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Paul Ehrlich - The Population Bomb

By a spooky coincidence, Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb in 1968 in the same year that population growth rate peaked at 2.09%/yr. The global population that year was 3.55b. If that growth rate had been maintained ever since then we would have passed through 10b this year. So we're really lucky that 1968 was also pretty much when we transitioned from exponential growth to linear growth and hitting 10b is still 38 years away. It's easy to see now in retrospect that the demographic transition happened and come up with all kinds of reasons why it happened. It's harder to come up with reasons as to why Ehrlich should have seen it then. He was writing in a time when we'd had a 100 years or so of exponential growth over 1.5%/yr and in the previous 20 years it had been accelerating. So I think he deserves a break for being overly pessimistic back then.

10b, right now, and having got there so fast, would not be pretty. I don't think its going to be pretty in 2056 either, but we have a little more time to adjust.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Population_Bomb
http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#growthrate
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Google is proving itself to be an unreliable and untrustworthy partner. We're being chucked off G+ as it closes down. So which other Google properties should we leave now and stop investing time and effort into? Because we don't know when Google will decide to just close them down. Here's a short list of Google Products that feel to me like they might be at risk.

- Music
- Photos
- Drive
- Blogger
- Calendar
- News
- GoogleGroups
- Hangouts
- Chromecast Audio
- Wear OS
- Android Auto
- Google Pay

https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/about/products/

And that's just the consumer stuff. Want to invest time in Google APIs to build into products? Don't.

Originally posted at https://plus.google.com/+JulianBond23/posts/3wo7UBq8Si6
Apologies to +John Lewis
 Our Products | Google »
Browse a comprehensive list of Google products designed to help you work and play, stay organised, get answers, keep in touch, grow your business and more.

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UK's Conservative party can't find enough willing applicants to be candidates for parliamentary seats: https://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2018/10/a-candidate-shortage-strikes-conservative-selections-in-target-seats.html
Not enough qualified members. No enthusiasm. Prospect of a long campaign. Pessimism about the next election

Has Theresa May finally run out of Brexit road?
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/13/has-theresa-may-run-out-brexit-options-eu-leaders
Backing herself into a corner of the corn field where there simply aren't any options left that are both acceptable to the EU and could be voted through parliament.

David Davis calls on ministers to rebel against Brexit deal. Ex-minister says PM’s plan is ‘unacceptable’ as she tries to appease DUP and Tory Brexiters
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/14/david-davis-calls-on-ministers-to-rebel-against-brexit-deal
If it's not the DUP, it's the hard-Brexiters.

With this:-

Tories take four-point lead over Labour despite Brexit troubles.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/13/tories-take-four-point-lead-over-labour-despite-brexit-troubles
The Conservatives are the more trusted party to lead the Brexit negotiations according to the poll, with 29% of respondents saying they trusted the Tories more compared to 18% for Labour.

As far as I can tell, the whole country is now living in some fantasy Never Never Land that's completely divorced from reality. We seem to be able to cling on to our tribal loyalties and ignore a ruling party that is imploding as it tries to drive us off the Brexit cliff. I think we're going to need a bigger magic wand. Clap louder, children to save poor tinker-bell.

London Anti-Brexit March next Sat (20-Oct). Be There.

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It's not just about a demand for a vote for us. It's also a demand for the politicians to come to their senses, act in the national interest and to vote to stay in the EU.

Just Say No To UK-Exit.
https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march

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Less than 2 week's time till the big Anti-Brexit march. Be there. Usual story, Park Lane 12pm, Start March 1pm, To Parliament Sq. 20-Oct-18

It's not just about a demand for a vote.
It's a demand for an end to UK-Exit and to stay in the EU.

https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march

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obscure as well as the obscurely gratuitous.

http://thequietus.com/articles/25381-top-100-albums-of-the-quietus-existence-2008-2018-decade
 The Quietus | Features | Quietus Charts | The Top 100 Albums Of The Quietus' Existence, As Picked By tQ's Writers »
As part of our ongoing celebrations of a decade of The Quietus, we asked our dozens upon dozens of fantastic contributors to pick their favourite albums of the site's existence. Below is their top 100, with an introduction by tQ staff writer Patrick Clarke

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Pike near Chorley in Lancashire. I knew I still had it but it had gone missing and I'd been searching for it for 15 years at least. Yesterday it fell out of a bunch of old papers and yellowed copies of International Times.
http://internationaltimes.it/

There's a detailed write up here of the adventures we and others had.
http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/rivington-pike-78.html

There's a postscript as well. Here And Now liked my write up so much, they asked me to do the liner notes for one of their Live CDs of their set at the festival.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_%26_Now_(band)


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What they meant was "No Brexit is better than a Bad Brexit".

At least I think that's what they should have said.
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Preamble

Whereas prosperity for all, peace, security and the safeguarding of the global environment are achieved by working together in the closest union;

Recalling the importance of the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity, liberty, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person;

Considering that the principles of equality and non-discrimination guide us, and the values of respect duty and community define us;

Considering that trust, justice and liberty govern us, and we are characterised by creativity, inclusivity and a belief in the human spirit;

Given that our glorious past helped forge European values and that our present enjoyment of them is largely thanks to the European Union;

Being resolved that our future happiness relies on remaining at the heart of the European Union and retaining for ourselves and future generations, the rights of EU Citizenship;

Oath

We affirm our allegiance to the European Union and promise to abide by and promote the universal values upon which it is based such as compassion, endeavour, ingenuity, altruism, diligence, daring and a peace-loving commitment to the dignity of all sentient beings, and we are pledged to maintain our citizenship of the European Union for us and for the generations that come after us.

https://twitter.com/PassportTotnes
https://www.facebook.com/citystatetotnes/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/totnes-brexit-independent-city-state-uk-eu-remain-second-referendum-final-say-peoples-vote-a8464151.html

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- Full Brexit JRM, BJ, DD, ERG. Crash out in the biggest possible way.

- Chequers Compromise The impossible middle way. Not acceptable to pretty much everyone. EU, Leavers, Remainers, N Ireland, etc, etc,

- Brexit in Name Only Leave EU but not any EU structure. Stay in the Customs Union, Single Market, 4 freedoms, ECJ, Euratom, etc, etc. Sensible, but not actually acceptable to anyone.

- Delay Negotiate 2-year stays of execution. Repeat indefinitely. Give up control but don't change anything. Wait until political climate changes.

- Cancel Art50 and Remain This is probably possible but nobody really knows the implications. Full Euro and Schengen as a minimum payment for wasting the EU's time?

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/16/back-second-brexit-vote-says-conservative-mp-justine-greening

We are so screwed. But we're heading into an end game.

And people are beginning to talk about the break up of the UK 2 party system. And some fundamental re-alignments. Which is going to be tricky because the sensible middle ground consists of MPs who have never rebelled and never gone against their party's whip. It's hard to see how they could grow a backbone and do anything. While simultaneously holding their nose and cooperating with the other tribe. More likely is that the extremes of each party break away. Leaving 2 rump parties, neither of which can get a majority.



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The thing that ate the constitution[1] seems to be losing its mind[2].

Watch with the sound off and judge for yourself.

https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/status/1009529579940261888

[1] Could be the TSOG: Tsarist Occupation Government. Thank you, R.A.W.
[2] No sleep is a most effective torture technique

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br />http://shorttermmemoryloss.com/nor/2014/11/07/all-cameras-are-police-cameras/ This referred to the mission creep of London Congestion Zone cameras where vehicle movements were not passed to Police, passed to Police and deleted after two years, passed to Police and held indefinitely.

Now Sadiq Khan has announced a 2021 ULEZ that covers everything inside the N and S Circular roads. Which will require congestion zone style ANPR technology along the whole edge of this area. Which will inevitably be shared with the Police and held indefinitely.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/08/sadiq-khan-unveils-plans-london-ultra-low-emission-zone-pollution

Welcome to the Panopticon.

ps. I have friends who have old motorcycles who are very upset about this. They won't be able to ride them inside the N Circular without incurring a charge. I'm conflicted about this. One one side get with the programme. You're on the wrong side of the line. Should you be allowed to ride an LC350 2-stroke in a heavily polluted area? On the other side, M/C are really not the problem in terms of scale so why aren't they just excluded? Note also that the Congestion zone is front number plate facing. The new ULEZ will have to be rear number plate facing to catch M/C.

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This annoys me. So I formally announced that I would no longer do this and if you didn't like it please block me.

https://medium.com/@treyharris/im-a-troll-and-i-didn-t-even-know-it-or-am-i-being-gaslighted-e4491e68e87b

Also, some problems sharing this article on G+. Consider this a test.
https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/Z58tCX47fRe

 I’m a troll, and I didn’t even know it. Or am I being gaslighted? »
Bad faith, civility, sea-lioning, and modes of argumentation

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This story made my day. It's time: Techno Against Racism!

House and techno could be heard from at least 20 speaker-equipped trucks. As 20,000[1] clubbers faced off 5,000 far right AfD to "Bass the AfD away."

With a nod to the late 70's "Rock Against Racism", 80's "Skateboarders Against Racism" and 00's English Disco Lovers (EDL) and Bass National Party (BNP).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/27/thousands-from-far-right-and-berlins-techno-scene-face-off-in-rival-rallies
https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=41835

[1]Some reports say 70,000.

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IoT is normally thought of as things like internet connected thermostats. but:-

- Mobile phones, tablets, PCs with webcams, anything with a mic that might respond to "Hello Google"
- Cable modems and Routers. Especially ones owned by the cable company and locked.
- Home NAS. With built in bittorrent clients
- Broadband connected Tivo
- Smart TVs
- TV connected Chromecast, Fire, AppleTV, etc


Edward Morbius originally shared this post:
Our smart devices are gathering information about us.

...We are a group of researchers at Princeton University. We analyze different IoT devices in the Smart House and examine security/privacy problems.

Help our research! Tell us what IoT devices you currently have and what devices you are interested in buying. We will try to purchase the most popular devices, analyze them, and publish any issues that we find....

Contact & registration at link.

https://iot-inspector.princeton.edu



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Will Twitter and threadreaderapp.com please just motherfucking die already. I mean seriously, fuck that shit.

How the hell did long form text and discussion come to this?

This shaking fist brought to you via,
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/975545004205654016.html
A most excellent rant about the need for a CS code of ethics. With teeth.
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This needs sharing.

Alan Cox originally shared this post:
One of the curious things about writing stuff is the way it sometimes decides that you aren't entirely in charge. Characters add themselves without invite or what was intended to be one thing turns in other ways.

I was trying to write something about the rising disillusionment with the state and the 1%, but the words decided they wanted to be a good deal nastier


The sit and do their plotting
And they don't give a damn
You are part of the problem
If you aren't part of the plan
They really don't like it
If you stick it the man
But they've got ways to make
You vanish when they can

It's a dark country
And we're sharpening the blades
To test on politicians
Billionaires and aides
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

As the rulers climb the mountain
They think they're atlas shrugged
But money aint invention
And they won't do too good
When we knock down their empire
And take back all we should
When we tear up the system
Well it's time they understood

It's a dark country
And revolution stalks
Starting with the ballot box
And fighting in the courts
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

You can push the people so far
You can lie to them like dogs
But there comes a day they'll
stick a spanner in the cogs
When the machine grinds to a halt
And the dollars cease to print
Remember those you treat like shit
Were the ones to load the ink

It's a dark country
And the knives are coming out
If we can't beat you through the system
We'll beat you from without
It's a dark country
It's a dark country

So as you take away the healthcare
As the schools fall down and bust
As you swap wages for zero hours
As the libraries fall to dust
When the army don't give a damn
When the police have had enough
Everyone you stamped on is ready
To take you down with us

It's a dark country
Don't think that you can hide
One day we're going to get you
And you won't enjoy the ride
It's a dark country
It's a dark country





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