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Kiva Frowns but we Smile when Microloans Default

For every sweatshop-free t-shirt we sell at Skreened, we set aside a dollar to donate to some form of economic development for the poor people living overseas. Initially, we participated in microloans under the Kiva system, thinking that the non-profit’s loans must be generously giving people a hand up to a better life. But then [...]

Irregular Times Donations, April 2012: Planned Parenthood and Village Enterprise

We the writers for Irregular Times sell political shirts for three reasons:

1. To pay for the hosting and logistical costs associated with keeping Irregular Times up and running. 2. To help spread messages that we believe in. 3. To help change the world just a little bit.

#3 may seem odd to you; how [...]

Donation: Village Enterprise Fund

Every time the writers for Irregular Times sell a sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirt, we chip in a dollar toward economic development in an impoverished nation. That’s the way we slice the Gordian knot of supporting ethical production while also sending dollars to people in other countries who need them.

It’s time to make [...]

Irregular Times Donation: Humanist Crisis Response Horn of Africa Project

We sell American-made political shirts to keep Irregular Times going because shirts made in other countries are notorious for noxious sweatshop labor conditions, not because we’re xenophobes. We believe strongly that money should flow to parts of the world where people are living in desperate poverty, and so for every shirt we sell we pledge [...]

More Shirt Sale Donations: Sanitary Water Projects and Occupy Maine

With another set of made-in-the-USA shirt sales coming in, it’s time again for the writers of Irregular Times to keep our commitment and make donations to international human relief and to American political action. This round of donations goes out to Charity Water, which brings sanitary water systems to poor communities internationally, and to Occupy [...]

Shirt Sale Donations: Village Enterprise Fund and the ACLU

When we started selling shirts to help cover the costs of running the Irregular Times website, we decided to print only on shirts that are made in the USA because, despite all the attempts to erode worker rights, American textile workers still have better wages, more rights and more workplace protections than workers in overseas [...]

Governments Request More User Data from Google in 2011. Which Countries are the Biggest Culprits?

Earlier this month, I shared with you a map showing results from Google’s report on the number of requests for user data from the governments of the world, current through December 2010:

Google has just updated its report to include a new six-month period, January to June of 2011. The most acquisitive governments of [...]

World Governments Request User Data from Google. Which Ones and How Much?

Ram Bomjon Spam: Who Has The Terrible Animal Sacrifice?

In the United States, we slaughter enough animals to hold 25 festival slaughters the size of the Gahimai slaughter every day of the year. So, what kind of basis for moral outrage do we have here in the United States to condemn a the Gadhimai slaughter in Nepal? [...]

July 2011 Donations: The Vietnam Project and the Green Party USA

For every made-in-the-USA shirt we sell through Skreened, we writers for Irregular Times set aside a dollar to donate to a liberal domestic political cause and another dollar to donate to charitable projects in poverty alleviation and economic development outside the United States.

This time around, we’ve sent a domestic political donation to the Green [...]

Boston and Brown Universities team up to calculate Cost of War: $4 Trillion and 250000 Dead is just the beginning

On September 11 2011, 2996 people were killed and some buildings were destroyed in a series of terrorist attacks. These costs we know. What has been the cost of America’s reaction?

The Eisenhower Study Group made up of researchers at Brown and Boston Universities has released a new report entitled Costs of War in which [...]