Russian asbestos firm loves Trump


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/07/russian-asbestos-firm-loves-tr.html


#2

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#3

I’m actually in the process of having asbestos removed from my house at a cost of £5000. There’s your economy right there.


#4

They are putting his g’damn face on the product!

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#5

That’s actually good; when the getting sick and dying from exposure to asbestos starts ramping back up, the brand recognition is already in place for who to blame.


#6

I just saw this doc on Russian Abestos the other day:


#7

Just another day living in Bizarro World.


#8

The company I worked for was still battling aesbestos suits that we stopped using 30 years before. I don’t know how you could convince us to use that material again.


#9

Man, if Chernobyl only had this level of promotion after the meltdown…


#10

I bet it’s gonna be super easy to sue the Russian asbestos industry too.


#11

Interesting that the second mine worked they interview has his face hidden but they still put his name up in the video. Somebody screwed that one up.


#12

My brother worked with asbestos when he was younger; he’s very sick now due to it.

Screw this idea!


#13

I have severe COPD as a result of working with asbestos in the early 70’s. So far it has not progressed to meso, or lung cancer, but with only 25% lung capacity, exercise and running are out of the question. A simple flight of stairs gets me winded badly.
Trust me - asbestos is not something to fuck with.
also, trust me - Trump and his cronies are truly evil to even think of legalizing this stuff again.


#14

Here in the US, people will end up suing the companies that decided to do business with the Russian asbestos industry.

Man, I hate this version of reality; nobody but the lawyers are happy…


#15

Read this and was surprised that the US never banned it:


#16

What better face to put on poison?


#17

It’s so very weird that so little of the world has banned it:

I mean even Canada (they’re doing it now apparently)?!

Also, the WTC buildings’ structural steel coated with it (something like 40 floors):


#18

The way I see it, it may be prudent for specific use. The problem in the past is because of it’s properties it was used in EVERYTHING with no safety precautions.

That said, I have no idea what its current use is, and whether or not is poses a risk to the public. Obviously what ever use it is approved for needs to have its pros and cons weighed and then its handling done in a proper and safe manner.


Also, just want to point out, asbestos is 100% natural. You can point this out to people who harp on and on about things being safer if they are natural or organic or what have you.


#19

The article I linked mentioned some usages.

Interestingly enough, countries which banned asbestos must have a replacement, since chlorine is produced and used there, too…

Re: natural, that’s a quite lazy, but yes, sometimes fun.


#20

Funny story: guess which Canadian province produces rather a lot of asbestos(It’s the one where the town of Asbestos is); and which has been seen of in need of some appeasement by a succession of Canadian governments?

This level of support hasn’t always been enough to keep it in popular use domestically (though that remained on the table longer than you would expect); but it has been ample to support a flourishing export operation and the steady manufacture of reports on the safety and value of this misunderstood mineral.

(Edit: I’m divided on whether using the term “Quebecois coal” because the analogy with the distorting effects of coal in the US context is closer than is comfortable, and I like the way it sounds, would be acceptable or not…)