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  • Play Jazz - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the free expression of the others As each player grows more musically eloquent the others draw inspiration from this and are spurred to greater heights There is no conflict here between freedom and the good of the whole yet the image is the reverse of totalitarian Though each performer contributes to the greater good of the whole she does so not by some grim lipped self sacrifice but simply by expressing herself There is self realization but only through the loss of self in the music as a whole There is achievement but it is not a question of self aggrandizing success Instead the achievement the music itself acts as a medium of relationship among the performers There is pleasure to be reaped from this artistry and since there is a free fulfillment or realization of powers there is also happiness in the sense of flourishing Because the flourishing is reciprocal we can even speak of remotely and analogically a kind of love One could do worse surely than propose such a situation as the meaning of life both in the sense that it is what makes life meaningful and more controversially in the sense that when we act in this way we realize our nature at its finest The goal would be to construct this kind of community on a wider scale which is a problem of politics It is to be sure a utopian aspiration but it is none the worse for that The point of such aspirations is to indicate a direction however lamentably we are bound to fall short of the goal What we need is a form of life that s completely pointless just as the jazz performance is pointless Rather than serve some utilitarian purpose or earnest metaphysical end it is a delight in

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  • Richard Hayward, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Richard Hayward Play Jazz August 18 2014 by Richard Hayward Tags 113 play jazz terry eagleton the meaning of life improvisation Psycho Improvise the Carnival of Delight 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

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  • America’s Delusions of Grandeur - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    manipulation and the incapacity for remorse or guilt This is also the ethic promoted by corporations It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement mistaken for individualism are the same as democratic equality It is the nationwide celebration of image over substance of illusion over truth And it is why investment bankers blink in confusion when questioned about the morality of the billions in profits they made by selling worthless toxic assets to investors We have a right in the cult of the self to get whatever we desire We can do anything even belittle and destroy those around us including our friends to make money to be happy and to become famous Once fame and wealth are achieved they become their own justification their own morality How one gets there is irrelevant Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Satori Generation Wuwei No Trying No Doing Also In This Magazine Great again At the height of the post 9 11 surge of patriotism it wasn t just a few wayward neocons like Rumsfeld Cheney and Wolfowitz who were willing to accept torture as a November 21 2015 Your life on the

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/americas-delusions-of-grandeur/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ethan Watters, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Ethan Watters Is There Such a Thing as Human Nature October 25 2013 by Ethan Watters Tags culture America american psyche east west 109 mind Psycho anthropology Ethan Watters unravels the Western Mind 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/ethan-watters/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Psycho Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    underway July 16 2009 George Akerlof by adbusters George Akerlof is a professor at the University of California Berkeley He won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics shared with Michael Spence and Joseph E Stiglitz for his paper The Market for Lemons July 15 2009 Hipster The Dead End of Western Civilization by Douglas Haddow Counterculture has mutated into a self obsessed aesthetic vacuum stripped of its subversion and originality

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  • Resilience Or Survival - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and Africa In our Western culture of over consumerism we have actually missed the opportunity of reaching any kind of sustainability Perhaps we never have actually understood what that concept is all about I always thought that the original sustainable development term which was coined 20 years ago in the 1987 UN report Our Common Future was a total oxymoron Perhaps the main reason that we never got it is that such a level of true understanding of what is at stake requires being proactive We need to think about the implications of our lifestyle think about consequences Yikes that is too much work so why bother It is easier just to keep on BAUing Business As Usual and pretend everything is fine As a consequence of our inaction we are starting to see the concept of resilience replacing sustainability as a goal Perhaps this is because we are finally realizing that the imminent threats of global warming climate change overpopulation poverty religious wars peak oil food scarcity etc are real So we are now talking about the need to become resilient to be ready to cope with all the social economic and environmental changes and challenges that are coming Suddenly a sense of urgency is in the air and there is talk about local resilience and resilient communities If we don t understand these concepts and make changes necessary for a significantly different way of life sooner or later we will be forced into facing the next level down becoming survival communities of sorts The diagram tries to graph this idea We have already missed the sustainability plateau and we are starting the descent Maybe we can stop the fall at the resiliency plateau If we can t we will then face really difficult times Originally published in The

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  • Industrial Childbirth - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Holles Street were told they had failed to progress and needed to be sped up in this way unsurprisingly a slightly larger percentage opted for an epidural to ease the pain Active management is currently used widely throughout the world The most oft stated defense for the prevalence of today s medicalized births is that in pre hospital years gone by childbirth could be a death sentence The reality though is that most complications during pregnancy and childbirth occurred due to poor maternal nutrition and infections that are now easily treatable or preventable with better hygiene The high tech medical interventions available today certainly save some lives but in many cases especially where active management is practiced these interventions are often used unnecessarily There is also an often noted cascade of intervention where once one medical procedure has been carried out another follows and then another leading to more invasive and traumatic interventions and often culminating in a caesarean section In Ireland the average rate of C section is one of the highest in Europe at 25 percent The midwife endorsed alternative to this policy of aggressive intervention is wait and see Strangely enough this usually works out just fine In theory a woman has the right to refuse any of the interventions offered to her In practice the normality of intervention and the culture of risk minimization read liability minimization mean that women do not feel empowered to say no I certainly never thought about saying no or asking what the alternatives were I blame myself for this that I was not more informed and proactive But I am also angry at the bullying system in place It is hurried and overwhelming so there is never time or space to question the professional medical opinion as to what is really right for you and your baby So we become numbers subject to routine interventions At Holles Street membrane rupture is carried out routinely A managed third stage of labor is also routinely administered with hormone injections and cord tugging to deliver the placenta This is justified by saying that it reduces the risk of postpartum hemorrhage a fact disputed by many midwives who argue that the early cord clamping involved is potentially injurious for the newborn and that the third stage of a normal birth should never be managed Until recently episiotomy cutting the perineum to allow more room for the baby was routine It is now being shown to be usually unnecessary and at worst a mutilation Until recently if a woman had one caesarean section she could not expect to be allowed to try for a vaginal delivery in subsequent births this is now slowly changing At Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda Dr Michael Neary carried out unnecessary routine hysterectomies post caesarean section over the course of 25 years before it was brought to light in 1998 At the same hospital and at Holles Street the Coombe and others around the country between the 1950s

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  • #Clusterfuck - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    disorder spreads former torture subcontractors of the West like Syria s Assad will be carefully stage managed They will fall painfully and slowly ensuring that everything around them is destroyed including their secrets Movements like Al Qaeda will be made the enemies on one region of the globe and heroes in another like the Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra brigade who is leading the battle against the Syrian regime the West s new and uncomfortable partner in the Middle East Allegiances will handcuff the world military elite into rebranding terrorist organizations as freedom fighters and vice versa Neighborhood by neighborhood Block by block Old tensions will rise new tensions will meld into a hyperlocality with no fixed position logic or middle There will be no black or white No good or bad No right or wrong Violence will become so visceral that it will be banal Acts of kindness will be greeted with kicks to the jaw and bayonets to the belly Gas Nukes Shells Grenades Knives Piano wire Bare hands There will be no limit and nobody will be able to do a damn thing except watch sigh wish that it weren t so and wait for it to come to their door Peace will be a delicacy Pillage the wages of conflict Any critique will be contradiction Soon no one on earth will have clean hands Refugees will deserve to die according to some scheme or another Only the spent shell casings and dried blood will know the truth And even that will be buried and washed away FROM Adbusters 108 Summer Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The Experience MachineHow badly do you want it Resurrection Also In This Magazine They could have warned us Thanks to their choices we may be powerless

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