I’ll get the gross news out first. It looks like Russian President Vladimir Putin is going to sign an anti-American adoption law. I feel for the kids stuck in Russian orphanages all because of politics. Just yuck all around…
Also, a woman found a letter by an exploited Chinese worker in Halloween decorations. Here is a glimpse of what it said:
The letter describes the conditions at the factory: “People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).” That translates to about $1.61 a month.
I agree with the commenters in the post: either bring back manufacturing jobs and charge American consumers for what the products are actually worth. Or, pay the workers more, give them living conditions in addition to living wages, and have consumers of those products pay more. It is inhumane to exploit human labor, especially for cheap plastic trinkets, the majority we don’t need. /RANT.
In better news, Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! We are preparing for what has become an annual bash at our house. We clear out our living room, invite everyone at our school — including the teachers and staff — for a salsa party. Since we have a renovated garage with television and heating lamps, we usually have the kids bring their sleeping bags and make sure they are stocked up with snacks as they watch a movie. Teenagers watch the kids while the parents party inside the house.
Which means I will be taking a nap today to be able to stay up past midnight. What are your plans tonight?
In related New Year’s News: Smoking makes hangovers worse, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services newsletter.
The only sure way to avoid a hangover is to not drink so much. But a study indicates it’s possible to increase the chance of a hangover when drinking, or to make one worse – by smoking. Brown University researcher Damaris Rohsenow found this when looking at eight weeks of Web survey data from 113 college students.
In other New Year’s News: President Obama is Time’s Person of the Year.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?