the Earth is rare, smartphones are dumb

Australian company Lynas Corporation Ltd says proudly that it wants to "...become the benchmark for the security of supply and environmental standards in the global Rare Earths industry", but is not very talkative about the possible dumping of radioactive solid wastes on an uninhabited island off the coast of Malaysia. (The so-called "rare earths" are used to make smartphones and other critically essential accessories.)

Needless to say, most Malaysians are angry and upset about the project:

It's entirely unsurprising they're angry and upset, given the history of destructive projects and practices in Malaysia, an astonishingly beautiful country increasingly beset by the forces of industrialisation, globalisation, uglification and corruption.

Video by namewee.


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