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11-27-16 Update:
Peacestickers.net is no longer attending the Picc A Dilly Flea Market.  Also, all prices are now just normal manufacturer's suggested retail prices. I've been told (and my very limited data from actual sales at these prices backs this up) the assertion that people buy more when they perceive that the quality is higher due to a higher price. I always have sold high quality stuff and the 30 day money back guarantee is still in effect. All bumper stickers are now $4, with free shipping to anywhere in the world included in that price. The unbleached, organic cotton, sweatshop free bumper sticker t-shirts are now $27 for sizes small to XL, $29 for 2XL and $30 for 3XL. Shipping (to the USA only) is $5 for any sized order that does not include a bumper sticker. Shipping (to USA only) is free for any sized order that DOES include a bumper sticker.  Outside of the USA, the only items that ship are the bumper stickers at this time. Shipping is free on any bumper sticker order worldwide.

8-14-16 Update:
Facebook is not letting me post the following link Re: The Science Is Not Settled Re Vaccines. Feel free to click on the link below and forward it to your friends to your heart's content.  http://www.anh-usa.org/vaccine-science-is-not-settled-a-critical-review-of-the-literature/


7-1-16 Update:

Here is the latest bumper sticker (#15) that I have available for sale. The actual colors are a bit darker than the picture shown here. The www.peace is obscured by the much too dark blue and purple on the left, for example, but the GAY shows up just fine under bright light, such as would occur outdoors on a vehicle. The stickers are $4 each.  They are printed in CA, but they still have a theme and design that was selected by me. To see the rest of the bumper stickers, please scroll towards the bottom of this page.  Thanks.

GAY IS OK 

6-29-16 Update: (Revised)
The free home delivery program has been discontinued, sorry.


6-28-16 Update:
Taken from my most recent posting on Facebook:

John Thielking I've been meaning to update my web site peacestickers(dot)net with a statement to the effect that the next step in the BDS movement for me is to go it alone in my business without the support of so-called PEP's (people who are Progressive Except for Palestine). It really is just too bad if my potential PEP customers like all of my slogans except for Free Gaza Now. And if they boycott me because of it, so be it. We will see who ends up smiling all the way to the bank in the end.


6-16-16 Update:

New! Peacestickers.net now has three versions of our famous bumper stickers available on T-shirts!  These shirts ship anywhere in the USA for $27 each for sm-XL, $29 each for 2XL and $30 each for 3XL, plus $5 shipping per order to anywhere in the USA.  The shirts are also available at Crafters' Alley inside the Gateway Mall next to Sears in  Springfield, OR for the same prices.  These shirts are unbleached, organic cotton, sweatshop free (American Apparel) made in the USA and screen printed in Eugene. Sizes are unisex sm, med, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL.  To order by mail, please send a check or money order to Peacestickers.net, PO Box 10631, Eugene, OR 97440.

The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth

Free Gaza Now


Legalize Car Camping


3-2-16
My latest booklet, 'How To Find A Nonviolent Movie Or TV Series To Watch That You And Your Family Will Love' has been slightly revised and is now available as a free web page download here. If you like what you have read, please consider sending a suggested donation of $7 to my PO Box. Thank you.


1-20-16 Update:

Please note that Indoor Marketplace has closed.  We lost our lease. Please visit Crafters' Alley for all the great deals that you can get buying from Peacestickers.net.

New!  Peacestickers.net now has a sale every month at the brick and mortar location (Crafters' Alley).  See below for details.  Note that Peacestickers.net is no longer selling at Free Speech Plaza because the trees rain sticky stuff on the merchandise.


11-27-16 Update:
The 3 items for $3 each series of sales have been discontinued.





11-11-15 Update:

E-Book: How To Find A Movie Or TV Series To Watch That You And Your Kids Will Love

This e-book represents a distillation of a few years of experience finding and reviewing nonviolent movies for Peacemovies(dot)com. In this e-book, I give parents the tools they need to sift through the movies and TV series that are available to find the movie or TV series that both they and their kids will love. The price for this e-book is just $7, which covers shipping of the CD to anywhere in the world. Please send a check or money order for $7 to Peacemovies(dot)com, PO Box 10631, Eugene, OR 97440 USA. There is no order form on the web site for security reasons (Ed Snowden has stated that the security of https is garbage). This e-book comes with a 30 day money back guarantee (less postage that you pay to return it). It will also be available soon at my two consignment locations for Peacestickers(dot)net. See the photos below for details on those locations.


The following article was submitted for publication in the Eugene Occupier. The article exposes the false narrative that we have been subjected to regarding how Free Trade agreements have driven down wages of workers everywhere as US workers are pitted in direct competition with offshore workers who get paid next to nothing. Basically, the false narrative too often fails to mention that the productivity of offshore workers who get paid next to nothing is also next to nothing, so the cost savings that CEOs with $ signs in their eyes are drooling over the prospect of paying workers next to nothing often just don't work out.

 

Some Portions Of The Military Industrial Complex Are Not Turning A Bigger Profit By Moving Production Offshore.
What Gives?

By John Thielking

How many times have you heard the often repeated phrase that 'we [the USA workers] can't compete with those workers in China because they get paid only $1 per hour or $2 per hour'. Well, it is about time that that assumption was tested with some real facts. First off, while it is true that the wages paid to a worker in China or India are about 1/10 the wages paid to a worker in the USA(2), that does not paint a complete picture concerning the production costs of producing products offshore. In the example of moving production to China or India, it turns out that the productivity of the workers in those countries is only 1/6-1/10 of the productivity of the workers in the USA(3), In the case of moving production to Mexico as of 1996-2000 the actual production cost savings was only 40%, in an example cited by University of Mass. Amherst (1). Given that the labor cost as a fraction of the final retail price of a typical shirt made in the USA or Mexico is only 3-6% of the final retail price, it seems likely that a firm can remain competitive in the marketplace while keeping production located in the USA. (1)

It has been pointed out that all of the anticipated cost savings combined (labor, dumping waste directly in the river instead of transporting it to a toxic waste dump, tax breaks and free money giveaways by the host countries) are often not enough to make the production of goods offshore more profitable than producing the same goods within the USA. Often times many competing firms will relocate production to exactly the same place offshore. This 'herd mentality' has the unintended consequence of driving up wages in the local labor market, wiping out the potential 40% or so reduction in production costs cited in the 1996 Mexico example (4). Other factors to consider besides just labor and the environmental regulations are the infrastructure surrounding the production plant, the lag time that it takes to get products to market on a 2 month journey across the ocean on a boat, etc. Some firms are now choosing to relocate production back to the USA (5). Many times they do this because the wages of production workers in the USA have been driven down. But other times it is a matter of wanting to locate the production plant near the Research and Development facilities of the company, for example.

Realizing labor cost is only 3%-6% of the retail price of a product and also realizing that workers in the USA are more productive, this author decided to interview a few of the vendors at the Saturday Market in downtown Eugene. The people who make jewelry and crafts by hand for the Saturday Market report that they are not able to earn a decent living wage making jewelry or crafts and selling them at the market. However, there are a couple of cases, including this author's own experiences, that suggest one can at least in theory make at least minimum wage selling your own artwork if it is reproduced as a print or sticker by a machine.

Also, it would be good to see how the idea that offshore production is often not more profitable fits into the bigger puzzle of the workings of the Military Industrial Complex. Why does it make sense to source critical parts for US weapons systems from facilities in China if you often can't even just make more money by doing so?

In addition, since people are willing to pay only up to 125% of the regular price of an item to be sure that it has not been produced in a sweatshop (plus the fact that only 3%-6% of the retail price is taken up by the labor cost of an item, even when the production workers wages are doubled) (1) (8) it seems unreasonable for sellers of fair trade crafts to jack up their prices 200-300% when the actual production costs and the demand in the marketplace don't justify such high prices. If fair trade crafts are going to be sold in the mainstream and be mass produced to benefit large numbers of workers, that needs to change too.

References and further reading:

(1) Global Apparel Production And Sweatshop Labor: Can Raising Retail Prices Finance Living Wages?

http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1012&context=peri_workingpapers


(2) http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2014/06/11/complete-guide-minimum-wage-levels-across-china-2014.html


(3) Productivity rates in different countries:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2013/02/focus-3


(4) http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21569575-companies-need-think-more-carefully-about-how-they-offshore-and-outsource-herd-instinct


(5) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/companies-us-jobs-reshoring_n_3340278.html


(6) http://www.smw9.com/why_value.html


(7)  http://fortune.com/2015/07/24/hillary-says-capitalism-needs-a-reset/

(8) Personal communication with the manager of Guatemala Wholesale indicates that the skilled craftspeople making hackey sacks for $1 each wholesale cost are earning a profit equivalent to 4-8x the minimum wage of $3-$6 per day.



7-30-15 Update:
The 30 day money back guarantee is now in effect for the web site as well as the consignment location at Crafters' Alley inside the Gateway Mall next to Sears in Springfield, OR. If I sell you something at a temporary location such as the Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene, you can make an appointment with me to return any items that are sold there. The guarantee is that any item that has a sales receipt to document when it was purchased may be returned within 30 days for a full refund. The customer pays for shipping to return the item if it was purchased on the web site via my PO Box. Items may be returned in any condition. For example, if you tie-dyed the shirt you bought and you no longer like it, bring it back for a full refund within the 30 days. Bumper stickers may be removed from your car using a heat blast from a hair dryer. Items returned by mail must be postmarked within the 30 day limit. Historically, I have had one item returned per a similar policy during the entire two years that I had a fair trade crafts store in San Jose, CA. I don't anticipate very many returns as I sell high quality stuff.



What is Peacestickers.net?
6-4-15 (Edited 6-18-15)
by John Thielking, owner of Peacestickers.net

Peacestickers.net is a web site primarily dedicated to selling the 14 (now temporarily only 12) peace-themed bumper stickers that you can preview by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

The bumper stickers are for the most part the unique creations of myself (John Thielking) and were printed at a local Mom and Pop print shop in Eugene, OR. A couple of the stickers have well known slogans first created by others that I came up with on my own or modified myself and had used on protest signs at peace demonstrations. These include: 'The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth' and 'Black Lives Matter Too'. An original quote that I could find for the first one seems to indicate that it is similar to the phrase 'The first casualty, when war comes, is Truth' said by US Senator Hiram Warren Johnson in 1918 (reference: page 17 of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story Of The Patriot Act And The Cover Ups Of 9/11 And Iraq; The Ultimate Conspiracy To Silence Truth, by Susan Lindauer). There may be other people who uttered the exact phrase that I used or who actually said 'Truth is the first casualty of war'. However, after doing a quick Google search, it indeed appears that the exact phrase 'The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth' is actually merely an urban legend and misquote of Hiram Warren Johnson, among many others. Go here to read the various opinions on that.

I also want to give a shout out to the creators of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Apparently, their national web site is located at www.blacklivesmatter.com.
I in no way mean any disrespect for their movement, nor am I, by printing stickers with the 'Black Lives Matter Too' slogan, intentionally hijacking or ripping off their slogan for my own personal gain like some kind of white guy colonialist taking some native plant back to his lab to clone and then patent. While I claim some rights to the other slogans I have created for my bumper stickers, I claim no rights to the slogan 'Black Lives Matter Too', since in a narrow interpretation of copyright law it could be considered to be a derivative work based on the slogan 'Black Lives Matter'. I created the slogan 'Black Lives Matter Too' as a specific response to being heckled with the phrase 'All Lives Matter' in response to my protest sign which originally read simply 'Black Lives Matter'. Saying 'Black Lives Matter Too' is an attempt to put a bandaid on the wound created by white people thinking that they are naturally equal in status within a white power structure society to others who are normally discriminated against while they thoughtlessly heckle someone holding a 'Black Lives Matter' sign with the phrase 'All Lives Matter'.  Equality and equal status does not occur 'naturally' within our white power structure dominated society in the USA and much of the world, and until it does, I will continue to hold the sign that says 'Black Lives Matter Too' and will continue to sell stickers that say that too.  If the people who run www.blacklivesmatter.com want a share of the profits from my sales of 'Black Lives Matter Too' stickers, they are welcome to hit me up at pagesincolor@yahoo.com.

6-18-15 Edit: It has come to my attention that the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' is now trademarked by two different corporations, each making claims that 'Black Lives Matter' was first used in commerce or will be used in commerce after 12-18-14. Although the specific categories that these corporations have been granted a trademark for don't appear to include bumper stickers, I have decided to withdraw the sticker 'Black Lives Matter Too' from sale (and from the giveaway offer) until I can get clarification on how to proceed. Are the trademark claims legit, is one question, as I'm sure that 'Black Lives Matter' was used in commerce much prior to 12-18-14.  If Alicia Garza et al are not related to the corporations making these claims, I will likely not print any more of these stickers. I have a different sticker; 'USA Police Depts Evolved From Slave Patrols' that speaks to the same issue and is not likely to be trademarked now or in the future as the rule is that you can't get a trademark on a disparaging statement such as that one.

Also withdrawn from sale is the sticker 'Mainstream News? Welcome To Fantasy Island'.  'Fantasy Island' is trademarked by Columbia Pictures and their trademark rights in that category cover entertainment and education, which likely eclipses my role in selling that particular sticker. I will be replacing it with a sticker that says something like; 'Mainstream News? Welcome To The World Of Lies And Omissions'. Terms such as 'Fantasy World' are trademarked, but 'World Of Lies And Omissions' is not trademarked and can never be trademarked, as it too is a derogatory statement that is not allowed to be trademarked.

A secondary mission of Peacestickers.net is to also sell Fair Trade Crafts from Global Crafts and UFW Store at one consignment location for Peacestickers.net in Springfield, OR. The bumper stickers are also available at the retail store.  The hours and location of the retail stores are:


Crafters' Alley
3000 Gateway St, Springfield, OR (inside the Gateway Mall, between Hometown Buffet and Sears)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM
Sunday: 12PM-6PM

USA mail orders for bumper stickers and bumper sticker t-shirts only may also be mailed to

Peacestickers.net
PO Box 10631
Eugene, OR 97440

International orders for bumper stickers may also be mailed to the same address.

There is no order form on the web site. To place an order, you must write down the sticker version numbers and quantities desired and mail that to me along with a check or money order. For those of you sending mail within the USA ONLY: You can leave your return address off of the outside of your mail if you like. I ask that orders be placed this way so that my customers do not have as much data and metadata collected on them while they are shopping here as would occur if there were an https secured shopping cart on the web site (which according to Ed Snowden would not really be secure against the NSA) . Section 215 of the PATRIOT ACT may have lapsed, but even section 215 approved searches will still be in force for the next 3-6 months, plus there is a Bush era executive order (#12333) that allows the executive branch to continue bulk collection of data the same as if section 215 never expired. For a discussion of those issues, please watch the 6/1/15 episode of Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture on Youtube, located here.



Any items on the Global Crafts and UFW Store web sites that are not over-sized  I can special order for you under the following conditions: For the first $1500 in retail value of merchandise ordered per month (not likely to be exceeded any time soon), I currently offer 'try before you buy', where you pick the items you want to see from those web sites, I special order them for you, and then when the items finally get delivered to the retail store in Springfield, you decide if you really want them and want to pay for them when you come to pick them up. This offer will continue to be extended so long as most of the special orders that customers make are eventually paid for in full. If the above conditions no longer apply, then at that point I will ask customers to make a 50% deposit on all items that are special ordered. Shipping is free for all items shipped to the retail store.  There are no additional discounts on special orders at this time.




Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see the bumper stickers that are available.  Note also that sticker #11 will be modified in future printings to have the word 'Pimps' in place of the word 'Prostitutes', as it was pointed out to me by one of my customers that all prostitutes are victims.  Also, sticker #1 will have an exclamation point (!) added after the question mark (?) in subsequent printings. Also, because of trademark issues, sticker #5 and #10 are not currently being sold. Replacements and/or strictly legal relaunches for both of those stickers are in the works.  If you are a Black Lives Matter fan, I would suggest getting sticker #7 for now instead. Thank you.



5-12-15 Update:


I was a little concerned yesterday when I received my first shipment of United Farm Workers' Store (UFW Store) items since 2008 and found that the T-shirts said 'Made In Haiti'.  I thought 'Oh that's just great. The UFW Store has compromised their principles of not exploiting workers by buying blank shirts from a sweatshop in Haiti' Not so! It turns out that Justin Watkins, who is a manager at the UFW Store sent me the following message in response to my worries:

Hi John,

I agree with you and I’m glad you mentioned it. As a Union we are, of course, held to a different standard than major retailers. Which is strange because one would think that we’d all want to have products made by people NOT being exploited. Over the last couple of years our source materials have shrank and became more localized. Now most all of our products are made in cooperation with a group in Visalia Ca, call Proteus, that is an education based group, often working with the children of farm workers, to teach them production skills. We also work with Homeboy Industries out of Los Angeles, which is a ‘return to work’ based group for rehabilitated ex-convicts and ex-gang members. There is also a couple other Union shops in LA we’ve had a long standing relationship with that we continue to do business with. The other group we work with is in Bakersfield, about 45 minutes from our HQ. They have both Union and non-Union shops here in town that do a lot of work for us. So, everything done in terms of print or production is primarily handled right here, locally. That said some basic items do come from overseas from time to time. The Union shops and local shops we work with know they must come from business that can be trusted to treat their workers fairly and absolutely no child labor. That is a hard line in the sand for us. As a result of this we will, at times, switch the vendor of a particular material or have to adjust prices. Whenever possible, the shops will buy directly from the U.S., typically in bulk so they can get better pricing.

Our goal is the provide a  good product at prices that will allow us to continue our work and allow for dealers to pick up our products and sell them so they can maintain a lively hood. Of course, some items, the cost is too close to the retail price and this stems from higher production costs because we opted to go for a vendor who treats their workers fairly. Sometimes this isn’t great financially, but it allows us to put out a product people want at a price they are willing to pay.

I hope this puts some of your fears to rest. We do want to sell products and promote our movement, of course, but not on the backs of other workers who are exploited. There are some companies we no longer do business with because they frequented vendors who used companies that had reports in progress of alleged abuses.

The one international product that we (somewhat) handle ourselves are the Guyaberas. We work with a small local vendor in LA on Olvera Street and she gets the materials from a shop Mexico that she has worked with most of her life and she has a good relationship with the Union and our UFW President.

On a side note, your store sounds really nice! Do you have a Facebook page or a website where we could see it?

Thank you for your support John and for asking about the products. I like to tell folks about the groups we work with and the communities we help support. I’m always telling our vendors that we talk about them too, so we like to make sure everyone is on the ‘up and up.’

Best,

Justin



Peacestickers: Bumper stickers with Peace themes Good luck and happy shopping!

Sincerely,

John Thielking
Owner of Peacestickers.net

PS When you finally receive your stickers and are ready to apply them to your car, consider foiling license plate reader cameras and police cruiser dashboard cameras by placing the stickers on some place other than the rear bumper portion of your car.  The side doors or the tops of the hoods or roof would make good alternative spots that won't be promptly picked up by automated surveillance cameras that are out and about.


Here are some pictures of the available bumper stickers.  Regular prices are now: $4 each for any quantity of stickers. Shipping is free for any sized order mailed worldwide. Only bumper stickers are available for worldwide shipping. Bumper sticker t-shirts ship only to USA addresses. All other items must be picked up at the Springfield, OR, USA store. Thank you.

Sticker #1: "From The Ukraine To Venezuela: CAN'T THE USA STAY OUT OF ANYTHING?"

From The Ukraine To Venezuela: CAN'T THE USA STAY OUT OF
        ANYTHING?!


Sticker #2: The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth

The First Casualty Of War Is The Truth



Sticker #3: Free Gaza Now
Free Gaza Now


Sticker #4: Don't Bomb Iraq or Anyone Anymore
Don't Bomb Iraq Or Anyone Anymore


Sticker #5: Mainstream News? Welcome To Fantasy Island
Mainstream News? Welcome To Fantasy Island


Sticker #6: Arrest Terrorists Not Comedians
Arrest Terrorists Not Comedians


Sticker #7: USA Police Depts Evolved From Slave Patrols
USA Police Depts Evolved From Slave Patrols



Sticker #8: Buy Nothing On Obscenedian Thursday And Black Friday
Buy Nothing On Obscenedian Thursday And Black Friday


Sticker #9: Reclaim Your Right To Privacy. Shop Peacestickers.net.
Reclaim Your Right To Privacy. Shop Peacestickers.net.


Sticker #10: Black Lives Matter Too
Black Lives Matter Too


Sticker #11: People Who Make Me Ashamed To Have The Name 'John': Prostitutes, Plumbers, McCain, Yoo, Kerry, Jihadi
People Who Make Me Ashamed To Have The Name 'John':
        Prostitutes, Plumbers, McCain, Yoo, Kerry, Jihadi


Sticker #12: Just Say No To Security Theater
Just Say No To Security Theater


Sticker #13: North Korea? France? Twitter? Another Day, Another False Flag
North Korea? France? Twitter? Another Day, Another False
        Flag


Sticker #14: Legalize Car Camping
Legalize Car Camping

Note that all stickers are 8.5" long x 2"-3.5" high. Some of the stickers pictured here are shown actual size. They all fit in a #10 letter sized envelope, to save you money on shipping.


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To see a brand new page, detailing how you can legally watch and hear streaming content over the web (for free) that is often of much better quality and originality than the typical Hollywood production, and is most often completely nonviolent, click here to see the Off-Hollywood Page.

To see the original intro, click here.   To see last month's intro, click here.

Please support the Santa Cruz 11.  These are 11 activists and journalists who were innocent bystanders at a bank building takeover in November 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA, but who are now being charged with felony vandalism, felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and misdemeanor trespass.  See the suggested actions to take to support the Santa Cruz 11 by clicking here.

New! Check out this page that links to the Facebook page Small Businesses Are People Too.


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