Friday, September 30, 2005

San Francisco Ski Jump

Icer Air Video
Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
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On September 29th, 2005 San Francisco hosted the Icer Air Ski and Snowboard jump on Fillmore St.

Might As Well Jump
My friend and fellow vlogger, Rene over at Luxomedia has also created a video of the San Francisco ski jump -- she's got all the landings! Check it out.

I've got some photo's taken by Mark Watson on my camera coming soon too...

As Rene says in her vlog, "Just another day in San Francisco." Hell Yea! Amen Sister! I love this city.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Tell Me What A Police State Looks Like

This is what a police state looks like!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

This Article Brought Me to Tears

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I just came across this Salon article on GNN, and before I had finished reading it, tears were collecting in the corners of my eyes as I seethed in anger and frustration, feeling this wave of sadness wash over me.

Throughout most of my life my mother has been an elementary school teacher in a predominately white but quite poor community in the rural community of Phelan California.

Like the segregated schools mentioned in the article, my mother has had to bare enormous pressures under Bush's treacherous No Child Left Behind, and it has been quite frustrating for her.

Sarah Karnasiewicz's article Apartheid America, revolves around an interview with Jonathan Kozol, and his new book The Shame of the Nation : The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America.

The article breaks down exactly what it means for the government to initiate a program like No Child Left Behind, and if Kozol's assessment is correct then it's high time that all of us wake up to what's really going on, that we all get off our asses and become part of the solution, and that we bring about real and tangible changes before it's too late.
What’s happened in many of these inner-city schools is that kids are no longer perceived as children but rather as economic units – like pint-size deficits or assets for the American economy. No one asks whether they are good or they are happy. The only question is will they be useful to our corporations in a global marketplace. It is not like this in the suburbs. There, children are still valued because they are children and childhood is still regarded not merely as a prelude to utilitarian adulthood but as a perishable piece of life itself. In the inner-city schools, even though most of the teachers I know would like to do the same, there is tremendous pressure on the principals to view these children as products, with “value-added” skills that they pump into them. And if you view children as products, it makes sense to have a lot of product testing.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My Video Archive!

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Hail to the Thief

Wake The Fuck Up!
Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
Hail to the Thief a videoblog post by Michael Verdi

This video kicks ass and cuts through the crap. Michael Verdi has produced quite a few amazingly powerful videos for his vlog. Check this one out as soon as you can!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Internet Rights and Current TV

Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
I just made this post. In the Current TV Studio, and decided to cross-post it here as well...

As all of us producers should know, by uploading your video to the Current TV Studio, you are providing Current with the exclusive rights to exhibit your video work online for a 3 month period. In other words, you are contractually bound not to upload your video anywhere else, be it, the Amazon Tribeca Film Festival, You Tube, or even putting the video up on your own blog or personal website. I personally feel that this requirement is neither fair nor necessary, but that is not the focus of this post.

What does seem to be of significance is the fact that quite a few producers have either neglected or elected to violate this portion of the submission terms. For those in violation of this requirement, what liability are they opening themselves up to?

By my assessment, it seems that the absolute worst-case scenario would be that Current could elect to air your piece as a VC2 contribution and withhold your fee of $250.

This worst-case scenario seems unlikely to happen as it opens Current up to a fairly significant legal battle over $250 which is, well, stupid. That said, the next worse situation would be for Current to elect not to air your piece, or even to take it out of the screening room. We don't know about the former, but I have no reason to think Current has begun to do the latter.

So why is it that Current doesn't want us to host our own video on our own personal websites? According to the Submission terms FAQ:
We realize this part of the deal might seem burdensome. But here's the logic: We're going to present your video in our online Screening Room so people can vote and comment on it, with the notion that if it's popular or interesting, it might be something we'd like to pay for and broadcast on air.

If anybody else can swoop in and scoop up the good stuff, we're just providing a public service to other TV networks. Which would be nice, but, you know, no thanks.
Ok, so check out that last paragraph... you can't put your video on your own website because [other TV networks] can swoop in and scoop up the good stuff. Essentially Current is stating that you can't put your video up on your own website because other TV stations are swarming like vultures, trolling the internet looking for low-res internet video that they'd like to steal and air without the producer's permission. Asserting that other stations would not recognize the producer's Creative Commons or Copyright license, that other stations wouldn't ask for permission, and furthomore that other stations wouldn't ask for the non-compressed video.

It seems a bit forward for Current to align themselves against other commercial media television stations and to describe them as thieves; the idea would seem ludicrous had it not actually happened to me during this past summer with some footage I shot of an anarchist demonstration in San Francisco in which a cop was injured. (For more information on that story, please see this entry from my blog.)

But really now, what is your reasoning at Current for the exclusive internet rights? Is it really the vultures, the other television stations that wouldn't hesitate to illegally swoop in and scoop up all the good stuff?

Please tell us...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

George Bush Doesn't Like Black People...

All right, so you guy's have probably all heard already but just in case you haven't -- you have to take a listen to this track by the "Legendary KO".

Laura's Very Own Bushism

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All right, so we all know that George Bush makes so many blunders when he speaks that we've coined the term Bushism to describe his inability to grasp the English language. Well, now his wife has gone and added a whole new chapter to the Bushism catalog as she describes hurricane Careena.

From Crooks and liars: Click on the picture to hear Laura Bush's very own malapropism.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Bill Maher on Katrina Relief Effort

Finally some humor to relieve the horrendously depressing news about the horrific disaster that was Katrina. via onegoodmove...

Click on the image to see the video...

Monday, September 05, 2005

What the Hell is Going On?

I found this on onegoodmove, in an interview on Meet The Press, Aaron Brousard, the President of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana describes how tragic and how tragically unnecessary the situation in New Orleans is.
We had Wal-mart deliver three trucks of water. Trailer trucks of water. Fema turned them back, said we didn't need them. This was a week go. We had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a coast guard vessel docked in my parish. The coast guard said come get the fuel right way. When we got there with our trucks, they got a word, FEMA says don't give you the fuel. Yesterday, yesterday, fema comes in and cuts all our emergency communications lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in. he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards said no one is getting near these lines.
What the fuck is going on! I never once in my life thought I'd say this but why wouldn't FEMA allow WalMart to help out the people of New Orleans? It had seemed as if perhaps the US Government was simply inept, but more and more it appears that the lack of response by the federal government could not have simply been accidental. I'm so angry right now, you have no idea.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

More on New Orleans...

From Jordan Flaherty's Notes From Inside New Orleans:
If anyone wants to examine the attitude of federal and state officials towards the victims of hurricane Katrina, I advise you to visit one of the refugee camps.

In the refugee camp I just left, on the I-10 freeway near Causeway, thousands of people (at least 90% black and poor) stood and squatted in mud and trash behind metal barricades, under an unforgiving sun, with heavily armed soldiers standing guard over them. When a bus would come through, it would stop at a random spot, state police would open a gap in one of the barricades, and people would rush for the bus, with no information given about where the bus was going. Once inside (we were told) evacuees would be told where the bus was taking them - Baton Rouge, Houston, Arkansas, Dallas, or other locations. I was told that if you boarded a bus bound for Arkansas (for example), even people with family and a place to stay in Baton Rouge would not be allowed to get out of the bus as it passed through Baton Rouge.

You had no choice but to go to the shelter in Arkansas. If you had people willing to come to New Orleans to pick you up, they could not come within 17 miles of the camp.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Wake Up and Smell the Genocide

Originally uploaded by Improbable Roach.
From SF Indymedia:
We have Amtrak here that could have carried everybody out of town. There were enough school buses that could have evacuated 20,000 people easily, but they just let them be flooded. My son watched 40 buses go underwater - they just wouldn't move them, afraid they'd be stolen.
The New Orleans tragedy could have easily prevented, it is the poorest in New Orleans, many of whom are black, that are still there suffering, most everyone with a moderate income got the hell out. The United States response to Hurricane Katrina has been deplorable as the hurricane approached and their response after the storm is even more abysmal. This leads me to conclude one of two things.

  • 1) The United States is completely inept at actually responding to a disaster, which is possible.

  • 2) The Federal Government made a conscious decision not to provide enough resources to get everyone out of the city, and deliberately delayed on the recovery effort.

  • Either way, the Bush Administration has once again demonstrated what a miserable failure the president is.

    From GNN:
    Commentators noted the victims of the hurricane were overwhelmingly African Americans, too poor to flee the region as the hurricane loomed unlike some of their white neighbors.

    New Orleans ranks fifth in the United States in terms of African American population and 67 percent of the city’s residents are black.

    “In one of the poorest states in the country, where black people earn half as much as white people, this has taken on a racial dimension,” said a report in Britain’s Guardian daily.

    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    MUNI Fare Strike Starts Today

    Social Strike
    Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
    From the Social Strike website:

    It's on! From September 1 onward, MUNI riders and drivers are engaging in a social strike. Riders won't pay, and drivers won't collect, until ALL fare hikes, service cuts, and layoffs are reversed.

    This will last, and it will grow as long as it lasts, until our demands are met: the fare is reduced back to $1.25, all service cuts are reversed, and drivers who were laid off are rehired.

    A quick guide to the fare strike can be found here. Please explore our website to get more information and to learn how to get involved in spreading the strike.