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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Every Dangerous Recalled Toy Made In China

Not content with killing our pets and poisoning our food supply, now China is going after our kids. The number of toys recalled for safety has doubled in the past five years, and every one of the 24 kinds of toys recalled in the United States this year was MADE IN CHINA. Toys with poison paint, rubber toys filled with kerosene -- even Al Qaeda couldn't pull off a sustained attack like this. Slavery, repression, genocide, environmental destruction, slaughter of endangered animals, IP theft, industrial espionage, censorship, corruption -- has the world had enough yet? Is there a movement afoot to BOYCOTT CHINA?

Comments:

Anonymous Bruce said...

I applaud your tireless efforts to raise awareness about the Chinese. Let's hope it's not in vain!

Thursday, June 21, 2007 6:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

By the time your government and by some extent your whole country will be interested only in profit and dollars, do you really think it will boycott China???

What about Walmart poluting your own country, not willing to do the necessary not to have US women rapped in WM parking lots, etc...

Mike I love your column and I agree with your comments about China, but wat about first focusing on your own country shit!?!?!

In French we would say "first clean in front of your own door".

A swiss reader.

Friday, June 22, 2007 6:36:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

***** By the time your government and by some extent your whole country will be interested only in profit and dollars, do you really think it will boycott China??? *****

No, sadly, I don't think there will be any significant boycott of China in the United States.

Lenin was wrong about almost everything, but one thing he was right about: A capitalist will sell you the rope you would use to hang him (or something like that).

That's what's happening with China -- they get away with murder because there's oh, so much money to be made there.

That's why when the Taliban destoyed giant Buddhist statues, everyone went nuts. But when China distroyed a giant Buddhist statue recently (http://travel.canoe.ca/Travel/News/2007/06/16/4266082-ap.html), hardly anyone cares. It's disgusting.

Regarding rape at Wal-Mart, I don't know what you're talking about. When I think about what's wrong with Wal-Mart, parking lot sex crimes don't come to mind.

***** Mike I love your column and I agree with your comments about China, but wat about first focusing on your own country shit *****

That's my intent exactly. China's crimes are aided and abetted by us -- we put low price above all other considerations, and the result is poison toys, dead pets and toxic food from China.

The primary victims of China's communist government, of course, are the people of China. We in the U.S. send our best companies over there (Microsoft, Yahoo, Google) to help that repressive regime jail pro-democracy advocates and censor the Internet.

That happens because too many people in the United States generally don't give a damn about human rights, health -- or anything, really -- when there's money to be made.

Mike

Friday, June 22, 2007 8:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad that the very poor of the world are used in this way. America is a huge market and if the ball starts to roll to boycott china it will make a huge impact. We are building our own bad karma by buying their goods. Here we have the grandchildren of slaves going to wallmart and buying stuff made by slaves. Our country would be smart to invest in Mexico and not china. I say yes, BOYCOTT china yesterday!!!!

Saturday, June 23, 2007 6:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Ignacio said...

Lets see... From the story linked:

"China today is responsible for about 60 percent of all product recalls"

Sound like a lot, right?

"Much of the rise in China’s ranking on the recall list has to do with its corresponding surge as the world’s toy chest: toys made in China make up 70 to 80 percent of the toys sold in the country, according to the Toy Industry"

So, the level of recalls corresponding to China are *below* the average from the other countries:they make 70 to 80% of the toys, yet from the total of recalls less than 60% correspond to China, which means that the remaining 20 to 30% of the non-chinese products are responsible for 40% of the recalls. In other words, *non-chinese products* have a level of recalls *twice as high* as those made in China.

Of course, don't get that get in the way of a sensationalist story.

(PS: yes, playing devil's advocate here ;)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

*** Reply to Ignacio: ***

The article isn't as clear as it could be on this point.

China is responsible for 100% of toy recalls and 60% of recalls in all product categories.

There's nothing sensationalistic about the New York Times story, nor my blog post.

Mike

Wednesday, June 27, 2007 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Phil,

Many of us are "doing something about it". I am boycotting toys Made in China and have created a website and campaign that is quickly gaining a large following. Americans are tired of the substandard quality of products and would pay top dollar for products made in America. Why aren't corporations listening is beyond me - perhaps because most of such corporations are not even controlled by Americans. Yes. I agree. OUr capitalistic society created this beast - and now it is time to either control it or get rid of it. I am boycotting toys made in CHina and will bring my campaign to Congress. Thanks for pointing this out - we are listening and not every American enjoys Wal-MArt!

Friday, August 10, 2007 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget about forcing late-term abortions!! This slaughter on innocents cannot be tolerated. I am boycotting Chinese made goods indefinitely.

Saturday, June 21, 2008 2:12:00 PM  

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