Saturday, January 20, 2007

Jedi Mind Tricks - Shadow Business

A little video, with music by the group Jedi Mind Tricks, mixed together with bits of different documentaries, such as "The Corporation" just to name one. There are many angry people, people who are not happy about the world today, I am not alone in being angry. The question is what we are going to do with our anger.

Jedi Mind Tricks - Shadow Business (YouTube)



When you over in American Samoa, what…what surprised you the most?

I guess what hit me the most is the condition of the factory that the workers were in. The factory was surrounded by a fence and barbed wire on top and on the bottom. And they have a chain-linked fence around the whole factory and, and dormitory compound. The gate has a…has a guard shack, where the guard sit there and control the worker movement in and out of the.. of the factory

The factory are made of ahm, ahm.. tin panels with tin roof. Ahm, it’s really hot. The temperature over there is verily ninety degrees and inside the factory or the dormitory it reaches way over a hundred degrees.

Yeah
It’s the contemporary form of slavery, they call it slave labour
But they don’t prosecute them cuz it’s how they make paper
When you're rocking that fly shit that’s made in China
By an eight year old child tryin' to feed his mama
He is exposed to contamination and disease
And only fifty-five percent of them will get degrees
And the women have to try to placate the boss
Because it’s sex discrimination in the labour force
The slave master only let them speak in sign language
And they’re suffering from lung disease and eye damage
fourteen hour shifts, seven days a week
two shitty meals a day, very little sleep
Human life only worth three cents an hour
All human right laws loose sense of power
What did four hundred years in the grave pass us?
Only the improved cleverness of slave masters

Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fell
But I expect the system to fail
Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fell
But I expect the system to fail

Many Chinese workers are forced to sign secret agreements, known as shadow contracts, before they leave China, severely and, in some ways, illegally restricting their activities while on American soil. Workers are forbidden to participate in any religious or political activity or to ask for a salary increase or even to fall in love or get married.

It’s one point six million people locked in jail
They do new slave labour force trapped in hell
They generate over a billion dollars worth of power
And only getting paid twenty cents an hour
They make cloths for McDonald’s and for Apple Bee’s
And working fourteen hour shifts in prison factories
And while we sit around debating who to wack MCs
They have to work when arthritic pain attack the knees
Slavery is not illegal, that’s a fucking lie!
It is illegal, unless it’s for conviction of a crime
The main objective is to get you in your fucking prime
And keep the prison full and not give you a fucking dime
But they are the real criminal keeping you confined
For a petty crime but they give you two-to-nine
And ain’t nobody there to protect ya
Except a bunch of incompetent human rights inspectors

Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fell
But I expect the system to fail
Is life worth living if you living in hell?
When the mind is confined to a prisoner’s cell?
And the lies they devise in the system that fell
But I expect the system to fail

Jail is modern slavery. It's all, it's all racism and it's all politics. Like I said before, it's all about paper. What I mean, the more I lock you up, the more money I can make.

[Inaudible] and how [inaudible], the old slavery and the prison industrial system is the same system today.

Tu Xiao Mei says she refused to have the abortion and has now been barred from entering the factory.

Allowing it to bring them onto US soil is a very deep concern. We've now documented the facts that management coerces female workers who become pregnant into having abortions.

But human rights workers say it's common practice.

Inside that factory Chinese law applies, and Chinese law is… is supreme.

Even though it's the United States of America?

The flag doesn't fly inside there.
(via Baseblog - Jedi Mind Tricks - Shadow Business in German)

1 comment:

baseface said...

Thats one very impressive Video indeed. In addition to the political content of that flic it shows how musicians should treat their fans as well. That video was made by a fan using the music of Jedi Mind Tricks, some groups would have sued that guys behind off but JMT spread the vid theirselves on their myspace site.

BTW if u enjoyed that track, maybe u like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCBaPFboxhY

as well. Its a very sad "vietnam story" which could be easily transferred to modern wars like Iraq.

Best regards from Old Europe ;-)