Enter your email address to subscribe to Irregular Times and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 253 other subscribers

Irregular Times Newsletters

Click here to subscribe to any or all of our six topical e-mail newsletters:
  1. Social Movement Actions,
  2. Credulity and Faith,
  3. Election News,
  4. This Week in Congress,
  5. Tech Dispatch and
  6. our latest Political Stickers and Such

Contact Us

We can be contacted via retorts@irregulartimes.com

ShirtCity Becomes a Viable if Limited Choice for Sweat-Free Sales

Seven months ago, I reviewed a number of online print-on-demand services — websites that allow you to put your designs on products and sell them for profit. Other reviews of these print-on-demand websites focused on the ease of use or stylishness of the products being printed upon, but I took a different tack, focusing upon [...]

I gave Governor Blagojevich a bribe, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt! (Get it Ethically Here)

One of the interesting things about designing t-shirts is trying to figure out which ones will be popular and which won’t. Nope, I’m still not good those predictions. I was pretty sure my Man Plus Woman Equals Thingy would be a wildly popular t-shirt zinging the fundamentalists for their marriage equation, but nope, I haven’t [...]

Product Introductions Deepen Ethical Distinction Between Skreened and CafePress

This month, CafePress has introduced four new sweatshirts for its online shopkeepers to place their images on and sell. A CafePress representative confirmed to me today that each of the sweatshirts is made outside the USA, in a long-distance arrangement that only makes economic sense for CafePress if the workers who make those sweatshirts are [...]

Skreened Tops CafePress in Sweatshop-Free Organic Baby Clothing

Back in February, a representative of CafePress assured us in conversations that dark American Apparel shirts would be coming up for sale in the late summer. In the early fall, maybe more American Apparel organic shirts would be coming up too.

Uh huh. We’ve been hearing that line from CafePress for years now. Such [...]

Why Am I Hawking This Obama T-Shirt by CNN?

It’s not because I’m making any money off of it. I won’t see a cent. A CNN representative asked me if I’d feature it on our website, and I agreed for one reason… because all shirts on which this design is sold are made by American Apparel, so you know that the shirts are [...]

Wasilla Needs Its Village Idiot. Send Sarah Palin Home.

Americans are losing jobs, losing homes, and losing hope. We need to contain the damage, and put Sarah Palin back in the arena of small town politics, where she can’t do much harm. Wasilla needs its village idiot. In 2008, let’s send Sarah Palin home. [...]

For the Ability to Make Ethical Choices as a T-Shirt Shopkeeper, It’s Still Skreened Over Zazzle

There are some things I can’t tell you.

In order to obtain information about Zazzle‘s plans for its evolving relationship to shopkeepers, I was required this past winter to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement in which I had to promise not to share anything I was told. Thanks to that agreement I signed, I [...]

CafePress adds new American Apparel T-Shirt to its Line.

I just got off the phone with a representative of CafePress who informs me that (following up on plans it had announced last month) the print-on-demand company is now offering a new line of Junior Jersey T-Shirts, replacing an old line that was not made in the demonstrably sweatshop-free conditions that American Apparel maintans. The [...]

The Decline, or the Acme, of Sweatshop Production?

Some very basic economic forces would seem to portend the decline of America’s sweatshop consumer economy. As wage stagnation has become so obvious that even the right-wing NewsMax has begun to feature complaints about it, the effect of unchanged real wages overall and diminishing real wages for middle class and working class Americans has been [...]

A More Perfect Union, Through Obama or Clinton

Barack Obama does not own the concept of America as an ongoing effort toward a more perfect union. As American citizens, we all own that idea. How we apply our power as citizens of the union is a matter of individual conscience and open for free public debate. The important thing is that we do attempt to apply that power, and do so with an eye to doing more than obtaining power for a favored candidate for a short term in office. [...]