Dead Wild Roses: Turkish Canaries – Capitalism Doing What it Does Best

   The general capitalist framework sets up people and resources for exploitation.  Without a strong social democratic counterweight to capitalist exploitation we necessarily get the tragic results as exemplified by the mine disaster in Soma, Turkey. “Turkish police are investigating 18 people, including mining company executives and personnel, as part of the probe into the Soma ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tabacco Farming – Child Labour in the USA

The news: If you’re a 7-year-old in the U.S., you are by law too young to buy a cigarette at the counter — but you are old enough to work in the tobacco fields as a day laborer. Human Rights Watched released a disturbing report Wednesday on child labor in America’s tobacco farms. The four ...

Dead Wild Roses: Getting Fracked – The Latest Rage in Moonscaping the Earth

Horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is fighting with coal mining for the title of worst possible method of resource extraction. Fracking ruins the environment and kills people. It is profitable at the moment though, so you can guess why it is so darned popular.  Plus, in the US, people are desperate to feed their families ...