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  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    It was astonishingly naive for previous British Prime Ministers to rely on the good faith of the US in perpetuity when we chose to adopt Polaris and then Trident. It gave a country with which we have had long historical...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We kind of have to salute Russia here. An economy smaller than that of Canada or Italy, which has essentially no innovation, exports little but raw materials and has negligible cultural outreach has completely subverted the Western democracies to cover...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    It's possible, but the Icelanders are becoming increasingly angry at the destruction of their environment to build reservoirs and the donation of government land to private energy companies. The loss of the Jökulsá á Dal and Jökulsá í Fljótsdal by...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The only party that is proposing to argue against Brexit are the LibDems. Which is nice, but on their present polling, almost irrelevant. Labour is - well - Labour is a catastrophe whose policy on Brexit is basically to get...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The (let's be generous here) 'plan' is to have a single Act that revokes the European Communities Act and incorporates all existing EC legislation into national law. And here comes the real bugger - details of how this will be...
  • Commented on Evolver
    The UK's Industrial Revolution got going because there was a lack of charcoal. Despite intensive coppicing of forests, there simply wasn't enough wood in Britain to meet increasing demand for iron. Coal was unsuited to smelting iron because of its...
  • Commented on Evolver
    You've missed out the big reset potential of another rock the size of Mount Everest dropping out of the sky. The last one killed all the big animals and meant a whole bunch of niches were available to the wherever...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Ma - million years ago (time difference) My - million years (duration)...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Not at all. Higher temperatures and more CO2 drive higher surface level productivity - made worse by large influxes of nitrates and phosphates from agriculture. The death of these organisms increases the demand for oxygen in the underlying water. Eventually...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Thank-you for writing this Charlie. The last few weeks have been a slow motion nightmare in which the poisonous streak of xenophobia metastasising in British politics has erupted. With the connivance, if not the active encouragement of (mostly foreign or...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    What's intensely depressing is that this far out from the election and with politics in such a state of flux, something like 400 seats are effectively fixed already. If you live in a 'safe' seat (as I do), you know...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    I predict lots more money going to lawyers. But that's true of all technological progress....
  • Commented on What are words worth?
    I have a slight West Country accent from growing up in Cornwall. I don't hear it myself apart when I hear a recording of my voice and it is - aaaaaargh! It's also been a major hinderance to my plans...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I suspect it'll be the continuing failure of the European economies (including the UK) to get back into steady growth that's going to be the big ongoing story that will affect us the most. Now we seem to be in...
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