From BBC NEWS:
"Apple Computer has said a report of labour conditions at its iPod plant in China found workers did more than 60 hours a week a third of the time.
Staff making the world's most popular MP3 player also worked more than six consecutive days 25% of the time.
Apple said the hours were 'excessive' and said its supplier would now be enforcing a 'normal' 60-hour week."
I also had occasion to spend the evening with someone who works at the port of Los Angeles who told me that freight container traffic has increased 40% over the last two years. That's a mind-boggling rate of growth, but what he told me next really made my jaw hit the floor: once a container enters the U.S. it never leaves! It's cheaper for the Chinese to manufacture a new container than it is to ship an empty container back!
I wonder where all the containers end up. There must be quite a stack of them now. At least a few of them are being made into buildings. Maybe this is the answer to our homeless problem?
wow. i was talking to some indian people recently who were saying that china can undercut even india; so even india imports lots of stuff from china.
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