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This Is Just Depressing

The Associated Press has a report out indicating that: Crucifixes allegedly made in Chinese sweatshops.

Crucifixes were once made in monasteries, and if you were looking for something special you would buy the ones with olive wood from Israel. You could also buy them from Christian craftspeople at church bazaars in the South. These were articles of faith as much as craft, and they usually came from long family traditions.

Apparently the profit margin is more important and they are made, like most other things, in China, by workers who have no idea what they are working on, only that they must produce so many every day.

You really have to wonder who thought this was a good idea? Did they ever read the story about the people who were required to make bricks without straw by their boss?

November 20, 2007   8 Comments

Hello? Is There Anyone Out There?

Update: CBS News has a piece on Apalachicola: Florida’s Oyster Industry Drying Up?

FallenMonk is rightfully a bit concerned about the drought in Georgia, and is interested in knowing: What’s the Plan?

Other than hold a prayer meeting for rain, the only other idea would seem to be shutting down the outflow on the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers which would reduce the flow of Florida’s Apalachicola River to a trickle, and shut down several hydroelectric plants.

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November 20, 2007   2 Comments

A Personnel Disaster

In the last century relatively few people were actually affected by a new administration. Normally only the top two or three levels of management were political appointees, with the mass of people being career government service people. This all changed with the Hedgemony which turned back the clock to the days before civil service reform and made every possible appointment and job political.

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November 20, 2007   2 Comments

Bad News – Not So Bad News

The US isn’t the only one losing peoples data, as reported by the BBC: UK’s families put on fraud alert

Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.

The Child Benefit data on them includes name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25m people.

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November 20, 2007   Comments Off on Bad News – Not So Bad News