Category Archives: Aktivist

Take a stand.

This is a pretty cool thought project, even though it kind of breaks the first of the five basic principles of flag design. That’s an awfully talented child who can draw this flag from memory.

http://www.flagofplanetearth.com

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The business model of “free” is the business model of Corporate Surveillance.

Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

View the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/archive/renata-salecl-the-paradox-of-choice

Actipedia is a user-generated collection of the best projects that combine the political with the artistic, from revolutionary ice cream trucks to anti-McDonald’s computer games.

McDonald's Game

link: http://actipedia.org/

1 | An Archive Of Activist Art, For Protests With A Little Culture | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

Seattle Food Forest

Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

via It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest.

A few years ago, Veronika Scott, now 23, set up a coat manufacturing business in a graffiti-covered building in an old Irish manufacturing neighborhood of Detroit. She had a few sewing machines and a drive to help the homeless.She wanted to make a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag, originally intended just for Detroit’s homeless. But when she presented it at Aspen Fashion Week a year ago, some in the audience asked where they could get their own coats.

via Sleeping Bag Coat for the Homeless Finds Fans in the Fashion World | PBS NewsHour.

There’s some logic to his argument, but given his company’s history in particular (see Nestlé Boycott and Child Slave Labor Practices), the idea of privatizing water and putting control in the hands of corporations is absolutely horrifying.

h/t: Nestle CEO: ‘Access to water should not be a public right’ | Death and Taxes.

Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck:

Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world.It’s a question of whether we should privatize the normal water supply for the population. And there are two different opinions on the matter.

The one opinion which I think is extreme is represented by the NGOs who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.

And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value.

Personally I believe it’s better to give a foodstuff a value so that we’re all aware that it has its price and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water, and there are many different possibilities there.

I’m still of the opinion that the biggest social responsibility of any CEO is to maintain and ensure the successful and profitable future of his enterprise. For only if we can ensure our continued longterm existence will we be in the position to actively participate in the solution of the problems that exist in the world. We’re in the position of being able to create jobs.

[later he praises a video of a Nestlé factory in Japan]

The Japanese. You can see how modern those factories are, highly robotized, almost no people.

Hypocrisy Much?

buycott

Last year at the Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner proposed an idea for an app that allows people to check to see if the Koch brothers were behind that product. Not many people knew that the Koch Brothers own Georgia-Pacific Paper. Quilted Northern toilet paper, Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels, and a few other common paper products do contribute towards the Koch brothers’ revenues. Boycotting a few paper products might have seen like something non-worthy of creating an app for, but then Koch Industries bought a company called Invista, one of the world’s largest fiber and textiles companies. That included lycra, stain-resistant carpet, and the list kept compiling until the idea for Buycott was born to keep it all straight by just scanning a bar-code (and can be downloaded here).

via Buycott App Helps People Boycott Koch Brothers And Monsanto – Americans Against the Tea Party.

“When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you’ve joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.”

Lee Camp:

The National Bureau of Economic Research says there have been eleven major downturns in the past 75 years. You add on top of that that capitalism requires infinite growth on a globe with finite resources and you have what Houston would call…a problem. You know who comes to the rescue? Socialism. That’s right. Social programs like Welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid have made it so that unregulated capitalism doesn’t eat itself alive. Yet. Then when the banks collapse, and the housing market collapses, and the big auto companies collapse, who saves the day? MASSIVE SOCIALIST BAILOUTS. I’m just saying, there’s something wrong with an economic system that has to tag-team a different system into the match because it keeps getting knocked the fuck out.

Camp also offers up the idea of creating a sustainable, resource-based economy, as opposed to Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck’s goal of privatizing everything, including water.