“Oh. & another thing: isn’t it perfectly convenient to have riots that damage communities just about the time when things might get worse for the common people? As the world rises in peace, this last ‘violent’ ‘spontaneous’ event will stop any eagerness to take the streets & will probay give way to ‘much needed’ new laws to ‘ensure’ security.”—Hm.
“As I see the current riots I cannot help but wonder why is it that it’s not as obvious for everybody that the same (worse) has been happening with our natural resources by looting corporations. Can’t you really see it?
Think, they come, they appropriate, they take all they can with no regards to any interest but their own and then they leave, leaving behind broken ecosystems & communities that now have to deal with the aftermath.
Sounds eerie familiar, no?
Except this corporations also make us pay afterwards for the products they created from looted sources. Call it adding insult to injury, literally.
So where is the full force of our law & lawful rights when it comes to those looters?
Where is the outrage?
“Apparently the consumer is in panic that this ‘economy’ won’t provide the necessary hope of getting what he or she doesn’t have yet. It is not a matter of a failing system fighting to stay, but the letting go of the made up dream of the asleep consumer to give way to the conscious human. Paradigms need to be revised, Empathy & common sense need to be awaken. The real failure would be to continue giving away our existence, desperately holding on to premises we now know create misery, war, famine & common un-wellbeing; All to be able to still hope for a propaganda of a life that never was.”—
Oh, well. I'm sure they don't do this anymore. Now it's all about 'spreading democracy' for the benefit of human kind. Right?
CIA eyed Trudeau, Canadian economy
The Canadian Press
The CIA said Pierre Trudeau wanted to ‘jettison’ Canada’s image as a major player in the Third World. Chuck Mitchell/Canadian Press
The CIA secretly painted Pierre Trudeau as a politician torn between being a leader of the Third World and a genuine player with global industrialized nations, declassified records show.
The January 1982 assessment of the Liberal prime minister’s ambitions is among several detailed, and until now virtually unknown, analyses of the Canadian economy by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, The Canadian Press obtained more than a dozen CIA reports that explore various aspects of Canadian commerce, industry and technology during the Cold War era.
The assessments reveal a keen interest in Canadian affairs on the part of an agency better known for waging a covert war against East Bloc spies in the decades leading up to the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
CIA analysts pored over almost every available map of Canada, scrutinized Canadian mineral production, pondered Japanese interest in Alberta’s tar sands, catalogued shipping trends and kept an eye on Canadian dealings with the Communist world.
The CIA’s directorate of intelligence prepared a pair of confidential studies of the Canadian economy in April 1972 in advance of a meeting between Trudeau and then-U.S. president Richard Nixon. One study noted pressure was mounting in Canada for control over foreign investment — a dominant theme of the time —”despite a continuing need for additional funds to further Canadian development.”
A decade later the CIA crafted an incisive analysis of a faltering Canadian economy for the U.S. trade representative.
"With a domestic market about the size of California’s, Canada is sensitive about living in the U.S. economic shadow," says the January 1982 assessment, which explored Liberal government efforts to bolster Canadian control of key sectors, including energy and technology.
"Politically, Trudeau frequently appears torn between the urge to play leader of the Third World and the desire to hold his own with the industrial giants. Economically, however, he clearly wants Canada to jettison its Third World image."
Interest in Canada’s mineral industries
Canada would never have been a principal target of U.S. intelligence collection efforts, but clearly turned up on the American radar screen from time to time, said Wesley Wark, a University of Toronto history professor who took part in an April conference on the history of the CIA and its place in politics and culture.
A February 1974 CIA memo, assembled using “sensitive intelligence sources and methods,” warned that a ferrous metals shortage in Canada triggered by U.S. export controls could lead to political problems.
The document illustrates that the Americans will sometimes use clandestine methods “to find out things about Canada that they want to know,” said Wark.
The CIA took considerable interest in Canada’s mineral industries, producing a May 1972 study that weighed trends and implications, concluding the country was in excellent position to further its position as the world’s leading mineral exporter. However, Canada would continue to rely on U.S. markets and long-term capital.
Long before Canada’s western tar sands became familiar to the world, the CIA recognized the “enormous amounts of oil” along the Athabasca River, probing possible Japanese interest in the deposits in an October 1972 memorandum.
"The sands rank with the U.S. shale deposits as the world’s most extensive known, largely untapped oil source," says the memo, which includes a map of the deposits and presciently forecasts environmental concerns over the project.
"The pollution issue and opposition to defacing Alberta’s landscape may arise but has not as yet."
Concern about links to Eastern Bloc
Seen together, the analyses indicate the CIA was taking a long-term view of Canada — possibly eyeing the country’s assets as an advantage in the event of war with the Soviet Union, said Steve Hewitt of the department of American and Canadian studies at the University of Birmingham in England.
"I guess what surprises me, is not that the U.S. has interest in Canada, it’s more the range of areas that they’re looking at and how strategic they are," said Hewitt, who also attended the April conference on the CIA at the University of Nottingham.
Memos show the U.S. government tapped the CIA’s cartographic expertise to provide evidence in a 1983 maritime boundary dispute with Canada heard by the International Court of Justice. In the early 1950s, the CIA relied on the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence for information on the B.C. shipping industry.
Sometimes the CIA’s interest in Canadian trade was sparked by concerns about dealings with the Soviets or nations under Moscow’s influence.
I’ll repeat this one more time, for repeating sake.
We can complain about the media’s lack of reporting and/or biased bending of information; But when it comes down to it, for me there is absolutely no difference between an ad for a brand or corporation or one of this 24 hr news networks.
They are selling as much as any 30 sec ad. The are trying to ‘get you’ as much as any product out there so you buy more. If anything, the thing that separates them is that the news networks do not generate content, they just mould it, bend it, cut it, edit it and regurgitate it.
When I have pointed this out to ‘seasoned’ journalist, they reply that these networks are just fulfilling the demand of the public.
Hm. And I wonder.
Just how is the public taken into account? Better yet, is the common well-being of the people the driven interest of this corporations?
No, I do not think so. Neither should it be. We already know they are profit driven.
The mistake is to think they owe us something, or that they actually have some type of responsibility to you and to give you accurate facts.
The most responsible thing to do is simple: TURN IT OFF.
Its a side show. The game’s been rigged. The house always wins. You get my point.
Research you own news. There are no platforms that you can trust; truth is that not even a story told by a friend is completely accurate.
But you can get a sense of the big picture. That is what we need. What is happening is never isolated, nor it never goes without consequences and implications.
News Corporations are companies. They are selling you something. All the time. You are giving them your loyalty by permitting them to trade your opinion and shape your reality.
Your opinion, your beliefs, your standing holds immeasurable value, don’t just give it away.
Especially to people who use it and then discard you.
“the economy shown by nature in her resources is striking. All wealth comes from Nature. Without it there would not be any economics. The primary wealth is food, not money. Therefore, anything that concerns the handling of the land also concerns me.”—Charles Darwin.
“The world, you must remember, is only just becoming literate. As reading becomes more and more habitual and widespread, an ever-increasing number of people will discover that books will give them all the pleasures of social life and none of its intolerable tedium. At present people in search of pleasure naturally tend to congregate in large herds and to make a noise; in future their natural tendency will be to seek solitude and quiet. The proper study of mankind is books.”—
Huxley. As much as I want his words to be true, I recognize the inhumane essence of his statement. We are fundamentally social, the question is how have we defined our social interaction & why we deny our human needs. I love books, but I know they don’t love me back…
That is correct. Economical profit-driven privatization is nothing more than de-priving people from public goods.
I am by no means an economic expert. But given the state of bankruptcy of the world, I do not think I have to be to make the very real statement that we fucked up, big time.
Economical theories of the 60s and 70s are nothing more than schemes (yes, I’m using the word scheme intentionally) to generate profit while creating an almost immeasurable amount of debt by distracting you (the brand new targeted consumer) with illusions and programming your mind to desire things that we do not need.
Great, thank you very much.
And we fell for it. We believed it. We based on definition of success and development on this in-humane theories.
Economical powers bullied their way into becoming Empires. The invaded directly and indirectly countries and stole the interest of the people to monopolize all profit for themselves.
There is no such thing as democracy. Please, since when you have a say in your government? Are you represented?
Corporations established the ultimate dictatorship, so strong that presidents and prime ministers are just a replaceable employee.
And we do not want to see it. we continue our lives buying their stuff and bending our opinions to their moulds. We ‘enjoy’ the distractions, we consume the media, we shape ourselves according to the greedy-profit-generating industries that are basically killing not only our human nature, but our planet.
Where is the accountability? I hear this a lot from people. Where is it?
It lies with you.
Who is going to control this controller of all?
Well, there is no one else but the controlled itself.
You are being used and for the most part discarded.
Your family is made up of stress and still striving to achieve what they have presented as a ‘dream’.
Indeed a dream, we are all asleep.
The state of your city, of your town, of your country is obviously bleak. There is no smoke thick enough to cover all the cracks. Yet we keep on going, on this same system that brought us nothing but failure and misery.
We are not one, we are many. You are me, I am you. You are the 14 year old boy who works 14 hours a day in India gathering rocks so you can have a nice driveway. I am the 40 year old lady in Burkina Faso who collects cotton under the sun at 45 degree weather at less than one dollar a day so you can have a nice white tshirt at walmart for 4 bucks.
Divide and conquer worked beautifully.
You forgot that we are in this together.
But we feel the void, don’t we?
We miss human contact. We are constantly looking to fill a void. I’ll tell you what that void is: Common Unity - Community.
The sense of the ‘other’ being you. Empathy. Balance. Harmony.
If I was to lift the veil of the ‘economy’ for a second, you would find yourself with no other worries but those coming from your own human nature. The rest is just a show.
The biggest show on earth. Literally.
but no worries, go back to watch TV and buy more things you dont need. I am sure the lady in burkina faso is happy to have 10 cents more.
“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true.”—Carl Sagan (via fussyfella)
“We must find out what words are and how they function.
They become images when written down, but images of words repeated in the mind and not of the image of the thing itself.”—Billy Burroughs (via thinksquad)
Sheared from the line and tumbled adrift into the sleeping seas of the primordial. Is it freedom I ask myself as I drown without sound, or simply a new slavery born from caste-less wandering? I cry into the black ocean, “I am not,” but these declarations are empty lies when I have such urgent need to fill my pockets with shiny stones and fire.