Ramblinactivist’s Videos 2018 to 2020:
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2018/1, 7th May 2018:
An Otter in the River Leam
On a walk from Leamington Spa, photographing two key sites for my collection of HS2 corridor photos, I have lunch at an historic hamlet. I planned to finish the afternoon with a long walk down an ancient trackway. Could a day out be any better than that?... Yes it can!
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.1/6, 3rd August 2018:
'The Nuclear Ban Treaty', Rebecca Johnson, ICAN
A presentation from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space's 2018 conference. Rebecca Johnson from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) outlines their work to secure a global ban on the creation, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons. ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their work to create a new UN treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.2/6, 3rd August 2018:
'Colonising Space', Bruce Gagnon (Global Network)
A presentation from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space's 2018 Conference. Bruce Gagnon outlines the 70-year history of efforts to colonise space for military purposes, and the goal of controlling territory in space in order to dominate the surface of the Earth below.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.3/6, 3rd August 2018:
'The Global Military Infrastructure and You', Paul Mobbs (Croughtonwatch)
A presentation from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space's 2018 conference. A presentation on the use and abuse of data by military and intelligence agencies. A new 'intelligence fusion' centre is being built at USAF Croughton. Experience suggests that the flaws in how data is processed, but more significantly the bias that the 'intelligence fusion' process has historically created in the USA since 9/11, will have a negative impact on European security, privacy and civil liberties.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.4/6, 3rd August 2018:
USAF Croughton Site Visit
On Sunday 23rd June delegates from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space's 2018 conference visited USAF Croughton. Croughton is the site of NATO's new 'Joint Intelligence Analytic Centre' (JIAC), which will network information, and military and intelligence resources from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, to enable the US and its NATO allies to dominate the region.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.5/6, 3rd August 2018:
Global Network 'Space in Peace' Award
A presentation from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space's 2018 conference. Each year the Global Network give an award to recognise those working for peace in space. This year it was presented to the Oxfordshire Peace Campaign. Following the presentation, Nigel Day from Oxfordshire Peace Campaign outlines the numerous military sites around the Oxford area, and the group's work in monitoring them and organising protest actions.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, GN Oxford No.6/6, 3rd August 2018:
'An Introduction to the Global Network', Dave Webb
A presentation from the Global Network Against Weapons and nuclear Power in Space's 2018 conference. Dave Webb outlines the history and purpose of the Global Network, and it's 25 years of work to resist the militarisation of space and to 'keep space for peace'.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2019/1, 1st July 2019:
USAF Croughton – Keep Space for Peace 2019
USAF Croughton is about to undergo one of the biggest redevelopments since it was constructed by the USAF almost 70 years ago. The new ‘Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex’ will put the site at the heart of a web of military and intelligence networks stretching from the USA to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2019/2, 2nd September 2019:
Blackberrying by the first Autumnal new crescent moon (‘Banburyshire Rambles’)
A busy day, with so many twists and turns, my much-desired walk takes place in the gloom of dusk. I’d been given some wind-fall pairs; it seemed an obvious plan to try one of the blackberry-picking sites I’d scouted on recent walks to stew them with in a pie. More importantly though, with the first new moon of the Autumn, I wanted to cook-up something I hadn’t tried in a long time: a video.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2019/3, 11th October 2019:
‘To London…’: From midday to sunset, on the streets around Parliament & Whitehall with Extinction Rebellion
Wednesday 9th October 2019, ‘The Authorities’ really don’t know how to handle this! Everyone dancing to the same tempo, in character or in their own right, facing down a concerted policing effort to keep them from the streets – official disruption can’t over-ride the unity of purpose.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2020/1, 3rd March 2020:
‘Out here on the perimeter…’, A March St. David’s Day wander in the dusk (‘Banburyshire Rambles’)
‘Getting there’. Not much more to say about recent events really. Wandering off around the edge of Banbury to see the sunset and pass through the infinitely graduated shades of the dusk, I muse upon the words of Jim Morrison on being “out here in the perimeter”; this is where the most exciting changes happen.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2020/2, 4th October 2020:
“Rules Britannia, Britannia Breaks the Rules”
Recently the media have been complaining that the British Government intends to “break international law” as part of Brexit. In practise these complaints highlight the media’s historic silence when the British Government has routinely broken international law before; in particular, our involvement in foreign conflicts involving the USA and ‘Western’ interests.
‘Ramblinactivist’s Videos’, 2020/3, 3rd December 2020:
Retail & services are collapsing; well, it would have happened soon anyway (‘The Metablog’, No.10)
People are mourning the loss of their ‘normal’ life – the truth is that ‘consumerism’ is no longer a viable lifestyle, and never really was.