FW: [Fwd: RE: [LINK] Damn! That fake "CD sales fell by" number ag
cas at taz.net.au
Mon Feb 16 13:47:27 EST 2004
On Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 09:37:59AM +1100, Daniel Rose wrote:
> It seems to me that with each generation, the total volume of units is
> greater than earlier -- eg, there are more digital than analog phones, and
> more CD-drives than there were record turntables.
> It also appears that the lifetime of each generation is shorter. Looking
> forward maybe fifty years, what on (or off!) earth are we to do with all
> this toxic waste?
now you know why greenies like me are also anti-consumerist.
> I have taken an interest and it seems that currently a large proportion is
> shipped to the third world and forgotten about. One province in China is
> swimming in old high-tech junk and has sweatshops using acid to extract
> elements, but I can't see this as a sensible procedure.
of course it's not sensible. it's just a politically expedient NIMBY
solution....out of sight, out of mind.
BTW, if China lived to the same "standard" as australians and americans, the
earth would not be able to support them. it can't even sustainably support
just us westerners living like this.
if the entire world population lived like us, it would take the resources of
approximately 14 planet earths to support us.
> I must admit I have a (tiny) personal stake in this, I have a shed full of
> old gear and in Canberra the official disposal point wants to charge me $17
> to drop off a CRT monitor, even if it's working perfectly.
you could try giving it to someone, rather than just disposing of it. or sell
it on the 2nd hand market (may not be worth the time to do so)....have a garage
sale, maybe. or give it to an op shop.
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