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Disposable Lifestyle Must STOP

Posted in Accepted and Allowed Life Abuse, basic income grant,, Capitalism is a Crime Against Life, consumerism, consumism, corporations, Crimes Against Life, dignified living, Equal Money, Equal Money System, financial crimes, Labor, Law is Flawed, make believe system, man-mde world, Modern Day Slavery, Organic Robots, poverty, profit driven industry, Profit-Making, Reform the Monetary System, socialism, solutions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by marlenlife

As we move into a year that has been marked as ‘the end of the world’ more and more perspectives on how this world is actually collapsing at various levels emerge in the media.
Evidence shows that we have built a world around consumerism, around buying and selling life in order to ‘make a living’ while producing more shit to live. And by shit I mean products that are not made out of an actual purpose and requirement to live, but are only manufactured to create new needs implanted and promoted through nice pictures that suit personalities and lifestyles that can afford being constantly seeking the fastest, easiest, most enjoyable way of ‘living.’

Who has created such a system? Who has deliberately kept the current status quo of a never ending quest to ‘conquer the world’ as ‘the superior species’ that we’ve claimed ourselves to be? Us, all of us – humans. It is a great comfortable lie to only blame the corporations – because we buy from them; it’s easy to blame politicians – while we vote for them, and even if you don’t vote, we are all still accepting the current political system where only a few are ‘in power’ and taking decision for the whole. Though it’s also ‘great’ to delude ourselves into what this world ‘has to offer’ in terms of media and entertainment that is able to exist in a nice fluffy alternate reality where ‘everything is alright’ while bowing down to a system based in inequality, a system that is proving itself to have failed at creating dignified living conditions for all  beings, as well as an actual preservation of the resources on the planet based on indispensable consumption to live. But! this is not seen, this is not promoted because it goes against the ‘laws’ of capitalism where ‘the more you buy, the ‘wealthier’ you are,’  ‘the more you consume, the ‘happier’ you are’ – these have been underlying mottos that we’ve accepted as  our motivation to keep going in this world.

We have been the co-creators of every single policy in this reality that has stood only as a benefit for our hedonist lifestyles while disregarding what we are inherently supporting just by the mere fact of supporting and complying to a world wherein we  ‘buy life.’ This single acceptance has lead us to the horrible truths that only few dare to research upon.

Dead River

How come there is mercury in our light-saving light bulbs? How is it that water fluoridation is not controlled at all eventually creating damages at a cellular level? How come we’ve allowed an over-production of cars to have up to 900 million cars in this world – and still going up in numbers -all requiring oil that is the subject of wars, all of them expelling exorbitant amounts of carbon dioxide and other chemical pollutants into the air. It is certainly not cool living in a city where you can’t breathe clean air at all.

How come that we’ve agreed to make of McDonald’s one of the most profitable companies around the world this year while having material that gruesomely exposes their industrial farming where chickens are kept in the most macabre ways only to eventually be killed so that you can have your ‘happy meal’ – this is only an example among several other violations that threaten the lives of animals and humans alike in such massive production system. McDonald’s is ‘still going strong’ in the world where everyone is attempting to follow the ‘American way of ‘living,’’ promoting images of happiness and satisfaction while hiding the most atrocious ways entailed in their production.  Who consumes? We do and they are not alone.

Ronald’s company shares the throne next to companies like Google – god nonetheless – Pfizer, keeping the nations doped in well-established agreements with FDA and the entire brigade of psychiatrists that are more than happy to have you there every month seeking for your ‘antidote’ to any mental experience that you’ve created for yourself. Apple which has been the most effective in creating and setting ‘new trends’ in terms of updating products unnecessarily, creating a fan base of loyal consumers that keep the company growing around the world. Jobs might have been a ‘great developer,’ but he also found ways to create his products in a ‘clever’ way using slave labor in China, in factories where slaves/ ‘workers’ are forced to work over hours while living in  rooms with other 20 people, just to keep it all ‘sustainable.’ Now, who doesn’t have an iPod, iPhone, iPod or Mac ?

Nike, a company that reveals people sweating while enjoying their products but hiding the ‘sweat-shop’ actual effort and suffering within the factories in Asia, having workers that  have no other option than cutting meals a day just to afford painkillers in case of getting sick.All of these companies also produce exorbitant amount of rubbish that is dumped and not taken responsibility for, at all.  It is an all encompassing detrimental and harmful business that is currently placing animals in extinction, animals being abused and kept in the most insane ways to be killed and sold to cover the increasing rates of meat demand in the market. Add the polluting aspect with chemicals and hazardous materials that are often used in the products without anyone knowing about it. These are all then packaged and sold in plastic containers and wraps, all of it being part of the ‘convenient’ materials for a fast-food lifestyle that is sold and packed ‘ready to go’ to fulfill our needs/ desires as soon as possible with ‘great quality’ on top of that.  I mean, isn’t it obvious that this world is based upon absolute abuse, betrayal, harm and negligence to one another? This includes not only human beings, but animals, plants, the environment, the very air we breathe?

Looking at the garbage that gets dumped into the ocean: what are the solutions to this? Straining the ocean is not an option as that would certain capture other species as well. They argue that cleaning the oceans is ‘beyond any nation’s budget’ – what if money wasn’t an obstacle to do so? The point is to stop the problem in its root. We’ve built a society based on a disposable lifestyle that we believe ends up in the trash can. No. It is horrific to see what animals are having to endure and die from because of this human-made world.

We are completely delusional if we think that over a hundred years of having cars running in this world, we won’t have a detrimental effect on Earth. The same applies for virtually every single industry where everything we use, wear, eat and just ‘buy’ has an entire set if procedures behind that we’re simply not aware of. We’re neglecting the very fact that it is the accepted and allowed hedonist lifestyle that is leading us to this current state we’re living in. We have neglected the vital consideration to create sustainable ways to live, beginning with our monetary system which is the main cause to these profit-driven industries that satisfy consumers to generate more capital – and the chain goes on. Where does it stop? With each one of us.

 

Do we really care about each other? No, otherwise the abuse, disregard and general carelessness about ourselves and the environment  would not exist, because we would not have accepted the current economical, political and social structures in the first place where being rich is the ultimate triumph, regardless of who’s chest you have to stand upon to do so.

Where is our human integrity? Has there EVER been human integrity? No. And I am sick and tired of living in this sick and polluted world. I cannot continue blaming or neglecting the facts that exist here, I stand up for a solution that we see and realize it is the root cause for the majority of the current problems we’ve created in this world: MONEY.

Investigate the Equal Money System wherein we are creating and planning a structure based on Equality, where life is dignified and supported unconditionally for all, as a birth-right. This will stop the extensive abuse toward animals, humans, plants, the environment as the principle is Equality implemented through Equal Money where our basic requirements to live are supplied by virtue of living here.  By having our needs met, we will have all the time we require to start investigating ways in which we can clean up the world, as well as stopping producing unnecessary products that are only fulfilling a certain ‘personality’ and ideal-lifestyle that has never considered the reality that we live in, wherein those that ‘earn the least’ are the exploited ones that keep those on the top happy and celebrating a lifestyle that has its roots in abuse and suffering.

I could go on and on citing all the various aspects of human slavery, animal abuse, indiscriminate use of resources, social problems, political negligence, judicial unfairness, health detriment by untested products, lack of basic understanding of how we create this world, wars, famine, child abuse, family violence, consumerism, mental problems, greed, monopolies, pollution in the oceans, the air, our water depleted due to irresponsible contamination in this world…

We are Here, nonetheless.

Our reality will change, that’s for sure. But be aware that all changes made will only have one single purpose: Creating an Equal world where we stop the current suffering of all sentient beings in this world, stop harming and abusing ourselves because of money, stop abdicating our responsibility toward each other and start working together for a single outcome that will benefit all equally.

We are here to stop neglecting life, to stop our personal turmoil that tampers our ability to see what this reality as ‘our world’  has become by our own hands. We’re here to stop self interest to create common interests where life in equality means best for all.

Dare to Care http://www.equalmoney.org

Check out the Equal Money System Wiki entry

Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5uYCWVfuPQ
Food, Inc. – Industrial Chicken Farmers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enwU5jIXSlU
Equal Money Blog – consumerism
Planned Obsolescence is the Saving Grace of Capitalism
Consumerism and resisting an Equal Money System
Consumerism and Education
Bernard Poolman – Energy and Consumerism

Santa’s Workshop

Posted in Accepted and Allowed Life Abuse, adbusters, basic income grant,, Capitalism is a Crime Against Life, Crimes Against Life, dignified living, economy, Equal Money, Equal Money System, Labor, Law is Flawed, market forces, Modern Day Slavery, poverty, profit driven industry, Profit-Making, Reform the Monetary System, self forgiveness, slabor, slave labor, socialism, starvation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2011 by marlenlife

Picture yourself in another’s shoes.

You wake up in a bed within a clogged room with other 19 people, you gaze out the window and see nothing but barbwire and steel barriers to prevent you escaping from what it seems like a prison – yet it is ‘only’ your workplace, a factory which is conveniently located in the same terrain as your ‘living place.’ You get ready to begin your 7 days a week job at 6:30 am wherein you’ll remain working non stop until it is 11-12 pm. Your job consists of making toys for people in the ‘first world.’ Somehow you try to question why people require such stuffed animals and plastic devices to entertain kids – easy: they got the money to buy what they are offered as products in the store.

Your work is insanely tiresome, you have been made to sign a contract of 8 hours while working almost twice as much as ‘the law indicates’ without it being even recognized by the “authorities” within the factory you work in – who by the way, don’t really give a fuck about creating any proper working conditions for you. There you’re simply a number, a machine that gets paid according to how fast you can produce.You are incredibly fed up because you are forced to work till dawn, you get dizzy and your eyes hurt but can’t stop. There is no time for a quick rest either. Sometimes you skip breakfast so that you’re able to save a bit of money which eventually gets you even more tired and sleepy while working. You are then pointed at for not being productive and your bosses warn you about getting fired if you continue to fall asleep in your workplace. By the way, you cannot complain as that will ensure you are threatened along with the rest of your workmates that dare to speak up about the needs and requirements for proper working conditions you may be pondering about demanding.

You have no minimum wage – it’s all production based which is the way that you are kept ‘motivated’ to work extra hours to get ‘more money’ which is never enough for you to be able to buy the freedom that you yearn for every single day. It becomes obvious that you don’t work because ‘you like it,’ but because there is no other way to survive in such tight conditions within a country that has ‘opened doors’ to the world to become just an outsourcing nation that provides cheap labor with no proper labor regulation which ensures to any investor, maximum profit and the best job done in the required timeframes. Key word: No one will complain.

You are sold a convenient idea of being able to live and be ‘looked after’ in the same factory place – yet you know that this is the only way to keep it functional because you’ve already come from far away in the province to get this job due to the harsh conditions of poverty you were living in before you got this job. Even though you hardly own things, you are wishing to save enough to one day be ‘free’ and do what you would actually enjoy doing in your spare time. Sadly so, this day seems to perpetuate in a never ending smokescreen that tampers your sight every time that you see yourself day dreaming while grabbing pieces of plastic as hot as 200 C – you wonder if the people buying such product would even know or care about the fact that someone is having a hard time while producing such flashy pieces of plastic.

You are part of the cheap labor in the Chinese toy industry, you help create what represents 95% of the entire toy production that is sold in stores in Europe and the rest of the world. Your work is part of the high quality standards that such countries demand while being completely oblivious to the actual conditions you work in. You are not allowed to speak to international press about your working life, you’re not allowed to complain to any supervisor because you are well instructed about the lies that you must say to them in order to earn 50 extra Yuan for answering with the “correct” answers to them. You have no other choice in a world where money creates biased conducts and where ethical regulations have become another pompous word that’s never considering practical justice applied to such abusive working conditions.

You are not allowed to affiliate or become part of trade unions because that would signify being threatened back by your bosses on going bankrupt and eventually end up fearing losing your job every time that you dare to expose your case to the ‘authorities.’ You keep wondering if you’ll ever get out of such living conditions, you like to dream about it, but the heat of the machines and the constant noise brings you back to a harsh reality wherein every second counts like a cent. You got blisters, burns, cuts and any other injury around your arms and hands because of those times that you have wandered off in your mind, dreaming about the happy lives that people that buy such toys must have while you are stuck in this menial job for a lifetime. You must wear a face mask which doesn’t necessarily prevent you from developing lung diseases from being constantly exposed to elements like chrome and mercury.

It is all just ludicrous. You are bound to create products that look nice and make ‘kids happy,’ yet you are desperately crying inside asking for the world to see and realize that what you buy is not coming from a fully automated machine that can produce it all at will – no. This is all your job, this is you operating machines for over 12 hours a day in deplorable conditions without any time to enjoy, live and express yourself.  You have no choice within your life and often wonder if having no job at all could be a better situation than living in such conditions while being ‘employed.’

In a world where consumerism is the ‘key’ to move this entire system, slave labor is the way  to maintain the desired ‘low prices’ that we always seek in stores, never pondering how come that such products are able to be ‘so cheap’ and ubiquitous in our reality. There is no ‘corporate responsibility’ that can give proper solutions or answers to the most common questions on the allowance and acceptance of this abuse. Everyone is equally participating in a system of betrayal. We have bound ourselves to an agreement of absolute disregard to fellow human beings. We’ve made of this world, the people, the animals, plants and everyone else in it part of the assets that can be traded to give the most profit to those that have set the rules. These include calling requests for higher wages and less hours of work “bad thinking” often chuckled at as if it was a ‘lucid dream’ that has no chance of being implemented at all.

We have agreed in this system of betrayal, a dog eat dog world.

Workers blame the factory management, the factory management blames the corporative policies being extremely tight forcing them to give low wages while requiring extended hours of work to fulfill the deadline to deliver the production. Corporations blame the consumer as not being willing to ‘pay extra’ to be able to create proper working conditions for people. These are all excuses we throw at each other like a ball set on fire to not create jobs and living conditions that can be best for all equally. This is because it is not at the best interest of those that require the perpetual existence of people that are bound to living in extreme poverty and being willing to do ‘anything they can’ to get a job and get to survive in this world.

My question is: would you like to live a life like this? No, I’m sure you don’t – yet millions of adults, youngsters and children are part of this current crime against life that is slavery – and this is all because of profit created out of a world that is taught to consume as a ‘lifestyle.’

This is all part of the data conveyed in the documentary Santa’s workshop created by Lotta Ekelund and Kristina Bjurling from Sweden, which is one of the main countries that have such toy factories running with no proper regulations in China.

 

None of this will exist in an Equal Money System wherein we are beginning already to become part of the solution within stopping ourselves from participating in the unnecessary consumption of products that serve no other purpose than creating profit in someone’s greedy pocket in exchange for something that isn’t indispensable to live.

The condition of ‘slavery’ in this world will not cease to exist until we all agree that we must stop the current functioning of the world which is based on buying-selling and earning ‘money’ – which is also created at will – from such transaction which benefits only a few.

We all must wake up from this slumber wherein nightmares are the day to day living condition of millions of human beings in this world that are living in such extreme poverty conditions that force them to survive through menial jobs, while others are bound to be starving to death.

Support and inform yourself about the solution and plan of action we are presenting here as the way to create a dignified living for all human beings. Become part of the voices that speak up for a world that is fair, a world wherein Equality as Life will mark the end of all our current disregard and carelessness for those that do suffer from having to survive in a constant hell wishing and hoping for it all to end for them someday.

 

 

Source of information and vital resource to the creation of this blog: Documentary Santa’s Workshop – Inside China’s Slave Labour Toy Factories

Music videos that depict this situation:

“Santa is an Illusion” – The North Whole Crew

SO OUT THERE – This Is Why Christmas Is Bullshit!

Jedi Mind Tricks – Shadow Business

 

VLog:

Who Builds Your Toys? Buy your Holy-Daze

No More Plumpy’Nut in an Equal Money System

Posted in Accepted and Allowed Life Abuse, Altruism, basic income grant,, Capitalism is a Crime Against Life, Crimes Against Life, dignified living, Equal Money, Equal Money System, Evolution, financial crimes, Law is Flawed, nutrition, poverty, profit driven industry, Profit-Making, Reform the Monetary System, solutions, starvation, third world country with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by marlenlife

“It’s really revolutionary, because it doesn’t need to be mixed with water or refrigerated,” Salem continued. “And the most miraculous part is, it will transform a child from literally skin and bones to certain survival in just four to six weeks.”

plumpy

Plumpy’Nut is a friendly-named ‘product’ developed to mitigate severe acute malnutrition. It’s a paste made out of mixed and mashed nuts wrapped in convenient foil packages – just like your regular energy bars. This facilitates its distribution in places where it is required, which is often third world countries with no ability to create any other form of long-term solution because of the lack of money and means to do so.

The creation of Plumpy’Nut is yet another ‘achievement’ of the human endeavor to create a ‘cure’ that only mitigates the actual problem, ‘saving lives’ without any other plan of action to create sustainable ways to keep the ‘rescued children’ alive. There are no plans to implement laws and regulations that could ensure the end of such poverty and starvation that generate the malnutrition problem in the first place.

It has been deemed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper like ‘the most important advance ever’ in the realm of childhood malnutrition – this statement is already denoting everything that is wrong with how us human beings accept our reality to be like.

Why is ‘malnutrition’ even existent in a world where thousands of tons of food are dumped every single day? Plumpy’Nut is the equivalent to any other band aid solution toward the problems generated as a consequence of existing in a monetary system that is completely disregarding the fact that people in third world countries are also here in this planet and require to be taken into consideration before there is any attempt to create ‘real progress in this world.’

  • Why have we accepted a world wherein words and realities like ‘severe acute malnutrition’ exist as part of who we are?
  • How come we’re so blind to believe that such conditions are ‘out of reach’ and have ‘nothing to do’ with ourselves?
  • How can a single product be seen as a ‘miracle’ and ‘life-saving’ when the actual causes that create the need for such product are not being addressed to create a definitive solution?
  • What will happen to these kids once they get literally fed up of Plumpy’Nut and they require to eat real food?
  • Who will give them the money and means to have food, water and general support that any human being should have access-to by the single fact of being HERE in this world as well?

  • no more plumpy in an Equal Money System

Poverty made business

Inventions are supposed to support the living experience of beings in this world. The ‘human intellect’ is supposed to be placed at the service of what’s best for all. But what happens when we live in a reality that is run by money yet having to ‘combat problems’ like famine? Yes, inventions will also be motivated by money and become a profit making business just like anything else, regardless of the purpose of such creation and the problem at hand.

“Severe acute malnutrition, a condition characterized by extreme stunting and wasting that afflicts an estimated 20 million children worldwide”

People saw the opportunity to make business with the production and distribution after seeing such statistics, this is considering that the ‘treatment’ for each kid costs an average of $60 a month to get them back to a viable condition.

It’s shocking how such a ‘miraculous’ product designed to save starving children became the apple of discord between companies that saw it as an equally ‘miraculous business’ which generated up to $66 million in sales in 2004 alone from the production of 14 thousand metric tons of Plumpy’Nut.

The very fact that money has to be used to aid other human beings that are at the peril of starvation, is already indicating that someone somewhere in the world will be the beneficiary of all those donations for food aid purposes, as the Earth itself takes no money in exchange for all the nuts used for such magic wand product. Millions are annually raised worldwide for food aid purposes – yet starvation and detrimental living conditions for millions have not changed for those countries that we already know exist in a chronic lack of proper resources and governance to implement what  is best for all equally.

“The World Bank, in a recent report, recommended that aid agencies scale up their spending on such programs, which currently stands at $300 million annually, to $6 billion a year.”


 

Similar products began emerging which made of this ‘panacea’  a matter of legal claims, competition and other disputes on licenses and trademarks where the purpose of such product is absolutely disregarded and only the patent matters, because it is the key to monopolize the production and distribution of it.

Non-profit organizations became part of this charity-like move to raise funds to be able to have a good cause to earn money from. The reality is that:

“(it is estimated) that the product reaches only 10 to 15 percent of those who need it, because of logistical and budgetary constraints.”

How come we’ve accepted and allowed profit to be made out of famine?

From here we can start questioning every single product or food program that hasn’t succeeded to eradicate malnourishment in its entirety. This can also be extended to other health problems like AIDS Vaccines which are also part of a great industry with millions that are likely to seek a form of cure for their terminal disease. It is quite shameful that even in matters of human aid, the buck moves the wheels first, greed overruns any attempt to create solutions in this world and it’s one of the main reasons why we are promoting Self Honesty as the basis of the Equal Money System.

 

The End of Famine and Poverty in an Equal Money System

The persistence of poverty in this world indicates that none of the current ‘great inventions’ and ‘solutions’ have been able to eradicate poverty and malnutrition in this world. It indicates that the problem and the solution is not to create temporary aids to keep people alive and then having no dignified living conditions to offer them afterward. This is a human matter, and it is our responsibility by the single fact of using money and having the creation of money as the separation point in our ability to give equal access to what is required to live for everyone, which is readily available as part of the Earth.

Chronic states of poverty that produce the infamous ‘severe acute malnutrition’ cannot be solved with peanuts. Such conditions are created because there is no food around for parents to feed their children, there is no policy of providing the basic needs for fellow human beings to be able to live and that should already be considered as a crime against life. Instead, they’re allowed to starve while some others think of better ways to make the most profit out of it.

If a child remains in such states of malnutrition, their life will be condemned by default to become part of the ones that suffer any form of slave labor wherein the less ‘fit’ you are for a job, the less you’ll be paid. Now, you tell me if we live in a ‘free and civilized world’ – obviously not.

I’ll end this exposure of humanity’s efforts to ‘end starvation’ with the quote from the manufacturer and chief promoter of Plumpy’Nut in the United States R.I. Navyn Salem, a product that will most likely remain being the ‘solution’ to feed those that are about to die, regardless of what they will have to endure once that they have enough muscle tissue to be considered as ‘saved for life.’

“We’re trying to put ourselves out of business […] That would be the best-case scenario.”

When one’s financial benefit depends on providing ‘aid’ to those in need, the ultimate question is: do you really want your source of income to end?

 

These types of diatribes will not exist in an Equal Money System – Plumpy’Nut will cease to exist as everyone will be equally supported to have a dignified living with food, water, public services and education that will provide them the same living conditions you and I want for ourselves as well. What’s ‘best for all’ won’t ever be a ‘business’ as money will not be able to sustain any level of greed again. With that, all charity, world food programs and annual campaigns to raise funds will be unnecessary – no more financial benefits masked in sheeply altruism either – we will simply be able to give and receive what’s of the Earth in Equality.

 

Cites taken from: Rice, Andrew. "The Peanut Solution." New York Times – Sunday Magazine. (2010): MM36. Web. 6 Dec. 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/magazine/05Plumpy-t.html?pagewanted=all

Video: In Heaven Everything is Fine

 

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