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The Jehoshua Novels


Some capitalists are torturers

This is fucking outrageous (And yes New Jersey Catholic High School, you can go fuck yourself).

They were not thinking of him as a human being

CHICAGO — By the time Carlos Centeno arrived at the Loyola University Hospital Burn Centermore than 98 minutes had elapsed since his head, torso, arms and legs had been scalded by a 185-degree solution of water and citric acid inside a factory on this city’s southwestern edge.

The laborer, assigned to the plant that afternoon in November 2011 by a temporary staffing agency, was showered with the solution after it erupted from the open hatch of a 500-gallon chemical tank he was cleaning. Factory bosses, federal investigators would later contend, refused to call an ambulance as he awaited help, shirtless and screaming. He arrived at Loyola only after first being driven to a clinic by a co-worker.

At admission Centeno had burns over 80 percent of his body and suffered a pain level of 10 on a scale of 10, medical records show. Clad in a T-shirt, he wore no protective gear other than rubber boots and latex gloves in the factory, which makes household and personal-care products.

Centeno, 50, died three weeks later, on December 8, 2011.

Read the rest of this tragic story here (latest update was January 25, 2013)

1 comment to Some capitalists are torturers

  • Jeff Wegerson

    (Until the so-called owner checks in I’m treating all diaries as Open Threads.)

    Here’s a little LOL I ran across just now:

    …In their book, Brynjolfsson and McAfee cite a meeting between Henry Ford and Walter Reuther, the union leader. Pointing at his new robots, Mr Ford says, “How will you get union dues from them?” Mr Reuther replied: “How will you get them to buy your cars?”

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