RedBedHead: Apple’s $98 Billion Is Blood Money

There’s a lot of hand-waving around Apple’s use of sweat shop labour in China. Apple CEO Tim Cook is offended and outraged by the mere suggestion that Apple engages in poor labour practices. And now they’ve sent the “Fair Labor Association” into Foxconn to perform an “audit” of labour practices at the company. It’s all ...

Art Threat: An ugly and remarkable tale about iEmpire – Storyteller turned investigative journalist learns what happens in an Apple factory

What do you get when you combine a master storyteller and investigative journalist?  Mike Daisey is one answer, a storyteller and performer whose story about what happens inside an Apple factory is touching hearts and minds. After his visit to China, tours of factories, and meetings with union organizers and members of secret unions (which ...

cultural sn:afu: How the death of Steve Jobs could save Canadians

This originally appeared as a column in the November 3 print and online editions of the North Bay / Nippissing News, the weekly newspaper I’ve been writing for recently. I’ve been recovering from some fairly serious illnesses over the past … Continue reading →

Politics and Entertainment: Steve Jobs was no technological visionary; he was a disturbed and disturing individual

Limits of Magical Thinking Steve Jobs wasn’t a technology visionary, but he convinced the world that he was. Steve Jobs was a disturbed and disturing individual, and he was no technological visionary but a crafty marketer who knew how to create a cult of Mac, iphone, and ipad worshippers, three of the most ideologically loaded ...

Steve Jobs, LSD and Obama’s draconian drug policy

I did not know Steve Jobs had an affinity for LSD. I’ll leave the debate whether it helped or hindered Jobs to another time. I can’t see how it hurt. I’ll let Glenn Greenwald take this one. Unlike many people who have enjoyed success, Jobs is not saying that he was able to succeed despite ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy the Church, Occupy Together

Christians. Church. God. Jesus. Occupy. What do these words mean to you? For many, the connotations are negative. Personal experiences with judgemental, rigid, frozen people who identify themselves as Christians have left a bitter taste in their mouths. Memories of being harangued, condescended to and lectured linger long after their encounter. Media and political examples ...

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany… dumbasses & the Ottawa Sun…

Woo hoo! Stevo has been denied that so-called trifecta that he dreamed about! The most laughable thing about this is that it was likely one of his fishing buddies, Rob Ford, that tilted this one into McGuinty’s column. But crap, 49.2% turnout? That is very disappointing. Oh, and stay classy, Ottawa Sun: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ LEAFS WIN! ...

Here’s To The Crazy One

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011 (graphic from EhMac)

Trashy's World: Ee-dee-ots

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RIP Steve Jobs

Whatever your thoughts about Jobs, his company Apple or the products he shepherded into existence, Jobs was an innovator and a visionary. His kind is getting rarer and rarer to find in a world stuck on a permanent bottom line. On a personal note, I was late to the Apple game. The iPhone 4 is ...

RedBedHead: Steve Jobs’ Biggest Success: Sweatshops & Fat Salaries

The other day I mused on the simultaneous outpourings of sadness and loss over Jack Layton & Steve Jobs and what each of them represented. As I noted at the time I am a Mac Head and a bit of a technophile/gadgetphile. Having had a few days to think about what I wrote I’ve decided ...

RedBedHead: Jack Layton & Steve Jobs

I’m a tech nerd and a Mac Head, for sure. I have a Macbook Pro and an iPhone and we have an Apple TV. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’m a little bit excited to see the new iPhone 5/4S and only pushing the limits of my common sense has prevented me from getting ...

gay persons of color: Tim Cook becomes Apple CEO

Hailed by some as the “world’s most powerful gay man,” Tim Cook was announced Wednesday to replace Apple founder, Steve Jobs, as CEO of the American multinational corporation. Jobs is stepping down from the role to face continuing health problems. Does it matter that Cook happens to be gay? If the world were truly everyone’s ...