Lawsuit: Apple, Google, Tesla Profit from African Child Labor

A slew of high-tech companies including Apple, Google, and Tesla are being sued by a group of Congolese families whose children allegedly died or were severely injured while mining cobalt that is used to produce lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones and electric cars.

The human rights organization International Rights Advocates filed the suit Sunday in a Washington, D.C. federal court on behalf of 14 families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Their suit claims that the companies knowingly aided and abetted the “cruel and brutal” use of young children to mine cobalt, which is a key ingredient for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The other companies named in the suit are Microsoft and Dell.

“The young children mining Defendants’ cobalt are not merely being forced to work full-time, extremely dangerous mining jobs at the expense their educations and futures; they are being regularly maimed and killed by tunnel collapses and other known hazards common to cobalt mining in the DRC,” the complaint alleges.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the case represents “extreme abuse of innocent children.”

“We will do everything possible to get justice quickly for the children we represent,” Terry Collingsworth, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, in a statement.

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Wage Growth For Men About 1/4% Per Year Since 2000, Women About 1/2% Per Year

Women are slowly catching up to men in median wages but growth has been pathetic across the board.

BLS data on real wages shows women are slowly catching up to men.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is real wages for women have only risen at slightly over 1/2 of 1 percent per year for 19.5 years.

Men performed even worse. Real wages for men have risen at a pathetic rate of about 1/4 of 1 percent per year in the same period.

The featured images is from a set of Interactive BLS Graphs on Fred.

The anecdotes and calculations are mine.

I used an Annual Rate of Return Calculator to determine the percentages.

Major Assumption

The numbers assume you believe the BLS’ questionable rates of inflation.

I don’t because the BLS excludes housing prices and ignores asset bubbles. The BLS also dramatically understates health care costs.

Questioning the BLS Medical Care Index

I discuss health care and incorrect BLS methodology in Another Surge in CPI Medical Care Costs.

One person commented “I bought my own insurance and it went up about 180% in the first three years of Obamacare.”

Unfortunately, that’s typical. Anyone buying their own insurance will not believe the purported 4.3% rise in the past year.

I discuss other problems with the BLS’ medical calculations.

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Soros, Socialists Behind Mass Protests – Hungary’s Ruling Party Claims

Mass demonstrations in Budapest against changes to the labor code have been fueled by opposition parties and George Soros, the ruling Fidesz coalition claims. Police have been forced to repel large crowds attempting to storm Parliament, while inside, MPs have heckled and harassed fellow lawmakers and even blocked access to the speaker’s podium in an attempt […]