Like Badgers and Birds: A Compilation to Support Wikileaks

by Various Artists

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Independent musicians, labels, and listeners come together to support Wikileaks in its struggle against corporate America's unofficial sanctions. The Pentagon has bombarded this organization with denial of service attacks. Meanwhile, PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Amazon, and other corporations have all succumbed to pressured from the US Government to deny service to this organization that has broken no US law. Therefore, Wikileaks needs more support now than ever.
The purpose of this compilation is to spread the word of Wikileaks' plight, and help gather support so that this irreplaceable organization can make it through this extremely difficult time. The music offered here has been donated by the artists in support of Wikileaks. All of the proceeds from this album will be donated to Wikileaks. Since its donation infrastructure has been seriously curtailed, you may chose between two payment options for this compilation.

1. You can pay through this site using paypal or credit card, and I will donate that money to Wikileaks.
2. You can donate directly to wikileaks at its website (www.wikileaks.ch/support.html) via bank transfer, credit cards other than Visa and MC, or with a check via postal mail. Anyone who donates to Wikileaks will receive a free download of this album.

If you choose the second option, please email your transaction number to: cj (at) cjboyd dot com, and I will provide you with a code to download the album for free. I am not officially associated with Wikileaks, and cannot accept direct payments for them. But I have organized this comp in order to give all proceeds to them and help direct more people to donate to them directly.

In either case, please donate what you can afford to.
I have asked for a $10 minimum for the entire compilation (or $1 minimum for songs) in hopes that those who can will donate more to this worthy cause. Wikileaks' struggle is the struggle for the freedom of information, and affects all of us.

Besides helping raise funds, I have organized this compilation with the hope that--through music--we can draw attention to the vital role that Wikileaks and other whistleblowers play in keeping us informed and our governments accountable. If you think this is a worthy cause, please give more than your money. Please stay informed, help educate those around you, and pursue actions in accordance with this understanding. Thank you.

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released December 19, 2010

"The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be "free" because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade."
--Julian Assange (The Guardian, 3 Dec. 2010)


The following independent labels support this project:
- K Records www.krecs.com
- Constellation Records cstrecords.com
- Temporary Residence Ltd. temporaryresidence.com
- Fat Cat Records fat-cat.co.uk/fatcat/
- Thrill Jockey www.thrilljockey.com
- Obsolete Music Objects obsoletemediaobjects.tumblr.com
- Western Vinyl westernvinyl.com
- Joyful Noise Recordings www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com
- Epitaph Records www.epitaph.com
- Silber Records www.silbermedia.com
- Camaraderie Limited climited.blogspot.com
- Ascension Recordings www.ascensionrecordingsandpublications.com
- La Madame avec le Chien www.lamadameaveclechien.com
- Edible Onion edibleonion.com
- Personal Records personalrecords.tumblr.com
- Solotechne Records solotechne.com
- Perilous Records www.perilousrecords.com
- It Takes a Village to Make Records itavrecords.com

Music compiled by C.J. Boyd. Thank you to everyone who submitted songs and who helped further this cause.
Photo found online, featuring a Banksy piece.
Not sure of the photographer or the violinist.
If you have questions about this project or want to help in any way, feel free to contact me at:
cj (at) cjboyd dot com. Thanks.

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Track Name: The Binary Marketing Show - surface of the sun
there exists something unreal
passing moments stopped to reveal
an elaborate maze of broken things
and offerings to someone who couldn't
make it this year

being put to the test
made to fear the honed sound
of the thoughts
coming from your own breath
audible and clear
the waves calculated in this
physical state, a form

merely stating never seen
and completely adorned
naked things unseen
and skin side itself
waiting to be scared by
the very thing keeps itself
quite alive

barred up and locked from all
that's on the tip of the tongue
that never dies
waiting to slip and
there might be one to ask too much of you
and you silently....