The Perfect Storm

Contractor with a 2 year old varispreader managed to put in exactly the right information and something malfunctioned and the 5 acre field got 1800 kg instead of 750, a lot of it on the one run because it went full open and wouldn't shut again. To be fair I was allowed a ton of fertiliser, he was going to try and get it back from the dealer. Never liked to ask how he got on though. Bit if thats at 2 year old, what will it be like at 15?
Talking of technology or living up to expectations, I have a funny shaped field , not a straight hedge on it but a couple on slight curves.
Put maize on it last year and at the suggestion of one of the lads from the contractor, decided to plough and work with a slight curve to save on short turns as when the drillman came to drill it he could plot a curved A B line on his green star.
When he came to drill he explained to me how the first run was very important, the slightest twitch and it would get worse with every pass. Field was drilled and rows came up in a nice curved line , perfect.
After maize the field was put into wheat, and was drilled in similar fashion with another hedge but I guess driving with a steady hand on first pass on furrows I’m the dark with drill combi ain’t quite as easy as on worked land when drilling maize.
So whilst the first pass is almost perfect, almost wasn’t good enough and the further across the field you go, the more crooked the rows get so that by the far side of the field there is a turn of almost 90 degrees in the tramlines.
So whilst the technology is marvellous when everything is right, when things ain’t going quite to plan it just makes things worse. In this particular case the field could have been drilled tidier without the green star.................probably after the driver had consumed 10 pints.

We have agreed that next time the field is drilled it’s going to have a straight A B line and we’ll live with the short turns.
Obviously green star makes the drivers life easier most of the time but the reality is that he was perfectly capable of drilling dead straight before and if he had opted to drill on a curve would have taken any twitches out on the next pass, but that’s progress for you.
 

Jackov Altraids

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Livestock Farmer
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I probably haven't explained my thinking very well. I don't see that there is any need or even any way of making the entire world, each country, equitable or levelled up or anything. There will always be rich and poor. My focus is on the life of the poor though.

It is widely recognised that if you make the poorest in society a bit wealthier, they will have a better quality of life, have fewer children and there will be less conflict, too.

It is also advantageous (under a capitalist system) for even rich countries to let the less wealthier countries develop- because in time they too become important markets for goods and services. If I am the CEO of Apple, it suits my purposes to have as many of the 7-8 billion people on the planet wealthy enough to buy my goods, rather than just the wealthiest 3 billion.

Key to the development of these countries is political stability, rule of law, trade, and also, energy that is affordable for them.

"The Evolution of Happiness Inequality In this section we focus our attention on changes in the distribution of happiness. There are at least two reasons for us to do this. First, it is important to consider not just average happiness in a community or country, but also how it is distributed. Second, it is done to encourage those interested in inequality to consider happiness inequality as a useful umbrella measure. Most studies of inequality have focused on inequality in the distribution of income and wealth, while in Chapter 2 of World Happiness Report 2016 Update we argued that just as income is too limited an indicator for the overall quality of life, income inequality is too limited a measure of overall inequality. For example, inequalities in the distribution of health have effects on life satisfaction above and beyond those flowing through their effects on income. We and others have found that the effects of happiness equality are often larger and more systematic than those of income inequality. For example, social trust, often found to be lower where income inequality is greater, is even more closely connected to the inequality of subjective well-being."

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"The Evolution of Happiness Inequality In this section we focus our attention on changes in the distribution of happiness. There are at least two reasons for us to do this. First, it is important to consider not just average happiness in a community or country, but also how it is distributed. Second, it is done to encourage those interested in inequality to consider happiness inequality as a useful umbrella measure. Most studies of inequality have focused on inequality in the distribution of income and wealth, while in Chapter 2 of World Happiness Report 2016 Update we argued that just as income is too limited an indicator for the overall quality of life, income inequality is too limited a measure of overall inequality. For example, inequalities in the distribution of health have effects on life satisfaction above and beyond those flowing through their effects on income. We and others have found that the effects of happiness equality are often larger and more systematic than those of income inequality. For example, social trust, often found to be lower where income inequality is greater, is even more closely connected to the inequality of subjective well-being."

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I could be a billionaire and I'd still not be happy so your theory has at least one hole in it.
 
That is the point I'm trying to make.
What we might consider poverty doesn't necessarily make someone unhappy either.

It's like the wonderful old adage, Some know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

There are studies that have tried to measure and quantify all this.

Maybe I am being do idealistic but I do think we should really live in a world where people have access to clean water, shelter of sorts over their heads, a stable food if only basic supply and a job to go to. You'd see less war, less migration and a lot less grief in the world.
 

Jackov Altraids

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There are studies that have tried to measure and quantify all this.

Maybe I am being do idealistic but I do think we should really live in a world where people have access to clean water, shelter of sorts over their heads, a stable food if only basic supply and a job to go to. You'd see less war, less migration and a lot less grief in the world.

I don't think anyone would disagree with that.

I'm not sure globalisation is essential to make that happen.
 
"The Evolution of Happiness Inequality In this section we focus our attention on changes in the distribution of happiness. There are at least two reasons for us to do this. First, it is important to consider not just average happiness in a community or country, but also how it is distributed. Second, it is done to encourage those interested in inequality to consider happiness inequality as a useful umbrella measure. Most studies of inequality have focused on inequality in the distribution of income and wealth, while in Chapter 2 of World Happiness Report 2016 Update we argued that just as income is too limited an indicator for the overall quality of life, income inequality is too limited a measure of overall inequality. For example, inequalities in the distribution of health have effects on life satisfaction above and beyond those flowing through their effects on income. We and others have found that the effects of happiness equality are often larger and more systematic than those of income inequality. For example, social trust, often found to be lower where income inequality is greater, is even more closely connected to the inequality of subjective well-being."

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This is why, when people say "I consider myself a citizen of the world" rather than Carmarthen or West Wales is complete tosh, as, if I feel I am a citizen of Carmarthen, I could do things to help in Carmarthen (which engenders social trust), where as a citizen of the world can make no difference to the world. An unmentioned side effect of a multi racial society is that there is less social trust, so the wonderful experience I felt visiting Melbourne (and trying to different foods and restaurants available) has a negative side effect too.
 

essexpete

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there seem many advantages, however, along with improved communication there seems to be a power shift away from individuals towards both multi national companies and a coterie of very rich individuals who have power above that wielded by elected politicians.
Many might say/think that has always been the case since the European industrial revolution and the backing system developed.
 

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