The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 4

I could not conclude my argument without including this horrific story of yet another soldier brutally raping and killing a 14 year old child and his claims of not even seeing her as human. I mean let’s get it straight here, he raped and killed this child AFTER murdering her entire family and AFTER the girl was raped by two other soldiers. The American taxpayers, unbeknown to them, are paying for pedophiles to lower their pants in the Middle East….fucking wonderful

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Sure she’s an Iraqi girl, but she’s probably no different than your own children. You’d think America’s finest could leave her undeveloped little body alone but hey, if your soldiers don’t see them as “human” what can be said?

Having a gun free America MAY in theory make people safer, but having arseholes like this guy Steven Green in charge of protecting YOUR family (you know, because you gave up your own means of protecting yourself) sure shouldn’t instill you with any confidence. Heaven forbid he sees YOUR daughter as a “non human” and decide to brutally rape and kill her.

Green’s own words…

“The deaths intensified Green’s feelings toward all Iraqis, whom soldiers often called by a derogatory term. ‘There’s not a word that would describe how much I hated these people,’ Green said. ‘I wasn’t thinking these people were humans.'”

and the friggin cheek of this guy, he thinks he doesn’t deserve life in prison and is trying to appeal it?

I’ve been called stupid, immature etc etc over defending an American’s right to bear arms, and that’s fine, but i’m no more stupid that an American who believes their government and armed forces can be relied on if (when?) the shit hits the fan. Take a look at your police force’s track record of brutality and your american military’s horrific attrocities from Tripoli to Guantanamo and you’ll get the picture. You honestly think your country cares about you. I like the artist Norman Rockwell as much as the next guy but it’s time to shake yourself out of your sleep.

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The Right to Bear Arms in America Part 1

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While not the real issue, there’s an obvious truth to this. In other words if you want a gun badly enough, you’re going to get it anyway.

Gun control is a big issue in the U.S. Some are for it and some are against it. I’m the type of person that can see both points of view in this issue. On one hand you don’t want some asshole breaking into your house and murdering your family and unfortunatly it would seem that without a gun to protect yourself you are not really on a level playing ground. On the other hand, the argument is that if guns were illegal the regular joe is going to have a hard time getting a gun to BECOME that murdering asshole who kills your family.

Yes, we know what it looks like Tarot friends, no need to get excited. Except this is the real life version

Yes, we know what it looks like Tarot friends, no need to get excited. Except this is the real life version

The ironic thing is that many of the people demanding that the 2nd Ammendment be abolished are the very same people who are offended at Trump declaring that if he were president he’d build a big wall between the border of Mexico and the U.S. It’s hard to understand this kind of person’s logic, but i try. Unfortunatly if the stories are to be believed, the Mexican drug cartel won’t be as ready to sit back and listen to your point of view. Hey i’m just saying. Yet unless you were to live near the border and are familar with the situation, it’s hard to say exactly what is the truth and what is not. The mainstream media rarely, if at all, can be seen as an objective unbiased source, but from the looks of these images attributed to Mexican drug cartel executions, freely available on the internet, they don’t seem to be using water pistols. Is it true that for the sake of political correctness these protesters of the second ammendment who also hate the idea of Trumps proposal to build a wall, would put their safety in jeopardy or does it just appear that way? i expect that rather than be completely without protection, this same group of people assume that the police and, if worst comes to worst, the military, will be there to save the day.

I recently engaged in a brief conversation over the message behind thise meme. I joked that this is the very reason some Americans stand by their 2nd Ammendment rights...

I recently engaged in a brief conversation over the message behind thise meme. I joked that this is the very reason some Americans stand by their 2nd Ammendment rights…

In an ideal world we wouldn’t need guns. We’d go about our daily business and be at peace with our fellow man. Such a community spirit appeals to many. I live in Northern Ireland and would dream of nothing more than to see catholics and protestants get along together as one big community. I’m also aware however, having grown up during the tail end of the troubles in Northern Ireland, that even if there are reasonably tight gun laws, they can still be obtained by all the wrong people.(especially if you cannot be bothered tightening up the border security).

Depending on what side you’re on, it’s arguable that the British armed forces killed many innocent civilians during the main height of the troubles, these same “Peace Officers”. We see now the same thing happening in America. It’s not just your neighbour you should be in fear of, it’s your own “Peace Officers”

The message in this police meme above, whether it is true or not, is becoming increasingly more common due to the brutality of some police officers. Some suggest it is down to racism but i don’t believe so. Sure, racism may play a part but you have to keep in mind that white officers have been known to brutally beat and execute white people too. Though a politically correct buzzword, calling it racism just muddys the waters and is of no use to anyone. Racism, more than likely plays a part but it is a part, not the whole.

So where does this idea come from to bear arms, and why would we ever need it.

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which came into place in 1791, reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Why should people hold true to this 2nd Ammendment?

Part of the Declaration of Independence states the following…

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You really expect this arsehole has YOUR best interests at heart if the shit hits the fan? Notice that both cop and woman are white, and therefore not a shred of racism to be had here? This fine police officer will protect you sure, you can tell he’s a real upstanding citizen

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security”

One of the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and third president had this to say…

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.

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Kelly Thomas, a homeless man was brutally beaten and tased by those who were SWORN to protect him…yes, the “Peace Officers “…they made him REST in peace more like.

If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?

Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Whether you agree with the founding fathers or even the declaration of Independence is entirely up to you, but this is part of American history and it would appear that the founding fathers, knowing that corruption was all around even in those days, foresaw a time when America would have to purge itself through revolution.

In the next blog i will explain at least some of the viewpoints of why many Americans do not want to give up their arms because they do believe that the government HAS become a tyranny.

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Cultural Revolution Tarot- NOW IN TECHNICOLOUR

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They are finally here! the Technicolour version of The Cultural Revolution Tarot

It’s finally here. The Cultural Revolution Tarot TECHNICOLOUR Edition!

We’ve been working on this version of our Cultural Revolution Tarot alongside/during the last few dozen cards of what we’re calling the “original” version (aka the version coloured by myself, James).

I’m proud to present to you this vibrant technicolour version of the deck which i feel stays truer to deck author Christine’s original vision. Why? Because this one is actually coloured by Christine herself. I think that’s pretty awesome personally.

Christine’s interest in both Propaganda and Pop art combines a variety of inspirations, everything from Mao era Chinese propaganda posters to Andy Warhol’s “Maos” and of course, yet not intentionally, my own interest in comic book illustration. So there’s a variety of influences which have inspired the making of this Tarot.

There are, naturally, similarities between the original and the Technicolour edition because fundamentally they are the same Tarot. Visually though the differences are worth noting.

The most notable thing is the complete overhaul of colours in almost every card. Christine has

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Christine’s interest in both Chinese Propaganda Posters and Warhol’s Pop art brings us a unique one of a kind Tarot

amped up the colours to as far as the printers will allow and the results have paid off. I am particularly fond of how the Sun card came out and also the World. In fact, while i tend to prefer more muted colours, i think that some of the colours have really given this version of the Tarot a life all of its own. I see the two versions as moods. My own is a bit more subdued, While Christine’s vibrant colours matches her optimistic, bright nature, which is essentially what Propaganda art is all about. Christine has decided on having the backs of her Technicolour version cards a vibrant red, while the originals feature a blue background, complete with a cast of our children characters and other Kawaii features.

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The back of the cards features the same Technicolor style of visuals that Christine’s version emits

While the original Cultural Revolution Tarot features the Pentacles,Cups,Swords and Wands names for the minor arcana, Christine decided to rename her Technicolour version of the minor arcana suits as Cups, Flags (Wands), Blades (swords) and Stars (Pentacles).

Why Flags, Blades and Stars?

Let’s start with flags. Keep in mind that this is from my own point of view. Christine may come out with her own thoughts on this at some point. I feel that from my own personal view calling them flags, rather than wands, makes sense since our wands essentially are flag poles with flags attached to them. Working with a theme like this almost requires that you feature flags in it extensively because this is commonplace in Propaganda art and meant to inspire one’s national identity. They are a symbol of something bigger, something that unites the masses into, let’s say, a fiery fervour. I feel that many Americans can relate to this (especially when in the face of an attack on one’s country). I know in Ireland here people can be very passionate about flags, so much so that it causes conflict and anger if it’s messed with.

Blades : Most of our Swords cards are actually bayonets because this made more sense when

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keeping with the theme of the deck. With the exception of the Queen of Swords, all of the Swords suit all feature bayonets. To my knowledge swords were not used all that much, if at all, during the time period of The Cultural Revolution, or at least in the Propaganda art itself.

Stars: Calling the Pentacles Stars seems to fit our theme due to the fact that the communist star is common in communist themed artwork. Chinese propaganda artwork is not a stranger to this. China’s own flag features a total of 5 stars.

There you have it folks. If you’d like to see more of the illustrations for this wonderful Technicolour version of this Tarot please follow us to our Facebook photo album page where we’ve taken extensive photos of the images to give you a better look at how they differ from the Original version

Thanks so much for reading this, and for your interest in our Tarot

James

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Cultural Revolution Style Limited Edition Posters

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Our first ever “poster style” Cultural Revolution poster. I’ve named this one “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman”

It’s been on my mind to do a collection of limited edition signed posters featuring our Cultural Revolution Tarot illustrations along with possibly all new artworks. Each poster would be signed personally by myself, the artist, and Christine whose ideas i brought to life in our Tarot.

I particularly like the idea of doing a few based on the the posters that were designed to educate young children (which i intend to include in the next blog).  I think those, above any other, are what stands out for me as examples of the high ideals Mao had for his country.

To the left we have our first poster entitled “Sailing the Seas Depends on the Helmsman”.

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Our Commercials in Other Languages

I’ve decided to have a go at releasing little commercials in Chinese, Russian and Portugese. While most of our fanbase is from the U.S and the UK, we also have a fair amount of Brazilians,  Russians and Chinese. I’m no language expert so i am learning little by little, but here is our efforts today.

First up is the Chinese…

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我决定有一个去中国的中,俄文和葡萄牙释放广告。 我们的大多数球迷成分都来自于美国和英国,但我们也有巴西人,俄罗斯人和中国人谁喜欢我们的工作。 我不是语言专家,但是今天在这里是我们的努力。

我决定有一个去中国的中,俄文和葡萄牙释放广告。 我们的大多数球迷成分都来自于美国和英国,但我们也有巴西人,俄罗斯人和中国人谁喜欢我们的工作。 我不是语言专家,但是今天在这里是我们的努力。

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请喜欢和分享我们的工作

感谢您的耐心等待。虽然我不会说或写中国通常情况下,我想向您展示我们的感激和尊重你丰富的文化通过试图说上几句话。这是一个很高兴說明這中国为主题的宣传毛泽东甲板。我们非常感谢那些你们谁评论说,很喜欢和分享我们的工作。

Next on our list is the Russian commercials…

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Опять же, как наши китайские друзья часто похвалил и разделили нашу работу , мы должны также показать нашу признательность за наших российских друзей

Опять же, как наши китайские друзья часто похвалил и разделили нашу работу , мы должны также показать нашу признательность за наших российских друзей

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Пожалуйста, нравится, и разделить нашу работу

Finalmente, temos de agradecer aos nossos adeptos Brazillian pelo seu apoio ao longo do ano passado e mais como ilustramos nossa Revolução Cultural Tarot . Como expliquei anteriormente, eu não sou um especialista em linguagem , mas eu tenho tido tempo hoje para traduzir algumas palavras. Obrigado novamente por seu apoio contínuo de nosso trabalho. Com tendo mundo amplo apoio, este se sente como se fosse um projeto da comunidade , que dado o tema comum deste Tarot , parece adequado.

For our Brazilian friends…

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Obrigado, amigos. Por favor, como , partilhar esta image

Como o artista para este tarot , eu gostaria de expressar minha gratidão a tantos que têm comentado e gostou do nosso trabalho.
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Obrigado, amigos. Por favor, como , partilhar esta image

And finally, we have the all new English editions of our commercials…

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Please share our images if you would be so kind 🙂

Last but not least…

There we have it folks. Our Cultural Revolution Tarot, based on the highly collectible Mao era propaganda posters is still available for the time being. to order your copy, click on any of the pictures in this blog and be taken to my store. Christine and i greatly appreciate the support and encouragement we’ve received worldwide for our work. Thank you for reading.

James

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Please share our images if you would be so kind 🙂

The Cultural Revolution Tarot is a set of 78 beautifully illustrated images inspired by the propaganda art of the Mao era. The Cultural Revolution Tarot has garnered many fans from all walks of life and from such diverse places as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, India, Europe, the U.S and Canada, a testament to the strength of both the imagery and the conceptual ideas that are packed into this brightly coloured highly unique, highly controversial deck of cards.

文革塔羅牌是一套78靈感來自於毛澤東時代的美術宣傳精美的插圖圖像。文革塔羅牌已經獲得了很多球迷的各行各業,並從這些不同的地方是沙特阿拉伯,巴西,中國,印度,歐洲,美國和加拿大,
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A Revolução Cultural Tarot é um conjunto de 78 imagens belamente ilustrado inspirados na arte da propaganda da era Mao . A Revolução Cultural Tarot tem atraído muitos fãs de todas as esferas da vida e de lugares tão diversos como a Arábia Saudita , Brasil, China , Índia, Europa , os EUA eo Canadá , uma prova da força de ambas as imagens e as idéias conceituais que são embalado para este altamente original convés brilhantemente coloridos , altamente controversa de cartões

Культурная революция Таронабор из 78 прекрасно иллюстрированных изображений , вдохновленных агитационного искусства эпохи Мао . Культурная революция Таро получил много поклонников из всех слоев общества, и от таких разнообразных местах , как Саудовская Аравия , Бразилия , Китай , Индия , Европы , США и Канады, свидетельство силы обоих образах и концептуальных идей , которые упакованы в этой яркие высоко уникальный, весьма спорным колоду карт

Mao: China’s Feminist

It's nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

It’s nice to believe that China was a happy place for all before the Cultural Revolution. Foot binding was an excruciatingly painful practice expected of every young girl, but Mao banned the practice of foot binding, liberating women

Before the Cultural Revolution in China, did you know that women were forced to bind their feet? Foot binding was the act of painfully binding the feet of young girls to stop further growth. The ideal length of a woman’s foot was 3 inches (or 8 centimetres) and although the practice originally started off among the wealthy upper class it made its way down to the peasant classes. While most of China did practice some form of foot binding, It seems that only one group of Chinese, the Hakka, did not observe this practice.

To quote wikipedia

Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

Foot binding completely changed the look of the foot, deforming it into a shape that was considered desirable and making a woman eligible for marriage

“By the 19th century, it was estimated that 40-50% of Chinese women had bound feet, and among upper class Han Chinese women, the figure was almost 100%. Bound feet became a mark of beauty and was also a prerequisite for finding a husband. It also became an avenue for poorer women to marry into money; for example, in Guangdong in the late 19th century, it was customary to bind the feet of the eldest daughter of a lower-class family who was intended to be brought up as a lady. Her younger sisters would grow up to be bond-servants or domestic slaves and, when old enough, either the concubines of rich men or the wives of laboring men, able to work in the fields alongside them. In contrast, the tiny, narrow feet of the “ladies” were considered beautiful and made a woman’s movements more feminine and dainty, and it was assumed these eldest daughters would never need to work. Women, their families, and their husbands took great pride in tiny feet, with the ideal length, called the “Golden Lotus”, being about 8 centimetres (3 in) long”

This practice, as you can imagine, was very painful for young girls. The way the foot was bound varies. The following, performed in Sichuan known as “cucumber foot” saw the four toes being folded under the flat of the foot, but this form did not force up the heel and taper the ankle the way other forms did. This version was slightly less severe….slightly

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

A shoe made for a special foot. Imagine shoving your foot into that thing

Also, we must note that not all women stayed bound. Some remained bound all through their lives, while some were only briefly bound. Others were bound only until their marriage.

Foot binding was banned from 1949 when Mao Tse Tung took power in China. This was one act among many that he did to liberate women from the old ways in China.

Mao also gave women equal rights in marriage, and allowed women to own their own land. This saw tens of millions of women leaving their houses for the first time to go out and work for themselves. From their own mouths, some of the women were quoted as saying that not only had their feet been bound, up until Mao’s rule over China, their minds were bound too. As a result of Mao building more schools, girls and women gained more education. Community nurseries and kindergartens were even set up so that when the mothers were out working, the children could be looked after. Finally here it was: Women had their newfound freedom under Mao’s leadership.

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A Tribute to Strong Women World Wide

Welcome to the first in a series of images honouring the unsung heroic female figures found in our Chinese Propaganda style artworks. Today we have our Queen of Pentacles card.

We also wanted to make these “showcase” images educational by putting in facts that might shed some light into China and the range of Chinese women that are included in our tarot.

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New Countries, New Governments

Revolution is what happens when people get sick and tired of an oppressive regime and are kept down until they say enough is enough. Those that are inclined to flee, will jump countries. Others will resist.

A replica of the original Mayflower that took some of the first settlers in America docked at Plymouth

A replica of the original Mayflower ship that took some of the first settlers to America docked at Plymouth (photo by James Battersby)

Settlers came to America to escape persecution from Europe. They set up a NEW government, even though there were tribal governments already set up in North America. Yes, folks, even the natives had their forms of government although it was tribal based. Do you think the founding fathers cared too much about the natives and their own government? No, they went about setting up their own form of governance. In an ideal world the Europeans would have lived in harmony with the natives but realistically this didn’t happen. In true European fashion, the settlers over time set out looking for new land, new expansion and the suffering of the natives have become legendary

Now i am no American scholar and would never pretend to be one, so you can correct me if i’m wrong, but i think the original settlers got tired of sending their hard-earned wages back to Britain, who at this point were doing nothing for them. In other words they did not like the idea of taxation without representation…yet who would have the courage to do anything about it? Apparently about 3 percent of U.S citizens did and they gathered a militia to fight off the British. The majority, it seems, were happy to just go with the flow and do whatever Britain wanted. Three percent fought against Britain. Of the U.S population, only 20 percent of the population supported what the 3 percent were doing, but only 10 percent of them openly backed the effort of revolution.

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Cowboys and Indians were traditionally played by children, with the Indians usually being the bad guys

Without this REVOLUTIONARY war against Britain, The United States would not have its independence as a separate country. The U.S’s history is full of revolution and genocide. The United States would not be as it is today without a great many a things and this, sadly, includes war and genocide, even slavery. It is my belief that the native Americans, up until fairly recently, have not only been tortured and abused by the U.S, but they have also been the victim of U.S Propaganda making them into the “bad guys” (at least this seems to be the way it is portrayed during my time as an irish kid outside of the U.S)

Australia, too, is another case where a new country was set up along with a new government, even though the aboriginal Australians presumably had their own form of governing themselves.

Let’s be fair. Almost every country on earth has been affected by war, revolution, even genocide. As a Christian I’ve always been familiar (and admittedly slightly saddened) with the stories of the Israelites who went through the land of Canaan and others, slaughtering men, women and children, even animals…burning it all to the ground.

Even today, Israel is accused of bulldozing Palestinian homes and the Palestinians are being treated badly by the Israelis. I won’t comment on this (because it seems similar to the troubles in Northern Ireland which i won’t elaborate on) other than stating that the original, traditional, even “popular” media thought that Israel were the victims might not actually be all that true.

I guess the point i am trying to make is that every country and every actual new government (not the pre-existing government’s “new deals” or new laws or any of that) seems to almost demand revolution.

The Chinese were no different and saw their fair share of revolutions, wars and struggles.

Recently we’ve had the Occupy Movement. Name one good thing that Occupy has achieved? Can you think of one? Me either (but again correct me if i am wrong). ok, let’s be fair….those protesting showed the world that they were pissed and they could co-ordinate a mass gathering that stops short of a revolt. The problem is you are trying to deal nicely with a bunch of corporate assholes. The claim is that the 99 percent are poor and the 1 percent are exceedingly wealthy. The 1 percent “might” suddenly grow a conscience and give out more money to the impoverished masses…but probably not. As Mao himself said…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

Let’s update it…

“A revolution is not a dinner party, an occupy movement, or writing an essay…  A revolution is an insurrection , an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” MAO TSE TUNG

What did Occupy achieve? I will tell you what it did achieve. Here is a part i have copied from wikipedia

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunatly i don't think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

I was in support of this and i think they did a great thing. Unfortunately i don’t think anything will really come of it except more laws to restrict freedom of speech

” The FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, local police, regional law enforcement “counterterrorism” fusion centers, and private security forces of major banks formed the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) to collect and share information about, and to share plans to target and to arrest Occupy protesters. Banks met with the FBI to pool information about participants of the Occupy movement collected by corporate security, and the FBI offered to bank officials its plans to prevent Occupy events that were scheduled for a month later. FBI officials met with New York Stock Exchange representatives on 19 August 2011, notifying them of planned peaceful protests. FBI officials later met with representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Zions Bankabout planned protests. The FBI used informants to infiltrate and monitor protests; information from informants and military intelligence units was passed to DSAC, which then gave updates to financial companies. Surveillance of protestors was also carried out by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. DSAC also coordinated with security firms hired by banks to target OWS leaders.

In other words, by trying to beg for a few crumbs instead of reaching out and taking the whole loaf of bread, you’ve let the government know beforehand that you aren’t happy, giving them fair warning to crush your resistence if ever you decide to go for a full revolt.

Two words. FEMA CAMPS

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Aeclectic Assholes and Dodgy Lamas

If you’re reading this and wondering what the hell went on with the Aeclectic Tarot crowd, you’ve come to the right place. Not only was i banned from their site without a specific reason given to me personally, as you can see in the image, i was also banned, i imagine, indefinitely. I think that’s what N/A means. ( my writing continues on after the screen capture)

“WHAT ABOUT TIBET” cried Jillkite. So i asked her “What about Dalai Lama seeing Mao as a “father” – I was banned the next day

Not the most open-minded of forums, some of the Aeclectic crowd, unbeknown to me, turned against our Cultural Revolution Tarot, a week before i even made a single comment, claiming it was vulgar, morally repulsive and so on . Jillkite decided to go on what looked like a personal quest to try to ban our Tarot from potentially being included on the Aeclectic Tarot’s forum website. Yes, you heard that right….ban it! If you’ve seen the video i created featuring a few of their comments on our tarot, i like to think that like us, you will see how rediculous it all became.

The Dalai Lama looking rather sad during his time in exile. Sure is a drag meeting all these well known people

The Dalai Lama looking rather sad during his time in exile. Sure is a drag meeting all these well known people

I actually asked Jillkite, who allegedly was hanging out in India and who had the Dalai Lama as a neighbour, to enlighten me on the plight of the Tibetan people under the Cultural Revolution because apparently i was too insensitive about what happened to them during that period in time. My questions were genuine. Unfortunately i was banned without any reason given and as you can see by the screen capture the ban seems to be indefinite. Looking down the list though it doesn’t look like it’s too difficult to get banned, so it seems a bit narrow-minded honestly.

Jillkite was also quick to point out that we should be giving some our profits to charity to help the poor Tibetan people in India. Somehow i doubt very much that the Dalai Lama needs any more money considering he is hollywood’s darling and George Soros, worth over 24 billion dollars reportedly funds him . In the past the CIA also greased his palms.  Yet i’m supposed to not earn a penny from over a year and a half’s work? Interesting. Geez I dunno, it seems Jillkite and the rest of Aeclectic have been taking notes from the Dalai Lama when it comes to ostracising their fellow tarotists. You approve of this Jillkite?

Now, don’t get me wrong, i have nothing against the Dalai Lama personally, but you, Jillkite had to

Thank you for opening my eyes Jillkite. It all makes sense now. I see the comparisons too. Celebrity photoshoots, check, both have/or had mansions to live in, check, both have reportedly corrupt paedohphile priests under them, check and both, with a command, can excommunicate members in their religious community. Thank you for opening my eyes :)

Thank you for opening my eyes Jillkite. It all makes sense now. I see the comparisons too. Celebrity photoshoots, check, both have/or had mansions to live in, check, both have reportedly corrupt paedohphile priests under them, check and both, with a command, can excommunicate members in their religious community. Thank you for opening my eyes 🙂

jump up on your rightous high horse and claim that i do not care about Tibet. I think the question is, do you?  When i started to research and learn (you know, because i am so insensitive) about the Dalai Lama, i seem to have pulled up a lot more than i wanted with the flower…i pulled it up, roots, dirt and all. Maybe you could do something ACTUALLY worthwhile while you’re out in India, Jillkite, and investigate these horrible crimes against these young children at the hands of Tibetan monks instead of making it your mission to ban a Tarot deck?

Because Aeclectic people like to remain anonymous on the internet, it is virtually impossible to know who they are. (another reason i doubt jillkite’s alleged story of the Dalai Lama being a neighbour). No photo, no personality, just a username. So it’s virtually impossible to get an answer from any of these cretins. You don’t have to be a member to view some of their pages, so i was able to see the following….here is the “real reason” i was banned, not that i was told this personally…

“banned for being rude, abusive and disrespectful to Aeclectic, its members and moderators” – Right, and comparing our Tarot to nazism and assuming i am “morally repulsive” and “insensitive” isn’t disrespectful?

Here’s a list of “ACCEPTABLE” comments…

Closrapexa – This is just offensive

Jillkite:- I wonder if the powers that be at Aeclectic would consider veto-ing this deck??? Or are there no boundaries??

FLizarraga  morally repulsive (are you implying we are morally repulsive?)

LinFang – It’s a sick and horrible deck

VioletEye – leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

MoonGypsy – speechless…utterly…sad…sickened..

Annabelle – I utterly loathe it

Debra  I don’t see any reason to respect them. (gee thanks Debra…Rwcarter, are you sleeping on the job. Isn’t this considered “disrespectful?”

mydearruby –  the idea of this deck is vulgar:

closrapexa – It is offensive in my eyes

The truth of the matter is that for over a full week, unbeknown to me, these narrow-minded Aeclectic idiots were bashing our deck, picking apart MY character, my beliefs, my words on this very blog and pretty much implying that we are ok with nazism and trying to imply we have some sick twisted view of The Cultural Revolution, foolishly unaware (through their own fault) that we based our on tarot on Propaganda (which all but the dumbest of people know that Propaganda is not tied into absolute truth but more idealism) In my personal opinion these narrow-minded idiots tried to cause grave defamation of character to my partner and myself without knowing either one of us.

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I’m just sooooo damn “morally repulsive” and evil i can barely stand myself…oh please, give me a friggin break

But this has not been the first time, which makes me think that these Aeclectic people are closed off from reality and foster a judgemental negative hatred that isn’t really acceptable or useful to anyone outside of the Aeclectic Tarot forum. A few years ago when i illustrated King’s Journey Tarot i was the target of an abusive campaign which had people believing i was everything from ” a greedy artist” to someone who think’s “his artwork is all that” because King’s Journey was going for a high price (which i had no part in). Those who criticised me back then knew nothing of me, my personal life, my character, or how much i was being paid (pretty much zero until four years later). Yet these same kinds of people had the audacity to suggest that i was being overpaid and thought a lot of myself. Recalling all of this, I brought up the fact that Aeclectic had a “reputation”, as many had informed me that it’s influence was dwindling on the buying public. Gregory replied…

Gregory: “Hum. Your King’s Journey and Simply Deep did OK here – surely we can’t be all bad. I keep hearing about our “reputation” – I have no idea what it’s supposed to MEAN. But don’t make it sound as if you were totally unaware of us until this moment – you’ve been doing pretty well here so far.”

I wrote back..

“Exactly how did it do well? This is the SAME FORUM where members assumed they knew me, and implied that i was “probably just a greedy artist” and “he think’s he’s all that”, so on and so forth due to the price. yes….THAT reputation”

I find that the moderators and administrators are, and i suppose it’s to be expected, biased. They won’t ban these horrible comments and downright offensive allegations towards us from regulars (who more than likely are close friends of the administrators thus defeating the purpose of being moderators and administrators in the first place)

This is why, although we find it unjust to be banned permanently from the Aeclectic Tarot Forum,

I am so immoral i've illustrated two works of art for Tarot Pink for Cancer.

I am so immoral i’ve illustrated two works of art for Tarot Pink for Cancer.

we are not going to cry a river over it….YET, we believe in fairness and equality. Aeclectic has dissed (sorry, had an opinion on) our Tarot, and made defamatory remarks to both my character and my partners, for a full week before we even knew about it, so i think it’s only fair that we continue our remarks on how we feel about Aeclectic Tarot, reply to the rest of the accusations concering our Tarot and so on, for another three days. This will bring us up to a full week and this will leave us even. In Ireland it is called Tit for Tat. Others call it fair and square. Then we’ll consider dropping the issue.

P.S if you are reading this Solandia, and you want your Aeclectic Tarot website to retain some relevance, like some have suggested it once had, we would advise you to kick these idiots out. They are driving away genuine people.

The Cultural Revolution Tarot can be found on our site for 40 U.S dollars (at the time of writing). For the brits, this relates to little over 26 pounds. Go buy our controversial kick ass work of art and you won’t be dissappointed

Revolution – The Dirty Word

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American REVOLUTIONARY war of Independence.

I don’t hear any Americans complaining about those poor innocent red coats. I don’t hear of American’s refusing to acknowledge Independence Day

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” – Mao Tse Tung

If you’re reading this, be you a communist, a tarotist, or generally interested person, and wondered why my rants were aimed at Americans, it was because most (in my opinion, i might be wrong, i am human) of the comments were coming from the U.S…you know, that place that without revolution, would still be a British colony. I mean for heaven’s sake i know your succession of presidents has well and truly taken most of your independence away now ( and through debt you’re ironically shackled to China) but your memory can’t be that bad. You separated yourself from Britain through a REVOLUTION. By complaining about revolution some of you have already condemned your forefathers.

Yes I attacked Obama. Please read it through and follow the links. I didn’t put links in there for fun, I put them in there to prove my point. Then again, trying to convince an Obamanite (who still supports Obama in 2015) that Obama is considered one of the worst presidents in U.S history is like trying to convince Al Gore that climate change was a reality long before the use of fossil fuels. But that’s enough about Barrack “Renegade” Obama. Sure IRS targeting and drone warfare may be Obama’s weapons of choice, but drone warfare existed long before Obama, so the tools of corruption were already there under certain other crazies.

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Some of our cards could be perceived to be a little hard-hitting depending on how you view America. I felt it necessary to clarify that I am not Anti U.S The Native American genocide was never to my taste but I don’t blame/hate today’s U.S citizens for that, any more than i blame them for drone bombing pakistan. That being said it’s your patriotic duty to at least get behind any attempt to  impeach the guy who’s trying to destroy your constitution, before looking outside the country for enemy combatants.

Another thing i want to reiterate. I don’t hate America. I recently read a comment on Aeclectic Tarot where someone suggested in one of my posts that writing “I don’t hate America” was an irrelevant point. Of course it’s Irrelevant if you take it out of context. Most things taken out of context usually are. I was referring to our Strength card where the woman at the front of the crowd tears old glory in two. I was referring to my own personal stance in the off-chance that some dumb ass thinks I hate America. My partner is Japanese – American. The point i was trying to make is that I love the United States as a country. I’ve been back and forth there many times. I’ve spent time in a range of states from Ohio and Tennessee to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It’s a great country with great culture, food, people, weather and so on. As a government however, I think most can see that the U.S government has been responsible for its fair share of destruction. We don’t sugarcoat it in the art, but it doesn’t mean I hate America as a nation of people (which, yes, this HAS been suggested)

Ever since an early age I had an interest in Native American life. I’m not sure why. As i got older though I liked to look at ancient discovery maps of America imagining what it would be like to see those lands for the first time. I read everything from Charles Eastman’s books to the Trail of Tears, Bury me at Wounded Knee and so on. I think it’s horrible what happened to the natives and still happens to this day. I believe that Leonard Peltier is innocent. Yet I don’t hate modern-day U.S  citizens because their ancestors did this to the natives. What happened, happened. I don’t agree with it but it happened regardless.

This was precisely why I was bringing up the likes of Obama in the first place, and now I’m bringing up the genocide of the native american people….hey, you drew first blood in this argument, not me. As for my British critics…come on, your government has been accused of genocide from friggin time immemorial, so stop shitting on my doorstep. How many countries did Britain colonise?

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To our British critics. You do realise that your own country is probably the worst of the fucking lot? The British Empire colonised about 90 percent of the world. I don’t think I would be out of line to suggest that your succession of Monarchs have killed more innocent human beings in the entire world than those that died during the Cultural Revolution….and i’m a bad guy for illustrating Chinese Propaganda posters. Right….

The picture on the left is taken from an article in the Telegraph . I don’t dislike British people because of what the monarchies/governments have done because we KNOW that these higher powers often do not act on behalf of their subjects. Colonising a country is always a messy business and it’s mostly always the natives who suffer the most. Genocide has played heavily in many of these colonisation processes along with racism, violence, detruction of property, even torture.

I leave you with a list of the countries that Britain colonised in case you’re curious Thank you for reading…

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Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Basutoland
Bechuanaland
British Antarctic Territory
British Central Africa
British East Africa
British Guiana
British Honduras
British Indian Ocean Territory
British New Guinea (Papua)
British Somaliland
British South Africa Company
Brunei
Burma
Canada
Cape Colony – South Africa
Ceylon – see Sri Lanka
Cook Islands
Cyprus
Dominica
East India Company
Federated Malay States
Fiji
Gambia
Gilbert and Ellice Islands
Gold Coast
Ionian Islands
Grenada
Heligoland
Hong Kong
India
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Labuan
Lagos (Nigeria)
Leeward Islands
Liu Kung Tau
Malacca
Malaya
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua
Natal
Nauru
New Hebrides
Newfoundland
New Zealand
Niger Coast Protectorate
Nigeria
Niue
North Borneo (Sabah)
Northern Nigeria
Northern Rhodesia
Nyasaland
Orange River Colony
Palestine
Penang
Queensland
Rhodesia
Royal Niger Company
Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Saint Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sarawak
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Southern Nigeria
Southern Rhodesia
Straits Settlements
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanganyika
Tasmania
Tonga
Transjordan
Transvaal
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uganda
United States of America (Then known as 13 colonies)
Unfederated Malay States
Victoria
Weiheiwei, China
West African Settlements
West Indies Federation
West Pacific
Western Samoa
Windward Islands
Witu Protectorate
Zanzibar

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