The Return of YDK – The 1% vs. the 99%

I have decided to add a new twist to YDK that aims to educate the youth about what is hidden from them in today’s world and the reasons behind that. This first post will provide 2 examples (Wal-mart and The Sun/Rupert Murdoch) of how the political system is designed to make the richest people even richer whilst the other 99% of the global population struggle to earn a living wage whilst being brainwashed into a consumer culture from birth.
I will start with an example:  Think of the Wal-mart strikes on Black Friday; 4 of the Walton family are in the top 11 of the richest people in the world according to Forbes, cumulatively their net worth is roughly $157 billion yet they don’t even want to pay their workers a living wage meaning the vast majority live in poverty whilst still working a full-time job. Over half of the million Wal-mart workers don’t even receive $25,000 a year.
[I recommend watching this video by Russell Brand if you wish to find out more.]
The living wage in America varies from around $48,000 to $70,000 (for a family of 4) depending on which part of the US you live in, with Metropolitan areas such as New York ($67,323), and Washington DC ($69,709) having the highest living wages. To pay these wages a single mother would have to work 125 hours a week (more hours than that of a 5-day week) and 2 parent family would have to work 68 hours each. Statistics are from as of 2010, hence might be out of date.
Wal-mart makes nearly $35,000 of profit every single MINUTE whilst not even one of their workers makes that in a year. It would be the 19th richest country in the world if it were a country. If these statistics aren’t shocking then something is wrong.
But in summary, of course we do get our lovely bargains but we don’t consider why we get them and the cost that we have to pay to get them. The workers are ripped off, people around the world are ripped off, there’s an ecological price to pay, local businesses are being destroyed as they are losing customers to Wal-mart’s cheaper prices and local jobs are being lost; but because we are all becoming increasingly poorer, we don’t have a choice but to shop at places like Wal-mart and Asda which provide us with cheap goods just to survive. A vicious cycle.


While I’m on the topic of big corporate companies becoming even richer… some food for thought:


Congress writes the tax code. It is written in such a way that benefits the rich and only they know it well, and so can avoid paying tax all together. The main way this is done is by storing large amounts of money in tax-free countries. For example, Google operates in Ireland and Bermuda to avoid paying large amounts of tax. With Ireland recently lowering their tax rate to 12.5% to encourage corporate businesses to relocate there.
I encourage you to watch the following short video about The Sun Newspaper and how it targets celebrities whilst hiding the truth and hiding the stories that are really important:

“Rupert Murdoch pays people to create laws that means he doesn’t have to pay taxes to support a society while running a newspaper that claims to support ordinary, working people”

£25 billion of tax goes uncollected each year which equals about 50 hospitals yet the NHS funding is being cut. This tax instead is profits for companies such as Starbucks, Topshop and Google. These companies negotiate tax breaks with business men and politicians saving themselves millions and billions of $£ whilst “ordinary” people could never get the same opportunity to negotiate how much tax they pay.
Lastly, think of the number of politicians and business owners that have been jailed for tax evasion for example or other illegal activities? if there are any, there must only be a handful compared to the number ordinary people jailed for petty things compared to that of politicians and people like Rupert Murdoch. Do you think Bill Gates or a member of the Walton family would ever go to jail? They can pay their way out of anything.

A lot of information is hidden from us, for example nuclear bombs that are currently being developed are 8 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Imagine the consequences… If people knew this, anarchy would break out.  If information as dangerous as this is hidden from us, what else is hidden? Why is the 1% putting the 99% in danger? Why do the richest people who are living a lavish lifestyle getting an even easier life? Why isn’t everyone on an equal level?
 If YA DONT KNOW, ya do now ;)
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  • [Thought of the Week]

    "Maybe cheating in a relationship isn't the worst thing you could do, maybe it's just human nature?"

    Remember when you were a child, and your parents would tell you you're not allowed to eat sweets, or make a mess in your bedroom, and you'd do the complete opposite and crave it even more just because you're not allowed? Or if you're on a diet, you know you're not allowed cake or carbs, but simply because you know you're not allowed it, you want it even more? Well surely the same applies in relationships?
    Firstly, I want to start by saying we're not perfect, but perfection is something we should strive towards. Honesty is the best policy.
    A friend of mine is genuinely one of the loveliest people I know, with the best heart and the best intentions and I don't want to show him in a negative light whatsoever, simply provide you with an alternative idea. I've known him for a few years, however we only started speaking properly about a year ago. We both found each other attractive, blah blah blah, so we decided to book a hotel room. He ignored me for a few days, so obviously something was wrong, then he told me there's another girl he loves (obviously I didn't know this before), as they weren't together. I didn't think much of it, actually I was extremely envious of this girl, and that she has someone in her life that is so dedicated and faithful. A few months later, conversation escalated, and we once again decided to go hotel, and a few days beforehand he once again cancelled. This time I was pretty angry and upset, because he'd lead me on and then cancelled. Obviously we're not together but I'm my own person too at the end of the day and don't want to be lead on.
    Another few months later we started talking, innocent conversation about gym, films etc (this time via dm on twitter as I deleted his number and vice versa, I assume), and I had calmed down over the previous incident, he was a genuinely lovely person and I admire the faithfulness to his yet to be girlfriend, I hope I find someone like that in the future. But anyway, we decided to have a gym session together, as we live near each other we went to the park, and for the majority of it, it was a really good session, fun, productive (my legs KILLED the following day) but there was sexual tension, especially towards the end. My back was super sore from gym the previous day and he offered a massage, it was rubbish and he didn't get very far unfortunately as he was starting to give in, and couldn't resist the attraction any longer. Not a lot happened as I stopped him, before it escalated too far. I'd hate for my future husband to cheat on me, so I could only give this couple the same respect (they were together a few months at this point). The following day he thanked me, and was grateful for stopping him.
    The point of this example is, I know my friend loves his girlfriend very much but none of us are perfect and we all give in to temptation now and again. Many males/females cheat because they have a craving, and a hoe gets in the way that has no respect for the relationship and only wants his/ her needs fulfilled, few will have a conscience and stop anything

    Alternatively, on a separate occasion I was speaking to another friend about this topic. He told me that he's seen a sidechick/man save many relationships. His reasons were that if you have an argument with your partner, instead of ending the relationship, you go to see a sidechick/man, relax, then go back to your partner happy and proceed as normal. I disagree with his reasoning however I see the point behind it.
    As long as you don't make a habit out of temptation, and are honest... maybe we're too extreme when it comes to cheating? I disagree with cheating, and don't condone it, however this is just a thought. Everyone get's bored of everything eventually if you get too high a dose, it's just a matter of balance.


    If YA DONT KNOW, ya do now ;)


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