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  1. Haven’t read any Jensen before but saw a video of him continuing to talk while being screeched at and heckled by no-platforming university students, and admired his restraint.


    "Bright Green Lies exposes the hypocrisy and bankruptcy of leading environmental groups and their most prominent cheerleaders. The best-known environmentalists are not in the business of speaking truth, or even holding up rational solutions to blunt the impending ecocide, but instead indulge in a mendacious and self-serving delusion that provides comfort at the expense of reality. They fail to state the obvious: We cannot continue to wallow in hedonistic consumption and industrial expansion and survive as a species. 

  2. 3 hours ago, zugzwang said:

    Tongue in cheek.  A UK govt would be no more able to ban the sale of alcohol than repeal the force of gravity.

    Context is everything. That was really my point. Why worry abstractly about the effects of microplastics on our health when we're drinking ourselves to death?

    Oh I'm not worried, I just like to have a record somewhere noting my thoughts that it is under researched and pervasive, even in cultures without endemic diet/smoking/alcohol issues. 

    2 hours ago, reddog said:

    Ta, the comments are a bit Steve Jobs wacky and we all know how that ended...

  3. The most extraordinary of the recent heatwaves occurred in the Pacific northwest in June where the normally mild region was bathed in heat that broke temperature records by more than 10F (5.5C). The heat, which caused hundreds of people to die in cities including Seattle and Portland, where it reached 116F (46C), has caused several scientists to question their previous estimates of how the climate crisis will reshape heatwave severity.

    “You expect hotter heatwaves with climate change but the estimates may have been overly conservative,” Wehner said. “With the Pacific northwest heatwave you’d conclude the event would be almost impossible without climate change but in a straightforward statistical analysis from before this summer you’d also include it would be impossible with climate change, too. That is problematic, because the event happened.”



  4. On 23/07/2021 at 03:25, reddog said:

    I actually watched a video about what causes cancer recently.  It is mostly smoking and diet.


    The presenter asked if things like micro plastics had an effect.  The answer from the doctor was, before you start worrying about that, make sure you don't smoke, make sure you are thin (as obesity is a major factor, even being slightly overweight), make sure you eat zero processed foods.  Because those things are a much much bigger risk than anything else.

    Who was the doctor? (Edit to add that I found The Emperor of All Maladies fascinating and have Mukherjee's next book lined up). 

    Microplastics have only been in the news recently, same with PFAs, BPA and so forth. There's been relatively little research done on their impact, so naturally those causes that have decades of proof should be prioritised. I maintain that as evidence slowly accumulates it will become impossible to ignore that these polluters of our air, food, water and bodies are having negative medical impacts that go beyond even cancer. 

    And when it comes to our children, should we really be so blasé about the possibilities?

    Plastic baby bottles shed millions of microplastics when shaken

    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2257599-plastic-baby-bottles-shed-millions-of-microplastics-when-shaken/#ixzz71XOplTXi


  5. 2 hours ago, Mikhail Liebenstein said:

    Let's face it, this virus was never serious for people under 60 with no health issues.

    Never serious? That's a big statement. 

    2 hours ago, Mikhail Liebenstein said:

    We currently live in an obesogenic environment and people think it is normal or their right to shovel their faces full of food and then sit on the couch all day.

    I've seen people  10-20 years younger than me unable to walk because they are so fat they have worn their joints out. We should take a zero tolerance line on this.

    What are you going to do, wire their jaws shut? If there wasn't a huge amount of profit in making people fat (selling them the food, selling them the diets, selling them the gym subs and the workout gear and the feelings of inadequacy), then the environment would be quite different. Your issue should be with the mechanisms by which capitalism (ie endless consumption, endless growth) traps us, not the saps who are trapped. 


  6. 7 hours ago, sammersmith said:

    I'm not sure if this is real as it seems to contain every cliche and reads like the Daily Mash. 


    I just brought a house in South East England, after we sell our apartment in London. I managed to save around £15K stamp duty. But, We pay £50K extra because of our mistake. We view the property online. After moved-in we found the roof leak. The boiler is not working well. The plumbers ask us to replace pipes in the wall as well. The pictures look lovely on the Zoopla. We don't have this issue with our apartment in London.

    I feel regret now. And now, my company needs me to back to the office at least three days a week. And my husband needs to be back five days a week from September onward. The train fare is expensive.

    We have a big garden. My husband asks me to do the gardening once a month because I can work from home two days a week, this makes me mad.

    We might plan to move back to London and get a flat.

    Does anyone fell into the same trap? Should I stay or move back to London.

    Yeah the spelling is whiffy. 

  7. 18 minutes ago, Confusion of VIs said:

    Across the world populations continue growing until countries start to get rich, then it stops.

    India/Pakistan was one of the richest areas in the world pre colonisation. We have played a large part in creating the problem. If you really want to stop the worlds population growing that will require a significant wealth transfer.  


    Or just helping them educate women and girls. https://www.unicef.org/education/girls-education

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