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November 07, 2007

Waiting for Bob

This is a funny video. With a message. You can laugh as you learn.

At a Campaign for America's Future event last night, Bob Borosage mentioned that there's exactly one guy responsible for checking the safety of all the toys we import from China, and his name, hilariously, is Bob. Better hope he's going home late most nights.

November 7, 2007 | Permalink


Ezra, surely they're referring to Bob the Small Parts Guy, about whom I wrote (right here at your place!) last month, when Nancy Nord testified before the Senate about the shoddy state of the CPSC.

Posted by: litbrit | Nov 7, 2007 2:34:18 PM

And right behind litbrit... the guy who's been following Nancy Nord.

While the video is hysterical, I think the New York Times has a point in their editorial this week - getting rid of Nancy Nord just exacerbates the problem. Congress needs to allocate more money, and Nord needs to be watched closely for improving enforcement (Bush could also sidestep Nord by appointing a Chair to the CPSC, which Nord holds as "Acting" in lieu of a named replacement). That, and I think this should be a key theme in the next election - one party has made clear what they think of regulating consumer products. Now it's time for the other guys.

Posted by: weboy | Nov 7, 2007 2:59:52 PM

OMG: is lead also being put into our condoms? "I've been having symptoms". Who knew that sex transmitted lead? - oh wait, it must be that 'lead in your pencil'.

Oh, to be a court judge. I'd sentence Nord to a daily diet of licking Ken dolls four hours a day - or Barbie if she prefers.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Nov 7, 2007 3:05:49 PM

I like the band.

Posted by: Jim W | Nov 7, 2007 4:21:54 PM

Gang, it gets worse:

Posted by: Rick Perlstein | Nov 7, 2007 5:08:31 PM

I work in a lead poisoning prevention program. While I'd like to caution everyone that the vast majority of lead poisoning cases are caused by deteriorated paint in older houses, it's good that this issue has come onto people's radar.

That being said, costume jewelry is probably one of the highest risk imports. It has small parts which can be ingested or sucked on, and it's made of the cheapest alloys that the manufacturers can get.

I attended a lead poisoning conference last month, where a presenter discussed an analysis of the alloy in one lot of costume jewelry sold in dollar stores. When analyzed, the ratios of the alloy's components indicated that the metal comes from recycled consumer electronics. When you throw out your old cell phone, computer, whatever, it's often shipped back to China, where the metallic components are stripped, melted, and cast into new forms.

Can you say "circle of death"?

And it doesn't stop there. Many of the recalled toys are simply re-exported to countries that don't have the kind of consumer protection laws or enforcement that the US does, and sold at a discount. So even after you take Barbie away from your daughter, she could go on to poison a Haitian child.

Posted by: stogie | Nov 7, 2007 9:14:25 PM

C'mon. Everybody knows that Ken is gay!

Posted by: Joe S. | Nov 7, 2007 10:47:16 PM

You damn nanny staters! You want the gubmint to protect from everything don't you?

Me? I'm headed out to canvas the local toy stores for "aqua-dots" toys. They sound like a lot of fun.

Posted by: ice weasel | Nov 8, 2007 9:28:35 AM

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