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    Stanley

    Who’s on First?

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    The mind, it’s such an amazing thing. Sometimes, you do things automatically, and think nothing of it. Perhaps even, there’s the thought that because you can do it so easily, then everyone can do it, but then, that’s my thinking as an electrician who knows how to do this.

    Recently, I was asked a question in a comment at my home site ….. if there was any way to tell how many wind turbines were working at a Wind Plant, you know, other than driving by that Plant, stopping, and actually counting the towers where the blades are rotating.

    Simple answer, well, yes there is, and I have been doing it for so long now that I ‘thought’, well, anyone can do that, surely.

    However, when I did stop and think about it, I realised that because I had been doing it for so long, and as someone who has the knowledge to understand what he is looking at, then my thinking that anyone could do it was predominant, and that was most definitely NOT the case.

    I answered the comment question, and my home site’s owner then asked me to make a separate Post about it, because, when he read the reply comment of mine, he realised how interesting it actually was,

    Here’s me thinking it was just so damned easy!

    Here’s the link to that Post, and the only reason I’m including it is if you wish to bookmark it for future reference, not for any reason to ‘bump up’ visitor numbers to my home site.

    Okay, basically, you need to know the nameplate of the wind plant in question, then, what each turbine’s power rating is, so you can then work out the numbers of turbines at that Plant. Then using the Aneroid site, locate that wind plant, and then ….. FOR ANY DAY, AND TIME AT ALL, (in that plant’s history) you can easily work out how many of that plant’s turbines are rotating, and generating, and delivering power to the grid, at ANY POINT IN TIME.

    The Post is long, and when I realised how long, I then understood just how complex that answer really was.

    What I am now doing (on top of this) is making a list of all 76 wind plants in the Country, yep, now there are that many of them, and the Nameplate and turbine size, (so, numbers of turbines) so the task becomes that little bit easier.

    Some of you might think, hey, what real point is there to all of this, but this is what the green lobby wind supporters rely upon, that NO ONE knows how to actually do something like this.

    Okay, so here I have been picked up when I do something like this, and here in fact, at Joanne’s site no less, when I use the average for the day to quote how poorly wind delivers, and I have been picked up on it for indicating a daily average of turbines delivering power, telling me that I cannot use that daily average to mention how many turbines are rotating, based on that daily average. Okay, I get that, but it’s just an indicator.

    For so long I have now been using that information, without even considering what I have for so long indicated ….. ‘ Tony, make it so that the average person can understand it, and work it out for themselves’.

    So, bookmark the link, and when someone tells you how good wind really, is, explain the truth to them.

    Tony.

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      Graeme#4

      Commenters to power supply articles in The Australian, which are now regularly appearing, are now also providing wind output data regularly, so the idea is catching on in the MSM.

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        I’m of the opinion that if the general public were to actually have all the facts about wind generation placed in front of them, it could probably signal the [email protected] knell for them.

        Tony.

        PostScript – Mr Bowen have you seen ALL the data about how poorly wind generation actually Is?

        “Yep! ….. And?”

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          Jack01

          Spot on. We can extend this to say that if the public had all the real facts about everything else as well, the government would be much, much different. As an example the Greens and Teals probably wouldn’t even exist. The MSM have completely distorted many people’s opinions on just about everything, which affects the voting patterns and hence the crop of politicians.

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          Geoffrey Williams

          Tony, this information and knowledge you have on wind turbines is ‘gold’.
          I for one will be doing my best to inform people and friends . .
          Please do not ever get disheartened because we are all with you.

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          Strop

          I’m not convinced that facts change people’s opinions much. Once the opinion is formed. Whether it be climate change, effective power generation, politics, or even whether someone is guilty of a crime.
          I think that too many already have opinions for facts to make much of an impact anymore. Experiencing reality is probably the only tool left for a good many people.

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            Geoffrey Williams

            Sorry mate but mis-red thumbed you. Anyway what you say is absolutely correct.
            Teacher tells kids stuff at school or uni and the media the same. People grow up and will never, ever believe they are wrong plus of course its easier to believe the media message, and be part of the herd . .

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          Graeme#4

          Couldn’t agree more Tony. But at least some media folks are now stepping up.

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      Richard+Jenkins

      Tony, thanks that’s interesting but too long.
      Please tell me 2 wind speeds.
      1. What wind speed is required to turn a windturbine?
      2. What wind speed is too fast and the turbine stopped?
      Then I can see on weather maps where there is wind energy loss.
      Perhaps the ALP should read, “The Three Bears”!

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        I have an opinion here that wind speed would only be a minimal factor here. Most of the turbines would operate in that lower wind speed range of (around) 20KPH, and that would be a little lower for smaller turbines, (around 15KPH) and the upper speed cutoff could be as high as 85KPH.

        The speed factor might only be at low speed operation, and with Direct Drive Turbines.

        Most of the modern turbines have a CSD (constant speed drive) a complex gearbox that drives the generator at the same speed for all wind speeds. Now, this image is about as basic as I can get, and note that for the gearbox it shows ….. one ‘gear’ image, while a CSD is similar in operation to CVVT on Toyotas and Hondas, (a hugely complex operation) and on the image you can see the anemometer (9 and 10) for wind speed and direction on top of the nacelle.

        Knowing which plants have direct drive and which have geared drive would help, but again, that is a further level of complexity for this exercise, which is about as accurate as I can get to be, without resorting to the opposite of ‘keeping it simple’ for the average person.

        I take Richard Jenkins point that the Post is too long, and again, for something I have always done in (virtually) seconds, well it took all that length to explain correctly, and that harks right back to my very first sentence of the Comment itself, how the mind works ….. when you know what you’re doing.

        And, again, with respect to wind speeds for operation of the turbines, that now introduces a further complicating fact to the equation, the age of the plant itself, and the technology of the turbines in operation at that plant.

        Thank you all for the comments, and again, see just how complex the whole thing really is, and if I have difficulty in explaining it, how does the average person even begin to understand it?

        Wherever possible, I will keep it as simple as I possibly can.

        Tony.

        PostScript – It may seem that I might be avoiding answering the questions from umm, …. Judas Priest, what the hell do I do now? However, it’s not really like that. For just this simple reply, I now have 19 tabs open and I’m certain another dozen have opened and closed. KISS is a lot more than ….. KISS.

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          Richard+Jenkins

          Thanks Tony,
          That is:
          1. over r5 kph or upto 20 kph depending on age, size and efficiency.
          2. Sometimes some can withstand 85 kph

          Some weather channels show wind gust forecast maximums at 3 hourly intervals.
          My eletcorate rarely gets to 15 kph..

          TEAL held seats will need solar 24/7.

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      yarpos

      Surely thats an average (and probably a good rough guide) rather than an actual for turbine numbers.

      As the site output is variable how do you differentiate wind conditions from turbines offline. Am I missing something?

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      Strop

      if there was any way to tell how many wind turbines were working at a Wind Plant, you know, other than driving by that Plant

      you need to know the nameplate of the wind plant in question, then, what each turbine’s power rating is, so you can then work out the numbers of turbines at that Plant. Then using the Aneroid site, locate that wind plant, and then ….. FOR ANY DAY, AND TIME AT ALL, (in that plant’s history) you can easily work out how many of that plant’s turbines are rotating, and generating, and delivering power to the grid, at ANY POINT IN TIME.

      Do you also need to know the wind speed and the output rating of each turbine for a given wind speed? Otherwise, if the wind plant is generating 25% of its capacity you won’t know if 75% of the turbines are not rotating or if they’re all working at 25%. If you know the wind speed is equivalent to a 25% output then 100% are working. If the wind speed is sufficient for 50% output and you only have 25% output then half the turbines aren’t rotating. Or they’re all rotating but need greasing to ease the friction that’s stopping them turning efficiently 😉

      I don’t know. Just my thoughts based on what I imagine the inputs are to work out how many turbines are turning. I haven’t read the long version in the link.

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      Ronin

      The Aneroid site gives the plants nameplate and % output, that’s basically all I need to know.
      As an aside, notice the only plant which shows a red tag is one which is generating close to or over 100%, is fueled units coal or gas and some hydro.

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      Graeme#4

      May I be an outlier and say that how much energy we currently obtain from wind is not important, because the pro-renewables folks will simply say “build more wind farms” to obtain more wind energy.
      To me, what’s really critical are the “holes” in the wind energy output – i.e., the actual percentage loss during these holes and their duration. That’s what will have to be backed up, in turn defining exactly how much backup will be required.

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      Jim+Barker

      Hi Tony, I read many of your comments at JoNova. Is there a way to know how much power is being extracted from the grid by each of these wind plants? I have heard that each tower must spin for a “time” to keep the shafts from warping. They supposedly run the generators in motor mode to keep the blades moving. If this is true, then obviously the group power output would be less, but if the group output was also being used to spin “defective” towers, it would be lowered even more. Sometime in the past I spoke to a representative for an inverter supplier to the windmill industry. He wanted to find a repair source for the inverters and claimed to have warehouses full of bad units, making me believe that many of the spinning blades were not moving because of the wind. Just curious. Will add this comment over at JoNova, too.

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        Jim,
        thanks for this comment here, and also for leaving it at my home site. I woke this morning, logged into my home site and saw two comments waiting for me, yours, and then a second comment from a few hours after yours. Now, when it comes to my Posts, and comments to my Posts, the owner of my home site leaves those comments for me to answer. So, neither comment was posted, waiting in moderation, until I saw it and then approved it, and then answered it as well.

        In a remarkable piece of Synergy, the second comment answered the first comment that you, Jim Barker made. So, without even knowing, the comments referred to each other. Rather than write the whole reply over again, the answer is that each individual turbine runs as a motor, and will ever so slowly turn over so that the shaft does not bend under the enormous weight, and the bearings do not ‘brinnell’ or anneal. So, the turbine is ‘motored’, and in so doing, it consumes 50KW of power in doing just that.

        So, as an example, last night at around 5PM, an hour before the usual evening Peak, every night at around that same time, 6PM, well last night, that was when wind generation was at its low point for the day, and at that point, the total Nameplate for wind of 9854MW was generating a little under 900MW. (so, operating at a Capacity Factor of 8.8%, right at the time the most power was needed from all sources)

        That effectively meant that (around) 2800 individual turbines were off line, and with them using 50KW each at that time, then the wind power fleet in Australia was consuming 140MW form the grid, so at that Peak time, with the average home consuming 10KW of power at that time on average, then the wind fleet was consuming power enough to run 14,000 Homes.

        Jim, thanks again for leaving a comment at my home site. It’s always good to get any sort of feedback. Unlike here, that home site, well, I’m IT when it comes to moderation, and they all wait to be ‘released’, unlike here at Joanne’s site, so it won’t be till the next morning I get to it, but all good!

        Tony.

        PostScript – Now here, imagine the technology ….. of what is ‘packed’ into that nacelle on top of that skyscraper height tower. In an earlier comment here, I linked to an image of the nacelle, and mentioned the ‘one gear’ image that indicates an incredibly complex Constant Speed Drive, the gearbox itself. When the Unit has stopped due to no wind, and is in fact ‘motoring’, the gearbox is isolated from the system, and the blades are not turning, so, umm, you’re never going to know it is still slowly ticking over. Now imagine you as an electrical tradesman working in that confined space on top of that skyscraper tower. No thanks!

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          Strop

          will ever so slowly turn over so that the shaft does not bend under the enormous weight, and the bearings do not ‘brinnell’ or anneal.

          How long can a turbine be stationary before it’s a problem? I’ve driven past many that are not rotating.

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            I mentioned exactly that in the PostScript.

            The blades are attached to the low speed shaft, and that low speed shaft is disconnected from the CSD (gearbox) when the turbine stops generating power.

            Tony.

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              Strop

              Yes, I noticed that postscript. But it wasn’t making sense to me from alleviating the weight issue and was thinking I must be missing something in terms of the motor running and the blades not turning.

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        Jim,

        there was a reply to this, around an hour or so ago, but it’s gone into ….. (umm, you might guess where)

        In that reply, I mentioned the word ….. [email protected], (but only in respect of my own home site) and that’s why it went to that place, being one of the words that will send you there.

        It’ll get released at some point in time, and I should have known, having been there before, but sometimes I just forget.

        So, I’m not ignoring you here.

        Tony.

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    Mal

    Well!!
    All the chickens are coming home to roost.
    Green fantasies meet practical realities.
    Unless of course, starving the world population and plunging them into poverty was always part of the depopulation agenda.

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    ColA

    Jo,

    Just incase you have any doubts here is the Official Health Departments definition of a Woman.

    A classic ‘Yes Minister” answer!!

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/australias-health-department-provides-78-word-answer-to-what-is-a-woman.html

    Memorize for the net time you are asked.

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      Earl

      Just as well they were not asked to give a definition of a man. And someone needs to take Boris aside and turkey slap him. Appearance should not be a criteria at any stage of the identification process of a woman/man. The only absolute is the chromosonal make up, end of story.

      Otherwise applying his logic to the Salinas Dominican Republic 1 in 90 incidence “someone ‘cannot be born without a penis without being a woman’.

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      Isn’t is amazing that steers know which in their herd is a cow and stallions know which are mares but humans are struggling with the question as to what is a woman. Who said humans had superior intellect?
      As I have three sons, at least I know that I was born with some insight into life.

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      Honk R Smith

      What is a woman?

      But … exterminating a child up to the very moment of emergence without restriction is a (woman’s?) right?
      (Here in a America there are large crowds marching and chanting, that define this right as ‘justice’ and without it there will be no peace.)
      So, if anyone and everyone is possibly a ‘woman’, then it’s everyone’s right.

      Decarbonization.

      Hmm … it’s as if the very essence of like itself is under attack.
      As for me, I certainly have NOT read enough Sci-Fi and spirituality type stuff in the 60s and 70s to think such a thing.
      Silly books and philosophers.

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    Zane

    Labor has 77 seats in parliament. Indies 10, mostly Teals I assume, and 4 greens. Where I am, Corangamite, formerly called a swing seat, now has a 7.6% ALP majority with Libby Coker firmly ensconced.

    Greater Melbourne’s 10,000 square kilometer sprawl is reported to have about 5.3 million inhabitants – the same as WA, SA, Tas, & NT combined. Greater Sydney tips in at maybe 6 million souls. Both cities are growing fast from inward migration, and while Sydney has the head start, Melbourne has more adjoining cheap land which can be subdivided into yet more housing estates.

    Which brings me to my point. These new housing estates which I see mushrooming everywhere are predominantly likely to vote Labor. It’s how they roll. Filled with migrants, first home buyers, battlers, welfare recipients in cheap rental houses owned by negative gearers, low wage workers and the like who mostly tend to vote Labor for whatever reason. Probably because it is seen as the party of the ” workers “.

    In some outer suburban areas half of the households exist on Centrelink benefits. Again, I am no political expert, but if you told me most of these vote for the ALP I would not care to dispute it.

    On the edge of Geelong toward Melbourne, on the other side of the Princes Highway from industrial Corio, a new subdivision named Lovely Banks is planned. 150,000 people, that will be a whole new electorate. And it will vote Labor. And it won’t be the last.

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      Geoff Sherrington

      Zane,
      As I waited for a Thai takeaway, the mid aged Chinese couple at the next table explained to their Aussie couple friends that most Chinese in Melbourne we’re urged to vote ALP because of threats of violence if they did not.
      This is not reliable information, but then why were they talking about it – in detail, with conviction in their voices? Smoke without fire? Geoff S

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        Peter C

        most Chinese in Melbourne we’re urged to vote ALP because of threats of violence if they did not.

        No one knows how you vote. Even if you tell them.

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          Earl

          Correct for actual polling booth voting however don’t over look postal ballots. Would be interesting to see if postal votes increased this election particularly in Melbourne.

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          Zane

          Hmmm. In Russia workers and students were told to take a photo of their ballot with their phone and then show it to an ” official ” on the way out – to prove they voted for UR, Putin’s party. Or else they might be demoted or their student grant stopped. They might hassle the Chinese in Melbourne the same way. I have heard the ALP has the migrant vote in Melb sewn up through various migrant groups and organisations.

          It’s foolish to think the CCP isn’t infiltrating Australian life and politics. I’m sure they are. We, NZ, and Canada are super soft targets.

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            KP

            “It’s foolish to think the CCP isn’t infiltrating Australian life and politics.”

            Might pay to be on the side of the winners…

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              Zane

              Beijing wins the air pollution gold medal for sure. Also the let’s lock up the Uighurs gold medal. And the let’s cheat in the Olympics gold medal. They are quite some team, the CCP.

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            Sceptical+Sam

            It’s foolish to think the CCP isn’t infiltrating Australian life and politics. I’m sure they are. We, NZ, and Canada are super soft targets.

            Anybody who thinks the Chinese Communist Party is not infiltrating of Australia and its institutions needs to read Hidden Hand by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg (Hardie Grant Publishing, Victoria) 2020.

            Paul Monk says in his review:

            “Read this book. It will knock your socks off. This is a book that neither Beijing nor its agents of influence want you to be allowed to read which, of course, is precisely why you should.”

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        Dennis

        During the 2007 Federal Election campaign a company employee, born Hong Kong Chinese, told me that he would not vote for the Liberal MP and Howard Coalition Government because they intended to deport Asians if they were returned to government. I asked him where that information came from and he told me he read about it in the Chinese language newspaper published in Sydney.

        Later I heard that house to house door knocking campaigners in the Bennelong Electorate (PM Howard MP) included the Chinese son in law of Opposition Leader Rudd and that the Labor campaigners were targeting Asian voters warning them about the alleged plan for deportation of Asians.

        John Howard lost that election to Labor candidate by a narrow margin. A Liberal candidate won the seat back in 2009.

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          Dennis

          Another example of hyperbole and puffery of the sales and marketing kind was Labor’s “Medi-scare” election campaign, baseless nonsense cunningly crafted to deceive unwary voters.

          Like the State Government primary responsibility bushfires and floods accusations against PM Morrison, ignoring that the Deputy PM was on duty as always when a PM is absent.

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      Dennis

      Labor have used many tactics to secure votes, for example, offering to drive elderly voters to polling booths on application, and once picked up they were pressured to vote for the Labor candidate using all kinds of persuasive language and including hinting at an obligation, free ride to polling place and return home for example.

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    Zane

    Returning from a walk earlier today, I noticed a shiny new EV in the shopping centre carpark of a type I hadn’t seen before. I didn’t recognize the insignia of the make either. It was no Tesla. Curiosity overcame me so I sidled over for a closer look. On the side in small letters it said it was a Polestar 2. Nice looking machine, anyway.

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      Neil+Crafter

      It’s a division of Volvo, cars made in China.

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        Zane

        Very crafty move, the Chinese buying Volvo via Geely to begin their assault on the global automotive sector. Sun Tzu would definitely approve. I see Geely also own Lotus. Is nothing sacred? But in a corporate twist, I read Volvo now plans to buy out Geely. So… does this mean Volvo will be Swedish again? Or am I misreading the tea leaves?

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      Strop

      How did you know it was an EV if it was a car you didn’t recognise? Does the shopping centre have a charging point or you just couldn’t see a petrol cap?

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        Serp

        Number plate will have a symbol denoting whatever category of weirdness the vehicle belongs to.

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          Strop

          Yeah, I’ve seen that almost all my life. Long before EV’s were contemplated seriously.
          VIC, NSW, QLD, WA etc.

          Oh, sorry. That’s to do with the weirdness of who the vehicle belongs to.

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        Zane

        It didn’t have any exhaust pipes. I was approaching it from the rear. I’m not completely stupid, even if some of my posts indicate otherwise! 😄

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          Zane

          And you know what was funny? Inside the windscreen of this Polestar, it had one of those Energy Rating stickers like you find on fridges and TVs! I’m not joking either.

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          Hanrahan

          China is sensible going to EVs. If nothing else it shifts the actual pollution [exhaust gasses] out of the cities. Surely it is easier to scrub the stacks of new low emission power stations than poorly maintained cars and bikes.

          OTOH I’m willing to bet Toyota will never pledge to cease production of ICEs. In the southern hemisphere and Arab nations Toyota 4X4s rule. What self respecting Taliban fighter would have anything less than a Hilux tray-back to mount his 50cal onto?

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          Hanrahan

          If approaching from the front it would have no radiator vent. Like a beetle.

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      MrGrimNasty

      I hadn’t heard of Rivian until yesterday. The R1T beat a Dodge viper (unknown version/spec) on the 1/4 mile, but only just, and most of the advantage seemed to be the 4wd launch.
      https://rivian.com/r1t

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        another ian

        IIRC – didn’t Ford cop a loss dumping its shares in Rivian?

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        Zane

        Check the Lucid Air Dream Edition. A 1,111 horsepower luxury EV.

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        Chad

        All EVs benefit from maximum torque at zero rpm, and NO gear shifts…hugh advantage for sprints.
        But, the Rivian likely cost double (usd$90-110k) the price of the Viper.

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      Dennis

      I suspect that he, being a very switched on person, senses trouble ahead for the new Albo Labor Federal Government, and other astute observers who followed the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd two terms 2007 to 2013 would appreciate why, after observing the performances from the PM and Cabinet so far, generally.

      They do carry a lot of baggage with most former Rudd-Gillard government MPs and Ministers, and then consider their work experience and lack of private sector exposure, one of the latest “interesting” comments from the Treasurer who said recently that the RBA could do with unionists on the board. Consider the ACTU leader’s several remarks including that wages must be increased, not only lowest paid as done recently by the Fair Work Commission (Labor industrial relations legislation Fair Work Australia that replaced the Howard Government’s Work Choices which was for astute observers a blueprint for this Information Technology Age that began during the 1990s.

      However, 2 years and 11 months to go before the next election, anything could happen.

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        el+gordo

        Expect him to continue tweeting ‘A Dutton government will ….’

        Albo will have to adopt Dutton’s populist ideas or lose the next election.

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          MP

          So four weeks after labor won the election you are claiming that they will lose the next election if they don’t follow the policies of the party that lost the last election?

          I’m guessing you model the climate in your spare time.

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            el+gordo

            My crystal ball is working fine and before the next election I think Barnaby will get his seat back from Littleproud.

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              GlenM

              Joyce still holding New England and Littleproud holding Maranoa. I will decline to vote National at next election if Littleproud is still leader. I will throw in my membership as well if he panders to woke progressive politics.

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              MP

              I think you should,
              1/ Remove the made in China sticker from your cyristal ball, its blocking your perspective.
              2/ Get the cyrstal ball assayed.

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                Bozotheclown

                MP said:

                I think you should,
                1/ Remove the made in China sticker from your cyristal ball, its blocking your perspective.
                2/ Get the cyrstal ball assayed.

                Funny as hell and worthy. Good one.

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                el+gordo

                I’m not enamoured with the fascists, but they are our biggest trading partner.

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    el+gordo

    ‘The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations have pledged to raise $600bn in private and public funds over five years to finance infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project.

    ‘US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders relaunched the newly renamed “Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment” on Sunday at their annual gathering being held this year at Schloss Elmau in southern Germany.’ (Aljazeera)

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      Serp

      They’ll roll out big batteries worldwide eh.

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        Dennis

        Maybe they will cancel the UN Lima Protocol 1975 favouring manufacturing industry transferring to developing nations like China?

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      el+gordo

      They could focus on counties in Latin American and Caribbean where poverty is getting worse.

      Sri Lanka is a basket case, what should the G7 do to save the country?

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        MP

        Send them missiles and Bush Masters.

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          Dennis

          You don’t understand the role of Bushmaster vehicles, apparently.

          A hint, they are not fighting vehicles.

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            MP

            Are you for real, the army bought them for what, Mardi Gras.

            Give yourself a slap over the back of your head for me.

            The Bushmaster is built to carry and sustain a nine man infantry section, with room for one more passenger. It is fully air-conditioned and can sustain itself for a period of up to three days.
            Engine: Caterpillar 3126E
            Operational range: 800 kilometres
            Maximum speed: Over 100 kilometres per hour
            Armament: Gun ring for 5.56 millimetre and 7.62 millimetre machine guns .

            Despite you being WRONG, where did I say “fighting Bushmasters”

            My nephew is army, this is actually his job, drove them in both the Iraqi and Afgani gay mardi gras, going to the seven eleven and taking the kids to soccer.

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        ozfred

        suggest they raise the resident visa fee for Chinese nationals to $US1,000,000 annually?

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        el+gordo

        Whatever the G7 does might be misconstrued, as Beijing discovered.

        ‘As China draws back from large scale infrastructure investments in Africa, it is worth considering why so many major Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in the region, unveiled with great fanfare, have ultimately struggled. A connecting thread across such cases has been China’s inability to manage the political complexities associated with infrastructure development.’ (The Diplomat)

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    el+gordo

    BoM’s minimum temperature forecast for June proves beyond reasonable doubt that their models are useless.

    http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=6943

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    Dennis

    It is good news that the Government of Germany has decided not to ban ICEV by 2035 after being lobbied by the automotive industry and given facts about the cost of EV extending far beyond the retail price of EV.

    Isn’t it obvious that if Diesel engines produce unacceptably high emissions and cannot be improved beyond Euro 5 or 6 Standard that Hybrid Technology is superior to EV from both retail pricing and convenience for driving? Maybe one day the hydrogen fuel cell already developed by Toyota and other manufacturers will become the better option?

    It’s past time that our elected to look after our best interests MPs did just that and lifted the ban on nuclear fuelled generating plants and forced a level playing field for vehicle manufacturers, let the best affordable technology dominate the market.

    I agree that building new HELE coal fuelled power stations would be Australia’s best decision however considering the world wide emissions reduction campaign nuclear beats renewables including for Australia hydro power stations.

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    Zane

    OK, Putin strikes again. Just received my latest gas bill. On 1st June the gas price jumped by 30% to $0.03256 per MJ!

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    Ronin

    Police and firies rescue three teenagers after an Ebike catches fire in Lidcombe, Sydney while charging, lucky to get out alive.

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    RickWill

    I have been doing more analysis of deep convection. I have placed the four distinct zones of convective instability on a temperature of the global oceans as a proportion of the total ocean area.
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq1iAj8Yo7jNhFVw5PJGwAC8kLyy

    The way the temperature responds to the different convecting zones is interesting. Half of the ocean area exists within the deep convecting zones from 22C to 30C.

    In putting this together I realised that the only reason Earth is not an icefall is due to convective instability. If there was no Level of Free Convection that partitioned the atmosphere then cloud would be perpetual and the atmosphere would lose most of the water and the water surface would all be ice. This is somewhat different to my first thought that the water would all evaporate.

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      RickWill

      Another recent observation is that the CSIRO model output for the Nino34 region of the Pacific Ocean are now clearly wrong.
      https://1drv.ms/u/s!Aq1iAj8Yo7jNhFZN77M55Pcnw-WW

      The 2000 vintage model has the region regularly sustaining a surface temperature over 30C by 2020. The modelled average of 29C is 2C higher than measured and the CSIRO trend is positive whereas the measured trend is negative.

      There has been no due diligence on climate models and yet people are going to die for the ensuing demonising of CO2.

      I hope to live to see the CSIRO, BoM and other scammer brought to account for their incompetence.

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      Hanrahan

      I realised that the only reason Earth is not an icefall is due to…..

      Assuming you meant “iceball” I suggest that it would be if water didn’t EXPAND as it froze, I assume uniquely among liquids.

      We may both be right, you can’t have convection in a solid. 🙂

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    Strop

    From The Spectator

    The former head of the ACCC has advocated for a Carbon Tax as a ‘Pigouvian’ solution to the world’s (alleged) apocalypse. Pigouvian taxes are designed to damage sections of the economy for the ‘greater good’ and are perceived as better than outright government bans. When it comes to Climate Change, they only work if the whole world goes ‘all in’ otherwise other nations will capitalise on the sections of the Australian economy damaged by the tax. Which is exactly what’s happening.

    https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/climate-changes-pigouvian-tax

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    Honk R Smith

    Kee-rist, I spit my coffee, come on, man!

    Back at ya’ funny guy.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/krugman-trump-global-recession-2016-231055

    We may be inventing a new game.

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    Hanrahan

    Thinks! Who was Clark & Dore slagging off in 587,818 views Mar 16, 2017?

    Classic red journalists.

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    RicDre

    Climate Activists Discover French Police Don’t Use Glue Solvent

    Essay by Eric Worrall

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/27/climate-activists-discover-french-police-dont-use-glue-solvent/

    Ouch!

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    OldOzzie

    More on Unicorns and Fairies

    How three Aussies grew their NFT (non-fungible token) start-up to $2.3b in nine months

    Three Australian co-founders are the brains behind one of the fastest start-ups ever to hit unicorn status, raising $US130 million ($187 million) at a $US1.6 billion valuation for their NFT (non-fungible token) marketplace Magic Eden.

    The business, which was founded by Australians Jack Lu, Zhuoxun “Zedd” Yin and Sidney Zhang, alongside Chinese-born former Facebook engineer Zhuojie “Rex” Zhou, has quickly become the dominant NFT marketplace on the Solana blockchain.

    It operates a primary market for new NFT launches, as well as a secondary (and much larger) trading marketplace with more than 7000 collections.

    An NFT is a piece of tradeable code attached to a digital item, such as an image, video or gaming asset. A secure network of computers records the asset on a digital ledger, giving the buyer proof of authenticity and ownership.

    Magic Eden’s latest capital raise comes only nine months after the marketplace launched. It was led by Electric Capital and Greylock and had participation from new investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, as well as Paradigm and Sequoia Capital.

    So far, the company says it has been unaffected by the crypto rout, which has resulted in more than $US2 trillion being wiped off the value of cryptocurrencies since late 2021.

    NFT trading volumes peaked in September last year, hitting as much as $US1.07 billion per week, according to Cryptoslam data. This corresponded with the height of excitement about NFTs, which had been growing since March 2021 when a collage by the artist Beeple sold for $US69.3 million.

    But when the hype died down, the volumes quickly stabilised at a lower base and by January this year $US100 million to $US200 million of trades were taking place weekly. Since mid-May, however, trading volumes have dipped again and have been under $US55 million per week.

    Being only nine months old, Magic Eden missed the NFT market highs of last September, and has grown strongly despite the rout in crypto prices.

    “If you were to kick off a raise now, it would be a pretty wild time,” Mr Yin said.

    “But, over the last few months our business has been growing incredibly. We announced a $US27 million raise in March … and we continued to have a lot of appetite from different investors.

    “Our existing investors had appetite to double down, and we had new investors wanting to come in. And while things are crazy in the market, May was our best month ever, doing just over 5 million sol [the native token on Solana, equivalent to $US330 million at the time].”

    While Magic Eden is still thriving, Mr Yin said the crypto sell-off was having some effect on the NFT market. “There hasn’t been a drastic correction, but as creators, people are thinking about the timing of their NFT launches more,” he said.

    “There will be micro ups and downs, and we’ve seen that over the course of our operations, where one month could be down in terms of NFT launches, but regardless, we push on ahead.”

    The backstory

    Rapid growth

    Despite only launching nine months ago, the marketplace already receives an average of 22 million unique sessions per month and facilitates more than 40,000 NFT trades daily.

    Only a month after launch, the marketplace had amassed almost 15 per cent of the NFT trades on Solana. Now, it has more than 90 per cent of the trading volume on its secondary marketplace.

    Magic Eden takes a 2 per cent cut on every transaction and claims to have been profitable from day one.

    While not the first NFT marketplace to be created on Solana, Mr Lu said the key to Magic Eden’s success was its focus on creators, who have launched more than 250 projects to date on its marketplace.

    “We were the first marketplace in this ecosystem to have a Launchpad product. We put ourselves in the shoes of the creators. There can be a lot of wealth creation, but if launches aren’t done correctly, they fail,” Mr Lu said.

    “We alleviated the complexities of interacting with the blockchain, and offered a white glove service to hand-hold creators.”

    ‘Firing on all cylinders’

    The fresh capital allows Magic Eden to grow its team, continue investing in its gaming vertical, explore opportunities on other blockchains and further enhance the user experience through improved insights, analytics and trading tools.

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    MP

    You cleaning this up, Greta. (42 seconds of hypocrisy)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzSTmTRTHg

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    another ian

    “She’ll Always Be Cindy To Me (A Love Song for Jacinda Ardern)”

    https://rumble.com/v18vpvj-shell-always-be-cindy-to-me-a-love-song-for-jacinda-ardern.html

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    OldOzzie

    ‘Shall we take our clothes off?’ UK PM asks G7 leaders (VIDEO)

    Boris Johnson and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau joked about exposing their “pecs,” in an apparent attempt to mock Vladimir Putin

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    OldOzzie

    Officers reveal problems with US army recruiting

    Widely panned “woke” ads are part of the problem, say reform advocates

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    OldOzzie

    What does foreign debt default mean for Russia? – EXPLAINER

    Western media is reporting that Russia is facing a default on its foreign debt for the first time since 1918. Moscow was forced to make interest payments on bonds in rubles after Washington blocked dollar payments.

    1. What is Russia’s reaction to default claims?
    2. How does Moscow plan to service its foreign debt?
    3. Why is Russia making bond payments in rubles?
    4. What does being in default mean for a country?
    5. How does that impact Russia?
    6. How much damage does a default do to the country’s economy?
    7. How does this impact Russia’s remaining trade partners?
    8. What are Moscow’s alternatives to borrowing in Western institutions?
    9. What’s the potential fallout?

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    R.B.

    Strange on the tele this morning. Sandwich between reports on the climate change protests was a discussion with an American woman on the recent US Supreme court decision. Just one-sided hyperbole full of misinformation, lies and slander. I’m not saying there is not a good argument for safe abortions, but this was batty stuff. Women are in danger now as if the supreme court just banned cancer treatment for women.

    Are they trying to make the left look insane or gain sympathy for the protestors?

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    another ian

    FWIW

    “COVID-19 vaccine updates”

    https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2022/06/covid-19-vaccine-updates.html

    “Friends, if you took the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, all I can say is, get checked out for any or all of the above problems, just in case. “

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    OldOzzie

    Census 2021: Australia becomes a majority migrant nation

    Australia has become a majority migrant nation, as newly released census data shows for the first time more than 50 per cent of residents were born overseas or have an immigrant parent.

    The country has doubled in size in the past 50 years and added more than 1 million new residents since 2017, as India moved past China and New Zealand to become one of the top three countries of birth for Australian residents, behind England.

    Results of the 2021 census, taken on August 10, were made public for the first time on Tuesday, revealing the changing face of multicultural Australia.

    About 220,000 people born in India became Australian residents between the 2016 census and the 2021 census, with people from Nepal accounting for the second-largest increase.

    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the top five reported ancestries in Australia were English (33.0 per cent), Australian (29.9 per cent), Irish (9.5 per cent), Scottish (8.6 per cent) and Chinese (5.5 per cent).

    About 5.5 million Australians speak a language other than English at home, up by 800,000 since 2016. Among the total, about 850,000 reported not speaking English well or at all.

    Mandarin remains the most common language other than English in Australian homes, spoken by 685,274 in 2021. Arabic was the second most common, while Punjabi has increased by more than 80 per cent since 2016.

    Among the country’s more than 5.5 million couple families, 53 per cent reported having children living at home. Since 1996, the proportion of families without children living with them has grown from 40.8 per cent to 47 per cent.

    More than 1 million single-parent families were recorded for the first time last year, while about 2.5 million families have children under the age of 15.

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    el+gordo

    What the hell is going on in the land of Oz.

    ‘The latest census data shows the proportion of self-identified Christians has dropped below 50 per cent for the first time and a soaring number of people who are “non-religious”. (SMH)

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      People being honest with themselves. And this is with a population increase of immigrants from countries with higher proportions of religious people.

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    MP

    OldOzzie
    June 28, 2022 at 9:40 am · Reply
    Census 2021: Australia becomes a majority migrant nation

    Australia has become a majority migrant nation, as newly released census data shows for the first time more than 50 per cent of residents were born overseas or have an immigrant parent.

    The country has doubled in size in the past 50 years and added more than 1 million new residents since 2017, as India moved past China and New Zealand to become one of the top three countries of birth for Australian residents, behind England.

    Results of the 2021 census, taken on August 10, were made public for the first time on Tuesday, revealing the changing face of multicultural Australia.

    About 220,000 people born in India became Australian residents between the 2016 census and the 2021 census, with people from Nepal accounting for the second-largest increase.

    Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed the top five reported ancestries in Australia were English (33.0 per cent), Australian (29.9 per cent), Irish (9.5 per cent), Scottish (8.6 per cent) and Chinese (5.5 per cent).

    About 5.5 million Australians speak a language other than English at home, up by 800,000 since 2016. Among the total, about 850,000 reported not speaking English well or at all.

    Mandarin remains the most common language other than English in Australian homes, spoken by 685,274 in 2021. Arabic was the second most common, while Punjabi has increased by more than 80 per cent since 2016.

    Among the country’s more than 5.5 million couple families, 53 per cent reported having children living at home. Since 1996, the proportion of families without children living with them has grown from 40.8 per cent to 47 per cent.

    More than 1 million single-parent families were recorded for the first time last year, while about 2.5 million families have children under the age of 15.

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    el+gordo

    Top End gets unseasonable precipitation, but so far there is no mention of climate change.

    https://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/rain-on-the-way-for-northern-and-eastern-australia/656482

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