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February 28, 2010

Apple admits Using Child Labour

Apple has admitted that child labour was used at the factories that build its computers, iPods and mobile phones. At least eleven 15-year-old children were discovered to be working last year in three factories which supply Apple. The company did not name the offending factories, or say where they were based, but the majority of its goods are assembled in China.

Posted by cat at 09:34 PM

February 21, 2010



Two years ago, Colleen Morgan of Middle Savagery pointed out these amazing tactile maps of the Inuit, "3D wood carvings of the East Greenland coastline, with the details of inlets and islands in sculptural relief. These could be employed by [travelers] at night in conjunction with the stars, feeling your way along the coastline, navigating at an intimate scale." via BLDGBLOG Thanks MB

Posted by cat at 11:37 AM

February 10, 2010

How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America

This is a sunny read...See you around the corner at the pub!! I recommend reading all pages, there's a lot in here, remember 4 pages, click NEXT for more doom

But in fact a whole generation of young adults is likely to see its life chances permanently diminished by this recession. Lisa Kahn, an economist at Yale, has studied the impact of recessions on the lifetime earnings of young workers. In one recent study, she followed the career paths of white men who graduated from college between 1979 and 1989. She found that, all else equal, for every one-percentage-point increase in the national unemployment rate, the starting income of new graduates fell by as much as 7 percent; the unluckiest graduates of the decade, who emerged into the teeth of the 1981–82 recession, made roughly 25 percent less in their first year than graduates who stepped into boom times.

Posted by cat at 10:48 AM

Don't Miss Allyson Mitchell's ‘Hungry Purse; The Vagina Dentata in Late Capitalism’ (2006-7)


At Francis M. Naumann Fine Art and David Nolan Gallery through March 20th ... See previous posting of Allyson's later work here.

Posted by cat at 10:38 AM

February 01, 2010

TONIGHT: An Evening with Jim Finn


Monday, February 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

A brilliant and wickedly satirical mash-up of documentary, fictionalized restaging, and agitprop, Jim Finn’s The Juche Idea (2008) takes as its inspiration and its target the film theories and principles of self-reliance espoused by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Absolutist in the extreme, the Dear Leader’s moviemaking edicts were designed to uphold the “monolithic ideology of the Party.” Finn subjects them to withering parody through genre-defying experimental conceits, incorporating scenes from North Korean melodramas and propaganda films dating back to the 1950s, allusions to the 1978 kidnapping of the late South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok, and absurdist reenactments of English-language lessons from official textbooks. Robert Koehler in Variety writes, “The evidence that current film-making is brimming with original, standard-breaking creations has to include the work of Jim Finn…. To say that [his] films open up new possibilities for satire, ideas, and language isn’t an overstatement.” Finn also presents two recent short films, Dick Cheney in a Cold, Dark Cell (2009) and la loteria (2004–05).

I'm going to this. An interview in Korean here. More here and here.

Posted by cat at 11:32 AM