Post by Martin John Butler on Sept 11, 2017 19:12:15 GMT -6
I live directly next to the mighty Hudson River. It's the third largest river in the USA. It was the reason New York became so important, and a source of greatness for NYC, NY State and America. General Electric and many other companies dumped toxic chemicals into the river as if it was a garbage dump and not a natural resource to be cared for and guarded.
So, today, the river is so badly contaminated that people can't swim there, and people can't fish there or risk being poisoned. We've lost yet another major connection to nature. Now, THAT'S caused by "stupid greed" for sure.
The connector might just be something that is so rarely needed, they didn't plan to sell separately, and maybe it's not manufactured that way. Still, it is a shame.
Post by jimwilliams on Sept 12, 2017 15:25:06 GMT -6
Older stuff is getting hard to get and is therefore expensive. Add newer regulations for certain plastics and metals. Could be it's tin/lead plated. I would consider myself lucky to still be able to get one in the EU. They may also have a reg that only lets them sell the connector already soldered with approved RoHS lead free solder.
Here in San Diego we have a severe problem with raw sewage pouring into the ocean from TJ, Mexico. The Tijuana river drains northern Baja, Mexico but empties out in the US. We taxpayers built them a 4 billion dollar sewage treatment plant to prevent this but they can't maintain it.
Here at the famous Del Mar race track the motto is: "Where the surf meets the turf".
Down in Imperial Beach the motto is: "Where the shit meets the sea".