It’s not enough that Henry Blodget runs one of the worst of the internet’s link bait farms, but he attached his own byline to a ridiculous story and premise.
The BBC traced Apple’s supply chain back to its roots and found that, among other things, tin used in iPhones comes from dangerous mud mines in Indonesia that employ and kill children and that Chinese people who assemble iPhones work such long hours that they occasionally fall asleep on the job.
Wow. Workers that fall asleep on the job. What’s next? Members of congress falling asleep on the job. Wait. What?
But as you go around wagging your finger at Apple today, be honest about your own contribution to this problem. Today’s economy is global. Some of the people who make the products you use every day have jobs and lives that you would consider appalling. You know this. You just fortunately don’t have to think about it very often. You are also choosing to continue buying these products, even though you know what goes into them.
So, let’s stop eating fruit, vegetables, fish, poultry, beef because the working conditions of workers in those industries is appalling. Stop driving cars because they contain metals from third world countries.
What’s next? Friendly relations with communist Cuba to match the friendly relations with oil producing and repressive Saudi Arabia?