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Posted by Tim Ireland at August 18, 2007

Category: Consume!

Police ‘escorted’ off climate camp by protesters. Watch it right until the end to see a police officer deliver a somewhat embellished version of events into his radio. They don’t like it up ’em, do they?

UPDATE – Someone raised a very good point under the comments of this video. They said; “This should be shown on the news with the policeman talking into his radio.”

And it bloody well should and all… but it probably won’t, because because left isn’t on the only bias that fucks with our media feed.

UPDATE (20 Aug) – Sometimes Dizzy can be genuinely amusing. This morning he has his knickers in a twist about what he describes as witting/unwitting intellectual dishonesty… the ‘death’ of objective knowledge.

And yet in the very next post he refers to the print edition of an article he does not link to and artfully mashes his cherry-picked point about activists trying to break a police cordon with footage of activists repelling a police incursion.

But that’s not intellectual dishonesty, is it? Neither is passing off as satire propaganda-laden claptrap about all climate change activists wanting us to “(live in the) stone age washing ourselves with cold water and pumice”.

Dizzy also has this to say about my post:

I did however particularly like this intellectually vacuous statement. Apparently, the officer at the end of the video gives “a somewhat embellished version of events into his radio.” This is based on the fact that because he said something that you don’t see in the video it can’t possibly have happened.

Below is the policeman’s version of events as delivered into his radio:

“To reiterate…officers came under sustained attack… punches were thrown… and were kicked repeatedly. Officers on the floor were kicked after they tripped over guy ropes and tents and [muffled]”

As I’ve already pointed out under comments, if the police were under *sustained* attack… and were kicked *repeatedly* these actions would have been visible in *all* of the footage available to the editor and this video simply wouldn’t exist in its current state, because there would be no usable raw footage to work with.

I completely stand by my assertion that the officer’s version of events has been embellished.

Of course, there is the slim possibility that the creator has done a near-to-impossible editing job and/or filmed an entirely different event and tacked this police officer’s report onto the end, but I doubt it for one very good reason that also makes me doubt that this video has been massaged at all; I think that the creator is unlikely to take this risk because he must know that the police have been photographing and video-taping everything as well. You see, unlike Dizzy, I’ve been paying attention. I’ve read eyewitness reports and have even been down to the camp to witness it and the police/media presence for myself. But even you can have one over on Dizzy without going through any of that nonsense; all you have to do is actually watch the video (at about 01:14 to 01:16 you’ll see at least five cameramen, at least one of which is a policeman… the easiest one to identify is on the top right wearing a hat and carrying what is most likely a digicam above his head).

If there were a grand unseen event of sustained attack and repeated kicking (on a ‘floor’ somewhere in that field) then the police would have some footage of it. Or at least some photographs of officers with boo-boos that need to be kissed better. If this film were a fake, we would have heard about it almost immediately, and we quite likely would have seen alternative footage within a day. But, no, all I’ve seen so far is a few sock-puppets disputing the presence of CS gas canisters.

Incidentally, I’ve discussed some of this briefly with Dizzy via email. He’s of the view that the eyewitness reports I mention here are compromised because Indymedia has “a political agenda”. He even seemingly rejects the notion that this was a repelled incursion – not an attacked cordon – on the same basis. Remember, this comes to you from a man with no political agenda who won’t hear a disparaging word about 18DoughtyStreet because it too has no political agenda.

Anyway, let’s get back to that police officer and this segment of his embellished report:

“To reiterate…officers came under sustained attack… punches were thrown… and were kicked repeatedly.”

The structure of this statement amuses me. If it ever came to court, the officer would quite likely get away with saying that he meant punches were thrown by their side or both sides, but he was too out of breath to include that vital bit of information in his sentence.

(*cough*)

Indymedia: During the attempted raid, an officer, (UC3666) completely unprovoked, punched one of the people forming the human barrier. The officer was immediately removed from the site by a senior colleague.

Dumb things I gotta do today:

1. Request raw footage from the creator of this video.

2. Request a statement from the police; not least about the claim made above.

[EDIT: Quote fixed. Still chasing ecilops.]

UPDATE (5:30pm) – I have a statement from the police about the ‘UC3666’ claim made above, and will happily repeat it here in full:

At approximately 19.15 on 14.8.07 officers from the Forward Intelligence Team who were patroling the camp were confronted by demonstators who attempted to physically remove them from the site. Colleagues were called in to support them and maintain public order.

The policing team was re-established on site shortly afterwards.

The MPS has stated from the outset that we wish to facilitate lawful protest. Our police presence continues on site at the request of the land owner.

No complaint has been received about the alleged incident.








Posted by Tim Ireland at August 17, 2007

Category: Consume!

I dropped by to visit the Camp for Climate Action with Sunny yesterday. A short photo report follows below the fold.

(more…)








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 17, 2007

Category: Consume!

And the winner is… (overly long pause)… Cyndi!

(terribly awkward pause)

No! Wait! Erm… it’s Scooch!

Totally unprofessional.

I wasn’t impressed with Cyndi’s entry, but no performer deserves to be humiliated like that on live television.

PS – “Would you like something to suck on for the landing, sir?”… WTF? It looks like we are headed for a Conservative Benny Hill government after all. Maybe every country *does* get the Eurovision entry they deserve.








Posted by Tim Ireland at February 10, 2007

Category: Consume!

Just seen it. Can’t fault it.

Take the kids… and a box of tissues.

The rather top-heavy official site is here, but my advice is that you avoid it for now (i.e. I’m glad I went in not knowing too much about who did which voice… this can be very distracting).

UPDATE – Hahahahahahaha! Please, don’t click this until after you’ve seen it.








Posted by Tim Ireland at January 31, 2007

Category: Consume!

The only thing worse than a piss-weak joke is a badly-judged one… witness the disaster that is Village Vermin.

Ministry of Truth – Village Vermin: What a complete bag of shit! Look, read the disclaimer, run a WHOIS on the domain if you like (the owner listed a Party Animals Production Ltd) it amounts to the same [thing], a piss-poor attempt to create a viral advert for the programme using a fake blog on the premise that somehow we’ll all find a bunch of fake online gossip interesting – and on, I might add, with the weirdest blogroll I think I’ve ever seen – I mean who the fuck blogrolls the Downing Street website?

(Psst! More about the series Party Animals here if you feel you need to know more.)

Johnny Void jumped down my throat for saying this before, but I’m going to say it again:

Bloggerheads: Those of you who know what I’ve been up to these past few years will know that I helped make a lot of firsts happen in political blogging, and I am still doing things right now that won’t be done on a widespread basis for at least a few years. Call me self-important if you like, but I’ve learned quite a few things in the process; stuff that even most ‘experts’ don’t know about the long-term political use of weblogs.

Ditto for marketing. If you search for ‘raging cow’ in Google you’ll find some information about one of the ‘firsts’ in that arena, and my role in it.

That was nearly four years ago. Even then, it should have been obvious that people take this blogging thing seriously. That goes for political blogs as well as personal blogs because… well, people who are involved in such things tend to take politics rather seriously, too. Duh.

Ugh! Me know blogs good!If you create a fake weblog to promote anything, you will want to make damn sure that your venture is well-researched and well-judged… or that ‘joke’ will be about as welcome as, say, your faking the death of a close relative.

(But I was just kidding! Honest! Look, it was just a joke people… hey, where is everybody going…?)

For a start, look at this blogroll (see right)… I mean just look at it!

It looks like it was drafted in a hurry by someone who talked to someone who once read a thing or two about political weblogs in a pamphlet by Carol Vorderman.

Some of the sites have individual worth – (author waves to Wibbler) – but then, individual words have meaning too… that doesn’t make a random string of words a meaningful sentence.

This is laziness at work.

This is stupidity at work.

This is ignorance at work.

This is arrogance at work.

As for comments about the fake comments threads… well, I’m lost for words, to be honest.

I think the only saving grace of the Village Vermin website is that it’s not designed to promote a series about bloggers.

[Hello BBC and Party Animals Productions peeps! While I’ve got your attention, is now a bad time for me to pitch my idea for a new comedy/drama? It’s about this blogger who isn’t really a blogger who claims to be an impartial trouble maker when he’s really a smear merchant working for a shadowy right-wing cabal made up of lizard-like aliens with teeny-tiny penises. It’s kind of like Drop The Dead Donkey meets FreakyLinks. In Episode One, our anti-hero joyfully ‘outs’ one filthy homosexual after another. Just when he thinks he’s gotten away with it, he walks into the wrong Gentlemen’s Club. Hilarity ensues. In Episode Two, he buries a story because it involves one of his informants, but he secretly rats out his informant anyway. Just when he thinks he’s gotten away with it, he walks into the wrong Gentlemen’s Club. Hilarity ensues. In Episode Three….]








Posted by Tim Ireland at January 22, 2007

Category: Consume!

Blink-and you-miss-it McDonald’s ad.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 20, 2006

Category: Consume!

Guardian – Royal Society tells Exxon: stop funding climate change denial: Britain’s leading scientists have challenged the US oil company ExxonMobil to stop funding groups that attempt to undermine the scientific consensus on climate change. In an unprecedented step, the Royal Society, Britain’s premier scientific academy, has written to the oil giant to demand that the company withdraws support for dozens of groups that have “misrepresented the science of climate change by outright denial of the evidence”. The scientists also strongly criticise the company’s public statements on global warming, which they describe as “inaccurate and misleading”.

Oh, they’re doing more than that… here’s something I meant to blog a while ago…

The Raw Story – Republican firm hired by Exxon exposed as Gore documentary spoofer

But feel free to keep ignoring the men behind the green curtain.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 19, 2006

Category: Consume!

Sofa.com are now offering you a chance to get into The Guinness Book of World Records… and all you have to do is sit on your arse. Oh, and maybe steer a bit.

How does that grab you?

:o)

(Psst! Please note the reserved-seating for bloggers and other webmasters.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 6, 2006

Category: Consume!

Entries close at midnight tonight. Good luck to you.








Posted by Tim Ireland at June 2, 2006

Category: Consume!

Folks, the Sofa.com competition ends this coming Tuesday. This is your last chance to use your blogging/writing/creative skills to score yourself a brand new sofa. Get to it. Cheers.








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