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Why Don't I Care?

EACH MORNING I WAKE UP AND FIND MYSELF IN A LULL. AM I PATHETIC? AM I NOT INFORMED? CORPORATIONS DOMINATE MORE NOW THAN THEY EVER HAVE AT ANY TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY, BUT I FEEL NOTHING.

EACH MORNING I WAKE UP AND FIND MYSELF IN A LULL. AM I PATHETIC? AM I NOT INFORMED? CORPORATIONS DOMINATE MORE NOW THAN THEY EVER HAVE AT ANY TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY, BUT I FEEL NOTHING.

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The Global System Just Tipped Closer to Extinction

July 21, 2021

Catastrophic flooding in Germany and China. Record-breaking temperatures north of the 49th parallel. A “heat dome” that annihilated one billion marine organisms in one fell swoop. Wildfires which make the Plagues of Egypt look like small stuff.

It’s no mere coincidence. Climate change is unignorably here. And humanity’s in it neck-deep the world over.

But while ordinary people bear the brunt of the devastation, world leaders are content to sit by and twiddle their thumbs — “progressive” types not excluded.

Take handsome, smiling PM Trudeau. In 2019, his Liberal government gave the fraught $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion the go-ahead the very day after it declared a national climate emergency.

Pres. Biden, too, likes to blow a lot of hot air about his environmentalist cred. But the all-American likes of ExxonMobil continue to pump billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere, despite having covered up the fact that for decades they knowingly imperilled the entire human species — and paid to keep it secret.

It’s the crime of the century. So where’s Joe when justice needs serving? If the U.S. won’t take the first big step onto a sane sustainable path, then who will?

These are dire days indeed. No one is safe. But whereas governments are asleep at the wheel, we’ve got a people-first solution to wrest climate-control back from the powers that be.

Check it out — and find out where you fit in with the True Cost Revolution!

Yep, We’ve Been Cancelled!

First they came for Lady Chatterley. Then they came for Ulysses. Then they came with a vengeance for Rushdie and his Satanic Verses.

Now, the censors have come for us. You know what happens next.

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#KILLACORP

The worst of the corporate criminals have committed inexcusable trespass. Philip Morris, Monsanto, GM, the Sackler family, ExxonMobil: the list goes on and on. Not once over the last one hundred years has a criminal corporation been brought all the way down: its brand erased, its business disbanded, its profits paid out in reparations, its name turned into a historical footnote.

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Peak Stupidity

I started my career in 1975, drawing electrical schematics on pieces of paper taped onto a drafting board. The old-timers were still using protractors to draw circles, but the young guns were using circle templates. You got the same sized circle every time, and it didn’t leave a hole in the page. Back then, a pencil with an eraser on the end was considered high-tech.

In 1975 engineering was a slow, sedate business. It would be another decade before personal computers entered into most engineering offices and two decades before the last drafting board fell into disuse. The computer profoundly changed the typical design office. With computer-aided design techniques, it was now possible to screw things up 40 times faster than you could with a pencil. What used to take months of persistence and attention to detail could now be botched almost instantaneously.

The problem is that humans don’t think any faster than they used to. Intelligent thoughts need time to bore through bone, gristle, and rummage around, searching for an active synapse to stimulate.  That process is far slower than most would believe. Unintended consequences often do not surface for weeks or months after a project is completed. It seems that mankind has been set on a path toward peak stupidity, a journey that modern computer technology has shortened considerably.

by Harry Lauder

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A New Relationship Between People and Corporations

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We the People have lost control.

Corporations, these legal fictions we ourselves created two centuries ago, now rule over us. And we accept this as the normal state of affairs.

We go to corporations on our knees. Please do the right thing, we plead. Please don’t cut down any more ancient forests. Please don’t pollute any more lakes and rivers (but please don’t move your factories and jobs offshore either). Please don’t use pornographic images to sell fashion to my kids. Please don’t play governments off against each other to get a better deal.

We’ve spent so much time bowed down in deference we’ve forgotten how to stand up straight.

In this issue, we lay out a plan to take back our sovereignty, restore our dignity . . . and make corporations work for us, not the other way around. It's an endgame that we can't afford to lose.

Unprime Day

Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21. And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).

Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly deal-hawking hoopla for its swindled subscribers, begins on June 21.

And there’s never been a better occasion to cancel your Prime membership and boycott Amazon and all its subsidiaries (which include AbeBooks, Amazon Studios, Audible, Book Depository, ComiXology, Goodreads, IMDb, Twitch, Whole Foods, Zappos, and dozens more).

As you can tell from the list above, Amazon owns a huge number of companies whose products and services millions use every single day.

. . . whether they’re walking to work in their Zappos shoes with an Audible audiobook in their ears, or watching streams on Twitch while scarfing down premium Whole Foods goodies, or binging Amazon Studios–produced TV shows while looking up the name of “that guy who looks like that other guy” on IMDb. And that’s true even when you leave Amazon itself out of the tally.

The point, in short, is not just that megacorporations are taking over the world, but that one monolithic corporation named Amazon controls an ever-increasing share of our mental environment.

Think that sounds exaggerated? Think again.

Amazon’s dominance is funded by an illegal price-rigging racket that disguises the costs of its “free shipping” promise to Prime members. As a result, it has oodles of capital to spend on ventures well beyond its e-commerce perview. (Remember when all it sold was books?)

Today, Amazon has its finger in cloud computing, streaming, electronics, home security, A.I., surveillance — and yes, even the defense industry. (Oh, and did I mention that it’s now a bank, too?) As one of the ten biggest corporations on the planet, it’s power to influence you is therefore enormous. It’s meddling in areas of your life you’re not even aware of.

With all this, what are the chances that Amazon has your best interest at heart? Ask yourself: Are you being empowered — or exploited?

Don’t be naive — after all, we’re talking about the same company that is set on hanging workers out to dry, chucking the environment in the bin, forcing you to foot its tax bill, and distorting democracy itself. And it’s no friend of whistleblowers, either.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Amazon’s fate lies in one person’s hands . . . one person with the power to make or break the gargantuan tech tyrant, by either shopping from it — or dropping it altogether.

And that person is you.

We’ve long called for unswooshing the swoosh. This Prime Day, ditch your membership and boycott the mother of all tech-corp crooks (and every one of her brats).

It’s time to #unprime Prime — not just for one day, but for good.

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The
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What's in a price?

Raw materials. Labor. Equipment upkeep. Rents and fees. Supply and demand. Taxes.

Those things influence how much you pay at the till. But what about the cost of the wrapper you throw away, toxic run-off leaking into lakes and streams, carbon released into the atmosphere — in short, all the noxious side-effects of using or producing everyday things in a capitalist world? Who pays for that?

The short answer: We all do.

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Where you Fit In

Over the last couple of generations, we in the so-called “developed” world have eased into a very cushy way of living. We love our dish washers, spin dryers and microwave ovens. We love our throw away diapers, pre-washed veggies and ready-to-eat dinners delivered right to our door. And we love cruising in our cars with our favorite music playing. The idea of living more austere lives is anathema. We’re hooked on all of this stuff now. Whatever it takes, we gotta have our Doritos.

That’s just the way it is.

Or is it?

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#WorldwideGeneralStrike TACTICAL BRIEFING No. 1

Alright you radicals, rebels and redeemers out there,

Once in every era, the call of history compels a small number of people — or even just one person — to steer the world in a fresh new direction.

This is that call.

The time has come to question everything.

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