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Here’s a note never struck at COP26: We the billion richest people just flat fucking consume too much.

We made the problem we’re all trying to fix! We ate all the way through the apple and spit the seeds into the sky.

This Buy Nothing Day, it’s time to start owning this on the level of our personal habits.

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Violent Defenders of the Fossil-Fuel Status Quo Have Shown Their Hand

November 25, 2021

In Canada, this is what the status quo looks like.

Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney has sunk to new depths of anti-green propagandising by accusing revered Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki of “inciting violence.”

“This incitement to violence by David Suzuki is dangerous, and should be condemned universally,” Kenney spewed in an establishment-approved tweet. “In Canada we resolve our differences peacefully and democratically, not with threats of terrorism or acts of violence.”

What, exactly, constituted Suzuki’s “incitement”? “We’re in deep, deep doo-doo,” he said, at an Extinction Rebellion protest in neighbouring BC’s island-bound capital. “This is what we’ve come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

Does this sound like a provocation? Or a plea for urgent action before anger spills over into violence?

Asked if he would support pipeline sabotage, Suzuki said, “Of course not.” He acknowledged that violence related to environmental issues is already occurring — but not at the hands of activists. “The violence is coming from the authorities, from government, from the RCMP,” he told the National Post. “They’re declaring war against those that are protesting.”

He is right. Citing anti-logging protests in old-growth forest at nearby Ferry Creek, Suzuki remarked that “the violence is all coming from the forces that want to maintain the status quo.”

He could equally well have cited the RCMP’s militarized crackdown on blockades of the contested Coastal GasLink pipeline, further north on BC’s climate-crushed mainland. The pipeline is slated to pass beneath a river, which activists have said is the source of local drinking water and which lies on unceded Indigenous land.

There is a certain irony, or hypocrisy, in Kenney’s words. In states that defend the fossil-fuel industry (meaning everywhere capitalism prevails and beyond), nothing that touches it is done “peacefully and democratically.” If that were the case, there would be no pipelines (which are widely condemned) and therefore no protests, no arrests.

Instead what we see is violent, state-sponsored suppression of peaceful civil disobedience. In the status-quo paradigm, merely criticizing the oil lobby, or sounding the alarm on the climate crisis, are deemed “terrorism.”

This is not democracy. It is fossil fascism.

Third Force rebels: Don’t let this cry for justice go unheeded. To make the planet livable, we mustn’t stop short of taking down the fossil-fuel industry. How far are you willing to go?

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Meta Guy!

A few minutes into Facebook's big rebranding video and the thought occurs, "this feels like hell".

The so-called metaverse looks like Zuck watched The Matrix and thought it was aspirational. It's a world designed to subsume every aspect of our lived, physical reality with a digital abstraction. In his imagined future, our collapsing economy and corroded social services can be glossed over with a shiny veneer — "be satisfied with the crumbs you're getting because in the metaverse you have a digital loaf".

If your living situation is less than ideal, just log in to the metaverse where you live in a spacious penthouse. In Zuck's shiny vision of the future, home exists as no more than a digital construct.

But it isn't just a replacement for real life. In Zuck's metaverse, infinitely replicable digital assets can be bought and sold like real, physical assets — complete with artificial scarcity. Things that we take for granted, like the beauty of the natural world around us or our bodies, can be monetized.

Total control over the way we engage with reality — a world where every interaction, every work of art, every grand vista is a monetization opportunity for Facebook.

It feels unfathomable that society would allow the idea to take hold... but then, Facebook already fills that role in so many people's lives. The newly minted Meta already has its tendrils in our family interactions, our marketplaces, our artistic expression, our daily conversations, our get-togethers with friends, our news, our understanding of reality.

But no matter how deep it roots, we can still dig it out. It will take some serious mental weeding and a concerted metamemetic push, but getting free of Facebook's pernicious influence is possible.

Time for the Mental Liberation Front!

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Art: Dan Wilson @DanWilson1982

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Covid-19 turned from an outbreak into a pandemic because of airplanes.

The virus shot around the world, instantly found new hosts, and replicated everywhere all at once. It was out of Pandora’s box before anyone could make a lid big enough to shut it down.

Speculative money has spread the virus of capitalism the same way. The throughput is out of control — because there are no borders or governors or effective laws to stop the money-from-nothing algorithm.

The speculative traders are like superspreaders, and the whole world is vulnerable.

Our only hope is to shut those guys down.

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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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