Old policies! Old values! No future!

“Old policies! Old values! No future!” – 2002 via State Library of Victoria Howard Government refers to Australian Federal Government. They were re-elected. They introduced several policies such as removing student union fees (that supported a whole raft of services such as counsellors, advocacy for students etc as well as social events) while massively increasing […]

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Orange octopus is “The Wave” protest in West London, 5th Dec 2009. (Photo by Paul and Edith/bitospud) There are no obvious slogans on the octopus (or in other photos of it), and given the context of an environmental protest: the octopus is just an octopus (can you hear me cheering?).

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“contra el fascismo y el un frente unico” (against fascism and a united front). Lot of symbology: octopus holding barrel of oil and, corn cob. Hands holding: tools, books, sickle. Similar imagery to the SOA Watch Skulltopus, in the people versus the monster state/corporations. FPR is the Frente Popular Revolucionario Image source: FPR ’Galeria De Carteles’ […]

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Protest poster from Frente Popular Revolucionario (FPR), Oaxacca, Mexico (circa 2008). Protesting against exorbitantly priced bus tickets. The text reads: ‘The bus company octopus has stolen my money! Organize and fight for a fair rate.’ Image Source: Ed Gillespie (7th Jan 2010), Slow Travel: How to buy cheap UK train tickets… (Accessed: 15 Feb 2010) Translation from: Slow Travel and Google Translate.

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Five-armed octopus, with Pentagon as its head, holding gold, oil and missile. ‘Pentagon Tentacles of Power’ by David Dees (circa 2006-2009).

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“Datenkrake: A German term to describe companies or institutions that gather or rather rake in massive amounts of private data, like an octopus (Krake) with its many arms. " (via Cornelius Bartke, Sept 2007) I just thought this was kind of cool.

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“Locataires ne vous laissez plus etouffer. Oui a la loi contre la speculation fonciere.” A 2000 poster urging tenants “to vote for a law against property speculation.” From an article on the use (and abuse) of animals in political poster campaigns (“Exploiting the animals we love to hate“, 6th Feb 2009, swissinfo.ch). Related to late 1800s/early […]

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Political octopus in pop culture: “The Grand Map” in Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and art by Keith Thompson. The map shows Northern Africa and the land below (or part of) “Serbia” as depicted by squid-like creatures. You can see it in its full and glorious detail at Scott Westerfeld’s blog, where it is accompanied by information on how and why […]

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Another quick post: I just received a note that says this poster is currently hanging in the quad of the University of California during the current occupation of the Santa Cruz campus. You can find more information (reports, videos, photos) on the occupation at Socialism and/or Barbarism and Occupy California. It is a rare positive depiction of the monstrous […]

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George W. Bush Bush massages Merkel Ann Telnaes shows shows an octopoidal US President George Bush massaging German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This relates to a visit by George Bush to Germany and Russia in July 2006. At the G8 summit he apparently attempted to give Chancellor Merkel an unexpected and unappreciated back rub1. I was […]

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