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On My Soupbox

And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of that country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast…                                                                                   –William Bradford, 1620, Of Plymouth Plantation It’s winter: Minnesota Heartland 11-Bean SoupContinue Reading “On My Soupbox”

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Show Prep: Sneaking a Foot in America’s Door

Notes scribbled on over two dozen 3×5 index cards cover my kitchen nook table. Discussion points for my brief–less than 10-minutes–morning talk radio interview. Each card tells its own China Ate My Jeans-related story. Some stories I’ve touched on in this blog, others are yet to come. How to choose…? I listen to the show onContinue Reading “Show Prep: Sneaking a Foot in America’s Door”

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Levi’s: Made in Lesotho. But You Knew That, Right?

Lesotho. Say it three times. Think Colin Firth as George VI in the movie “The King’s Speech.” Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho. There’s a tongue-twister for you. And where oh where in the world is it, anyway? I’ve never been good at geography, so right there in the checkout line at Big 5 Sporting Goods I askContinue Reading “Levi’s: Made in Lesotho. But You Knew That, Right?”

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To Love or Not to Love Dov

 American Apparel CEO Now Literally Using Old Porn Pics as Ads: There’s a case to be made that the ads are faux child pornography dressed as adult porn, and they’re pretending to advertise AA’s clothes when in fact they’re just some pictures Charney saw in a porn magazine.                                —                                                                                         –Jim Edwards, bnet.com, January 26, 2011 Continue Reading “To Love or Not to Love Dov”

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Desperately Seeking Made in USA

Tell me why, tell me why? Why do fools fall in love?                                                                                        –Herman Santiago & Jimmy Merchant I want so much to love American Apparel. In fact, I’m desperate to love its products, its company, its CEO. I’m itching to buy something besides farmer’s market broccoli or grocery store free range chicken. A pretty skirtContinue Reading “Desperately Seeking Made in USA”

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Will the Real China Please Stand Up?

Ironically, for a country that still claims to be communist, China has grown far more unequal of late. Many peasants and workers share little in the country’s growth, while others are ruthlessly exploited. Corruption is pervasive, which exacerbates existing inequalities. At a local level there are countless instances in which government colludes with developers toContinue Reading “Will the Real China Please Stand Up?”

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Vera Wang and Apple Pie

“My only criticism of the whole thing is of Michelle Obama’s choice of designer and dress. I think it was absolutely wrong for her to wear something by a foreign designer, particularly at a dinner for China, with which we have a terrible trade imbalance.”                                                                                        —Vanity Fair writer Bob Colacello to VF Daily Amen, Bob. WeContinue Reading “Vera Wang and Apple Pie”