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General / Re: Must be getting old.......don't ban me. !!!
« on: 12 October 2018, 10:36:54 AM »
Admin - ban this man - immediately  :eek

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 11 October 2018, 11:16:09 AM »
I have a painting of a Yeti.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 11 October 2018, 10:41:23 AM »
If I don't have any Bananas, is that evidence that Bananas exist? 😉
Hang on a minute - what about God? 

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 11 October 2018, 10:40:19 AM »
The lack of evidence is the proof.
Guilty as charged your honour! :eek

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 11 October 2018, 12:42:39 AM »
They still want us to use the private motor car because it raises massive revenue,
You'll be paying a subscription to have a car available.  As Mtread says anything can be taxed.  Or not taxed.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 10 October 2018, 04:05:32 PM »
Privatisation was a big mistake.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 09 October 2018, 08:05:29 PM »
 Wind turbines will never kill anything like the number of birds say killed by cats each year, or killed on the roads, or pesticides etc etc.  Birds are also generally smart enough to avoid wind turbines.  Not saying there are no birds killed by wind turbines – but in the real world it just simple is not an issue.  I’m not aware of noise pollution issues relating to wind turbines, sure it’s talked about but it’s bull shit.

But anyway, conventional power station is about 40% efficient with a 15-20% transmission loss.  They are crap.  However, crap as they are, charging an electric (electric motors are extremely efficient) car from this energy source is still more efficient than some even more crappier in energy efficient terms – and that’s the cars and motorcycles we are running about in/on.  The internal combustion engine needs to become a thing of the past – it will become dinosaur technology.

Nuclear Power?  Have they sorted out the waste issues at Sellafield yet?  You know the stuff from the first generation of reactors.  Umm no.  It’s like getting power now and pay later. 

Look it doesn’t matter which way you look at it – all energy at some point in the relatively near future has to become renewable. 

Don’t forget that we only have one source of energy at the end of the day and that’s the sun. 

Wind turbines have evolved to become proven cheap technology.  Solar and battery technology is going through that process.  The next leap forward for battery technology should be graphene.  Some folks reckon commercial graphene batteries are just a few years away. It will also solve the range issue.

Slappy has a point. 

To be green it all has to be done using renewable power supplies, so massive wind farms and solar panel farms etc have to be built, where are they going to build them?  Sticking a few solar panels and a little wind turbine on your garage is not going to do it!

Tidal and wave power too.  All over the fucking place.  We need more hydro schemes and big batteries (graphene again)  to try and store energy.

We need more electricity, but we need energy efficiency just as much.  We all live in energy inefficient houses leading our energy inefficient lives. 

But yeah right now today.  A family wanting a second car?  Lots of people, I think, are going to go electric for the second car.

And if nothing happens, if there is no change.  Well forget saving the planet, it’ll be fine, but there will be no more human race.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 09 October 2018, 11:49:13 AM »
The so called old and "dirty" cars tend to be cleaner than new ones when you look at the cradle to grave emmisions for the reasons you have given.
Except the older diesel ones, they visibly spew out diesel particles and soot.  Arguably they need to taken off the road.  But then, the current answer - congestion charges or bans for older diesels - is pretty much directly targeting those who can least afford.  It’s not clever and it’s not right. 

But yeah I ran my last car for over 10 years.  2.0ltr petrol Bora.  Got a Euro 6 diesel now.  I’d say it’s well built and should last even longer than my Bora, but the problem may be if you have a car that suffers ‘technical’ problems, as it gets harder to diagnose and fix some issues.  So far it's run for almost 3 years faultlessly (fingers crossed)

I do think we will see increasing numbers of electric cars on the roads over the next few years.  Still a bit limited in choice, pricey for what you get and the killer for me is range just now.  But for a lot of folks they are going to start ticking boxes.  Exepct them to become a common sight.

Bit more serious: more humans, more polution. Limiting a number of new borns worldwide would get us within a manageable number of people, with more than enough resources and less pollution.
Population, the big white elephant in the room.  It is though the number one issue.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 08 October 2018, 10:48:04 PM »
Agree with much of what you say BBROWN1664.

But at the same time we have a policy of dumping our waste on third world and developing countries.  Though some of these countries are now rightly refusing to take our waste.

And of course the biggest part of our recycling bin problem is we have so much darn pointless packaging to stick in there in the first place.

Totally agree it's a global problem.  As for the USA, well Trump is in complete denial of all enviromental issues.  Plus he's renaging on international agreement after agreement.  Trump is a problem for us all.

I would argue, by the way, that China is actually one country that is now, and to some degree has already in the past, taken global warming more seriously than most other countries, and it's now moving to more robustly tackle waste.  China may be a big polluter as a country, by on a single person basis they are one of the least polluting countries in the world.

But regardless of what other countries do, we need to clean up our act.  Cos if nothing else, leading the way on emmisions, plastic use, recycling and waste means we'll have the technology and expertise to sell to other countries when sooner or later they will be screaming out for solutions to a mounting problem.  It's a win win, if we can get it right (big if)

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 08 October 2018, 06:23:18 PM »
 There's a weird thing too.  Most of the year I eat new tatties, seeing as these days they are available all year roond (maybe that in itself needs to change).  My supermarket always has loose new tatties.  But I buy em pre-packed cos they are a fraction of the price, and it’s often the same variety from the same region.  Why? 
It’s only when I do something like make soup I need the old ones, and I end up with shit loads of em.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 08 October 2018, 01:12:28 PM »
For fear of being accused of racism and causing offence.
Absolute nonsense.  What evidence do you have for this?  And not to mention many businesses, authority’s, idea of waste management is to ship it abroad.
Some plastic packaging IS needed, for instance cucumbers, the plastic sleeve prolongs the life, we thought we were saving the planet when we saw a cucumber without plastic but had to bin it after a few days
My local supermarket – Morrisons – are telling us they are making a big move to cut packaging.  So paper bags have replaced the free wee plastic bags for loose fruit and veg.  But yeah the shrink wrap has vanished from the cucumbers.  I now get my cucumber home and shrink wrap it in plastic so it won’t go off quick in the fridge.  Doh!  Yet they are still selling tomatoes in plastic boxes.  Oh and why when I need a few floury tatties tae make some soup why do I have to buy 2Kg in a plastic bag.  I’ll have some mash to use some of em up, but a good few will get chucked.  Why is all fruit and veg not loose?

It wont change due to public pressure no politician of any party has ever listened to the great unwashed of this country and carried out their wishes.
I can assure you if enough people apply pressure to their elected representatives they will respond.  It is a democracy.  And democracy is not just about voting once every 5 years.  But yeah, leave em to it and most likely they will do foc all.  They are there to serve us – make em do their job.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 06 October 2018, 02:12:55 PM »
 There is a lot of research now being carried out into land fill mining.
For two reasons – the land fill sites are now a serious source of pollution. 
We are going run out many of the precious metals we use in advanced electronics.  We need to dig out all the mobile phones, computers and other devices that have gone to land-fill.
Expect sometime in the future your local land fill to be dug up, processed and recycled. 

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 06 October 2018, 12:13:18 PM »
Aye.  As a species we have evolved to eat our own shit.

General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 06 October 2018, 11:49:22 AM »
Revenue for the goverment!  Because that is what it is all about, the solution to every problem is to tax it!
It’s not a tax, it’s a compulsory charge, retailers are expected to give the money to good causes.


General / Re: Plastic waste in seas/oceans
« on: 06 October 2018, 11:44:06 AM »
Why is it though these programmes/articles fail to show/blame the countries that's beaches/ river banks are covered knee deep in waste of all kind, especially plastic waste and try to lay the guilt trip on us.

I’m not sure why you think they are trying to put the blame on ‘us’ as you say.  Though on the other hand surely, we should be thankful for those who are highlighting the issue.  It is absolutely and utterly out of control.  And in turn this will only change through pressure, public pressure, ie – us.
We used to get drinks in glass bottles, now they're plastic, we used to have paper bags... etc etc
Why does fruit and veg need to come in plastic wrappers? Or eggs or meat?

Spot on.  I could have a major rant on “What gets my Goat” about all the pointless useless packaging I come home with every time I visit the supermarket.  But don’t forget it’s packaged this way to sell it to us.  I may hate it, but clearly it sells.
As for everybody putting everything nicely into the correct bin.  Well I’ve parked my car in many laybys at the side of trunk roads all over Scotland as I work my way round various hills.  A great many of these laybys resemble mini land fill sites.  Why?
So yeah I’m all in favour of these programmes and articles etc… One way or another we’ll get the packaging we deserve. :rolleyes :eek :lol

One thing I hope we see highlighted and see more often – is dump your packaging days.  You do your shop at the supermarket, and then before you pack it in your bags, you unpack it at the till and leave all the unnecessary useless packaging at the till for the supermarket to bin/recycle.

And don’t forget, at the end of the day, it’s not just the wildlife eating plastic, we are now eating it too.
What has the plastic bag tax achieved?
An 86% reduction in single use bags.
I notice the supermarkets are already making the '5p' bags thinner and smaller already.
Some supermarkets have done away with them, hopefully all the others will follow.
how many turtles have actually been saved?
None.  We are still dumping way too much plastic, left right and centre.

General / Re: Insurance
« on: 05 October 2018, 09:11:32 PM »
 Ivanised?  No.  If nothing else it’s nightmare trying to explain anything to them.  If it’s K&N there’s a box they can tick, but Ivan’s isn’t K&N.

As already said, it’s highly unlikely they will strip the carbs and check jets etc in the event of an accident/claim.

Keep receipts for any major parts you change.  I listed everything and they became very interested in my K-Tech shock, and annoyingly this is after I’ve paid for the insurance.  I sent them the Invoice from 2008 and they were happy – thank foc.

A number of times I’ve just given up going through a quote on the phone as you are often dealing with people who don’t have a clue about bikes.  It’s frustrating. 

Talking about Ivanising.  If you have a more modern bike and it’s been re-chipped or flashed, I’d tell them.

Loads of folks at my work with re-chipped, flashed cars.   None of em tell their insurance.  But really, you have a serious accident and ………………………I mean how hard can it be to check a car or bikes software?  I’m far from convinced that insurance companies and their inspectors are thick. 

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 30 September 2018, 04:02:31 PM »
 There’s a chippie in my town that still uses newspaper, though there’s a sheet of plain paper between the newspaper and the actual food.
the good old days before all these shitty sell everything from pizzas, burgers, chinese, indian, thai all in one shop takeaways took over every street.

People will get the takeaways they deserve. :)

Anyway why is it that 9 out of 10 chippies are shit.   A good chippy is a rare thing these days. There's something that gets my goat, shit chippies charging good money for crap.  There should be an EU standard they have to meet before being allowed to trade.  CE marked fish and chips 8)
VNA shouldn't along for a week he's gone on holiday. So fill your boots boy's NO POLITICAL CLAP TRAP FOR A WEEK
VNA never starts anything political.  I just finish what others start.
Holiday?? Didn't think the Scottish could afford them?
My fourth this year.
hmm - holiday you say, funny that, just as the labour party conference has started 
Wrong country. 
The "proper" newspapers just aren't worth reading. I dont really want to know about a fooballer's latest indiscretion, or if they scored a goal,…………………………blah blah blah………………
Those are called comics. 

Anyway I’m back hame.  I didnae think youse wid miss me sae much!

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 22 September 2018, 11:35:04 AM »
Oh, and of course people love to be outraged.  Newspapers know that, and outrage sells.
So youse later.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 22 September 2018, 10:33:53 AM »
I believe some people want to believe what they want to believe irrespective of whether it is true or there is any basis to do so.

I also believe I am off on holiday for a week now.
See you foccers later. :D

General / Re: Home Insurance - garage contents
« on: 21 September 2018, 07:53:08 PM »
 At the end of the day I can insure my garage contents against theft but it more than doubles my premium.  So I’ve just accepted the going rate 5k cover on garage contents.  And I’m gonna get those extra bolts fitted as a priority.  The cover I’ve bought, at a very competitive price, is comprehensive in every other respect.
So if you want that cover try M&S Insurance.
Or AG Gallagher can tailor many polices to include whatever cover you need.  (I think it’s if I’ve got that wrong, esure and other companies will refer you).

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 21 September 2018, 07:45:17 PM »
If the story is actually fabricated then yep I've fallen for it hook, line and sinker.
Well it seems to have sunk as a story.  And I suspect if there is any truth in it, it’s out of context.  So no I don’t believe it for one minute. 

Don’t believe all you read in the press. :\

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 20 September 2018, 06:13:36 PM »
 Or how about touch screens in cars.  Not so much that they have touch screens but that touch screens are now eliminating so many buttons.  Touch screens work by eye hand coordination, so you have to take your eyes off the road to use them.  Further when the vehicle is moving eye hand coordination becomes so much harder and time consuming – so eyes off the road longer.  It’s dumb and it’s gonna cost lives. 


General / Re: Home Insurance - garage contents
« on: 16 September 2018, 12:31:30 PM »
I tell you what you ha e to watch out for there is that if you read your insurance small print you'll more than likely find a clause that states if your bike is with 1 mile of your home and it isn't either stored in garage (If it's insured as so) or has all the declared security on it then it won't be insured!
Better to look for a policey that asks if the vechicle is garaged overnight. 

Talking of which, my insurance dropped dramatically when I moved a few streets along a few years ago.  Bike went from off street parking to locked in a garage overnight.  Massive saving.
M&S insurance will cover my garage contents, but it's almost double the other policies.  Probably need to try a proper insurance brooker.
Must get those locks fitted, then I'll feel better about accepting a totally inadequate 5k cover. 

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 15 September 2018, 01:45:32 PM »
But the left wouldn't bother to report it because to them that's how life should be and they wouldn't be at all upset or outraged by it.

They'd probably agree that the copper intended to be racist (even though deep down they know he didn't). They're always looking for offence where it doesn't exist. Consumed by the notion that everybody other than them is bigoted, nasty and hates everyone else when actually the far left are the most nasty intolerant lot there is.

Which is pretty much pure alt right spin.  More fake news.
I had to check it wasn't April 1st after reading that one darrsi :groan

We've all been had at some time YamFazFan.  Just some folks have a hard time admitting it.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 15 September 2018, 11:09:43 AM »
You can't say......but you did anyway?  :z

Well no I didn't.  I simply don't know.

So far, after the Evening Standard - owned by former KGB agent and now Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev - the story has only been picked up by The Daily Mail, The Express, The Sun, Daily Star and The Telegraph, oh and Russia Today.  ie The usual suspects.   Just about everyone of them reports the story as quote - Evening Standard.

Again, I don't know, but if I had to place a bet, I'd say fake news.

But hey how dare I question a free London rag owned by an ex KGB agent. :eek

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