1.80 The Banana experiment: December 12th, 2003

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Andronicos "The Great" as Director of the Human Race and Manager Planet Earth commands and Andronicos "The Cynic" responds as follows.........


Banana Effective December 12 2003 for a period of 7 months I direct everyone in Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan to take part in the "12-12-12 Banana initiative."

This will show governments and the World Trade Organisation that the sea of mankind has the real power which can be used for the good. From this date I want the major supermarkets in the aforementioned geographies to impose (and advertise the fact) that a 10% supermarket duty on bananas is being levied and collected.

For 7 months I direct everyone to buy and eat bananas from these supermarkets. When going to a dinner party take a bunch with the flowers, chocolates and wine. I want people to eat so many bananas in these geographic regions that visitors will think your particular tribe has gone slightly mad. School children who do well should be rewarded with bunches of bananas. Employees of the week or of the month should be awarded bananas.

Bananaa1     Flowers     Chocolate

I direct 97% of the above 10% banana tax collected be distributed to the tribes where the bananas came from and be used to build facilities for the local population. No money must be used for buying land though - this must be donated by local means. I don't want the money going to local charities but it must be spent frugally by the same people who do the buying on behalf of supermarket chains. Speaking from experience these buyers are experts in the art of negotiation which will ensure this self imposed banana tax is spent carefully. A tiny portion of the gross banana tax to be optionally used to cover the expenses of the supermarket chains.

The amount collected will be monitored on a weekly basis on the www.12-12-12. org/1.80 website. You will be surprised at how much will be amassed. Go bananas for 7 months!

I hate bananas they give me wind. I prefer apples.

I think you will find the idea is to help poor countries. The term Banana Republic is indicative of whole States that rely on banana products for their national economies. I have not heard of an Apple Republic.

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