Sunday, November 27, 2005

THE A.C.I. NEWSLETTER
from the myspace profile ACIN

I had written up a long essay focusing on society's tendancy to absolutely ignore the problems regarding globalization to the point where the denial can only be considered a psychiatric issue. Instead of posting it I decided to just cover a couple of points that were in it and save the rest for another day.
Within the past few months a major hurricane nearly wiped out an American city. Now that the scenes of carnage are no longer extreme and the sound bits about poor people being used to living in horrible conditions have past so has the public's attention. Just as a car bomb in Jordan or Egypt or Iraq is just another car bomb, just as a school shooting is now just another school shooting, just as another chunk of ice the size of Delaware slipping into the ocean is just another chunk of ice... Where are we going?
In Pakistan an earthquake of epic perportions flattened town after town. There's a good article in Rolling Stone about where the poor people of that nation are. One short passage of the article states "The world watched the corpses pulled out of the rubble, sent a check (maybe) and said its prayers, and mistakenly assumed the worst was past."

Most of that magazine is full of ads, some even interactive, prompting you to purchase a music player through pop-up style promptions. The article after that was in regards to extras on the Star Wars DVD. Even the internet article has ads for a Garth Brooks CD and new video game releases. In that article there is a story about a woman needing transportation to a hospital. The fifty dollars worth of their currency needed to get there was far beyond what she could even imagine obtaining. Another man needed an operation and was given the luxery of Tylonol. He was sure to die and by now has been buried in a mass grave for sure.
The hundreds and hundreds of dollars on the average shopping list (hell, even thousands for some people), money spent on plastic crap for people who will enjoy it for the moment then toss it out or add it into their pack-rat style of possession collection... that money could save many many lives.

I went to Wal-Mart on Buy Nothing Day. The crowd was intense. The way people moved, the way people talked, the speed at which the system was pounding pushed the adrenaline through my veins, and I was only there to watch. I couldn't imagine being one of the people waking up at 4 am to go out on the battlefield of aisles and full parking lots, the muzac interrupted by announcements on how many minutes are left on the next level of sale. Right before I left there was an announcement that one of those major sales was being extended an hour. All the cashiers cheered in an obviously planned gimmick to get more stuff in the carts. It's a drug.

I bought something on Buy Nothing Day later on while at a discount store down the street. I'm letting you know this so you don't think I'm preaching from some high alter saying "Shame on you! You should burn in hell!" I needed a hammer. And while I got the hammer for a house project I saw chocolates in the impulse buy section by the cash register. I bought the chocolates as well. And there was a coffee cup warmer. When I read a book I'll forget about my coffee and it'll often get cold far before I even get a quarter of the way into it.

I rationalize just like the person who says "I need my Hummer" and like the person who says "It's my right to buy tons of plastic crap from Wal-Mart!" This is something we have to work through. An addiction we all have. Buy Nothing Day has come and gone, but you can have your own any day you like. Mine is today, and I might have another tomorrow.

Detox yourself. Spend a dollar to help your less fortunate neighbor, whether he's dying in Pakistan this winter or if he's got no place to go for Christmas dinner.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Happy Holidays.

-Clay for the ACIN

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The sounds of Ironic Music
By Sue-Elaine of Detroit
I wanted to share a little something on the music industry, especially after the last two award shows were aired: the Country Music Association Awards and the American Music Awards.
When Andre Agassi was the hottest tennis player to exist back in the 1990s, he made a Nike commerical. One of the slogans that became sort of a motto for him at the time was: Image is everything. I think that became the company's self-fulfilling prophecy, because these days in the entertainment industry, image is truly everything, especially when it comes to the music.
Why do I choose to focus on the musicians or lack there of good singers and songwriters? Because I'm sorry to say, but it's in baaaaad shape.
Lately, I've seen a lack of originality, and a lack of good quality. Thats unless you count American Idol, but all that's about is trying to find a singer that they can package (which is why its good to see Kelly Clarkston trying to escape that mold and actually writing). All the songs you hear now are happy songs, or songs that say "I love you baby!". And why not? The executives are happy making money and they love the artist for making the money for them.
If you think about, what a lot of these young performers don't realize is that they are being forced against their will by parents, managers, and/or others who are looking to make fast cash and run, to go on every talk show available on the planet and perform non-stop, sometimes against their will. While at the same time, some are told to lose massive amounts of weight or they won't make the real cash. Lindsay Lohan and Hillary Duff are perfect examples of this pressure. When the first started, they looked cute and healthy. Now they look scary and slightly anorexic. Even Mariah Carey, an established singer has been waaaay over exposed and forced to ho herself out to make money by wear a-little-too-over-the-top clothes and mini-skirts. Girl, put some clothes on, you know better than that!
Isn't what im talking about a kind of slave labor, especially in the Wal-mart sweatshop sense?
If you look at what's being put out today, its like the same song and the same singer in a different skin. Sometimes its a matter of looking like the performer who just sung about 15 minutes ago on an awards show (ala Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, and Hillary Duff). A lot of rappers are talking about drinking or having sex with the first ho that gives them a lap dance and says yes. Its not about what's truly going on in the world anymore. Its about dancing and saying, "Hey look at me!" Its truly pure narcisstic egotism.
Sure, we all want to forget our problems every once in a while, but we can't run away from the real issues or the reality we face each and every day of our lives. You have to face the reality of being poor, homeless, the war, abuse, and the environment some time in your life and take action to help solve those problems instead of bitching and moaning and not taking action about it.
At least you have some musicians who are or have become activists within the last few years like U2, Neal Young, Ludacris, and Bon Jovi. They not only know the meaning of making good music, but also backing up their actions for the cause they care about. Those are artists I truly respect. You know what else? These are also THE musicans that are really putting butts in the seats when they go out on tour, not the Jesse McCarthy's of the world.
Even home-grown country music has fallen prey to this morbid mainstreaming (and thats a scary thought in itself). When I was watching the Country Music Awards, I found them trying desperately to reach an audience and slowly start to morph into something they are not. That's because the sales of this particular genre are falling.
Quite honestly, there are a lot of hardcore songwriters (which makes it unique). I also don't mind the duets with the rock performers singing the same song with a country artist.
Crossroads on CMT has done a great job with that, and those duets are composed of hardcore, good, long-lasting musicians. I also dont mind mixing styles of genres, such as Sugarland with country-hard rock or Dierks Bentley with his country-alternative sound. They also dont have that typical "country look" that you expect to see from the popular mainstream artists in this category. They are trying to be themselves and have a style all their own.
What I do mind in regards to the country music establishment is the award show airing live in New York City, and also getting "has-been" but also established artists on the stage to try and prove that country is alive and and that country has credibility.
Duh, it always has.
What made their awards shows unique was the original sound, live performances, and that down-home personal feel. Thank god the awards show will be back in Nashville next year, because thats the roots of the music.
You see, there will always be people who are going to buy a specific genre of records like metal, alternative, or country music, but generally if the artists remain true to themselves and their song writing. I gurantee that most people do not like artists who buck under the systematic establishment to churn something that gives them an image of something that looks plastic and fake like a country artist lip syncing their own songs. I thought lip-syncing was banned from an awards show with I last checked.
At the same time, even if the artist is original, different, new, and they gain absolute popularity in a heartbeat, that image will be overexposed and tarnish pretty quickly. That slave labor idea I mentioned earlier will be guranteed under no circumstances. These are the folks who buckle under that pressure to fit in, and sometimes become drug addicts or alcoholics because of that pressure to conform and censor themselves for the establishment.
Thats the key reason why you see many established artists so pissed off and outspoken these days. They don't feel credited. They also feel shunned and disrespected or are shunned and disrespected without them knowing it, until its too late and pointed out to them.
Look at the Rolling Stones on the AMAs for example. Established artists, good songwriting, and just all around good musicans. Yet as much as their performance was a promoted at least a week leading up to the award show, their peformance was cut off and we are whisked away into commericals while they are STILL PERFORMING! Then when the commericals are over, its now onto the next item on the program. Thats truly disrepect!
Why do you think artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Prince, Eminem, and Tupac have gotten some credit, but not real credit they deserve sometimes? It's because they write real songs. It's also why they cross some generational boundaries. They truly respect the elders of the industry, AND they are not afraid to be who they are, and flash the middle finger to people to those who try to change them.
Personally, I like those singers and also underground or indie artists, especially if it's musicans that I happen to know and are making music for the pure enjoyment of it, or because they feel its their calling in life. Myspace.com is full of them, but if they want me to add them as a friend, they gotta make good indie music, and not B-movie rip-off sounds or images.
I've got a couple artists as my myspace friends that I really like because they write great songs and they have a great ear for music:
Harrisen, a Korean-born singer is playing in small places right now around the United States and tours alot. His songs are strong, powerful, and emotional. He sounds like an established artist and one that should be seen on MTV or other performance-based shows, but he's not. Why? Because he doesnt exactly fit the "image-that-will-sell".
There is also the group the Paybacks, which was founded by my cousin Marco, and has changed band members alot, however lead-singer Wendy Case has a kick-ass voice, and the songwriting strikes to the core of the garage band/punk sound. This group has gotten minimal exposure in Entertainment Weekly, and a song of theirs "Hollywood" appeared on last year's Oscar preview show on ABC. However, not many people are running out and putting their posters on the walls...at least not much nationally, but a lot locally.
We shouldn't feel so bad in our country, however. I've been inside South Korea to see that this overexposure and workaholism idea to make profit and fame exists there as well, but on a more extreme level. Take popular Korean singer Kangta, as an example. Every other cell phone store plays his music every top of the hour, every day, over and over and over again, until he makes a new single and video. Some of these singers have buckled under the pressure to be perfect in sound, voice, looks, and attitude. Eventually, singers like Kangta become robots until they can't take it any longer, change to a wilder image so the population doesnt care for them anymore, and move on in their life. Some of the Korean female artists end up in reported sex scandals because of management pressure and promises of big fame and fortune. It's not only embarassing for the singer, but shameful that an industry could elevate to this level of sneakiness and blackmail.
Like television that had its Reality T.V. fad curse and lack of good screenwriters, the music is in a bimbo/himbo image phase and lacks good singing and songwriting. I know that hump will change, and it should.
These days regular scripted television is coming out with fantastic new shows like Desperate Housewives and LOST, or edgier updates of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Reality T.V. is slowly fading into oblivion (unless a few choice celebrites are involved, and its always fun to see them make fools of themselves).

The music industry will and is following this same path. It's just a matter of time until we hear more established speakers speak out, and better songwriters come into gear.

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(Untitled) by John Henry

Lately I have been looking at the power a social movement can wield, and power can be a scary thing. It can be good or bad. Actually, at one stage or another in the lifespan of said movement; it is both. Labor Unions were an absolute necessity back in Samuel Gompers day, [Look him up] and the concept of organized labor groups is still needed at times, but when said group becomes so powerful it forces change to benefit only its membership, and the hell with the rest of mankind, then it is time to start looking for the expiration date. All of us can think of businesses we would like to see unionized. I won’t start naming names or this article will become way too long. I am not in the mood to wander off on Soapbox Ruminations anyway. We can also see unions that need to go away.

Social Movements are not that different from unions.

Social Movements are born out of need, just as unions usually are. However is it right for that movement’s agenda to inhibit the right’s and needs of others just for its own good? Green Peace has done many good things for those of us living on this planet. Of that I will agree. There are many things they have done of which I do not.

Case in point. Several years ago I was posted at a naval station in the Pacific Northwest that came under fire by the above mentioned special interest group. They had discovered we were about to integrate the use of dolphins in our routine operations, and the proverbial shit-hit-the-fan. It didn’t matter we were using them in a peaceful fashion, as had been done for several decades. No, in their opinion, we were horribly mistreating them. We could not divulge to the public as to what the dolphins were being used for, but let me pose this to you, the reader. Do any of you have a pet that is also your protector? Do you not love and care for said pet? If injured or sick, do you leave it to hopefully heal itself? Do you neglect its nutrition? I think not. We ended up having to discontinue the program after we received international exposure. I personally preferred the company of the dolphin to many humans. Far more interesting, far more fun.

Are you starting to see the picture?

They fired up their zealotic engines with a fervor that was unreal to see, let alone experience. They tried to block entry to the naval base. No big deal. They followed us when we left the base. A bigger deal. They were starting to invade my privacy, not knowing what I did for a living, just assuming that I was one of the Evil Ones. There was more, but the straw that broke the camel’s back was when my children came home upset and crying because the parents of their classmates had told them to ignore my children because their daddy was a bad man. Some teachers even treated my children scornfully. They were using children as a form of Moralistic Terrorism.

That type of action is wrong, wrong, wrong! Even today I feel myself getting steamed. I also saw the result of Green Peace activists hammering spikes into trees. Their aim was to keep loggers from encroaching on the habitat of the Spotted Owl. Their result was to damage the trees and cause injury to the unfourtunate logger who had the razor sharp chain come flying toward a body part as a result of hitting the spike.

I guess murder and mayhem is condonable. The logger had no right to make a living, and feed his family, even if his employer was involved in reforestation.

We here at ACIN are a social movement in its infancy, and I personally think this is a good thing, but if we are to become a viable voice, then both sides of the coin must be analyzed.

McDuff, hold me back because I’m taking off the gloves!

One of the cancers eating up our way of life, here in America, is the two party systems. We will not be able to survive unless this changes. The Republicans and Democrats fight one another for power, and we all become losers as a result. I listen to Air America, which is a largely Democrat oriented broadcast, but I do not listen to it exclusively. I listen to other venues as well. I even listen to Limbaugh until I become so nauseated I have to find some classical music to calm me down. I don’t personally care for McDonald’s, but they contribute millions each year to support something I passionately care about; Children’s Hospitals. I still can’t find anything good to say about EXXON, but I will keep looking. I don’t care for war, and there are aspects of what is going on in Iraq, but I will not hesitate to take up arms against anyone who threatens the safety of my friends and loved ones.

Power is a giant see-saw, one side goes up; one side goes down. Power is a coin. It has two sides. We need the pros and cons. We need evil so we will know what good is.

I am not a Republican, nor am I a Democrat. I never voted straight ticket in my life. I am a meat eater, I always will be. I don’t knock those who don’t eat meat.

It is all about individual rights and freedoms. Thinking can bring about action and action can bring about change. How that change affects others is the most important thing. Are you willing to go through life looking at only one side of the coin? Are your beliefs the only ones that are correct? Are you in such a hurry to get up on your soapbox that you ignore how it will affect the rights and freedoms of others?

I don’t expect, nor do I desire everyone to see things as I do. I personally love a pastoral view of life far more than the attraction of huge steel and glass towers; however I do enjoy the cultural advantages found in visiting the city.

I hope I shall always be able to look at both sides of the coin. It shows me the path to the center, to harmony.

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Again, happy holidays from everyone here at the ACIN.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Anti-Corporate Ideas Newsletter, Issue 8

THE A.C.I. NEWSLETTER
from the myspace profile ACIN


Today’s Societal Image: Dangerous and Wrong
by: Anomie101

In today's society, our media tells us that we have to be a certain way or we aren’t attractive. We have the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and teen magazines such as Seventeen and YM. These corporate machines create a distorted view of what a human being is to sell a product. They show young thin models wearing cool clothes looking happy and fun, but in reality, most of them are miserable and depressed. The really strange thing is whenever someone has a self-identity crisis; the advice usually given is to ‘just be yourself.’ My question is, how can we be expected to be ourselves if we're told to be the same? So many young men and women have so many issues with their image because they aren't exactly like the fake characters and anorexic models in magazines and television. So who decided to confuse the youth of America with poisonous garbage of who and what we should be? I personally think that these dangerous images are creating a youth that doesn’t know what happiness is because they will never be happy with themselves. I say as a woman in today's society, that the impossible standards set forth by the media should not affect the way we view ourselves, and it certainly does not make me feel like any less of a beautiful woman to not be perfect. We are beautiful just the way we were created and we shouldn’t think anything different. Unfortunately, the mass-brainwashing machine has consumed so many people that it's hard to send a clear message about what is really going on and the message our media sends to our children. The message is dangerous and it should be stopped. But how does one go about challenging such a large corporate machine to change this distorted view of reality? Is "sex sells" the final answer, or is real beauty worth more than airbrushing and make-up?










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Terminator seeds: Profit before humanity

By Jason Lee

During a recent UN meeting, the Canadian government announced that they would attempt to overturn an international moratorium on terminator seeds. They also ordered negotiators to block consensus for any other option.

Terminator seeds were created by the US government and the seed industry to stop farmers from reusing seeds. Terminator seed technology has been called the most immoral use of agricultural genetic engineering to date. It is seen as a great threat to humanity and could lead to worldwide starvation if not stopped. Seeds are sold to farmers and when the seeds are harvested they are genetically altered so all new seeds are dead and unusable, forcing farmers to buy new seeds many cant afford. Collecting and replanting seeds is an extremely important part of agriculture, billions of people rely on the crops produced, but most farmers cant afford to buy seeds every harvest.

A frightening side effect to the seeds is that once they are introduced to a region their traits can get passed on to the entire region. And can even make non-genetically altered crops produce sterile seeds. Half of the worlds farmers are poor and cant afford to buy seeds every harvest, these farmers are responsible for over 15-20% of food worldwide, if that food is not produced it could mean starvation and hunger worldwide.

But due to the massive public outcry against these seeds since 1998 when the technology was first made public, forced the technology to be abandoned. And the UN convention on biological diversity, issued a moratorium on the technology and further development.

Canada is using bullying tactics to back this shameful use of agricultural engineering. The Canadian government plans on attacking an official UN report by an international expert group, the report is critical of the seeds and calls on all countries to prohibit the technology. This international bullying that Canada has been attempting must not be accepted. These seeds hold nothing but terrible outcomes for humanity and should not exist.

Don't let Canada put profit above human rights. Make your voice heard. Tell them you will not stand for it.

The Head of the Canadian Delegation in Bangkok is Robert McLean, Environment Canada email Robert.Mclean@ec.gc.ca tel +1 (819) 997-1303

Let them know we wont accept this.


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Capitalism by Ricard

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And we'll finish off with a great essay by a new writer, Sforza.

Wal Mart's effects on manufacturing, its own jobs, and tax payers expense.

A virus is sweeping across our nation. On appearance, it seems to benefit our lives, but in the long run, it may destroy the lives of millions. Job by job it kills the American dream. This epidemic has created 1.4 million jobs (CBS market watch), most of which pay below poverty level wages. In its rampage, it has destroyed manufacturing jobs that paid decent wages and it has killed small businesses and large corporations alike. Wal-Mart is infecting the United States, and is rolling back on America.
Wal-Mart has been spreading virtually unchecked since founder Sam Walton’s Death in 1992 (encyclopedia). It has become a 256 billion dollar company( Los Angeles Times). Wal-Mart has metastasized beyond its original identity as a discount warehouse of consumer goods to the mega one-stop shop that it is today, which is why journalist Geoffrey Colvin writing for Fortune Magazine asked, “Will we all work for Wal-Mart?”(Norman 1)
Why would working for Wal-Mart be a problem? Well for one thing, you probably won’t be in the ranks of the employed for long. Wal-Mart has the largest turnover rate in the United States. Over 630,000 Wal-Mart employees will quit this year(6). Why would that many people quit? Because Wal-Mart does not provide a living wage for its workers. The majority of its employees earn just over $8 an hour (Featherstone 11), which wouldn’t be so bad if you were working a 40 hour week job with benefits and some occasional paid overtime, but Wal-Mart’s idea of full time work is 28 hours a week( Norman 8). Wal-Mart knows that they do not pay their employees enough to live on and even admitted to Los Angeles Times Reporters Abigail Goldman and Nancy Cleeland that a full time employee could not support a family on Wal-Mart wages (Los Angeles Times). Wal-Mart even shows its employees how to apply for welfare to make up for its shortfall. California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber found documents with the Wal-Mart seal that had instructions on how to apply for food stamps, Medi-Cal and other welfare services (Featherstone 14). In fact, according to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives, Wal-Mart employees collected over 1 and a half billion dollars in welfare last year (Norman 9). In other words, the United States government, and by extension, your tax dollars and mine, subsidize Wal-Mart’s hefty profit margin. That’s a hidden fee no one should have to pay for a multibillion dollar company.
Once upon a time in these United States the textile industry and manufacturing jobs provided a wealth of skilled employment opportunities to America’s workforce. Levi Strauss Jeans were once proudly made in America, but when Wal-Mart started selling its Faded Glory brand at a sweatshop price, Levi had a hard time staying in business. Wal-Mart finally agreed to sell Levis under one condition: they had to manufacture them cheaper(29). Salaries of 13 dollars and hour an hour and 40 hour workweeks drove the cost of production up and the profit margins down, which meant the Levi’s product did not fit the Wal-Mart model (CNN). So, Levi shut down all 63 of its production sites in the United States. Now my Levi’s bear the tag, “Made in China”, and they are one of Wal-Mart’s hottest sellers(Norman 29).

PART 2: wal marts effect on its competition and its anti union stance,

It’s Hard to blame people for shopping at Wal-Mart. It seems we all have to stretch our dollars these days. Chastity Ferguson is a good example. She’s a hotel cashier who makes $400 a week in Las Vegas, Nevada and shops at her local Wal-Mart Supercenter. After all, she has four children to take care of and saves money when she shops at Wal-Mart. But she might reconsider if she knew about Kelly Gray, who lives just across town. Kelly Gray is a mother of five and lost her job at Raley’s grocery store when it went out of business after Wal-Mart opened its supercenter. She earned $14.68 an hour with a pension and a family health insurance plan. When she lost the job she described it as if someone had broken into her home, and had stolen something important from her (Los Angeles Times). Shopping at Wal-Mart doesn’t come cheap after all.
California has not been overrun by the Wal-Mart Supercenters yet, and has kept them at bay with zoning laws( Los Angeles Times). But the convenience appeal of the super center is becoming harder to combat. A super center combines the Wal-Mart warehouse with a grocery store and other consumer services. Local grocery stores are caving in to the pressure. Their workers receive $19 an hour and benefits, but if grocery stores have to drop their prices to compete with Wal-Mart, then they will not be able to afford the union pay scales. The Southern California grocery store strike last year was over this very issue: reduction in pay and benefits – not to non-union Wal-Mart levels, but a significant compromise nevertheless (Los Angeles Times). The 4 and a half month strike finally settled, but the workers are worse off now that Wal-Mart’s standards are dictating the industry at every level: production and retail( Znet). Wal-Mart threatens over 250,000 union jobs in California alone (Los Angeles Times). Over 13,000 grocery stores have closed their doors since Wal-Mart entered the industry. Many of those stores were unionized(Norman 50) .


Wal-Mart will claim that it is not anti-union, yet its actions say differently. On February 9th of this year, a Canadian Wal-Mart was on the verge of becoming the first Wal-Mart to Unionize. What was Wal-Mart’s response? To shut down the store, eliminating 190 jobs (Associated Press). Wal-Mart would rather close its doors than have organized labor.

PART 3: a possible solution and summary of wal mart ( if you are going to quote anything, quote lisa featherstone or the last line of the speech, al normans pledge, its great)


Liza Featherstone, a writer for The Nation, stated that “Wal-Mart is a grave threat to unionized workers’ jobs. It threatens all American ideals that are at odds with profit – justice, equality and [fundamental] fairness.” (14) What can be done to stop Wal-Mart before it bulldozes everything in its path? Since California often leads the country in progressive legislation, and becomes the national exemplar, I advocate To the California State Legislature pass a bill that will require retail corporations that employ over 15,000 people in California to do the following three things: first, have a set minimum wage of 13 dollars an hour; second, offer a 40 hour a week job to at least 60% of their employees; and third, pay 80% of their employee’s health insurance premiums. A middle class will struggle to exist if large corporations pay its employees $8 an hour with no benefits, and this bill will prevent them from doing so. Retail corporations that employ 15,000 people make enough profit to follow these regulations. Wal-Mart employs over 15,000 people in Los Angeles County alone (Laedc).
What Kind of company is Wal-Mart? It is a company that exploits its workers and shows them how to apply for welfare (Featherstone 14). A company that exploits more overseas labor than any other company in the United States, while shutting down middle class manufacturing jobs (Los Angeles Times). A company that is sexist, and is now facing a class-action lawsuit from over 1.5 million employees and ex-employees for denying promotions to women and paying them less than men (USA Today). A company in which 630,000 of its employees are not insured (Norman 12). A company whose CEO said on national television that a child slave labor at Wal-Mart’s production site in Bangladesh is fine with him (Norman 26). A company that is sued more than any other in the United States (Norman 18). A company whose idea of full time work is 28 hours a week at just over $8 an hour(Norman 8, Featherstone 11). This is a company that does not care for the livelihood of its workers, or for the welfare for the people of the United States. This is a company for which unrestrained profit is its only motive. Companies like this need regulation, and my proposition will provide a better living for millions of Americans and help to re-establish the middle class that is rapidly disappearing. Wal-Mart and companies like it are killing the American Dream, but our democratic government can change that. Otherwise we might as well follow activist Al Normans sarcastic advice and re-write our pledge of allegiance to say: “I pledge my income to the store of the United States of Wal-Mart, and to its stockholders for whom it expands. One Workforce, underpaid, with Barbie dolls and cheap underwear for all.”(Norman i)


A quick letter from the editor:

We've had an extremely busy couple weeks. Expect some huge changes. We are moving our main operations to a new website, our own, rather than myspace ( however we'll still run the myspace page as it is a wonderful tool for networking).
The newsletter will be out EVERY Saturday from now on.

Hope you enjoyed today's issue. Stick with us, this will get big.

-Clay for the ACIN

(p.s., check out this essay posted on the myspace blog. Another one will be up very shortly.. Keep an eye out.)

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Anti-Corporate Ideas Newsletter, Issue 7


THE A.C.I. NEWSLETTER

from the myspace profile ACIN

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(Untitled) by Spencer

The raspiness of the portable fan pouring warm air across my fingers reminds me of the steady traffic of shuffling feet in the streets of Austin, Texas. Marketing glamour and give-a-damns and sharp, blistered hands of music band members. An entire crop surrendered, for a fix, for the steadiment of the trembling issue of the conscious predictions, illustrated and elaborated by the diligent army of pixels in formation-performing for legal tender. A pogo stick, a magnadoodle, and the tick tick pop pop of my favorite childhood roller toy defines my coming and conditioning.



(The growth is a madness)



Social Responsibility is the new black.

By Seanorr

You are what you eat…

…And drink. And wear. And buy. And read. And listen to. And watch on TV, and drive. Our identities have become commodities. Our commodities are our identities. You work to afford the things you pay them to tell you to buy. It’s an endless loop. You drink your morning coffee, which is probably farmed by farmers living in poverty who strip all the land of natural habitat so they can harvest the latest cash crop. You open your daily paper, which is probably owned by the same company that owns your favourite TV channel, radio station, the national paper, and community weekly. You make some toast, in a toaster made by some huge appliance company who are probably in the arms trade, with bread that’s probably made from genetically engineered wheat, which put the local farmer out of business, and top it off with some hormone filled butter. You put on your clothes for the day, which are probably made using harmful chemical processes by workers in sweatshop conditions halfway across the world. You put on your shoes, which are probably made by a huge corporation that influences the trade policies of the country in which they are made. You haven’t even left your house and your moral fiber is starting to fray. Corporations have clearly become the dominant institution which defines our lives; from global war to global warming.

We have become jaded and cynical of the world’s problems. We are helpless individuals in a society of helpless individuals. Meanwhile our government bickers over imaginary lines of left and right, speaking a language we don’t understand. Economists tinker with an imaginary system of counting which is based on numbers which have no root in reality; which ignore the true environmental and social costs of commodities. And to top it all off, the corporate media either dumbs us down, hypes us up, or scares us to death. Is it any wonder obesity, anxiety, and depression are so ubiquitous?

So, what do you do? Put your faith in the all mighty market and believe the trickle-down tenet of the tax-cut gospels? Continue to emulate Europe’s more Keynesian approach of spend-and-regulate welfare states? Write letters and petitions in vain to politicians? Bitch and moan? One thing is certain - you gotta live. You gotta buy shoes and eat and well, look good. So seeing as we’re in the information age, why don’t we do it responsibly? Are we so cynical that we’ve ruled out social and ethical responsibility in a corporation? Or is it that corporations are manipulating these concerns for their bottom line? Is consumer power a myth?
On one hand, you have multinational corporations seemingly exploiting our values with massive advertising campaigns attempting to remake a tarnished image- a practice coined “greenwashing”. Take Starbucks’ “More Than Our Logo Is Green” campaign, trumpeting their social worth by proclaiming the importance of Fair Trade and their commitment to coffee growers, when the reality is that Fair Trade constitutes less than .1% of their total sales (organicconsumers.org). Or take British Petroleum’s Beyond Petroleum advertisements. According to Paul Driesen of the Centre for the Defense of Free Enterprise, BP’s total six-year investment in renewable technologies was US$200-million – the same amount it spent on its “Beyond Petroleum” ad campaign. Or take the catch line to Ford’s new Escape Hybrid SUV, “Finally, a vehicle that can take you to the very places you're helping to preserve", when the Environmental Protection Agency recently found that Ford Motor Co. had the worst fleetwide fuel of any major U.S. auto manufacturer for the fifth consecutive year. The examples continue, from Shell to Philip Morris (now conveniently renamed Altria). Geoffrey Johnson of the L.A. Times writes that greenwashing succeeds by “dealing in lies of omission. The claims made aren't false exactly - but they're only a tiny portion of the truth. Ford is making a hybrid vehicle. BP is investing in alternative energy. But when considered in the context of the company's other endeavors, emphasizing those things presents a highly skewed picture.”

“Corporate executives often lament that they would gladly supply greener products if only there were sufficient demand. It's Economics 101, they say. But their logic neglects an essential lesson from the same course: Unless consumers have access to accurate information about products, such as their environmental and social costs, then the market will not reflect people's true considerations.”

Another piece of conventional economic wisdom is that consumer demand creates the marketplace. But as Betsy Barnum poignantly points out, this logic “leads directly to the ludicrous idea that consumers have "demanded" things like genetically modified organisms in our food or baby toys made of toxic materials like PVC, to say nothing of leafblowers, jet skis, botox, and--add your list of useless, destructive, outrageous products that no consumer ever thought up and demanded.”
On the other hand, there appears to be a visceral reaction to the endless parade of mass produced gizmos, gadgets, fads, and must-haves. Epitomized by the current craze for organic produce, the success of the fair trade movement, and the ever growing popularity of Buy Nothing Day; people are beginning to crave a more authentic and responsible market. This is evident in the affection for all things independent: small budget film, alternative media, Indie music, off the beaten path tourism, and local DIY fashion. Companies such as the non sweat-shop American Apparel appear to be cashing in on this trend. Nevertheless, one must be wary of sub-cultural cooptation. Of course this is nothing new. We’ve seen it with the commodification cultural trends for decades: In the 60’s with swinging London, Mods, and Hippies; In the 70’s with Glam, Disco, and Punks; In the 80’s with Hip Hop and New Wave, in the 90’s with Grunge, skateboarding, ‘Exteme sports’ and now in the 00’s with a sort of pseudo-activism.
But what we are now experiencing is different. It is genuine, and authentic. People crave community; vibrant neighbourhoods rich in culture, before our Main Streets were converted into massive malls and parking lots. We don’t want to see the same stores in every country we travel to; a reality of the monoculture created by corporate Globalism. People are realizing the extent at which goods, especially foodstuffs, travel to get to the major stores, so are opting to buy local; get their coffee at a Mom and Pop café; buy their beer from a micro brewery. People want to look different, they want something that can’t be found in every city in North America, and they want to support local artists and designers. Craft fairs are seeing a resurgence among young urban bohemians. Of course, big business will do their best to usurp this popularity, as seen with Adidas’ takeover, but not assimilation of Arc'teryx, and Nike’s purchase of Converse. But in the information age, consumers are savy, and besides, you can’t fake local.
One of the most powerful developments of late is the Blackspot Sneaker, a no sweat, no logo, organic canvas shoe, and the Blackspot Anticorporation that makes the consumer the a shareholder, able to participate in design and marketing. The company, started by Adbusters, is looking to branch out to restaurants, bio-diesel, culture shops, music, and even vodka.
Their manifesto captures the zeitgeist of the growing grassroots movement: “While giant corporations run roughshod over our lives, we whine and complain, protest and boycott. In vain, we even ask our governments for help. But the one thing we've never done is fight the corporations head on. For too long we've ignored the market, written it off as enemy territory. Yet, what do mega-corps like Walmart and Coke fear most? Competition. Let's start putting our creative juice and energy into building real alternatives. We're talking about a new breed of bottom up enterprise that does things differently: promotes ethics over profit, values over image, idealism over hype.”
Bold words indeed. Yet there must be a deeper examination into the structures that reward sweatshops and clearcut logging, toxic pollution and child labor, destruction of indigenous cultures and privatizing of water. We need to place rewards on those corporations which have a minimal impact on our pysical and mental environments. There must be a proper system of accounting the true price of goods; their social and environmental costs. Combined with socially responsible consumers and companies, we can proud that we are what we eat. And drink. And wear.



Published on Monday, September 29, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
Let's Act Like Citizens, Not Consumers
by Betsy Barnum


Published on Sunday, August 22, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times
'Greenwashing' Leaves a Stain of Distortion
by Geoffrey Johnson

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"Where's Your Life At?" by Zeo




(Untitled) by Todd Cauzza


Working hard for nothing and whats my life worth
Like an aborted baby never geting a chance at birth
Cut off from life wating for my soul to be bought
For equality is not the most impossible thought
Yet our minds only think of our monitary class
Trying to crawl our way up only to end up last
Never looking for a better system
Give into conformity when you must
Having capitalistic thoughts giving into greed and lust
Power and money can corrupt the the strongest hearts
Because capitalism and democracy have no common parts
lies we are feed seem to desensitize the mind
turning us against one another all it takes is time



The Kingdom of Heaven: No Rich Men Need Apply
By The Slam

This is not a polemic against the wealthy, nor is it an act of evangelism to turn people towards Christianity's message of salvation, nor is it an attack upon American society. This is only a plea, a call for all of us to consider the Christian values our society is supposedly based upon (if the Right is to be believed, anyway).

Jesus Christ was not just a charismatic man and a great religious leader. He was also one of the finest teachers on what I think of as the human spirit, that foundation of human nature. Many have claimed from his Gospel and from other works of the Bible that Christ and his forebears promoted exorbitant wealth, that it is a sign of God's favor.

But let us look at what Christ himself said:

"Blessed are the poor; for theirs is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20) Clearly, God has special consideration for the poor and the destitute, but this goes against the idea that the wealthy are the favored people of God.

"But woe unto you that are rich! for you have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for you shall hunger." (Luke 6:24-25) Here, the rich are scorned because they took all they needed to satisfy themselves, while others went hungry and poor.

"Give to every man that asks of you." (Luke 6:30) Those in power ask of us our labor and our support in helping raise up our society, which we give. In return, we ask for protection from abuse and reward for our service, but they do not give it to us.

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." (Mark 10:25) A priest that my dad knew once gave a great explanation of this line. The reason a rich man cannot enter heaven is because, like the camel, he is carrying too heavy a load, his burden being materialism and clinging to the world. Once he has let go of these things, heaven will be open to him.

If we are truly good and honorable people, we will think upon these words and what they mean. Wherever there is an injustice in society, the balance must be kept. Where there are poor, we must raise them up. Where there is abuse and gross wealth above us, we must bring some down. A great tree will fall over if its head of leaves is too big for the trunk to support, just as a tree will wither if its water-absorbing leaves do not nourish the roots at the bottom.


Music:

TRUTH, PEACE, JUSTICE, AND LOVE.

We restore these basic principles to government and what we'll have is a revolution.

TRUTH: NO MORE LIES.

PEACE: NO MORE NEEDLESS WAR.

JUSTICE: FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE PEACE AND AGAINST HUMANITY.

LOVE: ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE OF EVERY HUMAN BEING.


After hearing these words I thought to myself about how powerful they were, and how true
they rang. To realize that there are people who still give a damn and are willing to work towards a better tomorrow I can honestly say I was touched. But I am not so ignorant as to not see that it would take more than a revolution to change not only political structure, but also the superficial ideas many have implanted in their minds. This is a battle we all should be taking part in; making an effort to stand up for morals, showing the world our ideals on a daily basis. My mouth waters at the images this lyrical content engraves in my mind. The Crimes Against Us profile alone is enough to proclaim the sense of awareness they have of current political issues. Not only do they look deeper into the system than most could ever begin to comprehend but they look for a way to better the lives we live. I am truely awaken by the interview I was able to hold with the flag burning Chris Crimson.


the Crimes Against Us interview

now Chris, you and I have gotten to know each other and I've gotta say you have some amazing ideas. i want you to tell our subsribers about your ideaology.

i believe the current government is tyannical and genocidal.

Strong yet completly agreeable words. What do you think of the anti-terror global war?

9-11 is the new reichstag fire. People give up their liberties in the name of security and abuse is the predictable result.

There ya go... how secure are we?

Less safe than we were pre 9-11, far less safe. More people want to kill us now than ever before.

So you feel the patriot act doesnt really do anything for us except for open the blinds to our homes a little more?

The patriot act is a tool for the powerful to cement their police state
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I see the patriot act as being about nothing but control , keeping the masses under lock and key.
The oil, energy, and defense industries have a vicegrip on Washington DC and the relationship between politician and industry is so corrupt in its nature that these companies support policy that profits them and leaves millions far less safe.

left or right?

so far left i'm off the scale.

Tell me about a moment of movement.

This past protest in DC... as literally thousands upon thousands flooded the streets I climbed a pillar that marked an intersection just off the washington monument. There were people as far the eye could see in every direction. it was amazing the next day there was a pro-war rally literally 1/1000th the size of ours, even smaller, maybe 200 people total. G. Gordon Liddy comes over to our side of the street, where stragglers form the day before matched the size of the pro-war contingent.

I'm throwing a benefit concert, "Not One More: A Concert for Peace" at a club in downtown Orlando
called the Backbooth. Also Esoterica will be released by the end of the year locally, and more if i can.

OK, anything to your following?

Brothers and sisters, stay strong in the face of unwaivering opposition. The fight has only barely begun.
What we need is truth, peace, love and justice.



Check him out... http://www.myspace.com/thecrimesagainstus


Notes:

We have very important news for you regarding the direction that the ACI movement is going.
We now have a forum. Independently run by Moderator And I, the group is now the general discussion board for the ACIN.

But The Anti-Corporate Ideas General Discussion Group is only the beginning. Soon we will have ACI groups that are specific to the AC topic of your choice. "ACI Environmental", "ACI Economics", "ACI Music". . . . you name the anti-corporate idea and there will be a forum about it. Join the group and let's change a few things about how things are done around here. If you're interested in being a moderator for one of our other ACI specific topic forums please contact us. We want all perspective mods to know that it isn't gonna be easy work, so if you have a couple myspace friends that would like to co-moderate that would be fine as well.

-Clay for the ACIN

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Letters to the Editor:


I think if we move beyond "Corporations", we need a different group name or a different way of doing things. A different legal definition of what is permitted to exist as a group. In other words, its great to be against corporations, but what are you in favor of?
In the 60's from what I hear, there were communes. For example, could we imagine a world without money? Can we imagine a one world government? I would like to see people come up with ideas of an alternative to corporate power. It seems to me that there should not be people in Africa dying of polluted water or malnutrition/hunger while there are billionaires enjoying their wealth in America. What is money? We need to focus on that question. I am loyal to humanity in general, the one human race. We need to look at the possibility of a one world government.

- Christopher Heimarck

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I really like the fact that myspace is so corporate, yet you use it to promote the anti corporate ideas newsletter. sadisticly ironic... i love it!
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Anomie101

Monday, October 17, 2005

The Anti-Corporate Ideas Newsletter, Issue 6

THE A.C.I. NEWSLETTER
from the myspace profile ACIN

India's poor tackle e-waste (from the BBC).


Air Jordan by Seanorr

Grade 7 is a year of radical change. You are all of a sudden on top after 7 years of being on the bottom. The bullies are gone. Girls magically sprout breasts and legs! And a bittersweet wave of self-realization washes over you. All of a sudden your hair is important; whom you hang out with; your clothes, and even what you have for lunch. I learned this with remarkable immediacy on September 6th 1990. I had a falling out a year before with my best friend Ian. He wanted to fight me but I refused. I was openly mocked and ostracized. I was so sad my mom even took me to the doctor! Luckily, he saw it as a common pre-adolescent misfortune, while today I would have been prescribed the newest SRRI. So instead I told my mom to take me to the mall. Nike was the answer. It was Nike or nothing. My mom desperately tried to steer me towards the Trax section, but I wouldn’t have it. $120!! My mother almost fainted! The best of the best. Air Jordans. I would work it off, I promised, and I eventually did. I nervously shuffled past my former friends and my former best friend. They noticed! ‘I was going to get those’, screamed one. ‘My mom wouldn’t get me Jordans!’ admitted another. Eureka! It worked. I was back in. But a week later, my former best friend bought the same ones! What a quandary! But these were consumer savvy pre-teens, and they saw a desperate attempt to emulate success. It was his turn to be shunned, and to my dismay, he never did make it back to the upper echelons of high school popularity. I felt guilty. The shoes fell apart after six months, but I was still in the ‘in’ crowd. I had purchased popularity. I was a con. A fake. But has anything changed? Are kids still pressured to get the best stuff? Are we indoctrinating our children with a class based hierarchy? Are adults any better? I see guys my age driving massive SUVs, wearing gold chains, toting cell phones, and donning all the trendy threads. I have abandoned all that now and I am happier than ever. I am a human being, not a consumer!


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(Print out the above on sticker paper and have a field day at your local mall)

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Corporate Education
By John Henry

In past editions of our esteemed weekly I have discussed different views of that evil beast; Corporate Power. I have urged you to examine different ways of viewing corporations that exist secretly around us. This week is no different. This week, however, I challenge you to think of our education system as a corporation.

I have been thinking these past few days about that old adage, ‘Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ I have also thought about the road not taken. You are probably thinking,”Damn McDuff, what does that have to do with corporations?” I shall illustrate.
There was a time, when I was a young lad; I thought that nothing could be farther from the truth. See, I was part of this great experiment in which we children were grouped according to our IQ’s. The adults, who were in charge of steering our destiny, seemed to think that diluting the brainiacs, in a classroom environment, with the less gifted would impede progress. We were brainwashed into believing we were better than our peers. We were segregated from the kids we lived on the same block with, rode bikes with, and did kid things with. We were to be the movers and shakers of the future. We were being programmed to become the doctors, lawyers, politicians, and yes, captains of industry.
There were a few flaws in that McCarthy Era thinking though. Someone forgot to tell us we couldn’t be individuals, so I spent my time being one. They insisted we be right-handed, non sinistral. It seems to be a fact that 90% of the people in the world are right-handed, so it was enforced that we would be as well.

I am, as I always have been, left-handed.

Sadly, teachers couldn’t really teach lefties. They couldn’t put their trained thinking in a mirror that would enable them to show us how to write. That made me, Mr. Lefty, a troublemaker. One teacher even insisted my IQ test had been incorrectly scored, so I was retested. She was right. My original score was wrong. It was too low. It pissed her off, so I spent the winter sitting in the corner behind an easel. Funny thing was; it was the only warm place in that cold, drafty room. Who was the loser?
I am sure the idea seemed sound in the1950’s. Train the most capable, best thinkers to be the leaders and you will have a better world. But one of the most important things forgotten was human nature. Not everyone wants to wear suits and work in big crystal towers, some want to hunt, fish, swim and sail.

Not everyone wanted to chase after the almighty dollar.

I finally bought in to their crap, though, for one reason: I loved learning new things. Strangely enough, they actually taught in those days. They didn’t have metal detectors at the doors or police patrolling the halls either. They realized they had a valuable resource in all the students, and they developed a strategy. It may have been flawed, but it was a strategy none the less.

Any successful business becomes such; not by accident; but by Design. I am not fond of large corporations by any measure. Their money buys lobbies in every state capitol as well as in D.C. Their personal interests are at stake, not ours. It is the bottom line that matters in the board rooms. Profit at any cost is the battle cry. Check Exxon’s bottom line after the Exxon Valdez accident. They posted a huge profit at the expense of us; the little guy.

Who says money can’t buy happiness?

Wake up America! Smell the aroma being covered up by your double latte. It is the rotten stench of our education system as it is dying. We have allowed it nationwide to fall into such disarray, that teachers can’t teach any more. In Texas they mostly teach ‘The Test”. In order for a public school to keep accreditation, the students must pass “The Test”. I believe it is still called The TASS.
The public school educators I am acquainted with used to come over to my house on Friday afternoons with this thousand-yard stare I formerly saw only in Combat Vets. I would let them vent, have maybe a drink or two, (NEVER, NEVER TO THE POINT OF INTOXICATION!), then send them on their way. It was my way of fighting road rage and domestic violence.
These people, the teachers, are probably the most important tool we have for mining and developing our most important resource, our young people. Important, yet grossly underpaid, many need to have second jobs just to pay the bills. Many go back to what put them through school – waiting tables and bartending.

What to do? What to do?

There are several different options presently available, and I am sure more could be created if we would get off our hind ends and do something about it. I would like to start the ball rolling by listing some choices in place, and one of my own.

1. Public Schools – We already know what is wrong here.
a. Small systems in sparsely populated areas must consolidate in order to function. Extracurricular activities and sports are minimal. Scholarships are few. Students often spend hours per day being bussed over sometimes dangerous mountain roads. Student per teacher ratio is often large.
b. Large systems in metropolitan areas may have schools every few blocks, but the student to teacher ratio is still large. Extracurricular activities are plentiful. Scholarship availability is more abundant. So is crime.
2. Private Schools – Manageable class size. Expensive.
3. Home Schooling – Often turns out a high quality education, yet no interaction with peer’s handicaps emotional growth. It also has no sports opportunities, and little chance for scholarships.
4. Church Schools. – I have seen some excellent Church school programs, and they may be OK so long as you believe in their God, and no other.


Options must be developed if we are to improve the education system. We can ask for parents to participate until the cows come home and we can tax ourselves until we break under the strain. That will not help.
We can privatize. Then schools will be operated on a for-profit basis, which will usher in large corporation’s involvement, but is that what we want? I don’t think so.

I have toyed around with an idea for some years. I offer it now for your perusal.
Public schools must remain public. Schools must be made safe. Students must have a learning environment, study labs and other resources. Students must be taught learning skills. These are a must. Class size must be manageable. There also must be social interaction for healthy emotional growth.

Given these prerequisites; here is my theory:

Let’s say a class has twenty-four students. On Monday the teacher deals with six. Tuesday six more. Wednesday and Thursday are the same. Friday all twenty four are together. They are quizzed on their group-of –six days and tested on Fridays according to where their group has advanced. This will enable teachers to provide more one-on-one time while not bogging them down.
What do the students do on their off days? This is a tough one. Many parents cannot afford the extra day care. Why not use people on public assistance and state disability to supplement supervision? For middle and high scholars, Make the classes longer, but less in number per day.
Pay the teachers a wage that keeps them from defecting.

I’m not trying to espouse the belief m y ideas are the answer. I do know when one builds a structure, there is a 1. An idea 2. A Plan 3. A framework. Then everything else is added and some changes made, until there is a finished product. I only offer an Idea.
If we are to overcome the Corporate Juggernaut and restore Middle America, then we must have people who can spell. We need people who can read. We need people who can write. We need to have people who know how to think. Or we can let them become Wal-Mart greeters

I’m a builder. What are you?

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Random fact: It will take a woman in Vietnam sewing Nike sneakers over three decades to earn what Chairman Phillip Knight "earns" in one hour.

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Where's your life at? by Zoe



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McGarbage by Just One Activist

Don’t you remember when you were a little kid waiting in the drive-through waiting impatiently for you kids meal? Ill bet the first thing you went for were those fries… Well now you’re all grown up, hunting down those golden arches for your ¼ pounder fix. I'd even bet that you still go for the fries first. Who remembers good ol' Ronald? That loveable clown you could sit with on the bench and enjoy those fries with. You can thank Mr. Kroc for him. He wrote in his biography about how it was such a great idea to market to children to get the grand parents to come in and order, who would then tell the parents and the parents would come also to satisfy their children.

Now the children are all grown up and put there kids in the car to go to Mc Donalds and the cycle continues. The addiction is harmful, the results are real. High fat diets give our nation a surging childhood obesity rate. Heart attacks are now outpatient medicine they're so common. Imagine 50 years ago being told that the country's average kid was too fat.

Maybe its about time we change things around.

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(untitled) by Em

facism is there kids
its the perfect marriage
of the corporation
to our republic state
so know that you're forsaken
for the money they can make
your in the prison system
reverse the vision get them
locked up for their treasonous
acts that are reason-less
stacks of ruined lives left behinid in their wake


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MUSIC

Interview done by
Just One Activist


To start, take a look at the profile pic of Mc Juswrite. Hold off on his music for a moment, let's just discuss his picture. The first time I saw it I knew this would be an interesting, and worthwhile experience. An image so simplistic yet capable of saying so many things is not an easy task. Juswrite was able to do so, and then some. It shows how materialism plays such a large role in today's society. It captures America's infatuation with purchases, which tends to jail the soul. And it shocks me to think that there are people out there so oblivious to this, when they themselves are guiltier than they could begin to imagine of this despairing greed. It is mind boggling just how many thoughts this image alone is capable of provoking.
The music that followed this image was just as stimulating. The lyrics are no less unreserved, and seemed to incapacitate me at the truth and the openness it reveals as it ripped through my ears. Never once did I tune away from the music, or have a second to think of anything but the tenaciousness behind these musical exertions.

The Mc Juswrite interview

So for those who dont know you, why dont you introduce yourself.


I currently reside in Valdosta,Georgia, a medium/small sized city. Move'n to Los Angeles to get a degree in audio technology. actually was a poet before the whole Mc thing..so I'd say I've been writing for 10 years.

I grew up around music my whole life. my father is a die hard Republican and a gospel singer. imagine that? my father used to break all my tapes.

People around me told me I had a certain ability to speak and have people listen. I'm kind of a quiet person, so when I speak it was always of substance. Growing up with very strict parents,rebeling against them and just growing up they way I did in general.. I had an immediate problem with authority. So there it was, my message: "Fuck Authority"
Find the flaws in it, speak upon them, use my talents to show people the deception and lies they are being controlled by.


who are you musical and political heroes?

Abbie Hoffman, Malcom X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Che Guevara....anyone who is so dedicated to the cause they believe in enough that they are willing to die for it.


Are you willing to die for what you belive in?

Absolutely.


What has inspired you the most?

What Abbie hoffman did with his life. He took counter-culture to this mainstream level and invested the money he was make'n back into fighting the system. People started to look at him in a different light and many turned their back on him because of his "fame" but he contributed to the fight against the system until the day he died. I definitely reccomend anyone who doesnt know about Hoffman to read "steal this book" (and even for the lazy motherfuckers...watch "steal this movie") it is truely some motivational shit.

I want to hear a mc juswrite qoute.

America is a die'n nation, its only a matter of time before the superpower modern day Babylon crumbles. Only you can save yourself, just be prepared. Some kinda "doomsday" for America is right around the corner, shit will make 9-11 look like childsplay. be aware.

hows the progress musicaly?

i have no promotion except myself now, I was doing a lot of shows but I got fucked by promoters and a record label so as of now i have nothing lined up. I've just released the album Life of Sinn. if you see it anywhere, local to this area and wanna support me DON'T BUY IT! I dont have any rights to it, got fucked over and wont get a dime for it.

Wow, i've seen it happen before and that situation really sucks for the hardworking artists. So your doing all your new work solo?


yup!


What got you into the cause? what made you revolt?


I guess just being conscious at a young age. hip hop had a lot do to with it NWA was screaming "Fuck the police", and 2live crew was gettin "Banned in the USA". Oppression was obvious.

what do you think it would take overall to fix this country?

it would have to be a destroy n rebuild process. We as people would have to stand together, regardless of race,sexual preference, or religious beliefs.

What would people need to do as people?

Unify and organize. As people we need to realize that the new world order is use'n our differences to pit us against one another. they use race and religion as a tool. as I've stated. people need to learn to overlook our differences. Stop fighting with each other. That is what they want. They want us to kill each other off. We could have uncle sam shittin' his pants if we werent all falling into their snares and traps planted to keep us divided.

Well thank you for your time, we hope to hear more from you in the future.

Thank you.



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Very informative. and that's what I like! I love the comic strips too. Keep up the good work guys in fighting the evil that lies in power!
- Damaged at Best

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This was awesome, its just too bad most of it will fall on def ears.
but "word" man, "word"
- Trendsetter!

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I think if you guys want to reach new people you have to put a link in your bulletins. No one that isnt already interested in this subject matter is going to go from your bulletin to your Myspace blog to your other blog, then come back to your Myspace blog and comment on it. People are lazy. Keep up the good work though...
- { john }



NOTES:


- Thank you so much to the 120 people who have hit subscribe. Last week we only had 83. The word is getting out.
- Know of a myspace group we should know about? E-mail us a link!
- We have a banner! Copy and paste the html listed in our myspace blog to post it!

Thanks to the group Peace and Politics and Lorri, the two I know of so far that have posted it, along with our music editor.

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If you don't see your submission DON'T THINK WE'RE NEVER GOING TO USE IT! We had a massive amount of creative material sent to us and we had to pick and choose based on length and the tone that one work would give to the one before and after it. We will try to use EVERYTHING that is sent to us at some point, so keep us bookmarked!

Thanks again all,
Clay for the ACI Newsletter