A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s. In the last decade, the Bush Administration, seeking a Trojan Horse to privatize Social Security in the United States, applauded Chile’s disastrous privatization of pension accounts (turning many over to US financial institutions) even as that nation’s voters rejected the Pinochetistas largely out of anger at the vast pension rip-off by high finance.
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Southern Connecticut State University
December 4, 2012
No longer is the impact of climate change a question of if, but rather a question of when. The New York Times says storms like Sandy could become a yearly event.
Featured Speaker: Chris Williams– author, activist and professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University.
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Some considerable scepticism around this, fuelled by the private nature of the meeting, the limiting of numbers of chiefs to 11, and most recently, the leaking by the Harper govt of the audit on Chief Spence’s reserve – an audit carried out by a firm which is paid 90K a day, thats 90K a day, by the Harper govt for its cost-cutting.
An interesting discussion and one worth paying attention to. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, identifies six different types of audiences each of which needs different kinds of information..
“About 16% of America are concerned, want to do something about it, but don’t know what, about 29% see it as a serious threat but not right now…”about 13% are doubtful, about 8% are dismissive…”.. how might this approach inform Canadians, educators, social activists, academics etc?
Imre Szeman, a Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, has a new commentary out in the latest issue of Radical Philosophy on hydraulic fracturing. It is entitled, “What the frack? Combustible water and other late capitalist novelties.”
Here is the introduction, the rest is available here:
What the frack?
Combustible water and other late capitalist novelties
“There is a reason why oil gets the lion’s share of attention when it comes to the global game of petrocarbon extraction. Through the multiple products into which oil is refined, most important of which are gasoline and diesel, oil is the blood that animates the body of capitalism. It is a substance necessary for economies to keep operating and profits accruing, which is why access to it fuels so many geopolitical struggles around the globe. The atrocities committed by major oil companies almost everywhere…
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The Iroquois Confederacy says the federal Conservative government is planning to end Canada’s obligations to Indigenous peoples and terminate their distinct status in the country.
Haudenosaunee Grand Council, which represents the still existing Iroquois political structure that predates contact with Europeans, said in a statement that the Stephen Harper government aims to destroy “any semblance of nation-to-nation relationships.”
The confederacy said it would also not recognize Bill C-45, the omnibus budget bill the included changes to the Indian Act and withdrew federal oversight over the majority of waterways across the country.
“As the inherent custodians of Haudenosaunee sovereignty within all Haudenosaunee communities and territories, the Haudenosaunee Grand Council is responsible for being ever vigilant and protective against any challenge or threat to our collective sovereignty,” said the statement, dated Dec. 31, 2012. “It is clear that Bill C-45 and subsequent bills seek to destroy our collective sovereignty.”