The Death Of Great Britain

Regular reader know that this week’s rant of the week was about family being forced to move from a neighborhood in Great Britain because they had become a target of criminal gangs. One might think that Inspector Gadgets dark and gloomy out look might give you a skewed out look on the state of Great Britain. So we thought we would provided you some links to some news stories about Great Britain.

From the Telegraph we read…..

Record numbers of Britons are leaving – many of them doctors, teachers and engineers – in the biggest exodus for almost 50 years.

Skilled professionals, including doctors, are leaving the UK in record numbers
Over a quarter of qualified professionals who have moved abroad had health or education qualifications

There are now 3.247 million British-born people living abroad, of whom more than 1.1 million are highly-skilled university graduates, say the researchers.

More than three quarters of these professionals have settled abroad for more than 10 years, according to the study by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

No other nation is losing so many qualified people, it points out. Britain has now lost more than one in 10 of its most skilled citizens, while overall only Mexico has had more people emigrate.

Granted this is offset in raw numbers by the amount of immigrants coming into the Great Britain. But it makes you wonder why so many natives can’t wait to get out of their country.

Speaking of Moving….

A police chief has admitted he was forced to move house by youths lurking outside his home.

Superintendent Wayne Mawson, in his forties, said he left the property in Hackney because he did not want to confront teenagers sitting on his wall.

The head of operations for Haringey, north London, added that the youths had made him nervous about his work – and confessed he had given in to their loitering.

Blog posts on this story can be found here and here.

And for good measure, read this rant by Macro Man.

Really Dangerous Stuff

I am always surprised to find out how dangerous certain chemicals can be. In his latest post Derek talks about a chemical so dangerous that it can set metal on fire just from contact. The whole post was fascinating, but the best part was where Derek quoted John Clark as saying….

”It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that’s the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers, not to mention asbestos, sand, and water-with which it reacts explosively. It can be kept in some of the ordinary structural metals-steel, copper, aluminium, etc.-because of the formation of a thin film of insoluble metal fluoride which protects the bulk of the metal, just as the invisible coat of oxide on aluminium keeps it from burning up in the atmosphere. If, however, this coat is melted or scrubbed off, and has no chance to reform, the operator is confronted with the problem of coping with a metal-fluorine fire. For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.”

There is no limit to the stupidity of Man

From Marginal Revolution…

Oakland’s recent gun buyback was especially ridiculous. The police offered up to $250 for a gun “no questions asked, no ID required.” The first people in line? Two gun dealers from Reno with 60 cheap handguns. Fortunately the buyback did manage to get some guns off the street, too bad they were turned in by a bunch of senior citizens from an assisted living facility. Whew, the streets are safe at last.

From the New York Times via Megan McArdle……

African nurses and pharmacists are also sought after by clinics and drug store chains offering better pay and legal assistance with immigration, said the experts, who include the heads of several pharmacy and medicine schools in Africa. “The resulting dilapidation of health infrastructure contributes to a measurable and foreseeable public health crisis,” the article said. “The practice should therefore be viewed as an international crime.”

Good news for once

This from Robert Rapier….

We could still potentially see $4 gasoline by summer, but it is looking increasingly less likely. Inventories should start to come down as turnaround season gets into full gear, but we are starting this year in a more comfortable place than last year. Presuming oil prices don’t go on a big run this spring, unless we have a repeat of last year’s steep draw down I doubt we will get close to $4 before summer.

Read the whole blog post for the supporting information. But the bottom line is that gasoline inventories are unusually high this year. The last time they where this high was back in 94. This should have a moderating impact on the price we pay at the pump.

Of course, there are still high oil prices and a generally inflationary environment working on prices from the other end. Still, we can hope that those who are predicting $4 a gallon gasoline will turn out to be wrong.