Archive for October, 2011
Everyone can go see their SLAVE FOOTPRINT HERE.
You’ve probably never thought of yourself as a supporter of slavery, but the online tool Slavery Footprintreveals evidence of forced labor in your closet, your garage, your refrigerator, and every other corner of your life.
“Last month marked the anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which we all know ended slavery for good 149 years ago, right? Wrong,” writes Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat. She continues: “While that’s what we in America are taught in our textbooks, slavery is still alive and well around the world (including in the U.S.). In fact, most of us have several slaves working for us at this very moment.”
Complete Slavery Footprint’s artfully designed survey to calculate the number of slaves who work for you, based on your lifestyle and the products you buy. Included are questions about family, housing, clothing, electronics, make-up, sex, and food, along with disturbing facts of modern-day enslavement. For example, Slavery Footprint writes:
Bonded labor is used for much of Southeast Asia’s shrimping industry, which supplies more shrimp to the U.S. than any other country. Laborers work up to 20-hour days to peel 40 pounds of shrimp. Those who attempt to escape are under constant threat of violence or sexual assault.
Numerous products, down to the sporting goods in your hall closet, are the result of forced labor, asserts the website. “In China, soccer ball manufacturers will work up to 21 hours in a day, for a month straight.”
The site offers hope for consumer redemption (even if your score is as shamefully high as mine: 38!), with a free download of their antislavery app. “With the Made in a Free World app, you can check in at stores, asking brands about slavery in their supply chain as you shop,” they write, “and use it to counteract your slavery footprint.”
Image by Slavery Footprint.
This article is beyond interesting. Its like an addition to Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”. The best part is where Dr Clayton in an interview explains the value added in Mormon ideals on the “afterlife” in economic terms per MPB (marginal personal benefit). In the economics of religion, I think Mormonism is geared for a huge win in volumes and appeal. In the past 18 months, I’ve seen some of their intellectual R&D in transhumanist culture, and they are far more attractive than their Abrahamic peers. Trust me you want to read this article. I just happened to see it on a new stand.
This video was made the day I visited the Occupy protest in NYC.
The people occupying wall street and other streets in the United States are not just a group of feed up hippies. They are the people who work just beside us, who have worked just beside us, who wont work beside us again.
I’d just like to know how should they be valued? About 4 weeks ago, before the occupy wall street movement started, I asked the people I knew a few questions about humans and their value, without any narrative to change their understanding of the rigid terms I used. The survey just reached 900 responses from some of the people I knew.
When I asked if humans had intrinsic value, the 900 responded:
When I asked if it was possible for people’s value to be avoided or uncompensated, the 900 responded:
When I asked if people should be compensated for their intrinsic value, the 900 responded:
Perhaps human value is extrinsic, or specific to its surroundings….
The banking industry is likely California Dreaming about the day when more states get their act together. …For those of us who think that the US will see a bubble in the education industry caused by its efforts to distribute human kind’s knowledge communities outside of the affluent elite, they shouldn’t hold their breath.
The Cali Dream Act could seem like an altruistic attempt to empower our desperate relatives converging on US cities, but there are some fiscally desperate economics behind this proverbial triumph over “social evil”, as if such a thing ever existed…LOL
For-profit and Not-for-profit education is big business…consider the $4.9B income of the Apollo Group, owner of University of Phoenix or the pride of the west coast’s $16.5B endowment at Stanford University. All of these are affected by the arbitrage (my favorite word 🙂 ) in an industry… losing applicants with the confidence that a degree or certificate is honestly their best investment.
One thing is for sure, the US is the largest knowledge community on the planet currently, and one thing it can still sell the world’s consumers on, is that they’ll want to tap into the experience in their quest to secure the ideal 20th century standard of success. To be redundant, the 20th century American Dream is still the benchmark for making it in 2011 for the vast majority world around us…even as those of us investing in the future would harshly disagree. Where better to catch a dream life than in California…or even Michigan, with residents exiting at record paces.
The reality is that undocumented immigrants are a new class of Americans or non-Americans to sell long-term deferred and/or short term deferred loans. Its an ideal way to build collateral on the balance sheet of a lending company ;-). I’m not only expecting for more states to echo California’s legislative desperation/foresight (call it how you like), but I am expecting for the near future to offer American educations with State and possibly Federal assistance (at a taxable premium + interest) to undocumented immigrants of the US… and even foreign nationals with no immediate intent on coming to the US for legal or illegal residency. It’ll be called globalization…
The US education models designed by the non-profit traditional institutions and technologized (new word for me…lol) by the more agile for-profit institutions, will be distributed throughout the world at the rate of technologies acceptance in foreign countries.
And, of course, where there is government support (large pot of $), private speculation (smaller pots of $) will follow its low risks. fueling the distribution of what we know and what we are exploring.
How have I missed this movement in my own backyard? preoccupied with publishers and the business of the day? wrapped up in my Rand-ian rational-self-interests?
These people aren’t looking for jobs per se, based on their rhetoric they are looking for something new. But what can we provide that is in fact new, without outsourcing some of the traditional responsibilities that we used to leave to the bias of a few good men?
In the late 18th century, an English philosopher by the name of Jeremy Bentham suggested that prisons be modeled on what he called a panopticon — a type of building that allows an observer to view inmates without them knowing that they are being monitored.
This idea didn’t catch on widely. But Peter Singer says today we are living closer to the notion of the panopticon than Bentham could have ever imagined.
Singer points to the proliferation of surveillance cameras, webcams, technology that allows police to scan license plates and the collection of personal data by Google and banks, among other things.
Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer told Here & Now’s Robin Young that somewhat surprisingly, people don’t seem that bothered by being constantly monitored.
Singer says it’s even possible that constant surveillance could make us better people, that being watched could force people to be more “honest and transparent.”