Simon Broadley

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Simon Broadley
Posted over 1 year ago
Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)
Is this the bit you meant: In an article in Bloomberg Markets in March 2007, journalists Richard Tomlinson and Fergal O’Brien noted that Bono used his band's 2006 Vertigo world tour to promote his ONE Campaign while at the same time "U2 was racking up $389 million in gross ticket receipts, making Vertigo the second-most lucrative tour of all time, according to Billboard magazine. . . . Revenue from the Vertigo tour is funnelled through companies that are mostly registered in Ireland and structured to minimise taxes. ?
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Simon Broadley
Posted almost 2 years ago
Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?
Some congenital diseases have a use, too. For example, the thalassemia gene also confers protection against malaria - it's an adaptation with a downside. Who are we (or the doctor, or more likely, the government) to decide what traits should exist in the population?
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Simon Broadley
Posted almost 2 years ago
Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future
Being able to individually target world leaders has to be a good thing. If they are not answerable for the actions of their country overseas, then who is? Wouldn't the public be safe from terrorists, if terrorists could directly confront the people they feel have wronged them instead?
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Simon Broadley
Posted about 2 years ago
Why do people who have many advantages in life struggle with ongoing happiness whilst others with far less to be happy about are happier?
WHAT is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?— No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows: No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass: No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night: No time to turn at Beauty's glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance: No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began? A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. (Leisure by WH Davies)
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Simon Broadley
Posted over 3 years ago
Tim Jackson: An economic reality check
Tim's assessment of the problem is spot on. His solution is not. He proposes that we can carry on as before, but companies spend money on charitable causes. This will never reduce our excessive consumption, which is the nub of the problem. Using a search engine which gives some profits to a charity which buys rainforest will push up the price of rainforest more than save any jungle. But security teams are needed to guard it, allowing more employees to join the consumer loop. Moral values used to select investments are individual, and may not be the same as Tim's. 'Low carbon' technologies are in fashion, but not morally superior to high carbon - low energy bulbs save energy, but load the food chain with dangerous heavy metals. Beware the law of unintended consequences. A simpler solution would be to embrace recession - turn the lights off and allow the ignorant others to feel superior with their new iBaubles.