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One hoax to rule them all

One hoax to rule them all: The Hobbit movie tar sands hoax revealed. Photo: Erin Byrnes
A tale of dirty oil, a Hollywood blockbuster, Yes Men shenanigans, the ever-helpful media and activist geniuses.

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What people believe: How three books shaped my view of 'truth'

A couple of years ago I read a fabulous book by James Scott called Seeing like a State. Rather than portraying an in-depth look at the unique complexities of one failed (or floundering) state, he took a refreshingly more contextualized approach.

By widening his gaze and looking at the commonalities across the globe and over time, Scott makes some similarities among them embarrassingly apparent. In doing so, he suggests that the failures which have been historically noted as disastrous examples of poor decision making are anything but exceptional.

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Naomi Klein to police: 'Don't play public relations, do your goddamned job!'

After the widely condemned police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto, crowds gathered for a protest in front of Police Headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28, 2010. Naomi Klein spoke to them there.
Crowds gathered to protest G20 police behaviour in front of police headquarters in Toronto on Monday, June 28.

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Naomi Klein: Unifor should fight for a green labour revolution

This article was originally published by the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) and is reprinted here with permission. 

 Naomi Klein urged members at the founding convention of Unifor in Toronto to take the lead in ushering in a green labour revolution, setting out a bold vision to reverse the damage of the neoliberal era and create just and dignified work while simultaneously protecting the environment.

The best-selling author argued that climate change is not a threat to jobs, but is instead the most important tool and argument against the austerity agenda that is working neither for people nor the planet.

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Video of Naomi Klein speaking at B-Fest: 'Greeks live the Shock Doctrine'

Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein spoke recently in Athens, in her first visit to Europe since the economic crisis hit. 

Naomi Klein: This economic model is at war with life on Earth

At the opening night of PowerShift 2012 in Ottawa this past weekend, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois from Quebec delivered a powerful speech in which he was very explicit in identifying capitalism as the enemy. He concluded with a statement along the lines of 'we either get liberty, or we die,' in which he meant liberty from capitalism. During a press availability session at PowerShift, rabble.ca asked Naomi Klein to comment about this statement: 

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Naomi Klein speaks out against Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipeline plans

Author Naomi Klein speaks out against plans to expand the Kinder Morgan pipeline to the Port of Vancouver. She presents a case to 'stop this outrageous plan to turn Vancouver into a major port for dirty oil'. Klein says that opposition to dirty oil pipelines is growing all over the North American continent. Naomi Klein was one of many speakers at the Salish Sea Festival in North Vancouver on September 2, 2012. Please seehttp://CityHallWatch.ca for further details on the event.

Tories want to replace government social spending with privatized "social impact bonds"

From todays' Winnipeg Free Press, in part"

"Incentives are also key to possible changes to the way government handles social programs, said Human Resources Minister Diane Finley.

She suggested the government is looking at creating "social impact bonds," which are contracts between government and private investors to fund social programs.

Payment from the government is tied to program outcomes.

"Essentially the social impact bond has the effect of moving risk from the current state of affairs where government - and taxpayers - pay up front without a real way of guaranteeing performance, to the social group itself who will be 'paid for results,'" Finley said.

"The investors win, the community groups who are successful win"

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