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(Daily Mail)   1) Require everyone use big garbage cans with wheels. 2) Nanny state protects the wee backs of garbagemen by ordering them to not wheel the wheelie bins. 3) Fark. 4) Profit   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 7
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2012-07-24 09:10:23 AM
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imontheinternet: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 400x331]

I'm very worried about bakers burning their hands. The government should ban them from operating hot stoves in order to keep them from getting burned. It's the only way to protect our children from the horrible menace of burned bakers' hands.

Don't worry, Britain. When the muslims take over, you'll get to trade in your nanny state for daily infidel beheadings.


Wouldn't an actual nanny state be more worried about protecting it's private citizens from hurting themselves wheeling a bin a few hundred yards, and insist that it be handled by professional government workers?
Isn't making people more personally responsible for their own garbage the opposite of nannying?
2012-07-24 11:32:50 AM
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THE GREAT NAME: EyeballKid: Nanny State is a term used by alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.

The term "nanny state" succinctly and aptly captures a sense of well-intentioned but ultimately condescending maternalist authoritarianism which I suspect historians will come to regard as the defining trend in british culture in the early 21st century.


Does it have any relevance to decreasing service and making people take their own garbage to the curb without counting on government employees to help them every step of the way?
2012-07-24 10:52:51 AM
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EyeballKid: Nanny State is a term used by alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.


The term "nanny state" succinctly and aptly captures a sense of well-intentioned but ultimately condescending maternalist authoritarianism which I suspect historians will come to regard as the defining trend in british culture in the early 21st century.

I don't even know who Daddy Warbucks is supposed to be.
2012-07-24 09:28:41 AM
1 votes:

imontheinternet: Dansker: Wouldn't an actual nanny state be more worried about protecting it's private citizens from hurting themselves wheeling a bin a few hundred yards, and insist that it be handled by professional government workers?
Isn't making people more personally responsible for their own garbage the opposite of nannying?

Nanny states in this sense are about micromanaging and adopting ludicrous, overkill statist measures to address silly problems. The groups that get restricted or "protected" are completely arbitrary.

Today, government workers are instructed not to do their jobs in order to avoid any possible risk of injury. Next, an agency could be created to send inspectors to neighborhoods to measure the height of shrubs and issue fines. After that, the Ministry of Silly Walks will issue an edict that citizens must add a skip to every seventh step on each day of the month that is a prime number.


You assume the council's concern is really with binmen, and not with the council budget. Removing a timeconsuming part of a public job today means sacking a few people tomorrow.
2012-07-24 09:21:55 AM
1 votes:
'That's what they get paid to do - move the bins. They say they can't move them but we can. But what happens if we hurt our backs?'

Here's a crazy idea: if you think the bin is too heavy, put less trash in it.
2012-07-24 06:30:27 AM
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Anyone remember the olden days, when the site slogan was "it's not news, it's Fark.com"? Nowadays it's "Real news. Real funny". Can anyone explain to me how this article is either "Real news" or "Real funny"? The new slogan simply doesn't fit with the Daily Mail drivel that's a regular feature of this place nowadays. Perhaps it should be changed to "Daily Fail; the more boring side of what isn't news today" and be done with it.
2012-07-24 12:47:49 AM
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I don't know which way to jump on this one.

Back in the seventies, garbage men used to walk up to our houses, grab the garbage cans, dump them and return them. By the eighties, we had to haul them out to the curb and haul them back. Somewhere around the nineties the cans couldn't weigh over fifty pounds full. By the time the 2000's rolled around, yard waste like clippings and branches had to be trimmed to no more than three feet and crammed into a trash barrel for the yard waste crew to take it.

Piling the stuff neatly along the roadside was no longer allowed, even though they had a special truck with a claw to pick it up.

NOW, we recycle, but I discovered the truck will NOT take anything electrical, like a burned out hot plate, an old fan -- whose electric motor is rich with copper -- or even a toaster. They take everything else, but toss these things back on the grass.

I had some guy steal an old burned out a/c I had left outside, presumably for the mass of copper inside. The recyclers won't even touch it.

Such things I have to pile in the car and drive them 5 miles to the nearest recycle center -- where this guy studies your trash and requires you to lace it in the proper bins. Especially clear and colored glass. Or, I can just dump the stuff in the garbage and let it get carried to the landfill.

So, I guess I don't know whose side to take on this one.
 
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