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Inside the Kingsnorth Climate Camp

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 August 2008

We’re very grateful to receive this fascinating first-hand account from James Wilkes, responsible for some of the most interesting content to have circulated through doodz-n-chyx in the past. -MLP

I’ve just spent 10 days at Climate Camp in Kent. I went intending to learn about small-scale DIY solar electricity, solar water heating and wind generation. I didn’t care much about the overall camp aims or the political ideas of the camp. I left a very different person.

The stated purpose of the camp was to try to shut down Kingsnorth coal-fired power station, run by e-on, which is responsible for thousands of tons of carbon emissions every day it runs. The power station is due to be de-commisioned (hooray!) but a new coal-fired power station is likely to be built on the site (boo!). This is blatantly insane, as is the idea to build a new runway at Heathrow at a time when we’re trying to cut CO2 emissions.

No-one seems to disagree any more that carbon emissions must be reduced. It’s just that they aren’t going down, they’re going up. All the politician’s waffle, treaties and agreements haven’t done anything to protect our future. A whole lot of people (and that number is growing rapidly) think that we’ve got to use direct action to do something about it. It’s OUR planet and we want to do something to protect it from run-away big business insanity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moist for Justice: Anonymous in Bristol

Posted by Martin Poulter on 12 August 2008

Continuing Martin’s adventures with Anonymous. Last Saturday the 8th was the second protest by the Bristol branch of Anonymous, attempting to cult-immunise the city. Ten protestors took part, some of whom commandeered a vessel yarrrr shipmates… erm, arrived by ferry. A walk around the city centre with flags, masks and placards prompted a lot of rubber-necking from passers-by, and some very cool photo opportunities. Photos and video below. (Top two photos by Greenleaves)
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Boobs on bikes

Posted by Martin Poulter on 20 June 2008

D’n’C member Steve Richardson recently took part in the Manchester branch of the World Naked Bike Ride. Quote from the site: “we face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity…” Wait. What?

No, seriously, I for one welcome our nude bike-riding overlords. Apparently there are many photos on Flickr of WNBR from around the world, but I haven’t looked, for some reason.

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Martin Rickrolls shoppers in Plymouth

Posted by Martin Poulter on 11 May 2008

You can see it in the video below; one of several from the Plymouth arm of Operation FairGameStop/ Battletoad Earth. Thanks to the Plymanons for great companionship and to the passers-by who gave us great support.

Martin and Anonymous stand with placards in Plymouth city centre
Tom_Gs photoshop of the other photo
Gid’s photoshop skills give an alternative take on one of the photos from the day.

Anyone who wants to help out the cause, please watch, favourite and rate this YouTube video.

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Day out in Birmingham with Anonymous

Posted by Martin Poulter on 16 April 2008

For those who are asking what Damian and I got up to in Birmingham last Saturday:

We joined the Birmingham protest which was part of Operation Reconnect: the third global protest organised by Anonymous, who turned out in force with wonderful costumes and delicious cake.

I was interviewed by the Birmingham Mail and on Monday published an article on Birmingham Indymedia about the protest.

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Anonymous vs. Scientology: Story so far

Posted by Martin Poulter on 22 February 2008

I’ve already banged on about it a lot, but the Anonymous versus Scientology war really is the most interesting thing going on in online culture right now.

This 15-minute film, “The Road to 10th February 2008”, spends the first half giving the background to Scientology versus Anonymous, then the latter half showing the awesome scale of the worldwide protests, and the official Scientology response claiming to be under attack from a “terrorist group”. I’m pleased to say that two of the still images used for the London protest are mine.

Meanwhile, ChanologyASSIST hilariously uses Rick Astley to show how Anonymous has given up its hacking techniques in favour of peaceful protest, and another Anonymous member announces “Operation Reconnect”, a counterpart to Scientology’s Disconnection policy. Leaked information from within Scientology suggests that the protests are having an effect, and that the organisation is still planning its counter-moves.

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