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Rain forest condoms - what really?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:00 pm
by Andy Hamilton
Yep I thought this story was a little odd too.
The Brazilian government has begun producing condoms using rubber from trees in the Amazon.

The health ministry says the move will help preserve the largest rainforest in the world.

It will also cut dependence on imported contraceptives, which are given away to fight Aids.

The Brazilian government has one of the biggest programmes in the world to distribute free condoms in the fight against the disease.

The new state-run factory is in the north-western state of Acre, and will initially produce 100 million condoms a year, which will be known by the name Natex.
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Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:48 pm
by MKG
I'm trying to follow the maths ...

How do you benefit 500 families by providing 150 jobs?

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:59 pm
by Clara
good on em I reckon......and boo hiss to the catholic church for criticising.

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:11 pm
by Martin
better than the aluminium ones Americans live in! - condominiums! :drunken:

Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:13 pm
by circlecross
my friend got confused last night, and was talking about durex gloves. (I bet she was suprised to find it only had the one finger to it, but at least there was space for her false nail! :lol: )
I thinkshe meant latex.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:35 am
by Andy Hamilton
MKG wrote:I'm trying to follow the maths ...

How do you benefit 500 families by providing 150 jobs?

3.33 people per family a husband a wife and 1.33 kids, one person working in family. 3.33 x 150 = 500.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:05 pm
by MKG
Woah! That's 500 people, not 500 families.

Don't get me wrong - I'm all for this kind of thing and second Clara's booing and hissing. But I end up scratching my head over unclear reporting like this. If I was a cynical materialist, I might just shake my head and say "Yeah, there you go - they got their figures wrong again". But I'm not.

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:20 pm
by ina
MKG wrote:Woah! That's 500 people, not 500 families.
I bet they are thinking of the trickle down effect: several families that earn a living and spend money can provide an income for another family - that kind of thing. Although 500 still seems a bit high. And you don't really want a trickle down effect in this case... :oops:

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:25 pm
by MKG
ina wrote:And you don't really want a trickle down effect in this case... :oops:
:lol: :lol: Big time!!!

Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:38 pm
by Wombat
circlecross wrote:my friend got confused last night, and was talking about durex gloves. (I bet she was suprised to find it only had the one finger to it, but at least there was space for her false nail! :lol: )
I thinkshe meant latex.
Durex in Aus always used to be sticky tape! :shock:

Nev

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:24 pm
by Millymollymandy
Nev you need to clarify that a little. :mrgreen:

Do you mean that sellotape went by the brand name of Durex in Australia, or............


Australians use sellotape round their dicks cos they're too tight arsed to buy condoms? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:26 pm
by ina
:shock: :shock: :shock:

Ouch!

Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:40 pm
by MKG
I've been to Australia - I'm betting on No. 2.

And put in such a beautiful way, MMM ...

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:37 am
by Jack
Gidday

Owch. Just think of getting them off.

No I don't think even an Aussie would do that.

Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:21 am
by oldfella
Wooden condoms, Hmm might help a oldfella like me.