Sunday, May 31, 2009

Big Brother is Watching You!!!

RAF goes on movie screens!

Yesterday we watched Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, a fresh (2008) film about the activities of RAF (Red Army Fraction), a radical left-wing urban guerilla group.
It just gave me another thought about how radical one should be and shich means should be used to achieve the aims. One can claim to be an anarchist or left-wing activist by just following a certain life-style, talking about philosophy and life, news and historical events. Being an anarchist or left-wing activist does not necesseraly mean getting involved into street actions involving violence. And do te majority of street protests involve violence? Apparently, the state machine tries to supress the protests with violence which causes violence as a response.
The question is: is it possible for a group of activists to achieve something without violence and without becoming a political party? Which means should be used to change the system? Can sacrificing a human life lead to change in the system, is it worth to die for ideas even if tehy oppose teh system which tends to destroy those who fight for those ideas?
There are too many questions, there can be more answers to this...

In the beginning of March one of the 1st generation leaders of the RAF Astrid Proll visited Goethe Institut in Budapest and talked about the RAF and her involvment. I was there, but my impression was that she was too cautios to tell too much, and she diplomatically avoided providing information to some controversial and provoking topics... Her visit coinsided with the Hungarian premiere of Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. More about the event: - scroll down for the RAF entry

Saturday Dumpster Diving

The vegetables found me

Fair Trade (barter ;))

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sunday, May 24, 2009


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Practical Implications of Dumpster Diving

First of all, I believe that dumpster diving is a community thing, but as I had no clue whether 'my' community goes today (well, they should have gone as this is a set schedule - Saturday, Fehervari market) and I also did not want to meet people cause I can be contagious due to some cold/flu (maybe swine flu, but I do not oink :)). Anyway, I did not plan to go anywhere today, but it turned out I had no food home, so I had to go.
I was not aiming at coming to the sellers and telling them stories about why I need the vegetables - my Hungarian is not that good - I aimed at real dumpster diving.

First I went to a small poor market close to the Oktogon and Kiraly u. - the dump had nothing eatable except for some green onion... Well, then I went to the big central market and this was my star time, as there were some lettuce and cabbages in the dump and some sellers gave me a bunch of luxury stuff - grapes and melon, as well as white reddish (hm, it seems this week week will be white reddish week). Anyway, when you are in a bigger group you can share stuff - vegetables and fruit - but if I am not that sick next time I join the people again ;) But now I have this kind of thinking - how can I buy vegetables that I can also get for free?

Moreover, there is a nice rule/tradition in Budapest: on particular days particular districts throw away the garbage - mainly old furniture and clothes. This is a good opportunity to fund raise for our Free Shop. E.g., yesterday on my way home from work I saw that the luxurious 2th district threw away the garbage. If I feel better I can check it out today, but in any case I informed the Free Shop people already :)

Berlin: PoP Subculture

Maybe I was in the wrong places in the wrong time, or maybe Berlin is too free and too open so that the subcultural life is in its blood, but what I saw was a conveyor of various subcultural movements. Maybe this is a first impression.

By the way, as I overslept the morning antifa demo and was trying to find some food at Völksküche on May 1st evening, I saw no violence during the demos. But the demos were good. The first one - at 1p.m. Anticrisis demo that took place in Unter den Linden St. was rather an entertaining one, targeted at wider audience. Moreover, there were other demos in different cities in Europe.

The second - 6p.m. Antifa Demo was more 'classic' with march and speakers and bunch of people following the route. Strangely it dispersed later, but media claim it turned to be violent after dusk:
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