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Month: November 2010

www.ted.com

I have made a permanent link to ted.com
I think I will be referring to it often.

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www.fairlabor.org

Here’s another great outfit. These people have embraced the problem of Human Rights violations in developing countries and unregulated regions all over the world.
In a nutshell, If you have seen a picture of a child working in a mine or a really ulgy sweat shop or someone working with dangerous chemicals with no safety equipment, this is the kind of place they want to help.
They discovered, to know one’s suprise, that even if a country is compelled to send inspectors, these people are easily bribed. So the violations continue.
What they did was convince multi-national corporations to make a code of conduct part of the contract. So there now is a World standard for the treatment of these people that work in underdeveloped countries producing the things we buy.
Losing the contract would be devastating to their economy so companies or governments naturally “buck up”.
It’s an excellent example of private entreprise being used to promote Human Rights and by way of contract no less.
Promoting Human Rights by promoting Property Rights. Top that anyone?

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http://www.wikileaks.org/

Hi Prodos,
I just heard about this outfit today. I don’t know much about them. I heard about it on http://www.ted.com
They publish leaked classified documents that are generally embarrassing to the governments and organizations that perpetrate the injustice, whatever it might be.
The outstanding thing about the video I watched was centered around the banking collapse in Iceland a year or so back. In a nutshell, offshore Banking is by far the biggest industry in Iceland. It’s 80% of their economy, so it’s a big deal in Iceland. Wikileaks broke the story and it was, of course, embarrassing to the government of Iceland. However, what they did about it was perhaps the most amazing improvement in civil rights in the world this year, perhaps this decade. It appears that there was such a large public outcry and demand for transparency in information that the government of Iceland passed ammendments to their constitution that are principally the most secure rights to freedom on speech in the world. They won a Nobel peace prize for it.
So from now on, until a few other countries get similar constitutional ammendments, Iceland will be the clearing house for all leaked classified documents in the world. The world now has real freedom of speech. Try and stop it.
I knew there was a reason I liked those Icelanders.

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