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FoxConn Workers Threaten With Mass Suicide If Working Conditions Aren't Fixed

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FoxConn, which at last count had well over 1 million workers and rising, appears to have had enough of being the global electronic gadget sweatshop, and as the Telegraph reports, saw its workers threaten with mass suicides unless working conditions are not improved. "Around 150 Chinese workers at Foxconn, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, threatened to commit suicide by leaping from their factory roof in protest at their working conditions. The workers were eventually coaxed down after two days on top of their three-floor plant in Wuhan by Foxconn managers and local Chinese Communist party officials." Does this mean that in the latest Apple prospectus there will be a Risk Factor which says: "Our profit margins may be severely impaired if our contracted work force decides to proceed with mass self-induced genocide." We will find out, but if anyone needed a loud and clear warning that the record profitability of high margin electronics producers is about to go down, this is it.

Needless to say, this is not the first time FoxConn has had close encounters of the suicide kind:

Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company's buildings, with 14 deaths.


In the aftermath of the suicides, Foxconn installed safety nets in some of its factories and hired counsellors to help its workers.


The latest protest began on January 2 after managers decided to move around 600 workers to a new production line, making computer cases for Acer, a Taiwanese computer company.


"We were put to work without any training, and paid piecemeal," said one of the protesting workers, who asked not to be named. "The assembly line ran very fast and after just one morning we all had blisters and the skin on our hand was black. The factory was also really choked with dust and no one could bear it," he said.

What next? Each iPad coming with a disclaimer: "No Chinese workers committed suicide in the creation of this product"?

Several reports from inside Foxconn factories have suggested that while the company is more advanced than many of its competitors, it is run in a "military" fashion that many workers cannot cope with. At Foxconn's flagship plant in Longhua, five per cent of its workers, or 24,000 people, quit every month.


"Because we could not cope, we went on strike," said the worker. "It was not about the money but because we felt we had no options. At first, the managers said anyone who wanted to quit could have one month's pay as compensation, but then they withdrew that offer. So we went to the roof and threatened a mass suicide".

China has "dealt" with the issue:

A spokesman for Foxconn confirmed the protest, and said that the incident was "successfully and peacefully resolved after discussions between the workers, local Foxconn officials and representatives from the local government".


He added that 45 Foxconn employees had chosen to resign and the remainder had returned to work. "The welfare of our employees is our top priority and we are committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly," he said.

So all is well - please resume your sweatshop-facilitated iTunes enjoyment.


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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:07 | 2054343 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:10 | 2054361 clones2
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Occupy Rooftop

These Chinese are always so inventive...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:16 | 2054396 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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This makes Occupy look like a kindergarten recess.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054411 JPM Hater001
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This is sad.  I bet they would have been much happier just farming down by the delta and living an agrarian lifestyle.

Employment in the Chinese War machine cant be fun.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:29 | 2054462 Harlequin001
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Yeah but just think what it'll do for unemployment...

If this happened in the US, the DOW would hit 25,000 just like Robo says, no sweat...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:51 | 2054573 eureka
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Apple's Production Cost for 1 Ipad:  $20

Apple's Taxes paid to US IRS:  max 2% of gross revenue

Apple's Cash Holdings:  $82+ BILLION

Winners:  Apple, Apple share holders/speculators

Losers:  US IRS/i.e. US/The People, US consumers, US tax payers and chiefly FOXCONN WORKER-SLAVES.

Love and treasure all the I-stuff, because it is paid with blood, sweat, tears, death and morally speaking, fraud.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:09 | 2054693 TruthInSunshine
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China's status as advanced consumer electronics maker for the world plagued by labor issues.

Amerika's status as nutrient dense Twinkie maker, spong cake filled with a creamy foam (that can be used as insulation & also as a fire retardant) center, plagued by financial and economic issues (many of which where Bernank-induced):

Twinkies maker Hostess seeks bankruptcy protection

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:30 | 2054786 StychoKiller
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Will someone PLEASE think of the Twinkies?!  :-)

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:51 | 2054874 brew
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and the ho ho's dude...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:59 | 2054893 imaginalis
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I thought they worked at the Xbox plant for Microsoft?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:35 | 2055008 trav7777
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China is the happy joyjoy future for all of us who are not nobility!  I can't wait.

The marvelous thing is the stupid, dipshitty "causes" of all the iLemmings, all their "sustainable" bullshit while they chatter away on sweatshop devices and post their trifling lives on the interwebz

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:49 | 2055066 TruthInSunshine
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Teenagers (and alleged adults) everywhere resent that you are at least implying that few people (or none) really care about their every-5-minute-updates as to their geolocation & activities via Twitter:



8:05am:      I'm @ the Starbux on 31st & Main



8:13am:      I ordered a peppermint mocha fracha latte Vende Grande



8:25am:     I sharted a little

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:07 | 2055145 trav7777
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no...people DO care.  Or they pretend to care and ostracize those who admit they don't care.

You're an OUTCAST if you don't go along with the "conventional wisdom" and "consensus opinion."  That means THOU SHALT love "social media" or "iShit" or ANY trend that the madison avenue semites shove down your throat using their cousin Bernays' manual on how to steer zeitgeist.

Don't you know you're not COOL and HIP and PLUGGED IN if you don't tweeter some banal shit every 6 minutes?

Hell, teen girls are actually killing themselves over this shit.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:13 | 2054930 karzai_luver
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So when/if 150 or so Federal Reserve and/or JPM "associates" take to the roof will they be coaxed down or "removed".



Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:14 | 2054718 JimBobOMG
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We Americans help make it happen! We always know how to pick the right leaders for the job...and this is NOT a race thing...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:43 | 2055048 Hephasteus
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20 dollars to make an ipad is pure made up fiction.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:22 | 2055214 smiler03
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I believe the $20 is the manufacturing cost, part of which will be the pay for the workers.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:10 | 2055430 AGuy
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If assembly was done in the US, It extremely likely the assembly plant would be automated. Right now Chinese labor costs are below US assembly automation. I suspect the if the labor costs rise, production will shift to automated assemble. It would not suprise me that Apple or FoxConn already has plans for automation in the next year or two. In the end the IRS and US Manufacturing workers would still lose.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:34 | 2054480 xela2200
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I bet they will be alot happier farming but poorer. Many do the sacrifice for their families. I am sure many of us can relate. Right now, it would be so nice to leave all this bs behind and turn into a beach bumb in Costa Rica.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:35 | 2054501 Harlequin001
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Seems to me there are a few people in the Mariner Eccles building already working on that for you...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:22 | 2054439 GeneMarchbanks
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That's not saying much.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:36 | 2054468 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I could have writ, "A walk in the park", but I thought that was redundant.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:30 | 2054475 X. Kurt OSis
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I was thinking the same thing.  We have as many reasons to be pissed, but our lame, fat, stupid population just flips the channel over to Fox Sports and checks their fantasy football scores on the ipads they can't afford.  Much has to change from the ground up around here.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:56 | 2054889 francis_sawyer
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Jump you fuckers!

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:05 | 2056008 Dave Thomas
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Lighten up Francis.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 21:07 | 2056842 Pegasus Muse
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Were this to happen in AmeriKa, the protestors would be maced/pepper spayed, kicked and drug off to jail by Homeland Security funded Goon Squads decked out to the 9's in the latest Blackwater-approved Riot Gear, interrogated about their possible terrorist affiliations and ties, then sent (courtesy of Sen Levin, McCain, Graham) on an all expense paid vacation to some unnamed internment facility until the end of the War on Terror (whatever that is). 

Back to work you Debt Slaves!!


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:18 | 2054406 krispkritter
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Forgive me the fantasy; In the US we see bank CEO's, Congress Critters, and those most responsible for our financial mess, climb to the top of their glass spires and threaten to throw themselves off unless the taxpayers rally to their cause to increase their salaries and the bailouts. (cue crickets)  The sounds of their carcasses hitting the ground is like a 3rd grade class dancing on a room full of bubble wrap...and life is good again...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:20 | 2054424 GMadScientist
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Poignant, visceral. Dug it.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:33 | 2054487 X. Kurt OSis
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Happened in 1929.  Fucking bailouts.  It could have been raining douchebags all over Manhattan!

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:55 | 2056199 Widowmaker
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It NEEDS to rain douchbags in Manhattan, and neighbors giving their pinstripe fag neighbors reconstructive surgery and a "get the fuck out of the neighborhood" kick in the pants. 

Sadly, there are none in the 1% with any self-respected decency as they too worship at the altar of greed and money (called fuck your neighbor).

They too shall pass, meaningless wastes of unenlightened with a bankroll and that is all.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 20:30 | 2056735 Ratscam
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unfortunately i did not see RoRo&Co jumping, aka Rockefeller & Rothschild

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:33 | 2054491 funthea
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:21 | 2054434 ihedgemyhedges
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You think it's bad now, just wait until the iPhone 5 starts production.....................the masses say "wes gotz to haz the newest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  What's the Intrade over/under on jumps once 5 kicks in gear???

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:23 | 2054443 brew
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might as well, jump...


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:31 | 2054479 MsCreant
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:50 | 2055626 baby_BLYTHE
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 19:36 | 2056592 MsCreant
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Lame, I agree. 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:56 | 2054632 HedgeAccordingly
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:03 | 2054903 francis_sawyer
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Oddly enough... A new movie "MAN ON A LEDGE" opens in a few weeks...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:08 | 2054347 Caviar Emptor
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Man I need to learn something from these guys. Maybe an exchange program? 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:38 | 2054523 Harlequin001
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It would need to be a very short program it seems...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:08 | 2054348 YesWeKahn
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054414 Conrad Murray
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Need a "Jump You Fuckers" song remix.

I did find a "foxconn suicide song". No idea what it says. Anybody here translate?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054350 Manthong
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Selfish workers..

Not even a thought about the millions of iPod, and iPhone users whose lives they would wreck.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:55 | 2054626 LaLiLuLeLo
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Is this really what our world has come to? clinging desperately to an existence of one tech toy to another at the expense of someone else. human beings need to take a step back and say "WTF are we doing here?"

Blinders on bitchez

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:51 | 2054873 SteveNYC
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Unfortunately consciousness is heading, and is being pushed, in the opposite direction. We can only take responsibility for our own sovereign emotional territory right now, with the hope of bringing change one by one. Stick with it.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:37 | 2055018 trav7777
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even ZH "freethinkers" had an orgy of mourning for Dear Leader Jobs

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:26 | 2055508 Sokhmate
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I didn't.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:08 | 2056027 Dave Thomas
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 23:56 | 2057274 Manthong
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He was really bright and insightful, but likely not a whole lot more so than a lot of the guys at the Palo Alto Research Center.

He was however more opportunistic, ambitious and tenacious than most of those guys. 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:01 | 2054897 kekekekekekeke
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054352 GeneMarchbanks
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054418 JPM Hater001
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Is there an app for that?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:05 | 2054909 francis_sawyer
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iDoubt It

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:31 | 2055531 Max Hunter
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 18:59 | 2056435 Jan Modaal
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054353 Irish66
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I'm sick

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:10 | 2054354 ozziindaus
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"...saw its workers threaten with mass suicides unless working conditions are not improved".

So there you have it. Chinese workers DEMAND worse conditions.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054415 Vaiman
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So much for helping the Fair Trade cause!  Gotta watch out for those

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054356 lizzy36
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The welfare of our workers is our top priority ......LMAO.

Bet those 45 workers who choose to resign have now been relocated to a chinese detention center.

Wonder if Mitt Romney is going to fix this situation with his "day one trade war with China" After all, he is the second coming of "hope and change". Something about fool me once seems to fit here....sigh.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:15 | 2054386 fuu
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"Bet those 45 workers who choose to resign have now been relocated to a chinese detention center."

Or organ donors.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:37 | 2054515 Chump
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Fuck Mitt sideways with a lunch box.  I'm already having the "voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil," argument with friends and family.

"But he's the best we have against Obama!  Are you going to vote for Obama??"

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:47 | 2054576 Conrad Murray
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There really needs to be a social media campaign of, "If Mitt Romney is the nominee, I will vote for Obama". Ron Paul has the ability to pull something like this off. However, this whole charade of a campaign is only his attempt at leaving something for his neo-con son to run with after he's gone, so there will be no rocking the boat(same reason there will be no third party run).

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:00 | 2054653 SheepDog-One
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People still think theyre actually presented with a choice...and it would be 'Better than Obama'...nevermind Mitt Romney is the central bankers wet dream...well people will believe anything. Trained talking monkeys.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:49 | 2054865 ElvisDog
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I am employing the "Just Say No" approach to the 2012 election. I will not once again vote for the Republicrat/Demublican candidate I hate the least. If 2012 comes down to Obama vs Romney, I will happily vote 3rd party. Hopefully Ron Paul will run 3rd Party. If he doesn't, I'm voting for the best of the rest.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:38 | 2055025 trav7777
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challenge ANY of them to show a substantive difference between Obama and Busch and ask in light of the results, why the fuck they would want to vote for someone OTHER than Obama.

Ask them to write down the differences between these candidates.  They won't find any.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:49 | 2055068 Chump
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I did.  The only answer I got was, "Romney promised to repeal Obamacare on Day 1.  That's enough for me right there."  This from someone who regularly complains that all politicians lie and we need to kick them all out, so on and so forth (not to mention was ignorant about Romneycare in the first place!).

Basically, I need some new friends.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:12 | 2055162 trav7777
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Did you tell him Bama promised to bring the troops home and close Gitmo day 1?

Or just do what I do and mock people like that.  Fool me once, shame on....shame on you...fool me...not gonna get fooled again.

Just so you know, much of my schtick here is borne of the fact that people are highly resistant to education.  They cling to their absurd faiths.  That is what your friends are doing.

It is too frightening to stop clapping or not cry for the deceased Dear Leader or to say "wait a minute, this is bullshit and you all know it," or to admit that the system is a sham and suck it up and take the necessary action to correct the problem.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:20 | 2055474 lizzy36
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Just an FYI, unless the constitution has been repealed, a president CANNOT repeal a law. You might want to mention that to your "friend".

But really why let anything like the constitution get in the way of a candidates political narrative.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:45 | 2055059 Hephasteus
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More than likely ordered to be followed and robbed so they don't have money to get home.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:49 | 2055069 richard in norway
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the guy made his money as an asset  striper, what do you think will happen when he is pres??


just saying

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054357 Comay Mierda
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:09 | 2054359 Dcheeth2
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Double wow.

I thought sweatshops only existed in East London.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:25 | 2054453 brew
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american workers wish they existed in the us...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:28 | 2054463 Conrad Murray
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Thank god for minimum wage. What ever would the American people do if there were actually jobs available?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:33 | 2054492 crawldaddy
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working at fox con like facilites.  God dont you get?  Min wage is a slave wage as it is.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:37 | 2054514 Conrad Murray
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Is no wage better than below minimum wage?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:41 | 2054538 Chump
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Apparently, because by no wage you really mean 2+ years of unemployement checks.

Nothing will get fixed until people get hungry, and by then it will be too late.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:14 | 2054720 SilverDOG
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Some still do.

The Alaskan fishing fleet.

I worked there and it is voluntary slavery.

Pay is only so good due to the fact you can not spend it at sea, at least when I was there.

Yes, some boats make out quite well with great catches and pay. Not all do however.

Working there makes all other jobs I have done, including commercial diver, a joke.

HAULBACK! oooh noooooo not again!!

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:10 | 2054362 centerline
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They wouldn't need "safety nets" if they just chained everyone to the floor, walls or anything else that is sufficiently heavy.  How about inoperable windows (or no windows) and restricted access to roof areas.  Do I have do all the thinking?   Ridiculous.



Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:15 | 2054941 francis_sawyer
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They have to allow access to the roof... It's called "climbing the corporate ladder of success"

It's aspirational... LULZ

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:10 | 2054365 PaperBear
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This is the global economy is it ? Where these workers threaten suicide whereas workers elsewhere are able to change emploer, there must be a lack of other employers. Capitalism's supply/demand for labour is not functioning in China for the ordinary guy it would seem.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:15 | 2054392 kridkrid
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Infinate growth has its drawbacks.  The need to eliminate labor through automation or reduce costs through lower wages.  Have fun storming the castle!

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:12 | 2054373 Big Corked Boots
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Lesson for American employers: Unless the help threatens mass suicide, you aren't squeezing them enough.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:23 | 2054444 GMadScientist
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Lesson for American employees: unless you want to end up like the workers at FoxConn, you'll need to "squeeze" something of your own (preferably with a really light pull).

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:12 | 2054374 GolfHatesMe
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Calming Suicidal workers - there's an ap for that

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:17 | 2054946 francis_sawyer
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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:13 | 2054378 Frank N. Beans
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i heard that instead of using robotics the workers lay in the wires and do soldering by hand. Yes, HAND-MADE gizmos.  They of course suffer from repetitive motion syndrome and nerve damage from solvent fumes. 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:21 | 2054429 Frank N. Beans
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philosophical question:  Are you supporting Chinese workers by buying their crap?

Or would you be supporting Chinese workers by NOT buying their crap?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:46 | 2054572 sub Z
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good question. if you didn't buy the crap they would be out jobs at that company. if you do you are supporting scum who couldn't care about their employees. then the best thing to do is buy a competitor who is more responsible. don't give them your business.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:35 | 2055010 Big Corked Boots
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Buy American crap... but make certain it isn't really crap, and that you need it, and you buy it with cash or barter and not credit.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:11 | 2056047 Dave Thomas
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To whom do you turn for instance in cellular technology? Does anyone know of anyone that makes consumer electronics in the USA?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:50 | 2054601 323
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Do they get most of the money from it or not?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:56 | 2054628 MachoMan
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Well, where does the profit lie?  If you have to decide between the two, that's who you support.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:20 | 2054738 Chump
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A good question and my answer is neither.

I'm not responsible for any Chinese people.  They by and large left agrarian subsistence lives to try to make a better life in the big city.  Their situation sucks, to be sure, but I would never purchase a product because I want to support one of the cogs in the assembly line.  That's why I donate to the charities of my choice.  No one would hire me as a contractor just because I needed the money, right?  No, I have to add value in order to reap the benefits in the form of money.  I therefore don't buy Chinese-made products because I don't value them, nor do I value what our "free trade" (guffaw guffaw) policies have done to the American economy.  It's a simple statement that I can make with what few dollar bills I have.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:16 | 2055181 trav7777
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when I am in the 3rd world, I refuse to buy shit made in china that they sell there.

I am like listen I can buy this shit back home.  Fuck china.  Clothes made in brazil are of universally better quality than that other crap.   You can tell the difference between native clothing and china in a place like Colombia just by touching it.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:36 | 2055283 smiler03
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Where was your computer made Chump? Thought so.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:13 | 2054379 SHEEPFUKKER

Will the banksters threaten to jump if they don't get QE to infinity?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:21 | 2054431 Conrad Murray
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They'd be better off promising to jump if they do get it.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:13 | 2054380 pragmatic hobo
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I don't get it ... they do have choice of quitting right?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054416 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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What is Chinese for FEMA, ALex

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:20 | 2054427 Big Corked Boots
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I didn't know empty boxcars have internet connections.

Oh, wait. You're a hobo with an Iphone.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:42 | 2054840 pragmatic hobo
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droid actually ...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:20 | 2054959 karzai_luver
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quiters never win winners never quit. I am sure you as a pragmatic would agree.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:15 | 2054385 ManOfBliss
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If you don't like the working conditions, then quit.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:29 | 2054402 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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They quit and they get the gulag, you fucking moron.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:35 | 2054502 homersimpson
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I didn't thumb you down, but seriously - why would they get the gulag if they quit? Wouldn't they just return home? Or would they be arrested for disrupting operations?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:39 | 2054526 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The countryside has lost a lot of jobs.  They have flooded the riverbeds to make dams, and millions have relocated.  For many, there is no choice but to move into the city.  You probably know this part.

But yes, if they sign up to work, they must work, or else they get jailed for breach of contract and disrupting operations.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:39 | 2055029 memyselfiu
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Don't forget the giant Ag businesses forming in China, which are super busy 'expropriating' traditionally held lands to mass produce exported foodstuffs to the Walmart masses...when you lose your land you lose everything, and either relocate or starve. Welcome to the new capitalism, same as the old capitalism (circa 1800)

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:52 | 2055352 smiler03
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But yes, if they sign up to work, they must work, or else they get jailed for breach of contract and disrupting operations.

You are spouting ridiculous bullshit without any linked evidence at all. Try reading this report produced by Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour. It is hardly Foxconn friendly. If you read it, which I doubt you will, you will find that you are talking bullshit.

Alternatively you could post some evidence of your ridiculous claim.
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:38 | 2054510 WaterWings
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There are children present. The Ministry of Truth informs us that only simple reeducation* is in order.


*an administrative detention for a person who is not a criminal but has committed minor offenses, and is intended to reform offenders into law-abiding citizens

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:50 | 2054595 GMadScientist
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Don't worry...noone is going to crowd your turf, sweet cheeks.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:57 | 2055108 richard in norway
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they quit they starve, you fucking moron

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:54 | 2055367 smiler03
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Somebody else posting bullshit. If they quit they go home and eat far better than they would if they stayed.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:17 | 2054389 ThisIsBob
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Well, there goes the price of i-crap right through the bloody ceiling!

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:39 | 2054832 Oh regional Indian
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I was just gifted my first i. A second hand Touch.

Cool as first time owner with stretching and all. Gizmos are made to be adddictive.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:15 | 2054391 Caviar Emptor
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Himmler also threatened suicide. But he miscalculated. He forgot that in democratic countries suicide isn't punishable by murder

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:16 | 2054394 pods
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Not sure what is more shocking, the fact that there are 150 jumpers, or that Foxcon has 1 million "employees."


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Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:16 | 2054399 firstdivision
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:06 | 2054686 kridkrid
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The game really was the same everywhere.  Money is cheap, why not finance ________________ (fill in the blank, be you a potential home owner or a CEO).  But the CEO's had no risk.  JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs puts together the financing, you buy some top line revenue growth, the bought and paid for analysts hail your growth, stock price goes up in the insane asylum called a market.  Everything works just fine on the way up... but it all REQUIRES infinate growth.  Most people won't understand what's happening when the dominoes start to tumble.  

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:17 | 2054403 Dr. Engali
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There are well over a billion other people to take their place. Nothing to see here move along.




Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:18 | 2054734 MachoMan
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I think the macro question would be whether you can breed out any desires of autonomy or, alternatively, desires of autonomy sufficiently to cause material action by the desiring person.  This may also present an answer, probably at best in part, for anyone wanting to know why faith in the currency lasts so long or how the ponzi hasn't unraveled... 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:30 | 2054788 kridkrid
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Any sort of faith, really.  A relative of mine converted to Mormonism.  A bunch of my pious relatives then pile on her over her choice... they read all sorts of literature on just how whacked the whole religion really is (and it is, to be sure).  Of course those same relatives have never given a moment's thought to just how whacked their religion is.  They don't have the first clue over the canonization process for their "holy book".  The remarkable similarities (i.e. outright plagiarism) for the story they believe to stories that predate theirs by thousands of years.  The absurdity of "god" feeling he needs to have a son and then planting his seed in a virgin to "save" mankind... only to have said salvation be based on the absolute randomness of your birth to a set of parents willing to indoctrinate you into their religion vs. some other.  Fock Faith, in all of its manifestations.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:41 | 2054838 MachoMan
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The Stephen F. Roberts e-warrior quote:  I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god.  When you understand why you dismiss all other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.  Interesting logical vise.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:52 | 2054876 kridkrid
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Brilliant.  I've never seen the quote, but it will forever be committed to memory.  Thanks.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:43 | 2055049 memyselfiu
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Brilliant indeed

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:28 | 2054975 Aquiloaster
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Since neither you, nor I, nor anyone, can prove through experience that a god does not exist, your premise is based as much on faith as theirs is. As we have learned even in this article, absurdity does not preclude a thing from being real. Neither does parsimony alone prove circumstances true or false.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:40 | 2055039 kridkrid
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I would love to engage in circular arguments that allow you to justify your faith, but my pretend salvation doesn't rest upon said circle jerk, so I'll pass.  But by all means, carry on.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:54 | 2055092 Aquiloaster
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You missed the point. Faith, by definition, cannot be justified. Therefore your strong assertion that there is no god cannot be justified, and is just as obnoxiously based on faith as theirs. The only tenable position is agnosticism.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:26 | 2055240 kridkrid
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I don't recall making the assertion that there is no god.  I simply mocked your silly religion.  Agnosticism is the only tenable position if you are prone to silly circular questions such as "can you prove that god doesn't exist"?  We only care about this silly question because silly religion has told us that salvation or damnation hangs in the balance.  I feel no need to be agnostic with respect to the flying spaghetti monster, though based on your logic, my agnosticism would be the only tenable position there as well.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:45 | 2055319 MachoMan
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Yep, similar to the argument that defeats pascal's wager...  so, if I could go to eternal heaven for believing (living?) the dark side of neptune has a theme park where the galaxy's celebrities drop their kids off to get molested by assfucking purple dinosaurs, then my temporary time here on this earth would be well served to dedicate to the faith!  Totally reasonable...


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:35 | 2055284 MachoMan
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First, agnostics don't exist...  humans don't have the luxury of academic ambivalence...  our feelings tend to get in the way.  Neat idea for jacking off in academia though.

Second, nothing until proven something.  The thing that you whizzed past in deciding that atheists make some assertion was the whole burden of proof (aside from reasonability).  It's neat to try and shift the burden of proof to where it's some equal hurdle, but that doesn't coincide with reality.  If god inherently existed in our mind or was readily, directly observable, then atheists would actually be making an assertion...  until that day...  

You might say, well, by merely inquiring as to the sufficiency of the proof of theists, you're an agnostic...  if so, I'll counter with the observation that agnostics are merely too chickenshit to declare a side and by now have developed a rather unusual relationship with the fence post.  Agnostics are atheists.  You can split hairs all you want.  The proof to convert an agnostic to a full blown theist will never come...  the side has been chosen.  Lube up for the fence post if you want...

(ask yourself whether agnosticism is in response to the atheists' assertion that god doesn't exist or the theists' assertion that he does).

PS, we're all well aware of the leap of faith required for belief in about everything...  please spare us...  we have to deal in the real world.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 13:48 | 2055067 memyselfiu
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What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn't prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.


Steven Hawking

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:49 | 2055345 MachoMan
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There is no such thing as proof in regards to the celestial, only the triage of reasonability.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:18 | 2054405 Ecoman11
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That's messed up.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054412 dick cheneys ghost
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What a fricked up world we live in...........

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054417 Caviar Emptor
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Vee vill feed you better rations! Now get bak to verk! 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054419 SpaceHerpes
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This brings to mind the crooning robotic auto worker that was singing a love song to the robot that was replaceing him on the assembly line. 

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:19 | 2054421 nah
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if only steve jobs were still alive

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:20 | 2054422 RobotTrader
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Gimme a break.


They could easily move production to Vietnam or Thailand and get it done even cheaper.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:24 | 2054448 Non Passaran
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I sincerely doubt that, but what the hell do I know. You're the expert.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:50 | 2054603 NooooB
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They are moving plants to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. It's ironic to see cheap labor Asia getting outsourced to cheaper labor Asia. This is happening in Thailand too now that Thai's expect a little more than living in a box (the nerve).

I have seen this first hand. A friend of mine just moved shop to Cambodia from Thailand for better, cheaper labor.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:25 | 2054457 firstdivision
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Sorry, but the next move is Africa.  Why do you think China has been expanding their influence there?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:58 | 2054643 NooooB
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China's only interest in Africa is to strip it bare while politely helping all the regimes eat each other.

Because they are not "white" Africans seem to trust them more. They let the Africans profit while raping their own territory and the Chinese don't tell them how to run things or what religion to be.

I doubt we'll see too many Chinese factories there...

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:35 | 2054504 tmosley
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ITT Robo STILL doesn't know the variables that make for inexpensive products.

Here's a hint:  cheap labor is only a minor one.

Others include road, water, electricity, and port infrastructure, a stable government, a non-interventionist government, low tax environment, and a general low regulation environment.

On a side note, the Chinese need to allow labor unions to exist.  Don't give them special rights, but they do have the right to assemble as they like.  It is natural for an increasingly specialized work force to demand higher wages and better working conditions.  They will find that providing those things increases productivity and decreases turnover, allowing for ever greater specialization.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:59 | 2054651 pods
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Yep, hazardous waste disposal is way easier in China.  Just build a pipe out into the middle of a river.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:04 | 2054674 tmosley
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You used to be able to do that in the US, too.

That is what happens when you don't allow ownership of waterways.  There is no owner to defend the water from such actions.

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 15:05 | 2055403 smiler03
Wed, 01/11/2012 - 12:38 | 2054826 MachoMan
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Why would they want unions?  The article mentioned remedial measures of the company through hiring counselors for distraught workers...  This will help not only isolate these workers, but "re-educate" them (either by changing the way they think and, thus, their feelings or simply making them more comfortable with their meager existences).  Collective bargaining is the yin to the employer's yang...  to be avoided at all costs (not only does it decrease entrenched power, but eventually overshoots and kills the company).

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