Posts tagged “Police Informants”

Climate Camp just says no…to London cops

Climate Camp's response to the London Metropolitan Police

The London Metropolitan Police asked Climate Camp to reveal the location of their next camp so that a “proportional policing operation” could be planned. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Climate Camp replied with the above video.

Context: Climate Camp is a lawful, peaceful gathering of people (old, young, men and women) to talk about alternatives to environmentally devastating ways of producing and consuming. Earlier Climate Camps have been met by unprovoked and savage police assaults and harassment.Cory Doctorow

This is a story about the power of social networking to realize change, a story about the shortcomings of a police state, a story about people standing together in the face of oppression. In short, a story about the power of people; a fantastic modern tale. Let’s hope it has a peaceful conclusion. Regardless of your view on climate change, peaceful assembly must be supported in ostensible democracies such as the United Kingdom.

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UK transition to Orwellian state now complete

20,000 families in the United Kingdom are about to receive a forced installation of technology that all free people have feared since Eric Arthur Blair first published his prescient pre-history, Nineteen Eighty-Four, in 1949. These “problem families” will be subjected to 24-hour surveillance, in their own homes, via telescreens. No, I’m not kidding.

Evidently, there are already some 2,000 families that have gone through these “Family Intervention Projects” so far. I had no idea things were so bad in the UK. Britain’s “children’s secretary”, Ed Balls, is the overseer of this £400 million ($668 million) plan to curb “anti-social” behavior. Clearly, he is just acting like an older sibling for those children whose family issues put them in need of a Big Brother.

Simply recounting this news seems to defy all laws of irony and creative license. I cannot imagine anyone reading Nineteen Eighty-Four and thinking of it as a guidebook, but it is evidently just that in the Balls household. How appalling!

Alas, poor Britain! I knew them, Horatio; a nation of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; they have borne me on their back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those ideals that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your minds now?

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Quotable: Eric Arthur Blair

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength…Eric Arthur Blair
AKA George Orwell (from 1984)

It is George Orwell’s birthday today and his words have never rung truer. He would have been 106.

Thanks for the reminder, @tmorello!

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