Thursday, March 24, 2005

Stop the War In Iran

We've already lost the war in Iraq. March 19th this year was a wake up call. We've lost this battle but the war for global justice can still be won.

Over two years ago, the United States began a war of aggression against a country the size of Californa. A year ago, on the anniversary of the war, there was still something to be said for taking to the streets to protest the continued invasion. This is no longer true. There is something to be said for not pulling out at this point. Pulling out of Iraq means not only pulling out our troops but withdrawing from all huminatarian aid as well. This shouldn't be the case, but I don't see it happening any other way. We've destroyed their entire country and doing anything towards preventing the US efforts to rebuild Iraq is, to some extent, counter-productive.

But furthermore, the real argument is this: If two years of parading down the street chanting our antiwar slogans hasn't worked by now, it's not going to work now so why continue? These protests do nothing to stop the war in Iraq.

However, this doesn't mean we shouldn't take to the streets in protest. In fact, it's more important now then ever before to get as many people out as possible. But, it's time for new messaging, everyone on the face of the planet knows that the US is at war with Iraq and most everyone on the planet is opposed to it.

The only thing effective about these parades disguised is protests is to raise the general public's awareness and it's time we focus on what the public does not already know.

First off, it's becoming painfully clear that we are on a course towards an armed conflict with Iran. Scott Ritter cited early June and that seems like a plausible time-table. The general public does not yet realize this and it's time we use this head start to our advantage and mobilize before the war as seen as inevitable to Joe American.

Second, if we do go to war with Iran, then there will almost certainly be a draft. The numbers simply don't add up otherwise. Recruitment is down, deaths are up, and I doubt many in the military are signing up for an additional tour. A draft is inevitable and this too is distant from the minds of most Americans.

If we can educate the public through mass protest before the propaganda media monopy machine has its way with the sheeple then we still stand a chance of making real change.

Otherwise, we might as well just keep having our regularly scheduled protests -- if only, as a means to remind ourselves that we are not alone.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

U.S. Military out of our schools!

March 9th 2005
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
This video is the first part in what will be a short film about yesterday's protest - in which students at San Francisco State made it clear that we will not continue to tolerate military recruiters on our campus.

My friend Ben helped edit this piece this morning with me, and also took some footage from the event that we'll be using in the longer-form of this video.

The music used in the piece is Killing Zone by Rancid.

Oh yeah -- feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you like what you see...

My latest job...

Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
For the next month or so I'm going to be promoting for INdTV and getting people to come out to their event -- Take Back TV.

I'm not sure what details are still underwraps, but I'll let you know more as soon as I can.

"Rock the nation, take over television and radio staions..." Let's see what comes of INdTV's promise to take back tv.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Found A Tutorial on Videoblogging with Blogger

Hey -0- In case anyone's interested... I just came across this tutorial. Coupled with Michael Verdi's Free Vlog anyone can make a vlog. Check it out...

Thursday, March 03, 2005

No To Government, No To Empire

J20 screen cap
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
All right, so I think that's 7 videos in 7 days...

Warning: This video is pretty big -- ~150MBs and it's pretty long (over 15 minutes), but I'd like to think it's worth it.

This video is an attempt at creating a first person account of a recent San Francisco protest. The footage was shot on January 20th, the date of Bush's innauguration and captures this cities discontent with the current state of American politics.

It took a while to put this piece together, so if you like what you see please let me know. If you don't like what you see, let me know that too... it feels good to know that my work is being seen.

From the archives... Vlog Anarchy continues

Squat Action
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
I'm 11 and a half hours behind on my daily video post; but, I guess, since this is my vlog anarchy week it's only fair that I break my own guidlines at least once during the experiment.

I would've had a new video posted up from the January 20th anti-innaugural protests in San Francisco -- but -- uploading a 160MB file is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Maybe I'll get it up tonight.

I shot this video during the March 19th demonstrations against the war last year, so it's almost a year old. This was my first foray into a style that is somewhat similar to vlogging although I didn't realize it until now...

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Declare Your Independence

Declare Your Independence
Originally uploaded by blackcatmedia.
In continuing Vlog Anarchy week, I've posted up the application video I put together when I was applying to be a digital correspondent for INdTV.

Check it - Check it out!

The music used in the piece include "Rock the Nation" by Spearhead, as well as "Living in America" by The Sounds