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Mineful Response and the Rise of Corporatist Spirituality « Speculative Non-Buddhism
"The Mindful-One on the couch says something with a chuckle. I can only make out the first and last parts: 'maybe we should…so they don’t rush the stage.' It gets a big, nervous laugh. Then, he gets serious. So should you.

"'This is sort of an important moment,' he proclaims. Is he about to tell us that 'Corporations have historically had a giant footprint on public infrastructure, communities and the environment without paying for it, and Google is no different. They’ll avoid paying for privatizing our bus stops like they avoid paying $11 billion in federal taxes. When a company’s chairman publicly says, 'We’re proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this,' you know Don’t Be Evil was just a sick joke of the Googlezillionaires.'

"No, he isn’t about to tell us that. Of course not."

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"In under three minutes, the clip validates Slavoj Žižek’s claims that western x-buddhism, of which mindfulness has become a dominant variety, is the perfect partner for or 'supplement' to our hyper-consumerist techno-capitalist corporations."
speculativenonbuddhism.com  2014  2010s  protest  video  google  silicon_valley  mindfulness  apathy  capitalism  consumerism  conflict  glenn_wallis  corporation  san_francisco  housing  wealth  slavoj_žižek  society  change  denial  richard_payne  employment  strategy  evil  rant  takedown 
february 2016 by cluebucket
Miami is Flooding - The New Yorker
“We have a triple whammy,” [Obeysekera] said. “One whammy is sea-level rise. Another whammy is the water table comes up higher, too. And in this area the higher the water table, the less space you have to absorb storm water. The third whammy is if the rainfall extremes change, and become more extreme. There are other whammies probably that I haven’t mentioned."
...
“I have called the city of Miami,” the first sister said. “And they said it’s just the moon. But I don’t think it’s the moon anymore.”

in all srsness, goodbye Miami...
tide  moon  coast  beach  island  miami  florida  flood  climate_change  water  sea_level  topography  2015  2010s  environment  prediction  land  america  disaster  newyorker  elizabeth_kolbert  science  research  greenland  arctic  ice  glacier  everglades  republican  denial  marco_rubio  rick_scott  al_gore 
december 2015 by cluebucket
Suicide and the Economy - Elizabeth MacBride - The Atlantic
"My family had not only refused to speak of Roy, they rewrote the story of his death. Within hours, they closed ranks. A second cousin, a local policeman, told the newspaper Roy was subject to fainting spells. His mother said he died of a heart attack in a parking garage; according to another family story, he’d fallen in front of a train. Eventually, the lie became the truth. I flipped through the journals his mother wrote in 1950s. She mentioned Roy once, when a passerby reminded her of him. Then she went back later and whited out his name."
suicide  theatlantic  depression  economy  1920s  1930s  america  family  2013  2010s  death  memory  mental_health  crisis  psychology  employment  failure  life  library  news  roy_humphrey  nyc  new_jersey  elizabeth_macbride  stigma  society  survival  denial  guilt  shame  emotion 
september 2013 by cluebucket
Climate Name Change
petition to the World Meteorological Organization to name extreme storms after climate change deniers.
climatenamechange.org  petition  climate_change  global_warming  environment  name  politician  denial  2013  2010s 
august 2013 by cluebucket
Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer |
"These women said they generally offered excuses that posited an inability rather than unwillingness to accept the offer because, in one woman’s words, 'that would stop the boy from blaming you.'”
...
but then the takeaway of the study? "The problem of sexual coercion cannot be fixed by changing the way women talk."
yesmeansyes  communication  conversation  speech  analysis  refusal  no  denial  power  politeness  gender  language  understanding  society  u.k.  study  sex  rape  violence  celia_kitzinger  hannah_frith  thomas_macaulay_millar  rachel_o'byrne  culture  social_change  2011  2000s  2010s 
july 2013 by cluebucket
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
"I think whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege, as males are taught not to recognize male privilege. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have white privilege. I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was 'meant' to remain oblivious."

7. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.
11. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.
13. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.
15. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

"For me white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy"
peggy_mcintosh  wayne.edu  essay  white  privilege  writing  culture  society  1990s  1990  racism  denial  male  gender  womens_studies  list  power  dominance  america  discrimination  escape  system 
june 2013 by cluebucket
Friends of Fraud - NYTimes.com
"As history shows, the financial industry’s wealth and influence can all too easily turn those who are supposed to serve as watchdogs into lap dogs instead."
nytimes  fraud  finance  america  bank  paul_krugman  dodd-frank  reform  government  wealth  influence  protection  2010s  2013  op-ed  republican  money  denial  recession  economics 
february 2013 by cluebucket

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