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  1. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/31/pfas-toxic-forever-chemicals-air-breathing Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate indoor air at worrying levels, study finds Food and water were thought to be the main ways humans are exposed to PFAS, but study points to risk of breathing them in Toxic PFAS compounds are contaminating the air inside homes, classrooms and stores at alarming levels, a new study has found. Researchers with the University of Rhode Island and Green Science Policy Institute tested indoor air at 20 sites and detected the “forever chemicals” in 17 locations. The airborne compounds are thought to break off of PFAS-treated products such as carpeting and clothing and attach to dust or freely float through the indoor environment.
  2. This is what will happen when sea levels drown large parts of Bangladesh, among other places. Not a walkway, but as good as a bridge for anyone who wants to be here. We don’t have the will to turn people away, or ram boats etc. I’d expect prices in white flight places to rise hugely, and modest rises in areas with large foreign populations as they are joined by all their cousins. But I think we’d be more concerned with food tbh.
  3. If we all wrote and asked https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-an-mp-or-lord/contact-your-mp/
  4. Mate, twitter search “overpopulation + racist + space” and check out the smug western lecturers spouting their abundant wisdom that if people like Sir David Attenborough were’t so stupid they would realise that: It’s rich people’s fault! (so keep doing what you want because there’s someone else to blame) There’s enough resources for all if only we can completely change every system of governance and economics (but that won’t happen so keep doing what you want) Birthing 22 children from age 11 is just what poor uneducated women want, right? Giving them options is RACIST AND COLONIALIST. (This comes back to the theory that woke people hate women just as much as the right wingers they detest) If you divide a landmass by population everyone can have 22 square miles! See, plenty of room but KeyboardWarri0r13 doesn’t have to worry about who gets the Sahara desert allocation. These hypocrites won’t lift a finger to help anyone less fortunate, preferring to enlighten us poor benighted idiots via their social media pulpits.
  5. Because they have no choice. Every step of the way, more space away from other people signifies higher social status. People don’t aspire to live in a house share, they aspire to live in a large detached country house. The poorer you are the more you have to put up with other people.
  6. I wouldn’t be shocked to see 0.8 by end of 2021.
  7. It is perfectly feasible to operate with lower levels of migration. The long-term impact will probably be less severe than supporters or opponents of migration claim. But given the high proportion of fairly unappealing jobs – there is a reason why young graduates aren’t clamouring for a career in meat packing on the minimum wage – it will mean higher prices, driven by a combination of higher wages and investment in machines, or simply by lower levels of output. If we can’t staff abattoirs, we will import pork instead. https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/2021/aug/29/analysis-buckle-up-milkshake-droughts-are-just-the-start My bold because I’ve read that our seemingly endless cheap human labour has resulted in our factories mechanical resources being ignored, underfunded and forgotten when compared to high tech promotion in France and Germany among other competitors.
  8. Took 11 days for a courier to move some documents from Cornwall to Stockholm for me last month. Would have expected 3 previously.
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  10. Evening chums. Well, I've done my usual comparison (60% LVT remortgage for 5 year fix) and... Best on offer is 0.98% £999 fee OR 0.98% £995 (£250 cashback). THESE RATES JUST KEEP GETTING LOWER. Alas it won't help me as we've already made our application but for those of you watching and wondering which direction we are headed - for the most secure borrowers the line points down.
  11. The country isn’t full? Should it be full? Are people happier living in a tarmac concrete high rise world? Do we even need nature? Can we hook ourselves up to feed units and seal ourselves inside a pod? Very efficient. Maximum number of humans! Quantity over quality! Let me know how many places in the UK you a) don’t see litter b) don’t hear cars c) don’t see or hear planes d) don’t have light pollution My finger in the sky estimate of UK population is 73mil.
  12. Brilliant thread. Fascinating to see all the market connections.
  13. F*ke! But on a serious note, this + the rising unhappiness of UK children is unsurprising. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/26/number-of-uk-children-unhappy-with-their-lives-rises-report Smartphones are not benign objects. There's a reason Silicon Valley top bods don't allow their kids to have them.
  14. Nice one. We trust these companies blindly.
  15. "We" Tiny island, big dreams. Here's the kicker. The earth is round and happens to include every other country, including the UK! Isolationist, individualist, exceptionist rhetoric wins votes (everyone loves to feel super special) but it doesn't solve global problems. Like, y'know, that pesky undeniable climate change. This is HPC, not Population Pyramid Scam. The issue still stands that an improvement in the educational attainment and contraceptive choices of girls and women around the world would do more than a billion monkeys typing about a billion fantastical power sources for the Year 2050.
  16. Indeed, that and religion, both primarily controlled by older men. Oddly connects with Trump's decision (entirely promoted via his fundamentalist Christian conservative string pullers) to withhold and remove financial support for any NGOs working to promote contraception and family planning in developing countries, particularly in Africa. They want poor people (particularly women) to remain poor, and trapped by their circumstances.
  17. And ringfenced funding to maintain it in perpetuity, not subject to the whims of local government.
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