Are you ready to read this…..? Are you persistent to do so?
Are you willing to make a change for you and the world.
It is entirely op to you…..
You have the power…….and freedom.
The feeling of freedom is very different around the world. Some places they do not have that feeling at all. I am very grateful to live in my part of the world, Europa. At least it is a democratic and financially wealthy place.
But let us look at Freedom for a moment. E.g in the United States constitution:
Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint, and the absence of a despotic government.
Here are the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Freedom of the press prohibits the government from interfering with the printing and distribution of information or opinions. It can be limited by libel and copyright laws, and it doesn’t include the act of news gathering.
Freedom of assembly, sometimes used interchangeably with the freedom of association, is the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, a political freedom and a civil liberty. This freedom can be limited by laws that protect public safety.
Freedom of expression includes freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition. This freedom doesn’t extend to expression that defames, causes panic, creates fighting words, incites people to crime, creates sedition, or is obscene.
Freedom of speech is the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference. The right doesn’t extend to hate speech, advertising, child pornography, and a few other instances.
Freedom of religion is the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. This right extends to any religious belief, but not in the practice of all religious activities (for example, ones that involve breaking other laws).
Well that is all very good and it is in the main lines the same in Europe.
But there is a very powerful issue that controls and manipulates us and that is Money.
Money gives you power and the freedom to do almost whatever you want.
Soo what I am trying to tell you is that even in the “free” and wealthy part of the world you are controlled and manipulated by all the multinational companies and medias.
There are mainly six industries that controls your life.
The medical industry.
Take a pill
and feel the drill.
Addicted to medical drugs,
you have the bucks…
Most people don’t realize what it is like to maintain a private practice in today’s health care climate. I applaud and honor any physician who has the courage and audacity to do so. As a private practitioner myself, I know the challenges of growing and maintaining a medical practice. I know what it takes to swim upstream and settle for a fraction of what employed physicians get paid. The trade-off they make is a large salary with little to no freedom to work from the soul. They work for a system that is heartless and expects them to meet quarterly projections. Many physicians feel trapped by the organizational limitations placed upon them, but have difficulty leaving to work independently.
It would be accurate to say that private practitioners belong to a sacred tribe, one that is preserving the heart and soul of Medicine. I have experienced being an employed physician long enough to know that the heart and soul of medicine are absent in corporate health care. After 6 years of practicing in that setting, I left that system and have never looked back. I remember the immense adjustment this took. I had to rearrange my definition of success and put meaning in the forefront. I remember feeling the tension between the financial freedom that being an employed physician offered versus the financial stresses of being in private practice. I also remembered the tension between what the ‘system’ expected of me -patient numbers- and my longing to be able to truly connect with my patients – a sense of meaning. I opted for the latter, sacrificing the former. The payoff was priceless. 18 years later, I can’t imagine working any other way. My life is simple and sustainable. My medical practice also operates from a model of sustainability. Most importantly, I don’t work for the medical system’s financial projections. I work to serve my patients, the vocation of medicine and the health of my community.
Two decades ago, our medical system embodied the scientific method, valued the doctor-patient relationship and practiced from soul. Today, money and profit is what health care is serving. Neither health nor care is its goal. It is a ‘sick care’ system that manages symptoms in the ‘name of health care’. The scientific method has fallen by the wayside. Health care today has become a ‘closed system’ where even scientific evidence of harm is sidestepped in the name of profit. Preventive medicine is a conflict of interest for this model. Symptom management does not involve patient education, lifestyle change, patient responsibility or healing. It involves using prescription drugs to manage symptoms.
Today’s health care consumer is waking up to the reality of this dark side of health care. When people experience the lack of care from their physician who practices under pressure within a corporate health care system, they look elsewhere for a doctor who can take the time to problem solve with them. Many people want more than what the current distortion of healthcare is offering. They want to learn what made them sick, how to heal, how to stay healthy and how to live consciously. This is what patients, the consumers of health care, deserve.
One of the biggest crises in America today is the contamination of our food supply by the food industry. We are all discovering that the large corporations running our food industry are no different than the pharmaceutical industry. Our food supply is contaminated with hybridized plants, chemicals, pesticides and additives. If food is medicine, eating these foods is making us sick. The incidence of food related illnesses in our country has skyrocketed. The medical systems answer to this is pharmaceutical management. Today’s medical paradigm still does not see the connection between food and health. One broken system supports another.
The solution to this seemingly insurmountable problem is already underway. A critical mass of people has formed and is demanding change. They are simplifying their diets. They are eliminating chemicals and processed foods from their grocery lists. They are eating clean, organic and local foods. They are living more in harmony with nature. They are making choices to promote health. They are discovering that many of their diseases are diseases of lifestyle; that the body is more resilient and regenerative than they have been led to believe.
Healing and transformation require work. As adults, we must recognize that our choices will determine the kind of world in which our children will live. We must do the good and hard work of creating a shift in our current societal paradigm. Society and all of its systems are currently broken. They have gotten so far off course that the lack of soul is palpable within them. But I and many others, who refuse to compromise health and meaning in favor of money, are changing the organizational sickness by serving what is important and real. I encourage all of you to see through the illusion of our health care system, demand the kind of care that you rightfully deserve and do the hard work required to restore the soul of our world by making personal choices for health and healing without compromise. It is the only solution for correcting our collective course and restoring wholeness to our personal and collective lives.
As Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We are these people. This is our time.
The Meat industry.
It’s no surprise that a lot of people do not like the meat industry. However, most discussion about the harm of the meat industry circles around the torment of individual animals or vague platitudes about how it is hurting the world. The individual suffering of animals is significant and should not be discounted, but it helps to look at the big picture behind opposition to the meat industry. Not only is the meat industry killing tons of animals, but it has profound and negative impacts on the entire world. These impacts don’t just hurt animals; they can damage the whole human race. Here are 10 of the worst ways that the meat industry is destroying our planet, with the raw facts to back them up.
Deforestation is one of the biggest problems facing the world today. Every second, 1–2 acres of rain forest are cleared, mostly in the Amazon. With the staggering loss of rain forest comes a variety of negative effects. Deforestation increases both climatic instability and the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. The destruction of the Amazon rain forest has also contributed to a staggering loss of biodiversity, with 137 species of animals and plants being lost every day. Not only is this extremely harmful to the planet, but it also has a hypothetical impact on the human race. With that many plant species being lost, it is very possible that we are losing possible new drugs and cures to common diseases.
Most people are aware that deforestation is bad and will have a huge effect on our future, but why is all the forest being destroyed? Shockingly, the major cause of Amazonian deforestation is the meat industry. Cattle require huge amounts of land to be raised, and that land has to come from somewhere. Since Brazil is one of the world’s biggest beef exporters, their economy is partly reliant on the meat industry. As such, close to 70 percent of deforestation occurs as a direct result of the increasing demand for beef. The meat industry is also used as a pretense for rapid land speculation on recently cleared forests. Most of this beef goes to the US and first-world countries.
Various groups have attempted to stop the practice. When a Greenpeace report exposed the truth about deforestation, the World Bank International Finance Corporation withdrew a $90 million loan from Bertin, the second-largest meat producer in Brazil. This forced Bertin to stop growing cows on deforested land. Since the IFC is so big, they did not fear repercussions. Others aren’t so safe. Over 1,000 activists have been killed in Brazil while protesting the deforestation practices. Most murders have gone untried, and the killers have walked free. Among the dead are various US nationals and even some nuns who dared to speak out against the meat industry.
The meat industry is obviously dependent on keeping their animals alive until they’re ready for slaughter. That means that the industry needs tons of antibiotics to fight off various diseases that could plague livestock. Farmers all around the world inoculate their animals, but by far the biggest users of antibiotics are US meat producers. Since US meat is shipped around the world, this causes some ethical concerns.
When the numbers are crunched, 80 percent of all antibiotics produced in the United States goes to the meat industry. Cows, hogs, and other farm animals are consuming over 28 million pounds of drugs a year. That’s an absolutely astounding number, especially considering that scientists believe that the US (and eventually the whole world) could soon face an antibiotics shortage. This shortage is beginning even now. In the short term, the overuse of antibiotics in the meat industry works to drive up the price of life-saving drugs that are needed in the country’s hospitals.
An even greater threat to the world comes from antibiotic overuse. When our food already has antibiotics in it, bacteria get a testing ground to evolve into antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Since animals are given the same drugs that would otherwise go to humans, the superbugs that develop in the animals will automatically be resistant to the drugs that doctors use to treat human patients. By the time that we recognize that a superbug exists, it will be too late. The widespread consumption of antibiotic-treated meat will provide a vector to infect large swaths of the world population.
Since meat is such a big part of national economies, the industry is tied up in politics. This is especially true in the United States, where the meat industry extends their influence out of the supermarket and into the political realm. In the US, where candidates are not forced to disclose their monetary donations, the meat industry donates $10.8 million per year to political campaigns and spends almost $7 million directly lobbying federally elected officers. The coziness between American political leaders and meat lobbyists has caused a variety of problems.
First of all, it has been a huge force in perpetuating myths and misinformation about the meat industry. In 1977, Congress attempted to pass guidelines recommending the correct consumption of various food groups. When meat consumption was not listed high enough, lobbyists fought to either increase the listed meat consumption or to completely shoot down the project, and they got what they wanted. Years later, when the FDA released the famous food pyramid, lobbyists fought to make it seem like meat was the most important part of one’s diet.
The relationship between meat producers and the federal government has also led to the meat industry receiving massive government subsidies, far outstripping any other food industry. Meat producers have also had reporters attack any sort of scientific study that recommends fewer meat servings.
This sort of craziness has jumped over the ocean into the United Kingdom, as well. Nina Teicholz, a vehemently pro-meat author suspected of taking money from the meat industry, recently published a report in the British Medical Journal criticizing USDA reports about the negative effects of eating too much meat and denying that sustainability was a necessary consideration. This was in a peer-reviewed journal, showing that ignorance of the meat industry’s problems is not solely confined to the US. All of this allows the meat industry to continue their practices unchecked.
Obviously, the meat industry needs to feed its animals until slaughter. Full-grown cows and pigs consume massive amounts of water, as does producing the feed required to keep them alive. Just how much water is required for meat? Every pound of beef uses a staggering 2,500 gallons of water, which is roughly equal to taking a shower every day for six months. Most of the water goes into growing the food needed to keep the animals alive and at peak meat-giving weight; only 2 percent of it is drank by the cows. In the United States, half of all water goes to supporting animal agriculture.
As the world population continues to increase, this huge water use will cause significant problems. A case study in the future of water shortage is California. California experienced the biggest drought in history over the past few years, resulting in panicked conservation measures and concerned politicians. California’s water use reveals an interesting fact: Half of the state’s water use per person goes to meat products. By cutting out meat products, Californians would not have as intense of a water crisis as they do.
The trend is especially pronounced in California, but it is occurring worldwide. NASA reports show that water levels are dropping all over the world, leading toward a global drought. Countries all over the world are experiencing significant crop losses, and record-breaking drought conditions are not uncommon globally. On a global level, the meat industry consumes 34–76 trillion gallons of water annually. This means that the animal agriculture industry accounts for one-third of the world’s total water consumption, and it is almost completely unregulated. As the world experiences acute climate change and water shortages, this will begin to cause serious harm. While shortening one’s shower time may save 20 gallons, that’s nothing compared to the 2,500 gallons used for 1 pound of beef, which affects the whole world.
Land on Earth
Along with the water use, livestock also take up a lot of land. In some cases, this is land for the animals themselves, but in cases where the animals are kept in cages, it comes from using the land to grow feed. Using beef as an example, every cow uses a net total of 2–5 acres of land, depending on the farms. All of that adds up. At current, the meat industry uses 45 percent of the world’s land mass. In the United States, livestock production takes up more than half of the overall land mass. The US can handle that for now, but as the world population grows and demand increases, more and more landwill have to be converted across the world.
The overuse of land contributes to desertification. One-fifth of the world is experiencing desertification crises. When a piece of land is desertified, it becomes unusable for any sort of agriculture. The deserts of the world are growing, and one of the key contributors is livestock production and overgrazing. By using up so much of the land, overgrazing is also decreasing the biodiversity of regions and doing irreparable ecological harm. For example, in Central Asia 8,000–10,000 square kilometers (3,000–4,000 mi2) undergo desertification every year, most of it due to use of the land for livestock. With 168 countries threatened by desertification crises, the meat industry’s land use is only accelerating the problem.
World hunger is a very real problem, and it continues to increase. About 800 million people are undernourished. Even in developed countries, malnourished people count for 12.6 percent of the population, while in Africa, one out of four people experience hunger problems. Hunger accounts for 45 percent of deaths for children under five years old. Thousands of organizations are trying to end world hunger, but they all hide a secret. The world has enough food; it’s just not going to people.
It’s no secret that cows and other livestock require a lot of food to grow to full size. Accurately estimating the amount of feed required for every pound of meat is nearly impossible, but it falls somewhere between 1–3 kilograms (2–6 lb) of feed per pound of finished meat. This means that meat provides fewer calories than it takes to produce it. If the raw grain used for feed went into producing edible food for humans, those calories would directly go to hungry stomachs. Of the countries that are experiencing hunger problems, 82 percent use sizable portions of their grain to feed cows and pigs that will be eaten in first-world countries.
So how do the numbers break down? In 2008, two billion tons of grain were consumed, but only half of that went directly to humans. Some of that grain went to biodiesel or to alternative energy. Most of the excess grain went to livestock, which have an incredibly low calorie yield for how much grain they consume. With the grain consumed by their livestock, the United States alone could feed 800 million people, and that is just one industrialized country. If we made a total conversion away from the livestock industry, the world would produce enough grain to feed 10 billion people, which is the projected population of the world in 2050. To meet the population demand in 2050, the world would have to double its overall food production over the next decade, but using all the grain to feed people directly would end the hunger problems today and in the future without having to double efforts.
Obesity and cancer risk
The meat industry perpetuates the myth that meat is good for you. However, the truth is the complete opposite. The adverse health effects of meat have yet to be addressed, and the worldwide consumption of meat products has actually increased over the years due to better advertising by meat producers.
Recent studies have shown various negative effects of meat consumption. Red meat specifically is linked to an increased chance of cardiovascular disease and decreased heart health. Beyond the risk of obesity, eating processed meats has also been recently shown to (very slightly) increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
The common refrain is that meat is necessary to give enough protein for healthy development. Meat industries use their sizable resources to bribe government officials into pushing incorrect nutritional guideline and perpetuating this myth. The average first-world consumer consumes twice as much protein as they actually need, mostly due to inaccurate advertising and publications about nutrition. When it comes down to it, vegetables and fruit give the essential protein content necessary for maintaining health, without risk of obesity or cancer. Unfortunately, the widespread influence of meat producers has spread the myth that dangerous meat products are the ideal form of protein intake.
Ocean Deadzones and water pollution
We’ve established that the meat industry causes considerable damage to land, but one of its biggest effects is in the ocean. Fishing is a wildly unsustainable industry that is even contributing to mass extinction. Currently, the meat industry is also polluting our oceans to the point that oceanic dead zones are growing more each year. A dead zone occurs when there is not enough oxygen in the water or there are too many other chemicals, which causes the animals in the zone to suffocate and die. The biggest known dead zone is in the Gulf of Mexico. Runoff from the Mississippi River has caused a 15,000-square-kilometer (6,000 mi2) swath of water to be completely uninhabitable for oceanic life.
The biggest contributors to oceanic dead zones are meat producers. Most of the damage comes from animal waste. Every year, livestock produce 130 times as much waste as humans. Unfortunately, waste management practices dump a lot of that into the oceans, which destroys marine biodiversity. Even as that is happening, many sources of water are drained solely for livestock production. The water that does remain is constantly polluted due to methane production from animals and improper waste disposal techniques. This directly causes problems for people living in locations where water is gradually becomes polluted by livestock byproduct.
Ocean dead zones also cause big dangers for humans. Fish or other marine creatures from affected areas can be toxic and have adverse health effects if eaten, but the problem runs deeper than that. Oceanic dead zones are a leading cause of biodiversity loss and ecosystem destruction. Combing dead zones and overfishing is rapidly killing marine wildlife. Current models show that at the rate at which oceans are degrading, we may see oceans with almost no fish by 2048. Seafood will be a thing of the past, along with the wonderful biodiversity that we now see.
Earth is losing species at an alarming rate. Even given conservative estimates of species loss, the planet is experiencing the worst mass extinction in the past 65 million years. Currently, the extinction rate for species is 100 times faster than we would expect from natural models. This is without a doubt being caused by humans, but many factors play into this alarming reality. One of the leading causes is animal agriculture.
Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the oceans. As mentioned above, we could be facing fishless oceans by 2048, for more reasons than oceanic dead zones. Fishing is wildly unsustainable. Every year, fishermen pull 90 million to 100 million tons of fish from the ocean, leading to 75 percent of the world’s fisheries being overexploited or completely drained. Besides the fish, industry practices are also killing off other marine animals at an alarming rate. Because fishing nets and other methods are imprecise, for every pound of harvested fish, five times’ worth of unintentionally caught marine animals are pulled up. This equals 2.7 trillion animals being killed every year by commercial fishing, including thousands of whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals. These animals are unintentionally caught but die nonetheless. Fishery depletion and the staggering amount unintentionally caught animals has led to the start of a mass oceanic extinction.
The situation is not much better on land. Ecologists are not concerned about the cow, pig, or chicken ever going extinct, but meat industry practices have accelerated the current mass extinction with their side effects. As mentioned above, destruction of the Amazon rain forest to make way for cattle ranches causes about 137 species extinctions a day. In the United States, farmers have hunted indigenous predators to extinction. In 2012, the state of Washington completely killed off its wolf population to protect beef farms. USDA “wildlife services” have sponsored large hunts to kill predators. Combined, the land and oceanic extinctions show that the meat industry is contributing to a possible sixth mass extinction event in Earth’s history.
Of all the things discussed on the list, the one that has the greatest long-term effect on the world is global climate change. Politicians and popular scientists have pushed the idea that carbon emissions cause the biggest impact on global climate change and have called for cleaner energy and renewable resources. Although this a wonderful goal, carbon emissions are not the most deadly greenhouse gas. Methane and nitrous oxide are far worse.
Methane is a natural byproduct of livestock production. It comes from waste and emissions from the animals themselves. When released into the atmosphere, methane is more deadly than any carbon dioxide emission. A single cow produces nearly 150 gallons of methane per day. Animal agriculture also produces 65 percent of all human-related nitrous oxide emissions. The damage that nitrous oxide causes is not well-known to the public, but it has 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Even if we look at carbon dioxide emissions alone, the amount of carbon dioxide produced in relation to animal agriculture is staggering, accounting for 51 percent of all emissions. Animal agriculture contributes 18 percent of all greenhouse gases, compared to only 13 percent from transportation. That means that you can drive all the polluting vehicles you want if you completely cut out meat. A vegan diet has a much smaller carbon footprint (1/18th) than a meat-eating diet, and a vegetarian diet is one-sixth smaller. Most of the items mentioned above are somehow linked to global climate change. All of the problems are connected by the unsafe and unsustainable practices of the meat industry, which is slowly destroying our world.
The Milk Industry.
There are milk everywhere. Not only all kinds of dairy, but also in many kinds of foods. When we settled down in the stone age with cows around us, we started drinking milk, but not that amount of milk that has developed today. Now it is out of proportions in many ways:
The dairy industry enjoys a carefully crafted public image that leaves many consumers with visions of happy animals and green rolling hills.
Many milk drinkers—especially women—would be appalled if they knew the truth. That this is an industry that deliberately gets a female pregnant, allows her to give birth and greet her newborn, only then to remove her young—and in most cases sends her calf to be slaughtered before they have even experienced a week of life.
The dark side of dairy
Photographs of industrial rows of cramped pens, each imprisoning a solitary calf, will shock those who still believe in the fairytale of the pastoral dairy farm, where blushing maidens milk smiling cows. Welfare legislation says that calves should only be held in solitary pens until they are eight weeks old, but Animal Equality claims that the battery calves it photographed at Grange Dairy in Dorset are up to six months old – too large for their hutches– and say that some have grazes on their backs. But trading standard officers say there is no evidence of any breach of animal welfare requirements. Marks & Spencer, which sells milk from the farm, said it was “disappointed” to see the report, but it has refused to drop the supplier.
Upsetting as the story is, what happens elsewhere in the dairy industry amounts to systematic cruelty. In reality, the daily practices of most dairy farms are more distressing than those of meat production. A mother cow only produces milk when she gets pregnant. So, starting from the age of 15 months, she will usually be artificially inseminated. Farmers mechanically draw semen from a bull, and then force the female cow into a narrow trap, known as a “cattle crush”, where they will brutally impregnate her.
When she gives birth, her calf will typically be removed within 36 hours, so the farmers can steal and sell you the milk that is meant for her baby. Wildlife experts say that a strong bond between cow and calf is formed quickly after birth. Following that callous separation, the mother will bellow and scream for days, wondering where her baby is. The answer depends on the gender of the calf. If male, he will probably either be shot and tossed into a bin, or sold to be raised for veal, which delays his death by just a matter of months. But if the calf is female, she will usually be prepared for her own entry into dairy production, where she will face the same cycle of hell that her mother is trapped in: forced impregnation, the theft of her baby, and a return to the cattle crush two or three months later.
For at least six months of the year, she will often be confined inside dark sheds. But a growing number of dairy farms in Britain use a “zero-grazing system” in which cows spend their entire lives indoors, in increasingly intensive structures.
Although growth hormones are banned in the UK and antibiotic use is limited, a dairy cow can be given reproductive hormones and prescribed antibiotics by a vet to ensure she is kept in a condition to produce an unnatural amount of milk. Under normal circumstances, she would generally only have a maximum of two litres of milk in her udder at any one time, but rapacious farmers may force her to carry 20 litres or more. Her udder becomes so heavy that it makes her lame and she often develops an agonising infection called mastitis. The strain this puts on her body means she is exhausted by the age of five. Soon, her milk yield will no longer be considered profitable. Or she might simply collapse under the agony of it all. Either way, she will be dragged off by a tractor, squeezed into a cramped truck, and driven to the slaughterhouse, to be killed and turned into burgers or baby food. Her throat slit after five sad and torturous years – under natural circumstances she could have lived to 25.
Dairy is proving to be a vulnerable spot for the entire slaughter racket. The public is steadily waking up to the fact that the reality of milk production is not a matter of trivial imperfections, of concern only to idealist vegans, but in fact the most dark and wicked part of all farming. And delicious, non-dairy milk, cheese and dessert alternatives are now widely available, so as people learn the truth it is easy for them to ditch dairy for good. In January, Sainsbury’s reported that sales of its new own-brand vegan cheeses were 300% greater than it had anticipated.
Smaller businesses are also evolving. The Fields Beneath cafe in north London abruptly stopped offering cow’s milk last week, replacing it with vegan alternatives like oat, almond and soy milk. It posted a notice in its window, explaining that it took the move after watching the powerful five-minute YouTube video entitled Dairy Is Scary. The notice added: “We didn’t think it was either.” And Ice Shack, an ice-cream and dessert parlour in Manchester, is transforming into a fully vegan business next week.
The industry is starting to panic. David Dobbin, chairman of Dairy UK, fears a “demographic time bomb” as young people increasingly shun milk. Only 10 years ago, there were about 21,000 dairy farms in England, Scotland and Wales. Industry analysts believe there will be fewer than 5,000 left by 2026. The National Farmers Union’s dairy spokesman Michael Oakes said on Monday that the message of anti-dairy campaigners is “not going away”. He called for “positive promotion” of the industry.
They’ll have their work cut out. Even the planet’s most shameless and gifted spin doctors would find it hard to put a positive angle on the brutal reality of most dairy farms.
- This article was amended on 31 March 2017 to make clear that both hormone and antibiotic use in the UK is limited – and neither are given to dairy cows in order to directly cause the production of more milk.
The Weapon industry.
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron”.
Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953
The arms trade is a major cause of human rights abuses. Some governments spend more on military expenditure than on social development, communications infrastructure and health combined. While every nation has the right and the need to ensure its security, in these changing times, arms requirements and procurements may need to change too.
Each year, around $45-60 billion worth of arms sales are agreed. Most of these sales (something like 75%) are to developing countries.
The 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, Russia, France, United Kingdom and China), together with Germany and Italy account for around 85% of the arms sold between 2004 and 2011.
Some of the arms sold go to regimes where human rights violations will occur. Corruption often accompanies arms sales due to the large sums of money involved.
World military spending had reduced since the Cold War ended, but a few nations such as the US retain high level spending.
In recent years, global military expenditure has increased again and is now comparable to Cold War levels. Recent data shows global spending at over $1.7 trillion. 2012 saw the first dip in spending — only slightly —since 1998, in an otherwise rising trend.
The highest military spender is the US accounting for almost two-fifths of the world’s spending, more than the rest of the G7 (most economically advanced countries) combined, and more than all its potential enemies, combined.
Read “World Military Spending” to learn more.
The Sex Industry.
Often considered one of the oldest trades on earth, the sex industry is to this day one of the largest and most profitable in the world. Another industry that treads the line between legal and illegal in places, the sex industry brings in billions of dollars across the globe on legal prostitution, pornography, and other related trades alone. If the numbers were to be combined with the more illegal aspects of the trade, it would easily push the total profits annually over one trillion dollars.
The tourism Industry.
Despite the inevitable hassles of the TSA, people still manage to find a way to make it from Hong Kong to France. If you combine all of those people, consider all of the services they use along the way, and all of the money spent on a single trip then you have what is considered one of the largest industries on Earth. As tourism grows yearly, it has become a trillion dollar business.
The bad side of tourism:
- Travel is touted as a means to close gaps between peoples, cultures and religions, but the extreme differences of wealth and lifestyle between locals and tourists in some areas can cause resentment.
- tourism can disrupt or destroy ecosystems and environments
- NEGATIVE SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPACTS OF TOURISM Irritation due to tourist behaviour . Tourists often, out of ignorance or carelessness, fail to respect local customs and moral values.When they do, they can bring about irritation and stereotyping. They take a quick snapshot and are gone, and by so acting invade the local peoples’ lives.
- Prostitution and sex tourism. The commercial sexual exploitation of children and young women has paralleled the growth of tourism in many parts of the world. Though tourism is not the cause of sexual exploitation, it provides easy access to it.
- ACCULTURATION. Acculturation theory states that when two cultures come into contact for any length of time, an exchange of ideas and products will take place that, through time, produce varying levels of convergence between the cultures; that is they become similar.
The Chinese are comming industry.
CHINA’S BIG PLAN
Senior analyst in defence strategy and capability at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Dr Malcolm Davis, told news.com.au Mr Xi’s message was loud and clear.
Dr Davis said Beijing wanted to replace the US as the world’s dominant superpower, an idea many people have dismissed as absurd as recently as a few years ago.
“China just doesn’t want to be a just regional superpower, it wants to be the superpower,” he said.
Dr Davis said Beijing wanted to challenge US supremacy and reshape the region according to China’s interests and economic development.
However, he acknowledged China faced several domestic challenges which stood in the way of its long-term goal, including suppression of democracy and freedom of speech.
Dr Davis also said Beijing faced a huge demographic problem with an increasing ageing population and declining birthrate.
This, in turn, would further impact on economic growth.
“Like all authoritarian governments, Beijing sees anything which challenges it as a problem and will crack down hard on that,” Dr Davis said.
“After the Tiananmen Square massacre, Beijing said to its people: ‘If you forgo democracy, we will give you prosperity.’”
He questioned what would happen once China’s prosperity ran out and the disparity between rural and city and the elite and the common man was more obvious.
Dr Davis pointed out Beijing was a major maritime power which the US was aware of and one which was determined to assert its dominance, particularly in the South China Sea.
He said China was also trying to make other countries sign up to its One Belt, One Road infrastructure investment project.
By doing this Beijing was extending its influence over other countries which would align themselves more with China than the US.
Dr Davis said China’s plans had a direct impact on Australia.
MAN BEHIND THE POWER
Mr Xi opened the congress which is expected to enhance his already formidable power.
In his speech, Mr Xi hailed China’s island-building efforts in the disputed South China Sea as well as his signature foreign-policy initiative, the One Belt, One Road infrastructure investment project aimed at improving connections between China, Europe and Africa.
Mr Xi wields undisputed power and is expected to get a second five-year term as party leader at the gathering.
However, critics claim he has consolidated his power by sidelining his competitors in other intra-party cliques, including those surrounding his immediate predecessor Hu Jintao and former leader Jiang Zemin.
— with the Associated Press
China has already invested many billions in Africa and South America and is in control of many companies in The US and Europe. Yes they are already here and they are unstoppable….unless…….Do you buy chinese?
My intention is not to depress you – only to expand your knowledge about what is going on in the world and how we all are all puppets in a world controlled by those few who has the power of money. But don´t forget that it is the common people that has the real power if we stand together.
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