The price is eternal vigilance.
Liberty in Danger. Some find it in danger, some see liberty in danger right now.
We demand liberty, where our desires are our own, not the manufacture of some marketing or political brainwasher.
We examine some of the threats - the way that words like freedom and democracy are used to name their enemies!
And we aim to enjoy our liberty and have some fun.
see these ancient foes close ranks together
receiving the innocents, or something ...
The pope and the royals
wonder how Big Mal
Prince Phillip get along? The easter island head
and the reactionary jokester out
looking for fresh blood ...
How much does a sainthood cost? Weird to see the media salivating over a canonisation. Watch out, you can be recruited by the right even after death.
The pope was in England actively seeking reactionary Anglicans who can't abide female priests, and made John Newman (Anglican convert Archbishop) a saint to aid his task, just before the whole Mackillop thing here
For this profound observation, Big Mal gets buried deep in the below ground Mt Rushmore at Olympic Dam? A drive-through restaurant called Razor Frazers gets the public in. Earle Page's longdrop dunny services calls of nature with a hint of regional charm
The view from the houses of Parliament. The 'Paris end' of town. As against the 'arse end of the universe' end(that would be the Spencer St monstrosity - you could hold a competition, to guess how many more internal pillars Southern Cross has than any one of Brunel's great English railway stations: hint - Brunel's have none. Possibly the architect's bonus was calculated on the basis of this count).
Department of Social Insecurity, or is that Department of Social Exclusion.
Centrelink, the padlock chaining you to a doomed and out of control machine.
I have learned that the dole is not for artists. It does not matter how many paintings you have created, how many you've sold, how many shows, or fans. You could have an exhibition the pope (urgh!) was attending, but if you have an interview scheduled with some dullard, or worse, at the 'Job Network', you'd better attend so they can suggest telemarketing 'work', no matter how unsuitable you are for cold-calling people during dinner to tell them lies. Attending, the more shit-faced the better, is compliant. Visiting a sick relative, or even seeking work, is not.
A successful artist creates an econamic engine that goes for centuries. People are still trading Rembrandts, centuries after he was given a pauper's funeral. Vincent van Gogh sold 2 artworks in his lifetime. Yet today he is one of the leading contributors to the Belgian economy. Of course he was driven mad with despair in his lifetime, and took his own life, which. as speculators like to joke, was a good career move.
In order to make things interesting the Salvation Army cut me(Johno) off the dole for 8 weeks as preparations for this exhibition gathered steam. I never did like them, but for any Salvo who importunes me at the pub, or whatever: I owe them an earful. I return your propaganda with usurious interest. No doubt they got a handy bribe for this public service. The only assistance these people have given me is ... cutting me off. This is supposed to make me 'compliant'. Well, I'll comply with my heart, my mind, my community, not with second-rate bureaucratic fascism. They've done me a favour. It disgusts me to see all this corporate welfare paid in my name.
And what a public service it is! The Australian Lawyer Party would prefer we all committed suicide. Or put on a monkey suit and disappear, like Garrett. This sort of thing is another none-too-subtle hint. One monopoly propagandist is quite enough artist for this planet. As for the audience, let them watch televised sport and learn to be grateful.
The whole idea of the so-called Job Network is to demoralise its victims. It's a propaganda shop. Its employees are paid to believe the line. And of course to punish anyone who comes in the door. Give up all your ideas and ambitions, since they're clearly shit, debase yourself and become like us. Both workers(No one who had any prospects would work in the Job Network, surely) and beneficiaries provide an example to the others: this will happen to you if you buck the system.
The super inflated phallocratic establishment whose core,
the different fascistoid-isms (!),
are attached and aligned with the Atlantean spirit of social design,
(signet of Atlantis),
is now deflating.
It melts in the centre of our times-vortex
to find other other expressions
while the Aquarian waters are rushing in to wash the truth clean
Marius Kloppers' 2-bobs worth on climate: BHP generated emissions are qualitatively different from those from other sources (because they have cornered the coking [ie steelmaking] coal market): so BHP's should not be taxed, or included in targets. Let the peasants pay.
Isn't it about time a law was passed explicitly excluding new CO2 emissions from compensation arrangements, from today onwards? Corporations will otherwise build coal power stations etc to get their nose in the compo trough. That's if any compensation is to be given at all to CO2 emitters who must close down, or change. I think it shouldn't: this whole cap-and trade business has been designed to guarantee profits to the corporates, while shifting all the costs onto the public. So much for the 'free market'.
the so-called leaders should get out their WW2 histories and see how fascism was defeated by empowering the common people. But of course the agenda is precisely the opposite: dismantle what little remains of the post-WW2 welfare state, and create Hitler Youth style arrngements so commoners can inform on each other, the new stolen generation, the Australian Lawyer Party combining with the libs to expunge the whole concept of Social Security from government, replaced with Centelink and chemical and financial chains
What more fitting way to immortalize our PMs than to carve their heads in waste rock in some mega open-cut mining pit? Even more appropriate for Julia Gillard, seeing how she was appointed by BHP CEO Marius Kloppers
this is the underpainting - watch out for a finished version, or come to the exhibition
Tim McVeigh - the Oklahoma bomber - from inside the prism of some - fictional - black ops software (note the mac system 8 interface)
a painting from 1996, still relevant today: engineering a power grab - the secret police or deep state tactic of using, and perhaps creating, events is not new, doesn't date from the day al Qaeda dialed 911, if you can believe they would independently choose the US emergency number as the 'significant date' of their attack. My view is that the spies and al-Qaeda effectively form an alliance against the rest of us, turning 'western' and 'Islamic' worlds into armed camps under emergency law. Naturally the spies and 'deep state' are needed to run the show.
The war in Afghanistan has, on the face of it, no coherent strategy, and is 'impossible to win', and yet the military have their heart set on staying there for another 10 years or more. Why? When viewed as a creeping takeover(with 6 monthly expansions of security law) of their own society it makes a bit more sense.
The Oklahoma bombing was another outrage where the publicly disseminated story didn't completely add up -who was the 'guy in the hoody' seen nearby - , and which was followed by clamour for expanded security powers
I [Johno] painted a couple of portraits of Bon Scott over the last couple of years as commissions, and I found this great old instamatic snap on the web, and used that as the basis for this. In fact I'm painting a larger one now
Vasili Papageorgiou and John O'Driscoll invite you to an exhibition of painting and drawing opening with refreshments at Fitzroy Gallery , 274 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, at 6pm on Saturday November 6
Liberty in Danger
2001, the towers on fire, Tim McVeigh - the Oklahoma Bomber - by remote control
Australia's Mt Rushmore: In an open-cut mine,PM's heads carved in waste-rock, by order of the conjurer of CO2, Marius Kloppers
Liberty in Danger
Bon Scott rehearsing, channelling fire
'Choice': choosing a brand, of car, of job, of political ideology (in any colour, provided it is grey): we repudiate brands.
the free market cartel. Your common or garden corporate criminal has cornered the market, in cardboard boxes, groceries, you name the sector. Superprofits are available when your industry is illegal or hidden: the drug trade, 'white slavers', the arms dealers
Democracy degenerates toward fascism(US, Iranian, Israeli … Australian?) The plumage may vary but the death machine trundles on. Palestinians learnt what happens when you make the wrong choice. Death rained upon them to mark Obama's inauguration. Oh, bummer.
You, we, have the freedom to comply. Fail to utilise your Freedom, and Freedom will be imposed upon you
9-11 reenergised the forces suppressing the truth. Truth is war's first casualty. Suppression of the Truth, of information and liberties became the norm. Diseducation systems were enhanced. Technician good(building Hellfire missiles, cooking Freedom Fries), philosopher bad(thinking before acting, contemplation, 'wisdom', kindness and respect). The philosopher 'contributes nothing to society'.
The resulting economic crisis promotes more suppression. Europe sees 'austerity measures' for the common people to 'refinsnce the banks'. Here the balloon still has air going in
Crisis in all its forms: the solution being imposed is a corporate bureaucratic police state to disempower those it both claims to protect and fills with fear/paranoia. Imposed top-down without room for innovation. Companies win state support by buying and selling propaganda. (Eg the extra obvious examples like the 'Job Network' = corporations and churches on the dole. Buprenorphine = Glaxo Smith Klein on the dole.) The climate change emergency cannot be addressed by top-down measures with cosy provisions for special interests. The people must be empowered.
We demand the right to make our own future as members of a community, and reject corporatist attempts of the state to chain us, as atomized and helpless individualists, to an out of control machine careering to destruction. For example, we repudiate the use of the desal plant (corruptly underwritten with CFMEU members super, making their futures dependent on a white elephant) to lock in Yallourn and Hazelwood power stations for decades, with pretend renewable energy offsets as a fig leaf
We fear losing our hard won liberty: freedom of association, freedom of thought. All the same, we plan on having a good time, doing a good show.