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Fashion’s $16 Billion Debt To Garment Workers Should Spark Reform, Not Sympathy

While we were tending to our sourdough starters and settling into our sweatpants during the pandemic, one of the “most audacious financial heists in corporate history,” according to Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium, was going on right under our noses. A new report, “Unpaid Billions,” co-authored by the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and the Penn State Center for Global Workers’ Rights, draws on U.S. and European apparel import data to illuminate the grim toll of big brands’ unethical dealings during the pandemic. 

When coronavirus hit, powerful apparel companies “canceled” orders—a polite way of saying they refused payment to their garment suppliers for clothes they explicitly ordered months before the pandemic and that were already cut,

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Yoga studio expands to gift shop with items that ‘spark joy,’ owner says

When people enter her gift boutique, Joyful Treasures in Point Lookout, owner Laura Shockley, 45, says an instant sense of calm prevails. “They say things like, ‘Ahh, it feels so relaxing in here,’ or ‘I walk in here and I feel like I’m taking a breath.’” That makes sense because years ago, Shockley abandoned her career as a high-powered attorney at a large Long Island firm to take a breath of her own, and enter what she calls, “her karmic life” as a yoga and meditation instructor.

She opened Point Lookout Yoga and Wellness Studio some five years ago, and just this past June (although it was slated to open much earlier … pandemic and all) she debuted her gift shop in a storefront located next door to her studio. The name, Joyful Treasures, is not random. “Everything in this store, I’ve touched and loved. And I always ask the

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Gift shop bird hooks spark jokes online but can YOU spot what’s wrong with them?

‘Love a cockatoo!’ Gift shop bird hooks spark jokes online but can YOU spot what’s wrong with them?

  • Reddit user posted photo of bird ornaments with interesting hook placements
  • The series of bird hook ornaments look as though they all have a penis
  • A number of other Reddit users were quick to see the humour in the hooks

A series of collectible bird hooks sparked a frenzy of jokes online after the ornaments appeared to be sporting penises. 

The pictures, showing six iconic Australian birds looking particularly excited, was shared to Reddit on Sunday and immediately drew the community’s attention. 

‘Australia. Where we sell birds with erections. 10/10 would buy,’ the poster remarked. 

The collection included white and black cockatoos, a galah, a kookaburra and what appear to be a

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