N-A Weekly News Digest – 9 December 2010

A note from the editor: I can generally post one of these up every week, but sometimes other commitments prevent this, which is what happened last week.

From N-A blogs:

Lingit Latseen: Victory for the T’akdeintaan and Teeyhíttaan clans

NATA NY: Holiday toy drive

NATA NY: A “loophole” to a statist few is a birthright to the majority

NATA NY: The United States “economic civil war”

NATA NY: The social contract exposes Southern Poverty Law Centre

Berrocscir’s banner: Mountain folk must decide

ATS: Paul Gottfried and me: An exchange of left an right and anarchism
Other news and articles:

Andrew Yeoman on tribal nationalism: The wave of the present

Contamination fears mount (GMO in Western Australia)

US sugar beet ban underscores our GE-weakness

Christ is NOT the reason for the season

Australian government joins persecution of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

“For the Australian ruling class, the US alliance is the so-called “bedrock” of its foreign policy. It depends upon Washington’s backing to assert economic and strategic influence in the South Pacific and South East Asia—Canberra’s own “sphere of influence”. The democratic rights, liberty and lives of Australian citizens count for little in comparison.”

Busted!! Wikileaks struck a deal with Israel over cable leaks

Net neutrality, the FCC, Wikileaks and the future of internet freedom.

H1N1 vaccine linked to 700 percent increase in miscarriages

S510 food safety bill still alive and may unleash a new army of FDA agents

“Essentially what we have here is a food tyranny bill that would hand a group of un-elected bureaucrats who answer to no one the power to control virtually the entire U.S. food supply.”

The biofuels scam, food shortages and the coming collapse of the human population

The dark side of progress

Something odd about home schooling?

Yodelling offends praying Muslims, say judges

Melbourne store removes golliwog to avoid offending Oprah Winfrey

‘The Hobbit’ accused of racism

Departing ALP member tells of deep Zionist influence in party

Vikings’ barbaric bad rap beginning to fade

OpenLeaks to mimic Wikileaks minus the “political agenda”

New websites:

English Green

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N-A Weekly News Digest – 27 November 2010

SONAC – Save seed while you can!

NATA NY – China, Russia quit dollar

ATS – Afghanistan: The last hurrah of the American Empire

Other news and articles:

Hate speech or free speech?

How (not to) organize a community

The grass roofs of Norway

Save the Black Cat

Sorry to break the bad news, but ‘anti-racism’ is actually racist

On the anniversary of Climategate the Watermelons show their true colours

Urban farms provide enough produce to sustain most of Detroit

The most evil bill in American history

Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as big government claims ownership over our water (USA)

Wi-Fi makes trees sick, study says

Spy scandal as 5 scandinavian governments catch US watching their citizens

What is, must be

Six rules for white advocacy -Excellent article relevant for all activists

New websites:
Hex Folk Market

N-A weekly news digest – 18 November 2010

From N-A blogs:

Introducing New York National Anarchist Tribal Alliance – Their blog has heaps of new posts to read

N-A in South Africa

WA National-Anarchists: German people inunprecedented rebellion against German government!

Lingit Latseen – Yakutat vs. Geohedral LLC update

ATS – Paul Craig Roberts on the state of the system

ATS – Raimondo on the joke the left has become

ATS – Harlem minister says boycott gentrification

Other news and articles:

Sylvia Plath: Stasis in darkness

Bisphenol A: Officially declared a toxic substance in Canada

Big pharma to begin microchipping drugs

‘More ghosts’ after earthquake

Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?

GMO soy bringing poverty, poor health to South America

Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’

Youtube video: Monet

None flew over the cuckoo’s nest: A world without birds – Worrying article about the effects of insecticide use

US Senate bill S 510 food safety modernization act vote imminent: Would outlaw gardening and saving seeds! – The nanny state, always looking out for our “safety” at the expense of our freedom…

Native American N-A group

Unfortunately for the liars in the ‘antifa’ who claim that National-Anarchism is a ‘white supremacist’ movement, there is now a Native American N-A group, based in Alaska:

http://aianattackthesystem.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/statement-of-purpose/

Surely it can only be a matter of time before an Aboriginal N-A group begins in Australia.

Bread baking for healthy anarchists

The more we take power away from government, corporations, and other outsiders, the more that our folk and community can benefit.  To remember traditional skills such as bread baking is to take power back into our own hands, and away from the over-specialised modern world.  We can bake delicious bread from 100% whole wheat flour, not having our food nutritionally watered down to satisfy ‘artisan’ and consumer pretensions about what bread should be.

Anyway, here’s the recipe.  It requires a bit of time, to develop flavour and a longer keeping quality, but it requires no kneading, and minimal effort.  This makes 2 big loaves, which I bake on a pizza stone.  The recipe can easily be halved, the dough can also be refrigerated for up to two weeks at any stage of the recipe.

Equipment needed:
1 bowl or bucket with a lid or cover, to hold at least 5 litres.
1 tough metal spoon
1 pizza stone or baking tray, or 2 loaf tins
bread knife
pastry brush and small bowl (optional)

Ingredients (for two loaves):
5 cups water
9 cups wholemeal wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon dry active or instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt

Time: roughly 36 hours

Day 1:
1 cup water
about 1/4 teaspoon of dry active yeast
1 cup wholemeal wheat flour

mix together and leave for 8-20 hours, around 12 hours works best.

~8-20 hours later, mix in:
2 cups water
3 cups wholemeal wheat flour

Day 2
~8-20 hours later, thoroughly mix in:
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
5 cups wholemeal wheat flour

leave for 8-20 hours, then cook.

Preheat the oven with a pizza stone in it to 200-240c depending on how hot your oven is.  Shape the loaves, I usually add a handful each of sultanas, currants and almonds and a tablespoon of barley malt syrup or sugar to one of them by spreading the dough into a flat rectangle, then rolling it up with the fruit and syrup in it.  Coat the loaves in seeds or cornmeal, then slash the top of the loaves about half a cm deep with a bread knife and put on the pizza stone.  Brush with hot water, then bake for about 40-45 minutes, brushing with water every 5-10 minutes, it makes the crust a bit better but isn’t essential.

Queer National-Anarchist blog launched

A queer National-Anarchist blog has been launched by Lawrence J. Patti in Rochester, New York:

http://queerna.blogspot.com/

Additionally, five new N-A contingents have recently been founded in North America. Looks like N-A is really starting to take off in that continent…

Richmond, Virginia (RATS)

Southern Ontario

Dayton, Ohio

Wisconsin

Boston, Massachusetts

An interview with folk legend Shirley Collins

Interviewed by Andreas Faust

I suppose the place to start would be with the new EMI Records reissue of your albums ‘Anthems in Eden’, and ‘Love Death and the Lady’. How do you see the significance of these two albums in hindsight, and how do you feel when listening to the recordings today?

I feel the significance of these two albums is that it led other singers and musicians towards an English Repertoire and showed that there was another way to accompany these songs.



One of the biggest influences on your life was your trip to America with Alan Lomax in 1959…how did this trip change your worldview, and do you think your musical career might otherwise have turned out differently?

I’m not sure I had a ‘world view’ before I went to America! Much as I loved – and still love – traditional American music, spending that year in the States made me realise how much I loved England, and wanted to stay English and sing English songs. Had I not gone to the States, I reckon the outcome would have been the same.

You first met Alan Lomax at a party in London hosted by Ewan MacColl, who you also played in a band with at one point. What are your recollections of MacColl, and what was he like in person? He’s kind of a legendary figure now…

I prefer not to answer questions about MacColl. Not a favourite.

What were these 1950s folk parties like? Were they civilised, or were they wild and crazy affairs? What are your strongest memories of the folk scene in London at the time? This period is often known as the ‘folk revival’, so there must have been some exciting things going on…

You’d have to ask someone who actually went to a 1950s party!!! My interest was simply in the music. And that was where the excitement was for me – hearing genuine old traditional singers in the flesh. 80 years old they may have been – but for me it was thrilling and moving to hear them. I spent most of my time finding songs, singing in folk clubs – and that was fun.

Some of your albums were notable for their unorthodox instrumentations, and this was said to have influenced 1960s folk-rock bands like Fairport Convention. Do you think it’s important to keep in mind Ezra Pound‘s dictum ‘make it new’, in order to make the old traditions more accessible to current generations? Do you approve of bands like The Pogues and the Dropkick Murphys mixing folk with punk rock, or bands like Storm and Korpiklaani mixing folk and heavy metal?

I wasn’t thinking to ‘make it new’ when I worked with Davy Graham, or with Dolly (Collins) and the early instruments. I just wanted the best accompaniments and instrumentation that I could find for these wonderful songs I was singing. They merited the talent and understanding of people like my sister Dolly and David Munrow. The music certainly needs to be attractive to young people nowadays – but I/they have to remember that it is a tradition that’s being passed down, and if they don’t learn from the genuine singers, they are the losers. Can’t say I’m bothered by the Pogues because they don’t choose very good or interesting folk songs anyway. If they tackled something I loved, I might get a bit shirty about it!

Some listeners will have first known of you from your work with Current 93, most recently on their stunning ‘Black Ships Ate The Sky’ album. What was it like working with David Tibet, and do you have any plans for future collaborations?

I’m good friends with David Tibet, very fond of him. He nagged me into singing on his two albums, trying to get me to perform again (I don’t sing at all these days). No plans for anything else…..

You were also friends with The Incredible String Band. What were those guys like? Were they as eccentric as some of their music would appear to suggest!?!

The Incredibles were unique, lovely, charming, funny and great song-writers – and yes, I think you could call them eccentric. Always good to work with, but we didn’t socialize much, I was too settled, and with two young children to look after.

Your sister Dolly accompanied you instrumentally on many of your albums, but sadly she passed away in 1995. What are your fondest memories of working with Dolly?

There are two main memories – and the first would be the laughter. We were very close sisters, had a great rapport both on and off stage, so it was always lovely being with her. And then to have those wonderful arrangements of hers to sing to is one of the things I’m most grateful for in my life. She understood the songs so well, and she enhanced every single one of them with her work. And I can always see her smiling at me across the top of the little flute organ.

What was it like growing up in a musical family? Were you aware from an early age that you would be a professional singer in later life?

It was great growing up in the family that I had – singing such an everyday part of life. And all the songs I heard at home sounded so right and lovely to me, and gave me that grounding in English folk music. I knew from the age of about 15 that I wanted to sing and nothing else. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and from the right working-class background.

How important was your local area of Sussex to your later musical development?

Of utmost importance. The more I heard of the collections of English folk music – and there are several thousand songs from all over the country – the more I realised that the best singers related to their own locality. Cast your net too wide and you get such a mixed catch. I was lucky to be Sussex born because of course there was the Copper family here, too, with their centuries-old connection to Sussex, and generations of that family sang those songs. And because I had first met Bob Copper when he came to our home in Hastings in the early 1950s, I had his friendship for life – and learned so much from him. He was a truly great man.


You were awarded an MBE, but to me you seem much more ‘English’ than ‘British’. Do you feel that the term ‘Britain’ has any validity in the present era? Do you think regionalism will be a more important current of opposition to globalism in future, as the sovereignty of the old nation states gradually withers away?

You’re right – I’m English! I’m even southern English!!! Great Britain feels out-dated – a war-mongering past, and sadly and shamefully, a war-mongering present. That’s a huge question – difficult to answer. I just hope that we don’t get overwhelmed by globalism and mass-produced music.

You visited my homeland of Tasmania sometime in the 1980s and played at the Longford Folk Festival (and naturally ‘Van Dieman’s Land’ featured prominently on the set list). What memories do you have of your visits to Tasmania and Australia?

The minute I stepped off the Qantas jet at Sydney airport, I felt great! (and that wasn’t because the long journey was over!). It felt so relaxed and so welcoming, what with the Sydney Morris Men dancing at the airport to welcome Peter Bellamy and me, and the policemen in shorts! I loved it! And when we went to Tasmania, one of the festival organisers drove us from one end of the island to the other – I was overwhelmed by its beauty. I loved Australia – and was secretly hoping some nice bloke might fall in love with me and persuade me to stay!

Many people think of folk as a ‘gentle’ form of music, but in fact many of its themes are dark and gruesome…yet you have also stated that ‘like love, folk music is invincible’. Do you think that folk is destined to keep on capturing the intertwining of light and dark that is existence, for ever and ever and ever?

Well, the answer to that has to be yes, because folk music deals with what is real and ever-present in life. It never shies away form the dark, but it also shows us the light in a most beautiful form. Just keep it away from big business and it should be OK.

When it comes to modern society, are you pessimistic about the way it is headed?

I’m afraid I am. I have two grand children and I fear for their future. But I’m aware that this pessimism is possibly because of my age. In many ways the world seems cruder, uglier, less well-educated, more violent than it was….. And yet there is also great concern shown, kindness and willingness to make things better, too.

Your vocals have a truly unique sound…do you have a particular singing ‘technique’, or a certain state of mind that you put yourself into before singing? Do you consciously focus on the meaning of the lyrics while you’re singing them?

No technique at all. I sing (or rather sang) in the same voice that I speak with, as all the traditional singers do. It’s simple and straightforward. I don’t think I ever ‘consciously focussed’ on the lyrics. The songs were from the heart, and I felt I was conduit between those old traditional singers and the audience.

Do you believe in C.G. Jung‘s concept of a collective unconscious, and that consequently many people will instinctively ‘recognise’ music or art of their own traditions, even if they have never heard it before?

Yes, I think I do, and I also think that folk memory exists. And Alan Lomax said ‘the first function of music, especially of folk music, is to produce a feeling of security for the listener by voicing the particular quality of a land and the life of its people…… For music is a magical summing-up of the patterns of family, of love, of conflict, and of work which give a community its special feel.’
And perhaps we are suffering the loss of our traditional music nowadays. I wonder if people aren’t too rootless nowadays.


My favourite song out of the ones I’ve heard you sing is ‘The Blacksmith Courted Me’ (though due to a typo on the album cover it’s incorrectly ascribed as ‘The Beggar’s Opera Medley’). This is one of those rare songs that has actually moved me to tears, it’s so beautiful…but the liner notes say little about it. Could you tell me something about the origins of that song?

It’s one of my two favourite songs, too. It’s a mixture of ‘The Blacksmith’ from an English gypsy singer, Phoebe Smith, and a song called ‘Our Captain Calls All Hands’ from a Sussex singer, Harriett Verrall, collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904. It still breaks my heart.

Thank you very much for the interview, Shirley, it’s a real honour. The final words are yours…

Thank you, Andreas. Please send my love to Australia…and say – ‘don’t let the old traditional songs go down.’