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  • Canada's Hard Turn Right - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    another dysfunctional petro state in full democratic free fall Even one of the nation s most seasoned political analysts Laurence Martin writes that the nation s oily leaders are breaking new ground in the subverting of the democratic process The resource behind this rueful transformation is bitumen a costly junk crude that must be mined from the nation s northern forests or steamed from deeper deposits The unconventional hydrocarbon which even Big Oil describes as ugly comes with a much higher water carbon and energy footprint than light oil Since the late 1990s a bitumen boom driven by rising oil prices and give it away royalties has created the world s largest energy and engineering project in northern Alberta a western province home to the Rocky Mountains cowboys and boreal forest As a consequence Canada now ranks as the world s sixth largest oil producer Oil lobbyists dominate the nation s capital and bitumen now accounts for more than 30 percent of the nation s exports Not surprisingly the nation s embassies lobby against carbon taxes and low carbon fuel standards abroad with Saudi like enthusiasm Canada s ruling Conservative party now vainly describes the nation as an emerging energy superpower Its leader Stephen Harper a libertarian ideologue who brooks no criticism is the son of an Imperial oil accountant from Calgary Alberta Canada s Houston Texas Harper who makes policy announcements from foreign capitals is also an evangelical fundamentalist Christian with a deep disdain for science the media and environmentalism Although he refuses to publicly answer questions about his religious beliefs his political actions tell an extreme story In recent months he stunned the country by formally declaring war against environmental critics of rapid tar sands development Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver an investment banker and genuine one percenter even dubbed opponents foreign radicals in an open public letter At the same time the government reclassified Greenpeace a civil organization established by Canadian journalists as a multi issue extremist threat To accelerate the approval of pipelines that would carry bitumen to the coastal province of British Columbia and onto supertankers destined for China the federal government has rewritten every major piece of environmental legislation from the Navigable Waters Act to the Fisheries Act It has also centralized key decision making powers for major pipeline projects in the hands of Conservative ministers This broad policy change buried in a recent documents so shocked one columnist for the National Post Canada s leading right wing newspaper that he accused the government of institutional duplicity and treating Canadians like fools While government and industry PR folk spin fabrications about Canada s environmental record one of the worst in the industrial world Scott Vaughan Federal Environment Commissioner in the office of the Auditor General reports that there are only 12 water quality stations for Canada s 3 000 First Nations communities and just one federal water monitoring station operating downstream from the tar sands which was until last year only calibrated to detect

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/canadas-hard-turn-right/ (2016-02-09)
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  • False Prophets - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    to yet we feel that without their steady hand guiding the economic rudder things could really fall apart But as seas rise and heat waves multiply it s time we take a deeper look at what these incredibly powerful people do Their world is all about liquidity money supplies derivatives credit default swaps currency exchange rates and the trillions of dollars that move through the international financial system every day The flaw in their thinking what they consistently fail to grasp is that their money economy is actually just a subset of the larger bioeconomy of the planet If you told them that climate change is the biggest market failure the world has ever known they would not have the slightest idea what you were talking about Exclusively focused on money flows they fail to see the bigger picture It has never occurred to these money obsessed logic freaks secretly operating in the shadows that they are running a doomsday machine Kalle Lasn FROM Adbusters 121 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 4 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest Dead End Revolution or Collapse Also In This Magazine The monotony of sleep and sleeplessness In its repetition

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/false-prophets/ (2016-02-09)
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  • economics Archives - Page 8 of 8 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    2009 The Crisis by Multiple Authors Groundbreaking economist Herman Daly zeroes in on the root cause of our financial meltdown November 12 2008 Thought Control In Economics by Anneli Rufus A high level of conformity in academic institutions makes it difficult for economists to tackle the world s most pressing problems August 18 2008 Capitalism Under Assault by Charles Upton The system is busted That much is clear Now many

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/economics/page/8/ (2016-02-09)
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  • A Dog, an Elk, the Zone - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    but directly for the way in which it is presented or might be presented the thus of a world without animals a world in which all animal presence visual auditory olfactory has disappeared In Voices From Chernobyl the book of testimony collected by Svetlana Alexievich a book that eludes conventional standards and that is for the reader the book of a complete unsealing a work of naked intensity the fate of animals is evoked several times I recall the story of the hunters charged with liquidating the domestic animals that continued to wander around in the Zone and the way in which these men whom one imagines a priori to be tough hardened some had served in the war in Afghanistan say that they could not carry out their task as if they had been confronted with a horrendous injustice something monstrous from which they had had to turn away not in order to spare their own lives exposed as they were to radiation nor even to spare the beasts but to save perhaps a principle of evasion a life a survival survival itself that is something obvious and untranslatable something precisely like the vague glimmer in animals eyes It is clearly not a question of comparing the drama s effects on animals to its effects on humans Everything here is connected and not only connected but dragged down to such a depth of disarray that a bottom is reached similar to the reservoir of existence that Moritz touched with the calf going off to slaughter the calf into whose eyes he was gazing There is a glimmer or the remnant of a glimmer and the animal holds onto it is its mute testimony and its panic stricken mark and at the very spot where horror overtakes him the animal buckles under but in total innocence The cameraman Sergei Gurin whose voice is heard at length in this book says that his life has been changed by everything he saw in the Zone starting with the mute lesson and the appeal that he heard coming from a background of obscure life of which animals are the ultimate and faithful guarantors A strange thing happened to me I became closer to animals And trees and birds They re closer to me than they were the distance between us has narrowed I go to the Zone now all these years I see a wild boar jumping out of an abandoned human house and then an elk That s what I shoot I want to make a film to see everything through the eyes of an animal What has become of Sergei Gurin Where are his films Who will show them to us And speaking of films how strange it is that in Stalker which Tarkovski made several years before the Chernobyl catastrophe the only nonpoisoned gift made by the Zone should be that of the dog Egyptian looking which appears trotting above the puddles and which the ferryman ends up taking back

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/a-dog-an-elk-the-zone/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Jean-Christophe Bailly, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Jean Christophe Bailly A Dog an Elk the Zone July 16 2012 by Jean Christophe Bailly Tags 102 Animals Chernobyl Nuclear ZoneSergei Gurin Svetlana Alexievich A preapocalyptic epiphany 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/jean-christophe-bailly/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Occupy Death - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    conscious mind Stone on the path you are stronger than me Tree in the meadow you will outlast me and perhaps so will you little raspberry bush and perhaps even you rose scented anemone For a single breath I sense more profoundly than ever the transience of my form and I feel drawn into transformation to the stone the earth the raspberry bush the tree root My thirst is for the signs of passing for the earth the water and the withering of the leaves Tomorrow the day after soon soon I shall be you I shall be leaves I shall be earth I shall be roots I shall write no more words on paper I shall no longer smell the regal wallflower I shall no longer carry the dentist s bill around in my pocket I shall no longer be pestered by menacing officials demanding proof of citizenship and so swim cloud in the blue flow water in the brook bud leaf on the bough I have sunk into oblivion and into my thousand times longed for transformation Ten and a hundred times more you will grasp me enchant me and imprison me world of words world of opinions world of people world of increasing pleasure and feverish fear A thousand times you will delight me and terrify me with songs sung at the piano with newspapers with telegrams with obituaries with registration forms and with all your crazy odds and ends you world full of pleasure and fear sweet opera full of melodic nonsense But never more may God grant will you be completely lost to me devotion to transience passionate music of change readiness for death desire for rebirth Easter will always return pleasure will always become fear fear will always become redemption and the song of

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/occupy-death/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Hermann Hesse, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Hermann Hesse Occupy Death July 9 2012 by Hermann Hesse Tags Occupy 102 Hymn to Old Age Siddhartha Holding open a door to the divine 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/hermann-hesse/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Rekindling Occupy’s Imagination - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    activist John Daniel Fitzgerald in a letter to editor William Lane who was serializing the book Now I have only to say read Looking Backward he wrote No the real problem with utopianism is not that it s impractical so much that it s ahistorical Utopianism offers a vision that s as arbitrary as it is wondrous since it bears no particular relationship with the society that currently exists Utopianism contrasts the unhappy present with a beautiful future it doesn t show how one emerges from the other In Australia perhaps more than elsewhere the anti corporate movement proved short lived Exactly a year after the S11 protest the 9 11 terrorist attacks signaled the arrival of an era in which the politics of fear extinguished the politics of hope With the onset of the war on terror I lost interest in the utopian roots of the Melbourne Left until very recently when what Janet Albrechtsen the right wing columnist for Murdoch s Australian newspaper called our very own Occupy malcontents in Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane emerged on the scene Last year when Occupy arrived in Australia with 4 000 people marching in Melbourne Albrechtsen s response was typical of the right wing press She described the protests as a UN style sleep out with talk about general assemblies communiqués and consensus endless platitudes about utopia meaningless diatribes and no clear aims Platitudes about utopia Was this then a return of utopian politics Albrechtsen s observation that the demonstrators possessed no clear aims illustrated how in one sense Occupy was quite different from nineteenth century utopianism Fitzgerald hailed Looking Backward precisely because it was so detailed providing all sorts of insights and guidelines on how to live and how to resist The Occupy protesters lacked any comparable blueprint In Australia as elsewhere the demonstrations were shaped not from a manifesto but by a series of reversals of neoliberal norms reversals dictated by the circumstances of the protests themselves Thus while the free market exists as an invisible abstraction an occupying camp is exceedingly concrete a visible presence at a particular location over a particular time Instead of competition a mass protest depends upon cooperation instead of individuality it relies upon collectivity Wall Street both as an idea and an institution necessitates hierarchies and disciplines an occupation stresses equality and consensus Where market traders maintain a strict demarcation between leisure and work the occupiers merge both in protests that are simultaneously deadly serious and self consciously humorous Clear aims might have been lacking but the protests represented a rejection of the economic order an unambiguous negation of neoliberalism And as the Russian theorist Mikhail Bahktin argues that which stands behind negation is by no means nothingness but the other side of that which is denied the carnivalesque upside down In other words when The New York Times dubbed OWS a hapless carnival it was exactly correct A ll were considered equal during carnival Bakhtin explains Here in the town square a

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