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Tuesday Open Thread

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    Richard Ilfeld

    It is worth considering the point that California is very different than the rest of the Us, and often prides itself on “being the world’s eights largest economy.”
    It is also clear that the values of New York City, and a 150 mile circle around it, vastly differ from the rest of the US. If the US is so weakened as a nation by the discord
    between the far left and the rest of us, would a nation of 275 million people, absent California and New York/par of New England, be a stronger, better proposition, both on its own and as an actor in world affairs.

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    el gordo

    ‘Joel Fitzgibbon was greeted with a round of applause at Aussies Cafe from Liberal and National pollies, after word spread of his resignation. Witnesses say he took a bow.’ Oz

    Australian politics is more easy going, mutual respect and camaraderie. Joel is the next Opposition leader.

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      Memoryvault

      Australian politics is a farce. Since 2016 there has only been one major party – The Socialist Progressive Uniparty – S.P.U. – pronounced spew. On everything of note they have voted in unsion, and will continue to do so.

      The S.P.U. is the culmination of over a decade’s work by Brian Loughnane, his wife, Peta Credlin, Lucy and Malcolm Turnbull, Michael Kroger and Max Textor, assorted senior bureaucrats and academics, Bill Shorten, and a handful of trade union heavyweights.

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    Robber

    Is this a Liberal Government in NSW?
    A fresh battle has been sparked over Australia’s power grid with a NSW government scheme to underwrite renewables worrying big producers nervous over more state-based intervention.
    The policy aims to lower household power prices by $130 a year and incentivise investment in renewable energy zones by providing low-cost financing options.
    Concerns have been raised by investors that market prices are too low to justify bringing new “firm” power supplies into the grid while the potential for fresh government intervention also continues to weigh on sentiment.
    We keep getting told intermittent wind and solar are cheaper, so why do they need subsidies? Well, intermittents need redundancy in generation, in networks, but miraculously, sometime in the future household bills will be lower by $130. What a scam.

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      Kalm Keith

      Exactly.

      That this false global warming theme can still be pushed by Politicians in 2020 is beyond belief: it is terrifying.

      The undeniable facts are:

      There is no scientific basis for saying that we must control CO2 “emissions”.

      Modern coal fired power stations are cheaper than Renewables as well as more environmentally friendly.
      Reality is contrary to the politics.

      From an engineering perspective Renewables are a functional disaster in the production of cheap, clean electricity and the environmental waste disaster already in progress is ignored: what’s going on?

      We are being deliberately led up the garden path and treated as compliant idiots so that politicians can accumulate wealth and dominate us.

      This is revolting.

      KK

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        el gordo

        ‘There is no scientific basis for saying that we must control CO2 “emissions”.

        The structure is based on the ‘precautionary principle’, CO2 and temperatures were rising in tandem. To bring this edifice down we need to see a distinct change in the weather, on the cool side.

        Of course we have to know all the mechanisms involved and the power of solar forcing as a major player.

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          Serp

          You need to be taken aside and repudiated.

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          Kalm Keith

          E.G.
          The process of global warming does not involve humans, and that’s a fact.

          The issue is easily put to rest by those of us qualified in science, engineering, orbital mechanics and thermodynamics.

          Global Warming and death by incineration due to CO2 levels in the atmosphere is a big profitable lye.

          It only exists to promote politcal control and dishonest wealth generation.

          KK

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      el gordo

      Here is the Guardian viewpoint.

      https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/09/nsw-unveils-32bn-renewable-energy-plan-with-focus-on-pumped-hydro

      ‘We keep getting told intermittent wind and solar are cheaper, so why do they need subsidies?’

      Gladys sold the poles and wires to foreigners and they gouged the system, so now she has decided to reinvest in the market to get some control over prices. Laissez-faire economics, letting the market compete to reduce the cost of energy for the consumer, is never going to work if the main players are colluding.

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    yarpos

    Been interesting watching the behaviour of Melbournites as they spread into regional VIC now Dans “ring of steel” is non operational. Most have clearly learnt nothing or were never beleivers in the first place with even the most basic “rules” of hygiene and distance being ignored.

    We will learn very quickly if Covid is eliminated or just suppressed in Melbourne, and we are certainly all in it together again. My wife was reading an article fom another tourist area where a restaurant was noting that bookings from locals had dried up as city people arrived. The had kept him afloat in the tough period but now appeared to be staying away. Interesting times.

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    John Manolitsas

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    The domain called Jonova.com is for sale. In these interesting times I’m not sure if this is a threat to you, an opportunity or just noise.

    Though you should know.

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      Thanks, yes I am aware of it. Last time I looked they were asking too much.

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        Memoryvault

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        Memoryvault

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    John Manolitsas

    Though = Thought.

    Fat fingers.

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    Hanrahan

    Joe Biden was leader in the torpedoing of Bork and the attack on Thomas. Harris gave Kavanagh a hard time, was “nasty”.

    These two best hope the Supreme Court judges are not the poor characters they accused them of being or they are sunk.

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    Hanrahan

    Does a temperature inversion cause sound to travel further.

    I sit at my ‘puter at night in relative quiet but one night recently I heard this constant drone of jet engines at a distance but Townsville is a quiet airport at night and I know what local traffic sounds like anyway.

    I looked up FlightRadar24 and the only traffic was at 41,000 ft and west of me. Then there was one at 30,000. I heard that one until it was on final into Cairns and only then did things go quiet. Maybe only four aircraft involved but I could hear them for well over an hour, constantly.

    We’ve had Chinooks and Eirocopters overhead for the last few days but I can see them. 🙂

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      Graeme#4

      Not sure about sound but temperature inversions definitely bend light at night.
      Was out on the Nullarbor, was waiting for the Trans train one night, and could clearly see its lights as though it was coming over the next rise. (Yes, there ARE “rises” on the Nullarbor.).
      So waited, and waited, and waited, for about four hours. Turns out it was over 50 miles away at the time, but it looked as though it was about a mile away. Very strange effect.

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    Kneel

    US MSM … so professional!

    WARNING! Coarse language!

    https://youtu.be/vX43OzJjoe4?t=1111

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    CHRIS

    I am amazed that, when I talk to people about Climate Change, they nod like zombies and accept what ignorant politicians tell them. I’ve asked people (including my family) what CAGW means. So far, I’ve not had one correct answer. When I tell them the answer, they STILL can’t work out what it means. To me, this is just another nail in the coffin of our education system. We already know that watermelon teachers are brainwashing our schoolchildren…but it is disconcerting that this brainwashing has infiltrated the adults. With all the recent nonsense about creating “renewable energy” projects for the future, I weep for our society. I would love to come back in, say, 2100AD, to see what mess the incompetent politicians of today have left our descendants with.

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      Serp

      Education in Australia has been finished for about twenty years.

      I am reading Mark Lopez’s School Sucks to inform myself better about how poorly the system which educated me has developed.

      Having two children separated by twenty years and all three of us university graduates I was able to observe the deterioration of education through three disjoint fifteen year extents, mine and theirs. The degree in mathematics and english which I completed by 1975 is simply not available today and it’s hard to say which has suffered more, the mathematics through total societal uninterest because it was always too hard anyway so why teach it (and where would you find qualified people), or the english through having been swamped by vacuous so-called leftist “theory” once again because understanding author’s ideas is just too hard and everybody is happy simply to take these “texts” to the intellectual dungeon and rack them according to woke protocols. It’s not just Australia. Your PPE Brits are no longer actually required to read the classics at oxbridge nowadays simply whipping through summaries, you know, the old testament in seven hundred words type of thing.

      Clearly the toothless Anglosphere has the cyanide capsule clamped in its gums and is chomping down.

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