My modest planet saving suggestion

 …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):

 

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to My modest planet saving suggestion

  1. Sally Airhead says:

    I wonder if those defective condoms Communist China is selling to Africans have that proud “Made In China” markings. Maybe it is “One condom – one hole” policy.

  2. straight and narrow says:

    This’s a nice post. Brings up the point of our approaching demise.

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