Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do You Own Stuff, Made by Slaves in 2014?

Do you  own stuff made by slaves in 2014? Do you even care where it came from? how it was made and by whom! If you don't then you probably should skip this blog reading for today. If you do care, then I will continue and I thank you for your time. Slave labor has continued to hinder the progress in developing countries; while at the same time hindering the educational development of the people whom are in bondage.

Imagine this: You take a trip to a far away land, only to discover that the people are flying car planes in the air, communication devices are just simple 3D images that appear from your mouth as you speak. Oh and now you can teleport around the world from your diner table chair. This is all possible because you went to work, for that company, whom makes millions of dollar, EVERY DAY, but you get paid entry level pay of $12.25 an hour. Sounds messed up, don't it.

Today we have children in other parts of the world that don't even make the $7.25, that protesters were chanting this past summer for higher pay.  What we choose to buy presents a choice between supporting slave-labor or supporting those who fight against it. Slavery has been in existence throughout recorded history. Yet today, when it is finally illegal in every country, there are more slaves than ever. There are over twenty-seven million men, women, and children worldwide in bondage. Though it's easy to deem slavery as something foreign and intangible, the truth is that we interact with it every day whether we realize it or not. We have products that we buy, and pass it around not thinking about what it took to make it. Below is a video produced by Youth Ending Slavery.  If you want to see how many slaves work for YOU, take this challenge survey called Slavery Footprint. I dare you to find out.

Please Consume with Care!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Human Sex Slavery (Trafficking)

In the many countries including the United States, the kidnapping and selling of women are still continuing. The international police, human trafficking division has been working with world leaders to buckle down on these crimes of human rights. Forced prostitution preys on the voiceless and marginalized, constituting a global crime that goes largely unnoticed.
At any given moment, an estimated 2.4 million people are victims of human trafficking. Nearly half are being used for commercial sex. Below is a documentary called,  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. It is a four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leon, Somali-land, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. sponsored and produced by the WORLD 9. Please support, the people and the work and link onto Please support the movement!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday News

In January of 2013, we discussed the issue regarding the dream liner 787 plane from Boeing and its instrument battery problem; which has caused a few of the Japanese line planes and possibly other regional planes to catch fire or cause major concerns. These concerns that called for the FAA to ground the charter until a complete investigation was conducted and/or if repairs are needed to be completed. The plane, the dream liner was placed back into action months later, but still has its shares of problems.
Japan Airlines Dreamliner

As of Sunday morning, a flight from Japan heading to San Francisco was diverted to Honolulu, Hawaii International Airport. The cause of the concern was reportedly 'maitenance problem', later the pilot, according to the Guardian report, informed the media that a light indicator, illuminated a problem with the hydraulics in the engine. Being concerned with the 172 passengers on-board, he diverted to Hawaii to land the plane. More information maybe given out later, as the Boeing Hawaii station facility will be inspecting. 

This comes at a bad time for Boeing, since it lost its bid to compete with Detroit in landing a recent military deal for a new line of fleet planes. The future of Boeing is still undetermined as the union workers had already negotiated to levee the future benefits for new employees and for some veterans to retiree early. Here in Saint Louis, the crunch at the main headquarters will be sure to impact the local economy in north side district of Saint Louis North County. The future of north county resident workers will be paying extra attention to the political atmosphere on which candidate is ready to push for more job stabilization in the economic stricken areas of Saint Louis North County.

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