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  •  Excellent! (15+ / 0-)

    It's worth pointing out that every CNC Injection Moulding Machine currently employed making "cheap plastic crap", also works very well if used to make "cheap but extremely useful stuff".

    This kind of industrial innovation, frittered away making things to clutter up my car, or the kid's toy box .... or the landfill, can also make medical appliances, education items and other less frivolous objects.

    And it can make and deliver them at a price we could afford if a few monopolies were broken!

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Mon May 09, 2011 at 05:02:57 AM PDT

    •  speaking of medical appliances -- (2+ / 0-)
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      next time you go to the doctor, watch to see how much cheap plastic stuff they throw away there. Gloves, small instruments, wrappings, practically everything you can think of. And all of them wrapped first, in paper or plastic that must also be thrown away.

      The medical industry now goes hand-in-hand with the plastics industry because disposables are deemed "safer" than, say, hand-washing -- and medical waste is a huge problem. I think it's also tied in to this weird fixation Americans have about germs -- all those "disposable" hand-wipe thingies at grocery-store entrances.

      If you remove all germs from your environment, eventually the body doesn't have the antibodies to combat new ones, and illness results.

      Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

      by Mnemosyne on Mon May 09, 2011 at 10:04:20 AM PDT

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      •  Lemme tell ya about another job I had (3+ / 0-)
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        Twenty some years ago, I decided to get out of suburban hell and back to the country, but to do that I needed some "fix up" money to get my house ready to sell. So I took a part-time job cleaning a medical clinic at night.

        Six nights a week I filled - and I do mean filled - a huge dumpster with the clinic trash. Know what most of it was? Crap left for the doctors by pharmaceutical salesmen. Pens, desk sets, calendars, keychains, brushes, presentation folders combs, toys, gimcracks, geegaws, post-it notepads. Cheeses, the post-it notepads! Every doctor's office was overflowing with this junk.

        And they threw it all away.

        Well I took the notepads home so somebody would put them to use. That was twenty-some years on I still have a box full of them.

        I worked that job for a year and a half. I can't imagine how much stuff went to landfills in that time, and that was just one ten doctor clinic.

        Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

        by Pariah Dog on Mon May 09, 2011 at 11:36:30 AM PDT

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        •  and those reps, (3+ / 0-)
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          or drug-pushers as we call them, are paid VERY well. Lots of perks, too -- computers, cars, paid vacations to warm places in the deep dark of winter.

          I went to a new doctor a couple of years ago for a get-acquainted visit, to see if I wanted to transfer. The waiting room was full of that crap, and the first thing doc said to me, once I was admitted to The Presence, was "I suggest you take XYZ."

          Before finding out about my medical history (violently allergic to most meds) or condition or preferences.

          So I left, and when the office maidens called me later to see if I was coming back, I said No and told them why, precisely.

          Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

          by Mnemosyne on Mon May 09, 2011 at 01:42:14 PM PDT

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