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From the page: "Welcome to 21st-century capitalism, a topsy-turvy world in which poverty for many and unimaginable wealth for a tiny few stand side by side. But unlike in earlier times, when slave and feudal societies weren't efficient enough to adequately feed, clothe and house everyone in society, today's crisis is the result of an overabundance of material goods, not the lack of them.
In the U.S., for example, hundreds of millions of square feet of commercial, industrial and manufacturing space are idle. As of July, industrial capacity utilization stood at 79.3 percent--low by historical standards, though better than the low point of 66.8 percent in 2009, during the trough of the financial crisis.
In the rising economic powerhouse of China, overcapacity is an even worse problem. As the New York Times reported:
After three decades of torrid growth, China is encountering an unfamiliar problem with its newly struggling economy: a huge buildup of unsold goods that is cluttering shop floors, clogging car dealerships and filling factory warehouses. The glut of everything from steel and household appliances to cars and apartments is hampering China's efforts to emerge from a sharp economic slowdown. It has also produced a series of price wars and has led manufacturers to redouble efforts to export what they cannot sell at home.
The technological innovations that made capitalism's incredible productivity possible--assembly lines, the use of robots--could permanently free humanity from the scourge of poverty, want and hunger.
But in a capitalist society, the question of what and how much gets produced isn't decided on the basis of what people need to survive. It's based on what will turn a profit for the owners of offices, factories and construction sites.
If there's already too much to be sold profitably, the greater efficiency of new production techniques has the effect of leading to layoffs and misery--instead of a lighter workload and a higher standard of living for everyone."
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From the page: "Climate change, justice in the workplace, torture, the health care crisis, deforestation, unjust imprisonment, an epidemic of preventable diseases, water shortages, poverty, corporate welfare, world hunger, and much moreâ"the negative connections between human culture and non-human life must be exposed and addressed by activists of all stripes.
Itâs not nearly enough to rise above the latest man-made conflicts and/or differences and proudly declare oneself a âoehumanist.â In the name of holistic justice and planetary rebellion, we must go deeper to identify as earthlings and standâ"fists raisedâ"in solidarity with all of our fellow earthlings.
Last week, I stood on the sidewalk at the front-end of Occupy Wall Street (OWS)â"holding a signâ"for about two hours. My sign read: âoeMickey Z. sez: Ask not what your eco-system can do for you. Ask what you can do for your eco-system. Eco-system > Economics.â"
Currently in Texas (tied for 9ths).
Hope to go to Massachusetts (46th) for college.
Reason isn't the reason for the season. The coldness of the season is the reason for the season- that's why so many gods (other than Jesus) were born on in December. So I disagree with the billboard- they could have done a better job.
Definition of theist shoving their beliefs down peoples throats: witch trials, crusades, 9/11, dark ages, slavery, etc
Definition of non-theist shoving their beliefs down peoples throats: A billboard and analyzing the parts of religions that make no sense on the Internet where you don't watch if you don't want to see it.
PETA has a bad rep bc to get on the news, they use slightly over-the-top ads and dont realize they are just giving themselves and vegetarians a bad name. Also, people get overly defensive when confronted with a reason to change their lifestyle a little. However, their sites overall are fairly informative about animal treatment, cruelty-free shopping, and more. They manage to remove some cruelty from are world, such as stopping pointless torturing of monkeys by the army, when they already have alternatives. Perhaps other organizations do a better job with promoting animal rights, such as http://www.onegreenplanet.org/
From the page: "cow窶s milk is the source of up to 80 percent of the estrogen women consume"
From the page: "A. POLLUTION: The meat industry causes more water pollution
in the United Stated than all other industries combined. The excrement from farm animals is 130 times more than the entire human population, 86,600 pounds per second. Large amounts of this waste is released into the ocean. As a direct result of
pig excrement, the deadly microorganism "PHYSTERIA" was born. Physteria has caused largest fish kill in history and is a threat to humans and animals. Physteria creates toxins that dissolve the flesh of fish, which it then consumes, resulting in lesions and causing large-scale kills in fish and in Humans due to contact or eating contaminated sea food. People who have been in affected waters can be affected. Humans who have been in the waters for short times, or even handled the fish, have developed sores and also neurological symptoms such as memory problems"