Monday, March 28, 2011

Oh, Jesus, Why Did I See Pictures of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire?

Please. You could have let me go my whole life without seeing these pictures of aftermath of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire..

Reading 1911 accounts of girls deciding to jump to their deaths troubled me enough to blog and bring up righteous indignation supporting unions.
Thumbnail of faulty fire escapes from Library of Congress, link below.

But the pictures brought bile, rage, and even tears.

Sober tears, even, as among these could have numbered my nieces in earlier times, my dear and still sweet 15 and 18 year old nieces.

To think the factory owners collected more $ in an insurance settlement than they paid out in civil settlements boggles my mind beggars the imagination, and buggers all thoughts of responsible capitalists working with government regulators to make the world a better place.

Fie on that in FL, where governor 48.9% wants to abolish ability of humans raped or killed in FL privatized state programs run by a not for profit company--although sure looks like top administrators make out like bandits at One Kid while real kids die.

[Miami-Dade’s 5-year-old privately run child welfare agency is paid $100 million each year to protect thousands of abused and neglected children. But in recent months, it has been forced to defend itself.
Last summer, several children’s advocates became incensed when Our Kids, a private contractor that oversees foster care and adoption in Miami-Dade and Monroe, paid more than $330,000 in employee bonuses – some totaling five figures – at the same time it cut the stipend given to newly aged-out foster kids by $300.]
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Pictures found at excellent Fox Business News story.

[Fined $20

A year later, in 1913, Blanck, would be fined just $20 for locking the doors to another factory.
The owners lost a civil suit in 1913, but they paid only about $75 per victim. Later, they got an insurance check for $60,000 more than they had reported as losses -- the two owners earned about $411 per victim. The factory soon went out of business.

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