Robert Young Pelton: Finding Bergdahl — A Tale of Deceit

Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton

Finding Bergdahl

Inside the Search for the Last Prisoner of America’s Longest War

VICE, 21 July 2014

PART 1 EXTRACTS:

The next intercepts from the elated kidnappers, using their CDMA or RUIM phone while still inside the vehicle, provided the first real piece of evidence on how Bergdahl was grabbed: “We were attacking the post. He was just taking a shit. He had no gun with him. He was taking a shit. He has not cleaned his butt yet.”

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Anthony Judge: Vital Collective Learning from Biased Media Coverage

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Vital Collective Learning from Biased Media Coverage

Acquiring vigilance to deceptive strategies used in mugging the world

Introduction
Biased coverage of controversy by news media
Clues to possible vigilant interpretation of media coverage
Strategic leadership as a “shell game”?
Acquiring vigilance through recognition of media bias
Elaboration of a system of media “con codes”
Future credibility of media presentations by authority
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Sepp Hasslberger: 2003 Manifesto on Our Common Future

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Genova, the Azores and our Common Future

28 June 2003

Genova – July 2001 – had a big impact on my life, probably on anybody’s life here in Italy. Several hundred thousand protested the gathering of Heads of State – the G8 – and were brutally beaten by police who had been instructed, on Bush’s orders, to “be tough this time”. Some of my Italian friends, Ivan and Vitale, were there and they returned shocked at the unprecedented violence that had been unleashed, by all accounts unprovoked. At the time, I said war has just been declared on the people and I wrote, enraged, that the kind of progress the mighty are talking about is not really the progress we want. At the time, one of the recurring taints thrown at the emerging global movement for justice was that it had not come up with any positive proposals.

Fast forward to Azores – January 2003 – the passage from one year to the next. Wind outside, logs crackling in the fireplace. Someone asks the question: What is it we really want? If we don’t want Bush’s war, we don’t want “their” globalization, what can we do about it? Good question. Difficult. Susan suggests that Justice is the major problem. Prohibitionism and the non-separation of Church and State, to be exact. Agreed, but what can we do about it and what about all those other areas of life that are messed up too? We started listing them up – justice, the economy, the energy monopoly, scientific progress, the environment, health, education, ideas in the straitjacket called intellectual property, the way society is organized and how the media manages not to inform us of what’s important.

Areas for Change (List Only)

Church and State   Justice   Economy   Energy   Science   Environment   Health   Education   Human Potential   Intellectual Property Laws   Social organization   Public Media and information   Privacy versus Transparency

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Jean Lieven: Peter Ladner on Sharing Economy

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Sharing economy shares assets and business opportunities

Peter Ladner

Business Vancouver, 22 July 2014

One of the most disruptive business trends of recent years is growing at an alarming rate. It’s called the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The premise is pretty simple: use digital technology to reap the advantages of ownership without actually owning something, or to become a micro-entrepreneur without any investm Continue reading