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Rule by ignorant busybodies

For many purposes, cadmium is banned in the EU. An exception has been made, repeatedly, for artists’ pigments because quantities are tiny (it’s hella expensive!) and the kind of cadmium used for colors doesn’t get into the human body that easily. The cadmiums are an important and pretty irreplaceable of light-fast series opaque reds, oranges and yellows (I use them only in the tiniest concentrations, but I’m not sure what I’d substitute).

Once again, they are considering applying the ban to colors, as well.

Not a big deal on its own, but of a piece with the EU Experience. I cannot tell you how nagged and nannied we have become. Just in the time I’ve been here — oh, the weed killers and pesticides and cleaning products that have been whisked off the shelves. Not on the advice of the experts, but by diktat of “ZOMG It’s A Chemical!” green ignoramuses in Belgium.

Beg pardon. I say Belgium. Richard North of EU Referendum makes a very good case that many of the most obnoxious impositions that we blame on the EU actually are imposed on the EU by the UN. North is a bit of a Mikey-Hates-Everything, but he does his homework.

Global governance via the UN. I know, I know. I see you over there reaching for your Reynold’s Wrap chapeau.

But if you don’t believe in a de facto, shadowy world government, lemme ask you a question: how y’all liking those twisty light bulbs?


Comment from Pupster
Time: July 7, 2014, 11:11 pm

Who profits from a cadmium ban?

GE has the twisty bulb market all sewn up.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 8, 2014, 12:03 am

Everything that’s not Forbidden is Mandatory. I always thought the U.N. was a front for International Communism…or is it International Fascism?…or International Crony Capitalism?…hard to keep them all straight these days because they are pretty much the same thing.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 8, 2014, 12:40 am

Our household doesn’t “do” those-there twisty-toob monstrosities – there are now sufficient much-superior LED “bulbs” so as to prevent any/all usage of alleged “compact fluorescents” (which are not so “compact”, of course, nor are they either as “durable” or “efficient” as the Green-Obsessed would have one believe).

Also, previously-stored stockpiles of cheap incandescents have not yet been entirely exhausted, nor will they be for some years to come. That old Scout Motto in action: Be Prepared!

And there ain’t nuthin’ the U(seless) N(atterers) or the EuroNumNums can do ’bout it, neither…so, nyahh,,,

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 8, 2014, 12:58 am

We still get the good old fashioned incandescent light bulbs here in Canada :+)

Agreed though, some of the new ‘warm’ LED lights are much better than the curly fluorescent bulbs. I find that really bright LED light hurts my eyes though…especially those ones on cars.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 8, 2014, 1:02 am

The problem is that we have too many government regulators who have too little to do, and have to create justifications for their positions. Thus things get regulated for the sake of writing regulations. Most of these authorities were created for good reasons originally but now are headed ‘to infinity and beyond!’. The Greens are particularly ingenious sometimes. The first time I heard that CO2 was considered a pollutant, I could only shake my head in admiration. Finally (unlike pollution) they had created a devil to fight that could never be defeated until mankind draws its last breath. Employment Forever!

TL/DR: Anytime someone says “Think of the children” or “Do the right thing”, kick them.

Comment from oldowan
Time: July 8, 2014, 1:48 am

My dirty little secret: 3 years ago, I bought 400 100-watt lightbulbs. Still have about 370 of them…. My kids think I’m nuts….

Comment from Nina
Time: July 8, 2014, 1:53 am

I bought a bunch, too, but not that many. If I’d had the money I would have, though.

Comment from weasel tablet
Time: July 8, 2014, 1:55 am

Ohhh…don’t make me photograph our stash…

Comment from dissent555
Time: July 8, 2014, 2:24 am

I wonder how many of the twisty bulbs are ending up in the trash of the supposed ecologically concerned and headed for their landfills. Just a thought.

” … but by diktat of “ZOMG It’s A Chemical!” green ignoramuses in Belgium.”

I suppose you could try to tell them that Cd is naturally occurring on our planet, just to see the little gears whirring feverishly behind their eyeballs. Yes, I know it wouldn’t do any good, but it might be fun.

There’s no satisfying these petty tyrants you know. Once they’ve laid waste to one remote corner of someone else’s existence, their insatiable thirst for being a busybody compels them to search out any other area of your life that gives you pleasure. And to then stamp it out.

Never smile around these people.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 8, 2014, 2:52 am

Wait till they find out we drink water that’s simply loaded with chemicals & atoms.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 8, 2014, 4:13 am

Don’t forget the…molecules11!!11111

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 8, 2014, 5:55 am

I’ve a garage full of PROPER lightbulbs… 🙂

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 8, 2014, 6:45 am

I was interested in a decent electtronic scale at a garage sale, but the price was quite high. The lady mantained it was worth every penny because it had never been used to weigh “chemicals.”
Almost evertybody in Eugene who’s over 25 and still breathing has a Batchelor’s degree, but you’d be forgiven if you never noticed.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 8, 2014, 1:23 pm

Oh, don’t get me started on ‘chemophobia’, Bob!

And as Her Stoatliness says, there is a small mountain of real lighbulbs stashed away in Badger House, too. Glad I’m not alone in my hoarding 😉

Comment from Mojo
Time: July 8, 2014, 6:31 pm

“Heat Globes”, wasn’t it, in Germany? A clever dodge, but the price was way up too.

Comment from grizzly
Time: July 8, 2014, 10:05 pm

The lady mantained it was worth every penny because it had never been used to weigh “chemicals.”

Did you nod sagely and warn her about the dihydrogen monoxide menace? I figure it’s pointless to argue with those people. Might as well punk ’em.

Comment from Carl
Time: July 8, 2014, 11:13 pm

Conventional light bulbs have recently reappeared in hardware stores here in the UK. They get round the regulations by labelling them as “heavy duty, not suitable for domestic use”.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 9, 2014, 7:21 pm

Courtesy of Derek Lowe and “The Sceptical Chymist” blog at Nature: A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products.

I’ve reviewed this paper, and the title is quite accurate. You might be surprised at how long the paper is. Or you might not.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 9, 2014, 7:31 pm

many of the most obnoxious impositions that we blame on the EU actually are imposed on the EU by the UN…

They’re the same gang. I would not be surprised at all to learn that many of the things the EU says the UN made them do were suggested to the UN by the EU. Or more precisely, by the think-tankers and NGOs which work hand-in-glove with the EUrocrats.

The problem is not a higher level of government (higher in the sense of covering more people). We weren’t less harassed by petty states compared to nation-states.

The problem is authority divorced from responsibility. The EUrocrats and the UNarchs (and increasingly, the Feds) are insulated from the will of the people by multiple layers of indirection. The EU would be better if the EU Commission was abolished and the powers to legislate and spend were given entirely to the EU Parliament.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 11, 2014, 6:08 pm

The UN has no power over governments, they have influence. The people in power are easily influenced by UN types, but they aren’t controlled or run by the UN. Its like Rich says, its not control its collusion, or rather coincidence. They think the same way, they agree with each other, and are often the same guys. What they wish they could do to the world, they CAN do to Europe in the EU.

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