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by PS_RalphW
Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: Books, Magazines & Film
Topic: Robert Newman - The History of Oil
Replies: 14
Views: 7208

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 : http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1699956,00.html There is a write-up of the record of the show by one of the live audience here. http://www.garbledonline.net/...
by PS_RalphW
Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:23 am
Forum: News
Topic: France will use nukes first
Replies: 41
Views: 10191

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...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 8 page PO pullout in The Independent today
Replies: 21
Views: 7257

The web version is largely quotes lifted straight from "Half Gone". (I finished reading it 20 minutes ago) It is brought up to date a bit in a few paragraphs. Leggett's hope for the future rests largely on small renewable communities forming and growing via "viral marketing" tech...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lovelock
Replies: 46
Views: 12932

http://www.leedstoday.net/ViewArticle2. ... ID=1315402
MP urges investment in coal to keep Britain's lights burning
And so it begins.
by PS_RalphW
Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: News
Topic: Lovelock
Replies: 46
Views: 12932

Unfortunately, peak oil and gas will in the short term make matters worse, as the industrial world returns to coal burning on a massive scale. It is almost certain that none of it will involve carbon capture technology. http://news.ft.com/cms/s/69c23e40-8602-11da-bee0-0000779e2340.html There has bee...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Write to The Times by 5pm today.
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

I have just sent this. Sirs, Giles Whittle (The Times January 12, 2006 Shh! Why I secretly fancy Gazprom ) dismisses the fears that global oil extraction rates will peak in the very near future because he made a failed investment in a hydrogen fuel cell company. If he had a little more scientific in...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: Bike trailers
Replies: 20
Views: 11284

A good place for info is http://www.velovision.co.uk . I used to have a single wheel trailer called a Bob Cos. Not a great success because it had limited capacity. The Bob Yak has a better reputation. I bought one of these http://home.planet.nl/~mhodson/bikes/flevotrike.htm which was brilliant until...
by PS_RalphW
Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Iran warns of 'consequences' if referred to UN re uranium
Replies: 340
Views: 70661

The former officials also said these kind of programmes must be closely monitored by senior CIA managers in order to control the flow of information to the adversary. If mishandled, they could easily help an enemy accelerate its weapons development. That may be what happened with Merlin. This story...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Children
Replies: 13
Views: 2826

On reflection this is a bit of a cop-out. Met my wife too late to start a family so decided on adoption. In the back of my mind I knew that demographics would mean real problems in my old age, and a family would be a back-up pension, now I know about PO I think the birds are less likely (to be able ...
by PS_RalphW
Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Other Alternatives
Topic: [PVpost] Fusion hopes
Replies: 12
Views: 13492

Re: focus fusion

Folks, There is a much more viable (doability, economy, time-scale, size, etc) and promising fusion technology called Focus Fusion. It is not based on a Tokamak tech. and a DD fusion reaction, but on the p + B (hydrogen + Boron reaction) in a very dense plasma. You can get more details at www.focus...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: Transport
Topic: NY Transport Activist reports on Peak Freaks
Replies: 16
Views: 12316

Re: NY Transport Activist reports on Peak Freaks

mmm. Lovely. And when push came to shove their civilisation went down because they ..didnt .. have... a...clue. When push came to shove - or at least some Portugese adventurers pushed their noses in, their civilisation went down because they ... had no immunity to pandemic diseases endemic in the w...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:36 am
Forum: Transport
Topic: NY Transport Activist reports on Peak Freaks
Replies: 16
Views: 12316

Re: NY Transport Activist reports on Peak Freaks

mmm. Lovely. And when push came to shove their civilisation went down because they ..didnt .. have... a...clue. When push came to shove - or at least some Portugese adventurers pushed their noses in, their civilisation went down because they ... had no immunity to pandemic diseases endemic in the w...
by PS_RalphW
Fri Oct 28, 2005 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Iran warns of 'consequences' if referred to UN re uranium
Replies: 340
Views: 70661

You cannot compare the dictatorship of NK, or the religous extremist Iran regimes to that of the UK, France , US or other western nuclear power. Let's leave N Korea out of this thread, but do you know much about modern Iran? The typical modern Iranian is 17 years old, wears designer clothes, and is...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Iran warns of 'consequences' if referred to UN re uranium
Replies: 340
Views: 70661

I tend to be skeptical about such theories since the government fails to keep trivial things secret , let alone serious stuff like this! Like the 'Downing Street Memos' which clearly show that the US/UK government comprehensively conspired to get us into an illegal war in Iraq? I for one saw plenty...
by PS_RalphW
Wed Oct 19, 2005 10:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Iran warns of 'consequences' if referred to UN re uranium
Replies: 340
Views: 70661

Besides, Straw has already said war with Iran is Inconceivable. The trouble with liars, is that they do not know when to stop lying. Straw will say, when the time comes, that he could not have conceived of war with Iran with the world as it then was, but because of event XXXXX the world has changed...