Jews (or lack thereof)

ihadoneofthese.bmpIn honor of the upcoming holiday, Mattel’s executive vice president, Thomas Debrowski, issue an apology to China on behalf of Mattel, for a massive number of recalls on toys following the revelation that some had contained excessive levels of lead paint. “Mattel takes full responsibility for these recalls and apologizes personally to you, the Chinese people and all of our customers who received the toys,” Debrowski said in a press conference today. Then he added in a statement that the 21 million take-backs were “overly inclusive, including toys that may not have had lead in paint in excess of U.S. standards.” The reason cited for the (possibly) unnecessarily high number of recalls was that the company “puts safety first.”
So, you know, if you think about it, Mattel’s not really at fault here. If the toy-maker is guilty of anything, it’s being too cautious. And not to go there, but perhaps Mattel’s the one that deserves the apology. (Which is exactly how the DBJ’s celebrate Yom Kippur—by asking others to atone for what they’ve done to us).
Mattel apologises to China for toy recalls [Reuters]

  • 20 Jun 2007 at 9:30 AM
  • ABN Amro

Barclays Eagle On Endangered Species List

barclayseagle.gifIntent on making its bid for ABN Amro a success, Barclays is claiming to be seriously considering dropping its eagle logo, over concerns by ABN Amro that the large bird of prey may remind clients of the Nazi regime. The insignia, dating back 300 years, has been redesigned several times, to what some people believe now resembles the German eagle holding a swastika used as a symbol by the Nazis, two people close to both banks (Senior Anti-Anti-Semitism/Swag Correspondents) told the Times. The British bank would apparently switch to ABN Amro’s green and yellow shield, when/if the attempted acquisition is successful. (If it’s not, Heil Hitler, and viva that eagle).
Barclays May Drop Symbol [New York Times]