The Qwerty Project by Pablo Gamboa Santos: ThIs artist uses a typewriter which typed characters serve as decorations in various designs and characters portrayed. Each illustration, carried A4, is part of a group of 300 designs creating a mural of more than 60 meters in length.

So I’m looking up and doing some research on colleges, ‘cause I’m going to undertake a new course (Digital Media and its Technologies) and one of the institutions I want to know the most about won’t list the prices <3 They say you can see it on their murals AROUND CAMPUS.

Hoe, I don’t attend there yet, how the hell will I see it?

No action as Argentina's illegal sweatshops flourish

Two-thirds of the clothing industry is conducted in illegal workshops, like one where two young boys died last month.

by Daniel Schweimler

In Argentina they call sweatshops talleres clandestinos or clandestine workshops. But everyone, it seems, knows where they are.

They certainly now know the whereabouts of the one on the corner of Páez and Terrada streets in the Flores neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. For there was a fire there last month that killed two young boys, Rolando and Rodrigo.

The neighbours have painted a mural, at the base of which sit burnt candles and withered flowers. A pile of sodden clothes blocks the pavement and police guard the charred doorframes.

Omar Ruiz lives a few doors away. “Behind all those houses you see there are sweatshops,” he said. “Secret launderies and boilers they use for industrial ironing.”

Ruiz said there were six more sweatshops just on his block which the city authorities had been advised of.

The city government said it didn’t know that Páez 2796 was a sweatshop.

Ruiz said fires were common, and although the cause of this latest one was still being investigated, it was possibly ignited by a spark from industrial sewing machines being plugged into overloaded domestic sockets.

Since the fire, the Alameda Foundation, which campaigns for better working conditions, has identified hundreds more sweatshops in and around Buenos Aires which, along with Sao Paulo, has one of the greatest concentrations of the illegal textile industry in South America.

Bolivian workers

Like Rolando and Rodrigo, most of the workers come from Bolivia, enticed to Argentina with the promise of housing and well-paid jobs.

Olga Cruz came in 2000 with her two young children. Like many she was recruited by an agency in Bolivia that took her passport.

She said: “I was working with nine other people in a tiny space where there was no room for us to move.

"We were hardly allowed to go to the toilet. We ate breakfast at our machines and we ate lunch at our machines.”

Cruz escaped and now works for the Alameda Foundation’s sewing cooperative - a maximum of eight hours a day and with a share of the profits.

“It’s like in this country the laws don’t exist,” she said. “No-one takes any notice of us foreigners, no-one cares about our work conditions.”

Gustavo Vera is a Buenos Aires city deputy who also campaigns with Alameda.

“We’re talking about 68 percent of the Argentine clothing industry being conducted in sweatshops,“ he said.

"Informal work, forced labour, people who work more than 12 hours a day without any rights and even slave labour with workers living and working in the same place without being able to leave.”

Vera wants the law changed to prevent government departments buying from the sweatshops.

He also said the big name brands should declare that they don’t use what he called slave labour.

More than 100 well known national and international brands, (including the Spanish firm Zara and the sports giants Puma and Adidas) have been named in legal proceedings as alleged sweatshop customers.

They all either deny the charge or say they’re attempting to disassociate themselves from them.

Highest price

The clothing is sold on the pavements around Buenos Aires and at La Salada - a huge site on the outskirts of Buenos Aires that has been described as the biggest counterfeit clothing market in South America.

A few days after the fire at Páez 2796, Bolivian workers and Argentine trade unions, accompanied by local residents, marched to the site of another sweatshop fire that in 2006 killed six Bolivian workers, five of them children.

The owners were never prosecuted. Two managers are appealing against their three-year jail sentences.

The marchers unrolled strips of cloth tied into a long string which they looped around trees and lampposts along the 2km route between the two houses.

They marched in 2006 too. There was outrage and indignation and promises by the authorities that they would tackle the sweatshop industry. The number of sweatshops has only grown.

While immigrants work 16 or more hours a day, in cramped and insanitary conditions, for a few cents or nothing at all, the profit margins for the owners are mouth-watering.

And what shopper doesn’t want brand name clothing at knockdown prices?

But Rolando and Rodrigo, aged 10 and seven, paid the highest price of all.


pink teddy bear = jesse

I’m not the only one that feels like that’s made somewhat clear right?

We first see it in the music video for Jesse’s song Fallacies (which I am also going to make a post about), important to note that Jesse himself is not in the video. The bear could be a substitute for Jesse, and the video ends on a shot of it as Jesse is being credited.

In Phoenix the bear is laying down in the rustic place Walt makes the drug deal - reflective of Jesse’s current nodded out state. Again the bear is perhaps a substitute for the lack of Jesse’s presence in the sell of his and Walt’s product.

Then there’s Jane’s mural:

This mural is pretty symbolic. The character representing Jane is in a blissed-out state not unlike nodding off. She is caught in a whirlwind being pulled towards a dark vortex with a clock just above it - all very suggestive of her death.

The pink teddy bear is with her, but he is caught on some type of celestial fabric and unable to follow her into oblivion.

Jesse pretty much was this bear, in the dreamy false heaven of Jane’s heroin addiction. But he was saved from being completely sucked in. As cruel as it was of Walt to let Jane die it’s possible that he truly did save Jesse by doing so. As the clock seems to indicate, Jane would have likely overdosed eventually anyways. It was only a matter of time.

The bear is the closing shot of season 2, having fallen from the Wayfarer crash. Vince Gilligan has mentioned that the crash is meant to be representative of “all the terrible grief that Walt has wrought upon his loved ones“. The last time we see Jesse this season is by the poolside at rehab, taking the blame for Jane’s death. The bear falls into Walt’s pool, irreparably damaged, as a reminder of his guilt for the person he has wronged the most.

The last time we see the bear (I think?) is in the background in Rabid Dog before Jesse gets into Hank’s car - stuck in a tree. Jesse is stuck, he can’t escape his entanglement with Heisenberg.

Then there are the seeming callbacks to the bear - like Gus’s grizzly fate in Face Off. Maybe indicative of another meaning behind the bear (like the damage Walt causes), but if it were referring to Jesse in any way it could also be a way of saying Gus’s death was damaging to Jesse. Would Gus have been better for Jesse compared to Walter? We’ll never know.

One side of Jesse’s face being damaged is repeated throughout the series - even before the appearance of the bear.

And lastly - “Pinkman”- pink bear…?? That proves it, totally.

Haha but really I’ve thought this since seeing Jane’s mural in ABQ, and I tried to see if anyone else had the same theory but couldn’t find anything. So, just putting it out there.