Goodbye to Gasoline and Diesel. Hurrah!
Drove my Chevy to the levee. But the levee was dry. Words by Don Mclean.
The Passion and the Power
The age of the internal combustion engine vehicle is ending. It lasted more than 150 years with ICE vehicles driven by millions who knew little about pistons and crankshafts or the physics of combustion and air pollution. How to atone for all that pollution? Should the film industry recognise its legacy? It has been celebrating these vehicles since 1927 and shows no sign of waving goodbye and welcoming the new era any time soon…
In the film Jason Bourne (2016) tech big shot Aaron Kalloor has created Deep Dream, a sinister social media platform with the capacity to capture data from millions of citizens. After announcing to a media audience ‘you will not be watched’ in response to a query about the security of personal data Kalloor meets up with CIA director Robert Dewey in a dingy restaurant. The two argue over the merits of internet freedom versus surveillance and agree to hold a debate about privacy rights. Dodgy Dewey’s real aim though is to acquire data from Deep Dream for his global surveillance…
And the very deep did rot;
Not far from my childhood home in the village of Mousehole (West Cornwall) you will find the Bird Hospital and Sanctuary founded in 1928 by the sisters Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesisas. Long before marine pollution was researched by scientists the sisters embarked on a mission to rescue and heal wild birds; and what better place for a bird hospital than a site overlooking the beautiful Mount’s Bay! On a cloudless day blue waves glitter and herring gulls circle fishing boats, but this view misleads. For decades governments and companies discharged, sluiced, spilled and dumped…
Why sustainable Climate Finance has to increase
This year from November 9 for 12 days the UN Global Climate Conference (GOP26), hosted by the UK with Italy hosting the pre COP26, will take place in Scotland. Over 30,000 delegates are expected to attend the event in Glasgow including the climate campaigner Greta Thunberg. They will be discussing climate finance, carbon markets and the Paris Agreement pledges to reduce carbon emissions (Green House Gases) by 1.5%. (It should have been 2%). …
Money Saving expert Martin Lewis writes:
“The payday loan industry was built on the back of marketing, not need. They sold people the concept of a need to create a demand, then pushed products. Payday loans are for most a flawed concept. How many in dire need this payday would see such an improvement within a month that they not only not need to borrow again, but could repay last month’s loan plus the huge interest?”
UK Employment rates and the Gender Pay Gap
According to the McKinsey Global Institute:
“Bridging the gender gap in the United Kingdom could increase GDP by billions of pounds over the next decade and add 840,000 female employees to the economy.”
Capital and Low Paid Digital Data Workers
Over the past two decades digital technologies have made it possible for large numbers of people across the world to find employment with online labour platforms. There are now numerous platforms promoting online work in terms of career opportunities, flexible work options and smart alternatives to non platform employment. Clickworker, Clixsense, The Smart Crowd, Figure Eight and Amazon Mechanical Turk are some of the global players in the rapidly expanding global market.
Tony Janio the Leader of the Conservative Group on Brighton & Hove Council has written a cheery piece for his fans in Brighton & Hove Independent saying ‘unemployment is the lowest in living memory’ and continues:
‘the news that the numbers of low paid has just hit a record low is very welcome’.
What does this mean? I understand it to mean that many workers have dropped out of the labour market. According to the Guardian 132,000 EU workers quit the UK last year leaving many firms struggling to find replacements. Many of the EU workers will have been in…
Busy with the domestic exigencies of the autumn season many may have missed announcements about the new ‘human brain’ computer and the progress made towards the development of super fast computers with super storage and processing speeds. If only accurate science news was prioritised over some of the utterly tedious gossip and hearsay that passes for news especially on national media.
However I digress. There is now a computer that mimics the way the biological neurons of the human brain operate when they ‘spike’. This is the emission of electrical chemical energy when the cells are active. …
From the end of October 2018 to the start of the New Year there are five major spending events in the UK. Halloween on the 31st October. Bonfire Night on the 5th November. Black Friday on the 26th November. Cyber Monday is next on the 28th November. Everything Reduced! Buy, Buy! Laptops, TVs, Smartphones! Then we are in the home straight accelerating towards Christmas which is the nation’s fifth end of year spending event. One steeped in traditions that include high street Boxing Day stampedes and lengthy New Year queues.
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