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11/24/07 12:09 A

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Thanks ladies. This is also a point I have been pushing on people.

Go look at all items in your house. Most of them are "Made in China". And that is because China is a cheap labor market.

When you understand economy, you understand that the Chinese business persons and government tend to undervalue their employees.

Same thing in the states... that is a normal practice which is why illegal immigrants have replaced the traditional "slave" roles. They aren't getting health care, getting paid pennies which is more than what they had before...

For this reason, I am a little touchy on the immigrant issue. My family came over from Europe. So my issue obviously isn't immigrants so much as it is the business owner that is essentially a slave owner because they can't afford lazy american labor that wants to charge more to do less.. or outright greedy practices.

Some of these politicians and business persons (not all, but a significant enough of them) have cornered the market on sucking the life out of cheap labor and Nancy Pelosi the Democrat Speaker Of the House is a perfect example of someone who does this.

So then you have Americans who honestly don't realize and are attracted to buying cheap stuff and lots of it. So then what happens?

Many of the Chinese in the factories don't even know what EPA standards etc... are.

And who says their factory owners even truly understand it? Maybe sometimes. But not so much always.

That has been proven many times.

Another scary thing most folks don't realize is your chocolate, banana's, and many other foods are often times also from slave laborers. So getting in to the practice of looking for labels that say otherwise isn't a bad idea. More expensive but held to a better standard.

You'll end up owning "less stuff" around your house but honestly, how much stuff do you need?

PS, Walmart gets most of its stuff from Mexico or China. And the owners of Walmart, The Walden Family, donate less per year to charity than anyone out there despite the fact of how wealthy they are.

Bill Gates of Microsoft is one of those gems that is the wealthiest American out there yet has donate 50% of his income to charity and his a wife and 3 kids and who knows how many more coming.

So its not always big monies fault. It is a combination of factors that is causing this situation.

How many of you know what the date rape drug is and would know if you worked for a manf, what exactly the paint is etc...

I do that kind of stuff. But I have noticed that most folks trust that their boss knows what they are doing. If you work in a bank, google the type of paint and cloth that they make money out of... just to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Not that our money has tainted paint. But that you wouldn't know because it is normal to just trust blindly like that.

You can be part of the solution... you just have to get clever and "go there" and get educated on the situation and then you can help make significant headway.

Thanks to the internet for making that easier... that is for certain.

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11/23/07 4:46 P

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A ton of thanks LIZBAKER! Enough Said!!!

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Sorry, folks, but I think it's time to take a hard look at ourselves before slamming the Chinese: who created this market demand that absolutely, positively had to be filled because people HAD to have instant gratification of the desire for MORE MORE MORE and the demand that it had to be CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP???

Yes, the Chinese rushed to fill the void, and yes, they did it unthinkingly (and, yes, sometimes unscrupulously). BUT - do you think they did it because they don't care??? Puh-leeeeze. The Chinese culture is one that is VERY child-centered, more so than most Western ones. Chinese people are devoted to children, and not just their own - NEVER did I have to think twice about leaving my babies in the care of Chinese caretakers when they were little, which frankly I cannot say I would feel about some other cultures, specifically American. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps the Chinese were trying to improve the lives of their own families by making money?

Yes, I may be biased because my husband is Chinese, and no, I don't excuse the poor quality - I just don't buy that shoddy quality of toy to begin with! Can't afford a toy? What's wrong with a good book?

What's the fastest way to show the Chinese that this lack of oversight is unacceptable? Just stop buying buying buying! Don't moan and whine about a situation that we, yes, we Americans created!

Sorry to vent, but I had to get this off my chest.

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HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS YEAR THERE ARE NOT AS MANY TOY COMMERCIALS ON TV EITHER. HMMMMM I WONDER IF THIS IS BECAUSE THE TOY COMPANIES ARE AFRAID OF WHAT THEY HAVE IN THEIR STOCK OR WHAT? IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW. ALTHOUGH I DON'T MISS SEEING ALL OF THOSE COMMERCIALS RAN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT YES READ ALL LABELS BEFORE YOU BUY AND I DO MEAN ALL LABELS AS LOOK AT THE TOOTHPASTE ONE FROM BACK IN THE SUMMER AND ALL FROM CHINA. NOT TO MENTION THE DOG FOOD ONE THAT IS STILL ONGOING. PHEW IT IS GETTING TO BE SAME OLD SAME OLD BUY NOTHING FROM CHINA WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO GO I THINK.

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Carol, the scary part is that they don't really care. When they start losing money from U.S. not buying there products and the stores stop buying them. Then they might wise up. Until then, just keep a watch who made them.
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WHAT NEXT WILL BE FOUND UNSAFE FOR CHILDREN. ARE THESE PEOPLE IN CHINA JUST NOT THINKING OR ARE THEY THINKING THAT THEY CAN PULL THE WOOL OVER SOMEONES EYES? HOW AWFUL

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READ THIS CAREFULLY,PLEASE:

It came from CBS2.com

Retailers To Recall Lead-Based Children's Jewelry
More Than 500,000 Pieces Said Unsafe For Market
CBS News Interactive: Toying With Danger
Slideshow: Toxic And Troublesome Toys 2007

(AP) WASHINGTON More than a half-million pieces of Chinese-made children's jewelry contaminated with lead are being recalled, it was announced Wednesday.

The recalled merchandise involves 205,000 pieces sold by Family Dollar Stores Inc., 200,000 pieces sold by Michaels Stores Inc., 43,000 charm bracelets and tack pin sets sold by Big Lots Inc. and 45,000 stretchable bracelets imported by Cherrydale Fundraising LLC, 10,400 necklaces and bracelets manufactured by Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Inc., and 4,500 necklace and earring sets made by La Femme NY 2 Inc., officials announced.

The enforcement action was a cooperative effort by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC said it was tipped about the hazardous jewerly by Cuomo's office. In addition to the recall, a number of retailers, including Big Lots and Michaels, agreed in a settlement to immediately stop sales of lead-tainted jewelry.

"Today's metal jewelry recalls are a good example of when CPSC partners with a state agency that shares our commitment to protecting children from products with dangerous lead," spokesman Scott Wolfson said. "Metal jewelry is a product where one child has died in the past and others have suffered lead poisoning."

A total of 507,900 pieces were involved in the recall.

The CPSC works with companies to issue recalls when it finds consumer goods that can be harmful. Most such recalls are voluntary. Under current regulations, children's products found to have more than .06 percent lead are usually subject to a recall, in which the company must reimburse consumers for the value of the product, provide a replacement or offer a repair.

In March 2006 a Minnesota boy died of lead poisoning after swallowing a metal pendant from a charm bracelet that came with a pair of Reebok shoes. That incident resulted in a recall.

In December of last year the CPSC voted unanimously to move forward in a process that could ultimately lead to a ban on children's jewelry containing more than .06 percent lead by weight. The commission is hoping to move to the next stage of enacting the ban before then end of January 2008.

On Wednesday, Wolfson said: "Parents should be very cautious during this holiday season when shopping for children's jewelry."

Other regional retailers who reached agreements with Cuomo's office to discontinue sales of affected products include Pure Allure of Oceanside, Calif., and Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker, Ga., Dollar Days International of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Describing the enforcement action further, Cuomo said several companies will pay fines.

"My office has undertaken an ongoing and extensive investigation into lead levels in children's jewelry, and taken swift, enforceable action to remove contaminated products from stores," he said.

Cuomo commended Michaels Stores and Big Lots for acting quickly and "agreeing to safeguards against lead contamination."

In a statement, Michaels said it removed all Pure Allure products suspected of lead contamination from its store shelves when it learned about Cuomo's investigation. The company added that it conducts routine checks with vendors and its own independent testing.

Cuomo said that some of the 35 products his office investigated contained as much as 1,000 times the federal safety standard. Most of the jewelry was made in China, some was from Thailand and India, and some had no clear record of where the items were manufactured, said John Milgrim, a spokesman for the attorney general.

Big Lots, which agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty under the settlement, has 1,300 discount stores nationwide selling a variety of goods from toys and clothing to furniture. The privately-held Michaels does not have to pay a penalty, officials said. Michaels is the nation's largest arts and crafts retailer and has more than 950 stores in the United States and Canada. It also operates specialty stores under the names Aaron Brothers, Recollections, Star Decorators Wholesale and Artistree manufacturing facility.

The other companies settling with Cuomo are:

• A Dollar in Henrietta, N.Y., near Rochester, will pay a $500 penalty.

• Buckwholesale.com, of Tucker, Ga., will pay $10,000.

• Colossal Jewelry and Accessories of Basking Ridge, N.J., will pay $8,000.

• Dollar Days International of Scottsdale, Ariz., will pay $5,000.

• Grand 99 Cent Store in New York.

• Ming 99 Cent City in Colonie, N.Y., near Albany.

• Pure Allure of Oceanside, Calif., will pay $10,000.

• Quality 99 Cents, Inc., in Uniondale, N.Y.

• The $ Limit of White Plains, N.Y., will pay $1,000.

• Yankee One Dollar, based in Waterford, N.Y., with outlets in New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, will pay $1,000.




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