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Buy Canadian Tar Sands

Watch this petroleum industry funded ad that just debuted on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
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If your jaw is still gaping, it’s completely understandable. Propaganda at its most base level can do that. Take a moment … ask yourself, who are these people? Where are their offices? How much political favor has their crude cash purchased?

Over the holidays let’s put our heads together: how can we make the people who made this ad pay a price.

What would be a tactical response of equal spectacle?

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boydcster

Thanks for your reply and suggestions. Your suggestions are good as long as we can focus on the human face of suffering as concretely as the ad above focused on the suffering of Arab women. One twist that would be particularly ironic would be to highlight the position of women in Iraq after the American war. Before the war, Iraqi women were among the freest and most liberated in the Arab world. After the Americans came, on came the veils, along with sex trafficking and prostitution. This is what actually happens to women when the oil companies take over. It would be powerful to see such an ad. Somehow, we've got to make this humanly understandable.

Anonymous

Ah yes, this "ethical oil" nonsense, coined by none other than that loveable blowhard and master of sophistry, Ezra Levant. This type of wordplay determines what the term ethical even applies to; e.g. Oppressing women is not ethical, but enviromental degradation and pollution do not qualify as actions which come under the microscope when discussing ethics. While propaganda like this will make some of scoff and others vomit in their mouths, this bullshit will work on some level and a section of the population (both in Canada and the States) will be hoodwinked, and they won't necessarily be staunch Republicunts or Harper supporters. It makes me sad, truly it does.

dataylor

Blowhard you're so right, loveable, forget it. This creep has been inflicting his mouth that roared for too long now. I destested the man since he was the nasal whining creep speaking for Presto Manning. He is one of those creeps like Billo the Clown who I automatically shun in anything he says.
It's really amazing (I guess me dumb) this kind of propaganda approach has gotten traction. Ethical oil stuff is just clearly, " we know what you are, now we're just haggling on the price", kind of stuff.

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sometimes you want to think really highly of the people as idealistic noble victims of circumstance and then you remember people actually believe this stuff..

Robert 32m st c...

The way the government feeds into people's minds, this bullshit, is the promise of stable employment whether it begins in Alberta or from an overall benefit to our national economy. It's hard to argue 'semantics' with people that need jobs as a main source of sustenance. But thus the capitalist society we live in today. It's hard to tell someone to back away from a pile of 'money' when that's what our society is driven by (for the most part). It's hard not to vote conservative when all they promise is money and safety measures to ensure that money is 'safe' (omnibus bill). I, for one, despise this form of existence so the only thing I can do is try to contribute my part to what I feel is fair for everyone. I agree wholeheartedly with most, if not all, of the take-home messages I have read through Adbusters. Toxic propaganda for our mind through a poisoned media. It makes me cringe with disgust but I refuse to let its morbidity affect my life. I am living off of a very low income and I am happy. I don't want to get a job that feeds into the corporate capitalist mechanism and that makes me content :) I hope everyone finds their own peace of mind out there somewhere.

Anonymous

Hopefully you will now pause and thank the capitalist system that brought you the very computer that allowed you to post your message here.

Anonymousx

Do not confuse bad economic policy for good. We live in a cash economy, and have freedom, We have a large and lush country, which can sustain many and much resources.Good economic policy encourages growth and sustainability.Bad economic policy focuses on the moment and a fast buck. this isnt about Capitalism its about greed and destruction.You will not benefit personally from this deal, why are you so ready to defend it as simply a rhetorical division of Capitalism and who ever you think the enemy is? btw, commies have computers too,

Anonymousx

Do not confuse bad economic policy for good. We live in a cash economy, and have freedom, We have a large and lush country, which can sustain many and much resources.Good economic policy encourages growth and sustainability.Bad economic policy focuses on the moment and a fast buck. this isnt about Capitalism its about greed and destruction.You will not benefit personally from this deal, why are you so ready to defend it as simply a rhetorical division of Capitalism and who ever you think the enemy is? btw, commies have computers too,

Anonymous

I don't see what is necessary in capitalism to build computers.... are computers capitalists ? then my german car is probably a nazi (sorry for the godwin), I will thank adolf hitler (sorry again) every time I start the engine.
Ah, and by the way, the plastic of your computer tower is made with oil bought to Saudi Arabia. Do you thank Saudi Arabia every time you touch your tower ? Without Saudi Arabia, would people just put all the components of their computer on the floor. Oh, and by the way, your hard drive was probably made in India, so I think you should thank Hinduism for bringing us hard drives and we should divide everybody in castes as a proof of gratitude to India.
And what if the owner of this website was a child rapist ? Would you have to thank child-raping for giving you your freedom of speech and rape a child yourself as a proof of gratitude ?

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