Sorcerer's Apprentice Redux
In Sorcerer's Apprentice, Walt Disney bequeathed us the perfect cautionary tale for an age besieged with unwittingly created "helper" beings run amock. Ironically, the $40 billion Disney multinational is now one of the most dangerous.
His prescriptions may have been pretty naive, but the old man's perceptions of corporate reality offered many eureka moments: "A society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells." - Karl Marx
Tweedle-dumbstruck Duopoly Politics
Election 2012: The Most Expensive Dog & Pony Show in History
“The pretense in disputed elections is that the great conflict is between the two major parties. The reality is that there is a much bigger conflict that the two parties jointly wage against large numbers of Americans who are represented by neither party and against powerless millions around the world.” -- Howard Zinn
For a culture that has generated historic genius, virtuosity and heroism, our current presidential slate of so-called viable candidates is both insulting and absurd.
Between a Goldman Sached Barack and a Bane Capitalized Mitt, where is the path back to democracy or an escape from corporate rule? Between Obama's stay-the-course defense largesse and Romney's proposed $2 trillion boost, where is the road to peace or even solvency?
Obama's continuation, nay amplification of Cheney era darkness on transparency, human rights abuse and corporate-sponsored energy/financial/trade policies is certainly a first class tell.
The GOP clown show that reprised the nostalgic diversions of gays, guns and godlessness is also quite instructive. None are about to confront the crimes that got us here or the corporate coup d'état that now supports them all.
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Salty snacks for a truth famine
Recalling Quaint Public Servant Job Descriptions
The US Prez is the sovereign people's employee in chief and instead of kissing corporate ass he should be kissing ours. But it's not a matter of Democrat or Republican, when both are fully owned subsidiaries of the megacorps. The waxing bipartisan comfort with authoritarian corporate values is evident in their symmetrical servility to greed, unsustainable growth and in-house tyranny.
Pick either and the growth prospects of all Big Bodies pushing warfare, sweat shops, toxic ag, drugs, usury, oil and nukes will remain fat and well protected. Pick either and the health and security of the 99% -- and all surrounding species -- will continue to erode.
Neither are about to confront the crimes that got us here or the corporate coup d'état that now supports them all. They won't even admit a coup has happened, let alone help usurped citizens mount a ballsy countercoup.
Exasperation from the Ancient Ones
Global experts on war, famine, water, climate and pollution all continue to tell us we only have a few years left to turn our societies around, but that supposes we actually have any say in the matter at all. (Recall, for example, how quickly Koch Industries and the corporate-funded Heartland Institute almost single-handedly eviscerated the US global warming movement after the "unstoppable" 7/7/07 Live Earth celebration of climate love.)
So it's time to recognize we really don't have any say or sway anymore in the old "corridors of power". And then we have to get off our ass, evict the corporate parasites, and disinfect all our government bodies from the ground up. Other 3rd parties may offer visibly saner policies than our blithely corrupt duopoly, but only SAP points you at the root of the madness and shows how we can prevail.
Moyers and Frank on the DC Corporate Buyout
Click for more fun facts like: "In the aftermath of the 2008 financial collapse, more than $4 trillion in near zero-interest Federal Reserve loans went to the banks and businesses of at least 18 current and former Federal Reserve regional bank directors."
The Two Party System Explained
Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c The Daily Show Correspondents Explain Political Parties - The Two-Party System
Yes, the Big Bodies have us by the balls and may rightfully snigger at our hopes for greater goals than stupor, titillation and toys. They really do believe we're idiots and that their flacks, political minions and media control will protect them forever from effective angry awakenings to who they are and what they've done. Well, the awakenings are beginning, but what the hell to do about it still seems unclear. Then along came SAP...
BIG BODY BOOK WORK
- Learning to Diagnose Corporate Maladies
in Your Body Politic and the World at Large.
BIG BODY PATHOLOGIES
- Diverse Symptoms of Our Common Plague
- THE BIG BODY PROBLEM
- WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD
- by David C. Korten
- ONE WORLD, READY OR NOT: THE MANIC LOGIC
OF GLOBAL CAPITALISM - by William Greider
- ECONOMICS AND THE PUBLIC PURPOSE - by John Kenneth Galbraith
- THE CASE AGAINST FREE TRADE : GATT, NAFTA AND
THE GLOBALIZATION OF CORPORATE POWER - by Ralph Nader (Editor)
- THE BIGNESS COMPLEX - by W. Adams
- THE CORPORATE PLANET
- ECOLOGY AND POLITICS
IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION - by Joshua Karliner
- CORPORATE PREDATORS : THE HUNT FOR MEGA-PROFITS
AND THE ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY - by Mokhiber & Weissman
- GLOBAL SPIN : THE CORPORATE ASSAULT
ON ENVIRONMENTALISM - by Sharon Beder
- EARTH FOR SALE - RECLAIMING ECOLOGY
N THE AGE OF CORPORATE GREENWASH - by Brian Tokar
- PROJECT CENSORED: THE YEAR'S TOP 25 CENSORED STORIES - by Peter Phillips (Editor)
- 20 YEARS OF CENSORED NEWS- by Carl Jensen
- CORPORATIONS ARE GONNA GET YOUR MAMA: GLOBALIZATION
AND THE DOWNSIZING OF THE AMERICAN DREAM - by Kevin Danaher (Editor)
- DOWNSIZE THIS! - by Michael Moore
- THERE'S NOTHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD BUT
YELLOW STRIPES AND DEAD ARMADILLOS - by Jim Hightower
BIG BODY PHYSIOLOGY
- Techniques & Trials of Terminal Incorporation
- THE CULTURE OF CORPORATE BEINGS
- THE JAPANESE ART OF MIND-BINDING
PRINCIPLES & EXAMPLES
- LIVING SYSTEMS - by James Grier Miller
- THE CROWD - by Gustave Le Bon
- THE GROUP MIND - by William McDougall
- JAPANESE SOCIETY - by Chie Nakane
- LIFE OF THE BEE - by Maurice Maeterlink
- THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE - by J.K. Galbraith
- ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM - by Erich Fromm
- OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY - by Stanley Milgram
- MEIN KAMPF- by Adolf Hitler
- Science & Symptoms of Lowering Testosterone
- HISTORY IN YOUR PANTS - Brief intro to Japan's experience
- "CASTRATION: THE MAJOR GOAL OF JAPANESE EDUCATION" By Masao Miyamoto M.D. (Oxford/Cambridge Speech)
- "CASTRATION", THE HIV SCANDAL AND THE JAPANESE BUREAUCRACY" By Masao Miyamoto M.D. (MIT Speech)
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASTRATION - by Victor T. Cheney
- CHINESE EUNUCHS - by Taisuke Mitamura
- THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR AND STRESS - by Jeffrey Alan Gray
- BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS OF FARM ANIMALS - by M. Kiley-Worthington
- THE ORGANIZATION MAN - by William Hollingsworth Whyte
- THE CORPORATE EUNUCH - by O. William. Battalia
- THE FEMINIZED MALE: CLASSROOMS, WHITE COLLARS,
AND THE DECLINE OF MANLINESS - by Patricia Cayo Sexton
- THE MALE IN CRISIS - by Karl Bednarik
BEYOND BIG BODIES
- New Paradigms & Sources of Courage
- HUMAN SCALE - by Kirkpatrick Sale
- THE POST-CORPORATE WORLD :
LIFE AFTER CAPITALISM - by David Korten
- GLOBALIZING CIVIL SOCIETY : RECLAIMING OUR RIGHT TO POWER - by David Korten
- THE CASE AGAINST THE GLOBAL ECONOMY ,
AND FOR A TURN TOWARD THE LOCAL by Mander & Goldsmith (Editors)
- THE PHENOMENON OF MAN - by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
- POWERS OF TEN - by Philip & Phylis Morrison
- THE DREAM OF THE EARTH - by Thomas Berry
- THE UNIVERSE IS A GREEN DRAGON :
A COSMIC CREATION STORY - by Brian Swimme