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31 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

You're taking a more gloomy view than me; however, we can't all be optimists.

Hydrogen is not the answer to the heat problem. It is the answer to the carbon problem. Electricity from solar and wind power is starting to make inroads. Efficient battery storage is the next frontier. A smartphone nowadays has more computing power than a mainframe of 30 years ago.

I'd like to think science could put us back on a better path. It's politicians and economists that are getting in the way, plus vested interests.

 

 

Bang on the money.
 
There is 10,000 times more natural energy, than mankind requires at any time. If Spain was fully covered in solar cells, that would be enough to power the earth.
 
Personally, I think transport, needs to utilize the sun. Airships can carry massive loads, and be powered by solar cells. Trains can be directly powered by the sun. Cars, trucks, pick-ups, busses etc, can all be powered by natural energy.

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When the current monetary system collapses, the rich ones will be (in no particular order):

Who can grow their own food.
Who has access to energy.
Who has access to water.
Who has gold (and other special substances). Like tungsten carbide, Iridium, rhenium, neodymium, helium and others.)
Who bought into cryptos early.

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38 minutes ago, owl sees all said:

Bang on the money.
 
There is 10,000 times more natural energy, than mankind requires at any time. If Spain was fully covered in solar cells, that would be enough to power the earth.
 
Personally, I think transport, needs to utilize the sun. Airships can carry massive loads, and be powered by solar cells. Trains can be directly powered by the sun. Cars, trucks, pick-ups, busses etc, can all be powered by natural energy.

We could use geothermal energy to power the whole world if there was enough money in it, but is not Unfortunately. 

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8 minutes ago, Tagged said:

We could use geothermal energy to power the whole world if there was enough money in it, but is not Unfortunately. 

Wasn't this what Jeremy Corbyn was on about during the election campaign? Not in those exact words; but similar.

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35 minutes ago, owl sees all said:

When the current monetary system collapses, the rich ones will be (in no particular order):

Who can grow their own food.
Who has access to energy.
Who has access to water.
Who has gold (and other special substances). Like tungsten carbide, Iridium, rhenium, neodymium, helium and others.)
Who bought into cryptos early.

Who has the guns.

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18 minutes ago, Tagged said:

We could use geothermal energy to power the whole world if there was enough money in it, but is not Unfortunately. 

I seem to remember a geothermal outfit in South Australia that went bust due to technical difficulties.

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1 hour ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Are you aware of the amount of rare earth material that goes into a smart phone, and how much pollution rare earth refining causes? Not for nothing do most nations refuse to process it.

People have become so obsessed with "computing power", that they disregard the destruction and misery that is caused by the making of the things. We don't NEED more computing power. They went to the moon with a computer having the power of a modern toaster, and slide rules. Perhaps humans need to consider the life of poor people before they think 5G is important so they can play games faster.

 

Humanity had a golden opportunity to advance the human condition between WW2 and the Vietnam war, and greed won, people lost. NB, there were no personal computers or mobile phones back then and we were better off for it as human beings. We had real friends, as opposed to fake ones on social media. Families talked to each other at meal times etc.

I'm well aware Lynas has had endless problems with its refining plant in Malaysia. And that's processing Mt. Weld ore at 15% RE content, not the Chinese ore at about 1-2%.

We would not be talking to one another without computers, so I'm inclined to discount we were better off on that score. I do agree in that I probably only use about 5% of my smartphone's capabilities.

Pollution can always be dealt with by good science and money. it's the bean counters in companies, with their focus on the bottom line, that strive for cheapskate solutions.

A case in point is the Lake Cowal gold mine near West Wyalong. Now operated by Barrick Gold. Formerly owned by Norths Ltd. Norths proposal was to allow cyanide at 50 mg/L in the process effluent to drain into Lake Cowal, a wildlife refuge.

Cyanide can be destroyed by chlorine or ozone, but that costs money.

I did write to each Norths director suggesting if they were so confident the effluent was harmless, they should each drink a wine glass of it at a public meeting. I never got a response, and was probably written of as a leftist pinko Commie, although it is ironic some of the worst polluters on the planet are found in Communist countries.

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Owl Log: 15-12 2019: Sunday evening.

 

Quiet about the village; yesterday and today. Only one fire this morning. Temp' reads 16C. Definitely getting warmer.

 

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Mrs Owl went off to her special Buddha place again yesterday. Hope she threw the nails in luckily! Only 400 baht a pack. Have to put the money in a 'special box', where the monks can't touch it. Putting the money in the 'special box' is, of course, lucky in itself. These special trips seem to coincide with the 1st and 16th of the month. Although the wife says she hadn't noticed. Strange that!

 

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The new road that, in places,  is disappearing fast, now has a barrier in place. I'm waiting to hear of an accident; either someone hitting the barrier or the middle section falling through.

 

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Had an internet upgrade this afternoon. Mrs Owl said she would deal with the technician and was told that we now had "1gig". She wasn't sure what that actually was, but seemed confident enough. Much better than the 50meg that we already had; although never got better than 18m.

 

Tested the speed at 4pm, and going through Khon Kaen University, the readings were 26m up and 30m down. Maybe the 1gig has a contention ratio of 50 - 1. Or am I living in the past with this wireless stuff?

 

No footy last night. Liverpool v Watford. I'm sure True have blocked the footy services. When the tele is turned on a pop-up informs 'upgrade 36-10-23 is available'.

 

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Two village people came round the house to borrow money today. Everyone is suffering. Including a lot af farangs I reckon. After the UK election the pound/baht rate raced up to 40-9. Here we jolly well go thought I. Back to 40-4 in the evening of the 12th. (40-3 as of 19-00 this evening).

 

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Picked up cousin 'Wow's' bike from town yesterday. Only 180 baht, for a new chain, new pedals and a brake service. Mildred came in this afternoon to tell me to put his bike chain back on. No youngsters have bikes that are in decent condition; except when they are very new. Mildred seems to be the odd one out, as I am always checking, and fixing, the three bikes that she rides.

 

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The next village to us has 50 or so trees with plastic flowers; made from plastic bags. Must be for the New Year celebrations. Last year our village had paper flowers. They finished up all over the place.

 

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Been having hot showers for two days now. Lovely! Power has been on non-stop since Friday.

 

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Another poor little duck has died. Seven left now out of the original 15.

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On 12/13/2019 at 7:37 PM, owl sees all said:

When the current monetary system collapses, the rich ones will be (in no particular order):

Who can grow their own food.
Who has access to energy.
Who has access to water.
Who has gold (and other special substances). Like tungsten carbide, Iridium, rhenium, neodymium, helium and others.)
Who bought into cryptos early.

You didn't include the military training necessary to protect what is yours from the parasites that will roam the country, taking what they want.

I am assuming a monetary collapse leads to chaos and the loss of the internet reduces cryptos to nothing.

 

BTW, I'm sure the really rich are well prepared for any contingency, with private armies etc.

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17 hours ago, owl sees all said:

Been having hot showers for two days now. Lovely! Power has been on non-stop since Friday.

I'd have thought you would have had solar water heating. Easy to make with plastic water pipe. The DIY sub forum will help.

Till I put an electric water heater in at the village it was a big pot over the gas burner. I don't have cold showers.

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20 hours ago, owl sees all said:

Had an internet upgrade this afternoon. Mrs Owl said she would deal with the technician and was told that we now had "1gig". She wasn't sure what that actually was, but seemed confident enough. Much better than the 50meg that we already had; although never got better than 18m.

 

Tested the speed at 4pm, and going through Khon Kaen University, the readings were 26m up and 30m down. Maybe the 1gig has a contention ratio of 50 - 1. Or am I living in the past with this wireless stuff?

Do you have an ethernet cable in home? Hard line it from the router into your PC and try a speed test like that. 

 

That seems very slow for 1 gig speed, maybe wifi signal needs to be boosted. 

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On 12/13/2019 at 7:18 AM, owl sees all said:

Bang on the money.
 
There is 10,000 times more natural energy, than mankind requires at any time. If Spain was fully covered in solar cells, that would be enough to power the earth.
 
Personally, I think transport, needs to utilize the sun. Airships can carry massive loads, and be powered by solar cells. Trains can be directly powered by the sun. Cars, trucks, pick-ups, busses etc, can all be powered by natural energy.

May cover the current "Electricity-Needs". To cover the global overall "Energy-Needs" (excluding electricity), one would have to cover the entire Sahara-Desert with Solar-Panels.

Great employement opportunities for Sahara-Dwellers. Hordes of underemployed youngsters constantly keeeping the Solar-Panels free of sand/dust.

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