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  1. Google is now or almost purely renewable powered (DC & Ops). They use about as much as San Francisco. Probably just incompetence in Minnesota I guess.
  2. Not with that attitude! As a vasectomied man in his mid forties I can make that claim but I am pretty sure you are just letting your short term desires get in the way of your goals.
  3. My point was that as soon as you say vested interests can't donate (which seems fairly sensible if not realistic[1]) then with your vision you just remove the current crop of donaters and the next in the ladder move in. Currently I don't donate to any political party because I see no return on the investment. Unless your plan removes everyone with a vested interest then you have no one that wants to donate and so you may as well just ban all donations. [1] the reason I think it is not realistic is the same as the reason spying is good amongst allies (and enemies). Information flow leads to better outcomes. If meraton want to build a sh*t ton of cheap apartments then people get housing and meriton get rich. So long as there is some sensible limitations acted on by the people that can limit the rapaciousness then everyone wins. With no information flowing then weird sh*t happens and no one has a house.
  4. That smells like change for the sake of change. Zaph seems to have pointed out it would make no functional difference. It seems to me that the focus on bankers and developers is simply because they are the ones doing it at the moment. Open the door to other professions being able to sway policy in exactly the same way and I am sure they will try it.
  5. Are there any countries which do this? On the surface it seems a good idea (I am sure someone will have found a way to game it though).
  6. Ah didn't see that. Did you post details in the other thread (if so link?). After the grand cigar investment worked out I have decided that any investment which makes money based on obvious things like excise going up by X% every year I figure taking advantage of the electricity companies game play for the house in hornsby might be worth considering.
  7. I thought you hadn't decided to buy solar yet. Who's house have you snuck into?
  8. This would be awareness of the law in another country though which seems a little different. Seems odd to me that they didn't check though.
  9. The increase in power costs in the above article was for largely the poles and wires wasn't it? They are boring toys.
  10. No updates on the Cycle of War predicted big days a week back and a month back?
  11. Anyone read it? If so are his accusations regarding Neoclassics economic theory actually true? If so, screw those guys!
  12. To me the important bit is “The reality is the death toll from Chernobyl in 1986, after 20 years, is less than 200 people.” You may find this of interest: I thought that was fairly well known information.
  13. Nice dream I guess.
  14. The base load isn't solved yet but can be I'd guess. Probably need subsidies as with farming, coal and everything else important.
  15. I just can't fathom having such strong opinions and not acting on them is all. Mostly it sounds like excuses. I train people every day, I hear a lot of excuses. Excuses are for the people that don't know why they are doing what they are doing. Generally people with excuses are not happy and therefore should change either their desires or their actions so they can be happy is my feeling. For the rest: I still probably now pay more effective tax in Australia as I have investments there and receive no benefits whatsoever from Australia. We are divesting from Australia though. Better places to put money I think. And I will keep enjoying my cool sh*t, especially because it comes with the bonus of staying alive. Two things I am going to trust the scientists on and my risk analysis skills on.
  16. So you disagree with a governments choices and then you stay there paying for their bad choices. That seems stupid to me. Oh except you have kids and work for a uni so I guess you pay f*ck all tax to begin with. Fair enough reason to stay, you get to complain about your $20 badly spent and it isn't enough to make it worth leaving. I left over the gay marriage / immigrant thing really seemed to me a sign of things going to hell. Seems so far I was right. f*ck I am not even Australian, I have Australian citizenship because your country f*cked up some stuff dealing with the darker skinned types over the two decades I lived there and also the locals predilection for f*cking kiddies oh yeah and your insurance system was corrupt as f*ck plus your train drivers were fat and had unions which said killing people was sort of okay. Apparently the government you hate needed me to help try to even start sorting that out (not that your country is the only one with those issues, just that is the only reason I got citizenship). But it is okay I wandered off so you could read that as me agreeing with you I guess. Heh I worked with one of the power companies too but I am sure that your opinions are more valid than anyone working in the problem solving field. You really do epitomise, to me, the australian mind set . Take that as you will, the votes seem to support my point of view in some ways.
  17. Dude, I have no kids, high income and live a wildly destructive lifestyle. Climate change is unlikely to affect me unless I choose to let it. Unless we get some really cool sh*t which makes me immortal. I have zero vested interest in this.
  18. " FFS. If only there was a way for price of stupidity to be paid only by the stupid, instead than by all of us! " I believe there is a way which will make you happy unless they are right. I am sure those exceedingly rich guys are doing it for altruistic reasons or something, or maybe they are stupid and all their money is just because they got lucky... Regardless if you are personally positioning yourself to make money I suspect that an ideological crusade against climate change is going to work. If you just want to bitch that the world would be better if you were in control I think you are safe. No one is ever going to let you be in control. So you will be able to happily bitch for a long time.
  19. That's included in my "we get cool sh*t and survive" umbrella
  20. It is the "taxpayers on the hook" aspect you care about most isn't it? I can see your logic regarding, for example, restaurant hygiene and so on to a degree. I disagree with your opinion in those cases because I think the impediment to business is not as bad as "businesses learning through food poisoning their customers". I agree in theory that any person running a business should be aware of the catastrophic failure of their business should they almost go out of their way to ensure it fails. I agree that many politicians are corrupt in particular areas, especially at low level stuff like mayor or whatever. I am not 100% sure that taking that same thinking and applying it to a huge number of politically incompetent and financially incompetent people is the best. If the guys that chose to be climate scientists generally agree your theory means they took a job which would never make money and ten were swayed by money. Doesn't pass the sniff test for me. The risk / reward profile is just too bad for me to assume they are all lying. If they are lying and we do nothing life continues If they are lying and we do something (at exorbitant cost in your thinking) we at least get some cool sh*t when we come out of that minor waste of money If they are telling the truth and we something we get cool sh*t and survive if they are telling the truth and we do nothing we die I don't really see any other options and I, for one, am not going to go and learn to be a climate scientist. I am pretty sure you aren't either. So use the skills you have, you're a project manager, and apply them to the objective scenarios. Harvey just cost around 100-200 million dollars. Irma is on the way. If it even remotely does the same thing that counts as exorbitant in my books. If the climate scientists are right this is likely what we are going to see a lot of. I guess everyone gets a job but it isn't a cool job.
  21. Apparently Norwegian is about the easiest second language for native english speakers to learn. I found that depressing as I was so proud of having learned another language...
  22. I first saw that at an "Anime Festival" at that cinema in Glebe, a new at the time girlfriend invited me along with a bunch of her art student friends. I think I was the only one that knew what it was going in (engineering students had internet access).
  24. If Trump sh*ts and burns this year do you think his supporters (like cockwhistle here) will change their mind? I think we need more Trump for longer to really put these f*ckers out of the world. They can go back to dreaming of changing the world safe in the knowledge they will never be allowed to and are not competent enough to do so. It'll be like a 16 yr old explaining how the chick really wanted him but at least he will have the experience of being completely shut down and not be brave enough to try ever again. Or of course the hilarity of finding out that most US military people don't want to die in a cascade of nukes and, the ones I know anyway, will rapidly turn on the nazis and militia and wipe them off the face of the earth. Because, you know, actual training as opposed to wanky little bitch sessions and re defining words to cannon fodder 20 yr olds. Armstrong and his ilk get what they are asking for and they will find themselves sad old men in hiding. Good for the world in many ways though so there is always that. When I am angry drunk I totally feel we should let them have their game. Find out just how many people actually support their sh*te.
  25. _My_ tinfoil hat? not sure where you think I am into conspiracy theories. In my mind you are the one that supports the fringe and alternative ideas...