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  • Hala Habib, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Hala Habib Life in Negative Space October 27 2014 by Hala Habib Tags life architecture 116 Aesthetico Experience Place Land Reclaiming our places from cartography Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial forces About

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/hala-habib/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Torture Is Back - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    treaty ban on torture so that American intelligence officers and the military will once again be able to torture detainees outside of America The Obama administration has never officially declared its position on the treaty and now President Obama s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders according to officials who discussed the deliberations on the condition of anonymity The administration must decide on its stance on the treaty by next month when it sends a delegation to Geneva to appear before the Committee Against Torture a United Nations panel that monitors compliance with the treaty That presentation will be the first during Mr Obama s presidency The torture debate will get academic and legalistic in the coming days and moral lines will start to blur but no matter what is said remember that the whole discussion comes down to the question of whether or not to allow the inhuman abuse of a human being If there is any heart left in Obama at all he will ban torture unconditionally and end this for good Adbusters We know a lot now about what went on in those rooms Detainee began to cry Visibly anxious Very emotional Detainee cries Disturbed Detainee began to cry Butted SGT R in the eye Bit the IV tube in two Started moaning Uncomfortable Moaning Began crying hard spontaneously Crying and praying Began to cry Claimed to have been pressured into making a confession Falling asleep Very uncomfortable On the verge of breaking Angry Detainee struggled Detainee asked for prayer Very agitated Yelled Tired Agitated Yelled for Allah Started making odd faces Near crying Irritated

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/torture-is-back/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Eric X. Li - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    brand of historic determinism In the past quarter century the United States has expended vast amounts of treasure intellectual resources moral capital and a great number of lives in pursuit of what it sees as universal values on alien soils Thomas Hobbes seminal work Leviathan best describes the essence of this American led post Cold War international order When individual players realize that the survival of the fittest is proving destructive to all they collectively decide to cede their freedom to a Leviathan who will act as the guarantor of order and enforcer of rules of engagement Leviathan s judgments are to be obeyed by all After the collapse of the Soviet Union America took on the role of Leviathan in pursuit of a grand vision of a universalized world order In the decades since that collapse the United States has played this role issuing security guarantees to a large number of nations patrolling the world s sea lanes underwriting the international trading and financial systems punishing those whom it judges to be rogue players sometimes even at the expense of breaking the rules it is supposed to uphold as in the 2003 Iraq War There is only one problem The American Leviathan is rapidly becoming a mirage It is being sustained at the expense of the American nation A Leviathan is by definition a disinterested ruler and a god who is above the world it rules not a participant in it America with 300 million people is a nation state that is and always will be an interested party in the world Its attempt to play the dual role of ruler and participant is now costing America dearly and could very well bankrupt the country economically and socially if it continues After just one generation it has fallen deeply in debt Its middle class is crumbling Its industries have been hollowed out Its infrastructure is in disrepair Its education system is badly underfunded Its social contract is in shambles and its political governance is paralyzed For a brief period since the Cold War s end America was able to be both a Leviathan who rules the system and a national player within the system because a case could be made that its national interests coincided with the world s interests But that moment has passed We are living at the end of it The world is now in transition The old global architecture is not sustainable because its underlying dichotomy no longer reflects the realities of our world Two developments have occurred to shift the twentieth century paradigm the primary conflicts of our time are defined by multiple fault lines not a single fault line and the reemergence of China as a great power has fundamentally altered the cost structure of maintaining the global architecture Many ask whether China will supplant the United States and become the super power that underpins international relations Some go so far as to proclaim that the twenty first century will be a Chinese

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/eric-x-li/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Facebook Suicide - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    With 60 million users busily adding information about their hobbies political positions employment education friends and plans for the weekend you too might be in Facebook without your knowledge My first reactions to learning about my presence on Facebook were contradictory On the one hand I felt the thrill of social connectedness an exhibitionist feeling of delight at having my existence confirmed by a third party But I also felt violated and confused Having never used Facebook I couldn t understand how my wedding pictures had gotten there or who was now able to view them And I became concerned about what Facebook will do with the information it s collecting about me In a recent Fast Company magazine article Facebook s vice president of product marketing and operations explained that while companies like Google are concerned with demand fulfillment helping a consumer find the product they want Facebook is cornering the market in demand generation subtly encouraging individuals to consume products and services they d otherwise not care for The first step toward demand generation was encouraging users to share information about their interests favorite movies and books and political beliefs that would allow Facebook to send advertisements targeted to their demographic The second controversial step that Facebook took is to partner with dozens of online retailers so that when a member buys a widget on a partner s site all their Facebook friends find out This sinister system would be akin to my computer automatically emailing my address book when I purchase a book online By turning members into consumers who involuntarily advertise to their friends Facebook hoped to extract profit from social interactions However by commercializing friendships Facebook has irrevocably destroyed its image Now a vanguard of the anti Facebook movement is developing out of an increasing

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/facebook-suicide-2/ (2016-02-09)
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  • It's the Interest, Stupid! - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    to Wall Street The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor not just because of Wall Street greed but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system This hidden tribute to the banks will come as a surprise to most people who think that if they pay their credit card bills on time and don t take out loans they aren t paying interest This says Dr Kennedy is not true Tradesmen suppliers wholesalers and retailers all along the chain of production rely on credit to pay their bills They must pay for labor and materials before they have a product to sell and before the end buyer pays for the product 90 days later Each supplier in the chain adds interest to its production costs which are passed on to the ultimate consumer Dr Kennedy cites interest charges ranging from 12 for garbage collection to 38 for drinking water to 77 for rent in public housing in her native Germany Her figures are drawn from the research of economist Helmut Creutz writing in German and interpreting Bundesbank publications They apply to the expenditures of German households for everyday goods and services in 2006 but similar figures are seen in financial sector profits in the United States where they composed a whopping 40 of U S business profits in 2006 That was five times the 7 made by the banking sector in 1980 Bank assets financial profits interest and debt have all been growing exponentially FROM Adbusters 107 The Big Ideas of 2012 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Here Comes a New Aesthetic We are Players in the Game of Revolution Also In This Magazine Tick Tick Tick I m done marching to the Nike beat January 29 2016 Love

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/its-the-interest-stupid/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Am I Really Living? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and smoked between the two doors The floor was marble I remember feeling dizzy Stocker Dave woke me up He said We have to go to the hospital After I realized I was laying on the floor and stood up I asked Why He pointed and I looked down and saw blood all over the floor I felt the back of my head and it felt like a bruised cantaloupe It was the first time I could stick my finger in my head It really made me change the way I saw it all I always thought of my head as being as hard as a rock After I fainted I fell backwards and my head hit the marble floor I went into a seizure I walked into the community room and grabbed someone s sweatshirt We walked to the hospital and waited in a white room filled with magazines and chairs When they called my name the hood of the sweatshirt was drenched in blood I got twelve staples and they gave me some painkillers My head still hurt even with the painkillers When my painkillers ran out I went back to the hospital I was trying to get a few more because my head still hurt This nurse came in and she told me You re not getting a refill You are just trying to abuse them and sell them There is no way you re getting a refill Then the doctor came in He listened to my argument with the nurse over the top He s just trying to abuse them Don t give him a refill And gave me a refill A month or so later as the scab was healing I picked at the scab and found a staple they missed Actually it was a friend My brother and I were at his parent s house in the living room They were on the couch and I was standing They had a disgusted look on their faces like one gets when you tell them that you could stick your finger in your head The friend Reginald we call him said Let me see And he started to poke around at the scab That is when he found it and this time it hurt a lot more because they had to rip off the entire scab to get out the staple that they missed One would think that this kind of experience would lead to a monumental life change Some people might take this as a sign to straighten their life out They may find God and live a more substantial life When something traumatic happens in a person s life and they become laid up it is a good time for them to re evaluate everything in their life It is like taking inventory and deciding what should stay and what should go I think it was a year later and I was back in the city My buddy showed up and we had a

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/am-i-really-living/ (2016-02-09)
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  • The American Dream - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity I love my wife I love being monogamous I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways Every second Saturday after the kids are safely off to bed I take a Viagra My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker That s when the kitchen really shines We don t go to church except for the high holidays but we still know we are blessed My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant just as theirs had been It s not a lie Sure we all comb our hair the same way and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth And so what if we all like to go to the same movies watch the same TV and eat the same popcorn It s a good life here Uncomplicated I m not a complicated man I have no deviant desires FROM Adbusters 99 The Big Ideas of 2012 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Fairy Tail

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-american-dream/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Sherwood Hinze, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Sherwood Hinze The American Dream November 24 2011 by Sherwood Hinze Tags 99 buy nothing day lifestyle culture American Dream I have no deviant desires Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and cultural environments by commercial forces About

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/sherwood-hinze/ (2016-02-09)
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