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The Mood at Culture Jammer HQ

90 thousand jammers living without dead time.

Alright, you 90 thousand jammers, anarchists, politicos, rabble rousers and do gooders on the other side of this screen, here's the mood at Culture Jammers HQ right now:

The global situation is deteriorating faster and faster … instabilities, disruptions and singularities are emerging not just in our ecological and financial systems, but now, as the depression epidemic spreads worldwide, in our psychological systems as well. We are racing towards nightfall, a second great dark age.

Apocalyptic foreboding hangs over us, yet on the personal/activist front we feel guardedly optimistic watching the insurrectionaries in Spain, Greece and throughout the Arab world. Intellectually we feel alive like never before. Radical change and potent new ways of strategic thinking are cropping up everywhere. One of the most exciting tracts we've come across in awhile is Saul Newman's The Politics of Postanarchism. Some of it is a bit academic, but he's got a few killer ideas that just may offer a new paradigm for action. In one inspiring passage he writes:

"The liberal idea of an appropriate balance between security and liberty is an illusion. The only vision the security paradigm offers us — with the pernicious technologies and its perverse logic which grips us in a double bind — is an empty, controlled, over-exposed landscape from which all hope of emancipation has faded, and where all we have left to do is obsessively measure the risks posed to our lives from the ever-present specter of catastrophe."

You'll find more of that kind of post-political thinking in our upcoming Adbusters #97 — a primer for living without dead time — as we hunt for escape routes from nightfall. If you have a poem, photograph, vision, theoretical insight or visceral jam to contribute, shoot it to [email protected] before June 13.

All this leaves us wondering, what can we do this week, today, right now? Here are a few things we're going to try, please join us:

#nostarbucks

Continue our vow never to walk into a Starbucks ever again … meeting our friends and fellow revolutionaries in indie coffee shops instead and pulling our money out of corporate tills. We'll keep #NOSTARBUCKS humming until it turns into one of the first great international megacorporate boycotts of all time.


#HUFFPUFF is another way to clean up our mental ecology. Never visit, write for, link to, or cite AolHuffPo again. Instead, let's share alternate ways of getting news and intelligence.


Image from http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/palestine-united/

The UN General Assembly vote for Palestinian statehood is scheduled for September. Obama — the f!@#$*%! — has come out against it. Fact is that the UN gave Israel statehood in 1948 and now, sixty years later, Palestine can be born in exactly the same way. Do whatever you can to make this happen! Can we organize something global over the internet and do something big locally? What?


Adbusters #96: Apocalyptic Boredom

New Issue Out Today:
Adbusters #96, Apocalyptic Boredom, hits newsstands world-wide today. It's the largest (9" X 11.75") mindbomb we've ever deployed. We expect meme casualties. Check it out at an indie newsstand, or better still go to adbusters.org and pay for a subscription.


Final thought:
America needs its own Tahrir acampada now more than ever. Can we get 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, a democratic assembly and occupy Wall Street for a few months? [email protected].


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Your NOSTARBUCKS campaign is just silly. Starbucks is one of the few employers in the United States who actually respect part-time employees and offer part-time employees affordable health insurance, which is pretty much necessary if you live in the States. I used to be stand-offish about Starbucks too, when I lived in London - but it was more anti-Americanism really. I recently moved back to the states and I worked at Starbucks for two years while I was getting my own business together. I was encouraged every step of the way by my bosses and colleagues and at age 53 the whole experience was an eye-opener for me in more ways than I can recount here. I worked twenty hours a week and loved the experience. We never shooed customers out the door. And one thing I loved was that we were able and encouraged to offer free drinks and samples at our own discretion. They had a wonderful returns policy and were making efforts towards healthier food and drinks. (getting rid of HFC, for example) They are not the worst evil in the world. Sometimes making money does not preclude being decent. I love what you guys do at Adbusters, but sometimes we can lose sight of the bits of good that are being done within the 'old-world corporate structures'. I was grateful for everyone of those customers, who were mostly local, who came into my Starbucks because they paid my wages, which I spent locally so it wasn't a total drag, you see. [email protected] xo

[email protected]

Your NOSTARBUCKS campaign is just silly. Starbucks is one of the few employers in the United States who actually respect part-time employees and offer part-time employees affordable health insurance, which is pretty much necessary if you live in the States. I used to be stand-offish about Starbucks too, when I lived in London - but it was more anti-Americanism really. I recently moved back to the states and I worked at Starbucks for two years while I was getting my own business together. I was encouraged every step of the way by my bosses and colleagues and at age 53 the whole experience was an eye-opener for me in more ways than I can recount here. I worked twenty hours a week and loved the experience. We never shooed customers out the door. And one thing I loved was that we were able and encouraged to offer free drinks and samples at our own discretion. They had a wonderful returns policy and were making efforts towards healthier food and drinks. (getting rid of HFC, for example) They are not the worst evil in the world. Sometimes making money does not preclude being decent. I love what you guys do at Adbusters, but sometimes we can lose sight of the bits of good that are being done within the 'old-world corporate structures'. I was grateful for everyone of those customers, who were mostly local, who came into my Starbucks because they paid my wages, which I spent locally so it wasn't a total drag, you see. [email protected] xo

Anonymous

¡Zapatista coffee! (.com) It's like paying for adbusters. Both things I really want to do as soon as a break the minimum wage (or 80 hour) class barrier that corps like starbucks create. dig it though gonegrrl, i know what you're saying. I drink out of a Manila starbucks mug everyday, its dope looking. I sure as fuck don't pay for their coffee though, nor their sandwhiches etc, too damn expensive.

Anonymous

¡Zapatista coffee! (.com) It's like paying for adbusters. Both things I really want to do as soon as a break the minimum wage (or 80 hour) class barrier that corps like starbucks create. dig it though gonegrrl, i know what you're saying. I drink out of a Manila starbucks mug everyday, its dope looking. I sure as fuck don't pay for their coffee though, nor their sandwhiches etc, too damn expensive.

tkaptur

my reply i forgot to log in,
exploden04@g'd upfromdafeetup mail.com
my coffee mug has a jeepney on it! sorry adbusters! never again!

tkaptur

my reply i forgot to log in,
exploden04@g'd upfromdafeetup mail.com
my coffee mug has a jeepney on it! sorry adbusters! never again!

Broski

I too, work for a corporation with the same sort of 'smiley face capitalism' image of Starbucks. Look, these places can greenwash all that they want, but the fact remains that they don't pay a living wage. $8-$10 an hour is not a livable wage in Ohio, much less in NYC or SF. Instead of unfocused boycotts, why not support the IWW's campaign to unionize Starbucks shops? Or better yet, join the IWW and start a campaign in your own workplace. Solidarity Forever!

Broski

I too, work for a corporation with the same sort of 'smiley face capitalism' image of Starbucks. Look, these places can greenwash all that they want, but the fact remains that they don't pay a living wage. $8-$10 an hour is not a livable wage in Ohio, much less in NYC or SF. Instead of unfocused boycotts, why not support the IWW's campaign to unionize Starbucks shops? Or better yet, join the IWW and start a campaign in your own workplace. Solidarity Forever!

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