Monday, February 4, 2013

Dumbass Idea of the Week: China = Spaceball City

China is selling cans of fresh air . . . roll clip!

This is no joke, though.  China's air quality is so awful, that they've actually canned fresh air for the masses to breathe.  Yup, this is the next big super power that will eventually overtake the U.S. . . . right?


Jersey McJones said...

We had that problem here in the US when we were a developing industrial power. Then we modernized, and thanks to the environmental movement, we cleaned up and kept it that way. Let's hope the Right is not successful in their endeavors to return us to those bad old days, otherwise, we'll be stocking up on Perri-Air. ;)


Anonymous said...

I am a pretty heavy smoker, but even that wasn't saving me from the LA smog a few years ago. Absolutely dreadful.

Can't even imagine what sort of fresh hell it must have been to the poor bastards working the first factories.

Jersey McJones said...

I can't imagine either. I've read all about the conditions of workers during the Western Industrial Revolution, and I still can't imagine how awful it must've been. And I'm from New Jersey! And I mean all the smelliest parts too!

I remember when you'd have to roll up your windows when driving over the Raritan River, or around the Meadowlands. You don't have to do that anymore. NJ cleaned up a lot. Gov's Byrne and Kean had a lot to do with that. Whitman followed up, and everyone after. Even Reagan designated more Superfund sites in NJ than any other state. And they did clean it up quite a bit. You don't have to roll up those windows anymore, though if you live near Elizabeth, you still want to hold your breath on some days.

It's a sobering reminder, what's happening there in China.


FreeThinke said...
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FreeThinke said...

It sure looks as though everyone has to make the same mistakes everyone else has made in the past, doesn't it?

That's why it's often been said, "The lesson we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history."

Poor Henry Ford, who was admirable in more ways than he was not, was still foolish enough to say, "History is bunk."

That's why much of the good he did and most of what he stood for has been under attack and by now mortally wounded in all probability.

FreeThinke said...

Hey, Jersey!

I'm from NJ too you know. even though they got rid of the pigs long ago, the last time I drove by Secaucus it STILL stank to high heaven. PHEW! (:-o

I'm afraid, however, that a lot of the reason why NJ -- and other places that once housed heavy industry are not as polluted s they once were -- is because so much of our manufacturing has been "outsourced" to places like CHINA.

Jersey McJones said...

Hey FreeThinke!

While it's true that most of the heavy industry has long been outsourced, NJ is still a major manufacturing hub, but that's not where all of the pollution came from. Yes, the paper mills and pig farms are long gone, but the massive power plants, ports, refineries, and such are all still there. They're just a lot cleaner now.

I worked in Secaucus for many years, right smack dab in the middle of the old swamp, and I can tell you it's 1000% cleaner than it used to be. Heck, they even have boat tours of the northern end of the swamp now for tourists to enjoy the wildlife! Though, the south side of the swamp still catches fire once in a while...


Jack Camwell said...

"Though, the south side of the swamp still catches fire once in a while"

LMFAO. Kind of like the Cuyhoga River here in Ohio.

And thanks for stopping by FT!

Jersey McJones said...

Yes, yes, it's fucking hysterical!

Ya' see, I come from the New Jersey they make all the jokes about. The traffic, the smog, the smells, the marauding hordes of mosquitoes everywhere in the summer, the half-frozen sludge everywhere in the winter, the shore, the amusement parks, the malls, the half-frozen sludge and mosquito hordes, the smells, the endless lines in the stores, the insane guy on the bus, the smelly guy on the bus, everyone else on the bus... On the other hand, I also lived in parts of New Jersey that were just bucolic.

And yes, many's the time I drove home from work back south or west from Secaucus, and watched the swamp, in flames. There's a Rt 7 that runs right through the middle of the south swamp, and a Rt 21 that runs along the swamp's west side. You get great views of water on fire from there! ROTFLMAO!!!

Still, though, they have cleaned things up quite a bit. At least the marauding hordes seem to have disappeared, and the sulfur smell usually only builds up by Friday...


Harrison said...

Why do they look like beer cans?