You can’t trust anyone who is trying to sell you anything

Over the last year, I’ve noticed a lot more misleading marketing than I have in the past. There are two specific types of hoodwinking that I’m talking about.

The first is when an item has a big sticker or American flag logo on the tag, with big text that says, “proudly made in the USA.” But in small print underneath that it quietly adds, “with domestic and imported components.” In other words, “most of these components were made by slave labour in China, and then it was assembled by machines here in the US.”

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The only thing this is a sure sign of is questionable marketing ethics.

The above graphic actually takes the deception a step further and uses ‘global’ as a euphemism for ‘imported’ — clever. Insidious.

Similarly, I’ve noticed a lot of food products now say stuff like, “made with NATURAL ingredients.”

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That’s absurd. Virtually everything in the world can be called natural — I mean, coal and asbestos are natural, but that doesn’t mean they’re good for people — so it’s really a meaningless term. As such, there’s no regulation on the term ‘natural.’ You can put it on any food product you want, like Big Macs and Twinkies, and there is no regulatory body who is going to contact you and say, “wait a minute, that food isn’t natural.” Labeling food as ‘natural’ is just a way for companies to intentionally mislead the public into thinking their product is healthy, organic, pesticide-free, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, etc. Once again: total bullshit.

Basically, everyone who is looking to make a buck is willing to bend the truth as much as legally possible to make you feel better about buying their trash. Trust no one who is trying to sell you anything. They’re all shysters.

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asbestohboy!

jenn and i bought a late 70’s fiberglass travel trailer a few years ago. it needed a little work but for the most part, it was just what we were looking for.

a few things have deteriorated a bit since we’ve owned it so i decided it was time to gut and renovate it so it suited our needs better. i knew it was going to be a big project but decided to give it hell anyway.

it was going pretty well. i removed the plumbing, a bunch of the electrical, and most of the cabinets. i started to tear up the gross old linoleum floor but it was glued down like a son of a bitch so i inadvertently tore a few pieces. i was figuring out how to remove the rest of the the stuff without breaking my back when my dad swung by and took a look. he said there might be asbestos in the linoleum, and that i should look it up just to be safe.

i looked it up and gee whiz, asbestos was used in linoleum flooring up into the 80’s. so yup, i’ve very likely been fucking with asbestos for who knows how many hours so far.

and on top of that, i’ve got an almost-gutted trailer that is still full of asbestos to deal with. so i figure my options are:

  1. eat the financial loss and give the trailer away to someone who is willing to tackle this job;
  2. hire a professional and likely pay them far more than the trailer is worth to remove the rest of the asbestos;
  3. take minimal precautions and wear a high quality particulate mask, disposable work gloves, and a suit while i finish the job myself.

i’m not super keen on any of those. what a lousy surprise to run into.

so a word to the wise: if you buy stuff built in canada before the mid-80’s, consider the possibility of asbestos being in some of the materials because it might end up being a really expensive pain in the ass a few years down the road.

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i love old shit, but not this much.