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They can put a man on the moon, but.....

 
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Thought this might be fun in the same vein as "You know you're a Permie when...."

They can put a man on the moon, but.....


... they can't make a tool to remove those tiny burrs from your flannel pants! ;-/

 
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.......they can't make a car with a rodent-proof HVAC.
 
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^^This! Every fall! WTH??
 
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... but they use smartphones with 1,000,000 times the computing power to watch silly cat videos
 
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I like that Rob. But it's awfully subversive. Because it suggests the "they" are actually "we."
 
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They can't make warm flannel lined stretch work pants for curvy women.
 
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They can't come up with a way to organize men's blue jeans at the store that has any sort of order.
 
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… europeans can't build cars that work in mud, clay and humidity.
 
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.....the can't (yet) make a cell phone voice signal with the clarity of the old analog land-line.
 
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They can't make a Toyota Tundra or Tacoma with a plug in hybrid drive train (like the Prius Prime) that can go 30 miles on a charge and then get 35 mpg from there on...
 
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These are problems that permie innovation skills could solve simply by establishing a PET badge system (Permaculture Experience according to They). The "for this BB you will..." possibilities are boundless, e.g.:

-You will construct a potato chip bag that can be opened by hand without the chips flying everywhere.
-You will develop a means of predicting the weather.
-You will devise a cellphone with processing power reduced by a factor of 10^6 that is still capable of displaying cat videos.
-You will explain what the heck the music these kids today are listening to is all about.
 
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....they can't come up with winter-warm gloves with the dexterity of un-clothed fingers.

....they can't come up with chemically-inert, safe, non-stick pan surfaces.


 
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Dc Stewart wrote:.....that is still capable of displaying cat videos.



My wife does endless pet pig videos.....do you suppose these take up less bandwidth and battery juice than cat videos??......

;-)


Re:  Cars and their obvious owner-lamented deficiencies.     -- maybe we need to get back to mandatory conscription where, instead of military boot camp and much like the Permie merit badges, there is a year of car mechanics--home constructionplumbing/electrical/finance--interwoven with self-health/wellness.
 
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...(from my wife).....they can't make a sheet of plywood be 3 X 7 instead of 4 X 8 ft ...... so that *she* can carry the darned thing instead of always asking me to do it.
 
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John Weiland wrote:...(from my wife).....they can't make a sheet of plywood be 3 X 7 instead of 4 X 8 ft ...... so that *she* can carry the darned thing instead of always asking me to do it.



Make her a Merry Christmas gift!  A panel carrier will effectively make her arm a foot longer.

 
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...replacement parts for...well, just about everything, but I'd start with the gear I need to fix my mix-master.
 
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....they can't make a walk-behind snowblower that doubles as a garden-size crop combine for dry beans, pulses and small grains.  (..beams at the thought!)


....they can't make a vacuum hose attachment with an infinitely-variable angled head......that also *truly* sucks up pet hair. ;-)
 
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They can put a man on the moon, but.....



Has anyone considered how simple the moon shot was? It was not much more complicated than drawing the lead for a duck shoot. The early analysis for the whole program was done on slide rules in the beginning. The hardest part is how do you keep 3 men alive for a week or more and not have the equipment weigh so much that the rocket would not leave the launch pad.

In the spirit of the post --

... still can't keep slugs out of the garden. (Even WITH ducks.)
 
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