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  1. Re: missing the boat. Perhaps there will be a boat that most people will miss. I think it is inevitable that at some point in the not-too-distant future there will be two prices for bullion, and it is at this point that you want yours to have the right one rather than the wrong one. The vast majority of gold trades and gold ownership is not of physical bullion at all, but paper instruments which are supposedly backed up by metal. These can be traded very easily, and there's no worry about security and storage costs, etc... The problem is that most of that bullion doesn't actually exist.
  2. Yep. Nice shiny 1kg bar of silver just been delivered this morning. Gold will break the barricades down, then silver will charge through with no resistance, with triple (or more) the percentage gains of gold over the same time. What a lot of people don't know is that the world has hardly any silver stockpiles left. Most of the gold which has ever been mined is still above ground and owned by somebody, but we use silver in all sorts of industrial applications, and most of that silver is now back underground in landfills. And then there's the whole "paper bullion" scam waiting to be unco
  3. Yeah, it's about that time. I sold a house in Brighton in November 2008 and decided to rent for a while. I got £228K for a 3 bed terrace off Lewes Road. The buyers have completed stripped and redone it (and I mean everything). They must have spent about £30K on it. It is now back on the market for £270K. I doubt they'll get that for it, what with the stamp duty threshold still lurking at £250K. This is partly why I chose not to do it up myself - I was worried that I wouldn't be able to ask enough over £250K to stand a decent chance of getting it. So what does this tell us? I think i
  4. Two reasons. First, there isn't plenty of unused good land for farming. That's why many countries in Asia in the middle-east are currently buying up large swathes of the fertile bits of Africa. But more importantly, it's not really the land that is the problem - it's the vast amount of oil required to farm it using modern industrialised agricultural methods. Permaculture works by deliberately planting crops together which maximise the available nutrients, water and sunlight. So you have one crop which fixes nitrogen from the air, another which sprawls on the ground keeping weeds out and
  5. No overthrow is required. The system will eventually collapse on its own. If you persist in trying to sustain an unsustainable system there can only be one outcome. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/ci...-climate-change [continues with Monbiot's response and an extended exchange]
  6. You are assuming that they were politically capable of doing so, and that it was technologically possible to solve the problem. They "aren't acting" because the scale of the problem is far too big and far too global and far to structural. See previous post: the whole system has to change.
  7. Did you watch the program? This is no scam. You're right, we could grow more food, just not by more intensive agriculture. We have to do what the Cubans are doing - permaculture projects where lots of different crops are grown in the same field and the whole process is done by hand. You can produce 25 times as much this way from the same amount of land, but it requires a lot of manual labour and the final product is expensive. This is a perfect example of the scale and nature of this problem. We can't fix it by trying to tweak the old model. We need a whole new ideology - a whole new wa
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_uranium I actually really like geology. Especially the geology of the British Isles. I mean....**** me, we hit the geology jackpot, right? We are living on a bit of slammed-together shrapnel from multiple ancient continent-collisions.
  9. Not surprising, since the point you were trying to make was roughly equivalent to running around circles with your tongue lolling out going "wooooooooooooo! blibberjabber! Save me from the eco-fascist loony-leftie monsters under my bed!!!"
  10. You are a complete ******ing idiot who has no idea what the words spewing from his keyboard actually mean. You have no idea what is going on in the world, what has gone on in the world in the past or what is going to happen in the future. You don't understand science, you don't understand politics and you don't understand history. Is there anything you do understand or are you just a waste of a human life?
  11. Oh yes, I remember you from before now. I remember the "eco-fascist" tripe, and how several people told you you were being a complete twit. Seems you don't learn much.
  12. Because you cannot negotiate with reality? Except most people aren't interested in reality, are they? No, telling them they can probably expect worse. Sorry, but that is pure fantasy. The economically-recoverable uranium isn't going to last more than about twenty years. The amount of energy recoverable isn't even enough to keep the lights on in the western world, let alone support US-levels of energy consumption worldwide. This problem is about a hundred times more serious than you think it is.
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