Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai speaks on the relationship between scarce natural resources and global conflict.
around min.9 Nicole Foss explains the futility or arrogance of blaming certain sections of the population (eg. bankers)
http://localfuture.org Dr. Joseph Tainter, Nicole Foss, and David Korowicz serve on a panel to answer questions about risk and collapse. This is part 1 of 2 of a 30-minute Q and A session at the 2010 International Conference on Sustainability organized by Local Future nonprofit and directed by Aaron Wissner.
The country that most consumes (of the world's resources) per citizen, also has by far the biggest military spending in the world: eg. more than the sum of ALL other countries, in 2009. What do you think this means?
This is an extract of an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
RT: And finally, Julian, who do you consider to be your No. 1 enemy?
JA: Our No. 1 enemy is ignorance. And I believe that is the No. 1 enemy for everyone – it’s not understanding what actually is going on in the world. It's only when you start to understand that you can make effective decisions and effective plans. Now, the question is, who is promoting ignorance? Well, those organizations that try to keep things secret, and those organizations which distort true information to make it false or misrepresentative. In this latter category, it is bad media.
It really is my opinion that media in general are so bad that we have to question whether the world wouldn't be better off without them altogether. They are so distortive to how the world actually is that the result is… we see wars, and we see corrupt governments continue on.
One of the hopeful things that I’ve discovered is that nearly every war that has started in the past 50 years has been a result of media lies. The media could've stopped it if they had searched deep enough; if they hadn't reprinted government propaganda they could've stopped it. But what does that mean? Well, that means that basically populations don't like wars, and populations have to be fooled into wars. Populations don't willingly, with open eyes, go into a war. So if we have a good media environment, then we also have a peaceful environment.
RT: Thank you very much.
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