Monthly Archives: November 2011

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The majority of students at AGM (Annual General Meeting) that took place on 24th November voted to support public sector strikes for ‘pension justice’ on 30th November, and stand together to support the quality of education and the student experience at UWE. On this day, some lecturers that are members of the University of the West of England (UWE) will be out on strike. 

This Union supports staff that enter into industrial dispute in their struggle for better working conditions so as to protect the academic community and the student experience, recognizing that the struggles of both students and staff are inseparably interlinked. 

In future, we shall be working with other Students’ Unions, Trade Unions, and campaign groups to promote and raise awareness of strike days and the issues that have prompted them on campus and encourage students to engage in and support picket and rallies.  

For further information about activities on the day and how you can get involved, please emailuweoccupation@hotmail.co.uk.

Some things make me really happy. THIS is one of them. Doing an AGM the right way gets the right results.

UWESU Statement – 30th Nov. Strikes

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Outline: What The Occupation seeks.

Demands for the Government, University and Student Union:

  • That neither students nor staff be persecuted for their political convictions or activity thereby.

We call on the Government, the following:

  • First and foremost: to settle any ongoing disputes with public sector unions by making the concessions that the workers want.
  • To take full responsibility for all disruption that may be caused by public sector industrial action on November 30th.
  • To introduce universal, life-long access to education which shall be free at the point of use.
  • To withdraw and oppose the higher education White Paper.
  • For Liberal Democrat MPs to stand by their election pledges for free education.
  • To oppose the abolition and restructuring of PGCE bursaries.
  • To reintroduce the Education Maintenance Allowance as it was prior to its abolition.

We call on UWE Vice-Chancellor Steven West, to pledge the following:

  • That UWE reverse its lecture workload model changes and settle any ongoing disputes with UCU, or other staff unions, by taking part in the negotiations and making the concessions that the union(s) wants.
  • To publicly condemn the higher education White Paper, call for it to be withdrawn and condemn the increasing marketisation of education.
  • To guarantee no course closures.
  • To reinstate languages courses.
  • To guarantee no job cuts with no adverse changes to academic and non-academic staff terms and conditions.
  • To recognise an atmosphere of fear amongst staff in tandem with “voluntary redundancies” constitutes job cuts.
  • To provide bursaries for all international, home and EU students who need them – not fee waivers.
  • To guarantee no cuts to library, student support, and learning resources which includes disability services.
  • To guarantee no cuts to access schemes or foundation courses.
  • No reprimands for staff who refuse to cross picket lines.
  • No reprimands for students who refuse to cross picket lines or are involved in the occupation. Not only ensures that no aggression, interference or disturbance will take place against the occupation, but also takes measures to facilitate our work when appropriate.
  • Support for the UCU decision against making lecturers responsible for policing foreign student visas.
  • To have representation in the governors’ forum meeting, of at least one person chosen by the occupation.
  • Demand Steven West takes full responsibility for disruption caused by past industrial action in the ongoing dispute between UWE and UCU and holds the government responsible for any disruption caused by the strike on November 30th.
  • Responds to all (individual and collective) requests for information and provide access to all documents related to the management of our university.

We leave an open invitation for Steven West, V-C, to come and meet with the occupation.

We call on the S.U., to pledge the following:

  • Total pro-active support for the November 30th Strike, respective of the mandate through AGM, in media (such as the SU website) and on campuses.
  • To respect the mandate from last, and this, years’ AGM to visually support the strikes and occupation with banners, flags, etc.
  • To maintain a higher degree of independence from non-elected and non-student officials and staff within the university and student union. (See Paddy’s AGM motion, which was blocked from the floor)
  • To become more transparent and open to the student body.
  • To advertise and attend a general assembly in order that students are able to voice their concerns with the S.U.
  • To re-instate Matt Hollinshead as Chair of Meetings and allow his access to SU spaces, after his unfair, and politically motivated suspension.
  • To actively encourage UWESU employees to join trade unions and not to discriminate against trade union members.
  • To respond to these demands within 24 hours.

UWE Solidarity Occupation

University of the West of England went into occupation today (see?  Last nights build up had purpose!) in support of the workers striking nationally on November 30th.  Action groups are being set up, we’re having a film screening at 6:30 tonight and will be down at least until Wednesday.  A statement is being prepared!

The occupation is on St Matthias campus in Fishponds, in “The Link”, connecting the refectory and the Chapel lecture theatre.  All are welcome and encouraged to come down to participate!

Oh, and Billy Bragg kindly paid us a surprise visit!

Student protests that come back are student protests that just spent the last six months figuring out how they can do it bigger and better.

Welcome to the new academic year.  Lets get things back in gear in the UK folks, Chile has thoroughly been taking us to school.

The list I have is Goldsmiths, Edinburgh, Warwick, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bloomsbury and York.  As far as I’m aware Birmingham is currently out because of the court order but looking for somewhere else suitable.

Does anybody have a more up to date list, and preferably links to any blogspot/wordpress/twitter/facebook/tumblr accounts for this latest round of student occupations?  The pictures I’ve posted have included links where I could find them.

Bloomsbury Social Centre, occupation of a University building by students and workers.

Unite and fight!

Goldsmiths University occupation of the Whitehead building.

Things are happening.

Essex University student halls.

eyanj:

howtobenoladarling:

earthwindfire82:

hellyeahrecipes:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp red food coloring
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir until combined and very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Add flour and salt and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  5. To prepare cheesecake mixture, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth. Distribute the cheesecake mixture in 8 dollops over batter in the pan.
  6. Swirl in with a knife or spatula.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.
  8. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before lifting out the parchment paper to remove the brownies.

Reblog to print.

will fuck for these. 

This is happening very soon.

tooyoungforthelivingdead:

fuckyeahmenfolk:

gingerhaze:

cracked:

The original Avengers promo image and Kevin Bolk’s wonderful, pointed parody.

I’d see this movie.

The Hulk’s duckface, oh my god.

oh my god AMAZING

climateadaptation:

The world’s first vertical forest is being built in Milan, Italy.

Did you know that Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Italy? Apparently urban sprawl and increased emissions are major causes for slumping air quality in the international fashion capital. So Italian architect Stefano Boeri has formulated an unusual plan to give the city back what it’s lacking: namely, some greenery.

Bosco Verticale is Italian for “Vertical Forest.” The project took inspiration from traditional Italian towers covered in ivy. Boeri has simply multiplied the amount of foliage to a dramatic degree, envisioning residential buildings that resemble tall boxy trees. Each apartment unit has a balcony attached, with a lush garden enveloping the structure. The two towers will provide roots for 900 trees, as well as plenty of shrubbery and other floral vegetation. Their footprint, when flattened, is equal to 10,000 square meters of forest. Bosco Verticale provides a plan to make reforestation possible within the confines of a developed city.

Source: Creator Project

dagNotes: High and Mighty and very Whitey. The YOUTH Edition. Liberal Mix.

akagoldfish:

dagseoul:

no I’m not going to get rid of the pepper spray meme photos I posted on my blog. doubt my intentions. fuck off.

sick of child bloggers getting all sanctimonious about triggers and experience. like i need a kid to talk to me about life experience. fuck off.

i’m not precious. did you all really think the cops would not attack occupy protesters? that was the intention. the intention is to provoke the power of the state. that’s what civil disobedience intends to do.

the point of protest isn’t to become one of the mourned victims. peace is for the couch potato and his sentimental vision of a past that never existed.

tolerance is for liberal whites. and propriety is for the liberal social order. i don’t know about you, but i can’t afford tolerance and order. and i’m not looking for reverence. we live in a capitalist culture that is excessively irreverent towards women, sex, non-christians, the poor, people of color. and what do we get in our discourse after the cops prove their violence? we get liberals shaming people for their own excess and irreverence. in other words, we get liberals re-establishing order through their own communities.

fuck the police and fuck the liberals.

i find the pepper spray meme to illustrate a couple of important things. most significant isn’t about community, shared ideals, sense of humor. no. most significant, in my opinion, is that it proves how glib our social discourse is—fluent, amplified, insincere, and shallow.

a lot of pseudo-literate, anti-intellectual, knee-jerking, tear-jerking, affected and glib motherfuckers daily telling me what to do and why.

The Lt. Pike memes are a conversation in a language that’s still being written. They are a document of our times and our experience. The people attacking them are as “disrespectful” of people who have suffered police violence are attempting nothing less than the suppression of this record. They are enabling state violence. Fuck them.

I support everything Dagseoul said and then some.

If you have a problem with this, get the fuck off my blog right now.

Hmm.  I’m still forming my opinion on this subject it seems.

ftm-communist replied to your post: Trying to read Zizek’s “Why…

Does he use Hegelian terminology without explaining it? I want to start reading Zizek so I should know what I’m getting myself into.

Not specifically, and I get the feeling that this particular essay is of quite a deep level rather than something designed for the casual browser.  It’s just that it’s been ages since I read anything of a hardcore philosophy nature, don’t have a great knowledge of Hegel, and it’s slow getting back into the flow.

Mostly I’m putting off the reading I should be doing for my course, I think …

Trying to read Zizek’s “Why Should a Dialectician Learn to Count to Four”, rapidly melting my brain.  Bleurgh, possibly need to read a lot of Hegel before I get to grips with this.

tamlynraven:

thedailywhat:

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others of the Day: Hint: It’s the one with the cover story about how it’s completely okay, if not beneficial, to feel unease about future uncertainties, as opposed to, say, riot in the streets until sh*t gets done.

Sadly, this is a fairly common occurrence.

[@ggreenwald.]

This kind of makes me want to die.

ameliagreville:

The collaboration project – what the picture looked like after text was added.

ameliagreville:

Second Life Project

occupyallstreets:

*Update from Egypt* – Nerve Gas Used On Protesters

A banned chemical agent has reportedly been used by the Egyptian military as the brutal crackdown against tens of thousands of protesters has overshadowed prospects of a democratic transfer in the country.

­Rashes, epileptic-type convulsions, temporary blindness and coughing up blood are among the symptoms being reported by Egyptian protesters who have fallen victim to a potentially lethal form of neuro-toxic nerve gas reportedly being deployed by security forces.

After almost a week of protests against the ruling military junta left some 41 people dead, several sources claim scores have died from gas asphyxiation, while thousands more have received medical treatment after possibly being exposed to an agent known as CR gas. 

CR gas, which is up to 10 times more powerful than tear gas which is commonly used today, is no longer used by the United States due to its carcinogenic properties.  The US military has categorized it as a combat-class chemical agent.

(Source)

This should be taken very seriously. Nerve Gas is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN. Nerve Gas can lead to death by asphyxiation as control is lost over respiratory muscles. The deadly gas is banned in most countries INCLUDING EGYPT. 

peak-society:

Egyptian comrades, you are amazing. 

peak-society:

graveDocs: A Place Called Chiapas 

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Subcomandante Marcos lights his pipe and says straight into the camera, “You’ve still got a lot of research to do. I don’t know what you have been doing all this time. How long have you been in Chiapas?” “Five months,” replies filmmaker Nettie Wild. “Hmm…” says the military commander of the Zapatista uprising, “….I’ve been here 12 years and I’m barely starting to understand.”

Marcos is a pipe-smoking, charismatic contradiction. He’s a “mestizo”, a Mexican of mixed Spanish/Indian blood. He’s an intellectual from the city who is the military leader and spokesman for an indigenous guerrilla army. 

On January 1st, 1994, the Zapatista indigenous uprising took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. Then they started communicating their message to the world on the Internet. The Mayan Indians of Chiapas were in Cyberspace. At the keyboard was Subcomandante Marcos.

Since the first days of the uprising there has been a nervous ceasefire. Now, three years later, Nettie Wild and her Canadian/Mexican film crew travel to the jungle canyons of Chiapas to capture eight months in the elusive and fragile life of a revolution. 

Marcos is using the media as a long range missile to hold off 30,000 Mexican army troops who encircle Zapatista territory. His Internet communiqués challenge the Mexican government and taunt the entire international capitalist system. His poetry and rhetoric woo Mexicans with dreams of a new democracy. His stories tell of the Indians of Chiapas, who are so poor they are forced to try and change the world in order to survive it.

In the middle is Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia. The Mayan people call him “Tatic”. It means grandfather. For 30 years the Bishop had worked for peaceful change in Chiapas. Then in 1994, village after village turned to the Zapatistas and went to war. Now, the indigenous people have turned back to the Bishop to mediate a fitful series of peace talks between the Zapatistas and the government.

In the north of Chiapas, Manuel Garcia lives outside of Zapatista-protected territory. He and 2000 other indigenous villagers share the Zapatista dream for change.. But now they are homeless and living in fear. They are refugees in their own country. Despite the ceasefire, they have been forced out of their villages by a government backed paramilitary group, which ironically calls itself, “Paz y Justicia” or “Peace and Justice”. The paramilitary group accuses anyone who opposes them of being Zapatista guerrillas.

On camera, the Peace and Justice accuse the Zapatistas of violence. Off camera, they threaten to kill the Mexican members of the film crew. Out of their homes for four months, the refugees are desperate. They turn to the Bishop and the Zapatistas for help. But Marcos and the commandants’ hands are tied by the peace talks. The guerrilla army can’t defend the refugees or they will break the ceasefire. The Bishop is also afraid to make a move for fear Chiapas will collapse into civil war. The government denies the paramilitary groups exist. The refugees are left stranded, pawns in a ceasefire. They are fighting a war on their own.

Nettie Wild went to Chiapas to film an uprising. She ended up framing the entrapment of a revolution. It is a journey through fear and hope and illusion. In A PLACE CALLED CHIAPAS, nothing is as it first appears.”