Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Jesse Ventura on Columbus Day

Jesse Venture Tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/CTWJV "I posted a new photo to Facebook" with this link:

This is the Jesse's text I thought worth reproducing...

Columbus Day: Lies Written In Native Blood

If you'd like to know the true story about Christopher Columbus, please read on. But I warn you, it's not for the faint of heart.

Here's the basics. On the second Monday in October each year, we celebrate Columbus Day (this year, it's on October 10th). We teach our school kids a cute little song that goes: "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." It's an American tradition, as American as pizza pie. Or is it? Surprisingly, the true story of Christopher Columbus has very little in common with the myth we all learned in school.

Columbus Day, as we know it in the United States, was invented by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization. Back in the 1930s, they were looking for a Catholic hero as a role-model their kids could look up to. In 1934, as a result of lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt signed Columbus Day into law as a federal holiday to honor this courageous explorer. Or so we thought.

There are several problems with this. First of all, Columbus wasn't the first European to discover America. As we all know, the Viking, Leif Ericson probably founded a Norse village on Newfoundland some 500 years earlier. So, hat's off to Leif. But if you think about it, the whole concept of discovering America is, well, arrogant. After all, the Native Americans discovered North America about 14,000 years before Columbus was even born! Surprisingly, DNA evidence now suggests that courageous Polynesian adventurers sailed dugout canoes across the Pacific and settled in South America long before the Vikings.

Second, Columbus wasn't a hero. When he set foot on that sandy beach in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, Columbus discovered that the islands were inhabited by friendly, peaceful people called the Lucayans, Taínos and Arawaks. Writing in his diary, Columbus said they were a handsome, smart and kind people. He noted that the gentle Arawaks were remarkable for their hospitality. "They offered to share with anyone and when you ask for something, they never say no," he said. The Arawaks had no weapons; their society had neither criminals, prisons nor prisoners. They were so kind-hearted that Columbus noted in his diary that on the day the Santa Maria was shipwrecked, the Arawaks labored for hours to save his crew and cargo. The native people were so honest that not one thing was missing.

Columbus was so impressed with the hard work of these gentle islanders, that he immediately seized their land for Spain and enslaved them to work in his brutal gold mines. Within only two years, 125,000 (half of the population) of the original natives on the island were dead.

If I were a Native American, I would mark October 12, 1492, as a black day on my calendar.

Shockingly, Columbus supervised the selling of native girls into sexual slavery. Young girls of the ages 9 to 10 were the most desired by his men. In 1500, Columbus casually wrote about it in his log. He said: "A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand."

He forced these peaceful natives work in his gold mines until they died of exhaustion. If an "Indian" worker did not deliver his full quota of gold dust by Columbus' deadline, soldiers would cut off the man's hands and tie them around his neck to send a message. Slavery was so intolerable for these sweet, gentle island people that at one point, 100 of them committed mass suicide. Catholic law forbade the enslavement of Christians, but Columbus solved this problem. He simply refused to baptize the native people of Hispaniola.

On his second trip to the New World, Columbus brought cannons and attack dogs. If a native resisted slavery, he would cut off a nose or an ear. If slaves tried to escape, Columbus had them burned alive. Other times, he sent attack dogs to hunt them down, and the dogs would tear off the arms and legs of the screaming natives while they were still alive. If the Spaniards ran short of meat to feed the dogs, Arawak babies were killed for dog food.

Columbus' acts of cruelty were so unspeakable and so legendary - even in his own day - that Governor Francisco De Bobadilla arrested Columbus and his two brothers, slapped them into chains, and shipped them off to Spain to answer for their crimes against the Arawaks. But the King and Queen of Spain, their treasury filling up with gold, pardoned Columbus and let him go free.

One of Columbus' men, Bartolome De Las Casas, was so mortified by Columbus' brutal atrocities against the native peoples, that he quit working for Columbus and became a Catholic priest. He described how the Spaniards under Columbus' command cut off the legs of children who ran from them, to test the sharpness of their blades. According to De Las Casas, the men made bets as to who, with one sweep of his sword, could cut a person in half. He says that Columbus' men poured people full of boiling soap. In a single day, De Las Casas was an eye witness as the Spanish soldiers dismembered, beheaded, or raped 3000 native people. "Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel," De Las Casas wrote. "My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write."

De Las Casas spent the rest of his life trying to protect the helpless native people. But after a while, there were no more natives to protect. Experts generally agree that before 1492, the population on the island of Hispaniola probably numbered above 3 million. Within 20 years of Spanish arrival, it was reduced to only 60,000. Within 50 years, not a single original native inhabitant could be found.

In 1516, Spanish historian Peter Martyr wrote: "... a ship without compass, chart, or guide, but only following the trail of dead Indians who had been thrown from the ships could find its way from the Bahamas to Hispaniola."

Christopher Columbus derived most of his income from slavery, De Las Casas noted. In fact, Columbus was the first slave trader in the Americas. As the native slaves died off, they were replaced with black slaves. Columbus' son became the first African slave trader in 1505.

Are you surprised you never learned about any of this in school? I am too. Why do we have this extraordinary gap in our American ethos? Columbus himself kept detailed diaries, as did some of his men including De Las Casas and Michele de Cuneo. (If you don't believe me, just Google the words Columbus, sex slave, and gold mine.)

Columbus' reign of terror is one of the darkest chapters in our history. The REAL question is: Why do we celebrate a holiday in honor of this man?

Sunday, 11 September 2011

My 9/11 Ten Years Ago

On 9/11 I was in my artist studio in central Istanbul. There was a suicide bomber in Taksim Square which shook my windows. The following day I watched "9/11" unfold on TV via CNN, CNBC, BBC, cable channels etc. I had been to the top of the WTC in 1998.

The first thing I clearly recall was the reporter who had just inspected the hole in Pennsylvania and described it as something like 20 x 30ft with very little in the way of debris in it Perhaps he said 30 x 30ft or a similar figure, but I recall thinking it was not a big hole. I drove through Locherbie in 1988 and we stopped to look at the immense scar left by the Locherbie bomb aeroplane incident. By comparison, I concluded that whatever had created the hole in Pennsylvania, it was not an aeroplane.

During the live transmission sounds of explosions were frequently reported from the WTC location and I remember thinking the attackers had not only directed planes into the towers, but had apparently set off bombs nearer ground level.

I could go on and on. To cut to the chase I do not believe the official story of 9/11. I do not know who was responsible or how it was precisely executed, but the official story appears disturbingly inaccurate.

Currently the BBC here in the UK are spending the week commemorating 9/11 with endless emotional recollections related to that day, all propping up the official version of events. It is sickening; let alone those who died that day, what of the thousands and perhaps millions who have died since due to the on-going war against 'terrorism'?

When will the authorities properly investigate 9/11? When will the general public wake up and demand government representatives conduct a proper and full enquiry? Of course, even my expressing my doubts makes me vulnerable to criticism and being labelled a 'conspiracy theorist'.

Even if the official story is accurate, we have given in hook, line and sinker to the 'terrorists' by relinquishing a wide range of liberties and freedoms; the general populous has submitted to fear.If the general public cannot even properly analyse and question 9/11, what value can I give any of their views in general?

I was born in 1963 when JFK was killed by more than just one man. The 1979 reopening concluded it was a conspiracy above and beyond Lee Harvey Oswald, yet still the prevailing general view is to accept the original inaccurate official account.

The most important thing is to generate love and peace and not descend into a mind set of war, hate and fear.

Post notes
Mainstream journalists expose 9/11 hoax:
9/11 Anniversary: UK Victim 911 Family Member:
His daughter: 9/11 Tribute to my Uncle Geoff Campbell (UK Victim):
The 'BBC v 9/11 Truth Court Case' - What The Judge Saw...

25.05.2014 - Dimitri Khalezov - WTC Nuclear Demolition
01 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAV_BUQoGBw
02 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPRDUgUFsyk
03 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVjgONRpR4w
04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx3kIQVmrYA&NR=1
05 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbyDfUqitYs&NR=1
06 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy8bBBxSeWU&NR=1
07 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2_Of2f5Dr4&NR=1
08 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ucXlaACNE4&feature=related
09 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nuvDZKMfoA&feature=related
10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFgxqYI28Wc&feature=endscreen&NR=1
11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4nUPkXDel4&feature=related
12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNWbrA3uJhw&feature=related
13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5atn7AJHuE&feature=related
14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLKVRmNEi3M&feature=related
15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VheHGcDHzyk
16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgDD1JPscIk&feature=related
17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22FMt4NPe2o&feature=related
18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1blc_UAcZM&feature=related
19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qod7XMvYUMo&feature=endscreen&NR=1
20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZYofJLYn8w&feature=related
21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNs2lnn78Ww&feature=related
22 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV0Hplj7mQo&feature=related
23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQP2z_Z1wnM&feature=related
24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Y55Oo8Nkg&feature=related
25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMY5tPrYK3k&feature=related
26 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkcCU03LfZY&feature=related

03.08.2014 - 9 11 Truth On C SPAN:

28.09.2014 - 9/11: Russia Presents Evidence Against US, UK And Israel Co-Conspirators:
This last week, Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veteran’s Today stated,
"Those who planned and directed this Nuclear Attack on America on 9/11 were Dual and Triple Citizens members and principals of PNAC, AIPAC, and various well known top NeoCons."
Tony Rooke was acquitted for refusing to pay his BBC license because he accuses the BBC of a breach of BBC guidelines and charter by way of silence, propaganda and public deception.
The 'BBC v 9/11 Truth Court Case' - What The Judge Saw...

05.03.2015 - Brother of 9/11 victim goes to court with the BBC over alleged cover up:
Christopher Bollyn 2015 “Solving 911 Ends the War”:

08.04.2015 - The Hidden Government Group Linking JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11:

15.08.2015 - Americans Are Finally Learning About False Flag Terror:

11.09.2015 - Fourteen Incredible Facts About 9/11:
C-SPAN 9/11 Conspiracy Debate: Webster Tarpley Versus Jonathan Kay:
Dr. Julian Charles, a Christian thinker, preacher and podcaster talking to his fellow Christian Tony Rooke about 9/11:
OFFENSIVE - The Story of Tony Farrell:

13.02.2016 - Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at least calls to Stop The War:
I agree: Trade. Not War. Support Jeremy Corbyn: Stop The War. Stop Cameron & co from inciting further unnecessary carnage. Their latest proposed action into Syria is based upon lies. It's Bliar No: 02. We must be aware of false flag events.... Incontrovertible - New 9/11 Documentary by Tony Rooke:
Tony Rooke? Here's a reminder...
The 'BBC v 9/11 Truth Court Case' - What The Judge Saw...
9/11 - WHO DID IT and HOW : Rebekah Roth talks to Bill Ryan:
John B. Wells & Rebekah Roth:
Caravan To Midnight - Episode 309 Jade Helm Decoded
John B. Wells & DJ:
As for PM Camoron's speech at the UN General Assembly 2014:
Dave is a liar and a war monger...
"The peddling of lies: that 9/11 was a Jewish plot or that the 7/7 London attacks were staged..."
It was a set up job Dave! Get over it.

Full text of “The September 11 Commission Report ( Unpublished Edition)”:

28.08.2016 - David Boyle BBC Question Time On 911:

Ned Pamphilon

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The UK Census 27 March 2011

Much of this info is taken from the YouTube videos: Boycott the 2011 UK Census:
Part 01: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkq9hdGSsXQ
Part 02: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WPGYM4qA88

The Office for National Statistics has awarded Lockheed Martin, the world’s second largest arms manufacturer, a contract worth £150million to conduct the UK 2011 Census. They have law suits filed against them for fraud, sexual discrimination, contract rigging, racial discrimination and harassment, environmental damage from uranium; the list apparently goes on. They are No: 1 in the Pogo Federal Contractor Misconduct Data Base.

Lockheed Martin is involved in surveillance and data processing for the FBI and CIA. It has provided contract interrogators for Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, makes land mines banned in 154 counties, involved in espionage, collection of illegal data in the USA and UK, made huge profits from Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, lobbied for the invasion of Iraq where cancer rates have soared following uranium bombing. Their sales for 2009 was $45.2 billion; since war very profitable. Their CEO is Mr. Robert J. Stevens.

All US companies are subject to Patriot Act which allows the US government to access any information in a company’s possession; giving them access to data about the entire UK population. Given Lockheed Martin’s history of paying bribes to procure contracts, it might be reasonable to ask why the UK government has awarded Lockheed Martin with the contract for the UK Census 2011.

Capita have been awarded £25 million by The Office for National Statistics to run recruitment, training and payroll services for the census. They also collect TV license payments. Capita’s registered office is:
71 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1H 0XA

Capita Symonds work in association with Breckland Council and currently manage permissions for the Gasthorpe St. Nicholas Church ruin site. Their registered office is also: 71 Victoria Street, Westminster, London SW1H 0XA
Capita Group PLC http://www.capitasymonds.co.uk/
Their CEO Paul Pindar earns £14, 500 per week, not as much as many Premiership footballers.

A law passed in 2007 under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, Section 39, sub-section 4, states police intelligence services and the Home Office will now have access to all census data.

In 2001 almost half million Britons gave their religion as Jedi. The cost of the census then was £254 million. The 2011 Census will cost about £480 million; UK population 62 million, £7.74 per person. The threat of boycotting the census is £1,000. In 2001 over 1.5 million households failed to submit the census. 38 were prosecuted.

It is illegal for a country to collect info or spy on its own citizens, but not illegal for them to gather info on their citizens by another country. Lockheed also run the Canadian census and it is believed Canadian Intelligence has accessed Canadian census information via US Intelligence; via Lockheed. UK Intelligence cannot tap UK phones without a warrant, so UK and US Intelligences access information on each other’s citizens via an exchange of information.

Lockheed Martin supplies the UK with 80% of its arms. The UK government have assured us Lockheed Martin will not pass on or access our private data; and who would doubt the government?!

The cabinet minister responsible for the census is Francis Maude, also the minister responsible for the Big Society concept. Before his appointment to the 2011 Census post, Mr. Maude apparently described the census as: "Burdensome, intrusive and poor value for money."

Vangent, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin and contracted to work on the census, were tried and found guilty of accessing President Obama’s student loans.

Keith Dugmore, Director of Demographics User Group, a private sector body that represents M&S, Sainsburys, Boots, Nationwide, John Lewis and Alliance, has stated that census information for them is of "Fundamental Importance"

A few of the companies that will profit from the census are Capita, Edexcel, Steria, Oracle, Barron McCann, BSS, Logica, Web Technology Group, Polestar and Lockheed Martin. The examination board company Edexcel will be processing the data, which considering their reputation for losing data, makes them a strange choice. £4.5 million will be spent on advertising.

"Since every government database has been hacked , leaked, lost or compromised in some fashion, how can The Office for National Statistics claim data security with any confidence?"
Dave Murphy, TPUC

To close, let me include this amusing quote from Ben Rich (1925 – 1995), Head of the Lockheed Skunk Works, who apparently said at a lecture just before he died:
"We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity.... Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do."

You can research yourself on further information, but here’s a few related links:
Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/feb/19/census-boycott-lockheed-martin/print
FaceBook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=110273435691491#!/group.php?gid=110273435691491&v=wall
Lawful Rebellion: http://www.lawfulrebellion.org/
The People’s United Community: http://www.tpuc.org/
Census Alert: http://censusalert.org.uk/

Capita Investments:

Monday, 14 February 2011

Knettishall Heath Country Park

The future of country parks and recreation sites within Suffolk: Knettishall Heath

Duncan Farley
The future of country parks and recreation sites
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX

Parish News Editor: e-mail address (omitted for this print out)
Parish Correspondent e-mail address (omitted for this print out)
Matthew Hancock MP West Suffolk (my MP, though not Knettishall Heath's MP)
Letters to Eastern Daily Press & East Anglian Daily Times (Knettishall Heath Norfolk & Suffolk)
Bury Free Press Lesley Anslow (Knettishall Heath apparently comes under Suffolk jurisdiction)

Re: Knettishall Heath Country Park

Dear Mr. Farley,

you request 'any immediate questions, contact us by e-mail to countryside@suffolk.gov.uk or phone 01473 264786 and we will respond directly.'

I deem it a sad situation that Knettishall Heath Country Park has been turned into a car park and restricted area over recent years. I lived across the way at Riddlesworth Stud as a child in 1966 before moving to nearby Coney Weston in 1967. I have close family ties to area going back generations. My mother played upon the heath as a child as did my brother and I. My Grandfather worked at nearby Riddlesworth Hall as did his father before him.

The wonder of Knettishall Heath 'Red Arch' was always its wildness, unkempt condition and the opportunity to wander anywhere and explore off-track. As a child I learned from falling over, grazing my knees, getting scratched and stung and benefiting from fresh air cum rain or shine. Where today there is an official car parking area, I once had a birthday party whereby a bunch of my primary school friends put down jumpers and played football. We laughed at finding a discarded condom among the grass and heather that was our football pitch. Today one might be in danger of criminal charges for even leaving condom 'litter' thereabouts as a sense of perspective is being dissipated by political correctness and framework legislation.

Please return the area to its wild condition by removing all car parking and fencing materials. I do not have an issue with the toilet facilities; though as a chap it is easy for me to pee behind a bush, I fully appreciate the convenience of public conveniences for those who require such a facility. Indeed, there should be public lavatories on as many street corners as possible; rather than in McDonald's factory food outlets such as in Bury St. Edmunds.... but, that's another issue.

However, the rest - fencing, car park ground griding material, unnecessary ugly signs - please get rid of it all. Return it to the condition we see every time repeats of Dad's Army are shown. That is how it once was. Neither the ponies that now monopolise large part of the heath nor the electric fencing are indigenous to this area. Let the ponies either roam wild or return them to the area where they are indigenous.
I am asked to express an interest at http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/countryside and complete the online form or complete and return the form enclosed in the original letter by post to:
Jerry Hindle
Countryside Manager
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX

I do not wish to fill in more forms; our 'big society' appears over run with forms. In this case just simple common sense can prevail and perhaps an invitation by the local authorities to locals to attend an open day/evening/weekend if necessary to discuss the issue. What is it with today's society that everything requires paperwork and form filling? My desire is clear, simple and one sentence long:
Please return Knettishall Heath Red Arch to the condition I recall 30-40 years ago.

Whom ever has been responsible for 'manicuring' and undermining the natural environment of Knettishall heath, please dismiss them with immediate effect and just let the heath be. I am not convinced degrees, diplomas and academic qualifications in conservation necessarily make for he wisest use the our local heathland; indeed, they may even be detrimental. I wonder if we have forgotten the benefit of the apprenticeship policy which might have once been implemented by an estate manager.

I attended a Parish Council meeting some weeks ago and expressed my views though I was cautioned by the chairman for 'grinding my axe' with the local councillor. I was alarmed at being publicly cautioned for grinding an axe which I did not even realising I had, let alone grinding. Recent experience with local authorities and committees makes me suspect Knettishall is unlikely to be returned to the condition I so fondly remember.

After 14 years experience of asking local authorities to enable me to renovate Gasthorpe Church ruin, I understand the attitude of local authorities toward historical and cultural sites depends on connections, the right handshake and adhering to conventional legislative framework which frequently denies common sense, practical solutions and becomes more of a hindrance than help.

I do not expect my proposal to be applied; however, as a local member of the voting public I am at least registering my view with you Mr. Farley, my MP, local Parish Magazine and local newspapers.

Yours sincerely,
Ned Pamphilon

Sunday, 13 February 2011

For Big Society Tweet BS

At the time of typing, I have just received a 6 hour old Wikileaks Tweet with a link to an essay in which Julian Assange quotes Thomas Paine. As an artist who has produced portrayals of Tom Paine both in Thetford and Diss, towns where he was born and later worked, the article grabbed my attention:

Assange's essay recalls Paine comparing the sun to the truth: "Such is the irresistable nature of truth, that all it asks and all it wants is the liberty of appearing."

Fighting extradition to Sweden, still on bail, hold up at Ellingham Hall near Bungay in the Waveney Valley with his ASBO type tag, Assange references Thetford's international radical Paine to illustrate the natural inclination for information to circulate among the people just as the sun rises each day on a new dawn. He goes on to mention how Paine relinquished any copyright fee for his Common Sense publication during the American revolution, which further hit home with me since I recently submitted an essay to Gresham's School Magazine about the future redundancy of intellectual property right. I propose the BBC must retain its ability to inform the public without concern for financial profit accountability and the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Metallica, McCartney, the health and energy industries must one day allow information and ideas to be freely shared for the betterment of civil society rather than owned, sold and subscribed to.

My OAP parents went on holiday to Egypt at exactly the same time as the revolution began to unfold. I was not overly concerned because I had access to information via the internet and could monitor the situation. While the BBC and western media frequently focused on fear mongering about the Muslim Brotherhood or military dictatorship, I followed Aljazeera, Facebook and Twitter messages from Egyptians and witnesses on the ground informing with greater clarity than BBC Radio 4's John Humphreys and his tired old mind set colleagues. Mind you, the BBC Egypt Unrest blog did provide poignant comment such as on 11.02.2011 at 14.57hr when a protester in Tahrir Square told the BBC's Lyse Doucet: "Neither the president or vice-president know how to send an SMS. They don't use e-mail. They speak a different language from us."

My 76 year old ex-Diss Grammar School mum can send an SMS. My 79 year old father cannot, though they arrived home from Egypt at 2am and he was out again at 9am for his yoga class.

I recently met with a local Diss High School student who appeared on the front page of the Diss Express as a coordinator of student protest against government cuts:
I was told he filled in a 20 page form granting permission to demonstrate by Diss Park Pavilion. I thought this quite bizarre; what happens if permission is denied? Does a student go home, be a good little 6th former, switch on X Factor and Strictly Dance to the directives of local authorities? Imagine the ridiculous scenario of Egyptians submitting demonstration forms requesting the resignation of President Mubarak.

The Egyptian revolution not only inspired relatively peaceful rebellion, it perhaps also demonstrated how to initiate the Cameron-Clegg Big Society concept: the protesters organised smoking and non-smoking areas within Tahrir Square, recycling bins for rubbish and indeed, the BBC's Andrew Steele blogged at 13.50hr: "In Tahrir Square, the water distribution and rubbish collection are working better than is normally the case in many parts of Cairo."

I repeatedly requested a quote of support from the Cameron-Clegg offices for the Waveney Springs Art Collective Art Trail September 2010. I repeatedly received excuses denying a quote and on 25 January 2011, No: 10 Downing Street Private Secretary Simon King wrote to me explaining how the Waveney Springs Art 'Collection' is a living example of the Big Society. Oh, well that’s OK then isn’t it! It occurred to me that when Tweeting, Big Society can be abbreviated to BS and having listened to BS head honcho Francis Maude I conclude he can keep his BS where the sun does not rise since my request for a quote of support might be better served by tweeting Tahrir protesters.

Assange finishes off with Paine's quote "We have it in our power to begin the world over again." One would hope we on the Norfolk-Suffolk border have progressed beyond that point where Egypt must start over again, but for God's sake, let's at least not go backwards and submit to form filling before school students feel at liberty to peacefully demonstrate by Diss Park Pavilion.
Hail those for getting off their backsides and peacefully rebelling when others appear to have fallen asleep; merely accepting the status quo dished out to them.

Also at the time of typing, I am informed - by the internet - Ron Paul just came first in the Republican U.S. Presidential Candidate CPAC straw poll: YouTube:
The Huffington Post:

I suspect few in East Anglia will have any idea of who Ron Paul is. The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank Of England and recipients of banking bonuses will know who Ron Paul is and Ron Paul knows who Thomas Paine was. As Robert 'Dylan' Zimmerman sang, The Times They Are A Changing and as Obama quoted Paine, they may well be times that try men's souls.
Gerald Celente of the Trends Research Institute Tweeted: "Mubarak resigning as leader & Intel Chief Suleiman & Armed Forces taking charge is like Hitler appointing Himmler & Gestapo to run Germany."

I pray the future is not as bleak as some predict and for those awake and aware, may a peaceful and positive force be with you.

Ned Pamphilon 13.02.2011

Published by The Waveny Valley Blog:

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Intellectual Property Right To Become Redundant

Freedom Of Thought & Action:
Intellectual Property Right To Become Redundant:
The Battle Of Love Over Fear

The editor of Gresham's School magazine contacted me to apologise for failing to credit me as the artist of the painting featured on the cover of the last Michaelmas 2010 issue. It led to this interview.

How does that make you feel and how does it reflect on the way images and other intellectual property are used in our culture?

I feel very happy my image has been used and see it as an opportunity to convey some thoughts on the subject of copyright and patent law.

In 1997 while walking though the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur I noted the extensive range of bootlegged merchandise on sale; from copies of films not then even in the cinema to T-shirts by Gucci, Christian Dior and Armani to Rolex replica watches. I concluded the day I see Ned Pamphilon Productions imagery on bootleg T-shirts on sale alongside other established brands, I'll know I have a successful brand profile.

As an adolescent I saved pocket money to buy a single vinyl record. Today a child has endless songs available at the touch of a button while if you want to know how the guitar riff of a favourite song is played, simply find it being demonstrated on YouTube. Learning to play an instrument is suddenly so much easier since access to composed and recorded material is, near as damn it, instant.

As a DJ at London's Soho Marquee Club, I was on the mailing list of just about any record company I decided upon and everyday the postman would deliver free records from which I selected tracks to play during my working nights as a DJ. One of the bands I grew up being aware of was Metallica. Their noise was never my cup of tea, yet I made it my business to follow and monitor the progress of up and coming and established artists, therefore, I knew Metallica had developed a grass roots support base and the death of their bass player during a coach crash even further galvanised a ground swell of support and dedication to the band. They are typical of a once unknown act attaining international success on the back of a grass roots foundation, largely composed of kids with limited financial resources, copying tapes and sharing the songs of their favourite group. In recent years the likes of Metallica, U2 and ex-Undertone Fergal Sharkey, now CEO of British Music Rights, have become forerunners in monitoring music sales revenue. They are today part of the corporate machinery which might be described as the antithesis of their founding grass roots support base.

Paul McCartney has made money from simple chord songs very reminiscent of Buddy Holly compositions; let alone all the artists that influenced Holly, many unknown and unrecognised and not benefiting financially as the McCartney and Holly estates after them. Listen to Neil Diamond's Song Sung Blue and hear melodies from Mozart's second movement, Andante, from Piano Concerto No.21 in C major. Eric Carmen's All By Myself borrows heavily from the second movement, Adagio Sostenuto, of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. Carmen believed the classical piece to be in the public domain when finding otherwise, after the record had been issued, had to come to an agreement with the Rachmaninoff estate.

Surely, if the public likes to hear it, let it be; shared, heard, enjoyed and enable further inspiration.

The issue of idea ownership and intellectual property right, affects our everyday life. For example, how many innovations within the health and energy industries are suppressed because of copyright and patent restrictions? I bet we might be shocked and even outraged if we knew the truth.

In 1903 banker J.P. Morgan was financing the Wardenclyffe Tower project, the brainchild of U.S. citizen and Serbian immigrant, scientist Nikola Tesla who was exploring new forms of energy generation. Apparently, Morgan's reaction to Tesla's results was:
"Great technology, but where do I put the meter?"

Finance was withdrawn because Morgan foresaw Tesla's ‘free’ energy concept as a threat to vested interests; presumably it was a source that could not be practically owned or financially controlled. Upon Tesla's death in 1943, his collection of papers was impounded by the United States' Alien Property Custodian office. The same year the US Supreme Court upheld Tesla's patent number 645576 in a ruling that served as the basis for patented radio technology in the United States. Many of the papers were released in 1952 to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade while some remain behind closed doors. It has long been the case that inventors wishing to eat regularly must sooner or later become acquainted with the ordeals of the patent process; therefore, finance and ownership have long been priorities over the sharing of ideas and innovations. It is alleged, as with so many inventions, that much of Tesla's technological concepts have been secretly removed from mainstream circulation for fear they might threaten the profit margins of established technologies. After all, if Tesla had created a source of free energy, where would that have left the fossil fuel industries? Take note, an alternative energy is likely here, in the hands of someone somewhere, and more liberating and efficient than wind, solar, geothermal or bio-fuel sources. In part, profit concerns and patent law are keeping alternative energy technology out of public reach.
I suppose when fire and the wheel were first created by humans, the secret to their creation was initially guarded by the owners of the knowledge who were in effect implementing a form of copyright and patent control. It would be lovely to think the world in 2011 is more civilised in the sharing of innovations beneficial to the general community. Unfortunately, it appears money, profit and power continue to be the priority.

The music industry, the news information industry, health and energy industry patents, copyright and intellectual property right must at some point face a revolution in concept and approach. Keeping ideas under wraps benefits only power and profit while neglecting the natural intelligent progress of civil society.

So how will artists, authors and composers generate income? I do not have an immediate solution, but recognise a paradigm shift appears inevitable. Income can be generated by selling the fruits of one's labour; the original physical creation and commodity such as an original artwork. Money can also be charged for admission to live performance such as a theatre show or live musical performance. The practicalities are for society's organisers to work out, but the theory is common sense: we must share ideas to best optimise general benefit in a civil an intelligent society. Intellectual property right is an artificial concept to be dumped and left behind in the wilderness of self interest.
I was approached by several parties to provide imagery for companies in Istanbul, but if an agreement could not be reached over cost and payment, the project did not happen. In recent months I have supplied imagery to Istanbul’s Beyoğlu Municipality for free and wished I had conducted such a policy from the start. If it costs me time and expertise in compiling, organising and managing the reproduction process, I charge for my time and 'labour', otherwise, a client can be supplied a high resolution Ned Pamphilon Production image for free.

In 2010 I painted portraits of Gresham's 6 spies, which brings me to consider MI5, MI6 and the secret service networks that operate throughout the world in a never ending suppression of ideas and information in the name of national security. I propose the suppression of information, knowledge and advancements in technology and even consciousness, merely adds to the promotion of fear and the identification of an enemy to justify a trade in war and weapons fuelling the promotion of fear over love and death over life.

The internet has been a recent catalyst for an information revolution whether through the sharing of music or Julian Assange's Wikileaks. No matter how the authorities try to manage and control the internet, IT specialists, in theory, have the possibility of always formulating a by-pass to any control restriction. This is exciting to me. For others it will be a threat, hence as I write the US are seeking legal access to private details regarding Wikileaks’ supporters and members; the kind of state interference exerted by the 3rd Reich. Watch for the emerging description: Journalism 2.0. This term relates to the internet neutrality which sits at the forefront of freedom of speech and unveiling of government corruption and ineptitude. Cyberwar has already begun: the battle to control ideas.

I deem the crux of the copyright, patent law and intellectual property rights issue is fundamentally the battle of love over fear. I propose that the day must come when profit and fear no longer prohibit the sharing of ideas and creation. We must decide which we want - to live in a state of low vibrational fear or choose high vibrational love. At this point many readers may well roll their eyes and laugh at me. Laugh away for you will produce endorphins which will be to your well being and I cannot begrudge you that.

All those companies sitting on health, medical, energy innovations better make hay with their royalty payments while they still can. My feeling is the free supply of my imagery will be a healthy path to take in the long term. Original physical creations and labour can be bought and sold while ideas cannot be ultimately owned.

Gresham's has a history of publications and pupils with controversial and radical viewpoints so my little tuppence hapenny worth is probably neither here nor there. On the hand, such ideas may threaten to turn the established status quo upside down and since even ‘radical' Gresham's is part of the establishment, it would at least demonstrate a commitment to freedom of speech should this article appear in the Gresham's Magazine.

Ned Pamphilon 11.01.2011

Postnote. 17.08.2013
Infringing Copyright? You're a Terrorist!

Gresham's 6 - Bernard Floud

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Gresham's 6 - David Doyle
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 Gresham's 6 - James Klugman

 Gresham's 6 - Peter Floud

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