Well intentioned (but unnecessary???) sanitary regulations put a lot of
local butcher shops out of business in the 60's. That loss of competition
still haunts us today in the monoply control of the meat packing industry
and livestock markets.
Could some of the older list members who are knowledgeable of those times
help us understand what happened then so we can avoid repeating it now?
You know the famous quote about those that if you don't learn from history
you are bound to repeat it?
Speaking of regulations etc., add a smile to your coffee this morning with
this reprise of a post I received from somewhere since my last windows crash.
>>A NEW ELEMENT IS DISCOVERED
>>* Submitted by J Lans
>>The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by
>>investigators at a major US research university. The element, tentatively,
>>named "ADMINISTRATIUM", appears to be very closely related to
>>known deadly poison. "ADMINISTRATIUM" has no
>>protons or electrons and thus has anatomic number of O.
>>Upon initial inspection, however, it does have:
>>* one neutron,
>>* 125 assistant neutrons,
>>* 75 vice neutrons and
>>* 111 assistant vice neutrons, which together gives it an atomic mass
>>* These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the
>>continuous exchange of meson-like particles called MORONS.
>>* It is also surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles
>>Since it has no electrons, administratium is inert. However, it can be
>>detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with.
>>According to the discoverers, a minute amount of administratium causes one
>>reaction to take over four days to complete when it would have normally
>>occurred in less than a second.
>>Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately THREE YEARS, at which
>>time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which
>>assistant neutrons, vice neutrons and assistant vice neutrons exchange
>>places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually INCREASES
>>after each reorganization.
>>Research at other laboratories indicates that administratium occurs
>>naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points such
>>as government agencies, large corporations, and universities. It can usually
>>be found in the newest, best appointed, and best maintained buildings.
>>Scientists point out that administratium is known to be toxic at any level
>>of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is
>>allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine how
>>administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results
>>to date are not promising.
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