The Anonymous Widower

The Fracking Story Is Now Dead

We won’t get much on fracking for a few days, weeks and even months, as the papers have decided to dig up that old chesnut of a story designed to sell newspapers; who actually killed princess Diana. Even that royalist rag, the Independent has the story.

Still as her death didn’t happen in Sussex, the police of that county must be very relieved.

August 17, 2013 - Posted by | News, World | , ,


  1. Interesting point you make about diversion in the media. What are your thoughts on hydraulic fracturing? It seems there is a need for a world debate on the issue, as it looks like fracking is occurring in all regions of the Earth. Three simple words sum up the whole phenomenon: water is life.
    Thank you,
    Jerry from Michigan in USA

    Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | August 18, 2013 | Reply

    • My views are two-fold. We should first cut down our use of all forms of energy, as living in a lower-energy house and not driving as I do, is a much more affordable lifestyle. It’s also so much less hassle.

      On the other hand, the oil and gas is there and speaking as an engineer, I suspect in a few years time, we’ll find much better ways of getting it out. I’ve seen so much good technology from the 1960s and 1970s just ignored because it disturbed the status quo.

      If I was a world leader, I’d put a billion or so into getting engineers in the great universities and research establishments to find the better methods, as that is where the real money is to be made. Too many politicians just think short term.

      As to your point about water, the two big uses in the States are agriculture and golf courses. Here a big use is gardens.

      Comment by AnonW | August 19, 2013 | Reply

  2. AnonW,
    Being an engineer you have probably thought hard about tough situations on Earth where there are existing ways to improve them. Let me put it this way: if you were the supreme leader of the world, what would you command be done, maybe five goals you would like to see accomplished? Who do you view as the most important voices on Earth now with regard to visions of a world without war, greed, poverty, pollution, curable disease, and the concept of duality, or separation between people, countries, spiritual traditions, etc,? What are a few of the most powerful books/writings that you have ever read? You mentioned putting a billion into the better methods. What is your view as to why this has yet to be done? I apologize for the “exam” but I am very interested in discussing matters of world import.
    Nice to meet you sir,

    Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | August 19, 2013 | Reply

  3. The first thing we must do is educate everybody so they understand statistics and how to make reasoned decisions, when presented with two sides of an argument. I’ll only put up one name, who you might heard of and that is Bjorn Lomberg, who wrote the sceptical demolishes so many ideas, by using facts and published statistics from very trustworthy sources.But I have heard or read a few others, give totally different views of the World from a position of experience. one impressive guy was Alan Court, who used to be the UK Project Director of Unicef. He told a lot of truths in a lecture at Emmanuel College in Cambridge University. One was that Unicef don’t trust governments to tell them the truth, so if they want to find say, what percentage of kids in a country have had a polio vaccine, they get an organisation, like a university to do a survey. The results are often at variance to the government’s view, but not in the way you’d expect. There are two other must-read books, that I have on my shelf; Bloody Foreigners and People Quake.

    The first is scientifically correct history of immigration into the UK, written by a Cambridge Academic and it demolishes so many of the prejudices of those who I would call racists and bigots.

    People Quake looks at the non-explosion of people in this world, something that most people think is happening. It isn’t and the book should be read by everybody.

    I would also recommend Wages of Destruction, which is a book written about the madcap economics of the Nazis. It just shows what you can get away with, if you’re brutal enough. Assad must have read it.

    Hope this helps.

    Comment by AnonW | August 19, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you. I was hoping to get the names of the authors of Bloody Foreigners, People Quake, and Wages of Destruction. If you or your readers have any other recommendations they would be appreciated. Thanks, again!

      Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | August 19, 2013 | Reply

      • Robert Winder, Fred Pearce and Adam Tooze.

        Someone, should write an equivalent book to Bloody Foreigners for the US, if they haven’t already.

        Comment by AnonW | August 19, 2013

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