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Schwarzenegger's Horrible UN-Backed Sustainia Project
Schwarzenegger: Time for a New Breed of Action Heroes ... The former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announces today that he will serve as Honorary Chair for the Sustainia Award alongside EU Commissioner Connie Hedeggard, IPPC Chairman Dr. Rajenda K. Pachauri and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland. The Award is part of a new initiative to develop the world's first realistic model of a sustainable world in 2020 – and identify the companies and persons who can make it real. As long as we can't see or feel what a sustainable society is, we will never succeed in convincing decision makers to make the changes necessary. The sustainable private and public solutions must be recognized and scaled up – and we need a tangible idea of how it will improve quality of life for people and communities around the world. – UN Global Compact
Dominant Social Theme: With the Governator on our side, we can build a sustainable planet.
Free-Market Analysis: Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to rule the world. First, he was the world's best bodybuilder and then the biggest movie star. After that he was the governator of the Biggest Show on Earth (California) and now he has signed on to be the award presenter for the startlingly ominous Sustainia project.
Schwarzenegger comes across as a caricature, like a cartoon character, a blow-up mannequin with a silly accent. For these reasons, he seems non-threatening. Also, he has been very successful, and people forgive success.
But Schwarzenegger's deals were apparently cut with the power elite long ago. It wasn't so well understood at the time, but Schwarzenegger's 1990s movies presaged much of the growing police state in America and throughout the West. Coincidence?
This move star was featured in a number of films about the near future that contained many of the "security" techniques now coming on line. Just take a look at any of his tremendously successful Terminator movies or movies such as "Total Recall," made in 1990.
This is one reason that those who run Hollywood are so focused on copyright law. Hollywood movies are distributed around the world. Rich or poor, and no matter the language, people watch the same fare and are conditioned to look at the world the same way.
The power elite uses only the biggest stage for its various dominant social themes – the fear-based promotions that seek to move the world's populations toward global government.
These promotions feature food, water and energy. By demonizing carbon dioxide, for instance, the power elite is trying to make people suspicious of one of the two fundamental gases necessary for life. They are nothing if not ambitious and bold.
The UN is emerging once more as a main engine as the power elite makes its final push toward world government. This is one reason why we don't see any schism in the power elite itself, as many maintain. The goals seem harmonious at the topmost level.
Yet when one reads about this horrible project, one might be struck by the pains that UN leaders are taking to distance themselves from it. This is part of the UN's larger psyops war to convince people that the fascist mentality animating the current UN leadership is shared by NGOs, businesses big and small, political leaders and, of course, "the children." The UN speaks for all of us, in other words.
It's part of our lives now, as natural as breathing. We simply accept that the leaders of 100 or 200 nations casually get together in various posh getaways to sign nonsensical agreements supporting things like a "zero-carbon earth."
Flush from its control of monopoly-fiat central banking around the world, the topmost elite behind these manipulations is seeking to build world government as fast as possible. What's the rush? Well ... we tend to believe that the Internet itself, and what we call the Internet Reformation, has forced the hand of these dynastic families.
As the Internet Reformation itself gathers force and informs people of the Way the World Really Works, the elites are losing their best tool – the memes they are able to establish through control of the world's media.
As these memes founder and fail, the elites turn to war and Draconian legislation to force people to conform to their vision of a single, worldwide "community." The UN has re-emerged as the lead instrument for this repression after a period of apparent lassitude.
The UN and its top people are everywhere these days, working in "concert" with various governments, NGOs and "celebrities." This Sustainia gambit is just one of the same, and has all the patterns of an elite meme.
It's like the unveiling of a new movie (maybe no coincidence). And it stars the person who was once the world's biggest Hollywood star and features a cast of characters that include the world's top corporations and non-profits, and of course, the world's "leading thinkers."
A UN press release tells us about this new, bold initiative. (And what a contemptuous name it is, like the very first thing someone scribbled down on a napkin during a brainstorming session on how to further confuse the "sheeple.") Not surprisingly, the outfit issuing a press release on the new award's presentation is the "UN Global Compact."
The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
From the press release, we learn that the former "Governator" believes the era of talk is over and that it is time for action. "The companies, institutions and persons who represent green solutions are the new breed of action heroes whose efforts we should celebrate and encourage," he is quoted as saying.
Just as it is in the movies, Schwarzenegger has to share credit with others that get equivalent billing in this new production. "He is joined by three of the world's most prominent sustainability leaders," we are told.
First is European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); second is Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Former Prime Minister of Norway and Former Director General of WHO; and third is Gro Harlem Brundtland, who founded the global sustainability agenda 20 years ago at the first Rio conference in 1992 on sustainable development.
Schwarzenegger is gracious about being associated with these three. "Being a champion in body building, in movies or in politics, I learned that the key to success is people power – motivating and inspiring everyone to be a part of the solution, not just part of the problem."
And he adds, "The Sustainia initiative and the awards that recognize innovative people and technologies can help our campaign to make communities healthier, wealthier, and more sustainable for generations to come."
So what IS Sustainia? The Sustainia web page tells us that "Sustainia is a virtual model of the world we could create if we implemented ready and available solutions to our existing cities, homes, energy systems and transportation. Developers have started the process of building Sustainia. In the coming months, everyone with an Internet access can visit, inhabit and help build the new world on a virtual construction site."
From the website, we learn that "The vision of Sustainia is presented in the book 'Guide to Sustainia,' which was developed by Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning in a collaborative effort with 20 global companies (including Microsoft, GE, DNV, Philips Lighting, DONG Energy, Tetra Pak, Cisco and others) and experts." Here's the "problem" as enunciated by Sustainia in this "Guidebook" ...
Getting to Sustainia won't happen overnight ... Arriving safely requires many choices and actions. Most importantly: We cannot make it there by ourselves. We have to go together, all of us.
The warming planet and depletion of natural capital are global problems in a globalized world. The response has to be coordinated, collaborative, and carefully planned. Environmental problems are interconnected through a well-balanced and complex global system. If we alter one part, we risk impacting other parts – or tipping the balance altogether.
Furthermore, the effects follow specific time-bound trajectories. Global emissions of CO2 must be reduced by at least 50-85% in 2050. If we don't initiate the sustainable trajectory today, so that emissions peak in 2020, we will not be able to halt global warming below dangerous levels.
The link to nature was, unfortunately, not generally reflected in the "old" economic model. The price of a product was based on the cost of human resources and materials, not the cost of pollution of our common natural good. In 2020, this has started to change, and that is one of the most important pathways to create a sustainable economy.
The notion that we do not have the tools to confront the environmental crisis changed in the 2000s. Numerous projections and forecasts told us we had most of the needed technologies, policies, and information. While there is no "silver bullet" – a single technology or political agreement that will solve the problem – an array of complementary measures do exist.
We know what to do. Fixing the problem comes down to the human factors.
But what if there is no "problem" to begin with? If there is global warming – and more and more evidence shows us there is NOT – then it is likely a condition beyond human control and one that, in any case, may be positive for the Earth's flora and fauna in the long term.
One can surely make a case that a hot Earth is more sympathetic to life than a cold one. And the Earth has obviously been warmer in the past than at present.
On the other hand, the powers-that-be have taken to calling this meme-of-memes "climate change." So maybe they are hedging their bets. Maybe the Earth is starting to COOL.
Weather always changes. By turning changeable weather patterns into a kind of crisis and associating this crisis directly with "every breath" people take, the elites have attempted to create an ongoing state of emergency that can be used to justify even the most Draconian laws and repression. It is a kind of key they hope will unlock the New World Order.
How does Schwarzenegger fit into this?
"The key elements in the collaboration between Sustainia and Arnold Schwarzenegger's ... initiative consist of the following:
1. To Identify, Design, Implement, Measure, Report and Verify the actions undertaken by regions and their positive impacts for a sustainable world.
2. On an annual basis, to identify the most successful sustainable solutions and award the solution with the most potential to be implemented and disseminated.
3. The establishment of a new powerful global forum for ambitious action and commitment to sustainable development that will provide a new innovative and creative annual platform for gathering global leaders.
Sustainia will be presented to world leaders in June this year, at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, alongside an inspiration catalogue – "Sustainia100" – containing 100 concrete solutions and technologies that will help make "Sustainia" real.
Naked apes are uniquely susceptible to shame and guilt, and the global warming campaign is cleverly suited to play off both emotions. But there is a larger game afoot.
The idea, in our view, is to build a world government that will control every part of the actions and resource utilization of billions of people. It will literally be, in an apt phrase, a "prison planet."
Eventually, over time, much of this population will be reduced, violently or otherwise, and the rest shall be susceptible to genetic manipulation. See the so-called Georgia Guidestones for a chilling prophecy in this regard.
Conclusion: This is the future that Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to assist in his need for attention, ego gratification and additional wealth.
Posted by cosmos on 03/25/12 02:11 PM
I figured the Elite's would have a dim point of view of a man who was "Banging the Help", or at least anybody that got caught at it.
Posted by finninsweden on 03/20/12 03:02 PM
A little mix up in the text ; Gro Harlem Bruntland is the one who is the former prime minister in Norway.
Posted by Bluebird on 03/20/12 10:24 AM
"iRobot... sucking up all good things and blowing out garbage."
That was great, but this IS a new face for the global warming cry, Weebly. You can find out by reading the comments on even MSM news stories that Al Gore is not very well liked or believed. These wannabe masters of the universe just cannot believe their words of salvation are not heard. Can't be the message, they think. Must be the news bearer. So wahlah! We get their next trained seal. Here is to hoping he gets exactly the attention this deserves. Do you hear laughter? :-)
Posted by Agent Weebley on 03/20/12 09:08 AM
The UN is goig to have a Herculean task to sell that dude, who is now merely some sort of iRobot in reverese: sucking up all good things and blowing out garbage.
I'm tired of the same old faces . . . the same old things.
Can we have another voice for the future?
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Posted by Abu Aardvark on 03/20/12 08:29 AM
Good riddance! 'PEAK OIL' MEME DOWN:
'North America is blessed with enough energy supplies to promote and sustain economic growth for many generations. The government's own reports detail this, and Congress was advised of our energy wealth when the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress released a report showing that the United States' combined recoverable oil, natural gas, and coal endowment is the largest on Earth.
Despite this overwhelming evidence of energy abundance, many continue to proclaim that an energy problem or 'crisis' exists that justifies increased central planning, increased expenditures of public money, increased energy taxes and increased diktats on American citizens in order to solve 'the problem.'
For forty years, politicians and special interests have argued successfully that energy production requires more regulations, more taxes, and more restrictions and the result has been less domestically produced energy, less economic growth, and fewer jobs. Nowhere is this more evident than the recent steep decline of production of energy from federal lands and waters, where production of oil and gas has fallen more than 40 percent over the last ten years. The effect of bad federal policies is seen most clearly on those lands owned by the federal government.
Ironically, many of the policies that serve to hamstring energy production were abetted by the same premise: since America does not have enough oil, natural gas, and coal to continue to build its economy and improve the standards of living for all, the impact of proposed policies would negligibly affect energy production and security. The truth that is finally becoming clear is that North America is not only blessed with huge quantities of energy, but also could become the single largest producer in the world, with all of the attendant manufacturing, technological innovation and re-industrialization that would provide generations with good jobs and sustainable futures.'
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Posted by Bluebird on 03/20/12 08:20 AM
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Posted by MetaCynic on 03/20/12 02:57 AM
And what is Sustainia except central planning on a gigantic scale. The very thing that, about 90 years ago, von Mises warned us must fail because it is impossible for planners to have sufficient knowledge and undistorted feedback from profits and losses in order to attain their objectives.
If failure is already preordained for the central plans of even saints and geniuses, what are we to make of the likelihood of the success of Arnold's team of has been politicians and bureaucrats? Who could be a more fitting image for this already doomed new enterprise than Arnold - a failed governor and husband, a mediocre actor and now a needlessly fat and flabby caricature of his former superhuman body. This isn't Conan the Barbarian about to lead mankind on an exciting adventure to save the earth. This is Bozo the Clown wedged in a phone booth. Some inspiration!
The elite must certainly be losing their touch. Is this the best face that they can find to represent their latest project, or are they subconsciously already resigned to the inevitable failure?
Posted by samson on 03/20/12 01:05 AM
O' ye of shallow thinking. You are thinking of individualistics of fertile
brains, numbered in the few, while monumental world powerists are setting
in motion their devious plans for your destruction. They hire the most
promising brains globally, to pursue the research to formulate the decisive
strategies to complete the master stroke of annihilation.
Swartz. is a front for them. Imagine what an animal he is, with a terrible
taste for ugly women.
Posted by Danny B on 03/20/12 12:03 AM
Just so that y'all don't think that all is lost, there are things waiting in the wings.
Here is an ongoing development that goes beyond the fantastic. You are qualified to pass judgment IF you can disprove a guy who has;
"Keep in mind George is a nuclear physicist with over 400 patents to his name."
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For a "warmup" at debunking, keep in mind that Einstein's protege, Feyman said; there is enough energy in the space of this coffee cup to boil all the oceans of the world. [Scalar energy]
Tom Bearden who has reviewed enormous amounts of research said; "If you took the energy contained in one cubic centimeter of space and converted it to matter, it would create more matter than exists in the observable universe."
If you can wrap your mind around these concepts, then you should have no trouble attempting to debunk the work of Merkl.
Posted by Danny B on 03/19/12 08:30 PM
Since black is white and up is down, sustainability must be death. Peace is war.
Wilson got the peace prize and got us into WW I.
George Catlett Marshall got the peace prize and was the army chief of staff during the war.
Then, there is Kissinger. He got a peace prize on his sterling record.
"Incredibly, Henry Kissinger-the man who rivals Pol Pot for the dubious honor of being the person responsible for the death of the largest number of innocent people in South East Asia (and far surpasses Pol Pot in criminality when one factors in Kissinger's various levels of responsibility for wholesale slaughter and repression in other parts of the world)"
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Moving on to Menachem Begin . He got the peace prize. Presumably he didn't get it for leading the massacre at Der Yassim.
Then, there is Elie Wiesel I suppose that he got a peace prize for inspiring hundreds of movies on the holohoax.
Then, there is Arafat, Peres and Rabin. All warmongers when possible.
In 2005, the International Atomic Energy agency got the peace prize. They worked tirelessly to get all uranium and plutonium, reactors decommissioned and replaced with thorium reactors that are VERY safe and don't produce any weapons grade materials.
Oh, wait a minute,,, no they didn't.
In 2007, the IPCC got the peace prize for working diligently to blame solar influences on mankind. I have trouble following the logic of this one. Same with Al Gore.
2009, obummer got the peace prize. He brought final peace to a few million Iraqis and Afghanis
You want sustainability. Fine. Don't spend $ 70 trillion on war.
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Posted by kldimond on 03/19/12 08:01 PM
"We have to go together, all of us." Sounds like "Driiiiink the koool-aaaaid," to me. Has the mother ship arrived?
Hm. Interesting that everything about the booga-booga word "sustainability" has to do with manipulating nature, probably ignorantly.
Let's take "sustainable" away from these clowns and start talking about sustainable society. Their fraud, graft, abuse and mad science are not sustainable, whereas liberty--and a free market--are...
... and liberty and the free market have the added benefit of unleashing real human creativity to deal with real pollution and resources issues and how to more efficiently and beneficially "live in harmony with nature," --the good admonition of the Georgia Guidestones--without having to follow the sick admonition thereof: reducing world population to 500 million.
"Sustainable." And they want to kill billions of us? Twisted.
Posted by Friend_of_John_Galt on 03/19/12 07:58 PM
Those of us who actually endured the governorship of Schwarzenegger in California have a good understanding about how empty the "governator" really is. Empty shell. Talks a good story. But he's not a conservative and he's not a supporter of free markets. He signed AB32, a cap and trade scheme for California that has started to severely cut into business activity, even in its earliest stages. California, post Schwarzenegger, has the 2nd highest unemployment of any state, and is, for the first time in 100 years, beginning to lose population. (Bad as it was under Ahn-nold, Moonbeam is even worse.)
Me? I'm moving out to a low-tax state. Closed my business, fired all my workers. My capital has gone on strike.
Posted by dimitri on 03/19/12 06:36 PM
If you've run out applause worthy gimmicks, try selling snake oil. Big Arnie seems to be doing it quite well.
But on a related topic, I hope to see a DB appraisal of the latest, super loaded meme called Hunger Games. This one really seems to be pushing a lot of very sensitive pressure points.
Posted by laceja on 03/19/12 05:39 PM
A small step away from Soylent Green?
Posted by laceja on 03/19/12 05:38 PM
The elites have done an excellent job of getting us to pay for our own "re-education" for the past centuries (think we pay for movies, theme parks, etc.), they're just continuing the tradition, using another "star". Actually, it's very predictable.
Posted by seer on 03/19/12 05:28 PM
Solid proof please, not conjecture.
Posted by rossbcan on 03/19/12 04:35 PM
He did say: "I'll be back", something even his ex-wife took issue with.
Posted by nithsdale on 03/19/12 04:18 PM
This is a rehash of all the prestigious "prizes", that upon announcement, just gobble up the world media attention. Think Nobel, Pulitzer et al and of course, Arnie is going to be there with the biggest and best so far. Nobel shot itself in the foot with Obama's selection before he had done anything for Peace and the world has down played that prize ever since. so the UN stage is ready for something to overtake "world". Now we will have "Global". an identity that can even mean other "globals" as we find them! I guess they are saving Universe for bigger things but then maybe the beauty pageant still has that copyrighted!
Arnie has done right well for himself, being the quintessimal man in the eyes of most men, and some women, and as long as he lives he will promote his image. Why not? Look what it has done for others and it beats nestling down into senility as he ages, as so many, some 80 millions will do in the next ten years in the USA!
Posted by JeffC on 03/19/12 02:07 PM
"initiative to develop the world's first realistic model of a sustainable world in 2020" Wouldn't it make more sense and cost far less to simply research the pre-industrial age? The libraries are full of information on how to live a sustainable lifestyle. Oh, that's right, it isn't "truth" unless some pointy headed schlep from Berkley says it is.
Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 03/19/12 01:38 PM
Just about all humans, to include Anarcho-libertarians with exception for some religious pacifists, can agree that the appropriate and justifiable time for one person to use force against another is when the second party has initiated aggressive and violent force against the first party without any justifiable provocation; more succinctly, acting in self-defense.
So let me make an interesting argument that since the Earth and its atmosphere are a closed system then anything you do that benefits you and you alone must take from me and since you're taking the air that I breathe, and air is vital to my continued existence, then I have a right to use force against because you are breathing. Then I can extend this argument to just about every other activity that you engage in on this planet.
Of course, the problem with this theory is that you can make the same argument against me and my activities. Then it comes down to the argument of who has more friends and bigger guns. Hmmm...
"Well, Stanley, that's another fine mess you've gotten us into."