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Police act to evict anarchosyndicalist union CGT from premises in Barcelona Spain in the service of the ex-communist CCOO union.Police act to evict anarchosyndicalist union CGT from premises in Barcelona Spain in... more
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, is a pretty modern king for an old guy. Not only does he have a mobile phone but he has a pretty modern ring tune too. Shame it's a bit freaky.
The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, is a pretty modern king for an old guy. Not only... more
SPAIN (Western Europe): Woman collapses when she's about to see the daughter she lost as a baby for the very first time. What do you think - Fake or Real?SPAIN (Western Europe): Woman collapses when she's about to see the daughter she... more
“Invisible Light” is the latest music video by the Scissor Sisters, an erotically charged wonder produced by Nicolás Méndez from the Barcelona collective, CANADA. The high production values of incredible cinematography, along with an exploration of vintage-style montage, work perfectly. This jaw-droppingly epic collaboration is a joy to behold, a perfect pairing of visual and musical talents.
This piece includes a number of high-resolution color photographs, as well as the stunning music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/the-scissor-sisters-invisible-light/“Invisible Light” is the latest music video by the Scissor Sisters, an... more
The plentiful sunshine of southern Spain is being harvested to generate electricity day and night
DRIVING through the baking landscape of Almería, it is no mystery why this Spanish province is home to a novel type of power station that generates electricity by harnessing the heat of the sun.
For over 20 years, the Plataforma Solar de Almería, sited on an almost rainless plain in the south of the province, has been at the forefront of research into solar thermal power generation. Helped by Spain's sunny climate and generous government subsidies, this has led to the construction of 10 solar thermal plants across the country in the last three years alone. Some 50 more are planned.
Within the centre, parabolic dishes lie strewn about like huge discarded toys, but the site is dominated by a giant white tower. Thousands of mirrors, known as heliostats, surround it, catching sunlight and focusing it onto a receiver on top of the tower. This concentrated sunlight produces superheated steam that drives a turbine to generate electricity.
Till now, the mainstay of solar thermal power has been the parabolic trough system, in which carefully shaped parabolic mirrors direct solar energy onto glass tubes containing a heat-absorbing fluid. One of the drawbacks of such installations is that to keep costs down they need large areas of flat ground.
With solar towers this is unnecessary. The heliostats can hug the land at different levels and be individually calibrated to beam their rays to the receiver atop the tower.
Another advantage of towers is that they can operate at high temperatures. The heat-absorbing liquid used in the trough system is an oil that can only cope with temperatures up to 400 °C. With the tower there is no need for an intermediate fluid, and steam passing though the receiver is heated directly to around 550 °C. The higher temperature means the heat energy can be converted to electricity more efficiently.
However, because the towers produce steam directly, they cannot store the heat they collect and so stop generating electricity once the sun sets. A new Spanish project, the Gemasolar tower near Seville, may have solved this problem. The 19-megawatt tower will be the first in the world to use a mixture of molten salts to transfer heat from the receiver on top of the tower to a heat exchanger where steam to drive the turbines is generated.
The salt mixture, made up of sodium and potassium nitrates, can operate at the high temperatures generated in a solar tower's receiver. Because the hot molten salt can be stored until the heat it contains is needed, the Gemasolar plant is expected to be able to run for 15 hours without sunlight. The best parabolic trough plants can only manage about half that time.
If all goes well when Gemasolar launches next year, Spain should be able to profit from its scorching climate for some time to come.The plentiful sunshine of southern Spain is being harvested to generate electricity... more
“Bubble“ is a sexy, wickedly funny short film by the Spanish filmmakers Pedro Casablanc and Gabriel Olivares. The film tells a story of the sexy escapades of Margaret and Pili, two girlfriends living in a sleepy, little town. Margaret dreams of getting her driver’s license, buying a new car and leaving the town forever. But until then, she and Pili have to depend on Pili’s brother, Horten, to pick them up and drive them around on their sexy hijinks. And they certainly take a big advantage of the situation, and as often as they can! However, one day poor Margaret is shocked to learn that she’s pregnant: her old reliable method of bubbly contraception has failed to work. Ooops!
This piece includes a number of color photographs, as well as the naughty, comedic short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/the-bubbles-they-just-didnt-work/“Bubble“ is a sexy, wickedly funny short film by the Spanish filmmakers... more
Protests have taken place across Spain calling for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing extradition from the UK to Sweden for alleged sexual offences.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the British embassy in Madrid calling for him to be freed.
Wikileaks is publishing insights from hundreds of thousands of sensitive US diplomatic and military documents.
The demonstrators believe Mr Assange's detention is politically motivated.
The whistle-blowing website has angered and embarrassed governments around the world through its publication in recent weeks of classified US diplomatic cables.
Mr Assange was detained in London on Tuesday after Sweden secured an international warrant for his arrest.
Prosecutors in Sweden say they want to question him in connection with the sexual offence allegations. He was refused bail by a British court and has said he will fight extradition.
There have also been calls from some in the US for his arrest and prosecution on charges related directly to Wikileaks' activity.
While supporters online have mounted cyber-protests against Mr Assange's detention, Saturday's protests were some of the first street demonstrations in support of Wikileaks.
Wearing face masks associated with the "Anonymous" group of hackers - which launched cyber attacks after Mr Assange's arrest in the UK - the crowd in Madrid shouted for his freedom, outside the vast glass tower that houses the British embassy
Many of the demonstrators were angry at some of the revelations in the cables, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Madrid.
These include the suggestion Spain came under pressure to stop a criminal investigation into the killing of Jose Couso, a Spanish cameraman who died when American soldiers fired a tank round into his hotel in Baghdad.
The Free Wikileaks website, which organised the demonstrations, said protests were also planned for other Spanish cities, including Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.
It called for the full restoration of Wikileaks' website, which was denied hosting services by Amazon after the first of the leaked cables were published two weeks ago.
The protest organisers also demanded that Visa and MasterCard restore credit card services because, it said, no one had proven Mr Assange's guilt.
Our correspondent says the issue of freedom of speech is sensitive for Spaniards, who only emerged from four decades of authoritarian rule in the 1970s.Protests have taken place across Spain calling for the release of Wikileaks founder... more
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Apparently not content to see its own justice system befouled, the U.S. government has tried to corrupt courts in other countries.
That is one of many nauseating lessons from the recent WikiLeaks dump of cables from the U.S. State Department. U.S. officials, under both the Bush and Obama administrations, have tried to corruptly influence the outcomes of three criminal matters pending in Spain’s national security court, according to a new article from Scott Horton, at Harper’s.
The cases involve the death of a Spanish cameraman from the U.S. shelling of a Baghdad hotel, the torture of Spanish subjects at Guantanomo, and the use of Spanish airfields and bases for extraordinary-renditions flights.
Do U.S. officials want these cases handled in the manner required by our own constitution, which involves due process and equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment? Not at all. In fact, it appears the U.S. wants the cases to get the kind of treatment they might receive in a banana republic–complete with compromised prosecutors and judges.
> These cables reveal a large-scale, closely coordinated effort by the State
> Department to obstruct these criminal investigations. High-ranking U.S. visitors such
> as former Republican Party Chair Mel Martinez, Senator Greg Judd, and Homeland
> Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were corralled into this effort, warning Spanish
> political leaders that the criminal investigations would “be misunderstood” and would
> harm bilateral relations. The U.S. diplomats also sought out and communicated
> directly with judges and prosecutors, attempting to steer the cases into the hands of
> judges of their choosing. The cables also reflect an absolutely extraordinary rapport
> between the Madrid embassy and Spanish prosecutors, who repeatedly appear to
> be doing the embassy’s bidding.
WikiLeaks exposes blatant attempts by U.S. officials to push for judge shopping:
> The cables show that the embassy was briefed in detail about the pending cases,
> receiving information that was not publicly accessible and would have been known
> only to the prosecutors and the magistrates handling the cases. The embassy
> engaged Spanish authorities in detailed discussions about the specific judges
> handling these cases and on at least one occasion extracted a promise from
> prosecutors to seek to have one sensitive case—in which former U.S. attorney
> general Alberto Gonzales, former vice presidential chief of staff David Addington,
> John Yoo, Jay Baybee, Douglas Feith, and William J. Haynes figured as potential
> defendants—reassigned to a judge they considered friendlier to the United States. In
> fact, around the time of the cables in question the prosecutors acted just as the
> cable suggests they would.
This might be one of the most grotesque news reports I’ve ever read. Remember how the Bush administration claimed it was trying to promote democratic principles in the Middle East? Meanwhile, it was promoting blatant unlawfulness in Spanish courts.
Is it any wonder that the Obama administration has taken a “look forward, not backwards” approach to the apparent justice-related crimes of Bush officials? Apparently it’s because the Obama crowd shares the Bush crowd’s warped view on basic matters of right and wrong. And should we be surprised that the Obama administration seems to be scrambling for a method to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?
Meanwhile, it appears U.S. citizens should be building monuments in Assange’s honor. He might be the last hope for salvaging what’s left of our national integrity.
The state-department cables provide clear proof that the U.S. government, under both Republican and Democratic control, has essentially embraced the dark side. We’ve spent three-plus years at this blog writing about court corruption in Alabama and beyond. Now we learn that our own government has been trying to export that kind of sleaze to other countries.
It’s shameful stuff, and here is a video of Scott Horton discussing the findings with the good folks at Democracy Now!:
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/1/wikileaks_cables_reveal_us_tried_toApparently not content to see its own justice system befouled, the U.S. government has... more
Alex Jones explains how the austerity hammer is falling now on Europe, and will soon fall on the U.S. Fresh bailouts and buyouts by foreign banks are being forced on Ireland and other European nations, while officials in the United States are dropping news on Americans that pensions, insurance for veteran military personnel and more are being taken away.
The IMF and World Bank have essentially completed their phase I mission of absorbing and dominating 3rd World nations, and are now coming for so-called 1st World Nations-- the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and more.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmiFB9hJxusAlex Jones explains how the austerity hammer is falling now on Europe, and will soon... more
I was at the beach at lake Temescal in Oakland, California, with my 3 children peacefully enjoying myself. 3 policemen showed up and gave me a citation for nudity even though I was wearing 2 sweaters and a bikini bottom (not a thong). They justified their actions with East Bay Parks regulations that say that you are not allowed to show buttocks at the beach. I was showing buttocks and was in violation according to their rules.
Ordinance 38/Section 405.
NUDITY. No person shall appear, swim, bathe, sunbathe, walk or be in any of the parks, lands, beaches, waters or any place owned, managed, controlled or otherwise under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District, in such a manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis, symphysis, pubic hair, buttocks, and cleft, perineum, anus, anal region, or pubic hair region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person, is exposed to public view or is not covered by an opaque covering. This subdivision shall not apply to children under the age of 5 years.
This citation was a result of sexual harassment and retaliation by one of the park rangers. Ranger Vernon Jones had previously asked me out and was turned down and 2 days prior to the incident I filed a complaint about him driving too fast in his personal vehicle down a pedestrian path. He called the police on me in retaliation. The policemen kept insisting that it was a member of the public and not a ranger who called them.
A couple weeks later I was given another citation for swimming while the beach was officially closed even though none of the police saw me swim. It was another ranger Cliff Rocha - agianst whom I had also complained in the past - who called the police and convinced them to give me a ticket. Officer Torres insisted on giving me a citation against the will of the other police officers who were present. Officer Torres said the ranger would sign the citation. This citation was so illegal that 5 days later I received a letter from the Alameda County DA saying that my citation was not going to be filed and that there was no need to go to court nor pay the fine.
I made a video about the incident and uploaded it here.
I host a naked TV show where I interview people in the nude. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make a nude interview about this incident. I did an interview with one of the women who go to lake Temescal to swim, Cara Judea Alhadeff. This interview is currently airing on Public Access channels in SanFrancisco and Berkeley, California, and it is posted on line at www.MyNakedTruth.TV
www.MyNakedTruth.TVI was at the beach at lake Temescal in Oakland, California, with my 3 children... more
Spain's biggest ever counterfeit cigarette network has been dismantled in an operation against that led to the seizure of 90 million fake cigarettes and the arrest of six men, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) said Friday
The investigation saw the OLAF working closely with Spanish Customs to break up one of the largest tobacco rackets in Europe and prevent the loss of 10 million euros in tax revenue.
Spanish Customs launched Operation BALMAN in February when intelligence about suspicious imports from China was provided by OLAF.
Fast and accurate exchanges of information between OLAF and national authorities allowed investigators to track containers of counterfeit cigarettes from China to ports on the east coast of Spain, where they were pushed into the illegal market.
"The excellent work of Spanish Customs has resulted in a victory for European taxpayers and a strong blow against smugglers," said OLAF's acting Director-General Nicholas Ilett. "It shows that proactive information-sharing between OLAF and national authorities is vital in our battle against the illicit trade in tobacco. We fight fraud best when we fight it together."
On October 20, six men were arrested in connection with the investigation after searches on homes and businesses in Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Tarragona and Badajoz. Chinese, Polish, and Spanish nationals were among those arrested and charged with smuggling.
They may face also charges relating to money-laundering and infringement of intellectual property rights. The case continues as investigators analyse documents and computers confiscated during the raids.
The illegal tobacco trade has been growing in Spain and the rest of Europe since the global economic crisis hit in 2008. Smugglers have been quick to exploit the demand for cheap tobacco and make huge profits from counterfeit cigarettes: in China a container load sells for around 100,000 euros, but in Europe it can reach more than one million euros.Spain's biggest ever counterfeit cigarette network has been dismantled in an... more
“Human Castles” (Casteller) is an amazing three-minute documentary short film by the Spanish photographer/filmmaker Mike Randolph. In the city of Tarragona, Spain, castellers gather every two years in a large colloseum to see who can build the highest, most intricate human castles. It requires astonishing strength, finesse and balance. Not to mention a great deal of courage. Watch and be astonished!
Includes a high-resolution color photograph, as well as the breathtaking short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/ladies-and-gentlemen-human-castles/“Human Castles” (Casteller) is an amazing three-minute documentary short... more
With the recent swing of the political pendulum to the right in this country, one cannot help but recognize that Americans have a very short memory when it comes to history. How quickly people have forgotten who put us where we are today...they blame Obama and the Democrats but the reality is that the Republican Federalist Neocons are responsible for the extremely tough economic times that we are now facing.
History is like a merry-go-round and this film demonstrates just how circular it really is.
Anyone who hates fascism and who loves democracy and freedom will cherish this documentary and will recognize the parallels that existed in the Spanish Civil War and our current polarization in this country between the Right and the Left.
It seems that we have come full circle once again where freedom and liberty are considered communist and socialist, and democracy is seen as a demon that would allow gays to marry, women to have abortions, and morality of the nation to be in decline. Once again we witness how the church is the whore of the government as it meddles in civil life and attempts to dictate morality on its terms and not on the evolved conscience of the human spirit.
This documentary, even though it is a historical document, foreshadows the path down which out country is headed.
The good news is that it lays out strategies and offers lessons to be learned so that we do not make the same mistakes again.
In the words of Bill Bailey "One day we may live in a descent society where there is no such thing as a bomb or a gun, where it would be a criminal offense to allow someone to go hungry. That's the type of society we want. So therefore we've got to keep going. To give up now would be the worst form of cowardice that I could think of."
Abe Osherhoff characterizes the brigades as having fought the Good Fight, however he cautions..."The whole thing is a huge metaphor for the human condition. Is it possible to fight the good fight? You can't really answer that question, but it raises it very sharply! It was a good fight, THE GOOD FIGHT...but we lost."
Also check out the following links....to learn more about the people, songs, and stories contained in this amazing documentary film.
Ay Carmela – Video anarchista por “The Ex”
Lyrics and information about Ay Carmela
The song Ay Manuela in the socialist song book pg 28
Father Charles Coughlin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_InternationaleWith the recent swing of the political pendulum to the right in this country, one... more
“How I Met Your Father” is a bittersweet, comical short film by the Spanish filmmaker Alex Montoya, an award winning film that received honorable mention at Sundance 2010. Every couple has two stories: the one they tell their children, and the real one. A classical comedy, “How I Met Your Father” tells the story of a terribly ill-fated one-night affair.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, as well as the very humorous short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/how-i-met-your-father-the-story-of-a-terrible-one-night-stand/“How I Met Your Father” is a bittersweet, comical short film by the... more