24 April 2007
20 April 2007
1. Any email with the word "lottery" in the title is SPAM. I don't want to read it.
2. Any email with "huge rock hard schwinging schlong" in the title is SPAM. I do not want to read it.
You used to know this. What happened?
Aardvaark A. Willowbucket
18 April 2007
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15 April 2007
Point One: Hand driers. They are replacing a set of hand driers in one of the myriad toilets at work because the new ones are low energy and they are trialling these to see if they should roll them out across the organisation. A generally Good Thing? Well, who knows? I’ve asked, but no one has replied yet – I will keep you posted. What I asked was when the energy saved by the new driers will equal the energy used in the manufacturing, transporting and fitting of them and the taking away and dumping of the old ones, particularly if there was any life left in them. I know, I know, I’m a mad old git going on about bloody hand driers, who cares? Thing is, it is symptomatic of shoddy thinking (or, worse, duplicity) if the driers being replaced still have any life in them because I suspect that it would be decades, if ever, before the energy saved by the new driers equaled the energy used to make, transport and fit them. That isn’t to say that the organisation won’t save money on electricity bills because the energy costs where and when the machines were made may well be less than where and when they will be used (I don’t know – it is speculation so of course I might well be completely wrong about all this), but that isn’t the same thing as saying they will be good for the environment. If you want to save money on energy costs fine, then say so, but don’t try and pretend that this is for the good of the planet unless you can prove that this is actually the case.
Why, apart from being an old git, do I highlight all this? Because if we are choking the planet then directives about hand driers that actually use more energy from point of manufacture to point of expiry (taking into account destruction of old driers) are not going to save us.
Point two is a bit more complex and I’m not sure I am up to the job intellectually but here goes, my simplistic observation: The current economic system that dominates the world and about which there is an agreed positive view (in the West at least, where I like living) is democratic capitalism. This values individual freedom and profit. Now, if the world is choking and we are causing it, it is this system that is giving rise to the problem. The question is whether it is possible for the same system to fix the problem. I don’t think it is. That is not to say that recycling paper, tin and the like, using public transport and walking to get the shopping etc are bad things – on the contrary I’m in favour of those, they seem like a good idea even if the world wasn’t / isn’t warming. But they are a pitiful response to a planetary phenomena. Yes, I know we should all be doing our bit and so on, and carbon trading (from the little I understand of it) offers some hope. But I simply cannot see how these two things can go hand in hand with a system built on consumerism, increased longevity and MORE of everything all the time. Sure, go and buy a Prius, but the energy costs involved in the manufacture, marketing and shipping of this are going to be huge whichever way you cut it – you might feel better because you are using less fuel but you are still using fuel, you still sold another perfectly reasonable car to get this one, and you probably won’t keep this one until you die. Yes of course from an environmental point of view a Prius is better than a Humvee but it isn’t saving the planet, it’s just destroying it more slowly.
Not buying a car (or hand drier) in the first place, now that might be a Good Thing.
14 April 2007
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Speaking of which, blogging.....
2 April 2007
From Javad Tajmar Riahi
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for
me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is JAVAD TAJMIR RIAHI a merchant in London,
I have been diagnosed with oesophageal cancer.
It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and
right now I have only about a few months to live, according to
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I
never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my
business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only
focused on my business as that was the only thing I
cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know
that there is more to life than just wanting to have
or make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come
to this world I would live my life a different way
from how I have lived it. Now that God has called
me, I have willed and given most of my property
and assets to my immediate and extended family
members as well as a few close friends.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul
so, I have decided to give alms to charity
organizations, as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed
money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E,
Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself
I once asked members of my family to close
one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have
there to charity organization in Bulgaria and
South Africa, they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as
they seem not to be contended with what I have left
The last of my money which no one knows of is the
huge cash deposit of Four million eight hundred thousand dollars
$4,800,300,00 that I have with a finance/Security
Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 20% for you and for your time.
God be with you.
Note reply to: email@example.com
Javad Tajmar Riahi
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