Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Toxic Nation

Quite apropos statement one picture can make isn't it?

I have to laugh at the pure folly capitalism provides with the relentless pursuit of the almighty profit. The USA has become a nation of pillagers and plunderers for profit, no matter what it takes there must be PROFIT! Cannot make it, cannot sell it, unless there is PROFIT!

So here we sit with our offspring full of lead from toys, pets dead because of melamine in their food, toxic toothpaste, and on and on. Our corporate gurus in the relentless pursuit of profit have sold us down the river for a few bucks and a Thursday golf game.

There is an story in Time about consumers view of goods from China in a Zogby Poll:

"82% concerned about buying goods from China. Survey finds that while 69% believe non-food products from China are safe, just 30% are as confident about food imported from China. The recent warnings and recalls about toxic toothpaste, tainted pet food, contaminated seafood and lead paint-laced toys from China haven't gone unnoticed by American consumers - the vast majority of Americans (82%) said they are concerned about purchasing goods from China in the wake of many media reports about faulty goods from that country, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows."

Well take that Mr. Bigshot Corporatista! Your little plan for a lifetime of excessive profit is grinding to a halt.

Remember when stuff made in the good old USA was quality made and would last many years? (You must be over 40 to do so) Union Made meant that the product you were buying was built with American skilled and trained workers? Then Japan got in on the action, pretty soon our quality was put to shame by Japanese products and in some areas still is. Unions are gone and so are jobs, cast aside for cheap stuff from China.

I blame Wally Mart in part for their predatory business practices; move in town and run the Mom and Pop stores out, prop up a mega store and move the Chinese goods in.
Well Wally Mart, guess your stores are taking a financial hit:

UPDATE: Wal-Mart Stock Drops After Retailer Cuts Earnings Forecast

By Jennifer Waters

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. saw its shares drop more than 5% Tuesday after the retailer said its earnings performance for the rest of the fiscal year will face continuing pressure from global economic woes.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart (WMT) , the largest retailer in the world, said it made $3.11 billion, or 76 cents a share, for the three months ended July 31, compared with a profit of $2.08 billion, or 50 cents, generated during the year-ago second quarter.


Tsk, Tsk, suddenly the profits are shrinking, and it's not over yet.

With doctors warning parents in possession of the lead paint infested toys to have their children checked for lead poisoning:

CDC officials urged parents worried that their children may have ingested lead paint on toys to get them tested for lead levels in their blood.

"There is no acceptable level of lead exposure for a child," CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said on Tuesday.

"If the parent is concerned, we encourage them to have their child screened for lead exposure."

Lead is more dangerous to children than adults because it can harm the developing brain, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems, among other things.

A single large dose can cause a medical emergency, but experts said it is more common for lead poisoning to build up gradually over time amid repeated exposure to tiny amounts.

Yahoo News

And to top it all off China actually threatened to toss us into economic crisis called the "Nuclear Option":

The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.

Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress.

@ Truthout

Building Nuclear submarines, ICBM's and other weapons of war on the technology our corporatistas GAVE them to build cheap crap at cheap prices is another sickening story of corporate greed for more profit.

Pardon me while I go puke, this story is making me sick.

BUY AMERICAN!!!(if you can)


micki said...

Hajji (from previous thread) -- Ya got that right!!

micki said...

In January 2007, there were Dangerous Candles from Sally Foster; Toxic Overalls from Samarra Brothers; Fire Hazard Heaters from Family Dollar Stores; Bad Wiring In Fans from Holmes Group; Baby Travel Dryers With Electrocution Hazard from Metropolis Beauty; Improperly Wired/Flammable Lamps from Hong Ten Trading.

In February of 2007, we had Overheating DVD Remote Controls from Best Buy; Lead Poisoning Claudia Jublot children’s rings sold at Big Lots stores; Defective Lamps from Currey & Company of Georgia; Lead Jewelry Accessories from Kidsite sold at Kmart; Toxic Jackets with snap closure of lead from Samara Brothers; Lead Bracelets from the “Ultra Gear” brand; Hazardous Toy Batteries that melted and caught fire from JAKKS Pacific ; Lead Children’s Rings from Rachael Rose Kidz.

March 2007, brought Breakable Bike Frames from Target’s Triax PK7 and Vertical PK7 brand names; Dangerous Razor Blades For Kids in Tri Star International’s children’s stationary; Shocking Extension Cords from Dollar Stop Plus; Lead Easels from Discount School Supply’s Elite brand; Lead Children’s Necklaces sold at Accessories Palace; Toxic Paint on Toys R Us Elite Operations toy sets; Lead Mood Necklace children’s jewelry sold by Rhode Island Novelty; Dangerous Sconces from Home Decorators; Lead Paint Baby Toys sold at dollar and other discount stores

April 2007, found Poison Pet Food made in America was killing American pets because two Chinese companies intentionally exported contaminated pet food ingredients to the United States; Flamable Hanukkah Candles from Aviv Judaica Imports ; Oil Heater Fire Hazard from Holmes Group; Flaming Boomboxes from Coby Electronics; Collapsing Baby Seats recalled by Oeuf; Flammable Baby Clothes from the Disney Stores’ Baby Einstein brand; Hazardous Candles from McCormick Distilling Company; Lead Children’s Bracelets from A&A Global Industries; Lead Key Chains from Dollar General Merchandising; Shocking Palm Trees, Pre-lit Palm Trees from iObjectSolutions; Unguarded Blades on Sears “Craftsman” brand. Sears instructed customers to remove the “Craftsman” logo label from their Chinese-made Craftsman Circular Saws so that the label could not become detached and expose the saw blade.

In May of 2007, we dined on Toxic Fish from China as what was labeled as monkfish was actually deadly puffer fish; Tween’s Lead Jewerly from Tween Brands Inc. of New York; Toxic Lead Drums from The Boyds Collection of Pennsylvania in its “Eli’s Small Drums and Liberty’s Large Drums;” Children’s Turquoise and Lead Rings from Cardinal Distributing Company of Maryland; More Lead Children’s Jewelry from Spandrel Sales and Marketing of Arizona; Collapsing Stools from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Lead Bamboo toys manufactured by HaPe International Ltd; Hazardous Grills from Sagittarius Sporting Goods; Toxic Jesus Fish Children’s Necklace from Oriental Trading Company of Nebraska; and Hazardous Candles that were highly flammable from Vivre Royal .

In June of 2007, we purchased Deadly Tires from Tire importer Foreign Tire Sales, based in Union, N.J., shoddily manufactured by Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company resulting in traffic deaths; we may have eaten Tainted Seafood as the FDA detained imports of Chinese catfish, basa, dace, shrimp and eel; Thomas the Toxic Lead Painted Tank Engine Toys arrived from American toy company RC2; Lead Children’s Earrings were sold in Kmart stores; Deadly Cribs ”Nursery-In-A-Box” from Simplicity Inc.; we brushed our teeth with low-priced but Poisonous Toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, which poisons the liver and kidneys and depresses the central nervous system; Lead Butterfly Necklaces for kids from Geocentral; Pier 1 Imports Unexpected Shattering glassware; Collapsing Recliners from Rockingham Deluxe Lounge Chairs; Gateway recalled Laptop Computer Batteries from China.

In July 2007, we have imported Dangerous Hammocks from Danlong Industries which injured several and we continue our importation of lead jewelry for our children “Essential” Lead Jewelry as Future Industries of New Jersey recalled their “Essentials for kids” jewelry.

micki said...

...and August is going to prove to be a blockbuster month for toxic, tainted and low-grade dangerous goods

micki said...

Source for that list above....

micki said...'s one comment in raction to the above list.

Whatever on July 8th, 2007 at 11:39 am

I notice you continually blame the Chinese manufacturer despite the fact that the companies who import or re-brand refuse to test their products.

DEN said...

How about other countries? It’s not just China,

HA! relatively insignificant, doofus!

Go back to Wally Mart, they need the money, tsk, tsk.

DEN said...

Micki, thanks for the hookup on that story. It really lays it out with the HUGE list of inferior crap.

Remember when people knew junk when they saw it?

Now with the proliferation of "Being stupid is OK" people buy stupid crap then cry when is does them harm.

Consumers, get yer asses edumacated!! Dig?

DEN said...

Hollywood could not write this stuff:

The mower "exploded," starting a fire that soon consumed Fendley's home.

Hajji said...

Like, he couldn't have, y'know, moved the mower OUTSIDE before starting it, could he?

I'm sure there's a piece of paper, somewhere warning against the use of lawn mowers inside.

Oh, and the handling of flamable liquids during a raging fire...pure brilliance!

DEN said...

Headline should have read "Bubba and Big Hair Burn Down the Lawnmower, and The House"

DEN said...

Oh boy, good ole David Horowitz, ou there spreading the paranoia.


Right now my knees are rattling like a diesel.


DEN said...

From the above, there is this:

One strong measurement of the effect we're having (and the need for what we do) came in the form of request from the head the FBI-California Highway Patrol Joint Counter-terrorism Task Force who called this week to ask if their group could use our flash video "What Every American Needs to Know About Jihad" as a training film.


Gee a bit too much caffeine and too many donuts and everyone looks like a terrist.

Watch out speeders!

DEN said...

6.5 in the Aleutian Islands, @11:22 PDT, I think the platonic shift is sending the BIG one this way, hope I'm wrong.

DEN said...

Should have said tectonic plate, duh.

DEN said...

Eight House Republicans have called for a boycott of next year’s Olympics in Beijing in a resolution introduced just before the congressional recess.

The resolution criticizes China’s human rights record and compares the 2008 Beijing Games to the 1936 Olympics in Nazi-era Berlin. Those Olympics showed that “the integrity of the host country is of the utmost importance so as not to stain the participating athletes or the character of the Games,” according to the resolution, which is cosponsored by Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Joseph Pitts (Penn.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), John Doolittle (Calif.), Dan Burton (Ind.) Frank Wolf (Va.) and Christopher Smith (N.J.).

The Hill

Hey theres my guy Do-little.

Compares to the 1936 Berlin Olympiad?

Projecting stains again.

David B. Benson said...

Today was a nanoprogress day, but it was progress...

micki said...

Today was a nanoprogress day, but it was progress...

I missed the progress. Could you enlighten me, please?

micki said...

...that is when you have (one billionth of) a second to let us know.

micki said...

Holy macaroni!

Plans by a Christian group to send an evangelical video game to U.S. troops in Iraq were abruptly halted yesterday by the Department of Defense after ABC News inquired about the program.

Operation Start Up (OSU) Tour, an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among soldiers, will not be sending the "apocryphal" video game in care packages as planned, according to the department.

"Left Behind: Eternal Forces" was inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' best-selling book series about the battle of Armageddon, in which believers of Jesus Christ fight the Antichrist.

Alan said...

LMAO @ this quote of James Carville about the Rover...

"If the trends hold, the one thing that we can be sure of is that Mr Rove's political grave will receive no lack of irrigation from future Republicans."