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Erich Bloodaxe BSN

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Erich S Bloodaxe, PhD, MS, BS, BA, BSN, ADN, RN. (It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life ;) Democratic socialist by nature, if not by registration atm. Spent a lot of of time on Daily Kos, decided I needed to branch out a bit. Currently spending more time at jackpineradicals.org

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Lawsuit: Your Candy Bar Was Made By Child Slaves


Well worth a read, and a change in plans for Halloween. I was planning to hand out the usual snickers, kitkats, hershey's special dark and the like. I can't in good conscience now, I'd feel like a total ghoul, handing out candy made with child slave labour to other children. I'll have to rethink what I'm handing out.

Thanks to @rodimusprime on twitter for the link.

It is this irony that serves as the motivation behind a class action lawsuit filed Monday against Hershey and two of its competitors, Mars and Nestle. The complaints, filed by three California residents, allege that the companies are guilty of false advertising for failing to disclose the use of child slavery on their packaging. Without it, the plaintiffs claim, the companies are deceiving consumers into “unwittingly” supporting the child slave labor trade.

The boys’ stories are sickeningly graphic. Before beatings, the boys say they were stripped naked and tied up. They were then pummeled with a variety of weapons, from fists and feet to belts and whips. In the film, some of the boys get up and imitate the beatings. Others stand to reveal hundreds of scars lining their backs and torsos—some still bloody and scabbed. They get quiet when the filmmakers ask whether any are beaten today and say some are simply “taken away.”

Asked what he’d say to the billions who eat chocolate worldwide (most of the boys have never tried it), one boy replies: “They enjoy something I suffered to make; I worked hard for them but saw no benefit. They are eating my flesh.” Toward the end of the segment, the filmmakers meet with one of the “slave masters,” who admits he purchased the young boys and that some of his men routinely beat them. His reasoning: He is paid a low price for the cocoa and thus needs to harvest as much of it as he possibly can.

ETA: A link to a list of chocolate *probably* not made using exploitative labour. This site points out that most organic cocoa comes from Latin America, which does not have documented issues with slave labour on cocoa plantations.

Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Wed Sep 30, 2015, 09:53 AM (2 replies)

Rick Perry's latest 'ooops' moment!

This morning on Morning Joe, the hosts were talking to Rick Perry, who was saying sure, he'd support and vote for whoever came out of the Republican primary, because when you look at the other side, whether it's Bernie Sanders, or Joe Biden, or (pauses in thought) some other candidate, ...'

Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Thu Sep 24, 2015, 08:33 AM (3 replies)

GoFundMe campaign for beagle probably hit by a car that needs corrective surgery.

Just sharing a campaign I just contributed to


Note that this is NOT one of my beagles, but I'm pro-beagle in general.

Bunny, the beagle in question, appears to have had a pretty tough time, having apparently been hit by a car and then left to heal on her own. It's a wonder she's alive at all, but her new caregivers have spoken to a surgeon who thinks he can get her front legs functional again, if of course, they can raise the money for the surgery. They seem to have gotten a good chunk of it together, but more is needed to get her across the finish line and into surgery. I know DU has plenty of kind hearts, so I thought I'd share this one here.
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Sat Sep 19, 2015, 07:21 PM (0 replies)

Well, MSNBC continues to play 'Smear the Sanders'.

Up w/ Kornacki on in the background, the last segment had a 'Do the Democrats need a White Knight?' chyron, talking about how Dems might need someone else to enter the race to 'save' them from Bernie Sanders since Hillary was tanking. Then they went on to 'Sanders plans for the high holy days'. To first make sure you knew he was a Jew, and then to have the Jewish guy on panel tell you that he was a 'bad Jew' because instead of spending Rosh Hashanah going to services, Bernie will be delivering a talk at a Christian university.

Nothing like being 'subtle', eh, guys?
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Sun Sep 13, 2015, 09:54 AM (12 replies)

11 year old shoots 16 year old "home invader", but neighbors say there was no break-in


So a day or two back, there was another of those supposed 'See? Good guys with guns save lives!' postings about how a heroic 11 year old fended off two 'home invaders' and protected his much younger sister.

Well, the story might not quite be that simple.

An 11-year-old boy in St. Louis County, Mo., fatally shot a 16-year-old who police believe was attempting a home invasion, but neighbors of the younger boy say what happened Thursday afternoon was not a break-in.


But neighbors say there’s no way there was a break-in in the middle of the day. One, Donna Jackson, says she saw a conversation between the two boys, then a point-blank shooting.

“It was not a break-in,” Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “He shot him in the head.”
Posted by Erich Bloodaxe BSN | Sat Sep 5, 2015, 08:07 AM (9 replies)
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