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If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.

And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.

(via agirlcalledchris)


Elite Cleaners in Minneapolis helped over 2,000 unemployed workers that couldn’t afford dry cleaning. Owner Don Chapman estimated that it cost his company $32,000 dollars.”

From “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity,” Buzzfeed


The Man Who Quit Money of the Day: Meet Daniel Suelo, who left his last $30 in a phone booth in 2000 and never looked back. Apparently this is a thing, but Suelo’s the only one with a book and video and blog.


I will have to watch this, especially if he lives in a cave. But I hate the arbitrary establishment of money as the be-all and end-all and would love to live without it.


Many of the world’s diamonds are harvested using practices that exploit and degrade children, communities, the labor force, and the local environment. Workers are subject to brutality, degrading working conditions, low pay, and sometimes death. Labor abuses are built into the industry in many parts of the world, community development remains stagnant, and environmental degradation continues apace.

Small-scale mining is usually an illegal activity carried out under dangerous, often unhealthy conditions, and without safety equipment, proper tools, or recognition from the state. Gender imbalances and child labor also plague the sector, which is composed of some of the poorest people in the world. Without formal training or education in their trade, small-scale miners often rely on harmful practices that can leave the earth ruined for future agricultural development.

Lack of regulation, harsh labor conditions, and poor wages make child labor a regular practice in the diamond trade. Children are commonly considered an easy source of cheap labor and are often sent into small areas of mines that adults aren’t able to enter. They are often given dangerous and physically challenging tasks, such as moving earth from pits, or descending from ropes into small holes or pits where landslides may claim their lives.

In Angola, a recent study found 46% of miners are under the age of 16, with many of the children working because of war, poverty, and the absence of education. And in India, where more than half of the world’s diamonds are processed, child labor is commonly used for cutting and polishing diamonds. Taken on as “apprentices,” these children suffer for years in dangerous conditions for little to no pay until they are replaced, often by younger siblings.

While over half of the Congo’s foreign exchange earnings are derived from the export of diamonds, and an estimated 700,000 people dig for them, most are unregistered, and their efforts are largely unrecognized. In fact, more than 90% of the country’s $700 million in diamond exports is produced by small-scale entrepreneurs earning wages of a dollar a day - the international standard for extreme poverty.

In Sierra Leone, diamond-rich regions remain poor in absolute terms. Partnership Africa Canada found that Kono District, which has produced billions of dollars worth of diamonds and is home to the largest concentration of artisanal miners, has a far higher level of poverty than Pujehun District, a largely agricultural area.

(via cornersoftheworld)

Should morals in fiction reflect morals in reality? I ask this as my children and I are watching “The Incredibles.”

And what about almost all major Disney movies, in which the “bad guy” dies or “disappears permanently”?

And what about the Bourne movies or Mission Impossible or ….? So many movies so many people, including several peaceful pacifists and Christians, love and enjoy all portray an evil entity dying without going through the courts or somesuch. Many actually portray a renegade cop who had to turn in his badge being the one “bringing the bad guy to justice.”

Here we have a real-life situation of an evil person who has had ten years to own up to his crimes and perhaps turn himself in—crimes that killed thousands of people with many more attempted and future attempts to be expected—who was hunted down by officials and taken out in an official capacity.

Should they have attempted to arrest him and bring him to international court? Sure? Would that have worked? Probably not. Osama and his minions would have gone down fighting.

The US is fighting on several fronts, losing thousands of Americans while killing thousands of others in wars barely justified or not at all justified and we have a gaggle of people who celebrate “superhero” movies complaining that one evil man did not get a fair and impartial trial, which is nigh impossible anyway.

Just wondering.

Oh, and just as killing Osama didn’t and couldn’t have brought back the thousands he ordered killed, neither will complaining about his murder bring him back. Move on.

How about we have a serious discussion about the US economy, taxes, welfare, and capitalism? How about we work on something we can actually do something about?

Just asking.