False Hope: Fossil Fuel Fantasies

Fantasies about political power are hard to break. People want to believe that activism led by Wall Street stooges, funded by Wall Street derivatives, and promoted by Wall Street media is revolutionary. Where do they get such ideas?

If you want to stop the environmental destruction from mining Tar Sands bitumen, Powder River Basin coal, and Bakken Shale oil, you stop fossil fuel export. You don’t do XL protests at the White House, organize fossil fuel divestment on college campuses, or hold a climate change march in New York.

These ineffective strategies are great for making Wall Street titans like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates even more obscenely wealthy, but they do nothing for improving the environment. Yet, because activism is based on feeling good — as opposed to doing good — Americans are routinely led by Wall Street’s pied pipers into endless (and meaningless) “movements.”

Making Americans feel good about losing strategies is the main objective of Wall Street-funded NGO pooh-bahs. Keeping Americans distracted with pointless projects dissipates the energies of well-intentioned youth, creating cynicism and hopelessness over time. Meanwhile, Wall Street titans make money from fossil fuel pollution, hand over fist.

There are many ways to achieve energy independence, energy conservation, and energy security. None of them are supported by Wall Street.

* See Moolah Boodle Lucre SimoleonsA Culture of ImbecilesCapitalizing on FearCrude Zones: Exporting Fossil Fuels in the Pacific NorthwestWasted Energy: Fossil Fuel DivestmentNorthwest Indians Oppose Transport and Export of Fossil Fuels, and White Power on the Salish Sea: The Wall Street/Tea Party Convergence

Mammon’s Missionaries

Continuing our discussion on co-option, I should note that Naomi Klein – as a board member of the Rockefeller Foundation-funded 350.org — functions as an emissary to co-opt Indigenous activist/intellectuals like Arthur Manuel and Leanne Simpson. Having branded herself as part of the eco-avant-garde, Klein’s diplomacy is part of the mission of Wall Street NGOs to assimilate Indigenous thought leaders into the corporate fold.

Manuel, as a Seventh Generation Fund/Ford Foundation-sponsored activist — appointed by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to coordinate the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus — collaborated with Debra Harry in an attempt to exclude tribal governing authorities from participating in the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and later joined Harry in a fraudulent attempt to cover up their mischief. Manuel, the son of one of CWIS’s founders (where I am an associate scholar), is an articulate and intelligent Indigenous advocate. He has since apparently parted company with NAIPC, but his betrayal of trust remains a black spot on his record.
Leanne seems to have more integrity than Manuel, and I hope she does not get seduced by the insidious forces of Wall Street. The NGOs corrupted by UN flattery and foundation funds are responsible for much of the turmoil taking place behind the scenes of the media spectacle in which 350.org’s Bill McKibben is a star, and promise to be a problem in the lead up to the WCIP in New York come September. 
In many respects, Klein and McKibben are like the church missionaries that initially helped subdue the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the US. Instead of the religion of Christianity, however, they proselytize on behalf of the faith in corporate philanthropy, all the while posing as pious champions of the environment, colonized and downtrodden. This is psychological warfare at its most repugnant.
Public Good Project’s role, as protectors and connoisseurs of conflict, is to expose the predators in order prevent their preying on the minds of the innocent. It is a role that rarely garners gratitude, but it is a necessary role if Indigenous Peoples are to prevail in their quest for human rights and environmental sanity.

Bedlam in Gotham

Bedlam in Gotham is going to be a three-ring circus: 
  1. September 20-21 People’s Climate Change March
  2. September 22-23 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
  3. September 24-26 World Summit on Indigenous Philanthropy
All the Ford and Rockefeller PR puppets from the non-profit industrial complex will be swarming for media attention to keep those grants flowing.

USA USA USA USA

CULTURE
Artistic and intellectual customs and achievements of a particular civilization. Refined appreciation of this.

IMBECILE
Person of abnormally weak intellect, esp. an adult with a mental age of about five.

CULTURE of IMBECILES
Ideological absence in which advertising has become the only active factor, overriding any preexisting critical judgment or transforming such judgment into a mere conditioned reflex. Inability to develop any political consciousness.

Trafficking in Hate

A nefarious multi-million dollar campaign, designed and executed by American fundamentalists, is underway to drag the world back into the Dark Ages. Like drug dealers, they are traffickers, but instead of cocaine or heroin they are trafficking in hate. Like a cartel, they can sometimes fly below the radar, deal in huge sums of money, operate with clandestine fronts, launder cash to protect identity, cross international borders with impunity, and run sophisticated operations on a global scale.

–Center Against Religious Extremism, CARE

Who to Threaten Who to Bribe

The phrase “who to threaten and who to bribe” might have been coined by Wise Use agent provocateur Skip Richards, but its application by Wise Use merchant of fear Craig Cole is more instructive when it comes to understanding the social conflict associated with Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT). Indeed, the question as to whether Cascadia Weekly editor Tim Johnson and Bellingham Herald columnist Ralph Schwartz are willfully stupid or willfully complicit in regard to Cole’s threatening behavior toward investigative journalist Sandy Robson and Whatcom Watch, means their chicanery and skulduggery has gone far beyond turning a blind eye.

While it is to be expected that the Herald, based on its long history of covering up white collar crime, would continue to cover for major advertisers like Gateway Pacific Terminal (Cole’s employer), it is especially irksome that Schwartz would consent to ambushing a local media colleague. As for Johnson, it is perplexing that he would stoop to such a low as blindsiding Robson — even for the few shekels the Weekly pocketed from GPT — given his past inclination to support muckrakers and whistleblowers.

While it was scandalous that the Herald ignored the CERA/Tea Party hate campaign and the GPT/Tea Party electoral collusion, the hit piece by Schwartz, and his cover story concocted to cover his misconduct, only compounds the scandal initiated by Cole. Welcome to Netwar.