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'[OT] uhhh, planned obsolescence'
2009\05\05@103513 by Peter

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ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090504/oddities/health_china_tobacco_offbeat_1

The'll make them support the local lung cancer drug industry in a couple of
years, I guess.

Is anyone aware of company mandated product use here ? I know about cars (we
drive what we build ...) and very few others. Any more of this ?

P.


2009\05\05@130910 by Michael Rigby-Jones

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ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/090504/oddities/health_china_tobacco_offb
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> The'll make them support the local lung cancer drug industry in a
couple
> of
> years, I guess.
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> Is anyone aware of company mandated product use here ? I know about
cars
> (we
> drive what we build ...) and very few others. Any more of this ?

Apparently they have backpedalled on this already!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8033101.stm


Regards

Mike

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2009\05\05@223858 by Peter

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Michael Rigby-Jones <Michael.Rigby-Jones <at> oclaro.com> writes:
> Apparently they have backpedalled on this already!

Sure. But the birdie is flying, safely ou tof the cage. Reminds me of a Cold War
era Radio Eerewan talk radio joke. Goes like this: Listener asks 'Dear Radio
Eerewan, which is the most beautiful city in the Soviet Union ?'. R.E.: 'We
answer, the most beautiful city in the Soviet Union is, of course, Erewan'. Next
week the same listener asks 'Dear Radio Erewan, how many nuclear bombs are
necessary to destroy the most beautiful city in the Soviet Union ?'. R.E.: 'We
answer, the most beautiful city in the Soviet Union is Moscow, not Erewan, as we
wrongly reported last week'.

On the other hand, whoever came up with that scheme (in the initial posting) is
a genius. Think about it, immediate local tax income boosting without lowering
state employee's income (while lowering the income anyway), later benefits by
supporting the local cancer and emphysema drug industry, and, finally, great
savings in state employee's pensions, on account of their lifespans being
shortened by a few years, each. *and* a significant reduction in the average age
of the employees, thus creating jobs. Brilliant. I hope it was a hoax. Really.

P.


2009\05\06@023742 by Tony Smith

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> On the other hand, whoever came up with that scheme (in the initial
posting) is
> a genius. Think about it, immediate local tax income boosting without
lowering
> state employee's income (while lowering the income anyway), later benefits
by
> supporting the local cancer and emphysema drug industry, and, finally,
great
> savings in state employee's pensions, on account of their lifespans being
> shortened by a few years, each. *and* a significant reduction in the
average age
> of the employees, thus creating jobs. Brilliant. I hope it was a hoax.
Really.


It's been done before.

In France a few years back, the government was going to raise tobacco taxes
or something that upset the cigarette companies.  Philip Morris (I think)
stated they were doing the government a favour, by killing the smokers off
early they were saving them social security, old age care etc.  They
back-pedalled a bit too after that.

Tony

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