Latest Entries »

Hi there, The Free is a book and a blog. Set in the fall of capitalism amid climate chaos, Maxie escapes her awful school, abusive home and the rapist police, and lands up in a social revolution.. .142,000 reads so far! The great updated 2014 edition is out now and you can read it here.

for Free Download of the  ebook /book orders  CLICK HERE  

we’re trying out the Issuu reader which seems better than Scribd,

‘The Free': New Slideshow from the 2014 edition

hope you like the new FARCEBOOK page here: https://www.facebook.com/….

5 Reasons to Never Let Your Kids Eat McDonald’s

Hold on to your hats, parents: A court-appointed psychologist recently called a Manhattan father an ‘unfit parent’ because he denied his son’s request to eat at McDonald’s. Yes, you’re reading that right.

The man is in the midst of a custody battle with his estranged wife, and the issue came up during a visit. The father and son planned to eat at their usual restaurant during their weekly Tuesday night visitation. Instead, the kid threw a temper tantrum and demanded McDonald’s. The dad stood firm, saying choose another restaurant or go without dinner (an age-old parenting tactic). The kid chose nothing. End of story, right? Wrong.

Of course, the kid told his mom. Mom told the court-appointed psychiatrist Marilyn Schiller. Schiller immediately filed a report saying the father was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” and should be denied his weekend visitation rights. The mom, smugly I imagine, immediately took the kid to McDonald’s.

There are many things that infuriate me about this tale, but let’s focus on the big one: This Dad, in his desire to avoid rewarding bad behavior, was doing his son an enormous favor–one that few parents take the time to make, which is why we have a childhood obesity epidemic on our hands.

I, for one, applaud this guy’s actions and am glad to hear that NY Attorney David Schorr slapped the court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit. In my opinion, it’s parents who encourage their kids to eat McDonald’s that are the unfit ones. Harsh? Maybe you won’t think so after reading this list:

5 Reasons to Never Let Your Kids Eat McDonalds

kids mcdonald's fast food

1. Its a lie.

McDonald’s, really fast-food in general, isn’t real food. The “nugget” isn’t a part of the chicken’s anatomy, real ribs have bones (I’m looking at you McRib), and, most importantly, real food rots. Check out this McDonald’s hamburger from 1999. Yes, it’s been sitting on a shelf for 14 years. There’s not a spot of mold or a single maggot. If nature’s natural composters don’t recognize it as food, neither should you. If you feed your kids McDonald’s, you forever alter their concept of what real food looks, feels and tastes like.

mc donald's

2. Its heinously unhealthy.

There are few things that derail your health like fast-food. The average McDonald’s meal contains so much sodium, unhealthy fat, sugar and empty carbs, it’s staggering. It is the exact opposite of what any doctor or nutritionist (even the good ol’ USDA MyPlate) would consider a healthy diet. A 2004 study published in “The Lancet” found that eating fast food more than twice per week is linked to rapid weight gain, increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and sometimes fatal cardiovascular health problems. In fact, the processed fat in McDonald’s food (and other fast food) promotes endothelial dysfunction, which is linked to erectile dysfunction down the road. Is all of that really worth a couple of minutes without whining?

kids dont eat mcdonald's

3. The company refuses to acknowledge what its food does to kids.

Sure, sure, every day we hear that McDonald’s offers a plethora of healthy choices, blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t matter. Offer as many weird, wilted salads as you want, but almost no one buys them, and certainly not kids. If McDonald’s is so healthy for kids, why doesn’t the company prove it? Instead, McDonald’s has consistently refused to assess the impact it has on children’s weight and health.

mcdonald's

4. It hurts families.

Are you looking forward to the holidays? Planning family meals and special Christmas morning surprises? You’re lucky. For the millions of parents who have no other option but to take jobs in the fast food industry (because, you know, if they go on public assistance while looking for better work they’re called mooches), these luxuries don’t exist. In recent years, McDonald’s has urged its franchises to stay open on Christmas day. To add insult to injury, workers at company-owned restaurants didn’t receive overtime for working the holiday last year. This is on top of the frighteningly low pay, zero benefits and general exploitation.

mcdonald's

5. Because your kids are their future.

We haven’t even begun to discuss the impact McDonald’s and other fast food chains have on the environment and agriculture (i.e. factory farming). If those issues matter to you, the last thing you should do is introduce your kids to this food. It’s no secret that one of the oldest items on the McDonald’s menu is the “Happy Meal,” a kid-sized sack of fake food accompanied by a plastic, Made in China toy. McDonald’s has and always will target children with its advertising. Why? Because kids, especially crying, screaming ones like in the NYC custody story, are very persuasive. Those commercials and toys are meant to get kids eating McDonald’s early, so that they’ll be customers for life. (Did we mention fast food has been proven to be intentionally addictive?) Once hooked, McDonald’s knows your kids will return as adults, allowing them to continue their gross, destructive, exploitative practices in perpetuity.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-reasons-to-never-let-your-kids-eat-mcdonalds.html#ixzz3GoqnVPUa

 RELATED POSTS

McDonalds besieged in 150 cities- 450 arrests

McDonalds Sales Slump after World Day of Action, reports.

 anti McDonalds.. huge resource center.

stop mortgage evictions

Linking the revolutions

 BARCELONA #15M Newsletter nr 64

 The financial dictatorship that has been in existence across the Spanish State since 2008 has a proper name: the banks. The bailout that the government has given to the banks has been countered by a new wave of occupation in the city of Barcelona: bank occupations.

Currently, there are 7 bank headquarters occupied by residents in downtown Barcelona. The variety of occupations is wide. Some were occupied following a demonstration with music, parades … etc. while others have preferred the anonymity while the occupiers were reforming inside the bank headquarters. View full article »

Eat the Rich

Originally posted on My Blog OceansSpirit:

Plastic Junk Litters our Oceans, Killing Sea Life — And it’s Getting Worse

particlesample101614

Two masses of bits and pieces of plastic are growing larger each passing year. Most of the plastic is from North America and Asia.

The ocean may conjure up images of coral islands, gray whales and deep blue seas, but plastic junk?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a collection of debris in the North Pacific ocean – is one of five major garbage patches drifting in the oceans.

Captain Charles J. Moore recently returned from a six-week research trip to the patch and was “utterly shocked” by how the quantity of plastic debris – everything from hard hats to fishing nets to tires to tooth brushes — had grown since his last trip there in 2009.

“It has gotten so thick…

View original 498 more words

Originally posted on EL BLOG DE CARLOS:

fotogramas_2

“Más de cien años después de su fundación recuperamos la voz anónima de un sindicato, la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo. A través del testimonio directo de sus protagonistas recorremos su historia, sus luchas, sus esperanzas y sus ilusiones. Un viaje a la utopía de aquellos que llevan un mundo nuevo en sus corazones.”

La Confederación Nacional del Trabajo consiguió la jornada de 6 horas en el campo andaluz en el año 1936.

Sin tíxxxtuloAños antes había sido pionera a nivel internacional en la consecución de derechos laborales como la jornada de 40 horas semanales, el reconocimiento de la edad de retiro obrero, la erradicación del trabajo infantil o la reivindicación de los derechos de las mujeres trabajadoras. .

Esta memoria colectiva nos lleva a la fundación en 1910 de la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, siguiendo por sus luchas sociales más sobresalientes como la jornada laboral de las ocho horas, la revolución…

View original 76 more words

Originally posted on Chain Of Thoughts:

A number of viruses have been found in northern Spain that are killing frog, toad and newt species. Infected animals can suffer from ulcers on their skin and die from internal bleeding. Researchers fear the strains, which belong to the Ranavirus group, have already spread to other countries. via Pocket http://ift.tt/1yIpwwG

View original

thefreeorg:

great action I reckon!

Originally posted on RED POWER MEDIA:

Illegal Logging in Para State, Brazil as revealed by Greenpeace activists.

Illegal Logging in Para State, Brazil as revealed by Greenpeace activists.

October 15, 2014

Every night empty trucks disappear into the Brazilian Amazon, they return laden with timber. This timber —illegally cut —makes its way to a sawmills that sell it abroad to places like the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan using fraudulent paperwork to export the ill-gotten gains as legit. These findings are the result of a daring and dangerous investigation by Greenpeace-Brazil that had activists hanging out with truckers and illegal loggers, all the while surreptitiously tagging trucks with GPS locator beacons. The high-tech equipment allowed the organization to track where the logging trucks went.

“Illegal logging can be hard to get to tackle. Logging happens deep in the forest, far from the eyes of the world,” reads a blog on the mission by Greenpeace. “But all that is changing. Covert GPS tracking technology and satellite surveillance means…

View original 536 more words

DAY OF INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE

Designated by Franklin D Roosevelt as “Columbus Day” in 1937, the 12th of October is the date that Christopher Columbus first “discovered” the Americas.

The anniversary was re-named “Day of Indigenous Resistance” by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in 2002 to commemorate the beginning of the indigenous struggle against European invasion and colonisation.resistencia-indigena-fidel-ernesto-vasquez

On 12 October, the Spanish state celebrates its festival with a great military parade as the central event. This is a date full of
controversy. Today it is called the Day of the National Festival, but for a large part of Franco’s time, it was also called ‘Hispanitat’ Day
and originally the Festival of the Race. And it was and is not only observed in Spain, but also in a few American countries under very
different names, in commemoration of the beginning of the Spanish colonisation of America.
In Argentina for example, it is called the Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity, and in Chile the Day of the Meeting of the Two Worlds,
whereas in Nicaragua and Venezuela, the 12 October is the Day of the Indigenous Resistance.

View full article »

Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?

in The Guardian comments
  Amid the Syrian warzone a democratic experiment is being stamped into the ground by Isis. That the wider world is unaware is a scandal…
If there is a parallel today to Franco’s superficially devout, murderous Falangists, who would it be but Isis? If there is a parallel to the Mujeres Libres of Spain, who could it be but the courageous women defending the barricades in Kobane? Is the world – and this time most scandalously of all, the international left – really going to be complicit in letting history repeat itself?…
F+e+KmE7g==
Demonstrators hold flags of Kurdistan and a flag with a portrait of jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan as 20,000 march in Dusseldorf

In 1937, my father volunteered to fight in the International Brigades in defence of the Spanish Republic. A would-be fascist coup had been temporarily halted by a worker’s uprising, spearheaded by anarchists and socialists, and in much of Spain a genuine social revolution ensued, leading to whole cities under directly democratic management, industries under worker control, and the radical empowerment of women.

Spanish revolutionaries hoped to create a vision of a free society that the entire world might follow. Instead, world powers declared a policy of “non-intervention” and maintained a rigorous blockade on the republic, even after Hitler and Mussolini, ostensible signatories, began pouring in troops and weapons to reinforce the fascist side. The result was years of civil war that ended with the suppression of the revolution and some of a bloody century’s bloodiest massacres.

View full article »

11/10/2014 MANIFESTACIÓN POR KOBANE.. 5.00 Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona

update: see Roar article below

KO

Latest reports say that IS attackers have been re-armed and have taken more than half of Kobanê the last stand of the progressive YPG Kurdish volunteers.

All of the surrounding countryside has been lost, with nearly 200,000 refugees in Turkey.

Kurdish reinforcements are still held back by the Turkish army in nearby Efrîn i Cizîrê.

Food water and ammunition are running out and the IS forces are massacring, burning, raping, looting and imposing Sharia law.

The Turkish army are sealing the border and giving direct physical and medical aid to the Islamist forces.

In the last few days over 30  people have also died in Turkey in protests against Turkish support of IS and blocking of Kurdish reinforcements.

 

Arin MirkanArîn Mîrkan and her children

The amazing resistance to barbaric macho IS by the progressive revolutionary volunteers in Kobanê is summed up in the fate of Arîn Mîrkan , among thousands of others.

Arîn Mîrkan was a commander of the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), defending the Kurdish city Kobanê against the attacks of the Islamic State. Kobanê is on the 21st day of courageous resistance against IS. Arîn was surrounded by the jihadists, but instead of surrendering and falling into their dirty hands, she detonated herself and killed many IS-members with her. View full article »

The new updated ‘pocketbook’ edition of ‘The Free’ is Out Now!

And now available through Active Distribution here.. cheaper than Amazon!

You can download it free here to read on a tablet, laptop or cellphone…

Also it’s being reviewed in a 26 page essay by an eminent critic.

thefree out now 9

Plus the new SLIDESHARE is finally finished here

 

 

A few more commentaries on the book.

The Free is a story with a serious message, and the real joy of it is how author M.Gilliland disguises that within a very good story. Almost every other “message” book I’ve ever read has been a bit ham-handed and clunky, but The Free is, well, Free of all that.

Based on the somewhat disjointed pitch, I was expecting a fairly wacky tale, but The Free has many serious moments that could give literary fiction tales a run for their money. Dialog is spot on perfect and it’s easy to emphasize with the main character as either Linda or Maxie. In fact, in a lot of ways, Linda/Maxie and to some extent Macker are the normal ones, the straight-man role for the crazy world Gilliland has created.

It’s also interesting to note that The Free is quite a timely tale given what is happening in the world. We’re killing our climate and our economy is going down with it, making The Free an admirable anecdote to represent our somewhat lost generation.

John Breeden II     Old Number Seven

A Dist logo

I am fascinated by the short, succint narrative passages. I am engaged by the structure of the work, the amusing characters, a plot that reminds me of Ulysses (the Joyce version). Well done and best wishes.      Mercutio

 

‘’This is the most detailed fictional treatment of the movement from a world recognizably like our own to an anarchist society that I have read. More importantly, it is imagined strongly enough to allow readers to believe that events could happen this way. That is to say, it gives plausible answers to the two most important questions regarding such a transformation: under what preconditions is it likely to occur, and once it starts what factors most contribute to its success?……”  Dan Jaekle

The Free out now,8

This reads like “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole and Alan Moore’s “V For Vendetta”. You have that skewed look at mass rebellion from a protagonist a little out of the mainstream idealistic vision of a revolutionary. This is at it’s core taking a non-plausible hero or unlikely band of heroes that you have made conventional. It’s the literary equivalent of taking Humpty Dumpty and making him Che Guevera.  Brillant writing executed with precise subtlety.–JL “The Devil Of Black Bayou:”

 

Reading this was so energising. I love the MC and her humour and her struggle to make sense of everything. Very, very good writing. Refreshingly different. It feels as though you had enormous pleasure writing it and that shines through. Nothing to criticize. Thanks for an interesting and uplifting read. Made my day!    Fontaine

ala37-1

 

Strong believable, compelling situation. “Like a bee in a jar” is lovely.
“I had the idea that my father was great. It’s true he did shout and roar and get drunk. But I was his own big girl.” This is beautiful writing, we feel how torn she is between the emotional and the rational view of her father.
Similarly in,“But I still believed by dada was the best. For me he’d always been the bee’s knees. And I didn’t dare doubt it.”
“It was groaning brutal” is magnificent!
Nothing is simple here, it is life with all its hidden complexity, I liked, “I’m still not sure sure that I didn’t vomit on her on purpose” and “They always have their hooks inside your head” The world you’ve created is dark and rich.
“My feet went crunch crunch down the gravelled drive, like a zombie late for lunch.” Brilliant and funny, as is, “I’d like to say I couldn’t care two drops of diarrhea what he done. But that would be a sinful lie.” and I loved,
“because the sun and the moon and all the stars shone out of his arsehole” it is gloriously strong and earthy.

Sharda D.  http://www.authonomy.com/books/42835/mr-unusually-s-circus-of-dreams/

 by jessecohn

ecolonization

This is a fascinating Slide Essay which applies anarchist ideas to urban planning of all sorts.

How would the world appear if the rule of thge capitalist market were to end?

How would your barrio change if people’s power were to replace top down exploitation?

This Slide Show gives us a glimpse into a less insane world.

 

http://www.slideshare.net/jessecohn/which-way-to-utopia-anarchist-spatial-theory

thefreeorg:

This is a RaP on fossil fuels, nuclears, fracking and the corrupt spanish powers addicted to gas gas gas.. In Catalan and Spanish..GREAT images

Originally posted on KanPasqual:

Coincidint amb l’inici del 1r Volt Oligotòxic de Catalunya organitzat per la Xarxa de Sobirania Energètica (www.xse.cat) es llança a l’Univers el hip hop ¡DAME MÁS GAS!

Barcelona 27/07/2014.- Bicicletada recorre les benzineres de Repsol a la ciutat per denunciar les intencions d´aquesta companyia de perforar pous de petroli a les Illes de Lanzarote i Fuerteventura.
més informació: http://nooilcanarias.com

View original

thefreeorg:

IS BEHEADS WOMEN FIGHTERS.

KURDISH AND TURKISH ANARCHISTS IN KOBANE RESISTANCE

”The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based activist group that monitors casualties from the three-year-old conflict in Syria, reported that there had been at least five air strikes south and south-east of Kobane.

It said nine Kurdish militiamen from the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and an IS militant had been killed in clashes overnight.
Strikes 30 Sep

The Syrian Observatory also reported that IS had beheaded five Kurdish fighters, including three women, as well as four Arab rebels and a Kurdish civilian who had been captured during clashes 14km (8 miles) west of Kobane on Tuesday.

Images have been posted online purportedly showing the women’s heads placed on a cement block in the town of Jarablus, which is held by IS, according to the Associated Press.

At the border fence itself, desperate civilians are huddled with their vehicles and livestock, our correspondent says.” ( BBC. 1st Oct 2014)

read more here

Turkish anarchists join Kurds in last stand in Kobane

Originally posted on Tahrir-ICN:

The city of Kobane has been under attack by Daesh (ISIS) fascists for a number of days leading to a mass exodus of Kurds from the city. But many Kurds are now returning to fight and defend the city despite being pushed back at the border by Turkish forces. Inside the border, Kurdish forces along with the Free Syrian Army continue to fight against Daesh.

Turkish and Syrian Kurds tear down the border fence to cross into Kobane in neighboring Syria. Photo:AFP

Turkish and Syrian Kurds tear down the border fence to cross into Kobane in neighboring Syria. Photo:AFP

View original 378 more words

 

update 1st Oct. IS beheads fighters including 3 women.. click here:

KURDISTAN/SYRIA: Anarchists join struggle against ISIS in Kobane

update 27/sept 18.00: US jets have attacked IS forces outside Kobane, ironically aiding anti-capitalist locals.

Istanbul anarchists along other leftists, feminists, and ‘Gezi park types’ have managed to cross over into Syria and the northern town of Kobane which is currently threatened by ISIS.

Vice reported yesterday that ISIS is within 5 miles of the city and are attacking with US military equipment including tanks that outmatches the weapons available to the YPG – Kurdish People’s Protection Units . Vice also reported that “Hundreds of Turkish Kurds are arriving too, sneaking or bribing their way across the border to fight alongside the YPG”

The photo shows a banner of the anarchist group DAF apparently just after the border has been crossed. The statement we were sent says “People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating and dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom”

We hope to bring more details and further photos as they become available

The photo shows a banner of the anarchist group DAF apparently just after the border has been crossed. The statement we were sent says “People are suffering from hunger and thirst, getting ill, getting injured; migrating and dying. They are still fighting in that struggle for existence. People are fighting not for the schemes and strategies around meeting tables, not for income, but for their freedom”

We hope to bring more details and further photos as they become available

Added – this is a translation from our sister group in France, Alternative libertaire

حضور رفقای آنارشیست ترکیه‌ای از اعضای (عملیات آنارشیستهای انقلابی) در شکستن مرز بین ترکیه و کوبانی و حضور رسمی‌ آنارشیست‌ها در مقاومت ‫#‏کوبانی‬
این رفقا عمل مستقیم
را که از ابتدایی‌ترین اصول آنارشیستی است را عملیاتی‌ کردن

“Thousands of young people, socialists, trade unionists, revolutionary, feminist, libertarian poured in from all over Turkey to Kobanê. They and they go there to support and defend the city réfugié.es.

The Turkish army tries to disperse them, it is accused of being much more permissive with the jihadists who are trying, too, to cross the border to join Daech.

Despite the blocks of the Turkish army, hundreds of activists and militants have managed to cross the border. Among them, the comrades of the Revolutionary Anarchist Action Group, who made the trip to Istanbul to join the defense of Kobanê, and sent these photos.”

Added – this is a translation from our sister group in France, Alternative libertaire

 


 

  same in Spanish

Anarquistas de Istanbul junto otros izquierdistas, feministas y tipos Gezi Park’ han logrado cruzar a Siria

Anarquistas de Istanbul junto otros izquierdistas, feministas y tipos Gezi Park’ han logrado cruzar a Siria y la ciudad norteña de Kobane que actualmente está amenazado por ISIS.


Vicepresidente informó ayer que ISIS se encuentra a 5 kilómetros de la ciudad y están atacando con equipo militar incluyendo tanques que outmatches las armas disponibles para el YPG - Unidades del Pueblo Kurdo protección. Vicepresidente también informó que Cientos de kurdos turcos están llegando también, a escondidas o sobornar a su manera a través de la frontera para luchar junto al YPG

حضور رفقای آنارشیست ترکیه‌ای از اعضای (عملیات آنارشیستهای انقلابی) در شکستن مرز بین ترکیه و کوبانی و حضور رسمی‌ آنارشیست‌ها در مقاومت ‫#‏کوبانی‬
این رفقا عمل مستقیم
را که از ابتدایی‌ترین اصول آنارشیستی است را عملیاتی‌ کردن

La foto (arriba en la parte en  inglés) muestra una pancarta del grupo anarquista DAF aparentemente justo después de cruzar la frontera. La declaración nos mandaron dice La gente está sufriendo de hambre y sed, enfermar, sufrir lesiones;.. Migrar y morir Ellos todavía están luchando en esa lucha por la existencia La gente no luchan por los esquemas y estrategias en torno a mesas de reunión, no para ingresos, sino por su libertad starak2.jpg

Esperamos traer más detalles y más fotos a medida que estén disponibles

 - esto es una traducción de nuestro grupo hermano en Francia, Alternative Libertaire

Miles de jóvenes, socialistas, sindicalistas, revolucionaria, feminista, libertaria llegaron de todas partes de Turquía a Kobanê. Ellas y ellos van allí para apoyar y defender los réfugié.es ciudad.

El ejército turco intenta dispersarlos, como se le acusa de ser mucho más permisivos con los yihadistas que están tratando, también, para cruzar la frontera para unirse a Daech.

A pesar de las esfuerzos del ejército turco, cientos de activistas y militantes han logrado cruzar la frontera. Entre ellos, los compañeros del Grupo de Acción Revolucionaria Anarquista, que hizo el viaje a Estambul para unirse a la defensa de Kobanê, y envió estas fotos.


from last week
View full article »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,757 other followers

%d bloggers like this: