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  • Commented on WTF
    The most famous UK wallaby related location is of course 62 West Wallaby Street....
  • Commented on WTF
    I'd heard that the wallaby colony around the Staffordshire Roaches were wiped out by another cold winter in '97, but a quick search of newspaper and BBC reports just now suggests more recent sightings. I've kept an eye out when...
  • Commented on WTF
    There are further opportunities that the BBB do not appear to be exploiting that are available to the suitably ethically challenged. Relic futures, or living people, as they are sometimes called. Purchase of and trading in options on a person...
  • Commented on WTF
    A disruptive business, able to revitalise the relic industry in territories lost by the Catholic church since the reformation. Definitely not NFT's, but "decentralized ownership network technology, we we are able to keep a publicly held, real time verifiable record...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Good point. A private UK prison isn't a direct equivalent of a private US prison (yet) and I'm guessing there is a fair bit variety between different private providers in the US. The trend towards pile 'em high and using...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "apparently the plan is not divert high risk teenagers from the streets into reading in libraries and additional training/education/athletics but rather be ready to arrest them upon committing crimes... does the UK have private prisons like the USA?" Yes they...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "In the UK, a lot of cycle lanes are a lot narrower than that, with no inner lane to move into. There is no legal requirement to make a cycle lane fit for purpose, or even wide enough for a...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "If your EV is charged by a coal or natgas burning power plant, what have you gained environmentally?" A noticable amount. In the UK, renewable, including nuclear, makes up to half of the grid electricity now. A huge increase over...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "I use old school deep cycle lead/acid batteries for my offgrid solar and most off grid folks do. However the price gap between them and lithium is pretty narrow now, especially when you factor in the total lifetime and assume...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You want a wafer fab with features a tiny fraction of the current size in five or six years time, then you need to start developing those technologies right now. You are describing improvements to existing technology, not the...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Planning on technology that don't exist yet happens all the time. Unless you have a target of a non-existant technology that you want, you aren't going to get it. The semiconductor industry has been doing this for decades. You want...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "In the UK, it's usually miles per gallon, but petrol is sold in litres and most people don't know how many litres there are in a gallon, let alone can convert values without electronic aid. While I can do both,...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "In the US from WWII up into about 1980 cars just got huge. Watch any old TV show or movie from the 70s and you'll see the road covered by these land yachts." Yes, my perspective is very European. You'd...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Crash safety, both perceived and real, is the main reason for car weights spiralling. Cars have got bigger in dimensions too, which adds weight, all else being equal. If you see a car designed in the '80's now, it looks...
  • Commented on I can't even
    On vertical farming. This is very outside my area. How does the efficiency of photosynthesis in food crops per acre of agricultural land compare with using a vertical farm and the remaining acreage covered with PV panels (~20% efficient)? Feeding...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "I have trouble seeing that region as having any 'old growth' forests at this time. Anything close to roads was logged decades ago, and is almost certainly second or third growth. The only true old growth remaining in the interior...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "316 & 317 - The UK does produce tonnage loads of wood pulp. How these loads compare with the bulk Drax power station burns I don't know." Drax was converted from coal firing. That coal would have been delivered by...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "297 "Does the person being "parachuted in" have to physically move to the district before being elected?" No, not least because as per 289 above you've assumed that everyone else uses USian laws; we don't. "And what about the "member"...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "Thanks! That makes sense. I'm obviously used to the American system, where one doesn't have to be a congresscritter to be tapped for a secretary-level post." Being able to appoint some one to the job who, though sympathetic to the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    To add to the above, those politicians that do make it to Chancellor are likely to have some sort of City banking background in their pre politics CV's, rather than academic economics training....
  • Commented on I can't even
    "I don't know whether Exchequer chancellors are required to be economics wonks, or merely to manage the career ones at the treasury." Chancellors are politicians first, economists second. Most likely a Commons MP. Possibly a member of the Lords, though...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "Correction: There is a good chancecertainty that she will trigger serious civil unrest" The police this year got a £1,900 pay rise in England and Wales, well below inflation for most of them. Armed forces at lower ranks got 3.75%....
  • Commented on I can't even
    "jensnail it means they actually knew what they are doing. - unfortuantely, you are wrong - it's EXACTLY what they wanted. Trash it, then loot it. See my earlier reference to Britannia UnhingedUnchained LINK & look at who the authors...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "No, this isn't likely, but I wasn't expecting Trash to turn out to be an actual IEA sleeper. Possibly naive of me." Perhaps a Labour sleeper? :) Just been activated after being in deep cover in the IEA and the...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "No idea whether your side of the pond ever gets 'parachute' candidates - not from the locality but the party hierarchy want them elected usu. in 'safe seats'. " All the time. The same name is even used. There can...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "the entire system being so overwhelmingly based on made-up fictions to the exclusion of reality that even though nothing has actually changed, there can nevertheless be an instant disaster just because somebody says something." The sort of markets that were...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "Back then, there were also a lot of anti-war/anti-right-wing protest songs in the charts (and some bands did nothing else), and shows by comedians like Ben Elton and Rik Mayall taking the piss out of the Tories all the time...
  • Commented on I can't even
    During the Tory party leadership election, when it came down to a choice between fairly competent evil and incompetent evil, I was conflicted over which would be worse. Shows how naive I was. When the party electorate decided that they...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    "I'm also dreading what kind of crisis we get at some point here in Finland - yeah, the 'prime minister was caught dancing and maybe drinking at a party' 'scandal' seems minor compared to many other places," One party. No...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    There is still a small about of open cast about. The government delayed the decision on the new pit near Whitehaven, as they've all checked out till there is a new leader. No idea how the supply/demand thing plays out...
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