That, essentially, is the crux of American Idiot, Green Day’s seventh studio album. Four years in the making, it’s the story of the alienated, de-motivated Average Joe living under Bush’s administration and the American media. ‘Where have all the riots gone?’ frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings, ’…the television’s an obstructionist.’ As far as content is concerned then, the album’s political discontent is nothing new; topical, sure, and undoubtedly poetic, but not groundbreaking.
In terms of shape and form however, American Idiot takes an audacious leap from today’s pack of punk-poppers. It’s a narrative driven 'concept’ album framed by two nine-minute, five-part tracks. Rather like T.S. Eliot’s epic modernist poem The Waste Land, the album’s fragmentary, hazy story revolves around several enigmatic characters, held together by themes and images that recur throughout its thirteen songs. The tales of “Jesus of Suburbia”, “St. Jimmy” and “Whatsername” are loosely woven together, united by 'rage and love’.
It’s not newsworthy to report that politicians lie. So there should have been no surprise when Theresa May called for the General Election she’d repeatedly said wouldn’t happen until 2020. It’s also nothing new to think politicians have a streak of hypocrisy running through agendas. Again, the Prime Minister came up trumps in this regard.
It seemed reasonable to people south of the Scottish border when the PM denied calls for a second referendum on Scottish Independence. The reason: the country had to come together and focus on getting the best Brexit possible. The SNP pointed out, eighteen months from now, the offer will be clear, so Scotland should have the right to choose at that point.
The problem for the Tories – and the country – is such a move at the final stages of Brexit talks could derail bargaining chips.
It didn’t serve the Conservatives’ best interests to hold another referendum, so they didn’t look to hold one.
Using the same rule of thumb – from a “what’s best for the country” point of view – holding a General Election will be even more detrimental to the Brexit negotiation process. How can the Tories be focused 100% on dealing with Europe when they are fighting for political livelihood back home?
Why should the EU commit fully to a process of negotiation when six months from now a different political party or coalition could be running the UK?
It weakens a hand many already fear will be dismissed on its best day.
We’re living in a time where the Establishment is turning our discontent into political opportunity to further a system that doesn’t serve ordinary people. This disconnect has been felt, and duly voiced with the decision to leave the EU.
Remainers repeatedly claim Brexiteers didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for. They did. Change. Any change was preferred over the status quo. A Remainers greatest fear is the unknown, they’d rather accept a failed system over a fresh start.
What’s worse is when a Leave voter is bundled in with the worse elements of society. The majority are not xenophobes, they just want transparency back in decision making and those in power accountable directly for actions that affect the man on the street.
Not voting Labour is opposite to these ideas. We get zero change. We get a continuing Tory government with the ability to be even more oppressive.
Theresa May called this snap election under the impression she could increase her majority in the House of Commons. Remember how politicians can be hypocrites? Here’s her finest example. Nicola Sturgeon was labelled “opportunistic” and “self-serving” when she saw an opening for a second vote of independence.
May can now wear those two labels with pride.
It’s her attempt to walk through any Brexit deal without a chance of proper debate in the House of Commons. It’s one step to a totalitarian regime, disconnected from the rule maker in the EU and unanswerable to anyone back home for a further five years.
Voting Labour, like Brexit, would be seen as another protest vote. It’s also the most important display of voter apathy and disgruntlement ever. There’s a reason Jeremy Corbyn has been continually attacked in the press. The media and the Establishment don’t waste their time on people unless they are a credible threat.
The people have already spoken. The Labour party members voted in vast numbers for him to lead the opposition. Voting Labour shows MPs in his own party that personal, “self-serving” agendas are the domain of the Tories.
And before someone says, “there’s always the Lib Dems,” let’s recall what happened last time they were near the reins of control. After being seduced by Nick Clegg, a counterproductive coalition formed. This time they’re planning a two-pronged attack of Tim Farron (you’ll be forgiven for missing his relevancy) and Tony Blair. The mandate: overturn Brexit.
They may as well call for the end of night and day. Brexit is happening. The last thing we need in a General Election build-up is the taste of sour grapes and the sound of pleas for the impossible.
If you turn your back on a socialist led Labour party now, you’ll be playing your part in the 1983 that precedes Orwell’s 1984.
Harvey bernard Milk was an American politician who became one of the first openly gay individuals to hold office. He would become americas biggest LGBT politician.
Harvey Milk was born in New york to a jewish family in 1930. He worked at his family’s department store with his brother, Robert. After graduating from teacher training college, Harvey joined the US navy during the Korean war but was discharged when the war ended. He took on several jobs including public school teacher, stock analyst and wall street investment banker.
Growing bored of his life in New york he moved to san fransisco and set up a camera shop on Castro street in the middle of the Gay community. Harvey had knew since high school that he was homosexual but had not been open about his sexual orientation. He became more outspoken as he befriended more radical and outspoken LGBT activists.
Milk soon found his voice as a political actvist. He came discontent with the US government. Finding himself opposed to the U.S invasion of Cambodia and seeing the degredation of public services in favour of the millitary. Harvey decided to run for office in 1973. Becoming a candidate for the San fransisco board of supervisors. Wtih little money he lost his first election, he ran again two years later, narrowly losing again.
As a candidate Milk was outspoken about Gay rights in America and encouraged all homosexuals to “Come out of the closet”. Harvey wanted an equal world and this was at the heart of his politics. He won his third election in 1978. He was locally known as “the Mayor of Castro street” he abolished the anti sodomy laws and passed a string of gay rights laws. Befriending city Mayor George Moscone who had a growing interest in gay rights.
On the other side of the Board of supervisors was vietnam war veteran Dan white. He resigned from the board in 1978. Seeing Harvey Milk as destroying the city’s way of life. On the 27th of November he argued with Mayor Moscone and shot him twice, killing him. On the same day he shot Harvey Milk filling him with 5 bullets. He turned himself in. Controversially being given 6 years, charged with voluntary manslaughter. He killed himself 1 year after being released.
Violent riots broke out in San fransisco and 124 people were in injured. Harvey’s legacy as a gay rights activist echoes down the years. The phrase “Coming out of the closet” being common even today. Harvey was awarded the presidential medal of freedom by Obama which was accepted by his nephew stuart.
UZBEKISTAN-KYRGHYZSTAN border. Ferghana Valley. 2002. An Uzbek border patrol surveys one of the valley’s seven territorial enclaves. The myriad borders of the valley make it hard to control and ideal for smugglers.
The recent violence in the Uzbek town of Andijan, located in the Ferghana Valley, is only the latest expression of formenting political and religious discontent occurring across Central Asia. The repression of Islamic militancy took center stage as the Uzbek government claimed 169 Islamic militants died during this week’s uprising, while human rights officials claimed hundreds of civilians were shot by the army.
Latvian troops, part of the successful attacks towards Jelgava.
January 5 1917, Jelgava–The front lines near the Baltic had been largely static for well over a year, with the main Russian offensives coming further south at Lake Naroch or Brusilov’s broad push in the south. This meant that the Germans had fallen into some complacency in the area, and the commander of the Russian 12th Army, Radko Dimitriev, decided to take advantage of this. The Germans had withdrawn many of their troops for other fronts, leaving mainly older and inexperienced soldiers. The land was sandy and marshy, preventing true trench lines from being constructed. The Russian troops had also been trained in storm tactics, drawing lessons from the Brusilov offensive.
On January 5 (two days before Orthodox Christmas), the Russians attacked without any preliminary bombardment. The bombardment was not really necessary due to the weak German fortifications, and this let the Russians have complete surprise. The center of the offensive had great success, advancing over three miles and eventually capturing over 8000 men. The flanks of the offensive, however, had less success. On the right, the attack, into a marshy forest, quickly stalled.
More concerning, however, was the failure of the attack on the left flank. The Twelfth Army had long had simmering political discontent. Here, a Siberian regiment refused to attack, demanding the installation of a constitutional government. This mutiny soon spread to two other regiments, with soldiers denouncing the Czar and his government as German traitors. Despite a swift crackdown, in which 94 soldiers were executed and many others sentenced to hard labor, the mutiny had had its effect, and the left flank attack never occurred. The successful troops in the center refused to advance further, though the way had briefly been open to Jelgava.
I was up when everyone was finding out and my heart got heavy with worry. I'm still trying to understand everything.
When I went to bed Remain were in the lead and I thought maybe, maybe this is all going to work out ok. I’m just so angry, so upset and so bitterly, bitterly ashamed of the country in which I was born and which I’ve spent so many years living and learning in. I just can’t quite process it all at the moment. And what’s worse is that my friendship group, my age group, were SO passionate and engaged in this Referendum, and SO determined to remain. For us, our first memory of being able to vote on and engage with a significant political event will be forever soured by the memory of being let down. Young people are so widely unengaged with politics nowadays and is there really any wonder when shit like this happens time and time again? The older demographics of voters didn’t take what the younger voters—the ones who’d have to live with the consequences—wanted, didn’t think about us at all. Someone on twitter said it very well—that a generation that was given everything has decided to decimate our futures. It’s just… disappointing, and a little sickening, and I don’t know what’s going on with the world that suddenly hate and fear seem to be fuelling our every action. I hope Scotland have another referendum and that, despite my strongly hoping they stayed in the UK last time, they leave now. I’ll be moving upland if they do.
The Sunni monarchy has been hoping that the Formula One Grand Prix, its showcase annual event, would restore Bahrain’s stature as a stable Persian Gulf kingdom, blighted after months of antigovernment protests by the Shiite majority that led to the cancellation of the race last year.
Instead, the opposite seems to be happening. While Bahraini officials vow that the Grand Prix will be held as planned on Sunday, Shiite opposition groups and rights organizations have denounced the race as a public relations stunt that has sought to mask what they call the monarchy’s failures to address causes of political discontent here.
Clashes between protesters and the police, which never really went away during 14 months of unrest, have intensified in the week leading up to the race, which opposition groups have called the “days of rage.” Cartoons ridiculing Bahrain’s crown prince and Bernie Ecclestone, the British leader of the Formula One race organization, have been scrawled on the walls of Shiite suburbs and villages, including one depicting them co-piloting a race car with tear gas bellowing from the tailpipes.
Ivan Morison built a tiny house on the back of this decommissioned 1954 Goddess firetruck.
1970s House-Truck Movement
During the 1970′s Roger Beck was one of the first pioneers of the house truck movement on the west coast of America.
He used them as a home during travels throughout the United States, according to his interview on Ivan Morison’s article Tales of Space and Time, where he interviews Roger.
According to Ivan’s article, he held a workshop in Eugene, Oregon, in January of 2007.
Photos Courtesy of Wig Worland
This house truck movement happened during the 70′s because of folks’ discontent with politics, war and the economy and today, the situation sound awfully familiar.
These wonderful photos were taken by Wig Worland who’s work you can find here and here.
I'm just so angry! The Leave campaign even retracted some of their statements, their main statements!! Fuck this I want to cry
Ugh are we referring to the scumbag drain-dwelling wanker of a weasel that is Nigel Fucking Farage and his retraction of his promise to put the money saved from Europe (which was… like, we send all that money over but we get a massive percentage back? So it was a dodgy line anyway?) into the NHS, which he’s now saying was a ‘mistake to promise’? If so, I can’t. I just… Nigel Farage is lying, xenophobic, sneaky weasel scum and I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns. As I hate Boris and Gove (Boris is just a waffling bumbling tit of a human, and Gove is a monster. He is a fucking monster and the level of pure unfettered loathing for him that was in the air amongst students and teachers when I was in year eleven was frankly frightening, if justified). I swear to god if either of them end up as PM I can’t stay here. I just can’t do it. Like I’m legitimately having to put serious consideration into where I want to apply for Uni taking this into account. The ideal at the moment is looking like me trying to get into Edinburgh and hoping Scotland get independence from the UK. I SO wanted them to stay during the 2014 referendum, but they don’t deserve to be dragged into this shite. They just don’t. Same for NI.
But by far the most disastrous feature of the neoliberal period has been the huge growth in inequality. Until very recently, this had been virtually ignored. With extraordinary speed, however, it has emerged as one of, if not the most important political issue on both sides of the Atlantic, most dramatically in the US. It is, bar none, the issue that is driving the political discontent that is now engulfing the west. Given the statistical evidence, it is puzzling, shocking even, that it has been disregarded for so long; the explanation can only lie in the sheer extent of the hegemony of neoliberalism and its values.
But now reality has upset the doctrinal apple cart. In the period 1948-1972, every section of the American population experienced very similar and sizable increases in their standard of living; between 1972-2013, the bottom 10% experienced falling real income while the top 10% did far better than everyone else. In the US, the median real income for full-time male workers is now lower than it was four decades ago: the income of the bottom 90% of the population has stagnated for over 30 years.
Neoliberalism has had its day. So what happens next? (Guardian: Martin Jacques)