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Saturday, August 10, 2019

A story I dare the Washington Post to report



The Guardian reported, "Schoolchildren in China work overnight to produce Amazon Alexa devices."

They are as young as 16 and are listed as interns. The newspaper cited interviews with workers and leaked documents from Amazon’s supplier Foxconn.

The Guardian reported, "According to the documents, the teenagers – drafted in from schools and technical colleges in and around the central southern city of Hengyang – are classified as interns, and their teachers are paid by the factory to accompany them. Teachers are asked to encourage uncooperative pupils to accept overtime work on top of regular shifts.

"Some of the pupils making Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo and Echo Dot devices along with Kindles have been required to work for more than two months to supplement staffing levels at the factory during peak production periods, researchers found. More than 1,000 pupils are employed, aged from 16 to 18.

"Chinese factories are allowed to employ students aged 16 and older, but these schoolchildren are not allowed to work nights or overtime.

"Foxconn, which also makes iPhones for Apple, admitted that students had been employed illegally and said it was taking immediate action to fix the situation."

How fitting that a machine that spies on Americans is made by overworked, underage people in Red China.

The Guardian reported, "A spokesperson for Amazon, which is headed by Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world with a fortune estimated at more than $100 billion, said the company would not tolerate violations of its supplier code of conduct and regularly assessed suppliers, often using independent auditors, to monitor compliance and improvement."

Sure.

If Bezos were so concerned, he would recall all the Alexa spying machines made under these conditions.

Meanwhile his newspaper, the Washington Post, decries the separation of children at our border.

Where is the outcry against the conscription of children to build Jeff Bezos's spying machines?

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds linked the post (thanks) and reminded us, "Democracy dies in darkness."

That's their plan.

23 comments:

  1. Anyone old enough to remember a party line is always just naturally reticent on a phone line.

    But who the hell needs voice command anyway?

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    1. Democrats, that's who. Roll over! Heel! Protest! Riot! Orange Man Bad!

      TarsTarkas

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    2. Spot on, Tarkas.

      Get that left arm straight in the air! Alles Heil Sieg Heil! 2, 4, 6, 8, Organize to smash the state! The same old tired bullshite from a new generation of followers. Ants, really. Or not even ants. The individual has no meaning except as a cell within the body of The Party. Alles Heil.

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    3. >Organize to smash the state!
      Don't you mean organize to expand the state?

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    4. >Ants, really. Or not even ants.

      Piss ants.

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  2. Foxconn and Apple are constant slavers. Now Amazon has joined them. Absolute sleeze. Foxconn persistently cheats in every way it can get away with for as long as possible.

    Apple and other companies that use tech hardware persistently use Foxconn to build in China BECAUSE they know the slavers will work people to death if it takes that to turn out their machines for 1% of the retail price.

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  3. In fairness, those Chinese kids are working right alongside their parents.

    Amazon is doing them a favor. The family gets a third income and they don't have to pay for childcare.

    /snark

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    1. Are you serious why dont you try that your statement is horribly wrong why cant children go be children they have their whole lives to work and 1 chance to be a child it's just incredibly cruel

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    2. Uhhhhhh........

      /snark = /sarc = are you drunk?

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  4. Instalanche Don! At 10:13 pm (EDT I presume). Hope your server can handle it. And nice to know the blogfather reads you.

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    1. He has been kind and encouraging these past, oh, 14 years (including a 2-year absence)

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  5. it's not really spying because people knowingly put these shit-cans in their homes. short sighted in the extreme.

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  6. If you think the government (or Amazon, FB, etc) is spying on you thru your webcam, do what I do.

    I blog and surf naked. (But the judge said I can't answer the door that way anymore)

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    1. Change your fake blog name to:

      IyamEVIL!!!


      Just

      Do

      It!!!

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  7. There used to be a joke about how many Chinese suicides it took to produce an Apple iPhone. It's too shiny for people to care.

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  8. What utter B/S. Only in the west is 16 "children".

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  9. I have been working, at least part time, since the age of 14. I did not, and do not, think of that as some kind of torture as Surber seems to. A job is a big step in becoming a responsible adult.

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    1. Could you quit any of those jobs you had in your teen years?

      Could you decline working overtime in any of those jobs, even if you risked being fired?

      What wages were you paid then, and what were the costs of goods and services you could purchase, then, with your earned wages?

      How much sleep did you get, as n, how much time was available to you to sleep, on a daily basis?

      Part time work covers quite the range of weekly hours.

      Was your part time = less than 8 hours per day? Less than 6 hours per day? Less than 5? 4? 3?

      And per week? Under 40 hours per 7 days? Under 30? Under 20?

      Your past experience does not = anyone's present experience.



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  10. Surveillance device disguised as an appliance made by Communists built by child labor sold to Americans to expose themselves to government monitoring, you can't make this stuff up

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  11. Like the WaPo is going to do actual journalism. They're too busy being JournoList's to do that.

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  13. What kinda fool would put a listening device in their own home fully knowing its potential for mischief? What kinda fool uses Google Chrome fully knowing it is tracking and recording every website your visit and every purchase you make?

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  14. I've been saying for 20 years we are fools for buying China's cheap crap made with slave labor, so they can get rich and kick our butt. That is, after all, the Chicom long term plan.

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