And so it begins.

Picture liberated from here.

Just a few short days ago I predicted that seven weeks could see revolution in Greece.

This evening Athens is burning, the police are horrendously outnumbered and seemingly have little hope of controlling the mob.

Papademos, the unelected puppet leader of Greece, addressed the nation a couple of days ago warning of chaos if the cuts needed to meet the bailout conditions were not enforced.

Well, I hope you’re looking out of your window now chum, because if this isn’t chaos, I don’t know what is. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the final scene of V for Vendetta, the Greek parliament is surrounded by a thin line of police and a huge crowd (some sources are saying over 100,000 people are on the streets tonight). The crowd is angry.

Some will be angry that their country has been forced to bend the knee to Germany and Brussels, some will be angry that their politicians have lied and dissembled to get to this point, some will be angry that their government has surrendered their population’s sovereignty, some will be angry that the cuts are hurting them, most are probably angry with themselves, angry that they swallowed every promise of free money and gratis luxury.

I go back to what I wrote the other day; it may be that the crowds, having had their say, go back to the few jobs they have tomorrow, or it may be that the ground outside the Greek parliament resembles Tahrir Square or the land surrounding the ‘House of the People’ when Ceaucescu got his as the underdog locks in his teeth and hangs on for grim death.

If the police really lose control or are incapable of imposing order, and bear in mind the police are right in the firing line for these cuts, then the only solution is to call in the troops. I wonder how well disposed they’ll be to supporting the status quo?

In a way it is irrelevant, if it doesn’t happen this time, the next bailout tranche will see more cuts, more bending of the knee and kissing of the EUro imperial ring, and more riots. If the big one isn’t tonight and this week, then it will be the next one, or the one after, but it will come, this course of action by the IMF, ECB, European Commission and Greek politicians have assured it as much as day follows night. Meanwhile the politicians, with no democratic mandate, stand in their parliament dictating to the population what they must do at the behest of foreign powers. Big mistake.

Interesting times indeed.

Make your bleeding mind up.

My this is confusing, isn’t it? It’s been an interesting day watching what now seems to be the final hours of the Gaddfi regime in Libya. Citizen journalism seems to be coming to the fore once again, with the BBC noting breathlessly that internet connections are being restored in the country as “groups such as the Libya Youth Movement posted Twitter messages giving regular updates on attempts to capture Colonel Gaddafi’s compound.”

This is a good thing, right? The people, who we are told are bitterly opposed to Gaddafi’s regime, using social media to rise up and facilitate the liberation of their own country.

Yet, and this is where I get confused, this is from the same organisation that was talking about a social networking crime spree when it was used to co-ordinate the rioting in the UK.

So, that’s bad, right? Is Twitter the root of all evil, or the shining sword of liberty wielded righteously by an oppressed population?

If I were able to think for myself (although I’m aware that this is discouraged these days), I may come to the conclusion that it is all down to the context. I’m not able to think for myself though. Four legs good, two legs bad. And yet, today seems to be a two legs good day. Baffling.

I suppose it is like guns. They are bad, yes? And yet, these people we are supposed to be cheering on are using guns, so isn’t that bad?

Confusion reigns. Is it down to who is being shot at? Gaddafi is a bad man, so if he’s being shot at, that’s fine. But what if a hugely popular counter revolution takes place and that too is co-ordinated on Twitter? Would that be good as well, or would Twitter be bad again?

You see, Twitter is just a tool. To talk about it like it has some sentient power is rubbish, Twitter is not responsible for the detention of Gaddafi’s sons and the taking of his compound; it is the people using Twitter, along with others, who are responsible. It was being taken one way or the other. Similarly, to talk about it like it is a demon that walks amongst us when used by rioters and looters is similarly arse-custard of the highest order. Those riots were happening anyway, the logical extension is to talk about banning pens and paper, because they too can be used to pass messages. It was the rioters who were bad, not Twitter.

You may as well hold up a spatula as the death and salvation of civilisation at the same time.

This is what I think the real nub of the matter is, many people feel that the right of free speech is vital, right up until the point where someone says something those people don’t like. Then it becomes a menace and needs to be clamped down upon. In the past, this wasn’t such an issue, the mainstream media, by and large, does as it is told.

The problem comes when people do and say what they like. Now the tools go beyond a scruffy bloke standing on an orange box at Speakers Corner. Gaddafi shut down the internet in Libya, people in this country wanted the same thing during the riots, screaming like a demented C3-P0 ‘no, no, shut them all down!’

What happened during the riots was unfortunate. What is happening in Libya today is why governments are obsessed with regulating the internet. It is, so we’re told, for our own protection, and that of the children.

I don’t buy it for a moment, it is for the protection of their own positions. They are scared of us, and with good reason.

The One That Is Saying ‘Population de la France, Bravo!’

Yes, the French go on strike at the drop of a hat. Whether I agree with them or not is irrelevant, bloody hell do I respect the French for getting up off their arses and pointing out that they are pissed off, and will not put up with it.

And they’ve kicked off in Paris tonight.

Meanwhile the Lyonnais mourn the loss of civil liberties.

How long until we see scenes like this on the streets of the UK, could anyone care less, or are we all too concerned about the recent spat between two plastic titted, bottle orange ‘celebrities’?