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@The axman @The
Have you ever heard of the sport "Winding Up A Greenie Liberal"? If you haven't before, you might now have just realised that I've enjoyed spending the last few days irritating the pants off you, as you got more and more screechy. Why are you greens such easy targets?
Right, I'll stop playing with you now: I'm off to go and enjoy my comfortable life, supported by the energy and products that fossil fuels have given me.
NB Don't forget that the Earth hasn't warmed for the past 17 years - so we've got nothing to worry about.
3 months, 1 week ago on Turtleback Listens! Company to Make Product That Degrades in Sea Water.
@The axman @awilkins
" If every body out there has the same philosophy as you, that wonderful liberator, Plastic will be around on this earth after the human race and most other life, is long gone!"
You want to get rid of plastic? No problem - just burn it in incinerators to generate energy in industrial scale power plants.
However, I suppose that solution is not 'green' enough for you, and doesn't involve people depriving themselves of a modern-day material so that you can feel all warm and fuzzy about us all going 'back to the garden'
@retiredranger @joel longstreth @BethTerry The Peace Corps?! Is that the organisation that assuages Liberal Guilt by sending naive youngsters to the developing world so that they can risk their lives and achieve very little?
Rather than family planning, the highest priority for the developing world is energy. That means efficient power stations and the infrastructure needed to distribute that power. That doesn't mean useless and inefficient wind turbines or solar panels, instead it means fossil-fuel powered generators. A country's birthrate declines as it's population becomes wealthier and standards of living increase, through the supply of cheap power (specifically electricity). Waving condoms at poor Africans is not going to drag them out of poverty.
The reason my country (UK) managed to improve its standard of living was through the industrial revolution of the 19th Century. How was that achieved? By a steady supply of large amounts of reliable energy (Victorians would have no time for wind turbines powered by unicorn farts and uneconomic subsidies).
Why have you told me your 62? Is that because you believe in some sort of superiority through seniority? I imagine it's more likely that you look back on a life of naive ideals and realise you've actually achieved very little, hence your "still time to make a 180 turn" statement.
Me? I feel I've achieved a lot and I'm proud of what I've done. I'm a mathematics teacher who has spent most of my career telling kids to think for themselves. In the last few years that has meant telling kids to really research the dodgy science behind the global warming scam - we look at the numbers and analyse the graphs and my students are shocked to see that throughout their whole lifetime the globally averaged temperature has not risen at all. We also analyse the numbers on 'alternative energy' technology and they get to see that the technology being foisted upon them by your generation is both hugely expensive and next to useless.
"First I think the off white chairs and the large chairs should be kept in the rear and will someone please tell the band to stop playing? " Sorry squire, I haven't a clue what your trying to say with that daft statement. Is it supposed to be some sort of witty literary reference?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on What’s Wrong with Plastic Anyway?
@BethTerry I read nos 68 and 69. You're logical weakness astounds me. If everybody stopped buying new technology and kept buying secondhand items, such as old laptops and monitors, we'd end up in a vicious spiral of a stagnant lack of technological development and any technology we do try to hold onto will eventually break and become unusable. If you follow this through to it's logical conclusion, we'll end up with nothing, surrounded by broken computers, fridges, and televisions. We won't be able to communicate effectively, keep food fresh, or watch the news. In other words, we'll be thrust back to the 19th Century. That's not somewhere I want to be.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Turtleback Listens! Company to Make Product That Degrades in Sea Water.
@joel longstreth @BethTerry @retiredranger "Voluntary Extinction"? Tell me you're not serious! Do you really think people are going to give up on their most primal urge - procreating?
If you go to the following link
(hope it works!), you'll see that the developed countries of the world have birthrates of 2 or less children per mother i.e. their populations are stable or declining. The countries with growing populations are those in the less developed regions of the world. Are you going to be the one who goes to Niger and tell them to stop having children? I think you'll find they'll laugh at you and then give you a good kick up the backside for being such an arrogant little person who thinks he can tell someone living in a shanty town what to do, whilst he sits in the air-conditioned living room of his lovely house in the West.
@The axman @awilkins I hope to hell you're being sarcastic. If not, why do you think someone refusing to drink from a plastic bottle is going to save my life?
Personally, whenever I go scuba diving, I've always found that the parts made out of plastic do a really good job of saving my life ;)
You might not want to admit it, but plastic has liberated us. Our technology has come on leaps and bounds since we could make things out of plastic - have you ever seem a computer made out of just metal and wood? No, thought not.
When are you going to stop blogging? Because surely you'd only want to use a computer that has its casing made out of bio-degradable plastic.
Your naivety is rather worrying.
You talk about leading a 'plastic free' life, whilst running a blog designed on a computer encased in plastic (or have you found a company that makes computers made out of bamboo and organic yoghurt?)