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Sunday, October 27, 2013


... A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples.
Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal says it is better to read good science fiction than bad science.

Lord Rees does expect to see soon however, is the exploration of moons and asteroids by a flotilla of miniaturised robots as well as huge solar energy collectors assembled under zero-gravity. As for humanity, our future lies in a "post-human" stage of evolution: "Post-humans will evolve from our species not via natural selection but by design. They could be silicon-based, or they could be organic creatures who had won the battle with death, or perfected the techniques of hibernation."
Tim Worstall on the Adam Smith Institute site links to the evidence from Next Big Future that Chinese reactors are 1/4 the price of equivalent UK ones - actually accountants would make it considerably less if they factor in our 10 years before earning anything compared t6o China's - actually it seems likely considerably less than that of the Chinese were building Chinese reactors - actually considerably less than that if they were being mass produced.
Dan Hannan on how free markets are better at providing equality than state "socialism"

Dellers says
"the Greens (and that includes small "g" greens too) are not our friends. I'm not saying they are intrinsically bad people; I know that in many cases that they are motivated by the highest of ideals. The problem is that the consequences of their noble lies and their warped ideology invariably involve economic recession, higher prices, constrained freedom, thwarted aspirations and widespread human suffering. I don't call those results good. I'd say they're downright evil."

I put on a comment saying that it is impossible that the leaders are not aware  that they are lying and that thus they are personally evil,
Here is Wikipedia's list of driverless trains. The list includes both trains without any driver and the greater number where the "driver" (or can be called conducter") only presses a button to open and close doors - something which could obviously be done remotely or automatically so the only purpose of having a driver is to employ drivers.

Glasgow subway is listed as such.
Built from 5cm cubes and launched into orbit for the price of a family car, a Glaswegian entrepreneur has built what may be the world's cheapest satellite, launched from revamped Russian missiles
Alex Salmond wasted £20,000 of public money trying to stop the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office from revealing that he'd not taken legal advice on a post-independence Scotland's eligibility for European Union membership.
The world's first human trials of synthetic blood will take place in Scotland, it has been reported.

Researchers from the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Edinburgh have been granted a licence to make blood from stem cells which can be tested on humans, The Scotsman has reported.
The licence from the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will allow scientists at SCRM to attempt to manufacture blood on an industrial scale which will help to tackle shortages and stop the transfer of infections from blood donors, according to the paper.
From the Bruges Group

Only recently the European Commission has appointed the Czech PR Agency "Via Perfecta" to be in charge of the EU information and communication strategy in the Czech Republic (and funded it). However, this agency is led by a wife of one prominent and most pro-european politician in the CR. This implies possible misuse of the EU funds for self-promotion of certain politicians or political opinions that are familiar to the EU bureaucracy."

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