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by PS_RalphW
Tue May 30, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: is it worth surviving?
Replies: 6
Views: 1700

Having been always doomerish in my outlook the realisation of imminent peak oil really only confirmed many of my fears and clarified a lot of mis-conceptions I had about possible (bad) ends for society. In the year 2000 I was single, at the bad end of failed relationship, with a career going nowhere...
by PS_RalphW
Fri May 12, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Pipeline Blast Near Lagos Nigeria
Replies: 10
Views: 2286

This is probably another accidental explosion caused by locals breaking a pipeline to steal the oil for local consumption. It is near Lagos, and away (as far as I know) from the oil producing regions and terminals, so it is unlikely to affect exports. The markets seem to have responded with a short ...
by PS_RalphW
Fri May 12, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will Bush attack Iran this year?
Replies: 22
Views: 6214

A quick look at the map shows that Isreal is surrounded by six muslim (or majority muslim) states. For an air strike on Iran Isrealli jets would have to overfly at least two of these and the most direct route takes them directly over Bagdhad. Either the Irealis are supremely confident their aircraft...
by PS_RalphW
Thu May 11, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Jeremy Leggett
Replies: 10
Views: 2377

Re: Jeremy Leggett

He recons there is a very immenient big breakthrough on Hydrogen; he explained it to me but it went way over my head. It could also be used for heavier space exploration were oil could be discovered for the food growning purposes. He was and is rather optimistic over the future despite PO. Err, we ...
by PS_RalphW
Wed May 10, 2006 11:27 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Vital step
Replies: 17
Views: 10496

Speaking from experience, when you are cutting coppice with handsaws
from ancient woodland to feed your high efficiency woodstove in Febuary
in a strong north-east wind flecked with hail, then a decent brush
reduces the area you need to protect from the cold considerably!


by PS_RalphW
Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: Stocks and Oil Don't Mix
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

Re: Stocks and Oil Don't Mix

Although the light sweet crude oil price remains below an inflation-adjusted high of $97.21, reached in 1980, nervousness remains among traders about a further jump. Is is me, or is the inflation-adjusted record high inflating? I seem to remember a year or two back it was below $80. Maybe we are li...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UK Gas and Electricity Crisis Looming
Replies: 170
Views: 50106

Our current intention is to make injection capability operational before production. One critical element in restoring injection capability is the replacement of up to 30km of cabling. This work is underway. There are also two cooler units on the injection train which are identical in design to the...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:24 pm
Forum: Nuclear Power
Topic: OT - UK sold plutonium to Isreal
Replies: 0
Views: 3786

OT - UK sold plutonium to Isreal,,1727977,00.html Mr Benn told the programme that civil servants in his department kept the deals secret from him and his predecessor, Frank Cousins. He had always suspected that civil servants were doing deals behind his back, but he never thought they would...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: The diet of the future in Britain
Replies: 17
Views: 13001

Possibly this was the diet of the middle classes and the rich, with the poor chewing on turnips or something. Not so far from the truth, apparently... . . . Esther Copley's Cottage Cookery (1849) suggests the poverty of the rural diet, for her recipes were for potato pie, stirabout, stewed ox-cheek...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Reports of Gunfire and Explosions at Saudi Refinery
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

from CNN
Shots and an explosion have been heard at oil refinery in Baqiq, eastern Saudi Arabia, the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya TV reported Friday, quoting its own reporter. ... finery.ap/
by PS_RalphW
Tue Feb 21, 2006 10:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Climate Destabilization, Greenland & Exponential Change
Replies: 32
Views: 7172

I am reading Lovelock's 'The Revenge of Gaia' and it is nothing short of apocalyptic on AGW. His argument is that if the earth did not contain any life, it would be much hotter, perhaps 45C average. This is because over the 3 billion years since live evolved the sun has increased its output by about...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A possible (probable) delay to PO
Replies: 23
Views: 5253

I would question the fatality rate of the current human infections. Given that most outbreaks are in developing countries with limitted medical facilities, I would expect most infections to go unreported and undetected if they only caused mild to moderate symptoms. There will be heavy bias towards t...
by PS_RalphW
Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:53 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Blair sees cutting air travel as unrealistic
Replies: 0
Views: 2812

Blair sees cutting air travel as unrealistic He's going to get a nasty surprise when the UK follows Japan and passenger miles fall courtesy of rising prices :D Passenger numbers fell about 2% during the period at 44.04 million people from 44.84 ...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: Books, Magazines & Film
Topic: Robert Newman - The History of Oil
Replies: 14
Views: 7172

Robert Newman - The History of Oil

This is a 'comedy' show to be screened on More4 next month. Robert is obviously a peaknic based on this piece in today's grauniad :,,1699956,00.html There is a write-up of the record of the show by one of the live audience here.
by PS_RalphW
Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:23 am
Forum: News
Topic: France will use nukes first
Replies: 41
Views: 10130

As far as British nukes are concerned, they are of course a US supplied missile system which I understood to be guided by GPS, so the US has absolute veto on our using them, because they can turn off the signal. (I assume the US built in some sort of signalling or have very fast launch detecting sat...