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Tuesday Open Thread

It’s a Tuewednesday thing. Sorry. Distracted.

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    Kalm Keith

    We’ve just had Halloween, now we have Tuensday: thanks Jo.

    In an age when words are a dime a dozen it’s good to have a new one that has some meaning, even if only for those of us here on the blog. Just in case; it’s pronounced, Chewensday.

    Tuensday, the day of the most important election of our age.

    Every country has its swamp, but the U.S. Swamp could be on the verge of being drained and turned into a beautiful parkland, we hope.

    Trump seems unconnected to the Republicans and Democrats who currently inhabit the swamp and is well placed to do right by the average American;
    and if it happens it might show other vaccilating pollies that it might be wise for them to straighten up too.

    It would only take a few pollies to not read the message and get “shipped out” , then we might see a return to decency and duty in our politicians.

    Yeah, I know, I’m dreaming.

    KK

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    David Wojick

    Under the American system the President has relatively little power. The doctrine of “no kings.” He or she is not even an MP much less the PM. I touch on this here:
    https://www.cfact.org/2020/07/30/bidens-false-climate-promises/
    Biden cannot do any of the drastic things he promises. The most he can do is beg Congress to do them.

    Congress has most of the power and unfortunately the Presidential show has made that fight invisible.

    The President does not have the power being universally attributed, Trump, Biden or Harris. Trump repeatedly tried to change agency funding and Congress simply ignored him.

    The future of America does not depend on who the President is. We are much stronger than that, by careful design. The hysteria is unfounded (just like with climate change).

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    Calm down Keith

    Trump failed to drain the swamp and managed to add a few losers to it, such as the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, and the head of the CIA, Gina Haspel. among others. Wray Stonwalled the Hunter Biden investigation and Haspel stonewalled Republicans in the Senate seeking information on the origins of the fake RussGate haox.

    You wrote:
    “Trump seems unconnected to the Republicans and Democrats who currently inhabit the swamp and is well placed to do right by the average American …”

    Maybe I misinterpreted, but “the swamp” is mainly Democrats working within the Federal bureaucracy, and a few Republicans too. When information was available for the 2016 election a HUGE percentage of Obama era bureaucrats donated money to Hillary Clinton (something like 95% or 98%), and rarely to Donald Trump. Few of all federal bureaucrats were appointed by Obama, so that can’t be the reason. The reason has to be the “deep state” is staffed mainly by Democrats.
    Richard Keith Greene

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      Kalm Keith

      Richard,

      good point that the administrative swamp is populated by Democrats but my comment was very general.

      The other pool in the swamp, to my way of thinking, involves politicians who use their position to run their own private businesses from the power base they’re connected to.

      Here in Australia I find it hard to separate the main political partis in terms of their addiction to the swamp and am constantly amazed at the brazen use of position to boost their own fortunes.

      It’s a wonder that they have time or energy left to do anything for the electorate.

      Trump appears to be the lesser of two weevils.

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        sophocles

        KK said:

        Trump appears to be the lesser of two weevils.

        Brilliant, KK. Nicely put.

        The Democraps, I note, wish he were … but El Presidente does have some small influence.

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      yarpos

      Big things dont happen in 4 years. Between Clinton and Obama the Dems had the Presidency for 16 years and never did much about their beloved “gun control”

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    Peter C

    It is a big big day for all Americans and also for most of the rest of the world. Currently 11:30 on the West Coast and 14:30 on the East Coast

    What is happening?

    I copy just two comments from the Conservative Treehouse:

    Reporting from the downtown area of the Peoples Republic of Chicago:

    All the polling locations are virtually empty — more workers than voters. I heard this from several friends and saw it for myself at my precinct location in Merchandise Mart (ward 42). I voted just before 11am and was voter #75. Normally I’d expect to be around #200 at that time.

    I think this is a sign of two things: (1) a bit more early voting / vote-by-mail this year due to all the covid hysteria, and (2) a shortage of enthusiasm to cast votes for Sleepy Joe. Hopefully more of the latter.

    and

    Went to vote this morning. HUGE lines. And in my area, there are MANY polling locations and they were ALL filled with people waiting in lines. I decided to be clever — headed into work and then come back just before lunch.

    Care to guess what I found? HUGE LINES. It NEVER STOPPED! So I relented and got in line.
    The ballots were created by the voting machine and they created printed (human readable) and coded (machine readable) cards which were then carried over by the voter to a single card reader which checked it for errors and then filed the cards away….
    All things said, I have a high expectation of accuracy from these votes.

    Reason to hope I would say.

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      As a matter of interest, how far away is your voting station?

      In the UK we would expect to walk to one, so consequently they cover a small area with a limited number of voters so lines are never huge

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        Kalm Keith

        In Australia, near my current home, there are two polling stations within a 15 minute walk.
        Can’t speak for everyone though.

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    WokeBuster

    Well at least Democrat cheerleader pollster Nate Silver is sounding more positive. He just posted this on Twitter:

    “Starting to fall down the Florida election day turnout rabbit hole. Already went for a run so I think I’d just better go and play some FIFA or something.”

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      Kalm Keith

      Sad.

      Measuring “noise” and decibels” is simply deceit and misdirection.

      The real problem is the inaudible vlf, very low frequency, pulsing which entrains the human autonomic nervous system and causes heart attacks and horrible damage.

      Never trust a politician: remember how that Brown Tasmanian Greenie got rid of the planned windmills from his area.

      KK

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        I wrote two articles on wind turbine infrasound “noise” in summer 2019 and they turned out to be my most popular climate science articles that year. I don’t know why. Perhaps the 17 n u d e photos of Melania Trump in her 20’s boosted page views? Last month I had writer’s block one day, so I combined the two articles into one, and fixed some of the 372 spelling errors caused by my spell checker. It is located here:

        https://elonionbloggle.blogspot.com/2020/10/wind-power-infrasound-noise-problem.html

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        Graeme#4

        One problem is that local councils only have a dBA sound meter fitted with a curve that only measures sound energy in the human hearing range, so won’t include sound energy in the low-frequency infrasound range. To properly measure infrasound energy you need an entirely different measuring apparatus, and AFAIK there’s nothing available commercially off-the-shelf.

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          Most sound meters have C-weighting which is close to a flat frequency response (down about 10dB at 16Hz.) and will work for infrasound but the flat Z-weighting is better.

          I believe the A-weighting rolls off the bass at 12dB/octave below 50 Hz. My inexpensive sound meter from the 1980s has C-weighting and A-weighting. Still works. I use it to make sure the overall sound pressure level of my audio system is never loud enough to cause hearing damage.

          But, you actually need a narrow band spectrum analyzer to determine which bands of frequencies are loudest. The sound meter hears everything (sound pressure level of all frequencies combined) I have not seen one designed for frequencies under 20Hz. because they are intended for home and studio audio use. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

          The measurements need to be made inside the home where the internal room bass resonances can make the “noise” inside louder than it is outside the home.

          With A-rated sound meters, and A-rated noise regulations, and sound pressure levels only measured outside of homes, the windmill noise makers / bird shredders get off easy.

          https://www.noisemeters.com/help/faq/frequency-weighting/

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            Graeme#4

            Thanks for the update on measuring devices Richard. Surely meters using the A-curve shouldn’t be used to measure energy emanating from a wind turbine?

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          Kalm Keith

          We need to talk more about the real medical issue:

          Inaudible Very Low Frequency Pulsing.

          It is Not compatible with Human Life.

          KK

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    GD

    Four more years, or four more hours?
    Trump rallies, while Biden cowers
    Trump’s fans are working people
    Biden’s elite just useful sheeple

    Four more years, or four more hours?
    a nation free, or a nation that cowers

    under the shackle of socialism
    a pretext to communism
    and the destruction of the greatest nation ever

    All bets are off, although I’ve placed mine,
    the odds are on the party that lost last time
    but I’ll bet for Trump as is my ken,
    and Make America Great Again

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    RicDre

    … and now for something completely different

    Huge sunspot may launch solar flares toward Earth in the next two weeks

    One of the biggest sunspots in years is emerging on the sun today. Hours ago it produced a C-class solar flare and a minor radio blackout over the Indian Ocean. This sunspot, if it holds itself together, will face Earth for the next two weeks as it rotates across the face of the sun, potentially setting the stage for a sustained stretch of solar activity.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/03/huge-sunspot-may-launch-solar-flares-toward-earth-in-the-next-two-weeks/

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    Another Ian

    “Deloitte: Australia to Lose Trillions Unless We Act on Climate Change”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/11/02/deloitte-australia-to-lose-trillions-unless-they-act-on-climate-change/

    Alternate headline ?

    “Deloitte et al to Lose Trillions Unless Australia acts on Climate Change”

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      Dennis

      Invest in so called renewable energy wind and solar, electric vehicles and a Rudd Emissions Trading Scheme endorsed by the leader of the Turnbull Party …

      “Report author Pradeep Philip, who was a policy director for former prime minister Kevin Rudd, said there was also a lot to be gained if warming was kept below 1.5 degrees and Australia achieved net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

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    Another Ian

    A plug for added reliability? (/s)

    Courier Mail headline re the need for repairs to almost half the wind turbines at Cooper’s Gap wind farm

    Behind the Murdoch wall to me

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      Dennis

      I am waiting for breaking news about original shareholders in wind and solar energy installation businesses bailing out several years before they know major repairs or replacement of equipment will be needed. That their shares were sold to unsuspecting investors, and that decisions will be made in time to abandon the no longer fit for purpose installation.

      After all, one new coal fired power station has an accountable working life and write off period of 50 years but well maintained 80 years or more is possible to achieve. Over just 50 years wind turbines would need to be replaced about every 20 years. Would the after tax profits/dividends be worth replacement of equipment?

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      Dennis

      Coopers Gap Wind Farm
      agl.com.au/about-agl/how-we-source-energy/coopers-gap-wind-farm
      Coopers Gap Wind Farm is a 453 megawatt wind power station in the Bilboa and Cooranga North region, of Australia, approximately 50 kilometres south-west of Kingaroy and 65 km north of Dalby in Queensland, Australia. A 60-metre wind-monitoring mast was installed in March 2006 in order to accurately measure wind speed and direction in the area.Wikipedia
      Country:
      Australia
      Location:
      Bilboa and Cooranga North, Queensland
      Status:
      Commissioned
      Construction began:
      February 2018
      Commission date:
      2020
      Construction cost:
      A$850 million
      Owner(s):
      AGL Energy
      Type:
      Onshore
      Hub height:
      110 m (360.89 ft)
      Rotor diameter:
      130 m (426.51 ft) and 137 m (449.48 ft)
      Units operational:
      91 × 3.63 MW and 32 × 3.83 MW
      Make and model:
      General Electric 3.6-137 and General Electric 3.8-130
      Capacity factor:
      38%

      How about that, Capacity Factor better than AEMO rating average of 30-35% ???

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        Kalm Keith

        The rort is so obvious when from an engineering perspective the “things” are designed to fail and fail early.

        They are an engineering Nonsense and any “government” authorising and endorsing their use is complicit in whatever is behind this program.

        Ones thing’s for sure, they’re not there to produce electricity as their primary function.

        KK

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    el gordo

    Key point from a new paper (Gebbie, 2021):

    ‘ … 93% of the changes to the Earth’s energy budget, manifested as warming of the Earth system, are expressed in the global ocean. Just 1% of global warming is atmospheric.’

    Notrickszone

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    el gordo

    La Nina is back ….

    ‘This is expected to result in sea surface temperatures between two and three degrees Celsius cooler than average, said Dr. Maxx Dilley, Deputy Director in charge of Climate Services Department at WMO.

    “These coolings of these large ocean areas have a significant effect on the circulation of the atmosphere that’s flowing over them. And the changes in the atmosphere in turn affect precipitation patterns around the world.”

    UN News

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    el gordo

    A sea salt fingerprint has been found at Law Dome and the evidence is irrefutable, more La Nina activity during the LIA.

    ‘Over the last 1010 yr, the LD summer sea salt (LDSSS) record has exhibited two below-average (El Niño–like) epochs, 1000–1260 ad and 1920–2009 ad, and a longer above-average (La Niña–like) epoch from 1260 to 1860 ad.

    ‘Spectral analysis shows the below-average epochs are associated with enhanced ENSO-like variability around 2–5 yr, while the above-average epoch is associated more with variability around 6–7 yr.

    ‘The LDSSS record is also significantly correlated with annual rainfall in eastern mainland Australia.’

    Vance et al 2013

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    el gordo

    Marine heatwave off Tasmania’s east coast, scientists say they are 99% certain it was caused by man.

    https://www.imas.utas.edu.au/news/news-items/study-finds-201516-tasman-sea-marine-heatwave-a-sign-of-things-to-come

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