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All over the world politicians are tumbling over each other to get the next solution in place to solve the financial crisis.

So far this has resulted in the lowest stock prices in almost 2 decades.

So all this political problem solving seems to do nothing at all.

Have a look at it "from the flock"

The way we have been flying for decades has been thoroughly disturbed. We were flying along nicely when a shot was fired in to our flock.

If you have seen the video of the birds in my previous post you may realize that these paterns are visable throughout the animal world.
If you look at a school of fish you see that they can turn direction literally in the blink of an eye.

But we humans do it too. Sometimes slow, sometimes quickly.

After eight years of Bush, flip, enter the first non white president for the US.

One of the things I do frequently is run a what if scenario. Just before the colapse of the stockmarket in 2008 there had been a boom in energy prices. If you read my blog "did you pay a fair price for the energy that was put in your car?" you know that I feel that the price of energy should be the same for everyone, with no discount for heavy users.

So lets say that this were to happen.
How would the car industry cope? My guess is they wouldn't. They'd go bust.

For a very long time I have been fascinated by birds flying in a flock.
There is something very magical about how a flock looks in the air, with seemingly dense patches of birds and more open spaces in other spots.

Even though a flock keeps flying in more or less the same direction, the smaller patches may sometimes fly in a totally different direction. This is what makes a flock such a wonderfull thing to watch. Here is a beautifull example found on youtube:

If you have followed the news lately you may have seen a few food riots. Even people in countries that we do not think of as "poor" have trouble feeding their families.

If you are one of those people that think "this is horrible, what can I do?" here are tree things you can do that save you money as well.

Save energy

If you're a manufacturer, quite a lot of the problems you encounter can be solved by using more power. If you can not get something bent, use a bigger press. Cold water does not work? Heat it to boiling point, dirt just flies of. Paint does not dry quick enough? Stick it in a hot room. Huges savings in the use of energy and the co2 emisions that go with it can be made here. But why should the manufacturer go through this trouble?

Energy is usualy the cheapest way to speed things up. Or is it?

The BBC had an interesting program on about drinking water.

What struck me was that in order to get a litre of water to your home trough the water mains added 0.3 grams of co2 to the atmosphere. A litre of botteled "designer" water would add 180 grams.

Mmm.

They also tested several waters for flavour. Renowned sommeliers took a sip of a lot of different kinds, including the most expensive and the local tap water. It was very hard for them to determin what was the most expensive, the differences were minute. In the end most thought the tap water was the most expensive.

Mmm.

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