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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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Anonymous

Are you serious? I never read such shtisim. Go to school study hard and you'll get a better job than Starbucks! If you were a lazy student and ended up working in Starbucks look in the mirror and you will see the person to blame.

Anonymous

Are you serious? I never read such shtisim. Go to school study hard and you'll get a better job than Starbucks! If you were a lazy student and ended up working in Starbucks look in the mirror and you will see the person to blame.

Anonymous

HuffPo and Starbucks are good targets. But here are some bigger targets that Adbusters could go after and get MAJOR results.

A coordinated campaign with the Electronic Freedom Foundation might be a great way to push this into the culture: 1) Dump your bank. 2) Switch your phone. 3) Don't Drive. 4) Liberate the internet.

- Dump your bank: What are better alternatives to Wells Fargo and MasterCard? Can you provide resources to people who are curious about living bank-free, or banking locally? Bitcoin? What else?

- Switch your phone: AT&T and Verizon openly and arrogantly collude with the NSA's evil spying program, yet many activists still give them money. What available cell phone services are the least objectionable? Any good options for minimizing our cooperation with the corporate-state spying culture? What's the least NSA-friendly smart phone option for people who think they need one?

- Internet: Are there any responsible, not-insulting alternatives to Google and Facebook, which openly strategize against the human dignity of their own users?

- Operating system: Apple and Microsoft love to push all kinds of global trouble. Where can we go? Linux? Is there any possible guide to help such a campaign extend beyond geekdom?

- Oil & Cars: How can people live without a car, or use cars less? Can Adbusters help them take those steps?

If we make a coherent effort to punish and divest from the worst major banks, telecoms, internet corporations, oil companies and car companies, we will find a better life free from those "necessary" institutions, and we will hurt our enemies directly and forcefully.

Anonymous

HuffPo and Starbucks are good targets. But here are some bigger targets that Adbusters could go after and get MAJOR results.

A coordinated campaign with the Electronic Freedom Foundation might be a great way to push this into the culture: 1) Dump your bank. 2) Switch your phone. 3) Don't Drive. 4) Liberate the internet.

- Dump your bank: What are better alternatives to Wells Fargo and MasterCard? Can you provide resources to people who are curious about living bank-free, or banking locally? Bitcoin? What else?

- Switch your phone: AT&T and Verizon openly and arrogantly collude with the NSA's evil spying program, yet many activists still give them money. What available cell phone services are the least objectionable? Any good options for minimizing our cooperation with the corporate-state spying culture? What's the least NSA-friendly smart phone option for people who think they need one?

- Internet: Are there any responsible, not-insulting alternatives to Google and Facebook, which openly strategize against the human dignity of their own users?

- Operating system: Apple and Microsoft love to push all kinds of global trouble. Where can we go? Linux? Is there any possible guide to help such a campaign extend beyond geekdom?

- Oil & Cars: How can people live without a car, or use cars less? Can Adbusters help them take those steps?

If we make a coherent effort to punish and divest from the worst major banks, telecoms, internet corporations, oil companies and car companies, we will find a better life free from those "necessary" institutions, and we will hurt our enemies directly and forcefully.

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