new online magazine!:

Check out the new online magazine!:
http://www.earthreview.eu/

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mediacircus Music for Life van Stubru

http://www.equalmoney.org
Mediacircus Music for Life van Stubru ( uit mijn cursus Vrijheid en gelijkheid van Sami Zemni)
iN 2008 ging het om moeders op de vlucht en in 2009 tegen malaria, de zogenaamde sensibilisering van vlaanderen voor otnwikkelingskwesties leek zich te beperken tot een gedepolitiseerde, gezellige koffieklets van BV’s op zoek naar exposure in het groeiende marktaandeel van StuBru.
men staat hierbij niet stil bij de oorsprong van de nood en hoe de wereld daar iets aan kan doen.
De wildgroei van de hedendaagse filosofie is fenomenaal en overstijgt vele malen de officiële ontwikkelingshulp. Multimilionaire voelen zich verantwoordelijk om iets “terug te doen” : Bill Gates heeft zijn stichting voor steun aan afrika, Bono promoot zijn RED producten, Armani heeft globaal fonds om Aids te bestrijden en zelfs McDonalds sponsort UNICEF.
Wat al die goedbedoelde initiatieven gemeen hebben is kritiek op inefficiëntie van de officiële hulp. Deeze filantrokapitalisten gaan ervan it dat staten onderdeel van het probleem zijn en dat hulp kan werken als je het overlaat aand privé organisaties die het managen hoe het hoort.
Bill Gates pleit voor creatief kapitalisme = kapitalisme dat ook goed moet zijn voor de armen
George Soros gaat ervan uit dat de markten moeten bijgestuurd worden zodat ook armn de voordelen van de markt plukken.
Deze apolitieke en probleemgeorienteerde aapak van de hulp leidt niet ot het in vraag stellen van de ongelijkheid in de wereld. Niemand zoekt nog naar de oorzaken van deze ongelijkheid waardoor de kwestie van ontwikkeling verengd wordt tot een technsiche kwestie van bijstand. Het gaat dan niet meer om mensenrechten, herverdeling en solidariteit maar over de welcillendheid van de rijken om een heel klein beetje te delen.
Op zich is er niks mis met deze inspanningen maar het gevaar is er dat zulke de-politisering van ongelijkheid in de wereld uitmondt in nog meer cynisme.
Enerzijds is er de liefdadigheid van mensen met goede bedoelingen of rijke stichtingen die mensen willen helpen, anderszijds is er evenveel uitbuiting, kapitaalvlucht of schuldenlast.

Hoe kunnen we de goede bedoelingen omzetten in iets wat ook goede resultaten geeft voor een hele samenleving , voor de gehele wereld?

I say=

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When people receive donations, they are always temporary

Lets talk about charity and donations. We have been giving donations and doing charity for a long time. The number of aid organisations seem to grow, together with the amount of inequality in this world. Recently they even uncovered aid workers molesting the children they were supposed to help. Can it get any sicker?

If the government does not give a shit about their people, then no matter how much money you give those people the government will continue to not give a shit and thus create conditions of inequality. When there are governments in this world who do not look at the good of ALL, but only at the good of SOME, then abuse will be re-created, in many various forms. I am talking about child prostitution, starvation, animal abuse etc...

Charity is so popular because it takes peoples guilt away and makes them believe they are contributing to a better world. It makes them ignorant towards what is really needed to change things. It gives them a chance, to stop the nagging feelings about inequality, and believe they are actually doing something about it. I am not saying that it is bad to help out others, what I am saying is that only doing this is not enough! It is temporaral guilt relieve while we continue with our own little lives - our lives lived at the back of abuse. Because your shampoo and make up is test on animals, your clothing and toys are made by sweatshop workers.
As long as this system is in place, abuse will be re-created and the inequality wont stop! No matter how much charity you do.

"When people receive donations, they are always temporary. I've seen the slums of India before, and quite honestly, it seems like donations don't make much of any difference whatsoever. Sure, they may give a family a day's worth to eat, but in the end, they'll still be hungry. Donations don't give a society jobs, steady wealth, or economic diversity. When it comes down to it, societies survive based upon 'the survival of the fittest', just as all animals do and humans did in [ancient] times.
Also, one should realize the Indian nation rarely ever does anything to help their slums alike, yet these donations go through them.
If one does not want to help their nation, how can others?
Another saying that you may have heard is, 'Give a hungry man a fish to eat, and he'll still be hungry. Give a hungry man the knowledge to fish, and he'll never starve again.'   "

http://www.questionhub.com/YahooAnswers/20100305124036AAVCZfV

VAST amount of money have been give away, BILLIONS upon billions. Oprah, Gates and other "big" names have given huge amounts. Yet what is still happening? Same abuse, same inequality.
The money for the re-building of haiti, they say it didnt get there, people are still suffering. Where the fuck is it?
Governments are struggling to get by, the economy is fucked and als made to appear very complicated so that no one may ever find out what a load of bull it is.

When are we going to say that enough is enough? When are we going to stand up as a group that decides to no longer allow such a system to exist? We are to comfortable. And we dont care, until WE feel something, untile we feel sad or hurt. Then we suddenly care. When we would be in the shoes of the abused.

Its really a shame, and we cant be proud of ourselves for what we have allowed.

"
These charities have been going for many many years now, we have given away vast amounts of our money from our coffers, it has made absolutely no difference, people are still dieing of starvation in Biafra, Basra, Ethiopia, Niger and many other nations have received our money are in just the same position as when the charities first started, we have given eight million pounds in aid to China just two years ago, just before they spent 29 billion pounds on the Olympic games, (although that was not from charity sources, it was given by our government) go figure that one, most of these charitiy fund raising campaigns by celebrities are just a way of keeping up their public profile so that we can admire them for being so giving, (Bob Geldoff comes to mind here, now a multi millionaire) A list actors and rock and pop stars that have personal fortunes of at least As£100 million to As£500 million each, they give up a little of their time to raise a many thousands of pounds for charitable causes, when they could, if they were really trying to raise money could dip into their own pockets and donate millions of pounds each and they would not even notice that it had gone and in fact, the interest on their vast remaining fortune would soon replace it, plus the money that they could give would be tax deductable but then, they would not have all of us thinking how great they all are, the free publicity would also not be there, there is one exception to this as far as celebrities go, Michael Schumacher has donated As£50 million of his own money to various causes, I bet that not many people know about that, if he can do it, why cant all of the other multi millionaires and of course billionaires also.
All charities are run as a business, they have directors, managers, all on large saleries, office blocks, company cars and expenses that more than match our MPs, the bosses of charities never drive about in Ford Focuses or Renault Clio`s, they drive around in Mercedes, Jaguars, BMW's costing thirty or forty thousand pounds, their offices are decked out with plush carpets and high end expensive furniture, nothing cheap for our charity hero`s, they fly first class all over the world on fact finding holidays (sorry, Missions) they never think of travelling economy class and give the money saved to the fund, all in all, charity is big business, it raises money for saleries for thousands of employees, it pays large sums of money in taxes, it has a large property ownership and a widespread campaigning force, all of this is paid for with the money that you give to help others less fortunate than you, it does help the causes but it helps the charity
business much much more.
"
Lets stand up now, go to http://www.equalmoney.org/ and join the movement. We are only starting but every person joining is 1 more vote for world equality.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Perspective on One earth One Mission - will not end abuse for all

 http://www.oeom.org/
At first look, it looks pretty cool for the people who want a change in this World. It appeals to the feelings of wanting a solution for the world.But when I look abit closer into it, some points reveal which are not best for all, and which wont bring the movement any further then other charity organizations have done in the past. The hippie generation from a while back pretty much died out with their message of peace and love. Because it does not provide a practicle solution that has to be worked on, and participated in, with effort and self direction. It was mostly based o n what they felt good with , what they liked, and avoiding what does not feel good. To change things, we will also have to do things we do not like. And consider all and everything.

Ok so lets get back to whats written on the website.
Educate, empower and unite people to create earth saving networks.Sound nice, but with what and how? What is the plan for the entire planet, how to reach all people suppressed by the capitalist system, where new beings are born and brainwashed on a daily basis?
I agree that we need another education, to teach the children not to blindly follow their mind or what “sparks up” within them, to become their own self-direction and give them room to express themselves. Not just raise them into a capitalist agenda. On the website it sais “saving earth”, but it would be more like “saving humanity”. Because earth will recover, humanity wont, when disaster strikes. So up to this point it looks like the website wants to hand out education how to save the earth.So I am curious if they will address the root cause of the abuse we do to each other and this planet – which is the programmed mind, and this money system. I wonder how they plan to change this, for all, to stop inequality and separation.Reading on.Again about environment, not yet anything about who we are inside and how programming works. It talks about like minded activists, yet activists are as programmed as anyone else. Often only caring because they feel something. The key is to care, at all times, even when you don’t feel anything.If an activist for example goes against natural destruction or animal abuse, but still allows the programmed mind to control them – then they are not stopping anything. Because they might still for example blame other people who do “bad things”, without realizing WHY those people have become like that. Why did they start to abuse? What feelings/thoughts/emotions CONTROLLED those people to become like that? I often see blame and finger pointing. Merely protesting will not stop this, merely “saving” the animals and nature will not stop this from re-emerging. What has to be stopped, is the system, the CORE of the issue.
On their website it sais “The Environmental Community Eco-Education Center will generate a new wave of eco-minded students and educators. These unique educators will go forth to teach groups of people about the desperate state of our environment.”
Fine, but that will not reach those who are raised to not care. It will not change the ones on top who exploit for their riches and luxury. It will not stop the system from creating beings to follow their ego and think themselves superior over other forms of life. Because they will not care about educators coming to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do. And the very system will enable them to continue to support abuse. You can only be educated if you want to. You can say as much as you like to people, give them all the facts. The truth is – some just wont give a fuck. If I look at my own family for example. Some do not mind animal abuse, no matter what I have said – and I have said many things and given facts. They don’t care and continue to see humans as superior and only care for their own well being.
So it will be again the battle like “good vs evil” instead of realizing why some become good and why some become evil. To put it in such strong words. Also I read most about environment and stuff, but what about the other abuse in the world? Poverty, forced prostitution, the sexualisation of children, the media brainwashing, the profit over life ? etc…

This money system works on debt, it CANNOT work another way. It creates abuse. As long as we do not stop this system, it will be re created. I don’t think they realize this because they write:“Financially the environmental revolution will far surpass the computer age providing millions of jobs for people.”Are they wanting to create another money system to stop the abusive current one? I don’t read anything about it. Creating millions of jobs wont stop it, simply using its money will endorce it. We at Equal Money also want to use money, but to bring forth a new money system to stop the current one. If you don’t know how the money system right now works, do some research on it, watch videos, and you will see that it will always create lack and abuse, and cannot go without it.

Conclusion: It focuses only on environment and ecology – not on the totality of this existence and WHY abuse exists in the first place. It does not address the core of the problem, and I see no plans to stop the abusive money system that exploits and brainwashes billions.
So the Equal Money System is far more conclusive and beneficial in stopping the inequality for all on earth – considering ALL things, and not just 1 aspect.
W e are a group of people that stand for all life, as equals, and are working on creating the solution to stop the abuse on this planet. But what we have to realize, is that to change the outer, we have to change the inner. So we have started with a process of purifying ourselves from the abusive programmed behavior placed within us from this system. We are all conditioned in one way or another – and have realized how enslaved we all are, and how we as humanity follow the programming blindly, like it is some kind of God.Through being self honest, we see within ourselves and our lives, and why we do what we do, why we say what we say and feel what we feel. We start to take responsibility for our own behavior and thoughts, and don’t just blindly “go with the flow”. We stop what compromises us, and what is abusive towards others and ourselves – and  direct ourselves to stop the inequality within us , and thus within the world. We have also realized that to do what’s best for all, is not depending on any feelings. Because if you depend on feelings, you WILL NOT do what is best for all when you feel nothing. And this is what often happens. People feel nothing and thus do nothing.

Within stopping the abuse within ourselves, and the core of what creates the issues on earth, we move on to the outer world. To create another system where all people can have the opportunity to do the same. If this is shown in school, media etc… then this has a big impact on humanity. Also when people are kept busy with survival, they do not have the time to really look at this world and how its set up, or work on themselves. They are in survival mode 24/7. Thus we want to create a way to remove that. And this is through equal basic income for all. An income that will take care of peoples basic needs. This does not include luxuries. Most want to do other things to so then one can still work for that and earn labor money.When people can see clearly why they are the way they are – self trust can develop, where we then have a foundation to bring forth a new world and a new system that does not abuse. It will take time and we will have to stand strong together. But when you realize why you are the way you are and how things work right now, there is no alternative. And if you still don’t want to do nothing, it only shows the extensive programming within you and the disconnection from life. Because when life suffers,  and you are fine and don’t want to change, then there is a problem.People who then direct themselves will not be depending on another’s support of their stand. They will do so, whatever it takes. And it takes that determination to change things. Because otherwise if the basic 'human nature' isn't corrected and tested through time that it is actually standing as a point of SELF Support, then no system will be of actual support and change in this reality.
This system is not something alien outside of us, it is us, it is what we have created and allowed to exist. Without our support it cannot function, without our hands it cannot be build. It is important to realize, when you just go with this system, you are in fact keeping it alive the way it is.
We stand clear and are not afraid to be transparent and show our true faces and our real names. We want to stand accountable in this world, and be an example for others who can do the same thing.  We need to get back to sanity, and remove our hopes and believes and actually in REALITY create the solution. We have to stop waiting for something to fix things for us. Those on top know what they are doing and wont just go towards equality for all and hand you the presents.Secret and hidden agendas have to end, because this creates further distortion and secrecy – a world where we have to hide and be afraid of each other.

To join go to Http://www.equalmoney.org/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Working at Disney worse than fighting Taliban

MORE people would rather risk being shot and blown up in Afganistan than work for Disney.
A survey of the most desirable places to work in the US ranked the Magical Kingdom well below the Army.
Despite the rising death tolls in Afganistan, where thousands of soldiers are deployed, the bloodshed in Iraq and the low pay, Americans still view the Army as a good employer.
Disney, which employs more 100,000 people worldwide and is billed as the happiest place on Earth, came 41st in the career survey.
Workers at Disney's theme parks have called the work conditions there brutal and accused bosses of being motivated solely by profit.
Some have even started to refer to the theme parks as "Mousewitz".
Google topped the list of best employers but it was beaten by the US military on career advancement.

The survey by jobs website CareerBliss.com used independent reviews to evaluate opportunities for growth, pay and work-life balance.
Bradley Brummel, a psychology professor at University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, explained why the military had happy workers.
"Despite challenges that may occur when serving our country, including the possibility of going to war, the military provides many of the essential elements to finding happiness at work, including having a meaningful impact on the world, having true camaraderie with your co-workers and having the opportunities to develop skills," he told the christian science monitor.

Top 10 blissful places to work
1 Google
2 3M
3 ABN AMRO
4 DTE Energy
5 Air Force
6 Qualcomm
7 Army National Guard
8 Marines
9 Navy
10 LSI Logic
The Army ranked No 11, ahead of Johnson & Johnson (16), General Electric (30), Microsoft (39) and Disney (41).


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/working-at-disney-worse-than-fighting-taliban/story-e6frfm1i-1225944441071#ixzz13d3sOXKd

Friday, October 22, 2010

Divide and conquer

That is the current status of our world.
Billions of opinions, believes, traditions, personal agenda's etc... People using those against each other to have their desires fulfilled, what THEY want. We have done this for a very long time, and that is why things have never really changed. Starvation is still here, slavery is still here, exploitation of the "weak" is still here, corruption and manipulation is still here ... And as long as we allow our personal intrest above the best intrest of ALL, we will continue to build and manifest things that create seperation and divide the beings on earth.

When are we going to take a step back and look at ourselves, all our opinions, our believes, our lives in totality - and come to realise how we have become this way. That it was not free will, that it was not our own free choice, but because of our programmed choice, our programmed personality, our programmed being. Their are so many things influencing a child when it is growing up, do you really think it had no effect on you? That who you are right now is simply who you are? Are you willing to accept yourself as merely a programmed robot, and simply accept you feelings and thoughts as if they are your gods? While blaming the antrocities in this world, blaming the fucked up system, blaming all things going wrong?
If you are not willing to change the essence/core of the problem, then dont complain. To not want to change, you are allowing it.
The people doing the antrocities and abusive things, have been programmed aswell. Born in their shoes you would probably done the same thing. People who are in survival situations sometimes have to resort to cruel ways of survival, just to survive.
Our system, our money system , is controlled and ruled by people with personal agenda's, who have not looked at the totality of the programming in this world, who do not look for the good of ALL on the planet. They have not stopped themselves from following their programmed feelings and thoughts and will be steered by their reactions. So thats why everything has always failed - every single system that has ever existed on this planet. The change truly has to start with ourselves, dont use that quote in vain 'be the change you want to see in this world'. Live it and apply it, dont just repeat it. Investigate why people are the way they are, how the rapist became the rapist, how the serial killer became it, how the religious person became religious. Check out the internal mechanisms and mind constructs, look at the history, and see how that shapes our entire world. In that way you will stop the blame, and take responsability. Blame does not help anyone, blame is purely pointing fingers. And as they say, when you point fingers - 4 are pointing back at you. If you understand why people become the way you are, then you can start to look at the solutions for this. And you will soon come to the conclusion that the solution is changing the system, and thus changing the core of programming, changing the way children are raised and what is being supported within individuals.
If that changes towards the best for all, then that creates new human beings who can from the beginning of their lives, start to be self-honest and express themselves, and not be controlled by money and profit and egoism.
As long as this money system is in place - which is based on making profit and competition - abuse will happen over and over again. You may be rich now, but you may be poor and suffering the next moment.
Just look at what we allow in this society!
- items made by sweatshop workers
- items for vanity for example, tested on animals
- inplanting desires in people and children to buy buy buy in order to get the economy going

Because with out huge production our system cannot exist, and without people DESIRING to consume a lot, we cannot sustain the high production. So we need to have a lot of people that desire to have/buy a lot of things. And thats where the media commes in, and peer pressure, and judgement. So that you will be afraid of others opinions and will always do your best to fit it, thinking you will be happier when you have this or that or look this or that way. Always looking outside there, instead of working on who you are and why you are the way you are.
This system not only creates selfish individuals and abusers, but it also punishes its own creation. Because then the abusers are thrown into jail. And it also creates lazy people, and suicidal people. Why? Because the whole system is driven by superficialism and money, which is very limiting in terms of self expression and "freedom". People have to participate in that abusive system where vanity and ego is placed on top. Thinking it will fulfill them. Obviously it doesnt. No wonder people become lazy and suicidal in a system like this.

http://www.equalmoney.org/

Saturday, October 16, 2010

We can't expect the poor to limit their family sizes when they need children to help support their family

While overpopulation is a problem that plagues many developing nations, it would be wrong to assume that it is their main problem, or that the countering of overpopulation should receive priority above all else. There are more serious problems facing the third world. Poverty and the unequal distribution of wealth are two that must be dealt with first.

There are many people who argue that the biggest problem in South Asia is overpopulation. This assertion has been repeated so often over the years that it has almost become common wisdom. Its adherents include a lot of well-educated individuals and one often hears the argument from government officials as an explanation for the inability to reduce poverty.
There are a number of problems with this simple proposition. First of all, population is not a very useful measure by itself simply because it fails to account for the size of the land in which the population resides. Some countries like Russia have a very large area while others like Singapore have a very small one. Therefore the appropriate indicator to use in order to make valid comparisons is population density (i.e., population per unit of land area).

Using this indicator one would find, for example, that Belgium has a very high population density, Pakistan is in the middle, and Somalia ranks very low. Of these countries, Belgium is not the one with the most difficulties. Nor does Somalia have the fewest. Just looking at population or population density tells us very little about a society’s problems.
Within individual countries we can find similar situations. Take Pakistan, for example. Balochistan has the lowest population density amongst the provinces. But Balochistan is by no means better off than the other provinces because of its low population and population density.
This raises an interesting issue for those who subscribe to the overpopulation hypothesis. Would Balochistan, with all its natural resources and its small population, be much better off if it were a sovereign country by itself? I am sure the believers of the hypothesis would quickly find many arguments to refute the implication of their own assertion. The question would force them to abandon the simple answer and start thinking of the many other factors that actually influence economic and social development.

Consider another interesting situation. When Bangladesh became independent, what remained of Pakistan lost more than half its population and the small part of its land area that was widely believed to have been a drain on the resources of West Pakistan. Did the significant reduction in population and the removal of the resource drain trigger an immediate economic boom in Pakistan? And if not, why not? The simple relationship of population and development fails to provide an answer to the question.
The second point to consider is that even population density is an incomplete measure because all the land in a country is not equally valuable when it comes to supporting its population. Deserts and mountains are of little value in this regard. It is the habitable and cultivable land that matters.
Japan and China both have relatively small endowments of such land while the latter has the largest population in the world. Yet Japan, despite its relative lack of natural resources, is amongst the richest countries in the world. And China has been recording very high economic growth rates for many years lifting millions of its people out of poverty. The simple proposition fails to explain much of what has been going on in these two countries either.
As a matter of fact, one could quite plausibly argue that poverty is not due to overpopulation. Rather, overpopulation could well be a result of poverty. Empirical evidence shows clearly that as households become economically better off the average family size tends to decrease.
In fact, a larger population can even be considered an advantage. Many European countries are actively encouraging their citizens to increase the size of their families. So is Singapore — a very small and densely populated island. Global firms are keen to invest in highly populated countries like India and China because of their large consumer markets.
The issue is obviously not as simple as it seems. The point of these stark and somewhat extreme examples is to stress the need to abandon the simple explanation for the problem of poverty.
Only then would we be able to debate the real causes and reasons for the slow pace of development.
The belief in overpopulation as the cause of poverty encourages a sense of helplessness because there is no obvious solution. Even if we accept that South Asia is overpopulated what are we going to do with all the people who are already here? We need to think of people as a source of strength and not as a problem. The sensible strategy would be to invest in people to make then as productive as possible in order to promote economic development and reduce poverty. 

Population densities in 1999 (in persons per square kilometer) for the countries mentioned in the article were as follows: Singapore 5,500, Bangladesh 950, Belgium 340, Japan 340, India 340, Pakistan 180, China 135, Somalia 12, Russia 9. Data for all countries is available at: www.photius.com/wfb1999/rankings/population_density_2.htm
http://thesouthasianidea.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/is-overpopulation-the-cause-of-poverty/


The real cause of this is the capitalistic consumerist system that we allow to exist.
if you havent already, I strongly suggest to watch the movie "capitalism: a love story". It is specifically designed to have some at the top that exploit those on the bottom.  We can turn this around if we want and decide to! We can stand together for a new system, a system of life and cooperation. Where peoples basic needs are taken care off unconditionally, and where one can work for more money, where children are in school not programmed to just be consumers and producers, but to develop self trust and trust in each other, cooperation, and self-expression. This will nto result in an amount of people that would want to live on wellfare, but people that actually have a drive for life and want to express themselves. Because its not so strange that these days people get more and more depressed and often dont want to do much. In such a restricted superficial boxed up world, there is little room for anything else then the profit machine.

Join http://www.equalmoney.org/ to work on the solution, dont wait, the future is here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

power and control throughout history

I am reviewing a class I had yesterday, writing down the key points in a separate notebook. It is a class that studies all different power-systems that has been here in history. What always comes back, is 1 part of the population (rich/elite) vs. another part (the poor). Where 1 group sees the other group as "less", and basically a group that has to be controlled for order to remain. Its a continuous struggle throughout history for power and money. Like this 1 group called "the levelers". They were against the rich and the church. But on the other hand they only allowed men above 21 years old to vote. Woman, children, poor and later also paid workers were excluded from voting. Another form to control the population has been religion. At one point this has been introduced to have the poor agree to the status quo, because it was "destined by god". So they couldn’t complain about it. It was decided by God and people should abide by Gods will. After death they would be rewarded, but right now this is how it is. The rich needed that believe because else the poor might start to rebel. And then we have the numerous discussions about what is "freedom" and what is "equality". One of them (Machiavelli) thinks that people mean "security", when they say "freedom". And that as long as their private possessions aren’t touched, they are fine with the way things are and the way the state is ruled.

And that brings me to the point I wanted to write about = self-interest that blinds us from what is really going on. Because this is not something that happened a long long time ago in the dark ages. This is happening every day in this "modern" time. Our CULTure is a culture of exploitation. It sells and promotes (adds, TV ...) animal abuse through animal testing for make up, it sells and promotes products made by child slaves or sweatshop workers, it creates desires in people making them think they are not good enough and have to buy buy buy to be better/prettier/smarter etc... All for 1 goal = power and money. Without huge consumption this system cannot keep existing, so they need a population that desires and wants a lot of stuff, and thus follow blindly their programmed feelings and desires to fulfill those false needs. Many atrocities are going on each day, we are all mass murderers, even though you may deny it. And you know why we deny it? Because we are comfortable. We are not the ones suffering, right? We have our TV, our pc, our shopping malls, our good gourmet food, our bars, our drugs, our alcohol, our believes and spiritualities, our games and toys... this is all our opium. As long as we have that comfort, that security, we will not rebel. Because we don’t feel like rebelling. And we wont because our feelings control us. Isn’t that sick? Do you want to continue living that way? I sure don’t. I rather not just be a puppet on a string.



So in the past, all these people tried to control another part of the people by forms of control and manipulation. Never did they came to 1 agreement about what is best for all. And at times when people went against the norm, they were killed (political murder).If you read this blog, and you want to work on real solutions for this world, to establish real equality , join http://www.equalmoney.org/ Because its a lie that we have to wait for the rulers to direct and steer us into a way of living. All people are born equal. No one is better or worse then another, our VALUE is the same. We can stand together, and create a new world. Don’t listen to those around you saying "no we cant, we are not this enough or not that enough". You know that we can, all it needs is our self directive will.

Monday, October 4, 2010

ReCYCLing – A Cycle of Exploitation and Deception - By Lindsay Craver

I just finished the paper that is due tomorrow for my sociology class, and will share it here :
The assignment's 'heading' was as follows - 'Social change can be thoughts of as a two-fold process, existing on a continuum and taking place somewhere between technological innovation (social evolution) and belief system (social revolution). Interestingly, evolution has a tendency to inspire revolution - an ideological shift, but not always.
(Then it goes on to explain the point of the assignment, which is to explore the relationship between social change and technology, analyzing the social consequences)

ReCYCLing – A Cycle of Exploitation and Destruction
http://lindsayleecraver.multiply.com/journal/item/24/24

      When considering the concept “social evolution,” I disagree that this even exists. If one were to take a clear look at the state of this world, they would come to find that not much has changed since “the dawn of time.” Yes, outwardly things have changed, the clothing we wear, the tools we use, our language, certain rights and norms, but the basic cyclical pattern of how humanity has existed has remained essentially the same - brutal. There continues to be much abuse and destruction, perhaps, one could argue, more cruelty than ever before. In the vein of technological innovation pertaining to social evolution, what good is technology when we can’t even find a solution to ensure that each human being has their basic needs met? The basic needs being proper food, water, health care, shelter, and education. Inequality is the fundamental cause of suffering in this world. What benefit does the invention of an alarm clock bring, if we aren’t able to last long enough to wake up?

     If technological innovation goes hand in hand with beliefs systems to create social change, that doesn’t signify real change, because the so called “change” is still within the existing abusive structure, and any belief system contained within the system as it is, like a 1+1=2 equation, simply perpetuates and accumulates more abuse. This is especially true if one becomes attached to their belief system to the point of possession, and is no longer able to see beyond their limited belief. If one were to look at this world as if it were a human body, and, for example, the entire body is infected with a diseased and is treated for only one specific area, it will not make the disease go away. This can give a better understanding of the futility of “social change” that is not taking all life into consideration. Social change, as it currently exists, is purely a continuum continuing the same destruction, no matter what side of the polarity.

     We manufacture technology that is built to break, sometimes within only six months to a few years. This reminds me of when I tried to inform my grandmother once of the truth behind recycling; she replied, “as long as I don’t see it in my space anymore, I don’t care where it goes.” That “out of sight, out of mind” mentality is precisely why half of this world is living in such dire conditions; as long as we are benefiting, why should we care who suffers? It has been stated that technology has given people the ability to live a more comfortable life, that it has improved our health, but, one must ask, comfort for who? Health for who? Those with money? At who’s expense? These are important questions to ask when considering the relationship between social change and technology. Where does all this waste go after it’s tossed aside for the next upgrade? Studies have shown that much of the electronic waste (e-waste) that people from the developed world believe is being dealt with properly, is being shipped to third-world countries, not where it gets donated, but where scavengers pick it apart thus being exposed to the harmful metals which also leach into the water and soil leading to poor health for entire villages. Instead of exploring a particular technology and its social consequences, I will be articulating how the belief system that is behind recycling affects this world. Recycling is directly related to technology, which brings me back to one of my previous questions about what good is technology if we can’t even find a solution that is able to ensure a dignified life for all?

     In an article put out by Smithsonian entitled “E-gad! Americans discard more than 100 million computers, cellphones and other electronic devices each year. As ‘e-waste’ piles up, so does concern about this growing threat to the environment,” Elizabeth Royte explains that “prolonged exposure to some of the metals in electronic devices has been shown to cause abnormal brain development in children, and nerve damage, endocrine disruption and organ damage in adults.” This answers a couple of my questions : health for who? At who’s expense?

     To fill the demand for the semiprecious metals that are required to build electronics, developing countries are exploiting their lands in order to harvest this material, which has also been proven to be a dangerous task. It’s interesting to take a look at the process of manufacturing electronics, where the components that are used in order to produce the device are obtained from places such as Africa and Asia, then are sold to people in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and then dumped back to Africa and Asia to be dealt with. This illustrates the manifestation of exploitation being carried out on multiple levels: the exploitation of the land, also, in most cases, people from third world countries work in factories where they are exploited under harsh conditions to produce these electronics, then they are “enjoyed” by people in affluent countries, who, believing themselves to be recycling, or donating, have their “waste” shipped off to a developing country, the devises are then stripped by individuals who are exposed to the harmful chemicals which then leach into the water and soil, and the perpetuated cycle of exploitation, or the continuum of winner and loser continues. Are the “benefits” of technology, then, beneficial for all? No.

     The article goes on to relay with more specificity what the process of stripping these devices look like, after investigators from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) “videotaped men, women, and children in the Chinese village of Guiyu extracting copper yokes from monitors with chisels and hammers…black smoke rose from burning piles of wire. The workers, who wore no protective gear, reportedly swirled a mixture of hydrochloric and nitric acid--caustic, highly poisonous chemicals--in open vats, trying to extract gold from components. Afterward, they dumped the computer carcasses and the black sludge into fields and streams.”

     It’s fascinating to see the play-out of the villagers seeking to find gold amongst the filth, which can be likened to the “faith” people place in technology, believing that technology is the gold that will save this filthy world that is headed for destruction, which can be seen simply as another religion; technology, the new savior. The extraction of gold by the villagers is also a poignant reality showing how the current money system decides who lives, and who dies, who is able to be healthy, and who will live in sickness. Money, also, is another god, perhaps the ultimate god, as it were.

     The last sentence of the article sums up the general mentality of most people, even after discovering the atrocity going on in regards to e-waste: “maybe shoving the stuff in the basement or attic isn't such a bad idea after all.” This merely encourages complacency; basically telling people to just sweep all the lies and deception they just read about, under the rug, and continue consuming, continue believing that this system works. This only promotes “more of the same,” which is what I touched upon previously in regards to belief systems, as it supports the same apathy already existent, and offers no practical solutions, such as simply explaining how one must take self-responsibility for the direct outflows of their actions. She also states in the sentences prior to the last, “visionaries imagine a day when electronic devices are shipped back to their makers, who design all components with safe reuse in mind.” This, also, is an interesting and telling sentence, as it alludes to a sort of “dream” that only “visionaries” can imagine, then bursts that bubble by essentially saying in the last sentence, “to hell with it, don’t try to find a solution, keep consuming, and in the mean time, while the visionaries are staring into the sky hoping for some answer to come along, just throw your waste into your basement.” This is where my grandma would agree, as long as she doesn’t have to deal with it, who cares.

     Obviously, the solution isn’t in the hands of “visionaries,” as each one of us has the vision to see the suffering that exists in this world. Therefore, we are all responsible, and we all must stand up and investigate beyond the current belief systems. As was revealed in the mentioned article, these belief systems do not promote actual social revolution, but only serve to keep one blind and justifying, especially if one lives in comfort and is reaping benefits from this unequal, fraudulent system. The ones that are fortunate enough to even read the article by use of their computer technology are the ones that are to be held accountable for the atrocity existing on this planet, which means you and I. How can we call this evolution? How can we call this revolution? Can a computer feed a starving child? No. Therefore, instead of focusing on technological “advancements," we must get back to the basics – ensuring that all are able to live a dignified life with their basic needs met. Now, if the starting point of creating technology were within the principles of equality and what is best for all, then we wouldn’t be seeing the disparity continue to grow due to our addiction of over-consuming. We must learn to forgive and see that it is necessary we started over. It’s time to stop hitting snooze on the alarm clock and actually wake up from our deep slumber.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What's wrong with identity

Last week a Belgian politician came speaking in the guest college of political studies in Gent (Belgium). His main point was the point about "identity". And that it is important to use this identity to base ones policy upon. He talked about how people feel closer to those within their own "region". Like for example people in Flanders feeling more "connected" or "closer" in a way, to people in Flanders, then to the French part of Belgium. And that our identity lies where we are brought up. He also asked the students who feels more like part of Flanders, or part of Belgium. I was waiting for him to say: "or part of the earth." But he didn’t. I found it a very narrow view and he continued the talk by mentioning it’s an illusion and not realistic to claim one is a "world citizen". A lot of his talk he based on "human nature" and how we are designed. I found it strange he did not even question that but accepted it as some kind of God. Like human nature is something we should just follow.

Clearly, this has never worked and has led to many struggles and wars within this world. Separation is everywhere. Does it mean because you feel something that you have to follow that? Hell no.
We are never going to have real change if we keep an attitude like that and just follow the way we are programmed and designed to be.
I have visited many countries in my relatively short life already, and I did not feel less "close" to people from other countries then I feel around people who speak my language or live in my town. Actually I have felt more close to people from different countries but who share similar viewpoints about the world. I am not saying that it is something that I then should allow to control me, no; it’s simply to give an illustration. I can feel very distant from fellow "Belgians" or "Flanders people", because of the fact that I am quite different in my behavior and what I want to do in life and what I stand for. Those around me care about their own lives, blinded from what goes on in this world and what they are really doing with what they act out and what they say. They want to fit into the system as it has been laid out in front of them, and look at you strange when you don’t. They are programmed like anyone else and don’t question it. Doing that, you will remain a slave forever to your programmed mind, and to the collective, and nothing will ever change because you are not directing yourself in total self awareness and self responsibility. Your program is directing you instead.
This is what many people don’t consider, and which I have not considered for a long period of my life.

So it is not because one may feel "closer" to his country or part of the country, that one should then simply follow that feeling and "go with the flow". We have to first of all educate the population about why they feel like that, what is the outflow of this, what thoughts and emotions well up, what do those cause on a global scale etc... Our system is not disconnected from the rest of the world, it is 1 global system whether we like it or not. We are selling products made by sweatshop workers and profited on animal abuse.
If I was born in Africa, then I would be an African, if I was born in China then I would be a Chinese - and programmed accordingly.
Does that mean all the people should just accept and follow that blindly? Those systems have been put into place by other people, who wanted to have power, who followed their ego and their desires. So clearly the systems in place don’t do what’s best for all, they don’t do what is beneficial for all and what creates cooperation. No, instead it functions on separation, competition and profit over life. And people are so heavily programmed within it that they will defend it, thinking they are "strong" and defending something good, but in fact they are defending their own enslavement, their own demise. And that’s how clever it is, this system, to have the slaves defend it. Of course not realizing they are slaves to begin with.

I am of the earth, like anything else is, identity is merely a program within us that we should not blindly follow, and neither would I blindly follow anger when it wells up inside me. You have to understand why it wells up, and see what the outflow is. Same with "identity".
So being a world citizen is not so "crazy" as the politician sais it is (or thinks it is). It’s a given fact. We are all equal, all made from life, the ONLY thing that creates the separation is our believes, our desires, opinions etc... that we use to raise ourselves above (or below) others. Strip those things away, and there is nothing left to fight about. And with equality I mean equal in worth, equal in value. Not equal as in: looking the same and doing the same. We are equal, but different.
And those who promote inequality are in fact abusers of life

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Price Elasticity & The Cost of Emotional Investments?

By Matti Freeman and Katie Conklin



Matti: so what is an 'elastic' - what is an 'elastic product', or whatever?
Katie: 'Price elasticity', when it's 'elastic' it's something where if the price changes, consumption changes. So if the price goes up of something, then people buy less of it. But if it's 'inelastic' then that means that it doesn't really matter what happens in the price changes, consumption will remain the same. So like for example…
Matti: so we're looking at the example of alcohol as an…
Katie: as an 'inelastic' product.
Matti: 'inelastic product', meaning - it doesn't matter how much the price goes up, the consumption Katie: will stay the same
Matti will stay the same, people - people's buying will not change.
Katie: so it's considered an 'economic necessity', because basically it's something that people require and will 'get' no matter what it costs.
Matti: Okay so we're looking at now why is it that something like alcohol - despite the price going up, your 'buying pattern' doesn't change, you still buy it. When I look at when I used to buy cigarettes it didn't matter if the price was - if it was eight dollars a pack, I didn't 'think about' how much it costs, and I didn't 'feel bad' about buying it because, once I bought it - I mean 'cause I 'needed' those cigarettes, I was addicted to them. Whereas, what's fascinating is that, I take that very same eight dollars and I go and I'm considering buying a box of cereal, and the box of cereal that's six dollars - I will be more reluctant to buy that than the box of cereal that's three dollars. I will have a conflict within myself of 'which one to buy', and I'll feel bad - I'll wanna save that money, I won't wanna spend the six dollars on the cereal, I'll rather spend three dollars on the cereal. But…
Darryl: Cause you value the tobacco more.
Matti: I value the tobacco more, because it gives me a specific experience, and the cereal doesn't give me that experience, so with the cigarettes I wouldn't blink an eye paying - just dropping - even if that's the last money I had I would just buy the cigarettes, because I'm addicted to it. So obviously it's the same with alcohol.
Then we were looking at this in relation to religion and seeing that, really religion is exactly the same. And also when you look at politics. Because it's a matter of a 'personal emotional investment' in something like - with religion it doesn't matter how…because it's 'your faith', your whole like and universe revolves around your religion so it doesn't matter how many people die, it doesn't matter how many children are abused and molested, it doesn't matter how many obvious lies and how much obvious deception is presented by the religion - your faith never worries - er, wavers, you never worry, you…
Katie: you still pay.
Matti: Your faith, your 'power of faith' does not waver, you still, you know - you keep 'buying into' the religion, and 'buying into' god, and 'buying into' the church, and 'buying into' the politician, and 'buying into' the priest - no matter what the cost, because 'you must have' that faith, you 'must have' that experience of 'everything's fine' because 'god is looking out for me', 'everything's fine' because 'president obama is looking out for the nation and solving the world's problems', whether it's a politician or a priest it's the same thing - or whether it's alcohol or cigarettes. It's like, you don't - it doesn't matter what happens, you keep buying into it because you have an emotional investment in it.
And again, obviously it's exactly the same when we look at the larger picture of how the world exists. It's like, we have such an investment in 'who we are' as our minds, as a personality, as beliefs, that we don't take the responsibility we aren't taking the responsibility to consider at a practical level, is the current way that we're living and participating here as human beings, within the economic system, within the political system, within our daily experience, actually supportive of of us and supportive of everyone. I mean, obviously the way we're living is not supportive of everyone because there's so much conflict and abuse that exists.
Katie: Well it costs the life of someone else to continue your own life.
Matti: Yes, and yet we don't, like the eight dollars - we don't question that cost because…
Katie: We need our life.
Matti: We 'need' our life - I 'need' my experience of being drunk, or having faith in god, believing everything's gonna be okay, or my experience of having my cigarette as my coping mechanism. It's like, it's the same pattern on the small scale and the large scale. So it's just really fascinating to see that in a practical..the example of, what was it? Inelastic and elastic…
Katie: Inelastic and elastic prices.
Matti: Prices, where the price of the experience we get from religion, or cigarettes or alcohol is 'inelastic' meaning, it doesn't matter what the cost is, how much shit ends up existing - our investment and involvement in 'buying into' that experience that we 'need', never wavers and we never question and look at ourselves, maybe this experience I want, is actually…not valid…
Katie: Not valuable.
Matti: And not valuable, the 'value' is made up. Because obviously if it comes at such a great cost to everyone else, and other beings, then we're compromising that which has real value which is All Life, in favor of a make believe value -- which is self interest.

Man investigates the ethical implications of charitable giving

Man investigates the ethical implications of charitable giving

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Leaders only care about themselves and their private zoo's


Here we have an article about a reservoir for wild animals in Zimbabwe , that has been ravaged and the animals killed. Since Robert Mugabe in 2000, created his re-arrangement of land in Zimbabwe, 90 % of the animals have been slaughtered or sold illegally. More than half a million threatened animals, some of them the most threatened of our entire planet, have disappeared. This also cause Mugabe to “shoot” his own peoples future, since no more animals means no more tourists.

about 300 zebra’s , 560 antelopes have been killed for their skin. Also gnoes have been killed.

In total much more have been killed, like about 300 rhino’s 20.000 zebras and more then 6000 elephants. Also Kim Jong-Il from North Korea wanted to build his own private zoo, and decided he wanted a couple of all animals. So Mugabe arranged that for him, caging the animals and flying them to north Korea.  Several animals have died during that procedure.

The ones that done that, are supporters of the Mugabe government.

So basically what we have here is an extremely incapable leader of a country. Same with that Kim Jong-Il dude. Jezus Christ, as long as people who are so dishonest and abusive are in charge, this world is totally fucked. He doesn’t care about life one single bit. He just wants his own little private zoo. Who cares that animals are living beings, as long as he has his entertainment. *sigh*
And of course there is money money money behind this. As always. And the abuse through money. Because those leaders use that money to get luxuries such as private zoos and all involved with bringing animals to it for example. While they could use that money to build a good sustainable society where all can live a decent life. Yet they don’t, they care more about their self interest then about the good of all. They don’t give a shit about the people or animals or plants. Raised in this system of abuse, they have been mind controlled to become such abusers. This system has to go , asap, and equal money system will make sure all this abuse is stopped, and that no child can be raised to become as fucked up as that.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

European Cultural Elite - Are we Masters or Morons?

European Cultural Elite - Are we Masters or Morons?

In Europe we have traditionally seen and defined ourselves as The Cultural Elite of World – tracing back to the age known in Europe as ‘The enlightenment’, the age of apparent ‘reason’ and ‘logic’, where science (as a new religion none the less) was taking over from the ‘dark ages’, where ‘God’ ruled the Earth, bringing ‘sanity’ and ‘sanitation’ to a dirty and unsorted world. But even prior to this, in various times of colonization, religious reformations and general ‘imperialism’, the Europeans considered themselves intellectual and moral superiors,  high above the ‘savages’ of the world - as overlords and rightful conquers of land, people and resources. As far back as Plato, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe was the center of the development of the systems of the world, in philosophy as well as technology and business – At least, that is the history we learn in European and probably also American and Australian schools, as those countries along with us are the proud decedents and living proof of the prosperous evolution of the European people – Essentially and more precisely known as ‘The White Man’. This is the basic mentality that lays the ground for all people born in these parts of the world – and is what we take for granted as universal truths of the development of the world through history, as well as the current situation on Earth. In this article, we will disprove this position of ‘The white man’ as the ‘overlords’ and intellectual and cultural superiors of the world – we will even claim that we have failed grimly at the task of evolving and developing the world, to a higher state of life and suggest that a final score is settled between the white man and himself.

As those born in industrialized, developed countries having the luxuries of taking welfare for granted, we tend to view those in ‘undeveloped’ countries as unintelligent, lazy and largely that their misfortune and suffering is self-inflicted and thus can be written off as people who have yet to be ‘enlightened’ with the wonders of our cultural heritage and rise above their primitive lives. There are variables of this opinion, ranging from spiritual perspectives involving karma and the soul’s journey towards enlightenment (borrowed to pop-culture from the East), to rationalized evolution theories claiming that those who have worked hard and studied, thus have the fortune of living in functional societies that prosper and grow exponentially accordingly. For those of us who are born, especially after 1960 in Western Europe, Australia and the United states, our very existence is founded upon this immanent or inherent belief – and we are thus the proud heritage of the overlords, the conquers of the past, and can therefore rightfully take our position of wealth, knowledge and might in the world. There are several aspects of why this is taken for granted. Depending on the level of welfare and economic infrastructure in the specific country, one does not even have to be born into a household of wealth to be granted with the luxuries of welfare and money – simply being born with the nationality, having the right to a passport and a identity as such, gives you the right to study, live and to be supported financially. Thus we do not have to physically be with money, to be apart of the riches it provides. Therefore it is often not even seen in these countries, how ‘fortunate’ we actually are, and can thus easily be taken for granted or dismissed as a ‘perk’ of living in a developed society.  Another aspect of this, is that the intellectual heritage provides us with a view of the world, where we see ourselves as the cultural elite, meaning that we better than anyone else, understands the world, thus having the overview and the mental capacity to analyze other countries and cultures from above – This is apparent in the European culture as well as in the American, which both are products of the same world view, although taking different shapes, where the Americans tend to see America as the navel of the world, while the Europeans tend to claim to have the intellectual and civilized upper hand, thus the right to judge other cultures as barbaric and uncivilized, based on long traditions of philosophy, science and art. Long forgotten is that the numeric system was developed by the Arabs, that the Aborigines had mapped the stars with their eyes long before the astronomers build telescopes, or that the Chinese were far more developed than the Europeans a thousand years ago. Not taken into account is how African or Amazonian tribes view the world entirely different and often see the world as a whole –and not as segmented parts in war with each other over lines on a map. All of this is our heritage that we, knowingly or unknowingly take for granted as universal laws of the world. Obviously there is the dark side of history where we through colonization, extermination and exploitation of the rest of the world, gained access to the natural resources that placed us in the abundant position we are in now - but that is seldom taken into account, as it is seen as a natural consequence of the development of the world, where some were simply stronger and more intelligent than others and thereby rightfully claimed ownership of land, crops, minerals, oil, wood and people, along side shoving our culture down the throat of those ‘uncivilized’ and ‘barbaric’ nations. Seldom is it taken into account that those areas of the world that has been exploited the most, are also the areas of most natural resources, and how the situation of the world would look, had we not colonized and murdered our way to wealth and power.

From this history and development, we live our separate lives, taking part in the comforts,  pleasures and entertainment that is provided by our rich and civilized societies. The rest of the world, those born in misfortune and poverty are left to rot as they apparently brought it on themselves and what we seek to do, is instead assist them to develop themselves to get to the level of comfort that we are at, by implementing the capitalistic structure of free markets and trade (that which we call democracy) and providing ‘development aid’. We go to war in the name of freedom of speech and build oil rigs and factories in those countries, under the guise of aiding them to prosper. But we do not see ourselves in any way Responsible for their misfortune and seek thus not to share our wealth. Thus being born in a western country, you learn in school that you are lucky to be born where you are – in ‘The free world’. You learn that this is a result of a proud and glorious history, where your ancestors provided you with the land that you can now rightfully call your own. You do not learn that the welfare and comfort that you take for granted, is riding on the backs of those that suffer. This is not only true seen in the light of the historic development from the imperialistic era, but also down to the pair of sneakers on your feet or the chicken that you stuff your belly with. Suffering and poverty in undeveloped countries exists directly and solely because of how we live our lives in the west. It exists because of the lives that we take for granted as our rightful heritage.

The following story, taken from an article in the Danish newspaper Politikken (Sun Sep. 12) is an example of how much we take our position for granted and how devastating this attitude is, not only for those countries that are being exploited, but for all of us. In Malaysia a Danish company called united plantations was created in 1985. The company has been awarded and appraised as a company that provided healthcare and education for it’s Malaysian workers and that has thus supported the social and economic development of a poor and ‘savage’ country in a ‘team-spirit’ seldom seen in the corporate world. Last year they had a profit of almost 90 million dollars. The company has 5000 workers and besides growing bananas and coconuts, uses most of the land to grow palm fruits that are used to make palm oil. By pressing the fruits, oil is extracted and the oil is used in many foods and in cosmetics. (So when you bite into a mars bar or rub lotion on your skin, remember to send a thought of gratitude to the Malaysian workers, who have risked their lives working for your comfort and satisfaction.) The company has recently been exposed and criticized for providing poor and dangerous work conditions for the workers who work every day harvesting the fruits.  United plantations uses pesticides called paraquat and monocrotoophos, both extremely dangerous, causing respiratory problems, damage to the lungs, cause nausea and severe skin rashes. The workers explain that they suffer with rashes on their hands, feet, and chests and even on their genitals. The consequences of working with the palm fruits sprayed with these pesticides are, besides back pain, nails falling off and pain when peeing or having sex. The normal work day is eight hours, but often the workers are forced to work longer to ensure a stable income as the wages are extremely low. They also only get the full pay if they collect a minimum of 16 bags of fruits, of 50 kg. Each. The work starts at 6.30 where it is already getting excruciatingly hot in the Malaysian jungle. The workers bring food and water, but have to leave it where they start harvesting fruits and only after four hours are they allowed going back to where they started and thus they go without water for up to four hours in the boiling heat. One worker has explained that she is forced to sit down and pee, where she works to not have to walk too far away and that she can smell the metallic smell of pesticides dripping from the plants. She explains that this has caused the skin on her vaginal area to tear and bleed. When the workers go the health Clinique, they are told that this is normal and sometimes given pills that has no effect. Working with these pesticides requires equipment such as gumboots, gloves and masks, but the heat is too unbearable for the workers, so they take it off. They are also not able to works as fast as they have to, if they wear the equipment. This is but one example out of thousands, even millions, where the glorious heritage of colonization and intellectual superiority shows its true face. The suffering of the Malaysian workers is not caused by their country being undeveloped or the people being savage or unintelligent  - It is caused by a country and people being exploited brutally by western companies, all justified in the name of free will and market forces. ‘We are stronger, so we can do as we please’ – seems to be the mantra. The Malaysians are placed in a position where they have No choice but to obey. The worst part of it is that we can go on living as though this was not happening. We have pushed the world far enough from us, so that we are out of its reach and it is out of ours. But the food we eat, the shoes we wear, the lotion we put on our skin, is all coming from this world. One thing is that it is justified by our deliberate ignorance and unwillingness to see that we are Responsible, but what is even worse is when we justify the abuse by claiming our superiority as a natural birth-given right. This clearly shows that we are not intelligent or developed or in any other way above anyone else. With our apparent superior intellectual and technological skills, we could have solved this in a way, where these workers did not have to Suffer. But we didn’t – because it would have been bad for business and it would have send a signal to the slave workers of the world, that they are worth something, and we didn’t because we did not have to do it – because ‘the folks at home’ didn’t care – they didn’t see it either, because it was strategically placed out of their sight – serving only one purpose: to make the rich even richer. We are all caught in the same mess – and thus a Solution is required that first of all takes these people into consideration and account as Equals on this Earth. This Solution is an Equal Money System – not as an ideological utopian dream, but as a Practical, Livable Principled Solution, where we each and All take a Stand, deciding to Stop the atrocities and Change this world, so that we can Live together and Breathe together and share Everything that is Here. The European Cultural Elite is a figment of imagination, but it is also who we have tacitly accepted ourselves as, often in taking our position for granted, forgetting the process with which our riches is provided, how it is provided and who has suffered to provide it. The final proof is the condition of the Earth at large – and who each of us Accept ourselves to be.

http://equalmoney.org/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Everything for entertainment - millions for a journey into space

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8008178/Skylon-commercial-space-aircraft-available-in-Britain-within-10-years.html
Engineers have developed the new £700 million “Skylon spaceplane”, which can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.
Costing about £6.3 million per flight the 270 foot-long craft can carry up to 24 passengers into space. It could be available for commercial use within a decade.

We live in a reality where we spend millions on commercial travel into space, developping spacecrafts to take passangers into space who pay millions for a ticket - while our own planet is being destroyed, while they say they have no money to sort things out and people starve. This is pretty unbelievable, yet it is the reality of our existence.
This is the again a direct outflow of our money system, where money again, is placed above life itself.
We cannot wait to fuck up space, even before we fucked up our own planet. If I was an alien I surely wouldnt want a human on my planet, thats for sure.

We can spend money on luxuries and entertainment, but when it comes to putting our money into what will matter for the benefit of all beings on this planet , when we are suddenly "lacking".

In an equal money system we would not allow this. The priority is here on earth, this situation has to be sorted out before we even think about having some tourists flying into space for millions. Those tourists have made millions within this money system, thus they made millions by supporting abuse. Since this money system is the cause of the abuse itself. No one is innocent.

There is this documentary called "enjoy poverty", and it is another clear example of how everything revolvs around money and people are pure slaves to it, abusing themselves and each other.
http://humanrights.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2009/05/11/enjoy-poverty/
It attempts to symbolize the perversity of our own societies, the dramas and the obscure fascination we have with death.  So long as it happens far away, we can remain comforted, but only just.

Dutch artist Renzo Martens, who spent two years filming the documentary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, calls it a work of art where he  instructs the people he meets to see their poverty as a natural resource like gold or copper.  His interaction with them is detached, his voice monotone, a white man strolling through a landscape and in an environment he could not possibly ever understand and nor does he pretend to.
But unlike some documentaries about poverty and war, Enjoy Poverty presents an even  stronger commentary about the western narrative on Africa’s suffering.   The starving child, the uprooted families, the war, the famine, all these conditions that we associate with Africa come to fore - and are bought and sold for our consumption.
A photo of starving child can net 50 USD.  A photo of a wedding is worth nothing.  As such, the economy of poverty and war is a reflection of not only how we view the world but also mirrors a disturbing trend in our own societies - at least that is what this film wants us to believe.
Taken as a whole, the film works to make us (the west) acknowledge the exploitation of poverty and in a sense, it delivers that message.  However, isolated in its individual parts, the message begins to unravel by making some unsubstantiated claims on donors.
It implies that Medicines Sans Frontieres is both there to help but also to exploit.  At one point, we see MSF leaving an area that still requires aid. On shore, the camera lens follows the MSF crew as it slowly drifts away on a barge.   Left behind are the women and children. But this scene, while shocking, is not really contextualized. An MSF official offers a court response; but with no follow-up and no investigation we are forced to view the departure as an injustice. For the committed individuals at MSF, the decontextualization will surely offend.


Lets stop this abusive system, and create a new system of dignity and equality.
Join http://www.equalmoney.org/

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Botox the people - Make them numb!


Today I read an article in the newspaper that more and more people are turning to botox to stop the aging process. Even teenagers are now starting to use the muscle relaxing substance, long before they start getting wrinkles. Its getting so popular that now the sellers let the product be injected by non-professionals, this increases the risk for complications. People are obsessed with looking and staying young, and you know what the sad thing is? All of that is created by money.
You may say : no, people just want to look good, it makes them feel confident, its natural look at animals etc...
Now using the animal kingdom as an excuse is pretty stupid. You can decide what you do and not have to blindly follow what you see happening in nature, if you know it is abusive and dishonest to do so. You know who you are, you see your thuoghts and feel your emotions. Either you follow it, or you direct yourself.
2nd of all, people only feel good because in the particular culture they are judged as pretty by others, and they use others judgements to feel good about themselves. Maintaining a very superficial society that does not value life, but values pictures and abuse instead.
This "beauty" is also not something universal and standard. If you look at our own cultural history - you can see that in every time period there was another form of fashion, or what was considered beautyfull. In some countries in this world, tiny crippled feet are considered beauty, or long necks, or disks in your under lip, or having wrinkles. In Mauritania for example, the fatter the more attractive. And if your divorced a few times then thats a bonus because it means your desireable. Even in our own culture there are different styles of what is considered to be beautyfull, although we always have 1 bigger mainstream style that most follow.

I am going to take our culture as an example, because I have direct experience with it. From when we are children we get bombarded with images on tv and newspapers about how we should look like. We see titles like "Get Summer-hot with your new beach body!" or "Become a guy-magnet with these killers shoes". The amount of commercials and advertisement is huge. From teeth, to hair, to clothing.... I mean your never good enough, 1 day your in and the next your out. There is always something to apparantly fix about you because, god forbid that you might suddenly be fine with the way you look and stop buying things and trying to be part of a picture of desire. God no, we cant have that now can we!
Because thats exactly whats behind it - MONEY. Beauty sells and thats why it is advertised without the consideration of all the beings that buy into it, without taking in consideration the children that are being brainwashed to be pre-occupied with their looks and forget about life itself.
And the adults reinforce this in their own children which is basicly abusing them. By treating them as less then who they are as life - and having them obey to the picture world, creating desires into them to constantly look for outside approval.

People who create these commercials, who create the adds and magazines and fashion industry, do it to SELL and make money. Because they know that people will buy into it. They make the commercials as appealing as possible, photoshopping and airbrushing, to have woman want to look like that, and write these trigger sentences to make them think they HAVE to get that. Many of the products advertised are also tested on animals and created by sweatshop workers. But thats ofcourse never shown to the consumer. Imagine seeing an add about make-up mixed with clips of animal experimentation. Man that sales would go down! See how images manipulate you? How you will only care when seeing certain things. Please dont let your desires direct you as a slave. Do your own thinking, investigate for yourself, find out what really drives you and if you really want to allow this in this world.

When I was a child my family constantly showed me off to others because I was "pretty" and had this big curly hair and everyone was like "oooooooo what a beautyfull child". What do you think that does to a child? What kind of message does it give a child to be constantly judged on the way he/she looked. It seriously fucked me up, thats what I can say. Because during my growing up, starting at a very very young age, I kept thinking about how others would see me. At 9 I remember in summer I was wearing short shorts and a tank top and I was thinking if the popular boys would notice me and that I looked pretty. WTF. I didnt even want to be with the boys I just wanted to be found pretty and seen. It got more extensive the more I participated in it and walked in this world. I was jealous about girls that looked more pretty then me and tried to fit in with the way I looked, my clothing, my hair, my face etc... At around age 14 I started to wear make-up to hide my so called "imperfections". The blue under my eyes, the pimples on my skin. I had a ritual were each day I would bring on brown foundation on my face, then blush on my cheeks, then eyeliner and mascara. I also dyed my hair and tried out different hairstyles that I knew would be seen as pretty. I were tight pants and most of my shirts showed a little bit of my belly. At age 17 I slowly started to stop that shit, I stopped wearing all make up and at that time I was a vegetarian so my family was like: you look pale, you look this and that etc... comparing it to my past, and also assuming it was because I was a vegetarian. But they never considered the fact that I simply wasnt wearing tons of make up to cover myself up. DUH! that I look more pale then. I always looked pale, from when I was a child. But now suddenly they have somethingto blame it all, and have this false image about me because I had worn make up for so long, presenting a fake image to them. I recently shaved off my hair to break through my fear of that, and to stand as a symbol against our superficial system, that places money and profit above life. It is unnacceptable to say the least. For that visit http://www.faceworldfaceoff.com/ . So as effect of that some family members freaked out, saying that I am the picture I am, not who I am inside and basicly that they dont like who I am inside.
See what a fake world we have created and what we do to our children? This is what we allow people to become, this is what we allow ourselves to become.

In an equal money system this would simply not be allowed. This is extensive abuse. The value of life would not be denounced to a superficial marketing scam. We want to do whats best for all - and this is clearly NOT what is best for all. It has to stop and the sooner the better. We will create an Equality system that places LIFE as the ultimate value and not profit and money. Profit above life will be elliminated.

So please join us in working on the solution at http://www.equalmoney.org/

Here is a cool article I found about this topic:


http://www.cleancutmedia.com/advertising/unnaturally-beautiful-children-image-beauty


Influence of Media on Children & Beauty

There’s a scene in “Toddlers & Tiaras,” the TLC reality series, where 2-year-old Marleigh is perched in front of a mirror, smothering her face with blush and lipstick. She giggles as her mother attempts to hold the squealing toddler still, lathering her legs with self-tanner. “Marleigh loves to get tan,” her mom says, as the girl presses her face against the mirror.

Children's Perception of Beauty
Children’s Perception of Beauty (Newsweek)
The quote above is about Marleigh, one of the pageant girls on the show. Does anyone find something disturbing about this picture? She is two years old. Unfortunately the ridiculousness of this scene doesn’t end on screen, it is a depiction of our current generation.
What do these shows have in common? “Extreme makeover”, “I Want a Famous Face” “Little Miss Perfect” “Toddlers & Tiaras”. These are shows centered around raising the bar of what is considered the norm when it comes to beautifying our children.
With reality TV shows, thousands of beauty product commercials, air-brushed magazine ads, and beautiful celebrities adorning every movies we watch, the norm of the importance of beauty has changed dramatically. In 2004, a survey by NPD Group showed that on average, girls started to use beauty products at the age of 17. Today that average is 13.
 See some more Children Beauty Statistics
But even that figure could be an overstatement. According to a market research firm Experian,
  • 43 percent of 6 to 9 year olds are already using lipstick or lip gloss
  • 38 percent are using hairstyling products
  • 12 percent use other other cosmetic products
By the time they are 50 years old, an average women would have spent nearly $300,000 on just their hair and face according to Newsweek’s research on beauty trends (noted below). But is this surprising considering girls ages 11 to 14 are exposed to 500+ advertisements per day? 8 to 12 years old already spend $40+ million a month on beauty products according to NPD Group. Teenagers? $100 Million.

More Statistics on Beauty

  • Cosmetic Surgery Procedures for Under 18 – Doubled last 10 years
  • 14% of Botox injections given to 19-34 age group, seeking “preventative treatments”
  • [American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery]
  • 42% of 1st to 3rd Graders want to be thinner
  • 81% of 10 years olds fear getting fat
“When you have tweens putting on firming cream… it’s clear they’re looking for imaginary flaws,” – Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff
Full Article on Beauty

True Cost of Lifetime Beauty

Economy got you down? Trying to pinch a few pennies here and there? How about cutting out on some beauty products and enhancements! See the chart below.
TweensTeen/20s30-40s50sLifetime
Hair$1,260$15,761$23,640$169,274$209,935
Face$3,900$32,684$108,660$21,840$167,084
Body$0$10,586$17,820$16,366$44,772
Hands/Feet$2,010$6,834$8,040$10,452$27,336
Totals$7,170$65,865$158,160$217,932$449,127

TweensTeen/20s30-40s50sLifetime
Hair$1,260$15,761$23,640$169,274$209,935
Face$3,900$32,684$108,660$21,840$167,084
Body$0$10,586$17,820$16,366$44,772
Hands/Feet$2,010$6,834$8,040$10,452$27,336
Totals$7,170$65,865$158,160$217,932$449,127

Sunday, September 12, 2010

World's biggest chocolate bar - while people starve

Armenia produces world's biggest chocolate bar. The world's largest chocolate bar will be up for grabs in Yerevan's main square. The Guinness Book of World Records certified the 9,702-pound (4,410-kilogram) chocolate bar at a ceremony today.

It was made by Grand Candy factory and contains all natural ingredients, including 70 percent cocoa mass. The chocolate bar is 560 centimeters long, 275 centimeters wide and 25 centimeters thick.

The factory owner, Karen Vardanyan, said that the chocolate bar was produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. He said it will be divided up and handed out Oct. 16.
 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A company celebrates its 10th anniversary by creating a huge chocolat bar. They are a candy factory so its no suprise they have created this for their celebration. However, lets consider the symbol this represents.

Creating such a thing while millions live in poverty and beings are starving to death. Not because there isnt enough food, but simply because they have no money and because the resources are not devided over the population in equality and doing whats best for all.
If I look around me in my own country, I see hundreds of stores and big supermarkets. Inside I see iles and iles of food. Not just the necessary food needed to maintain your body, but foods of pure indulgence. Hundreds of different candy bars, bags of chips, soda's etc... An abundance of consumption goods.
We live in a world where we are so selfish that we make huge amounts of food for ourselves, and to use it to so called "celebrate", by making a giant candy bar out ofit, while not even realising the symbol we present with that. That this is here because millions starve.
The system we live  in directly exploits poorer countries to maintain its standards. Just for a moment imagine a world, where ALL countries are like America for example. With lots of cars, giant shops, flashy streetsigns to sell sell sell, garbagepiles upon garbagepiles etc... it is very obvious that our world could not bare such a thing, such huge consumption and waste.

The question is, are you willing to let go of some things, if this is needed for all beings to have an equal opportunity to live a dignified life  - without starving to death?
Are you willing to give up 80 of the 100 candybars, so that people can at least have food every day to sustain their physical body? Because we will need to stop the indulgence and consumerism. The only reason why it is here is because the system cannot function another way.
The system needs to keep selling, thus it needs to create desires into you, fake desires. It needs you to be dependent, it needs you to want want want and buy buy buy to keep the economy going. It needs you to work very much, it needs total dependence and slavery. Do you really think this system is the best we can do? Common.
I am mor ethen willing to give up some of those "luxury goods" if that means the people in sweatshops can have a dignified life and dont have to slave away anymore. I am more then willing to give up the overconsumption so that all people on earth can eat.

There is enough resources to feed the entire earth population and even more then that. But we created such a pervert system that WE, HUMANS make it so that some starve.
We then like to blame this on the poor people themselves, as if they are the ones to blame.
Realise that people are born within a culture, and thus under a certain form of programming. Wether you have access to resources and education, hugely determins how effective yo uwill be in the system. Since many of those people dont even have access to that, they will thus be KEPT artificially into their position of inferiority. If you do not have an education like we have, it is much less likely that you can break out of your position + realise that you are ABLE to break from it. Also if you have to survive 24/7, food is the first thing on your mind.

So its important to realise and admit that we are products of our culture and the system we grow up into. Within realising that you will also see why people are the way they are, and that no one is born as "less" then another and destined to be an abuser. Our system creates abusers. Criminality is highest in areas of poverties, is that a suprise to you? It isnt to me. Because poverty creates that, its a survival world. And our system creates poverty. and since we are shaped by the system, we thus become as where we are born. So our system creates the criminals, and it punishes them as well.
Can you see how sick this is?

Do your own math, see how it links. But for that you will need to recognize your own brainwashing, and unfortunatly many ego's are to big for that. They like to think they are independent thinkers not brainwashed, strong, secure and great.
As long as we keep that attitude, nothing will change because then you cant even face yourself and the reality we have allowed.

If I was born in a poor country where my family everyday has to struggle to survive. I would also do that, and with my lack of education would not know about many things that I know about right now.
And yet many of the richer people are so stuck up to say "its their fault".
Wake up, please.