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Sun Aug 25, 2013, 03:40 PM
mbperrin (7,435 posts)
10. Well, yes, corporations do make shit up and have been for a long time.
For instance, let's use the law of averages to solve poverty. Let's get the 100,000 poorest people in Michigan to sit in the stands of the stadium at the University of Michigan. Perhaps their average income per capita is $14,000, a good bit under the federal standard of $18,500.
Now let's have Bill Gates take a seat there. His $60 billion will raise the average income by $600,000, putting them all into the wealthy class!
Except of course, in reality, what you have is one very rich guy sitting in a stadium with hundred thousand poor people.
And so, when I think of the DDT spraying that was done in our county for decades growing up with the mist being chased by neighborhood kids, and when I think of us being downwind from White Sands, and I see that we have one of the highest rates of thyroid cancer, brain lesions, glaucoma, and melanoma in the entire US, well, I really don't care that we don't have an exact measure on that - I'm glad we quit nuclear testing aboveground and quit spraying DDT on little kids.
Similarly, I never thought it was a good idea to make ethanol - burning your food in a car seems stupid on the face of it.
And when oil companies tell me don't worry about fracking chemicals, and when people put melamine in our food, I'm against all that.
But what do I know? I didn't let my kids eat rat poison to establish some baseline for death, either. If there's shit on the floor, clean it up.
The good part is that if there really is an extinction event for humans, the bastards that caused it will die, too, and I will laugh and make fun of their suffering until the end. Because the one real fact we need - everything is connected, and sooner or later, effects will set in.
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Well, yes, corporations do make shit up and have been for a long time.
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