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UN searching for passionate climate advocates to attend Climate Summit – UN Climate Summit 2014

 

UN searching for passionate climate advocates to attend Climate Summit

The United Nations is casting a wide net to find dozens of people from around the world who feel passionately about the impact of climate change, have translated that passion into action and would like to attend next month’s Climate Summit at the UN.

Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN #climate2014 Summit. Find more info here:
“This is a wide-open call,” said Susan Alzner, the officer in charge of the New York office of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), which is overseeing the project. “Anyone can nominate a civil society representative into this process.”

UN-NGLS facilitates civil engagement across all of the UN’s agencies. “It’s a very big mandate and we’re a very small team,” said Alzner of her five-person group, which posted the opportunities on 28 July.

As of 8 August, more than 200 people had applied for the 38 available spots, and Alzner predicted the applicant pool would soar by the 15 August deadline. Eighteen of the 38 individuals selected will receive travel funding to attend the 23 September invitation-only event. The plan marks the first time the UN has held an open, global nominations process to identify so many civil society representatives to address a Heads-of-State Summit, she said.

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How Political Power Uses Propaganda to Distract the Public: Noam Chomsky – Manufacturing Consent


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Published on May 4, 2013

Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies is a 1989 book by US academic Noam Chomsky concerning political power using propaganda to distort and distract from major issues to maintain confusion and complicity, preventing real democracy from becoming effective. The title of this book borrows a phrase from the writings of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Nearly the entire first half of the book is based on Chomsky’s five 1988 Massey Lectures on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio from November 1988 and extends his and Edward S. Herman’s propaganda model to a variety of new situations. The remaining appendices address criticisms of the work and provide additional detail.

As a genre of political thought, parallels exist between Niebuhr’s “necessary illusions” and the “noble lies” of Leo Strauss, “public relations” of Edward Bernays and “myth making” of Niccolò Machiavelli. Likewise, Chomsky’s analyses in Necessary Illusions represent a refocus on the use of these patterns of power, which he implies to underscore the failure of populations – particularly in a representative democracy – to learn from history in this regard.

Contents Democracy and the Media Containing the Enemy The Bounds of the Expressible Adjuncts of Government The Utility of Interpretations

Appendix I The Propaganda Model: Some Methodological Considerations On Critical Balance

Appendix II The Containment Doctrine The Red Scare

Appendix III The Sanctity of Borders

Appendix IV The Craft of “Historical Engineering” The Obligation of Silence The Summits The Media and International Opinion Demolishing the Accords

Appendix V The US and Costa Rican Democracy “The Evil Scourge of Terrorism” Hereos and Devils The “Peace Process” in the Middle East The Best Defense La Prensa and its Colleagues “The Courage to Preserve Civil Liberties” The Continuing Struggle

See also John Taylor Gatto The Underground History of American Education Adam Curtis Century of the Self

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Manufacturing Consent: Thought Control in a Democratic Society – Noam Chomsky

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Published on May 31, 2012 1989

Watch the full speech: http://thefilmarchived.blogspot.com/2…

Walter Lippmann (23 September 1889 — 14 December 1974) was an American public intellectual, writer, reporter, and political commentator famous for being among the first to introduce the concept of Cold War. Lippmann was twice awarded (1958 and 1962) a Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated newspaper column, “Today and Tomorrow”.

Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 — March 9, 1995), was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as “the father of public relations.” He combined the ideas of Gustave Le Bon and Wilfred Trotter on crowd psychology with the psychoanalytical ideas of his uncle, Sigmund Freud.

He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the ‘herd instinct’ that Trotter had described. Adam Curtis’s award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations, and Bernays was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.

Harold Dwight Lasswell (February 13, 1902 — December 18, 1978) was a leading American political scientist and communications theorist. He was a member of the Chicago school of sociology and was a professor at Yale University in law. He was a President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS). According to a biographical memorial written by Gabriel Almond at the time of Lasswell’s death and published by the National Academies of Sciences in 1987, Lasswell “ranked among the half dozen creative innovators in the social sciences in the twentieth century.” At the time, Almond asserted that “few would question that he was the most original and productive political scientist of his time.” Areas of research in which Lasswell worked included the importance of personality, social structure, and culture in the explanation of political phenomena. He was noted to be ahead of his time in employing a variety of methodological approaches that later became standards across a variety of intellectual traditions including interviewing techniques, content analysis, para-experimental techniques, and statistical measurement.

The Committee on Public Information, also known as the CPI or the Creel Committee, was an independent agency of the government of the United States created to influence U.S. public opinion regarding American participation in World War I. Over just 28 months, from April 13, 1917, to August 21, 1919, it used every medium available to create enthusiasm for the war effort and enlist public support against foreign attempts to undercut America’s war aims.

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Noam Chomsky (2014) “Statistical Natural Language Processing”


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Published on Aug 13, 2014

April 4, 2014

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Chris Hedges on Our Moral COLLAPSE!


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Published on Aug 13, 2014

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Welcome to America’s Military Graveyard


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Published on May 15, 2014

Resting on the border of Nevada and California, hidden between the mountains, is a 36,000 acre patch of land where the military ships its equipment after wars. Here, items as big as M1-Abrams tanks or as small as individual bolts are taken into inventory, fixed and shipped right back out to troops in the field. But with the Afghanistan war ending, what will happen with leftover gear? In part six of her series focusing on the military equipment drawdown from Afghanistan, RT Correspondent Meghan Lopez takes us on a tour of the Sierra Army Depot.

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What the Ice Cores Tell Us, and How Deniers Distort it


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Uploaded on Feb 24, 2011

A widely circulated piece of climate denial nonsense purports to use legitimate evidence from greenland ice cores to debunk the record of global warming.

Displaying temperature records out of context, and making the claim of legitimacy by citing the data, and it’s primary author, Dr Richard Alley, this popular propaganda piece pretends to be based on actual evidence, when it is anything but.

Further explanation here:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/crux-…

Richard Alley in the New York Times
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/201…

Richard Alley before congress

Richard Alley Speech to American Geophysical Union
http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/lect…
excerpted here

Alley Dances to explain Ice Ages

Richard Alley: Conversations from Penn State

and here

Reading Greenland Ice Cores

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Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives


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Published on Jul 9, 2012

Don’t miss the Companion video at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media
http://www.yaleclimatemediaforum.org/…

Dallas Hail Storm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47836374/…
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Damage…

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Jeff…

Kevin Trenberth on PBS News hour
http://climatecrocks.com/2012/07/03/w…

MIchael Oppenheimer on MSNBC
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-ed-sho…

Rex Tillerson speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations

Peter Hoppe of Munich Re, Berlin 2011

CNN expert on Derecho event

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Shout Out 5 G8 G20 “RAW” Raging Asian Women at Massey Hall

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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2010

Thanks for the performance by the “RAW” Raging Asian Women at Massey Hall in Toronto Ontario Canada for the ANSWER TO THE G8 G20 GATHERING OF WORLD LEADERS “SHOUT OUT FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE ” – sponsored by the Council of Canadians visit our website: www.canadians.org and please join the cause… If you are in Simcoe County – please join the Simcoe Region Chapter of the Council of Canadians….

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2012 Drought Update


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Published on Jul 30, 2012

The Drought of 2012 rivals the Great Dust Bowl years of the 30s and is coming at a time of melting arctic ice, shrinking ice sheets, and extreme events across the planet, matching the projections of Climate models for global warming.

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