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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
  14. Yes I totally agree ! Science Historian, James Burke, wrote a book in the 70's titled 'CONNECTIONS' (also made into a tv series by BBC) which plotted the interconnections between scientific discoveries over time and how they built upon one another. Thus far, mankind has proved capable of adapting to new environmental challenges through innovatiion - thus ensuring his survival. We will face a new geopolitical reality in the 21st century......... and I hope we can use new technological advancements, such as nano-technology, for the benefit of society once we emerge from a post oil culture. h
  15. As quoted from Wikipedia: My link The Olduvai theory was introduced in 1989 by power system engineer Richard C. Duncan as the "transient-pulse theory of Industrial Civilization".[1] The theory was backed up with data in the 1993 paper "The life-expectancy of industrial civilization: The decline to global equilibrium".[2] In June, 1996, Duncan introduced a paper titled "The Olduvai Theory: Sliding Towards a Post-Industrial Stone Age" where the term "Olduvai Theory" replaced "transient-pulse theory" used in previous papers.[3] Duncan further updated his theory in "The Peak of World Oil Product
  16. Interesting reading which suggests that "Peak Oil" has arrived in 2010 ! The article also outlines Potential Geopolitical consequences ! Reading between the lines we can deduce that, if Peak Oil actually occurs, our consumption based society will fragment and breakdown into disarray - unless of course alternative power sources can be brought on stream quickly !! My link Military Study Warns of a Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis By Stefan Schultz A study by a German military think tank has analyzed how "peak oil" might change the global economy. The internal draft document -- leaked o
  17. An interesting explanation on Kondratyev, Long Wave, Theory and how it might apply to our present economic circumstances. (see : http://www.kondratyev.com/reference/theory_explained.htm) According to article, "Generally, the secondary depression entails a three year collapse, followed by a 15 year deflationary work out period. The deflation can best be seen in interest rates and wages that have shown a historic alignment with the timing of the Long Wave - peaking with and bottoming at the extremes. Kondratyev viewed depressions as cleansing periods that allowed the economy to readjust
  18. Interesting Times article on how Greeks are coping with double dip -www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7129624.ece Greek minister Angela Gerekou quits over husband’s £4.7m tax bill As Greece took stock of its budget catastrophe, its glamorous deputy tourism minister – once a model for Playboy – promised that she, like everyone else, could live a life of austerity. “The measures are painful for everyone,” said Angela Gerekou, a protégée of the Prime Minister George Papandreou, in March. But now she has been forced to resign as her husband, one of Greece’s best-known nightc
  19. Yes - well said. Saudi Arabia is set to cease grain production by 2016 due to water shortages. Note the article was written back in 2008 ! see : www.celsias.com/article/water-shortages-cause-saudis-to-cease-grain-produc/ I guess we are living in an age of scarcity.
  20. Yes I guess so ! MoneyWeek had an article on it Sept 07 so has been on people's minds long time now! www.moneyweek.com/investments/commodities/are-we-heading-for-peak-food.aspx
  21. Place your bets folks, are we heading for Inflation, Deflation, or Stagflation ??? Can you extrapolate any Possible Macro Environmental Factors (such as; Social, Legal, Economic, Political, Technological events) to forecast what 2015 is going to be like for us in UK, Europe, US, Asia ??? Who is going to come out on top ???? Doomsday Scenario: Food Prices to Shoot Through the Roof - Pravda 30/08/2010 http://english.pravda.ru/world/americas/30-08-2010/114809-doomsday_food_prices-0 The worst weather on record coupled with the practice of speculation in the commodities markets are set to se
  22. Land, Labour, Capital, and ENTERPRISE - that's all you need to create a successful Nation ! As to Consumption - then 'Rational Economic Man' died in the 1950's to be replaced by a Consumption Based ethos drived by people's latent desires; Experiential Consumption, Hedonic Consumption, and Conspicuous Consumption. Hence, we all became actors on the stage of life, using consumption as a prop (means) of expressing ourselves. Unfortunately, all our desires are insatiable due to constant media stimulation - what a paradox; an illusion of happiness sustained by consumption which is now finite.
  23. IYes, I guess governments in US/EU will need to come to grips with their soverign debt issues by; 1. Increasing taxation & cutting public expenditure 2. debase currency by QE - hence bring inflation to the equation thus bringing down the debt mountain over time - i.e. inflate it away. End result is less disposable income + drop in living standards & savings wipeout for the prudent ones!!
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