Sean, "but everything they make over there that's metal is made of this flaky, inferior stuff " What we used to simply call "pot metal". Whatever they threw in the pot and melted down, often cheap zinc because it melted easily.
Wheels, there have been some interesting recent comments about the growth in both India
and China and of course the things that "the west" (Can I include Oz in that term??) doesn't notice much. Like the way powerlines can't be strung in parts
because bandits steal them for copper. Or people can't even pump water
on their own lands from their own wells--because their town or state sold off the groundwater rights to a corporation sucking it all out. And the Ganges is either going to clog up from all the junk, or be sucked dry, just depending on who gets to it first. I've heard that India may have already peaked because of substructure issues they can't deal with, like this. Especially now that others (like the Chinese) are willing to steal the markets that the Indians were stealing with outsourcing.
Or course then there's Pakistan and their "outlaw territories", same problem really.
China...different problems but not so different. Things will be "interesting" to watch there too.
Mudnut, if you look at the parents AND children now indulging in leased SUVs and huge credit card debts, and guzzling bottled water
in throw-away non-recycled plastic bottles instead of going out there and recycling...I suspect that thinking about the children and the future is largely passe.
I promised someone I know that if I outlive them, they'll get a PLASTIC headstone that says "He forced me to recycle, at last."