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#1 May 03 2013 at 7:18 AM Rating: Good
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DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh's finance minister downplayed the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry, saying he didn't think it was "really serious" Friday, hours after the 500th body was pulled from the debris.


Walmart, Gap, JC Penney, The Children's Place, Benetton all have clothing made in this or other factories in the complex. The garment industry is easily the largest export income stream in Bangladesh.

Currently many US companies are trying to get some deal signed to insure better, safer working conditions. Walmart is dragging it's heals.

I don't shop at Walmart, but I'm wondering if a 'boycott' is the best way to express displeasure to these companies. I'd gladly give them an extra buck when purchasing my stylish new tee if they could insure me it would go directly into improving labor conditions.

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#2 May 03 2013 at 7:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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Elinda wrote:
Walmart is dragging it's heals.

Well they better get on that; sounds like a lot of healing will be needed!
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#3 May 03 2013 at 7:21 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
I'd gladly give them an extra buck when purchasing my stylish new tee if they could insure me it would go directly into improving labor conditions.
How would they insure it? Show a picture of the new air conditioning unit at the shops? A ball pit for the kids sewing your sneakers?
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#4 May 03 2013 at 7:24 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
I'd gladly give them an extra buck when purchasing my stylish new tee if they could insure me it would go directly into improving labor conditions.
How would they insure it? Show a picture of the new air conditioning unit at the shops? A ball pit for the kids sewing your sneakers?

That's a problem, but I'd think with all the techno-gadgets we have there could be some tracking, oversight, verification efforts made by a third-party humanitarian group....or something.

I don't know!

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#5 May 03 2013 at 7:26 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Walmart is dragging it's heals.

Well they better get on that; sounds like a lot of healing will be needed!
I know and Walmart is all "No way, they're not in my group, I'm not wasting mana on them".
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#6 May 03 2013 at 7:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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Holy shit... back up a second.

Benetton is still a thing?
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#7 May 03 2013 at 7:37 AM Rating: Good
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LockeColeMA wrote:
Elinda wrote:
Walmart is dragging it's heals.

Well they better get on that; sounds like a lot of healing will be needed!
Kao, you forgot to switch back to your main account.
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#8 May 03 2013 at 7:41 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
Walmart is dragging it's heals.

Well they better get on that; sounds like a lot of healing will be needed!
Kao, you forgot to switch back to your main account.
Locke, like Kao before him, is being integrated into the gestalt entity, Zadmin. They retain unique names but are of one mind.


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#9 May 03 2013 at 7:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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#10 May 03 2013 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
I'd gladly give them an extra buck when purchasing my stylish new tee if they could insure me it would go directly into improving labor conditions.
How would they insure it? Show a picture of the new air conditioning unit at the shops? A ball pit for the kids sewing your sneakers?

That's a problem, but I'd think with all the techno-gadgets we have there could be some tracking, oversight, verification efforts made by a third-party humanitarian group....or something.

I don't know!



Regular auditing by a 3rd party should suffice.


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Holy shit... back up a second.

Benetton is still a thing?


What's Benetton? Smiley: confused
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#11 May 03 2013 at 8:07 AM Rating: Good
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The guys with all the weird/cool/creepy ads that have little to nothing to do with clothing.
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I doubt Benetton actually sells those but good luck on your search for one.
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#15 May 03 2013 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't shop at Walmart, but I'm wondering if a 'boycott' is the best way to express displeasure to these companies.

Every apparel company on the planet? Walmart is a terrible company, but not because of this. They're refusal to go along with ******** band aid to make up for hundreds of corpses is probably admirable. US consumers have decided that dead people in poor countries don't concern them as much as being able to buy $4 tee shirts. That's the problem. No one cares. Millions of workers could die tomorrow, nothing will change. Personally, I naturally only wear bespoke suits made from my own stable of silkworms homespun thread. Because I care.
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Millions of workers could die tomorrow, nothing will change.
There would be a million new job openings.
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lolgaxe wrote:
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Millions of workers could die tomorrow, nothing will change.
There would be a million new job openings.


I'll help clarify; in this context "workers" means "peasants".

Poor people are expendable, and easily replaced. Particularly third world poor people.
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#18 May 03 2013 at 8:31 AM Rating: Good
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I'll help clarify; in this context "workers" means "peasants".
For real? I managed to completely miss that.
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#19 May 03 2013 at 8:41 AM Rating: Excellent
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OPEN YOUR EYES, SHEEPLE.
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#20 May 03 2013 at 8:42 AM Rating: Good
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I wear buckskin made from the deer I shot down with my Little Bear Bow and Arrow set.

I think people do care - a little bit. They don't care enough to bother finding and paying for domestically produced high quality clothing, but I think some do care enough to drop an extra quarter or two on a garment if it's specifically ear-marker to go towards the peasant.

Gees, is expecting a building to remain standing asking too much?!

...seriously.
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#21 May 03 2013 at 8:46 AM Rating: Decent
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I think people do care - a little bit. They don't care enough to bother finding and paying for domestically produced high quality clothing, but I think some do care enough to drop an extra quarter or two on a garment if it's specifically ear-marker to go towards the peasant.

You are incorrect. A small subset of people care enough to buy something with a "fair trade" sticker on it or whathave you, but not for a penny more.
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Elinda wrote:
I wear buckskin made from the deer I shot down with my Little Bear Bow and Arrow set.

Did you meet a fetching Englishman and sing about waterfalls and stuff?
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#23 May 03 2013 at 8:50 AM Rating: Good
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Elinda wrote:
I wear buckskin made from the deer I shot down with my Little Bear Bow and Arrow set.

Did you meet a fetching Englishman and sing about waterfalls and stuff?

The answer is Just Around the River Bend.
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Did you meet a fetching Englishman and sing about waterfalls and stuff?

I believe that requires ******* that are 79% of one's body mass.
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That raccoon needed to be turned into a hat.
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#26 May 03 2013 at 9:00 AM Rating: Good
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I think people do care - a little bit. They don't care enough to bother finding and paying for domestically produced high quality clothing, but I think some do care enough to drop an extra quarter or two on a garment if it's specifically ear-marker to go towards the peasant.

You are incorrect. A small subset of people care enough to buy something with a "fair trade" sticker on it or what have you, but not for a penny more.

Add an Ellen zipper pull to the garment and you could charge two bucks more.

Every cup of Fair Trade coffee I've ever had tastes like crap.

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