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  • Oil & Gaslighting

    Posted by · March 27, 2024 6:02 PM

    Posted by Keandra Harkman

    An Intervention for Total Recovery:

    Addiction > Abuse > Extinction and the Plan for Reversibility

    If you could travel in time to 2054, you might encounter a Global Day of Remembrance on the 100th anniversary of when those who made trillions from fossil fuels first knew what burning them would do to those still alive 100 year after they knew, but still chose to make a killing.

    Children might ask:
    "Why did they do it? If they knew, as early as 1954, what would happen to us, why did they do it?"

    National Intervention's voice in 2054 will be as steady, clear, and accurate as it has always been. Our answer is, and always has been:

    "Sometimes people know better, but they can't stop themselves. Sometimes other people have to stop them before it's too late."

    You, our members, as interventionists, know that, together, we're the people drawing the strong boundaries in this all-important intervention.

    That's why we need you to keep our chances of survival going.

    What about those who need our intervention before it's too late for all of us? As we've said for the past 14 years, corporations are not people, but those who do their bidding have become so widely and deeply addicted to using and abusing our power against us that they need an intervention to stop the addiction from killing us all.

    So, what exactly did "they" know. "They," are those real human people, getting hooked on our wealth and power. Their "corporations-as-people" have been securing their access to their substance since before the fossil fuel industry even existed. But, since at least the 1950s, this entire group of fossil fuels executives, at their own petroleum symposium, learned what feeding this addiction to corporate wealth and power (and making us all enablers) would mean.

    • In 1954, the fossil fuels industry, including the corporations that would become Chevron and BP, joined with other corporations to pay for a pollution research task force. The lead researcher foresaw impacts on the atmosphere, the oceans, and "civilization."
    • In the 1960s, these corporations, through their trade association, the American Petroleum Institute, learned even more about the existential dangers of their product.
    • As early as the 1970s, their own scientists monitored and reported on the crises that fossil fuels could and would cause.
    • In 1979, Exxon learned that avoiding emissions would avoid global heating and subsequent chaos, impacts, or extinction.
    • In the 1980s, Exxon knew from their own scientists' secret studies, leading to a 40-page comprehensive internal report about the devastation to come. 
    • Shell knew as early as 1986 from their own scientists' 100-page report declaring the emergency their product would create for life on earth.
    • In 1989, the industry clearly laid-out its intent to lie, to kill, for profit, instead of share the truth about what havoc their product would bring to this world.

    For those who still doubt or deny what even the fossil fuels industry's own scientists have clearly known for decades, go ahead and accept what the industry manipulations have been telling you, go ahead and add-in any confusing information from the industry about global temperature patterns for millions of years and zingers about solar radiation bursts, corrupting foreign interests and conspiracies about all of Earth's scientists somehow getting bought-out (which would cost more money than there is, well, money), and still none of it can change what Big Oil knew from their own scientists. It is not debatable, but it is simple:

    Emissions will still overheat the planet and pose a high risk of illness, catastrophe, and extinction to humans, their kids, and all living things.

    All life on our only planet. As far as we know, the only life on any planet. National Intervention does not typically discuss all the many symptoms of this addiction system that rules our lives. Yet, this one seems like the one that could possibly motivate all of us. Is there any greater example of hitting rock bottom, of how addiction will destroy not only the sufferer, but eventually everyone and everything in its path?

    They've known since at least 1954. Now we know they've known and have lied to the world for decades.
    And our message then would have been what's it's always been:

    Steady. Clear. Accurate.

    Sober.
    We want you, the reader here, to make the choice, right now, to make it also effective, and to guarantee it will always be our message in the future.

    If we cannot remain financially independent, we will become as vulnerable as any co-dependent enablers in the addiction system ruling our whole home.

    We can continue to exist. ALL OF US. 

    Using Resources, Not Abusing Them

    If each of us continues to contribute some time, money, or both, our formidable volunteer network around the country, and, honestly, the country itself, can continue to exist. That means We, the People, have a fighting chance to not only save ourselves from the powerful addiction to corporate power & money in politics, but, while we're talking about the facts, it also means this:

    We can tell humanity's children in 2054, that we ended this addiction's stranglehold on our government's policies just in time to reverse the damage wrought by greed. We can tell them we made recovery possible, maybe even inevitable.

    If you are not a member, please become a member right now.
    If you are not a volunteer, please consider how and where you might volunteer in any congressional district, precinct, or state.

    If you haven't invited everyone who breathes air to do the same, please invite them, right now. Right now.

     

    Yours, for #Recovery, 
    All of us refusing to just watch this election and the consequences of this addiction happen once again to this world.
    #Intervention2024

  • Not Worth the Risks: Why We Still Suppress Our Digital Footprint

    Posted by · March 05, 2024 6:43 PM

    Why does National Intervention suppress its digital footprint? Why so behind-the-scenes?

    Online and on social media, National Intervention encourages supporters to avoid the short-term gains of clicktivism and focus on the long-term benefits of analog, not digital, relationships. Why is this our policy?

    It's true! We focus on in-person human interactions when possible and safe, and we ask our chapters, affiliates, associates, and members to keep our digital presence rather light. In fact, a driving ethos in our work is that no one takes credit for our accomplishments, which overlaps nicely with both the anonymity of the 12-step traditions and the hope that our relationships can be built with neighborhood-based bonds that are free from any of the troubling consequences of:

    -increased screen time
    -digital-only movement building
    -anti-democratic trends in social media data-mining abuses, cyber-bullying, artificial intelligence manipulations, risks to personal safety, identifying data, mental health, and overall well-being linked to social media or its algorithms, 
    -digital addiction trends and proven harm from social media to specific groups, as well as known damage within any general populations



    Other reasons vary. Malcolm Gladwell once claimed, "The revolution will not be tweeted." In today's crowded landscape of constant digital information, National Intervention has experienced the many benefits of relying on digital connections less, and investing in interpersonal, live, and face-to-face connections much, much more. 

    Trust
    Our primary constituency has been the sometimes 50% or more of the population who can, but often just won't, vote. People who quit voting don't tend to trust anyone who would run for office. Along with that mistrust is the sense that large, slick organizations pay canvassers to knock on doors and convince the household to again give their money and power to others, to giant orgs who may only be in it for their own aggrandizement. We don't encourage a giant, slick image or organization for our work. Instead, we want our local chapters to actually know their neighbors and those in their precincts, counties, and congressional districts. If the revolution won't be tweeted, it's because it has to be as organized or more organized than the system of greed that runs our lives and world. That means trading the shortcuts of digital "organizing" for the hard, but meaningful, work of building real and lasting relationships and, subsequently, building the chapters of our organization that rely on the infrastructure of those relationships. For us, this approach has been much more durable, reliable, and formidable than feeding data-miners, evermore-shortened attention spans, and clicktivism as viable ways forward. 

    When our volunteers meet nonvoters at their doors, they affirm their choice to look for ways to end their otherwise toxic, abusive, co-dependent relationship with politicians and their corporate sponsors. Instead of shaming our neighbors and fellow citizens for feeling overwhelmed with political ads and election choices ranging from bad to worse, we want them to see that we understand the powerless feeling among those who don't feel inspired to participate in our system. We want to show them we understand the symptoms experienced by those living under the control and abuses of an addiction system, and then show them exactly why we now test candidates running for office for the addiction to corporate power and money in politics. When non-voters avoid elections because they don't know who to trust, the Official Sobriety Test gives them a way to support recovery from the onslaught of money in politics. 

    Money & Power
    There has been a five-fold increase in political add spending in just the past three general elections. Fewer and fewer voters are afforded the the time, energy, and resources required to properly investigate what is true and what is false. Amid the multi-billion deluge of election information, disinformation, misinformation, and mass for-profit media (which is only required to drive up stock value via advertising dollars, not necessarily report all the facts), one natural effect is that would-be voters cannot possibly know what to believe is real, and so they are inclined to skip voting rather than make the wrong choice. We have known for years that pro-democracy advocates must find a way to undermine the power of all this money dumped into the industry of our elections.

    National Intervention has found, that --across the board, across all demographics of nonvoters, and across all our chapters' regions in the United States-- the single most effective way to undermine virtually all of the mess, manipulation, and confusion sown by our massive elections industry, is to knock on a door and talk about who may be bought, for sale, or vulnerable to the control of corporate power and money that intoxicates and addicts far too many of those behind the wheel of our democracy.

    Malicious Use
    The investigative mission of the folks at The Center for Humane Technology (CHT) and their podcast, Your Undivided Attention, has corroborated or influenced our approach to digital vs. analog organizing options. One episode, "Rock the Voter", focuses on the harmful role digital participation can play in the public discourse, discusses social media's addictive and manipulative underbelly, and how imbalances of power and the concentration of data for nefarious or for-profit interests can overwhelm democratic institutions. More recent investigations also imagine scenarios in which online interactions with AI could aggregate massive sums of potential voters unaware of the manipulation, or the agenda behind it.

    In addition, another episode from the CHT goes into detail about the many ways addiction in general has taken root in our system and some methods for recovery, which we aim to replicate wherever possible.

    We encourage other organizations and change agents to help us search for ethical and uncorrupted means to work with the best of social media and digital organizing without the negative effects. One way to participate is to enroll in the Foundations of Humane Technology course at CHT. We'll see you there!

    For us, the goal is to replace the internal personal void that initially invites all addiction with the kind of connection to one another that science has shown eliminates our vulnerabilities to addiction, the need for its intoxicating substances, and its eventually disastrous control of everything and everyone it touches. More on these practices of connection in place of addiction can be found in the work of leading addiction and recovery scientist, Gabor Maté.

    Fundraising
    National Intervention is almost entirely membership-funded by small donors across the country. We do understand the frustration of our chapters and members who want to use a large-scale digital presence to raise more money from many more potential members. It's of course attractive to raise more resources to support more chapters succeeding in their recovery work. For now, we remain committed to building our organization in real time, with real people, in real communities, neighborhoods, workplaces, and precincts. Despite the draw of the virtual, the personal and interpersonal realm has been where virtually all our most transformative power has been concentrated. So support your volunteers here and start knocking on doors!

  • 71% of This Bill's Sponsors Also Passed the Sobriety Test

    Posted by · April 01, 2022 9:24 PM

    Sponsors of identical US House and Senate bills aim to prevent Wall Street from turning a vital and precious resource into a for-profit commodity. As with private commodities like medicine, energy, and food, Wall Street will now be free to buy, sell, and trade water

    The first law from Congress to allow the private purchase of water from billionaire and corporate farmland owners to cities passed in 1992. Due to the impact of climate disruption, including drought and radically shifted weather patterns, as well as major water-eliminating practices, like fracking, water is not only a new commodity on the markets, but also a scarcity. 

    Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) has authored a bill, The Future of Water Act, to prohibit the purchase, sale, or trade of water as a private commodity, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), has introduced the Senate's version of the bill, identical to Khanna's. In total, 12 out of 17 initial co-sponsors of the bill have passed National Intervention's Sobriety Test (NIST) for addiction to corporate power and money in politics.

    "If you were wondering what happens when candidates who are not under the influence of corporate campaign cash become your representative in Congress, it's that they fight to keep Wall Street from sucking-up and selling all your water, " says Darcy Lundstrom, an organizer who has worked to activate non-voters in southern California, including in Khanna's district.

    "The thousands of non-voters who finally turned out to vote after candidates like Katy Porter, Ro Khanna, and Cori Bush all passed their Sobriety Tests, are the voters who make the difference in these elections. Without these voters' enthusiasm for National Intervention, we wouldn't have these legislators, and without these legislators, we wouldn't have these bills," says Valeria Marquez, a Student National Intervention Coordinating Committee (SNICC) coordinator.

    Other national organizations, like Food and Water Watch and the National Resource Defense Council, point out the importance of protecting water as vital to the public interest. A recent Biden administration EPA decision echoes a Trump-era failure to keep the rocket fuel chemical waste, perchlorate, out of drinking water in the US, and 26 states have found their residents are exposed to it. To pass the NIST, National Intervention asks candidate's to support language that would affirm in the US Constitution that "corporations do not have the same constitutional rights as natural persons," a protection that currently allows corporations the right to poison water or profit from it, as long as profits are maximized for shareholders.

    As some congressional maps have yet to be passed and approved, the US Supreme Court and a number of states' courts and legislatures continue to determine whether voters in several states will have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who is not too "under the influence" of wealth and power in the political and electoral systems.

    Text "SOBER" to 202-600-2653 for updates to the list of current candidates who have passed this year's National Intervention Sobriety Test.

    You might also like to see how we make gerrymandering less of a problem:

     

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  • We Organized 100,000 New Voters in Texas

    Posted by · October 15, 2020 9:51 PM

    HARRIS COUNTY, TX -- Four years ago, National Intervention volunteers began adopting their precincts and working hard to organize the state's millions of nonvoters, congressional district by congressional district. By the midterm elections in 2018, students and community interventionists had brought to the polls 40,000 neighbors who were previously inactive.

    Today, among those who have already voted early, the Texas National Intervention Coordinating Committee (Tex-NICC) celebrates an astonishing 100,000 newly activated registered voters who felt inspired by the message, narrative, and in some cases, candidates, behind a commitment to recovery from a system overrun by those "under the influence."

    In Texas' 10th Congressional District, Mike Siegel is running to represent residents in and around the Austin area. He passed the Official Sobriety Test on addiction to corporate power and money in politics, generating a new wave of enthusiasm for constituents hoping to have conversations with nonvoters about the "sober" candidates on their 2020 ballot.

    "Big moneyed interests and corporations are buying our politicians," says Siegel, one of dozens of congressional candidates in 2020's election cycle to choose recovery over greed. "I want to represent the people, not large corporations."

    Other student and community chapters are following Tex-NICC's lead, deepening their community relationships and expanding their membership. Included in the states that could decide the presidential election this year are Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Arizona, and now, remarkably, Texas.

    A recent National Intervention Research Center review of forecasts puts Pennsylvania at a 26% chance of tipping the US presidential election, but new data may soon be available about the role of new voters in states like Texas and Georgia, where tightening US House and US Senate races could turnout voters who decide the Electoral College outcome for the White House.

    Find or build your chapter by visiting the state-by-state National Intervention list of chapters, sign yourself up, or text SOBER to 202-600-BOLD (202-600-2653) to join us in making more history on the road to real recovery and deep democracy.

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  • The Science of Wealth & Power Addiction

    Posted by · February 13, 2020 4:06 PM

    Specialist on the underlying causes of addiction, Dr. Gabor Maté, explains not only the power of addiction, but addiction to power, and why the aims of recovery, like ours here at National Intervention, require us all to cultivate connection in our work.

  • AOC Breaks-down "Under the Influence" of Corporate Power in 5 mins.

    Posted by · February 07, 2019 7:45 PM

    #SoberCongressperson, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, takes five minutes to explain to the world exactly what it means to have lawmakers, the White House, or anyone in US politics too "under the influence" of corporate power & money in politics.

  • Bannon's Billionaire: Greed and the Trump Cartels

    Posted by · August 19, 2017 5:36 PM




    If power and money in politics are addictive substances, then today was a big day for feeding the addiction.  It may or may not come as a surprise that a $10 million investment in Breitbart News from a silent billionaire moved Steve Bannon from investment banking into his lead role in his extreme brand of politics.  

    Five years later, what was Steve Bannon's first stop on his way out of the Trump White House?  Now free, once again, to be openly in service to the interests of his long-time billionaire backer, Bannon met this this week with none other than Robert Mercer, the billionaire hedge fund tycoon behind the cash-infusion for Bretibart's once collapsing veins.  Mercer, though, may also be the-most-powerful-"megadonor"-behind-Trump-you've-never-heard-of.  In the 2016 elections alone, he infused $22.5 million in political contributions around the country.  He quickly and easily became the top donor to Trump's campaign before abandoning the Ted Cruz SuperPAC he had originally funded.

    Mercer knows how to move his product.  After taking such a controlling interest in making Breitbart News the zygote for a would-be "Trump News Network", it was reported that the Mercers had injected millions into SuperPAC funds controlled by the Koch brothers. Moreover, though, Bob Mercer, whose income equals about $68,000 per hour, is also known for his massive financial support of the group Citizens United.  That is the "Citizen United" whose Supreme Court strategy led to the 5-4 ruling that money is unlimited, protected free speech for corporations because, as Mitt Romney put it, "corporations are people, my friend."  If Trump's campaign brought together the cartels, then Robert Mercer is the kingpin and Steve Bannon may very well be his top lieutenant in securing turf primacy for control of the American political addiction system.

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  • Faces of the Addiction System

    Posted by · August 12, 2017 10:00 PM · 1 reaction

    We identify "wealth" and "power" as the substances of the addiction system. We call that addiction, simply, "greed". The Koch Brothers each put a face to those controlled by the disease, and this piece explores a network of corporate cartels and distributors, some of the lobbyist pushers, and a few political enablers who prop-up the disease of addiction that could never survive on its own.

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  • BLOW. Georgia's $50M Lesson in Addiction to Power & Money in Politics

    Posted by · June 22, 2017 9:03 PM

    Blinded and Blowing it, the Democratic Party and SuperPACs in Georgia Lose to the Addiction System Once Again...

    Congressional Races vs. GA's 6th Spending Chart
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  • Trump submits to the addiction system

    Posted by · February 06, 2017 6:31 PM

    'He has brought Wall Street right into the White House'

    President Trump is pushing back against Obama-era financial regulations, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., says that Trump has brought Wall Street right into the White House. 

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