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  • Changing Climate - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    will continue to be fossil fuels for decades to come whatever the risks to the world s climate Perhaps a greater challenge to the environmentalist worldview came with the sudden and unexpected conversion of Wal Mart the world s biggest retailer from a very big bad guy into apparently a very big good guy Wal Mart s efforts are less easy to dismiss than Exxon s the company has already sold 100 million low energy light bulbs meeting a self set target three months early opened two high efficiency stores brought solar power for 22 more stores and has even started to demand that its suppliers sign up to the climate friendly agenda But Wal Mart Isn t this the same corporation whose big box approach to retail has hollowed out communities up and down the United States and whose aggressive stack em high sales philosophy has brought mindless consumerism to new depths of extravagant wastefulness You can t shop in Wal Mart without a car and you can t buy anything local there so its entire business model helps raise transport emissions throughout the economy If the company is serious about signing a peace agreement with the planet it is going to have to do a lot more than shift a few light bulbs With capitalism shifting to accommodate the green agenda free market politicians as most are these days have also begun to shift their policies and rhetoric In Germany Angela Merkel has laid out a surprisingly progressive equal rights plan for future climate negotiations In the UK the government has outlined a climate change bill which would actually set carbon budgets for the entire country a colossal step forward With the corporate world s about face George Bush has found himself without significant allies and even his

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  • Empty Cart - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    breathtaking inability to confront pain shame or any other inner turmoil In perhaps the greatest example of the Bush family malaise George s parents Barbara and George H W went golfing the day after the death of their second child Robin Barb and H W didn t have a funeral for Robin and never talked to George about the family loss which would seem strange except that this inability to deal with death and grief was a family trait Barbara had not attended her own mother s funeral Given this it s not surprising that the Bush administration banned the filming of caskets of returning war dead from Iraq or that Bush himself has yet to attend a dead soldier s funeral What Cindy Sheehan protested as let them eat cake politics that proved Bush s insensitivity to the families of wounded veterans might instead have just been family tradition and evidence of Bush s inability to confront human emotion As a father George H W was absent all the time and not particularly interested in talking to his children It s this sensitive man who produced George W Bush who as a young man responded after reading The Grapes of Wrath at Harvard Business School with Look people are poor because they re lazy This from a man who would not hold a real job until he was nearly 40 keeping self employed in an astonishing variety of tit patronage posts including most spectacularly a job as a pillow toter for Republican Senate candidate Edward Gurney Gurney had a war wound and hired W to carry a pillow for him on the campaign trail Bush entered office a man who until his election to the governorship of Texas had been a conspicuous failure at pretty much everything he d ever tried from school to business where his indifferent management cost a number of companies millions in losses to the armed services Throughout his history he appeared quite obviously to be an overgrown child who overcompensated for feelings of inferiority through misplaced braggadocio All of which makes it unsurprising that Bush as president would become known for denying his failures and blaming them on other people Bush famously responded to a Jay Leno question about whether or not he d ever done anything he was ashamed of by saying I didn t before telling a story about his brother Marvin peeing on the family steam iron No one can say for sure what it is that makes Bush so incapable of looking inward and admitting to his own mistakes Frank posits that Bush was so ashamed of his natural first child hostility to his sister Robin feelings that he was not allowed to confront that he grew up in a state of perpetual terror before his own anger and shame and perhaps on some unconscious level still blames himself for her death Frank and others have also noted that Bush as a recovered alcoholic has a natural fear of his

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  • Earth, Inc. - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed nearly 230 000 people provided ample evidence that mangroves can protect or at the very least buffer communities from the worst impacts of tidal waves and storms Unfortunately that particular service is not captured or valued by the marketplace said Ranganathan Nor does the market value the vital role mangroves play as a nursery habitat for marine life crucial to the health of offshore fisheries or the service they provide filtering pollutants which in turn protect coral reefs another important nursery for fish Ignored as well are the substantial economic benefits mangroves provide in preventing the shoreline erosion that is threatening many coastal countries like Thailand where the shoreline is retreating 25 meters each year in some areas Nature s services which are as real as any shrimp platter are simply left out of the current economic system Also ignored are the environmental and social costs of shrimp farming such as water pollution land degradation and impacts on local fishers Studies show that shrimp farms in southern Thailand have a lifespan of just five years Ranganathan said If we valued ecosystems properly it would change how we make development decisions After five years the water is too polluted to raise shrimp and the operation moves down the coast Such operations are often subsidized directly and indirectly with nominal land rent taxes and even development grants and loans When the real costs of shrimp aquaculture are taken into account its value is 5 443 per hectare according to one in depth analysis Meanwhile the real value to society of intact mangroves is a whopping 35 696 per hectare While the actual value of ecosystems and the services they provide can sometimes be hard to calculate the fact of the matter is that they are not zero says Ranganathan Of all places New York City figured that out some years ago New York s tap water has never passed through a filtration plant and is considered some of best quality water available in any us city In the late 1980s rather than building a 6 to 8 billion water treatment plant the city decided it was far cheaper and better to protect and restore the source of its water supply the Catskill Delaware forests and wetlands The total cost One and a half billion dollars And that s without subtracting the considerable value of the additional services the protected area provides in terms of human recreation better air quality and carbon sequestration Sadly this approach is all too rare as evidenced by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment MA the first global scientific audit of the Earth s natural capital In 2005 the MA showed that 15 of the world s 24 ecosystem services are being degraded or used unsustainably In business terms this meant that nearly two thirds of the company s 24 divisions examined are in the red only four are profitable while the other five showed mixed results regionally Clearly Earth Inc is in deep

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  • Turning Tyrant - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    off what some called a ploy for power The Constitution changes were passed in a referendum and enshrined human rights for Venezuela s minorities The decree allowed Chavez to bypass a stalling Congress and fulfill his promises of bringing better homes health and education to the poor As the balance of power shifted to the slums I felt confident Chavez was heading the right way When Chavez admonished the US for bombing innocent civilians in Afghanistan and pleaded for them to not fight terrorism with terrorism I saluted his reason and resolve to support people the rest of the world ignored While so many other governments bowed to US violence and corruption Chavez refused to be bullied I cheered the underdog s fight against the giant When Chavez fired the management at the state owned oil company in 2002 and replaced them with his supporters I wondered if he was centralizing too much power But when the opposition staged a coup supported by the US but lasting only two days I realized just how dangerous his detractors were to democracy I sat back with anxious concern to see how Chavez would handle the turmoil For the next few years Chavez remained a fascinating curiosity I supported his programs to transfer land back to indigenous people increase social welfare programs and create a regional news network called Telesur Yet I felt nauseous when he glad handed with Fidel Castro and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bought billions of dollars in weapons from Russia and China and threw his oil money around the world with almost reckless abandon But perhaps no conflict best exemplifies the ambivalence I feel toward Chavez than his battle against the opposition aligned RCTV Venezuela s oldest television network During the failed coup attempt RCTV was accused of doctoring images of

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  • adbusters, Author at Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment - Page 42 of 46
    Time like space is critical to Israel s colonial rule of Palestine Adbusters Person of the Year December 17 2008 by adbusters Tags economy 81 environment 2008 Herman Daly s ideas might help us claw our way out of the economic and environmental mess we re in Person of the Year November 18 2008 by adbusters Tags 81 The Person of the Year award is given to an individual who wields a massive social environmental and economic impact The Rebirth of American Democracy November 4 2008 by adbusters Tags 81 elections obama usa Obama s victory makes possible a radical change of direction Our readers weigh in on where they think America is headed Legacy October 31 2008 by adbusters Tags 81 torture usa Bush president How will the 43rd President of the United States be remembered Chances are as the Torture President Planetary Endgame October 27 2008 by adbusters Tags capitalism global warming africa disasters organ water weather 80 Three trends bode ill for our future the increase in weather disasters the black market in organs and the growing demand for drinking water Most Wanted War Criminals September 9 2008 by adbusters Tags war Bush 79 Ashcroft Cheney criminals

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  • dissent Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Home dissent Rope a dope by adbusters I feel worked over not knowing if I can keep up the pace of the caffeine infused all night drift through a world wide cataloging of every failure of imagination July 16 2015 Archetypes of Dissent by adbusters Mapping the cultural contraflow of revolt March 9 2013 Based in Vancouver British Columbia Canada Adbusters is a not for profit magazine fighting back against

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  • rope-a-dope Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home rope a dope Rope a dope by adbusters I feel worked over not knowing if I can keep up the pace of the caffeine infused all night drift through a world wide cataloging of every failure of imagination July 16 2015 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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  • Heavy Reader: 1954 - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Vietnamese nationalism a man of phenomenal will who left his country at age 11 and did not return for 30 years According to Logevall while French leader Charles de Gaulle spoke of the cohesion the unbreakable bond between metropolitan France and her overseas territories Franklin Roosevelt hoped after the second world war to promote Indochina s development toward independence under a degree of international supervision In September 1945 before hundreds of thousands of ecstatic countrymen in Hanoi Ho proclaimed independence for Vietnam To the Americans in the audience Logevall writes his words were stunning All men are created equal They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights among those are Life Liberty and pursuit of Happiness Ho was reciting the Declaration of Independence History followed a different path Roosevelt died succeeded by Harry Truman US tensions with the Soviet Union mounted And France an indispensable American ally in Europe demanded the restoration of its position in Indochina The US acquiesced and Ho s window of opportunity slammed shut In the years that followed France found itself embroiled in a treacherous war of counterinsurgency against Ho and his followers The climax of the war came in 1954 at a strategic northern garrison known as Dien Bien Phu Both the French and the Viet Minh suffered horrendous losses during the protracted siege and weeks of brutal combat Paris sought urgent US intervention Dwight Eisenhower rejected the French plea On 7 May Viet Minh soldiers raided the last French outpost raising the red flag of insurgency of the roof above The battle of Dien Bien Phu was over marking the beginning of the end of French rule in Vietnam Later in 1954 Vietnam was partitioned with communists controlling the north and a pro western government ruling in the south In the

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