Monday, December 24, 2007
HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Neil
Google, should be everybody's homepage or top of their favourites. What a wonderful world we live in when so much information on absloutely everything is available at the click of your fingers
Numberwatch. Professor John Brignal dissects the science, or rather lack theroe, behind all the politically correct scare stories we get fed
Jerry Pournelle's Chaos Manor - New developments in science, space travel & anything else political. He knows how politics works & where a lot of the bodies are buried & anybody sensible involved in politics in any western country (which admittedly is a small minority of them).
SEPP - Probably the most comprehensive index of news on the global warming scam.
Progress & Sustainability - Professor john McCarthy's collection of pages on technological progress. Pournelle has called him one of the smartest people in the world & I must admit his main pages, on his work in artificial intelligence & maths are quite beyond me.
Fred - Political incorrectness down in a Good 'Ol Boy style.
TechCentralStation - Articles on politics & technological progress. A bit too American but nonetheless useful
Spiked - All the stuff you won't see said by the British media. Frank Furedi & Mick Hulme are the best regulars.
X-Prize Foundation - This is how we will get to space (unless it is as passengers of a Chinese ship).
Al Fin - Further out on how science & technology are going.
Slobodan Milosevic - Still continuing under that name despite his murder. Keeps you up to date on what is going on there which you won't see reported by the BBC
8 FOR 2008
1) Scotland starts achieving a growth rate greater than the UK average (preferably by ours going up rather than a UK recession which is on the cards).
2) Gordon Brown substantially cuts corporation tax (this would help UK growth. While this may seem a Tory policy Brown knows enough economics to know this would increase growth; he did cut the CT rate last year, though only by getting rid of the lower small busines rate; he needs to do something to look useful.
3) Start building nuclear power stations. (Probably only possible in England which will make us utterly dependent but better that than massive contiuous blackouts. It is probably to late to prevent some blackouts)
4) No war or genocide in Kosovo (This is probably the least likely. Alterntely if there is genocide it would be nice to see our media, for once, not censoring the fact)
5) The Chimese do something really big in space & this encourages everybody to take space development seriously (I think this is quite likely - China is clearly pulling out all the stops to look good over the Olympics & if they were to do something psectacular the the US plainly can't - launch a genuinely reuasble shuttle, start their own space station, land a vehicle on the Moon - a month either way they would certainly manage that).
6) Somebody start funding X-Prizes on a major scale. (I would rather it was an English speaking country but I would very much rather it be done at all)
7) House price fall due to builders being allowed to build more (Gordon Brown has called for an increase in housebuilding to build 3 million by 2020 - this a long step in the right direction - now he has to walk this walk.) This is quite different to a house price fall due to the collapse of a financial house of cards which has beeen built on the theory that house prices can only go up. It would have some of the same appearance & would require Alasdair Darling's successor to refrain from the temptation to pour hundreds of billions of our money into propping up banks. If he didn't do so some banks would be in trouble & probably get merged but the real productive economy would do well.
8) The Scottish Parliament decides the new Forth Bridge should be a tunnel, built by Norwegians, for the sort of price the Norwegians build tunnels for. (ie £40 million rather than £4,200 million - this is going to be my next campaign - if it succeeds then the Scottish Tunnels Project would be likely to follow fairly automaticly).