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If it says “Made in China” and includes fur, you might want to check your moral compass before purchasing.

Lest we go too far falling all over ourselves to welcome China into the first world, here’s a news item on the area where culture and economics intersect. Cheap ain’t always worth the price (and everything that PETA investigates is not misguided).

Not for the squeamish. Seriously.

Don’t click to read the rest unless you have a solid existential position vis a vis pure evil.

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With all the recent news about how gosh darned exotic China really is, I don’t know that anyone needs further convincing, but here ya go anyway (cat lovers may not want to click on the link):

“When we went inside, we saw about 70 cats being kept in cages stacked one on top of the other in two tiny rooms.

“Disease spreads quickly among them and they die slowly in agony and distress. The government won’t even do the cats the kindness of giving them lethal injections when they become sick. They just wait for them to die.

“It is the abandoned pets that suffer the most and die the soonest. They relied so much on their owners that they can’t cope with the new environment…”

The killing of the six stray cats at the kindergarten – where staff at a Beijing cigarette factory leave their children – is the most striking illustration of the city-wide fear of cats.

A teacher at the nursery said: “We did it out of love for the children. We were worried the cats might harm them. These six cats had been hanging around the kindergarten looking for food.

“So three male teachers put out plates of tuna in cages for bait, trapped the cats and then beat them to death with sticks…”

You have to hand it to the Chinese that they so resolutely allow any tinch of humanitarian scruples to slide right off their backs.

And, frankly, who can blame them. When the powers that be decide “We need to get rid of a WHOLE BUNCH of cats before the Olympics,” (5 months away), if you quibble over logistics you might never get anything accomplished. You could easily end up with animal lovers hemming and hawing about animal rights and basic human decency until the whole program is nibbled to death by ducks.

The fact that the round up will be accomplished in a fashion that most civilized societies would view as, well, harsh, is not going to interfere with the round up actually occurring. In China, they get things done.

Something we should hope to see more of: 3Com has decided not to merge with the Chinese firm Huawei Technologies because of national security concerns.

“In this instance, it appears the CFIUS process has worked,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

“The foreign acquisition of American defense contractors will continue to present significant problems and challenges. … We must weigh American security interests before potential profits.”

The little-known CFIUS, an in interagency committee charged with reviewing cross-national mergers for security risks and anti-trust violations, caused a political firestorm in 2006 when it signed off on a deal that would have given Dubai Ports World, a United Arab Emirates-based company, management contracts for six major U.S. ports.

As part of the long denouement to this, well, interesting political season, it is of some interest that the 3Com deal was part of the reason why Duncan Hunter refused to endorse Mitt Romney.

So maybe some other companies, like the ones who import the overwhelming proportion of our seafood, might take a lesson from this?