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    UK House prices: News & Views

    another year near no change, would be my guess (that's it ! I just hit 1,000 posts. Good luck in 2013. See you soon.)
  2. Still here. Lurking mostly these days Many posters from the 'good' old days hardly post anymore, which is unfortunate. But the board is more active Maybe when gold drops the old civility will come back, and old posters will return
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    Jim Sinclair thread (News & Views)

    Sinclair says: There are two similarities pervading Obama’s appointees. 1. Harvard University 2. Intellectuals. Therefore decisions made will be from the overeducated and lead to impractical programs and solutions following closely to a liberal manifesto. == == Sounds alot like John Kennedy's Presidency. Was that really such a bad thing?
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    Canals - is a comeback coming?

    In a similar mood, JHK drives past a canal, and cannot see an immanent regeneration: "North of the junction of the Mohawk and Hudson was the old town of Waterford, where the Erie Canal began its journey west -- bypassing those powerful waterfalls. The locks are still there and still in operation for the infrequent tanker ships and ore barges that come and go to the Great Lakes. But the operation of the canal system is automated to the extent that it requires only a handful of people to run the locks now, and the town around them has deteriorated into slum and semi-slum garnished with a few convenience stores and pizza shops. There is no other commerce there. No matter how poor, the denizens are required to drive a car to a giant chain store for groceries or hardware or clothing. As you leave Waterford, the river road becomes a suburban corridor of 1960s-vintage ranch houses and stand-alone small retail business buildings which, if used at all now, are mostly hair salons, chiropractic studios, and other services not generally rendered by the chain stores. All this stuff was deployed along the road with the expectation that Americans would be driving cars cheaply forever. Now that this is distinctly no longer the case, corridors like this are entering their death throes. The awfulness of the design and construction of these buildings is now especially vivid as the plywood de-laminates, and the vinyl soffits fall off, and the dinge of neglect forms a patina over it all. Hopelessness infects this landscape like a miasma. Whatever young adults remain in these places are not thinking about a plausible future, only looking to complete their full array of tattoos and lose themselves in raptures of sex, methedrine, and video aggression." ## http://jameshowardkunstler.typepad.com/clu...e-becoming.html
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    Australia vs UK -- should I move?

    An Aussie has put "his life" up for sale: http://www.greenenergyinvestors.com/index.php?showtopic=3445
  6. It looks like others are beginning to pick-up the phrase, "stranded suburbs"... ================================================ According to the documentary made by Gregory Green, The End of Suburbia, Americans began to make their exits out of cities at the start of the 1920's and completed their mass exodus by the end of the 1970's. Suburbia was sold to them as "country living" away from the toil and grind of the cities. It was created with the best of intentions - so that the common man such as plumbers and construction workers can own a home "in the countryside", just like the doctors and lawyers. Except most suburbs didn't have anything to do with true country living at all. It had no farms, no wild animals, no forests or creeks or anything that would be associated with the countryside. Because in order to make room for the rows upon rows of housing, all those things had to be destroyed in the process. So instead, most inhabitants got a front lawn, a backyard and that was it as far as "country" goes. Most suburbs today are a little more than a place where people sleep and shop. To work, they have to spend an hour on the road each way getting to the city. Suburbia's infrastructure was built according to the demands of one of the biggest economic engines at the time - car companies. People would have to drive their cars as much as possible to get anywhere, and for awhile, everyone was fine with that. Americans liked the independence they felt while driving their cars and the car companies liked being the only game in town in terms of people's transport needs, and the country liked the high GDP all this buying and driving generated. Oil was cheap and plentiful and it was good times for everyone. Like all festivities, this party on cheap oil is about to end soon. I would even argue, it has already ended. Most Americans are already feeling the economic pain of the $4 per gallon gasoline. Hybrids are the number one selling cars today while SUV's are being dumped like yesterday's trash with little or no trade-in value. As oil prices continue to climb, to $5 a gallon, $6, $7, $8, our world will be much different. Economists like Paul Krugman foresees stranded suburbs where people are utterly dependent on their cars but having a hard time affording the gas. Our country will be in a world of hurt for decades to come and here's why: the world is running out of oil. Oil is the basis of most things we do in this society from food production, transport to electricity generation. And electricity generation is the means to economic growth. Simply put, peak oil happens when the oil we drill from the ground is not enough to replace the ones already in barrels. Most experts predict that peak oil will arrive sometime in the next decade, and many geologists would even argue that it is already here. ...continues... In order to get America through the oil crunch and solve global warming at the same time, a big part of the solution has to be people living closer to their amenities, their work, their shops, their entertainment centers, in distances where they can either walk to or ride a bike to. Which would mean moving back to the cities to live. Most Americans associate the city with "dangerous", "dirty" and "grimy". That would be an accurate description in the 1890's, but not so now. Many major metropolitan cities are on board with New Urbanism as one of their primary goal of development: efficient public transit, energy-efficient townhouses, amenities within walking distance, public gardens and parks and bike friendly routes. If done right, it's the best of both worlds - a walkable way of life that is at the same time close to culture and jobs. A way of life that is less dependent on trying to drive everywhere, but actually having more time for living. ..source.. http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseacti...logID=400334797
  7. Good link. George Monbiot wrote: Dear David and David, I am taking your request seriously and looking into the implications of the newspapers not carrying ads for cars, air travel and oil companies. Like you, I believe this is necessary if we are to have a chance of preventing runaway climate change. But if this call is to carry weight, I must be able to present an alternative: to demonstrate to news organisations, including the Guardian, that they can keep their heads above water while refusing this advertising. ..etc ,, reaction ,, Dear George Many thanks for your email and for taking our challenge seriously. A few obvious points spring to mind. The first is that slave owners insisted for years that abolition was an economic impossibility - that turned out to be nonsense, of course, as well as being morally unsustainable. Newspapers - as well as the motor racing industry - also shrieked about the impossibility of doing without tobacco advertising. But both appear to be thriving despite the loss. Why could the media not survive the loss of fossil fuel advertising? The simple fact is that the media +have+ to change. If not, there will be no funding models, no advertisers, no media. ..etc. INTERESTING DEBATE
  8. Global oil demand to fall for first time since '93: analyst By Laura Mandaro / June 20, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Global oil demand is likely to contract 0.6% in 2008 for the first time in 15 years, said J.P. Morgan Chase late Friday. Analysts led by Joseph Lupton forecast global oil demand will fall another 0.2% in 2009 as demand dampens in emerging markets, whose appetite offset declines in developed markets' oil consumption in 2006 and 2007. Higher prices and weaker global economic growth are likely to temper demand growth in the emerging countries while developed countries' consumption continues to fall. "As impressive as [emerging markets] demand has been, the tide of global oil demand is set to turn," said the J.P. Morgan analysts in a note /more: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/glob...&siteid=rss
  9. Good posting, SurfDude. And welcome. I cannot answer your query, but hope we see more of your postings here.
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    GOLD

    Look's like Gold is getting some follow-thru: up $10.70 !
  11. Stay alert for some Houseboat bargains... (From a new HPC thread ): The Sudden Houseboat Sale Bonanza, Linked to the crash? Anyone else noticed the sudden avalanche of canal and houseboats for sale on Ebay recently? Literally in the space of a month the quantity on sale seems to have multiplied by ten. I'm not imagining this right?
  12. I notice that Royal Gold is behaving well today: RGLD : $28.47 Change: +0.83 Open: Volume: 69,318 // Percent Change: +3.00% I added some $25 calls earlier this week
  13. SURE. But diamonds are a tough business. Not many long term winners there. May fav, Firestone, is one of the few I notice that Royal Gold is behaving well today: RGLD : $28.47 Change: +0.83 Open: Volume: 69,318 // Percent Change: +3.00%
  14. YES. but it is a start. Bedzed was another similar experiment I suppose The Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) is a highly innovative scheme which comprises housing, in a variety of tenures, together with workspace units and community facilities. Its key objective is to be ‘carbon neutral’ by implementing a wide range of sustainable features. At 59 dwellings per hectare, the scheme provides a model of high density urban development which makes efficient use of land and reduces transport costs. /see: http://www.ecoconstruction.org/c_study_bed.html I wonder what the transport links into Bedzed are like. Somehow, I reckon it falls down on transport == == == LATER: I found something - and it's more promising than I expected... "Green transport plan Transport energy accounts for a large proportion of the energy consumption of any development. A green transport plan promotes walking, cycling and use of public transport. A car pool for residents has been established, and all these initiatives have helped to provide a strategic and integrated approach to transport issues. The BedZED project shows that it is possible to reduce reliance on cars and introduced the first legally binding Green Transport Plan as a condition of planning permission. BedZED's target is a 50% reduction in fossil-fuel consumption by private car use over the next ten years compared with a conventional development. BedZED has been designed to encourage alternatives to car use. BedZED has good public transport links, including two railway stations, two bus routes and a tramlink. An onsite Car Club called 'ZEDcars'. BedZED was the first low car development in the UK to incorporate a car club. A 'pedestrian first' policy with good lighting, drop kerbs for prams and wheelchairs and a road layout that keeps vehicles to walking speed. BedZED is designed along 'homezone' principles that have benefited communities in continental Europe for many years On-site charging points for electric cars and a free public electric vehicle charging point is already available in Sutton town centre. BedZED's 10-year target is to produce enough electricity from photovoltaic panels (which convert sunlight into energy) to power 40 electric vehicles. It is hoped that a mixture of private cars and vehicles available through the car club will minimise fossil fuel use as the community settles. For owners of electric vehicles energy and parking will be free of charge." /see: http://www.peabody.org.uk/pages/GetPage.aspx?id=179 "A 'pedestrian first' policy" Hmmm. That's great... aprroaching "Cars are last" sensibility
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