This really does damn annoy me

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But getting down to basic needs, the usable agricultural land, potable water, etc, are finite, and not necessarily near where the people want to live.

Since when has potable water been finite? Haven’t they ever looked up, seen the clouds and thought, you know what, that’s the water recycling system?

21 thoughts on “This really does damn annoy me”

  1. Historically populations have been densest near agricultural land and water. A house by the river or the lake commands a large price premium. The building of Ely cathedral was funded by…

  2. Ah, but you see the government owns the rain (really) so it’s quite straightforward that there will be shortages.

  3. Dunno, Tim…

    Those things called “roofs” and “gutters” used to collect that rain also collect everything else that “rains” from the sky… And are handy highways for cats and rats..

    I’d at least boil and carbon-filter the stuff before classing it anywhere near “potable”.

  4. Well yeah, he is right, it is finite. Everything on the planet is finite (except man’s stupidity – TM Alfred Einstein). That doesn’t mean it’s going to run out anytime soon, I mean, 97% of the worlds fresh water is currently relaxing in Antarctica at the moment and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere despite the fact we are constantly being told it’s all melting and we are going to drown.
    And it amuses me to see the poor of the third world walking miles to get fresh water (always the children, or women with at least one child on hip – where are all the blokes?). Why don’t they move to where the water is? Or have a tap laid on?

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ Why don’t they move to where the water is? Or have a tap laid on?”

    IIRC it was Blue Peter that did one of their collections to provide tap water to villages so that girls could have time to go to school, a very long time ago. Nobody told them the reason that the village was so far from the water because of mossies. The project was quickly abandoned after the first few failures.

  6. I built myself a little device produces potable water. Uses one of those solid state refrigerating devices I scavenged out of a portable coolbox. The only moving part’s the fan. Condenses it out of the air. Quite effectively as well. Get a litre a day out of it. You could power it with a solar panel. So that’s unlimited water for free if you want it.
    And you only have to look at Israel to see the limit on agricultural land.

  7. @Addolff & BiND
    I’ve a pal has a company did some civil engineering work down in Tanzania. He saw the same thing & tried to help. Bored a well & installed a pump. Water table wasn’t far down. Dropped by the village a couple of years later. Pump vanished (sold it?), bore unused, back to getting water from the river. As he said. “Africans”
    He has a point. Not every one in Britain lived beside a river. They dug wells. But the people of those islands, whatever the era, have never been lazy stupid cvnts.

  8. Dear Mr Worstall

    When I were a lad it was common knowledge that Thames water passed through 7 pairs of kidneys before it reached the sea.

    Now that’s what I call “recycling”.


  9. BIS, one of our outbuildings has a dehumidifier that does the same thing. It cost around £40.

  10. @BiS, regarding the native Brits and what they might not have been – are you sure? On the other hand, they’ve never been as lazy as Blick Africuns …

  11. Spud’s delusional pomposity is going into overdrive:

    “Tax justice was started by me,” – he claims, as if no one was interested in it before he came along –

    “amongst others” he modestly adds.

  12. BiS and Stonyground – doesn’t my condensation clothes dryer do the same? Plenty of water, and it doesn’t kill plants, so I presume…

  13. Andrew C

    His post on COVID’s existential question was almost messianic in its self-delusion. Just staggering. Quite how anyone could look at him and strike an attitude of anything other than complete disdain and ribald mockery is a mystery for the ages.

  14. @Napsjam
    Pretty well anything that refrigerates does. I wanted something would function without mains electricity I could actually do something clever with some pipe & get a chimney effect on the hot side. Dispense with the fan altogether. No moving parts. Put it down with its solar panel, as long as the sun shines it’ll go on producing water forever.

  15. You were right on this one Andrew as well. The God complex is well advanced:

    ‘We need strong, supported, well funded and resourced tax systems working cooperatively nationally and internationally to produce the confidence that taxpayers need to be sure that their contribution is equitable. ‘

    A global tax system – I cant think of a more explicit example of his commitment to a global government which would be a form of tyranny unsurpassed by anything in history. He remains one of the most evil and megalomaniacal men extant in public discourse today.

  16. Why should I care what tax someone in Brazil, or Japan pays? Is my life better or worse because they pay the same as me?

  17. Desalination plants are common in the Middle East.

    We even have one in Brissy. Of course that’s because the (several pages of expletives) Greens stopped us building the Wolffdene and Traveston dams.

  18. I would think ‘near usable agricultural land and water (not potable – you have to make that no matter where you’re at)’ would be the very definition of ‘where people want to live.

  19. Rob
    May 17, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Why should I care what tax someone in Brazil, or Japan pays? Is my life better or worse because they pay the same as me?

    Its important because if they pay the same as you then there’s no place you can go to escape your tax burden – government can raise it as high as they want (or at least to a squidgen below ‘all right, let’s shoot the fucker’ levels).

    That’s why he’s been pushing for the elimination of tax havens and ‘tax harmonization’. His policy is that there should be no tax competition between governments because it hampers the ability of high-tax governments to retain high earners.

    See, in his view, you are not an individual. You are a tax unit to be farmed for the ‘benefit of society’.

  20. Agammamon is right.

    Currently, a country struggling to attract investment can democratically elect a government of a party that has stood on a platform of low company taxes to encourage inward investment (see Ireland). Having a minimum worldwide corporate tax rate would scupper that.

    It’s fundamental undemocratic. Which is why Spud favours it. It might start at 21% but if no-one can escape it, why not 30%? Or 40%?

  21. “Not necessarily near where the people want to live.”

    Ask any survival expert. If you’re lost in a forest, look for a river or lake, because you will likely find civilization nearby. All of the first human civilizations formed near river valleys.

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