Sunday, 30 May 2010

Shocking toll of suicides at iPad factory in China revealed

UPDATE: I feel really guilty about this post now because my dad bought us an ipad for Christmas. He actually bought an android pad first but it didn't work and it was freezing and he took it back and was given an ipad, it was second hand which makes me feel a little better and we never asked for it but I still feel guilty because I was so against this, he went to a lot of trouble to get us one so I didn't want him to have to take it back. It's a shame that this is what I associate with it though. I am very thankful for the present never the less and it is a good thing to use. Just wish the company treated these workers better. Well that is my confession....

Remember I blogged about Blood, Sweat and Luxuries the other day? One episode was situated in an ipod factory. It was terrible. Nice and clean compared to other episodes but just completely soul destroying you can watch it to get an idea of why. In that episode some questions came to the surface asking how people could work there, how could they and would they not go crazy ? I just came across this article about the shocking suicide tolls in an ipad factory (same difference) . Please give it a read it pretty much answers all those questions from before, yep the place is that bad that a lot of people actually kill themselves.
"As well as setting up a suicide hotline and asking monks to bless the factories, it has been reported that the company plans to hire 2,000 psychiatrists and counsellors. Foxconn (biggest supplier to Apple) has also put up fencing to try to stop workers jumping from dormitory blocks. But few people believe the harsh working environment alone can explain the suicides. After all, people are free to leave their jobs"

long working hours, fake lighting, no identity, obsessive tidiness, long hours, trapped feeling, not enough to do anything or get away, supporting families, no fun facilities on the campus, no time to socialise or make friends, living where they are working. They want to hire psychiatrists, no doubt they will be getting zero money too. Putting up fences will make it seem even more like a prison or a mental hospital, you wonder why your workers are going crazy? Apple you fucking evil bastard company stop being so greedy and pay your workers properly.

"An estimated 80 per cent of workers were born in the Eighties or Nineties, and one commentator says: 'This generation's resilience and ability to endure hardship is weaker. Their self-esteem is more fragile. They have more dreams and they feel pressure more. They are not like the previous generation of migrant workers who were known for their toughness and patience"

Bullshit!!! That is probably because they see how long the previous workers have been there and do not want to spend their lives working in this total shit hole and having nothing to show for it years and years later they can not see any way out of it. They are also not taken in by the novelty factor of a new shiny place to work like the older generations probably were they have seen that hopes of better lives and standard of living have not been accomplished. This supposedly being one of the better places to work in China and it's still -diabolical. So the company is self admittedly the killer of dreams- nice!! If humans don't even have dreams then what else do they have to live for?

FUCKING BASTARD COMPANY I HATE YOU!!!!! They make so much money and they do not even have the decency to pay their workers enough to have enjoyable lives. I know this happens everywhere but they should be exposed so people know about it and don't buy anything from them.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Japan Binocular Football...

This is so funny. I could see me wasting some time attempting this,Only in Japan...

Thursday, 27 May 2010

You Need To Watch Blood, Sweat and Luxuries...

This is a program on BBC3 in Britain, people in the U.K can watch it online here. However if you are not in the U.K then do a few searches, you may be able to watch this and "Blood, Sweat and takeaways" which was the last series might be available to watch. I think everyone should watch this program it really opens your eyes and shows you the truth about slave labour and the way people are trapped in their lives working for nothing. It's sickening and depressing but should certainly be watched. A group of privileged teens go over to see with their own eyes where all their luxuries come from and how hard they have to work to get nothing. Warning: You might feel like strangling a few of them, especially Oskar a right spoiled little arrogant twat.

A woman works away from home at a technology firm in Singapore to send money to her family for her son who she has only seen a hand full of times since born and when she goes to visit he doesn't even recognise her, heart breaking that she has to sacrifice this bond so he can eat.

Another man who works mining gold supports 18 family members he has a handful of books and reads them over and over. All he wants is an eduction but he can't even afford to buy a new book so treasures the few he has.

A little boy works with toxic chemicals in a dump burning wires to get the copper to sell, he has been coughing blood from the toxic fumes, when asked what he would like to do when he's older he just says "go to school" also when asked where he sleeps he reveals he doesn't even have bedsheets and sleeps in the open with no blankets.

It is unreal how lucky we are here in Scotland and how much we forget it too. I feel like I really need to appreciate things more and would love to help. Maybe all of us who watch it should really take advantage of our privileges and make enough money so we can help. We moan about things all the time but we are really privileged. I personally have been inspired to really start making things again since I am honoured to have access to the internet, enough supplies to do it and good enough health to be able to.

If you watch it and want to help here are some suggestions you can visit and see what you can do to help.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

My New Payvment Shop Directly On Facebook

I am so excited about this new venture. There is a shop front for Facebook called Payvment. All you Need is a facebook page and a paypal account to get started there are no listing fees and they don't take a percentage the only thing you pay for is the paypal fee's. I have now listed some of my items on Facebook. It is good because people have an incentive to become a fan of my page now, My fans get 15% off when they join and they don't have to click through to a third party site like FOLKSY or ETSY to register to buy something. I have good feelings about this especially since finding out facebook is the second highest ranked site after google. If you are not a Strawberry Anarchy facebook fan then please come press the "like" button to get your 15% discount. The discount is valid for a limited time only! When on my page Just click the "shop now" tab to navigate to my shop. Also if you are a seller interested in trying out then on the bottom my payvment shop there is a link saying "launch your free store front" Good Luck :)
Oh and look at that adorable panda :)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

I love The Uncorked Shop On Etsy...

This shop was an instant favourite I bought a few necklaces from it when it first opened and love them. I adore everything in the shop. I think it's unique, different, great branding, packaging and an interesting story. The designer is actually a scientist! Also notice the necklaces are captured in the cork test tubes I just love it. You can visit the Uncorked Etsy shop to see more. Everything is up-cycled and eco friendly too and now they are making rings too. I thought I would show some of their creations off...

Monday, 24 May 2010

The New Zombuki Dolls

Brigitte Coovert is a 29 year old artist from Florida she specialises in customising dolls, I proudly have some postcards with the dolls on my living room wall. You can look at the Zombuki website to see more of her beautiful dolls. In her time she has customised Pullip, Dal, Blythe and kokeshi dolls. Here are some of her new design which I love...

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Cheeky Elf & Secret Pen Mountain by A Little Character on Etsy

I found this seller on etsy and I am in love with this cute little elf below it really does have so much character, I also love the secret pen mountain, wouldn't that look cute on a desktop I would think it was amazing anyway but the fact it has a secret pen really appeals to me it's the most extravagant pen in the world which I love!! visit the Etsy shop "A Little Character" to see more creations by this talented seller.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

LOTR Fan made a Dollhouse Replica of Bilbo Baggins House...

Maddie Chambers Is the talented creator of this beautiful doll's house she is obviously a massive LOTR's fan. Believe it or not she was actually going to only make a hill with a round door but she decided to go the whole hog and made the whole house with all the rooms and belongings herself apart from a few pieces of furniture. I think she is seriously talented I can't wait to see what else she makes since she said she has now found what she loves doing. Visit her blog for more info and also some more photo's of this gorgeous little house.

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