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  • How to Reboot Capitalism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    living world an inability to accept responsibility for causing massive species die offs and threatening our collective existence Now finally capitalism is teetering into terminal crisis and it is up to us to give life to what comes next Here are a few projects we could start on right away We pressure the G20 leaders to implement a 1 Robin Hood tax on all financial transactions and currency trades We ignite a meme war on campus and pull off a paradigm shift in the science of economics We occupy the streets in growing numbers until our leaders ratify a binding international accord on climate change We launch the True Cost metameme and start moving towards an across the board global market regime in which the price of every product tells the ecological truth We marry gaming with activism and have millions of young people around the world playing KILLCAP Do we have the spark within us to create a new world Join us Culture Jammers HQ FROM Adbusters 102 Spiritual Insurrection Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Cognitive Illusions Corporate Crackdown Also In This Magazine Tick Tick Tick I m done marching to the Nike beat

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  • Does Obama Still Have The Juice? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    security two plainclothes officers parked on a dirt road José Mujica believes that for a true democracy to function elected leaders must be taken down a notch As part of his effort to make the country s presidency less venerated he refuses to live in Uruguay s presidential mansion one with a staff of 42 Instead he offers the opulent abode as a shelter for homeless families during the coldest months He explains his personal philosophy by citing Seneca It is not the man who has too little but the man who craves more who is poor While his official presidential salary is about 108 000 per year he donates 90 percent of it mostly to a program for expanding housing for the poor This leaves him with a monthly income comparable to a typical Uruguayan As Mujica is quick to say I do fine with that amount I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less Barack Obama by contrast lives in luxury in the White House and takes in 400 000 annually as president That combined with his royalties from book sales gave him and his wife an income of 1 7 million in 2010 The Obamas typically donate 14 percent of their income keeping enough to maintain their position among the one percent nationally that is the elite of the elite globally Given these differences it is hardly surprising that Obama embraces the interlocking interests of U S capital empire and militarism and the rampant consumption they entail Obama s soaring rhetoric about the need for sustainable energy sources falls flat for he offers no indication of who is primarily responsible for its use With less than five percent of the world s population the United States consumes about a quarter of the world s fossil fuels The Pentagon which devours more than 300 000 barrels of oil per day an amount greater than that consumed by any of the vast majority of the world s countries is the planet s single biggest consumer By not acknowledging this Obama implies by default that all the planet s denizens are equally culpable rather than the small slice of the Earth s population that consumes the lion s share In contrast Uruguay s president laments that many societies consider economic growth a priority calling it a problem for our civilization Hyper consumption he says is harming our planet He is also highly doubtful that the world has enough resources to allow all its inhabitants to consume and produce waste at the level of Western societies If such levels are reached it would probably lead to the end of the world he says In a speech to the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro last June this man who is dubbed the poorest president in the world insisted that the challenge ahead of us is not an ecological crisis but rather a political one Looking at a model of development and consumption shaped

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/does-obama-still-have-the-juice/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Kill Anything That Moves - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    War II most famously systematizing the flight patterns and improving the efficiency of the bombers that decimated German and Japanese cities In Vietnam the statistically minded war managers focused above all on the notion of achieving a crossover point the moment when American soldiers would be killing more enemies than their Vietnamese opponents could replace After that the Pentagon expected the communist led forces would naturally give up the fight that would be the only rational thing to do What McNamara and the Pentagon brass failed to grasp was that the Vietnamese nationalists who had long battled foreign invaders in pursuit of independence might now view warfare as a straightforward exercise in benefit maximization to be pursued in a rational manner and abandoned when the ledger sheet showed more debits than credits Entire units were sometimes pitted against each other in body count competitions with prizes at stake This helped make the bodycount mindset even more pervasive lending death totals the air of sports statistics Box scores came to be displayed all over Vietnam on charts and chalkboards also known as kill boards at military bases printed up in military publications and painted as crosshatched kills on the sides of helicopters to name just a few of the most conspicuous examples We had charts in the mess hall that told what our body count was for the week recalled one veteran So as you passed through the chow line you were able to look up at a chart and see that we had killed so many The practice of counting all dead Vietnamese as enemy kills became so pervasive that one of the most common phrases of war was If it s dead and Vietnamese it s VC Nick Turse is a investigative journalist historian and essayist whose groundbreaking research

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  • A Distinctively Modern Loneliness - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    with the smell of dirt we will remain caught in this double bind alienated from nature longing for Nature So long as we feel detached from nature we will yearn for it as if it were something separate as if it were just a concept of our invention as if we were not born of and made of it as if we could even exist or survive without the relations that comprise it So long as we grow and progress and develop we will dream in screenshots instead of landscapes Forests deer and wolves will be good for desktop pictures We will cordon off our love for only a select few species of animals while the rest we will use for food clothing and entertainment This is why they don t visit me in my dreams Why they do not speak to us anymore Why they run away when humans get close FROM Adbusters 107 The Big Ideas of 2012 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Ubuntu I Am Because You Are Kill Anything That Moves Also In This Magazine Finally we re VIPs It is only when we watch the waste of culture retaken by

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/a-distinctively-modern-loneliness/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Crisis in the Classroom - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    possibility of the two types of analysis overlapping You might wonder what drove me to such an experiment I suppose that I wanted to see what current tertiary education has to say about the global economic situation we find ourselves in and whether the thoughts necessary in order to renew social conditions were going to emerge from institutions such as this In general this kind of education can be experienced as a stuffing of one s suitcase with knowledge If you don t fill your suitcase up with content during the readings you will fill it up during the lecture If you are still not full you can supplement from the lecture notes and the online lecture and or website lab If this doesn t do it there are always tutorials study groups help classes and online forums not to mention the actual assignments Failing all this there is the cramming for tests and ultimately the exam All during this time the bulk of knowledge and information is stuffed crammed into our suitcases until we have doubled up on items packed things we will never need jammed in clothing for the wrong climate altogether and shoved in more things wherever there is room just to get it in there just in case We then sit on it and try our hardest to zip it up our clothes getting stuck in the teeth of the zip as we pull it around until finally we are able to more or less close it it is good enough some clothes still hang out where the zips meet and extra books stick out of the front pocket all bent and warped but it ll do we re ready to travel Or so we are told During this process however little to no questioning is made as to where it is we are actually headed why we are headed there if this is the place we really want to be going or what alternatives there might be These suitcases are essentially nothing but our own heads We are doing nothing other than stuffing our own heads And if we are honest little to nothing of it sinks any lower than this little of it reaches as far as our feeling life or our will And so when we ultimately throw the case on the conveyor belt of life following exams the whole thing usually explodes scattering its contents everywhere We soon realize however that such contents are largely irrelevant and unnecessary often strangely by virtue of the fact that we fail to notice their absence and are quickly forgotten For all we now require is the degree such activity bought us the boarding pass now in our hand education distilled into a commodity This we might feel is all we need That is until our debt repayments kick in And if Spain and elsewhere are anything to go by we may also find ourselves amidst the lack of possibilities for earning the money necessary to

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  • John Stubley, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Subscribe Donate Close Home John Stubley Crisis in the Classroom May 16 2013 by John Stubley Tags economics university kick it over 107 Whence the path of reverence and wonder Money Dreaming March 7 2013 by John Stubley Tags economics paradigm shift Australia indigenous 106 money financial Everyone is a Banker Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover

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  • East vs. West - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    west Big Idea Intuition or Intellect Because in our culture we overvalue the intellect we imagine that to become enlightened demands extraordinary intelligence In fact many kinds of cleverness are just further obscurations There is a Tibetan saying If you are too clever you could miss the point entirely Patrul Rinpoche said The logical mind seems interesting but it is the seed of delusion People can become obsessed with their own theories and miss the point of everything In Tibet we say Theories are like patches on a coat one day they just wear off Sogyal Rinpoche FROM Adbusters 107 The Big Ideas of 2012 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest This Machine Causes Global Warming Crisis in the Classroom Also In This Magazine The Twilight of the West Absolute power corrupts goes the old truism But more importantly it provincializes and isolates its wielders from the experience of the vast majority of humankind the relatively powerless This October 14 2014 Western Pyramid vs Islamic Rhizome Which strategic archetype has the edge August 21 2014 America s Delusions of Grandeur Superficial charm grandiosity self importance May 8 2014 Obsessive Rationality Disorder The epidemic of the west

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  • Occupy Archives - Page 3 of 3 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of Occupy December 21 2011 Simon Critchley What Is Normal by Simon Critchley The surprising power of the political imagination December 14 2011 Michael Hardt Antonio Negri by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri What to expect in 2012 December 8 2011 Situating Occupy by David Graeber Lessons from the revolutionary past December 2 2011 Panache by Chris Hedges Why we must fight October 7 2011 Posts navigation 1 2 3

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