Outdated Maps

June 12, 2010

From Dmitri Orlov’s Club Orlov — He titled this Lost Leaders, but it might equally appropriately be titled Outdated Maps

SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010

Lost Leaders

It is embarrassing to be lost. It is even more embarrassing for a leader to be lost. And what’s really really embarrassing to all concerned is when national and transnational corporate leaders attempt to tackle a major disaster and are found out to have been issuing marching orders based on the wrong map. Everyone then executes a routine of turning toward each other in shock, frowning while shaking their heads slowly from side to side and looking away in disgust. After that, these leaders might as well limit their public pronouncements to the traditional “Milk, milk, lemonade, round the corner fudge is made.” Whatever they say, the universal reaction becomes: “What leaders? We don’t have any.”

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An American Chernobyl?

May 14, 2010

Dmitri Orlov can write. And he has had the useful experience of watching one society collapse, which gives him a somewhat jaundiced viewpoint when watching another one doing the same thing. Doesn’t mean he’s right; does mean he’s worth listening to. From his blog,

An American Chernobyl

The drawing of parallels between industrial accidents is a dubious armchair sport, but here the parallels are just piling up and are becoming too hard to ignore:
  • An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 spewed radioactive waste across Europe
  • A recent explosion and sinking of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform is spewing heavy oil into the Gulf of Mexico

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Every once in a while I remind myself that, much as I love this government as it was founded, we are not governed as free people, are not represented by our “representatives,” cannot trust the “news” we are fed by media that are owned by a few corporations, and hence are living in a daydream, unconnected to reality. At least, we are as long as we remain connected to the official version of events — and this goes equally for liberals and conservatives, radicals and reactionaries, and religious or materialist fundamentalists.

Interestingly, the truth does surface in patches, but is found only unpredictably. In some books (more older than newer ones), on some internet blogs, in some foreign media, and even in items that appear in official media  such as the New York Times or Wall Street Journal, in which the establishment talks to itself — if you know how to read between the lines.

This is from Dmitri Orlov’s blog, ClubOrlov –

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