barfed in my office

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How Privileged Are You?

As a quite privileged man with 74/100 points, I feel like I shouldn’t be allowed on tumblr

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These are my meals

I made a “blog” where I take pictures of my food to force myself to think about it and also make it public so people can look at it and shame me.

Look/follow/make fun of it/whatever

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http://cespur.tumblr.com/post/78688636129/bobthebilker-fuckyeamypoliticalopinion-the

bobthebilker:

fuckyeamypoliticalopinion:

The people with the loudest social media conscience conveniently forget that their iPhone is made by slave labor in China.

I’m pretty sure they’re not literally slaves. Any worker who makes an iPhone is choosing to get a job in a factory.

Dear cespur/fuckyeahmypoliticalopinion,

I’d like to address each of your points in no particular order.

First, thank you for submitting a source for the statement you made in the original post. I agree that those working conditions appear egregious, especially the 2-year contracts/secrecy/69-hour shifts. This seems to be a problem with the Jabil Circuit primarily, although it is absolutely Apple’s responsibility for their products being made in these conditions. Again, thank you for supplying a source. Without it, it seemed a little hyperbolic and overwrought.

Second, I’m not sure if you watched the video I linked to, but according to Ms. Chang’s research and experience, most Chinese workers tend to move from bad rural living conditions, and the ones that she spoke to didn’t seem to think about their life being particularly awful. I suppose if they weren’t able to compare their lives to our luxurious existence of being snarky/angry on the internet, they might think that. That’s a philosophical issue I’d rather not get into. In any case, it seems like the workers left rural China to pursue a better life, and in Apple’s case, this life may not have been better. With respect to the video, it seems like this profession is not meant to be permanent, i.e. a little extra income before really settling down. I don’t know, I haven’t been, and am not incredibly familiar with this issue. Before reading your article, the attitude I read smacked of the “White Man’s Burden”, acting as if we know better than our darker neighbors and telling them what’s best for them. No matter what you may think, in order for a Chinese citizen to get a factory job, they have to move to the city and apply for one, just like American citizens. We used to have shitty factories and working conditions (for all I know we still do) and I hope the Chinese conditions improve.

Third, I have occasionally been an asshole but hope it’s not a permanent condition, and I can’t dispute that I was being a smartass because of the attitude I perceived in your post (see second to last sentence in previous paragraph). My blog is not “about” pizza and being alone, but thank you for reading beyond my response! I am also a 24 year old male graduate student in astrophysics, and I assure you I have passed adolescence, although I suspect it would be inappropriate for me to attempt to prove this (and then you’d be all like “um you probably just googled for a picture of a penis”).

I’m probably not going to convince you that I’m even partially correct (although I’ll concede that to you). Still, I feel like we agree on more things than most (based on your blog that makes me laugh because I agree with most of your opinions), so hopefully I didn’t ruin your day or anything.

Best regards,

bobthebilker

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fuckyeamypoliticalopinion:

The people with the loudest social media conscience conveniently forget that their iPhone is made by slave labor in China.

I’m pretty sure they’re not literally slaves. Any worker who makes an iPhone is choosing to get a job in a factory.

http://www.npr.org/2013/11/15/243717512/what-are-the-lives-of-chinese-factory-workers-really-like

but you know whatever you’re probably right who am I, just some guy on the internet who googles things

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The mantra of my life

whatshouldwecallme:

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the worst part about being alone is that it’s hard to eat a whole pizza boli by yourself

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did-you-kno:

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This whole thing is so fucking wrong it hurts. Also this is the same website that has the following image on the homepage.

did-you-kno:

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This whole thing is so fucking wrong it hurts. Also this is the same website that has the following image on the homepage.

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what a goddamn show

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Perfect 5

thatguysonheroin:

I received a perfect 5 from a reader in Philly, and after many minutes of attempting to download the video and place on Tumblr I just plain ol’ give up. If you’re in the mood for some feel good fun from Philly you’re going to have to swing on over to our Facebook page and say Hi.

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Not official until it's on Buzzfeed

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