cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2004 07:42 pm
I like 3 MUSKETEERS! What else?
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2004 07:59 pm
1. Baby Ruth.
2. Snickers (especially frozen).
3. Three Musketeers.

Sweet, sassy and a champion of underdogs. Yep.
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Diane
 
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2004 08:02 pm
BBB, have you read a book titled, Disposable People? I have mentioned it on a few other threads and got no reply, so I assume no one else has read it. Modern slavery is alive and thriving throughout the world, including the rich, industrial countries.

The title, Disposable People, refers to the fact that the 'owners' don't need to take even basic care of their workers since they don't need to buy them. There are so many to replace those that die, that they are...disposable.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 8 Mar, 2004 08:50 pm
I could see alot of that happening on this planet, because so many live in destitute conditions. The saddest part is that so many people with great potential are lost.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Tue 9 Mar, 2004 12:22 am
Diane
Diane, I have not read the book. When I searched for it, I found several books with a similar title. Is this the book you cited? ---BBB

Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy
by Kevin Bales

Book Description:

Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history's oldest social institutions. Kevin Bales's disturbing story of slavery today reaches from brick kilns in Pakistan and brothels in Thailand to the offices of multinational corporations. His investigation of conditions in Mauritania, Brazil, Thailand, Pakistan, and India reveals the tragic emergence of a "new slavery," one intricately linked to the global economy. The new slaves are not a long-term investment as was true with older forms of slavery, explains Bales. Instead, they are cheap, require little care, and are disposable.

Three interrelated factors have helped create the new slavery. The enormous population explosion over the past three decades has flooded the world's labor markets with millions of impoverished, desperate people. The revolution of economic globalization and modernized agriculture has dispossessed poor farmers, making them and their families ready targets for enslavement. And rapid economic change in developing countries has bred corruption and violence, destroying social rules that might once have protected the most vulnerable individuals. Bales's vivid case studies present actual slaves, slaveholders, and public officials in well-drawn historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. He observes the complex economic relationships of modern slavery and is aware that liberation is a bitter victory for a child prostitute or a bondaged miner if the result is starvation.

Bales offers suggestions for combating the new slavery and provides examples of very positive results from organizations such as Anti-Slavery International, the Pastoral Land Commission in Brazil, and the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan. He also calls for researchers to follow the flow of raw materials and products from slave to marketplace in order to effectively target campaigns of "naming and shaming" corporations linked to slavery. Disposable People is the first book to point the way to abolishing slavery in today's global economy.
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Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com

The horror of slavery, says Kevin Bales, is "not confined to history." It is not only possible that slave labor is responsible for the shoes on your feet or your daily consumption of sugar, he writes, the products of forced labor filter even more quietly into a broad portion of daily Western life. "They made the bricks for the factory that made the TV you watch. In Brazil slaves made the charcoal that tempered the steel that made the springs in your car and the blade on your lawnmower.... Slaves keep your costs low and returns on your investments high."

The exhaustive research in Disposable People shows that at least 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world. Bales, considered the world's leading expert on contemporary slavery, reveals the historical and economic conditions behind this resurgence. From Thailand, Mauritania, Brazil, Pakistan, and India, Bales has gathered stories of people in unthinkable conditions, kept in bondage to support their owners' lives. Bales insists that even a small effort from a large number of people could end slavery, and devotes a large chapter to explaining the practical means by which this might be accomplished. "Are we willing to live in a world with slaves?" he asks. As a sign of his commitment, all his royalties from Disposable People will go toward the fight against slavery. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From Booklist

No, University of Surrey lecturer Bales isn't reporting on wage slavery: the stories that slip into the newspaper now and then about workers in sneaker or soccer ball factories in Indonesia or Vietnam earning 20 cents or $1 a week. Bales means 27 million people held in chattel slavery, debt bondage, or contract slavery: "enslaved by violence and held against their wills for purposes of exploitation." Their masters he calls "slaveholders" because they don't claim to own their victims; they... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2004 10:26 am
What happened after the story was published
Some good and bad things happened after this story was published:

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/news/special_packages/3582021.htm
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