Apple's Dark Side: The Human Costs of...

Apple's Dark Side: The Human Costs of the iPad

There are 138 comments on the www.nytimes.com story from Jan 26, 2012, titled Apple's Dark Side: The Human Costs of the iPad. In it, www.nytimes.com reports that:

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While Apple are enjoying record profits this past quarter, Apple's factories in China routinely put workers in danger, with horrifying consequences. The New York Times reports that in the past year, four people died from burns and many others were injured in two explosions at Apple's factories.

A former Apple executive admits,

Most people would still be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.

Your take: Will this news change anything? Or do most people care more about a new iPhone than about workers in China?

Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.nytimes.com.

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“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#1 Jan 26, 2012
As with any product, whether it's chemically made, snapped together, intricate design parts soldered or wood carved. There is a chance a worker will get hurt, whether by chemical burns, slip of a knife, fingers pinched and eyesight problems due to mini componets set in chips. Always...a risk. But will that stop a purchase, Nah, gotta see, gotta have...mine. They figure these folks picked their jobs and are getting paid..not their concern.
Tony

Broken Arrow, OK

#2 Jan 26, 2012
Apple doesn't care any stinking employees because they are replaceable. Apples says we only care about profits not people. American capitalism at it's greatest.
Apple must be related to the Koch brothers.
Gravediggers

United States

#3 Jan 26, 2012
Tired of reading crap like this. Don't like Job's politics but just damn tired of this crap.

Job's own stubborn ideas caused his death. No one knew better than Steve, his own God, when it came to curing his cancer.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#4 Jan 26, 2012
Tony wrote:
Apple doesn't care any stinking employees because they are replaceable. Apples says we only care about profits not people. American capitalism at it's greatest.
Apple must be related to the Koch brothers.
... he says as he sends this from his iPad 2 while talking on his iPhone...

Since: Feb 11

Reality

#5 Jan 26, 2012
Wow.. I never knew this. I feel for the families of the victims.

Typical big business that doesn't give a sh*t about it's workers.:(
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#6 Jan 26, 2012
Capitalism in a communist country. Anything is possible. They say that Steve Jobs created 700,000
in China, mostly employees working for peanuts living in restrictive dormitories. Free enterprise at it's finest.
Your Ex

United States

#7 Jan 26, 2012
Feel better about your Apple, nuts to Steve Jobs
http://greenpois0n.com/...

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#8 Jan 26, 2012
Well DUH!!!! Just how do you think your i-phones & i-pods & i-crapola are affordable? Manufacture them in America and no one could afford them.

Once again the SHEEPLE act like sweatshop labor overseas is such a big shocker to them.

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#9 Jan 26, 2012
Colorado Chick wrote:
As with any product, whether it's chemically made, snapped together, intricate design parts soldered or wood carved. There is a chance a worker will get hurt, whether by chemical burns, slip of a knife, fingers pinched and eyesight problems due to mini componets set in chips. Always...a risk. But will that stop a purchase, Nah, gotta see, gotta have...mine. They figure these folks picked their jobs and are getting paid..not their concern.
You don't sound too concerned yourself.

“Stop the Brain Rot”

Since: Jan 12

Take a Looonng Vacation

#10 Jan 26, 2012
Apple's products should be boycotted until they can come up with American level of safety standards in their foreign factories. I know I will not buy an Apple until this garbage ENDS.

Politicians who made it possible, both Dem and Repub, also deserve criticism. This is the flip side of 'let's send our jobs out of the country so we can import cheap s--t.'
SEE HOW THAT WORKS

New York, NY

#11 Jan 26, 2012
Gary wrote:
Capitalism in a communist country. Anything is possible. They say that Steve Jobs created 700,000
in China, mostly employees working for peanuts living in restrictive dormitories. Free enterprise at it's finest.
They make em and you buy em.
Your Ex

United States

#12 Jan 26, 2012

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#13 Jan 26, 2012
NPR did amazing reporting on this, based on the embedded reporter who spoke on air for the story.

Just remember folks, this is not just Apple- it's Walmart, Target, Cargill, auto compaines, HUNDREDS of AMERICAN businesses lying down with communists and impinging on the human rights of THOUSANDS who are expolited daily for their labor, then tossed aside.

This is the same worker model the Republican Fascist Right wishes to unroll here- company towns where slave labor is allowed to live, work, play, attend church, get sick, and die- all within the walls of the gulag.

Vote Republican, and you vote THIS for America's future.
HUH

New York, NY

#14 Jan 26, 2012
Hmm, this math doesn't compute!
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#15 Jan 26, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Well DUH!!!! Just how do you think your i-phones & i-pods & i-crapola are affordable? Manufacture them in America and no one could afford them.
Once again the SHEEPLE act like sweatshop labor overseas is such a big shocker to them.
You are probably right. Arbeit Macht Frei.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#16 Jan 26, 2012
Caribou Barbie wrote:
NPR did amazing reporting on this, based on the embedded reporter who spoke on air for the story.
Just remember folks, this is not just Apple- it's Walmart, Target, Cargill, auto compaines, HUNDREDS of AMERICAN businesses lying down with communists and impinging on the human rights of THOUSANDS who are expolited daily for their labor, then tossed aside.
This is the same worker model the Republican Fascist Right wishes to unroll here- company towns where slave labor is allowed to live, work, play, attend church, get sick, and die- all within the walls of the gulag.
Vote Republican, and you vote THIS for America's future.
The really maddening part is that the US government was
giving tax breaks to corporations who moved their manufacturing operations to other countries.
Subsidizing the export of American jobs. Un-effing-believable!

“Angry Antlers ”

Since: Sep 08

Miami

#17 Jan 26, 2012
Gary wrote:
<quoted text>
The really maddening part is that the US government was
giving tax breaks to corporations who moved their manufacturing operations to other countries.
Subsidizing the export of American jobs. Un-effing-believable!
That was done by Republicans to bust unions, and demoralize the working class.

Repealing the minimum wage is next on ther agenda once they've finished off the right of freedom of assembly.

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

Since: Mar 11

Rockin' USA ;)

#18 Jan 26, 2012
tha Professor wrote:
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You don't sound too concerned yourself.
What do you expect..that every single person should "Stop" and pause for a moment of prayer, that the workers in China where they Apple products are made..get some relief. I don't mean to sound callous, but this is an issue to be taken up with China's Govt..after all Apple relocated here...jobs taken away from American citizens.If America can build cars...why NOT these Ipads? Apple has to answer to the Chinese lawyers...not really our concern.

Since: Feb 11

Hong Kong

#19 Jan 26, 2012
Why do USA think that they can impose their ways on everyone else in world. USA need to stay in USA and stop immediately tell everyone how to do business.
BeepBeepImaJeep

Baton Rouge, LA

#20 Jan 26, 2012
Iphones suck!!!!! Android is soooooo much better.

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