Little bro came by yesterday, doing an interesting job at the moment,
seems one place is being demolished, and a lot of old hard wood is being
burnt, inc.some rose wood, teak and oak, burnt? yep gov't won't allow it
to be sold, incase someone makes a profit!
Good Lord how I hate that kind of waste, typical British Gov't/Royal
Given the Royal Navy's long record of "enlightened self-interest" re its
contractors*, it is easy to understand the origin of the policy.
Furthermore, given the great tradition of "too much is not enough" re
government's corrective actions, the burn-on-site regulation is also
understandable. However, understandable and reasonable are two different
* See Patrick O'Brien's well-researched fiction for examples.
"Nay never lift up your hands to me
There's no clean hands in the trade.
But steal in measure quoth Brigantine
There's measure in all things made."
"King Henry VIII and the Shipwrights" --
Wonder if anyone would notice if some of that wood just walked off?
My dad used to work on an Airforce Base. They would hall piles of unused
Parachute cord to the dump on base and burn it. If you got caught taking
some of it home you were fired. Nice cord too, lots of uses on the farm.
Gerald Ross, Cochran, GA
To reply add the numerals "13" before the "at"
That would make sense in that you could not go into the parachute business
and make an unsafe chute and sue the cord provider. I would imagine there
is a safe way to make it unusable for a parachute but still be good for
There was a lawsuit when a manufacturer of auto accessories trashed some
defective parts. An enterprising employee took them, sold them at a flea
market, and someone had an accident because of them. He sued and won.
That explains Ford punching holes with a fork lift through every panel
of any bodies they fail in the local van plant, can't have anyone
recovering them for repairing their vans....One Ford rep. took to
dancing on panels that had small defects in their dealers bodyshops
after he'd approved FOC replacements, one body fitter took exception as
he needed a wing for his own car, but couldn't afford a new one, IIRC
the rep ended up wearing it!
Most of this goes back to the contracts under which things are
purchased. A *lot* of military stuff is purchased at very low prices
because of the high volume. The manufacturer knows that much of it
will be used a short period of time before being "removed from
service". What they want to prevent is someone ordering a bunch of
stuff then flooding the market with lightly used material. The
military could actually mess up quite a few markets with their waste
if they were allowed to. It is nothing more than a price supports
If it's true in the U.S., the change has come about in the past month.
"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind
simultaneously, and accepting both of them." George Orwell
You might actually be surprised. In the U.S. there is always a lot of
talk about $600 toilet seats and stuff, but I worked with an
accountant who was in supply in the National Guard. During the first
Gulf War he processed a lot of stuff and showed me what some of the
prices were - a lot of things at 50% or less of civilian price, gas
was only about 10%. Some things are pretty high priced, and those are
the ones we hear about, but overall the pricing is awfully good.
That, of course is a different issue and has to do with stupid policy
If it's like the US it depends on the item and the volume and the
For one-offs the prices can be very high due to administrative overhead--we
had one guy whose full time job it was to keep up with the changes in the
specification for an assembly that one of our techs could make from scratch
in a couple of days.
Then there are the small-business set-asides, where a certain amount of
contracting has to go to small or minority-owned businesses--some of those
businesses are very, very good, but many barely meet the requirements to
bid--nonetheless they get the preference on some items because there's a
more critical item that they need to procure from a more capable
contractor. So they have a lot of costs involved in meeting the spec and
keeping up the paperwork that a more established contractor doing larger
volume would not.
But if it's something like 100,000 A/N bolts then the price is generally
When you hear about things like $600 toilet seats there's generally more to
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
Quite true! A number of years ago there was a bunch of noise in the press
about a $200 screw driver. This screwdriver was part of a tool kit that
contained everything from basic hand tools to a sophisticated electronic test
set that was quite expensive. The "investigative" reporter came up with the
$200 dollar screwdriver by taking the price of the tool kit and dividing it by
the number of items in it! Using this method, the electronic test set also
cost $200, which was a huge bargain!
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