Appleby's world, "a world where he never had to pay a power bill, where heating and cooling were free of energy costs, where his water was pure and veggies local and fresh, and where a four hour work day allowed him ample spare time to indulge in his writing fantasies. Outside, the air was fresh and the streets clean. Everyone had a job, and in this world-the real world-there were no clandestine powers holding back progress. All received a fair share for their efforts"
"Poverty in all its forms is the greatest single threat to peace, democracy, human rights, and the environment. It is a time bomb against the heart of liberty" World Trade Organization Director Mike Moore.
"Inadequate comprehension and application of Energy, in all its forms, in an increasingly complex and evolving civilization, is the single greatest causal factor of poverty - and the vehicle to self-destruct." Decatalyst
"As systems increase in complexity, their energy intensity and energy requirements to sustain life rise accordingly." Hydrocarbons ceased fitting the energy bill, became obsolete, years ago. Nobel Prize winner , Ilya Progogine Revisiting the Nature of Power: http://www.relaxspa.net/Revisiting_Power.htm
Onward the capitalist machine marches, as it grinds down the vast majority of citizens, plunders our environment, ignores treaty obligations and ignores the problems of the inner cities. Inside the country, economic and social bad news multiply with a joint relentlessness. The public education system is in crisis and health insurance for 50 million Americans simply does not exist. The unemployment rates in the US mount inexorably, as more jobs are lost every day.
Capitalism as an Imperialist 'tool' Neoimperialism: Skimming the Cream Chapter 1 of Against Empire http://www.michaelparenti.org/AgainstEmpire.html by Michael Parenti. Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962
Mild shock and disbelief barely registered in the nation of the most productive, overworked, underpaid, underinsured, vacation deprived, low paid slave/workers in the world, as they watched their bridges fall down along with their retirement savings in equity & stocks, while their taxes, gas, energy and food costs continued skyrocketing to uncharted realms and many continue to lose their homes and go hungry; as the masses stagnated in unmovable traffic, and government departments threatened to close due to lack of funds - On the bright side, the worldwide corporate 2% greedy guts, individually, had aplenty, more wealth than 30 nations combined, apiece.... irrelevant to who is paying for their errors (as in subprime loans).As common sense in science is lost with the continued stagnation of our energy base and deep troubling theoretical foundational issues in physics, so too, Civilization's Survival Parameters fly out of sight, out of mind, along with the values and morals inherent within new scientific understanding which new energy systems would reveal. Scientific Stagnation bodes an ill wind to evolution, sustainability, and survival as "cycles of humiliation, dumbing us down, violence, and Unrestrained Corporate Greed prompting resource wars with nuclear finality" join hands with global warming and ecological imbalance to precipitate the historical "rise and fall of civilization" - a Tsunami accelerating toward us with a far more spectacular event than the legends and myths of 'Atlantis and Lemuria"........ had more people known that Energy from Corn (or going backwards to a dimwitted concept of radioactive nuclear power application ) sounded a wee bit kindergartenish and senile for the twenty first century......the Future may have had a chance.
"Corporism: The Systemic Disease that Destroys Civilization."
http://www.countercurrents.org/glo-reiner11503.htm Huge corporations now control America's body politic by reason of their bald-faced purchases of the three branches of the American government and America's major media. by Ken Reiner: firstname.lastname@example.org 05/09/03: I view the continuing growth of corporate power and its despotic control of governments throughout the world, including our own, as a socio-economic disease. While Mussolini and others named it "Fascism," I call it "Corporism" because that name better reveals its underlying institutional structure. I would define Corporism as the domination of government and society by the emergence and power of the giant publicly-traded multinational corporations and financial institutions, organized in totalitarian hierarchies, which singly and in combinations buy or destroy their competitors, corrupt the politics of nations, and seize, hoard, and wield for themselves most of the wealth of the human race.
We must recognize that we do have this cancerous disease, what it is doing to us and the world we live in, how it came about historically, and how and why it continues to be generated and sustained now in our society. Just as computer viruses find their ways into the software of our computers and destroy their operation, Corporism, promulgating itself by financial, legal, and technological means, has infected society in ways that lead to the hoarding of human resources, increasing insecurity and misery for the bulk of the world's population, perhaps even to worldwide holocaust. We must conquer this disease if we are to survive.
Abolish Corporate Personhood Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)http://www.wilpf.org/corp/cintro.htm Concerned about the rapid escalation of corporate power in the US and around the world, three years ago members of the US section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) began studying and researching how corporations became so powerful. We discovered the hidden history of "corporate personhood" - the legal phenomenon that provides constitutional protections to corporations. Not only is corporate personhood a key component of corporate power, it's one of the greatest threats to democracy that we've ever known. Most people, however, have never even heard of it. In September, 2001 WILPF launched a campaign to abolish corporate personhood that has as its goal to delegitimize the institution of the corporation as a political entity.
Ralph Nader, founder of Public Citzen: I am responsible for my actions, but who is responsible for those of General Motors? An individual's capital is basically his integrity. He can lose only once. A corporation can lose many times, and not be affected. This unequal contest between the individual and any complex organization, whether it is a corporation, a union, government, or other group, is something which bears the closest scrutiny in order to try to protect the individual from such invasions."
Corporate Responsibility "The requirement of a just social order is that the responsibility shall lie where the power of decision rests. But the law has never caught up with the development of the large corporate unit. Deliberate acts emanate from the sprawling and indeterminable shelter of the corporate organization. Too often the responsibility for an act is not imputable to those whose decision enable it to be set in motion. People sitting in executive suites can make remote decisions which will someday result in tremendous carnage, and because they are remote in time and space between their decision and the consequences of that decision, there is no accountability."
On Extraordinary Corporate Power "In our country, the large corporations are the dominant institution. They comprise the strongest, consistent, generic power in the land. They share a high degree of coordinated values. Their power is all the more remarkable in its resiliency and ability to accommodate or absorb other challenging power centers such as big government and organized labor in ways that turn an additional profit, erect an additional privilege, or acquire protective mechanisms to ward off new pressures for change or reform."
Corporate Collectivism Leads Toward Ecological Disaster "The absence of political vigilance by the organs of Government toward the onrush of corporate collectivism, with the exception of a few aborted Senate inquiries, is fraught with danger to a democratic society. This is the case, no matter how affluent that society has become in the aggregate, because of the gaping injustices affecting minority groups and majority public services. Indeed, the very productiveness of our economic system, a chief referent for corporate apologists, has led, through incaution and indifference, to vast new problems, centering, for example, on the pell-mell contamination of soil, air, and water that is taking us toward ecological disaster."
Paul Hawken: Natural Capitalism http://www.natcap.org/defaultHTM.php By almost any measure, multinational corporations have failed spectacularly on their promise of fostering global democracy and prosperity. That’s why people all across the planet—from villagers in India to students in North America—are stepping up to challenge the abuses of big business. While corporate power is deeply entrenched, this new economic democracy movement is fueled by a fresh set of strategies about how people can regain power. —The Editors
"All Publicly held corporations live a lie. They believe that we reside in a world where capital has the right to grow and that that right is a higher right than the rights of people to their culture and what we hold in common. There is something incalculably wrong with this view. You can't get to sustainability from an economic model that strives first and foremost to increase the amount of money large corporations have. You can't get there if you're destroying the world's local economies. You can't get there if you are MacDonald's and spend $2 billion a year to get children to eat your junk food. We cannot correct environmental problems if we don't correct the assumptions that cause them. Most of the world's economy and the behavior of the world's government are under the control of corporations. Corporations are striving to increase their control; at the same time, the world is increasingly out of control. There is a direct connection."
LONDON, May 25, 2009 —Obama Condemns North Korea's Actions, Saying Country Poses a 'Grave Threat' President Obama Blasts N. Korea Nuclear Test, Test-Firing Missiles - By JOOHEE CHO
May 15, 2009 In Ecuador, Resentment of an Oil Company Oozes
May 8, 2009 U.S. Drops Research Into Fuel Cells for Cars
LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2009 60% Of Americans Breathing Unhealthy Air
Despite Green Movement, Tougher Laws, Lung Association Says Most Cities Still Have Too Much Air Pollution. Six out of 10 Americans right now as we speak live in areas where the air can be dirty enough to send people to the emergency room, dirty enough to shape how kids' lungs develop and even dirty enough to kill.
April 24, 2009 Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate NYT By ANDREW C. REVKIN
4/20/09 Global Warming, Thirsty Energy: 7 Dimensional Chess - As Global Warming Increases, Water Supplies Around the World Are Decreasing By BILL BLAKEMORE
03/04/09 "Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America,"
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 CIA Says It Will Close Secret Prisons
Agency Says Guards Have Been Fired And Prisons Will Be Shuttered Permanently; But Prisoners Still Held
April 8, 2009 Oil Giants Loath to Follow Obama’s Green Lead By JAD MOUAWAD
Published: 2009/02/02 18:48:30 GMT WATERLESS WORLD
Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/science/nature/7865603.stm Water - another global 'crisis'? By Richard Black -Environment correspondent, BBC News website
September 24, 2008 Upheaval on Wall St. Stirs Anger in the U.N. By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
NYT September 27, 2008 S.E.C. Concedes Oversight Flaws Fueled Collapse By STEPHEN LABATON
NYT August 24, 2008 At Conference on the Risks to Earth, Few Are Optimistic By ANDREW C. REVKIN
HOUSTON, July 22, 2008 Big Oil Profits Go To Investors, Not R&D
(AP) As giant oil companies like Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips get set to report what will probably be another round of eye-popping quarterly profits, just where is all that money going?
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2008 Elder Statesmen: U.S. Faces Energy Crisis
July 6, 2008 American Energy Policy, Asleep at the Spigot By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 NASA Climate Scientist Says "We're Toast"
(AP) Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world's only hope is drastic action.
Saturday 28th June, 2008 Bush, oil executives, criminally liable for Iraq War,
A U.S. Congressman, who ran for president this year, and in 2004, this week accused the Bush administration of colluding with the nation's oil companies in targeting Iraq's oil reserves.
Saudi Arabia, June 22, 2008— Oil Producers Say Speculation, Not Supply, Is Causing Pain at the Pump By LARA SETRAKIAN and DEAN SCHABNER
CBS NEW YORK, June 16, 2006 CEOs' Pay Climbs While U.S. Economy Sinks
(AP) As the American economy slowed to a crawl and stockholders watched their money evaporate, CEO pay still chugged to yet more dizzying heights last year, an Associated Press analysis shows.
June 17, 2008 Editorial Observer After 75 Years, the Working Poor Still Struggle for a Fair Wage By ADAM COHEN
NYT May 29, 2008 Human Rights Report Assails U.S. By ALAN COWELL
June 4, 2008 U.N. Issues Warning on Food Crisis UN Says Solving Food Crisis Could Cost $30 Billion By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL and ANDREW MARTIN ROME — Resolving the global food crisis could cost as much as $30 billion a year and wealthier nations are doing little to help the developing world face the problem, United Nations officials said Tuesday.
May 29, 2008 Under Fire, White House Releases Report About Global Warming
Overdue Report Reveals Serious Health Consequences By BILL BLAKEMORE
May 3, 2008 Rich/Poor Income Gap Widening To Chasm
(CBS) There have always been "haves" and "have-nots" in the United States, but over the past three decades, the gap between them has gotten a lot wider, statistics from congressional numbers crunchers show. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, income for the bottom half of American households rose six percent since 1979 but, through 2005, the income of the top one percent skyrocketed - by 228 percent.
NYT April 18, 2008 Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger By MARC LACEY
February 14, 2008 Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?
By PATRICIA COHEN A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from “American Idol,” appearing on the Fox game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: “Budapest is the capital of what European country?” Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. “I thought Europe was a country,” she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. “Hungry?” she said, eyes widening in disbelief. “That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.”
NYT April 23, 2008 Imposing grip on American news media (squashes freedom of speech and public awareness of reality) Murdoch Moving to Buy Newsday for $580 Million By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and TIM ARANGO Rupert Murdoch is moving to tighten his already-imposing grip on American news media, striking a tentative deal to buy his third New York-based paper, Newsday, and getting his first chance to appoint the top editor of The Wall Street Journal, after the resignation of the editor on Tuesday. His $580 million bid for Newsday and his urgency in remaking The Journal worry his competitors and cause angst in many newsrooms, including his own. And both moves are vintage Rupert Murdoch, a man who operates his sprawling News Corporation like an old-style media mogul, making big bets on old and new media — bankrolling the new Fox Business Network, aggressively pursuing a deal for Yahoo, and buying Dow Jones & Company, publisher of The Journal, for far more than analysts thought it was worth. And that was just in the last year.