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Chinese Labor Protests

In 2005 there were over 87,000 labor protests in China.

I always thought the basic unit of communism was the laborer. It seems to me that if you are a communist country and you aren’t treating your laborers right – to the tune of 87,000 protests – you might be missing the point….

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Can I get some assistants?

John Bowe author of Nobodies mentions having a few writing assistants.

This morning on the Bob Edwards show Naomi Klein, most well-known for her book No Logo, mentions having seven writing assistants and four lawyers helping her with her latest book, The Shock Doctrine.

What the heck does a writing assistant do? Do they come up with ideas and themes in the book only to have their hard work yield them the obscurity of a one-sentence mention in the acknowledgements? It would be nice to have someone scouring archives and libraries for works and stories relevant to my own, but I just can’t imagine having to manage a team of seven assistants and four lawyers. I guess I’m naïve in thinking that a writer…

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An investment?

I’ve spent the better part of my morning adding up my expenses from three months in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and China. It’s not pretty. Between flights, buses, translators, food, and accommodation, I tallied nearly $8,000 in expenses.

I had about $6,000 saved and allotted for the trip. I figured it would cost more than that, but hey, isn’t that what credit cards and second mortgages are for?

Through various writing and radio assignments, I’ve recouped half of the trip’s expense. I’m happy with that. I’ve only been home for three months and I still have a lot of stories ready to be written, sold, and recycled, and the possibility of a book deal. I don’t think I’m going to have trouble earning the expenses back,…

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Interview with Bibi Russell

This video will only be up for a few hours. I’m sending it to the World Vision Report as part of a story pitch. Alone, it’s not really a complete story. I have other audio to add to it and would probably write a script to link all of the audio together. For now, here it isL

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Indians play passenger

“Okay, this time you be the screaming kid and I’ll be the fat businessman hitting on the stewardess.”

“No, no…I want to be the jackass that slams his seat back with all of the force he can muster.”

“Ooh…ooh…I’ll be the dude in the Hawaiian shirt that stands the entire flight talking to everyone.”

A businessman in India had a strange idea: take a plane that doesn’t fly and have people pay to pretend to fly in it.

The world has completely lost it. I first heard about this story on WorldHum….

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A random passage

I opened my sample chapter and randomly selected these three paragraphs:

What if all of this turns south? I came all the way to Bangladesh to locate the underwear factory, which this obviously was not. If the receptionist doesn’t tell us the location of the factory or pass us on to someone who could, then I’ve failed, and if the Honduras T-shirt factory was any indication of how I would be treated, I’m screwed.

I nervously sat trying to read the reaction of the receptionist, comparing it with my Honduras experience and worrying that I had fooled myself into a strange, expensive vacation under the delusion it was some kind of worthwhile quest.

Dalton’s phone rang and he stepped away from the counter to answer it. I stood, pulled…

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Website of the Week: Conor’s Mildly Thrilling Tales

CONOR’S MILDLY THRILLING TALES

Conor’s website was once named, “How Conor is spending his money.” At that time he was spending it traveling the world for a year and a half, which is by all means is a respectable way to lower one’s bank account.

But then Conor settled down and now he considers his tales to be only mildly thrilling, if you consider settling in Kathmandu, Nepal, founding a home for trafficked children, and searching for the children’s parents in remote mountain villages mildly thrilling.

Not only is Conor’s blog interesting, it is written well. His writing style is funny and conversational. It’s not easy to write about serious subjects and maintain a great sense of humor. But Conor does.

His blog postings have slowed as of…

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