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@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 02:53 AM)

@Smokey Nimcombots! You useless hunk of junk wheres my cheese omelet?!!

@  Smokey : (14 February 2016 - 02:32 AM)

Snoo PINGAS usual, I see?

@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 01:52 AM)

Going to try and dress up as AoSTH Robotnik. Only two things I see being had for the costume. The Moustache and the classic yellow target belt thing. May need some help. :drunk

@  Plokatron : (14 February 2016 - 01:40 AM)

Hmmm bit of cool news for me. I'm going to my first Comic Con!! No not the Comicon a comic con in cape girardeau. First Con thats been close enough for me to go to!! Blast it will be.

@  unluckiness : (14 February 2016 - 01:31 AM)

Chromedome aside, it's not like they're doing anything in MTMTE.

@  Whirl Maximus : (14 February 2016 - 01:23 AM)

It just hit me, MTMTE might lose Brainstorm, Chromedome, Fort Max, Rewind, Ravage and Blaster to RiD.

@  Cabooceratops : (13 February 2016 - 11:45 PM)

Decepticons, Transform and Rise Up!

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 08:04 PM)

I'm actually rather fond of the phrase "You are being decieved," to be honest.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 08:03 PM)

"You are being decieved."

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:57 PM)

"Hope is not real"- Scourge, from IDW comic Autobots Wage Their Battle

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:50 PM)

We can only hope.

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:46 PM)

Also the Season 2 Trailer makes me hopeful for Clampdown getting more toys since he seems to be one of the blessed escapees

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:20 PM)

I had been hoping we'd get a good Windblade toy, and RID delivered this time.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 07:20 PM)

Yeah, RID Windblade is basically a gigantic slap in the face to the people who think RID could NEVER be anywhere near as good as "collector's" lines like Generations.

@  Boomhauer : (13 February 2016 - 07:13 PM)

Bisk is fun, but I'm more excited about Strongarm's fishgun, Scorponok with a different transformation for once and a Windblade that can stand up

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 06:43 PM)

One-steps are pretty much the most fun thing ever. It's kind of addicting to just shift from one mode to another over and over again.

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 06:41 PM)

That makes him even better than a Warrior.

@  Cabooceratops : (13 February 2016 - 06:39 PM)

Bisk is a 1-Step

@  Smokey : (13 February 2016 - 04:38 PM)

I hope Bisk is either a Legends or he's less messed up than he looks.

@  Plokatron : (13 February 2016 - 01:53 PM)

@Rycochet He is indeed voiced by Wierd Al. He is also a awesome brother. :D

@  Rycochet : (13 February 2016 - 07:15 AM)

Polkatron dares to be stupid and is voiced by A. Yankovic.

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 February 2016 - 07:07 AM)

He got all the musical talent in the family.

@  BillBarclay : (13 February 2016 - 05:59 AM)

Polkatron? is he Plokatron's spotty brother?

@  BillBarclay : (13 February 2016 - 05:58 AM)

Polkatron? is he Ploj

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 11:21 PM)

@Cabooceratops So was what I said. :D

@  Cabooceratops : (12 February 2016 - 09:10 PM)

It's called a joke, Polkatron, you may have heard of the concept?

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 08:06 PM)

@Nutjob R/T @TheMightyMollusk Yesh are you Baybots thinking so litteral?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 02:41 PM)

Optimus makes a lousy helmet.

@  Nutjob R/T : (12 February 2016 - 02:11 PM)

Wait when did Optimus Prime fly off the top of your head?

@  Plokatron : (12 February 2016 - 01:55 PM)

@Paladin @TheMightyMollusk @NotVeryKnightly Dumb dumb dumb on Hasbros part. Optimus flew withing the first three episodes of the G1 cartoon. No not the glide flight thing that only Deceps uses after that I mean the jetpack part. Plus I can site four other times he flew off the top of my head.

@  Boomhauer : (12 February 2016 - 12:45 PM)

Optimus already got to fly in RID's Season finale, though one could argue he was just falling with style instead of flying properly.

@  Rycochet : (12 February 2016 - 12:09 PM)

The Unicron Trilogy had awful shows but some really neat toys even if it did get off to a shaky start with some of the unnecessarily flawed Armada stuff.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (12 February 2016 - 12:09 PM)

Didn't he fly in Beast Hunters?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (12 February 2016 - 11:58 AM)

What about Animated?

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 11:55 AM)

Someone who never saw the Unicron Trilogy. God do I envy them....

@  Paladin : (12 February 2016 - 11:49 AM)

...Hasbro's billing that new "Power Surge Optimus Prime" as "the first time Optimus takes flight." who thought THAT sounded right....

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 February 2016 - 11:34 AM)

More likely, they'll all follow the same visual style to retain brand coherency. The most you could hope for is better writing, but don't hold your breath.

@  Dracula : (12 February 2016 - 10:25 AM)

Cool. Bay can't possibly direct all of those. Maybe we'll get someone else's vision of what a TF movie could look like.

@  Paladin : (12 February 2016 - 10:14 AM)

ugh. we're apparently getting 1 TF film A YEAR starting 2017. and Bumblebee gets a spinoff film...

@  Plokatron : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 PM)

Guess no one has the comic then. Blast I need that close up of Ironhide's helmet!

@  Arazyr : (11 February 2016 - 01:41 PM)

Happy Birthday, young'un. 8^)

@  D Buster Prime : (11 February 2016 - 01:21 PM)

It's my BIRTHDAY! I'm 35 years young!

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 10:54 AM)

nah! it's Venus that's going to Botcon!

@  Paladin : (11 February 2016 - 10:45 AM)

could've also meant Cree Summer...

@  Dracula : (11 February 2016 - 08:39 AM)

Good going, Blackarachnia. I heard it's been hard for her to get roles after Hasbro brought in Airachnid.

@  BillBarclay : (11 February 2016 - 06:34 AM)

you mean Venus Terzo! she's supposed to be going to Botcon

@  Whirl Maximus : (11 February 2016 - 03:23 AM)

Blackarachnia was on Supernatural last night.

@  Plokatron : (10 February 2016 - 11:08 PM)

Ponderous slagging ponderous. Hey anyone got some good Hi-res captures of Ironhide in Infestation? I really need close ups of his head for reference on a project.

@  Plokatron : (09 February 2016 - 10:46 PM)

Ok now this is funny. I ordered a used copy of HoS GN and the one I got was a library copy once. It's marked Union County on it. Thats my home county. :D It never was in my library though. Mine is named after the man who built it not the town or county but still kinda funny.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 February 2016 - 09:44 PM)

Is it sad I read "KF7 Soviet" as "KFC7 Soviet"?


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#81 Blueshift

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:42 PM

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The flaw is that even IF hasbro moved, another company would take its place and the conditions would continue.


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:43 PM

As stated earlyer Im glad this report exsist

But you had to be aware this was a possabilaty from the outset this is not shocking or new news I seen such things before (I.E Mattel) it so happens that this time Hasbro is (and should) be investagated. I hope change does occur and it should but this type of report is nothing new
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE(Autobus Prime @ Dec 19 2011, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Sheba @ Dec 19 2011, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.

Which would also result in better quality, because if you hug with people, you hug the quality of your product. I've worked in bottom-feeder shops where they hugged around with people, and that never works. Prices might even go down. Bad quality and rework costs money.


The problem is China's got the factory's back, not Hasbro's or ours (or the workers' for that matter). How much you want to bet if anyone tried to enforce the law, that China would actually be working against it?

You forget, we're motivated by decency. China's rulers haven't been for a very, very long time. They're hardasses, and they believe they need to be compassionless hardasses in order to keep control. Pretty much the entire population of China would have to turn on the Leaders simultaneously and overwhelm their Tienamen Square tactics somehow. Like, civil war.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE(Blueshift @ Dec 19 2011, 06:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Darkstream @ Dec 19 2011, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The flaw is that even IF hasbro moved, another company would take its place and the conditions would continue.


"Everyone else is being unethical, therefore it is okay for me to be unethical too"


No.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:53 PM

Okay, so let's say that Hasbro can't fix this on their own. Let's say that without a change in the law to keep companies on a level playing field, it might be suicide for Hasbro to fix its manufacturing practices while its competitors go right on using sweatshops. Could be. But if that's the case, Hasbro still has leverage I don't have. If a change in the law really is needed, Hasbro can credibly argue for that; I'm just some guy. The only levers I can use to move Hasbro toward that are my wallet and a couple of forum accounts, and I'm going to pull on those levers.

The whole mess of who on this board is morally superior to who is totally irrelevant. My American lifestyle is absolutely subsidized by the suffering of others, and me living in a mud hut isn't going to accomplish anything. But I can still try to make things better.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

QUOTE(mignash @ Dec 19 2011, 06:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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QUOTE(Sheba @ Dec 19 2011, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.


So, basically you want them to treat the slave labor better? May be nice in the short term, but that doesn't fix the issue.


No, Matt, it doesn't fix the issue. The issue exists on both sides of the ocean, where corporations use economic fear to extort labor from people. It's the same issue, whether it's, "Work compulsory overtime or we'll move the plant overseas" or "Work compulsory overtime or we'll send you back to rural China, where you'll have even less", because they would.

The wage this plant pays, at peak time, if it kept up all year, would put someone just at the ragged lower edge of the Chinese middle class. Does that sound like a familiar carrot? Of course it doesn't work out that way, and the end result is a life that sucks, but not to a degree that would impel someone to leave the city. Does that situation sound familiar?

2000 theoretical RMB a month, spent on living in China, is equivalent to a rather larger amount in the US. Rather larger than a theoretical minimum wage, I would say.

So, no, it doesn't fix the issue. You're right. But quietism is wrong. War, as Sheba humorously suggested, solves absolutely nothing except to incur destruction and hardship on the common people like you and Mi, while mildly inconveniencing or profiting the wealthy. She really meant to say that there was no way to simply fix the underlying issue.

But I say we fix the problem that can be fixed. Don't avoid changing the bulb, just because it will only burn out again. Corporations can be motivated by embarassment, so instead of throwing our hands up, let's embarass the hell out of Hasbro until they address this one plant. Every movement has to start somewhere.

Edited by Autobus Prime, 19 December 2011 - 07:00 PM.





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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

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However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.

Which would also result in better quality, because if you hug with people, you hug the quality of your product. I've worked in bottom-feeder shops where they hugged around with people, and that never works. Prices might even go down. Bad quality and rework costs money.


The problem is China's got the factory's back, not Hasbro's or ours (or the workers' for that matter). How much you want to bet if anyone tried to enforce the law, that China would actually be working against it?

You forget, we're motivated by decency. China's rulers haven't been for a very, very long time. They're hardasses, and they believe they need to be compassionless hardasses in order to keep control. Pretty much the entire population of China would have to turn on the Leaders simultaneously and overwhelm their Tienamen Square tactics somehow. Like, civil war.


S:

Rulers suck, but that wasn't my point. Civil war sucks, but that's a separate point.

I meant that if Hasbro was embarrassed enough to act, then Hasbro should be motivated by decency to continue enforcing standards after the public outcry, if one happens, has blown over. That's why I mentioned 'decency', which in the corporate sense means, 'we're worried people are going to embarass us again'.

The factory owners are motivated by money. Chinese industrialists are damned Yankees just like we are.

I'm not attacking you, Sheba, or anybody else, please understand. I just feel strongly that any degree of acceptance is exactly what the damned corporations want from us.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:08 PM

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Personally I would like to believe in the 21st century that companies behave ethically, it isn't really much to ask

It kinda is when you get down to the core value of any company: make a profit and minimize expenses. Basically, corporations will go to any scummy lengths imaginable to minimize what THEY pay and maximize what they earn. Pretty much every company, from Disney to Nintendo to Apple to Ford, has at some point done horribly unethical things, and many of these companies continue to do so today.

Sadly, ethics don't matter to organizations whose sole purpose is to make money. I want to change it, but it'd be nigh-impossible to make all the corporations in the world behave honestly, short of dismantling them and replacing them with people who actually ARE good and not just soulless scumbags like the vast majority of CEOs.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:10 PM

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However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.

Which would also result in better quality, because if you hug with people, you hug the quality of your product. I've worked in bottom-feeder shops where they hugged around with people, and that never works. Prices might even go down. Bad quality and rework costs money.


The problem is China's got the factory's back, not Hasbro's or ours (or the workers' for that matter). How much you want to bet if anyone tried to enforce the law, that China would actually be working against it?

You forget, we're motivated by decency. China's rulers haven't been for a very, very long time. They're hardasses, and they believe they need to be compassionless hardasses in order to keep control. Pretty much the entire population of China would have to turn on the Leaders simultaneously and overwhelm their Tienamen Square tactics somehow. Like, civil war.


S:

Rulers suck, but that wasn't my point. Civil war sucks, but that's a separate point.

I meant that if Hasbro was embarrassed enough to act, then Hasbro should be motivated by decency to continue enforcing standards after the public outcry, if one happens, has blown over. That's why I mentioned 'decency', which in the corporate sense means, 'we're worried people are going to embarass us again'.

The factory owners are motivated by money. Chinese industrialists are damned Yankees just like we are.


Many Chinese industrialists are also part of the government power structure over there. They aren't particularly worried about what everybody else thinks. They're like "Sure, why can't I treat this political dissident like crap? It's part of their punishment for speaking out against Censorship and Tienamen Square and such." They are not simply motivated by money, though that is a large part of it. They take pleasure in the suffering of people that disagree with them, and that is a lot harder to break a person out of.

Yeah, Hasbro would be shamed and would act. They for damn sure need to pick factories that are NOT owned by the Chinese government members that utilize prisoner labor. Which it seems these factories likely are in large part because the workers live in "dorms" on-site.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:12 PM

Chinese factories do suck. But China itself is growing in wealth and numbers in the middle class thanks to the economy, so eventually this stuff will all even out I hope.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:16 PM

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QUOTE(Sheba @ Dec 19 2011, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.

Which would also result in better quality, because if you hug with people, you hug the quality of your product. I've worked in bottom-feeder shops where they hugged around with people, and that never works. Prices might even go down. Bad quality and rework costs money.


The problem is China's got the factory's back, not Hasbro's or ours (or the workers' for that matter). How much you want to bet if anyone tried to enforce the law, that China would actually be working against it?

You forget, we're motivated by decency. China's rulers haven't been for a very, very long time. They're hardasses, and they believe they need to be compassionless hardasses in order to keep control. Pretty much the entire population of China would have to turn on the Leaders simultaneously and overwhelm their Tienamen Square tactics somehow. Like, civil war.


S:

Rulers suck, but that wasn't my point. Civil war sucks, but that's a separate point.

I meant that if Hasbro was embarrassed enough to act, then Hasbro should be motivated by decency to continue enforcing standards after the public outcry, if one happens, has blown over. That's why I mentioned 'decency', which in the corporate sense means, 'we're worried people are going to embarass us again'.

The factory owners are motivated by money. Chinese industrialists are damned Yankees just like we are.


Many Chinese industrialists are also part of the government power structure over there. They aren't particularly worried about what everybody else thinks. They're like "Sure, why can't I treat this political dissident like crap? It's part of their punishment for speaking out against Censorship and Tienamen Square and such." They are not simply motivated by money, though that is a large part of it. They take pleasure in the suffering of people that disagree with them, and that is a lot harder to break a person out of.

Yeah, Hasbro would be shamed and would act. They for damn sure need to pick factories that are NOT owned by the Chinese government members that utilize prisoner labor. Which it seems these factories likely are in large part because the workers live in "dorms" on-site.


S:

A lot of Chinese workers live in dorms; a lot of them migrate to the city from rural China, where they have a lot less. Suppose you were living in the hinterlands in a shack, scraping by, and somebody offered you a wage of $2000 a month, with food and housing provided for a nominal cost? Will train?

That's what this situation looks like...from afar. Once you get there, it's not so good - but back home was even worse, so you stay. Please do read the report and especially the workers' comments; it really brings home how this is not some terribly alien situation, but something we could see ourselves getting into, with some adjustment to numbers.

Edited by Autobus Prime, 19 December 2011 - 07:18 PM.





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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:18 PM

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QUOTE(Sheba @ Dec 19 2011, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.


S:

No, the solution is to say, "institute breaks, disinfect the dorms, serve better food, and clean up your act, or we pull our $$$$$ toyline out of your plant". And then enforce it. Motivated by the public embarassment generated by a widely circulated report, which isn't yet widely circulated. Motivated by common decency.

Which would also result in better quality, because if you hug with people, you hug the quality of your product. I've worked in bottom-feeder shops where they hugged around with people, and that never works. Prices might even go down. Bad quality and rework costs money.


The problem is China's got the factory's back, not Hasbro's or ours (or the workers' for that matter). How much you want to bet if anyone tried to enforce the law, that China would actually be working against it?

You forget, we're motivated by decency. China's rulers haven't been for a very, very long time. They're hardasses, and they believe they need to be compassionless hardasses in order to keep control. Pretty much the entire population of China would have to turn on the Leaders simultaneously and overwhelm their Tienamen Square tactics somehow. Like, civil war.


S:

Rulers suck, but that wasn't my point. Civil war sucks, but that's a separate point.

I meant that if Hasbro was embarrassed enough to act, then Hasbro should be motivated by decency to continue enforcing standards after the public outcry, if one happens, has blown over. That's why I mentioned 'decency', which in the corporate sense means, 'we're worried people are going to embarass us again'.

The factory owners are motivated by money. Chinese industrialists are damned Yankees just like we are.


Many Chinese industrialists are also part of the government power structure over there. They aren't particularly worried about what everybody else thinks. They're like "Sure, why can't I treat this political dissident like crap? It's part of their punishment for speaking out against Censorship and Tienamen Square and such." They are not simply motivated by money, though that is a large part of it. They take pleasure in the suffering of people that disagree with them, and that is a lot harder to break a person out of.

Yeah, Hasbro would be shamed and would act. They for damn sure need to pick factories that are NOT owned by the Chinese government members that utilize prisoner labor. Which it seems these factories likely are in large part because the workers live in "dorms" on-site.


S:

A lot of Chinese workers live in dorms; a lot of them migrate to the city from rural China, where they have a lot less. Suppose you were living in the hinterlands in a shack, scraping by, and somebody offered you a wage of $2500 a month, with food and housing provided for a nominal cost? Will train?

That's what this situation looks like...from afar. Once you get there, it's not so good - but back home was even worse, so you stay. Please do read the report and especially the workers' comments; it really brings home how this is not some terribly alien situation, but something we could see ourselves getting into, with some adjustment to numbers.


Oh yeah, I know all about that. But it is a fact that China also uses a lot of prisoners for labor. Normal peasants that go in to work get the same crap the political prisoners get, for whatever reason.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:19 PM

QUOTE(Hora Hora @ Dec 19 2011, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Chinese factories do suck. But China itself is growing in wealth and numbers in the middle class thanks to the economy, so eventually this stuff will all even out I hope.


That's more or less what happened in the West, though that was only made possible via Unions. Need Unions in China so bad...but also a government that will allow Unions.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:28 PM

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However in the broader category of "I don't want the Chinese Far Right Conservative sleeping on bedbug mattresses and working 12 hours with hardly any bathroombreaks", the solution there is pretty much Invade China and take over.

I imagine said Chinese Far Right Conservatives sleeping on bedbug mattresses would be less vindictive towards the western world if they weren't being worked to death for us.

That said, I did about the only thing I can do and e-mailed Hasbro pointing out the report, how it's at odds with their code of ethics, that the factory in question is explicitly linked to one of their most lucrative toylines and a flagship of their fledgling TV station, and that it would rather hurt investor confidence. I imagine I'll be answered with a form letter with 48 hours about, "Thanks for expressing your concerns," and that's the last I'll hear of it.

Hasbro, while they can be made aware of the matter, probably can't do much. If you wanted something done, you'd have to have Wal-Mart do it, seeing as they're something like China's third largest trade partner among the rest of the nations in the world, and Wal-Mart is one of the single largest controlling factors in the prices set by companies on their products. The sad truth, of course, is that Wal-Mart does not care, and you boycotting Wal-Mart makes no difference as it has several million other customers to make up for you. Perhaps you'll cause the price of a size of Tupperware to go up a thousandth of a cent.

Edited by Spark, 19 December 2011 - 07:29 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE(Spark @ Dec 19 2011, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hasbro, while they can be made aware of the matter, probably can't do much.


That's not true though. Presumably as part of their contract with the factory there are ethical requirements. If the factory is not fulfilling these requirements, then they can get rid of them and take their business elsewhere. Hasbro need to be actually checking up on the places that make their products to ensure that they are doing what they are being paid to do, rather than turning a blind eye for conveniance sake.



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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:33 PM

Folks:

If outrage had no power, DOTM the movie would have Skids and Mudflap, and PCC would have Spastic.




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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:39 PM

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QUOTE(Spark @ Dec 19 2011, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hasbro, while they can be made aware of the matter, probably can't do much.


That's not true though. Presumably as part of their contract with the factory there are ethical requirements. If the factory is not fulfilling these requirements, then they can get rid of them and take their business elsewhere. Hasbro need to be actually checking up on the places that make their products to ensure that they are doing what they are being paid to do, rather than turning a blind eye for conveniance sake.


Yeah Hasbro has GOT to stop being lazy.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:48 PM

QUOTE(Autobus Prime @ Dec 19 2011, 04:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If outrage had no power, DOTM the movie would have Skids and Mudflap, and PCC would have Spastic.


Someone really should put Outrage on a leash. That bastard.

On both counts.

Edited by mx-01 archon, 19 December 2011 - 07:48 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2011 - 07:55 PM

QUOTE(Blueshift @ Dec 19 2011, 07:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(Spark @ Dec 19 2011, 07:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hasbro, while they can be made aware of the matter, probably can't do much.


That's not true though. Presumably as part of their contract with the factory there are ethical requirements. If the factory is not fulfilling these requirements, then they can get rid of them and take their business elsewhere. Hasbro need to be actually checking up on the places that make their products to ensure that they are doing what they are being paid to do, rather than turning a blind eye for conveniance sake.

I made note of this being a breach of their corporate ethics as stated on the website. I'll be interested to see if this backfires in the way reporting stolen stuff on eBay seems to have, with three body searches a day (something absent on the 2008 report, so it's almost certainly a direct result), or actually changes anything.
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Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:18 PM

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You seem to be pretty convinced you aren't just asking Hasbro to wave their magic wand and fix everything, and I'm trying to figure out what you are asking Hasbro to do.


I'm asking Hasbro to hold their factories to stricter conditions. I've made this pretty clear. It is not my job to work out how this is done. If Hasbro wants to claim that they're an ethical company (and wants my money), then they'll find a way to do this, in a way that does not seriously damage their bottom line.

You seem pretty convinced that basic workers rights are impossible and we shouldn't bother to suggest otherwise!

After some travel time, I've been forced to read back over the thread to catch up. I think I've been misunderstanding your position all along, and there have also been some points made in the meantime.

If we get Hasbro to do something, what we're probably going to get Hasbro to do is break off all relations with this factory. A larger success would be that they go over all their other factories and try to determine which ones aren't complying with their policy, and break it off with all of them as well. Probably the best outcome that could be reasonably hoped for would be for Hasbro to withdraw from China entirely and move all production to someplace better. Unfortunately, as others have already pointed out, Hasbro doesn't have enough straw to break the camel's back. Not only that, but the bigger our success is, the more short-term harm it'll inflict on the workers, as the report describes them being unjustly fired when things slow down.

Of course, the only alternative I can suggest is "don't do anything," and that has zero chance of accomplishing anything. Like Spark said earlier, what we really need to do is take down Wal-Mart somehow, but hahaha yeah right.

So, basically, count me in, but I'm really pessimistic about it.

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Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
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You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.



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