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tmevans

Member since Apr 2009 • Last active Oct 2019

dyslexic writer, underemployed art historian/lecturer, on psychotherapy course, working with children.

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    I was thinking on the commute that it doesn’t add up, all this techno-determinism about how a green industry is going to swoop in, it doesn’t make sense. The main thing about XR’s position is that there is an emergency and it’s causes and consequences are being suppressed. Their deal is about awareness and I think they are right, not enough people, let alone enough people in government, allow themselves to feel anything like a proportionate sense of urgency. I guess I am guilty too or I would be on the streets more often. Economics is often reduced to a situation of supply and demand. The sense of urgency is an index of the demand; and judging by that the demand is weak whereas there is still a huge demand within markets like oil and gas that are causing the ecological catastrophe that is happening. It doesn’t matter if a magic solution can technically be made.

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    I was so embarrassed about being trolled. Even if that is still the case it weirdly makes me feel better that hugo7 actually seems to believe what he is saying. I didn’t conveniently keep coal out the equation for the purposes of making an argument I’m aware that we privatised energy and closed the pits. It’s like Boris was saying last week, Maggie was a green-hero for doing that 😉 despite our home and overseas contracting of coal power since then.
    What we got during globalisation and the shift to services in the uk was so far away from Keynes it’s untrue; it is the era, instead, in which Keynes became a dirty word. I’m struggling to find a coherence in what you are saying. All I am suggesting is that a more global and historical picture- a more coherent picture- is necessary for an assessment. If colonialism and slavery doesn’t come into it for you; if the horizon of our responsibilities ends at our borders or with direct ownership by British people; if merely investing in or outsourcing something ecologically damaging and morally corrupt doesn’t reflect on ‘us’ well they are pretty limited horizons. And if to say otherwise makes me implicitly an advocate of communism, we’ll, so be it. But it isn’t a picture I recognise.
    Everyone is so cool on here.

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    I heard 9 out of 10 private buildings with grenfell-style cladding had not had it replaced. Is it too nanny-statist to force landlords to take cladding down or to fund taking them over if private owners won’t?

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Search for pirinexos I think that is what it’s called

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    I looked into this, there is a ‘green way’ / via verde loop that goes from girona. It overlaps with a route that was done by a bunch of people on the bear bones forum, last two years i think. I think I still have a pdf brochure somewhere if you want me to email it to you? Also mentioned on stw. Then add parts of the Camino and you are nearly there.

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    ... a chap who’s username is hugo is sticking up for finance...

    The shift to services destroyed many environments local to those who worked in the industries you refer to. These were in turn only relocated to places where there is, still, basically no environment protection and the where the workers are even more exploited. The shift overseas, made possible by a history of colonial rule and slavery, was paid for in a large part by blowing through the north sea oil and gas reserves to raise cash for all those new people on the dole. That oil and gas was burnt cheaply and without any concern for the environment.

    It’s not that this is a full picture but I do you think you are wrong hugo7

  • in Rides & Races
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    Independent Pedaler, lol, it behind my mum’s place

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    If y’all are going to go through Bekesbourne please let me have you round for tea and cake and a warm fire

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