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  •  By the headline... (2+ / 0-)

    I thought this was going to be about my fat people on treadmills idea.  You see, if we provide treadmills that generate electriciy to fat people and tell them if they use the treadmills, they don't have to pay taxes.  And then we hook it up to the grid, our obesity and energy problems will be solved!  :)

    •  That reminds me of the Blender Bike! (0+ / 0-)

      A few years ago, I volunteered in the Green Tent at the Virgin Mobile Music Festival, and Rock the Bike was there with a blender bike (http://rockthebike.com/...) and a party bike.  I forget the official name of the party bike, but it had a lot of musical equipment attached to it.

    •  I always figured our American (0+ / 0-)

      talent for storing fat (to the point that people can't walk) would be part of the solution to our transportation fuels problem. Offer free liposuction at centers in every city, where the clinics can then sell the accumulated fat to biodiesel manufacturers (where it will be rendered and blended). Get GM to deploy that nifty Mercedes-like small truck/car diesel engine it's been sitting on ever since it got the joint patent with EPA, convert everything over to biodiesel (needs different hoses and gaskets). Cars and light trucks, semis, trains, shipping, agricultural machinery, home heating up north where they use fuel oil... all of it. Except of course for in-city gad-abouts, which can be all electric. You can make diesel-electric hybrids too.

      Sure, that would require some large agricultural policy changes, but there are some fine oil crops out there that can grow abundantly on marginal land, need no fertilizers or pesticides. Hemp, for instance. The seeds of which produce high quality light oil that burns hotter than any other vegetable oil.

    •   "to be about my fat people" (0+ / 0-)
      "eat lots of hamburgers; they don't want fresh produce."
      Yes! but a subtle being about.

      I can't believe that so far there has been no reply by some DKers trying to justify "they don't want fresh produce"

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