A bailout here, a bailout there, pretty soon you’re talking real money

There’s a US car industry you don’t hear much about. Over 100,000 Camry hybrids have been manufactured in Kentucky. The State of Ohio has cited Toyota Motor Sales for environmental excellence. Over a billion dollars has gone into building a state of the art Tundra manufacturing plant in Texas. There are over 36,000 people working in the USA for Toyota. Yet somehow, there’s a perception that US vehicle manufacturing means Detroit.

Full of sound and fury, signifying great savings

Proposal: Instead of giving hurricanes and tropical storms the same boring names time and time again, we should sell naming rights to the highest bidder. Tropical Storm Scion xA! Hurricane X-treme Cheddar Doritos! Weather maps could show the corporate logo in the middle of the storm. And here’s the best bit: money raised could go towards relief efforts. You may think corporations wouldn’t want to be associated with life-destroying disasters, but we’ve already seen the Chevrolet Avalanche and Oldsmobile Tornado, no doubt soon to be followed by the Mitsubishi Tsunami, the Toyota HSN1, and the Ford Wildfire.

Carbon offsetting

British Airways gave us the option of paying extra for carbon credits to make up for our air travel. We didn’t take them up on the offer. There are a number of reasons why I feel carbon offsetting is a bad thing. The first is that by removing the guilt, it encourages people to continue a profligate lifestyle, rather than actually changing their behavior. For example, if Al Gore genuinely gave a crap about the environment, he would stop flying by private jet so much.

Throbbing lobes

I have an ear infection. I’m not really sure how I got it. The only thing I’ve stuck in my ear recently is a finger, so I must have nicked my inner ear with a sharp bit of fingernail or something. So now my lymph nodes are swollen and my ear aches and my head is throbbing in sympathy. It’s my right ear. This presents a problem, as I generally sleep on my right side.