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  • The Next Fissure is only a Spark away - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    encampments The state has at the same time heavily infiltrated movements in order to discredit isolate and push out their most competent leaders The state has used its vast surveillance capacities to monitor all forms of electronic communications as well as personal relationships between activists giving the state the ability to paralyze planned actions before they can begin It has mounted a public relations campaign to demonize anyone who resists branding environmental activists as ecoterrorists charging activists under draconian terrorism laws hunting down whistle blowers such as Chelsea Manning Julian Assange and Edward Snowden who shine a light on the inner secrets of power and condemning them as traitors and threats to national security Occupy articulated the concerns of the majority of citizens Most of the citizenry detests Wall Street and big banks It does not want more wars It needs jobs It is disgusted with the subservience of elected officials to corporate power It wants universal health care It worries that if the fossil fuel industry is not stopped there will be no future for our children And the state is using all its power to stymie any movement that expresses these concerns Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show Homeland Security the FBI the Federal Protective Service the Park Service and most likely the NSA and the CIA the latter two have refused to respond to FOIA requests worked with police across the country to infiltrate and destroy the encampments There were 7 765 arrests of people in the movement Occupy at its peak had about 350 000 people or about 0 1 percent of the U S population Look how afraid the power structure was of a mere 1 10th of 1 percent of the population says Freedom Plaza Occupier Kevin Zeese What happens when

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  • Climate Wars Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the climate war by adbusters I was recently assigned a story about the U N Climate summit in Paris this December Admittedly I hadn t yet grasped the dire importance of this particular summit Regardless as a journalist it s not my June 22 2015 Death of a thousand cuts by adbusters the climate wars will be drive by many factors but three above all June 12 2015 Climate Wars

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/climate-wars/ (2016-02-09)
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  • nonfiction Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    Kick It Over Occupy Wall Street Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Xmas Spoof Ads Culture Shop Subscribe Donate Close Home nonfiction Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer Imagine that the year is 2024 January 27 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 Reprints Jobs Contact Culture

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/nonfiction/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Islamonomics - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    matter there are the scant bits of food on the table having a place to go to when you fall sick and the struggle of parents to guarantee their children one more tomorrow Perhaps as the disparity between global wealth and destitution continues to grow people living in the impoverished parts of the world will begin to opt out of the Western model of economic thought and embrace a version of Islamonomics instead When confronted with the possibility of a brutal future the central idea of all Islamic thought that of a just society built upon compassion justice and equity has powerful appeal If liberal capitalism continues to falter and favor the rich and if our market based economic logic cannot be the rising tide that lifts all boats then a mass reevaluation of economic theory may sweep the globe In an effort to rectify profound economic imbalance and save themselves people may embrace a form of Zakat the practice whereby all who are able donate a portion of their wealth to the poor They may decide to protect what s left of the natural wealth of their country by designating swaths of area Hima inviolate zones that are protected from the reach of multinational corporations And they may embrace the notion of Haraam the idea that all wealth obtained to the detriment of others is forbidden It would be an epic rethink a tectonic paradigm shift a great leap beyond the brand of soulless neoclassical thinking that defines our economic reality today It would inject an element of humanity into the callous philosophical systems underlying the World Bank and the WTO and forever shift the foundations upon which economic summits and university curriculum stand FROM Adbusters 87 The Big Ideas of 2010 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/islamonomics/ (2016-02-09)
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  • What Are They Up To In Davos? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    grow vegetables Write poetry play music and fix the roof when it leaks Conditions will be challenging but life will be good At least we ll be living in harmony with the planet After two decades of fighting the storm I m off to find a lifeboat Tempting isn t it Some people are actually doing it and I take my hat off to them I think the lessons will be invaluable later Maybe we can think of them like the first tiny settlements in the transition from hunter gatherer to agrarian societies social experimentation as the basis for future survival But even as my mind spins flights of fancy a part of me hesitates How long would this lifeboat strategy hold good How many people could it accommodate All 6 7 billion of us alive today The 9 billion expected by 2050 How will people behave in a world with too few lifeboats How safe will we be when the ship really goes down The more I think about it the more I m drawn back into the eye of the storm Somehow we have to steer away from the reef before it s too late Or get ready to make running repairs fast Both of these things demand an economics fit for purpose For the advanced economies of the Western world prosperity without growth is no longer a utopian dream It is a financial and ecological necessity Riches for the few founded on ecological destruction and persistent social injustice is no foundation for a civilized society A shared and lasting prosperity demands a massive uplift in ecological investment low carbon technologies poverty alleviation and protecting ecological assets It also calls for a new concept of ecological enterprise resource light community based activities that offer meaningful employment and deliver

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/what-are-they-up-to-in-davos/ (2016-02-09)
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  • They could have warned us - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    tank They could have given us time to prepare to invest in renewable alternatives to change infrastructure They could have but they didn t Instead like the tobacco companies before them they chose to mislead To misinform To spend more than 30 million dollars on more than 30 organizations over more than 30 years for no purpose but to sow confusion and muddy the waters of debate with lies To prevent meaningful policy action and undermine science Knowingly with malice aforethought they organized the most monumental deception in human history and thanks to their treachery we ve wasted decades Thanks to their choices we may be powerless to mitigate the worst effects of man made climate change powerless to prevent the disruption transformation or destruction of every city and ecosystem on the planet They had a chance in 1977 And 1981 And 1990 They had a chance to stop it And they haven t So now it s up to us to stop them A lie this monumental demands consequences beyond mere noise or anger We can demand the revocation of their corporate charter We can demand that their profits all of them be invested into ways of getting us out of this mess We can demand jail time We can demand a federal investigation and racketeering charges We can put them in beachfront shacks so they get a front row seat when the oceans rise and turn to acid We can demand a grand social exorcism designed to choke them the way they ve choked our airways and waterways We can demand principles of natural justice and universal morality Demand an end to a practice odious in its continuance Find a way to make every single one of them realize the base insidious nature of a lie that may

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  • Witness the madness - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and Public Works committee In January he voted along with 97 other Senators to acknowledge that climate change is real and not a hoax though he quickly clarified that the climate is always changing not that humanity is changing the climate The next month he brought a snowball into the US Senate and cited it as proof that global warming is not happening But Inhofe is just the most visible face of denialism Far more pernicious are the subtle changes in law and language that is making addressing climate change very difficult indeed In Florida for example government officials have been ordered to not even mention global warming And in North Carolina lawmakers changed the law to prevent government officials from using current sea level rise projections in policymaking These developments feel more out of 1984 than 2015 and would be laughable if they didn t doom the coasts of these two states to a drowned future As crazy as all this is there has also been some pushback For example the LA Times declared a few years back that it would no longer publish climate change denial letters And The Guardian took a bold step for a media outlet last March actively participating in an effort to promote divestment from fossil fuels and keep those fuels in the ground Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow with Worldwatch Institute sustainability researcher and contributing editor to Adbusters FROM Adbusters 120 Manifesto for World Revolution Part 3 Order this issue Subscribe to Adbusters Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest The monotony of sleep and sleeplessness We Are Not Dead Also In This Magazine They could have warned us Thanks to their choices we may be powerless to mitigate the worst effects of man made climate change December 30 2015 Play Jazz Jazz is the

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/article/witness-the-madness/ (2016-02-09)
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  • Climate Denialism - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    role in contributing to global warming The authors are Dennis Avery and Fred Singer Singer is a physicist with a track record of challenging scientific evidence He had taken part in the previous attack on Santer Both the IPCC and Santer s co authors took considerable pains to set the record straight denying that Santer had done anything wrong Yet in their book Avery and Singer reassert that scientific reviewers discovered that major changes had been made in the back room after they had signed off on the science chapter s contents and that Santer single handedly reversed the climate science of the whole IPCC report The idea that any one individual could reverse the entire IPCC process is absurd and yet like the Revelle changed his mind claim it remains on the Internet today Climate scientists have been subjected to repeated attacks of this kind In 2005 Congressman Joe Barton of Texas demanded that Professor Michael Mann director of the Earth System Science Centre at Pennsylvania State University produce a huge volume of paperwork relating to his research In February Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma accused a dozen climate scientists of criminal violations of Federal Law based on alleged evidence contained in the UEA emails Recently Virginia s attorney general Ken Cuccinelli went after Mann again asking that the University of Virginia produce thousands of pages of documents relating to Mann s research We too have been objects of attack When one of us Naomi Oreskes published a review on the book The Republican War on Science in the journal Science in which we noted some connections not pursued in that book Science was threatened with a lawsuit unless it published a rebuttal We supplied documents Science held firm and the threat went away Blaming scientists for speaking truth to power is an old story Scientists have long recognized that both the government and public can be reluctant to accept scientific evidence that results in discomfiting conclusions In 1949 when the USSR detonated its first atomic bomb the US had to face the reality that it had lost its monopoly on nuclear weapons Scientists had been warning of this since 1945 but the success of their predictions did not increase their standing When they then said that any attempt to stay ahead of the Soviets by building the H bomb would only speed up the arms race they were accused of being disloyal As Harold Urey who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 wrote Because we scientists told disagreeable truths we have even been accused of wishing to give up our progress because we are impractical dreamers or plain traitors What is most disagreeable to many resistors of global warming is the fear of climate change being used as a warrant for heavy handed government intervention There is a parallel with 1949 fear of the Soviet Union then was not fear of a potential invasion but that the Soviets would export communism to Europe from where it

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