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  1. Yes we've offshored the production of CO2. Overall world emissions are higher than ever and getting higher each year with no signs of slowing. We will definitely miss all targets and reap the consequences. 'Brutal news': global carbon emissions jump to all-time high in 2018 The issue of PLASTIC POLLUTION (the reason people are switching to non-plastic straws) shouldn't be confused with CO2/emissions though. Plastics are Big Oil and we've been conditioned since the 50s to desire and accept them in every area of our lives. They've been very successful with this scheme, who would have thought people loved plastic straws so very much? Microplastic pollution revealed ‘absolutely everywhere’ by new research but now that there are microplastics in our food and water (in our children's food and water) isn't it time we started wondering what it really does to our world and bodies? A molecular biologist warns chemicals in plastic can seep into food and lead to major health effects like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes Pulling out a bathroom is just a symptom of the capitalist system that requires all producers/consumers to continually search for the temporary fulfilment received from spending.
  2. Yes I do. I’ve paid tax my whole life, never avoided a penny, and I care more about the future environment than I do about subsidising the destructive oil and gas industries. The thing about paying less VAT is we ALWAYS end up paying another way. Ruined harvests, worse floods and more often, fires in the artic circle, climate migrants, plastic in our food and bodies, water shortages, wildlife extinctions, air pollution, sick children, depression, self destruction. The bill gets paid, one way or another. It’s just Big Oil have had a long, long time to ensure every aspect of the game is loaded towards them ‘winning’.
  3. Say there's a delay with diagnosis/treatment because of a no deal Brexit, and the patient dies in the meantime, would it be possible for relatives to sue the government over it? I can imagine that a sick child dying because of UK govt incompetence would be extremely emotive.
  4. Maybe take some of that sweet sweet oil money... UK has biggest fossil fuel subsidies in the EU, finds commission https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/23/uk-has-biggest-fossil-fuel-subsidies-in-the-eu-finds-commission Weird that we have to subsidise an already established industry, isn’t it?
  5. Almost as if it’s a giant capitalist ponzi scheme that only benefits those at the top ?
  6. It's mumsnet though. Why would you want to read any of that consumerist gibberish? Guarantee somewhere on there women are bickering about which £2000 pram is better.
  7. Over 18 years - that's just enough time to feed the 2000s boom babies into the system. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359543/Baby-boom-Britain-Highest-number-births-1971-fuelled-migrants-older-mothers.html
  8. Little story about the American medical system in all its glory, 2019: https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1102349459747270656 This is what many Tory top brass want for our future.
  9. Agreed. The Guardian rarely lets a week pass without a call for Corbyn's 'antisemitic' head on a plate. Blair regularly writes for them. Left? Hardly. Left in that cozy upper middle private educated daddy's friends give internships skiing holidays second home by the sea isn't war terrible never been hungry actually great grandfather was a baronet save the children via gap year in Africa drives a diesel Range Rover Ottolenghi darling kind of way. Agreed. Long stagnation is cleanest, least disruptive hope.
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/mar/05/great-british-sell-off-how-desperate-councils-sold-91bn-of-public-assets The privatisation of capitalist UK continues apace. We were always serfs in thrall to the landowners. Luxury apartments, luxury apartments as far as the eye can see.
  11. My experience of Polish and Romanian workers is that they strongly prefer to work cash in hand and pay no tax. I find it fascinating the constant repetition that all immigrants are a net financial benefit to the UK (they may well all be a net cultural benefit) when so many clear figures show huge variation according to their skills, education and language abilities - ie where they come from. For example: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/24/poles-return-east-higher-wages-job-uk-lose-brexit The writer offers this as evidence: This isn't a positive. Meanwhile elsewhere on the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/03/as-immigration-from-outside-europe-rises-hucksters-foment-racial-hatred Back to topic I would be very happy with an extended period of stagnating house prices.
  12. Regarding the classic 'But Japanese places are smaller' retort that's always trotted out... Yes they can be smaller but they will always have built in storage, no beds (futons are stored during the day), no large chairs or sofas needed (sit on tatami mats), shared communal laundry areas, often a local bath house within walking distance, many convenience stores stocking a huge range of useful products 24/7 within walking distance, many cheap restaurants within walking distance, exceptional public transport within walking distance. And they will have windows! Living in a small space is no hardship when the society around you functions well enough to provide your requirements. Of course, western developers take this basic concept and corrupt it for profit with complete disregard for the ongoing well being of their prey.
  13. https://moneyweek.com/502842/a-long-stagnation-could-kill-off-britains-obsession-with-house-prices/
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/mar/02/will-these-be-the-worst-new-rabbit-hutch-flats-in-britain
  15. They were talking very quickly but the interviewer repeatedly seemed (I may have misconstrued his idea) to suggest that landlords should have their properties expropriated. I grasp that countries grab land for national projects but to suggest a rebalancing of power by taking housing is a disturbingly authoritarian concept. Colonialism aside, the threat of force from the government to citizens is half the reason Americans won't stop hoarding guns.
  16. Leaving toxic social media/forums is a healthy mindset and I wish you well. The anonymous online world pushes easily swayed minds towards extremism in ever more subtle ways. Extremism generates content generates profit. The leap from Gamergater to PUA to MRA to incel to terrorist is but a few clicks away. Oh the t-word! How merry and 2016! Do accuse me of being cuck*d next, that would just be a jolly full house of bitterness. Honestly, I do find it utterly fascinating how the same words get spouted from the same type of people all over the internet, the quasi-religious duplication of ideology is great pattern recognition fun. Look, extremism doesn't do it for me but I do understand that for many people it's rather alluring. Hate all X, blame all Y etc etc. So much simpler. As for your cloned egg girls (I assume as a scifi writer you have read the Charnock) I don't see why they should 'do something useful for a living' when they can laze around in the woods with the sexbots for company. And it's Pool Man, actually. (This is a Plebs reference, for anyone that watched it.) Really like Belgium. The fact they ran the country perfectly well for 2 years without a majority government speaks volumes.
  17. Taylor Wimpey reports £811m in profits boosted by help-to-buy
  18. I've mentioned this book before (in terms of social media) but it does also talk about AI in clear terms. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arguments-Deleting-Social-Media-Accounts/dp/1847925391 There's such vast quantities of money being poured into AI that the next 10-20 years will see big advances (ditto for quantum computing). The race is on. For drones we'll need anti-drones, for AI attacks we'll need AI defence. Do you remember this?
  19. Maybe surveyors have learned their lessons from overvaluing last time... How to sue your surveyor if the valuation is wrong
  20. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/25/sale-of-portable-cabins-booms-in-new-zealand-amid-housing-crisis
  21. No links? Since men earn more than women I'd guess children raised in motherless homes have higher welfare standards than the reverse. I assume you'd also want to sex-select for only boy children, seeing as raising future women would go against your principles? Costa Rica
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