…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
No, no tax on oxygen. That is the province of gores, flanneries, gillards and similar intellectual giants. I contribute modestly to mankind’s survival by consuming less and less; and paying for it more and more. I have been thus saving the planet since well before Levandulowski fabricated or even saw a first internet “sceptics” survey, or Mann fabricated or even saw his first hockey stick.
Recently, as yet another almost new product disintegrated, leaving in my hands a piece of plastic proudly announcing “Made In China”, I recalled the Second World War, specifically the US air-planes. Sometime in January 1944 a decision was made that aircraft are not to be painted and are to be left in their natural aluminium glory. Camouflage was no longer needed as Allies had air superiority. Besides saving time, labour and money it also saved weight. Somewhere at the back of my mind I had the figure of 600 kg per bomber, but more likely it would be pounds rather than kilograms. There does not seem to be any definite information – estimates vary from 300 to 600 lbs for a Flying Fortress, B-17. If so, two more 250 lbs bombs could have been carried, or an equivalent in avgas. The planes could reach farther in order to destroy enemy’s industry and infrastructure.
All this went through my mind while watching that piece of shoddy plastic with superfluous lettering. There is no need for “Made in China” labelling any more. There is no need to camouflage the fact that we can’t make anything. Our manufacturing industry has been destroyed and the Labor Party is working on the remnants of our infrastructure.
Practically everything is made in China and those few products, which are not, can be still marked “Made in Vietnam”,”Made in Korea” or “Made in India”. Saving in paint, labour and weight would be enormous. Save the planet now!
For those recalling the high contrails of Flying Fortresses over occupied Europe, bringing the destruction and freedom; and Doris Day’s 1944 song on a short wave BBC broadcasts (that ad for some Asian car manufacturer can be skipped, but it underlines my point):