Category Archives: Activism

A Blind Man With A Winning Lottery Ticket Asks This Stranger If He Won… But Watch What She Does!

As much as we wish everyone was honest, the sad reality is that there are some people who don’t always deserve our trust. And when it comes to strangers, even if we don’t do this consciously, we have a tendency to make a lot of assumptions based on superficial factors. And you might imagine, we are often wrong. Johal is a YouTuber who decided to conduct a very interesting social experiment centred around honesty. Johal approached strangers and claimed to be blind before asking them to read his winning lottery ticket and let him know if he had won. To make things more interesting, he approached people in a wealthy area as well as a “poor” area. Check out the shocking way these people responded…

Via: Meta Spoon

Did A Child Slave Make The Chocolate Bar You’re Eating?

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A lawsuit filed Monday against major candy producers The Hershey Company, Nestlé, and Mars, Inc, alleges that some of the world’s largest chocolate makers are knowingly using child labor in Africa.

The American chocolate industry has long been accused of such offenses, but this lawsuit adds a new spin.

Besides seeking monetary damages for those who live in California and bought the companies’ chocolate, the plaintiffs want the packaging of the candy to say child slaves were involved.

The lawsuits cite an ongoing Tulane University study, financed by the U.S. Department of Labor, which estimates more than 4,000 children are forced to produce cocoa on Ivory Coast plantations.

“Children that are sometimes not even 10 years old carry huge sacks that are so big that they cause them serious physical harm,” one copy of the lawsuit reads. “Much of the world’s chocolate is quite literally brought to us by the back-breaking labor of child slaves.”

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The class action suits seek both monetary damages for California residents who have purchased the chocolate and revised packaging that denotes child slaves were used. It’s a new approach to an old problem: the chocolate industry’s deep, dark, not-so-secret scandal. It’s been 15 years since the first allegations of child slavery in the chocolate industry caused national outrage. Will this be the final straw?

A Nestle spokesperson denied the allegations and told The Daily Beast that “child labor has no place in our cocoa supply chain.”

A Hershey spokesman citedsustainable farmer training programs the company has previously established and said the company “will invest another $400 million in the region by 2020 to reduce instances of inappropriate labor issues.”

And a Mars representative similarly denied the allegations in an official statement to The Daily Beast.

Chocolate is a product of the cacao bean, which grows primarily in the tropical climates of Western Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The cacao bean is more commonly referred to as cocoa, so that is the term that will be used throughout this article. Western African countries, mostly Ghana and the Ivory Coast, supply more than 70% of the world’s cocoa. The cocoa they grow and harvest is sold to a majority of chocolate companies, including the largest in the world.

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A child’s workday typically begins at six in the morning and ends in the evening. Some of the children use chainsaws to clear the forests. Other children climb the cocoa trees to cut bean pods using a machete. These large, heavy, dangerous knives are the standard tools for children on the cocoa farms, which violates international labor laws and a UN convention on eliminating the worst forms of child labor.Once they cut the bean pods from the trees, the children pack the pods into sacks that weigh more than 100 pounds when full and drag them through the forest  Aly Diabate, a former cocoa slave, said, “Some of the bags were taller than me. It took two people to put the bag on my head. And when you didn’t hurry, you were beaten.”

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Holding a single large pod in one hand, each child has to strike the pod with a machete and pry it open with the tip of the blade to expose the cocoa beans. Every strike of the machete has the potential to slice a child’s flesh. The majority of children have scars on their hands, arms, legs or shoulders from the machetes.

In addition to the hazards of using machetes, children are also exposed to agricultural chemicals on cocoa farms in Western Africa. Tropical regions such as Ghana and the Ivory Coast consistently deal with prolific insect populations and choose to spray the pods with large amounts of industrial chemicals. In Ghana, children as young as 10 spray the pods with these toxins without wearing protective clothing.

The farm owners using child labor usually provide the children with the cheapest food available, such as corn paste and bananas. In some cases, the children sleep on wooden planks in small windowless buildings with no access to clean water or sanitary bathrooms.

The first group to question the financial strategies behind the industry’s wealth was a British organization called True Vision Entertainment. In a shocking 2000 documentary titled Slavery: A Global Investigation, the group reported on the chocolate industry’s alleged connection to cocoa harvested by child slaves. The award-winning film opens on stick-thin adolescent boys in the Ivory Coast slinging hundred-pound bags of cocoa pods on their backs, followed by an interview in which the boys express their confusion over not being paid.

As of 2008, there were an estimated 225 million child workers worldwide, according to data published by the United Nations.

Sources: The Open Mind | The Daily Beast |Refinery 29

Princess Says Animals Don’t Have Rights Because They Dont Pay Taxes

1Princess Michael of Kent thinks that animals don’t have rights and that people only have rights if they pay taxes. She made these outrageous claims while speaking to an audience at the Henley Literary Festival, saying that while she is an animal lover, they don’t have rights because they don’t vote or pay taxes.

She said, “I’m a great animal lover and I’m involved in a lot of conservation, but animals don’t have rights. They don’t have bank accounts. They don’t vote. We have obligations. We have obligations to animals, but to say they have rights? They don’t have rights. You only have rights if you pay your taxes. You earn your rights.”

Elisa Allen of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), told The TimesPeta urges Princess Michael to study the subject, rather than making an off-the-cuff statement that reflects ignorance of the issue of what fundamental rights animals have, which do not include the right to drive a car or build up an overdraft. She should also exercise caution in opining at all on such issues because her daft assessment would mean that children and certain classes of human beings are also not entitled to rights.”

Her comments call attention to a deeper question: Are we born with our rights, or are they granted to us according to our subservience to a specific government or monarchy? While her comments are threatening to animals, they are certainly also threatening to humans as well, who according to her don’t have rights unless they are voting and paying taxes. Also, it is important to point out that the princess doesn’t pay any taxes either, nor does any of her royal relatives, so with that being the case can we suggest that they don’t have rights either?

The princess is fairly well-known for her rude and unsettling antics. Back in 2004, she was in the news for telling a group of black customers at a restaurant to “go back to the colonies.” When speaking about the event she referred to the group as “a bunch of rappers” when in reality they were high-class clientele that included an investment banker and a lawyer.

 

H/T: True Activist

VIDEO: When I Saw How This Homeless Vet Was Treated In Public, I Was FURIOUS!

What would you do if you saw a homeless man asking for help in public?

Most people, would simply walk by and ignore him. As more people walked by this homeless vet, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. He’s a person in real need of assistance, and not only was he ignored, but he was attacked, abused, and mistreated. Worst of all it was by a NYC police officer. That really infuriated me. Imagine not eating for so long that your stomach is in knots, and then asking for food, only to get it poured on your face.

You’d feel less than human, and completely worthless. By the end of this video I was completely in tears. Watch below and please SHARE your thoughts and feelings about this video on facebook.

The only time you should look down on someone is if you are helping them up.

Via: Damn.com

12 Horrifying Photos of the Tech Industry Apple Never Wants You to See

As the American public continues to depend more on digital technology to run society, the US tech industry is booming. New gadgets are flooding the market each year, and the top tech companies — Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM, HP, and Cisco, among others — are raking in record profits. But our addiction to the latest technology is simultaneously killing our atmosphere, our water, indigenous populations, and in the long run, our economy. These 12 photos illustrate how the US tech boom is affecting the rest of the world.

Tech companies depend on child labor for their raw materials.

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In the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), child labor has intensified in the last decade due to increased demand for minerals like cobalt, copper, and coltan (short for columbite-tantalite). Currently, 16.9 percent of the children between ages 5 and 14 work in the Congolese mining industry. And despite Congolese mining laws prohibiting the nation’s armed forces from running the mines, the United Nations estimates that the Congolese army controls approximately 50 percent of the DRC’s 200 mines. The UN’s International Labor Organization called mining one of the worst forms of child labor due to the numerous health risks inherent in the industry.

At least 40,000 children are forced to mine the minerals in our smartphones and laptops.

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To get around Congo’s mining laws, the Congolese army operates under “artisanal mining” guidelines, allowing them to conscript workers to labor in extremely hazardous conditions. According to a 2010 study by BMS World Mission, of the 100,000 mine workers in the DRC, 40 percent are children under age 18. Children are often conscripted by the army to work in the mines, and are paid just $1 to $5 a day. Of the children who work in the mines, 66 percent are unable to finish school, and 77 percent of those children eat just one meal a day.

The groups behind the 1994 Rwandan Genocide operate the mines that supply the US tech industry.

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The DRC holds roughly 80 percent of the world’s coltan. Along with the Congolese national army, militias from Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi control most of the coltan mining in the DRC. One group is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which was behind the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in 1994. Even though Rwanda itself contains no coltan, Rwanda’s coltan exports went from 50 tons in 1995 to 250 tons in 1998. The United Nations reported in 2001 that the American companies purchasing the exploited minerals serve as “the engine of the conflict in the DRC.

Apple’s largest manufacturer installed nets to prevent workers from committing suicide — but workers are still killing themselves.

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Contract manufacturer Foxconn is China’s largest private sector employer and the chief manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and iPads. It also makes electronics for Dell, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, and Sony. Working conditions are apparently so bad at Foxconn that the tech manufacturer installed suicide nets at its plants after a rash of suicides in 2010 at Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant that resulted in 14 worker deaths. Foxconn also put barriers on windows of the factory dormitories where its 300,000 to 400,000 workers live, to prevent workers jumping to their deaths.

However, Foxconn workers continue to attempt suicide every year — Between 2010 and 2013, 7 more workers committed suicide. And another Foxconn worker jumped to his death as recently as August. In 2011, workers at Foxconn’s Chengdu plant were forced to sign a contract that forbids them from committing suicide.

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In response to the suicides, Foxconn has held rallies and announced a pay increase of $293 a month (roughly an additional $9.70 per day) in an attempt to boost workers morale. But the company still hasn’t removed suicide nets from its buildings. And judging by this photo of a Foxconn rally, worker morale hasn’t improved much.

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Foxconn workers make $17 a day. Foxconn’s CEO is worth at least $5.9 billion.

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The pay and working conditions at Foxconn are so unbearable that 5 percent of its workforce — approximately 24,000 people — quits every month. According to the New York Times, the average Foxconn worker makes $17 a day, working 70 hour weeks. Meanwhile, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has a net worth of $5.9 billion. That means the average Foxconn employee would have to work 347 million days, or 951,000 years, to have as much money as its top executive. And if that isn’t bad enough, Foxconn workers are fined just for talking at work, and security guards patrol the assembly lines to listen for workers breaking the no-talking rule.

“Hundreds of people work in the workshops but they are not allowed to talk to each other,” Chinese government investigator Zhu Guangbing told The Telegraph. “If you talk, you get a black mark in your record and you get shouted at by your manager. You can also be fined.”

Tech industry mining produces miles-wide lakes of toxic waste.

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Roughly 95 percent of the “rare earth minerals” used in smartphones and laptops gets produced in Northern China. But Mongolia holds 70 percent of the world’s reserves of those minerals. The waste from those mining operations gush out of pipes in Baotou — a region of Mongolia bordering Northern China –where some toxic lakes span more than 5 miles in diameter. Here’s a GIF image of multiple pipes ejecting sludge from a tech mining site into an artificial lake.

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America’s biggest tech companies are some of the nation’s biggest corporate tax avoiders.

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Collectively, the 5 biggest tech companies — Apple, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and Cisco — have over $430 billion in overseas cash. Apple alone has $158 billion stashed overseas. If brought back to the US and taxed at a 35 percent rate, that $430 billion would provide $150.5 billion in revenue. That could create 600,000 public sector jobs for 5 years at $50,000 a year per job.

And as the below chart illustrates, the tech industry’s median tax rates are some of the lowest out of all industries. New York University professor Aswath Damodaran studied the data of over 7,000 publicly-traded companies, and discovered that while the retail automotive sector pays a median effective income tax rate of 32.7 percent, the computer software/services sector and the internet sector pay just a 10.1 percent and 5.9 percent rate, respectively.

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Tech workers are gentrifying San Francisco so much, their bus drivers have to sleep in cars

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While the tech industry is booming, a huge influx of well-to-do employees of Google, Twitter, and Facebook are moving into San Francisco and Oakland en masse. Silicon Valley tech companies even shuttle workers from their downtown apartments to their workplaces using private bus services. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an average one-bedroom apartment now costs $2,186 in San Jose, $2,469 in Oakland, and $3,361 in San Francisco. Needless to say, these bus drivers can’t afford to rent an apartment in the cities they serve, and sleep in their cars instead.

Technology is an industry likely to continue growing and expanding over the next several decades. Unless customers start demanding better treatment of workers, the environment, and the communities they inhabit, the tech industry’s unsavory business practices are likely to continue.

 

Source: USuncut

This New iPhone Feature Will Double Your Bill. Here’s How To Turn It Off

Apple recently released iOS 9, implementing a new feature which is costing people with limited data plans hundreds of dollars.

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“Wi-Fi Assist,” which is on by default, will automatically switch you to 4G if it thinks the WiFi you’re using is too slow. If you’re on a limited data plan, that’s bad news.

Here’s how to turn if off:

 

1. Open your settings.

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2. Choose “Cellular.”

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3. Scroll all the way to the bottom, to find “Wi-Fi Assist.” Finally, touch the button to turn it off.

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H/T: Distractify

The Netherlands Has Officially Banned The Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses

It is now illegal for wild animals, such as lions, bears, elephants, and giraffes, to be used in circuses in the Netherlands!

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On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, a ban on wild animals in circuses officially went into effect in the Netherlands.

Wild animals, such as lions, bears, elephants, and giraffes, will no longer have to endure extensive travel or life in cramped, poorly-laid-out enclosures for the sole purpose of entertaining humans.

As has been shared before, life for an animal in captivity is not at glamorous as it might appear to be in the ring. Oftentimes, circus animals undergo rigorous training (causing mass amounts of stress) and/or abuse inflicted by trainers seeking to instill fear.

Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit, the association of Dutch animal welfare organizations, has spent the last nine years working towards the ban. The association is now offering to help circuses find new, species-appropriate homes for the animals.

This Fireman Saved A Little Girl….This Is What She Did 17 Years Later

Life has really a lot of things under its sleeves.

Who would ever think that a fireman who saved a nine-month baby girl from a fire will be invited the graduation of the angel he saved some years after the incident.

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As the house filled with hot smoke, Mike Hughes says he had a hunch. He dashed into a room — the first he tried — and there in a crib was a 9-month-old girl “overwhelmed by smoke inhalation.”

The firefighter gathered the infant in his arms and rushed her to safety.

“Another 20 seconds and it would have been a different outcome,” he recalled to KOMO News.

That rescue happened 17 years ago. The girl, Dawnielle Davison, is now 18.

Hughes, who lives in Wenatchee, Washington, and is now retired, told TODAY that he connected with Davison about five years ago after rediscovering an old newspaper clip about his rescue of the girl.

“I thought, ‘I wonder if that baby I pulled out of that fire is still alive and kicking.’ So I just got on Facebook and looked her name up and presto, there she was,” the 61-year-old said. “I thought it would be fun to say hi.”

Davison says she had no idea that she had come so close to death at such a young age until Hughes reached out to her.

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For her graduation, Davison says she knew she wanted her hero to be there.

“[It’s] really emotional,” Davison told KOMO News through tears. “I don’t know really how to describe it, they’re happy tears, to realize some things could have gone wrong.”

Hughes said he was really moved that the teen thought to invite him for such an important occasion.

“She sent me an invitation so I thought, ‘By golly, I’m going,’” he told ABC News. “It meant an awful lot to me. I was really happy.”

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Mike cried when he heard Danielle’s speech at the ceremony: ’Mike’s presence here is really important to me. I always cry from happiness when I think about how everything could have been so different. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.’

VIDEO: Two Pedos Attack Boy – But Watch What Happens When His Mom Walks In…

Social media can be a dangerous place.

There are many online predators that are lurking on social media that prey on the lives of innocent boys and girls. Children use social media, to make friends and many of them whom they haven’t met face to face, and are complete strangers. Most kids do it so casually, and without even thinking. Parents are usually oblivious or unaware, that something so innocent could actually pose a major danger to their children’s well-being, especially without the right parenting / precautions / and education. In this video, a fake teenage female’s profile is created and used to befriend and then lure unsuspecting teenage boys to meet up. What ends up happening is a far worse situation than the teenage boys signed up for.

Thankfully this was all setup to teach kids a lesson, and teach a lessons to kids about the dangers of social media. But in In real life, things can end tragically. Innocent lives damaged and destroyed that will never be the same again. It’s very important that EVERY parent AND child sees this video. Even if it helps save one child’s life from watching, it was worth it.

Please SHARE this video with all your friends and family. It has a very important message that everyone should see.

Heartbreaking Video Shows Dolphin Beg for Help During Annual, Govt-Sanctioned Dolphin Slaughter

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Taiji, Japan – In an annual display of absolute barbarism, the infamous dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan kicked off its yearly massacre of dolphins and whales last week.

Founder of The Dolphin Project and star of the 2009 documentary film “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry was on scene to witness the bloodbath once again.

Even after years of witnessing the most heinous acts, Barry was left reeling from witnessing the wanton extermination of such intelligent life forms.

The Taiji hunt lasts for six months, killing or capturing up to a quota of 1,873 animals this season alone. The annual slaughter continues to cause international outrage from animal rights advocates.

In an effort to put pressure on the Japanese government to end the hunts, in 2010 conservation organization Sea Shepherd began sending “Cove Guardians” to document and record the slaughter.

According to a report by The Dodo:

Each year, 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Japan, hundreds of them in the Taiji hunt alone. The few who survive the blood-red waters are sold into captivity, fated to spend the rest of their lives cut off from family and performing at zoos and marine parks.

Some have attempted to justify the brutality using claims of cultural heritage and tradition. However, the mass killing, using dolphin drives, have only recently become a common occurrence.

The reality of the Taiji hunt is not an overarching cultural tradition, but rather a small group of local men generating large amounts of revenue from the murder of this extremely intelligent, and self-aware being.

Watch this tragic video, of a Risso dolphin struggling to save itself from the killing field. Witnessing the suffering of this remarkably intelligent animal is enough to spark outrage. The dolphin literally throws itself at O’Barry, in an attempt to escape being killed.

“I will be arrested immediately,” he says. “The police are all over the place.”

Activists are only allowed to witness the hunt, with any interference resulting in immediate arrest, and a potentially lengthy prison sentence.

“This is anguish,” O’Barry said. “[He’s] panic-stricken on the rocks, and I am heartbroken that I can’t get in the water and help him away from … he’s tearing his skin up. This is awful. That dolphin’s not going to make it. He’s given up.”

 

Shortly after the dolphin sinks to the bottom of the water, then another boat pulls with a man in a full scuba suit.

“They’re sending over a diver,” O’Barry says. “Probably with a knife to take him out.”

Please share this video if you want to see the killing of these amazing creatures come to an end!

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