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And a Happy Easter to you

 

Wishing everyone good health and good times…

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    tom0mason

    And a happy Easter to you and yours, and everyone on this site.

    Also something unforeseen happened in the UK…
    Good Friday in the warmer West of England…
    https://twitter.com/CarlBovisNature/status/979737348631093248

    This wasn’t forecast!

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      Roy Hogue

      The weather threw them a curve ball. Amazing. Even for Easter it does as it pleases and ignores what we forecast.

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    Peter C

    Best Easter News is Scott Pruitt’s reforms at the EPA,
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/03/29/delingpole-winning-scott-pruitt-bans-junk-science-from-environmental-protection-agency/

    All EPA decisions must be based on open Science with full data. Scientists on EPA grants committees cannot also be recipients of those grants.

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      A happy Easter will be the government now conceding that subsidies for renewable energy are no longer required. The Age has provided irrefutable evidence: https://www.theage.com.au/business/the-economy/falling-renewable-costs-chilling-for-fossil-fuels-20180329-p4z6vb.html.

      Elena Giannakopoulou, head of energy economics at BNEF, said the rapidly falling cost of renewable generation and battery power is changing the game for the electricity sector.

      Wind and solar are proving cheaper because their cost of electricity has fallen significantly, while that for coal, gas, nuclear and large hydro projects has only slightly decreased.

      The Australian National University forecast future prices of new renewable energy generators would fall to $50 a megawatt hour in the 2020s.

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    HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL , As long as you remember it’s a pagan festival that predates Chritianity . The Roman Emporer Titus invented the character Jesus in order to pacify the Jews , he wanted them to see him as their Messaih , it was the start of a war between Rome and the Jews that still goes on today

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      Roy Hogue

      Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. I don’t concern myself with the date or who may have invented Jesus. But if that’s what you believe then I will challenge you to show me your evidence as any good scientist would. It’s up to you whether your reply or not.

      I always allow the other guy his position but when confronted by such a statement it seems reasonable to ask for the evidence. If the world had done that with global warming this blog probably wouldn’t exist and Jo would not be struggling continually to keep this operation running.

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        THANK YOU ROY , I’VE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR YOUR OPINION , PLEASE CONSIDER I AM NOT AN Academic , a scholar , a historian or a theologian , but I am an engineer , the doctrine of an engineer is that you have to stick to the basics of the scientific method ( as explained by Karl POPPER ) you would agree . That means if you form a hypothesis , a thought or idea , in order to turn it into a valid theory you have to provide evidence from , real world Observation , observations from nature , climate scientists don’t do this , they fall back on consensus which is an appeal to authorities , an act of faith in the so called experts . If we engineers built planes on consensus they would fall out of the sky , bridges would collapse etc . My understanding that a Roman emporrer invented the character Jesus so that he could pacify the Jews by inserting himself into their religion as their messiah , IS BASED ON THE EVIDANCE FROM THE ACTUAL LITRITURE ITSELF , THE STORY OF Jesus in the Gosbels , so I am being true to the principles of the scientific method as understood by an engineer , all the best mate

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          OriginalSteve

          Dave, likewise am an engineer, however even among the Jewish historians like Josephus there were ample accounts of Jesus being a very different character to the norm which doesnt actually prove anything i realize, but builds a case for His divinity. Mathenatically the odds of prophecies in the Bible all coning true where astronomically high, but did, and i also know in my own dealings with God, that many many times when stuff happened its was at stupily high mathematically improbable odds, but happen consistently it did.

          I came to faith in Christianity later in.life, so looked for an Engineers way of proving in hard logic God existing, which God was only too happy to provide. When you look at the probability of human life and our ecosystem on a rock in a finely placed orbit in a galaxy where it is etc, its kind of impressive and i believe God makes a subtle point of this reality….

          Hey, everyone is free to believe what they want, dont forget its in Satans interest to make people doubt so they are deprived of a relationship with God, coz Satan is a sore loser, and it all started by Satan lying his ass off to Eve but through a subtle lie, not an overt one….

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            Steve , it’s interesting that you mention josephus , he was a pro roman jew . History records that he was a rebel that thought against rome , then when captured changes sides . When titus became emporor he commissioned josepthus to write the official account of his millateriy victory against the rebel jews in judea . It’s a book in the works of josepthus called war of the jews . He was addopted by titus into the the dynasty and given the name flaviuos josepthus , also a pension and a home withing the royal palace.

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            Sceptical Sam

            Steve, you seem to be conflating Jesus and God.

            That’s a product of the Roman Church which decided on that by way of a vote by the bishops at the First Council of Nicea in 325 AD. The trinity did not exist prior to the politics at Nicea.

            Prior to that date there were many who held it not to be so. Subsequent to that date those who held that view were classed as heretics and dealt with in a vicious variety of ways. Think: Cathars, Bogomils, Bishop Arius etc.

            Even then the sceptics were unappreciated.

            God be with you.

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              OriginalSteve

              Hi Sam, my understanding is that the trinity is a mess and isnt biblically supportable, in fact i went so far as to get a book written in Sahidic Coptic and learn the Coptic grammar, and suffice to day John 1:1 translates out as “a god” , not “God” which trashes the trinity pretty much right there. This of course is highly contentious, but it is what it is….as such, Ive always viewed Jesus and God separately. Yes one created the other, but i find that jibes fine with biblical theology….cheers, OS.

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            OriginalSteve 03,31,18 at 7:22 am · Reply

            Dave, likewise am an engineer,

            Not evar; as you still retain belief in some un-falsifiable fantasy! An engineer cannot afford to do that as personal liability for bridge failing is to high! This liability must be spread about by only Government to the innocent, of such failure!

            Hey, everyone is free to believe what they want, dont forget its in Satans interest to make people doubt so they are deprived of a relationship with God, coz Satan is a sore loser, and it all started by Satan lying his ass off to Eve but through a subtle lie, not an overt one….

            Perhaps! Did GOD or Satan create ‘LUST’? Lookat Eve, I wan soma dat; ferget das apfel!

            Jesus born of human Maria; witnessed such profound evil! Then died as human; as atonement, if that beOriginalSteve 03,31,18 at 7:22 am · Reply

            Dave, likewise am an engineer,

            Not evar; as you still retain belief in some un-falsifiable fantasy! An engineer cannot afford to do that as personal liability for bridge failing is to high! This liability must be spread about by only Government to the innocent, of such failure!

            Hey, everyone is free to believe what they want, dont forget its in Satans interest to make people doubt so they are deprived of a relationship with God, coz Satan is a sore loser, and it all started by Satan lying his ass off to Eve but through a subtle lie, not an overt one….

            Perhaps! Did GOD or Satan create ‘LUST’? Lookat Eve, I wan soma dat; ferget das apfel!
            Jesus born of human Maria; witnessed such profound evil! Then died as human; as atonement, if that be God!
            GODS mistreak is forgiving Earthlings instead of destroying each and every! OHWoha are we! God!
            GODS mistreak is forgiving Earthlings instead of destroying each and every! OHWoha are we!

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              OriginalSteve

              Hi Will, Issac Newton was probably better known for his theological work as his science, and could easily maintain a faith and an engineering view of the world, as the world operates on maths.

              I can only speak from anecdotal experiences, but talking to other people of other faiths also talk about evil spirits, so the demonic realm is revealed in multiple ways so we are not left ignorant of Satans existance.
              Cheers, OS

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          TedM

          ” My understanding that a Roman emporrer invented the character Jesus so…………” Your understanding is based on what Dave.

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            Ted , my understanding is based from observation of the literature itself . To understand that you have to understand what typology is. The author josepth atwill makes it clear in his book ceasars massiah , are you curious enough to want to know more or is the truth to much to handle because it questions your faith,

            [Please avoid ALLCAPS. - Jo]

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              TedM

              Not at all Dave. “To understand that you have to understand what typology is.” And to understand what textual criticism is too Dave. and a good grasp on the documented history. Something that I believe I do. Not sure if Joseph Atwill does.

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          Roy Hogue

          THANK YOU ROY , I’VE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR YOUR OPINION…

          Dave,

          I notice that you did not describe how you get to your position from the gospels. Mind you, the last thing I want is a fight over the meaning of the 4 books of the New Testament that are known collectively as the Gospels or The Gospel. But your argument stops too soon.

          Also consider that like you, I in no way am a theologian. Nor do I necessarily insist that God exists. But when I look at the marvelous complexity of the universe around me, the complexity of the human body and life in general I’m forced to consider whether it could have happened by chance as current science is telling us. I found my way to Christianity even as a doubter because it has a lot to offer by way of how to live and hope at the end of your life that there is a heaven, etc. I don’t know if any of it is true but I see some evidence that it could be. I do find it to be the best thing I can find to believe and practice.

          What I do know is that it’s impossible for me to believe Jesus was not a real man. It’s impossible for me to believe there was not something extraordinary about Jesus that made followers like, John, Peter and the convert from Judaism, Paul, risk their lives preaching the good news. John spent his last years in exile for his trouble. Peter was crucified for his trouble and Paul, being a Roman citizen, was beheaded. That’s a whole lot of confidence on display and it’s hard to dispute.

          Josephus is accepted as authoritative by scholars and laymen alike. I can find no believable argument that the 4 Gospels are faked, even though it’s obvious they were written many years after the events they chronicle and even though they vary in detail and their depth of treatment of Jesus life.

          I would have expected you to describe for me how you reach your conclusion as I have described my path to Christianity for you.

          I know we’ll never settle the question so it remains a matter of opinion. Neither of us was there so we have only the existing records to go by. But please go on and give me some detail.

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            Annie

            Roy, you have put into words what my position is, in a far better way than I could have. Thank you.

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            TedM

            Yes Roy, the gospels alone; four books written by men who are either telling the truth, or compulsive lairs. The latter of which does not conform with what they teach. Add to that the extra-biblical historical references, of which there are a number, there isn’t much doubt.

            Unlike you though I don’t see it is a matter of opinion, it becomes a matter of what evidence individuals choose to accept. Choose being the operative word Meaaing we choose our own destiny.

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            tom0mason

            To find ‘Jesus’ in the records (old Roman records) you would have to search using his given name — the name by which he was given by his parents and by which he was known. Hint it was not Jesus, that was applied much later.

            Just do a search for ‘Jesus true name’ and enjoy the results.

            Many believe he should be Yeshua, or the anglicized name Joshua.

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      GD

      As long as you remember it’s a pagan festival that predates Chritianity

      Thanks for the admonishment, but that has nothing to with Christianity or the Christian Easter.

      The Roman Emporer Titus invented the character Jesus in order to pacify the Jews

      With such a provocative statement, I’d expect a reference or two.

      It seems that Easter brings out the haters of Christianity. To wit, the Australian ABC has been in fine form as usual, with a stern lecture delivered on the Thursday before Good Friday, reminding us that Jesus would have been a ‘brown-skinned Middle Eastern Jew’ and not the Sunday School white Jesus interpretation.

      What was the point of this Good Friday eve article? Were they trying to shock white-skinned Christians? Did they think that white Christians would be called to examine their faith, or even worse, were they suggesting that white Christians have anti-semitic feelings?

      Just in case the tax-payer funded ABC hadn’t upset enough people, on Wednesday, they also took a swipe at the secular Easter holiday. Chocolate is now verboten because the production of chocolate uses too much water.

      Seems the only thing our national broadcaster likes about Easter is the penalty rate paid to atheists to work on what would otherwise be ordinary days of the week.

      Looking forward to those Emperor Titus references, DoubtingDave.

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        I am not a hater of christians , i see a new world order that wants to destroy judao christian values that built western culture in order to create a new feudal system , i am on the side of judao christian values , which side are you on.

        [Please no more YELLING at us in All Caps. Thanks! - Jo]

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          GD

          And those references about Emperor Titus inventing Jesus?

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            Here is what you don’t understand gd , the jews have thought rome for two thousand years when they rebelled against the flaviun emporers , in the fourth century the emporer constantinetook the religion created by the flaviuns to pacify one province and used it to pacify all the province’s of rome at the councils of nicea . It along with the other edicts of constantine created a feudal system that lasted a thousand years . Henry the 8th then pulled england out of the feudal system controlled by the pope in rome , the jews found allies in the protistant christians of england , it is at this point that the judao christain values that built western culture blossamed , and made our culter in time the greatest culture the wolrld has ever known . The pope has now alienged himself with the new world order because he sees a chance to restore some of the power to his church that his predecessors in the roman feudal system enjoyed.

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              Again as i keep saying , i apologize for the grammer and spelling errors , i’m not a accedemic, just a dyslexic engineer.

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                Yonniestone

                Shouldn’t that be A DIALECTIC PROVOCATEER?

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                Most Earthlings remain limited in concept, let alone skill to 3 orthogonal dimensions plus linear (accumulating) time! What be the conjugate of time but -1/t or frequency. What now are your orthogonal ‘distances’? Many, many cyclic steps in that-away to get to over yonder!Such must accumulate to your stupid ‘distance, over yonder! These ‘must’ transpose to 3 orthogonal angles with some -1/f the only carrier\provider of your imaginary concept of “distance”! the sum of steps (cycles).
                Is your precious but imaginary ‘Universe’ expanding or ‘contracting’?
                Please provide something repeatably ‘measurable’ of any of your fantasy!
                All the best!-will-

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              yarpos

              I think your Caps Lock is stuck on

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      TedM

      “The Roman Emporer Titus invented the character Jesus in order to pacify the Jews ” To pacify them. The Jewish leaders hated Jesus.

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        el gordo

        The thing is that the New Testament was clearly written sometime in the first century AD, but having read all the material available I’m still not convinced that Jesus was god.

        Apart from that, its well known that engineers are more likely to believe in UFO.

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          Graeme No.3

          only if piloted by Jesus.

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          GORDO SORRY BUT YOUR WRONG , THE FLAVION DYNASTY CREATED THE JESUS STORY TO PASIFY ONE PROVINCE , JUDEA , IN THE 4 CENTURY CONSTANTINE USED THAT RELIGION CREATED BY THE FLAVIONS TO PASCIFY ALL THE PROVINCE’S OF ROME BY CREATING THE COUNCILS OF NICEA WHICH HE PROCIDED OVER , IT’S WHAT CREATED A FEUDAL SYSTEM THAT RULED EUROPE FOR A THOUSAND YEARS UNTIL HENRY THE 8TH PULLED US OUT AND BEGAN THE BIRTH OF JUDAO CHRISTIAN VALUES THAT BUILT OVER TIME WESTERN CULTURE

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            el gordo

            Surely some snippets were written around 60 AD and the story was later embellished?

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              Here is what we know about the flaviuns , a rebellion broke out in Britain , Emporer Nero sent his best general Vespasion into Britain to put the rebellion down . Flavios vespasion realized that the warrior tribes where inspired to rebel by their religious leaders , the druids . VESPASIAN attacked them and destroyed them so effectively that even to this day we KNOW practically nothing about our Celtic faith . When he returned to Rome vespasian was ordered by Nero to go to another province that was rebelling against Rome , JUDEA , like in Britain he found a collection of warrior tribes that where inspired by their religious leaders to rebel .

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            el gordo

            The timing is about right, Flavian could have created Christianity.

            https://postflaviana.org/introduction-flavian-origins-theory-christianity/

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      joseph

      ‘Caesar’s Messiah’ is a book by Joseph Atwill that was published a few years ago.
      I can’t say it left me totally convinced but it took me down some paths that I thought were worth going down at the time.
      https://skeptiko.com/241-joseph-atwill-repsonds-to-caesars-messiah-critics/

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      OriginalSteve

      Easter is actually pagan, like most roll ups of pagan festivals and putting a chrustian wrapper on them, we can blame Constantine.

      Jesus only said on Nisan 14 to keep a remembrance of him each year, the eggs are very likely pagan fertility symbols that had to be “christianized” to help the newly converted heathen comfortable with the State christian religion.

      I avoid “easter” but enjoy the remembrance that Jesus said to observe of his death, as it created the way for eternal life for all who believe in Jesus.

      Cheers, OS.

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      Kinky Keith

      Hello Dave,

      As a result of your provocative post here, I have purchased a second hand copy of a book about James, the brother of Jesus.

      It was written by the author who is the source of much of the material referenced by the author you quote.

      I look forward to many hours exploring this book which seems to weigh several kilograms. Perhaps I exaggerate, but it’s at least two pounds.

      As Will might say, all the best.

      KK

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        KEIF , SORRY THIS IS A LATE POST , I’VE BEEN VERY BUSY . CHECKOUT HOW THE STORY OF JESUS REPLICATES THE MILLITARY CAMPAIGN OF TITUS IN THE BOOK BY JOSEPHES ABOUT THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN OF THE ROMAN EMPORER TITUS AGAINST THE JEWIS REBELS

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    Roy Hogue

    And a happy easter to everyone. But in these times of worldwide trouble and unrest it seems appropriate for a prayer as well.

    Lord,

    Guide our leaders and the people into better understanding and wisdom.

    Amen

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    RAH

    And a wonderful Easter to all of you and the fervent hope it is remembered what it is all about and that the current’s Popes recent comment is rejected by all who understand that it is the soul that is the prize. No Hell then no Heaven. No Evil then no Good. It is after all Jesus that is quoted speaking more about the Devil and his objective than any of the others in the scriptures. God bless you all!

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      Dennis

      I reckon the devil is the eating at this time of year.

      Happy Easter.

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      OriginalSteve

      The Bible is crystal clear on every persons judgement by God the moment after death, where we give an account of our lives to God, face to face. The Word is also very clear on the existence if the Devil, hell and heaven, and that these are eternal places.

      The good news ( the meaning of the word “Gospel”) is that when we put our faith in Jesus, not works, this is the way we are cleansed by Jesus’s sacrifice on Calvary and God sees Jesus in place of us. This allows a personal relationship with God through Jesus.

      From a personal perspective, having a relationship with God through Jesus is amazing and enriching, but flat out mind blowing. When you also see things hapoening at ridiculous mathematical odds, you realize God is the Master Mathematician and just how smart He is.

      Have a great weekend. Good always triumphs over evil because God always wins…..and God is good.

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        yarpos

        Looking forward to it. I want to him/her/it Stephen Fry’s ” childhood cancer, WTF is that about?”

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          yarpos

          or …… I want to ask him/her/it Stephen Fry’s question “childhood cancer, WTF is that about?”

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            OriginalSteve

            God has a reason for everything, most of which we may never understand, and yes it sucks, but there may be something goid that plays out later in.life from such a thing. God doesnt have to tell us everything, and its hard work sometimes accepting that…..

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            Annie

            I agree there; it’s the major stumbling block to belief. However, I do believe that this sometimes appallingly difficult life is a prelude to something much more and far better but it is a matter for far deeper discussion than can be done here.

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        RAH

        This truck driver believes that there is a special Hell for the architects that designed some of docks that I have had to back a 67 foot long rig into or those that stack racks or pallets or park trailers right in the area where the rig must swing to get into the door or those that do not put lights in their inside dock bays so it’s like backing into a cave. Their after life eternity will be spent trying to back a big truck into their docks. The same goes for the brain dead that park their vehicles in a way that gives the clear impression they’re looking for insurance money. More than one facility where I had backed in multiple different times eventually had to move because they lost their insurance coverage due to so many backing accidents. Maybe one just has to be there to really understand what I’m talking about.

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          Andrew McRae

          Couple of questions, RAH.

          Were you ever allowed to modify your truck to add high power LED reversing lights to the back?

          Would a reversing camera help – or do they have a narrow angle and don’t show enough?

          How often would you be carrying a 40-ft container that was actually full to its max gross weight? The volume inside is huge, but how often does it actually have a full 30 tonnes inside?

          If your clients could send one third the mass of a TEU at 5 times the speed of a truck, would they pay to do that?

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    TdeF

    Happy Bunnies to everyone. Generally though this year, we are the bunnies.

    On energy, electricity and coal, we would like to see a real explanation of why Hazelwood closed when it was in perfectly good working order, the electricity was in high demand and the company lease had another 20 years to run. It was clear Engie could not make a profit despite being the cheapest supplier, so clearly they had a massive commercial disadvantage in the marketplace. They paid $2.5Bn for the business and spent perhaps another $1.5Bn maintaining it, unlike AGL’s Liddell. You do not spend that sort of money and just close.

    So when the cheapest biggest supplier in Victoria closes without reasonable explanation, it should be a scandal. No scandal touches the Andrews Labor government. From the CFA takeover to mass theft from the treasury by sitting MPs to tripling the price of coal to wasting billions, we just get that crooked smile. The buck stops with Andrew. He does nothing.

    Remember Engie closed Pelican Point in Adelaide in 2016. Weatherill demanded to know why they did not switch on in the blackouts and the answer was that they were a private company and lost $15Million the year before. Again it is obvious they could not make money even when demand was high. Why?

    So it is odd that from what I read, after week long State wide blackouts, Pelican Point was suddenly running at full capacity. Why?

    Again it was obviously a case of the SA Government making hundreds of millions of dollars of secret payments to subsidize Pelican Point, Port Pirie, Whyalla and even Alcoa to prevent the political backlash from their policy of closures. All foreign owned companies.

    From windfarms to Liddell and AGL, it is becoming obvious that underperforming, unreliable and unprofitable windfarms are much more profitable than reliable coal. No one seems to know why?

    Perhaps if Malcolm Turnbull could explain this, we might be able to fix the energy system which has been deliberately broken under his government. Why is fully imported diesel the preferred energy source for Tasmania and South Australia at any cost? Why is gas exploration banned? Why is fracking banned? Why is Australia under Turnbull’s government direction shutting down our energy system? Why are we spending $6-$10Billion or more building a pumped water battery in the Snowy scheme as nothing more than a light bulb idea without a proper justification or costing? Who is going to pay to pump the water up hill? More money to windmills? Is that why it is being built?

    Perhaps Malcolm could explain all this from the point of view of his old firm, Goldmann Sachs? Why is it good government policy to trash our electricity system and pretend it is inevitable and some sort of lack of management where laws must be passed while power stations are blown up. We have gone from ultra cheap energy sufficiency and reliability in two years and Malcolm is mystified. Really?

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    Mark M

    UN Green Climate Fund has distributed only 4% of the $3.7 billion it claims to have collected.

    Article fails to describe a single actual accomplishment.

    > Meet former Australian climate envoy Howard Bamsey, before he had any thought of leading the Green Climate Fund.

    “Now he speaks about the Green Climate Fund’s successes, challenges and the $2bn Trump owes them”

    http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/03/29/climate-fund-trump-attacked-succeed-says-chief/

    > A bureaucratic wet dream:

    ” it is set for a hiring spree. There were 157 employees on the February payroll, Bamsey says, due to reach 250 by the end of the year.

    Trump has since openly attacked the fund as a waste of US taxpayer money.”

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      Mark M

      2015, some history …

      For those who have been impatient to see the Turnbull government change position on climate change, the successful Australian campaign to return to the chair of the Board of the Green Climate Fund is an early signal.

      The fund is designed to support climate action in developing nations as part of the UN process.

      Australia and South Africa have been elected as co-chairs … This election result would not have been possible had Foreign Minister Julie Bishop not decided last year that Australia would make A$200 million available to the Fund.

      While a case could be made that Australia should have pledged more, this step was a breakthrough in the Abbott government’s hard-line policy on climate change.

      In the event, the A$200 million seems to have satisfied those who elected Australia to be a co-chair.

      https://theconversation.com/finance-for-developing-countries-will-help-australia-in-climate-talks-50701

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      Hanrahan

      So Trump lies: It is the Green Climate Fund that is paying for The Wall.

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    Greg Cavanagh

    A very happy Easter and God Bless to everybody here.

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    yarpos

    Happy Easter to all the believers and also to those that just enjoy a break with their families or are off pursuing their life passions. As both an aetheist and a retiree it marks a period where I try to stay off the road and thats about it really, but I am happy for those enjoying the break.

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    Timo Soren

    This is suppose to be a happy occasion. Let’s not bicker about who killed who.
    — Monty Python, King of the Swamp

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      Yonniestone

      A very big LOL :)

      Note to self: be wary of cute white rabbits outdoors this Easter.

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        Annie

        Especially as it is also April Fools’ Day this year!

        Wishing Jo and Family and all contributors here a very Happy Easter!

        Annie.

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          Annie

          I will be wary of people wearing rabbit onesies on Sunday; you never know what they are planning :)

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            Annie

            BTW, I am a Christian and this weekend is very special to me. I don’t try to force others into my belief but respect their choices where they are made by thinking things through. By the same token, I do expect my beliefs to be respected. How I came to them is not up for discussion on a public blog.
            Annie.

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        yarpos

        I am reminded of the rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They are vicious and they will go you.

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    Hanrahan

    And to all you mexicans, enjoy your sleep in tomorrow. :)

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      Graeme No.3

      What sleep in?
      The sun will now be rising around 6.10 a.m. not the 7.10 this morning (apart from the fog) and being retired I (more or less) get up with the sun.

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      Annie

      Tried it but had 1011 error message…

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        Chris in Hervey Bay

        Annie, Just paste the URL into the address bar and it will work.

        Happy Easter to everyone.

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      They no likey hot linking from other sites it seems. If you cut and paste the link into a new browser window it should work.

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        Annie

        Thanks Chris and yarpos. I’ve seen the link to the live track on Jo’s newest thread now.
        Nice to come in and sit and read after being out on the road. Most people were driving reasonably carefully but one motorcyclist on the Marysville/Buxton Road was totally nutty. He (?) overtook me against a solid single white line, then overtook the car in front over double white lines, then I saw another car ahead and no sign of the motorcyclist where the road continued to have double white lines. That was on the more bendy bit of the road nearer to Buxton. When we first came to Australia people we knew referred to motorcyclists as ‘Temporary Australians’…you can see why. Over the Black Spur one encounters them…wheels just on their side of the road but heads well and truly over the wrong side, not nice for drivers coming the opposite way.
        On the other hand, we can have large groups of motorcyclists coming along our road, all driving very well on what I think of as ‘proper’ bikes. They are a different case altogether and they are sometimes doing a charity ride…good for them.

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          yarpos

          Some bloke met his maker on a bike on the Marysville > Woods Point road today sadly, may have been the guy you saw pushing it one too many times

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            Annie

            It wouldn’t surprise me, he was going so fast and over the lines. I was along that road about 1230-1240, lunchtime. I just hope he didn’t hurt anyone else.

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    And to You Too – Jo, David and Family – could be a few Chocolate Easter Eggs coming your way from the Blue Mountains this weekend!

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    Ruairi

    More Greens, their seats in South Australia lost,
    When voters realized what power cost.

    Reports on all of nature’s wrath first passes,
    Through leftist Greens who wear green-tinted glasses.

    Earth Day was more a whimper than a bang,
    Which shows that people couldn’t give a hang.

    A million E.V. motor cars at large,
    From any grid demands a mighty charge.

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    happy Easter everyone.

    30 Mar: UK Express: Green Britain: Wind turbines now create ***one-sixth (16.6666667 percent) of UK electricity
    GREEN energy companies set a new record last year by producing ***29.4 per cent of the UK’s electricity, according to a leading trade association. The figure represents the annual electricity demand of 25.3 million homes, said RenewableUK.
    By John Ingham
    Wind power alone generated nearly ***15 per cent of the nation’s electricity in 2017, the equivalent of powering 12.7 million households…
    It marks a dramatic increase from 10 years ago when wind power accounted for just 1.5 per cent of electricity.
    In another sign of Britain’s changing energy markets, Government figures show that renewable output – including wind, solar, biogas and hydro – is now nearly 10 times higher than coal…

    The shift stems from Britain moving to cleaner, greener energy and shutting down coal-fired power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change…

    Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Forum said: “The problem with wind power is not how much it generates but how much it does not generate when there is no wind. We need electricity 24/7 so you still need conventional generation as back-up.”
    Campaigners at Country Guardian said: “Wind turbines cannot generate enough energy to reduce global carbon dioxide levels to a meaningful degree.
    “There are also ecological drawbacks, including damage to habitats, wildlife, and the far-from-insignificant assault upon natural beauty.”…

    RenewableUK chief Emma Pinchbeck said: “The move to a smart, renewables-led energy system is well underway…
    “The cost of new offshore wind halved in 2017 and onshore wind is already the cheapest of any new UK power source.” However, she said it was “vital, for the sake of consumers” that new onshore windfarms should be allowed to bid for lucrative Government contracts which they were barred from doing in 2015…

    Lawrence Slade, CEO of industry body Energy UK: “We need to keep up the pace, however, by ensuring that the lowest cost renewables are no longer excluded from the market – and through other sectors like transport and heating following the energy industry’s lead in reducing emissions.”
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/939207/Wind-turbines-now-create-one-sixth-of-UK-electricity

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    30 Mar: Wind and solar overtake nuclear as source of UK electricity for first time ever
    ‘Plunging price of renewables is allowing low carbon energy to replace coal and gas’
    by Josh Gabbatiss
    Renewables’ share of electricity generation shot up to 29 per cent, while nuclear sources accounted for around 21 per cent.
    The increase means low carbon energy sources – which include both renewables and nuclear – now account for over half of all electricity generated…

    “The plunging price of renewables is allowing low carbon energy to replace coal and gas,” said Nina Schrank, energy campaigner for Greenpeace UK…
    “This meant that at the end of last year over half of our electricity came from low carbon sources, and most of that from wind and solar, overtaking nuclear power…

    Though many environmentalists and scientists see nuclear as a vital component in a green energy system, plans by the government to invest in new nuclear infrastructure have been met with criticism.
    Specifically, campaigners have taken issue with the investment in new nuclear facilities instead of large scale wind and solar projects.

    “These figures show the government should capitalise on our global lead in this area and stop wasting time and money propping up nuclear power, a failing and increasingly obsolete technology,” said Ms Pinchbeck.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wind-solar-overtake-nuclear-electricity-source-uk-first-time-renewable-energy-a8281656.html

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    29 Mar: BBC: ‘Record’ year for renewable electricity generation
    Renewable electricity generation in Scotland reached record levels last year, according to official data.
    Statistics published by the UK government showed an increase of 26% in 2017, compared with the previous year.
    The majority of the increase was attributed to greater onshore wind ***capacity…

    The data also showed that by the end of 2017, just over 10GW of installed renewables electricity ***capacity was operational in Scotland…

    Claire Mack, chief executive of industry body Scottish Renewables said: “These figures show Scotland as a renewable energy powerhouse, producing more electricity than ever and transferring much of it to markets in the rest of Great Britain, all the time reducing carbon emissions from our power sector.”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-43586438

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    David

    and in addition to a Happy Easter “Chag Sameach” to all. It is also Passover

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      Annie

      Best wishes for Passover to my Jewish friends. The full moon was a marvellous sight with clear cool nights here.
      May the blessings of our Judeo-Christian heritage continue and survive the present onslaught against it.

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      Mark D.

      Then to you David perhaps a belated chag kasher v’same’ach

      Shalom, shalom aleichem!

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    This March was the coldest since 1962, says Sweden’s SMHI – The Local Sweden
    https://www.thelocal.se/20180330/sweden-sees-coldest-march-since-1962
    14 hours ago – No, it didn’t just feel that way. This March is shaping up to the fifth coldest since records began, according to preliminary data from Sweden’s state weather forecaster SMHI.

    click on the link and you get:

    Page not found
    Sorry – that page does not exist.

    following has what appears to be the SMHI text:

    30 Mar: Youtube: 1min56secs: This March was the coldest since 1962, says Sweden’s SMHI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AePOi3Vl_2g

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    29 Mar: MetOfficeUK: March statistics may challenge your perception
    After two significant and impactful periods of snow, you might expect March 2018 to be the coldest on record.
    However, early indications are that this will not be the case. Mean temperatures for the month so far (to 28th) have been well below average in all areas, typically by nearly 2 °C. However, this is around 1½ °C less cold than the notable March of 2013, which was the coldest March since 1962. Perhaps surprisingly, March 2018 will not rank within the coldest ten Marches since 1910. However, it could end up being the third coldest March in the last 30 years…READ ALL
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/march-statistics

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    pat

    behind paywall:

    It’s not your imagination: March in Washington has been really cold
    Washington Post-26 Mar. 2018
    (Lest anyone try to convince you that the recent cold refutes climate warming, consider that 40 of the 50 coldest March 1-25 periods on record in Washington happened prior to 1950.) So March has been cold but not historically cold – the chill more remarkable for its persistence than its intensity.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/03/26/its-not-your-imagination-march-in-washington-has-been-really-cold/

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    pat

    28 Mar Updated 29 Mar: NBC12 Virginia: Ros Runner: FIRST ALERT: March has been a notably cold month so far
    Look at the calendar below indicating all of the days this month when temperatures were below average.
    The “-” indicates days when the temperature was at least 4 degrees below average. The N/A indicates days where the daily temperature was average or just 1 degree above average. The remaining two out of 27 days were “+” indicating the temperature was 2 degrees or more above average:

    If we stopped calculating today, March would end up being the seventh coldest March on record. We are expecting warmer to much warmer than average days ahead into the day on Friday.
    This will likely skew the overall monthly average slightly and could potentially move us out of a “Top 10 Coldest March.”…
    http://www.nbc12.com/story/37828768/first-alert-march-has-been-a-notably-cold-month-so-far

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    pat

    The Local Sweden has apparently replaced the article posted above with this one:

    30 Mar: The Local Sweden: This March up to 4 degrees below normal: SMHI
    No, it didn’t just feel that way. This March was as much as 4C below the March average for Sweden, according to a weather forecaster SMHI.
    “It’s 1C to 4C below the average temperature for March,” Marcus Sjöstedt, a meteorologist for SMHI told The Local. ”
    Across the whole of Sweden, 2006 and 2013 were similarly cold, but in some areas this March came close to breaking a record.

    “Excluding what’s still to come, March this year is likely to be the fifth coldest ever observed after 1962, 1940, 1958 and 1947,” the forecaster wrote in a press release (LINK), referring to its measuring station in Tärnaby, near the Lapland ski resort of Hemavan…

    The coldest temperature recorded this month was -31.1C in Särna, northern Dalarna, and the deepest snow level was the 166cm recorded at Kittelfjäll in the mountains of southern Lapland, although further snowfall over the Easter weekend in Jämtland could see it knocked off its pedestal.
    Outside Sweden’s mountain region, the deepest snow was seen in Gåltjärn i Ångermanland, with 159cm recorded.

    The rare combination of unusual warmth over the Arctic and unusual cold in northern Europe led to a strange situation where Karesuando at the very northern tip of Arctic Sweden was at one point the only place in the entire country where the temperature was above freezing, with the needle hovering at 0.2C.
    https://www.thelocal.se/20180330/this-march-up-to-4-degrees-below-normal-smhi

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    30 Mar: RichmondTimesDispatch: This wasn’t Richmond’s worst March weather — it just felt like it
    By JOHN BOYER
    For all of the cold, snow, wind and complaining we’ve had to endure, you’d think we just survived Richmond’s harshest March.
    Nope — we didn’t even get close to the 19.7 inches of snow that slammed the area in March 1960 or the 10-degree low temperature of March 2009.
    There’s still a very good reason why we got sick of the chilly air: We just experienced the biggest February-to-March temperature drop-off…

    Obviously, March is supposed to be a warmer month than February: The monthly mean temperature of February is 40.9 degrees, and then it jumps to 48.6 degrees in March.
    But because we lurched from a snowless and warm February to a March that was colder and snowier than we usually expect, this was just the sixth time in Richmond’s 121-year weather record that we reversed the usual progress of the season.
    The average of all the highs and lows we had in February was 47.8 degrees, which made it the fourth-warmest February on record for Richmond.
    The average of this March is likely to end up very close to 44 degrees, as long as the forecast for Friday and Saturday isn’t way off…

    That’s certainly below the March average, but this late-month temperature rally will prevent it from ranking in the 10 coldest on record…
    The coldest and snowiest March in Richmond happened in 1960, with a mean temperature of only 35.9 degrees and three snowstorms that kept the ground white for half of the days in the month…

    Why the reversal this time? The main culprit was the uneven flow of air around the Northern Hemisphere.
    February featured weather anomalies in the U.S. that were typical of the La Niña pattern across the Pacific Ocean: lots of warmth across the Southeast and biting cold bottled up in the Northern Plains.
    As the planet warms, it also boosts the odds that we’d see back-to-back years with record February warmth across large regions.
    In March, the winds in the upper troposphere abruptly took on a new configuration that nudged Canada’s colder air into the eastern U.S. and whipped up a train of nor’easters along the coast…

    April may have some echoes of that pattern, and generally below-normal temperatures are favored for our region over the next two weeks, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Because we’re later into the season, the results won’t be quite as cold as before, though it’ll still be disappointing to warm-weather fans.
    http://www.richmond.com/weather/this-wasn-t-richmond-s-worst-march-weather-it-just/article_9129967e-a368-5229-b751-0bc8a3ae739e.html

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    Updated 30 Mar: Bloomberg: Europe’s Cold Weather Will Keep Going Into April
    By Rachel Morison
    The cold weather that kept most of northern Europe in the freezer this month will last into April as a high pressure over Scandinavia will keep any signs of spring at bay.
    Europe’s energy markets are still reeling from two bouts of freezing weather, from Siberia and the Arctic, that ushered in the coldest March for six years just after the chilliest February in a decade. Six forecasters surveyed by Bloomberg all agree that northern Europe hasn’t seen the last of the cool weather, while only the south-east could finally start to feel a bit more springlike…

    The cold spells have tested energy and transport networks across Europe and sent gas and power prices soaring. Traders drawing gas out of storage to meet jumping demand has left the region’s inventories at the lowest level since at least 2009, while Nordic hydro power reservoirs haven’t been as depleted in seven years…

    The temperature in Norway is seen at 1.8 Celsius (35 Fahrenheit) next week, compared with a 10-year average of 3.6 Celsius according to Weather Co. data on Bloomberg.
    March was as much as much 5 degrees Celsius below average in the east and 2 degrees lower in the west, according to Joe D’Aleo, chief meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics LLC…

    Some more views:
    •A cool northwest and warm southeast divide is expected for the spring and summer months: Michael de Villiers, a meteorologist at The Weather Co. ***•It’s a pattern that has been commonplace since “sharp Arctic sea ice declines” that began in 2007…
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/cold-start-to-april-awaits-in-europe-after-double-dose-of-chill

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    30 Mar: GlobalNewsCanada: Calgary expecting the coldest Easter weekend since 1940
    by Jodi Hughes
    The forecast in Calgary this Easter long weekend has temperatures well below seasonal, with daytime highs 9 to 15 degrees below average.
    The last time it was this cold in Calgary for the Easter weekend was in 1940, when daytime highs ranged between -7 C and -12 C.

    A change in the weather patterns prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement Thursday afternoon in advance of snow, and highs that will sit below freezing all four days…

    Aside from the cold weather, snow has been a real challenge in 2018, with snowfall in the city 11 of the past 16 days.
    Calgary is coming off of a very snowy February and March, where the city saw over 80 centimetres of snow over the two months. The average snowfall for February and March combined is usually 37.2 centimetres…

    Daytime highs are expected to remain well below seasonal for at least a week, with highs forecast to not make it above 0 C until at least Thursday.
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4115949/calgary-expecting-the-coldest-easter-weekend-since-1940/

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    29 Mar: CTV: Below freezing temperatures to stick around into April
    Moses Woldu, CTV Saskatoon
    Environment Canada says the return of a polar vortex from the arctic may stick around the Prairies until the middle of April.
    “It doesn’t look like it’s even going to get above zero until the 10-day period,” Terri Lang of Environment Canada told CTV News on Thursday. “It’s going to be pretty cold for the next, at least, 10 days.”

    Even though spring is officially here, Lang said Saskatoon residents may see record lows — which are well into the -20s — during this time…
    “The 30-year averages for this time of year are supposed to be plus six and lows around minus four, so we are certainly running well below average for this time of year,” she said. “It looks like in the next week or so we may even set some record lows and some record-low highs, meaning it’s not going to warm up very much during the day — and that will also slow down the melt of snow.”
    https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/below-freezing-temperatures-to-stick-around-into-april-1.3864864

    30 Mar: NJTV New Jersey: Calendar says spring, weather says winter: More snow on the way
    By John Cifelli, Meteorologist
    Here’s a somewhat painful lesson — the weather doesn’t adjust with the calendar! As we turn the page from March to April, an entrenched upper level pattern will keep air masses in place that spell below average temperatures that can support snowfall in the right circumstances…
    As we get further into the spring, it takes a strong system to snow hard enough to come over the other environmental factors that contribute to snow accumulation. These are things like the higher sun angle and increased solar insolation, and warmer ground and pavement temperatures…
    https://www.njtvonline.org/news/uncategorized/calendar-says-spring-weather-says-winter-snow-way/

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    30 Mar: Wunderground: Where’s Spring? Snow, Cold to Return to Northern U.S. as March Ends and April Begins
    by Brian Donegan
    If you’re itchy for spring warmth as the calendar turns to April this weekend, we have bad news: colder-than-average temperatures are expected to dominate the northern United States during the final days of March into April’s first week.
    Chilly temperatures will also be accompanied by snow.

    High temperatures this weekend will be anywhere from 10 to 30 degrees below average across the northern Rockies, northern and central Plains and the upper and mid-Mississippi Valley.
    That translates to highs as cold as the 20s in the northern Rockies and northern Plains on Saturday, with 30s as far south as Kansas and Nebraska by Easter Sunday. Some parts of northern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas may struggle to rise out of the 40s…

    Low temperatures will also be colder than average, especially from the northern and central Plains into the Midwest through this weekend. In the northern Plains, lows will drop into the single digits and teens resulting in dangerous wind chills up to 25 degrees below zero due to gusty winds.

    Colder-than-average conditions will likely persist through much of next week in areas from the northern Plains into the Midwest and much of the Northeast, with some of this chilly air possibly lingering into April’s second week.

    Interestingly, given the stubborn cold in parts of the East, March may end up being colder than February in dozens of cities, including Boston, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Washington D.C.
    https://www.wunderground.com/news/2018-03-26-spring-snow-cold-northern-united-states-late-march-early-april

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      I can attest to cold in northeast Ohio. The sun is out s few hours some days, and it seems warm in the car, but open that door and…brrr. This March has been one of the coldest – and February, as warm as it seemed coming off January, wasn’t all that great. There are still pockets of snow in the shade and where piled up in the last storm. I haven’t been able to keep the row-covers pinned down in the wind, so the early spring crops (lettuce, spinach, peas) haven’t gone in as the ground is still too cold, and I fear that by the time things warm up and calm down it will be too late for a good set of peas; the lettuce and spinach I can shade-cool for a week or two and still get a decent batch.

      This isn’t cooling, no -it’s just weather. Let a few days hit over 90F in the summer, though, and wow, proof of global warming. Feh. As much as I hate the cold, I would be willing to suffer another 5, 10 years of frigid March weather just to see that run of temps explained.

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    28 Mar: ABC57: Does a chilly March mean a cool April and May?
    By Tyler Sebree
    March has seen plenty of chilly weather, with 19 of 28 days spent below average. There were even a few nights spent in the teens. The warmest temperature recorded in South Bend for the month thus far is only 55°!
    For perspective, each of the last four years has seen a temperature of at least 68° during the month of March. It is quite unusual to have a maximum March temperature in the mid-50s. Dating back to 1893, March of 2018 ranks as the 95th-warmest March ever in South Bend. In other words, we are experiencing one of the cooler March’s on record…

    Temperature anomaly outlook for the period April 7th-20th.
    Unfortunately, the pattern that has led to the cooler pattern doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere through April and even early May…

    For the first half of May, this translates to more days with highs in the lower and upper 60s as opposed to days with highs in the 70s. As is always the case with long-range forecasting, it’s important to note that variables and patterns can change. As of now, though, nearly everything points to more days spent below normal than above normal through April and into early May.
    https://www.abc57.com/news/does-a-chilly-march-mean-cooler

    anti-Russia piece, but with a few weather/climate bits:

    31 Mar: 7Sport: AFP: Russia’s World Cup arena without a pitch
    by Dmitry ZAKS
    The grass for Russia’s perpetually delayed World Cup stadium in the provincial city of Samara is still growing in Germany…
    Problems were only compounded when a massive flat hothouse designed to keep the soil warm collapsed in February under the weight of snow.
    The ground froze over for nearly a month.
    “We don’t yet have a pitch and obviously we need to wait for some warmer weather conditions in order to get this pitch installed,” FIFA’s Smith said.
    He was wearing a parka and standing in a field of snow outside the frozen stadium at the time.

    Temperatures are due to nudge a degree to two above freezing next week as one of Russia’s coldest winters in years begins to let up…
    https://au.sports.yahoo.com/league/a/39684758/russias-world-cup-arena-without-a-pitch/

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    F. Ross

    Puerile humor of the day:

    What kind of jewelry does the Easter Bunny wear?

    14 carrot

    {groan!}

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    Joyous EASTER to you Joanne; Perhaps GOD will save some few clever Earthlings from what has become MADNESS, from God inspired “cleverness” Some experiments yust blow up in your face; else not pushing da envelope!
    hunter says: 23 Mar18:16:24

    It will be interesting to see what Lucia and the blackboard think of this.She and her blog community have some of the sharpest most discerning eyes available.

    I agree!
    hunter says: 30 Mar 18:2:28

    Will, please explain more this physics of spontaneous and selective emissions.
    TIA

    I know little of ‘physics’(or what nonsense it has become!)
    emissions: Exiting therefrom.
    spontaneous: In a manner seeking stable equilibrium.
    selective: Resonant; tuned in frequency or wavelength.
    I take it you refer to the EMR exitance of power flux, (not claimed energy.) Firstly EMR flux is never dependent upon mass (the only things that have properties, of ‘nouns’, heat and temperature! So to mix EMR with thermodynamics cannot be ‘science’ but only “SCAM”! In light of the Ken Rice continued scam; I am eager to assist with any learning by others of vast differences in method of power transfer. :-)
    All the best!-will-

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    BtW linux 4.4.4.118 is installed but computer needs restart! What a lovely start of Miss April Fool’s berfday!

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    Einstein’s 4-space requires octonion matrix algebra to even begin understanding the concepts of the required space rotations! Wise (Wissenschaft), Jimmy Maxwell struggled for years to ‘understand’ Hamilton’s quaternions and the ‘necessary’ 4 conjugates!
    All the best!–will-

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    F. Ross

    Just curious why a post I made about 3:55 PM still has not shown up?
    It did show as “In Moderation” for some time then disappeared.
    Thanks.

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      Just curious why a post I made about 3:55 PM still has not shown up?
      It did show as “In Moderation” for some time then disappeared.
      Thanks.

      Try again with vacuously bland ‘I don wan offend nobody’! We-uns ist gut\good at interpreting sincere meaning!

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    Most Earthlings remain limited in concept,(change for a buck), let alone skill for 3 orthogonal dimensions plus linear (accumulating) time!
    What be the conjugate of time but -1/t or frequency What now are your orthogonal ‘distances’ ? These ‘must’ transpose to 3 orthogonal angles with some -1/f the only carrier\provider of your concept of “distance”
    (Many needed steps ‘that away’ to gets to over yonder)! Is your precious but imaginary ‘Universe’ expanding or ‘contracting’? How do you know?
    Please provide something repeatably ‘measurable’ of any of your fantasy!
    All the best!-will-

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    PeterS

    Happy Easter/Pascha to all believers and non-believers. Christ is risen!

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    Happy Easter to you yours, Jo, and to everyone here also.

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    el gordo

    Blocking highs are a global cooling signal.

    ‘The average daytime maximum temperature this Easter long weekend is likely to be the highest on record for the Harbour City.

    ‘A feed of warm air is being maintained over some eastern parts of New South Wales, owing to a dominant high pressure ridge extending over the Tasman Sea’

    Weatherzone

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    Ross

    A little late but all the best for Easter everyone.

    An interesting development here from Lockheed Martin

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2018/03/28/fusion-reactor-power-lockheed-martin/

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    Hanrahan

    The hypocrisy of academia. From WUWT:

    The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics

    By Nives Dolšak and Aseem Prakash
    03/31/2018 09:00 am ET

    Recently, we witnessed a fascinating conversation among a few of our professorial colleagues about their frequent flyer status on a prominent airline. Two of them had achieved “Diamond” status ― the very top of the priority boarding pecking order. They spoke the most and were the loudest. The others, with either Platinum or Gold frequent flyer medallions, also noted how “busy” they were with “all this travel.”

    The group casually mentioned the various benefits ― such as seating upgrades and access to airport lounges ― that come with their statuses, but the bragging was not really about those perks. It was about importance and recognition. After all, only the most successful academics fly around the world, attending conferences, participating in workshops and giving lectures. Congratulations all around!

    But while these universities are working to help their communities take on climate change, academics are accumulating big carbon footprints with their jet-setting professional styles. As The New York Times noted, “Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel.”

    This is a notable disconnect between what universities preach and what their culture incentivizes and their star professors do. Academics are probably among the people most aware of the threats posed by climate change. But might their own carbon-profligate lifestyles undermine their moral authority to demand that coal miners, Teamsters working on oil pipelines and mining-dependent Native American tribes sacrifice their own economic well-being to fight climate change?

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    sophocles

    Next festival to celebrate is Earth Day on April 22nd.

    Watch power consumption then. See how many mugs, believers,, fools the gullible, environmentalists fellow travellers other people partake of it.

    Maybe there was no power dip on March 22nd because we wuz lookin’ a month early … :-)

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    el gordo

    Why the hiatus?

    Daytime cloud reflects solar input back into space, while night cloud keeps the heat under a blanket.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/new-study-cooling-clouds-caused-global-warming-hiatus/

    The PDO gets a mention.

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    The Message of Easter

    A secular, philosophical interpretation for your consideration:

    Easter is symbolic of a new life; a rebirth or fashionably a reboot; resulting from forgiveness.

    Forgiveness in (Western) society is usually only forthcoming following:
    1. Cognisance of wrong-doing and contrition
    2. Restitution for harms (where possible) and apology

    It’s hard to see how some “climate scientists” could ever be forgiven by mortals.
    Egg on their faces for eternity.

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      Kinky Keith

      That’s a great message Bernd.

      And as a very cunning twist you have framed an interesting puzzle for those who believe in “absolute” or “unconditional” forgiveness.

      KK

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        As I see it:

        “absolute” or “unconditional” forgiveness

        Isn’t. At best it’s “forgetness”.

        If there is no cognisance of wrong-doing and contrition, then the wrong-doing will be repeated.
        If there is not restitution or (attempted) repair; then the wrong-doer has no sense of the damage and feels no consequences.

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          Kinky Keith

          Exactly,

          Which is why I would hope that fellow Christians might be aware of part 2 of the oft repeated statement that “Christ died that our sins might be forgiven”.

          Part 2, the unstated part, would perhaps be that because we are forgiven we don’t need to waste time and energy feeling guilty.

          Instead, that energy, should be put to good use doing the things that you mention: understand, learn from your mistake and, repair the damage and make restitution.

          Easter is a time to explore what living a good life is all about.

          :-)

          KK

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            Annie

            You have both put it so well, Bernd and KK. It is impossible to forgive where there is no understanding of wrong done by the offender or any intention of restitution or mending of ways. The victim can await an opportunity to forgive if there are signs of those but otherwise has to carry on as best possible without bitterness and a determination not to be dragged down by the action of the offender.
            I get cheesed off with some of the present-day wishy-washy church people who say one must forgive unconditionally…that does nothing to improve matters and is a misunderstanding of true forgiveness.

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              Kinky Keith

              Thanks Annie,

              I think that Bernd’s word “forgetness” is good at prompting careful thought about what forgiveness means.

              Another point about “unconditional forgiveness” is that the benefits may be going to the person doing the forgiving.

              If you only part forgive someone it means that you may still be looking for revenge or punishment for the wrongdoers.

              This may cause you additional pain.

              Perhaps unconditional forgiveness has several aspects to be considered.

              KK

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    yarpos

    Minnesota septic systems vs climate change warming. Sometimes you just have to laugh as “the narrative” bumps into reality just one more time.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/04/global-warming-is-there-anything-it-cant-do.php

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