the holistic radical

January 12, 2008

Compassionate Consumerism and Your Health

Filed under: alternative health news, Living Minimally — Tags: , , — sesame seed @ 4:05 pm

I’ve been given permission to repost this. It’s a good example of how awareness of one’s habits can improve one’s health, one’s life, and the planet we all do ultimately share.
My Dear Friends,
Many of you know that I am becoming this crazy tree-hugging, whole organic/local foods eating, Wal-Mart Boycotting lady. Well, I have good reason for this. I know many people are unable to take the path I am on now due to finances, and honestly – I’m still in the beginning stages, due of course to money and the fact that it takes a while to change habits. However, everyone can do something. No matter how small a step you can take it’s a help. One of the biggest things you can do is take the no-cost / money-saving steps and pass the word to all those you know. Below are several links where I have learned a lot. I pass these on to you in hopes that you will find some knowledge that you can apply to your life and family. God gave us this wonderful earth – and we are completely abusing it. Big Business, the FDA and our own government has essentially brainwashed us into thinking that Man’s way is better than what God gave us. Please don’t get me wrong here – some of our “progress” has been good and helped many. At the same time it is killing us. Remember – the Big Business companies & Pharmaceutical companies first goal is to make money for the investors – not to help the public or promote health. In fact, if the Pharmaceutical companies actually treated the causes of these illnesses, promoted prevention, and cured many of these ailments, they would go out of business because we would be well!
Big Business is there to make money for their investors as well. So what do they have to do to continue making money? They have to introduce new products, make them cheap & disposable so we keep buying them (why do we need disposable mop pads like the swiffer wet jet stuff?? A good mop and a little elbow grease is just as clean and much easier on your pocketbook) and use cheaper materials and labor to widen that profit margin. Again, don’t get me wrong – making money is not the bad thing – it’s making money at the expense of the health and wellness of the general public I find horrifying. Think of it this way – how did you feel when you heard about the Melamine tainted pet food? How do you feel when you hear about children and infant toys on recall because of lead? Now the tires that come apart? The manufacturers are trying so hard to compete that our health and well-being comes in last. (though it is easier on the pocket book in the short-term, what are the long-term effects?)
As for the land fills – PBS had a show on a landfill in California. I was to the understanding that anything that is biodegradable would decompose in the land fills. WRONG – they pack it so tight that there is no oxygen to feed the process. I wonder what it would look like to bulldoze through the middle of a land fill…….it’s a very scary thought. And what will our Great-Grandchildren see?
So, what can we do about all this going on?? Well, there are a few things we can do.
1) Be in denial that anything is going on or just don’t believe that man is the cause of many of our problems today. Then continue on our normal path with no changes. – Leave it to God. (I do believe that God will care for us. Yet in turn we should care for what he give us.)
2) GET EDUCATED! Many people are very uneducated in some of the most crucial areas of our lives – health retention, prevention of disease, environment, and healthy home economics.
Take what actions you can when you can. Ask for paper bags and recycle them, watch your labels – look for Made In – America, Canada, UK, even Mexico – avoid China as much as possible. The Chinese have no care or concern for human life – they poison their own people. Beware of those doctors that are supposed to be making you well – they are only treating the symptoms – not the underlying cause. Now, I don’t necessarily blame the doctors – they were trained this way. KNOW YOUR STATE LAWS – if you don’t want to vaccinate your children – you don’t have to. You do need to know your laws though. And be ready and willing to do battle for your family. 
Our children are depending on us. What are they going to say in 25 or 30 years when they have poor health, no jobs, and a dump for a front yard?  We all have the ability to do something  now, be it small or large steps and teach them to care for what God has given us – the question is…….Do we have the will????
With Love,
Katie  (PS – please forgive me some of the length on links – I haven’t figured out how to make them short 🙂  )
Healthy Home Cleaners – www.myshaklee.com  – Questions? Ask me – I just started with them.
Guide to Green & using The Big Green Purse – http://www.theworldwomenwant.com/
Locate Recycling facilities in your area – http://earth911.org/
Plastic Bags Being Banned – The Intelligence Daily June 27, 2007
Great video on plastic bags – http://truths.treehugger.com/video/no_more_plastic_bags.php   – Video 
More info on plastic bags – http://www.sierraclub.org/bags/
 Ecobags – http://www.ecobags.com/ 

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December 17, 2007

I don’t subscribe to Social Darwinist wet dreams

“Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger…”

Or weakens you for the next orchestrated “Problem,” or “Attack,” or “Emergency;” whatever.

They don’t want you to know the difference between what is a real threat or not.

Continual paranoia dulls the senses, as does continual complacency.

Reason alone keeps the mind sharp, keeps the body healthy and intact.

When everything is an Absolute Crisis, you will begin to shut down.

I reject the idea that we are all in a web of competition and need to constantly prove ourselves, constantly defend ourselves.

Humans with intrinsic human rights don’t have to justify themselves.

We have stopped being human a long time ago.

You se, the neocons moved too fast. I remember being in second or third grade and writing Christmas cards to US soldiers in Iraq during the first gulf conflict. I was in an elementary school that didn’t teach history, and made it out to believe I was in the best country in the world. That’s proof that growing up in New York can be just as provincial as growing up in Iowa or some small town. As a child, like everyone else, we had to be “educated” as to what war was, because it did not occur to us that it was natural or necessary, as it is spun today.
Then, in college, my generation, seeing how poorly this second war in Iraq is going, begins to question it, its necessity, its morality, its genesis, and how it can finally end. Which leads one back to wanting to know the truth behind what supposedly led us to war, the attacks on 9/11/2001, the events used to say that war was vital, urgently needed, the only tool at our disposal to promote our safety and liberty, not a last resort effort. When it is known that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that any possible aggressors in Iraq are more than likely not remotely connected to perpetrating the events of 9/11/2001 (especially if you consider such events to be an inside job or accomplished with foreknowledge and/or complicity on the part of the Administration[s]),

Neocons, you acted too soon. People in my generation remember Gulf I, remember how it was peddled as a video-game war, as a high technology easy solution, a quick, glorious war when in actuality there are no such things. Veterans with Gulf War syndrome from drinking aspartame-laced soda exposed to high temperatures remember how they were used as tools, and see how you are abusing contracts to keep troops in Iraq longer, how you are “waiving requirements” to try to meet your recruiting numbers, how you are talking about starting a draft–and how you think this will disappear in America’s media-and-chemical induced memory hole, so that our drugged silence will form the foundation for your “consent.” Aspartame puts holes in people’s brains and forms chemicals in the body that cause brain cancer. As Alex Jones has said, (paraphrasing), “Calling aspartame a poison would be paying it a compliment.” We know you’re trying to steal our freedoms by ruining our ability to think for ourselves. That’s why, today, health is a political act. That’s why you want our children to get autism with vaccines and cell phone signals, and people to get heart disease from taking cholesterol-lowering statins, though cholesterol has never been linked to heart disease. That’s why you deceptively label foods with up to .5g of trans fat–partially or fully hydrogenated fats–as being “trans fat” free, even when there is no safe level of trans fats for human consumption. That’s why you’re trying desperately to Genetically Modify all foods and erode organic farming standards. You are trying to incrementally weaken us. What doesn’t kill us will make us stronger? No, what doesn’t kill us will just act as the next obstacle for your “technologies” to work around, until there can be an efficient way to consentually kill us. Marijuana has never killed anyone; that’s why it’s illegal. It’s a weed and the profit margin is too low. Tobacco and chemical-laced cigarettes have killed millions through the cancers they have finally been shown to directly cause. Alcohol is toxic; it too is legal. These seemingly tangential points make sense when you see them as instruments to weakening the population and getting them to accept any form of misery, especially war. When people are allowed to eat healthy food, live in healthy homes, and provide for themselves–and I am not in any remote position of wealth or health, so I should know–that is when they can think for themselves. When people are saddled in debt and putting junk into their bodies, they are far easier to control and manipulate. Then they are surrounded by media that tries to prevent them from thinking about how they might not be in control of their lives.

We will not be lied to anymore, we will not be told that we need to die so others can profit, we will not be drafted.

We need an outcry every day; we need a Iraq Truth movement.

And we need all wars to end. We need to eliminate the banker’s incentives to start wars.

We have to choose–you really can’t have guns and butter, and you can’t eat guns. This should be obvious, but paper money won’t keep you warm when the power’s out, not even if you burn it by the wheelbarrowful.

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http://whatreallyhappened.com/lieofthecentury

THE LIE OF THE CENTURY

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“All war is based on deception.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.President McKinley told the American people that the USS Maine had been sunk in Havana Harbor by a Spanish mine. The American people, outraged by this apparent unprovoked attack, supported the Spanish American War. The Captain of the USS Maine had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal bin explosion, investigations after the war proved that such had indeed been the case. There had been no mine.

Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an invasion. He told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first. The Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland and into World War 2.

FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack. It wasn’t. The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get into war with Germany, which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan to appear to strike first. Following an 8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval Intelligence, Roosevelt intentionally provoked Japan into the attack. Contrary to the official story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages intercepted and decoded by US intercept stations. Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans marched off to war.

President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin to send Americans off to fight in Vietnam. There were no torpedoes in the water in the Gulf. LBJ took advantage of an inexperienced sonar man’s report to goad Congress into escalating the Vietnam

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not “conspiracy theory” to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the “fixing” of information around that policy. This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.

First off is Tony Blair’s “Dodgy Dossier“, a document released by the Prime Minister that made many of the claims used to support the push for war. The dossier soon collapsed when it was revealed that much of it had been plagiarized from a student thesis paper that was 12 years old!

The contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good case for invasion, were obsolete and outdated.

This use of material that could not possibly be relevant at the time is clear proof of a deliberate attempt to deceive.

Then there was the claim about the “Mobile biological weapons laboratories”. Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after another. Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA and Powell’s own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.

Powell also claimed to the United Nations that photos showed “Decontamination Vehicles”. But when United Nations inspectors visited the site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they were just firefighting equipment.

Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in the palm trees of Western Iraq. None were ever found.

Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of Anthrax. None was ever found.

Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had already confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were samples the US had left as “standards” for testing. When the UN suspected that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be carried out.

Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found were short-range reconnaissance drones.

Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following the invasion.

Powell claimed that “unnamed sources” confirmed that Saddam had authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of course, none were ever found in Iraq.

Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were chemical weapons. The warheads were empty, and showed no signs of ever having contained chemical weapons.

Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud missiles. None were ever found.

Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting Osama Bin Laden. But independent translation of the tape revealed Osama’s wish for Saddam’s death.

Colin Powell’s UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as laboratories and storage areas for Saddam’s massive weapons of mass destruction program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the blobby shapes were and inspections which followed the invasion, all of them turned out to be rather benign. In at least one case, the satellite Powell claimed had taken one of the pictures had actually been out of operation at the time. And many questioned why Powell was showing black and white photos when the satellites in use at the time over Iraq took color images.

Another piece of evidence consists of documents which President Bush referenced as in his 2003 State of the Union Speech. According to Bush, these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide, called “Yellow Cake” from Niger. Since Israel had bombed Iraq’s nuclear power plant years before, it was claimed that the only reason Saddam would have for buying uranium oxide was to build bombs.

This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a great deal of uranium ore inside their own borders and no need to import any from Niger or anywhere else. The I.A.E.A. then blew the cover off the fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only forgeries, but too obvious to believe that anyone in the Bush administration did not know they were forgeries!

In the end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction is that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found. That means that every single piece of paper that purported to prove that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a lie. There could be no evidence that supported the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction because Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction. In a way, the existence of any faked documents about Iraq’s WMDs is actually an admission of guilt. If one is taking the time to create fake documents, the implication is that the faker is already aware that there are no genuine documents.

What the US Government had, ALL that they had, were copied student papers, forged “Yellow Cake” documents, balloon inflators posing as bioweapons labs, and photos with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along the line, someone decided to put those misleading labels on those photos, to pretend that balloon inflators are portable bioweapons labs, and to pass off stolen student papers as contemporary analysis.

And THAT shows an intention to deceive.

Lawyers call this “Mens Rea”, which means “Guilty Mind”. TV lawyer shows call it “Malice aforethought”. This means that not only did the Bush Administration lie to the people and to the US Congress, but knew they were doing something illegal at the time that they did it.

All the talk about “Intelligence failure” is just another lie. There was no failure. Indeed the Army agents who erroneously claimed that missile tubes were parts for a uranium centrifuge received bonuses, while the Pentagon smeared Hans Blix, and John Bolton orchestrated the firing of Jose Bustani, the director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, because Bustani was trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad.

The President of the United States and his Neocon associates lied to the people of the United States to send them off on a war of conquest.

Defenders of the government will point to the cases listed at the top of the page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part of the leader’s job and we should all get used to it. And because “Everybody does it” that we should not single out the present administration. But this is madness. We do not catch all the murderers, yet when we catch a murderer, we deal with them as harshly as possible, in order to deter more murderers.

Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while other leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history, the lie stands exposed while the war started with the lies still rages on, to the death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We cannot in good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we encourage future leaders to continue to lie to use to send our kids off to pointless wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence; it the highest possible crime a government can commit against their own people. Lying to start a war is not only misappropriation of the nation’s military and the nation’s money under false pretenses, but it is outright murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of the trust each and every person who serves in the military places in their civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bush administration has told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to know why they were sent to their deaths. It’s none of their business.

Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with the consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied to, a government that lies rules without the consent of the governed, and ruling without the consent of the governed is slavery.

You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage. You should be in a rage no less than that of the families of those young men and women who have been killed and maimed in this war started with a lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even as I type these words, the same government that lied about Iraq’s nuclear weapons is telling the exact same lies about Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war in Iraq, the US Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that another, and after that another, and another and another and another because as long as you remain silent, and as long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.

As long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason to stop.

None.

It is time to fire the liars.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing”
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–Edmund Burke

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U.S.C. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 § 1001.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, WHOEVER, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by ANY trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or USES any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

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SO HERE IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO

The Bush administration and their friends in the media want this story to go away. More than want it to go away, they are in a panic, and will do everything they can to stop it. They will use every dirty trick, every paid shill, every presstitute that they can. Already there is a report that the Michael Jackson jury is “expected” to reach a verdict just before the Conyers hearings.

So, I want YOU to copy this article off, post it everywhere. This article is placed in the public domain. Mail it to your friends. Then send it to your local media and your Congresscritters and have everyone you know do the same. Get on the phones. Flood their offices.

The term is “Viral Marketing” where you get the people who need a product to market it for you. Well, this nation NEEDS this “product”. It needs to know that this war was started with lies. INTENTIONAL lies. And they need to know there is something they can do about it, and that is to start pounding on the doors of power.

Because when a flood of such messages reaches the Congress and the media, what they will hear is that there is no more time. Either they will deal with these lies and the liars, in full, or they will lose all credibility as a government and as media.

A government that lies to the people cannot be the legal government of this land. Make sure that they understand that YOU understand that the Constitution does not allow the government to lie to the people. Calling themselves the government does not make it so if they act unconstitutionally and illegally. The Constitution is the original “Contract with America” and a government that lies stands in clear breach of that contract.

MORE MEDIA CONTACTS     MORE CONGRESSIONAL CONTACTS

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But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
— “The Declaration of Independence

December 13, 2007

Today’s Education, Kids

These links will be added to the side in the near future, and I’ll fix the duplications later. Also, some links may be broken. They’ll be checked soon.

I am not endorsing everything on each of these sites. Use your common sense. I am not a “no planes” theorist or really any kind of theorist; I’m just trying to codify the barrage of links out there, so beginners can know how to start their own research.

LooseChange911.com

911inplanesite.com

“The Road to Tyranny” from prisonplanet.com or infowars.com

911truth.org

NY911truth.org

911blogger.com

rense.com

erichufschmid.net –The Author of “Painful Questions,” behind the film “Painful Deceptions”

copvcia.com / fromthewilderness.com –Mike Ruppert Exposes War Games on 9/11, CIA connection to drug money, and more. Must View: “Truth and Lies of 9/11,” strong evidence of US government knowledge, if not complicity, in the attacks.

ReOpen911.org–Demand a real, impartial, independent investigation, asking the hard questions. Unlike what the “9/11 Commission” found, how the attacks were financed is kind of relevant to how they actually played out. Don’t let the government insult your intelligence, or they’ll start taking your liberties.

martiallaw911.info –MArtial Law Planned for the US–and probably before the 2008 elections, according to some rumors. It is vital that everyone votes in the 2008 elections and that we have paper ballots for this election. Let’s remember how the 2000 election outcomes were decided. And let’s finally abolish the electoral college.

socialism.com –Capitalism is the problem, and “a linear system on a finite planet cannot survive,” as so eloquently stated on the excellent short film, “The Story of Stuff,” featured below. Neoliberalism is runaway, ruthless greed. Socialism is not the New World Order. The “free market” kills. In the”free market,” you’re worthless unless you’re continually producing or consuming.

globalfreepress.com

september11th.org–9/11 visibility

sf911truth.org–from San Francisco

pentagonresearch.com–about “Flight 77.” Some people think the “no planes” theory about the Pentagon incident is “disinfo.” Be aware of this, and think for yourself.

unansweredquestions.org

The New Pearl Harbor –9/11 was the new Pearl Harbor, the event needed to get a diverse society to rally behind an illegitimate global, endless war– http://www.p-fritz.net/w/newph.htm#part1

flight93crash.com

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Names of People associated with 9/11 research and truth movements

You can google for any of their webpages or publications or films just by searching for their names.

Davis Ray Griffith

Alex Jones

Barry Zwicker

Dave Von Kleist (behind 9/11 In Plane Site)

Mike Ruppert

Jason Justice & Dylan Avery

Rick Siegel

Eric Hufschmid

Jimmy Walter

Paul Thompson

Phil Jayhan

US Congress–Honorable Cynthia McKinney

FBI Whistleblower–Sibel Edmonds

Charlie Sheen

Ed Asner

Thierry Meyssan

Mindy Kleinberg–made a widow by the 9/11 attacks, speaking out and asking real questions

Phil Jayhan

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Necessary Viewing–Short but comprehensive video: Story of Stuff–puts the system we are all in into perspective, and underlines the need for awakening and change.

Reuse and recycle, yes, but reduce! Buy durable goods and stop buying all the time and stop throwing out stuff.

Fifty years ago, planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence were designed to make the US a consumer economy, rather than a producing economy.

This lifestyle is good for a few and bad for most and worse for the planet we all ultimately have to share and nurture.

George Carlin said it best (paraphrasing): “The planet’s not in peril; it’s people are fucked. The planet will shake us off like a bunch of fleas.” In millions of years, trees, mountains, and water will recover. But if we alldon’t want to be clawing ourselves to death, we’d better scale down our consumption now.

Must view. Free and easy to understand, nontechnical. Tell everyone you know. storyofstuff.com

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November 26, 2007

RFID in your clothes? Shop at thrift stores instead

Or minimize your consumption altogether.
Support secondary economies–buy at thrift stores.
Reduce, reuse. Better for you, the planet, and your civil liberties.

This is really insulting–big brands and stores need to learn CONSUMERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS.

I do not even shop at stores that require me to check my bag (except, painfully, the occasional record shop)–I hate this “practice.” Heaven forbid I should do more than 1 thing a day. I do not want to trust a clerk with my bag in a cubbyhole, thanks…besides, you have cameras anyway, cut the crap…do we need to be doubly invasive? Checked bags and cameras? If you have one, you don’t need the other.

Support small businesses instead. They don’t want to do this. It’s the large brands and the big-box retail that are greedy and paranoid about “shoplifting.” But, at the same time, they love all the valuable “marketing information” this supposed “inventory control” tells them. This is one kind of “consumer research” that doesn’t need to happen.
Conventional stores employ sweatshop labor.
Boycott Levi’s, Dockers, and other big clothing brands, megabrands, and umbrella-brands until they take a PUBLIC stand that they will NOT use RFID in their clothes to be kept inside the clothes (sewn into the clothes), to remain in the clothes after their sale to consumers.

—from the spychips.com blog:

April 28, 2006

Tell Levi Strauss What You Think about RFID

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Graphic by Todd Fox

Many of you who have read our press release about the Levi Strauss item-level tagging initiative are emailing to request contact information for Levi Strauss. Here it is:

Main Number: (415)501-6000
This number goes to the main switchboard. The operator can switch you to Consumer Relations. Remember. If you call the toll-free Consumer Relations number on the Levi Strauss website, your phone number can be obtained.

Email: info@levi.com
This email address goes to a general email box. Consumer Relations would like you to use a special online form, but that doesn’t give you a record of your comment. Please share a copy with us. You can email me at Liz@spychips.com.

Snail mail:
Levi Strauss
Consumer Relations
1155 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

We are hopeful that Levi Strauss will stop its item-level RFID tagging initiatives and honor the moratorium called for by over 40 of the world’s leading privacy and civil liberties organizations. (See: http://www.spychips.com/jointrfid_position_paper.html)

RFID technology can easily be abused, and we believe it is essential that all the societal issues be explored before it is deployed. We hope Levi Strauss will be the company to step forward and begin the needed dialogue.

The current Levi Strauss RFID test reportedly involves RFID hang tags that can be clipped from the garments at checkout. But as anyone who has read “Spychips” knows, the RFID industry has discussed affixing tags on and within products and tracking consumers through them–a practice that could usher in an Orwellian surveillance society. On the clothing front, companies have talked about embedding RFID tags in the seams of garments and in flexible clothing labels. There has even been talk of using threads woven into fabric as antennas.

That’s why it is crucial to counter *any* attempts at tagging individual consumer items now. Once the RFID infrastructure is in place, the nature of tagging–and the tracking done via the tags–can change overnight.

– Liz McIntyre

November 2, 2007

Do us all a favor, quit your job

You hate your job? Well, I don’t want to know about it. And if after 5 p.m. you’re just going to be a grouch to anyone who tries to talk to you, then maybe you should quit your job.

And if you’re taking work home with you and not addressing the clutter in your life, then maybe you should quit your job.

And if you’re not creating, and your job is not creative, and you’re not cultivating any inner artistry, then you should quit your job.

So quit your job already and stop talking about it.

Besides, you’re making it hard for someone else who wants to change jobs to get your job.
So when you’re being selfless, you’re actually being selfish.
Help society: change your job.

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