Tag: 350

Industry-Funded Indians

350 and IEN, both of whom are funded by Dakota Access Pipeline investor Warren Buffett, issued a joint statement on DAPL February 7. Tides Foundation, a money laundry for tar sands investors and oil industry magnates such as Buffett, is used to corrupt NGOs such as 350 and Indigenous Environmental Network. While they are allowed to oppose pipelines in order to maintain credibility as so-called “water protectors,” they are noted for maintaining silence about their benefactor’s investments in pipelines and bomb trains.

Divide and Conquer: 350 Apologists

As I wrote in my op-ed Degrees of Evil: Savoring the Nuances of Co-optation, spectacle celebrities like Naomi Klein count on infantile consumers to maintain their activist credentials. As a board member of 350–funded by Rockefeller Brothers Fund and TIDES Foundation (Warren Buffett, et al)–Klein and her cohort Bill McKibben are in bed with CERES and Goldman Sachs. Yet, despite this blatantly obvious hypocrisy by the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of Climate Evangelism, the myth of 350 as a ‘grassroots’ organization persists.

This myth might be an amusing entertainment, were it not for the fact that 350 is complicit with Wall Street in Hijacking the Environmental Movement, and guilty as Agent Saboteur of the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.

So it is disappointing, but not surprising, when people like Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)–funded by TIDES–perpetuate the myth of 350 as a small organization responsive to indigenous interests. While IEN has done some good things, they nevertheless know where their bread is buttered, and this leads them to speak half truths–which amount to whole lies. The Goldtooth interview Divide and Conquer, while enlightening about REDD, also serves as a warning about the insidious corruption of Wall Street-funded NGOs–IEN included.

Protest to Prison Pipeline

The progression from privatized protest to prison begins with unfocused anger, as a reaction to such things as pollution from fossil fuels and environmental catastrophes, brought on by consumerism and militarism. Following the lead of agent provocateurs like 350, some frustrated protestors–who see little change in public policy, as well as large betrayals by environmental organizations and institutions–turn to ineffective civil disobedience.

 

Frustrated by designer protests and vanity arrests, a few engage in more serious crimes like vandalism and sabotage. At the far end of the spectrum–those impatient with the pace of social change, consumer complacency, corporate corruption, and institutional deceit–are those who become enmeshed in underground movements that view themselves as violent revolutionaries. These revolutionaries–who sometimes commit arson and explosive attacks against symbols of the anti-environmental establishment, i.e. oil refineries and coal-fired electrical generating stations–almost always end up in prison.

 

Not only are their lives ruined by an official record as a felon, but they face doing time in solitary confinement, where they receive poor health care, and torturous conditions of isolation 24/7.

 

Encouraging the revolutionary mindset, oil industry-funded provocateurs like 350 recruit and nurture young people concerned about environmental degradation, then lead them down the path to prison, thus depriving a generation of sober, effective leadership–a devious but effective deployment of Netwar (networked psychological warfare) in the conflict between conservation and consumerism. When environmental activists allow themselves to be consumed by anger and other emotions–absent independent research-based intelligence and reflective analysis–they become prey for the provocateurs to exploit.

 

That, and the corresponding loss of civil liberties for society at large, is a tragedy.

Breaking Free: The Corruption of Alternative Media

Breaking Free

The Corruption of Alternative Media

By Jay Taber

Break Free, the 350 ‘clean energy’ Ponzi scheme–funded by Warren Buffett–relies on three sociological aspects to succeed:

The 350 ‘clean energy’ campaigns count on these aspects, as well as widespread ignorance promoted by corrupt alternative media. Social engineering through social media is accomplished through hush money, distributed to popular non-profits, in order to create a fixed mentality.

This, in turn, creates a world of make believe, in support of architects of the final solution. On-the-take of handouts from the financial elite, the collaborators with the axis of evil make it all possible. Greenwashing Wall Street is a big part of that.

Corruption of alternative media such as Democracy Now!, Grist and The Real News Network (TRNN) is achieved through foundation grants distributed by the financial elite, such as Warren Buffett’s NOVO Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, TIDES Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Ford funds Democracy Now!, Grist and TRNN, and is a promoter of REDD and other Wall Street-backed carbon market schemes–now part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that include nuclear power development.

350–funded by Buffett via NOVO and TIDES, as well as by Rockefeller Bros.–has enabled Buffett and the financial elite, i.e. Bill Gates, to profit handsomely from these 350 ‘clean energy’ campaigns (Break Free is just getting started):

  1. KXL
  2. Divestment
  3. Break Free

Break Free, promoting a transition to fossil free living, is the groundwork being laid to bolster such scams as the Solutionary Rail plan–a boondoggle to harvest enormous public monies through an electrified rail corridor project from Chicago to Seattle. This boondoggle would benefit not only Buffett, but the nuclear power industry–promoted heavily by Bill Gates at COP21 under the guise of the New Economy, and evangelized by Bill McKibben of 350.

350, and its affiliate Rising Tide, are noted extensively in the Break Free campaign news at outlets like Democracy Now! (funded by TIDES). The Cascadia Weekly (CW), which covers the Pacific Northwest region incorporating the March Point Shell and Tesoro oil refineries at Anacortes, Washington State–location of a 350 Break Free disobedience camp out on BNSF Railway tracks–in its May 25 issue, reprinted Democracy Now! hype of Break Free propaganda posing as news.

In the May 25 issue, CW editor Tim Johnson took the opportunity to insert an editor’s reply, dissing a letter to the editor (see pg. 5) writer for calling out the Break Free hypocrisy. In March 2014, after taking advertising PR money from Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT)–a proposed coal export development of SSA Marine and BNSF Railway–Mr. Johnson attacked Citizen Journalist Sandra Robson for exposing anti-Indian racism funded by the coal export consortium that included BNSF, owned by Warren Buffett. Her expose resulted in a libel threat by GPT spokesman Craig Cole.

As I noted in Hijacking the Environmental Movement: Just Say No to 350, ‘350 began its dark career betraying the G77 at COP15 in 2009, and continued its shady dealings by sabotaging the 2010 Indigenous peoples’ climate conference in Bolivia’. Now, 350 is promoting ineffective ‘civil disobedience’ as a means of diverting environmental activists from reality-based social change, and as a means of laying the groundwork for yet another Buffet-Gates empire, like they did with the KXL campaign and the designer protests and vanity arrests that made oil train magnates Buffett and Gates a bundle.

The corruption of alternative media and the non-profit industrial complex by Wall Street is one of the most insidious examples of Netwar (networked psychological warfare) in history. Indeed, the creation of discursive monoculture portends the death of democracy. Editors and publishers who choose to sell their souls to Wall Street deserve to be publicly humiliated.

[Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal. Since 1994, he has served as communications director at Public Good Project, a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and journalists defending democracy. As a consultant, he has assisted Indigenous peoples in the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations.]

Oil Export & White Supremacy

Oil Export and White Supremacy in Washington State

A Brief Synopsis of the Players Involved

By Jay Taber

Now that the battles over oil export at March Point, Washington State, have begun between the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and oil refineries owned by Shell and Tesoro, 350 has taken on the role of agent provocateur. The fact that Warren Buffett—owner of BNSF Railway, and partner in oil export with the refineries—is also a major funder of 350 via TIDES Foundation, has been actively covered up by both mainstream and alternative media.

 

Through its Break Free stealth campaign, 350 is now luring environmental activists into unlawful acts, that are likely to create a public backlash against environmentalists and the Indian tribes. The publicly stated intent of Break Free to close down refineries altogether threatens the livelihood of refinery workers, and threatens to disrupt all transportation in Washington State.

 

This escalation of hostilities–that alienates the public–is bound to attract Tea Party and violent white supremacist attention, and indeed, Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA)—the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”—has already been involved in inciting the anti-Indian movement in Washington State over fossil fuel export. Anti-Indian, Tea Party-led PACs, in 2013, received $149,000 from a coal export consortium—that included BNSF—over the battle at Cherry Point.

 

What we see with the New Economy–promoted by Bill Gates and Bill McKibben (350) at COP21–is essentially a Wise Use takeover of UN policy by transnational corporations. These corporations (including Gates) are invested in mega-mines for ‘clean energy’ and mega-dams for ‘sustainable capitalism’ to provide electricity for processing the minerals from mining and the crops from mega-plantations that grow industrial scale GMO products.
A key feature of the New Economy is developing nuclear power, and Gates has made this and GMOs a major part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN, Wall Street, and NGOs like 350 are working in tandem to promote the New Economy through campaigns like Clean Energy, Divestment, and Break Free–all funded by Wall Street.

 

Further reading

 

Breaking Free: A New Age Ghost Dance

 

Netwar at Cherry Point

 

[Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal. Since 1994, he has served as communications director at Public Good Project, a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and journalists defending democracy. As a consultant, he has assisted Indigenous peoples in the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations.]

Earth Economics

Earth Economics

Running with Bad Company

By Jay Taber

Earth Economics–founded by Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard–is a partner with the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES), which is in turn a partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). CERES funders are associated with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. WBCSD is part of a Wall Street strategy to dislodge the United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations, and prevent enforceable rules governing the operations of multinational corporations.

As noted in The Social Capitalists–Part VIII of an investigative report documenting the corruption of the non-profit industrial complex by Wall Street–researcher Cory Morningstar revealed that one third of the CERES network companies are in the Fortune 500, and that since 2001, CERES has received millions from Wall Street corporations and foundations. Further, she observed that CERES president Mindy Lubber is a promoter of so-called “sustainable capitalism” at Forbes. Bill McKibben (founder of 350) was an esteemed guest of CERES conferences in both 2007 and 2013.

1Sky, which merged with 350 in 2011, was created by the Clinton Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Betsy Taylor of 1Sky/350 is on the CERES board of directors. In 2012, Bill McKibben and Peter Buffett (oil train tycoon Warren Buffet’s son) headlined the Strategies for a New Economy conference. Between 2003 and 2011, NoVo (Buffet’s foundation) donated $26 million to TIDES Foundation, which in turn funds CERES and 350. Suzanne Nossel, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Hillary Clinton, is on the TIDES board of directors.

As reported in Axis of Evil, the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk—co-hosted by CERES, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Office for Partnerships—focused on the ‘New Economy’ unveiled by the financial elite at COP21. The ‘New Economy’–promoted by CERES and the Wall Street-funded social media marketing agencies Avaaz, Purpose and 350—forms the core of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by Bill Gates, Jeremy Heimans (Avaaz & Purpose), and Bill McKibben (350). The ultimate target of the SDGs is the privatization of Indigenous and public resources worldwide.

In Building Acquiescence for the Commodification of the Commons under the Banner of a “New Economy”—Part XII of Morningstar’s investigative report—she says, the goal to commodify the commons under what has come to be known as ‘payment for ecosystem services’ and ‘Natural Capital’ will look to the private sector for investment. “The scheme,” she remarks, “promises corporations, private investors and the world’s most powerful financial institutions both ownership and control (i.e. expansion of power) of Earth’s natural resources.”

“The implementation of payment for ecosystem services,” Morningstar observes, “will create the most spectacular opportunities that the financial sector has ever witnessed.” This new mechanism for generating profits for the wealthy, she says, represents “the commodification of most everything sacred,” and “the privatization and objectification of all biodiversity and living things that are immeasurable, above and beyond monetary measure”—a mechanism that, “will be unparalleled, irreversible and inescapable.”

In Hijacking the Environmental Movement, I wrote that the ‘New Economy’ privatization cheerleaders, i.e. 350, Avaaz and CERES, all have fundamental ties to Wall Street moguls and finance sector criminals, and are “currently pressing for changes in international law that would give the finance sector carte blanche in privatizing all of nature.” What this so-called ‘sustainable capitalism’ is in reality sustaining, I observed, “is totalitarian corporate control of world governance and human survival.” Earth Economics, initially founded by TIDES, is a key player in promoting this scheme.

As I noted in Architects of the Final Solution, “For ubercapitalists like Bill Gates and their sycophants like William Jefferson Clinton, who promote the false hope of neoliberal globalization, terminating the collective ownership of indigenous nations in exchange for totalitarian corporate control of the planet’s resources is a dream coming true.”

 

Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal. Since 1994, he has served as communications director at Public Good Project, a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and journalists defending democracy. As a consultant, he has assisted Indigenous peoples in the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations.