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  •  Excellent diary! (2+ / 0-)
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    I know that I use strong wording at times, but I can't sit back and watch people being killed for corporate profit.  It is wrong and in my eyes between what happened in Texas as well as what continues to happen Bangladesh it almost seems to be corporate related murders and by this I mean if it happened once then it is horrible and should never happen again, but the second time it happens then it starts to become in my eyes a murder for profit.

    If any group of people were murdering citizens would we allow that?  No, that is why we've had laws and regulations that protect workers.  But, as recently as the collaspe of the building to the building fires in Bangladesh to the factory explosion in Texas were all caused by neglect of following the law or exploiting people with little power and that can easily be seen, to me, as becoming corporate geocide.

    Again, strong words, but the deaths of individuals should not be tolerated whether it comes from fringe groups wishing to do harm to others or corporations knowingly doing purposeful harm because the intent is the same.  The main word here being "intent," and these international corporations should have enough knowledge to know better and they should be held responsible for business practices that are killing almost 750 people between Texas and places like Bangladesh.  I'm not talking about fines, they don't work, it has to be true responsiblity.  Jail time.

    They did arrest the people in Bangladesh that were responsible for forcing the workers back into the building.  And that is a good thing.  But, I much rather see the workers alive and unharmed.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:03:30 PM PDT

    •  I agree with the use of the word murder. (4+ / 0-)
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      zaka1, MrJayTee, thomask, a2nite

      The use of the word genocide would only be appropriate if they were consciously trying to murder each and every single worker.

      No, it isn't genocide. Not even a conscious desire to murder.

      It is more like depraved indifference.

      If we have to die to make them rich, oh well, to them we performed our duty as workers.

      To paraphrase Mother Jones:
      (from memory)

      The operator was asked, "Why don't you prop the mines?"
      He replied, "Hell, dagos are cheaper than props"
      Now you are all dagos to those blood-sucking leaches, and if they kill 100 of you, why it was your own fault.

      WE NEVER FORGET Modestino Valentino who lost his life in the Paterson Silk Strike

      by JayRaye on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 06:21:18 PM PDT

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      •  I see your point (2+ / 0-)
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        and even hesitated to use the word geocide.  But, when I used the word geocide, I believe the international corporations with unsafe conditions are consciously aware and the deaths due to the conditions are because the corporations do not value the workers and consider them less than deserving of respect and to be treated fairly as well as keeping them safe.  

        Perhaps their intent is to not purposefully murder, such as in geocide, but anytime one class of people become so disposable to another class of individuals (who have power over them) then you have the beginnings of intent started.  If these worker's deaths become allowable it will simply grow and become the normal.  How many times in just the last year has this happened.  And in the case of Texas, the corporation knew the law and simply ignored it (and that is intentional) especially when you have a Governor that pursues business based on these kind of values.  Perhaps we need a new word somewhere inbetween because what is happening isn't just murder, it is something that could have and should have been prevented.

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:01:00 PM PDT

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        •  This so truly horrible, zaka, that its hard (3+ / 0-)
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          to find the right words.

          There really are no words to describe the callous disregard that they have for the lives of working people as they search for cheaper and cheaper labor.

          That's all we are to them, a commodity. They want us as cheap and disposable as possible.

          WE NEVER FORGET Modestino Valentino who lost his life in the Paterson Silk Strike

          by JayRaye on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:06:58 PM PDT

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          •  I know and it (3+ / 0-)
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            is heartbreaking.  I just don't understand this world sometimes.  I logged in to rec'd your diary because it is so important.  I've been taking a break for a while because things get overwhelming.  I grew up in an industrial town and there were still many terrible accidents that happen to workers in the 60s and 70s that cost them their lives or disabled them.  But, things improved.  And now that we have safety knowledge it should be used everywhere in the world.  

            If we were actually helping third world countries that would be one thing that globalization would be good for, but to exploit workers especially when we know better, well, there is just no excuse for it.

            With all the workers killed in just the past week, it should be world knowledge that regulation and decent pay should be granted to all workers.  What breaks my heart is the families and children that have lost someone and now will struggle emotionally with that lost.  What these corporations do not understand is that people are more than workers and we have other purposes and roles that we fill in our lives.

            "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

            by zaka1 on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 07:44:56 PM PDT

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