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Pod-people protest at Computex

Computex 2006 Greenpeace rallies against toxic computers
Thu Jun 08 2006, 12:31
GREENPEACE HELD a rally outside of Computex complete with pod-people. They were dressed in low level hazmat suits holding pictures of electronics equipment dumps in third-world countries, complete with pictures of smiling children on said toxic waste dumps.

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The problem they are worried about is quite real and nasty. When you throw out those computer parts that are too toxic to go to the dump, they tend to get shipped overseas where the laws are a little more lax. They are then thrown out there, and do all the bad things we are trying to avoid here by shipping them there. This is a problem for the poor people who live over there, a big problem.

I can't really say if I agree with the specifics, the pod-people were standing motionless in those suits, and must have nearly cooked in the heat and humidity. The lady doing the speaking was quite animated and emotional, but seeing as it was in Chinese, it didn't mean all that much to me. It was however quite the spectacle. µ

See also:
US dumps computer waste on third world
Computers have traces of deadly toxic dust
IBM, others sued by New York State
Britain gets buried under millions of Intel Pentiums
HP turning the world into a toxic trash bin

 

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