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We get a lot of grey days here in West Cork. Especially in November. I might live in a beautiful place, but taking a photo a day outside is going to be challenging.

My home office has big windows which helps but on days like today some extra brightness is needed. The light fittings I have are GU10 spots which normally take energy hungry halogens. I tried compact fluorescents but they’re not good in this format. Fortunately LEDs are now getting cost effective and bright enough. I got these off eBay for £3 each. They’re 3watts and give about 400 lumens each. The warm white versions give a spectrum that’s quite pleasant without any warm-up time. Recommended!

Solving the Euro crisis

Superb analysis from Richard Douthwaite.

Long but well worth a read… His conclusion? The austerity measures currently being implemented across Europe are dangerous and unnecessary. An injection of ‘debt-free’ Euros would be very helpful and quite easy to do.

Why aren’t the IMF telling the US what to do?

The IMF have prescribed Ireland the same kind of medicine that they’ve been prescribing to poor countries for years.

This is because every person in Ireland owes about €20,000. (Ireland owes about €100 billion with a population of about 4.5 million.)

But each person in the US owes about €30,000. (The US owes about $14 trillion with a population of about 300 million. 1 dollar is about 0.7 euro.)

Interesting times ahead. Thanks also to Rupert for this interesting blog post about the situation in Greece.

(PS It’s a very beautiful day outside – must get some photos up on here!)

It can be done…

Thanks to Richard Heinberg for pointing me at Lester Brown’s ‘Earh Policy Institute’ site. Some great articles there. Especially this one about how America changed it’s entire manufacturing industry in a matter of months when it chose to join the 2nd world war. Well worth reading.

a spectacular year of climate science

Thanks to Rob for his link to this post: A stunning year in climate science reveals that human civilization is on the precipice. Certainly puts ‘climategate’ in its place.

Well worth a read although I’m not sure quite what response is most appropriate. For me it’ll be going to the pub for a very tasty pint. Others seem to like Open Space meetings and knitting. Whilst some folks prefer shooting virtual people.

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