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slavery: a capitalist parable
by Mickey Z (mzx2@...) - May 09, 2001
Editor's Note: Mickey Z (Michael Zezima) is the author of Saving
Private Power: The Hidden History of "The Good War" (Soft Skull
Press, 2000). He also contributed a chapter called "Saving Private
Power" to You Are Being Lied To (New York: Disinfo Books, 2001),
edited by Russ Kick.
In the most remote regions of Brazil, slave labor is employed to cut
down grand swaths of the precious rain forest to make room to grow
eucalyptus which is then burned by male slaves (who exploit the body,
mind, and spirit of female slaves forced into prostitution) to make
charcoal for the steel mills of Brazil where the poorest of the poor
toil for wages that do not sustain them so that steel can be shipped
to a General Motors plant in Mexico (GM is now the largest employer
south of the US border) where the poorest of the poor endure
maquiladora conditions so these automobile parts can then be shipped
to a GM plant in the US (roughly 50 percent of what is termed "trade"
consists of business transactions between branches of the same
transnational corporation) where even the poorest of the poor proudly
take on imposing debt to possess a car "Made in the USA" so they can
clog the highways that were paved over inestimable eco-systems,
filling the air with noxious pollution as they make their way to the
drive-through window of and anti-union fast food restaurant that
purchased the beef of slaughtered cattle that once grazed on land
cleared by male slaves who exploit the body, mind, and spirit of
female slaves in the most remote regions of Brazil.
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Oracle's Ellison seeking Fountain of Youth
Posted at 10:58 p.m. PDT
Saturday, April 28, 2001
BY MATT MARSHALL
Centuries after America's early explorers searched in vain
for the fabled waters of the Fountain of Youth, the
second-richest man in the world has joined the hunt.
In hopes of stopping the process of aging, Larry Ellison,
the brassy 55-year-old chief executive of Oracle, is
quietly pumping millions of dollars into research and other
investments. He's now the single largest private supporter
of research in aging, and he's opening the spigot further.
Ellison's efforts come at a time when interest in
age-related research is booming, spurred by breakthroughs
in science that could soon promise billions and perhaps
trillions of dollars in profits. Behind that interest are
the aging baby boomers, the large number of people born in
the prosperity that came after World War II, who have hit
or are nearing their golden years. Few embody the
preoccupation with age more than Ellison.
"Most people accept early on that they will die," said
Ellison biographer Mark Wilson. "But part of Larry Ellison
is saying if he's smart enough, he should be able to beat
it. . . . Death is just another kind of corporate opponent
that he can outfox."
Ellison and Oracle declined to comment last week. But in a
previous speech, Ellison said the cost of health care for
an aging population "will literally bankrupt the nation,"
and that the boomers, including himself, are a "demographic
sword of Damocles" hanging over the necks of younger
Scientists generally agree that human life can be extended,
but are divided about how much. Optimists hope a
breakthrough in the next 30 years will extend human life to
150 years or more, but conservatives believe life will be
extended slowly, as a side effect of regenerative drugs.
The investment community is taking note.
Steve Jurvetson, a partner at the venture-capital firm
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is scouting out ways to get into
the field. He believes that within 30 years, people will
live 120 to 140 years.
His partner, Tim Draper, has invested privately in a
Sunnyvale firm, Layton Bioscience, which is refining a
process of cell regeneration to cure brain damage after a
stroke. Layton CEO Gary Snable said the work is directly
applicable to extending age. This week, Layton is expected
to close a $30 million round of funding.
Generating big money
Big-name venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has
invested in publicly traded Geron. And Peter Friedli has
invested in Osiris Therapeutics, which works with adult
This month, Friedli joined Oracle to invest in Myriad
Genetics, which researches the human proteome. It is
Oracle's first foray into biotech.
However, researchers say Ellison's money is the most
crucial because it seeds research at the earliest stages.
"Ellison's money has been extremely important," said
Thomas Johnson, a University of Colorado geneticist who is
trying to extend the lifespan of mice.
Ellison has shown a lifelong fascination with science and
Born to an unwed mother in 1944, Ellison was adopted by
relatives and raised in a middle-class Jewish home in
Chicago. A friend's father, a chemical researcher, became a
role model. Ellison applied for medical school but never
Ellison later met Nobel laureate Joshua Lederberg. They
schmoozed most of the night at Ellison's villa in Atherton,
talking mostly about biotech, Lederberg said. Lederberg
then invited Ellison to his lab for a two-week "vacation"
handling DNA in strains of bacteria -- "so he could get his
hands dirty," Lederberg said.
Ellison's adoptive mother died of cancer when he was in
college. He said later that he didn't tell anyone about it
Later, Robert Miner, co-founder of Oracle, also died of
cancer at 52. Ellison pretended Miner didn't have cancer or
wouldn't have it for long, according to those close to him.
"He was getting to an age when he was feeling vulnerable,"
Ellison insisted on keeping Miner on the payroll, according
to Wilson's 1997 biography, "The Difference Between God and
"Dad and Larry were both into living forever, the Fountain
of Youth kind of stuff," said Nicola Miner, his daughter,
in the Wilson biography. "I think that my dad's illness
really freaked him out. My dad always said that Larry had a
hard time facing his own mortality."
When Ellison was told of Miner's death, he reportedly
"It doesn't make any sense to me," Ellison later told
Wilson. "Death has never made any sense to me. How can a
person be there and then just vanish, just not be there?
Clearly the reason they're not there is they're off doing
something else. Like Bob was. . . . Death makes me very
angry. Premature death makes me angrier still."
Obsession with youth
Every aspect of Ellison's life is youth-oriented, Wilson
said, from physical fitness and a penchant for carrot juice
to a love of cars and women and a nose job at an early age.
Some say his obsession with youth has spilled into the
workplace. Ellison is being sued for age discrimination by
Randy Baker, a former Oracle executive. Baker, who is 55 --
the same age as Ellison -- contends Ellison made several
derogatory comments about age and older workers.
Baker was demoted, replaced by a manager who is about 40,
and then fired. Ellison's attorneys would not comment on
the pending case.
Ellison's investments into age research have slowly grown.
He funded research at the University of California on DHEA,
a hormone some believe could retard aging. Through his
private venture fund, Tako Ventures, he has made
investments in several other biotech companies.
One was Aeiveos -- named after Greek words for "forever"
and "young" -- founded by Robert Bradbury, an early
employee at Oracle. Aeiveos studied the genetic codes of
centenarians, those who live to the ripe old age of 100 and
But soon it became clear that without a basic scientific
breakthrough, profits were elusive, observers said. Ellison
installed his former employee to run the company despite
little knowledge of the field, some said. Bradbury, a
Harvard dropout, is an Extropian, a group of believers in
the idea that genetic engineering will prolong life.
"I find it intriguing," said Johnson, the scientist, "that
Larry Ellison was bankrolling them, but unlike his
astuteness in running computer engineering, he ignored
people who knew what was going on in the field he was
Ellison has committed $20 million a year to aging research
through a newly created Ellison Medical Foundation. As of
January, the foundation is investing $45 million a year,
$25 million of which is to fight global infectious disease.
Ellison put Lederberg on the board, and recruited another
big player: Richard Sprott, former director of the Biology
of Aging program at the National Institute of Aging.
Sprott said Ellison is "hands-on" in funding decisions.
But some say Lederberg and Sprott have reined him in.
"I think Ellison is more interested in the radical
stuff," says Max More, president of the Extropy Institute,
who has kept close tabs on funding in the field.
The foundation funds scores of academics studying aging, to
get them to the stage where government or venture-capital
funding can take over.
Several of the researchers Ellison has funded are now
seeking to turn profits. One is Cynthia Kenyon, who
extended the lifespan of worms 300 percent. She has teamed
up with an associate of Arch Venture Capital, Cindy Bayley,
to form a company called Elixir.
Meanwhile, profits or no profits, the world -- and Ellison
-- will have to be patient.
"Even if the Fountain of Youth is discovered," Lederberg
said, "it will be 10 years before anyone got any benefit."
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One officer stepped forward and sprayed OC pepper spray
into the face of one kid, who fell writhing to the
ground, blind and
NEW YORK CITY--"It was the most powerful and
rally I've been to. It's the first year we actually stood
said to the cops, 'hey, get the fuck out,'" said Josh
White Plains, NY.
Twelve's friend Nick Rie was one of numerous victims of
behavior by New York City police May 5, at the "2001: A
Odyssey" pot- legalization protest. Scores of undercover
invaded the crowd, arresting both pot-smokers and people
warn pot-smokers, and riot-geared cops pepper-sprayed a
protesting one bust.
"I have seen skirmishes before at pot rallies," HT senior
Steve Bloom, who was pepper-sprayed on the neck, told
"But I've never seen anything as bad as what I saw on
was absolutely appalling."
City police told the media that there were only 30
arrests, but a
NYPD spokesperson later told HIGH TIMES that there had
busts, seven for resisting arrest and the rest
possession of marijuana." Many were apparently jailed for
out narcs, lawyer Tom Hilgartner told HT. Dana Beal of
Cures-Not-Wars, organizer of the event, told
indymedia.org that 66
of the arrests had been for "obstructing governmental
administration," a catchall misdemeanor charge police
often use when
they want a pretext to arrest people at demonstrations.
"I saw numerous people led away in plastic cuffs by both
and undercover cops for alerting other protesters of the
presence, and for saying things the cops didn't like,"
reporter Preston Peet.
Starting with a medical-marijuana/ibogaine teach-in
Washington Square Park, the march, organized by Cures-Not-
one of over 130 pot protests worldwide May 5--began at
Street and Broadway at 1 PM. Though the crowd was smaller
year's--and not nearly as open about toking up along the
route--it was much more vocal, waving banners and signs
"Marijuana is Good Medicine," "End the Prison State"
and "Queers for
Weed." They chanted "Fuck Giuliani" and "We Smoke Pot and
We Like It
Hundreds of uniformed cops on foot and on motorscooters
parade in, a police presence typical of both Mayor
Giuliani's antiprotest and antipot policies. Last year,
70,000 pot busts in the city, one out of every 10 in the
"I'm here with 25 friends, to support the use of
marijuana for both
medical and recreational purposes," said Bob Wiggins of
NJ. Armed with a small bullhorn, he exuberantly led
Giuliani, Fire Up a Joint!" chant. Minutes later, while
crowd in "hey, hey, ho, ho, these fucking cops have got
Wiggins, his girlfriend, and a 16-year- old girl from
were grabbed out of the line by a mob of cops who pushed
"I said, 'If you do anything to that kid, I'm his
witness,' and they
pushed me," the girl told HT later. She responded by
calling one cop
a "fucking pig," and was arrested for obstructing
administration. "I didn't have any pot on me," she
says. "I'm five
foot and 100 pounds, and about ten cops threw me to the
was kept in jail for 48 hours without being fed, she
The busts escalated once the parade reached Battery Park
rally began, in a crowd police estimated at 1,200 and
5,000 to 12,000. Cops chased one protester, Geoffrey
Berkeley, CA, onto the stage, then pulled him off and
slammed him to
the ground when he tried to get away. He had been
"It was insane that they would dare to come on the stage
middle of a First Amendment-protected event," says Steve
relation). "That was disgraceful. It set the tone for the
Without the police presence, the rally would have been
peaceful, a multiracial assemblage of hip-hoppers,
ravers passing joints and blunts under the springtime
sun. But the
cops' repeated forays into the crowd provoked a near-riot
atmosphere. As they hustled bust victims toward the paddy
crowds of protesters followed them, shouting and
to grab the prisoners away.
"People are getting collared all over, being stupid," a
narc told HT, blaming her arresting people on the
speakers on stage
telling people to be safe if smoking.
She and her male partner were soon after involved in the
Rie, who according to Twelve, observed one of the
on a young woman's hair, and loudly derided them. The
grabbed him and began dragging the shirtless young man
crowd, attracting the attention of a few hundred
attendees. As the
number of cops manhandling Rie grew, so too did the
"NARCS OUT OF THE PARK" and following behind until the
the struggling Rie face down in the dirt, under a pile of
Police tried to shove the angry crowd back, as people
you" and "41 shots." One officer stepped forward and
pepper spray directly into the face of one kid, who fell
the ground, blind and choking. Waving his can like a
pistol back and
forth over the kid, the cop then tried to hold back
anyone trying to
assist. One dreadlocked black man reached the stricken
only to be shoved back by the spray-wielding officer.
When the Rasta
insisted on attempting to help the kid, the cop let loose
blast directly into his face. The police then sprayed
within a 10-foot radius, including HT editors Steven
"I was taking pictures about five to ten feet away, and
pointed a can at me and just went 'PSSSSHH' directly in
side of my face," says Wishnia. "Good thing I wear
glasses, or a lot
more would have gotten in my eye. I was pretty
about 15 minutes." HT reporter Peet says that when he
that he was press, "one cop shoved me back, told me 'no,
aren't,' and that if I didn't stop taking photos, I'd 'be
Back at the main stage, the Unknown Legends rapped and
Cup Band played a long set, the reggae jams a peaceful
the day's near-riot vibe. Speakers included anti-
activist Randy Credico, Green and Libertarian
Lou Palmer of VoterMarch.org, an organizer of the
George W. Bush's inauguration.
Dana Beal told the crowd that the good news was that the
arrests was less than last year's 312, due to people
narcs. The bad news, he said, was that so many had been
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