Kaïfeng Jews (Honan), or chinese jews. End of the XIXe century, or begining of the XXe century. Caption read: “©JewishEncyclopedia.com” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to a recent piece in TabletMag.com, by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, it is widely believed throughout China that Jews in fact run the United States of America. Jews run the show, dominating mass media and financial markets. The author goes on to state that popular books line Chinese bookstore shelves on how to make money the ways Jews do, how to turn quick profits to be just like Jews and so on.
Now, having never been to China, much less traversed China, I have no way of definitively knowing whether or not this is accurate and factual. If it is factual, it’s kind of mind-blowing that one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) nation on Earth has such a view of Jews that is so widespread. If it’s not true, than the speculative claims need to be clarified and corrected…but we don’t know if this is true or not.
Perhaps one of our dear readers can shed light on Chinese antisemitism? Or is it antisemitism, but misinformed adulation?
Many people are caught up in the prison-industrial complex but don’t know it. They’re led around by a love of self-perpetuating drama or caught up in other narratives where options may appear limited, and that make their lives such that they’re vulnerable to incarceration.
As someone who’s worked as a probation officer and court mediator and even mediated a child custody dispute scheduled to appear on “Judge Judy,” I know firsthand how courts and corporations profit massively from judicial decisions.
English: Chart showing prison population in selected countries of the world per 100,000 population Data taken from World Prison Population List (eighth edition) by Roy Walmsley International Centre for Prison Studies, King’s College, London, 2008 Value for China includes 850,000 held in administrative custody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’d like to include a link to what I feel is a powerful infographic, from Top Criminal Justice Degrees, as well as another one below from Wikipedia and open the topic up to potential discussion.
Timeline of total number of inmates in U.S. prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. From 1920 to 2006. Data sources: http://www.nationalinstituteofcorrections.gov/Library/015837 http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/00-05_REP_PunishingDecade_AC.pdf http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=908 http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=1006. See also the data sources at File:US incarceration timeline.gif. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
European Human Hair Wig – How Much Does It Really Cost?
European Human Hair Wig – How Much Does It Really Cost?
By: Franek Migaszewski
I am sure you have wondered what the truth is about the prices of wigs made from European human hair. From shop to shop you will find a huge variation in prices – anywhere from 300 USD to as high as 10,000 USD!. So let me take you through each step of the process of producing high quality handmade wigs, and show the real costs.
Firstly, take the acquisition of hair. The cost of hair for one wig (0,2 to 0,4 kg) varies from 30 to 40 USD throughout most Eastern European countries. There is little variation there, but an important additional cost is incurred by high-quality wig-makers who collect hair in an appropriate and well-controlled way. The best wig-makers visit hairdressers and care for the hair themselves, using no middleman. They do not buy hair from wholesalers because wholesalers blend hair, because it is so time-consuming to acquire really good hair. One simply has to find a girl among hairdresser’s clients that has beautiful, healthy hair and who wants it cut. The hairdresser can offer a free service to such a girl and actually pay her for her hair – and clearly both sides benefit from such a transaction. But this shows that, by its very nature, acquisition of good-quality hair cannot be a simple large-scale automatic process. That explains why outside of Eastern Europe the price of acquiring good quality hair is skyrocketing – not because the hair in itself is expensive, but because of its rarity. It is difficult to imagine a large-scale cheap process of acquiring high quality human hair in European countries.
Second, take the other materials used in making wigs. These are not expensive and their costs do not exceed 50 USD for a typical wig. These are the materials used to produce a cap. More and more wig-makers are now buying ready-made caps, so called “monofilament”, which are gaining popularity and their cost is not very high.
Third, take the labor involved in making high quality hand made wigs. This is the main cost factor. Handmade wig needs at least a week to be produced by an experienced expert worker. It takes a week of hard work, with each hair being knitted to the cap with a very small crochet-needle or glued with a special glue. In the case of long hair, the production time could be two to three weeks. Reliable wig-makers knit hair with a double-knot which makes the construction much more durable but needs some extra work-time. Depending on the type of wig, length of hair and type of cap the cost of labor is from 150 to 300 USD.
Finally, you cannot forget other typical business costs – investment’s amortization, management costs, taxes, insurances, rent, and profit. Altogether, the price of a handmade human hair wig made from European hair cannot be lower than 500-600 USD even for the shortest hair. There is no upper limit and it only depends on how much a customer is willing to pay, but before you pay 1000 USD or more for your wig remember the real costs of its creation.
And now for a real mystery. Why are European human hair wigs not made in China where labor costs are much lower than in Poland, Russia, or the Czech Republic? The main reason is no good quality European human hair available in large enough quantities to make profitable large-scale production in China possible. This is because wig-makers in Eastern European countries are buying all of the available hair for their own production. Surprising? – but that is how it is. And that is why most of wigs produced in China are made of Asian hair or blended hair widely available on a wholesale market.
Franek Migaszewski is co-founder and manager of WiggyWigs.com site, the first wig vendor from Eastern Europe selling high quality human hair wigsdirectly to the western markets on the Internet.
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