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  1. 9 minutes ago, shlomo said:

    People are taught what to think by the media, and how much exposure a subject gets and what kind of suggestions on how to solve it

    It's equally important to recognise that one's segment in society can be incredibly insulated from negative consequences, be they immigration or climate change or inflation. 

    In London, as a dual income white collar household, I can easily say that immigration has brought more benefits than negatives. Cheap foreign labour in the form of cleaners, car washers, builders, baristas, waiters, fruit pickers or gardeners was all on tap. I didn't have to compete with them for housing or school places. I didn't have them undercutting my job sector. 

    Listening to UK citizens who DID have cheap foreign labour supplanting them made me realise I lived in a happy clappy London bubble. Immigration to our densely populated islands has not been universally positive, and the media have simply exploited that truth because anger and frustration generate more clicks and ad revenue than glossy utopian lies. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Staffsknot said:

    That again is not entirely true - a western dog or cat takes up twice the resources of a human in say Vietnam. Almost 3 times what an Ethiopian or similar African nation person consumes / produces.

    Its another of the awkward facts thrown out at COP and was worse when raised at Kyoto. 

    I think the figures are a large dog is equal to Land Cruiser or Discovery and that vehicle is twice an avg Vietnamese person living to 70+.

    Now if it is developing nation getting to developed nation consumption then spot on.

    But this is why the screaching 'why us make changes not these developing nations' types  use figures like this to push back against action. Its another FUD like the oil lobby tried.

    Generally less people would take the stress off nature but less people in developing nation isn't solving problem on the scale less people in a developed nation or them sorting out their overconsumption.

    Its yet more facts that get misused by those elements ( know that's not your intent)

    We’re all connected. Pointing fingers and saying x type of human (or dog) is good, y type of human is bad because “footprint”* just sows division and buys more time for big oil obfuscation and denial. 

    Saying it’s OK to have 10 billion humans as long as the majority of those humans are poor and don’t use fossil fuels to enrich their lives is a particularly odd way of viewing humanity. 

    We are all connected. This will affect all of us. Gone are the days of developing nations not knowing how westerners live, and being OK with it.

    Humanity should have some goal higher than simply eradicating all other life forms by breeding itself into the billions. Elon Musk is not the next prophet.

    * and let’s not forget what industry PR system invented the term carbon footprint.

    But these arguments go nowhere anyway (just as Big Oil prefers). Now is the time to plan ahead to mitigate the worst extremes of climate chaos because it is here, and it will get steadily worse. 

    Buy your houses carefully, HPCers. 

  3. 1 hour ago, Staffsknot said:

    Like everything the problem is overuse or overconsumption. People with 6 cats who they see once a day or several large dogs.


    Dogs, cats and even parakeets would not be a problem if there were fewer people on the planet. Hence the graphic. 

    Fewer people = less damage.

  4. ‘Holiday hunger’: inflation adds to family strain as UK schools break for summer



    The pressure on household finances means food banks are reporting soaring demand for holiday care packages. On Friday, the Central England Co-op food bank launched an urgent appeal for groceries such as UHT milk, pasta sauce and tinned vegetables as donations slump across the sector just as more people are asking for help.



    Price increases in this area are startling: the average price of a pint of milk is now 55p, 13p more than a year ago, while a 500g container of spreadable butter costs just under £4, roughly 70p more than a year ago. Cheddar cheese is nearly £7 a kilogram, up from about £6.20. It all adds up to a predicted £454 increase in the average annual grocery bill.

    We find that it’s the families where both parents are working hard that are hit hardest,” says Stanford. “They often need to find extra money for holiday childcare and additional meals. These are people the school helps during term, maybe with uniforms, trips or from their discretionary funds, but don’t get free school meals.”

  5. 20 minutes ago, Staffsknot said:

    Isn't this the guy who claimed it wouldn't happen at all and was just media and 'alarmist' computer models.

    When has he ever been right?

    He (she?) is a denialist except for that time I caught him agreeing that climate breakdown is man made. :D 

    He does love the attention though, so no point getting into details when a Wrong will suffice. 

  6. 2 hours ago, kzb said:

    I thought I'd let you all "cool down" before commenting on the heat wave.  Basically we've had our summer compressed into 2-3 days.  It was 17 degrees peak temperature here yesterday.   As far as the BBC forecast goes (2 weeks) it is now back to the usual mediocre July and August weather.  High teens to low 20's with both rain and sun. 

    Monday/Tuesday was a freak weather event and won't occur again for many years.   Just like the "Beast From The East" that we suffered a few years back.


  7. 1 hour ago, Bob8 said:

    In much of Europe, it seems climate change skepticism is only a step away from creationism and flat Earthism. Except where Murdoch has power over the press, where his "independent thinkers" blindly lap it up.


  8. 1 hour ago, NoHPCinTheUK said:

    It’s worth a lot. 

    And I’d prefer their future to be one with air con in their homes if it’s too hot than what we are seeing now in Sri Lanka. 

    Hyperbole 🙄 

    It is not a choice between starvation or luxury. 

    Care to find out if the UK grid is capable of dealing with mass aircon (refrigerated not evaporative) adoption? 

    Your kids will still need to eat in their ice cold house. They’ll still need nutrients and fresh water, so they’ll need all the people in the chains that provide them unless you act to provision them alternatively. 

  9. Murdoch dying is very important to the future if the planet. I’m not even being hyperbolic, you just have to listen/read the Australian media for the past 30 years to see how he has manipulated an entire nation into denialism. 

    Unfortunately he’s in his 90s now and that means he’s likely to keep going at least until 2030 or beyond. 

  10. On 16/07/2022 at 20:32, PeanutButter said:

    5yr fix 60% LTV remortgage comparison:

    Barclays - 3.1 1k fee

    RBS 3.16 1k fee

    HSBC 3.19 1k fee

    5yr fix 60% LTV remortgage comparison:

    RBS 3.16% 1k fee

    HSBC 3.19% 1k fee

    Lloyds 3.19% 1.5k fee

    Buckinghamshire BS 3.19% 1k fee

    RBS (EPC A or B required) 3.22% 1k fee



    So we're seeing parity on fees now of mostly 1k but considering I only ran the last comparison 5 days ago and the Barclays offer has already closed out, I'd say there's still strong demand for the cheapest 5yr products. 

  11. 4 hours ago, Staffsknot said:

    Looks like Elon has ditched Bitcoin and screwed all those he told to HODL...

    Revealed Tesla ditched 75% of its Bitcoin investments and bought... regular currencies instead.

    I don't understand how this has only now come to light when it happened end of 2021. Don't people track this stuff?

  12. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jul/20/uk-inflation-what-goods-and-services-have-risen-in-price-and-by-how-much


    Low-fat milk 26.3%
    Butter 21.5%
    Olive oil 18.2%
    Sauces, condiments, salt, spices and culinary herbs 17.1%
    Ready-made meals 16.7%
    Pasta and couscous 15.9%
    Jams, marmalades and honey 15.1%
    Poultry 14.9%
    Margarine and other vegetable fats 14.6%
    Eggs 11.5%
    Pork 9.8%
    Bread 9.7%
    Potatoes 9.4%
    Edible ices and ice-cream 8.9%
    Fish 8.0%
    Fruit 6.9%
    Breakfast cereals 6.2%
    Sugar 5.1%
    Rice 4.4%


    Mineral or spring waters 19.5%
    Coffee 13.2%
    Fruit and vegetable juices 9.1%
    Tea 6.8%
    Soft drinks 6.6%
    Beer 2.2%
    Wine 1.7%

    Electricity, gas and other fuels


    Liquid fuels (including petrol and diesel) 128.9%
    Natural gas and town gas 98.5%

    Electricity 53.5%
    Solid fuels 22.4%

    Clothing and shoes

    Garments for men 8.1%
    Footwear for infants and children 8.0%
    Clothing accessories 7.5%
    Garments for infants and children 6.2%
    Garments for women 5.4%
    Footwear for men 5.1%
    Footwear for women 3.6%

    Household items and furniture

    Garden furniture 25.5%
    Irons 22.1%
    Heaters and air conditioners 17.2%
    Refrigerators, freezers and fridge-freezers 13.1%
    Glassware and chinaware 12.7%
    Cookers 8.1%
    Bed linen 7.5%


    Secondhand cars 15.2%
    Bicycles 8.9%
    New cars 7.0%
    Motorcycles 2.4%

    Passenger transport

    By air 22.4%
    By sea and inland waterway 7.1%
    By train 5.0%
    By underground and tram 4.1%
    By bus and coach 3.5%

    Hospitality and recreation

    Holiday centres, camping sites and youth hostels 24.0%
    Cinemas, theatres and concerts 16.7%
    Hotels, motels and inns 14.0%
    Fast food and takeaway food services 9.5%
    Restaurants and cafes 7.4%
    Canteens 6.0%
    Museums, libraries and zoos 5.2%

    Other recreational items

    All garden products 16.2%
    Sport equipment 12.4%
    Plants and flowers 9.7%
    Pet products 9.6%
    Veterinary and other pet services 7.7%
    Camping and outdoor leisure equipment 4.5%

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