April 7, 2012 2 Comments
Carrie Brownstein on WTF with Marc Maron:
There was a night where I was plugging everything in to charge and I felt like I have more Mac products than friends.
Polentical: Quote of the Day: Gil Fronsdal
progressive politics and regressive entertainment. like peanut and butter.
April 4, 2012 Leave a comment
When This American Life retracted its recent episode concerning poor working conditions in factories making Chinese products, I was worried that this would mean a larger dismissal of concerns when it comes to tech companies, including Apple, using cheap and exploited labor.
The issue may remain in the news, though, given the even more recent audit of the Foxconn factory which has helped Apple generate such awesome profit margin.
Assessors found cases of employees working longer hours and more days in a row than allowed by FLA standards and Chinese law. They uncovered inconsistent health and safety policies and instances of unfair pay for overtime work.
It’s hard for me not to connect this news to the other big splash that Apple made of late — its nearly one hundred billion dollar pile o’ cash.
February 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Two of the top featured petitions on Change.org aim to keep our top tech companies accountable. One petition asks Apple to ensure humane working conditions for its workers in China. Another petition asks Google to stop sponsoring bigotry, as the company did by contributing to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Yes, Google gave money to CPAC. The same CPAC that hosted white nationalists last Thursday.