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  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    On cash and its demise: this turned up today. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/12/cash-contactless-payments-uk-stores-cards-british-retail-consortium Key points. Contactless now accounts for 1/3 of all card purchases, up from 10% in Oct 2015. And debit cards account for more transactions than cash in numbers and not...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've reached the conclusion that there is no hidden agenda or clever plan in the current crop of UK politicians. What you see is exactly what you get. So Corbyn's position on Brexit can be judged by his actions. He...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    There's a strong dissonance here between UK and USA banking. But also between different sections of UK society. There are still plenty of places that offer deals for cash, non-VAT or where you might notice somebody paying for something with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Sorry, somewhere between deciding to reply, signing in and clicking on the reply link I picked the wrong post. That should of course have been a reply to Greg at 113 not your 116....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Really? Virgin Care take over £700m NHS contract Which is the tip of the iceberg. #112 The late 70s and early 80s were also the time of Two-Tone and Rock Against Racism (in the UK). Ideas that need to happen...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    How are the Datura plants coming along, Greg? Sage is pretty easy to grow but it's annoyingly hard to get cuttings of the more interesting members of the Salvia family and they rarely throw viable seed. One side effect of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If Russia can't join NATO, they should join the EU. I hear the EU is shortly going to be in need of an old imperial power....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Please note it was Theresa May who switched UK drug policy from a black list to a white list. It's no longer the war on some drugs. It's a war on all drugs with two (barely tolerated) exceptions, ethanol and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    There's about 5 miles of the M4 around Reading where you get to see a medium sized wind turbine (still big) over the Green Park (home of Ecotricity) and then a fairly large solar farm on flat land. I suspect...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here we are again. Solar and wind can't possibly work, because. Except that they're being deployed at an accelerating rate and decreasing costs all round the world. So people with deep pockets disagree. Anyway, it's not Either/Or, it's Both/And. Solar...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I believe there was a view high up in Labour/Momentum that campaigning on Remain post-referendum was political suicide because they would lose the "Labour Heartlands(tm)". Hence the attempt to soften the message and effectively say "Yes, Brexit should happen, but...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Between where I live and where Greg lives is the Lea Valley, N of London. This is Little Sicily and is the Salad, Tomato and Cucumber capital of the UK. It's run by 3rd and 4th generation Italian immigrants. There's...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The last (2015) UN population predictions for 2050 are 9.7b and 65% urban. 2/3, 3/4, same, same. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#table-forecast That assumes business as usual keeps going. And it's the "business as usual" bit keeping going for 30 years that we keep...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Suggesting lack of change in the previous 30 years was a throwaway remark. It was really just to give a reminder of how close 2050 is. Lots of us here saw 1990 and have a reasonable chance of seeing 2050....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The OP asked about 30 years out, not 100. I remember (vaguely!) 1987 and it wasn't that different to now. 30 years forwards is not that far out. I think business as usual should keep going that long. But >2C,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Thank you so much for that. The Cosmic Trigger play was wonderful....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Does it involve two male actors hitting each other with bare fists? I think we may need a Bechdel-style test based on this....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think there's another one, which is unscrupulous garages, MOT stations and owners who de-cat the exhaust because it's way cheaper than replacing it, or for some notional performance gain. Hence my comment about enforcement. However it happens way too...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Then there's that problem that you're following white van man or an apparently new BMW SUV when they put their foot down away from the lights or on a motorway slip-road. And you can see (and smell) the cloud of...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Be careful of that Hans Rosling Hopium. Every two years the UN demographic unit release their report and every two years they pull the date for 10b back. We had the transition from geometric growth to linear growth around 1970....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yesterday was the day we blew through 7.5b people in the world. (according to the UN) http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ If business as usual keeps going, and barring black swans or LtoG style crash and burn, we'll hit 10b in roughly 2050, and...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't believe there's a cunning plan. I think what you see is exactly what you get. Which means that giving jobs to the Brexiteers (Johnson et al) was not about giving them rope, it was about getting the job...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    In other news, we're now just days away from breaking through 7.5b people in the world. According to this clock: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ The figures are based on UN estimates and the UN Demography group's next bi-yearly report is due in the...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Note that the FTPA required 2/3 of all seats. Which means that an abstention is a vote against. And while the 13 made a show of voting against, the SNP abstained en bloc. This is being explained as "not standing...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Given 2016, I think we'd better prepare for the worst and the most surreal games to play out. So how bad and surreal can the next couple of months get in the UK? While being careful what we wish for....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Fully-automated, end of work depends on silicon hardware to run the software. So here's last year's /r/collapse thought. What's the minimum viable civilisation that can support a few chip foundries? Because we won't be able to recycle computer chips for...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    It's morally wrong or it should be to use fossil fuels simply for energy. Whether that's transport, electricity production or whatever. But we're going to need it for feedstock in manufacturing for quite some time. So instead we'll poison ourselves...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    As an older European, these discussions about religion and the future of religion feel quite strange. Especially when they assume that religion is inevitable. Increasingly in Europe we're not atheist, but a-religionist. We're simply no longer interested. Religion is something...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Re: Yeomanry cavalry. My grandfather was part of this. Like many of his generation he wouldn't talk much about it at all, but I did hear a few scraps. He and his mates were shipped out to Turkey with their...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    If we're looking for parts of the UK that might declare independence, Anglesey (sorry, Ynys Môn) seems like a good candidate. 68,000 people, self sufficient in energy, some industrial activity, perfectly located to enact tolls on passing trade and with...
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