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  •  This needs some qualification (1+ / 0-)
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    The number of suicides at FoxConn was the number we know about. I would expect the true figure to be higher. And with Chinese suicide rate figures in general, I would also expect them to be depressed by social factors, the desire not to lose face in a society that in many ways is much more traditional than ours, and certainly offers more opportunities to conceal information.

    Still, the general point is valid. The FoxConn suicide total was decontextualized and misused in ways that cast doubt on the fundamental honesty of some Apple critics.

    When we are no longer children, we are already dead. (Constantin Brancusi) And whoever gave it, thanks for the gift!

    by sagesource on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 06:34:54 PM PST

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    •  It's hard to know the numbers which don't exist (1+ / 0-)
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      After the initial reports of suicides at Foxconn in 2010, the company has be under intense worldwide scrutiny. I'd think it would be extremely difficult for them to hide any suicides since then.

      So what's happened since 2010? The suicide rate has dropped dramatically. There were 18 suicides at Foxconn facilities in 2010. During 2011 there were 4 reported suicides. One was apparently over a failed relationship.

      Four suicides isn't good news, but to put it in perspective, that's 4 out of 800,000 employees. That's a ratio of 0.5 out of 100,000.

      Not only is that rate still far below even the "safer" Chinese urban areas, the workers at Foxconn are at less of a suicide risk than someone living in any of the 50 states in the US.

      The state with the lowest suicide rate is DC with 6.1. The highest is Alaska, 21.8.

      So living in Alaska is about 40 times more dangerous than working at Foxconn. Who knew?

      Boycotting Apple in order to move jobs to the US would actually put more people at risk. Go figure.

      "Cannibals prefer those who have no spines." ~ Stanislaw Lem

      by BlogDog on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:57:22 AM PST

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