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Happy New Year for 2018

Jo Nova

New Years Eve 2017

Wishing everyone here the best of health and happiness for the coming year.

Thanks for your help in making this possible!

Cheers to every independent soul who stands on their own two feet.

And cheers to those who can’t tonight, but would like to.

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    Kinky Keith

    Happy New Year from all here in Australia to those of you from around the globe.

    I’m sure that all who visit this site would join me in extending our best wishes for the coming year to Jo, David and family.

    Happy New Year.

    KK

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      AndyG55

      Yep.. HNY to all those who want it. :-)

      May the CO2 be with you in all its glorious life-giving forms… especially bubbles. :-)

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        Graeme No.3

        And the red thumbers must be sleeping in this morning.

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          Annie

          You spoke a bit too soon…..

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            AndyG55

            Yes, I mustn’t forget to wish my little tame red thumbs, on call, so to speak. :-)

            May you have a good new year in that most worthwhile of occupations.

            I will continue to encourage you to fulfil your full potential. :-)

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              OriginalSteve

              Maybe the red thumbers were keen to get a few down votes in, before mum and dad wake up this morning, so they could impress them?

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      I’m sure that all who visit this site would join me in extending our best wishes for the coming year to Jo, David and family. Happy New Year.

      I will certainly join you in such wishes Keith! OTOH (opinion) there remain many that willingly remain within the clutches of socialistic ignorance rather than attempt any science at all. Some are young academics still brainwashing innocent children; I.E. John Cook, Tim Folkerts, Ken Rice! Then there is Mirriam Obrian, ‘Sou’ of Hotwhopper the epitome of self induced ignorance! Some of these folk are so vile that this Earth would be a much nicer place if such zygote had been reduced to ‘omelette’ prior to birth.

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        sophocles

        but, but, but, Will! Hotwhopper is just so-o-o-o-o funny!
        (maybe that should be butt, butt, butt )
        At least, it is when Sou isn’t venting her spleen at Anthony Watts, which, unfortunately, is most of the time.

        Hotwhopper is all about SCIENCE *cough *cough *cough.
        (Darn, I should have said that a lot more slowly…. well that will `learn me.’)
        Pity there’s so little of it …

        Enough. It’s a fresh and squeaky clean new year. We’re not at war (are we?) and it’s summer (cloudy, and it rained last night, in fact it’s been cloudy all last week) but at least there’s no snow, frost or hail … yet.

        Thank you for your best wishes, Jo, and please accept mine in similar vein for you and yours.

        Right, you lot: take the now arrived new year by the horns, make the most of it and, especially, enjoy it! Look after yourselves and yours, and mind your health. As a fellow failure of my school Latin class (between us, we averaged 25% ) once said, many years ago: Nil Illegitime Carborundum (very loosely translated as Don’t let the Bastards Grind you down.)
        (No, there is absolutely no need whatsoever to correct it!) :-)

        Don’t let the Red Thumbers (poor little dears) get you down, count your green thumbs and gloat.

        Maybe, just maybe, in the spirit of fellowship and good will, we should be nice to our pet trolls. Just for a week.

        Nah, there’s always next year.

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      Crakar24

      We’ll said KK

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      KK, Something to cure or add to your hangover;your choice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO1gEurWFaA
      Happy New Year!-will-

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      me@home

      And the same to you KK. Have all the red thumbers got hangovers?

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    Lionell Griffith

    May winning become so common that it is almost boring.

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    R2Dtoo

    Happy New Year to all – from frigid Manitoba at 5am (dog got me up). Pray for sanity in a crazy world.

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      Rod Stuart

      I had a look at temperatures up there on weather online.
      You’re not too bad at minus 25. It’s minus 38 up around my old stomping grounds of Fort Nelson BC.
      I remember one morning waking up in Taylor and wondered why the gas furnace was running continuously. Checked the outside thermometer and it was minus 48. Had to go to work to sort out some issues at Bluehills where it was minus 56 all day (that is a real minus 56 and not this “windchill” garbage). When it’s that cold there is no wind.
      But now it is pretty much the way I would set my own thermostat in beautiful downtown Tasmania.

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    Annie

    Happy New Year to Jo and All!

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    Happy New Year to Jo and family and all the denizens.
    Hope y’all in the UK, Canada and USA are managing to
    keep warm, more CO2 needed! This @ Cliscep…
    https://rclutz.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/niagra-frozen.png?w=768

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    John

    This regular lurker from Connecticut, USA wishes everyone a HNY. Thank you Jo and keep up the good work in 2018.

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    DonA

    A very Happy New Year to you and yours Jo. You are treasure beyond measure.
    Without you I would be lost in a sea of BELIEVERS.

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    Eugene S. Conlin

    Blwyddyn newydd hapus i chi pob un, (ac Jo a teulu hefyd) :)

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    Roy Hogue

    Happy and prosperous 2018 to everyone. May your successes be many and your problems be few.

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    A happy new year to all the readers and regular Commenters here from a steamy Rockhampton, where even now, at 11.45PM Sunday night, it’s still 28C, while in the home town of the site I contribute at, Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, it’s now 8.45AM, and it’s 13F, and that’s Minus 10.6C.

    I have just been watching the Late News on ABC24, (now past Midnight their NSW time) and during the weather report, they had the rotating Cyclone icon hovering over the desert in central WA.

    They are still referring to it as ex TC Hilda, and if I may be a little facetious, I loved the way that it was categorised as a high level 9 Cylone with a central pressure of lower than 900 Hectapascals with an ultimate wind strength of 35MPH, timed with a Police speed camera, it lasted for 32 days, and caused $15 Trillon dollars worth of damage to basically deserted areas.

    I feel certain it will end up being blamed for the frozen sharks in NE U.S.A.

    Also of interest is that our ABC, in the vain hunt for anything that resembles a Cyclone which may affect Australia have found a new low which might just spin up, somewhere to the right of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

    The ABC in its desperate task of avoiding any weather related lawsuits now paints the worst possible scenario for ANY weather situation. It makes the boy who cried wolf look like little red riding hood.

    On a serious note (says a shameless Tony) this week’s data and analysis for the Base Load Series is at the link below.

    I now have 26 weeks worth of data, and the Base Load is almost back at that 18000MW mark, something I said right at the start of the Series, and also at this Post at Joanne’s own site dating back to March 2012 at this link.

    Coal fired power is still delivering 80% of the power at that 4AM mark, showing again that there just is no substitute when huge amounts of power are needed on a constant and reliable basis.

    Let’s hope that this year, actual facts like this find their way into the media and people start to ask the right questions, so happy new year everyone.

    Australian Base Load Electrical Power – Week Ending 30th December 2017

    Tony.

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      Graeme No.3

      Tony:
      There was a snippet this week about the upturn in coal usage in the USA. Apparently the cold weather in the northern hemisphere has pushed up demand and prices for natural gas, and resulted in coal being more economical. There is the other factor that coal fired plants in the USA often build up huge stockpiles so aren’t affected by temporary rail line blockages. Nor pipeline leaks or climate idiots shutting valves.

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      Graeme#4

      It’s quite normal for WA cyclones to end up as strong rain depressions that travel right down through the WA outback into the Great Australian Bight. One of them cut the Trans railway line for many weeks back in 1963 when it filled a long-forgotten inland creek bed, and another one picked up a large 30,000 gal railway siding water tank and bowled it along the Nularbor Plain, never to be seen again.

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      Michael in Brisbane

      Tony,
      I always enjoy your posts on the state of play with our power sources.
      Have you done one on pumped hydro power stations? If so, could you please give me a link to it.
      With Turnbull’s ideas of Snowy 2.0 often in discussion, I’d like to know how they fit into the scheme of things.
      Like:
      How many pumped storage units does one need in an integrated power network?
      Is it sensible to rely on them to balance the intermittent solar and wind power sources?
      How many existing pumped storage power stations do we have in Queensland (and indeed elsewhere in Australia)?
      I’m only aware of the one at Splityard Creek associated with Wivenhoe Dam. It has a name-plate rating of 500MW, and can run for 10 hours on its storage. How often does it come on line? How much power does it actually generate (per week, month or year)?
      Regards,
      Michael
      PS
      Happy New Year to you and all contributing to, and enjoying Jo’s blog!

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    Liberty, peace and prosperity to all.

    Aim for the first; others will follow.

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    tom0mason

    New Year doggerel for the demented…
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    Begone old year of weathered politic scorn,
    Away, begone,…
    With chaotic wind driven nation stifled.
    Leave. Begone.
    For sunlight left tired lives unpowered.
    Begone! Farewell! BE GONE!
    Unsin our coal!
    That black energy aplenty.
    For here comes the new year’s cool dawn.

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    Ruairi

    The skeptics have reason to cheer,
    And succeed in the coming New Year,
    With Jo Nova’s site,
    As a beacon of light,
    From the South to the North’s Hemisphere.

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      tom0mason

      Excellent Ruairi, real poetry!

      and to you, Jo, David, those hard working moderators, and all at Joannenova have a happy and prosperous new year.

      [And Happy New Year to you and everyone on behalf of those "hard working" moderators.] AZ

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        sophocles

        Darn! The Mods. Sorry, I forgot you guys. This blog just wouldn’t be as sane a place as it is nor as civilised without your work. (… long hours … poor pay … lack of appreciation … overworked … underpaid … Yep. A real job.)

        Thank you, your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. Jo has some great Mods to help with the load. I know I’ve made a few posts which have nudged the boundaries, from time to time, but have made it through with a little help. Thank you for your temperance and tolerance. I wish you a great 2018, Don’t work too hard now y’all hear?

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      if a quarter of a sphere lacks not good cheer
      and swims mid southern sea,
      If tangerine and its slice delight view,
      sweeping up the prize before you knew,
      If co2 be so guilty but not–
      where are we though?—
      Aussieland, no doubt, a new year!

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    Graeme No.3

    A Happy New Year to Jo, David and all readers.

    And just think about all those millions of people in the USA and Europe who are currently thinking “what global warming?”

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    Ian1946

    A very happy new year to Jo and all the regular readers. Let’s hope 2018 is the year that windmills and solar panels are shown how useless they really are and we get some sanity in the power generation space. I was watching an interview with the head of AGL, it was obvious that he does not give a stuff if we suffer blackouts, a very sad situation as even the ABC now realise that industry is going to shut down or move to another country

    It is 5:30am in Beachmere Qld and it looks like another hot sticky day but I would sooner be here than somewhere where it is below 0c.

    O/T but the SA windmills are hardly producing any power and some of them show an output of -1%.

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    robert rosicka

    Happy new year to Jo ,David and family also the moderators who occasionally pull there hair out with some of the comments we write and everybody else who reads and gains a bit of knowledge from this fantastic site (even Gee Aye) .

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      Rod Stuart

      And where would we be for entertainment if it weren’t for Old Hairy Two Otters, Old Weird Willard, Craig Thomas, and the other occasional trolls that drop by?

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    And cheers to those who can’t tonight, but would like to.

    Gees, yous guys stop pickin on me! I stumble about, looking for lost car keys under street lamp; cause dis is only place wid enough light. You-know visible EMR stuff!
    Al da bes! t, weuns :-)

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      Kinky Keith

      Will.

      I’m probably going to have nightmares thinking about your zygy omelet.

      But it’s new years day and I feel strangely optimistic about the year ahead. As your friend Lionel says; the media is in trouble. Maybe, just maybe, the only path available for them is to start finding the truth of things.

      Maybe another little drink tonight.

      KK

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    Reed Coray

    Happy New Year to Jo, her family and the moderators/contributors/readers of this blog. Every year a bunch of people gather at Times Square in New York City to celebrate the start of the new year. The gathering reminds me of the male emperor penguins huddling together to keep warm during the antarctic winter–except that the penguins aren’t drunk. Maybe alcohol keeps the NY revelers warm, but this year alcohol may not be enough. I queried the internet to learn what conditions would be like at Times Square. The URL http://www.fastweather.com/alerts.php?city=New+York_NY&alert-type=Special+Weather+Statement contained the following weather alert:

    Special Weather Statement issued December 31 at 7:20AM EST by NWS New York City – Upton

    AREAS AFFECTED: Bronx; Kings (Brooklyn); New York (Manhattan); Northern Queens; Richmond (Staten Is.); Southern Queens

    DESCRIPTION: Wind chills will run 0 to 5 degrees below zero this morning. Be sure to dress appropriately when going outside to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Wind chills are expected to fall as low as 5 to 10 degrees below zero tonight into New Years morning, and 0 to 5 degrees below zero Monday night into Tuesday morning as this prolonged cold spell continues.

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    Carbon500

    A happy new year to Jo, David, the moderators and all you regulars around the globe – a breath of fresh air (including about 400ppm of CO2) among all the hysterical ‘groupthink’ out there!

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    Happy New Year Jo et al …

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      Kinky Keith

      I’ve only ever been a passenger but have always been enthralled by aircraft. Could always recognize the Chipmunk by it’s distinctive engine shape.

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        And the purr of the RR Merlin in a Spitfire, and its sister engine purr from those Packard Merlins in a P51, the propeller growl of the Harvard as the tips of its 9 foot props went supersonic, the whistle of the Avon Sabre, the thump as the AB kicked in on the twin TF-30s in the F-111. Days of wonder!

        Tony.

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          Kinky Keith

          Tony, many many years ago I used to ride my bike across town to see the aircraft at Broadmeadow aerodrome.
          They had tiger moths, chipmunks and I never tired of looking at them. Was able to wander through the hanger to see unusual visitors like the DH Dragon.

          For all the upside it’s still a dangerous activity.
          Late one afternoon there was an explosion and as I drove home went past the downed wreckage of the F86 sabre that was lost in a storm. Tragic.

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            Bruce J

            Used to do the same thing in Perth to Maylands Aerodrome where all the training schools were before Jandakot was built. Similar aircraft plus Jimmy Woods of Woods Airways who flew Avro Ansons from Maylands to Rottnest Island – very distinctive radial engine note. My first flight was in a Miles Gemini with twin De Havilland Gypsy Major engines, similar to a Tiger Moth, with the Air Scouts in 1958.

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          Bushkid

          While I soloed in sailplanes waaay back in the 1970s (on a lovely New Years Day, in fact), my later service as crew on airborne maritime surveillance aircraft left me with a love of the sound of the twin turbines of the Dash-8, the almost silence of those on the Cessna F406 (great for sneaky downwind approaches), but with a dedicated aversion to ever having anything more to do with BN2B Islanders. I know these converted civilian craft can never compete with the sounds of those great warbirds, but they were the sounds of my own service.

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            Kinky Keith

            I flew out of Nuku (or was it Wewak) in a Brittain Norman Islander and watched a stoll thing called a Helo come into Ambunti.
            Longpella time em i go pinis.

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              Annie

              Our son used to fly Islanders and Trilanders (sp?) among various types. My main memory of the Tri was the fearful row it made and the fact that the tail had to be supported while it was on the ground. It was nearly as rowdy as the old York (passenger version of the Lancaster bomber).

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            Manfred

            25 yrs in the air, from gliders to fixed wing, tail draggers to retractables, constant speed to aerobatics. Resting now and thankful for the exams I sat in Met for both gliding and PPL. An invaluable primer to the current ideological preoccupations.

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          Sometimes all it takes is a trigger. I was speaking to my brother over the Christmas break, and he asked me what sort of total it might be if we added up all our military service for our family. I had never even considered it before he asked, so I went ahead and actually worked it out.

          Me 25 years in the RAAF, as an aircraft electrician with 4 flying Squadrons in there for just on twelve years, 1OCU (Canberras) 5OTU (Sabres and Macchis) 76 and 77 Squadrons. (both Mirages) Later as a first time Sergeant, 12 Months on the F-111 PaveTack Mod team. Five years teaching the Trade, and one year as the Senior electrical trade examiner. The rest was trade training, 482Sqn, and 3AD.

          My brother 9 years in the RAN as a Clearance Diver with one tour with the one of ‘Teams’ and a tour as Ship’s Diver on HMAS Melbourne when we still had our Skyhawks.

          My eldest son 6 years with the RAN as a Clearance Diver on a ‘Team’ with a tour of Iraq clearing mines.

          My youngest son with 19 years service with 6 years at 1 Squadron on the F-111, and then 9 years in Air Traffic Control, at Darwin, Townsville and Canberra.

          So, all up we have 59 years Military service.

          Both Clearance Divers each did a further training stint at Coronado, home of US Navy SEALS, and our CD’s are as good as their Seals are, probably trained even more than they are. (their assessment, not ours)

          It actually made me feel a little prouder. I also spoke with both sons as well over Christmas and mentioned it to them, and they also were astonished that it had been that much.

          Tony.

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          Geoff Sherrington

          Briefly in 1959-60 era I flew Winjeels with he most awful sound and Vampires that were lovely because you left a lot of sound behind. One of the worst passenger trips was round Aust in Jan in a DC3 with webbing seats and Townsville-Melb ditto in a Herc after a bad car accident. In the late 1950s a RAAF guy used to do aerobatics in a Mustang just off the Strand at Townsville so yes, that engine was lovely to behold. Then they scrapped Lincolns also with RR Merlins so we tried to buy an engine for 10 pounds to put in a speed boat. Project failed. Geoff

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        Annie

        You can’t mistake the sound of a Spitfire. I rushed out of the house once when we were living in Gloucestershire when I heard one coming over, probably coming for the binge at Fairford.

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          Another Ian

          Annie

          By 4 when Lincolns were involved – tended to rattle the crockery at low level

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          toorightmate

          The late Bill Hardwick (Broken Hill) flew with the RAF in WW2.
          He said his first take off in the Spitfire was the first in which the airstrip was behind and out of sight when he did his climbing turn to port at 500 feet. All prior aircraft he had flown still had the strip in sight at that point in the circuit.

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        I loved it. Sort of like an MGA .. a bit underpowered, but with a bit of practice, you could make it sing and dance. With a prop that rotates “the wrong way” compared to the other airplanes we had, it needed a separate set of muscle memory templates to manage the ball for the full on aerobatic stuff.

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        ^ The comment above is, of course about the chipmunk, not the spit :)
        “I’ve only ever been a passenger but have always been enthralled by aircraft. Could always recognize the Chipmunk by it’s distinctive engine shape.”

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          Another Ian

          From weight and balance lectures in sailplane maintenance

          7 coats of dayglo orange on the tailplane of a Chipmunk was enough to take centre of gravity beyond recovery for a light pilot.

          Punchline was “a can of paint is heavy and most of it doesn’t evaporate”

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        Here’s a better picture of it. I used to take Air Cadets for a ride after they polished it up. Worked out well for both sides.

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      ^ Link didn’t work. One more try and that’s it.

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    Just Thinkin'

    A great BIG Happy New Year, Jo and all of the regular commenters.
    Also to the “red thumbers” who very rarely make a comment as to why they disagree.

    Always a great read. With lots of very useful information.

    Let’s hope that 2018 heralds the demise of the “ruinables” and Australia
    finally gets their act together and we get more cheap coal fired power.

    Yahoo….

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      Just Thinkin'

      The good ol’ red thumbers…

      “There’s something about what you wrote
      that I don’t like,
      but I can’t put my hand on it.”

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    Sceptical Sam

    Happy New Year Jo, David and team Nova.

    And, all the best to all those who make a contribution to this wonderful site.

    Is 2018 the year when the troglodytes finally start to understand that there’s more to this than CO2?

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    Glen Michel

    Happy New Year to all! Special thanks to Jo for this site.Wonderful!

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      el gordo

      All the best Jo, good effort over many long years and if we are correct, will be justly rewarded in the years ahead.

      To the mods, thanks for the restraint.

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    Well done Jo, and congratulations with all that you achieved here at your blog in 2017. May 2018 bring even greater success … and fun. Keep up the good work.

    And let’s not forget the regulars who comment here; best wishes to all of you too. Please keep offering your valuable insights and additional explanations.

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    pat

    a belated happy new year to jo and family, mods, and all who visit this wonderful, informative website.

    second story on BBC World Service radio this morning stated China’s Xi Jinping promises to “maintain” the authority of the UN, and act on climate change. not quite what he said, so for the record:

    31 Dec: NewIndianExpress: IANS: Xi Jinping promises to continue China’s economic reforms, global prominence in 2018
    In his annual end-of-year televised message, Xi Jinping spoke about a prosperous China, both economically and technologically, a country that is a good global citizen and one that seeks to solve problems affecting people, Efe news agency reported.
    “China will strongly defend the authority and status of the United Nations and actively fulfil its responsibilities,” he said…

    Xi said that being a responsible global power meant China must speak clearly and defend world peace and international order.

    He also said his country would keep up the fight against global climate change and that in 2018 the country would continue its process of economic reforms…
    http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2017/dec/31/xi-jinping-promises-to-continue-chinas-economic-reforms-global-prominence-in-2018-1741209.html

    31 Dec: China.org: Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers 2018 New Year speech
    Here’s the speech in full…
    As a responsible major country, China has this to say: China will resolutely uphold the authority and status of the United Nations, conscientiously perform its due international obligations and responsibilities, keep its promises on global climate change, actively push forward the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, and always contribute to the building of world peace and global development, and the safeguarding of international order…
    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-12/31/content_50181054.htm

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      Bushkid

      Judge nations (and people) by what they actually do, not by what they merely say, e.g. South China Sea, coal-fired power stations etc.

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      TedM

      “keep up the fight against climate change”. I.E. Embaress the west into reducing it’s emissions and prosperity.

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        OriginalSteve

        Kind of like how Reagans Star Wars program bankrupted the Russians by the Russians trying to match a hollow program?

        Thats gold…..the chinese have a unique method of inflicting chutzpah upon their opponents

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      AndyG55

      “China will resolutely uphold the authority and status of the United Nations, ”

      The UN has been housed on US soil for WAY too long.

      I would love to see China put up its hand to build a new site for the UN

      The UN should change its country of residence every 5 – 10 years, to make it truly a “world” organisation.

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    You folks in the Eastern Hemisphere are older than us Westerners. Only 5:32PM in US Central Time Zone.
    At 42+ degrees from the Equator and nearly 1000 miles from the Ocean it is REALLY colder here.
    Even using Fahrenheit it is below zero. We sometimes go a few days below 0 F.
    Keep the faith if you believe in science as Trump, for all his bombast, wants facts and the warmists don’t have any.
    Happy New Year! Have hope.
    John H.

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    F. Ross

    Happy New Year to all!
    …an often reader, seldom poster

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    pat

    staying true to form, ABC and BoM put a damper on Qld New Year’s Eve celebrations (never mind, ABC doesn’t broadcast the Brisbane fireworks anyway):

    31 Dec First posted yesterday at 1:09pm; Updated yesterday at 6:30pm: ABC: Severe storms sweep across southern Queensland on New Year’s Eve
    Severe storms rumbled across much of Queensland on New Year’s Eve, with some parts of the south-east hit with large hail, destructive winds and heavy rainfall, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.
    Thunderstorms have lashed parts of the Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley council areas.

    Very severe and severe storms cells continue to fire up in some outlying regions of south-east Queensland, particularly around areas north of Warwick, Dalby and Gympie, the BOM warned.
    A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Cherbourg and parts of Gympie, Somerset, Scenic Rim, South Burnett, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council areas.
    Allora, south of Toowoomba, has been warned a “dangerous cell” was moving towards the town.

    BOM said the severe thunderstorm was likely to affect the area north-east of Kingaroy and Cherbourg, Coolangatta and Caloundra with damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may cause flash flooding.
    Another severe thunderstorm warning is current for the south-east coast and parts of Wide Bay and Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts.
    Areas that may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Maroochydore, Gympie, Kingaroy, Noosa, Oakey, Caboolture and Caloundra.
    The bureau said while Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich were unlikely to see any further thunderstorm activity, there were “still some showers about”…

    Life guards closed the beaches at Brisbane’s South Bank due to the incoming storms, while one fireworks event at Ipswich was cancelled because of the forecast weather conditions…ETC ETC
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-31/severe-storms-forecast-for-nye-in-south-east-queensland/9295372

    1 Jan: Courier Mail: Brisbane revellers turn out to celebrate after storm threat subsides
    by Sarah Motherwell. AAP
    FEWER people turned out to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brisbane as menacing weather threatened to dampen outdoor festivities in southeast Queensland.
    Superintendent Tony Fleming says police were kept busy on Sunday night, but crowd numbers were down, including during the 8.30pm fireworks display.
    “Particularly around our South Bank area, some mums and dads took the safe option and went home,” Supt Fleming said…

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    joseph

    Happy New Year to all from over near the Big Bat.

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    TedM

    To Jo, David and the rest of you a very happy and safe 2018. To the red thumbers/trolls, hoping you receive a moment of enlightenment, an epiphany or Damascus Road experience.

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    Selwyn H

    Bought “Climate Change – The Facts 2017″ from Dymocks

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      Selwyn H

      Murphy’ Law! My grandson knocked my arm and I touched Post on my iPad, then the wifi went down. Dymocks book store, George St, Sydney had a recommendation for this book on 30th December which said it was written by “discredited pseudo-scientists”. I took umbrage at this and made the sales staff well aware of it mentioning Dr Roy Spencer who runs the UAH satellite global temperature measuring system for NASA, as one of the authors.

      I am now thinking up a suitable email to Dymocks about the cretin who wrote that supercilious rubbish. Other than that may I wish Jo and David a very successful and more prosperous New Year and hope that Cive James is only partially right when he says global warming alarmism will not die with a bang, but probably a long drawn out whimper.

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    J.H.

    Happy New Year to all.

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    Graeme No.3

    At least some people like renewables.

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/germany-renewable-energy-negative-power-prices/

    Dec. 29 German factories paid to use electricity. When the wind picked up the country’s nuclear and coal plants were unable to scale down their output quickly enough, leading to a bounty of about $60 per megawatt-hour for high-volume consumers such as factories.

    Germany can export some of its surplus energy to neighbouring companies, but they’ve already experienced price dips below zero more than 100 times in 2017 .
    At one point during October, prices were below zero for a 31-hour period. As a result, large-scale consumers were paid as much as $98 per megawatt-hour to consume electricity during that period.

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    Mark M

    “There are no strong signs of a particularly cyclony season” for Australia, Mr Dutschke said.”

    Much of nation should expect summer to turn damper, cooler to kick off 2018

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/much-of-nation-should-expect-summer-to-turn-damper-cooler-to-kick-off-2018-20171228-h0ateo.html
    ~~~~~~
    March, 2017: In the Climate Council’s Cranking up the Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events report released earlier this year, the independent body predicted that in coming years, due to rising temperatures, cyclones would get less frequent but those that formed would be higher in intensity.

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change/cyclone-blanche-is-latest-to-cross-land-in-second-consecutive-quiet-season-in-australian-history/news-story/220bd07cbd24d1db32cfd2175d3ec2ac
    . . .
    Happy, safe & prosperous new year!

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      el gordo

      Regional Cooling Signal

      ‘So far, this summer has had a relatively quiet start to the cyclone season, as did the 2016-17 year.

      ‘In fact, the whole southern hemisphere has been seen relatively few cyclones, with record low levels since accurate records began with the satellite era about four decades ago ….’

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    KenE

    With the family all round for Christmas we had some discussions on electricity supply, especially when our beloved Premier (Daniel Andrews) has told us there is a possibility of “power outages”. The younger people of course couldn’t see how that could happen as renewables make up most of our baseload power now. I had much pleasure in introducing them to the Nem Watch bar chart (http://reneweconomy.com.au/nem-watch/ ) and had them turn off black coal, then brown coal, then gas, and of course the greenies don’t like hydro so that had to go too, and when the sun goes down you might as well turn off large solar and see what is left. The general opinion was “oh sh&#, and a few people had he their eyes opened slightly. I think the ability to turn the different power sources on and off on the Nem Watch graph is the greatest advantage we have to help win an argument , especially when it uses figures that can be verifies at many other sites. I hope everyone has a great New Year.

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    Reed Coray

    Happy New Year to Jo, her family, the blog moderators and all contributors/readers.

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    PeterPetrum

    And the same to you and David, Jo, and your family. Also thanks to those who contribute to and monitor this site. It is so important to everyone who needs to get independent and forthright information on this inflicted blight on civilisation that is “climate change”.

    Thank you from all of us.

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    John F. Hultquist

    We still have about 2 hrs. 30 minutes to wait for 2018.

    No matter, with friends, we had Swiss style wine and a Swiss style reclette in a vineyard yesterday.
    Reclette

    May 2018 produce wines as good as we drank yesterday!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR !

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      Another Ian

      On the other hand I knew a Kiwi who maintained that

      “Cheese is for export, not for eating”

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        John F. Hultquist

        Melting over a smoky grape-wood fire, improves most of it. Or maybe it’s the wine?

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        sophocles

        Cheese is for export, not for eating

        Once upon a time, c. 50 years ago, that was the case. I’m pleased to be able to report that NZ Cheeses have improved significantly since then. :-)
        So has the selection: goat cheeses, sheep cheeses, and many other craft cheeses. Very tasty, too.

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    Turtle of WA

    Happy New Year Jo and David!

    Thanks for all your hard work in the field of reason and evidence.

    Great piece from Dellers.

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    Manfred

    Home of The Inconvenient Truth

    A very prosperous, healthy and robust 2018 Jo, to you and all your family.
    The work you devote yourself to doing so tirelessly and relentlessly is beyond priceless. It is an example for us all.
    Thank you and God Bless.

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    Phillip Bratby

    A happy, successful and productive New Year to all sceptics.

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    Another Ian

    Eventually!

    Seasons greetings to Jo and her clan and readers here.

    For those of you who know the song it has been “Just another day on our selection” though positive on the construction side.

    When this area was originally surveyed some blocks had the boundary put down the middle of a watercourse. Obviously this only works if that has water in it. So they were fenced on the “give and take” principle with fences across the watercourse connecting the gives and the takes. After probably record floods in 2010 and 2012 there has been some drastic modifications to our “give and take” fencing in terms of gives and takes with the aim of eliminating fencing across watercourses. Some you have to keep though for a boundary. Those we have been changing so they lay down in a flood and (hopefully) the water and rubbish goes over them downstream and you just stand the fence up. Today I finished another.

    You might note that it is a while since 2012 but when a one man operation has to deal with droughts etc fencing isn’t in the top 10 todos.

    But on the other hand when I did the first one my wife said “The creek will probably never flood again” and she’s almost right so far.

    And no she is not a Flannery fan – just our luck.

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    Brad Ashworth

    Sea Level rise has been explained…..all the extra water has made the oceans heavier and the sea floor has sunk.. so it cant rise as much if the bottom sinks…
    This is a “real” story!!!!!!!!

    https://earther.com/climate-change-is-causing-the-seafloor-to-sink-1821632553

    It may be a New year but climate change is the gift that keeps on giving….

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      Kinky Keith

      The increased pressure will possibly cause the mantle to crack and allow molten core material full of CO2 to escape to the surface adding yet more pressure.

      This is an imminent disaster.

      Happy New Year.

      KK

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      Eugene S. Conlin

      Good news for the Maldives then ;)

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        Eugene S. Conlin

        … in answer to Brad Ashworth 7.52pm

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        Kinky Keith

        Exactly; and not only the Maldives.

        All land not covered by ocean will rise in response to increased water pressure.

        It seems that our worries about sea level rise are OVER.

        Now we can mothball the IPCCCCC and relax.

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      sophocles

      the sea floor has sunk

      Hmmm. Accelerating subduction. All sea floor sinks, eventually. It’s called a subduction zone. That’s going to give the planet’s rotation bigger wobbles and Fiji’s PM even less to crow about.

      These wobbles will throw out the differences between sidereal and solar time even more. Disaster! Cocks won’t know when to crow! Days will be different lengths! The sky is falling!

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    tom0mason

    For all you interested in the weirdness of life under the Antarctic ice shelf J. Curry blog has this link –
    https://nobusinesslikesnowbusiness.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/science-under-the-ice/?utm_content=buffer773d3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    Strange stuff!

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    yarpos

    Just watching a comedy series on Netflix (Grace and Frankie), one episode was classic example of the liberal left inflating EV capabilities. The two main characters drive from San Diego to Mission Viejo in California in a 2014 Nissan Leaf (approx the maximum effective range), then turn around and immediately drive back, into the early evening with the lights on just to put the icing on the cake.

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      John F. Hultquist

      Story telling involves leaving some things out, such as, potty stops, additions to the beer cooler, and re-fueling. Anyone of these may become integral to the plot. See these lyrics:
      3rd rock
      Boyfriend wants a beer, the store is just a mile
      He leaves the motor running he’ll only be a minute
      His car drives away with teenagers in it –

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    Carbon500

    Here’s something of interest, which I haven’t explored fully.
    Readers might wish to download the Met Office Central England Temperature Record (CET) to the end of 2017:
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cetml1659on.dat
    Next, check the average temperature values.
    Odd things seem to be happening. Not one 12 month average value for the last decade has been calculated correctly. As an example, 2014 is a glaring example. The given figure is 10.95 degrees Celsius, but I make it 10.92.
    Similarly, for 2013 the given figure is 9.61, yet I make it 9.57.
    I’d be very interested to see reader’s comments – do you agree, and if so, why is this happening?

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    Roy Hogue

    I saw your Marching Koalas band this morning in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade. And they were looking sharp. Way to go, Australia. :-)

    Maybe a float in next year’s parade???

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      Roy Hogue

      PS:

      It’s just 11:17 AM, January 1, 2018 here. You guys down under are the first ones to get each new day and by the time it arrives on the west coast here it’s tomorrow morning where you are. I’ve never quite gotten used to that.

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      Kinky Keith

      Hi Roy,

      The “Koalas” are from Newcastle and I’m glad you saw them.

      Happy New Year.

      KK

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        Roy Hogue

        There was only a little info given on them as they marched by. New South Wales was the only thing said about where they come from.

        And Happy new year, Keith and family.

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    Casey

    Looking definitely yummy in the photo there…

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    ROM

    Hi Everybody!
    I have been having some health problems at present but I hope to be back sometime soon to post some more epistles on whatever happens to be going past at the time.
    .

    So to Jo and all the “JoNova” clan including posters, contributors, thinkers, questioners, lurkers and even trolls and red thumbers.

    May my best wishes for your continuing good health and may prosperity be with you All throughout this year of 2018.

    And recognising that our trolls and red thumbers might also be of a humanoid nature and in line with good will to all “genders- non specific” , the best of red thumbs to you as well.
    .

    Times they are changing in Climate science as the politics around Climate science and Renewable energy, subtle changes in phraseology, in attitudes and language and even in some media towards both global warming / climate change and Renewable Energy which I am seeing after navigating around and delving behind “All the News the media thinks fit to print” [sarc ] is beginning to appear as the realisation begins to hit home in Europe and China and the USA that Renewable energy from wind and solar will Never be a viable option to power an industrial economy.

    The realisation is dawning that Renewable energy in its present technological forms of primarily wind and solar and hydro , are technological dead ends.

    And with the costs and sheer ugliness and the by now very well demonstrated Nature destroying impact of renewable energy, the peasants are revolting and have had enough of having yet another gross failure, yet another of the Climate Elite’s, “We Thought It was a Good Idea at the Time” failure in economics and technology thrust upon them by those same Elites for which those same peasnts are expected to and are forced to pay for on bended knee before the Climate God of the Elites .

    Unlike Coal, gas, oil and nuclear where considerable technological advances can be and are still being made and those advances still contained in a very small localised footprint as usual, wind and solar are very near the limits of their technological efficiencies along with their inherent and non negotiable, non despatcheable characteristics of wind and solar with only mass in numbers and in area now able to advance wind and solar generation much further in meeting and supplying an industrial nation’s energy demands for cheap and absolutely reliable power availability..

    Its called “Low Energy Density” and Nothing can change that equation when it comes to generating power from renewable energy systems of today.
    .
    We might also yet see this year as the [ unfortunate i.e.; cooling ] tipping point where Nature decides to continue right on doing what Nature always has done and that is to run the Earth Nature’s way and not according to the arrogant hubris laden song and dance tune of some small time bi-pedal species that think in their gross inexperience limited by only a few hundred thousand years of technology, that they can play God with the climate after only being around on this earth in their humanoid form for about 0.1% or roughly one thousandth of the time there has been life on this planet

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    I was wondering where you were, ROM. Appreciate yr
    thoughtful comments. All the best for the New Year to
    you and yours. Look forward to yr next contribution …
    hey, even a serf can learn. )

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