Tuesday, April 23, 2013

H&M again.

H&M Homepage
The seamstress at the Cambodian textile factories - where H & M makes purchases, has gotten worse conditions. Despite the action program, the working conditions remain poor. A new report reveals child labour and lower wages. - It is written, how long we can visit the toilet. If it takes more than five minutes, we get a warning, saying a seamstress to TV4. (Source)
The seamstress real wage has been lowered by 16% since year 2000 and is expected to drop by 30% by next year. H&M does not answer questions about why the workers are getting worse conditions rather than better though H&M knows it's an issue and refers to their homage.

The article also says that H&M is not alone in the import of clothes from Cambodia, though they are the largest importer (in Sweden). I'd like to know who the others are. It's not OK no matter who does it.

As for H&M, a pretty homepage with good looking claims does not change the reality that the workers in Cambodia is treated terribly. They claim that they as a company is "Councious" and that "our vision is that all business operations shall be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable". To know about a problem and not doing something to fix it does not fit in that picture.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons
I've been reading about Rehtaeh Parsons and I find it very upsetting. What should never happen has happened again. A teenager was driven to suicide because of internet harassment. Once again it's not as much the act of the idiots that first hurt her that's driven her to suicide but the way others have harassed her because of it.

Being raped is bad enough. That the rapists took photos is even worse. Still it's what came after that that is really sick. They posted photos online and was not stopped. People should have hated them for what they did, but they hated her. 

What's wrong with people?

Any sane person would have told the rapists just what kind of idiots they are and then sent the photos and other information to the police. Instead they harassed Rehtaeh until she had to go to another school, and then they harassed her there too. It's sick!

There are many like her out there. Youths that are being bullied and harassed for something that's not their fault. I wish that people who know about the harassment will grow some backbone and stand up for what's right. It will not heal the wounds already made but it will prevent the making of deadly wounds in the future. 

It's snowing again

This winter seems so endless, every time it feels as if it's finally over it just starts all over again. Just like the leak in the garage roof. A couple of warm days showed that it's not over either. After all the work (and money) we spent on fixing it last year, it's still leaking.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dennis Wilson - River Song

I love this song. Animal Planet is using part of it in their commercial for Wild Hawaii.