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  • Alan Greenspan’s Perpetual Motion Machine - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    cards to shame By buying American liabilities mainly bonds and treasuries the flow of capital from Asia has helped maintain the value of the US dollar This in conjunction with low interest rates pushed by the Federal Reserve and lax credit propelled the inflation of American assets mainly real estate In view of the growing paper value of their assets consumers have been encouraged to borrow against them Consequently a large share of this borrowed money went into consumption Home equity loans were taken to pay for credit cards which were used to pay for cheap imports In addition to his work on the perpetual motion machine Mr Greenspan s contribution to literature should also be considered for this prestigious award Notably his invention of a completely new language called FedSpeak Linguists are consistently amazed by this language s ability to say absolutely nothing while maintaining an illusion of substance authority and foresight FedSpeak has now become the standard language of central banks and many governmental agencies Mr Greenspan is however engaged in a legal battle with the estate of the novelist George Orwell over allegations that FedSpeak is flagrant plagiarism of NewSpeak Following in Greenspan s footsteps the current Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke is also fully committed to revolutionary advancements in physics An expert on the Great Depression Bernanke whose theoretical knowledge about economic hard times is becoming more practical with each passing day is expanding the technology of the perpetual motion machine with his principle of anti gravity and is currently applying it to financial leveraging or bailouts If this machine is ultimately successful it will truly be possible to create wealth out of thin air and an era of never ending prosperity will unfold The Central Bank of Zimbabwe however is contesting Mr Barnanke

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/alan-greenspans-perpetual-motion-machine/ (2016-02-09)
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  • journalism Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    public trust in the public interest has virtually disappeared June 23 2008 America s Slippery Slope by Sarah Nardi We recognize the debasement of standards we see the signs of intellectual decay Yet we do nothing A look at what happens when we refuse to pay attention to what s important June 9 2008 Taming the Watchdogs of Media Concentration by happy new year Although the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/journalism/ (2016-02-09)
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  • AlJazeera Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home AlJazeera Broadcaster of the Year by Alain Badiou Documenting an ever larger swath of the planet January 7 2010 A Flowering of Meaning by happy new year The international audience finds it s own media free from western bias September 26 2008 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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  • How Can We Prevent The USA From Declining Too Quickly? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    we can talk ourselves into thinking that with skill and consideration a new China can be built in our own image But few Westerners realize that their anguish about China s rise has its mirror image in Beijing A debate is stirring among Chinese scholars and officials about how to manage the West s decline how they are asking can they best shape the behaviour of Western powers to advance Chinese interests and values This controversy burst into the open in 2006 with a provocative newspaper article by Wang Yiwei a young scholar at Fudan University who asked How can we prevent the USA from declining too quickly Wang Yiwei s question generated heated responses from neocons and liberal internationalists alike One of Wang Yiwei s colleagues at Fudan University Shen Dingli has framed the challenge even more sharply have people asked themselves what would happen to the world if America declined he asked Could China Russia the EU Germany or Japan deliver public goods as America can or build international political or economic institutions For Shen Dingli who believes that Beijing is not yet ready for prime time the goal should be to shape an America that is more constrained and more willing to co operate with the world China should use a mix of engagement and containment to shape the USA so that it becomes a responsible power which of course is the exact mirror image of the US approach to China What these debates show is that China s rise will not be a mechanical process that can be delicately managed by Western policy makers China will actively try to manage the West even as it attempts to manipulate Chinese behaviour Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest A Flowering of Meaning Facebook Suicide Also In This Magazine Revolution or

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/how-can-we-prevent-the-usa-from-declining-too-quickly/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Anselm Kiefer - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    him to have a tenuous skeptical relationship with institutional belief Though raised a strict Catholic Kiefer was wary of dogma He witnessed firsthand what can happen when an edifice of principles gives way In 1969 Kiefer staged Occupations a series of self portraits featuring the artist in front of various European monuments with his arm raised in the Nazi salute Far from the provocation it was perceived as Occupations was an effort to plumb the dark depths of memory and symbolism to comprehend some aspect of the incomprehensible by occupying the same physical and emotional space His early work was an exercise in alchemy as Kiefer sought to transmute German allegory into a bleak universal truth Fecund forest appears in his paintings as scorched black earth the once dense and fertile landscape littered with ember and ash He is preoccupied with the image of flame and with the faint line that separates fire s power to purify or destroy Later in his career Kiefer turned his attention to towers to precarious vertical expanse Jericho a temporary installation erected in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in London in 2007 exemplified this theme Two towers reached haphazardly for the sky their construction serving as a study in instability both their own and that of the institution surrounding them The jagged concrete structures looked ready to collapse at any moment imparted a sense of insecurity and foreboding But despite their dark almost nihilistic aesthetic the towers Kiefer insists represented growth and renewal My thought he says is vertical And perhaps it is with this upward rather than linear mode of thought that we will transcend old truths and achieve new perspectives Perhaps in the next era all thought will be vertical FROM Adbusters 87 The Big Ideas of 2010 Order this issue

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/anselm-kiefer/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Acceptance - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    as she wandered among the used cars The dog brought autumn in its wake it almost always started to drizzle when Rain went out François suspected that if he left that place Anna wouldn t come back to that window to the north and the light of her computer would burn all the characters she had invented There wouldn t be anyone there to open the window and get rid of the heavy air riddled with idioms that she adored François was sick and tired of her silly love She slept atop his chest her skin as thin as the wind Rain watched them quiet more and more miserable his fur thin and falling off with old age One day François left for good Rain followed him his eyes glowing in the mist Even after François caught the bus the dog ran after him his fur dirty and shabby a scrawny old thing that brought the autumn fog and left it to live above the spire of the quiet church Notre Dame d Evere Anna had told him that winters began and ended in Notre Dame d Evere He loved the quiet short January afternoons that were born in the streets around the church François would be sorry if a truck driver or a motorcyclist ran over the dog The animal had sensed that this was the day François would leave That day Rain ran after the bus to the railway station François jumped onto the first train on Platform 1 headed for Oostende the noisy Belgian port he had never liked The dog gave a howl and dashed after the train but soon lost the game and collapsed on the rails frail and miserable in his thinning fur François heaved a sigh of relief when the train pushed its way into the tunnel and Rain disappeared from sight his howl dissolving in the rain I hope he wasn t run over by a train François thought Later he often tried to drive away the thought of that cold room of the window onto the rows of used cars and the big black puddle around the warehouse He saw her computer that spewed out words in the night and hated to think that now there was no one to make sandwiches for her Many times he felt like running back to the house François was glad he lived in a big noisy town far away from her short stories Monotonous West Vlaanderen the cars on the speedways the winter and the tunnels separated him from her dictionaries François hated the bridges which led to her street He tried to blot out the memories of that place so he bought a dog and called him Rain too but his bull terrier didn t have autumns and peaceful fog in his eyes and didn t look shabby the way her dog did François sometimes wondered what had happened to her but he had no more life to waste Of course he found

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/acceptance/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Vote With Your Dollar - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    registers right to your street 68 of what you spend in an independently owned local store returns to the community through taxes and payroll With a national chain only 43 stays in town You can shift the balance of economic power with every purchase you make a point the grassroots 3 50 Project aims to prove Launched by a Minnesota based retail consultant and propagated by business owners around the globe through word of mouth and flyering the 3 50 Project makes it easy for you to step outside the corporate controlled system and take matters into your own hands With a goal of keeping local economies alive the call to action is simple Choose three local businesses you can t bear to see go under Spend 50 a month between the three and help keep their doors open Signing on to the 3 50 Project might be a small step but revolution is built from the ground up It s a straightforward earnest approach to changing the world the can do hallmark of doing business in the altermodern era Where do you vote with your dollar How do you support the independent shops in your community What else can

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/vote-with-your-dollar/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Palestinian Rapperz - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    closed borders people don t really know about the outside world When we brought rap music to Gaza they thought we were trying to be American or change the Palestinian culture But that wasn t the point We were using the same weapon that African Americans were using to talk about their lives I m not saying that a lot of people love our music but most support it My goal is to represent Gaza and to inform people about the lives we live We rap about what we see in the streets about borders and curfews and how people can t get to work We rap about freedom I live in the hood where people get killed or injured or shot and I m one of them But I didn t get shot because of gangs or drugs I got shot because I was fighting for my freedom as a Palestinian living under the occupation The conditions here make us who we are They have made me the kind of rapper I am When it comes to the issue of violent resistance for me violence is only going to bring more violence There are people who fight with guns if someone kills your cousin people understand why you would want justice but then there are people who fight with art and culture Everybody has their own way to resist and I am one of the people who use words to fight the occupation People get sick of violence of people dying and helicopters shooting at them They want something else and music is a good option because you can enjoy it People need joy Is there a solution for the conflict in Palestine More than looking for a solution the goal is for two people to live in one

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