I know I am not the only one asking who is in charge. While you’re possible scratching your head asking of what? The World silly rabbit? Is it China? Europe? Russia? America? Middle East? or you maybe thinking something simple like your Job, Family? Sports? Media? Hell I heard someone recently say their dog could run the show better than some of the bullshit going on now!
Well you’re not alone trying doing a web search on Google you will see over 789,000,000 hits on the subject. Could this be why we are scratching our heads over who is in charge?
Why do we use the term World Leader, when the world does not follow the one who lead or begat existence. Is there one leader who you can say is in charge, I so that when they speak the world listens? Keep in mind every leader is addressing rebellion in his camp. Raise up a subject a day and the so-called leader board changes.
As you think globally for a minute look inwardly to seek the answer. You see to really address Who is in charge we must look at those we see as leaders remembering they were often followers; who at times are controlled by those who helped them become the leader they thought they would be.
As we wait to see how 2016 race for the presidency turns out, look to see who backs them. Who’s really in charge is like watching a soap opera as the world turns, as power switches hands as quick as Erica Cain did husbands. In short don’t look for others for control, learn to control the issues yourself.
Stay tuned as the Bull Shit Continues…
In a recent conversation with several teachers and a principal in a public school system, I learned that schools riffed or terminated over 100 teachers in one school district. In short there was a vote held which would cost the average home owner $158 a year to aid an already troubled system. As I watched a replay, hearing how homeowners did not want the measure passed some stating the school needs to deal with their financial system by making cuts to current programs in place. As a result the increase was not approved, and the next week the riff of teachers began. The impact will not be noticed until September when students will be bused and stuffed into already crowed class with few teachers to focus on students needs.
Now how about corporations, which need to beat the wall street earnings estimates to keep shareholders happy. Have you noticed that after most goals are met, often the results are layoffs or store closings to give a jump on the next goal for corporations/businesses as everyone wants to make more money not less. End result is riffs and layoffs tax an already troubled economy. US Debt is over 18 trillion dollars and growing as you read this. Try googling financial collapse you will find many topics while the world sleeps as nothing is happening while your #FF IS AT STAKE. What is #FF you may ask, it is your financial future.
How does your plan for you future look? Your avg worth should look like the chart below.
Where are you on the chart? What happens if your hit with a medical issue? Insurance and prescription cost?
These things are inevitable and will occur for most, you must begin do what other counties are doing to get ahead of the economic curve that is coming.
Research on your own, as waiting only delays your #FF, YOUR DREAM WILL REMAIN A DREAM…
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Banking has been fundamentally unsound ever since the first central bank was created. That’s when bankers started making promises they couldn’t keep.
Texas, often on the receiving end of many jokes on television shows, and often ridiculed by their fellow states in the north, is now on the forefront of recognizing precious metals as real money.
Large numbers of people believe that an economic crash is coming next year based on a seven year cycle of economic crashes that goes all the way back to the Great Depression. What I am about to share with you is very controversial
Perry asked me not to use his last name. It wasn’t because of the plants in his basement — they’re perfectly legal now — but more out of garden-variety stoner’s paranoia. He worried some enemy might see his name in the news and come looking for him.
With the Easter Holiday fast approaching, media is asking the question do you believe in God? While movies, books, songs and plays have been made to reflect ones view that yes there is God or wait Gods. We often never question the identity of the God someone is referring too? Why? Is there one God, two, three or? In his book ” Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World” the Author Michael Jordan suggest there are over 2,500 Gods? So every time you hear someone mention God, hummmm better ask “Which God are you referring too!
Michael lays out some heavy facts such “Gods as most ancient gods of polytheistic societies – Hittite, Sumerian, Mesopotamian – to the most contemporary gods of the major monotheistic religions – Allah, God, Yahweh. Among the cultures included are African Peoples, Albanian, Pre-Islamic Arabian, Aztec, Babylonian, Buddhist, Canaanite, Celtic, Egyptian, Native American, Etruscan, Germanic, Greek, Roman, Hindu, Persian, Polynesian, and Shinto. The Encyclopedia includes not only the most significant gods of each culture but minor deities as well. Here you will find information not only on Zeus, Thor and Astarte but also on Tozi, the Aztec goddess of healing, Annamurti, the Hindu patron deity of the kitchen, and Nyakaya, the Shilluk crocodile goddess.” Bullshit no way am I worshiping a crocodile
Keep in mind we have not discussed the “Dark Side” which would add countless others. Rather than trying to research them all, for those who call on or know any of the above, please let us know about your God if you have one. In short make sure when someone is speaking and referencing God you know which God they are talking about.
Is this true or bullshit?
The most twisted secret about the male brain (You’ll be pleasantly surprised)
Do you want LOVE from a man? Then rub the reptile.
Do you want him to WORSHIP you like a goddess? Then rub his reptile.
Do you want him to finally get over his weird EMOTIONAL HANGUPS & commit to you?
I don’t know if you know this or not but every human being has something called the reptilian brain.
The sole job of this portion of your brain is to ensure your survival and to make sure that you achieve maximum possible pleasure out of everything you do.
So the core job of this brain is survival and pleasure.
This brain basically follows 2 rules…
Rule 1- Unlike your logical brain, this brain doesn’t have the power to reason and only understands the simple language of pain or pleasure.
Therefore, it tends to motivate you to do more of the things which please you and less of the things which give you pain.
Rule 2 – Since this brain doesn’t have any power to reason, any message sent directly to this part of a man’s brain is followed with an extreme sense of urgency because it doesn’t have the power to reason, and it has no power to reject a command.
For example, if I say “DON’T” think of a big, fat, blue COW…
What’s the first thing which popped into your head? An image of a blue cow RIGHT?
That’s because your reptilian brain can’t reject a command even when it is told “Not to do something”.
Therefore, when you plant messages or suggestions in a man’s reptilian brain, he becomes utterly immune to everything else and follows through with your commands as if it is something really urgent.
So now can you understand why I kept saying rub his reptile?
To illustrate this further, let me ask you a quick question…
Have you ever been around a man, who was starting to grow bored and distant to the point where you tried desperately hard & did all the right things…
…but nothing worked and he kept slipping further and further away from you?
By the same token, have you ever seen a man going absolutely brain-dead in attraction for a specific woman to the point…
…where he ends up doing some very shocking, embarrassing and almost stupid things?
Why do you think such a thing happens?
This happens when a man’s reptilian brain is completely convinced that a particular woman is a source of pleasure…
And as a result it force feeds feelings of attraction in a man’s system which urges him to actively pursue that woman.
When the reptilian brain concludes that being around a certain woman isn’t pleasurable enough, it will naturally make a man feel that ugly knot of bitterness in his stomach, which will make him feel repulsed by that specific woman.
In short, if you know how to trigger a man’s reptilian brain the right way, you can make him go absolutely crazy for you but get it wrong, and he will massively hate you and won’t even know why.
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News alert, we are facing a financial world meltdown; when you might ask? Who knows, but you better prepare. What happens when you hear on the news, major storm to hit sometime next week stay tuned as we are tracking it. Food stores are crowded who selves become empty, hardware stores are out of shovels, ice if winter while wood to place over windows in summer. Remember Hurricane Katrina
From Wikipedia, was the eleventh while most costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. When multitudes were caught stranded as they waited disbelieving it would occur or be that bad. History has a way of repeating itself. Why hell look at your life, you have surely had events, and people remind you of your past. Why is it that we disbelieve the enviable? We know that the world financial system is in trouble yet we drink, and spend as its nothing discounting what the forecasters are saying. Then again who believed Noah in his day telling the people of that day it is going to rain.
That reminds me, do you remember hearing of The Black Tuesday of 1929? The Roaring Twenties as it is stated which was a time of wealth and excess. Americans emigrated to the cities with the hopes of finding a more prosperous life. Wikipedia states while despite the dangers of speculation, many believed that the stock market would continue to rise indefinitely. Does this sound like today, I know you think your safe now as you have the FDIC (The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) or the NCUA (National Credit Union Administration) backing you.
In an article by the christianpf they compare the two.
FDIC Vs. NCUA: Which One Is The Safest?It’s pretty clear to see that both banks and credit unions have the protection you need to know that your money is insured. Both FDIC and NCUA are fully backed by the U.S. Government and both provide protection up to $250,000 per account holder per institution. While a bank failure may be unlikely for the average depositor, it’s important to know that your money is insured. If you trust the U.S. Government to back your dollars, you’ll be okay!
If, how much debt does the US Government Have? Look and see for yourself
Okay by now your probably wondering what is this. Rest well it is not an outfit looking to choke your lights out, or is it. Truth is while most drown themselves in so many fascists, big brother is watching your every move. Okay, what is Operation Choke Point? I am glad you asked.
Operation Choke Point is an initiative of the United States Department of Justice that was announced in 2013, which is investigating banks in the United States and the business they do with payment processors, payday lenders, and other companies believed to be at higher risk for fraud and money laundering.
This operation, first disclosed in August 2013 Wall Street Journal story  has been criticized for bypassing due process; the government is pressuring the financial industry to cut off the companies’ access to banking services, without first having shown that the targeted companies are violating the law. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, critics believe “it’s a thinly veiled ideological attack on industries the Obama administration doesn’t like, such as gun sellers and coal producers.”
Bullshit you saying, right, well wrong. While many watch the show “Scandal” the real scandal is on you. Wiki goes on further to say,
Details of the operation
Some merchant categories that the FDIC had listed until July 2014 as being associated with high-risk activity include, but are not limited to (until the FDIC revised the original policy in July 2014):
- Ammunition Sales
- Cable Box De-scramblers
- Coin Dealers
- Credit Card Schemes
- Credit Repair Services
- Dating Services
- Debt Consolidation Scams
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Escort Services
- Firearms Sales
- Fireworks Sales
- Get Rich Products
- Government Grants
- Home-Based Charities
- Life-Time Guarantees
- Life-Time Memberships
- Lottery Sales
- Mailing Lists/Personal Info
- Money Transfer Networks
- On-line Gambling
- Payday Loans
- Pharmaceutical Sales
- Ponzi Schemes
- Pyramid-Type Sales
- Racist Materials
- Surveillance Equipment
- Tobacco Sales
- Travel Clubs
and you guessed it, as we add more spice to life they will add the shit to the list. What can happen, see some results below.
Results of the operation
In April 2014, Four Oaks Bank settled with the Department of Justice for engaging in the types of activities that Operation Choke Point is intended to stop. According to the complaint (dated Jan 8, 2014): “As of today, approximately 97 percent of TPPP-TX’s merchants for which Four Oaks Bank permits debits to consumers’ accounts are Internet payday lenders. A payday loan typically is a short-term, high interest loan that is not secured (made without collateral) and that has a repayment date coinciding with or close to the borrower’s next payday. Most payday loans are for $250 to $700. Annualized interest rates for Internet payday loans frequently range from 400 percent to 1,800 percent or more – far in excess of most states’ usury laws.”
On April 17, Kevin Wack of the American Banker reported that Fifth Third Bank and Capital One had terminated their accounts with payday lenders amid alleged increased scrutiny by federal regulators. Wack notes that “in a recent submission to a congressional committee, the Financial Service Centers of America, a trade group that represents check cashers and payday lenders, listed several banks that it says have terminated their relationships with at least one of its member companies in recent months. Besides Capital One and Fifth Third, banks on the list include Bank of America, PNC Financial Services Group, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp.”
The Financial Service Centers of America (a trade group that represents payday lenders and other consumer businesses)recently commissioned a survey of its members about bank discontinuance. The survey, conducted by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, found that “14 of the 61 banking relationships reported by survey participants have been terminated since November 2013.”
What are the experts saying, do not read my words hear it from one of them below..
humm, who do you believe…
Many tire of hearing news forecaster tell gloom and doom stories of the coming financial crisis, are you one of them? This has been repeated over and over throughout history and when will most release themselves from Reality TV and face the true Reality that we as a world are in trouble. Whether you choice of reference is CNN, FOX, BBC or a plethora of other media coverage, common sense tells us something is about to happen.
In a recent article By Mac Slavo he states Russia and China ‘Furiously’ Buying Up Gold As “a Global Currency Crisis – Albeit Unstated – is Underway” while others heed the same message, which somehow goes unheard. You name them Warren Buffet, Mike Maloney, Jim Rickards, Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki and any other who’s who in finance; has been shouting from the roof top get prepared. Do you remember in 2008 the crisis that shook the world. Well Ben Bernake six years later stated in Fobes “The 2008 Financial Crisis Was Worse Than The Great Depression”
How That for Bullshit, yet most of them are saying what is to come will be worse than 2008. Sure gas prices are the lowest it has been in years, while food prices soar as you pay more but get less. Only to see inflation eat more at the dollars you work so hard for.
Is there anyway to get ahead many say? Yes as it has been done in the past. How, work another 2 to 3 jobs? hit the lottery? sell everything and downsize? move in with family members?
These are the common things that come to mind which often lead us away from the desired result. Keep in mind as it stands to collect social security the age is 62, while must who reach this age have to continue to work not to keep up with the Jones’ but ahead of the biggest killer we face inflation.
While many seek alternatives to overcome these pitfalls, by gambling and starting businesses many seem never to get ahead. As now we face Hyperinflation which is a situation where the price increases are so out of control that the concept of inflation is meaningless. Which brings on more depression which leads to more medication, which leads to frustration, leading to some of the plight we see in the world “Power Struggles.”
With the debt growing at a rapid pace, we can only guess how bad the financial devastation will ultimately be. With everyone pointing to where the answer is or will come from, history has always pointed to Commodities which are basic resources and agricultural products such as iron ore, crude oil, coal, salt, sugar, tea, coffee beans, soybeans, aluminum, copper, rice, wheat, gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. Since most have abandoned farming, and are far from being the TV show of old The Beverly HillBillies.
There has always been a golden rule, he who has the gold makes the rules. This brings us to an ever wondering question, Who owns the most Gold? Based on an article from Insider Business by ELENA HOLODNY ” Here Are 10 Countries Hoarding Enormous Piles Of Gold the articles suggest 10. India 557.7 tonnes, 9. Netherlands 612.5 tonnes, 8. Japan 765.2 tonnes, 7. Switzerland 1,040 tonnes, 6. China 1,054.1 tonnes, 5. Russia 1,094.7 tonnes, 4. France 2,435.4 tonnes, 3. Italy 2,451.8 tonnes, 2. Germany 3,384.2 tonnes, 1. United States.
Here is the bull, the U.S. had its largest gold reserves in volume terms in 1952. The last audit, and the last public visit, was in 1953, just after U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower took office. No outside experts were allowed during that audit, and the audit team tested only about 5% of gold there. So, there hasn’t been a comprehensive audit of Fort Knox in over 60 years. In 1974 six Congressmen, one Senator and the press were allowed to enter Fort Knox to see for themselves if the gold was there or not. The tour showed that there was gold in Fort Knox but, all the same, it sparked even more controversies.
The question is who has more Gold really, answer “who knows.’ With countries stock piling gold for years the question is why aren’t you? Lots of other countries are rapidly buying up gold, too, including – Serbia, Greece, Ecuador, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. But reportedly no one is buying gold at a faster pace than Russia.
I heard it said, if you were on a plane and the pilot came out of the cockpit and grabbed a parachute jumping from the plane, would you follow? There are clear indicators we are heading for rough times ahead. There are countries who are pointing the way to go, it’s up to you to decide. Start acquiring Silver and Gold Today!!
The world suffers global recession, enormous inequity, hunger, deforestation, pollution, climate change, nuclear weapons, terrorism, etc. To those who say we’re not really making progress, many might point to the fact that at least we’ve eliminated slavery.
But sadly that is not the truth.
One hundred forty-three years after passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and 60 years after Article 4 of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights banned slavery and the slave trade worldwide, there are more slaves than at any time in human history — 27 million.
During the four years that Benjamin Skinner researched modern-day slavery, he posed as a buyer at illegal brothels on several continents, interviewed convicted human traffickers in a Romanian prison and endured giardia, malaria, dengue and a bad motorcycle accident.Today’s slavery focuses on big profits and cheap lives. It is not about owning people like before, but about using them as completely disposable tools for making money.
But Skinner is most haunted by his experience in a brothel in Bucharest, Romania, where he was offered a young woman with Down syndrome in exchange for a used car.
Currently a Senior Vice President at Tau Investment Managment and previously a special assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Skinner has written for Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy and others. He was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year 2008. His first book, now in paperback, is A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery.
Terrence McNally: What first got you interested in slavery?
Benjamin Skinner: The fuel began before I was born. The abolitionism in my blood began at least as early as the 18th century, when my Quaker ancestors stood on soapboxes in Connecticut and railed against slavery. I had other relatives that weren’t Quaker, but had the same beliefs. My great-great-great-grandfather fought with the Connecticut artillery, believing that slavery was an abomination that could only be overturned through bloodshed.
Yet today, after the deaths of 360,000 Union soldiers, after over a dozen conventions and 300 international treaties, there are more slaves than at any point in human history.
TM: Is that raw numbers or as a percentage of the population?
BS: I want to be very clear what I mean when I say the word slavery. If you look it up in Webster’s dictionary, the first definition is “drudgery or toil.” It’s become a metaphor for undue hardship, because we assume that once you legally abolish something, it no longer exists. But as a matter of reality for up to 27 million people in the world, slaves are those forced to work, held through fraud, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence. It’s a very spare definition.
TM: Whose definition is that?
Kevin did a lot of the academic work that underpinned my work. I wanted to go out and get beyond the numbers, to show what one person’s slavery meant. In the process of doing that, I met hundreds of slaves and survivors.
BS: Kevin Bales’s. [His Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was nominated for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, and he is the president of Free the Slaves ] I’m glad you asked because he’s not given enough credit. He originally came up with the number 27 million, and it’s subsequently been buttressed by international labor organization studies. Governments will acknowledge estimates of some 12.3 million slaves in the world, but NGOs in those same countries say the numbers are more than twice as high.
TM: As an investigative reporter rather than an academic, you take us where the trades are made, the suffering takes place and the survivors eke out their existences.
BS: In an underground brothel in Bucharest, I was offered a young woman with the visible effect of Down syndrome. One of her arms was covered in slashes, where I can only assume she was trying to escape daily rape the only way she knew how. That young woman was offered to me in trade for a used car.
TM: This was a Romanian used car?
BS: Yes, and I knew that I could get that car for about 1,500 euros. While that may sound like a very low price for human life, consider that five hours from where I live in New York — a three-hour flight down to Port au Prince, Haiti, and an hour from the airport — I was able to negotiate for a 10-year-old girl for cleaning and cooking, permanent possession and sexual favors. What do you think the asking price was?
TM: I don’t know … $7,500?
BS: They asked for $100, and I talked them down to $50. Now to put that in context: Going back to the time when my abolitionist ancestors were on their soapbox, in 1850, you could buy a healthy grown male for the equivalent of about $40,000.
TM: When I first read such big numbers, I was shocked.
BS: This is not to diminish the horrors that those workers would face, nor to diminish their dehumanization one bit. It was an abomination then as it is today. But in the mid-19th century, masters viewed their slaves as an investment.
TM: If my reading is correct, the biggest concentrations of the slave trade are in Southeast Asia and portions of Latin America?But here’s the thing: When a slave costs $50 on the street in broad daylight in Port au Prince — by the way, this was in a decent neighborhood, everybody knew where these men were and what they did — such people are, to go back to Kevin’s term, eminently disposable in the eyes of their masters.
BS: If you were to plot slaves on the map, you’d stick the biggest number of pins in India, followed by Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan. There are arguably more slaves In India than the rest of the world combined.
And yet, if you look at international efforts or American pressure, India is largely let off the hook because Indian federal officials claim, “We have no slaves. These are just poor people. And these exploitive labor practices,” — if you’re lucky enough to get that term out of them — “are a byproduct of poverty.”
Let me be clear, the end of slavery cannot wait for the end of poverty. Slavery in India is primarily generational debt bondage, people whose grandparents took a debt.
TM: To go back to the definition: Forced to work against their will with no escape.
BS: Held through fraud under threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence. These are people that cannot walk away.
I stumbled upon a fellow in a quarry in Northern India who’d been enslaved his entire life. He had assumed that slavery at birth. His grandfather had taken a debt of 62 cents, and three generations and three slave masters later, the principal had not been paid off one bit. The family was illiterate and innumerate. This fellow, who I call Gonoo — he asked me to protect his identity — was still forced to work, held through fraud under threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence.
Since he was a child, he and his family and his children, along with the rest of the enslaved villagers, took huge rocks out of the earth. They pummeled those rocks into gravel for the subgrade of India’s infrastructure, which is the gleaming pride of the Indian elites.
They further pulverized that gravel into silica sand for glass. There’s only one way that you turn a profit off handmade sand, and that’s through slavery.
BS: It’s a massive problem in the north of Brazil. What’s tricky about this, in many cases these workers want to work. But they don’t want to be forced to work under threat of violence, beaten regularly, having the women in their lives raped as a means of humiliating them, and then not being paid anything.TM: Another method you describe: Someone shows up in a poverty-stricken village saying they need workers for the mines hundreds of miles away.
TM: They are transported to the mines, and when they arrive, they have a debt for that transportation, which is greater than anything they will ever be able to repay.
BS: And if they try to leave, there are men with guns. That’s slavery. In the Western Hemisphere, child slavery, as we spoke of before, is most rampant in Haiti. According to UNICEF, there are 300,000 child slaves in Haiti.
TM: Does that mean in Haiti or originating in Haiti?
BS: That means within Haitian borders.
TM: So with all the poverty in Haiti, there are still people who can afford 300,000 slaves?
BS: Well if they’re paying $50 …
I went back last summer with Dan Harris of ABC Nightline. He was pretty incredulous of my claim. In fact, it ended up taking him 10 hours from ABC’s offices in Manhattan, but by the end of those 10 hours, he’d negotiated with not one, but three traffickers who’d offered him three separate girls.
As he put it, the remarkable thing is not that you can get a child for $50, but that you can get a child for free. When you go up into these villages, you see such desperation on the parts of the parents.
I want to make clear, I never paid for human life; I never would pay for human life. I talked to too many individuals who run trafficking shelters and help slaves become survivors. They implored me, “Do not pay for human life. You will be giving rise to a trade in human misery, and as a journalist, you’ll be projecting to the world that this is the way that you own the problem.” If you were to buy all 300,000 child slaves in Haiti, next year, you’d have 600,000.
TM: If you were to buy the 300,000 slaves in Haiti in one fell swoop, you would be telling traders, “Hey, business is good,” and so they’d grab more slaves.
BS: You’re talking about introducing hard currency into a transaction that in many cases hasn’t involved hard currency in the past. You’re massively incentivizing a trade in human lives.
TM: These are those who practice what they call redemptions, buying slaves their freedom. Who’s doing it, and what’s your analysis of it?
BS: On the basis of three months spent in southern and northern Sudan, two months in southern Sudan in particular. … There was one particular evangelical group based in Switzerland, organized and run by an American who raised cash around the States. They’d go to a Sunday School or a second-grade class in Colorado, talk about slavery, and say, “Bring us your lunch money. If you can get us $50, we will buy a slave’s freedom.”
It was a very effective sales pitch. They managed to raise over $3 million dollars by my calculations over the course of the 1990s.
In theory, they were giving money to “retrievers” who would go into northern Sudan, and through whatever means necessary, secure the slaves’ freedom and bring them back down into the south.
In the context of the Sudanese civil war, slavery is used as a weapon of war by the north. Northern militias raid southern villages, and in many cases, kill the men and take the women and children as slaves and as a weapon of genocide. That much is not questioned. There is no question that these slave raids were going on.
I found that redemption on the ground was enormously problematic. There was scant oversight. They were literally giving duffel bags full of cash to factions within the rebels that were at that point resisting an ongoing peace process.
What they risked doing, whether through recklessness or through intent, was to become essentially angels of destruction at a time when a negotiated peace was just beginning to take hold. Thankfully, at this point they’ve scaled back the redemptions.
TM: So they were collecting money in the States to free slaves, and then funding a rebel movement in a war, and …
BS: Potentially prolonging the war.
Thankfully, in the end, the death of rebel leader John Gurang meant that a different faction came to be more powerful. From my perspective, however, what was going on there was largely fraudulent.
I went back and asked the rebel officials, “What do you do with this money?” and they said, “We use it for the benefit of the people.” Which begs the question, “But I thought this was being used to buy back slaves. I don’t get it.”
And they said, “Well you know, there’s clothes, uniforms …” They didn’t actually say arms, but they said all sorts of things that they needed hard currency for, and this was their way of getting the cash.
I don’t blame the rebels. If I were in a similar situation, I’d probably do the same thing. The most important point is this: By the merest estimates there are still some 12,000 slaves held in brutal bondage in the north of Sudan, and the government has not arrested or prosecuted one slave raider, one slave trader, one slave master. And as long as that continues to be the situation, the government of Sudan is in gross violation of international law.
TM: How does the distinction between sexual slavery and other sorts of labor show up, and how does it matter?
BS: When we’re defining slavery, fundamentally at its core it’s the same in each and every circumstance. We’re talking about people forced to work held through fraud, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence. If we’re talking about forced commercial sexual slavery, forced prostitution, there’s an added element of humiliation or shame, because we’re talking about rape.
In many parts of the world and in many traditional societies, if a woman is raped it’s her fault. If a woman is liberated and tries to go back to the village she comes from, she will never again lead a normal life.
I think it’s safe to say even in the United States, which we assume is a much more welcoming, tolerant society, women who’ve been in prostitution, regardless if it’s forced or not, have a difficult time leading a normal life afterward.
There is a school of thought that sexual slavery is somehow worse than other forms of slavery. I actually don’t buy that. I think that all slavery is monstrous, and no one slave’s emancipation should wait for that of another. At the same time, if some people are moved to fight sexual slavery and sexual trafficking at the exclusion of other forms of slavery, God bless them, as long as they’re fighting slavery at the end of the day.
TM: Briefly, what is the situation in America?
BS: On average, in the past half-hour, one more person will have been trafficked to the United States into slavery. About 14,000-17,000 are trafficked into the U.S. each year and forced to work within U.S. borders under threat of violence for no pay beyond subsistence.
TM: What can people do?
BS: On a personal basis, they can support CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) in Los Angeles. CAST has the oldest shelter in the country for trafficked women and has terrific programs that help victims of all forms of trafficking. It’s a solid, mature organization.
They can also get involved with Free the Slaves. And they can talk about the issue more. Barack Obama is still setting his foreign policy agenda. He needs to hear from all of us that the true abolition of slavery needs to be a part of his legacy.
A quarter of Skinner’s publishing royalties go to Free the Slaves.
Originally posted on Adask's law:
[courtesy Google Images] As I’ve written previously, Russian writer Dmitry Kalinichenko wrote an article entitled “Grandmaster Putin’s Golden Trap”. I view that article as generally brilliant. Here are some more of my comments on Mr. Kalinichenko’s observations.
Mr. Kalinichenko’s article focused on what he believed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most brilliant financial strategy: buying gold with US fiat dollars.
On the face of it, that “strategy” doesn’t sound like much. Buying gold with fiat dollars? It’s done every day. What’s so brilliant about that?
Well, the brilliance (or just common sense) behind Putin’s strategy is based on two fundamental premises:
1) The fiat dollar is significantly overvalued and thus able to purchase more than it’s really worth; and,
2) The price of physical gold has been artificially suppressed and is therefore far lower than its true price would be in a “free” (rather than “manipulated”) market.
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