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On China, the free market, surveillance, lead poisoning, and sexual harassment

by: Jay Stevens

Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 17:45:37 PM MST


Gee, how's that free trade pact with China working to spread freedom and democracy around the world?

Not so well:

Data on the chip will include not just the citizen's name and address but also work history, educational background, religion, ethnicity, police record, medical insurance status and landlord's phone number. Even personal reproductive history will be included, for enforcement of China's controversial "one child" policy. Plans are being studied to add credit histories, subway travel payments and small purchases charged to the card.

Brought to you by China Public Security, incorporated in Florida and funded by Texas investment funds and California investment banks.

Got concerns about our cozy relationship with China? Not liking how doing business with the Communist government that contracts American firms to do unethical, anti-democratic projects? (You wouldn't want to be left out in case the domestic market opens up!) Unnerved that free-market ideologues in our government have decided that risks associated with product consumption properly lies with the consumer? (Like say, watching out for lead in your toys or antifreeze in your toothpaste? By the way, the Chinese official responsible for the lead paint debacle offed himself. Gotta love the Chinese attitude towards white-collar crime.)

CNBC's Erin Burnett:

A lot of people like to say, uh, scare monger about China, right? A lot of politicians - and I know you talk about that issue all the time. I think people should be careful of what they wish for on China, you know, if China were to revalue its currency, or if China is to start making, say, toys that don't have lead in them or food that isn't poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up, and that means prices at WalMart here in the United States are going to go up, too. So I would say that China is our greatest friend right now. They're keeping prices low, and they're keeping prices from mortgages low, too.

So what if your kid's got lead poisoning! It's for the good of the nation! Suck it up!

(In a side note, check out the last bit of the video. While I certainly don't agree with Burnett's economic Machiavellianism, she doesn't deserve the weird sexual harassment Matthews dollops on her, on the air!

Anyone who doesn't understand the insidious nature of sexual harrassment should take a look at the video of that exchange. Here you had a professional woman discussing a very serious and urgent subject on a news program. And Chris Matthews, (in an apparent attempt to disprove the fact that he has a sexual fetish for mature, beefy men) treated her like someone he was trying to pick up in a bar (very clumsily, as you would expect.) She was confused, embarrassed and knocked completely off balance by his inappropriate remarks, made all the worse because she was on the air. (It would have been just as wrong, however, if she'd been in a meeting or in a regular workplace conversation.) The woman was trying to do her job and this moron got all cute acting as if he couldn't hear a word she said. How "nice" of Matthews to make her feel and look like a fool in front of hundreds of thousands of people. I'm sure she really enjoyed that "compliment."

If you haven't seen it, check it out. Very strange. Will anybody call him out on it?)

Jay Stevens :: On China, the free market, surveillance, lead poisoning, and sexual harassment
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Looks like sexual harassment to me (0.00 / 0)
I checked out the video. I think it is sexual harassment.  The statements "Could you come in closer to the camera... no closer..." Followed by "You look great! Ha Ha!!  No, Really , you look great!..." 

...All in the context of a news and business show. Ofcourse, so do about 100osts on media matters.com

JimUrl
A Liberal, free-market, enviro-libertarian.


no doubt... (0.00 / 0)
Matthews went over the line...

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