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9:00 // 11 months ago
March 29, 2012
That’s Apple’s Tim Cook. Visiting a Foxconn production line in Zhengzhou, China. Not many details known about his visit yet, but basically the Apple CEO is in the midst of some PR cleanup after a string of controversial reports about Apple’s manufacturing processes — some of which have been proven somewhat suspect. (photo by Bowen Liu/Apple Inc., via Bloomberg News)

That’s Apple’s Tim Cook. Visiting a Foxconn production line in Zhengzhou, China. Not many details known about his visit yet, but basically the Apple CEO is in the midst of some PR cleanup after a string of controversial reports about Apple’s manufacturing processes — some of which have been proven somewhat suspect(photo by Bowen Liu/Apple Inc., via Bloomberg News)

10:09 // 2 years ago
September 15, 2011
pol102:

Employment: Defending jobs | The Economist
Looking for a job? These are the world’s top ten employers. Welcome to the new global economy.

So, to put this another way: Pick your poison — communism, socialism, military, Big Macs or iPhones. (Hon Hai is better known as Foxconn, the company that builds many of Apple’s products.) It’s fascinating to see this in perspective.

pol102:

Employment: Defending jobs | The Economist

Looking for a job? These are the world’s top ten employers. Welcome to the new global economy.

So, to put this another way: Pick your poison — communism, socialism, military, Big Macs or iPhones. (Hon Hai is better known as Foxconn, the company that builds many of Apple’s products.) It’s fascinating to see this in perspective.

19:51 // 2 years ago
September 8, 2011
We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere. If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate every other country on Earth.
We’re not doing a great job of that so far. (more here)
19:30 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2011

World population is growing really, really fast

  • 12% of everyone who’s ever lived is alive today source
22:45 // 3 years ago
November 29, 2010

On Globalization – both culturally and economically

kahzaa answered: Issues with globilization?

» We say: Our thought is that there’s more good about a globalized culture than bad, though obviously it isn’t perfect. Westernized culture has taken over the world in a lot of ways, but the results haven’t whitewashed other cultures entirely. Our favorite way of thinking about this is how things like cell phones, Facebook and Twitter have caught on with other cultures, while leaving the heart of those cultures intact. Economically, though, we have fundamental issues with the way that many corporations have used a global economy to reach their means. We grew up in the Midwest – we saw what the decline of the domestic auto industry did to Michigan. And there is a tinge of guilt every time we read about the way Chinese workers who build iPhones get treated. It’s unrealistic, though, to think that we can do things the way we did them 60 years ago while being able to buy crap from Wal-Mart at insanely cheap prices. Free markets and free trade are great and all, but there’s room for an ethical approach.  (It’s our Office Hours! Ask us a question!)

23:17 // 3 years ago