My life for your profit

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I've been blogging a little about the iPad 2 developments because I've been contemplating getting one.

One of my considerations is whether I wish to support Apple. You must have read in the news that workers at a factory that produces iPads are not treated well, some have become physically disabled or died while working, and some committed suicide. Although it won't be fair to blame Apple for it without blaming the factory owners and managers as well, it's pretty much the workers' lives for Apple's profit.

As I take the Circle MRT line where some workers died while constructing it, it's also their their lives for the transportation company's profit; lives for my convenience. But boycotting the Circle line won't bring those workers to life or give any comfort to their families. So I keep using that line.

I ponder why I'm so dead against animal testing (see my post, The Singapore government supports animal testing) that I would go all the way to Chinatown to buy products not tested on animals and pay more for those products but I'm hesistant to say No to Apple. Perhaps I'm thinking that the other tablet manufacturers also have similar skeletons in their closet that have yet to be revealed. As long as I buy a tablet, I'm already supporting giving up someone's life for some company's profit. But the poor factory workers would be worse off if nobody bought tablets, won't they?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

dun be stupid, buy it n never regret.

it wont make a difference if u dun buy it, unless a million dun buy it.

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym,

What utter nonsense are you writing? So unlike you. Lately, you are losing your usual writing flair and panache!

Why is that?

silli cat

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Thank you for bringing Apple and it's contractor Foxconn to SGs attetion.

Foxconn is the company that makes all iPads for Apple. Foxconn has experienced many suicides at it's facories in the PRC. Recently an explosion at a Hon Hai plant on May 20th, killed three and may impact Apple iPad supplies, according to analysts.
Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/foxconn-explosion-apple-ipad-supply-impact-unclear-dangers-of-combustible-dust/49152

The Chinese are having the same problems that western nations experienced during the industrial revolution. It appears there are few if any students of history on the PRC.

Silli cat, I empathize with Yu-Kym, traveling for ones work puts demands on ones time that one does not experience working from the home office. YK mentioned that internet connections were often slow or unreliable. I was more fortunate with a good connection where I stayed, and was limited by time what I could accomplish online.

David

God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its
proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep,
but permit them to do their work until divinely called to
something higher.


-- Teresa of Avila

Yu-Kym said...

Anon, every person's actions count. If it doesn't matter, we should all continue to kill elephants for their tusks and leopards for their fur, eat shark's fin and tiger penis, stop recycling and conserving energy.

silli cat, just because you don't agree, doesn't make something nonsensical. You should ask yourself what sort of people we have become if we fail to question why some people have to suffer for the profit and convenience of others.

David, I think some people are of the opinion that I earn money when they read my blog or that I have some sort of social obligation to provide entertainment content, therefore they insult me for writing (and not writing)!

Anonymous said...

cannot deny her efforts, she does writes with a good cause and intents...no doubt abt it, sometimes it does give me a thinker abt certain issues she raised..just my 2 cent worth.....

Anonymous said...

Yu-Kym,

The subject matter is not the issue. Certainly we have to question and you are doing a good job of doing so. So again that is not the issue with me.

My critique is you tried to write on a subject but your writing has lost its usual flair and panache and it all came out as a nonsensical incoherent amateurish piece.

It's just that I have seen you write much much better on a variety of subjects.

David,

Of course business travel is never ever the rosy picture that the ignorant paint it out to be. So certainly I emphatise with Yu-Kym and anyone that travel on business that the demands on them are only known to those who are in it. It's seldom ever fun after a while.

But if you are a chief honcho of a big properous corporation, business travel is something else -it is a relative breeze. I know so because I have travelled with my big boss. keke So if you have the ability Yu-Kym, rise up the ladder and you will find it much much easier in the rarified air of luxury business travel with your assistants in tow.

silli cat

David said...

Silli cat,

Only Yu-Kym knows if the company she works for is the place she will want to move up the ladder.

Do not fool yourself about the ease of life in upper management.

Upper managers are tied to a Blackberry and often travel weeks or months at a time. They often have little time for a personal life. Yes they may stay in a better hotel and fly first class, but they have little time or energy to enjoy the perks.

David

Anonymous said...

David,

You are dead wrong. lol The majority of head honchos enjoy a relatively good work life. How do you think so many of them at the top lasts so long. They never seem to get burned out but stay or go from one top job to another.

I am not saying that there are no great pressures on the top job...that is being stupig. But the pressures are not incessant and unending except maybe for the poor President of the USA. lol But these are pressures the very able can handle and couple with the perks of the job and their inherent ability to manage and balance their work with their time, these top notchers have it easier than those below.

Of course there are those that fall by the wayside, but these are more because of failures of some kind rather than they got burnt out or die on the job. Although some less able to cope do so inevitably. lol

The persons I most admire are the Presidents of the USA and the Prime Ministers of Singapore. These ppl almost always sprout grey hairs all over their heads within a year or two on the job. Yet they thrive. Why? Coz if you can handle the pressures of the job, other perks balances out the negatives. Overall, it is still a job to go for if one has the passion to serve or give back to society...although a thankless one for a Prime Minister especially in Singapore.

Of course Yu-Kym should not limit to climbing the ladder in her current firm...her employer dont owe her a living neither does she. So she should advance where she thinks fit.

And maybe then, she will get back the time and resources to write with more flair and panache like before. Think her blogs have suffered since she took up full time employment.

But I am happy if she is happy.

silli cat

peter said...

congrats on listening to your conscience and writing about the conundrum of social responsibility vs. convenience. it all starts with one person and it all ends with one person. the only people who can make a difference is those who are willing to act at the risk of sacrifice. the bottom line is ,, what can you live with when you look in mirror? thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

"The majority of head honchos enjoy a relatively good work life. How do you think so many of them at the top lasts so long. They never seem to get burned out but stay or go from one top job to another"

In Sillypore, that may be the case of you lick Pee-And-poo's arse all your life.

But Time is changing, even the Old Fart & Chook-Dong lost their jobs.

Anonymous said...

Peter,

Commendable, much of what you say. But unfortunately many including me can look in the mirror and still live with what they see. It's far from the kind of world we want.

Eg Yu-Kym's social responsibility is far from a conundrum in this case. It's also not a sacrifice, it's a convenient excuse and hypocritical conscience! A farcical social responsibility!

Con-Mic,

next time come up with something new k? you are getting tiresomely boring. zzzzzzzzz

silli cat

Anonymous said...

haha Con-Mic,

You are way down there in your underground hole rotting and we are up above ground living.

No wonder you still have so much frustration, envy and angst. The PAP must have done you a lot of bad stuff huh? Poor Con-Mic lol

Sorri, i just simply cant resist poking fun at your misery. So cruel of me. Tsk Tsk..lol

Ok I have had enough fun. I shall stop. Promise no more looking down upon you. Getting tiresome to always belittle you poor condemned fella. lol

silli cat

David said...

Silli cat,

Me thinks you have been influenced by to many movies and tv dramas.

Stereotypes of high level executives can range from the noble, compasionate rag to riches type and on the opposite extreme the at any price person, using every means including unethical and dirty tricks to climb the ladder of success.

For every Buffet, Gates, Larry Ellison, Yang Huiyan, Philip Ng, or Ho Ching, you will find thousands who attempted the coporate climb.

The cost to those not ready or willing to sacrifice family time, or personal time takes a toll.

Access to private jets, island retreats and exclusive clubs is likely great fun.

The personality required to achieve such success is rare.

I know I do not have such talent or skill.

Am I frustrated or angry?

No. I am happier now living a modest and enjoyable life.

I have most everything I need.

Notice I did not claim to have everything I want.

Need is very different from wants.

Think about the above and let me know what you think.

David

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

Francis Bacon

Anonymous said...

David,

I admire much of what you are - a decent and good human being. Not an animal like that poor fella Con-Mic.

Me thinks too you are the luckiest man in the world. Contentment is everything. Not like that luckless and frustrated you know who fella.

But me believe also that ignorance is bliss. So I am happy you are happy.

silli cat

Anonymous said...

Why does sillicat hates con-mic so much? Looking down on ppl like that. Sillicat, judging from your posts, were u bullied, beaten up during childhood by other kids? This must be a way to vent your anger, so much resentment.

Anonymous said...

yes Con-Mic, i was torn to pieces since i was a baby and still am being torn to pieces now. haha lol

No Con-Mic, I dont hate you. I find you very funny lol

silli cat