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    william x

    Australian Wind Turbine fires 2023/24.(Major)

    Fire destroyed a turbine and caused multiple spot fires at a wind turbine farm in Redhill, located in South Australia’s mid north. February 7th, 2024
    -Breadalbane, north of the Australian Capital Territory. January 5th, 2023
    -Yambuk wind farm (Victoria). August 27, 2023
    -Sleaford (South Australia). January 24, 2023….

    A 2020 report states It costs (US) $1 million per megawatt to replace our fire damaged renewables.

    They also state:

    “A wind farm can expect to face one to two fires over the course of its operational lifetime.”

    Understand all, that with a wind turbine on fire .. All a fire service can do is watch and chase the subsequent spot fires.
    …and hope they don’t develop into a major bush/forest fire.

    Free, green, clean and environmentally friendly?… I think not.


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    CO2 Lover

    The transmission lines connecting all the wind turbines in the countryside to the city also pose a fire risk

    There is no doubt that Transgrid’s current HumeLink proposal for high voltage overhead
    transmission towers from Wagga Wagga and the Snowy Mountains to the outskirts of the Southern
    Highlands will make fire-prone southern NSW even more susceptible to devastating bushfires.

    Faults in electrical distribution networks are one of the primary sources of significant bushfires.
    Power faults cause two to four per cent of all rural fires in Australia. However, when weather
    conditions elevate fire risk, up to 50 per cent of primary fires are ignited by faults in distribution

    In neighbouring Victoria, the threat of electricity assets and towers to bushfire-prone communities
    and wildlife is well recognised, with the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission highlighting
    that the “State has a history of electricity assets causing bushfires. In 1969 and 1977 the failure of
    electricity assets—including the clashing of conductors, conductors contacting trees, and inefficient
    fuses—caused major bushfires. This history was repeated on 7 February 2009, when five of the 11 major
    fires that began that day were caused by failed electricity assets; among the fires was that at Kilmore
    East, as a result of which 119 people died.”


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      william x

      Co2 Lover,

      Re High voltage transmission lines. Your “experts” forgot about smoke.

      In my experience, dense smoke from a bush/forest fire, flowing downstream to a high voltage line, will likely cause arcing to ground, causing fire.

      Smoke is a great conductor…and HV electricity, you can’t see, can kill.

      Thats why we don’t park or drive our fire truck, under a high voltage line smothered in smoke.

      The “experts” are in name only, they never ever ask us.


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        Future Australia with wind turbine installations scattered far and wide, back up batteries and gas plant generators, and for each location a transmission line to the main grid.

        Add a brand new second main grid only needed for efficiency of transmission from wind and solar installations.

        Now consider bushfire aircraft bombing hazards and also crop dusting aircraft hazards.

        And that the existing power station locations and main grid could be retained, upgraded, capacity increased, even Small Modular Reactors used for zero emissions heating instead of coal burning boilers, and the Australian invention for recycling fuel rods by ANSTO research and operators of the Lucas Heights Sydney nuclear reactor producing radio isotopes.


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      And if the area gets fires – might the fires have an adverse effect on the electric transmission lines?
      So cutting off the end user [‘Melbourne’, perhaps]??

      “Free, green, clean and environmentally friendly?… I think not.” Thanks william x

      And not safe at any speed?



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        another ian

        ““Free, green, clean and environmentally friendly?… I think not.” ”

        Maybe we need to suss out the official definition of those words –

        See what those were for “Safe” and Effective” explained in

        Wednesday # 29


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    Why is smoke a great conductor ? I can understand that fog might be due to the moisture but why smoke?


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    Custer Van Cleef

    “The most striking feature of this graph is the structural break in 2020. It’s as if Jerome Powell inserted the money hose straight into the pockets of the richest of the rich.”

    Four Charts That Show Cantillon Effects | Mises Wire

    Another good thing about “”: you can find some informative, free books there. A good place to start understanding Fractional Reserve banking and all its unfairness is the book by De Soto – “Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles”.

    Do you think commercial banks should have the power to create money with a bookkeeping entry?. . . Do you think this journal entry is cheating the other holders of money? :

    DEBIT entry: loan to Customer X for $1 million.
    CREDIT entry: add $1 million to Customer X’s bank account.

    Customer X now has ‘real’ purchasing power that didn’t exist 5 seconds ago. The million dollars didn’t come from savers. It didn’t come from an account where the bank holds “money for lending”. It was just declared into existence. It’s NEW money that dilutes the value of everyone else’s money. This is the source of Asset price bubbles which you might have noticed are way ahead of the CPI index. Ignore the CPI index: it’s intended to fool the public. Don’t be fooled. You need to consider asset price inflation (and the Cantillon Effect) to understand how wealth is being shifted up the food chain to the biggest hogs in our society.

    Why do banks get away with it? I don’t consent to live under this system. No one I know consented to it. And I’m positive it would’ve been rejected by our ancestors if they’d had a choice.


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    John Connor II

    We’ve been doing solar wrong all these years?

    I mentioned vertical solar arrays a while back, but this is a newer implementation – bifacial vertical arrays.
    A 2.5% increase in energy output and a host of other benefits.


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    John Connor II

    Chinese hackers hid in US infrastructure network for 5 years

    The Chinese Volt Typhoon cyber-espionage group infiltrated a critical infrastructure network in the United States and remained undetected for at least five years before being discovered, according to a joint advisory from CISA, the NSA, the FBI, and partner Five Eyes agencies.

    The Chinese threat group has successfully breached the networks of multiple critical infrastructure organizations across the United States while mainly targeting the communications, energy, transportation, and water/wastewater sectors.

    Like I’ve said – systems can be compromised for years before discovery.


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    John Connor II

    Fast Food Restaurants Abandon Value Customers

    Fast food establishments originated as the cheap, quick alternative to a proper meal. Value customers earning under $45,000 annually were the target demographic until recently when inflationary pressures caused food prices to skyrocket. Minimum wage requirements, wage increases, and price gauging have all contributed to the rising costs and a drastic shift in the customer base. Fast food establishments are admitting that they are losing their value customer base amid record profits.

    CEO Chris J. Kempczinski stated last year that the chain restaurant is now targeting middle- and higher-income consumers who, in turn, can no longer afford the higher-end establishments. “It’s clear that consumers continue to be more discriminating about what and where they spend,” he stated after the Q3 earnings announcement.

    McDonald’s announced that prices are expected to rise 10% at a time when food prices are up 6.2%. CEO Kempczinski called this an opportunity for fast food to target new customers while providing bundled deals and smaller serving sizes to retain value customers, who are no longer needed as the main consumer base. The price of menu items varies by state, and a Big Mac combo could cost up to $18 in some areas.

    Burger boys – food is nothing like the photos, poorly prepared and presented, low grade ingredients, high salt, severe shrinkflation.
    Make your own burger at home. It won’t be McMinute in size and will be better quality.


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    John Connor II

    John Beaudoin Exposes Cause of Sudden Deaths, Accuses the Federal Government of “Felony Murder” for Withholding the Information From the Public

    A leading expert has blown the whistle to warn the public about the true cause of the soaring sudden deaths among young Covid mRNA-vaccinated young people.

    “But myocarditis is about 1% of the overall vaccine deaths.”

    Beaudoin discovered that in 2021, excess deaths in Massachusetts shifted from respiratory deaths to blood and circulatory system issues, such as clotting and bleeding.

    There is where, Beaudoin says, the true numbers of vaccine deaths are hiding.

    “So what people are dying from, they’re dying from … cardiac stroke, pulmonary embolism, gastrointestinal hemorrhages, aortic arch dissections, more than the respiratory, which went down at the same time,” Beaudoin told Epoch TV.

    Furthermore, Beaudoin says these vaccine-related deaths are, on average, 16 years younger than the average Covid death in 2020.

    Beaudoin is warning that the cover-up of information is creating an “unexploded bomb” of sudden deaths that has yet to truly detonate.

    Meanwhile, this warning comes as a new report has just exposed shocking new data revealing a seismic shift in the causes of American deaths.

    As Slay News reported, fatal blood clots have now soared so high that they are the leading cause of preventable deaths in American hospitals.

    According to a new report from the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA), the number of deaths caused by blood clots skyrocketed after the rollout of Covid mRNA vaccines.

    The spiking number of fatalities means that blood clots now account for 300,000 annual deaths in the United States.

    Tick tick…


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    David of Cooyal in Oz

    Well done Bob Katter.
    But should we surprised that such a significant constitutional breach could occur within our Parliament House??

    Dave B


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    One of the (long term in place) message boards I follow has discovered the Mann vc Steyn court case….
    Some might infer the comments are “pro hockey stick”
    Somewhat surprising since I find the site mostly pro-science


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      Michael Mann is the antithesis of science. He has been one of the most infamous persons dragging science down into the swamp.

      Mann is an ignorant narcisist. He and old colleagues at PennState have been significant players in giving academia and science its present bad reputation.

      The jury verdict should be known some time tomorrow – Friday morning Australia.. It would be a travesty if Mann wins even with a woke DC jury. He has not made a case. His legal backers should be up for paying the defendants costs.


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    Note: Area of land covered 6,000 hectares not including transmission line to main electricity grid and “firming” back up equipment.

    Note Nameplate Capacity and number of wind turbines, and then apply the AEMO Capacity Factor rating 30 to 35 per cent of Nameplate Capacity.

    Then consider how many similar installations would be needed even to replace one coal fired power station like NSW Liddell now closed but was 2,000 MW Nameplate using 4 generator units.

    And how much land to duplicate the existing reliable power stations supplying base load generator capacity and peak demand.

    Is it possible or another political woke stupidity farce?


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      6,000 Hectares is 14,826.32 Acres of land


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      I dont know how you can even have a conversation about them being equivalent energy sources. In any practical sense they are not, regardless of any numerical gymnastics.


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        about them being equivalent energy sources

        They are not energy sources. Wind and solar are not energy sources. They are energy sinks. They require a huge amount coal and other hydrocarbons in the production and that sunk energy will be more than they can produce in their brief operating life.

        Bloomberg estimated it would take $200tr to achieve NetZero globally. That would buy 1600Gt of coal at present prices. Enough to meet 200 years of current coal use or 70 years for all anthropogenic energy needs at current rate. Most of the cost of all the stuff needed is the cost of fossil fuels to produce it. Once done, you have to start again after 20 to 25 years. So the process consumes about 3 times more energy from fossil fuels than what would be needed to run the current economy.

        The break even for solar panels and wind turbines with their storage system is an operating life in excess of 200 years.


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      A solar farm requires around 50 times more land than a coal power station to produce the same power. And it cannot do this reliably.


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    More censorship outed- The White House pressured Amazon to bury dissenting books over Covid, and Amazon happily complied.

    “the Biden Administration’s sprawling censorship system that targeted dissenting books. It appears that, as with social media companies, it succeeded in getting the company not to promote disfavored books. In 2021, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) objected that people were not listening to the informed views of herself and leading experts. Instead, they were reading views of skeptics by searching Amazon and finding books by “prominent spreaders of misinformation.”

    Warren blamed Amazon for failing to limit searches or choices: “This pattern and practice of misbehavior suggests that Amazon is either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of falsehoods or the sale of inappropriate products.” In her letter, Warren gave the company 14 days to change its algorithms to throttle and obstruct efforts to read opposing views.”

    Its amazing that got out, considering the 40years jail for the guy who was framed by the CIA after showing they hacked Apple and Android to spy on their phone users.