“LONDON — Three confidential documents from inside the World Trade Organization Secretariat and a group of captains of London finance, who call themselves the ‘British Invisibles,’ reveal the extraordinary secret entanglement of industry with government in designing European and American proposals for radical pro-business changes in WTO rules.

” . . . Reuters executive Henry Manisty offered his news service to the LOTIS propaganda effort. Manisty told the LOTIS group he ‘wondered how business views could best be communicated to the public.’ Reuters, he said, ‘would be most willing to give them publicity.’

“‘For a long time conspiracy theorists thought there had been secret meetings between governments and corporations,’ said Coates. ‘Looking at these minutes, it was worse than we thought. [The WTO GATS proposals] are a stitch-up between corporate lobbyists and government.'”

. . . from The WTO’s Hidden Agenda, by Greg Palast . . . as reported by Tom Paine and Unknown News, and who else? You can bet none of the corpo-lines carried it; instead, all of the corporate news channels rigorously repeated the ‘stain of seattle’ quote with something akin to glee–as if such an OUTBREAK OF DEMOCRACY could ever be accurately titled as a ‘stain!’

See also via CorpWatch:

The WTO, Forests and the Spirit of Rio

The Fate of the World’s Forests

Me and my girlfriend attended the opening of this show at Seattle’s own Roq la Rue last Friday, presently featuring the work of Seattle residents Shawn Wolfe and Jeff Kleinsmith.

Shawn Wolfe is probably best remembered for his work on Beatkit. I especially liked Wolfe’s packaging of the RemoverInstaller (block of plastic), sold like action figures.

Hello, Crispin from COCA!

“In early 1998, I opened Roq la Rue as a venue for all the amazing talent I was seeing in Seattle that just wasn’t getting shown, as it was deemed too ‘unusual’ or ‘weird’ by the local conservative bigwig galleries.

“For being such a notoriously ‘alternative’ town, the art scene sure wasn’t. Plenty of blown glass and dark moody landscapes, but the stuff I liked to see–colorful, wild, emotionally-packed narrative or symbolic art–could only be found in comics, tattoo shops, Mexican folk art shops, and on record covers. What the hell was wrong with this town? . . . “

Kirsten Anderson has a weblog.

If you are not familiar with the life and work of r.u. sirius, let me refer you to a few choice words from his dossier:

“Sirius is probably best known for Mondo 2000, the legendary cyberian magazine that he cofounded and edited (between 1989 and 1993). Mondo 2000 promoted many of cyberculture’s early trends and visceral images: Virtual Reality; Teledildonics; Infinite Personality Complexes; philosophers like Arthur Kroker, Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson.

“Many of its key writers later wrote for Wired, and there have been suggestions that the latter magazine dumbed down the memeplexes for the mass mind.”

I remember running across a pile of back issues of Mondo 2000 at a now sadly defunct bookstore in Seattle’s U-District–what a find!

I think R.U. is a genius.

So I was very honored to receive an advance copy of R.U.’s new project: The Thresher.

A couple quotes from the back cover:

[coming this morning.]

Articles from the current issue (prescient!)

Request it at your local newsstand today!

R.U., recent: “Ignore the War: a Personal Declaration of Deep Neutrality

You can write to R.U. here

That pic of Oakenfold is just iconic, cementing the return of the larger sunglasses . . .