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UK Artist Reveals Himself as the Original Banksy

“When the system got involved in the Banksy myth, they’re quite happy to put it on the front page of The Daily Mail. It doesn’t happen if you’re a true revolutionary. They don’t do that.” ~Michael Shurman

The world desperately needs an anti-hero, but in our consumer world of fake news, fake foods, and fake creativity, the artist known as Bansky has come to play this role by harassing the establishment and the status quo with cutting wit delivered in the form of street art.

But who is Bansky? Is Banksy even a single, real person? It would seem that with so many Banksy art projects popping up all over the world, including theme parks and hotels, that Banksy is now more of a consumer brand. Something that is being mass-produced for the masses, so that the masses can carry on with business as usual with the comfort of knowing that someone else is waging the revolution, and they don’t have to. In other words, Banksy has become just another symbol of consumerism; the very thing Banksy is supposed to be standing against.

In recent years a number of people have come forward claiming to be the real Bansky, but so far, none of them have yet to be proven as the real thing. After all, with so  much hype and so much mass produced Banksy art, it would be ridiculous to think that one shadowy individual can pull it all off without being outed on today’s internet. But hey, Santa Claus is also very popular.

The Banksy brand is worth millions today, and someone is cashing in big time. It’s not Michael Shurman, though, a Glastonbury, UK artist who has for years claimed to be the original Banksy. That is, the one who started all the hype by producing thought-provoking street art which got the attention of major media and the UK art scene.

In a recent interview, podcaster Jason Liosatos interviews Shurman, who discusses how the myth of Banksy was stolen from him and then fostered into the global brand we all see today.

So, is Shurman the real Banksy? You decide, but what is clear from this interview is the reminder that we live in a world where corporations and hustlers steal ideas from people in order to cash in on someone else’s creative genius. In the interview, Shurman says that the name Banksy is a code for for making money. That is, once people in the art world realized that

He says he’s been blacklisted and threatened by the art community for trying to spread the truth that Banksy is just another marketing tool to cash in on people’s emotions and desires. He believes Banksy is now a conglomerate, or a think-tank, of a number of marketers who come up with the politically and socially challenging pieces in order to make money.

And it’s working. Banksy art is now being bought up by celebrities and has gone totally mainstream in all the major corporate press. Just recently a piece was sold at an auction then self-destructed, creating massive publicity and even greater brand awareness. Banksy is a gold mine in the art world.

We live in a culture that is constantly being raped and plundered by corporations. Anything original created by real people is co-opted and stolen and repurposed for mass appeal, then sold at the highest price the market will bring. In short, we are cultural slaves to a world focused on money, and if Shurman is the original Banksy, his story fairly describes this cultural dynamic.

As Shurman points out, true revolutionaries are not supported by the mainstream media, as Banksy is today.

Here’s the full interview:

So, is this the real Banksy? You decide, and leave a comment below.

About the Author

Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

This article (UK Artist Reveals Himself as the Original Banksy – Explains Why True Revolutionaries Are Never Mainstreamed) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Vic Bishop and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio and internal links. 

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Secret US aircraft or UFO? San Antonio woman films mysterious ‘craft’ flying over neighborhood

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The reported UFO sighting took place over Texas, with a woman arguing with her fiancé about its nature and insisting that the craft was not of this world.

A San Antonio woman has shared footage of a mysterious object seemingly hovering in the distance in her suburban residential neighbourhood.

“Ok what is it? It’s f***ing hovering,” the woman can be heard saying to her partner. “It’s helicopters,” the man responds. “That’s a UFO,” she responds. “Ok what is it, it’s hovering in the sky, and one of the lights disappeared,” she adds.

Indeed, near the beginning of the video, the top light over the craft appears to separate from the main craft and zoom upward toward space.

Speaking about her (moderately) close encounter, the woman explained that the incident took place on April 11 at about 9:15 pm, and said that the craft “stayed stationary,” with the lights seeming “to rotate slowly as it raised higher and higher and the lights went out one by one.”

The frightened woman added that she heard “no sound at all” during the two minutes she and her future hubby stood in awe watching the craft.

The sighting left people excited or freaked out, with popular UFOlogist YouTuber Tyler Glockner saying the triangular-shaped formation of the lights in the craft was “very common, with many people believing they are craft from out of this world, or sightings of the infamous TR-3B, or Black Manta,” an alleged surveillance aircraft being developed for the US Air Force so wrapped in secrecy that its existence has never been confirmed.

“The Black Manta is said to use anti-gravity technology that is, in turn, reverse-engineered from alien technology,” Glockner added.

Sceptics were out in force too, accusing of people of “jump[ing] to UFO theories too fast,” while others offering own theories about what the craft might be.

Believers stood their ground, insisting that this was indeed a UFO, or at least the secret US surveillance plane project mentioned above.

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A mysterious “ice circle” appears on a lake in China

The crop circles (strange patterns that appear mysteriously from the overnight in agricultural fields) have been causing confusion and controversy since time immemorial. It is true that circles are better known in the United Kingdom, but they have spread throughout the world in recent decades. The mystery has inspired innumerable books, blogs, researchers (nicknamed “cereólogos”) and even Hollywood movies. Despite having been studied for decades, the question remains: Who or what is doing them?

Many people believe that crop circles have been documented for centuries, even some scientists have their own opinion about it. In 2017, Dr. Horace Drew stated that the circles in the crops are real and contain hidden messages from aliens or time travelers. Dr. Drew, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech), also suggested that circles are a method that extraterrestrial beings use to try to communicate with the human race. Whether they are well-crafted deception or extraterrestrial messages, they usually appear in agricultural fields and the last place where we would expect to see one of these circles is in a frozen lake. Well, this is what has happened in China.

Mysterious ice circle

On April 12, a gigantic and mysterious figure appeared on the ice of Qinghai Lake. According to the photographer Qing Xiu, of the tourist company Qinghai Lake Tourism Group, he took the photographs at 11 o’clock in the morning of the same day, and the circle seemed to have approximately more than 100 square meters. So far no one has been able to explain its origin and it is also unclear how it appeared in Qinghai Lake.

Due to the spectacular nature of the images, the mysterious circle has caused a stir in Chinese social networks, where thousands of users have tried to offer an explanation for the geometric figure. The most skeptical say that the “circle in the ice” has been created by pranksters to attract attention. According to some, the strange form could only have been made from the air, for example, using a helicopter, although the inhabitants near the lake did not see any aircraft for weeks.There are also those who believe that the symbol is a logo related to a Chinese automobile company called AION, so there is a possibility that the circle is a marketing strategy. But experts in the field say that in this particular case there does not seem to be any imperfection, a basic detail to detect false circles. The aliens are perfectionists due to their advanced technology. Then the explanation would be that it is a message coming from civilizations of other worlds.Whether real or fake, Qinghai Lake is the largest lake in China and receives the waters of 23 rivers and streams, located 3,205 meters above sea level, in a depression of the Tibetan plateau. In addition, it is considered the second largest lake in Central Asia after the Issyk-Kul. In the West, it is known by Kokonor, because the lake was traditionally a border area between the Mongolian and Tibetan peoples. And like other places in the world, Qinghai Lake is surrounded by legends and mysteries.

china ice circle - A mysterious "ice circle" appears in a lake in China

It is said that in its waters lives a beast that supposedly resembles a dragon, with a snake head and iridescent scales. But apart from this mysterious creature, many have seen numerous sightings of strange lights coming and going from Qinghai Lake, which has led some ufologists to believe that the place can house an extraterrestrial submarine base.

What is your opinion about the mysterious circle in the ice? Is it fake or an extraterrestrial message?

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Halloween Which I Will Never Forget

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Now this story is true. I swear it on my mother’s grave. I live in Montreal Quebec. Out here there are a lot of bizarre things but none so horrifying then what happened to me and my (ex-best friend). First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Mike and my pal’s name… Well, let’s just call him Steve. Anyways here is our story.

It was around Halloween time last year when I and Steve got the idea to throw our party in the coolest spot we could find. So we started looking. Unfortunately, we did not have much money and all the nicest spots cost an arm and a leg to rent so we decided to start looking at other options.

We ended up finding an abandoned factory on the st-Patrick street and although it is against the law we figured what they don’t find out we won’t tell them. So anyways for the next couple of weeks, we went to the dollar store and we bought: candles, decorations, party favors, snacks and whatnot.

We figured we should decorate the place at the last Minute to lower the chances of getting caught. On October 30th we went down there me and Steve thinking of the coming bash and wondering where to get a good boom box in here that would work on batteries all night.

Steve was pretty nervous about the fact that a girl he liked a lot was going to be there. Anyways as we proceeded with the decorating I was hit by the most disgusting smell ever.

It reminded me of a plastic container filled with three weeks old leftover boild broccoli I once found in my refrigerator, then Steve started freaking out, telling me that he felt like there was something tightening around his throat making it hard for him to breath or swallow.

At first, I thought he was kidding me but then I started to think it was serious because his face was turning red and his eyes were bulging out and you could really see the panic in them.
Now at this point we were on the third floor of this building so I grabbed Steve and pulled him towards the stairs so we could get down and out of there.

Let me tell you that I wasn’t feeling too good myself. I figured it was probably caused by the anxiety I felt for Steve, the stink in the air and the whole confusion of the moment but I felt like something was right in the back of us, when we reached the last flight of stairs only then, did I dare turn around and that’s when I saw it.

Ghost

It Was like a huge, thick, black shape. Very much like a shadow but much thicker and darker and I swear I could hear it laugh but the sound was very faint and distant, never the less. It chilled me to the bone and When I turned to Steve I could tell right away that he was seeing it too.

His face had turned white and he was staring at the thing with his mouth hanging open. We canceled the party and after that, I and Steve were never close the way we used to be.

Every time I tried to talk about What happened that day. He would get really mad at me and tell me to shut up about it until one day he just denied anything had happened at all and told me he did not want to see me anymore…

Mike

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