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Everything posted by Riedquat

  1. Interesting. A reply that relies on faith over evidence to be correct.
  2. Just a point - the Highway Code doesn't make rules. It's fundamentally a guide to good practice. That requires often referring to the laws (roughly any time it says you must / must not do something, as opposed to should or should not), but it doesn't define them. Failure to follow it might be regarded as evidence of careless driving though. Of course the proposal is drivel though.
  3. It's pretty tragic to see people desperately clamouring for keeping wages suppressed.
  4. And at one time those developments did indeed do that, but it's a game of diminishing returns. Spending the whole day doing the washing by hand versus chucking it in the washing machine for example - you can't improve all that much because the amount of time it takes has been almost entirely eliminated, any additional time saved is negligible really. But it doesn't stop people demanding more and thus the tech pressure goes from beneficial to just plain silly - and more disturbingly, probably helps pile on the stress that makes people think they should be doing something with every waking minute.
  5. The difference being that all evidence points towards the former as being true.
  6. I think there's a danger there of assuming that the figure at 5 is the one commonly quoted in the wider world when life expectancy is discussed if it happens to be the one you come in to contact with day in, day out in the course of your job.
  7. Looking at car servicing costs as a whole though it makes more sense to consider what people are spending on servicing their Focuses and Fiestas.
  8. Ah, the irony of the post clearly flew over my head! (point 10 notwithstanding )
  9. Seems to be less than people were expecting. Maybe 25 years is pushing it a bit but there's plenty of evidence that battery degradation is less of an issue than originally thought. Over-computerised might be an issue.
  10. If you can afford that £10k additional up-front cost, yes. For most people the up-front cost of electric cars puts them out of their reach, although I'll be very surprised if the situation doesn't change fairly rapidly, particularly once a half decent second hand supply starts to appear.
  11. Not by me. "Massive housebuilding" paints a pretty bleak picture of the future, so that's an immediate no. Massive suppression of artificial demand for housing, a goal of getting towards managed population decline, and then a one-off limited building programme if still needed to supply enough homes with the goal that that's it, not a constant expansion of development, those are goals that I could vote for. Although I'd need to scrutinise the means by which it's hoped they'll be achieved first too. How are you going to be strict on immigration and generous to asylum seekers?
  12. It's really quite disturbing how many of them believe they've got some moral high ground yet use the sorts of arguments that people once used to argue against ending slavery. There will be problems when a rug for keeping wages suppressed is pulled from out under their feet (although as has been pointed out there are many more significant incidental reasons for this); labour shortages ultimately benefit the poor, but they'd rather have the poor stay poor than have to pay a bit more for their food. The transition is inevitably problematic because a short-termist, lowest possible price economy won't make the necessary adjustments until circumstances force it to, so issues like pay, training, and conditions will inevitably lag change and make things difficult in the short term. Arguing for cheaper labour gives a very distasteful impression of the person making the argument.
  13. The overall global risk per individual in the latter case is much higher though (because in the first case it's zero for the majority of the population). I'm asking because I've had arguments with people who regard a disease outbreak today as more serious than one historically simply because there are far more people it could affect due to their just being more people around, even though the risks to each individual might well be lower. I tend to look at things from the perspective of the individual - let's say everyone in the world was at the same risk from something (far too simple I know), but it will kill far more people now than it would've done five hundred years ago simply because there are far more people. To me that doesn't make it a worse problem. To others it does, simply because it affects more people - the absolute number rather than the individual risk matters to them.
  14. On that last point then do you think an issue is a bigger issue if the population doubles but the risk to an individual remains the same?
  15. As much as I roll my eyes at a lot of stuff that gets trotted out just because the UK is a small proportion of the whole doesn't mean it doesn't have its part to play - ultimately why should individuals in countries with large populations do differently than ones with small populations? We shouldn't dismiss our contributions beyond what they could be due to having had a century of insane and irresponsible population growth either. Although it's notable that the emissions per capita in China are higher too (but you could legitimately claim some of those are effectively us outsourcing them to China).
  16. I do have a bit of a bad back that flares up occasionally (usually it's fine). Losing some weight would probably help me there though.
  17. It was a bit of an odd one that, it was well documented for hitting young people much harder than the elderly.
  18. The link between simply getting the calories when growing and being tall is well established. Obviously there's a genetic component too. I'd say my grandparents were on the tall size of average, but my dad's over 6' (as am I, and my brother). None of us at 100 yet but my dad's in his early 70s and with no real signs of age beyond grey hair.
  19. Availability, yes, but quality, at least away from the low end? There's a balance to be struck somewhere - go back in time and you have common malnutrition issues in the UK, but now there are quite a lot of people with health issues due to being overweight; it suggests a better balance was struck somewhere in between.
  20. The difficulty is putting it in to perspective - a high accident rate might well still be too low to make much impact on life expectancy numbers. I'm guessing but my guess is that whilst the chronic health consequences of working conditions might well have been quite significant on the stats outright accidents probably weren't, even though there were a lot more of them than now.
  21. I doubt food's got any healthier though, more likely the opposite. Did enough people ever die in accidents to make a significant difference to the statistics (as opposed to health conditions as a result of jobs)?
  22. On what timescale? Compared to a century or two ago very definitely, but in the last few decades, whilst there are always improvements I think the lion's share had been achieved. At any rate I get the impression that infant mortality was a rare, tragic thing in post war Britain rather than the ordinary part of existence that it was to the Victorians.
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