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  • Beijing - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    her deathbed in an overcrowded and poorly staffed public hospital broke down in tears of despair at the scene she was witnessing as she left the world and asked Son when is Communism coming China is often portrayed as a backward country that seeks to catch up to the West The sad truth is China is already far ahead of the curve in one major way the Chinese have internalized the horrifying truth of basing social organization on a linear economic model of capitalist growth there is no Messiah in global capitalism There is no end no hope no dream no purpose just ever greater motion without movement in any discernible direction Development without progress change without context work without purpose This is the end of our psychic world the death of our stories and Beijing is ground zero One can see the signs of the disintegration of categories of meaning on the streets and in daily life The loss of distinction between development and regression between growth and decay that is so clearly revealed in the unceasing construction and demolition and the rubble it produces is replicated in every sphere of social life The result is that as all conceptual categories collapse in on themselves all meaning is lost and navigation through the waters of life becomes nigh impossible What is crime when it is indistinguishable from the daily activities of businessmen governmental officials and law enforcement How can one maintain the criminal law abiding dichotomy when it is generally accepted that the logic of growth and profit dictate that everyone from the smallest shop owner to the highest government official has an interest in stepping outside the rules in order to develop the economy How can one maintain the distinction between sound parenting and child abuse when in the interest of pushing a child to greater academic success one enforces control over their every movement and decision through acts of physical and emotional violence What is health and sickness when doctors gleefully respond to the slightest illness by carpet bombing the system with every drug they can possibly sell to their patient The physical and social evidence of the collapse of meaning in Beijing are written on the psyches of anyone who has been working long enough to shed their childish illusions Young minds are inseminated with state crafted illusions from the Communist past designed to temporarily insulate children from this reality a psychic scaffolding to protect their integrity until the necessary programming is complete Words like harmony and the people are sprinkled on every public statement to hide the decay at the heart of society Despair is the default mode for most young professionals and university students today A despair that is frequently expressed by my students who mentally check out of their classes and by young well educated professional friends who must struggle fiercely to survive while frequently breaking down and asking whoever will listen often at a price What am I living for Students are

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  • Moral Collapse of a Nation - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    between the tip of the chin and the bottom of the earlobe Hosing a naked prisoner with water can last for 20 minutes if the water is at 5 C 40 if it is at 10 C and up to 60 if it is 15 C Sleep deprivation must not last longer than 180 hours but after 8 hours rest they can begin again Torture by immersion can last up to 12 seconds no more than 2 hours per day for 30 consecutive days a particularly tough prisoner underwent this torture 183 times over in March 2003 A prisoner should not be locked in a box for more than 2 hours but if the box allows the prisoner to stand upright he can stay there up to eight hours at a stretch 18 hours per day If you put an insect in with him you cannot tell the prisoner that its sting will be extremely painful or indeed deadly And so on and so forth for page after page The indispensable partners of the torturers are the government s legal advisers who are there to ensure that their colleagues are immune from prosecution This too is new torture is no longer represented as an infraction of the common norm regrettable but excusable it is the legal norm With this in mind lawyers resort to another series of techniques To get around the law interrogations need to be conducted outside the United States even if this means American bases According to the official legal definitions there is torture when the intention to produce intense suffering can be attested so it will be suggested to the torturers that they deny the presence of any such intention So slaps on the face are given not to produce any pain but to cause surprise

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  • Tzvetan Todorov, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    land of the free Moral Collapse of a Nation May 6 2011 by Tzvetan Todorov Tags 95 morality What the war on terror has done to America The Upside Down Under December 3 2007 by Tzvetan Todorov Tags 75 Kevin Rudd may have knocked off John Howard to become Australia s Prime Minister but now the hard part comes in trying to lead a country that has never had a

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  • Which Way Is America Heading? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    do a bit of soul searching It would be wise to take this opportunity to ask some fundamental questions about US foreign policy which are continually ignored Why do we maintain an all but irreversible worldwide system of over 1 000 military bases stations and outposts Why do our troops serve on the soil of 175 of the 192 member states of the United Nations And why at a time when our national debt is spiraling ominously out of control are we spending more on our military than all the rest of the nations of the world combined Of course the deeper psychological question at the heart of all this is What are we so afraid of Why are we trying so hard to control everything Why can t we relax and be less fearful of the other And then finally there is this inspiring and uplifting question to ponder Can we rediscover our ideals as a nation and learn once again how to cast that magical soft power spell which so enthralled most of humanity in the decades after World War II Or is it too late now FROM Adbusters 95 The Philosophy Issue Order this issue Subscribe to

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  • economy Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    cut us off from the natural world completely June 14 2010 Lawrence Summers by adbusters He could have been a prophet May 25 2010 What Are They Up To In Davos by Tim Jackson The suits try to dazzle us again January 29 2010 Raoul Vaneigem by adbusters Dialogue with power is neither possible nor desirable Raoul Vaneigem along with Guy Debord was one of the principal theoreticians of the

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/economy/ (2016-02-09)
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  • high frequency trading Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home high frequency trading The Blind Spot at Davos by adbusters The algos gone wild culture of global finance January 22 2013 High Frequency Trading by adbusters The hottest thing in global capitalism right now April 11 2011 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical and

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/high-frequency-trading/ (2016-02-09)
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  • How to Negotiate the End Times - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    biggest ego trip going and that well human beings like to feel special Not much can replace the singular importance one feels from living in the end times Perhaps that s why the end is always upon us Despite predictions otherwise humans are more resilient than ever in the 21st century In fact humans haven t slowed their pace since they left the Great Rift Valley and wiped out the Neanderthals Today just like our Cro Magnon chums almost everything non human is dying This is cause for reflection about the urgency of our epoch maybe even reason to believe in the uniqueness of the 21st century scenario In the past the great fear sweeping humanity was the death of humanity Today however it s death by humanity a slow death each time the heat is turned on each time a disposable diaper is put on a child each time the pump is placed in the nozzle each time a crowd goes to see a show Maybe all that Greek mythology about matricide and parricide is prophecy not allegory Maybe the end is only in our heads Through the steam of a hot cup of organic shade grown canopy blend ethically traded eco friendly bird protecting grass roots community empowering fair wage co op produced gender equitable pro union coffee I can see the new green residential towers in my neighborhood I wonder how does a person tackle this More people chasing fewer resources attempting to consume themselves out of the cycle Each tower is branded with a slogan like nature valley spring meadow alpine view community living and country in the city My streets even have garbage cans that say Keep Vancouver Beautiful The intention isn t irony I spent weeks trying to find something inspiring to say about ecocide but in the end wound up on an NHL hockey stats site internalizing the storyline of a Canadian underdog team trying to make the playoffs The results for the latter at least provided a degree of agency in individual hands When BP turns a profit less than a year after the largest environmental disaster in American history and no one is in jail you know the current environmental legal framework is not working When traditional land tenure systems the last vestiges of community are being eroded around the world to encourage privatization and profit the current paradigm is astray Is it possible for humanity to put ecocide and genocide on an even scale Is it possible for the paradigm to shift and say this land is a part of me Ecuador recently enshrined Wild Law rights in their constitution laws that say a stream has the right to flow Laws that could wrestle symbiosis back from the entitlement of parasitism if that is even a word From rights come enforcement and from enforcement comes criminality At least that s the big idea What Ecuador has done in recognizing the rights of Pachamama Mother Earth is either the beginning of

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  • EPA Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home EPA What is the dollar value of a human by Multiple Authors Dead or alive April 15 2011 No Greater Responsibility for Intellectuals by Joel Kovel Relentless criticism can delegitimize the system and release people into struggle January 7 2011 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological physical

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/epa/ (2016-02-09)
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