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ESTEY BOMBERGER Announces $3 Million Settlement for Sexual Abuse at San Diego Private School

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

The child molestation victim lawyers at Estey Bomberger have obtained a $ 3 million settlement for students who, according to case documents, were allegedly sexually abused by their Spanish teacher at a private school in San Diego. The victims were allegedly in elementary school when they were touched inappropriately from 2008-2010. The name of the defendant in the case remains confidential, per the terms of the settlement agreement. It should be noted that no criminal charges were filed against the alleged perpetrator.

“The school let these kids down,” said Stephen Estey, founding partner of Estey Bomberger, who represented the students in the civil lawsuit. “The families trusted the school’s administration to keep their children safe. This settlement acknowledges that what these children suffered was unacceptable, and that the school failed to properly supervise the teacher.”

“Our hope is that this settlement will help the victims heal as they move forward and try to put what happened behind them. This settlement is not just about these students, it is also about the safety and well-being of children everywhere,” said Estey. “No child deserves to be taken advantage of by their teacher.”


The lawyers at Estey Bomberger provide professional and effective legal representation to those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. While no amount of money can ever compensate a victim for a horrific act like molestation, our team fights to see justice served for victims and to hold perpetrators and those responsible for their supervision fully accountable.

The firm has obtained several record-setting verdicts for victims of sexual abuse, including a 2010 verdict for $ 30 million against a Bay Area foster family agency, and a 2012 $ 23 million verdict against Los Angeles Unified School District. Based in San Diego, the firm represents clients throughout California. To learn more about our services, visit http://www.childmolestationvictims.com or http://www.esteybomberger.com.

Datalogic Provides a Modern Shopping Experience with Joya X1Self-shopping Solution at Coop Estonia

Bologna, Italy (PRWEB) September 04, 2014

Datalogic S.p.A., a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets, is proud that the Joya™ X1 self-shopping device was selected by Harju Consumer Society, a member of Coop Estonia, to enhance their customer’s shopping experience.    

Coop Estonia is the largest and oldest jointly operating retail group in Estonia. In operation since 1917, Coop Estonia has 353 stores all over Estonia and employs more than 4,400 workers. On June 11, 2014, the newest Harju supermarket, Miiduranna Konsum, implemented Datalogic’s self-shopping solution using the Joya X1 device and Shopevolution™ 6.0 middleware.

The Harju supermarket aims at providing their customers a fun, fast shopping experience. Since its launch, management has noted increased customer interest for both the new store and the self-shopping system. Merli Sirp, Marketing Manager at Harju comments, “One of the reasons for the interest is that the Joya unit is very attractive and colorful. Once customers use it, they notice that it really is comfortable and fast.”

The Joya X1 device is innovative, colorful, and ergonomically designed, giving the store’s clientele a modern, engaging, and fast shopping experience. “We felt that the target shoppers at the new Harju location, which is a residential setting comprised of young families, was a great fit for the inaugural launch of self-shopping within our stores,” continues Sirp. “Customer adoption of the Datalogic system provides Harju with the best opportunity to distinguish itself from its competitors and deliver on the store’s promise to provide their customers with quick and easy purchases along with a real-time view of shopping costs, while avoiding long queues.”

The Joya X1 device reduces customer wait times at the checkout, and avoids the need to remove products from the cart. Customers also have the ability to keep their net costs under control and view the total purchase amount in real-time. The unit is easy to use, light, robust, and fast. The long battery life guarantees operation without interruption even during long shopping excursions.

Francesco Montanari, Vice President & General Manager of Mobile Computing at Datalogic ADC, explains, “Datalogic’s self-shopping solutions continue to be adopted by leading retailers worldwide because Shopevolution middleware and the Joya X1 device provide retailers the features they need to give their clients the best shopping experience.“

The Joya X1 device uses linear imaging technology for increased customer safety and reliability. This imaging technology provides the capability to scan coupons on smartphones and on Electronic Store Label (ESL) displays.

Drawing on years of experience in self-shopping applications, the new Joya X1 device delivers outstanding features, ergonomics, and enhancements. This new version, coupled with Shopevolution middleware, comes ready to receive multi-media content and promotions, perform queue-busting, and assist in inventory management.

Datalogic ADC, the world leader in automatic data capture, offers state of the art solutions with fixed position retail scanners, handheld scanners and mobile computers. Datalogic ADC’s range includes in-counter and on-counter point of sale scanners, general purpose and ruggedized handheld scanners, rugged mobile computers, industrial PDAs and vehicle mount computers. Solutions for applications in several sectors include healthcare, hospitality/entertainment, manufacturing, retail, services and transportation and logistics.

Businesses in the retail sector can particularly benefit from Datalogic ADC’s vision-based technology solutions, analytical tools, self-shopping solutions and consumer relationship technologies.

A division of the Datalogic Group, Datalogic ADC is headquartered in the US with a presence in over 120 countries.

Datalogic Group is a global leader in the automatic data capture and industrial automation markets. As a world-class producer of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser markeing systems, Datalogic offers innovative solutions for a full range of applications in the retail, transportation & logistics, manufacturing and healthcare industries. With products used in over a third of the world’s supermarkets and points of sale, airports, shipping and postal services, Datalogic is in a unique position to deliver solutions that can make life easier and more efficient for people. Datalogic S.p.A., listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001 as DAL.MI, is headquaratered in Lippo di Calderara di Reno (Bologna). Datalogic Group as of today employs about 2,400 members of staff worldwide distributed in 30 countries. In 2013 Datalogic Group acheived revenues of 450,7 million Euro and invested over 35 million Euro in Research and Development with a portfolio of over 1,000 patents across the world.

For more news and information on Datalogic, please visit http://www.datalogic.com.

Datalogic and the Datalogic logo are registered trademarks of Datalogic S.p.A. in many countries, including the U.S.A. and the E.U. Datalogic ADC is a trademark of Datalogic S.p.A. The Joya logo is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l in the U.S.A. and the E.U. Shopevolution is a registered trademark of Datalogic ADC S.r.l. in the E.U. All other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


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TWITTER:     @ColeHauser will join @the_USO on his first tour to visit troops in the Middle East!

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WHEN:     Summer 2014

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ (Afghanistan – July 29, 2010) … Three MORE Americans killed by suicide bomber dressed in police uniform — 2,000 U.S. deaths so far in the war (1 October 2012) …
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‘In Iraq, the signature weapon system that we hadn’t seen before was the IED.

We had to adjust to that.

Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see is going to be the insider attack.’
– General John Allen

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‘I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,’ General Allen said.

‘We’re going to get after this. It reverberates everywhere, across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we’re not willing to be murdered for it.’

President Barack Obama’s plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan calls for the United States military to train Afghan’s to defend their own country as the remaining 68,000 American troops will return home in 2014.

‘The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability,’ General Allen said.

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… information on photo … Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ … Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010

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Death: Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ, drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two U.S. soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000

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Three MORE Americans killed by suicide bomber dressed in police uniform as top general says he’s ‘mad as hell’ at insider attacks

…At least 14 people were killed this morning in an insider attack in Afghanistan
…The bomber was dressed as an Afghan police officer
…Top general says insider attacks are the ‘signature’ of the conflict
…Of the 2,000 U.S. deaths so far in the war, 1 in 5 has been caused by Afghan on American fire

PUBLISHED: 08:20 EST, 1 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:39 EST, 1 October 2012


A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a patrol of Afghan and international forces on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people, including three NATO service members and their translator, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came as relations between international forces and their Afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge in insider attacks by Afghan allies.

The attack comes as top Afghanistan official General John Allen blasted the rash of insider attacks, saying he was ‘mad as hell’ that terrorist forces were taking advantage of the United States’ ‘vulnerabilities’ during the troop withdrawal and warned that the insider attack would be the ‘signature’ of the current stage.

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Blast: Afghan police inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack targeting a convoy of NATO’s soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), in Khost, Afghanistan, 01 October 2012


The bomber struck a group of Afghan police and international troops shortly after they got out of their vehicles to walk through a market area in Khost city, the capital of Khost province, said provincial government spokesman Baryalai Wakman.

Six civilians and four police officers were killed in the blast, Wakman said. He said the police officers were part of a specialized quick-reaction force.

Blood could be seen on the market road as Afghan police and soldiers tried to clean up the area after the blast. Slippers and bicycle parts were strewn about.


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‘I heard the explosion and came right to this area. I saw the dead bodies of policemen and of civilians right here,’ said policeman Hashmat Khan, who ran to the site of the blast from his job as security for a nearby bank.

Coalition spokesman Maj. Adam Wojack would only confirm that three NATO service members and their translator died in a bombing in the east on Monday, without giving an exact location or the nationalities of the dead.

The international military alliance usually waits for individual nations to announce details on deaths.

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Security: Afghan Police check people on a roadside check point following a suicide bomb attack targeting a convoy of NATO’s soldiers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Khost, Afghanistan, 01 October 2012


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Wounded: An Afghan man is treated at a hospital after he was injured in a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012



Most of the troops in the east and in Khost province are American. It was not immediately clear if the translator was an Afghan citizen or a foreigner, Wojack said.

Dozens of Afghan civilians were also wounded in the bombing. The city’s hospital alone was treating about 30 people injured in the explosion, said Dr. Amir Pacha, a physician working there. He added there could be other victims being treated at nearby private clinics.

‘In Iraq, the signature weapon system that we hadn’t seen before was the IED.

We had to adjust to that.

Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see is going to be the insider attack.’
General John Allen

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in text messages to media that the insurgent group was behind the attack.

Joint patrols between NATO and Afghan forces have become more limited following a tide of attacks by Afghan soldiers and police on their international allies.

Last month, the U.S. military issued new orders that require units to get approval from higher-ups before conducting operations with Afghans.

Then, two weeks later, U.S. officials said most missions were being conducted with Afghans again, though the system of approvals has remained in place.

The close contact — coalition forces working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers — is a key part of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead as the U.S. and other nations prepare to pull out their last combat troops by the end of 2014.

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Conflict: US Army soldiers based at Zangabad patrol during a dawn operation at Naja-bien village on September 23, 2012. A total of 374 civilians were killed and 581 injured in August as a result of the war in Afghanistan, making it the second deadliest month for civilians since 2007

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Death: Air Force Pararescueman, or PJ, drapes an American flag over the remains of the first of two U.S. soldiers killed minutes earlier in an IED attack in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on July 29, 2010. U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have surpassed 2,000



But the rising death toll for international troops has increased calls in the U.S. and other allies to get out as soon as possible.

On Sunday, a U.S. official confirmed that an American soldier was killed in a firefight that broke out between Afghan and U.S. troops, sparked by either a premeditated attack or confusion about the origins of an insurgent strike.

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Withdrawal: Instability and vulnerability precipitated by President Barack Obama’s plan for troop withdrawal by 2014 has left an opening for insider attacks, a top general has said



General Allen spoke with 60 Minutes to discuss the disturbing trend of insider attacks.

‘I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,’ General Allen said.

‘We’re going to get after this. It reverberates everywhere, across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign. But we’re not willing to be murdered for it.’

President Barack Obama’s plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan calls for the United States military to train Afghan’s to defend their own country as the remaining 68,000 American troops will return home in 2014.

‘The enemy recognizes this is a vulnerability,’ General Allen said.

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Trend: COMISAF General John Allen, center, says that insider attacks are the ‘signature’ of the Afghan conflict

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Collaboration: An Afghan soldier stands guard during a gathering in Gushta district of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012



On Sunday, the Pentagon announced th death of the 2,000th servicemember. This year, 1 in 5 combat-related deaths of American or NATO-allied troops has been the result of Afghan insider attacks.


Barnhardt Manufacturing Company Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification and Label for High Q

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) May 31, 2014

Barnhardt Manufacturing Company has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for its High Q® Cotton. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine ingredients.

“This logo/label will allow our High Q® cotton to be immediately identified as a certified USDA BioPreferred product,” said Chuck Allen, Director of Product Development at Barnhardt.

All biobased amount claims are verified by independent labs and monitored by the USDA. Consumers may feel secure in the accuracy of the biobased amount and be empowered in making better informed purchasing decisions.

“We are proud that Barnhardt Manufacturing Company has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label,” said Ron Buckhalt, USDA BioPreferred Program Manager. “Biobased products add value to renewable agriculture commodities, create jobs in rural communities and help our nation decrease its reliance on foreign-sourced and non-renewable petroleum.”

The label is estimated to be on certified products and available for consumers by May 12, 2014. Our product was certified to 98% biobased and the remaining 2% being fossil carbon.

About USDA BioPreferred

The USDA BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program. Products that meet the USDA BioPreferred program requirements carry a distinctive label for easier identification by the consumer. To learn more about the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, please visit http://www.biopreferred.gov, and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

About Barnhardt Manufacturing Company:

Barnhardt Manufacturing Company is a privately owned company that began operation in 1900. It is a global supplier of high quality bleached and purified cotton fibers for use in medical, feminine hygiene and consumer products as well as the adult and baby diapers. Visit http://www.barnhardtcotton.net.

How to Fight Against Citizens United Without a Constitutional Amendment

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We are approaching the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court's January 2010 decision, Citizens United. Recall that Citizens United allows unlimited spending on political campaigns by outside groups, including corporations.

Despite two federal elections and 1,000 or so days passing since Citizens United was decided, the coalition determined to roll back the Court's decision has thus far failed to stop corporate spending from poisoning our democracy.

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This is a great solution to the question of how to take on Citizen's United

It’s simple, we kick the money out of politics

My thoughts are to make all elections from dog catcher to president 100% publicly funded, and when you burn through your war chest IT’S GONE! And you’re not going to get anymore. Equal funding. Equal time. Equal voice.

Wal-Mart Black Friday and Protests

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Wal-Mart sent out a press release.

They say they had more than 10,000,000 transactions between 8PM and midnight yesterday.

Bill Simon CEO also tries to down play protest.

For more on these and other stories check bowlersdesk.com

And as always please feel free to post, re-post, and share.


I think is a testament to the cause of the workers that all the Wal-Mart brass can do is play down the size but cant refute the workers claims

Local police disperse, arrest Black Friday protesters on behalf of Walmart

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The treatment of peaceful protesters compared to the unruly and sometimes violent crowds of stampeding Black Friday shoppers couldn't be more different. While the former is ostracized and forcibly removed by police, the latter is encouraged to come out for a competitive brawl over marked off goods. Nowhere is this contrast more clearly defined than in the police treatment of Walmart protesters over the last 24 hours.

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Thank you much for writing about this.

Black Friday, Black Heart

These are human beings goddamnit, their lives have value!

I’m most likely preaching to the choir and hope the my voice can add to the thousands literally starving for change here in the first world of the United States, and push the issue of labor rights just a bit further. Lets take a look at today’s Huffington Post Black Friday reports. Seriously go take a look I’ll wait… … … … So are you mad or disgusted yet? I hope so. There is a time for anger, righteous anger. That time is now.

Personally I have seen both sides. I worked those way before pre-dawn hours at a big box store for many years. And been a witness to appalling customer behavior, intentional stock shortages and staff pushed beyond levels of decency by management. It would easy to point the blame at retailers like Wal-Mart and say. “You’re an evil corporation that is ruining people’s lives and depriving your employees of a decent standard of living.” And why this is generally true. It’s much harder to stand in front of that dressing room mirror and say “My unconscious consumption is ruining people’s lives and depriving people around the world including Americans a decent standard of living.”

If Americans were more conscious about where and how their money was spent the tide of violence and aggression that has become the day after Thanksgiving could then and only then be stemmed. Private corporations are more democratic than we give them credit for. Your wallet casts a vote every time you exchange currency for goods and the cash register is the ballot box. Every time you purchase a product from a retailer or manufacturer that mistreats its employees you are showing your explicit approval of that companies practices and give them the incentive and capital to not only continue but to expand their immoral practices.

I know its hard not to do this. Most of us work shit jobs that pay shit wages so in return the only places we can shop are places that treat people like shit. It’s a circle that is quickly destroying our nations middle class. I don’t have all the answers on how to break this cycle but I know where we can start. Buy less things for a start. By doing this you can save money. So when it is time to make that purchase of something you need you can spend the extra money to buy something of quality and if possible buy something made in America. We didnt get to this sorry state overnight so it’s going to take time to get us out of it. The only ones with the power to fix this is us, the consumer. The American worker and our very way of life is depending on us.

Look, I’m no hermit. To quote the Dennis Leary song Asshole “I like football and porno and books about war” I like fatty foods and I don’t drive a hybrid and I don’t buy organic. Everyone has their cross to bear. Mine is video games. It’s hard for me to not pull the trigger on the newest murder simulator released every other week. But I have gotten to the point that before I buy that new game I’ll take a look at my shelf and on my computer hard drive and see all the games that have that have gone unfinished and come to the realization that whatever new virtual world that a company is pushing on me at the time is not going to enhance my experience in my actual physical reality. I imagine it’s like kicking an addiction. I still have the trigger to buy new games but I don’t follow through. Your burden might be shoes, clothes or electronics. But make no mistake by consuming these cheap poorly made goods you are consuming the very heart and soul of America.

Before you buy slow down. Think, “Do I need this?” and “what is the real cost of this item in human capital. Am I contributing to suffering or contributing to a living for another human being or a fellow American?”If you do what you know is right with your hard-earned dollars then you will change your life and others for the better.

The Church of Stop Shopping

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"Reverend Billy" wants you to stop shopping. Especially today. Your buying products that have been shipped from sweat shops in Asia caused Hurricane Sandy. Why do you continue to hurt the earth?

The Church Of Stop Shopping believes we are the problem, and that the 99% is somehow related to their overall message. Maybe it's just an attention getter.

Billy even has a choir:

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I re-blogged this because I really like this blog. But this post is a prime example of how you can hear the sermon but miss the teaching completely. Push past the surface not only on a word press blog but with people in general find out who people are and why they think and act the way they do and they might shock you. Like Rev Billy.

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