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Who I am and why I think this book is needed
I’m Kellia Ramares-Watson, writer, editor, radio producer and demonetarist. Proponents of demonetization believe that the modern world’s emphasis on making money is destroying lives, cultures, and the environment. Demonetarists have authored many books and other learned treatises on the subject, but, though well argued, they have largely failed to draw a large audience among average people because many of them are rather… academic.
I can combine my academic education (Bachelor of Arts in Economics) with my 14 years of experience in the “community” sector of broadcast news which centers on covering the struggles of everyday people, and my lifetime of experience struggling to make ends meet, and watching my friends do the same, to write a book on demonetization for the general public. Read more ›
I am making plans to revamp this website to make it a place where people can talk about the theory and practices of non-monetary economics. I also expect to build a section where people can comment on what will now be three ebooks on demonetization: The first to explain why current systems are unworkable and unreformable, the second to explain what values we need to adopt to make global demonetization work for all of us, and the third to explain past and present demonetization efforts.
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What would you like to see in a revamped website?
I just looked at an email pitch I sent to a publication on October 28th. By December 23rd, I still hadn’t heard anything. After a month of waiting for an answer, other writers urged me to be patient, that it hadn’t been that long yet. One writer illustrated the point by mentioning a query of his that was not answered until exactly a year after he mailed it. I’ve decided to give the publication until January 6th to get back to me. If I hear nothing, I am going to pitch the idea to two other places… simultaneously. Read more ›
BY AVIVA SHEN AND JUDD LEGUM ON DECEMBER 6, 2013
Mandela called freedom from poverty a “fundamental human right.” Mandela considered poverty one of the greatest evils in the world, and spoke out against inequality everywhere. “Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times — times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation — that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils,” he said. He considered ending poverty a basic human duty: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life,” he said. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
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The issue of journalistic objectivity has just come up (again) in Linked In for Journalists. So I dug up this speech that I gave three years ago and decided to post it here because it is too long for the comments sections of Linked In. It is also relevant to the topic of demonetization.
Text of Speech at Indymedia Conference – Nov. 13, 2010
Hello, I’m Kéllia Ramares. Thank you for having me, and Happy Anniversary, Indymedia.
Objectivity does not exist, in journalism or in any other sphere. That is what quantum physicists have been telling us now for nearly a century. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle tells us that what you know about a quantum particle depends on what you measure. You can measure its position, but you cannot determine where is it going at the same time with equal accuracy, and vice versa. You can’t even call it a particle all the time because sometimes it acts as a wave. Experiments have shown that whether you see a particle or a wave depends on what you expect to see.
Seeing what we expect to see also explains the results of polls that elicit certain types of answers depending on how the question is formulated. Some people even believe that seeing what we expect to see explains our own experience of the world.
So if there is no such thing as objectivity, what passes for objectivity in journalism and, is it a good thing?
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by Adam Peck
Tis the season for holiday spirit: Yule logs, egg nog, festive lights and exchanging gifts with loved ones. If you work for McDonald’s, though, be sure to save those receipts.
McDonald’s McResource Line, a dedicated website run by the world’s largest fast-food chain to provide its 1.8 million employees with financial and health-related tips, offers a full page of advice for “Digging Out From Holiday Debt.” Among their helpful holiday tips: “Selling some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist could bring in some quick cash.”
Elsewhere on the site, McDonald’s encourages its employees to break apart food when they eat meals, as “breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full.” And if they are struggling to stock their shelves with food in the first place, the company offers assistance for workers applying for food stamps.
Read the rest of the Think Progress article here.
Of course, McDonalds claims that an outside organization has taken certain comments out of context, but the only context possible is cheapness. McDonalds pays so poorly it helps its workers go on food stamps. Read more ›
In an interview with Sarah van Gelder that was published in Yes! Magazine, Dr. Shiva said:
There is no price to seed, which is why the commodification of seed is such an outrage. Every culture that I’ve come across believes that destroying seed is the ultimate sin. Communities have starved to death rather than eat the seed grain.
Life is self-organized. Self-organized systems evolve in diversity. You
are not identical to me, because each of us has evolved in freedom. The self-organizing capacity of life is expressed in diversity. Diversity of culture, diversity of humans, diversity of seeds.
Uniformity is constructed from the outside. It is coercive. So a farm of only Roundup Ready soya is actually a battlefield. Chemical warfare is going
on—spraying of Roundup to kill everything green, to kill the soil organisms,
to kill the diversity, but also to kill the potential of the crop to manage itself
Monocultures can only be held together through external control, and
uniformity and external control and concentration go hand in hand.
Read the whole interview here.
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