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    R.B.

    Don’t know why I watched channel 7 news. I just get angry with the propaganda. Another “Look at these numpties who aren’t locking themselves up at home” story. They show a Detroit mayor who wwould not give out the J&J vaccine because it’s not the best. The problem is that they forgot to mention that he was Democrat, and that he had backtracked on his previous comments more than 12 hours ago.

    In a statement released Friday morning, the mayor said he has “full confidence that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is both safe and effective” and that he is “making plans now for Johnson & Johnson to be a key part of our expansion of vaccine centers and are looking forward to receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the next allocation.”

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      Did channel 7 mention the Detroit Mayor was white and most Detroit residents were black? And that black Americans are the leading group saying they will not be getting a vaccine? There would have been a “racism” story if the mayor had been Republican.

      You wouldn’t believe what Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam) is saying about all flu vaccines (“the vial of death”).

      Did the report mention that Johnson & Johnson claims of effectiveness are similar to claims of flu vaccines in the past … while Moderna and Pfizer claims of 90% or more effectiveness are unprecedented in the history of flu vaccines, and hard to believe?

      Channel 7 (US – ABC) has a leftist spin and they miss a lot of important points I’ve just listed/

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      Klem

      Dems don’t really want to give out the vaccine because it means the public might achieve herd immunity and they would their power and social control. They are drunk with it.

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      Graham Richards

      Beware the “half truth” it is far more damaging than the factual truth and really attracts a far wider audience than the factual truth. Reason for this one can elaborate on the half truth without actually lying and really dangerous obfuscation is used to inject doubt to encourage the audience to give up on thinking independently. When people stop using independent thought they’ll hand their minds to would be oppressors.

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        Just Thinkin'

        Graham, they are doing that now. Just look at these restrictions
        they are placing on everyone. For 12 months now we have been traced
        wherever we go and sit down in a business. And it has been refined.
        To make people think it is the norm.
        The danger period was over yonks ago and the sheeple are just
        following along. And if you say anything to friends they
        say, “How hard is it to take a photo of the QR thingo?”
        This part reminds me of the scene from “The Time Machine”
        when he is in the future and hears the sirens go off and
        all the “automatons” walk, as if in a daze, back towards
        the cave. And I reckon this is where we are being taken.
        And don’t get me started on the “2 year trial vaccines”.

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    Global Cooling

    Stop using virtue signalling words of image marketing. For example. I use natural, organic oil in my salad and in my car. Motor oil and salad oil are not exactly the same hydrocarbons but result of burning them creates CO2 and H2O. CO2 and H2O are not pollution but essential parts of life.

    Then being “Pro life” seems to be related to good or bad depending on the life form. White polar bears are in good but white babies are bad.

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      Hanrahan

      I cook with coconut oil for reasons that would apply to few others, ergo that is not an endorsement.

      Disclaimer over I am amused by the labels: Virgin and organic. Virgin is OK, you don’t want oil extracted under steam, but “organic”???? Has Monsanto developed a “roundup ready” coconut tree?

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        Klem

        I use Mazola, it costs about $1 a gallon and is as good as any other oil. The claims of the wonderful health benefits of coconut or avocado or olive oil are absolute rubbish. Makes me laugh.

        Simply because Oprah claims it, doesn’t make it so.

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          Chris

          Klem forget Oprah. If you have ever watched Dr Michael Mosley’s show “Trust Me I’m A Doctor”, he does a program on olive oil. Whereby testing for particular proteins in urine can determine whether you have early stages of heart disease. After eating a tablespoon of olive oil a day over a few weeks , all the volunteers in the testing regime had improved heart health.

          The take away message was yes olive oil is good for heart health.

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          greggg

          Mazola – corn, canola and soybean oil – for those people who don’t like dietary cholesterol and like omega 6.

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            Klem

            Mazola is also for those who don’t like paying $20/liter for real olive oil, and for those who don’t like being fooled by $10/liter grocery store “olive oil” (whatever that is).

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          Frost Giant Rebellion

          Klem you cannot possibly believe what you are saying. Mazola is rubbish. It MUST create a lesser version of yourself. There cannot be any science behind what you are telling us and you are limiting and hurting yourself.

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        James Murphy

        One reason why some products can be called “organic” is because fertilisers and pesticides are generally too expensive to use, and indeed, human labour is cheap. It’s my understanding that this is why coffee from Papua New Guinea and East Timor can be easily classified as such. Coconuts… maybe the same?

        As far as I know, a lot of cattle on large stations around Australia, plus feral pigs, goats, camels, etc, can be classified as “organic” given that they are not living on land that has been treated with anything. 10-15 years ago, I met some hunters who had just caught (live) wild pigs, and were making a business out of exporting to Germany for a nice profit as the pigs could be classified as organic. I’m sure the local Cockie was happy to oblige such hunters.

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        Hasbeen

        I cook with coconut oil because it tastes good.

        I cook with butter because it tastes good.

        If either of these don’t kill me, I’m sure something else will.

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          Hanrahan

          I eat one slice of toast a day, I [salted] butter it. Tastes so good I don’t use jam.

          Nothing cures Alzheimer’s but a tablespoon full of coconut oil a day is widely assumed to help delay it. Bulletproof coffee with honey is the only palatable way I’ve found to give it to my Lady.

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          Frost Giant Rebellion

          Dude those are great fats. You want grass-fed lard. Then there is olive oil. Why would you think that coconut oil or butter would hurt you? That is the good stuff. I think avocado oil is very good too. But stay away from all that other jive. The fat that makes you feel good. Thats the good fat.

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        sophocles

        see https://vitamindwiki.com/Memory+loss+linked+to+low+vitamin+D+–+Nov+2015

        … it’s more important than fats.

        But if you don’t believe, find New Zealand butter: (Anchor brand) it’s 48% Omega 6 fats and 44% Omega 3!. Healthiest butter in the world with a great taste.

        Cows are grazed outside on natural pasture all year round …

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    robert rosicka

    Just for the left , “ I’m offended “ .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceS_jkKjIgo

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      Hanrahan

      You miss the point RR, most people who “are offended” are offended on someone else’s behalf.

      Do you really think a million Chinese Americans were offended by being depicted with straw hats and eating with chopsticks out of a bowl in Dr. Seuss books? That’s how they eat for Christ’s sake. [sorry Anne] Were 10 million Red Indians offended by the Washington Redskins’ name? Methinks not. Most dressed in black protesting George Floyd under the BLM banner are spoilt white kids.

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        James Murphy

        unfortunately, the spoilt white kids are spoilt in more ways than one, given the education system…

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        R.B.

        The Redskins name was of a team that gave American Indians a go at playing baseball. Used as a marketing ploy but in the days when you couldn’t insist that the government should pay for it.

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      Tides of Mudgee

      Me too. Funny how the more offended I got, the more I laughed. ToM

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    StephenP

    We have just had a week in the UK with insignificant wind generation apart from a slight blip yesterday. http://Www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/
    Any back-up batteries would have been flat by now.
    It makes one concerned for the future as proposed by the politicians where are supposed to light, heat cook, drive and run our industry on electricity generated by wind farms.

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      robert rosicka

      The answer is simple , you just need more wind farms .

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        Saighdear

        We’ve plenty already: all stacked up fermenting. we call those yards “Parliaments”

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          Custer Van Cleef

          Slightly confused.
          Are you suggesting politicians are also wind generators?

          Do we need to ferment them to boost output?

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            Saighdear

            Yes! depending upon their composition and state of decay, one may simply desire to compost them. I wouldn’t even think of canning them ( conserves)

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      tonyb

      Stephen

      You are obviously a denialist. We need more wind farms. Bigger wind farms and can we talk about cutting your energy consumption in half when the weather is sunless and windless?

      BTW our records show you have not bought an electric vehicle yet and of equal concern is that our examination of your web browsing habits shows you have not even LOOKED at buying a electric vehicle. This is all very anti social.

      Expect a friendly email from Carrie shortly.

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        Hanrahan

        They are playing on our consciences, telling us not to let the water run while brushing our teeth lest the world go hungry. Meanwhile Taiwan’s semiconductor industry must wind down until it rains. Semiconductor foundries are BIG users of water and greens love their phones, computers, PV cells and electronically controlled windmills.

        And you can’t drive your ICE to the shops, meanwhile a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier sails with over $5 mill worth of diesel and AVTUR aboard. It will need to be replenished at sea for a long cruise.

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          Heed what they do , not what they say.

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            Maptram

            In other words, I will believe climate change is a problem when the people who keep saying it’s a problem start behaving as if it’s a problem

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              Bushkid

              Me too. And I don’t mean they can get away with buying indulgences in the form of “green offsets” or “certificates” of any sort.

              They have to give up all but one of their houses, all but one of their vehicles, all of their yachts and private jets (why should they have these things if they don’t want to allow us to have them?)

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          Hanrahan

          I just realised the incongruity of Taiwan being in drought. Mainland China is enduring the heaviest rains in 70 years and people are wondering if the Three Gorges Dam is safe. It is known that there was massive graft during construction, much of it effecting structural integrity. Many say it is buckling and leaking now, and it is still raining.

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        Klem

        “BTW our records show you have not bought an electric vehicle yet and of equal concern is that our examination of your web browsing habits shows you have not even LOOKED at buying a electric vehicle. This is all very anti social. Expect a friendly email from Carrie shortly.”

        Tonyb, it won’t be government who will send the friendly email, it will be your bank. They currently control your money, and if we ever move to a cashless society they will control you too.

        Banks are moving away from the shareholder capitalist model, to the stakeholder model. This means monitoring the actions of their customers, if they aren’t acting in the correct socially conscieos manner, they might not get that car or home loan that they need. The social credit system is part of the great reset.

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          Environment Skeptic

          But Klem, ..do banks pay taxes?

          Maybe Jo Knows. In my case, i have no idea if they do or not pay taxes like corporations etc do, even if such payments are small…”Banks are moving away from the shareholder capitalist model, to the stakeholder model.”

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            Environment Skeptic

            If we we all pull our tax burden weight, we can or might see light at the end of the tunnel vision.
            Do central banks pay taxes to print stuff?
            Do reserve banks pay taxes?…gosh…no idea. Sorry. Wish i knew.
            I hardly look at the finances of government.
            No idea.

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              Tel

              Do central banks pay taxes to print stuff?

              Yes … although not in the way you probably think of it.

              Government debt attracts interest, and the central bank assists in keeping those interest payments low by tipping cash into the overnight money market and when that doesn’t work they simply go full QE and buy the government bonds. The lower interest rate gives government lots of breathing space with their ever growing debt, which is equivalent to a real material tax flow into the public coffers.

              There’s a second, indirect effect in as much as central banks cause inflation, then the inflation causes bracket creep, which quietly increases everyone’s income tax rate. Add to that a third indirect mechanism where capital goods (e.g. gold, silver, land, shares, etc) go up in value due to general inflation but more than that due to Cantillon effects (i.e. greater inflation on certain goods, usually capital assets) but government hits the asset owners with capital gains tax (CGT) to once again, you guessed it, quietly increase the effective tax rates.

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            Ian

            Yes banks do pay tax and lots of it, more than half the tax paid by Australia’s ASX200 companies is paid by banks

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      Harry Passfield

      Any back-up batteries would have been flat by now.

      And they would need as long again to recharge the batteries – meaning the blackout would be twice as long.

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        yarpos

        WE should get over the idea of back up batteries in the grid sense, they are rarely their for basic load reasons apart from playing arbitrage games with part of their capacity.

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    tonyb

    Just in case it wasn’t mentioned in your media, whilst you will know that Italy has banned the export of AZ vaccine to OZ it is DESPITE it having around 1.2 million doses unused.

    Why unused? Because of the deliberate attack by Germany France and Italy on its efficacy in its continuing war to belittle the UK and make life difficult. The Italian who made the decision was not even elected but parachuted in by the EU (again) France is now threatening to with hold the AZ jab even though again they ridiculed it.

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      Frost Giant Rebellion

      Good news. The longer the vaccines are held up the better.

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      Graham Richards

      France is also going to deny Australians their legally purchased vaccines.

      Mr Morrison this is the perfect opportunity to tell that moron Macron to shove his submarines where the sun don’t shine and any breach of contract fees will be firmly prevented from being exported from Australia.
      What a disgusting breach of protocols from those lousy, miserable SOCIALISTS. It’s what one expects from socialists so let’s not dwell on it.
      If the EU states has requested that Australia consider taking half the quantity now and take the second half in say 6 weeks time because of an emergency in both Italy & France, you can rest assured some accomodating arrangement would be forthcoming. Because that’s the type of nation we are.
      Please remember we also saved your sorry arses from the Nazis.
      Mr PM Morrison it’s time to play hardball, particularly with that macron moron!!

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        Klem

        ” France is also going to deny Australians their legally purchased vaccines ”

        China has told France to deny Australians their legally purchased vaccines. There, fixed it for ya.

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          Why don’t we earn bonus points in national goodwill and do a big advertisement for Australia by just offering them our vaccine doses “ahead of schedule”. They’re going to take the doses anyway.

          They will love us for being generous. Europe will also learn that there are whole nations who have avoided most of the Covid drama (Victoria aside).

          Plus we want them to be the guinea pigs and us to get all the data.

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            Jojodogfacedboy

            They came out with a new word for neglected Seniors and negligence from Healthcare services “Seniorscide” in our Canadian lawsuits.

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      John H of Pelican Waters

      I’m beginning to wonder whether the money-making opportunity for the elite actually lies in using the climate scare to drive all manufacturing to China.

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    Frost Giant Rebellion

    Weekly VAERS update, 1265 dead and 25,212 adverse reactions. But of course these were all a bunch of losers that were about to get sick and die right at that same moment. Correlation is not causation.

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/5v9XyBvgw39z/

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      Ian

      Do you really believe anything, anything at all, from bitchute? It is all right wing propaganda.

      Below are some other facts you might find interesting. They are at least from a reliable source and are not hyped-up hyperbole.

      FDA requires vaccination providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)

      Reports of death to VAERS following vaccination do not necessarily mean the vaccine caused the death.

      CDC follows up on any report of death to request additional information and learn more about what occurred and to determine whether the death was a result of the vaccine or unrelated.

      To date, VAERS has not detected patterns in cause of death that would indicate a safety problem with COVID-19 vaccines.

      CDC, FDA, and other federal partners will continue to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

      Over 76 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, toMarch 1, 2021.

      During this time, VAERS received 1,381 reports of death (0.0018%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine.
      CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports.

      A review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths.

      https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

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        MP

        There is a website called “Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System” (VAERS) this is the CDC document, https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

        It is a bit tricky to navigate so follow my directions

        WONDER Message
        Access WONDER data by completing and submitting a request page.
        To access data for the requested resource please go to:
        http://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html.
        Or start at http://wonder.cdc.gov and navigate from there.
        Go to bottom of the about the vaccine page and click I agree
        Then click VAERS Data Search
        1. in the drop down change from symptoms to VAERS ID
        Check the box Adverse Event Description
        2. Select Symptoms
        All Symptoms
        3. Select vaccine characteristics
        Click search tab and enter in the top bar COVID19 then serch
        From the results select 1201, 1200, 1202
        Vaccine Manufacturers
        All Manufacturers (should be the default)
        4. Select location
        The United States/Teritories/Unknown
        5. All events (should be default)
        Go to 7. Date report completed
        From: Select Oct, select 2020 (Vaccine came out in Nov)
        8. as above
        9. as above
        10. as above
        11. as above
        12. Check show totals
        Bottom of page click send
        Note* approximately 1% of vaccine adverse effects are reported to this site.

        Take your Vaccine Ian and you are virtually 100% safe, you won’t catch it, you won’t spread it, and it may prevent you from a mild case. Then mind your own business.
        If it goes pear shaped you just get it removed right.

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        James Murphy

        Everything on Bitchute is “right wing”? Presumably you have never actually looked at the website?

        Tim Pool is not “right wing”, Styxhexenhammer is not “right wing” either, unless you are unable to comprehend English.
        Isaac Arthur – talks about science fiction. I guess you you, as he uses his imagination, and talks about a technological future, then he must be “right wing”?
        EEV Blog, mostly focuses on electronics and electrical engineering. are these topics “right wing”?

        Your parents must be very proud of you, knowing that you have found your true calling as an exceptionally talented useful idiot.

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        Why would you trust the CDC?

        They have not earned our trust.

        Moderna and Pfizer have new technology vaccines, developed in record time — nine months — 2 to 5 years is typical for vaccines.

        There has never before been an effective vaccine for a Coronavirus.

        The long term side effects of the COVID vaccines are unknown.

        The length of immunity the COVID vaccines create is unknown

        The effectiveness on new variants of COVID are unknown.

        If the claimed 95% effectiveness is correct, it would require 100 people taking the vaccine to prevent one case of COVID.

        Concerning COVID deaths:
        They are only about 0.5 percent for people age 65 and over who are not sick enough to be in a nursing home — so the chance of dying from COVID is already small without a vaccine.

        A recent study in Israel considered COVID deaths happening to people between their first vaccine and second vaccine:

        “We conclude that the Pfizer vaccines, for the elderly (over 65), killed during the 5-week vaccination period about 40 times more people than the disease itself would have killed, and about 260 times more people than the disease among the younger (under 65) age class.”

        http://www.nakim.org/israel-forums/viewtopic.php?t=270812&s=The_uncovering_of_the_vaccination_data_in_Israel__reveals_a_frightening_picture

        The claimed effectiveness of 95% is overstated by using a misleading methodology for the calculation:

        https://off-guardian.org/2021/02/22/synthetic-mrna-covid-vaccines-a-risk-benefit-analysis/

        Most flu vaccines are 50 to 65% effective, similar to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine claim. 95% would be unprecedented in the history of flu vaccines, and is hard to believe.

        Flu viruses mutate, and all flu vaccines in the past have turned out to be less effective than hoped.

        In South Africa the AstraVeneca vaccine was only 50% effective with a new COVID variant.

        In Brazil the Sinovac (Chinese) vaccine was only 10% effective with a new COVID variant.

        You should assume the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be LESS effective with the new COVID varients entering the US.

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    David Wojick

    The Left declares war on gas
    By David Wojick
    https://www.cfact.org/2021/03/06/the-left-declares-war-on-gas/

    The so-called CLEAN Future Act just introduced by the Democrat leaders of the house energy Committee calls for the elimination of gas-fired electric power generation, some immediately, some by 2023 and all by 2035. That is just 14 years from now. Coal-fired power will also be gone, the war on coal finally over with the ultimate solution: complete extermination.

    The fifty year history of electric power in America goes like this:

    First they came for the nukes in the 70’s. Coal and gas smiled, saying we can do the job, so we built 350,000 MW of coal-fired baseload and gas-fired peakers.

    Then they came for coal in the 90’s. Gas smiled, saying we can do the job, so we built 220,000 MW of gas-fired baseload.

    Now they have come for gas. Wind and solar are smiling; their trade associations love this law.

    But there is a big difference this time. WIND AND SOLAR CAN’T DO THE JOB.

    There is a lot more in the article, including $120 trillion or more for batteries.

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      StephenP

      How many batteries would be needed for a week with no significant wind?
      How much extra generating capacity would be needed to recharge the batteries?
      How big are these batteries?
      How long would it take to make all these batteries and the extra windmills needed?
      Where would you put them? An exercise to see the area needed to supply the Netherlands calculated that the wind farm would cover the Netherlands and a big proportion of the North Sea ( at present wind capacity is only able to supply about 3% of demand).
      Who would be happy living next to a battery holding the amount of charge needed for a week’s supply of electricity?
      Is there enough lithium to produce these batteries as well as the batteries needed for EVs etc? Or will we have to revert to the old lead/acid batteries.
      Last but not least, what is this ‘green’ electricity going to cost?

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        David Wojick

        All good questions, that are carefully being ignored. As for size, the giant Hornsdale battery complex had a storage capacity of 129 MWh. So to get the 84 million MWh for the USA would take roughly 650,000 of those Hornsdales. (Hornsdale has been expanded a bit. It is used for stabilization of erratic wind power, not storage.)

        Here is Tesla’s picture which I think is not a photo.
        https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a31350880/elon-musk-battery-farm/

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          Richard Owen No.3

          But David, that’s ONLY 80 trillion ($US 80,080,000, million). Say it quickly and it won’t seem impossible.

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        MCMXLIII

        According to the Manhattan Institute:
        “The annual output of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1,000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. electricity demand. Meanwhile, 50–100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced”.
        https://media4.manhattan-institute.org/sites/default/files/R-0319-MM.pdf

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          RickWill

          Elon is already the World’s wealthiest person. He could build 100 giga factories and have them make 500 hours storage within 10 years.

          I have said before, that supplying humans with electricity from intermittent sources would require the total effort of human endeavour to meet our energy needs. Imagine if you control all the resources that make that viable. Basically the whole world at you command – King Elon.

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            Chad

            “Giga Factory” just produces cells and assembles packs.
            You have to ensure the entire material , and resource supply chain is capable also.
            But NO.. you could not build 100 Giga factories in 10 years anyway I
            They have been building GF 1 for 5 years, and it is still less than 50% complete.

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      PeterS

      Meanwhile China continues to build hundreds of coal fired power stations and dozens of nuclear ones. I shake my head at the utter stupidity of the self-destructive path the West has undertaken.

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        Klem

        When you see pictures of the US president and many other Western leaders attending lectures by the totalitarian megalomaniac Klaus Schwab, its easy to see doom on the horizen.

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      William Astley

      David. It is worse than you say.

      There will be more CO2 emissions in trying to get to zero and failing because the scheme does not work, than in not trying. The scheme will not work… regardless of money spent.

      The Green Schemes do not work for basic engineering reasons and the green schemes have limitations/warts that have not been discussed. For example, solar panels are roughly up to 30% less efficient due to dust. In a commercial solar system, deionized water is used every day, to clean the solar panels, to avoid that loss. On rooftops, the solar panels need to be derated as they will not be cleaned on a daily basis.

      This is one of the reasons why Germany’s green energy is so inefficient. The calculations are fake and do not discount the CO2 savings with the CO2 required to construct everything that changed to accommodate the new remotely located wind farms such as transmission lines.

      German sun and wind gathering, gathers on yearly average, less than 20%, of its full nameplate rating.

      Another is Germany installed wind turbine and sun gathering equipment where there is insufficient yearly wind and where it is too cloudy.

      The second issue is Zero CO2 emissions would require replacing all hydrocarbon powered transportation, construction, and mining equipment with electric powered equipment.

      That is technically not possible/viable.

      To power the new EV vehicles and to heat homes and so on…

      The electric grid must expand, by a factor of three, in every country this will of course require new transmission lines, transformers, and so on and three times more batteries and everything must be constructed with zero emissions energy to reach “zero” emissions.

      Where is the carbon free energy going to come to construct the batteries?

      A Cambridge University has written a report which at least, quantifies some of the obvious, impossible to solve problems, to get to Zero Emissions

      http://www.ukfires.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Absolute-Zero-online.pdf

      “The UK electrical grid power supply output would be required to INCREASE by a factor of THREE (with zero emissions) as all heating, manufacturing, and transportation, is going to be powered from electricity”

      Cement cannot be made and there is no solution.

      There is no solution to how to power ships or airplanes.

      There is no solution as to how to construct buildings or what is going to replace plastics.

      There is no solution for how to mine with zero emissions or how to smelt steel. The solution is more recycling.
      Green energy is a fable, an urban legend.

      It is not possible to get to zero CO2 emissions using wind and sun gathering and batteries and biofuel and burning forests, regardless of how much money is spent.

      There are entire regions of the US where wind is not viable. And it is a fact a wind and sun system cannot get to zero co2 emissions. The CO2 calculations did not include the energy and CO2 to build the green stuff and the new power lines to the green stuff.

      Wind turbines produce full power for about 12 to 15 years. At that time, the wind turbines are de-rated by 30% to 50% to avoid turbine failure. Wind turbines wear out and so do the wind turbine supports. So every 20 years all of the wind turbines and all of the wind turbine supports will need to be replaced. The energy to remove and dispose of the wind turbines and the sun gathering equipment needs to be included.

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    I saw on a U.S. website some back and forth on the longevity of wind ‘farms’ (their wording as I detest using that word farm for what is basically just another Industrial site) and the supporter mentioned that it was not a problem, because at the end of their life, they just refurbish the farm with new equipment, simples!!!!!

    THIS below is why wind plants do not get refurbished.

    Compare these two wind plants, separated by just over 100Km in Victoria, Challicum Hills Wind Plant and Lal Lal Wind Plant at two sites, near, and referred to as Elaine Wind Plant, and the Yendon Wind Plant

    Challicum Hills opened in late 2003. It has 35 wind towers and an overall Nameplate of 52.5MW. It’s operating at around 20 to 25% CF now near end of life, so each generator is 1.5MW.

    Lal Lal, has (overall) a Nameplate of 228MW. It has 60 wind towers, each with a 3.8MW generator, and it was opened at the end of May in 2020, just last year.

    When Challicum Hills coughs its last, well, refurbish eh!

    Challicum Hills height of tower to the hub is 68 metres. The blades are 32 metres long, so blade tip ‘whooshes’ closest to the ground at 36 metres height. The nacelle on top of the 113 tonne concrete ‘pole’ weighs 43 tonnes in all.

    Lal Lal height of tower to the hub 149 metres, so almost the same as for a 40 story high rise ….. 40 stories. The blades are almost 68 metres in length, so whooshes closest to the ground at 80 metres. The nacelle weighs 70 tonnes.

    So, now to refurbish Challicum Hills with current equipment that’s a 70 tonne nacelle on top of a tower designed for 43 tonnes, and the blade will be ….. INCHES from the ground as it whooshes by.

    Or they refurbish it with similar 1.5MW 2003 technology equipment for the original specifications of compliance for all those things.

    That’s why they will not be refurbished.

    So, as an old wind plant reaches its end, it will have to be completely demolished and a whole NEW wind plant must be constructed to replace it.

    And now, I have left this till the last as we all know hand on heart that wind will be the green choice to replace coal fired power eh!

    In 18 wonderful YEARS of operation for that remarkable engineering feat that was Challicum Hills wind plant, it has generated an extremely whoppingly humungous 2280GWH of electrical power, you know, the same amount of power delivered by that disgusting hoped to be closed down soon Bayswater coal fired power plant under normal operation in, umm ….. FORTY EIGHT DAYS.

    Isn’t wind power generation just so wonderful, eh!

    Tony.

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      My comment immediately following the David Wojick Comment Number 7 is in Moderation for some reason which is beyond me I’m afraid.

      Tony.

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        Kalm Keith

        “is in Moderation for some reason which is beyond me I’m afraid.”

        If I was writing that, it would have been;

        “is in Moderation for some reason which is beyond me.

        I’m afraid.”

        At the moment I’m Afraid, afraid for our future.

        Dreaded diseases, vaxxinations that aren’t actually vaccines, horrible stories of inoculation programs in Africa that went horribly wrong, elections in the U.S. which climax with a wire mesh fence and thousands of troops around the centre of World Democracy and the omnipresent World Media Human Brain Readjustment programme going full tilt down the hill.

        There’s going to be a big crash soon.

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        robert rosicka

        Tony you know you can’t say “Coal” in public these days !

        You cannot say “COAL” on a train.
        You cannot say “COAL” on a plane.
        You cannot say “COAL” on a bus.
        You cannot say “COAL” here with us.

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      PeterS

      Winds farms would have to be one of the worst ideas in history, worse than filling the Hindenburg with hydrogen. Most people haven’t noticed it yet because of a number of factors but the main one being people are more stupid and less intelligent than those in the past.

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        Klem

        Wind farms aren’t such a terrible idea if you understand the real reason why the Left loves them so much. Leftists don’t care if they produce power, they don’t care about saving endangered species since they are fully aware that turbines kill birds by the bazillions. Wind turbines are merely symbolic, they are symbols of the Left.

        It gives Leftists a warm and fuzzy feeling when they see them spinning away in a rural area, especially if that rural area tends to vote Right.

        Wind farms are symbols of the Left. (Just like the masks we’re are forced to wear everyday)

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        Kalm Keith

        Peter, don’t be so hard on “the people”; they’re mainly just too trusting.

        Leadership is the problem and we aren’t going to go in a positive direction until we fix that.

        The problem is that there’s no way for the general public to identify, shame and punish our corrupted leadership.

        Sadly, the term Leadership is now synonymous with the ideals and ethical thrust of Birn Lute and Morder.

        We must find a way to remove self interested leaders.

        Soon. If nothing is done to fix this soon, society might face a decade of anarchy.

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          PeterS

          You forget one important thing; we the people keep the governments at play by voting for them over and over. Stupid is as stupid does. At least with our Western democracy we the people have the power to stop governments from continuing with stupid and self-destructive polices peacefully (with or without voter fraud) at the ballot box, unlike in certain other countries where the people have to resort to violence on a mass scale to effect a change. Too bad we the people are by the most part too stupid to use that power that’s our democratic right. What happened to the notion that Western governments are elected to serve the people, not the other way around? It’s pretty much gone and forgotten. We the people are asleep. We the people need to wake up before it’s too late. We still have time but not a lot.

          The fact of the matter is Trump did not win the last election not just because there was sufficient voter fraud. He lost because too many swinging voters decided to stop voting for Trump and voted for Biden instead. If say 80% of the population voted for Trump no amount of voter fraud would have stopped him from winning unless it was so rampant it would be obvious enough to lead to a civil uprising.

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            el gordo

            The lower working class originally deserted the Democrats to vote for a Republican president, Donald was a man of the people. At this recent election the Democrats won because the poor were asked to go out and vote, which they rarely do.

            Donald should still be POTUS, except for the fact he was politically outmanoeuvred.

            It will be interesting to see if this lower working class base stays with the Republicans without a charismatic personality at the helm.

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            PeterPetrum

            Peter S, it is not just to do with the actual number of votes. It was to do with the voting irregularities in the five swing states. If Trump had won them he would have got the Electoral College votes that would have seen him re-elected. And just on illegal votes alone (never mind fraudulent votes) Trump would have won those States. I am talking about dead voters, under age voters, out of state voters, voters with false addresses, and so on. In every case in these States the numbers were far above Biden’s “winning margin” and you can guess who the majority of these illegal votes were for.

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              Hanrahan

              Funny how attitudes change with the wind. There are 1.7 million signatures to recall Gavin Newsom, more than the required 1.5 but all signatories will be checked.

              It’s OK to count any piece of paper that shows up when electing a President, but “all votes must be counted” ends up in the same trashcan as “believe all victims” when the political wind changes.

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      Kalm Keith

      “18 wonderful YEARS”

      and

      “FORTY EIGHT DAYS.”

      Thanks again Tony for having the patience to put this up.

      The introduction and imposition of Renewables on to society is not “accidental” or a “mistake”, it’s pure Evil at work.

      World War 111, and not a shot fired.

      We have been mugged, insulted and enslaved, but the world drones on.

      Why is it that I have this vision of the United Bloody Nations building in New York, with the Figueres and Gutierres brother and sister team at work tying us up while Julie B, dressed to the nines with husband in tow, prances on her high heels out the front door to get a New York yellow cab across town to visit MalEx444.

      More visions of Mals submarines putting around The Great Snowy Hydro dam.

      I need a drink, and it’s only 6 am.

      Surely this year 2021 PC (post Christ) is the year when we will throw off these chains and begin the great march back to sanity, Surely?

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      Amos E. Stone

      Here in the UK we have 15 nuclear reactors. 10 (10!) of them are down at the moment, 3 of them being refuelled in the middle of winter – don’t ask me why. Anyway, we’re still getting about 3.8GW out of them which is about 44% of the 8.25GW total capacity. The good lord help us when they all close by 2030ish.

      The UK reactors are (all but one) old, gas cooled designs that came into service before 1989. One of the sites on its knees is Hinckley Point B, 45 years old and over 300,000 GWh of production so far. They hope to get another 18 months out of it, which should add another 10 or 11TWh.

      Beat that wind.

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      Yonniestone

      Tony those wind farm plants are right near my home town the Lal Lal one has some turbines close to the road and boy are they tall!, when under construction I saw a very large mobile crane lifting a vertical tower crane against the turbine pole to hoist those 70 ton nacelles to the top, I was travelling to Ararat for work at the time and saw trucks hauling sections of those tower cranes around the district talk about a carbon footprint LOL.

      Would it be possible after the demolition of a wind plant the 600-1000 ton concrete/steel bases be reused for new turbines? or would it just make the most over engineered slab for a holiday cottage?

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      Maptram

      It’s nearing the time when the accountants will be able to calculate the cost of each GWH of power produced.

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      RickWill

      Tower fatigue and corrosion would likely prohibit just upgrading the generator. Anything that is primarily designed to handle forces from wind loading will suffer fatigue. It is different to a building where the wind load is usually a small component of the overall load.

      Also the tower for a 64m diameter turbine is not going to handle the forces from the turbine twice that diameter.

      Wind farms are still being built while subsidies are drying up so their financials must still look OK. The turbine technology is improving and designers are still looking for optimum size.

      On the other hand existing wind farm operators are not doing too well with the current wholesale electricity prices and FCAS charges.

      Anyone else had a reduction in electric charges for 2021?

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        Hanrahan

        The towers are too big to simply built of steel, they must, of necessity, be a stressed or monocoque construction so, like an aeroplane, would have a design life. Never thought of that before and I am not a mechanical engineer so forgive any errors.

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          RickWill

          Just a big steel tubes with flanges as they are segmented. No internal frame. It is all just a tube.

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      Note here, where I wrote this: (my bolding here)

      In 18 wonderful YEARS of operation for that remarkable engineering feat that was Challicum Hills wind plant, it has generated an extremely whoppingly humungous 2280GWH of electrical power, you know, the same amount of power delivered by that disgusting hoped to be closed down soon Bayswater coal fired power plant under normal operation in, umm ….. FORTY EIGHT DAYS.

      That was under normal operation, with down time for servicing and maintenance taken in.

      Now there will be times during the year, (well, many times really) when all four of the Units will be in operation at Bayswater.

      So, this wind plant, Challicum Hills will deliver around 126GWH of power to the grid for consumption in Victoria across a full YEAR of operation. It’s an old plant now and does not operate at it’s ‘as new’ specifications, and it now runs at a Capacity Factor around 27%, (and it’s probably closer to that 20 to 25% I mentioned above) and that’s about 2.5% lower than the year round average for the ….. WHOLE entirety of the Australian wind plant fleet. (that whole fleet with an 8132MW nameplate in total, but only averaging 2400MW per year)

      But Challicum Hills now delivers that 126GWH of power across the YEAR.

      Bayswater, with all four Units in operation delivers that SAME amount of power in ….. TWO DAYS.

      Ahh! Wind power. You have to admire its wonderful ability to deliver its huge amounts of power, eh!

      Tony.

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        Harves

        But the fact checkers will tell us that as long as a wind plant delivers some power (any amount at any time) then you can’t say it has failed in its purpose.

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      Kevin kilty

      It is possible to simply “repower” the farm with different generators and blades, but generally the refurbishing of the wind farm will also change the placement of the turbines as the original pattern was for smaller-scale turbines. Most of the old foundation will stay in place, though. There is a lot of mucking around with wind farms here in Wyoming to see if they can’t improve capacity factors.

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        Chad

        Wind farm Capacity Factor is primarily a function of the weather and wind variability.
        So more examples of fools fiddling with minor details and ignoring the “Elephant in the room “

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    Environment Skeptic

    Pause for a music break…Michael Schenker..such a relief
    https://youtu.be/Bilt-VR3AM0?t=2181

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    Frost Giant Rebellion

    Here Sam Carey, and Australian geologist, proves that the planet is growing. This is a video from back in 1982. His case is totally successful but the physics and cosmology people don’t want to know.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Othb0xsvZb4

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      Frost Giant Rebellion

      Once you get this far everything else falls nicely into place.

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      Tilba Tilba

      Here Sam Carey, and Australian geologist, proves that the planet is growing.

      Stand by for breaking news that oil reserves are constantly being refilled!

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    Denny

    Just in case you missed our national March to insanity in America, Tucker Carlson had a segment on how Democrats and the Leftwing media are trying to push us over the edge. Donations of Straight Jackets will be appreciated. QAnon is the successor to the Global Warming apocalypse and will be with us for the foreseeable future.

    Well, actually Dr Seuss is on our radar at the moment. But once we dispense with that threat to national security, it will be all hands on deck for the invasion of QAnon.

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/03/06/fncs-carlson-lawmakers-media-hyped-imaginary-qanon-invasion-in-d-c/

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      yarpos

      Saw a funny meme yesterday , it was a take on the gun lobby’s Molon Labe / Come and Take Them! T shirts regarding firearms confiscation.

      The T shirt had the Come and Take Them words overlayed over a Dr Seuss hat graphic. Well played I thought.

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    James Murphy

    Taking a leaf out of the book of a YouTuber who usually has an interesting take on the world, I think it’s great to deny advertising revenue to organisations that do not deserve it, by archiving the news article, and sharing a link to that instead of the original.
    https://archive.vn is one such site.

    Failing that, some ad-blocking plugins for your web browser, or similar tech, do not go astray.

    [Caught in spam] ED

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    R.B.

    My comments on what used to be my favourite spot to rant get rejected by moderation for being too rightwing. Much more polite than leftwing comments that get published. That’s the Murdoch Press for you. Not far enough left to get Kevin Rudd re-elected.

    My last one was about the supposedly rightwing local News newspaper. The local News is full on stupid lefty now. Female centred to the point of being gross. Not the actual front cover of the magazine of a woman holding a sanitary pad, but the small minority who think that everyone should celebrate female hygiene products (or those male underwear ads). The same people who encouraged a pile on when it came to a Liberal politician swimming in budgy smugglers.

    The article is promoting a policy of free sanitary products like toilet paper in public conveniences- as long as you also vote for environmental and socialist politicians, and completely ignore why toilet paper is free. I’ve travelled to developing countries and appreciate just how developed a country needs to be in order not to have to pay for two sheets of paper – one grade softer than baking paper.

    But what really gets to me is how a man can identify as a woman to finally win a competition or enjoy going to a women’s toilet. Yet a woman can’t identify as a female politician if she is right of Larrise Waters, SHY or AOC, let alone had a poster of Maggie Thatcher on her wall as a kid.

    I’ll stop my bullying, now.

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      GD

      I’m currently waging a battle against the moderators at the Oz by politely questioning their rejection of my comments, at the same time reminding them that our readership and comments pay their wages.

      No response yet, as you would expect.

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        Richard Owen No.3

        There was an excellent article by Terry MacCrann in The Australian on saturday about the electricity situation in the UK.

        Still got some comments from the gullible believers, but the facts made it difficult for them.

        I think we should return the label put on us by said believers and call them reallity DENIERS.

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    RicDre

    Canceling the AMO

    by Judith Curry

    Conclusion from Michael Mann’s new paper: “We conclude that there is no compelling evidence for internal multidecadal oscillations in the climate system.”

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/03/06/canceling-the-amo/

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      Frost Giant Rebellion

      What a clown this fellow is. But this is pretty small beer isn’t it? He already managed to eliminate the medieval warm period.

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      el gordo

      “In closing, Mann’s quest to cancel the Medieval Warm Period and now the AMO, in the interests of showing that recent warming is 100% anthropogenic, is not at all convincing to scientists who understand anything about climate dynamics and global climate models.” – Dr. Curry

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    Susan Fraser

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/old-guard-swiss-banks-tackle-money-laundering-with-blockchain/46396208

    We’ve been interested to ‘follow the money’ in corruption of truth, in science or any other narrative with motive to control us.

    If Swiss banking is now using Blockchain to prevent money laundering, can we expect all Banks to be doing this soon?

    No more shell companies…no more obscuring of money trails. Is this the end for Corruption? Its always about the money.

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    Susan Fraser

    Its amazing what stories are on zerohedge.com

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    another ian

    “The Catastrophic Texas Blackouts: Lessons For The Developing Countries”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/06/the-catastrophic-texas-blackouts-lessons-for-the-developing-countries/

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    yarpos

    Seasonal anectdote from NE VIC.

    We have an evacuated tube solar hot water system. In summer I set the switch on the pump to low just to slow the system down and stop it oveheating/over pressuring on very hot days. I usually do this the first time I see a string of 30+ day in the forecast as a sign that summer is coming. I went out yesterday to turn it up again the maximise heating in the shortening days and into winter and found I had never adjusted it as summer never really arrived in earnest.

    On the flip side I went and got our first load of firewood, not something I would normally do in March but I suspect Winter may be a good one this year. Nothing like our northern hemisphere cousins have but cold to us. Redgum now $220 a metre near me and +$ as you go towards Melbourne, or man(person?) the chainsaws I guess.

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      robert rosicka

      Yes it’s firewood time again and I hate winter in Victoriastan, hoping to get to Broome again this year with a bit of luck and McGowan gets the flick although not much chance of that with the new woke Liberal opposition leader .

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      Yonniestone

      We had a fizzer of a summer here in Ballarat with very mild conditions through Feb, working this summer I used a jacket with the liner 50% of the time and a thermal top more often than usual with waterproof pants used for rain and cold mornings or days, not a cruel summer at all.

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      StephenP

      I thought you weren’t allowed to fell trees in your part of Australia. /s

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        robert rosicka

        We are only allowed to take downed trees in allocated areas , these areas have been heavily picked over in the past and it takes hours to get a trailer load of good stuff .

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      Tilba Tilba

      We have an evacuated tube solar hot water system. In summer I set the switch on the pump to low just to slow the system down and stop it overheating / over pressuring on very hot days.

      Similar realities in Darwin.

      Our north-facing solar hot water system was set on a roof at a pitch of about 24° and because Darwin is about 12° S, there are two times a year (Oct, March) when the sun is hitting the panels at 90° – and they used to operate far too efficiently.

      So I used to attach plywood to half the panels – so the hot water didn’t get too hot. During the monsoon (Dec-Feb) it is so cloudy that they didn’t work hardly at all, and meanwhile, the “cold” water came from a big shallow reservoir.

      So there were times of the year when there was almost no difference between water from the hot tap versus from the cold tap.

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    another ian

    “Biden’s New CEQ Climate Hire Wants to Make Climate Action Affordable”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/05/bidens-new-ceq-climate-hire-wants-to-make-climate-action-affordable/

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    Frost Giant Rebellion

    Its good to go back before the Covid attack to see what the reprobates were up to. Here is a story from early 2017 about Moderna.

    “But the Crigler-Najjar treatment has been indefinitely delayed, an Alexion spokeswoman told STAT. It never proved safe enough to test in humans, according to several former Moderna employees and collaborators who worked closely on the project.”

    In other words the MRNA technology damaged all the animals.

    “His presentation instead focused on four vaccines that the company is moving through the first phase of clinical trials: two target strains of influenza, a third is for Zika virus, and the fourth remains a secret.”

    A secret? Not the Covid virus right?

    “But mRNA is a tricky technology. Several major pharmaceutical companies have tried and abandoned the idea, struggling to get mRNA into cells without triggering nasty side effects.”

    In other words attempts to use MRNA technology damaged all the animals. So darting forward four years the animal studies were skipped.

    “Crigler-Najjar was the lowest-hanging fruit.

    Yet Moderna could not make its therapy work, former employees and collaborators said. The safe dose was too weak, and repeat injections of a dose strong enough to be effective had troubling effects on the liver in animal studies.”

    https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/10/moderna-trouble-mrna/

    If you are relying on studies after February 2020 you are restricting yourself to a time where everything we thought we knew was sent down the Orwellian memory hole. The experiments were done, the animals were all damaged. A strategy has been arrived at based upon what is known.

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    yarpos

    Having grown up further north I quite like having distinct season and the cadence of life it generates. Its more noticeable in the other hemisphere but even here there are seasonal events/festivals, autumn leaves soon, maybe snow on the hills and definiteley (despite the “end of snow”) some play for the snow bunnies further up. I am happy to leave the heat and humidity to others. We are lucky to live in a place where we have choices.

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      Hanrahan

      Never thought of it that way. Here in the tropics there is little more than 15 deg C difference between summer and winter. It makes for cheap living, I have bought little more than jeans and a couple of denim jackets for thirty years. I have a few “expensive” shirts I can wear sans jacket to weddings and funerals.

      But I have only seen snow falling three times: Ballarat, Hobart and Andorra.

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      Tilba Tilba

      I am happy to leave the heat and humidity to others. We are lucky to live in a place where we have choices.

      Indeed – ten years in Darwin was enough … there is something pretty good about the Wet & Dry cycle, but after a while, you do yearn for a bit more variety. And it’s no better as you get older … very few people either retire to Darwin, or stay there when they stop working.

      Melbourne has hot summers and cold winters – which is why we prefer the Gold Coast for both those seasons … autumn and spring in Melbourne are generally excellent however.

      Have seen a lot of snow falling – here in Oz, in NZ, but especially in North America.

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    RickWill

    I have done comparison of two data sets in the Nino34 region and included the Australian ACCESS1 model hindcast/prediction for this region that overlaps the present time:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq1iAj8Yo7jNhCO9MiyzIfZU8fR0
    The National Climate for Environment Prediction service is a part of US NOAA. The NCEP data set is for sea surface temperature and combines moored buoys with satellite data. It has a very slight negative trend over the past 40 years. It is consistent with the ENSO charts that BoM produced based on the same region.

    The UAH high bias for this region is 1 degree per century. According to UAH the current La Nina should only just be starting to develop. The other point to note is that it is a long way from a surface temperature.

    The ACCESS1 hindcast/prediction has cooled this region to get the 2.5C per century warming trend it displays. If it was accurate for the past then there would have been no El Ninos in the 1980s and 1990s. The Nino 4 region data for the model is already heading off into the unphysical of annual average ocean surface temperature exceeding 30C – a physical impossibility on planet Earth.
    http://climexp.knmi.nl/data/icmip5_tas_Amon_ACCESS1-0_rcp85_160–150E_-5-5N_n_+++.png

    So far KNMI Climate Explorer does not have any CMIP6 run output for CSIRO or BoM models so the ACCESS1 here uses the CMIP5 initialisation.

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    another ian

    “HOW TO FIX U.S. ELECTION FRAUD—AND WHY THE MARXISTS DON’T WANT IT”

    https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/20929/fix-u-s-election-fraud/

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    another ian

    bloody Hell!

    “HOW THE PURGE OF THE MILITARY IS BEING DONE”

    https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/how-the-purge-of-the-military-is-being-done/

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    dp

    Covid-19 is a socially transmitted disease. Absent careless socializing that creates new hosts it goes away. With socializing it never goes away. No kind of medicine can change that.

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      Frost Giant Rebellion

      If the medication destroys the virus outside the cell, and prevents its replication within the cell, then that will stop the person to person replication. If standard viral theory is pretty right then the key place for transmission is between cells and not necessarily between people. Failing to bring ones vitamin D levels up (just by way of one preparation example) may therefore be more irresponsible than failure to socially distance. Since vitamin D levels are at least partly behind the strength of the macrophage response as the virus is breaking out of one cell, with the potential to invade another, or to find its way outside of the body. If you keep yourself healthy you are not likely to make others unhealthy.

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        dp

        A pandemic is the spreading across the global population. Spreading within a host is an instance of the disease. That is what makes this an STD.

        95% efficacy – estimated, in the current crop of vaccinations. The viruses are not destroyed outside the host cell, they are handicapped if encountered before entering a cell. And since the viruses have a bit of time before they’re discovered and dispatched by the immune system they have time to enter healthy cells are replicate. During that time the inoculated but infested person is a spreader. And since they’re bursting with confidence as well as new viruses, they will be inclined to socialize, because, well, they’ve had their jabs, right?

        The vaccinations are not a barrier – they only produce a better reaction against the invaders. It still takes time to win that battle.

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      John R Smith

      I think C19 is transmitted by the media.
      Like a rumor.
      So I guess you’re right, it is socially transmitted.

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    Frost Giant Rebellion

    Here is a study attempting to evaluate the capacity of the Pfizer MRNA vaccine to cause prion based diseases. Mad cows disease was a prion based disease for example.

    “Pfizer’s RNA based vaccine against COVID-19 was evaluated for the potential to convert TDP-43 and or FUS to their prion based disease causing states. The vaccine RNA was analyzed for the
    presence of sequences that can activate TDP-43 and FUS. The interaction of the transcribed spike protein with its target was analyzed to determine if this action could also activate TDP-43
    and FUS.”

    The study seems pretty speculative but no more so than the vaccine itself. The study comes with a host of references.

    https://www.scivisionpub.com/pdfs/covid19-rna-based-vaccines-and-the-risk-of-prion-disease-1503.pdf

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    RicDre

    Grist: “local weather dynamics don’t always correlate with global warming”

    Guest essay by Eric Worrall

    Grist discussing the rise of “climate change” over “global warming”, because the term “global warming” was too confusing for people experiencing cold weather.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/06/grist-local-weather-dynamics-dont-always-correlate-with-global-warming/

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    STJOHNOFGRAFTON

    By now most of us have been indoctrinated with pictures of SARS-CoV-2, that multi-coloured sphere with the funnels poking out like a massage gym ball with funnels where the spikes should be. My perusal of the latest and best electron micrographs of this particular Corona virus would indicate that the public are being shown fantasy impressions of the virus in order to impart a ‘bogeyman’ persona to the public enemy rhetoric conferred on the virus. Damnably, that bogeyman public image of the virus has been used as part of the propaganda to hype the excuse to throw world economies off the cliff.

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    joseph

    The last few lines of the abstract describe another aspect of all this I found most interesting . . . . .

    https://jdfor2020.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/adf864_165a103206974fdbb14ada6bf8af1541.pdf

    Abstract
    “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 23, 2020, “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19 , on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”[1] For a nation tormented by restrictive public health policies mandated for healthy individuals and small businesses, this is the most important statistical revelation of
    this crisis. This revelation significantly impacts the published fatalities count due to COVID-19. More importantly, it exposes major problems with the process by which the CDC was able to generate inaccurate data during a crisis. The CDC has advocated for social isolation, social distancing, and personal protective equipment use as primary mitigation strategies in response to the COVID-19 crisis, while simultaneously refusing to acknowledge the promise of inexpensive pharmaceutical and natural treatments. These mitigation strategies were promoted largely in response to projection model fatality forecasts that have proven to be substantially inaccurate. Further investigation into the legality of the methods used to create these strategies raised additional concerns and questions. Why would the CDC decide against using a system of data collection & reporting they authored, and which has been in use nationwide for 17 years without incident, in favor of an untested & unproven system exclusively for COVID-19 without discussion and peer-review? Did the CDC’s decision to abandon a known and proven effective system also breach several federal laws that ensure data accuracy and integrity? Did the CDC knowingly alter rules for reporting cause of death in the presence of comorbidity exclusively for COVID-19? If so, why?”

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    another ian

    Another in this furore on unsuitable cartoon characters.

    Do an internet search on “The Trial of Winnie the Pooh”.

    Mods might have to censor the link if I post it.

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    beowulf

    I was almost hit in the face by a kamikaze Flying Fox (fruit bat) last night as I stepped out of my back door. It had just launched itself from the Cocos Palm 20 feet away in my neighbour’s yard. If it hadn’t dodged me at the last second it would have plowed straight into my back wall — it couldn’t see an object the size of a house, a problem which is not uncommon for fruit bats.

    To me they always seem to need a lot more evolution before they will become fit for purpose. They don’t echo-locate and their vision isn’t great for something that has to fly in the dark. They die in their thousands when there is a heatwave — as was first reported at Sydney Town by Capt. Watkin Tench of the 1st Fleet back in the El Nino of 1792. They can barely fly (even when not carrying their young – and some carry twins) and are even more clumsy when crawling around on a tree. On the ground they are utterly helpless. If they can’t drag themselves 10 feet up some object to launch from, they are goners. They keep the bat rescue organisations in near-constant work, and man hasn’t helped with fruit netting, powerlines, backyard dogs and car collisions.

    Still on the wildlife theme, I was near my Macadamia tree the other day when I heard a rain of nuts falling. When I looked up, there was a big old Black Cocky feeding happily. For every nut he ate, he knocked 10 more to the ground. I get small flocks feeding on the Macadamia, and 6 birds simultaneously cracking rock-hard shells is something to hear. Their beaks are immensely powerful and they can easily shear off 2 inch diameter branches in a couple of bites to get to whatever it is they are after. They also feed on the seeds of my Banksia and leave the ground strewn with crushed cones and torn-off branches when they are finished.

    They are very welcome in my yard which is still largely devoid of birds even though it is a year since the drought broke. I used to have a stable population of about a dozen Satin Bower Birds, plus 6 types of honeyeater, plus insectivorous species, parrots and finches. Plenty of feed here for them, just no birds.

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      another ian

      We have a kurrajong just outside the back gate. One day when it had green seed pods on it there was a group of Major Mitchells in it harvesting – and dropping most to the ground. I thought they were being early and wasteful, but they came back when the ones on the ground had dried out. I guess that I didn’t pass in Major Mitchell logic and that stopped shedding of the seeds so harvesting was easier and more productive..

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      Maptram

      “and man hasn’t helped with fruit netting, powerlines, backyard dogs and car collisions.”

      Do they not go near wind turbines

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        beowulf

        Actually no, not really. The fruit bats are largely confined to the north and east coasts where there are denser forests and no turbines. They’ll eat pollen, nectar and rainforest fruits, and LOVE urban fruit trees and callistemons. That’s why they end up in netting and hung up in powerlines and barbed wire.

        Like a lot of native animals, they have learnt to go where the living is easy, and that means feeding off the vast numbers of trees planted in urban areas over the last 50 years in densities unthinkable in the wild. Why would you fly 20 miles to lick a bit of eucalypt pollen when you can chomp on someone’s mango tree all night?

        Undoubtedly some of our micro-bats succumb to turbines out west, but they aren’t the ones I’m talking about. Our mega-bats follow the pollen/fruit up and down the coast. The new wind monstrosities around Glen Innes on the NSW Northern Tablelands are about the only place mega-bats and turbines are likely to meet very often.

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          Hanrahan

          As a boy I lived in a simple house with the passage east/west. At dusk we could see thousands of flying foxes overflying the town against the sunset to places unknown. In mango season we boys could climb the trees and pick perfect fruit and eat it then and there. No way could kids do that today, the foxes have decided not to fly long distances, as you say.

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    el gordo

    Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf argues that this Northern Hemisphere freezing winter was due to global warming.

    https://notrickszone.com/2021/03/06/major-blow-to-polar-vortex-instability-claims-rahmstorf-misinterprets-short-term-data-as-long-term/

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    Chris

    Link to Dr Michael Mosley’s study on olive oil and heart disease

    https://msrestart.com/mediterranean-diet-and-the-benefits-of-olive-oil-in-diet/

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      Hanrahan

      I have an issue with olive oil. I have, of necessity, become more involved in cooking and watched a video on Spanish omelette in which the cook used quite a lot of olive oil in the pan and then saved it for reuse. He inferred it could be used repeatedly. Hang on!!! Once you heat olive oil it is no longer “virgin”, using it many times makes it rather haggard.

      I believe in single use coconut oil because of its higher fuming point.

      There may be something special about olive oil, but it begins oxidisation while in the bottle. use it fresh – once.

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      Peter C

      All the best to Dr Michael Mosely and his study.

      His study has a number of defects. The most serious is that they are using a product in the urine as a proxy for death rate by heart disease.
      A proper study would take too long for the BBC backers of his study.

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    R.B.

    Not one for this blog but it’s hardly getting any publicity elsewhere. Crikey is a leftwing online paper. This reporter is one of the few people who got to read all of the accusations against Christian Porter.
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2021/03/05/christian-porter-recovered-memories/?newUser=1&provider=Google

    Here’s one for an independent inquiry: did recovered memories target Christian Porter?…As the media and political pressure has built on Porter there’s one fact that has had no airplay — yet it is something we really do need to know.

    The allegation of rape fuelling the case against Porter — which he vigorously denies — has partially been the product of recovered memory theory, a discredited therapy which targets “memories” of events so horrific that the mind has forgotten them in order to cope.

    How do we know this? The alleged victim said so. It is in her statement — which has had limited circulation — and acts as a preface to the horrific details to be told.

    Even the supposedly rightwing media has not commented presumably as it’s yet to be confirmed.

    Maybe a story on how the media work with politicians rather than acts as a watchdog.

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      Hanrahan

      Oh Dear. You wouldn’t smack your dog on the bum on evidence from “recovered memory”.

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      Peter C

      What is your point exactly R.B.

      Should allegations based on recovered memory be taken seriously or not?

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        R.B.

        That most people would doubt it’s veracity if known to be a repressed memory, hence, those lawmakers who had the privilege of reading the whole statement should have had better manners.

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      Kalm Keith

      The “recovered memory” phenomenon is a very real and dangerous thing.

      The big question revolves around the plaintiff’s expressed details over the intervening 32 since the incident.

      The most reliable statements would have been those made in the first year or two after the incident.

      The least reliable would be anything extra that was present in the last few years.

      The woman obviously nursed a hope of marriage for some time and this is a problem in that the accused would have featured in the thoughts of the future. This isn’t good because the true memories of the original contact, whatever that might have involved, were going to be mixed up with later unrelated experiences. Recovered memory syndrome can be a very dangerous thing.

      KK

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        Lucky

        The problem with using so-called recovered memory as evidence is that the memories produced as evidence are a product of suggestion, there is no actual recovery of memory.

        The victim (of assault maybe, of fake psychology -yes) is given suggestions when susceptible such as when under hypnosis or medication. When fully awake the victim claims to now be able to remember accurately, no such thing, it is a created story.

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      Tilba Tilba

      Not one for this blog but it’s hardly getting any publicity elsewhere. Crikey is a leftwing online paper.

      That is a bit of a stretch … I’ve been a crikey.com.au reader and subscriber since it began with Stephen Mayne many years ago … it is not “leftwing”, even by the very inclusive definition employed by right-wingers.

      It is good solid journalism – shining a light on political shenanigans, incompetence, cover-ups, and spin. It takes on both Liberal and Labor politicians. Personally I think it’s what good centrist news media SHOULD be about. Being to the left of Genghis Khan does not make something “leftwing”.

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    el gordo

    “My co-authors and I have shown that the AMO is very likely an artifact of climate change driven by human forcing in the modern era and natural forcing in pre-industrial times.” Michael Mann (Climate Etc)

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      Peter C

      Yes I saw that as well el gordo.
      AMO is inconvenient, so lets get rid of it, just like the medieval warm period and the decline in tree ring inferred temperatures in recent times.

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      Hanrahan

      I recommended coconut oil in #31.1 but it is too naughty for you to read, maybe because I used a word Bramson named his airline.

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    another ian

    For the fashionistas of the mask world

    “Asteroid, Take Us Now”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2021/03/06/asteroid-take-us-now-3/

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    Chris

    Epoch Times shows comparison figures between Covid 19 vaccination deaths and flu vaccination deaths..

    Note: Covid deaths are for two months Dec14 – Feb19
    Flu deaths are for calendar year 2017, 2018 , 2019.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/adverse-incident-reports-show-966-deaths-following-vaccination-for-covid-19_3723384.html?utm_source=share-btn-copylink&st=4cBSYTG–hbA2d3JyrRacea-4dYKe8IQZmBjPpULCQobd9DRm-6IgLHCGAMNYyiTLkTOI5jMP8HBV8o2yNE3K33JVyNYLKDpRTI

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    Eddie

    Rise & rise of the retired and unpaid Drs. and scientists.

    Dr. Tess Lawrie performs meta-analyses of 27 clinician led studies from around the world while preparing submissions to national regulators to approve use of Ivermectin across UK and Europe, all in her own time because there’s no money in it for big pharma or big government buddies to bother.

    Here she is comparing notes and putting the latest study in its place with Dr. John Campbell.

    https://youtu.be/vYF8bnmdQfY

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    RicDre

    How many km2 of solar panels in Spain and how much battery backup would it take to power Germany

    Written by Dr. Lars Schernikau and Prof. William H. Smith

    Germany is responsible for about 2 % of global annual CO2 emissions from energy. To match Germany’s electricity demand (or over 15% of EU’s electricity demand) solely from solar photovoltaic panels located in Spain, about 7 % of Spain would have to be covered with solar panels (~35.000 km2). Spain is the best-situated country in Europe for solar power, better in fact than India or (South) East Asia. The required Spanish solar park (PV-Spain) will have a total installed capacity of 2.000 GWp or almost 3x the 2020 installed solar capacity worldwide of 715 GW. In addition, backup storage capacity totaling about 45 TWh would be required. To produce sufficient storage capacity from batteries using today’s leading technology would require the full output of 900 Tesla Gigafactories working at full capacity for one year, not counting the replacement of batteries every 20 years. For the entire European Union’s electricity demand, 6 times as much – about 40 % of Spain (~200.000 km2) – would be required, coupled with a battery capacity 6x higher.

    To keep the Solar Park functioning just for Germany, PV panels would need to be replaced every 15 years, translating to an annual silicon requirement for the panels reaching close to 10% of current global production capacity (~135% for one-time setup). The silver requirement for modern PV panels powering Germany would translate to 30% of the annual global silver production (~450% for one-time setup). For the EU, essentially the entire annual global silicon production and 3x the annual global silver production would be required for replacement only.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/03/07/how-many-km2-of-solar-panels-in-spain-and-how-much-battery-backup-would-it-take-to-power-germany/

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    RicDre

    Climate adaptation follies. Part I: The New Jersey challenge

    by Judith Curry

    New Jersey has a sea level rise problem. How should this be managed?

    New Jersey’s peninsular geography makes it especially vulnerable to sea level rise.

    The problem

    Sea level is rising along the New Jersey coast, at a rate substantially higher than the global average.

    The solution

    New Jersey is being pro-active in dealing with its sea level rise problem. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is working on a climate strategy document that should be ready by Earth Day on April 22, and as it is writing new regulations under the NJ Protecting Against Climate Threats process. The regulations are expected to place new requirements on owners of new and existing property in future flood-prone areas.

    The problem with the solution

    However, legitimate concerns about climate change, sea level rise, and flooding are not a justification to overreact and harm our economy today with draconian policies unsupported by science. Let’s look at the data on which DEP is basing its Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT) regulatory changes.

    Part II

    Stay tuned, the plot thickens. I will have Part II posted on Tuesday.

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/03/07/climate-adaptation-follies-part-i-the-new-jersey-challenge/

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    Frost Giant Rebellion

    A run through of the Australian information sheet to do with the AsrtraZeneca vaccine. Its a scandal from start to finish. They are using murdered baby residuals as part of the vaccine. They admit that they can’t rule out sterilisation and cancer. They basically admit that they know nothing about this vaccine. This could not be more disgraceful.

    “Duration of protection. The duration of protection has not yet been established. Studies are ongoing.”

    So if anyone tells you that the vaccine is effective clearly they are talking nonsense. Effective for 3 months? Dunno. Dog ate their homework?

    “4.6 FERTILITY, PREGNANCY AND LACTATION

    Effects on fertility

    It is unknown whether COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca may impact fertility. No data are available.”

    Its just all a little bit too hard isn’t it? If you are out of the gene pool after this jab you can’t hold the dumb left wing bureaucrat responsible.

    “Analgesic and/or anti-pyretic medicinal products (e.g. paracetamol-containing products) may be
    used to provide symptomatic relief from post-vaccination adverse reactions.”

    A confession that this vaccine is giving people serious pain.

    “Mechanism of action
    COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is a monovalent vaccine composed of a single recombinant,
    replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus (ChAdOx1) vector encoding the S glycoprotein of
    SARS-CoV-2. Following administration, the S glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2 is expressed locally
    stimulating neutralizing antibody and cellular immune responses. ”

    Right so they were too useless to isolate and neutralise Covid-19 itself. So they had to go out and get a chimpanzee virus to work with. Sure. That’ll work just fine. These people would be laughable if we didn’t know they were connected to unreconstructed eugenics groups.

    “The primary efficacy endpoint was symptomatic COVID-19 infection, defined as objective fever
    (≥37.8°C), cough, shortness of breath, anosmia, or ageusia with virologically confirmed COVID-19
    occurring ≥15 days post second dose, in participants without serological evidence of previous
    SARS-CoV-2 infection. Final determination of COVID-19 cases were made by an adjudication
    committee, who also assigned disease severity according to the WHO clinical progression scale. ”

    There is no objectivity to it, with regards to the actual pandemic going on. This is just ridiculous. It keeps going in this same vein. No evidence for any kind of usefulness whatsoever. No real connection between the vaccine and the Covid virus. These are scam artists with hidden agendas. The fact is if you induce cold and flu symptoms in one 15 day period then you aren’t likely to have these symptoms repeated in the next 15 day period. So what else is new? Hardly evidence that you are more resilient in the face of the pandemic. Why not just get the hardcore vitamin D instead? So this is the logic behind the modern vaccine? There is no logic to it.

    https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/auspar-chadox1-s-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-210215-pi.pdf

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    CHRIS

    If the CAGW acolytes were to be believed (and, unfortunately, they are, by the species “ignoramus polticianus”), the Earth would be almost entirely covered in water (a la ‘Waterworld’), so sea level rises would be irrelevant. I just love the arguments of the CAGW brigade; they are that stupid that they don’t know climate from croissants.

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