Saturday, September 27, 2014

Salad Day

When the UK and Danish populations will be green with envy over the less green days when they still had ferries;
The route between Harwich, Essex and Esbjerg in Denmark, run by DFDS Seaways, has been in operation for nearly 140 years.
The company said the route "has been struggling for a long time" and would not be able to take on costs associated with a new environmental law.
The final ferry is to sail on Sunday.
So from then on they'll have to fly.
From 1 January 2015, a European Union directive aimed at reducing sulphur dioxide emissions from ships will come into force.
DFDS said this would have resulted in a £2m a year increase in the cost of the Harwich to Esbjerg ferry route.
Mr Smedegaard said the company had not been able to reduce costs enough to enable the route to bear the extra charges.
No such thing as a free launch.

1 comment:

  1. Telling people what to do is a deeply satisfying experience.

    10/10/09 - Robin Hanson: Denying Dominance
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    [edited] Humans attend closely to status, an important part of status is dominance, and we show dominance when we tell others what to do. Telling someone what to do affirms status.

    We do not notice most of our status moves, and we attribute them to other motives. When possible, we claim our motive is altruism. We think we are directing others in order to help them, not to dominate them.
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    The most enjoyable of status moves is to deny the peasants their quality of life, in service to a higher good which only you and your colleagues truly understand.

    George Orwell was a British socialist/communist in the late 1930's. He awoke to the truth about the motivations of his party, of which he was deeply familiar. He published his brilliant book "1984" in 1949.

    Quotes from "1984" ( )
    Full text online ( )
    About George Orwell ( )
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    [A party leader describes the future, edited] There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.

    But always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever.
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    Orwell stated in an interview: "We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

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    In November of 2009 at the New Criterion, Anthony Daniels (aka Theodore Dalrymple):
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    My collection of books has led me to the conclusion that the Soviet Union was valued by contemporary intellectuals not for the omelette, but for the broken eggs. They thought that if nothing great could be built without sacrifice, then so great a sacrifice must be building something great. The Soviets had the courage of their abstractions, which are often so much more important to intellectuals than living, breathing human beings.
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    ( ) Video 6:12
    The Gods of Wisdom and Virtue
    Bill Whittle explains and recites a slightly edited version of Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Gods of the Copybook Headings". Copybooks were for teaching reading a writing. Students copied sentences to better memorize proper spelling and grammar. The top of each page presented a pithy truth to be ignored at great peril.