Monday, October 27, 2014

 

Protected with Love

As noted in the Guardian, indigenous land rights could transform Canada. "Protected with love by indigenous nations over generations," lands guarded from industrial consumerism are a gift from First Nations to all Canadians.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 

Mafia States: Grim Future of Social Collapse

Mafia states, exemplified by the top four most populous countries (India, China, Indonesia and the US), forecast a grim future of social collapse. Indeed, this collapse is well underway, and promises to get significantly worse as untreatable diseases and environmental catastrophes escalate.

Some aspects of mafia states -- i.e. militarism, media control, market corruption, wealth transfer and official lawlessness -- add up to a meta trend toward violent chaos. The impact on global society can already be seen as international institutions like the UN, NATO and World Bank collaborate with mafia states.

In response to mafia state agendas, economic panic and religious hysteria exacerbate social chaos, justifying totalitarian control of education, communications and journalism. Amid the coming plague and resource scarcity, fear, hate and revenge will rule the day.

Monday, October 06, 2014

 

Consumer Culture and Mental Health

I was thinking about what a rich opportunity it is, in the aftermath of the climate week hoopla, for academic associations -- particularly in anthropology, sociology and psychology -- to solicit papers and schedule conferences on communications, journalism and public mental health in a netwar environment. 

The social engineering and self-delusion on climate change is so pervasive and lethal in consequence, that I would expect at least a couple noteworthy op-eds in mainstream media, and maybe a high profile counter-narrative that views the celebritization of Naomi Klein as a mental health symptom of consumer culture thriving on fantasies.

This would be an appropriate topic, for instance, as a theme issue at IJOC, the International Journal of Communication. Maybe a feature story in Harper's or the New Yorker.

Recent research shows that renewable energy cannot even begin to come close to replacing fossil fuels at the level of US consumption, and that this consumer demand is increasing. Indeed, American culture is based on high consumption, and US society is mentally ill as a result. World Health Organization statistics note this mental health crisis is particularly pronounced in the US, and negatively affects immigrants when they try to adapt to the American way of life. 

I think that many Americans who hope we can continue consuming four times the energy per capita as the rest of the world  -- by developing some magical "clean energy" -- will become psychologically depressed as reality intrudes on this chimera. In my view, this geography of mental ill health (as well as official corruption) prevents the international community from achieving anything useful on the Kyoto Protocols, Cochabamba Accord, or UNDRIP. 

Some conclude that Americans don't care enough about suffering in the rest of the world to curb their consumption.

My take is that Americans are politically illiterate, and in their infantile level of awareness, changing US society is so far beyond their collective ability that they cannot imagine anything but fantasies based on false hope and advertising. 

Sunday, October 05, 2014

 

KXL Opponents Causing Disaster

As noted in the New York Post, Keystone pipeline opponents are partly responsible for the environmental disasters and human catastrophes caused by exploding oil trains. Had these misguided liberals given any thought to their KXL protests, they would have found they were being herded by people on the bomb train payroll, and that their protests would not stop Tar Sands mining or Bakken Shale fracking; they would, however, make a lot of money for railroad magnates like Warren Buffett.

Duped liberals will undoubtedly plead innocent to the charge, but ignorance is no excuse, especially when the KXL charade was known from the outset as a Buffett/350 PR hoax.

While this uncomfortable truth might cause some anguish and despair among liberal activists, it is way past time for them to wake up and smell the coffee. Our civilization is dependent on fossil fuels, and while so-called clean energy is fine in the few limited circumstances where it can help reduce carbon emissions, the reality is that only significant reduction in consumption will make any difference. Playing PR shell games with peoples lives at stake is utterly unforgivable.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

 

Reality Truth Knowledge

Nature Bats Last radio interviews Cory Morningstar.

 

Millenium Development Goals: Wall Street's Global Plan

Poverty-pimping is as old as liberalism; broken promises likewise. Under neoliberalism, though, this betrayal is orchestrated as humanitarian. As a dishonest broker, the UN plays a key role in this fraud.

Promising relief from poverty, disease, and oppression, ubercapitalists and sycophants like Gates and Clinton join the IMF and World Bank in supporting the UN Millenium Development Goals. As contributing architects of the final solution, the Gates and Clinton foundations lend a philanthropic veneer to Free Market brutality under the guise of promoting equality.

While this veneer might seem laughable to anyone paying attention, it holds considerable sway when repackaged by NGOs acting as fronts for Wall Street. Like the humanitarian war charade and Free Market Ponzi schemes over climate change, pimping poverty relief through mega-development on indigenous territories requires expertise in controlling minds.

The illusion of ubercapitalist philanthropy, now unraveling in the aftermath of the Buffett/350 scandal, was dealt another blow with the revelation of Gates Foundation investments in G4S -- a company "highly complicit in the Israeli military occupation of Palestine." While social engineering by the capitalist elite, using private foundations, is as old as tax loopholes, mobilized Free Market multitudes is largely a social media phenomenon.


As Michael Barker notes, most telling are the covert, anti-democratic campaigns funded by corporations like Microsoft. By manipulating media, Gates foundation – like Ford and Rockefeller – undermines democracy worldwide. The philanthropic colonization of civil society is just one more means of their corrosive social engineering.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

 

Shining a Light

My interview by Cory Morningstar at Shift magazine.

 

Best of Indigenous News

People Land Truth 2014 now available at IC Magazine.

Monday, September 29, 2014

 

Smooth Talkers: Marketing Imperial Civil Society

After the Vietnam War, big dogs in the Democratic Party transitioned from belligerent blowhards to smooth talkers. The party of cold warriors became hot stuff. Capitalizing on the popular subculture of peace and love, the Democrats under President Clinton initiated the era of "humanitarian" war. As such, American hegemony could be repackaged as philanthropic.

Ironically, the breakthrough in marketing imperial civil society came about as a result of Clinton's misadventures with his Oval Office intern Monica Lewinsky. When Big Dog got caught with his pants down, the Democratic Party turned to social media for support. Mobilizing support through the NGO MoveOn, Democrats were able to turn a national embarrassment into an organizing opportunity. As time went on, social media would prove to be a useful tool for social engineering.

As servants of Wall Street, the Democrats -- through MoveOn -- began what would become a tsunami of deceptive devices, from Avaaz to Purpose. As pro-war promoters, these NGOs were able to divert attention from high crimes and focus public attention on false pretenses, in turn used to justify perpetual militarism. With the capture of boards at nominally progressive NGOs like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the neoliberals represented by Clinton introduced a sophisticated new psychological warfare element to the public arena.

With laundered funding aplenty -- available through neoliberal foundations like Clinton, Gates, Soros, Ford and Rockefeller -- Wall Street (with help from Madison Avenue) has managed to consolidate its war-making portfolio of investments, while simultaneously acquiring a controlling interest in big international NGOs. As civil society institutions (living on pre-coup residual creds), the NGOs, in turn, legitimate the neoliberal incarnation of fascism.

As the architect of NAFTA, Clinton's bonafides on Wall Street are rock solid. While his star faded as a result of the 1999 WTO Ministerial in Seattle, the Clinton Global Initiative to implement Wall Street's Millenium Development Goals seems to have resurrected his pathetic leadership to gold. Perhaps -- like his Wag the Dog war in Sudan -- in time, the memory of Clinton sucking up to the daughter of Uzbekistan's president (known for boiling his political opponents alive) in order to finance his foundation (on proceeds from slave labor) will be forgotten.

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