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01-24-2012, 11:14 PM #201
Something else to remember about products like the iPhone. Apple sells them at a profit to telcos. They sell it at a loss and recoup the investment in call minutes and other services. The product is not actually a phone, but the services the phone channels to the consumer. This is true for iPhones, Nook readers, iPads, and all the other consumer gadgets that are based on the kiosk model. What you are buying is a remote terminal to the vendor's store.
That is very different from a general purpose laptop computer or desktop workstation that is actually a terminal to every dot com store on the Internet and much much more.
01-25-2012, 02:30 AM #202
Maybe I'm just lucky or unlucky depending on how you look at it but I've been to several Chinese manufacturing companies and have never seen peasant teenagers working there. Not saying it doesn't happen but on the other hand how old are those that work in say MacDonalds?
01-25-2012, 02:42 AM #203
Originally Posted by Gordon B. Clarke
Maybe Switzerland could give lessons on how to conduct open banking?
And we don't give a flying F*** who our clients are or what crimes they have committed. That they have money is all we care about.
01-25-2012, 02:56 AM #204
What makes me sad though, and you might have seen these kind of factories, are the factories with high fences around, living quarters inside and food sold onsite. All about work, food and sleep - that is tough life; tough enough to fence in it seems. That is not to say they are not improving.
(Unregistered kids not going to school at all might be another issue entirely with regards to working).
01-25-2012, 03:01 AM #205
Most recently: Swiss Authorities Report Seizing Funds From Mubarak, Gaddafi - Forbes
By all means Gordon, spread misinformation. You're good at that.
On the topic of wages, here's a short quote from a Bloomberg article.
While the forum’s Global Risks 2012 report, published this month, describes “severe income disparity” as the world’s top risk over the next 10 years, tied with fiscal imbalances and ahead of greenhouse-gas emissions, the word “inequality” appears only once in the event’s 130- page program, and that’s in the title of a panel about art.
Link here --> Billionaires at Davos Bemoan Inequalities - Bloomberg
01-25-2012, 03:23 AM #206
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01-25-2012, 07:46 AM #208
oh, yeah, that's also after the Swiss have gotten their 'taste':
The Sinister Face Of 'Neutrality' | FRONTLINE | PBS
a leopard doesn't (can't) change it's spots.
01-25-2012, 08:18 AM #209
I have only three on my ignore list, yet almost entire pages of this thread are nearly blank, except for the note that these folks are being ignored!
01-25-2012, 10:19 AM #210
I've been to several Chinese manufacturing companies and have never seen peasant teenagers working there. Not saying it doesn't happen but on the other hand how old are those that work in say MacDonalds?
01-25-2012, 01:35 PM #211
01-25-2012, 03:56 PM #212
There are those that either don't like me or what I post (both?) just as there are those that I think are a waste of space. Even those I disagree with I at least like to know what they think. The alternative I feel is like sticking my head in the sand and risk of getting hit by an 18 wheeler at some point in time.
There are those I agree with some of the time and are the same as I also disagree with some of the time. These are the fun times for discussions and even although I don't always agree with for example John (John Welden) I've never felt insulted by him. I don't even think he's cursed me yet and I know he doesn't always agree with me LOL Take a bow John
The majority of the discussions in PM are what I'd regard as normal workshop banter. Even those that seem to get incensed by some of the posts get just as worked up over nothing where they work. In real life I probably tend to avoid those types more than in here. One thing is reading something I disagree with in here and it's quite another when I have to look at an ugly red face mouthing the words.
01-25-2012, 04:13 PM #213
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01-25-2012, 06:21 PM #215
Gordon, I am sure that you heard about the Danish man and American woman who were rescued in Somolia by US Special Forces. Where were the Danish special forces?
01-25-2012, 08:27 PM #216
Now what has that got to do with, well, anything?
And the logic behind it? If some group of 5 people from different countries had been kindapped all five countries should coordinate and make a mixed special forces troop? Or maybe just one country should act, with people talking the same language and having trained as a group for years?
As for the anti piracy efforts both Denmark and Norway operates in the area, and will of course also help US citiziens.
(That said, to answer your question, I believe most of the Danish special forces are the same place as most of the Norwegian ones; in Afghanistan. Guess once who requested to have them there?)
01-25-2012, 10:35 PM #217
I think its too easy to be a wage arbitrageur. People who lack the ethics to refrain from the practise should have some limit placed upon their activities, and the revenues derived therefrom should be subject to seizure.
You could, for example, tax the snot out of them.
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01-26-2012, 01:06 AM #218
Denmark was advised on the rescue operation before it took place. Without diminishing in any way the great job the US special forces did in Somalia I think you should check who your allies are (and physically present) when fighting around the world The USA isn't fighting those battles alone. Think about the fact that it was a Dane and an American that were kidnapped - not two Americans.
Do you even know the nationality of the secretary general for NATO?
For what it's worth the US special force was highly praised in our media yesterday for what they did
01-26-2012, 10:11 PM #219
please go right ahead
01-26-2012, 10:14 PM #220