Posts Tagged ‘Slavery’

A Chinese mentally-handicapped man, sold into slavery and fed on dog food, labors

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“God help us if the labor-management relations being developed in China become the new low standard for the rest of the world.”  — Charles Kernaghan, Director of the NLC

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“Almost all the workers who have tried to organize… have been arrested.” — Elisabeth Tang, Chief Executive of the HKCTU

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This is fascism at work. This is what it looks like. You hear the terms fascism, communism, socialism, whatever-ism,  but they all mean the same thing and this is it.

My belief is they basically have China in mind as the model for us, more or less. An over-bloated central government runs everything, just like you see these guys wanting to do here now — slowly trying to take over everything, infiltrate and corrupt everything, control and surveil and probe and license and tax and seize everything that is and isn’t nailed down, everything  they can get their greedy hands on, if it moves they want to know what it is and who’s moving it, and they want their cut.

And if they don’t get their cut, some guys are going to be manning some machines in the prison sweatshop for 40 cents an hour, 40 hours a week, for the next 15 years, doing their part to bring in an average of around a publicized $850 million a year in the federal prison system alone. And I say publicized, because these guys always have all kinds of illegitimate kickback schemes going on and who knows what. There’s no more corrupt an entity than any variety of prison.

Now we already have a state-run, mandatory, criminalized health care and insurance racket in place, with the state already having taken up “equity stakes” in some of the largest national and international corporations and financial institutions, and we now have laws on the books concentrating power into the hands of the executive branch (dictator-military-secret police-detention system), as well as other laws circumventing the Constitution and stripping the sovereign American citizen of his or her basic protections, freedoms, and civil liberties.

This is fascism at work. This is what it looks like. You hear the terms fascism, communism, socialism, whatever-ism,  but they all mean the same thing and this is it.

In the immortal words of the WWII Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

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On February 5, 2009, Charles Kernaghan and the National Labor Committee (NLC), a Pittsburgh-based human rights group which campaigns for workers across the globe, released a 60-page report, High Tech Misery in China, documenting the grueling hours, low wages and draconian disciplinary measures at the Meitai factory in southern China. The 2,000  workers — mostly young women — produce keyboards and other equipment for Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft and IBM. Along with worker interviews, photographs of primitive factory and dorm conditions and extensive internal company documents were smuggled out of the factory.

Workers sit on hard wooden stools as 500 computer keyboards an hour move down the assembly line, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with just two days off a month. The workers have 1.1 seconds to snap on each key, an operation repeated 3,250 times an hour, 35,750 a day, 250,250 a week and over one million times a month. The pace is relentless.

Workers are paid 1/50th of a cent for each operation they complete.

Workers cannot talk, listen to music or even lift their heads to look around. They must “periodically trim their nails,” or be fined.

Workers needing to use the bathroom must learn to hold it until there is a break. Security guards spy on the workers, who are prohibited from putting their hands in their pockets and are searched when they leave the factory.

All overtime is mandatory and workers are at the factory up to 87 hours a week, while earning a take-home wage of just 41 cents an hour. Workers are being cheated of up to 19 percent of the wages due them.

Ten to twelve workers share each overcrowded dorm room, sleeping on metal bunk beds and draping old sheets over their cubicles for privacy.

Workers bathe using small plastic buckets and must walk down several flights of stairs to fetch hot water.

Workers are locked in the factory compound four days a week and prohibited from even taking a walk.

For breakfast the workers receive a thin rice gruel. On Fridays they receive a small chicken leg and foot to symbolize “their improving life.”

Workers are instructed to “love the company like your home”…”continuously striving for perfection” …and to spy on and “actively monitor each other.”

One Metai worker summed up the general feeling in the factory: “I feel like I am serving a prison sentence… The factory is forever pressing down on our heads and will not tolerate even the tiniest mistake. When working, we work continuously. When we eat, we have to eat with lightning speed… The security guards are like policemen watching over prisoners. We’re really livestock and shouldn’t be called workers.”

Charles Kernaghan, director of the NLC commented, “God help us if the labor-management relations being developed in China become the new low standard for the rest of the world. The $200 personal computer and $22.99 keyboard may seem like a great bargain. But they come at a terrible cost. The low wages and lack of worker rights protections in China are leading the race to the bottom in the global sweatshop economy, where there are no winners.”

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Photos of female workers, their heads resting in their arms while on what passes for their “break”, were smuggled out of the KYE Systems factory at Dongguan, China, in April, 2010, as part of a three-year investigation by the National Labour Committee.

According to the report, KYE, who manufactures products for Microsoft, recruits hundreds of “work-study” students 16 and 17 years of age, who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week, making webcams and accessories.

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“Like Something Out of a Horror Movie”

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A passing tourist, who stopped at the Jiaersi Green Construction Material Chemical Factory, located in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang to ask for some water to drink, was Shanghied and enslaved for over 2 years. Forced to toil every day with a tin bowl of noodles and a beating his only compensation, he twice tried to escape, only to be captured, returned, and flogged mercilessly for his efforts.

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According to Chinese state media and Global Times  reports from mid-December, 2010, at least 11 workers, including eight intellectually disabled people, were sold to the same building materials factory to work without pay.

The state media reports also cited authorities as saying that the workers were given no protective gear and were given the same food as the factory manager’s dogs. and that they had been confined to the factory, living in the most deplorable conditions imaginable and toiling like galley slaves, for at least three years.

China has had many previous cases of mentally ill people being abused as laborers. For instance, in May 2009, police in the eastern province of Anhui arrested 10 men for enslaving more than 30 mentally handicapped people who were forced to work at brick kilns. Hundreds of brick kiln slaves, many of them handicapped, were freed in raids in 2007 in northern China.

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The 2007 Chinese slave scandal

The 2007 Chinese slave scandal, also known as  the “Shanxi Black Brick Kiln Incident”, was a series of forced labor cases in Shanxi, China. Thousands of Chinese people including children had been forced to work as slaves in illegal brickyards (kilns), and tortured by the owners of the brickyards. In June 2007 alone, approximately 550 people were rescued from such situations.

Shanxi is located in the Loess Plateau in northern China, which is known for its rich clay deposits which are easier and cheaper to mine than coal. Through corrupt relationships with officials, slave “bosses” opened illegal brickyards. Due to the scarcity of labor in Shanxi, some factories outsourced production to middlemen who recruited workers from other provinces, making huge profits for the bosses.

The existence of illegal brickyards was first reported to authorities in 1998 by a laborer who had escaped from one. The escapee also wrote to the chairman of the Shanxi People’s Congress. As a result, slave rescue operations were carried out by provincial government authorities without notifying local officials. Over 150 slaves, three of them child laborers, were freed from the illegal brickyards as a result.

There have been continuing reports of cruelty committed at these illegal brickyards. In May of 2007, Henan TV Metro Channel reported the case of five minors around sixteen years old who had disappeared from the environs of Zhengzhou Railway Station. Having heard of earlier instances of child laborers being kidnapped for brickyards in Shanxi, their parents suspected their children might be found there.

Two months later these five were among fifty minors from Henan who were found at an illegal brickyard. Human traffickers had sold them to the brickyards for 500 Yuan each. The slaves included children as young as eight years old.

Moreover, brickyard owners hired guards and wolfdogs to watch their slaves. These slaves were forced to work over sixteen hours every day and any mistakes were punished by brutal torture.

One teenager who was rescued from an illegal brickyard said that, during his slavery, he had been taken to another brickyard by his boss to watch another slave being fed to a meat grinder.

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Sweatshop Hall of Shame 2010

The Sweatshop Hall of Shame 2010 highlights apparel and textile companies that use sweatshops in their global production. Hall of Shame inductees are responsible for evading fair labor standards and often are slow to respond or provide no response at all to any attempts by the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), workers, or others to improve working conditions.

I wasn’t able to find any results for 2015 — or anything after 2010 for that matter, which has me wondering, but what can you do. So…

The official inductees of the 2010 Sweatshop Hall of Shame are:

Abercrombie and Fitch

Gymboree

Hanes

Ikea

Kohl’s

LL Bean

Pier 1 Imports

Propper International

Walmart

This list also includes an Honorable Mention to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, a national trade association representing apparel and footwear companies. This association has exhibited a flagrant disregard for workers’ rights by primarily focusing on maintaining trade with Honduras in the middle of a military coup.

Most of the companies listed employ laborers who toil for long hours under dangerous working conditions for poverty wages. When these workers attempt to form a union to voice their collective concerns, they face threats from management and risk being fired, beaten… or even worse.

Many of 2010’s inductees used suppliers that practiced illegal tactics to suppress workers’ rights to organize. Some of the companies mentioned weave shame into their clothing by continuing to use cotton sourced from Uzbekistan where harvesting is accomplished through forced child labor.

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Mistletoe and Mrs. Claus

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“If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom.” — Tom Braun, Spirit of ’76 radio show: Voice of Warning

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“Most don’t see… most who see don’t care… most who care do nothing. This is the formula for enslavement.” — John Dilligent

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“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master.” ― George Washington

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Well, we have managed to keep the lights and the internet turned on. Thirty-four years in a skilled trade that has always been in demand and always should be, and it has become almost impossible to make ends meet. Life has become a daily struggle just to manage the bare bones expenses. And you know what? It’s only going to get worse.

These people are breaking our backs, man, they really are, and they’ve been telling us openly in the headline news the last couple of weeks to brace ourselves for further restrictions and even more taxes. What that boils down to is more wealth and power for them and less for us, its rightful heirs.

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Let me tell you how all this really works: these people act like they are up there dedicating themselves to your betterment and your well-being. They act like they know what’s best for you and you can rely on them to do the best, right, and honorable thing.

But you know what? You might as well be a cow or a stalk of corn to these people — a resource  to manage, like a herd of domestic animals or a huge field of corn — cattle and crops — and the sooner you assimilate that into your thinking processes, the better off you’ll be. Their only interest is in milking you and shucking you, and sending you off to slaughter. And that’s a certified fact.

They have stopped working for us in case that’s not apparent. We now work for them. 

Since they refer to themselves as “trusted public servants”,  you should ask yourself what’s lower than a servant, because that’s the slot you occupy. Now, the servant tells you  what to do. Or what not to do. And you better do it, or else suffer some variety of undesirable consequences. The servants make the rules, and the servants enforce those rules, and you follow those rules, don’t you? Or at least generally speaking and for the most part… or else.

So, what would you call someone who is lower than a servant? It seems to me, that the only thing lower than a servant is a slave. That’s all I can think of: a slave. 

Now theoretically if not historically, you tell the servant what to do and the servant does it. That’s what a servant’s for. If he or she refuses to do whatever it is, something else entirely, or perhaps even nothing at all, that’s not a servant.

In the theoretical case of a Republic (where you live), the public is the Master and the officials in Washington are their servants. Those servants are supposed to be there to carry out the general wishes of the Master, or American public. That’s because it says so in the Constitution, the primary legal basis for this society: a free Republic. And that’s why they are called public servants in the first place: because they exist to serve the public. Period.

If though, the servants ever manage to turn the tables on their Master through cunning and guile, and are not only doing whatever they please, but are in fact working in concert against the best interests of their Master and coercing their Master to acquiesce and follow along with their schemes, making demands upon their Master and threatening him with punishment if he refuses to give in to those demands, then at that point the servants have become the Master and the Master has become a slave.

And that’s where we’re at, right now. Your heritage is that of Master. It’s your inheritance, handed down to you from the Founding Fathers, and guaranteed you by the Constitution they drafted and enacted in order to bestow that privilege upon you — sovereign privilege — and guarantee its continuing effect. In a free Republic the citizen is sovereign, not the president, or anyone else for that matter. The citizen is the top of the food chain, so to speak.

That is the essence of a Constitutional Republic.

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Liberty is: “… The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature.” (Bouvier’s law dictionary) Liberty’s applied freedom is that each individual is sovereign and united with all other sovereign freemen is/are “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,” (Declaration of Independence) Freedom is then, … “the right to do what is not forbidden by law (as constitutionally defined, natural law, as is averse to the codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. of man that conflicts with natural law). “Freedom does not preclude the idea of subjection to law; indeed, it presupposes the existence of some legislative provision, the observance of which insures freedom to us, by securing the like observance from others.” 2 Har. Cond. L. R. 208 (Bouvier’s law dictionary)

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Well, way back when, it actually worked that way. Today, it does not. So I do believe that somewhere along the way, somebody got cheated out of the bulk of their rightful inheritance, and is in the painful process of losing what little is left. Go look in the mirror and you’ll see who. Then look at your wife, your kids, your friends and your neighbors… yes, they’ve all gotten the shaft as well.

We’re going to have to figure out what to do with this brood, while we have any practical resources left to us, and before it’s too late. It is our inalienable right as sovereign American citizens to reject a government gone rogue and replace it with another. But somehow the concept sounds impractical if not intimidating. I’ve never heard of this suggested seriously and backed-up by any practical plan. And I don’t think the bulk of the population even knows they have this right… 

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Santa and Nude Mrs. Claus

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