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December 28, 2019

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David

Funny how English departments seem to have been the first to be taken over…

Well, it’s also generally easier to preen and proselytise. And what leftist could resist grandstanding about their politics, however irrelevantly or improperly, to a room of unworldly youngsters, a captive audience, over whom he has obvious leverage in terms of grading and whatever?

It’s practically catnip.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Funny how English departments seem to have been the first to be taken over…

Not to be outdone, the biology department weighs in.

Half of the nation’s farmland needs to be transformed into woodlands and natural habitat to fight the climate crisis and restore wildlife...

Nothing against you guys over there, but the UK is only 13% larger and probably has less arable land than Kansas alone (which itself is only a third the size of Alberta), so as far as actual "effect on the climate" goes, I really don't think he has thought this through and needs to go have a chat with the geography department.

Boyd, who became vegetarian [imagine my surprise] during his time in Defra, said farmers were potentially “sitting on a goldmine” in terms of the payments they could receive for growing trees and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

"Hi, I'm Euell Gibbons, you may not know it, but some parts of a larch are edible". I understand the Ukrainians were fond of bark too.

He said the 20% of food production lost by converting half of farmland could be made up by the development of vertical farms, where food is produced indoors in controlled and more efficient conditions.

So we'll get rid of farm land and instead make giant farm factories that will cover huge tracts of land. Experts, what would we do without them ?

Sam Duncan

“I’ll just leave this here, I think.”

Does the person have a moustache?

“Heh.”

Oh, she's totally Sharon to me from now on...

WTP

Well, it’s also generally easier to preen and proselytise

Perhaps discernible from my writing but one class I hated in school was English. Aside from the two or three English teachers that I liked, the majority of them I found to be rather prissy, pompous, and annoying. Maybe just my experience.

He said the 20% of food production lost by converting half of farmland could be made up by the development of vertical farms, where food is produced indoors in controlled and more efficient conditions.

Heh. Yeah. And the construction and maintenance and such of these 'vertical farms' will just pop out of the ether. No need to mine iron ore, smelt it, create concrete reinforcing rods, manufacture the cement from the various chemicals/raw materials, haul all that material to the construction site, use machines (themselves made out of high strength materials) to assemble it. No need to maintain such a structure, clean it, power it, etc. Yeah. Much easier that way. I'm sure the smart people got it all figured out. It's in a document put together by a committee somewhere.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I'm sure the smart people got it all figured out.

Yep. I really like the part where the farmers are going to be paid by the gummint to do nothing but grow trees of some sort, though I am sure they wouldn't be allowed to grow anything useful like fruit trees because that would require resources to manage and keep the wildlife from eating, nor something like loblolly pine because those would end up being cut down for useful purposes like lumber and paper the gummmint needs to print the money to pay the farmers to do nothing for the years it takes the trees to mature.

Beyond smart into supergenius category.

Meanwhile, also in the clown quarter, I am sure there were no qualified Irishmen or women for the job. The Troubles start again, not our fault, this was their idea.

David

Over at Artblog, Franklin’s latest may be of interest.

Sam Duncan

This might be appreciated around here.

WTP

This might be appreciated around here.

I've searched for the source of this quote for decades now so presume it was invented, but I find it spot-on. According to Jack Kerouac in Desolation Angles (that is IIRC) Dostoyevsky is supposed to have said, "Give man his utopia and he'll destroy it with a grin."

Darleen

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