Joseph S. sent me a warning about some plans by the European Commission – it's a continental Big-Brother government of a sort – to ban vacuum cleaners at or above 1,600 watts of power consumption since September 2014. The Czech press is full of it, people are upset, but TRF readers may prefer the U.K. press: The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph.
A few months ago, I bought a new vacuum cleaner, a cheaper model above with consumption 1,800 watts of input power (300 W of output power). Before that, I was using a gadget with a substantially lower power and I can tell you that you can surely tell the difference!
For U.S. readers who use "amps": one "amp" is 110 watts because the voltage in the U.S. is 110 volts and the factors of the square root of two are already accounted for. ;-) So the maximum wattage will be 14.5 amps in 2014.
The average model on the U.K. market these days has a 1,800-watt motor and some of them have a 2,200-watt motor. It means that in less than a year, a clear majority of the currently sold models will be banned! That includes the two bestsellers on the Czech market.
To make things worse, the apparatchiks want to limit the input power to 900 watts (equivalent to 8.2 amps: U.S.) since 2017. Even my weaker previous cleaners would be threatened. Someone could argue that the efficiency will be increased but such increases have their tough physical limits. We learn that those "powerful" people have their spokespersons who are armchair physicists:
A spokesman for the European Commission said: "The whole point of the regulations is to go away from the idea that high power means better performance - which is not necessarily the case."Sure. Higher power doesn't necessarily mean higher suction except that it almost always does due to the most general laws of physics such as energy conservation, assholes.
In Germany, they are talking about rabies of banning, or whatever is the right translation to English. Not even the most intrusive, obnoxious, idiotic communists would ever think of something like that. The producers are sort of fine with that because they were planning new models that usually didn't exceed 1,600 watts but I am curious whether they will still be fine in 2017.
The world may be assumed to have lots of energy in coming years, making similar restrictions even more insane. If you have any doubts about the public opinions towards such policies in Czechia, let me just quote the most upvoted and most downvoted comments under an article at novinky.cz (meaning News.CZ):
Martin Knápek, Veřovice, score +649 votes:Do they and will they?
"Brussels will ban powerful vacuum cleaners. In Germany, they are already talking about the rabies of bans."
Let the whole corrupt EU go finally to... !!!! [The dots stand for "the asshole". Even if your language doesn't use the idiom, you may guess whether the writer is praising the EU Commission or not.]
Václav Chaloupka, Zlatá, score –226 votes
I have a modern 1,600 watts vacuum cleaner which is just enough for regular maintenance of my apartment. If I will ever occasionally need something more than that, it's no problem to call professional janitors who have more powerful engines.
The EU commission also wants to ban most plastic bags used in the supermarkets. It's being said that ocean animals end up in those bags. However, as these imbeciles apparently haven't noticed, countries like Czechia are land-locked so one has to travel for thousands of miles to get to the sea. Couldn't these pushy obnoxious assholes at least reduce the considered ban to towns that are less than 100 km from the sea?
If my signature were needed for using plastic bags for yet another constructive procedure, to choke Maoist Comrade Barroso and his thugs and bitches in the EU commission, it would be a formality.