostitute State.

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Donnachadh McCarthy

The book is semi-autobiographical and explains how Donnachadh arrived at his conclusions. His insights into the inner workings of the corridors of power are as remarkable as his personal journey. Donnachadh is an incredible human being; a rare combination of fierce intellect and compassionate, sensitive humility.

The former vice chair of the Liberal Democrats turned whistleblower on corruption within the party, he has been tirelessly campaigning on environmental issues for over two decades both outside and within the system. His Victorian terrace home in Camberwell was London’s first carbon negative house.

Despite Donnachadh’s impressive CV, when I sat down to read The Prostitute State I wasn’t really expecting to glean much new information from it. In my arrogance, I thought I had already picked apart and understood the pillars of corruption which we all suffer under. I could not have been more mistaken. Donnachadh offers up revelation after revelation, backed by dense references, citations and peer reviewed datasets.

Whether you’re well aware of the revolving door or just noticed it’s existence, The Prostitute State is a must read for truth seekers worldwide.

In Donnachadh’s analysis, there are four main pillars of The Prostitute State; the Corrupted Political System; the Prostituted Media, Perverted Academia and the Thieving Network of Tax Havens. The book not only examines and exposes each of these pillars, but most importantly, it explains how the rich elites and corporations control the production of thought, the dissemination of thought, the implementation of thought and the funding of thought, and why this means we no longer live in a democracy.

Unlike other books which examine the doings of the 1%, The Prostitute State isn’t thin on suggestions for what can be done about the challenges we are facing either.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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