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  • Commented on Default Option
    Well it was a web page about the geology of Edinburgh from some local geology society :) It's because of the tilted nature of the intrusive volcanic bits, they are what give you the craggy stuff at the top, even...
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    Nope, I disagree entirely. (Did I mention I'm an Edinburgher exiled by sky high property prices?) A steep slope does not define a drumlin, it's the size and shape and what it is made from, and by definition they are...
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    And the guarantee that the school governors, overseen by the department of education are any better than your cherry picked example of a bad council is? Nothing at all. The evidence is clear now that 'free' schools and Academies allow...
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    The new town isn't built on the side of a drumlin. They are such distinctive features I am sure my school geology lessons would have mentioned it, not to mention taken us on an excursion to view it like we...
  • Commented on On the road again!
    I thought that was the plot of the Laundry series?...
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    My memory is not that great, but I'm certain that some public schools (In the proper definition) get better exam results than some private schools. However I'm from Edinburgh, which has the highest concentration of private school pupils in the...
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    There's currently a suit under way from 60 cyclists about their being injured after their bikes encountered Edinburgh's tranlines: http://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/cyclists-to-sue-edinburgh-over-tramline-accidents-1-3669916 I don't really know what to do about the issue, although obviously some junctions could be improved, and perhaps you...
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    That's a point, I spend too much time driving in Edinburgh these days to remember, but surely the cyclists could help the car users in the campaign to get the council to spend money on repairing the roads? Some of...
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    I thought that was the idea. Even little old me could see that the Euro wasn't a great idea at this time because first the economies of the EU have to come into some sort of alignment, which simply isn't...
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    You're rather missing the point; people like you were no doubt arguing a century ago that people living in slums had the right amount of space that they required to live in and building new modern houses with actual separate...
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    WE currently have the government giving landlords normal rents so frankly any other option is likely to save money. I notice in the current edition of Private Eye that the amount of rent lost by empty council houses has increased...
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    The funny thing is that we tried having a basic income before. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries there were a lot of aristocrats swanning about on the money earnt by their estates, but because other people did most...
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    I suggest that spouting short talking points at the host isn't a good idea. A more reasoned approach will help you out....
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    I read Stiglitz's "Freefall" recently, and it gets, for a book written by such a person with such a career, rather annoyed at the way modern economics has been ignored. I reccomend it to anyone who has any interest in...
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    We've already been through a period of inflation, and nothing was done. The cost of living in the UK is 20% or more higher than before the great recession started. The chances of any future inflation taking off are remote,...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I noticed a website pointing out that old watermill sites are often comparatively sporadic in water throughput and would need major refitting to be useful in modern terms. In the good old days you could dam it all up and...
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    Not necessarily every water mill; many won't generate as much power as a wind turbine, but here in SCotland we're building micro-hydro all over the place. There was a report out a decade ago that said we could get something...
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    THe sight of people queing up for foodbanks is not something our rulers actually set out to do, step 4 on their "Making us and our friends rich" plan. It's an inevitable consequence, but almost certainly not a deliberate outcome....
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    Hmmm, I wonder how lifelogging is getting along as a thing for people to do?...
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    The current one is good to the 22nd of January. So after that....
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    MOney as coins was invented in Lydia and related areas, Croesus was one of the first to use gold coins. But actual units of exchange had I am sure been in use long before that, remember that accounting and keeping...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The history of the last 15 years alone should make it clear that politicians do often only listen to one advisor, often the one who says things they want to hear....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I read your post and was concerned about only 13 million tonnes of lithium too, only it seems it is possible to get more: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/08/lithium-20110803.html "The researchers compiled data on 103 deposits containing lithium, with an emphasis on 32 deposits...
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    The term "Acreage usability" has, as far as I can tell from searching, no relevance to the discussion, feel free to direct me to information showing otherwise. As for Greenland, it is already growing and exporting cabbages and the like,...
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    The claim that you can't run a factory or foundry on renewables is easily falsified by the likes of the Ex Alcan now Rio TInto Zinc operated plant in Fort William, Scotland, which started operation around 1929, producing Al by...
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    Yes, that's a good point; even with warming, the areas won't get so much sunlight at the right time of year to be as good as areas further south. I did some digging, it seems that there is a more...
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    Um, what re. Canada soils? All I've ever read says that their soil is simply wrong and not enough of to replace the midwest american farms and their produce....
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    Further to the comments about making stuff to last, that does rather presuppose a major revolution in how we organise culture and society, such that the economy operates differently. I don't see how else we can consume less, which is...
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    A pedantic correction - medieval swords were made to hurt other people, but to do so at various price ranges. There were expensive, very carefully made ones for rich people, right down to cheap, badly made folds in half when...
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    The accounts were empty? Pull the other one it's got bells on. They managed to find a couple of billion each year to kill foreigners, and tens of billions more to replace trident....
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