police, firefighters and civil guards have joined the protests in spain, declaring ‘somos la policía del pueblo, no de los políticos’- we are the police of the people, not the politicians!

perhaps they were shocked by the police brutality in the last days/weeks, perhaps they’ve realized that they are part of the 99% too – in any case, this is great! 

best wishes out to the indignados in españa!

oh, and for the german(speaker)s: if you haven’t read it yet, check out the perspective of an german expat in spain on what the crisis means, a view that we don’t really get in our ‘everybody-but-us-is-lazy-and-deserves-austerity’ media coverage.

i must’ve missed this video last year when it came out. awesome stop-motion by the always-amazing kevin (who i had the pleasure to work with at the SCP 2011) for the 350.org chamber of commerce campaign (thx, ayesha!)!

by the way, if you haven’t read bill mckibben’s latest article, you really should. his rolling stone article ’global warming’s terrifying new math’ isn’t short, but well worth the time.

nice campaign ad by the very supportable projectsurvivalmedia.org just appeared on my timeline!

Just like past movements, the climate movement needs iconic visuals. And that’s exactly what Project Survival Media is poised to create. We’re asking you to join 99 other people and invest 50 cents a day or $15 a month to support youth journalists reporting on issues of climate justice. Go here to donate: http://bit.ly/9Zfyo8

Thanks to all of you in advance!

the revolution will be televised – nice short documentary on the #occupy movement in the US by Livia Santos from Kumba Films (thx, bruna!)!

usually i go with gil scott-heron and argue the opposite: the structure that makes “television” prevents this media of leading to anything worthy of being called a revolution. in fact, the media have a deep interest in not documenting anything revolutionary that could uproot their comfy status as a major political force that is outside of any democratic controls.

on the other hand, i fully agree that moving images on a screen are the communication technology of the future (and probably already of the present). why else would i keep a blog on audiovisual content for a sustainable future!? that’s why i hope for more cinematographers and people using their 5D(-equivalent)s to make great-looking films about inspiring people/movements/events to transmit the important messages of our time.

in mumbai there’s a cop going around with a hockey stick and shutting down clubs and killing the nightlife on the basis of archaic laws and moral codes. in a rolling stone interview, he tries to defend himself in a muddle of answers ranging from ‘fighting prostitution’, ‘saving lives’, and ‘only doing his job’. recently, he even tried to (illegally) take 4 tourist girls to the police station, accusing them of prostitution!

check out this very interesting NDTV documentary that offers a peek into the politics of modern indian society, including outdated laws and how they help fuel corruption. another personal view from a DJ is published at the wild city.

what’s new and impressive is that people are collectively standing up to this and taking action: the mumbai unite movement seeks to change the outdated laws, and support came from delhi at the “to mumbai, with love” event last weekend.

sign the petition at mumbaiunite.com

what would british roads look like if they were treated like cycle lanes?

the same goes for berlin! actually, studies show that using bike lanes in germany is in fact much more dangerous than riding on the street, apparently even 12 times as dangerous!! again: people using bike lanes are much more likely to be injured/killed than those riding on the street – how insane is that!?

who will make a short documentary of berlin like casey neistat did in NYC?

citymaus:

What would British roads look like if we treated them the same way we do our cycle lanes?

by Dave Hall. London Cycling Campaign, 02.07.12.

Don’t forget to post the location where you want a Go Dutch walking and cycling project on our map so we can tell Boris and the London Assembly on 12 July…

explore-blog:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Truth from writer and futurist Alvin Toffler, creator of Future Shock.

( It’s Okay To Be Smart)

“if you try and stop the pen, then you’re inviting the gun”

nice video from the occupy india / anonymous protests on june 9, against the indian government’s efforts to shut down internet sites including e.g. vimeo (how the hell did they pick vimeo that’s really known for high-quality videos that are shared by their producers!?). NH7 also published an interesting chat with anonymous india. (video by the awesome now delhi, discovered at wild city)

as a part of occupy berlin, i’m so happy to see this! people around the world are standing up for their legitimate rights. young people everywhere are realizing that we need to change the world. that democracy needs action and active participation. that they will no longer by silenced by the opium of consumerism or straight out oppression. right now, #opindia is fighting internet censorship, but who knows what will be next. maybe corruption?

one thing i am a little wary of is the aggressive tone. yes, it’s quite typical for anonymous, but not that typical for occupy. i’d like to contribute this video (on vimeo!!) from occupylove to the movement here, with charles eisenstein (the gift economy) talking about creating a world that works for everybody.