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Cartooning…….politics, society…

Posted in Current affairs, health, politics, Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2016 by kathydasilva


Yes..I think I could get to liking drawing in marker pens, cartoon satire, or, just illustration, or both..! There is something awfully freestyle about marker pen usage. I can totally understand some artists doing this… when I have worked up enough images I’ll put them together in a book, or fit them into Driftwood an illustrated version, as the subject gives itself to an attempt at the provocative element. Each destination of Irene and Michel, in my story,has been set there with purpose, and the significance of which gives inspiration for their drawings, and commenting on what is happening in the current political sphere of Earth. I have only barely suggested these things as, it is more about feeling uneasy, and pursued, by something as if we are all tested by our own convictions and beliefs for what is going on in society. How can society take in all of the violence of conflict and the new displacement of whole populations…

I often think, with the probable and uneasy position some world leaders take, with regard to war or no war, scenarios, that, we the citizens must try our best to influence back, and feed into the arena of talks,  the subjects of which concern us all as humans. I remember when it concerned quite a few of us, humans, the use of nuclear weaponry. In particular in England there was a reaction to the positioning of cruise misiles designed in the USA.  Although there is less damage, done with ‘reduced’ plutonium missiles in terms of area affected when the bombs hit the ground, they still do leave significant pollutant radioactive particles, and this affects human life in the future, in particular new human growth of foetuses, and young children are more prone to  cancers. The problematical issue is who is left to sweep up, the radioactive dust. The wind does blow the stuff around, significantly.  And too, I am mindful of the Fukashima disaster, which is still upon us, in the northern hemisphere in particular. I am so very worried, that a lot of our current political ‘mayhem’, is mere distraction from the reality of what might be upon us very soon, with much more of our Earth’s atmosphere, contaminated with the ‘particles’. When Cheronbyl, happened, even milk in the Welsh hills had to be thrown away because it had been contaminated, with rainfall, and too, this is often swept away into the archives of past news. But, it is still with us now. And so more to the point, we must consider all these things, when agreeing or disagreeing to war, with use of such weaponry.

I look at arenas, the political ones in particular. The Colosseum, is a place of fascination even as a ruin, but, it represents, a time when a dictator had absolute rule, and used people as pawns, in games which ended in death. It is one of those frightening moments in human history, that the wealthy and influential should choose to be thus entertained. I must say at this point, too in literature recently there seems to have been a return, although technically only in ficitional form, to the theme of such a game. I did not  take to the book The Hunger Games, and given its popularity it made me wonder if we as humans had progressed at all toward civility.

I have looked at the USA, arena recently, seeing something that to me sets an absolutely frightening, precendent. That the use of new technology, is and has been, to target it for new use as weaponry against, ‘the foe’. The problemmatical issues, have not even been discussed. The people were not informed or asked, whether certain weapons represent something that is good or essential. And how frightening for ‘all’ of ‘us’, that new weaponry, is about rule, not defense of the nation. I am not a Globalist for this reason. I believe in democracy, as the only civilized way forward. When I saw the author Barrett Brown being set up for a jail sentence, and subsequently imprisoned on a plea bargain basis, I also saw, that the whole justice system had been manipulated to deny, a certain, truth from emerging. I am glad, too, that some of the corruption is about to be dealt with, well hopefully. But, imagine, the effect of three and a half years jail, upon a young ambitious mind. His investigative journalism was effectively hilighting, the use of private contracted firms in ‘possible assassinations’. I cannot say for sure, whether ‘assassination’ were carried out, but, with certain movies suggesting the kind of ‘black ops’, that may have already taken place, yes it does bring to mind, that our leaders need more scrutiny, and I would wish for a more honest approach in politics, not a threatening ‘new arena’ not unlike the ancient Colosseum of Rome. Citadels of power need to be scrutinized. It is the job of the FBI, to take issue with irregular behaviour of politicians too.

The Americans often say in God We Trust. But, who is left to be Godly, if all have departed from the faith?

Press, Media Who Runs them?

Posted in Current affairs, Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2015 by kathydasilva

Graham, Kieth and Kieth in picture.

I was taking a few days of holiday, and aiming to do some photography too, surprisingly, and wonderfully, came across some other journalists, along the way. Whilst peering into an Italian cafe, last night to see if the food was still available, I came across Graham McKenzie, of Travel Mole, and journalist freelancer in his own words to most of the mainstream papers. I managed to put in a few questions, that had been burning on my mind for some time. His answers may not surprise many people, that the media is heavily influenced and backed by Conservative politicians and supporters. In other words there is an extreme bias beginning to emerge, significant enough to make comment about. I have indeed heard other journalists like Glenn Greenwald make comments with regard to a kind of ‘lap dog’ breed of persons who will only answer to the government and with no regard to passing direct reported events without a ‘bias’ to the public. Graham was aware of the bias toward the right, and did acknowledge this, however, when I mentioned independent news sources and conspiracy theorists, with regard for example the ‘faux flag’ theory of the 9/11 event in New York City, and as we were on the Isle of Wight I mentioned David Icke, he answered unequivocally, that most of the theories could not be proven and therefore he remained personally skeptical about the completeness of the blame being within the Bush government of the time. He repeated to me what David Icke has often said about the way his writing is treated, meaning with a certain, doubtfulness of his sanity. The pressure that currently exists for journalists, being of an almost intense sense of duty to nationhood which can only be a direct political influence, has led to so many of them, globally and at home becoming almost afraid to freely speak in some cases. What price freedom? Are journalists becoming targets?

Julian Assange

Posted in Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2015 by kathydasilva

IMG_5807I have some time now to go through ‘old’ photographs of journalism events that I went to. The numbers of people who turned out to help support the case of Julian Assange, in London, was what had drawn me to the events, and to ask quite simply why and who was Julian Assange. More particularly why would an Australian have to seek asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in London, I thought at the time that I was still in the ‘free’ world. I mean we still vote at an election time, we still get to vote for the left or the right wing of whatever a person’s persuasion politically can be, so how come, a visiting Australian, can have got himself into so much hot water. And I write this in disbelief at all the type of treatment he has received so far. If for the sake of being involved in the computing world, that the trouble has been visited upon this one individual, you would think the rule applies to all involved in the computing world. And that’s where it seems that because of innovation coming about faster than that initial bolt of lightning that begot the first computed communication, then, the law about it’s use is yet to catch up. I had only had the use of second hand equipment before about 2001 or 2002. I had only really got use to the delights of emailing my nephew in Australia, at the speed of a blink of an eye, when all hell had let loose globally because of the event of 9/11 in New York city. In-fact just before Facebook arrived, and social networking as we now know it, I had regularly emailed a young screen writer in Ramsgate, on a regular basis, talking film ‘shop’, and whatever daily came to hand about Johnny Depp in particular.

The Story of Julian Assange, in total is yet to be written. I for my part remember as an undergraduate the students and women of Greenham Common retaliating to a government decision to place nuclear cruise missiles on the common ground which lay close by to a village where families and children lived. The main basis for that particular protest was that it would make their home area a target for a direct hit in the event of a real nuclear war starting with supposedly Russia or a like enemy of the British Isles. The women who camped out did this with the utmost conviction and won their case. The missiles were symbolically removed, and not a cruise missile was in sight bar the one on a  submarine somewhere nearer to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne ‘up north’.  The power to protest, has been under possible scrutiny by successive governments since. I think also rather spectacularly, the laws have changed in a way that seemed rather undemocratic, in that police must be informed before any public gathering occurs. Is it so embarrassing that ‘the public’ do still want a say in politics in this fashion? The people’s voice? Is that so embarrassing? Well maybe to an elite who thought ‘their’ plans were untouchable. But, if greed has any gain, it’s to prove that it is a useless tool for advancement of innovation and the net. Knowledge, the acquisition of knowledge.  Well web knowledge, programming, being the type that have acquired a rather less fashionable label of ‘nerd’, why does this automatically ‘lump’ every computer type hacker into the same grouping, almost as if to say that if you can encrypt then you are almost certainly a suspicious person. I am pretty sure, that Julian Assange is not the only technologist of his kind.  He will stand up for the likes of the ordinary man/woman in the street, as left wing politicians do, but, this does not really make him into the ‘mafiosie’ type candidate that I am sure Hilary Clinton, had imagined him to be.  Why is it that the Swedish have been allowed to  prey on this person, as if he was in error. And it is true, Julian was interviewed in Sweden, in connection to the sexual allegations and was subsequently released. And then when he had left Sweden, this decision changed, to effectively create a ‘man hunt’ for him in Europe. Not for hacking offenses either. Yet in my mind, he seems to ‘frighten’ governments. And maybe America, will never forgive him. But, I am very upset for the whole way the last decade, seems to have stolen everyone’s delight about the things that were good in America. Often rather nostalgically, I think of lifestyles, I was thinking of Moby’s house or mansion, in Los Angeles, and how because of his  affluence, he lived a relatively subliminally peaceful existence when home. And how it just reminded me of the ‘Hollywood’ stars, and movies of yesteryear almost because of the standard expectation of palm trees, and swimming pools, and cocktail parties, that were written about, and enjoyed, the Scott Fitzgerald era of opulence and suave  existence. How can American politics have produced such uncertainty? And the go get the villain attitude? Go get the ‘terrorist’ attitude? It’s as if it’s machismo image of warrior princes was found wanting. That America does not need to prove it’s worth, as a hero eternally might be the actual problem.  So it could be said it’s a cultural problem. Too many movies made about unreal heroes, based on Marvel comics, which are all fictional in character basis terms. Can we find our current day Steinbecks? And Harper Lees? Amongst the current demise of good sense? Will there be truth left to cling to? Comments welcome…



Dante’s Vision…

Posted in Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by kathydasilva

Mist through window

‘Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself  in dark woods, the right road lost’….Dante’s Inferno

Like Dante’s descent into hell, where tortured souls finally reveal the reason for their presence there, an analysis of the current times and the ‘actors’ involved in today’s performances, would reveal the intricate and damning, state of our era. Why this vision? Why does Dante take all of us on that journey, some call an allegory?

When you try to analyse degrees of injustice, when you try to see through the mire of perhaps decades of planning, of businesses that have escaped, tax payments, and the rich who seek only to stay away from the burden of egalitarian politics. There it is staring at you. The fact that all the different individual’s in our society have only their own plans before them. What we do with a lifetime, how we manage our life on this earth will depend on what values, and what kind of love we were in receipt of during our childhood. And God set us free. Free and independent of His presence, to see how we perform, to see if we would turn back and to see if we might seek Him, out of our own free will. We are not enslaved to Him, unless we choose to be.

‘Through me the way into the suffering city, through me the way to the eternal pain, through me the way that runs among the lost’ …Dante’s Inferno

So instead of acting on conscience most of us, potter, or speed along with no idea how damaging, or uncreative we are, sometimes. We seem to always need prompts, where our conscience is concerned. Only ‘do good’ if, they ‘do good’ to you, some might say. And blow the rest of mankind? And what happens if we all choose that possibility of hard nailed determination no matter the cost? So there is no mercy, shown, for fear of some financial compromise.

‘My maker was divine authority, the highest wisdom’…Dante’s Inferno

It’s like the oil business, well any big industrial business, how many times, does planet earth suffer, until after many mistakes, spills, and explosions, do we choose to stop! Well never? BP, tried drilling where the crust was known to be thin in the Gulf of Mexico, and what happened. Ask the people of Florida and you will get the answer. A very big environmental mess, occurred, to beaches, wildlife conservation areas, and it’s true that there is an effort to clean, but this takes a long time. People, who are they? The ones manipulating market forces? Who are they, playing like Russian roulette with ‘our’ lives? Who will be hit next? And this is what has occurred to me. That if you felt powerful enough because of your wealth and believed there was no higher authority than yourself, then it would be an easy thing to think that getting rid of opponents need not have to be such a burden. So the devil in those people, has risen like some wild beast upon our present day. And all at the bequest of the ‘state’? I don’t want to think this is true. But, it would take the authority of people at the highest part of government surely to put a black ops into action. Or a mafia. So who is responsible for the events, that seem tied together by date code? Assassinations, silently, pervading the calm of our regular lives. We hear someone has mysteriously died, by drug overdose, or some armed robbery, the villain shooting all the family? The victims? Aaron Swartz, internet hacktivist, who felt public-duty enough to campaign for freedom of movement and rights of everyone on the internet. Apparently ‘took his own life’? Barnaby Jack, found overdosed with drugs, a week before an important conference and talk he was due to give. Barnaby was from New Zealand, a famed computer hacker professionally, who researched internet security. The creator of Grey State, David Crowley, and his family were found dead in their home in Minnesota, just recently. Grey State, a film whose subject was life under martial law with strict state control of everything. Charlie Hebdo’s magazine, four of the best cartoonist/satirists, shot dead, by apparently a band of extremists. Any one that seems to speak out, and confront the wrongs it would seem in society.

‘I reached a place where every light is muted, which bellows like the sea beneath a tempest….The hellish hurricane, which never rests, drives on the spirits with its violence: wheeling and pounding, it harasses them..…..Dante’s Inferno

Should we be afraid? Thankfully when you see the support and anger shown by the French, last week that four million marched to La Place de la Republique, I feel heartened to think the vast majority of the populace would not take this kind of action lying down.

Barrett Brown, sits in the court room today, tolerating, what I consider a system in turmoil. The fact that he spent two years in jail without trial seemed bad enough. I feel anger his rights were not protected two years ago sufficiently to allow for bail, and it seems because they fear he was a hacker, and capable of theft, this may have been the reason for his detention, without the right to access computers. His writing career, seems almost on hold, although he has been allowed to publish some articles, it seems, but, certainly, the refusal of the state to allow him near a computer says something.

What can the ordinary ‘citizen’ do? And it is probably the best thing to become a little more consumed with who a person should vote for and just what is being offered to the people. Grace is really the only answer in any situation the invisible good force of grace. But, again, I would have to turn to my God, and do the prayer needed, maybe fasting also, who knows?

I think the ‘thinking people’, need to definitely join together in support, every time one of our number is accused, or challenged beyond what would seem reasonable. To keep the press free, to keep speech free, and to honor everyone’s right to live in a properly democratic society. Yes the people have a right to their own opinion.

Barrett Brown’s Case is Tomorrow! All Those present rise..!

Posted in Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2015 by kathydasilva








The Honorable Sam A Lindsay
United States District Judge
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas, 75242
Dear Sir,
I am writing in support of the writer Barrett Brown, who has been in custody of the United States Prison system for a period of two years. I would like to say that Barrett, has been the most outstanding citizen, in the true meaning of the word. In a world where inequality still seems to reign, this man undauntedly through his journalism and writing has been challenging this inequality through the very expression of free speech and writing.
Last week in Paris, the whole world bore witness to the destruction of twelve lives at gunpoint, a very cynical censorship would you not agree of journalists working for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Four million unmasked French citizens filled La Place de la Republique square, in protest at such ‘censorship’, including our Prime Minister David Cameron for the Sunday March.
I wish to implore you to consider the considerable merits of this young and enthusiastic writer Barrett Brown. Published, articles in the Guardian, other papers and magazines including Vanity Fair, surely warrant the respect of his profession as a young writer.
I too am a writer, artist, and photojournalist. I would like to say that the realm of investigative journalism is as wide as it is deep. There are murky corners to our world today. Recent news events globally, have proven the need for accuracy and objectivity in the rendering of fact and exposition of real crime. Crimes against humanity surely are at the forefront currently, ever more exposing the need for governments to be transparent and truthful and accountable. Free speech is part of the American constitution and culture. Currently there seems to be an invisible insidious hand at work in our world which seems bent on spreading darkness and disillusionment.
Consider what I witnessed:
The story with link, was published before Christmas 2013. The event took place on 1st September 2013.
It seems that although this small group of protestors, managed to attract some press in London, the whole event, and subsequent reporting disintegrated thereafter. What of the seven hostages? How is it possible, that some of these events have been planned and symbolically carried out on dates that are in some ways memorable simply because of numbers in the date. Charlie Hebdo massacre, was 7th January 2015. Something ties all of these events. Both dates add up to the number 7 in a coded way.
If investigative journalism, is not allowed to progress stories simply for the exposition of crime. Even crime which might still as in the last world war, involve world leaders. How can justice reign? If the law books are only used to slight the poor, is that justice? Is that true justice? I call it inequality. I call it the beginning of a dictatorship.
I am very much imploring you Mr Lindsay, to consider all things where the rendering of truth lies, that journalists need to do their job honorably. Barrett Brown has only ever told the truth, as he sees it. And I think his integrity has remained intact throughout his current ordeal of events. Please consider in a selfless way Barrett Brown has written with only justice for the majority in mind, nothing cynical. Any error he may have made through the misuse once of social media I am sure he has already shown regret about an would publicly apologize. I feel sure you will see truth only issuing from this young writers pen. I think truth needs to be honored not abandoned. Please consider leniency for this very young writer. Please would you consider time served as enough punishment for one moment of bad behavior.
Yours sincerely Katherine M Da Silva