coal fired power station

Some thoughts on future London

-The air must have been humid af since the plants that grow near Chinatown look like straight out of a jungle and moss is everywhere.
-the pressure (?) Must have been higher since they were deep under ground level, this could also explain why luke felt so bad traveling down and why Flora fainted.
-I don’t quite understand how the light system worked. The ceiling of the cave was painted yellow/grey-ish and is said to always be concealed under thick fog, and it seems possible to dim the light in certain areas. My guess: a lot of light sources all over the ceiling. That way, sunrise/sunset could also be simulated.
-The laboratory complex possibly has its own coal-fired power station; there are buildings on the other side of the Thames that suggest this.
-Resulting from that, the air down there must be terrible.
-The River that is supposed to be the Thames is eather an actual underground river which would help maintain a healthy level of fresh air coming into the cave, or completely fake.
-Resulting from that, the water must be kept running and put pack to the beginning of the river, suggesting a big mechanism that lies even deeper.
-Clive’s mobile fortress entirely hid in the depths of the fake river; suggesting that the river was actually an underground lake.
-This also means that the already giant laboratory complex probably expands into the deep, and also, that it probably holds both the ventilation system and the power source of future London.
-Since Chelmey and Barton could completely evacuate Future London in about half an hour, not that many people probably actually lived there.
-Explaining why so many houses are empty.
-The mafia had another simple purpose. Since many people were afraid of them, others would probably assume the people just not existent in Future London just didn’t leave the house in fear of the Family, adding to the expression that much more people were down there.
-There must be another way of entering future London; since food and other rescources must have entered the city without raising suspicion, which is hard if they would have used the lift in the clock shop.
-Future London has its own newspaper
-And a hospital.

oparnoshoshoi  asked:

Where was that noise ordinance question answered? I'd really like to read it.

I’ve made off hand mention several times of a hard upper limit at the point where the noise is literally damaging.

I’ve also had separate discussions on pollution, concluding that in practice, pollution laws would be a function of the polycentric legal network.

A quick check to Mises Institute shows that they’ve tackled the issue a few times on essays relating to pollution.

Noise, too, is a form of air pollution. Noise is the creation of sound waves which go through the air and then bombard and invade the property and persons of others. Only recently have physicians begun to investigate the damaging effects of noise on the human physiology. Again, a libertarian legal system would permit damage and class action suits and injunctions against excessive and damaging noise: against “noise pollution.”

The remedy against air pollution is therefore crystal clear, and it has nothing to do with multibillion-dollar palliative government programs at the expense of the taxpayers which do not even meet the real issue. The remedy is simply for the courts to return to their function of defending person and property rights against invasion, and therefore to enjoin anyone from injecting pollutants into the air.

-Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty

There are, however, more sophisticated and modern forms of homesteading, which should establish a property right. Suppose, for example, that an airport is established with a great deal of empty land around it. The airport exudes a noise level of, say, X decibels, with the sound waves traveling over the empty land. A housing development then buys land near the airport. Some time later, the homeowners sue the airport for excessive noise interfering with the use and quiet enjoyment of the houses.

Excessive noise can be considered a form of aggression but in this case the airport has already homesteaded X decibels worth of noise. By its prior claim, the airport now “owns the right” to emit X decibels of noise in the surrounding area. In legal terms, we can then say that the airport, through homesteading, has earned an easement right to creating X decibels of noise. This homesteaded easement is an example of the ancient legal concept of “prescription,” in which a certain activity earns a prescriptive property right to the person engaging in the action.

On the other hand, if the airport starts to increase noise levels, then the homeowners could sue or enjoin the airport from its noise aggression for the extra decibels, which had not been homesteaded. Of course if a new airport is built and begins to send out noise of X decibels onto the existing surrounding homes, the airport becomes fully liable for the noise invasion.

It should be clear that the same theory should apply to air pollution. If A is causing pollution of B’s air, and this can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then this is aggression and it should be enjoined and damages paid in accordance with strict liability, unless A had been there first and had already been polluting the air before B’s property was developed. For example, if a factory owned by A polluted originally unused property, up to a certain amount of pollutant X, then A can be said to have homesteaded a pollution easement of a certain degree and type.

-Murray Rothbard, Law, Property Rights, and Air Pollution

Of course, there is one situation in which libertarians countenance forcible restriction of property development or use without any contractual agreement. That is the case where the development or use of property is itself an aggression against another person or their property — that is, where a particular property development or use violates the property rights of another. This can occur in cases where a development or use of property produces excessive pollution or noise to surrounding properties or invades their space. Thus, opening a coal-fire power station or an oil refinery in the middle of a residential neighborhood may legitimately be prevented by residents, since the pollution would involve a violation of their property rights.

Force may legitimately be used only to prevent actual property invasions by others and not merely to prevent noninvasive actions that detrimentally impact upon our enjoyment of our property. For example, in the absence of some voluntary restrictive covenant, there is no inherent right to prevent one’s neighbor from keeping a car body in his front yard or painting his garage an unsightly color. This is the case even if the aesthetic distaste for this ugliness is widespread, such that it impacts the market value of adjoining properties — there is no such thing as a right to preserve the value of one’s property, only its physical integrity. Moreover, this is true regardless of whether one is speaking of the objective market value, the subjective value to the property owner, or any other measure of value. People are entitled to protect the integrity of their property from invasive acts by others; they are not entitled to forcibly prevent legitimate acts by others merely to protect the market value of their property.

-Ben O’Neill, Zoning Rules in a Free Society

It is important to note that while O’Neill is definitely working from a Rothbardian moral perspective, Robert Murphy had a point when he said that certain things just aren’t very neighborly things to do, and launching your McNuke at the local construction yard may not bode well for your long term well being no matter how many times you call the Private Security folks bootlickers for attempting to neutralize you.

tl;dr this is a question for courts and property owners to decide. The world doesn’t move to the beat of just one drum, etc. etc. etc. But the general rule is that if you were making that much noise before without issue, you can keep making up to that amount.

Day 1- Transfer to Kruger National Park

Well actually just prior to day one we were flying in on our last leg from Dubai to Johannesburg in the late afternoon and we witnessed our first African sunset. Very spectacular from 45,000 ft.
We were met by Riaan from Jurgens South Africa at the airport last night and were transported to our hotel. What a delight to be met by such a friendly and accommodating escort.
After a much needed sleep and a yummy breakfast we are ready to embark on our adventure.
The agenda for the day is to drive from Johannesburg to Nelspruit to pick up the car and caravan and then drive to Skukuza Camp, sound like a ho-hum day, but the reality it was far from that
On the road trip  from Jo'burg, “see we already sound like locals”, to Nelspruit we passed through a few smaller villages and also saw the coal fired power stations and coal washing facilities. The atmosphere was quite hazy in this area partly due to pollution but also the natural moist hot air. We saw some gazelle and also a troop of baboons near a farm house. These evidently are somewhat of a pest in these areas.
We arrived at Nelspruit Camping and caravanning store and after some local input and map perusal we are on our way and ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime.  We thought we may be on our own now but Riaan and Deon took us to the park gate and saw us on our way.  Did you know that in South Africa they drive on the same side of the road as us in Australia? Great, none of that wrong side of car, wrong side of the road stuff to contend with.  After an interesting drive through the country side and the town of Heyview where we so many school children on the way home from school at 2:00 pm.
We enter Kruger National Park at Numbi Gate some 50 odd km from Skukuza Camp our destination for a 2 night stay. The speed limit in the park is 50 km / hr on sealed roads and 40 km / hr on gravel so we did not have too much time to waste, probably won’t see much on the main roads anyway.
How wrong can you be! Elephant wow tick, zebra tick, gazelle tick and a few very different birds.
We arrive at Skukuza Camp find our camp site and thanks to whoever stocked up the caravan with all the goodies and our combined culinary skills, we have a great evening meal.
We are a bit tired after our trip so far so an early night is the plan and to wake up for a bright and early start tomorrow.

Ratcliffe power station a few hours ago. This is the coal-fired power station (not nuclear, as many assume) that looms over East Midlands Parkway station. The plant and admin block were completed in 1968 in the Brutalist style. The cooling towers can be seen from miles around, creating a dystopian scene which has attracted numerous environmental protests (and bothered many Download attendees trying to come down) over the years. I quite like it though.