Rupert Murdoch, offering advice to Facebook, via Twitter.
Murdoch’s News Corp (in)famously bought Myspace in 2005 for $580 million and sold it in 2011 to Specific Media for $35 million. During a 2011 annual meeting, he admitted that News Corp managed to “mismanage it in every possible way.”
News came through yesterday that a shoe factory in Cambodia collapsed, killing at least six workers.
This news comes after the horrific loss of life in Bangladesh, when a garment factory collapsed and killed 96 people.
Production subcontracting chains are often very complicated in the fashion industry, so it is difficult to know who is most responsible.However, if their subcontractors do work out of the notorious Rana Plaza, it’s reasonable to think again about buying from them.
There’s no surprises that Wal-Mart use bangladeshi sweat shops. The International Labor Rights Forum has linked Wal-Mart to sweatshops which deny workers’ minimum wage, overtime pay, health care and maternity leave.
But why should we focus so closely on Wal-Mart, when their mistreatment of their staff, suppliers and their respective staff is fairly well-documented, when we have our own Wal-Mart here in Target. Public perception has allowed Target to escape the scrutiny that seems to follow Wal-Mart at every turn, but their practices are not much better, if you exclude the fact that they have to pay minimum wage.
Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape below
I had the opportunity to talk to Barrister Su Robertson about the Jill Meagher case recently, but we focussed more on how the media was dealing with her alleged rapist and murderer than the actual media attention the case got in itself.
But in this article, Jane Caro looks at some of the inconvenient truths about how the media took on the Meager case. We need to ask ourselves, would we have responded the same way to this case if the victim had not been an attractive, middle class person on their way home from a fairly trendy suburb?
haha damn everybody in the club relating to ideologies through the prism of their own education & experiences
Google presents global time-lapse views
Thanks to a new tool released by Google, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and Time magazine, the changes made to any location on Earth between 1984 and 2012 can be charted out.
As you can see above, the changes to Los Angeles aren’t all that drastic, but there are plenty crazy changes in other parts of the world:
Photos: Google Earth Engine
Satellite imagery can serve as a time machine, revealing dramatic change in just a few seconds — but can you imagine documenting almost three decades’ worth of all that change, across most of our planet’s land mass? A team of imaging experts, computer scientists and journalists did. Now they’ve unveiled the result: a globa database of zoomable, animated satellite views known as Timelapse.
I love this man.