Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Come In Human Beings Your Time Is Up!

Do you ever wake up some mornings, switch on the news, pick up a newspaper and think “We human beings, really don’t deserve to be living on this planet”? Somedays it seems that we humans are just basically evil and cannot do anything, except think up new ways to kill each other and make more money, at the expense of absolutely everything else.

You’d think that the in the 21st Century then we might have moved on a bit, but no – we’re still up to our same old routines, just like in the dark ages – killing and torturing people because we don’t like their religion or the colour of their skin. That might sound trite – but if you look at it, we haven’t moved on even one inch since then – oh sure we’ve got computers, the internet and mobile phones, we’ve put men on the moon but we’ve also got fanatical religious fundamentalists, leading invasions of other countries or blowing themselves up on tube trains. We might have found a way of alleviating the suffering caused by Aids, but we won’t give it to the people who need it the most, because the drug companies can’t make any profit out of it. We might realise that it is actually possible to alleviate third world famine, with a bit of debt relief and wealth re-distribution – but we will never do it, because it will mean that in our ‘industrialised’ world, that some people may have to take a little drop in their living standards.

All these hurricanes, floods etc. that are battering our world with an ever increasing ferocity every year – they’re not just freak occurrences, it’s our pollution and industrialisation, forcing up global warming, heating up the oceans, melting the ice-caps at astounding rates. Changing the climatic currents of the planet, that have remained pretty much unchanged for tens of thousands of years, until the industrial revolution – and now we’re seeing massively accelerated change every year. The deserts are moving northwards into Spain and southern Europe, the islands of the southern Pacific are sinking as water levels rise. Annually the islands of the West Indies & the southern states of the USA are subjected to worse and worse, batterings by hurricanes, but still the industrialised nations refuse to do anything about it.

With the USA & Australia refusing to sign up for the Kyoto protocol, China & Indias’ economies about to start ramping up with ever increasing industrialisation, to massive levels. With other western countries that have signed up, involved in ridiculous trade-offs with non-industrialised African & South American states, for their allowed quotas of toxic emissions – what do they think this is? Some kind of worldwide game of Monopoly? I’ll trade your 10,000 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions for $3 billion plus a few jet fighters.

Of course the men & women who run these giant multi-nationals aren’t really concerned about what lays 20 or 30 years down the line, they’re just concerned about their profits over the next 5 years or so – they’ll all be dead and their children & grandchildren well they’ll all be living in a J.G.Ballard novel. It’s all about the dollar, greed, the short term accumulation of wealth – they just plain ‘don’t care’ what kind of world they pass on to the next generation, that is the honest truth. Is that evil?

Is it evil that tobacco giants like Phillip Morris, can go on producing a legal addictive drug, that they know kills millions of people every year? Are the owners and shareholders of a company like this more of less guilty of genocide, than say Adolf Hitler or Pol Pot? They’d say ‘no’ of course, they’d say we don’t force people to smoke that’s their choice – but as their western markets begin to decline, just look at the ferocious way in which they’re targeting the markets in Asia. If you make your living by selling people something that you know, 100% no argument about it, may very well kill them – does that make you a bad person, when you deliberately introduce them to something that is more physically addictive than heroin, are you guilty of drug dealing?

When it all comes down to it – it seems that the only thing we’re actually any good at is killing each other off… either with more inventive & sophisticated weaponry, smart bombs & cruise missiles, daisy cutters & white phosphorus or surreptitiously with under education & neglect. If we spent just 10% of the time, energy & money, that we use to make weapons of mass destruction on trying to give everyone in this world a decent standard of living, so that nobody has to starve, freeze to death or live in poverty – we could solve a huge chunk of the planets problems straight off. But there would be no short term profit in it – so far better than to start a few wars, so our multi-nationals can profit be selling weapons to all sides & then make more money by cleaning up the destruction afterwards…

So do we really deserve to be living on this planet? After all if it is the only world with life on in this Solar System, we human beings are not doing a very good job of caring for it – we seem do spend an inordinate amount of time killing – killing the other animals, killing the forests & natural habitat, killing the atmosphere, killing the resources and most time of all we seem to spend killing each other. Maybe we should let the cockroaches take over, I’m pretty sure they couldn’t do a worse job.


Hell Comes To Falluja II

If the truth ever actually comes out about what's been happening in Iraq over the last few years - then certain individuals in the US military should be forced to answer some very tough questions, and no doubt some should definitely be charged with war crimes. One year on from the attack on Fallujah (see Hell Comes To Fallujah ) it now transpires, after many blank denials - that the US military did actually use White Phosphorus against human targets in that city, supposedly against "insurgents" but also causing many civilian deaths, including women & children. White Phosphorus itself is not illegal to use on the battlefield - usually to illuminate the combat zone - however using it against human beings is a shockingly evil & hideous crime and goes another step further to illustrating that the US Government's claims about Iraq's regime and "chemical weapons" , was just stunning hypocrisy. 

To fully realise the horror of this weapon, you have to think back to your school science lessons, and remember what happened when your chemistry teacher dropped a lump of phosphorus into a bowl of water - remember how it burned with that incandescant white light until it was totally consumed - how it reacted with liquid. Now imagine that, used against a human being - apparently photographic evidence exists from Fallujah of corpses, with their clothes perfectly intact - but all other features burned away where the chemical, has reacted against the water in that persons skin, mouth & eyes. Can you imagine a more horrific way to die? From BBC News:

White phosphorus is highly flammable and ignites on contact with oxygen. If the substance hits someone's body, it will burn until deprived of oxygen., a defence website, says: "Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone."

Now imagine how you would feel if a foreign army invaded your country on the pretext that your leaders were stockpiling chemical weapons... never actually found a single scrap of evidence of this... and then started using White Phosphorus against your civilian population. Somehow I don't think the US military has got this "Winning Hearts & Minds" concept quite worked out properly.

Friday, November 11, 2005


November Sunday Joint Poster

Sunday Joint

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


New Lomography Gallery

Miss Van GraffHave just started a new gallery on the Lomo website in order to host photos taken on my Lomo LCA and Holga cameras. Here's the link not much up there so far, but am adding new material to it day by day. Like this Miss Van piece of grafitti from Barcelona - which unfortunately has now been painted over.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Goldfrapp at Razzmatazz

Phew a bit of a hardcore gig going weekend, this one just gone - first of all OASIS and THE CORAL at Val de Hebron, BCN on Friday night, followed by GOLDFRAPP at Razzmatazz on Saturday, both pretty sold out and packed to the roof. Managed to fight my way to the front of the stage and get a few photos of GOLDFRAPP, wasn't really any competition as everybody was a good 12 inches shorter than me and i've got very boney elbows. As can be seen they had a pretty incredible troupe of dancers with them - and a whole series of costume changes, each more outrageous than the previous.
Goldfrapp Dancers

Friday, November 04, 2005


Lovin' That Holga

I'm always switching allegiances with my cameras - I'm fickle like that, but I've just got some very nice Holga 120 prints back from the lab, so once again the trusty $5.00 (thats Australian Dollars) market stall bargain, wrapped up in masking tape - is back in my number one spot again. I've entered the following two photographs in the World Toy Camera Day competition, so nip over there and vote for me! It should be under Collaborations, but maybe not just yet for a while, closing day is Saturday for submissions.
Manuelas Throne
Manuela's Throne
Hope you like them...

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