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…It’s Movie Monday: Black Gold?

Black Gold

Black Gold is “a story about coffee and trade”.

    Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil.

    But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

    Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price.

    Against the backdrop of Tadesse’s journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world’s coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organization reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.

It looks like a fascinating film, and definitely brings light to an issue that few Americans consider while waiting in line at the local Starbucks.

[Black Gold]

…The Internet Schemers are coming?

One Red Paperclip

After Kyle MacDonald successfully traded his way from one red paperclip to one real house, the era of the Internet Schemer was born.

Requiring little more than an internet connection, a dream, and the willingness to do what it takes to make that dream a reality, the internet schemer definitely has his work cut out for him, but as The Bachelor Guy’s list of 8 Crazy Internet Schemers Chasing Fame and Fortune shows, anything’s possible.

From one second films to one week jobs, Wii weight loss to 50 state hitchhiking, it’s a wild world out there; but for some, the 15 seconds is more than worth it.

What would you do for a little bit of fame?

[The Bachelor Guy – 8 Crazy Internet Schemers Chasing Fame And Fortune]