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  1. This 2 bedroom house built from recycled plastic bottles is bulletproof and fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. Oh, and it also reportedly holds a comfy year-round temperature of 64 degrees F. The bottles were filled with sand and are held together by mud and cement to form a solid wall that supposedly is stronger than cinder clocks. A man builds a wall with plastic bottles in the village of Sabon Yelwa. A group of activists have come up with a plan to build a house using bottles, providing what they say is an environmentally smart way to tackle the housing shortage problem in Nigeria. -
  2. Also, check out this link on correctly installing soundproofing... My link It talks about the 'Limp Mass Barrier' as an effective method of stopping sound transmission....
  3. Perhaps you could use Boat Building technologies.... If you think about it, power boats use pretty thin insulation to reduce noise levels from diesel engines travelling into sleeping quarters... They use a marine engine soundproofer called 'mass loaded viny Barrierl'.... (MLV) To quote, http://www.quietglue.co.uk/mass-loaded-vinyl/ "Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) is a dense rubber-like material commonly used in soundproofing applications. Also known as ‘barrier mat’, MLV is a generic material manufactured by many different companies. Over the course of several decades, various forms of the materi
  4. Has anyone seen this new book by Richard Heinberg which suggests that we may not recover from present 'slump' ?? The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg "While experts assure us that the economy is slowly emerging from recession, a growing camp of well-informed dissenters thinks not. The scant evidence of recovery, insists this group, is not an anomaly but the sign of a profound sea change. The End of Growth, one book unequivocally calls it, next to a cover image of a burst balloon and a pin. The book’s author, Richard Heinberg, makes his case by far the most eloquently and comprehensively—and
  5. As both Greece & Italy are within the Eurozone, and hence unable to devalue National Currencies in order to make their exports cheaper Internationally, then they will need to introduce "Internal Devaluations" to make their economies more "Competitive" on the Global stage. see youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=088TtLfWpfA Such "Internal Devaluations" should lead to lower labour costs, lower input costs, etc. Unfortunately, standards of living will fall for majority of population due to lower disposable incomes, rising taxes, falling Government expenditure on schools, hospital
  6. I'm sure Posters can do their Own Research on the Chinese Biscuit Industry - But here are a few Pointers: Perhaps likes of 'United Biscuits' (makers of Jaffa Cakes, Digestives, and the like...) have good reason to sell out to Chinese because of their advanced manufacturing techniques....??
  7. Looks as if some in German Military believe in PEAK OIL happening now !!! see this link : My link German Military Braces for Scarcity After ‘Peak Oil’ By JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF A study by a German military think tank leaked to the Internet warns of the potential for a dire global economic crisis in as little as 15 years as a result of a peak and an irreversible decline in world oil supplies. Associated PressThe study was produced by the Future Analysis department of the Bundeswehr Transformation Center, a branch of the German military. It was leaked in August, and its authenticity was conf
  8. According to SANTANDER PLC website: "Important information about compensation arrangements We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if a bank is unable to meet its financial obligations. Most depositors - including most individuals and small businesses - are covered by the scheme. In respect of deposits, an eligible depositor is entitled to claim up to £50,000. For joint accounts each account holder is treated as having a claim in respect of their share so, for a joint account held by two eligible depositors, the maximu
  9. Here is an interesting piece in the Telegraph. Quote: "They want Herman Van Rompuy to be able to address the General Assembly as a head of state, and to create a seat for Baroness Ashton, the EU’s foreign minister." Also; "The European Constitution Lisbon Treaty, which came into effect on 1 December 2009, gave the EU “legal personality”: that is, the right to sign treaties; it also created a diplomatic corps to negotiate those treaties and regulate the EU’s relations with third countries." Where does that leave us in the UK ?? Any suggestions as to future scenario's, especially Euro memb
  10. Here's a nice explanation & pictorial storyboard illustration of "How Hyperinflation Will Happen In America". It is only one possible outcome....... but a possibility nonetheless! see : My link and : My link How Hyperinflation Will Happen In America A slight but sudden rise in the price of a necessary commodity... Right now, we are in the middle of deflation. The Global Depression we are experiencing has squeezed both aggregate demand levels and aggregate asset prices as never before. Since the credit crunch of September 2008, the U.S. and world economies have been slowly circling
  11. According to the "Mirror", (see My link)the benefits paid to the family are broken down as follows: THE BILL Income support: £439 Housing benefit: £87 Carer's allowance: £53 Disability living allowance: £119 Child benefit: £99 Council tax benefit: £18 TOTAL PER WEEK: £815
  12. Thanks for calculations ! If you accept those final figures where does that leave main trading blocs of EU / USA / Asia Pacific ?? Will the likes of India & China sit back & allow Developed nations to hold them to ransom by restricting essential energy supplies needed for their industrial development ? Methinks that US Foreign Policy has been directed toward securing Strategic Oil Supplies. The US has alliances with Top 3 Countries with oil reserves; Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait which account for 46.1% of total Global reserves !
  13. An interesting article published by the US based "Council of Foreign Relations" (CFR), so it's not lightweight stuff !! Please see below link for diagrams & full text; If China continues to consume oil at present rates it's set to increase oil consumption from present levels of 10% to over 70% of Global Production within the next decade !! For your info., the USA only consumes 22% of Global Production today !!!! Thus unless either China curtails its Growth or alternatives to hydrocarbons evolve within the next decade it's likely the we will face resource scarcity by 2020 in all are
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