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by The Old Hippie Because So Many Are Still ‘Allowing’ The Corporatist Lies...
| - A Ripley's Believe It or Not National Security State|
It has won the undying fealty of Congress, embraced the power of the presi- dency, made itself into a jobs program for the American people, and been largely free to do as it pleased with almost unlimited taxpayer dollars.
- “The Last Gasp of American Democracy”
The object of efficient totalitarian states, as George Orwell understood, is to create a climate in which people do not think of rebelling, a climate in which gov- ernment killing and torture are used against only a handful of unmanageable ren- egades.
As a wilderness-therapy guide, survival school teacher, and naturalist educator who has been living and working in the harsh deserts of the American Southwest for the last several years, I feel that I have a unique outlook on this topic in that I understand what it would actually take to survive and thrive in a post-apocalyptic scenario.
“As long as the greatest crime of the 21st century remains unprosecuted,
we all... can only blame ourselves, and deserve our collective fates.”
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A“Below The Fold” bonus Article -
Shell Game: It Will Take More Than Goodwill and Greenwash to Save The Biosphere
“Nor would Van der Veer give me a straight answer to another straight question: “Is there any investment you would not make on ethical grounds?” I asked this six times. He was unable to furnish me with an example. It's not hard to see why. As well as exploiting the tar sands, which means destroying forest and wetlands, polluting great quantities of water and producing more CO2 than conventional petroleum production, Shell is still flaring gas in Nigeria, at great cost to both local people and the global climate. It has been fiercely criticised for its secret negotiations with the Iraqi government, which led last year to the first major access for a western company to Iraq’s gas reserves. It is prospecting for oil in some of the Arctic’s most sensitive habitats.
All this makes my question difficult to answer. Aside from the greenwash, it is not easy to spot the practical difference between this civilised, progressive company and the Neanderthals at Exxon.”