re: disposing of electronic junk (old phones/tablets/pads, printers, PCs, VCRs, etc)

My current thinking is that the best thing to do is to toss them in the trash so that they get landfilled
It seems that "e-waste recycling" ends up shipping it to third-world countries where the labor cost is low enough to make scavenging the few dollars worth of reclaimable material profitable

And then the rest gets left to rot in a ditch where it poisons the local water table
Much better to keep the junk here in the developed world, where we have landfills that are engineered to contain and control the decay byproducts and protect water supplies

That kind of stuff is expensive, but we can afford it and so we do it
Trash-picking aka "recycling" is an inherently low-income activity; it's a lot of labor for very little return. Places where it's profitable are poor and therefore nobody there builds or uses environmentally-responsible landfills. It's expensive and they can't afford it.

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Playing Planetside 2 again, first time in quite a while

I suck so bad at this game but damn it's fun
I'm just running around uselessly far from the front lines staring at the scenery

This game is eight years old and I'm using twelve year old hardware

By modern standards it looks like crap
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fwiw I think the power companies acting as if retail customers agreed to take on this kind of tail risk - even if that's literally exactly what they did - is corporate suicide

just how much blood are they expecting to get from those stones anyway
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a brief explanation follows
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Or, they did, until a few years ago.
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This report (now three days old) sheds light on what's been preventing the US from having sufficient testing. Definitely worth reading.

My take-away is that the principal issue is a complete lack of coordination and leadership.…
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BTW, one of the obstacles to getting widely-deployed CV19 testing is... the IRS.


Here, let me explain.
No, wait, there is no time. Let me sum up.
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Sounds good, right? We need people to get tested, and we don't want individual's ability to pay to stand in the way of stopping the spread of the virus.


The IRS has rules regarding insurance coverage provided by employers. You see, Congress has said that employee benefits such as health insurance are tax-exempt, which means the IRS *has* to be involved.
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. CDC manufacturing issues
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