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by Mean Mr Mustard
Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Canary?
Replies: 19
Views: 3351

On that basis, 'White Flight' from South Africa might be a telling sign. I first went to SA in 1972 as a kid, and have returned a few times since 2001. The housing / crime situation there now seems far worse now than in the 70s. Back then, affluent gardens were open plan, and the police were brutal....
by Mean Mr Mustard
Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Age of Powerswitchers?
Replies: 48
Views: 11575

44. Me and Mrs Mustard have 2 rescue dogs, no kids. Overpaying mortgage which will be paid for next year, I started with a half share of a house for ?7,500 in 1983 when I was 20. How different things are now. Started digging around on the web for the big picture, to start thinking about where to put...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Canary?
Replies: 19
Views: 3351

What's Your Canary?

My first shameless rip-off of an interesting topic which appeared a while back on LATOC. My Peak Oil 'canary' in that discussion was large crowd events, eg sports events, various hobby shows etc, and especially airshows. Maybe John Busby's suggestions (see the 'Letter to the Times' thread) that the ...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which way is property heading?
Replies: 113
Views: 17738

Staggering post, Cat. This 44 year old has been uneasy for some time about how the slightly younger generations are getting pulverised. You just summed it all up in one post. I sincerely hope it all works out, with that level of insight and intelligence you will surely carve yourself out a happy lif...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Letter to the Times
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Thanks Civ101 - That's the kind of time lag / runaway feedback things I was thinking :shock: but couldn't properly describe. :? Must enrol for a degree :idea: in environmental studies or somesuch.
by Mean Mr Mustard
Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Letter to the Times
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Letter to the Times

Did anyone else see this headline letter in Tuesday's Times? " Fiddling while Rome runs out of combustibles" "Sir The absurdity of the Tory proposal to 'ration' air travel is that any such restriction on aviation fuel consumption will soon be overtaken by the event of oil depletion. [...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Are you happy?
Replies: 21
Views: 4153

Before I got into researching future trends, and finding websites like this and reading the Mogambo Guru (he makes me laugh while describing financial meltdown every week), I did a bit of research into the positive psychology movement. Definitely worth looking up in the library - Authentic Happiness...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car oxygen sensors ... an educational warning?
Replies: 9
Views: 1666

Saw them de-fuelling the tanks at Tescos today. Lots of trucks and orange flashing lights. The loss of the Saturday trade must be hitting them hard, but that's the least they deserve after denying there was a problem for days on end. Customers don't like that sort of thing... Suppose it's another il...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Tue Feb 27, 2007 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The US and IRAN
Replies: 123
Views: 17024

There was a short speculative item on my local BBC TV news this morning where a sad anorak spotter who's mad enough to hang around the perimeter fence reckons there's been a big upsurge of activity at Mildenhall.

If he was a Greek Geek, 8) doing that sort of thing would land him in jail. :shock:
by Mean Mr Mustard
Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The US and IRAN
Replies: 123
Views: 17024

Thoughts from this sad planespotting subscriber to International Air Power Review .... The IDF/AF have launched long distance strike packages before. Eg, Tunis, Osirak, and Entebbe, though the latter only involved C-130s. Unless it was very well targeted, or nuclear armed, any attack would still lik...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Mon Feb 26, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: US mortgage crisis goes into meltdown
Replies: 122
Views: 22018

Which kind of makes this latest report a bit dubious, but such are economic forecasts. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6396617.stm Wonder where those overstretched American consumers will find the money to keep their 70% share of the US GDP going. The Mogambo Guru was right all along, and we're ...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: US mortgage crisis goes into meltdown
Replies: 122
Views: 22018

I don't see any difference beween the USA and UK. Offshoring of jobs, leaving pressured corporate or low quality service jobs in a bubble economy. Creation of excess money and credit always leads to inflation. Just like printing presses in Weimar or Harare. In the UK easy money has distorted house p...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Sat Feb 24, 2007 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Will Peak Energy lead to quasi-inflation?
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Add to that mix an increasingly aged population, relatively unfit and many with inadequate pension provision, either because it hasn't been built up in the first place or eroded by inflation or monetary bust. Then some weird weather and havoc on crops. And a few nasty expensive wars here and there. ...
by Mean Mr Mustard
Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The decline of Detroit
Replies: 12
Views: 1936

Maybe it'll be that obscene Dodge Caliber :evil: (hopefully with the ad execs inside) or that ugly 300C Touring :twisted: monster thing that go over the cliff.
by Mean Mr Mustard
Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Peak Oil" - no. "Energy Security" - ye
Replies: 8
Views: 2183

:D :D :D That's settled then!