merle_: fair trade: the new organic?
[The Book of Merle] I've noticed a lot more things labelled as "fair trade" or "fair wages" recently. Purchasing them is supposed to make one feel happy, because the money goes back to the workers, who supposedly are not in sweat shops living on three grains of rice a day.
[ysmarko] an idea i'd love to see become reality: fair-trade clothing ...: at best, we have the word of the seller (like: target), saying they don't use sweat-shop .He said the conditions were harsh compared to the US, but far better than most other jobs available to those working there.
[Viva Woman] Why should I pay more for eco chic fashion?: It’s eco chic fashion these days even with lingerie, like the rather new Ecochic label under Triumph, a new range of underwear with fabric made from bamboo fibres. It supposedly absorbs sweat better and has anti-bacterial properties. A pair of briefs is reported to cost $17.90 while a bra cost $59.90.
[Dark Optimism] Dark Optimism » Blog Archive » Rituals for Lover Earth: Nearly all of the sweat lodge ceremonies I have been to were replete with fake rituals. Even if they scrupulously followed the prescribed procedures of the native tradition from which they originated, what was once authentic had become fake.
[innocent drinks] to burger or not to burger - innocent drinks - a blog about our ...: I think finding Innocent in a McDonalds will in some small way dilute the otherwise toxic nature of these places, and may make those parents that feel guilty about taking their kids there, as well as those parents that simply don't care about heart disease and obesity think its OK to have a burger and chips if they have a fruit smoothie as well. Even a tiny increase in the consumption of McDonalds food is likely to be bad for peoples health, and if innocent's presence in McDonalds has this effect then I'll be dissapointed.
[Guy Fawkes' blog] Time to Defund CRU's Global Cooling Deniers - Guy Fawkes' blog: We've outlived our usefulness to the elite who with our sweat equity (money) 5/6ths of us are planned to be disposed of and the elite will be serviced by the likes of Manna - how quaint - and how true this passage from the KJV is: Numbers 11:6 ...... but the near-consistent hypocritical tripe being bum's rushed through by clearly incompetent entities in the name of fighting the bizarely mis-labelled notion of (man made - as another topic) 'climate change' is astounding. ...
[Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - books] The exemplary chronicler of an African tragedy | Books | guardian ...: Rather, he is critiquing Conrad's use of Africa as MERELY a foil, a "place of negations", a background against which, as anytimefrances puts it, he shows "how senseless and violent the Europeans were" or how "European greed led them into a world which was strange and in ways horrid." What Achebe argues is that the use of Africa "as setting and background" "as metaphysical battlefield devoid of all recognizable humanity" "props for the break-up of one petty European mind" is indefensible, is itself racist because it dehumanizes and depersonalizes an entire portion of the human race. He puts it finely when he says "Africa is to Europe as the picture is to Dorian Gray--a carrier on to whom the master unloads his physical and moral deformities so that he may go forward, erect and immaculate."
[BBC Blog Network] BBC NEWS | Talk about Newsnight | Does your daily bread contain ...: While I feel deep gratitude towards this man and BBC for standing alone amongst all other entities with a voice of equivalent or greater magnitude and highlighting these issues, I still find it somewhat paradoxical. That is, if he willingly acknowledges that what he is doing now (as a vegan) is more ethical, than when he ceases to be a vegan at the end of a very short time span (one month), wont he be knowingly doing something “unethical” and should thus be known as the “unethical man.” To all those who read this comment after having read this story I must ask the same thing.
Posted at December 22, 2009 09:03 AM
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