My semi-regular Sunday piece of interesting, longer, deeper stories I found during the week. It’s also a chance for you to share what you found this week too. Those stimulating links you wanted to share, but just didn’t fit in anywhere (no linkwhoring). This week: Dhaka t-shirts, twitter exclusives, the politics of principle and missing white woman syndrome.
As the death toll exceeds 1000, do you know if your T-shirt made in the Dhaka garment factory? Odds are you have no idea. Many brands are hiding the country, let alone the suppliers of their garments, making it much hard to do ethical purchasing.
I quite like genetic modification, but I don’t like gene-patenting or Monsanto and their business practices – the Herald had a good piece on the problems with GM seeds.
Roy Hattersley, formerly high in UK Labour, argues for the politics of principle rather than populism in the wake of UKIP’s good results over there recently. It’s not often you hear UK Labour talking about the virtues of Thatcher…
Possibly less principled politics is David Cameron’s new way of getting the media onside: twitter exclusives for the loyal.
If you’re worried about what currency traders get up to, the latest is: lasers. In the desire for faster trades to make money on the margins, you can be sure it’s a good use of society’s resources to make those traders rich without creating any real wealth…
Finally: missing white woman syndrome. In the wake of the Ohio kidnapping story, are the media biased towards covering stories with white women as victims? If you compare the coverage of the white v non-white kidnappee prior and post their discovery, it’s very different. Coloured people find it hard to get their stories told, and white women are seen as victims – which probably isn’t healthy for anybody.