The game seems rigged—and if it is, following the rules is for suckers.
“AMERICANS replace their cellphones every 22 months, junking some 150 million old phones in 2010 alone…
In far-flung, mostly impoverished places like Agbogbloshie, Ghana; Delhi, India; and Guiyu, China, children pile e-waste into giant mountains and burn it so they can extract the metals — copper wires, gold and silver threads — inside, which they sell to recycling merchants for only a few dollars. In India, young boys smash computer batteries with mallets to recover cadmium, toxic flecks of which cover their hands and feet as they work. Women spend their days bent over baths of hot lead, ‘cooking’ circuit boards so they can remove slivers of gold inside.”
“The United States … remains the only industrialized country that has not ratified the Basel Convention, an international treaty that makes it illegal to export or traffic in toxic e-waste.”
Renée Hartevelt, murdered and cannibalized by Issei Sagawa on June 11th 1981. He checked his self out of a mental institute in August 1981 and has been a free man ever since.
There’s a 45 minute video about him on youtube. it’s just him talking about his motives and whatnot. It’s actually super interesting.
This time, it wasn’t my fault. All I wanted was a bagel. A bagel, a cup of coffee, and perhaps a spot near a window where I could idly watch the traffic go by as I browsed…
Another round of those voted “Most likely to be awesome.”