I turn off the mute on the radio, to check if the nauseating ads are finished and we can get back to the music, and I hear, “New York steak…” – so I mute it again immediately; and I think: Advertising = the intensification and multiplication of human wants and desires = the diminishing of . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Advertising, bondage and consumerism
The world’s middle class is on the verge of a population explosion. Sorry, Earth. Of the 7+ billion people on the planet today, about 1.8-billion are considered middle-class or make that consumer class. By 2030 that sub-2 billion is expected to burgeon to just under 5-billion strong, churning away on their computers to order . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Coming Soon – 3-Billion More "Big Mouths" to Feed
“Taxes are the way we pay for the things we decide to do together, and we are stronger together.” – Alex Himelfarb
While we consume and pay taxes, those are activities of our existence. The economy is supposed to serve our social goals as human beings. We are not economic entities . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Are You a Consumer, Taxpayer or Citizen?
Today is Friday. Let’s make it “think for ourselves Friday.”
It’ll work: the government/corporations/1% won’t see it coming!
Twitter / occupythemob: http://t.co/doHx1xWO4l.
December 17, 2013 Fried Squirrels (0) December 20, 2013 Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight (4) January 7, 2012 Day Two of Tragedy of the Market: From Crisis . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Because You’re Not As Dumb As They Think You Are!
It’s a trifecta of moral corruption!
Rex Murphy shills for Big Oil and Gas. Postmedia consigns its editorial control to the Oil and Gas Lobby[TM]. Postmedia, naturally, fires one of the best energy/environment reporters in the nation.
Film at 11.
Ok, it’s 11. Let’s drill down.
Journalists should declare when they receive money to . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Media Corruption Trifecta!
Bill Zylmans, that awkward racist guy.
First we have IKEA’s union busting, coming up on one year of locking out their workers because they won’t take major concessions in the face of billions in profits.
Now we have the strawberry and potato farmer who worries about how few Caucasian farmers are left around . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Two Richmond Boycotts for 2014
Women-as-sex-meat, 2014 edition begins now. The #FacePalm is appropriate.
It’s nothing new, but when can media just stop. Maybe when it’s no longer profitable? We need a revolution in media by boycotting all venues that perpetuate the women-as-sex-meat theme. Here’s what’s new, this time with Eugenie Bouchard and Cate Blanchett.
“You’re getting . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Can We Stop Treating Women Like Meat? Now? Maybe? Please?
I know you’re wondering. But it’s hard to imagine. Kind of like a fish imagining life without water. We’ve known corporate media for generations. Since the advent of psychology and marketing, the influence/manipulation of corporate media is ubiquitous. And not in a good way.
But let’s take a few moments to imagine the features of . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What Does Post-Corporate Media Look Like?
Whenever I read stories about corporations wanting to do the right thing, I never hold my breath. Clothing corporations, the sector where “sweatshops” originates, want us to believe they care. They don’t.
Read what nonsense they are trying to peddle to get us off their back for exploiting people so we can have cheap t-shirts. . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Cheap T-Shirts Keep Harper in Power
While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media
Economic growth suggests that infinite growth is possible. Even with a growing earth population and increasing climate breakdown, people still think we can continue growing.
I like using the seasons analogy to describe that human economic activity ought follow the cycle of seasons, with a steadying imperative. This is why I like the Steady . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Economic Growth? I Prefer Steady State
Riotously popular economist Umair Haque had a few interesting tweets about America, corporations and billionaires this week. [View the story “What’s Wrong with America, Corporations and Billionaires?” on Storify]
December 30, 2013 How the Occupy Movement is Enriching People’s Lives (1) April 18, 2011 Embracing BC NDP Corporate Tax Increases (8) March 27, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: What’s Wrong with America, Billionaires and Corporations?
Naomi Klein urges unions to join climate change fight
Many groups are calling for significant and sufficient action to address climate change, which is fantastic. But unions have not been loud enough. This is significant because they often have more money than many other progressive groups to fight for the social good, particularly . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: A Key Union Priority for 2014
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Diane Coyle offers a preview of Thomas Piketty’s upcoming book on inequality – featuring a prediction that absent some significant public policy intervention, we may see a return to 19th-century levels of concentration of wealth.
– Meanwhile, Murray Dobbin calls for 2014 to be the year of living . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
It’s never enough, is it?
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SodaStream boycott informational picket
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
London Drugs, Broadway @ Cambie, Vancouver
Below is a notice of an important event happening on Saturday in Vancouver. If something is labelled as “Made in Israel” but is really made in an . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: ACTION: Illegal Israeli Settlement Goods Sold at London Drugs
How to inoculate yourself against cynical corporate media.
Corporate news media is not on our side. It is on the side of stoking fear, cynically eroding possibilities of a better, more robust democracy, and scaring us into obedience to corporations and government through sensational stories that undermine our happiness.
But we . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing Cyncial Corporate Media
The evolution of the decay of Facebook privacy.
The late, great Neil Postman once wrote that we’d more likely voluntarily embrace the fascism of Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell’s 1984. The corporate version of this is the crack-like addiction a billion people have to the Facebook.
But it’s worse than you thought, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Facebook Is the New AOL/Compuserve Big Brother
Balloons are a threat to civil order. The police must protect themselves from you with riot gear. You are a bad person.
You. You enemy of the state. You radical environmentalist. Or worker rights advocate. Or whatever cause you are promoting.
You. You are a threat to order. When you gather, you are . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Practice CrimeStop: You Are the New Terrorist
It’s not very often that you see a full-blown change in the landscape happen right before your eyes, but I think we’ve just seen one.
The future, I think, is black … as in Black Friday.
You may have noticed that Black Friday shopping arrived with a vengeance in Canada this year. The daily newspaper . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Hello, Black Friday. Goodbye, Boxing Day.
I have no words, at least I thought I didn’t.
It’s bad enough that men rape women, then modern culture shames women for wearing anything but a burlap sack.
I do not condone rape or sexual assault, but I think the male teens often so accused are not wholly to blame.
via Exhibitionist modern culture . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Men: Never 100% Responsible for Rape?
” It’s the Economy, Stupid.” [Or oil, or gas, or energy…]
If you think you know why Syria is happening [and happening NOW], you’re probably missing a number of the elements at play. Don’t expect western governments or the corporate media to enumerate these.
Sure, chemical weapons are horrible, but so are cluster . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Chemical Weapons in Syria? Merely a Pretext [Iran, Shhh.]
You need to trust the media less.
Almost a year ago, and before the last US presidential election, Gallup determined that there has been a stunning decline in citizens’ mistrust of the media [see below].
It crossed over from mostly trust to not so much trust around 2004-2005. If you recall, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: You Aren’t Sufficiently Critical of the #Media
Workers in Canada and around the world have been under assault for decades, but most of our recent tactics to stop the bleeding have been ineffective. Are we lazy, complacent, overworked, obedient, compliant, subdued, afraid, docile, or fully tamed and intimidated by the one per cent?
If we don’t get a lot . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Labour Day 2013: Say Hello to the Pavement!
Well, a new school year is about to begin, so it’s time to analyze just how much destruction the 1% will visit upon public education this year. Defunding, corporatization of curriculum, standardization of curriculum and experience, high-stakes testing, homogenization of experience…you know, the same old nonsense that drove me from teaching high school about a . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The First Day of School, 2013: Beware!