Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What is Occupy Wall Street Doing in Canada?

Occupy Wall Street organizers out to “swing” Canadian election
Meanwhile the blatant hypocrisy of Adbusters shines through on what Kalle Lasne prefers to call his latest campaign: “attack ads from the people of Canada”
By Judi McLeod -- Bio and Archives
May 27, 2015
Adbusters magazine—the flagship of the Canadian non-profit Adbusters Media Foundation that spawned Occupy Wall Street (OWS)—is out to take down Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government in October elections.
The magazine that calls all restless millennials to arms in a revival of 1960-styled protests for ultimate Marxist takeover—is printed in the United States.
The message of its 100,000 international circulation, found mostly in corner convenience stores like 7-Eleven is a clarion call to Marxism:  “Let the Global Revolution Begin”, “Cultural Revolution is Our Business”.
Adbusters lure to disaffected youth of the day is the raunchy: “Having fun, Kicking #”. (Canada Free Press, Oct. 14, 2011)
Adbusters founders are as ambitious as they are arrogant: ”We are a fast growing global network of culture jammers, mental environmentalists and social revolutionaries working to change the way information flows; the way corporations wield power, and the way meaning is produced in our society.”
“We’re developing the next generation of political gaming.  See what happens when one billion of us start living for real.”
Without even a passing mention that they, with President Barack Obama, are actually helping to mastermind it,  Adbusters November issue asks on its cover What Will We Do As America Declines?
Adbuster owner Kalle Lasn, 73, took full credit for the OWS protests in the Globe and Mail, and says he is currently working on “the next phase” of the Occupy movement. “This was all cooked up right here at Adbusters. It’s a Canadian adventure,” he said last May.
“Egypt and Tahrir Square proved that a few smart people on the Internet can call for something and, if it captures the public’s imagination, it can get tens of thousands of people out on the streets.”
I kept on wanting to go to New York, and now instead of me coming to the occupation, the occupation is coming to me,”Lasne said. (The Canadian Press, Oct. 14, 2011).
Adbusters is anti-advertising for everybody but themselves.  While their magazine is ad-free, they have been paying top dollar for corner ads on the op-ed pages of the New York Times.
Perhaps more than a tad heady from the open sympathy of Obama and his Democrats, Lasn admits the movement seeks to have U.S. President Barack Obama “ordain” a presidential commission “tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”
Airing its first attack ad against Stephen Harper during Monday’s NHL playoff game, Adbusters is calling it the start of a “blowback campaign” against the prime minister, reports the National Post.
“In the ad, two swimmers emerge from a nondescript body of water covered in oil from a tanker spill.
““The Harper government has proclaimed all our beaches clear again,” an announcer says. If you look closely, there’s a ship sinking in the background.”
Adbusters raised roughly $35,000 through crowd-funding to pay for the CBC spot. A fundraising effort for another ad will start shortly, Lasn said.
Lasn, the owner of a vehicle himself last time we checked, is against anybody else having a car.
In Kalle Lasne’s version of the world there’s only him and the capitalist pigs.
“If you are a factory owner or in the business of making widgets in today’s North America, you are a capitalist pig and OWS will use you as an excuse for anarchy with violent signs that read: “Eat the Rich”. (Canada Free Press, Oct. 6, 2011)
“If you are a Michael Moore or a Susan Sarandon, making millions in the film world,  Wall Street protesters will eat you up, sing your praises and bow forever at just the mention of your name.
“As George Orwell penned long ago, “Some animals are more equal than others”.
Lasn is one animal with a voracious appetite:
This is their plan for “swinging” Canadian election with their latest ad campaign: (National Post)
“We are going to pepper television networks day and night with provocative counter-messages, starting with one mind bomb, then many,” a promo video for the campaign said. “This is just the beginning.”
“Lately, a lot of people have phoned me up and said, ‘Hey Kalle, what the f— are you doing? You never do anything in Canada,’” he said from his home in Vancouver. “So we decided … we’re also going to try to swing this election in autumn.”
“He [Harper] is like a side dish for us to eat.”
Meanwhile the blatant hypocrisy of Adbusters shines through on what Kalle Lasne prefers to call his latest campaign: “attack ads from the people of Canada”.
Judi McLeod -- Bio and Archives