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Water Cooler / Re: Rewilding
« on: Today at 07:06:16 PM »
> Scotland

This is cool.  I should know this but I don't: I assume large parts of Scotland were forested in past centuries?

Water Cooler / Supply Chain late 2021
« on: Today at 03:26:22 PM »
Keep a watch on the supply chain its showing signs of strain.

The Instacart guy was just here.  The first words out of his mouth were, "I got lucky, I found everything."

We talked and he confirmed my suspicion that certain items were just disappearing from grocery shelves.  Stuff like Quaker Granola.

I also think some coffees are getting scarce.

This is more subtle than runs on TP, this is just certain items you have become used to disappearing. 

Kinda related:

Check out how many independent minor league baseball teams have cropped up over the last 20 years.  We have one here and you can see some good baseball games real cheap compared to the majors.

Now if local TV stations would just make a deal to televise those minor league games I bet they could establish an audience.  Ditto local colleges for basketball.

Or I could be completely dreaming.

Water Cooler / Re: Shipping Container Costs
« on: September 14, 2021, 08:35:49 PM »

"businesses may also have to rethink their reliance on global supply chains that bring parts or products from single factories halfway round the world. "

There are too many critical points of failure with single factories across the globe unless you are willing to warehouse and stockpile a strategic reserve of critical parts.

Consolidation into 'one factory' can be taken too far.

Water Cooler / Re: Rewilding
« on: September 08, 2021, 10:54:54 AM »
> cousin

That is a really cool place Rupert. 

I get a kick that pigs, ponies and long horn cattle are acting as proxies for prehistoric herd animals.  Yeah in Britain you have to decide what slice of time you want to emulate.

Water Cooler / Re: Rewilding
« on: September 06, 2021, 09:55:45 AM »
Much of New England (VT, NH) was cleared for farming in the 1700's and 1800's.  All those "mysterious"  dry stone walls that run through what are now forests once separated cleared fields.  Farming was largely abandoned there once canals and railroads opened up areas for farming that didn't have so many boulders.  Anyway it's a good example of rewilding.

> rainforest

It's amazing how fast tropical rainforests can heal themselves. 

Water Cooler / Rewilding
« on: September 05, 2021, 10:56:12 AM »
The millionaire rewilding the countryside, one farm at a time

This rewilding example is in the UK, but this is something that we need to do in the US as well.  In the US we have fields where the land is too steep, like the sides of river valleys, and should never have been cleared for farming.  Lots of marginal farmland prone to annual flooding along rivers.  Also, reclaiming abandoned surface mines.

There was a lot of talk about planting trees to fight climate change prior to Covid, which seems to have been forgotten.  We need to get back to figuring out how to do this.  And it will require a plan from the government to do it.

Corporations are amoral.  They seek primarily to maximize profits.  I contend that a what maybe a good business decision does not make it a Good Decision in a broader sense.

I'm a capitalist, but I've come to the conclusion that unregulated Capitalism leads to really evil things.


We, have only to look at the whole Covid supply chain debacle to see how solid business decisions to off-shore most of our production capacity to maximize profits almost put Canada, USA, UK and EU in the shitter.


Masks.  We couldn't even get the non-woven material for N95 masks because that is all made overseas.

Vaccine components: everything from glass vials, the tops for said vials, syringes, the base chemicals needed to make the vaccine, most of them were made off-shore and in short supply.  Most were made in China.

Computer chips: We have Ford, GM, Chrysler and Toyota all nearly dead in the water and hardly producing cars because of a shortage of chips, all of which are made in the Pacific Rim.

The supply chain and off-shoring issues continue.

And here we sit: the end customer, the workers, the bean counters, the paper shufflers, the CEO's and assorted camp followers, all sitting with our thumbs firmly embedded up our collective heinies because of 20 years of really good business decisions to move all production of just about everything outside of the US.  Well, that worked real good didn't it?


> wine

I was stunned about 10 years ago when I learned wine was being produced in the UK.  Glad to hear that it's growing.

Water Cooler / Re: Remote work? Here's a pay cut.
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:13:22 PM »
> This will happen.


Never underestimate greed.  Never underestimate the greed of corporations.

> plastic drink bottles

I think I see 3 water bottles for every beverage bottle.  Everybody walks around with a water bottle, most filled with glorified tap water, to stay hydrated.  We have to be the most hydrated people on the planet.  But the water bottle thing can be solved by habit change.  Get people to carry a reusable water bottle instead of some Nestle water brand, single use bottle.  I think this is already slowly happening just from observation.

I wonder if Google is more worried about Microsoft out bidding them, or Apple developing its own search engine?

Also notice, that these are one year contracts, whereas in the past, if I remember right, the Apple/Google search agreements were multi-year.  I suspect Apple is buying time to fully develop their own search engine and they need that time to make sure what ever they roll out does not suck.  I also like the irony that Google is being forced into financing the development of Apple's search engine, if it exists.

At the same time it's not like Apple has a lot of choices with only 2 major search engines.  Even if they put payment aside and went with DDG I doubt DDG's servers could handle the global load.

I dunno if flying drones are going to be any better than ground.  Heck the ground delivery people can't seem to deliver to the right address even though every house is marked with a house number and every street is marked with signs.  UPS is the most reliable, since they have the same driver on the same route for years.  Amazon might have 3 different trucks in the subdivision all at the same time but I swear it's a different driver every 3 days or every week at least. 

So, if these delivery services can't get it right on the ground I can only imagine what it's like from the air.  Also, I ain't climbing on the roof to retrieve a loaf of bread dropped by drone.

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