newhue wrote:Back to the tire, even if rubber hardening with age and thus loosing its grip. Then why still aren't the manufacturers melting and remoulding tires. Why does a rubber used else where in a vehicle, in suspension components, or engine mounts potentially last Ok for 10 years.
newhue wrote:you know I once was a smoker. I watched my grandfather die of emphysema, and then his eldest son, and I smoked every bit as much or more than them. Just like the quit smoking adds nowdays I'd stand outside in the cold, accept the persistent coughing, and endured the growing social leper feeling I had being a smoker. I felt the government was happy for me to smoke as I contributed in tax, but also played a card they had a moral responsibility to help me give up. It seemed the tobacco companies were allowed to drug me and go about their business, and for as long as chose to smoke all were happy.
We have now the same problem with sugar, except the government is doing nothing but spinning out about obesity, diabetes, and counting the cost on the health budgets. The food companies are growing fat in sales, the people are aware, but to a degree quite powerless to fight the volumes of sugar in everything, and may go some way to explaining some of the social ills we have with depression, suicide, and drugs.
Perhaps a solution is simply tax. They taxed the tobacco companies to help cover the health bill; so an easy way to stop obesity is turn a $1.50can of coke into a $7 can of coke. McDonalds is already expansive, but taxing it so its 4 to 5 times price would help everyone but McDonnalds. If these companies wish to poison people's body with fat and sugar, just make sure they contribute or clean up their act. I feel for the smokers except when they through their buts out the window; but to be trapped by a product with an addictive drug to the body at the crazy prices of today is just bad. But to get of the drug one has endure the process, you learn a bit along the way about yourself.
newhue wrote:huh you lost me? Guess when I spend the weekend at the beach picking up plastic bottles, beer bottles, soft drink cans, zip ties etc I should school up and say not my problem, and just walk past it. The dead turtle on the beach not my problem either? I'm blaming no one. However I am saying the system we have is fixed towards politicians, CEO's, and Banks to keep us in a system where the environment has no value. Well except for exploitation. By taxing the maker of the can, the bottle, etc significantly higher on their product then what they are now encourages them to be more proactive with the aftermath of their product. That is if they wanted to reduce their tax and retail price. Yes people should not litter, but to charge $4 for a bottle of water with a total cost of 25c including the water, bottle, cap, label, and box is perhaps irresponsible, especially with no regard once that plastic bottle is empty. But hey if the system is great, the system is great. I'll walk past the rubbish next time knowing I should take more responsibility.
newhue wrote:Sorry as I thought you were saying take responsibility and stop blaming everyone. Absolutely the bull is raging, and I can take myself over the fence, but I ask why should I have to.
The only way anything will ever change is by not feeding the machine that you dislike. Take control of the small things first and by "schooling up", join local community groups, get involved with your local member etc. It's not about huge disruptive changes to your life....just small ones. The less power you give the less power they have and there are perhaps billions of people on the planet wanting to do the same thing.....there is where the changes can and will happen.newhue wrote:I don't know about you but I don't feel I have to jump fences for greener pastures, I shouldn't have to.
newhue wrote:So now I pick up the rubbish and chuck it over the fence into the school grounds. Get about half an Aldi bag a week.
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