[Homestead] McKibben et al, was Do you have your affairs in order?
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Thu May 15 22:42:27 EDT 2008
Roy, I just have to say how nice it is that you are posting as much or
more than Moon. Moon, Celia dear, I think you have found a great one
this time. ;)
Roy Morgan wrote:
> On May 14, 2008, at 11:28 PM, Don Bowen wrote:
>>> The current paradigm of...
>> Our entire system is built on perpetual growth. It is embedded in the
>> system of credit that funds growth.
> For as long as I can remember, I (we) have heard how important, nay
> essential, perpetual growth is. And for as long as I can remember,
> I've harbored a nagging suspicion that it just is not so.
> Where I grew up (Northern Mass, near NH and VT), there were folks
> doing dairy farming, and others making hand tools and machine tools,
> in basically the same ways that had been used for most of a century,
> or more. The folks who had 30 or 45 head of milkers did not want 100
> head. The folks who went to the Starrett or Millers Falls factory
> each day and made machinists micrometers or etched steel rulers day
> after day did not want a Porsche. A Chevvy or Ford to replace the 10-
> year old one on it's last legs, yes. But a new Porsche, no.
> During a lucky tour of the facility where folks restore the airplanes
> to be exhibited in the National Air and Space Museum in DC, I asked
> our guide how long it takes them to restore an aircraft. (We were
> near the all-in-pieces Enola Gay.) "Oh," he said without hesitation,
> "However long it takes to do it right. There is no time schedule."
> That pleased me way down inside.
> One of my favorite things to do is to restore a radio (transmitter or
> receiver) from the 50's or 60's. It's a treat to get it running as
> well or better than when it was new, or to reclaim a sorry batch of
> parts back into full function again. The radio equipment made today
> (almost, not quite, all on the Pacific Rim) perform better in many
> ways (not all), but have serious drawbacks to the point where they
> are sometimes not repairable. In some cases, you simply cannot get
> a fancy integrated circuit or mechanical part custom made even a few
> years ago, when the modern wonders quit. There are lots of very
> smart, highly technical folks on the Pacific Rim working hard to make
> those things ever more complicated and capable each year. THEY look
> forward to their new Porches.
> Roy Morgan
> k1lky at earthlink.net
> Lovettsville, VA 20180
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