Thursday, April 30, 2009

Let'e hear it for the poor ole pigs of the world

An Alternative Explanation for the "Health Emergency" in Mexico
As many are beginning to notice, the number of deaths attributed to the swine flu in Mexico has been greatly exaggerated. The first sign that something was amiss should have been the absence of information on the identities of the deceased. Missing were the normally present stories on the tragic lives of the victims. The second sign that something was amiss should have been the impressively small number of attributed deaths outside of Mexico. Despite all the hype, we are now finding out that this strain of swine flu is largely benign. How could such a small story have enveloped the world and caused global panic? The only real disaster has been memetic. The virus that threatens us is not a physical virus, but a memetic virus: the false rumor of a pandemic.

This false rumor had a start. It began with the Government of Mexico. The outbreak of a flu no more dangerous than any other flu was spun into an exaggerated story of biblical proportions. Over the past weekend, the President Calderón, without consulting the Mexican Congress, grasped upon this virus and made a decree giving federal authorities the power to invade homes, quarantine people at will, and bring the country to a standstill. His decree was based on a panic intentionally created by the government itself. Why would Calderón do this?

At this moment, Mexico is in the midst of an existential crisis. The combined realities of its corrupt government, the routes of the drug trade, and the neighboring drug market have combined to give rise to a system of drug cartels that rival the Mexican Government in economic power as well as raw firepower. Calderón is losing grip on the country his illegal election stole from Lopez Obrador . This darling of the corrupt Mexican ruling class has little means left with which to hold his grip upon power. Whether or not it will work, he seems to have made the decision to exaggerate a health crisis as a means to consolidate absolute power and to confer upon himself the powers necessary to stamp out those parts of the drug oligarchy not under his personal control. Shutting down the country and gaining access to any and all properties, homes, and businesses serves this purpose. What will come of this naked grasp of power it is too soon to know.

Meanwhile, around the world, the "never let a crisis go unexploited" factions have been having a hay day. In the United States, the pharmaceutical industries, owned in large part by friends of the former Bush Regime, are pumping up the media's drive to scare the hell out of everyone, driving Americans into hospitals and clinics for an injection of Tamiflu and driving politicians to call for the immediate stock piling of yet more Tamiflu. In the Middle East, Islamic Regimes are using the crisis as an excuse to kill pigs and to point to swine flu as Allah's wrath upon infidels. Israel, for its part, has been doing its best to exhibit its ability to control the media by having the name of the flu changed to something it finds more Kosher: The Mexican Flu . Israel has failed to explain how the name "Swine Flu" is any less offensive as the name "Operation Cast Lead ."

Racists are having a good time at it as well. Boston's neo-fascist Jay Severin was suspended from his job as a radio hate show host for referring to Mexican immigrants as "criminaliens," "primitives," "leeches," and "women with mustaches and VD," as well as blaming these defenseless people for bringing swine flu into the United States. There seems to be something in panic for everyone.

The only matter left to determine the end of this story is whether or not Mexico's Calderón will lead the world in a karaoke rendition of "I started a joke" by the Bee Gees.
Ciaran Dubhuidhe

Youtube blocks my film!

YouTube have blocked one of my films caoz they said National Geographic complained of copyright. Since they have nothing to do with it I don't see i suspect a prankster has written to YouTube. It will be interesting to see how easy it will be to get back online again.

Dear Member:
This is to notify you that we have removed or disabled access to the following
material as a result of a third-party notification by National Geographic claiming
that this material is infringing:

Episode 07 Bike2Oz (Iran to Pakistan): (
Please Note: Repeat incidents of copyright infringement will result in the deletion
of your account and all videos uploaded to that account. In order to prevent this
from happening, please delete any videos to which you do not own the rights, and
refrain from uploading additional videos that infringe on the copyrights of others.
For more information about YouTube's copyright policy, please read the "Copyright
Tips" guide:

If you elect to send us a counter notice, please go to our Help Center to access the

Please note that under Section 512(f) of the Copyright Act, any person who knowingly
materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by
mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

YouTube, Inc.

So I wrote this to them

1. Identify the specific URLs of material that YouTube has removed or to
which YouTube has disabled access.

Episode 07 Bike2Oz (Iran to Pakistan):

2. Provide your full name, address, telephone number, and email address,
and the username of your YouTube account.
Paul O'Connor
Old exchange
Pier Street
Swansea SA1 1RU
+44(0)1792 455900
+44 (0)7973 298359

User undercurrentspaulo

I consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial
district in San Francisco County, California and that i will accept
service of process from the person who provided notification under
subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that
the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or
misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled.

These images are my own, all music is my own and the consent of the people
involved in the film has been cleared. I won the Tokyo video festival 2009
with a longer version of this film so National Geographic have made a
mistake. I demand that my film is reinstated.

Watch it here on BlipTv

They replied the next day with
Dear Paul,
Thank you for your counter-notification. It has been forwarded to the
party that sent the takedown notification. If we receive no response, your
material will be restored between 10 and 14 business days from today.


The YouTube Team

The Fast Forward Film Competition:

The Fast Forward Film Competition:

You are invited to make a film about what makes you angry,
amused, sad or just plain mad about the crazy world of
capitalism. We suggest that your film is up to five minutes in
length but Fast Forward will consider entries that are longer.

The judges are:
Sukhdev Sandhu (Daily Telegraph film critic)
Gareth Evans (editor Vertigo film magazine)
Paul Wynter (founder LondonArt)
Penny Cole (A World to Win critic)

All entries will be promoted on the Fast Forward Film
Competition website. The 12 best entries will be shown at a
festival at the London College of Communications on July 4,

The overall winner will be asked to help A World to Win make a
longer film exploring the themes that come out of the
competition. We have a budget of up to £5,000 for this.

Deadline for entries is 31 May 2009. For an entry form and
further details go to:

Fast Forward film competition 2009

Its also on facebook here - . Please forward to
friends and groups. We need all the help we can get to help
expose the capitalist system for what it is, to generate debate
(and more) on all levels.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Alternative Media Gathering this weekend

May 1st-3rd - new media gathering on Raven’s Ait Island.

The imminent commercial collapse of mainstream media, and its replacement by PR-driven news, threatens the journalistic integrity and independence necessary for a free society. The next generation could be without the 4th Estate. And new media has not yet realized its potential to fill this space.

Old media and new media need to gather together, sharing skills, resources and experience to create the media of the future.

We invite:

Geeks, web designers and programmers

Traditional media people

Alt-media people

Media students

DIY culture practitioners

Indymedia people

Documentary filmmakers

Print journalists

Radio journalists

Citizen journalists

The conference will concentrate on the audio-visual side of media, with space for break-out groups for print, radio and web.

The space: an eco-conference centre on an island in the Thames 20 mins by train from central London.

We have a large hall, a cinema room, and 3 conference rooms. There is basic crash space for 40 people over the weekend. The conference will be run on an “un-conference” format, and will be funded by contributions for the space and meals over the weekend.

The gathering is organised by visionOntv ( – an undercurrents project (

To book a place – please edit this wiki page

Police posters subverted

Subverters have altered all of the police recruitment adverts in east London. It looks like the cunning pranksters cut out a cardboard cut out and then slipped it in behind the Police posters.

However they managed it, the effect was quite striking, and shows the police in somewhat of a more honest light. The beauty being that the adverts look normal in daylight, and it's only when the night draws in and the backlighting is switched on that they appear.

Monday, April 27, 2009


Jonathan Brind wrote this great comment on copyright

For all sorts of reasons copyright is really the domain of corporations not
artists. Taken to extremes it can also make the world mind manglingly
complex. Some architects have, for example, been known to say they own the
copyright of buildings. What about the telephone box in your shot. That was
designed. Shouldn't you pay a fee?

One fascinating example is Woody Guthrie's unofficial American anthem This
Land Is Your Land. Guthrie wrote:

"This song is copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a
period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission,
will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish
it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we
wanted to do."

Guthrie published the song in 1945 and it had been around for several
years before that (the music was probably written by somebody else and
published earlier anyway). 59 years later
JibJab, a studio based in Los Angeles, achieved international acclaim
during the 2004 US presidential election when its video of George W. Bush
and John Kerry singing "This Land is Your Land" became one of the biggest
viral video hits in history up to that time.

What happened next was that a company claiming to own the copyright on
Guthrie's song said it was going to take legal action, despite the fact
that the cartoon contained a parody of the song. This legal action didn't
get far but most companies will reach for their solicitors as soon as there
is any mention of possible legal action. Lawyers, unlike many people in the
film industry, expect to get paid and paid a lot, so this makes even a
threat tiresomely expensive.

As the excellent Steal This Film points out copying in a digital age is
frighteningly easy. Just to put something online is to copy it. The only
way to preserve traditional copyright is to have an increasingly draconian
police state, snooping on all highways of communication and stamping out
illegal thought.

Those with business models based on achieving copyright for all displays
of their material should ask (a) is this practical? (b) is it moral? The
answers to these questions seem obvious to me.

Girls on Film

The Real World scheme is a genuinely collaborative scheme where filmmakers
and academics learn from each other, and make films outside of the
structures of television and NGO's. Filmmakers get given access to stories
and characters from the Pathways of Women's Empowerment, an International
Research and Communications programme made up of activists and academics
working to understand and bring about positive change in women's everyday
lives. There is an advanced development process for several filmmakers,
organised by the Screen South / UK Film Council, and 2 people may go on
recci before one filmmaker is given 17k to go and make their films. You'll
need to conceive and produce a 20 minute narrative driven
film, and a 3
minute and 30 second film to be distributed in different ways.

The application deadline is 12pm on 5th June 2009. In order to apply you
must submit a one page visual treatment about one of the proposed ideas,
along with your showreel, CV, application form and proof of address. The
proposed topics are women watching TV in Bangladesh, how the law in Egypt
can be be used as tool for reform for women and women and the work they do
across several cultures. You can find out more detailed information on the
guidelines, which you can download along with the application form from
Screen South:

(In order to apply you must be a filmmaker, or working with a producer,
based in the Screen South region, and have previously made a film screened
at a festival.)

Finger Prints

Mark Thomas tells the story of how he got the Police to destroy his finger prints.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy

Climate change activist taped men who offered cash for information about group's members and activities

Undercover police are running a network of hundreds of informants inside protest organisations who secretly feed them intelligence in return for cash, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.They claim to have infiltrated a number of environmental groups and said they are receiving information about leaders, tactics and plans of future more
Listen to Police being recorded

Sky News report

Channel4 news report

Undercurrents recorded Police trying to bribe activists for our film Video Cops.
Watch it below

Friday, April 24, 2009

Funding for your film in developing countries

IDFA's Jan Vrijman Fund supports documentary
filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local
film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly
global film art.

The deadline to submit a project for the second and last selection round of
2009 is 1 June 2009. For regulations, the online entry form and frequently asked
questions, please visit our website. Please note that there are different
regulations and documents required for every category. All documents can be sent
attached in an e-mail to

Submit with MyIDFA
In order to submit a project to the Jan Vrijman Fund, you need a MyIDFA user
account. On the IDFA website you can register for a MyIDFA
account. With this account you can then submit projects to the Jan Vrijman Fund, as
well as to IDFA, Docs for Sale and the

I have been filming the A-Z of Climbing- our new online series

This is what i have been doing this week.Everything you wanted to know about rock climbing - presented by Andrew Price who has been hosting our A-Z of Bushcraft. Tune into in May.

Eurovision of Shortfilm


Betting on Shorts: More than a Eurovision of Shortfilm 2009
Deadline: 1 July 2009
When? Saturday 14 November 2009 - Where? Simultaneously in Athens, Barcelona,
Maribor, Novi Sad,Naples, Istanbul, London, Poznan, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Wiesbaden
and other cities in Europe and beyond. - We would like to invite filmmakers from
around the world to submit short films (animation, music video, artist films,
documentary etc.) up to 10 minutes on the theme 'Control'.
Read On

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Camera Person wanted for festivals 2009

I'm looking for Camera Person to help me report from 10 UK festivals
between May-Sept 2009. This is paid work.

We will be (alongside myself Director/Editor) traveling from festival to
festival following a Tipi crew starting in mid May through to mid Sept, in
a truck with toilet/shower/kitchen etc.. with two objectives

1: Reporting for a ten minute report from each festival,
which will also possibly be shown on Terrestrial TV
2: making a feature length documentary about the whole season of festivals
in a Tipi...

please contact me Tor Webster at

please send CV and where I can see your work online..

cheers Tor.

Undercurrents film maker wins award

I won an award in Tokyo but my award went AWOL to the Netherlands before getting to me
This is what JVC say about it

JVC Professional announce Grand Prize winners at film festival
Since 1978, JVC has held the Annual Tokyo Video Festival which attracts thousands of entries from across the globe. Strongly supporting the creation and development of video culture, JVC strives to invite both individuals and groups, professional and amateur, of any nationality, age and gender to produce a 20 minute film.

Among the entrants was UK based producer, Paul O’Connor, whose film Climate Cycle was met with rave reviews. O’Connor, who was featured in the winter 2008/09 issue of HIGHWAY, has produced videos which reflect UK based culture using JVC equipment.

The 31st Annual Tokyo Video Festival announced 100 winners from the 2,231 entries, with the Video Grand Prize to Melanie – Ich gehe meinen Weg (Melanie - I’m Going My Own Way) and the JVC Grand Prize to The Way We Walk along Together.

Films wanted about Renewable Energy and Climate Change”

Film series on “Renewable Energy and Climate Change”

ECOMOVE International, a non-profit organization promoting environmental media, has
launched an educational project on “Renewable Energy and Climate Change”. Within the
framework of this project, whose purpose is environmental education at schools,
ECOMOVE is requesting filmmakers, producers and TV stations in Germany and abroad to
submit relevant film and TV productions. An independent jury of experts will
appraise and select appropriate productions for educational purposes. The film
series (in DVD format) will be provided to teachers along with educational
background material. The project is being funded by the German Environment Ministry.

The films could be of different formats and genres (e.g. documentary, TV report,
feature film, animation, etc.). We would be very grateful if you could support our
project by providing/suggesting relevant productions by yourselves or others from
the past three years.

We are particularly interested in entries on the following topics:

* Using renewable forms of energy in the interests of sustainable energy supply
(technical potential of renewable energy sources, political action to promote
renewable energy, obstacles and limits, etc.)
* Positive examples of renewable energy use (best practice)
* Climate change and the effects on man and the environment
* Possible ways of preventing and/or adapting to climate change
In addition to this specific project, ECOMOVE is continuously looking for TV and
film productions on subjects related to the environment (e.g. environmental effects
of globalisation, utilisation/exploitation of natural resources and related
conflicts, consumption/food/health, genetic engineering).

We would be very grateful for films and recommendations that belong in any of the
above categories! Please send a preview copy of the film on DVD to the address given
below by 30 May 2009 at the latest.
ECOMOVE International
Office Hamburg
Max-Brauer-Allee 277
22769 Hamburg
Fon: ++49.40.43213555
Fax: ++49.40.41359282

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

G20 Climate Camp in the City

A Film by Emily James and James Bayliss-Smith. To read witness statements from people in the incidents shown here , go to and click on the 'legal report' link.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not Stupid

Franny Armstrong tells me of her latest infiltration of the Government of her film The Age of Stupid.

Meanwhile, we've also started infiltrating UK politics, with our first
official mention in the House of Commons....
Sarah Teather MP said "If Honorable Members have not seen the film, I
strongly recommend that they go and see it. As the G20 meets today,
having bumped climate change off the agenda, I cannot help but think
that we almost certainly do live in the age of stupid. Not only has
the G20 bumped climate change from the agenda, with the decision to
look at it at the Copenhagen conference later this year, but it will
have failed—at least I expect that it will have failed; we await the
Chancellor’s statement later this afternoon—to link the fiscal
stimulus that so many countries are arguing for with the green
economy. That most certainly is a very stupid thing indeed. "

.... and a motion (whatever that may be) in the Scottish Parliament
"That the Parliament welcomes the successful screening of the film,
The Age of Stupid, which has just come to the end of its run at the
Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh; notes the inspirational and sobering
message of the film; hopes that this will encourage people to leave
the cinema and take action against climate change; is pleased that the
film has been granted permission to screen at the Cameo cinema in
Edinburgh from 15 May 2009; supports the future success of the film,
and notes that further information about the film including a trailer
can be found at"

Current TV in trouble

Al Gore’s Current TV is in trouble. The company last reported results a year ago, posting a net loss of $7.5 million for the first three months of 2008, compared to a loss of $2.9 million during the same period the year before.
Sometimes it is nice to be small fish like us as we can carry on swimming in the undercurrents!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Video Cops

I was on a train last week when i saw 2 cops with small videos cameras attached to their shoulder..very worrying.

Now i found this website-The Video Vest solution is an adaptable system that can be purchased in a variety of configurations and with a selection of different cameras depending on your individual requirements.

Police arrest 114 in before a power station protest

Residents reported seeing about 20 police vehicles in the area. More than 100 people have been arrested in Nottingham over a suspected plan to target a power station.

Police said 114 men and women were arrested in Sneinton Dale on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass and criminal damage at Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

From what i know, activists were at a school ready to hold an early morning protest when Police pounced. I suspect an undercover cop blew the protests cover.

Adam- an eyewiteness said-
'I could see over it all as i live on Ipswich circus one of the streets that was sectioned off! police had been in the area from 12am onwards it wasn't till 11.30pm that back up started to arrive, police helicopters also hovered above the area. police shone torches and i heard big bangs a lot of shouting and dogs barking! as i continued to watch up until 12.30pm the lights turned on in the lower part of the building! i loads peoples heads popping up and down the police then continued and went into the building bringing one person out at a time! the police were also seen carrying bags as they walked out with the arrested people!'

Thursday, April 09, 2009

UK's first Buddhist film festival.

They might have been mildly surprised to be invited along, but a Ewan McGregor psychological thriller, a Johnny Depp psychedelic western, and one of the more cultish of recent cult movies, Donnie Darko, are all to be part of the UK's first Buddhist film festival.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Video of police assault on Ian Tomlinson, who died at the London G20 protest

Video of Police attacking bystander leading to his death

I have seen the Police attack protesters and bystanders so many times in 15 years of filming that it annoys me. But now Police have killed an innocent man and then tried to blame protesters.

Luckily we have the power of video.

The two lessons must be that, as always, we should never assume that the first official version of a death in suspicious circumstances is accurate. The second lesson must be that the police have now to review their tactics for future demonstrations.

G20 police assault revealed in video
Footage shows Ian Tomlinson, the man who died during G20 protests in London, being attacked from behind
Watch the video here

Monday, April 06, 2009

What happened to the alternative media at the G20?

This is the best report of the G20 protests in London I have seen so far. It gives a sense of the various aspects. Why are we relying upon the mainstream media to tell our stories?

Friday, April 03, 2009

Trekking & Bushcraft in Morocco

Andrew treks in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. He gives an insight into what he will cover in the new series of A-Z of Bushcraft.

Full series out on DVD

V for Vitality (

How to take the tasty sap from the Birch tree skillfully. We cover how to drill & leave the tree in good repair.
Full series out soon on DVD

Surviving in Extreme Conditions (

Andrew travels to Norway to show you how to construct a forest shelter and build a fire to survive in the snow.
Full series out on DVD

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Climate Camp sets up in the middle of the City of London

Direct from the streets of London as people protest on the eve of the G20 London Summit. With world leaders in town people will be marching and taking direct action against a system that puts profit above people and planet. If ever there was a time for change it's now.