Baltimore: The Unseen, the Unheard, The Ignored

The Unseen, the Unheard, the Ignored

On Baltimore:

What matters?  People or possessions? Mass media reports about events in Baltimore have taken the interests of the Establishment as a priority and focused on destruction of property but don’t mention the destruction of people’s lives through poverty, racism, oppression, expenditure on the military and warfare, billion-dollar handouts to the billionaire class, purchase of the electoral process by the super-wealthy like the Koch Bros.

Let’s get our priorities right and not get side-tracked by the whitewash of the mass media and the Establishment.

People matter, young people are our future, we need to nurture them, care for them and defend them from organised police and establishment repression and violence. You can purchase new possessions, you can rebuild property, but you can’t purchase a life lost to police brutality or to despair.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’S PERSPECTIVE on rioting and social unrest in the 60s:

“Now I wanted to say something about the fact that we have lived over these last two or three summers with agony and we have seen our cities going up in flames. And I would be the first to say that I am still committed to militant, powerful, massive, non-violence as the most potent weapon in grappling with the problem from a direct action point of view. I’m absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

Alternative media reports which give facts rather than the sensationalist crap the mass media dishes up:

http://www.alternet.org/united-states-amnesia-what-white-america-doesnt-understand-about-baltimore-protests

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/riot-language-unheard-9-mlk-quotes-mainstream-media-wont-cite

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/how-baltimore-riots-began-mondawmin-purge

In Praise of Heroes

In Praise of Heroes

This piece of digital art and this post are to honour unsung heroes around the world.

They were prompted by reading this week of a couple who have kitted out their ship to help rescue migrants at sea in the Mediterranean as they flee the chaos of war and conflict in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Africa and so on. Christopher and Regina Catrambone have bought a 131ft former trawler, the Phoenix. They fitted it out with fast rescue vessels and a clinic, and they’ve hired a team of doctors and nurses.  They’ve also purchased two top-grade military drones to track down boats which are too small to show on radar.

It reminded me that all around the world there are unsung, unseen heroes who have opened their hearts to help those in need – whether it be to staff food banks in the UK; to save migrants as the Catrambones have done; to open their hearts to those in need as those in Sicily have done; to work in conflict or disaster areas around the globe as aid workers do or medical staff in Medicins sans Frontieres; to those currently working in Nepal to help the many thousands affected by the huge earthquake; to those working for decent treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia; and many, many others who offer help without any expectation of reward or fame.

I noticed one comment by a Sicilian – that they know a great deal about hardship and they know poverty, so they are prepared to open their hearts to those poor people turning up on Sicilian shores. I’ve noticed that those with the least, give the most. The unsung, unknown, unfeted, unacknowledged heroes around the world fill my heart with hope and gratitude for their courage, generosity and open hearts.

 

 

Anthem for Planet Earth

Earth Anthem

I came across today a brilliant video of an ancient Tuvan Song “Boodey” (Sonnel) arranged in modern ambient style. It’s performed by Radik Tyulyush,  singer, composer, Master Of Traditional Tuvan Throat Singing, and a  Member of Huun Huur Tu.

The music is brilliant but the images portrayed – of the beauty of the earth juxtaposed with images of pollution, dirty industry, destruction of the environment – makes this in my view an Anthem for the Earth.  It’s a powerful voice, powerful images and powerful message.

Life on Earth

Life on Earth

The foundations for this image were firstly, a photo of tree roots and glass and secondly, a photo of a waterfall. With a little judicious editing with Pixlr, this is the final result. It reminded me of a collage of earth elements, hence Life on Earth.

Hidden Truths

Hidden truths

This image is composed of three layers – the first is a photo of an iceberg; the second is a photo I took here in North Cyprus of mimosa leaves against a setting sun; and the final layer is a photo I took at a garden centre near here, Gardens of Babel,  of water lilies in a pond.

The layers remind me of the fact that often truth can get hidden by layers of deception, but often emerges when we least expect it, often with unexpected results.

Dances with Fae

Earth Magic

I created this from some photos of leaves and blossoms I’ve taken over the past year or so and just felt it reminded me of  the faery-kind dancing with delight in the early world at our feet – dances which go un-noticed by human beings. So if you’re of the mind, kick up your heels and imagine you’re dancing along with the fae and their gleeful delight in all things earthly.

Wildish

Wildish

I’m still taking things quietly getting over a lousy cold and another kidney infection – but I still enjoy fiddling with digital art as it helps me relax and float into other dimensions.

I started off with stones balanced in a river and actually intended to work on the whole water theme. But then I moved to dear old Pixlr and they’ve got another, new overlay called “Gibson” so I had fun working with that and headed into a new direction, the untamed and the Wildish within us.  Happy wilding!