Thursday, August 16, 2007

When everything is made in China

Mattel Inc., the largest U.S. toy company, recalled 18 million Chinese-made toy items on Tuesday due to safety risks from lead paint. And that is after recent recalls of toothpaste, pet foods, and tires which were all made in China.

Well, it's hard to buy things not made in China these days, but for your own good, avoid Chinese-made product that will go into your body. And when you buy that made in China picture frame, make sure your baby can't reach it and put it his or her mouth. I've heard too many terrifying stories about unethical business practice in China. i.e. use human hair to make soy sauce; bleaching used menstrual pads for "recycle" sale...

So, when I go Asian grocery shopping, I NEVER buy food imported from China; I only buy Taiwanese brand or food products made in the U.S. Check the address printed on the package, usually you'll be able to tell where its from.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

How can we live without Google!

I started using the Internet about 10 years ago, and I remember getting on those old-fashioned search engines for my high school papers with the dial-up modem. For example, if I wanted information about the Shenandoah National Park, I would need to go to [Travel]-->[United States]-->[Virginia]-->[Outdoor], and maybe find something, if I was lucky.

Today, Google knows everything, and it only takes a few seconds to lookup random information. I guess a lot of us just take it for granted, but seriously, how can we live without Google!?