reblogged from Vegan Activist
Thanks to petroleum, every North American now behaves, thinks and often looks like an obese and overbearing 19th century slave owner.
A shocking and important story from Andrew Nikiforuk of The Tyee, called You and Your Slaves, illustrates just how much energy average middle-class Canadians consume, unthinkingly, and how perilous this consumption is.
Using a reality-show stunt where a British household was powered for a day by human cyclists instead of grid energy, Nikiforuk illustrates the astonishing amount of energy that we have become accustomed to consume as if it is our right. Cycling is a highly-efficient method of producing energy from human body power, since the thighs and legs are our strongest muscles. Even then, a healthy individual can only cycle enough energy to light a 100-watt lightbulb for an hour. Read more http://veganactivist.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/petroleum-slavery/
Nationalism, the Stanhope way
I wish this would happen here too.
‘End of Capitalism’: Bolivia to Expel Coca-Cola
Reblogged from Information Clearing House
August 02, 2012 “RT” — In a symbolic rejection of US capitalism, Bolivia announced it will expel the Coca-Cola Company from the country at the end of the Mayan calendar. This will mark the end of capitalism and usher in a new era of equality, the Bolivian govt says.
“December 21 of 2012 will be the end of egoism and division. December 21 should be the end of Coca-Cola,” Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca decreed, with bombast worthy of a viral marketing campaign.
The coming ‘end’ of the Mayan lunar calendar on December 21 of this year has sparked widespread doomsaying of an impending apocalypse. But Choquehuanca argued differently, claiming it will be the end of days for capitalism, not the planet.
“The planets will align for the first time in 26,000 years and this is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism,” said Choquehuanca as quoted by Venezuelan newspaper El Periodiquito.
The minister encouraged the people of Bolivia to drink Mocochinche, a peach-flavored soft drink, as an alternative to Coca-Cola. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez followed suit, encouraging his country to ditch the American beverage for fruit juice produced in Venezuela.
Last year, Bolivia became the second Latin American country not to have a single McDonald’s. The fast food giant finally gave up on Bolivia after being unable to turn a profit in the country for over a decade.
Following this failure, the monolithic multinational released a documentary titled ‘Why McDonald’s failed in Bolivia.’ Referencing surveys, sociologists, nutritionists and historians, the company came to the conclusion it was not their food that was the issue, but a culturally driven boycott.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has a reputation for controversial policies similar to the Coca-Cola ban. Morales pledged last month to legalize the consumption of coca leaves, one of the main ingredients of cocaine.
“Neither the US nor capitalist countries have a good reason to maintain the ban on coca leaf consumption,” said Morales.
The coca leaf was declared an illegal narcotic by the UN in 1961, along with cocaine, opium and morphine. The consumption of coca leaves is a centuries-old tradition in Bolivia, strongly rooted in the beliefs of various indigenous groups.
Watch What happens in the body when you drink Coke or Pepsi
Thank you Kurt O for bringing this to my attention.
What a wonderful idea. Fitzhenrymac
In spite of losing their homes
The people of Al Araqib are true heroes.
“The secret to humor is surprise.” ― Aristotle
The surprise in this production sneaks up on you.
As with the Sept 11th attacks we see in this video a number of Israelis dancing and appearing to celebrate as the building comes down – proof of their involvement. In this article we will look closer at the video using standard truth-techniques, after which we will only be able to arrive at one conclusion: There is an international Hebrew conspiracy to enslave mankind. Analysis of the video will establish this conclusion beyond doubt.