Bangladesh Factory Consumed in Fire Made Walmart Clothing, Over 110 Dead

By: Monday November 26, 2012 3:00 pm

I briefly mentioned the implications of the Walmart supply chain, and how the insistence of keeping prices low has wide-ranging impacts across the globe. Apparently some of those impacts are completely tragic.


Want Guns With Your Grande at Starbucks?

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 5:00 pm

The National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC) has announced a Starbucks boycott.

Video: NYC Mayor Bloomberg Booed, Heckled at Triangle Fire Commemoration

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 8:12 am

As I stood witness to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire centennial commemoration at the corner of Washington Place and Green Street on Friday, March 25, I was surprised and impressed by the size of the crowd, but the most unexpected moment of the day came when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped to the microphone.

The Party Line – March 25, 1911

By: Friday March 25, 2011 7:57 am

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of America’s most horrific industrial accidents, happened 100 years ago today, on March 11, 1911. Though New York City’s fire department arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call, the fire at this “modern” high rise at the corner of Washington Pl. and Greene St. still claimed the lives of 146 people, most of them young women and teenage girls. Some were burned, some died of smoke inhalation, some were crushed pushing for the exits, some fell from a faulty fire escape, and some jumped nine stories in an attempt to escape the flames.

It was a catastrophic, once-in-a-lifetime failure of what were considered more than ample emergency response systems. No one could have possibly anticipated. . . .

Remembering the Fire: Centennial of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Tragedy This Friday

By: Monday March 21, 2011 7:12 pm

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. A documentary on HBO tonight will remember the event, where 146 garment workers died in a fire at their factory. The managers of the factory had locked the doors to the exits, a typical tactic to force long workdays in a time before laws outlawing the practice. The Triangle Fire led directly to worker safety laws and the growth of the ILGWU garment worker’s union.

US Approves First Gulf Deepwater Well – And BP Is Majority Owner

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 3:35 pm

The Obama Administration approved the first deepwater drilling well permit for the Gulf of Mexico, 11 months after the BP oil disaster. . . .

BPA’s Bad for Humans, but Why Is U.S. Studying Chinese Workers’ Exposure?

By: Sunday November 7, 2010 6:45 am

We know plastic additive Bisphenol A is bad for humans, although we’re still learning more about its effects on humans. But why is the U.S. spending tax dollars on studying Chinese workers’ exposures?

White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Moratorium; Landrieu Doesn’t Lift Lew Hold

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 4:45 pm

The White House lifted its deepwater drilling moratorium today, but Mary Landrieu still won’t lift her hold on Jack Lew.

Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 4:25 pm

The Interior Department moved forward today with new offshore drilling rules without moving up the end of the moratorium.

Government Tells BP to Complete Relief Well

By: Friday August 13, 2010 12:33 pm

Like a lazy adolescent with senioritis, BP had been intimating that they might not need to finish up drilling the relief well that would permanently stop the Macondo well in the Gulf, arguing that the heavy drilling mud, cement and other containment strategies are holding. Admiral Thad Allen gave that idea the big no-go today.

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