Letter to the Editor - What replaces Diesel?

     Most farm tractors run on diesel. And every day hundreds of diesel trucks deliver food from farms and feedlots to processing plants and city cold rooms. In the brave new world of zero emissions, how do we power these trucks and tractors? They talk boldly of electric trucks. When an electric road train makes a round trip to collect cattle from a feedlot west of Dalby headed for Brisbane, where do they charge the batteries?

  Viv Forbes

 

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5 G Could End it All! By Brian Simpson

     A world of the internet of things, where everything from your phone down to your house and fridge and toilet are controlled by computers, which are controlled by the trolls working for the masters of the Universe, is now pretty much old hat. Yawn, what tyranny have you got to whip us with today? Surely something new and horrific? Well, maybe 5 G could mercifully end it all, taking the bad guys down too, in a kind of passive Ragnarök of poetic justice on a cosmic scale.

     Anyway, Dr Martin Pall has posted a research paper putting down all of the technical health issues, and things do look bad:
  https://peaceinspace.blogs.com/files/5g-emf-hazards--dr-martin-l.-pall--eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf

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Letter to The Editor - The Mad Mad Maths of Australian Emissions Targets

Most politicians live in a green fantasy-land where facts and numbers don’t count.

They dream up fanciful figures for proposed cuts to industrial and agricultural emissions without any understanding of the remorseless growth of population.

The Australian government has set a target to reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 27% from 2005 levels by 2030, just 11 years away. The ALP opposition plans to cut emissions by a staggering 45% by 2030.

Australia’s population is growing at 1.7% per year (higher than most other developed countries). At this growth rate, population will increase by about 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

If we did NOTHING about cutting emissions, and the economy stood still, the continuing rise in population will ensure that emissions (and economic activity) per head of population will fall by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Who among us is volunteering to use 30% less food, petrol, gas and electricity than we used in 2005 solely because of population growth? Who is promising to abolish the baby bonus and cut our intake of migrants, refugees, tourists and foreign students by 30%?

And of those prepared to make these sacrifices, who is volunteering to meet even the modest government cuts proposed for 2030 which will require us to use 50% less food, petrol, gas and electricity per capita than we used in 2005? The Green/ALP cuts would take us back to the middle ages.

We have just three choices – reduce population growth; abolish emissions targets; or welcome creeping poverty.

There is a fourth choice – eject all climate fools from the political stables in Canberra.

Their proposed emissions targets will harm the natural environment by splattering the land with subsidised wind and solar monstrosities. They will also divert land from producing food to producing ethanol fuel for cars, and they will force poor people into poverty with soaring electricity prices.

But they will have no measurable effect on climate.

  Viv Forbes

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Green Heaven

It was a night to celebrate
            the Green goals had been won.

The last coal mine was firmly shut
            and all adored the sun.

Their panels covered all the flats
            and turbines spiked the hills.

The young got stoned on ethanol
            and oldies got the bills.

The cows were freed from bails and yards
            and drilling was rejected.

The rich folk got electric cars
            the poor got disconnected.

But then the weather got quite cold
            the sun it hibernated.

The power failed, no coal was mined,
            most folk refrigerated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Environmental Doomism and Globalist Ideology By James Reed

     Hold onto your hats … here is the latest bit of environmentalist doomsday stuff from the unfriendly globalists at the ever-conspiratorial UN, the ultimate prefix of negation:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-biodiversity-report-2019-human-future-nature-food-green-farming-waste-action-a8901776.html
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/06/un-humans-could-cause-extinction-of-1-million-species-globalism-will-fix/
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/scientist-to-save-humanity-we-must-save-the-insects_05072019

“The headline spread around the world Monday with the release of the United Nation’s three-year, 1,500-page report on biodiversity screamed that humans are killing the planet and its population of animals and plants, with as many as one million species facing extinction in mere “decades.” However, mankind can stop the destruction through “transformative change” that could translate into globalism replacing national sovereignty and nations’ self-determination. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” Sir Robert Watson, chairman of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which produced the report. “We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.”

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

 

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Letter to The Editor - Back to the Medieval Green World

     Greens dream of a zero-emissions world without coal, oil and natural gas. They need to think what they wish for.

     First there would be no mass production of steel without coke from coking coal to remove oxygen from iron ore. People could cut trees in forests for charcoal to produce pig iron and crude steels, but forests would soon be exhausted. Coal saved the forests from this fate.

     We could produce gold and silver without using mineral hydro-carbons and with ingenuity we could probably produce unrefined copper, lead and tin and alloys like brass and bronze. But making large quantities of nuclear fuels, cement, aluminium, refined metals, plastics, nylons, synthetics, petro-chemicals and poly pipes would be impossible.

     Making wind turbines and solar panels would also be impossible without fossil fuels. A wind turbine needs lots of steel plus concrete, carbon fibre and glass polymers as well as many other refined metals - copper, aluminium, rare earths, zinc and molybdenum. Solar panels and batteries need high-purity ingredients – silicon, lead, lithium, nickel, cadmium, zinc, silver, manganese and graphite – all hard to make in backyard charcoal-fired furnaces. Transporting, erecting and maintaining wind and solar farms plus their roads and transmission lines needs many pieces of diesel-powered machinery.

     Every machine on earth needs hydro-carbons for engine oil, gear oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, hydraulic oil and grease. We could of course use oils from, seals, beeswax and whales for lubrication – the discovery of petroleum saved the whales from this fate.

     Roads would be a challenge without oil-based bitumen. The Romans made pretty good roads out of cobble-stones (this would ease unemployment). But hard labour would not sit well with aging baby-boomers or electronic-era Millenniums.

     Cars, railways, motor launches, aeroplanes, I-Phones, TV and cat-scans would be out. Horses, oxen, sulkies, wooden rowing boats, sailing ships, herbal medicine and semaphore would have a huge revival. Some wood-burning steam tractors may still work and wood-gas generators may replace petrol in some old cars.

     This is the return to the “zero-emissions” world that Green extremists have planned for us.

     But modern life cannot not be supported by a pre-coal/oil economy. Without reliable electricity and diesel-powered farm machinery and transport trucks, cities are un-sustainable. In Green-topia 90% of us people will need to go.

     But Greens should not expect us to go quietly.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld


Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

How Cucked is Canada? Plenty! By Chris Knight

     Some Right-wing mathematician, if any exist, needs to work out a cuckiness scale to measure how degenerate nations, and maybe individuals are. Sweden, Not-Great Britain, and Canada will be hotly competing for top spot on the race to the bottom of the wheelie bin. Canada may be edging ahead, allowing even the Philippines to spit in its face over garbage:
  https://globalnews.ca/news/5232429/canada-philippines-garbage-dispute/

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte berated Canada on Tuesday in a long-running dispute over the 100 shipping containers of garbage exported to the Southeast Asia capital of Manila six years ago, threatening to sail it back to Canada. Two weeks after being threatened with war, Canada is offering to bring home the containers full of garbage that sparked a diplomatic dispute with the Philippines. A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed a report by the Canadian Press that the Canadian government has made a formal offer to the Philippines to bring back roughly six dozen containers of household trash incorrectly labelled as recycling almost six years ago. They will be shipped back to the Port of Vancouver if the offer is accepted. “Canada has made an offer to the Philippines with a view to quickly bring the garbage back to Canada for disposal,” said Adam Austen, press secretary for the minister, in an email. “We await their response.”

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Letter to the Editor - Flood Plains are for Floods

     Flood plains are created by floods. People should be free to build houses beside picturesque rivers but they must put up with the occasional flood. Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and other insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and flood damage costs for those who choose to live on flood plains. Sensible people build on the hills and leave the flood plains for floods, farms, trees, market gardens and grass. Rational town planning would require sellers and developers to provide accurate flood maps to buyers and councils should paint flood levels on power poles. Essential infrastructure should not be built on flood plains. And rather than wasting billions on trying to change the global climate, governments should spend those billions on weather-proofing railways, bridges, roads and electricity supply.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Hydro-carbons Beat Biofuels on all counts

     Coal and oil are made from plants and animals that died millions of years ago when the atmosphere contained abundant carbon dioxide plant food. They are now very concentrated forms of energy which can be extracted from very small areas of land. Burning these natural hydro-carbons returns CO2 and fresh water to the atmosphere thus greatly assisting global plant growth. If we are lucky these extra gases in the atmosphere may also slightly delay the start of Earth’s next cooling cycle, but this looks unlikely. Ethanol and biodiesel are made from plants growing now - sugar cane, beets, palm oil and grains. Growing these crops requires large areas of land and valuable fresh water for irrigation. Growing bio-fuel crops extracts CO2 from the atmosphere but burning them quickly puts it back. This is a zero-sum game that does nothing positive for the environment or the climate. Coal and oil are thus more enviro-friendly than biofuels. Locking the gate on coal, oil and gas while supporting policies that waste land, food crops and water for motor fuels is environmental desecration. Speculators should be free to make biofuels but these should not be subsidised or mandated.

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

The Machines that Live! By Brian Simpson

     Yes, everyday Artificial Intelligence (AI), moves ever more quickly to replace humanity. The elites, of course, as usual, believe that their jobs as chief tyrannical oppressors in the universe cannot be replaced, but I am willing to bet, that in the long run, they too will be lining up at the dole queues with the likes of me. “Gidday mate, what did you used to do?” “Mate, I was high up in the New World Order, but a thinking machine just took everything over and moved me out. Now what can I do? What jobs can I get requiring skills in cruelty, genocide and overall viciousness?”
  https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve/

“The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot? If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race. Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die. That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise.

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Letter to The Editor - Warming came before Coal

     If human use of coal and oil is causing the Modern Warming, what caused the Minoan Warming, the Roman Warming and the Medieval Warming, all of which were warmer than today? Every warm era was followed by a mini-ice age – a time of blizzards, iced rivers, starving stock, failed crops and hungry humans. Only fools would try to kill the warmth by reducing aerial CO2 plant food. And only idiots would destroy their reliable electricity supply in this futile crusade.
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Climate Change Doomsday Nonsense! Give me a Real Apocalypse, Anyone! By James Reed

     Yes, I am a doomsayer, but one who argues from religious fanaticism rather than climate change fanaticism, which is more rational, or at least is a longer tradition of madness. Now, we have the spectacle of a leading medical journal, The Lancet, which always brings up the image in my mind of some doctor lancing some pus-filled wound and collecting …anyway you are not interested in that … embracing climate change apocalypse with a vengeance. The item in question is a glowing book review of David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, a book which I am too bigoted to read, but for good reason.
  https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30850-5/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email
  https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/04/20/lancet-journal-warns-impending-climate-armageddon/
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-04-30-lancet-declares-climate-armageddon.html

The Lancet journal has joined the ranks of the most crazed climate propagandists, warning of a climate meltdown comparable to nuclear war. In its review of David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, the once prestigious medical journal underscores the extreme nature of the author’s predictions, only to insist that things are actually worse than what he describes. Starkly titled “Climate Armageddon,” the nearly hysterical review by Lancet’s Laurie Garrett declares that just since 2017, when Wallace-Wells laid out his theories in an essay that forms the foundation for his book, “a number of record-breaking severe weather events, hastening melting of polar ice, rising sea temperatures, and the massive die-offs along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have raised the tone of urgency among climatologists and earth scientists.” Garrett oozes praise for Wallace-Wells’ “gorgeous command of the English language,” declaring that he “knows how to lay down prose that moves the reader at such a clip that one feels like a Kentucky Derby-exhausted mare at the end of each chapter.”

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Engineering Magic By Brian Simpson

     A long time ago I saw Chariots of the Gods, and puzzled at how people managed to move huge masses of stone, something that would tax today’s equipment. Some folks think that they have the answer, and it does not involve extra-terrestrial, but physics and leverage:
  https://www.businessinsider.com.au/mit-move-heavy-objects-by-hand-2019-4?utm_content=buffer2fe88&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-insider-design&r=US&IR=T

“In 2014, the researchers at the design lab Matter Design, many of whom are from MIT, began studying the way ancient civilizations built giant structures like the statues on Easter Island or the Egyptian pyramids. Using stones that have the right density and center of mass, they found, humans can actually move objects as heavy as a great white shark with their bare hands. With help from the construction-research company Cemex Global R&D, the lab found that it could rotate mammoth stones that appear light as a feather, or assemble objects into staircases without trucks or cranes. To determine which building materials to use and where to place the center of mass, Matter Design relies on a computer algorithm. When the algorithm spots a formula that won’t work in real life, the researchers can make adjustments to ensure the object will be mobile for humans. “Of course, there are a lot of struggles along the way,” Brandon Clifford, an MIT assistant professor and one of the lab’s partners, told Business Insider. But “as we’re designing the element,” Clifford said, “we can always ensure that the center of mass is pulled to where it needs to go.” Clifford recently debuted the lab’s findings at the TED 2019 conference, which focuses this year on larger-than-life ideas. He said the project could change the future of construction by allowing companies to build without cranes, which are often expensive or difficult to access. They might also be able to avoid demolishing structures. While the typical commercial building is designed to last several decades, Matter Design’s structures could last an eternity, Clifford said. They could also be taken apart to form new configurations. “We’re trying to think not just about the end product, like elements that you can deploy around the world,” Clifford said. “The project is not limited in scale.”

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Letter to The Editor - Following Foolish Forecasts

     Well-trained meteorologists with mountains of real data and massive computers cannot forecast the weather more than a few days ahead. But make-believe academic “climatologists” using doctored data have created over 100 complicated computer models pretending to forecast global climate decades ahead. NOT ONE model has produced a correct forecast for 25 years. Yet we are prepared to trash our economy, inflate electricity costs and destroy heavy industry on the basis of these massaged models. Only politicians and green dreamers could believe such nonsense.
  By Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Life On Mars? Life On Earth? By Brian Simpson

     Claims are circulating that life from Mars has been discovered in a meteorite spat out which landed on Earth. Maybe, maybe not. But the real question is will one day meteorites from a dead Earth be sent return to sender to Mars, to perhaps start the cycle over again, or at least to cause some extra-terrestrial explorers to ponder, what the hell went on here?
  https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1114822/life-on-mars-meteorite-alien-sace-news-bacteria-found

“SCIENTISTS have raised hope there could be life on Mars after fossilised bacteria was found in a meteorite from the Red Planet. Experts say they have found microfilaments created by fossilised Martian microbes on the meteorite, known as ALH-77005, after using advanced imaging techniques. Dr Ildiko Gyollai and his team from the Hungarian Academy of Science (HAS) Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences used optical microscopy and infrared technology to study the textures and features of the thin sample of ALH-77005. The textures and features left behind by organisms are called “biosignatures”. They also analysed the minerals in the stone and undertook isotope tests to find out if there were any chemical compounds required for sustaining life. The rock they had been looking at was discovered in Antarctica by the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research on a mission from 1977-78. The researchers concluded the microscopic filaments could be evidence of bacteria that survive by eating iron dust. The study's authors said in the paper: “Comparing recent results and interpretation with other meteorites, it can be raised, that on these similarities the microbially mediated biosignatures can be proposed microbial mediation by iron oxidising bacteria on Mars.”

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Letter to The Editor - Why Big Miners turned Green

     Big miners like Rio and BHP employ many geologists, chemists and physicists who can show that natural climate cycles have been occurring for millions of years. Why then are their boards pushing the man-made climate fable? It’s all about money. Wind turbines, solar farms and electric cars need humungous amounts of copper, steel, rare earths, lithium, silicon and aluminium for towers, transmission lines, charging stations, generators, motors, panels and batteries. This means higher metal prices and bigger profits, dividends and bonuses. All pretty simple.
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Electric Cars and the Colonial Exploitation of Children Miners By James Reed

     I continue my conceptual rampage against the Greenies’ most sacred icon, next to illegal migrants, electric cars.
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4764208/Child-miners-aged-four-living-hell-Earth.html
  https://www.australianewsly.com/2019/04/10/inside-the-life-of-congo-child-miners-living-a-hell-on-earth/

“Picking through a mountain of huge rocks with his tiny bare hands, the exhausted little boy makes a pitiful sight. His name is Dorsen and he is one of an army of children, some just four years old, working in the vast polluted mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where toxic red dust burns their eyes, and they run the risk of skin disease and a deadly lung condition. Here, for a wage of just 8p a day, the children are made to check the rocks for the tell-tale chocolate-brown streaks of cobalt – the prized ingredient essential for the batteries that power electric cars. And it’s feared that thousands more children could be about to be dragged into this hellish daily existence – after the historic pledge made by Britain to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and switch to electric vehicles. Dorsen, just eight, is one of 40,000 children working daily in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The terrible price they will pay for our clean air is ruined health and a likely early death.

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Letter to The Editor - Food from Trees

     Greens worship trees. Our food is produced from grasslands and cultivation. What do we eat in the brave new world of trees? Pine chips?

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Navy Going Nuclear?

     In the brave new zero-emissions world, oil-powered aircraft carriers and diesel-powered subs are taboo. Will the Australian navy go nuclear or back to sails?

  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.