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  • Why Stop Now? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    during the days of the battle So what s your opinion should it end now or would it be a grave mistake to stop at this point asked the veteran reporter couching the answer in her question Without missing a beat the impassioned woman replied Why in the world stop now even as the bodies in Gaza were piling up and the morgues had run out of space to house the dead Hit them as hard as possible she said Do not grovel before these animals We must finish the job once and for all Tell me whispered the broadcaster in a sultry voice as though confiding some illicit secret I want to ask you something very personal Is it true that you feel very very Israeli right now Thus did the veteran broadcaster with the help of a representative interviewee who always speaks in the name of all of us capture the essence of Israeliness Jonathan Jonathan a bit of blood just a bit more blood to top off the honey Thus over the decades politicians generals and their faithful mouthpieces in the media construct the paradigm of power and the demise of an alternative Thus over the decades thousands of hours of orchestrated broadcasting construct a defensive shield of consciousness So deep is this paradigm and so monolithically aggressive the military discourse that no Iron Dome could succeed in interrupting it The veteran broadcaster doesn t ask Why did we enter into this awful war to begin with or the previous war or the one before that She asks only Why stop now From an open letter written by Nomika Zion to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Israel s aerial bombardment of Gaza last November Zion lives in an urban kibbutz in Sderot Her letter was translated

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  • Nomika Zion, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Nomika Zion Why Stop Now May 6 2013 by Nomika Zion Tags Israel Palestine 107 Israel Palestinian conflict military Israeli assault violence Just a bit more blood to top off the honey 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

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  • Techno Archives - Page 4 of 4 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Techno Techno Page 4 Virtual Morality by Andrew Tuplin Are we free to do absolutely anything torture murder rape etc or will we conclude that morality does indeed have a place in virtual life October 11 2008 Posts navigation 1 3 4 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological

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  • Philosophy on the Edge - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    so easily shared when it comes to climate change The wealthiest half billion people on earth or a mere seven percent of the population contribute half the carbon dioxide emitted Meanwhile the poorest half of the world s citizens are responsible for only seven percent of emissions In the days leading up to the summit European negotiators pledged to sign up for carbon emissions cuts of 30 percent if and only if other major polluting nations agreed to do the same As we all know too well the United States and China balked and the targets were abandoned in favor of a vague unenforceable nod toward lower emissions Unable to come to a collective agreement the world s most powerful nations acted like selfish prisoners refusing to accept responsibility for the impending ecological catastrophe or to take significant steps to remedy it unless everyone else did to the exact same degree In other words why should Canada curb emissions if China builds one hundred new coal fueled power plants If you re thinking like a cliché criminal the answer sadly is it shouldn t RAND researchers developed the prisoner s dilemma during the Cold War Entranced by game theory they used it to argue that a kind of paranoid equilibrium could be achieved through self interest and suspicion a bizarre and questionable insight that led to the promotion of nuclear arms race logic and so called strategies of deterrence The only problem was that when they tested the prisoner s dilemma on their secretaries the researchers were shocked to find that people generally trusted rather than betrayed one another These results were repeated in later trials It turns out that when regular human beings as opposed to nation states or RAND scientists play the prisoner s dilemma a powerful tendency to cooperate often overpowers mercenary opportunism Copenhagen demonstrated that governments don t compromise and cooperate like regular people neither do corporations The prisoner s mindset may be anathema to many individuals but it s a worldview more central to capitalism an economic system that rewards greed above all else than some may like to admit It turns out that thinking like a convict may give us some chilling insight into how the market based solutions to climate change hyped by Wall Street and Washington will actually function Cap and trade may make prisoners out of us yet selling the sky While many of us may accept the premises that each human life has the same intrinsic value that all people are equal and that nothing entitles one person to produce more carbon dioxide than anyone else these are hardly the principles guiding climate policy Not by a long shot These days the existence of carbon emissions is treated not as a political or ethical issue to be resolved but as an economic asset to be exploited The atmosphere has been claimed as a private commodity Corporations with the aid of the UN are buying and selling rights to pollute it Consequently carbon trading is now the fastest growing commodities market on Earth But what exactly is the commodity these markets are peddling It s a highly unusual product It s not carbon that is being bought and sold but rather the assurance of its nonproduction And what about these rights If everyone has a right to the sky does that mean rights are something that can be transferred and speculated in collected and hoarded Can they be passed on and inherited The answer to these and other equally outlandish questions is an enthusiastic yes Cap and trade gives corporations the right to pollute through the buying and selling of permits Some of these permits are grandfathered allowing old plants to avoid regulation This means counterintuitively that the right to contaminate the environment is bequeathed on the basis that one has a track record of doing just that But even more problematic are the offsets that companies can purchase instead of cutting their carbon production These offsets are credits generated by projects that claim to reduce emissions but often don t since there s no reliable system of monitoring or enforcement wind farms in China methane capturing landfills in New England old growth forest protection projects in South America Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro reporting on carbon trading from rural Brazil exposed the system s fatal flaw which also happens to be the secret to its profitability No one has the power to remove junk credits from the market even if there s proven misconduct James Hansen the NASA scientist who was one of the first to blow the whistle on global warming warns that cap and trade does little to slow climate change while simultaneously removing all incentives to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels Because cap and trade is enforced through the selling and trading of permits it actually perpetuates the pollution it is supposed to eliminate Hansen recently argued If every polluter s emissions fell below the incrementally lowered cap then the price of pollution credits would collapse and the economic rationale to keep reducing pollution would disappear Cap and trade ensnares us in a twisted prisoner s logic deterring the most desirable outcome Though the greatest good would come about if we quit producing greenhouse gases altogether formidable interests are now invested in keeping carbon market profits high That s why cap and trade won t get us out of the mess we re in Instead as Hansen has cautioned it merely allows polluters and Wall Street traders to fleece the public out of billions of dollars It s been widely acknowledged that the market for trading permits will be loosely regulated and the actual offsets hardly supervised Only a few months ago the European Union admitted that carbon trading fraud had cost the bloc s governments 7 4 billion in lost tax revenue over the previous year and a half But even for investors who don t engage in outright swindling policing the carbon market is going

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  • Astra Taylor, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Close Home Astra Taylor Philosophy on the Edge May 6 2010 by Astra Taylor Tags climate change philosophy 89 moral copenhagen Maldives Would you commit murder A Silver Bullet of Big Ideas December 30 2009 by Astra Taylor Tags 87 capitalism Zizek Big Ideas How to break capital s unrelenting stranglehold over us Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the

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  • Our Virtual Horizon - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a virtual one For many years it was a bit of a joke ha ha how crazy to spend your life staring at screens having virtual friends enjoying virtual sex And anyway the technology was clunky we spent more time dialling up logging in fighting viruses and troubleshooting than actually enjoying the wonders of the virtual world But after passing so quickly through 8 tracks beta VHS VCRs TV antennas commodore 64s cathode ray tube televisions floppy discs DVDs desktops iPhones and Google Glass eye ware we suddenly realize that living digitally is no joke at all and that our glance into the horizon twenty five years ago was if anything too modest that the Moore s Law driven digital revolution is now enveloping us in ways none of us ever thought possible As virtual worlds become more elaborate more complex more beautiful more pristine and real the natural world around us has become more polluted more lonely more devastated more bleak We are surrounded by flashy screens and glance at them every few minutes of our waking life The average student from grade five to grade twelve in America will spend more time online than in the classroom In South Korea the most wired nation on earth the suicide rate is one of the highest in the world Gripped by the virtual gaze we seem incapable of standing back far enough to take stock of the evolutionary migration now well under way a migration that is unique in that it has no return grounds and the final destination is a permanent one Our last great evolutionary leap from ocean onto land was stunningly successful but we have to be careful the leap we are currently making into virtuality may well turn out to be a dead end FROM Adbusters

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/our-virtual-horizon/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Textophilia - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    environmental seclusion Symptoms include an inability to look up walk with eyes forward complete full sentences or engage in uninterrupted physical conversation for bursts longer than 60 seconds Without treatment patients regard texting as more real than flesh to flesh communication This feeling is reinforced by quick dopamine and oxytocin hits to the brain In advanced cases 25 texts per day life without texting becomes unbearable empty and meaningless At this stage textophiliacs develop an inability to distinguish cognitively between device and existence Sudden withdrawal can lead to total collapse of identity and rediscovered freedom FROM Adbusters 109 Endless Summer Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Paradigm Shift The Spirit of Revolt Also In This Magazine Aware The decoupling of intelligence from consciousness August 28 2015 You Cyborg The other day I bought the finishing piece to my newest ensemble the watch I ve already got the glasses the smartphone the tablet and most of my clothes are tailored August 26 2015 Never without control I can control the sum totality of my existence which is my home Everything in it can be observed August 10 2015 Content Cravings Every morning I get up at around

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  • Panting for Breath on a Virtual Shore - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    that technological advances bring Every ding tweet ring and vibration promises a social sexual or professional opportunity And in less than a decade our brains have been reprogrammed to respond to these dings tweets rings and vibrates with rushes of dopamine adrenaline and other stimulating neurotransmitters such that our brains on smart phones look on an MRI scan identical to those of an addict on drugs The internet s effects on the brain is the subject of Nicholas Carr s bestseller The Shallows What the internet is doing to our brains which was nominated for a Pulitzer Price The latest studies in neuroscience confirm Carr s suspicions that the internet is a detriment to cognition concentration contemplation and psychological health These studies are finding that what s most addictive about the internet is not the technology itself nor the content but these jolts of energy we get from habitual use of internet applications which foster and promote compulsive behaviour Peter Whybrow the director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA explains that the computer is like electronic cocaine instigating cycles of mania followed by periods of depression There s just something about the medium that s addictive adds Elias Aboujaoude a psychiatrist who manages the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic at Stanford Medical School I ve seen plenty of patients who have no history of addictive behavior or substance abuse of any kind become addicted to the internet and these other technologies Scientists at Oxford University warn that children who spend too much time on social networks sites could suffer from personality and brain disorders Research published in China discovered links between internet addiction and structural abnormalities in gray matter that is a fifteen percent shrinkage in the area of the brain that controls speech memory motor control emotion sensory and other information This shrinkage is cumulative the more time online the more grey matter shrivels From follow up studies we learn that it doesn t take even many hours online for these changes to occur Gary Small head of UCLA s Memory and Aging Research Center documented that even just five hours of internet use for web virgins substantially rewired the prefrontal cortex of the brain So we can infer what happens as we spend more and more hours online The amount of time one spends online is directly correlated to depression obesity ADD ADHD OCD and anxiety New studies are showing that internet and social media use contribute to or instigate even bigger mental breakdowns split personality disorder delusional and paranoid thought suicidal thinking even psychosis psychosis that is defined as a loss of what is real This research must not be misinterpreted to suggest that those who ve become addicted to Facebook smart phones gaming chatting or the internet in general are entirely to be blamed Is this really their own issue or is it society s ill Most people don t want to be online all the time But its a necessity of

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