What it takes to make products cheap...a well spent hour.

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    Challenge - listen to a radio broadcast of "Mr. Daisy and the Apple".
    Surreal.
    In the worlds largest factory (in China of course)...to keep prices down on our cool electronics we buy at the lowest price possibe - things are so bad for employees that on the massive apartment complexes officials installed giant steel nets on the perimeter of the buildings to catch bodies from the all too often suicides.

    yeah.

    Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life
     

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    So do you want to make capitalism illegal so 65 million more Chinese will starve to death?

    Yes life is tough there but nothing like it was when 10's of millions were slowing starving to death under liberal communism.
     
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    Wow...that post just might have won the 2012 Strawman argument of the year award.
     
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    Just like we helped the Africans by dragging them from their homes to work the cottonfields in the South and eventually after a few centuries of slavery become American citizens, we're also doing the Chinese peasants a huge favor by having them produce our gizmos in sweatshops so we can have the latest and greatest at bargain basement prices.

    Are we a magnanimous people or what.
     
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    Okay - so I'm not doubting that there are suicides in Chinese factories and I'm not doubting that people install nets (on bridges for instance) to discourage suicide and I'm not doubting that they call those things in that picture "suicide nets".

    I still have to doubt that they were installed to prevent suicides. One, it would long term easier to simply install a pointy curled fence at the top like they do at the Empire State Building, or simply not let the employees go to the roof.

    Two, if I were installing a net to discourage people from committing suicide from the ledge of a 10 story building, I would install it on the 9th story, near the jumper like they do with the Golden Gate Bridge. I wouldn't install it so near the ground. With a net installed so near the ground, I get the impression that it's to catch debris that might fall from any floor - perhaps there's window maitenance going on.... or in some other pictures it appears that the net might be designed to catch birds that would otherwise fall into the HVAC at ground level.
     
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    The "Foxconn suicide nets" are well known and documented.
     
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    of course if it was a strawman you would not be so afraid to explain why would you? What does your fear tell you?
     
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    They do it voluntarily because it improves their standard of living. The wages and conditions are wonderful compared to what they were under liberal communism when 65 million slowly starved to death.

    Today they buy more cars than we do. Its a another huge huge triumph for Republican capitalism.
     
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    Ok...so clearly you don't know what the term "strawman argument" is.
    Otherwise you wouldn't have admitted to it.
     
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    Yeah, the workers are so happy they're jumping with joy.

    I guess that would explain the nets around the dormitories.
     
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