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.
American Bank Bail-Ins Are Beginning
by Dave Hodges | December 30, 2014 6:14 am
It would appear that your bank is preparing to go on a bank holiday. No, not a vacation, but a holiday. After reading this article, you may find it prudent to check on the liquidity of your bank accounts and investment monies. Why? Because bank bail-ins appear to be commencing.
The Banks Are Not Our Friends
We are all concerned that one day we will attempt to gain access to our money in our bank accounts and and the banks will refuse to honor the request and keep the money. From an anecdotal perspective, it appears that the day that we cannot gain access to our money is now here. There are two instances that I am personally aware of, that the banks are failing to give their customers full access to THEIR money.
Bail-Ins Appear to Be Beginning
On Monday, one man that I personally know recently attempted to transfer a sizable sum of money (i.e. $110,000) from savings to checking to cover a check he had written for a large purchase. He attempted to move the money through online banking, which nobody should ever engage in, and was unsuccessful. He went to the bank and was subsequently told that there was a problem with his account and he could only transfer about 10% of what he intended to transfer from savings to checking. He inquired as to what the problem was and he was told that the branch did not have access to that information, only that he would not be permitted to make this transfer of funds “at this time”. Today, the charge will hit the bank and the check that he wrote is likely to bounce and will have serious ramifications to his credit. He told me that he is returning to his bank, Chase, with his attorney.
In a more serious situation, a man who has direct deposit from his employer to his bank account, has failed to receive his latest check. The money was due to be paid into his account on December 20, 2014. He called his employer’s accounts payable and was told that the credit had posted on the evening of December 19. Yet, the bank has told this desperate man that they have not received his check. The check also included an end of year bonus and as such is sizable (e.g. in excess of $60,000). This means that the bank has had his money for nine days and cannot account for the money. I have advised this Bank of America account holder to contact the FBI and report this as a crime.
Both victims approached me , about a week apart, because they were both aware that I had previously written articles which are highly critical of the banking system with regard to how insolvent they truly are and they hoped I would have some insight as to what they could to gain access to their money. The purpose of this article is to fire a shot across the bow of the banks and let them know that we are raising the alarms of what is going on. Where there are two instances of bank thievery, there are two hundred cases. I am requesting that anyone with knowledge of bankster crimes against their depositors pass along this information to myself and I will attempt to synthesize the information and report on the trend curves in these matters as they are occurring.
By the way, Mac Salvo, reported this same kind of crime last month.
The Ownership of the Banking System Is In Flux
I had a significant conversation that I wish everyone in the nation who has money in a bank could have listened to. I was relating the stories of the two men who cannot gain full access to their accounts, to an individual who holds a significant position within the banking system. I approached my old friend in the hope that he could provide some insight as to what is going on and what these two individuals could do to pry their money loose.
I was informed that some of the banking system is being purchased and the sale of banking assets is happening in a very covert manner and as long as a sale is pending, a bank does not want to see fluctuations in their net worth. He also told me that there are statistical algorithms that banks have been told that they must stay within because it impacts the baseline value of a bank in a sale. At that moment, I experienced an epiphany. I was aware that I had knowledge which matched word-for-word what my friend was telling me.
George Soros Is the Ultimate Economic Hit Man
Just over 20 years ago, international banker George Soros made his most famous investment by shorting the British pound and pocketing a billion dollars in the process. Following this watershed event, he has become well known for moving money and then betting on stock market crashes. In several instances, Soros has been known to rig various markets to fail for his own gain as well as the gain of the international banking cartel in Basel known as the Bank of International Settlements.
Several months ago, Soros made raised eyebrows by making a billion dollar stock bet against the S&P 500. At that particular time, Soros proclaimed, through his actions, that there were warning signs of coming S&P 500 troubles which signaled dangerous times ahead for the US economy. Because Glass-Steagall has been repealed, many banks have a direct and indirect presence in the stock market as evidenced by the folly of the credit-swap derivatives market. Going into the final few days of the year, the American Stock Market has an unprecedented bubble which is reminding many of the months leading of the 1929 Stock Market crash.
Disturbingly, Soros has repeatedly demonstrated that he has had both accurate and advanced knowledge of stock market and banking crashes in the past. Subsequently, savvy investors keep a very close eye on his money movements and resulting holdings as Soros is the “Canary in the mine”. He is the world’s ultimate economic hit man and both bankers and politicians watch his every move with fear and apprehension.
According to a 2014 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it was revealed that Soros sold his holdings in Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Bank of America.Soros subsequently moved his money and took up new positions in gold and tech stocks associated with Chinese money movement. Soros has moved his money to RF Micro Devices, Nuance Communications, Marvel Technology Group, Nokia Corp., and Cypress Semiconductor. Soros also boosted his stake in Herbalife and took up a new position in Yamana Gold and AuRico Gold, and New Gold Inc. This sent shockwaves among aware investors in the banking and stock market arena.
Soros’ money movements are significant for several reasons. First, he is now betting against both the U.S. Stock Market and now the three major US domestic banks. Second, Soros has obtained a sizable gold portfolio which is something one would want to do if one were expecting, or causing a crash of currency to occur. Finally, and most significantly, Soros is betting against the solvency of the Federal Reserve by running from the three of the major investors (i.e. the three major banks) in the Federal Reserve. This has a lot to do on why the U.S. and Britain practiced for widespread bank failures on November 10th in a drill facilitated by the FDIC. This is also highly significant because this is occurring at a time when the Federal Reserve gave permission to various Chinese interests (i.e. all controlled by the Chinese military) to purchase sizable positions in American banking which serves to underwrite and partially fund the Federal Reserve.
It is interesting to note that JP Morgan Chase, earlier in 2014, has sold their property located at One Chase Manhattan Plaza skyscraper to Fosun International, a Chinese investment firm, for the bargain basement price of $725 million. This is only the latest in a series of New York real estate purchases by Chinese investors for properties formerly reserved for Federal Reserve members. This is a highly significant event that received only a couple of days of attention, but quickly faded from the front pages. In a future article, I will go into more detail how Soros is setting a trap for both the Chinese and the Federal Reserve. For now, let’s suffice it to say that his actions are helping to set the course for World War III because war is something that desperate nations engage in when they have no other financial options. America, China, Russia and their military allies are quickly approaching this moment.
Why It Is Becoming Difficult to Gain Access to Your Bank Account
On November 16, 2014, I covered the fact that the G20 nations passed a joint resolution to get their nation’s central banking system to declare that your bank account was not defined as money. This was done because the G20 central banks are approaching insolvency. This put your assets at the bottom of the list for FDIC compensation in the event a bank failure.
The fact that these two events happened in close proximity to each other is not surprising. However, it is surprising that these two events (i.e. the bank failure drill and the G20 declaration) happened in such close proximity to each other presents clear signs that the banking industry is preparing to hold on to your money in attempt to stave off financial ruin.
It is important to not leave more than an operating amount of money in your bank. How close the banks are to an all-out bank holiday is difficult to predict. However, I believe we are seeing the chest pains of a banking system, which will culminate in World War III. What you can do to minimize this looming and catastrophic event will be covered in my last article of 2014.
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- Mac Salvo: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/11/27/wells-fargo-refuses-to-pay-woman-what-shes-owed-practically-laughed-at-me/
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- Securities and Exchange Commission: http://www.marketwatch.com/organizations/Securities_and_Exchange_Commission?lc=int_mb_1001
- widespread bank failures: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/10/11/u-s-and-uk-to-test-big-bank-collapse-in-joint-model-run/
- JP Morgan Chase: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/18/news/china-jpmorgan-real-estate/
- investment firm: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/01/27/hsbc-and-chase-send-clear-signals-that-a-bank-run-is-near/
- real estate: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/01/27/hsbc-and-chase-send-clear-signals-that-a-bank-run-is-near/
- G20 nations passed a joint resolution: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/11/16/the-money-in-your-bank-account-was-stolen-this-morning/
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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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Cancer, are they really looking for cures? Have you ever seen the oath Dr’s who care for you swear by?A friend sent me what I would like t share with you, rather than read take a look at one of 11 video’s by The Truth about Cancer. How much money is involved?
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Dr’s take an oath below as noted on http://www.aapsonline.org/ethics/oaths.htm#hippo
The Oath of Hippocrates of Kos, 5th century BC:
To consider dear to me as my parents him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and if necessary to share my goods with him; to look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art if they so desire without fee or written promise; to impart to my sons and the sons of the master who taught me and to the disciples who have enrolled themselves and have agreed to the rules of the profession, but to these alone, the precepts and the instruction. I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone. To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug, nor give advice which may cause his death. Nor will I give a woman a pessary to procure abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my art. I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by specialists in this art. In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction, and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves. All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or outside of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and never reveal. If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.
(adopted 1948, amended 1966 and 1983):
I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my brothers;
I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.
Oath drawn up and approved by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR “Oath drawn up and approved by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1971, with one addition (on nuclear war) in 1983:1Upon having conferred on me the high calling of physician and entering medical practice, I do solemnly swear:
To dedicate all my knowledge and strength to the preservation and improvement of the health of mankind and to the treatment and prevention of disease, and to work in good conscience wherever it is required by society;
To be always ready to provide medical care, to relate to the patient attentively and carefully, and to preserve medical confidences;
To constantly perfect my medical knowledge and clinical skills and thereby in my work to aid in the development of medical science and practice;
To refer, if the patient’s better interests warrant it, for advice from my fellow physicians, and never myself to refuse to give such advice or help;
To preserve and develop the noble traditions of Soviet medicine, to be guided in all my actions by the principles of Communist morality, and to always bear in mind the high calling of a Soviet physician and my responsibility to the people and to the Soviet state.
Recognizing the danger which nuclear weaponry presents for mankind, to struggle tirelessly for peace, and for the prevention of nuclear war.
I swear to be loyal to this oath as long as I live.
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow;
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body, as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection hereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
The Oath of the Healer by Louis WeinsteinIn the eyes of God and in the presence of my fellow students and teachers, I at this most solemn time in my life do freely take this Oath, whereby I shall pledge to myself and all others the manner in which I shall live the rest of my days.
I shall be ever grateful to my teachers who have planted the seeds of knowledge, which I shall nurture forever. I thank them for allowing me to see the importance of learning and realize that lifelong study is critically important to becoming a Healer.
I realize that on this day, I become a physician for all eternity. I shall strive to be a person of good will, high moral character, and impeccable conduct. I shall learn to love my fellow man as much as I have learned to love the art of healing.
I shall always act in the best interest of my patient and shall never allow personal reward to impact on my judgment. I shall always have the highest respect for human life and remember that it is wrong to terminate life in certain circumstances, permissible in some, and an act of supreme love in others. I shall never promise a cure, as only death is certain, and I shall understand that preserving health is as important as treating disease. When a patient for whom I have been caring dies, I shall have the strength to allow him or her to die with dignity and in peace.
I shall have as a major focus in my life the promoting of a better world in which to live. I shall strive to take a comprehensive approach to understanding all aspects of life. To become the Healer I wish to be, I must expand my thinking and practice from a system of episodic care to one of a preventive approach to the problems of mankind, including the social ills of malnutrition and poverty that plague the world in which we live.
I am not a God and I cannot perform miracles. I am simply a person who has been given the rights and responsibilities to be a Healer. I pledge to myself and all who can hear me that this is what I shall become.
That I will be loyal to the Profession of Medicine and just and generous to its members
That I will lead my life and practice my art in uprightness and honor
That into whatsoever house I will enter: it shall be for the good of the sick to the utmost of my power, my holding myself far aloof from wrong, from corruption, from the tempting of others to vice
That I will exercise my art solely for the cure of my patients, and will give no drug, perform no operation for a criminal purpose, even if solicited; far less suggest it
That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of my patients which is not fitting to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret
These things do I swear. Let each of us bow the head in sign of acquiescence
And now, if I will be true to this, my oath, may good repute ever be mine; the opposite, if I should prove myself forsworn.
American Medical Association Code of Ethics (post- 1980)Preamble: The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility not only to patients, but also to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the [AMA] are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician. II. A physician shall deal honestly with patients and colleagues, and strive to expose those physicians deficient in character or competence, or who engage in fraud or deception.
III. A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
IV. A physician shall respect the rights of patients, of colleagues, and of other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidences within the constraints of the law.
V. A physician shall continue to study, apply and advance scientific knowledge, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.
VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical services. VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to an improved community.
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What are you most afraid of? Dying, losing your job or income, a relationship or contacting our newest fear ‘Ebola?”
In just Weeks this has over, 14 million topics of discussion, and responsible for the crash of the stock market being felt around the world. An uneducated person is a foolish person, so lets dig and find out what Ebola is and what it is all about.
Ebola virus disease
|Ebola virus disease|
|Classification and external resources|
Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other mammals caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally. Death, if it occurs, is typically 6 to 16 days from the start of symptoms and often due to low blood pressure from fluid loss.
No specific treatment for the disease is yet available. Efforts to help those who are infected are supportive and include giving either oral rehydration therapy (slightly sweet and salty water to drink) or intravenous fluids. This supportive care improves outcomes. The disease has a high risk of death, killing between 25% and 90% of those infected with the virus (average is 50%). EVD was first identified in an area of Sudan (now part of South Sudan), as well as in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The disease typically occurs in outbreaks in tropical regions of sub-Saharan Africa. From 1976 (when it was first identified) through 2013, the World Health Organization reported a total of 1,716 cases. The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing 2014 West African Ebola outbreak, which is currently affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. As of 15 October 2014[update], 8,998 suspected cases resulting in the deaths of 4,493 have been reported. Efforts are under way to develop a vaccine; however, none yet exists.
Hell if it started in 1976, what happened between then and now?
Simply what other nations want.
Oil and minerals
Phenakite from the Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria.
The region is a major exporter to the world of gold, uranium, chrome, vanadium, antimony, coltan, bauxite, iron ore, copper and manganese. South Africa is a major exporter of manganese as well as Chromium. About 42% of world reserves and about 75% of the world reserve base of chromium are located in South Africa. South Africa is the largest producer of platinum, with 80% of the total world’s annual mine production and 88% of the world’s platinum reserve. Sub-saharan Africa produces 33% of the world’s bauxite with Guinea as the major supplier. Zambia is a major producer of copper. Democratic Republic of Congo is a major source of coltan. Production from Congo is very small but has 80% of proven reserves. Sub-saharan Africa is a major producer of gold, producing up to 30% of global production. Major suppliers are South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Guinea, and Mali. South Africa had been first in the world in terms of gold production since 1905, but in 2007 it moved to second place, according to GFMS, the precious metals consultancy. Uranium is major commodity from the region. Significant suppliers are Niger, Namibia, and South Africa. Namibia was the number one supplier from Sub-Saharan Africa in 2008. The region produces 49% of the world’s diamonds.
By 2015, it is estimated that 25% of North American oil will be from Sub-Saharan Africa, ahead of the Middle East. Sub-Saharan Africa has been the focus of an intense race for oil by the West, China, India, and other emerging economies, even though it holds only 10% of proven oil reserves, less than the Middle East. This race has been referred to as the second Scramble for Africa. All reasons for this global scramble come from the reserves’ economic benefits. Transportation cost is low and no pipelines have to be laid as in Central Asia. Almost all reserves are offshore, so political turmoil within the host country will not directly interfere with operations. Sub-Saharan oil is viscous, with a very low sulfur content. This quickens the refining process and effectively reduces costs. New sources of oil are being located in Sub-Saharan Africa more frequently than anywhere else. Of all new sources of oil, 1/3 are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Fear factor at its highest, while leaving you in factor fearing the lowest without notice…who’s report will you believe.
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Are you tired of some of the things you see going on in the World? better yet the United States of America or America? Well dam which is it? When did we stop using United States of? Hummm I bet if we go back in time through the bullshit, we will find proof. I am thinking when we started dropping United States using America like it is a text message, we began to lose the things that Unite us. Lets look at some proof.
The United States of America (USA or U.S.A.), commonly referred to as the United States (US or U.S.), America, and sometimes the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district.
Well we know this, now lets look a America!
- The Americas, a landmass comprising North and South America
Wait a minute, are you catching this, no wonder we have no border control as America represents a landmass, where as The United States of America refers to a country in North America. I hope your catching this, in essence the United States is no longer United; by no other means than our mouths. By simply cutting off United States you have joined hands with many others who use the name America, no longer standing alone but joined by the huge list below.
There is more… hell, there is too much so view it yourself. America From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many may argue there is no difference, but I assure, just look around you and see the confusion in Cities, Towns, Counties, and States it all points back to a simple word called United. If you want to stop the bullshit going on in your world, start with you, than family, churches/synagogues, not to just go, but serve and live out the discipline you choose. Some bullshit will still exist, but it will be fewer, because you will be part of why the World get better and not worse.
So the next time you hear/use the statement “America”, will you refer by using America or The United States of America.
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Who has the most powerful nation in the world? Is it China, Russia, US, Germany, India? Well hell in order to discover we most first define “Nation” .
Wikipedia A nation refers to a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, or history. Webster’s New Encyclopedic Dictionary defines nation as “a community of people composed of one or more nationalities with its own territory and government” and also as “a tribe or federation of tribes (as of American Indians)”. Nation carries varying meanings, and the connotation of the term has changed over time.
Hummm if the term has changed over time the most powerful has changed as well. Is it important after all? I remember when boxing was popular and the screams of pound for pound the best fighter in the world only to see them later floored.
Let’s cut the bullshit and see that the most powerful nation is when we stop bull>>>> ourselves and see we are the nation. As in the past powers rose they fell, and now we see battles over what, don’t get me wrong some bullies need their butts kicked. But can we define who the bullies are? Can You? If we say the word Enemy real slow you will find the real enemy is not others but yourself, with worthless dreams of power that brings destruction. So let’s get it together or watch the walking dead come to life before our very eyes.
After all everyone gets a turn on the wheel!
Hey, Hey, Hey more Bullshit to say. Unless you have been in a coma there is no way to escape all of the craziness in the world today. Wars, storms, and unexplainable madness. Keep in mind while storms rage people are often played. Just remember all the bullshit to legalize weed\pot\marijuana, followed by how can we control it. Can or should it be smoked while on the job, hummm wonder if GM cars are made in Colorado by employees who are allowed smoke breaks.
When will we learn though the signs of a failing society is ever before us as new laws breed new loop holes. Dam I got it loop holes defined is a loop full of holes, take that Wikipedia. The issue at hand is we must take notice to prepare for the signs, do you have the ability to tap out of your 401k, mutual fund, or IRA, when you have had enough? or are you on the newest roller coaster just screaming until it stops.
The world is screaming who is right
and who is wrong, and to see the picture we all must face the part we all play. I have travelled off the path and bumped into some very interesting things of note. Like the fall of the dollar, well how can this be true if last week we slated 300 million for what is termed a worthy cause?
Based on an article by the secrets of the feds.com ” A few months ago, Russia and China completed a historical energy agreement worth nearly $400 billion that would allow for remittance in either Yuan or the Ruble, and create the first direct blow against petro-dollar hegemony in the 40 years that it has reigned as the global reserve currency.”
While Author Robert Kiyosaki Predicts US Dollar Collapse
Know what’s going on, begin to take necessary steps now as you, we no matter what country we are in become accountable for what we know, unless we decide to use the weed option.
What is common sense? Have you noticed that it is becoming a rare thing now days? Before we dig, just look around, whether it is your, family, co workers and heaven forbid church members. Starting to get an image? Now think of the things that cross your mind with the next few statements, the person opening car doors in traffic, the person at the grocery store who allows the cart to drift freely after giving it a shove toward the store and walks away after just leaving church, mass or a synagogue, the kid or grown man who walk around with their ass hanging out for the world to see. (Plug) We should have one day a week when if your ass shows freely in public something should be shoved in it! Remember we are talking common sense.
Does common sense exist? my thought, it is not common now days! Think politics how did we ever come up with leftist, extreme right, moral majority, conservative and new bullshit everyday? After all if we press the right button all of us will switch the meter to be red or blue in the blink of an eye. Before I ramble on what is common?
common – Definition [kom-uhn]