So, what now? Part 3: Thinking longer term

In part 1 I covered quick and easy things to do (albeit mostly requiring money). In part 2 I covered privacy and protection against authoritarian government. Now for the part where it gets dark: thinking about how to protect yourself in the longer term, through and past the Trump regime and its effects. Don’t panic and leave I’ve seen people say they’ll move to another state, or another country. I believe that’s a bad move, for two reasons.

The Limits to Growth

Having read about the Club of Rome and The Limits to Growth, and seen articles claiming that it turned out to be hopelessly wrong, I’ve decided to check for myself. Not that I’m paranoid, but the people who claim LtG was wrong tend to be the same people who claim anthropogenic climate change is a myth — that is, people who are often prepared to be economical with the truth.

Carbon offsetting

British Airways gave us the option of paying extra for carbon credits to make up for our air travel. We didn’t take them up on the offer. There are a number of reasons why I feel carbon offsetting is a bad thing. The first is that by removing the guilt, it encourages people to continue a profligate lifestyle, rather than actually changing their behavior. For example, if Al Gore genuinely gave a crap about the environment, he would stop flying by private jet so much.

Do PowerMacs dream of electric bills?

People often wonder if they should turn their computer off, or leave it on but put it into “sleep mode”. I decided to do some analysis a while back, here are the results. If you look up the specs, a Sawtooth Power Mac G4 in deep sleep uses about 4 watts of electricity. In MA you pay $0.04823 per kWh, so it costs 4 / 1000 kW * 24 hours * 365 days * $0.