Something seen recently in another discussion group:
I think the Department of Environment (or whatever it is called these days) should fund research project to explore these wonderful ideas. The project would:
a. Recruit 500 volunteers from The Greens. This part of the project would record exactly what proportion of Greens are not really committed to the cause.
b. Select and fence off (using steel net fencing) a productive area of land – one which would support 1000 people using modern farming technologies (tractors, fertilisers, insecticides, GM seeds, metal ploughs)
c. Provide security patrols to ensure no cheating by the volunteers
d. Provide any ceramic pots and wooden implements required by the volunteers, and a starter pack of matches, potatoes, tea, sugar and flour. Provide seeds, chickens and cattle and sheep. Provide humpies. ** Provide any desired reference books.
e. Strip the volunteers of any metal or plastic .
f. Lock the volunteers in their new paradise for 3 years.
g. Count the survivors (I would expect about 100). Record changes in their views of technology.
** basic shelter/lean to
Australia is just regular stralia that's been gold-plated.
I don't think he has the ability to start a tractor. 😂
What he said was so simple minded, it's bewildering that he somehow is that wealthy.
My 20 year old son can write computer programs. But he in no way could manage a successful farm, or anything like that.
From Wikipedia Early life and education
Bloomberg was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in Brighton, a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, on February 14, 1942, to William Henry Bloomberg (1906–1963), a bookkeeper for a dairy company, and Charlotte (Rubens) Bloomberg (1909–2011). The Bloomberg Center at the Harvard Business School was named in William Henry's honor. His family is Jewish. He is a member of the Emanu-El Temple in Manhattan. Bloomberg's paternal grandfather, Alexander "Elick" Bloomberg, was an immigrant from Russia. Bloomberg's maternal grandfather, Max Rubens, was an immigrant from what is present-day Belarus.
The family lived in Allston until Bloomberg was two years old, when they moved to Brookline, Massachusetts, for the next two years, finally settling in the Boston suburb of Medford, Massachusetts, where he lived until after he graduated from college.
Bloomberg is an Eagle Scout. Bloomberg graduated from Medford High School in 1960.
Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University, where he joined the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi. In 1962, as a sophomore, he constructed the school mascot's (the blue jay's) costume. He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. In 1966, he graduated from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration.
A seemingly good example of "the American Dream" in action. Apparently technically oriented enough to get an electrical engineering degree. Where in this journey does "the landed lord" attitude develop? A curious comparison to Donald Trump.
This really is sad. Last spring Marta and I ate our way through Croatia, N Italy, S France and Catalonia , subsisting on apricots, cherries, figs and every other fruit that springtime in the Mediterranean produces. Topped off with olives, cheese and wine. I love the Med diet.
In the Emilia-Romagna region, some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces recorded below-freezing temperatures of -6 °C (21.2 °F).
David Vernocci, president of produce wholesaler Apo Conerpo, said there was considerable damage to stone fruit and almost the entire apricot production was impacted. Other fruits such as peach, nectarine, plum, and golden kiwi were heavily ravaged.
"We still have to assess the damage on top fruit, and especially pears," he added.
Massimo Franchini, a peach and apricot producer from Casal Fiumanese, reported as well that there is nothing left of his plantation. "I do not know how long it lasted, but enough to damage every single fruit."
"I believe it will be difficult for producers to honor payments this year, as we will have no income," he stated.
Not being in the potatoe business, it never occurred to me how much of the market is apparently driven by the fast food market.
With 75% of the population doing courses that train them to say "do you want fries with that?" It should not come as a total surprise
Being in that 25% is good. In high school I loved MacDonald's fries ... back in the day when they used real animal fat. The taste has never been the same since they quit. There is still no better way to dress up the taste of a pot of beans than with ham hocks. I know, I know.