We can kill you. It’s good for business

Rapier missile system, London

In today’s Guardian,  a piece  by Andy Beckett on the British arms industry, the excuses used to justify government involvement, “it supports 300,000 jobs”, and often used quote that doesn’t add up. It’s ties with government. Quite interesting that is these years of free market theories and “orthodoxies, how pivotal the state is.”  Maybe in a somewhat humorous point, “There are only a few other businesses – such as pharmaceuticals and pop music – where Britain is still so internationally prominent.”  Bomb them with arms, pop music and drugs. Class.

Where is Mark Thomas when you need him?

DJ/Rupture vs. Sonido Martines

1100vs2200

If anybody is in the area of Tacos Zaragoza in the East Village (14th + A), could you please pick me up a copy of the DJ/Rupture & Sonido Martines ‘1100 vs 2200’ mix CD. It’s only available to buy at this Taco spot.  I got into cumbia via these two, ellos saben muchisimo.

Si tu quieres escuchas la parte de Sonido Martines, pinchar aqui y el parte de DJ/rupture, aqui.

2012 – Some images

The Guardian has got some great images taken over the course of this year. From the aftermath of a tornado in Spain; Protests by Dairy Farmers in Belgium; Something you never equate with Gaza, people having a good time; Snipers in Syria; Horses running through bonfires in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain. More here

Aftermath of tornado Spain

Milk protests in BrusselsParkour in GazaSyrian snipersLas Luminarias de San Anton Festival

The Afronauts – Cristina de Middel

In 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.

Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambicious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts , a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.

That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.

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En 1964, con la euforia por le recién ganada independencia aún fresca, Zambia lanzó su primer programa espacial. Su objetivo era mandar doce astronautas y diez gatos a la luna, superando así el reto que exhibían Estados Unidos y la Unión Soviética en plena carrera espacial.

Pocas personas apoyaron entonces la ambiciosa iniciativa de Edward Makuka, un profesor de secundaria zambiano que estaba al mando del proyecto y que se encargó de difundirlo y buscar financiación sin demasiado éxito.

Como anécdota la iniciativa constituye un detalle exótico y tierno dentro de la sangrienta historia africana pero también un ejemplo de la grandeza del ser humano y su capacidad de superación.

Como fotoperiodista siempre he tratado de ofrecer una visión excéntrica de la actualidad y por “excéntrica” entiendo, alejada de los canales y las formas asumidas. Así pues mi discurso dentro de la documentación se ha centrado siempre en pequeñas historias cuya reflexión puede ser válida en contextos mucho más trascendentes y documentados.

Cristina de Middel's Jambo from the series The Afronauts, 2012

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King Midas Sound System / The Bug @ Keroxen12

King Midas Sound System

http://vimeo.com/54484465

The Bug
http://vimeo.com/54491877
It was a top night, the crew that built the sound system worked damn hard, basically worked 24hours straight through. We had 10 columns of speakers arranged in a circular fashion….and to think somebody (Kevin) said “One of my monitors isn’t working!”  Well, to be fair, he didn’t say it, he had to shout!

Millions of Thanks to the Keroxen team for having the faith.  We’ll be back
Moments captured by Klallam Digital Works.

The World in Images

Dancers of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe give a performance in Wuhan, China.

Photograph: Zhao Jun/Xinhua Press/Corbis

 

An unusual sight for the Monday morning commute as Spanish riot police stand guard to prevent picketers from entering the railway platforms during a strike at Atocha station in Madrid. Spanish rail workers began a one day-strike to protest against the privatization of the rail sector as part of austerity measures. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

More here at The Guardian