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  • High Frequency Trading - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    few moments later Sometimes these forays are not designed to actually buy any shares but only to test the market and glean information about rivals Traders scramble to gain advantage by moving their computers next to the stock exchange s own servers thus cutting transaction times down to millionths of a second HFT is a sinister development that escalates the self destructive impulses of capitalism to a new dangerous level It is one of the most obnoxious schemes ever devised for getting money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money to beget money without end FROM Adbusters 95 The Philosophy Issue Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest How to Negotiate the End Times It s All the Rage Also In This Magazine Tick Tick Tick I m done marching to the Nike beat January 29 2016 What

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  • What is the dollar value of a human? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    million figure Generally though experts say the long term trend is upward with top human matter fetching big dollars A lung alone goes for over 100 000 USD Add to that bone marrow extracted antibodies blood and sperm donations female eggs bio voltage medical testing opportunities lifetime taxation ears eyes knees hearts livers and future earning potential and it all starts to add up If you are feeling like a million bucks though you shouldn t This rehashed tragedy of the commons scheme is about as dead in the water as a Hezbollah ten points of negotiation memorandum The only real authority on a human body s worth is the periodic table It says a corpses raw resources are worth about a dollar Sulfur probably has the most value once the water is drained It s used to make matches That said there is still reason to believe in a corpse s inflated worth A recent report financed by the Department of Homeland Security suggested that preventing a death from terrorism now costs 100 percent more than other deaths Invest in sulfur Darren Fleet and Kono Matsu FROM Adbusters 95 The Philosophy Issue Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/what-is-the-dollar-value-of-a-human/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #89 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    if I said the world is ending June 9 2010 An Awakening by Mary Jayne Rust What would we do in response to a terminal diagnosis May 31 2010 iHUMAN by Micah M White In what ways is immersion in digital technologies changing us as humans May 28 2010 Lawrence Summers by adbusters He could have been a prophet May 25 2010 Red Pill Blue Pill by Byron King Yesterday

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  • America's Identity Crisis - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    in Romania Poland the Czech Republic Saudi Arabia the UAE and Kuwait among other countries With upwards of 800 bases in 120 countries the United States continues to spend almost as much on its military as the rest of the world combined at a time when the economy is plummeting and many Americans are struggling Wayne Madsen an investigative journalist and former Navy intelligence officer believes that military overreach is eroding American power rather than projecting it The extension of US influence abroad is unsustainable and unaffordable and it weakens us politically militarily and financially We re trying to be the Roman Empire and we re going the way of them Dr Hermann worries that the money spent on military engagements will hurt America s competitiveness in the future We re spending 100 billion a year in Iraq alone You could take the top 20 universities in America and fund them make them free for everybody every year we ve been there It s a terrible opportunity cost that we ve paid A psychological shift is underway in the United States as the evidence mounts and there is growing public awareness of the detrimental costs of maintaining such a large military Dr Hermann explains that a public suffering through the recession is more concerned about its financial well being than its physical safety If you re unemployed and you re getting foreclosed on you re a lot less worried about al Qaeda Nevertheless political psychologists believe that guilt keeps the average person from speaking out against the economic effects of imperial overreach Only a small fraction of the public is willing to serve in the military and I think the rest of the people feel guilty that they aren t enlisted and essentially get a free pass They might not like it but they feel if they have to pay tax dollars its okay explains Dr Hermann It is perhaps ironic that the American public still fears terrorism despite being bled dry maintaining the strongest military in human history It s absolutely ridiculous says Madsen These are ragtag people living in caves Hermann is frustrated by the contradiction in military spending and the threat faced There is a big disconnect here There is huge spending on the military but at the same time an understanding that the military can t protect us against the most likely attacks Guardian columnist and London School of Economics professor Martin Jacques is an expert on the rise of China He feels that many Americans hold on to delusions of grandeur to keep their pride afloat denying the reality of waning US power The decline of American power will entail the progressive reduction of American overseas military commitments he says But a nation in decline finds it extremely difficult to let go It s a reluctant process and a form of retreat Jacques watched his own country go through the painful ordeal Britain was very reluctant to let go not just the political elite but

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  • A Simpler, Freer Life - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    it is most disagreeable to render Thus It is not enough to say that you worked hard to get your gold So does the Devil work hard For these reasons Thoreau thought that to do anything merely for the sake of acquiring money or material superfluities was to be truly idle or worse The following passage states his position directly If I should sell my forenoons and afternoons to society as most appear to do I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious and yet not spend his time well There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living But Thoreau saw his townsfolk laboring under this very mistake It is a fool s life he asserted bluntly as they will find when they get to the end of it if not before He had traveled widely in Concord and everywhere in shops offices and fields the inhabitants seemed to him to be leading lives of quiet desperation and doing penance in a thousand remarkable ways The 12 labors of Hercules were trifling in comparison with those which my neighbors have undertaken for they were only 12 and had an end but I could never see that these men slew or captured any monster or finished any labor Thoreau likened people s materialistic cravings to the heads of a hydra noting that as soon as one head is crushed two spring up The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said Those who know they have enough are rich Thoreau was telling his contemporaries that they had enough but that they did not know it and so were poor Always wanting more luxuries and comforts and never content with less he felt that they did not understand the meaning of economy did not understand that the cost of thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it Most men he wrote even in this comparatively free country through mere ignorance or mistake are so occupied with factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them By a seeming fate there was no time to be anything but a machine And for what People s lives were being plowed into the soil for compost just to obtain splendid houses and finer and more abundant clothing and the like But as Thoreau was to insist Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only Indeed he claimed that most of the luxuries and many of the so called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind More concerned about accumulating nice things or climbing the social ladder than they were about their own destinies people astounded Thoreau with how frivolous they were with respect to their own lives as if they could kill time without injuring eternity Thoreau

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  • How Investing in Corporate Banks Corrodes the Soul - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the face of humanity relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money A world overrun and squeezed by these insidious tentacles is our reality We now live in what Taibbi calls a gangster state running on gangster economics where the rules of the game are rigged by the big banks Over the last two years American banks have foreclosed on the homes of over half a million families and this year RealtyTrac estimates that one million more American families will lose their homes to the banks Obviously the kind of organization that profits by forcing millions of desperate families out of their homes is not something many of us would like to support but the strange thing is we do Many of us willingly put our money into these repugnant entities who profit by rigging the stock markets manipulating our governments and turning families out into the streets I think it s high time we seriously consider the kinds of systems we support with our money for the good of our societies and for the health of our spirits Perhaps instead of placing our money in their trusts we ought to stand up to these Goliaths and reclaim our moral centers But how There is probably no simple answer no smooth stone that a brave soul can fling toward its exposed forehead but there is a simple and obvious first strike Move your money Take power away from your corporate bank and put it in a local credit union Take it out of the stock market and let it mature slowly but surely in long term savings Will you make as much money by putting it in a term savings account as you would by letting your portfolio manager gamble with it on the stock market The bankers certainly won t advise it but the millions of people who have lost everything by following the low risk advice of bankers and used their home equity to gamble in the great casino of capitalism the stock market those people might be wary of the bankers promises of low risk returns And for good reason But the question of profitability as the ultimate decider of how we invest our money may be the wrong question to begin with Perhaps our emphasis on this question signifies our adoption of the banker s ethics and goals Maybe instead of thinking first about profitability we ought to start our investment process by asking questions about the characters of the beasts we are dealing with Instead of giving power to beasts we don t like corporate banks we ought to start investing in organizations that we would like to see succeed like our local credit unions and not invest in megacorporate entities that corrode our spirits and wage war on our societies Before America s Civil War the system of slavery placed many people who listened to their conscience in a similarly precarious moral position They found themselves living in a land where

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  • #92 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Per Capita Principle by adbusters Lets go viral with this idea December 21 2010 BND Actions by adbusters A reader suggests what you can do this Buy Nothing Day November 23 2010 Euphoric Looting by Micah M White Hooliganism or sophisticated image attack November 19 2010 Econ Warfare by Carlos Hurworth Slap this poster up all over your school s economics department November 18 2010 An Inversion of Revolutionary Perspective

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  • ethical investing Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home ethical investing How Investing in Corporate Banks Corrodes the Soul by Andrew Tuplin and what you can do about it October 12 2010 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 Submissions

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