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#1 May 10 2011 at 9:34 AM Rating: Good
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Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity. Workers are now being asked to sign waivers/pledges stating they wont' kill themselves.

More pressing, I'd imagine, is the caveat about compensation for the family:
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And they were made to promise that if they did, their families would only seek the legal minimum in damages.

Atm, I don't own any Apple products that I'm aware of (shew! dodged that bullet), but I'm wondering if I did own, say, an ipad would I or should I feel guilty?

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Edited, May 10th 2011 6:07pm by Elinda
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#2 May 10 2011 at 9:38 AM Rating: Decent
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Look on the bright side: this could be a boon to American electronics production.
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#3 May 10 2011 at 9:40 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Atm, I don't own any Apple products that I'm aware of (shew! dodged that bullet), but I'm wondering if I did own, say an, ipad would I or should I feel guilty?
Maybe you should, but I doubt you would. I know I don't.
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#4 May 10 2011 at 9:41 AM Rating: Decent
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Do you feel guilty when you get your teeth cleaned?

Also, life insurance generally doesn't pay out to the families of suicide.

Edited, May 10th 2011 11:42am by lolgaxe
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#5 May 10 2011 at 9:46 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
Do you feel guilty when you get your teeth cleaned?

Also, life insurance generally doesn't pay out to the families of suicide.

Edited, May 10th 2011 11:42am by lolgaxe
You're assuming Chinese insurance/laws works the same as here.

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#6 May 10 2011 at 9:54 AM Rating: Excellent
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See, if only we brought those manufacturing jobs back to America and gave the workers a decent wage and benefits, we could be complaining about the outrageous prices of Apple products instead of trying to convince ourselves that we should give a flying fuck about the fragile mental health of Chinese laborers.
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#7 May 10 2011 at 10:01 AM Rating: Excellent
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Elinda wrote:
Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity.

So we're getting good quality merchandise at a decent price and helping China control its ridiculous population growth?

Win-Win!
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#8 May 10 2011 at 10:06 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
Do you feel guilty when you get your teeth cleaned?
Am I increasing someone's risk of suicide when I have my teeth cleaned?

Actually gaming is probably a better example of indirect influence on the mental health of slave labor on the other side of the world. Gold farming as got to be some seriously mind-numbing work.



Edited, May 10th 2011 6:09pm by Elinda
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#9 May 10 2011 at 10:08 AM Rating: Good
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MoebiusLord wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity.

So we're getting good quality merchandise at a decent price and helping China control its ridiculous population growth?

Win-Win!
Yes, thanks. My daughter is getting an ipad2 for her Birthday.

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#10 May 10 2011 at 10:17 AM Rating: Excellent
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we could be complaining about the outrageous prices of Apple products

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I suppose maybe their outrageous price would at least be because of labor costs and not just paying for a logo.
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#11 May 10 2011 at 10:22 AM Rating: Good
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MoebiusLord wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity.

So we're getting good quality merchandise at a decent price and helping China control its ridiculous population growth?

Win-Win!


Who cares about China's population. Apple should move their manufacturing back here. We need more suicides.
#12 May 10 2011 at 10:27 AM Rating: Decent
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Elinda wrote:
Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity. Workers are now being asked to sign waivers/pledges stating they wont' kill themselves.

More pressing, I'd imagine, is the caveat about compensation for the family:
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And they were made to promise that if they did, their families would only seek the legal minimum in damages.

Atm, I don't own any Apple products that I'm aware of (shew! dodged that bullet), but I'm wondering if I did own, say, an ipad would I or should I feel guilty?

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Edited, May 10th 2011 6:07pm by Elinda


Sorry to be "that guy" but this story is about a year old. Is there some new development that I'm missing?
#13 May 10 2011 at 10:29 AM Rating: Excellent
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MoebiusLord wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Seems the suicide rate of Chinese workers making i-goods is cutting into productivity.

So we're getting good quality merchandise at a decent price and helping China control its ridiculous population growth?

Win-Win!


That was the first thing I thought of too.
#14 May 10 2011 at 10:56 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Do you feel guilty when you get your teeth cleaned?
Am I increasing someone's risk of suicide when I have my teeth cleaned?
Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.
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#15 May 10 2011 at 10:58 AM Rating: Good
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?

Because if the Little Shop of Horrors has taught me anything...
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#16 May 10 2011 at 11:02 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
Elinda wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Do you feel guilty when you get your teeth cleaned?
Am I increasing someone's risk of suicide when I have my teeth cleaned?
Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.
The dentist doesn't clean my teeth.
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#17 May 10 2011 at 11:02 AM Rating: Good
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idiggory wrote:
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?


Is there such a thing as "accidental suicide?"
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idiggory wrote:
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?


Is there such a thing as "accidental suicide?"


I think was the joke.

And I'm surprised at how callous people are. I also don't own any Apple products but this is pretty bad. $6 billion for first quarter profits and they can't pay the people assembling it a living wage. "Oh, these people are only committing suicide so their families can get a settlement." Yeah. How about you pay them enough to LIVE? Of course, whenever I'm feeling guilty about money, I dream about how a wrongful death lawsuit can bring in the big bucks.

Edited, May 10th 2011 12:20pm by Guenny
#19 May 10 2011 at 11:23 AM Rating: Good
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Guenny wrote:
Belkira wrote:
idiggory wrote:
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?


Is there such a thing as "accidental suicide?"


I think was the joke.


The Little Shoppe of Horrors comment made me think otherwise. If that was the joke, then idiggory should be ashamed of himself, and I cannot be held responsible for not understanding such a horrid, horrid "joke."
#20 May 10 2011 at 11:26 AM Rating: Good
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When are puns not horrible jokes?
#21 May 10 2011 at 11:28 AM Rating: Good
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When are puns not horrible jokes?


When they're funny?

Oh, wait...
#22 May 10 2011 at 11:29 AM Rating: Good
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And I'm surprised at how callous people are.
How is that even possible?
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I'd guess that dentists have a little more time and flexibility to contemplate their career choices and decide what they're getting into than the dude who puts little glass screens into little casings off a conveyor belt for fourteen hours a day.
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#24 May 10 2011 at 11:34 AM Rating: Good
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Belkira wrote:
idiggory wrote:
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?


Is there such a thing as "accidental suicide?"


Yes. There are actually quite a few cases where dentists have tried to use the nitrous to alter their consciousness and died because they didn't mix it correctly and had no one supervising.
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#25 May 10 2011 at 11:35 AM Rating: Good
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And I'm surprised at how callous people are.
How is that even possible?


Hey, hyperbole happens.
#26 May 10 2011 at 11:36 AM Rating: Good
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Timelordwho wrote:
Belkira wrote:
idiggory wrote:
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Possibly, dentists have a high rate of suicides.


Intentional, or accidental?


Is there such a thing as "accidental suicide?"


Yes. There are actually quite a few cases where dentists have tried to use the nitrous to alter their consciousness and died because they didn't mix it correctly and had no one supervising.


Wouldn't that just be an accident, though? Or an overdose?
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