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[RRE]Paul Hawken's essay on the WTO protests in Seattle "This was to have been a celebration,
a victory, one of the crowning achievements to showcase the Clinton
administration, the moment when it would consolidate its centrist
free trade policies, allowing the Democrats to show multinational
corporations that they could deliver the goods. This was to have been
Barshevsky's moment, an event that would give her the inside track to
become Secretary of Commerce in the Gore Administration. This was to
have been Michael Moore's moment, reviving what had been a mediocre
political ascendancy in New Zealand. To say nothing of Monsanto's
moment. If the as-yet unapproved draft agenda were ever ratified,
the Europeans could no longer block or demand labeling on genetically
modified crops without being slapped with punitive lawsuits and
tariffs. The draft also contained provisions that would allow all
water in the world to be privatized. It would allow corporations
patent protection on all forms of life, even genetic material in
cultural use for thousands of years. Farmers who have spent thousands
of years growing crops in a valley in India could, within a decade,
be required to pay for their water. They could also find that
they would have to purchase seeds containing genetic traits their
ancestors developed, from companies that have engineered the seeds
not to reproduce unless the farmer annually buys expensive chemicals
to restore seed viability. If this happens, the CEOs of Novartis and
Enron, two of the companies creating the seeds and privatizing the
water, will have more money. What will Indian farmers have?
But the perfect moment for Barshevsky, Moore and Monsanto didn't
arrive. The meeting couldn't start. Demonstrators were everywhere." Courtesy of Phil Agre's important and idiosyncratic Red Rock Eaters' mailing list.
International Chindogu Society Dogu is Japanese for "tool" and chin is Japanese for "weird". Thus, a chindogu is a weird tool. The term was coined by Japanese commedian Kenji Kawakami, who invented the chindogu pictured in these
the Problems of Consciousness from David Chess and collaborators.
"Consciousness, or subjectivity, or the inwardness of human experience, or whatever we are going to call it, is a unique
problem. In fact, many of the features that make it unique are the very features that make it a problem in the first place." This is tentative, but it's good to see an attempt at serious philosophical musing on the web.
Advertising nonconsumption: "Inspired at least partially by the Viridians and AdBusters and them sorts of folks, I thought it'd be fun, and
possibly even productive, to speculate about what would result if someone seriously tried to use all available
advertising and media tricks to produce non-consumption behavior of various kinds. This is a result of that sort
"The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years."
— R.D. Laing
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