Daily Archives: February 23, 2013

Living on Earth: Secret Cash for Climate Denial

 

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http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=13-P13-00008&segmentID=2

Air Date: Week of February 22, 2013

http://www.loe.org/content/2013-02-22/anonymous-money-for-climate-denial.mp3

There’s broad scientific consensus that climate disruption is human-induced, yet global warming is still hotly debated. Suzanne Goldenberg joins host Steve Curwood to discuss her recent article in the UK newspaper The Guardian. It investigated the anonymosly funded Donor’s Trust and Donor’s Capital Fund which together have given over $100 million dollars to climate change denial groups in the United States over the past decade.

Transcript

CURWOOD: The 2012 US presidential election was the most expensive in history, and much of the six billion dollars spent came from undisclosed donors. There’s no question that secret money is powerful and influential in American public life – and not just on electoral races. A recent investigation by the UK newspaper, The Guardian, revealed that over the past decade a pair of anonymous donor funds gave over $100 million dollars to US groups that deny a human role in climate change. Suzanne Goldenberg, the US environment correspondent for The Guardian conducted the probe, and she joins us now.

GOLDENBERG: Donors Trust and Donor’s Capital Fund are two vehicles which were put together for the express purpose of channeling donations from conservative donors to conservative groups. They have tax advantages for wealthy donors, but the other thing they offer their clients is an assurance the money won’t be diverted to liberal causes, and complete anonymity. So they don’t have to become known as the benefactors of these causes.

CURWOOD: How much money we talking about here? (read more)

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The Power of Nightmares – 3 Episodes – 18 parts


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http://www.youtube.com/user/damoosebelly/videos?query=Nightmares

Uploaded on May 20, 2008

Interesting BBC film concerning the parallel development of modern Islamic radicalism and Neo-conservatism. Details the rise of the latter movement and its masquerade as traditional conservatism to garner support and acquire power. This film also discusses the development of the current Arab political ideology and shows how both movements originated from the same basic philosophy: masses are more malleable when they are living in a constant state of fear.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Episode 1, Part 2

Episode 1, Part 3

Episode 1, Part 4

Episode 1, Part 5

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Episode 2, Part 1

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Episode 2, Part 3

Episode 2, Part 4

Episode 2, Part 5

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Episode 3, Part 1

Episode 3, Part 2

Episode 3, Part 3

Episode 3, Part 4

Episode 3, Part 5

Episode 3, Part 6

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The Power of Nightmares

Part 1 – David Bovill Published on Oct 2, 2012
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ENVagency

Published on Sep 13, 2012

The rise of the politics of fear – Baby its cold outside.
Interesting look at the truth of politics and intentions of politicians in gathering support and influence for their actions.
BBC documentary by Adam Curtis

Part 2

Part 3

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Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
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Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation


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Uploaded on Mar 18, 2010

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
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The Century Of The Self (FULL: Episodes 1-4)

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Published on Nov 29, 2012

The Century of the Self is an award-winning British television documentary series by Adam Curtis. It focuses on how the work of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, and Edward Bernays influenced the way corporations and governments have analyzed,‭ dealt with, and controlled ‬people.

“This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.” —Adam Curtis’ introduction to the first episode.

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings. His influence on the twentieth century is generally considered profound. The series describes the propaganda that Western governments and corporations have utilized stemming from Freud’s theories.

Freud himself and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in public relations, are discussed. Freud’s daughter Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychology, is mentioned in the second part, as is one of the main opponents of Freud’s theories, Wilhelm Reich, in the third part.

Along these general themes, The Century of the Self asks deeper questions about the roots and methods of modern consumerism, representative democracy, commodification and its implications. It also questions the modern way we see ourselves, the attitudes to fashion and superficiality.

The business and political world uses psychological techniques to read, create and fulfill our desires, to make their products or speeches as pleasing as possible to us. Curtis raises the question of the intentions and roots of this fact. Where once the political process was about engaging people’s rational, conscious minds, as well as facilitating their needs as a society, the documentary shows how by employing the tactics of psychoanalysis, politicians appeal to irrational, primitive impulses that have little apparent bearing on issues outside of the narrow self-interest of a consumer population.

Paul Mazur, a Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers in the 1930s, is cited as declaring “We must shift America from a needs- to a desires-culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed. […] Man’s desires must overshadow his needs”.

Episodes:
1. Happiness Machines (17 March 2002)
2. The Engineering of Consent (24 March 2002)
3. There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed (31 March 2002)
4. Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering (7 April 2002)

In Episode 4 the main subjects are Philip Gould and Matthew Freud, the great grandson of Sigmund, a PR consultant. They were part of the efforts during the nineties to bring the Democrats in the US and New Labour in the United Kingdom back into power. Adam Curtis explores the psychological methods they have now massively introduced into politics. He also argues that the eventual outcome strongly resembles Edward Bernays vision for the “Democracity” during the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It is widely believed that the series was inspired and informed by a book written by the American historian, Stuart Ewen, “PR! A Social History of Spin”.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
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The Century Of The Self


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Uploaded on Apr 26, 2011

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

The role of GMOs in Europe’s foodprint


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Published on May 23, 2012

Is Europe doing all it can to decrease its foodprint and improve global food security? In Europe, it has been fashionable to criticize GMOs. But that’s what many people have said about most technological advances.By planting GM crops, harvest can be bigger. Biotech crops can actually help us reduce our foodprint beyond Europe’s borders. GMOs can be greener than any other crops.
Go to www.seedfeedfood.eu to learn more.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Time to think again about GMO


europabio

Published on Jan 24, 2013

Why it is time to think again about GMO in Europe? As a step towards greater public engagement, EuropaBio has produced a new brochure entitled ‘Science not fiction: Time to think again about GM’ that provides an overview of the debate in Europe to date. It provides insights into the acceptance challenges of the past, the process of re-establishing ‘fact over fear’, and the role of scientists, policymakers, the food chain, media and other stakeholders over the last 20 years.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Why Measurement Matters | 2013 Annual Letter from Bill Gates | #BillsLetter


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Published on Jan 26, 2013

Read the Annual Letter from Bill Gates at http://billsletter.com.

Why does measurement matter? Bill Gates explores this question in his 2013 Annual Letter, highlighting innovations in measurement that are helping to eradicate poverty and disease

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Romney says corps are people


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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2011

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