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I was hoping my usual good luck charm would work. But I've finished half a bag of Trader Joe's organic greens and the only good thing that's happened so far is that Joe Ayoob has entered the game. And, believe me, I never thought I'd say that constituted a good thing. Hold on. He just threw an interception. I am so depressed. I feel like I just caught Santa Claus smoking crack in a men's room stall.

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From: maruta_us Date: September 3rd, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

re: sports and ipods

Sorry dude, looks like a double whammy for you this week. Don't fret; there's still time to become an Oakland A's fan--Frank Thomas is turning the Best Performance by an Injured Slugger since John Jaha, and Esteban Loaiaza has recovered from a bum April and a May drunk driving arrest to be dealing in August and working on something sick like 28 consecutive scoreless innings.

Also, heard about your piece on iPods; you might find the following on the production-side of the politics interesting... http://www.computertakeback.com (click on the iWaste logo for more info) Basically, they're pushing for extended producer responsibility policies that make companies like Apple responsible for taking products back when they die to recycle and responsible for the toxins they put into them. The idea is to push for greener design and social justice in handling electronic waste. I don't know the details on things like "toxins in our brains" from iPods--makes me think of the worm in the ear in Star Trek II--but pretty important stuff. Cheers.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: sports and ipods

Thanks. I can't really give my heart to the A's. I don't hate them or anything, but I'm a Giants fan. And a National League guy too.

Yeah, I've been reading about that iPod stuff. It's everyone, pretty much, that manufactures consumer goods of that sort in that way. Apple isn't the only one. But they sure could do a better job of promoting both conservation and workers' rights. Right?
From: maruta_us Date: September 19th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: sports and ipods

Yeah. My sense is that global justice activists pick a target--Nike, Coca-Cola--because it can help raise standards throughout the industry, not because Reebok and Pepsi are necessarily better. Environmental journalist Elizabeth Grossman has some interesting things to say in her new book "High Tech Trash" about how the European Union is forcing U.S. production standards up on electronics because the EU passed stricter regulations banning things like lead in solder.
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