Monthly Archives: August 2013

Obey

(Thanks to Frances Crack for bringing this to my attention)
Understand the world we live in. Obey is a video essay based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by author and journalist Chris Hedges. The film charts the rise of corporatocracy and examines the trending possible futures of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental crisis — posing the question, do we resist or obey?

http://thoughtmaybe.com/obey/

Land of my fathers – alternative ‘frack off’ lyrics

Inspired by Simon Welsh’s alternative lyrics to Jerusalem, I have penned the following lyrics to the Welsh National anthem, ‘Land of my Fathers’, one of the most spine-tingling anthems ever written. For those not so familiar, here is the original for you:

Andy Chyba’s alternative lyrics:

Our land and our water, are vital to us,
We’ll always protect them, whatever the fuss.
The frackers can ‘frack off’, get off of our land,
Our future must be in our hands.

Frack! Frack! Oh no you don’t, it’s not on!
Keep our water clear,
And the land we hold dear,
Pack up all your rigs and be gone!

(Repeat chorus)

Emily Blyth’s Fracking Song

Many of you will probably know Emily as the fiancee of our International Co-ordinator, Derek Wall.

She is one very talented lady, and this melancholic melody is yet another addition to the growing canon of anti-fracking inspired music:

Must be time for an anti-fracking benefit album, surely!

 

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/saynotofracking

Extreme energy debate on Radio Wales this morning – I get the final word

BBC Radio Wales – Morning Call with Oliver Hides

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038dbfr

Hour long debate (minus the usual weather, traffic, news updates) that focuses on UCG and shale gas.
Involved representatives from the BGS and Universities – along with yours truly and and members of the public.

I would encourage you to listen to it all, but my contributions are in the last quarter – from the 44:00 mark.

Please let me know what you think.

Andy Chyba

PS Headline story on BBC Wales TV news also focused on UCG today – with a good contribution from Swansea Green, Keith Ross

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0389btr/BBC_Wales_Today_14_08_2013/

All aboard the People’s Train to Manchester

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Demonstrate at the Tory Party conference

Sunday 29 September, Manchester

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People’s Assembly groups, trade union branches and campaign groups across the country are gearing up for the national demonstration at the Tory Party conference on Sunday 29 September in Manchester.

Coaches are also being organised from across the country. Get in touch with your local group to find out details of transport near you:

A response to Cameron’s pro-fracking diatripe in Torygraph.

Sent to: dtletters

Sir,
With its bizarre and disturbing mania to force this appallingly dangerous technology upon us, the Tory agenda on fracking is approaching Goebbels lie proportions.

The Prime Minister’s desperate and dishonest treatise in the Telegraph today is utterly jaw-dropping and shows him to be on an increasingly desperate trajectory of political suicide.

The man is empowered to legislate for our safety. How DARE he deny the dreadful suffering of hundreds and hundreds of people in the frack fields of Pennsylvania and beyond? How dare he try to tell us that this will be an employment panacea; or that this short-term, quick-fix corporate folly will bring down energy bills, when experts from Ofgem and Deutsche Bank – and even Cuadrilla’s own PR people say otherwise?

How DARE he try to tell the British people that he can regulate an unregulatable industry?! The man is unworthy of office and ought to be deeply ashamed of himself.

He needs to wake up and smell the insidiously odourless methane now – and while he’s at it, to get a conscience. The British people are not stupid, they are listening to the myriad uninvested voices around the world exposing the true implications of giving this ecocidal industry sanction to frack our soil, air and water – and they do not like being lied to.

Vanessa Vine

(Vanessa is one of the leading lights in the Balcombe anti-fracking protests. I have worked with her since the onset of the anti-fracking movement in this country. She is an inspirational figure , who you would surely meet if and when you visit Balcombe. Andy.)