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  • Mendigo - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    and flowers and took care of the house Her flowers were like her beautiful and colorful and full of joy and life She sold eggs and flowers in the market each day One day I came home from work and found her crying She told me that she wanted a baby but God had not permitted it I took her to the same basilica where we had married years before and we prayed The following year I took her to a doctor who told us that she would never have a baby After dinner that night Ana Rosa told me that she was finished crying Even though God has not blessed us with a child I will be happy anyway she told me And she was as good as her word I never came home to find her crying again We had many happy years together I cared little whether we had children or not as long as I had my beautiful flower Ana Rosa Over the years we lost our parents one by one until finally it was just the two of us alone in the world One day in 1990 the boss at the mine called me to his office and told me that I was too old to work as a miner I had never done anything else I had spent 50 years bringing silver out of the earth and giving it to the jefe I was without a way to live Now I would begin spending my days with Ana Rosa the hens and the flowers That was when she gave me this hat For 50 years I never saw the day I worked in the earth digging silver Now I was to spend my days with my Ana Rosa in the garden At first the light blinded me then little by little my eyes adjusted All that mattered was that I was with my flower Each morning she got up early and passed through the streets to the basilica to pray After mass she returned home to make tortillas of fine corn for me We ate breakfast together then she gathered the eggs and flowers and we carried them to market In the evening we came home together She took care of the hens and the flowers and me I helped her sometimes with her work but a man who spends his life robbing the earth has no idea how to coax life out of it how to grow flowers or make chickens thrive My precious Ana Rosa never scolded me for my clumsiness She only ever showed me how much she loved me And we spent years together this way in happiness Last year or perhaps two years ago I don t remember my Ana Rosa the flower of my life passed away She is with God now but I am alone I will never have enough tears to express my grief my loss Each day I miss her Each day I weep The

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  • Facing Facts - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    national resources such as mines forests land water and telecom spectrums reveal that crony capitalism and rent seeking rather than entrepreneurial dynamism and innovation in a free market are the real engines of India s economic growth Furthermore to a large extent this growth does not create jobs an alarming fact about an overwhelmingly youthful country that adds 12 million to the workforce each year and whose present economic pattern obliges it to move many millions more to urban areas from a crisis ridden agricultural sector where hundreds of thousands of farmers have committed suicide in recent years According to a widely cited report by Michael Walton an economist at Harvard University the quality and distribution of India s rate of GDP growth are structurally disequalizing i e causing more inequality It s not only that India isn t overflowing with Horatio Alger stories as The Wall Street Journal put it It is also developing all the ingredients necessary for a Latin American style oligarchy Rising social unrest is making an insecure Indian elite gravitate to such hard line leaders as the current Indian prime minister Narendra Modi whose well advertized toughness with labor unions and PR enhanced business friendliness make him the preferred choice of many corporate leaders economists and commentators The Columbia University economist Jagdish Bhagwati for instance has described Modi as a positive role model with an unblemished record of personal integrity When he was the chief minister of Gujarat Modi was allegedly complicit in the killing of over a thousand Muslims there in 2002 and was barred from travelling to the United States as a result But he still embodies managerial efficiency and iron discipline to those disturbed by the political assertiveness of the poor and the disaffected In fact the political energies of the hundreds

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  • Rural > City > Cyberspace - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    cede control over the flow of our thoughts and memories to a powerful electronic system is the one that informs the fears of both the scientist Joseph Weizenbaum and the artist Richard Foreman a slow erosion of our humanness and our humanity It s not only deep thinking that requires a calm attentive mind It s also empathy and compassion Psychologists have long studied how people experience fear and react to physical threats but it s only recently that they ve begun researching the sources of our nobler instincts What they re finding is that as Antonio Damasio the director of USC s Brain and Creativity Institute explains the higher emotions emerge from neural processes that are inherently slow In one recent experiment Damasio and his colleagues had subjects listen to stories describing people experiencing physical or psychological pain The subjects were then put into a magnetic resonance imaging machine and their brains were scanned as they were asked to remember the stories The experiment revealed that while the human brain reacts very quickly to demonstrations of physical pain when you see someone injured the primitive pain centers in your own brain activate almost instantaneously the more sophisticated mental process of empathizing with psychological suffering unfolds much more slowly It takes time the researchers discovered for the brain to transcend immediate involvement of the body and begin to understand and to feel the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation The experiment say the scholars indicates that the more distracted we become the less able we are to experience the subtlest most distinctively human forms of empathy compassion and other emotions For some kinds of thoughts especially moral decision making about other people s social and psychological situations we need to allow for adequate time and reflection cautions Mary Helen Immordino Yang a member of the research team If things are happening too fast you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people s psychological states It would be rash to jump to the conclusion that the internet is undermining our moral sense It would not be rash to suggest that as the net reroutes our vital paths and diminishes our capacity for contemplation it is altering the depth of our emotions as well as our thoughts There are those who are heartened by the ease with which our minds are adapting to the web s intellectual ethic Technological progress does not reverse writes a Wall Street Journal columnist so the trend toward multitasking and consuming many different types of information will only continue We need not worry though because our human software will in time catch up to the machine technology that made the information abundance possible We ll evolve to become more agile consumers of data The writer of a cover story in New York magazine says that as we become used to the 21st century task of fitting among bits of online information the wiring of the brain will inevitably change to deal more efficiently with

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  • situationist Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    of years June 11 2015 Mystical Anarchism by Simon Critchley Simon Critchley on invisibility opacity resonance June 1 2012 Meme Wars by adbusters teaser teaser teaser February 2 2012 The First Great Global Uprising by adbusters For a few weeks millions of people broke from their daily routines and lived September 2 2010 The Second Great Global Uprising by Kalle Lasn It s time to take the plunge and seize

    Original URL path: http://www.adbusters.org/tag/situationist/ (2016-02-09)
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  • #101 Archives - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    August 15 2012 Bohol by Sean Devlin A story of resistance July 26 2012 Occupy Harvard by Darren Fleet teaser teaser teaser May 3 2012 Palestinians in Israel by Hilary Aked teaser teaser teaser May 3 2012 India by Arundhati Roy Imagining another world May 3 2012 Regime Change by Nadim Fetaih I am a proponent of a revolution in Canada May 3 2012 The Strength of Occupy by Marisa

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  • What’s Left After Obama? - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    to me how Obama s views on the economy might truly begin to deal with the disgusting fact of poverty in a genuinely redistributive way So Obama s strategy is very clear There is to be no change at the level of the state and capital We must maintain and defend the state in its classical liberal constitutional form and use the governmental mechanisms of the state to stabilize the current disorder of finance based capitalism Change alone consists in a moral symbolic shift or recalibration that allows citizens to overcome their despair at the hands of Bush and reaffirm their civil faith in the US governmental system To be clear this is not nothing and I am delighted that my liberal friends are so ecstatic However not being such a good liberal myself Obama s victory begs the question as to what a leftist strategy might be in such circumstances What are the possible consequences of Obama s victory I think there are at least two possibilities that circle in a perhaps melancholy dialectic One possibility which is highly unlikely but at least conceivable is that the change of regime will lead to local and diverse forms of popular politicization which perhaps might place in question the current socio economic doxa On this view emboldened by Obama s victory various groups might accelerate their political activity around issues such as immigrant rights union representation or corporate greed What Obama s victory might unleash is a sequence of progressive radicalizations inside the US and perhaps outside as well that would act as a serious irritant to the usual business of the state or the usual state of business The second possibility is the reverse namely that the popular force that has been mobilized around Obama s presidential campaign simply exhausts itself in its governmental victory On this view once Obama has been elected citizens can switch off politically and sit back and watch how well his administration does Politics becomes reduced to a spectacle of media and governmental representation Furthermore this possibility is undoubtedly the one favoured by the Obama campaign itself which explains the somber slightly disappointed tone to Obama s speech on the night of his victory The road ahead will be long Our climb will be steep We may not get there in one year or even in one term On this view the rhetoric of change Together we can change the country and change the world was simply what it took to get people mobilized Once the victory is secure there must be no further mobilizations at the popular level All must henceforth be mediated through the apparatus of government Politics as the experience of a people suddenly present to itself and aware of its awesome power has to die at the precise moment when a representative government is elected This is perhaps the tragedy concealed in the events of the late evening of November 4th as I walked to the subway at about 10 p

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  • A Moment of Truth - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    disclosed the 124 000 paid to him by the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce for the report He is also a former board member on the US Federal Reserve Dr Martin Feldstein professor of economics at Harvard University was chairman of Ronald Reagan s Council of Economic Advisers and staunch promoter of deregulation for three decades Feldstein was on the board of AIG at the time of the collapse He has spoken on the record that he sees no conflict of interest as a professor at Harvard with his financial gain as a salaried consultant for major financial firms For two decades Feldstein taught one of the most popular undergraduate courses at Harvard Principles of Economics Dr Lawrence Summers economist businessman and former president of Harvard University earned a reported 20 000 000 in derivatives before the crash He was a leading advocate in the Clinton administration against derivative regulation rules that would have made it illegal for big banks to run themselves into the ground for profit In 2009 Obama appointed him Director of the National Economic Council a position he held until December 31 2010 He is now back teaching at Harvard and working as an economic adviser in the private sector Dr R Glenn Hubbard dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Business was chairman of George W Bush s Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2003 Through the 2000s he was also a board member on five major USA financial institutions most of which were implicated in 2008 s public fleecing He remains a major proponent of deregulation and derivatives and is still a leading financial consultant and board member on Wall Street The inability for American policy makers to clean their financial house or prosecute those behind the veil of the collapse has had a devastating effect on the American psyche The idea of an entrepreneurial America where hard work diligence honesty and personal virtue are rewarded is becoming harder and harder to stomach The patriotic moral obligation to the American ideal a God is watching type of belief that keeps millions of workers honest is eroding Corruption in the heart of the financial district encourages graft throughout the economy Mobutu Sese Seko style from top to bottom It s rotting the entire culture The amnesic impunity with which the worst offenders are able to carry on with their reputations regalia and professional lives intact only adds insult to injury Not a single academic has been held accountable for their role in the greatest transfer of public money into private hands in human history The cohort of professors who broke the back of the American dream funneling ten million family homes into their lavish speaker fees business appointments and papers for hire haven t even said so much as I m sorry let alone admit any wrong Doctors who break their codes of ethics are stripped of their standing and barred from practice Scientists who undermine the respectability of their profession by taking corporate sponsorship

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  • The Blind Spot at Davos - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment
    the Flash Crash read more below from Darren Fleet as featured in Adbusters Big Ideas of 2013 A sum begets an action which begets a reaction which begets a sum which begets an action which begets a sum which begets a reaction which begets a sum Before you know it in less time than it takes to blink an eye a billion equations have flashed across your stock floor computer screen You blink your eye again and the global economy its products and the livelihoods of millions of people are in free fall Pension funds retirement savings college trusts union investments commodity gains all wiped away by an out of control computer equation The spark A lone wolf billionaire or hedge fund manager dumping millions of units into a trading algorithm Or maybe a faceless entity looking for quick kills in the shadow economy of Dark Pools and High Frequency Trading HFT assets held for only millionths of a second before they re traded again Ever since the Flash Crash of 2010 when an out of control financial algorithm cost the Dow nine percent of its worth in the span of a few hours regulators across the world have been debating if and how they can rein HFT in This has proven to be a difficult task While this type of hyper trading can go rogue beyond human control it is also incredibly popular accounting for an estimated 65 percent of all market transactions In the highly networked financial world mathematical functions trigger exponential waves of buying and selling on a daily basis This relinquishing of control to programs has ushered in an entire new realm of speculation adding even greater layers of chaos to an already temperamental system The appearance of ghost algorithms algos like the one that snaked through the US stock market in October 2012 making up 4 percent of all trades in one day have left even experienced traders perplexed They can t tell if the algo is human controlled automatic or one of a plethora of equations like news algos that surf the web and translate headlines into stock probability within nanoseconds In Europe and Canada small proposals have been made to combat the unpredictable dark side of HFT like slowing the necessary time of asset ownership from a millionth of a second to five hundredths of a second or placing small levies on mass trading of financial units Some have even proposed a kill switch a big red Off button that can be pushed when doomsday algorithms run wild buying selling and erasing mass quantities of human wealth and labor What these kinds of suggestions have in common is that they do nothing to address the problem When the fundamental premise of trading is profit at any cost when the rules are set up in such a way that the trader with the biggest super computer wins it goes without saying that some aspect of basic human morality has been lost Within the context

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