By: A.M. Freyed
June 15, 2012
How will science and technology fare at the Rio+20 summit? … Is this the last chance for scientists to save the planet? The UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — enters its final phase of negotiations next week at a summit to be attended by more than 130 heads of state. At stake is whether nations can overcome their differences to agree a new blueprint for sustainable development at a time of soaring population levels, environmental degradation and enduring poverty, as well as persistent economic crises. – EnvironmentalExpert.com
Living PlanIT’s model for a city of the future is being developed with the legislated endorsement of Municipality of Paredes in northern Portugal and the national government. Called PlanIT Valley, it has been designated a Project of National Interest (PIN) by the Portuguese Government. It will be built in a series of phases and will accommodate a population of 225,000 when completed in 2015. – Living PlanIT
The Rio+20 UN Earth Summit ( 20th to the 22nd of June) will encourage an especially noxious trend when it comes to urban planning.
What is being constructed for the future (for a certain technocracy, especially) is a high-tech version of the once-vanquished company town – only this time it will be implemented on a global level by multinational, private sector “partners.”
As usual, the elites are telegraphing their intentions in a huge flood of verbiage, conferences and academic programs. The UN resides at the center of this noxious web, busily spinning together strands of the larger corporate vision.
It is all part of the larger UN “environmental” agenda … (Agenda 21). The global elites orchestrating the upcoming new world order have plans to reshape cities into elite ghettos – corporate cities – where people shall cower in fear of losing their employment and then every other part of their lives as well.
The Earth Summit is focusing on seven separate areas of “sustainability” including energy, food, water and … cities. Promotional posts on “seven critical areas” explain the focus on cities as follows:
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more … Common city challenges include congestion, lack of funds to provide basic services, a shortage of adequate housing and declining infrastructure. The challenges cities face can be overcome in ways that allow them to continue to thrive and grow, while improving resource use and reducing pollution and poverty.
Behind this platitudinous rhetoric, the lunatic grin of authoritarian control can surely be glimpsed. The entire effort resides under “sustainable cities,” and the UN and its affiliated facilities now include something called the “Sustainable Cities Collective … The World’s Best Thinkers on the Urban Future.”
It is in the specifics that we find out exactly what the global elites have planned for the teeming billions that they deem their charges. The “Sustainable Cities Collective” refers us to a PlanIT Valley “smart city” in Portugal. Here is a description from EarthTechling:
The finished city is intended to serve as both a living laboratory for partner companies and an incubator for tech start-ups. Companies will be able to use PlanIt Valley (which seems to be a conscious play on “Silicon Valley”) to investigate collaborative potentials with Living PlanIt, then replicate that approach in other locations. A major feature here being the fact that, unlike the average technology park, and the sprawling campuses of, yes, Silicon Valley — PlanIT Valley will integrate its tech-forward centers for innovation (appropriately enough) into the urban environment itself.
Various promotional materials explain that the “partners” of cities like this are (multinational) corporations. Inevitably, one will utilize facilities provided by such corporate cities including vehicles and “PlaceApps” that are developed and deployed based on “location and context.”
The control such corporate cities shall have over their inhabitants will be enormous. People have a hard time handling being fired. Now imagine that every part of a person’s life – everything related to survival from credit cards to transportation – is hostage to a person’s corporate employment. (In fact, one may not be eligible to live in such cities without working for a corporate “partner.”)
The UN is being cautious with its roll out. Many planned cities are being planted in the developing world where resistance to the concept is apt to be lessened. Here is a call for papers issued by the London School of Economics for an International Conference (Tuesday, July 3, 2012 to Thursday, July 5, 2012) dealing with “Corporate Cities: New Forms of City Making in the Global South.”
This paper session will focus on the rise of corporate cities as new forms of ‘self-sufficient’ cities increasingly seen in the global south, which are exclusively planned, managed and (sometimes) governed by corporate groups. … The rise of new corporate cities is based on a number of claims around their ability to address rapid urbanization, their environmental advantages over existing cities, and their role in stimulating national economies.
Here is a lyric from a famous song:
“Load sixteen tons and what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St. Peter don’t you call me, ‘cause I can’t go.
I owe my soul to the company store.”
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