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Van Jones is Obama in Greenface, what our president did for race, Jones wants for the environment, New Jack Shit

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? He's Black AND he's Green, and like his former boss Obama, he's a neo-eco corporatist pushing... Cap-N-Trade! In Al Gore Nobel Prize circles, Van Jones is the environmental darling who was too hot --we're to infer principled-- for Obama's centrist administration. In post-Hope America, Jones turns out to have been the spoonful of Aspartame that helped environmentalists swallow just the next neoliberal pill, another pitchman for the bankers whose "Green Collar" remedy for our climate -and economic woes- is to trust in big business --let free trade and deregulated profits deliver mankind! No surprise then Colorado College is foisting the so-called upstart to dazzle the impressionable on Thursday March 3rd at Shove Chapel, 7:30pm. And the asshole (his word, not mine) compounds his offense by presuming to greenwash the few terms American workers have to grasp the real issue, class struggle. The blue and white collars differentiate who works and who keeps the profit, and by the way, who's made the decisions that led the machine to environmental collapse and who pays the price. Green Collar doesn't describe a shirt, it's a leash. Oh but JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the IMF don't want to take you out for walkies. Their collar is a yoke of servitude, painted color of the day.

Leave it to pirates to run honest bourse

With investment bankers trying to weasel another broker's percentage from a carbon-credit trading system, comes a living example of rudimentary venture capitalism. In Haradheere, Somalia, there's a stock market for pirates, by comparison, something benefiting all participants. The pirate's market is no middleman's monopoly. It works just like the collectives of investors who floated Britain's privateers and the Dutch East Indies Trading Companies, just two examples of crown-sanctioned adventure-mercenary conquerors. Had you wondered why the definition of "float" includes the economies participant to navigational buoyancy? Got a boat, a weapon, a tip on an incoming treasure galleon? Invest the pirates with your contribution and reap a stake in the rewards. Every successive stock market since the formative times, from commodities, to insurance, to futures, etc, have well surpassed the illegitimacy and immorality of the seafaring pirate variety. Sang the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance: Away to the cheating world go you, Where pirates all are well-to-do. While the corporate media decries the savagery of the lawless Somali coastal enterprises, sophisticated traders descend upon COP15 to extort a cap-and-trade protection racket from a world desperate to arrest climate change. The pirate bourse is a reminder of what purpose the stock markets used to play. If you had a money-making idea, and needed investors, that's where you went. But to describe a business proposal as germinating from an idea, is to peddle platitudes defining entrepreneurship as being about intellectual innovation. In practice, business opportunities chiefly present themselves from licenses obtained from the state, to operate lucrative monopolies. It usually takes the combination of disproportionate profits and manageable risk to interest wealthy investors. I think I enjoy this Somalia juxtaposition particularly because Wall Street can't get a piece of the pirate action. Only those with real pirate commodities need apply. And of course, only those financiers brave enough to circulate in a "pirate's lair" like Haradheere. So the suddenly infamous Dalsan Bank of Haradheere is basically for scrappers and warlords only, and certainly no whites need apply, unless it's to be ransomed. Here's a snippet from yesterday's Reuters article: Piracy investor Sahra Ibrahim, a 22-year-old divorcee, was lined up with others waiting for her cut of a ransom pay-out after one of the gangs freed a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. "I am waiting for my share after I contributed a rocket-propelled grenade for the operation," she said, adding that she got the weapon from her ex-husband in alimony. "I am really happy and lucky. I have made $75,000 in only 38 days since I joined the 'company'." If it sounds like a personal testament for a get-rich-quick scheme, it is! But unlike the television infomercials, this bourse is grounded in providing a legitimate function in Somalia. Note that the ransom from which Ms. Ibrahim expects to profit was paid for the release of a "tuna fishing vessel." For those who want to judge the pirates like terrorists, the inconvenient characteristic about the Somali pirates is the role they play as coast guard for a national government not up

Annie Leonard versus the people who brought you Enron and Goldman Sachs

COLORADO COLLEGE- Environmentalist Annie Leonard of THE STORY OF STUFF visits CC's Packard Hall. Here's an inescapably blunt video she's made in advance of the climate summit in Copenhagen, called The Story of Cap & Trade, where Leonard looks at the devils in the details: "free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis." Leonard knocked it out of the park at CC, setting a fine example for forward-thinking reformers. Keep moving, come back for the stragglers later. How exciting for this Colorado Springs audience that Leonard visits just as her internet impact is being targeted by those previously presumed to be her allies. It's a clever move, before COP15, to unmask the delinquents in our midst. Normally eco-radical Grist is alight with attacks on Leonard's Cap and Trade dressing down, but the charlatans can't see the clearcut from the trees. They're cap and trade insiders, who short Leonard for arguments she omits, although her video is only ten minutes long. One accuses the "semi-famous" Leonard of missing the mark, the other scolds the first for going too easy on her, beginning a catalog of errors with "Just colossally ignorant." Both Grist dopes with too much invested in eco-business as usual.

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