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Monday, November 12, 2007

Who Should Be Responsible for Toy Recalls

Forbes just published a commentary by Alan G. Hassenfeld, chairman and CEO of Hasbro. His words may reflect some facts:
--Misconception: China is one of the main culprits in all these recalls; it is their fault that our children are in danger.
--Fact: That is simply not true. Companies manufacture, import and sell products; countries do not. The Consumer Product Safety Commission rightly holds those who order the toys and bring them into the country responsible for the safety of those toys. Equally important is the fact that about 74% of the toys recalled were for design-related issues, not manufacturing-related ones. The designs are the primary responsibility of those who order the toys, not only of those who manufacture them. Let us take responsibility for our actions and not blame others.

--Misconception: China is responsible for the loss of American jobs in the toy industry.
--Fact: Again, not true; China is simply the latest country where production has concentrated so that its cheaper labor costs can translate into lower prices to consumers. Toy production started moving out of the United States over 50 years ago, going first to Japan, then to Taiwan and Korea and other Asian countries. It was in the mid-1980s that China began its export of toys.



Another study written by Professor Paul W. Beamish of the University of Western Ontario, Hari Bapuji and Andre Laplume, both of the University of Manitoba, also proved that China-made toys are at least as safe as any other countries, or even better. The toys made in other countries are even more likely caused by the manufacturing process, unlike in China, more likely caused by design faults.

In 2004, four firms recalled 150 million pieces of toy jewelery made in India because they contained excessive amounts of lead. In 2002, approximately 75,000 South Korean-made pedal-cars, retailing at between 100 to 300 US dollars, were recalled because of their high lead content, says the study.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You described what happened in the feudal Tibet.
Compare with what did Chinese with Tibetans after "peaceful liberation" (source: http://www.subliminal.org/tibet/testimony/torture-in-east-tibet.html)

TORTURE IN EASTERN TIBET (1962-1967)
This is a personal eyewitness account of the Chinese use of torture in Tibet as told by a person who was "intimately connected with the Chinese machineries which inflicted them."

"During the years of 1962 to 1967, the Chinese authorities carried out a major campaign of education for political orientation of the broad masses. During this campaign, many innocent Tibetans were branded as criminals and subjected to brutal persecusions. I am going to present here an enumerative account of such persecutions insofar as what I actually saw — and which were widely experienced — and heard in the nomadic region of Rebghong as a case example.
"The targets of the campaign were those who manifested steadfast adherence to religious belief, those who expressed concern and respect for human rights, and learned scholars who had, before Chinese occupation of Tibet, belonged to rich families. There were, at least, 33 different types and methods of dealing with, and inflicting tortures on such criminals. These I enumerate hereunder.

Literally wrapping the prisoner in chain and subjecting him to indiscriminate beatings with whatever came in hand, irrespective of whichever part of the body they fell upon. Invariably the prisoner used to fall to the ground after each successive barrage of such beatings. And while detained in prison, which were always dark and solitary, they were fed but very sparsely.

Tying up the prisoner with rope and parading him before an enforced gathering of members of the pugblic, and thereby, by requiring them to chide, condemn and abuse him, trying to create disaffection amongst Tibetans.

Suspending the prisoner upside-down in the air by his legs with his hands tied behind him.

Beating the prisoner so thoroughly and indiscriminately from head to toe that it becomes impossible thereafter to make out the proper contours of the victim's body.

To call a mod gathering of communist loving Tibetans in the night and get them to pounce upon the prisoner so as to brutally pull out all his hair from his head.

To call a gathering of young people — of so called People's Army — and getthem to lash [flog ] the prisoner.

To collect a gathering of manifestly poor Tibetans and get them to slap the prisoner one by one.

Hitting the joints of the ankles is especially targetted.

To call a gathering of young militiamen, consisting of intellectually dull youths, and get them to pull the prisoner apart by his four limbs from four different directions.

Burying both of the prisoner's legs in the ground and then forcibly trying to pull him out.

Making the prisoner to stand up with his hands stretched out over a prolonged period of time.

Making the prisoner to bend down with his arms stretched backwards and to remain in that position over a long period of time.

Making the prisoner to stand on a boulder in the middle of a river and, in that position, to maintain undiverted attention to his perennial flow [sic? ]

Burying the prisoner up o the level of his navel in the ground, covering down the upper part of his body from head downwards with wet animal skin which is rendered airtight by being pressed to the ground on all side with stones, and then keeping the spot under guard by militiamen.

Blindfolding the prisoner and setting him aflame.

Suffocating the prisoner to death by stifling his breath.

Oiling the hairs in the region about the mouth and putting them [to the ] torch.

Inclining the prisoner's head in a downward slanting position with his legs stretched apart in between which another person is made to straddle and, thus, to beat and press him down at the same time. One Choedo died as a direct result of it.

Making the prisoner to sit on a mattress [a Bhelden, a white woolen mattress widely used in Tibet ] spread on the ground and forcing him to continuously gulp down a dilute kind of black tea without any permission to allow him to relieve himself of the ever accumulating fluidity in his stomach and the stress on his kidneys. Because of this, today Lobsang Dhargyal, Johe, Lhasung, Wangdak and Chu-ghe, who had all been subjected to this ill-treatment, are crippled but worse, Choedo, Trinley, Namkha Kyab, Gedun, the old father of Choekyong, and Choelo's father all died in result thereof.

Making a gathering of people to beat drums and strike cymbals as the prisoner is tied up to the back of a wild yak which then bolts with a start, dragging the prisoner along its way.

Perforating the prisoner's skin with needle pricks.

Exposing the prisoner to the freezing winter cold. One Wangchen, who had been subjected to it, is now physically unfit.

Making the prisoner to squat naked on the ground amidst heavy snowfall.

Preventing the prisoner from getting any sleep over a number of days.

Making the prisoner to kneel down over an assortment of broken pieces of bones.

Literally called 'Tying-up-with-a-stick', or Yug-pe Kyig-pa in the native tongue, it is a most brutal method which defies easy description. It involves the use of a cane of stick which is kept on the back of the prisoner's neck along his shoulders, tying up both of his hands along the two ends of it, and then slinging both of his legs as well across it, each on the opposite sides and thus tying them up and then taunting and torturing him. All this was frequently resorted to before a large gathering of people at a place called Mheshul.

Making the prisoner to stand up outside all day long during the first three months of the year [the coldest ].

When it is very hot, making the prisoner to stand in the sun with his head covered with furred animal skin.

Making the prisoner to sit on a horseback which is then given a wild chase.

Debarring the prisoner from any cloth [i.e. — permanent forced nudity ]. One Shilo Kyi, a female, was subjected to it.

To make a gathering of people to continuously hit the prisoner towards each other and thus pass him amongst them.

To penetrate both the nostrils of the prisoner with fingers which are driven right through to reach the depth of the cheeks inside the mouth which at once strikes him to the ground.

Making the prisoner to ride a Kyang without any clothes on when it is extremely cold.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject is what the Dalai clique is capable of. Don't diverge from the subject, do the people want to return to the Dalai's culture of feudalism.
This will happen if the Daalai clique becomes boss. they are shown very capable of this, by the way they organise the anti-china olympic torch. Lies that it is peaceful by burning killing and rioting. Beware of sweet words by "Ocean of Wisdom", backed by some western media.

6:53 PM  

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