Posted on September 30, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
I have never really understood the American Constitution providing there to be a right to bear arms. Some Americans hold this right to be of great importance, but I do not understand why they feel this. I can understand there being a right to defend yourself, your property and others. A right of self defence always involves reasonableness (or as the European Union prefers to call it proportionality) and reasonableness. I cannot understand that there should be a right to bear arms.
I confess that I have never owned or fired a gun and although I live in London where very few would ever dream of bearing arms, I have travelled extensively throughout all parts of the United States and know that people do cherish the right to bear arms. They regard it as being in some way fundamental to retaining America’s freedom yet I am sure no one in the United Kingdom feels it necessary that we have to bear arms in order to defend our freedom.
When the right to bear arms became a constitutional right in the USA the arms that were in existence were daggers, swords, pistols and muskets. Since then rifles (which were not invented until 1850 or thereabouts, hand guns with revolving and cartridge chambers, machine guns hand grenades, mortars, bazookas and other devices have all been invented. Do the proponents of the right to bear arms think that they have a constitutional right to bear, for example, bazookas and hand grenades in defence of their democracy. Are small nuclear weapons and bombs included as part of the right to bear arms? I would love to know.
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: bearing arms, meaning of arms, the right to bear arms, the US constitution | 5 Comments »
Posted on September 29, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
I have always wondered why a think tank is so named. Is it supposed to be like a military tank, that trundles through battlefields and cities firing shells or a fish tank in which in a special environment sheltered for the protection of the thinkers the thinkers can operate. Perhaps it is a water tank, with thinkers encapsulated inside, shielded, but that cannot be it. Continue reading
Filed under: biomass, carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, climate change, Coal, electricity, energy, pollution, Renewable Heat Incentive, renewables, solar, solar energy, solar panels, targets | Tagged: Andrew Pendleton, genersys, heat pumps, IPPR, Jenni Viitanen, RHI, solar thermal, Warmth in a Changing Climate | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 28, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
Learning from experience, my late partner Mark Braier use to tell me, was the definition of intelligence. If you bang your head against the wall experience should teach you that banging your head against the wall is never a good idea and you do not bang your head against the wall again. Most people have sufficient intelligence to learn from experience in most walks of life but when it comes to investment and buying and selling shares and stocks and commodities they show a naive faith in systems. Continue reading
Filed under: banking | Tagged: asset management, banking, dollar, euro, faith in systems, global casino, hft, high frequency trading, mark Braier, notional derivatives trades, reserve currency | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 27, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
The big money may be moving out of stock markets across the world and it may be worried about the security of bank deposits but one thing is sure; it is rushing into investing in land, arable land, around the tropical and sub tropical world. In the past ten years Oxfam reports that 227 million hectares of farm land have been bought or leased by big business and investors. Continue reading
Filed under: biofuels, climate change, energy, fuel, global warming, targets | Tagged: and target., corn maize, food security, fuel security, investing in land, land grab in Africa, south sudan, sustainable fashion | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 26, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
It is human nature to want more of all the good things of life and the more we want the more want we create. Being a human is mostly a competitive business. We compete with each other to secure the best that we can get for ourselves and our offspring. It is a rare specimen of humanity that cries “enough, I have had enough and want no more”. Continue reading
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Posted on September 25, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
We are making economic progress. Everyone is running but no one knows where they are running to. That is progress. They are running too fast to see where they are going; that is panic. Continue reading
Filed under: climate change | Tagged: cash, ECB, European Central bank, panic in financial markets, siemens, the least safe investment | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 24, 2011 by Robert Kyriakides
Something must be done and done quickly; everyone agrees that the economies of the developed world must be stopped from tumbling back into recession. Something must be done but no one really knows what to do. If you pay back your debts you are accused of bringing “austerity” into the world. If you allow the normal capitalist process of bankruptcy to apply to a nation you are accused of wrecking the economy of a significant part of the developed world. It is an odd world. Continue reading
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