Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our enormously productive economy...

"Our enormously productive economy... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction, in consumption... we need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate."
"Price Competition in 1955", Victor Lebow". 2008-07-28.

"... more than 50% of our [ U.S. ] federal tax money is now going to the military, ..."
"Of the 100 largest economies on earth now, 51 are corporations."
"We [The U.S.] has 5% of the world’s population but we’re consuming 30% of the world’s resources and creating 30% of the world’s waste."
"80% of the planet’s original forests are gone."
"In the Amazon alone, we’re losing 2000 trees a minute."
"Each of us in the U.S. is targeted with more than 3,000 advertisements a day."
"Each of us in the United States makes 4 1/2 pounds [2.04 kg] of garbage a day."
"Dioxin is the most toxic man made substance known to science. And incinerators are the number one source of dioxin."

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