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  • The Holy Shit - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    park a place for pleasure a place to live even a place to hunt It took millions of years for vegetation to cover the sludge and toxic substances with a layer of humus a layer of vegetation and a layer of oxygen so that humans can live on earth And now ungrateful humans are bringing the sludge and toxic substances which have been covered with tedious cosmic effort back up to the surface In this way through the misdeeds of the irresponsible human species the end of the world is becoming the beginning of all time We are committing suicide Our cities are carcinomas We don t eat what grows near us we import food from far away from Africa America China and New Zealand We don t keep our shit Our rubbish our waste is flushed far away We are poisoning rivers lakes and oceans with it or we transport it to complicated and expensive purification plants or more rarely to centralized composting facilities In other cases our waste is destroyed The shit never returns to our fields and neither does it return to where our food comes from The cycle by which food becomes shit is functioning The cycle by which shit becomes food is broken Whenever we flush our toilets with the conviction that we are performing a hygienic act we are breaking cosmic laws because in reality it is a godless act a sacrilegious gesture of death When we go to the toilet lock it from the inside and flush away our shit we are trying to put an end to something What are we ashamed of What are we afraid of We repress what happens to our shit just as we repress death The toilet hole appears to us like the gate to death we

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/the-holy-shit/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Friedensreich Hundertwasser The Holy Shit March 10 2011 by Friedensreich Hundertwasser Tags 94 closed loops food cycle transformation Every day we commit a sacrilegious gesture of death 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/friedensreich-hundertwasser/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Activism after Clicktivism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and risky A few banal pronouncements about democracy in action coupled with an online petition will not usher in social transformation As Malcolm Gladwell put it recently activism that challenges the status quo that attacks deeply rooted problems is not for the faint of heart Clicktivism reinforces the fear of standing out from the crowd and taking a strong position It discourages calling for drastic action And as such clicktivism will never breed social revolution To think that it will is a fallacy One that is dawning on us The demise of clicktivism is rebooting activism It is setting off a paradigm shift in social change that opens the door to a new generation of activists This rejuvenation is emboldened by three tactical insights revolutions spring from epiphanies the internet is best suited for memewar and daring real world actions are the indispensable foundation of social change Gone is trust in watered down talking points and the best practices of keyboard messiahs Metrics are being forgotten website logs deleted analytics ignored Instead passionate poetry is regaining precedence The challenge of sparking epiphanies is the new revolutionary priority But this does not mean we shut our eyes entirely to the potential of technology On the contrary the next generation of activists will readily acknowledge that the internet plays a crucial tactical role In the battle for the mind the speedy dissemination of mindbombs image ambushes and thought viruses is strategically essential This is memewar after all and the web levels the battlefield against the propagandists of consumerism Still real world action is the only way to achieve social revolution Clicking a link can never replace taking to the streets Nor can we rely on digital technologies to get people off the screens Activism is scary Social change is initially unpopular and

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/activism-after-clicktivism/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Barefoot Economics - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    GDP had grown five percent or something Everything felt absurd Economists study and analyze poverty in their nice offices they have all the statistics they make all the models and are convinced they know everything But they don t understand poverty I live in the south of Chile in the deep south And that area is known for its milk production Top technologically and in every way the best there is A few months ago I was in a hotel there for breakfast and there were these little butter things I looked at one It was butter from New Zealand And I thought isn t that crazy Why The answer is because economists don t know how to calculate true costs To bring butter from 10 000 kilometers to a place where you already make the best butter under the argument that it is cheaper is a colossal stupidity They don t take into consideration the environmental impact of 10 000 kilometers of transport And part of the reason it s cheaper is because it s subsidized So it s clearly a case in which the prices do not tell the truth It s all tricks And those tricks do colossal harm If you bring consumption closer to production you will eat better you will have better food you will know where it comes from and you may even know the person who produces it You will humanize consumption But the way economics is practiced today is totally dehumanized We need cultured economists economists who know the history where the ideas come from how the ideas originated who did what an economics that understands itself very clearly as a subsystem of the larger system of the biosphere Today s economists know nothing about ecosystems nothing about thermodynamics nothing about biodiversity

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/barefoot-economics/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Tactical Briefing Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    has hit the wall by adbusters How do we stop this journey toward extinction BillionPeopleMarch October 14 2015 This is our Apollo by adbusters To save the planet it will take everything we ve got BillionPeopleMarch October 14 2015 This human experiment of ours by adbusters there is but one beautiful strategy that could save us BillionPeopleMarch October 14 2015 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/tactical-briefing/ (2016-02-09)
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  • A New Way to Look at Cities - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    maintenance operations Let s talk about them Our approach to the city has become more anesthetized lacking the sense of wonder and achievement that characterized many urban projects in the past We still cling to the inheritance of an Enlightenment philosophy that for example regarded cemeteries in the midst of the city as unhealthy and unhygienic something to be banished to the outskirts at the first possible opportunity Given the limitations of space maybe we should do the same today not just with the bodies of the dead but also with the waste of our own consumption Who really has a sense of the mountains of garbage that are produced by most cities unless you happen to have been in Naples during one of the frequent strikes by city workers out of sight out of mind But if we don t see the garbage of our culture both literally and metaphorically then we are not confronting the reality of what that garbage actually says about us One can only imagine that in New York City with its enormous appetite for fast food and takeout the relation between consumption and waste would produce some frightening statistics This interrelation can also be seen as an ethico aesthetic cultural and environmental project an opportunity based on viewing the garbage as a measure of who we are rather than as yet another difficulty a hindrance to be overcome technically We must find new ways not only of dealing with the problems of waste management and recycling but also of addressing garbage more forensically for clues of what we are doing to ourselves We have already witnessed an increasing interest in new ways of producing food closer to and within cities The global transportation and distribution of food is being supplemented by more local growers

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/a-new-way-to-look-at-cities/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home Mohsen Mostafavi A New Way to Look at Cities March 16 2011 by Mohsen Mostafavi Tags 93 architecture Ecological Urbanism ecology urban planning We can delight in the aesthetics of other necessities 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

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/author/mohsen-mostafavi/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Ecological Realism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    a new race of human adapted by chemical conditioning and genetic programming to survive in a new ecological niche carved out and sustained by biological engineering We know that for a hundred and fifty years industrial society has developed through the accelerated looting of reserves whose creation required tens of millions of years and we know that until very recently all economists whether classical or Marxist have rejected as irrelevant or reactionary all questions concerning the longer term future that of the planet that of the biosphere that of civilizations In the long run we shall all be dead said Keynes wryly asserting that the temporal horizon of the economist should not exceed the next 10 or 20 years Science we were assured would find new paths engineering would discover new processes undreamed of today But science and technology have ended up making this central discovery All productive activity depends on borrowing from the finite resources of the planet and on organizing a set of exchanges within a fragile system of multiple equilibriums The point is not to deify nature or to go back to it but to take account of a simple fact Human activity finds in the natural world its external limits Disregarding these limits sets off a backlash whose effects we are already experiencing in specific though still widely misunderstood ways new diseases and new forms of dis ease maladjusted children but maladjusted to what decreasing life expectancy decreasing physical yields and economic pay offs and a decreasing quality of life despite increasing levels of material consumption The response of economists up to now has essentially consisted of dismissing as utopian or irresponsible those who have focused attention on these symptoms of a crisis in our fundamental relation to the natural world a relation in which all economic activity is grounded The boldest concept which modern political economy dared envisage was that of zero growth in physical consumption Only one economist Nicholas Georgescu Roegen has had the common sense to point out that even at zero growth the continued consumption of scarce resources will inevitably result in exhausting them completely The point is not to refrain from consuming more and more but to consume less and less there is no other way of conserving the available reserves for future generations This is what ecological realism is about The standard objection is that any effort to arrest or reserve the process of growth will perpetuate or even worsen existing inequalities and result in deterioration in the material conditions of those who are already poor But the idea that growth reduces inequality is a faulty one statistics show that on the contrary the reverse is true It may be objected that these statistics apply only to capitalist countries and that socialism would produce greater social justice but why then should it be necessary to produce more things Would it not be more rational to improve the conditions and the quality of life by making more efficient use of available

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