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Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life
The world famous economist on corporate control, the search for happiness and why a multi-disciplinary approach is the only way to find solutions to sustainability challenges
Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, speaks with a velvet tongue but packs a mighty punch.
Big business, he says, is not responsible only for destroying the American democratic system, but has also transformed citizens into consumer addicts.
While multinationals continue to line their own pockets, what they leave in their wake is billions of people who are not only unhappy, but are suffering increasing levels of anxiety.
While a few companies are serious about dealing with the sustainability challenges of our age, Sachs says many more are still engaging in green washing, while he describes the fossil-fuel lobby, and the Koch brothers in particular, as “disgusting.”
A dangerous direction
Not only is Sachs clear that the old economic paradign, which is based on a fixation of GDP growth, is leading us to disaster, but that we need to find a completely new way of measuring the success of society.
Sachs, who amongst many roles is special adviser to UN secretary-general Ban ki-Moon on the millennium development goals, believes the creation of a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) could be one route towards achieving that.
Source: The Guardian Read more
I said all much the same thing yesterday and today on Eco-Crap. Rio +20 was a failure because of the ‘business first to hell with the planet’ paradigm. And, until that changes the planet and any attempt to make the planet a better place are doomed. Sachs says a lot more and says it far more eloquently than I.
Basically, he’s saying that BIG BUSINESS has screwed the world beyond recovery!
Rio +20 will fail, just like Rio before, Johannesburg, Kyoto, Copenhagen.
and Rio +20 will follow suit.
Until there is a mechanism that controls the duplicity of politicians and punishes them heavily for consorting and being funded by corporations and vested interests, all will be a failure.
For there to be any future progress in these types of conferences politicians need to be kept as far away as possible, banned from the event.
The event participants need to be independents and have the powers to dictate to the politicians the results that will benefit mankind and the planet.
Politicians, and I don’t give a tinker’s cuss if he’s a president, ought to be fined; or tried for treason and imprisoned or banned from holding public office for life.
Corporations who flout the laws, should be fined heavily and I am talking 1bn+ for each and every infraction; or have their companies closed. Put the executives on the dole queue.
Until this happens, we, our descendants and the planet are doomed.
Mainstream Media Lies: 23 Things That Are Not What They Seem To Be On Television
Most Americans believe the lie that the mainstream media is “fair and balanced” and is looking out for the interests of average Americans. Well, that simply is not true. Those in the mainstream media serve those that are providing them with paychecks. The reality is that just 6 gigantic corporations collectively own most of the major mainstream media outlets in this country. Reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those corporations or to the owners of those corporations. In addition, reporters are simply not going to be allowed to report stories that are severely damaging to those that spend millions of dollars on advertising (such as pharmaceutical companies) on those mainstream media outlets. At this point, our “news” is absolutely packed with propaganda. Way too often, things are not what they seem to be on television. The mainstream media lies, lies and then lies some more. They give us the version of “reality” that their owners want us to have.
The following are 23 things that are not what they seem to be on television….
The Lie: Mitt Romney won Iowa.
The Truth: Mitt Romney may not have won Iowa. The following report of a documented vote discrepancy comes from KCCI….
True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.
So how many other “vote discrepancies” were there in Iowa? Was this just a “coincidence” or did someone do this on purpose?
The Lie: Barack Obama will be much different from George W. Bush and will actually protect our civil liberties.
The Truth: Under Barack Obama we have lost even more of our civil liberties than we did under George W. Bush. Barack Obama recently signed a new law that gives the U.S. military the power to arrest U.S. citizens on American soil, detain them indefinitely and ship them off to Guantanamo Bay for endless “interrogation” sessions.
The Lie: SOPA is all about cracking down on international sellers of counterfeit goods.
The Truth: SOPA is all about censoring the Internet and cracking down on websites that the federal government does not like.
The Lie: The U.S. unemployment rate is now at 8.5% and will continue to fall as the U.S. economy recovers.
The Truth: If the number of Americans considered to be “looking for work” was the same today as it was back in 2007, the “official” unemployment rate put out by the U.S. government would about 11 percent, and the U.S. middle class continues to be systematically destroyed right in front of our eyes.
The Lie: The debt crisis in Europe has been stabilized and the euro is going to be just fine.
The Truth: The debt crisis in Europe continues to get worse and the euro is dropping like a rock.
The Lie: The U.S. stock market is in great shape and is poised to soar to new heights in 2012.
The Truth: Investors are pulling money out of stocks at an alarming rate. In fact, as CNBC recently noted, investors have pulled more money out of mutual funds than they have put into mutual funds for 9 weeks in a row. A lot of people out there expect that something really bad is going to happen very soon….
Investors yanked money out of U.S. equity mutual funds for a ninth-consecutive week despite a bullish 2012 outlook from Wall Street and a December rally that’s carried over into the New Year.
The Lie: There are no plans to replace the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency.
The Truth: Top financial authorities all over the world have been developing plans for a new global currency for a long time. The following comes from a CNN article….
The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system.
The Lie: There is not a municipal bond crisis in America.
The Truth: There is a growing municipal bond crisis in America. Over the last several months a whole host of municipal bonds have been downgraded. Just today, Moody’s downgraded Illinois government debt from A2 to A.
The Lie: Chicago is a safe place to live.
The Truth: 14 people were shot across the Chicago area on Thursday alone.
The Lie: Federal employees are not overpaid.
The Truth: The federal government is advertising for an “invitations coordinator” that will make between $53,500 and $102,900 per year.
The Lie: The old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs are bad for the environment and it is a good thing that the federal government is requiring that they be phased out.
The Truth: The new CFL light bulbs are filled with mercury, they are an environmental nightmare and they are incredibly toxic and dangerous if they are broken.
The Lie: The U.S. education system is producing a huge crop of really sharp students who are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Truth: The U.S. education system is a complete and total joke. It is producing millions of students that are not prepared to face the real world at all. The following is a short excerpt from a recent article by Mac Slavo that many of you will find illuminating….
The Lie: Specific social and political agendas are not promoted in U.S. public schools.
The Truth: According to CNSNews.com, a new California law makes it mandatory for all public school children to be taught the “role and contributions” that “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans” have played in the “development of California and the United States of America.”
The Lie: We have to send our troops overseas to fight the terrorists “over there” or else they will come and fight us over here.
The Truth: Dozens of jihadist training camps are operating inside the United States right now and the federal government could not care less. The following is from a recent WorldNetDaily article about a jihadist organization that is operating 35 training camps on U.S. soil right now….
The Lie: Our politicians know exactly what they are doing and they have a plan for getting U.S. debt under control.
The Truth: When Ronald Reagan took office, the U.S. national debt was less than 1 trillion dollars. Today, the U.S. national debt is over 15.2 trillion dollars. In spite of all this, the American people keep sending the same big spenders back to Washington D.C. over and over and over.
The Lie: The Obama administration is enforcing our immigration laws.
The Truth: The Obama administration has instituted “backdoor amnesty” for illegal immigrants and even plans to provide them with work permits.
The Lie: The number of earthquakes is not increasing.
The Truth: The number of earthquakes is increasing dramatically. As the “Ring of Fire” continues to wake up the next few years could be very, very interesting.
The Lie: The nuclear crisis at Fukushima is under control and things are getting back to normal.
The Truth: Large areas around Fukushima will be uninhabitable for the indefinite future. Back in April, I published an article entitled “Much Of Northern Japan Uninhabitable Due To Nuclear Radiation?” At the time, almost everyone in the mainstream media was insisting that Fukushima was nothing like Chernobyl and that those that lived near Fukushima would be able to return to their homes fairly soon.
The Lie: Fluoride is good for our teeth and we should put huge amounts of it into our drinking water.
The Truth: Fluoride is a very toxic sedative and can be very harmful to the teeth. Incredibly, even the federal government is finally admitting that high levels of fluoride in our drinking water can be harmful. In fact, the feds have reduced the “recommended amount” of fluoride in our drinking water for the first time in 50 years.
We probably won’t see them ban fluoride any time soon, but for them to even acknowledge a problem with fluoride is a major step. In a recent article on CNN, it was reported that the federal government is now saying that high levels of fluoride in the water have now officially been linked with fluorosis….
The Department of Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection Agency are proposing the change because of an increase in fluorosis — a condition that causes spotting and streaking on children’s teeth.
Source: The American Dream read more
These are just the bare facts, the in between data has been edited; and these aren’t all. You want to read the full story with links to support the data read The American Dream, you’ll be shocked at the abhorrent lapses of the mainstream media, simply telling you what they want you to know by omitting facts, distorting facts or simply lying about the facts.
All this misinformation is designed to lead you to believe that everything in America is just fine, ducky and jim-dandy and that there is no need to worry your little heads about anything.
Well, it’s not!
America and the American economy is one of the sickest on the planet, and so far the government and the corporations have managed to hide that fact from most of the people by lying through their teeth.
The American Dream never was, it was just a rosy little picture to keep the people (99%) happy and ignorant while the country has been plundered by the 1%
Why do you think Occupy Wall Street exists? The people are waking up from the dream. Are you going to sleep on?
Everywhere I look these days, everything I see and read points to one thing:
The biggest culprit is global control.
The perpetrators: USA, Israel and China.
The US and Israel are lying in the same bed, but America hasn’t woken up to the fact that Israel, like the praying mantis, will consume it’s mate after consummation.
Once Israel has succeeded in using the US for its own agenda, it will devour it.
China is attempting to erode Asia, challenging the area with territorial ambitions and undermining peace.
The Eurozone is collapsing, the American financial system is a mess. Economic growth across the world is slowing to zero.
Corporations own the governments, Monsanto owns everything that you eat; the FDA lets you swallow any crap the drug companies produce; the TSA cops a free feel every time you fly; the media only tells you what the government wants you to know; your police don’t protect you anymore they are better armed and equipped than the armed forces to control the people, Wall Street and the banker bastards have been allowed to run amok and Coca Cola even owns Santa Claus.
You don’t have any rights anymore. Ask anyone from an OWS encampment.
Thinking Americans are abandoning the country like never before in history. The US/Mexican wall is not to keep Mexicans out, they’re going home in droves, it’s to keep Americans in.
Why is the USA building concentration camps all over America? To detain ‘domestic terrorists’.
Who are the domestic terrorists?
Not the Taliban, not al-Qaeda, the domestic terrorist is anybody who questions or tries to buck the authorities… btw, that’s you and me; me because I am writing this shit and you because you are reading it.
Don’t think they don’t know. Because they know every time you fart while at the keyboard; they know every time you use you cellphone, they know exactly where your GPS tells them you are.
So you can’t run and hide. It’s too late!
And we haven’t even considered environmental and social impacts yet.
The shit is about to hit the fan big time and everyone, and I mean everyone had better run for cover, because shit stinks.
Slowly, surely and irrevocably the planet is imploding socially and financially.
The only ones who will avoid the stench are those who run now.
Abandon the cities, get back to your roots, raise, grow and educate your own because the rot has set into the very timbers of society, it is on the verge of total collapse.
The average person on the street has no idea of what’s ahead, because the media don’t tell them.
Because very soon, it’s going to be like the finale on Looney Tunes…
This is not a police force meant to protect the people, this is a police force to protect the 1% from the people.
The American people have been sold down the river, by everybody, the government, the bankers, Wall Street, your elected politicians (who, incidentally are supposed to be ensuring this type of thing doesn’t happen); absolutely everybody.
And the 1% are wining and dining while Americans are crying for work, bread and housing.
For fuck’s sake America WAKE UP!