By Dr. John Happs ~
Marcus Cicero (106–43 BCE) was a Roman lawyer, statesman, philosopher, skeptic and writer.
Cicero was also a senator who wanted a Republic that better served all the people. He was deeply involved in the political conflicts of Rome and questioned the motives behind a number of decisions made by some Roman politicians, asking the question “Cui bono” or “To whom is it a benefit?”
Cicero was of the opinion that political decisions were often made to benefit the decision-makers and their friends rather than the people who they are meant to serve. Unfortunately his outspokenness ultimately led to his exile, from where he urged:
“If our voices are no longer heard in the Senate and in the Forum,
let us follow the example of the ancient sages and serve our country through our writings…”
Were Cicero alive today to witness the huge amounts of money that continue to fuel the climate change fraud, he would soon find the answer to his question: “Cui bono.”
The low level of scientific literacy in the community has allowed vested interest groups to promote unfounded climate alarm until it gained enough traction to become an almost unstoppable force. This has happened despite the complete lack of empirical evidence to support the promotion of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming, aka climate change aka extreme or weird weather.
Continue reading: https://papundits.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/beneficiaries-of-the-climate-fraud-green-groups-scientists-and-politicians/
A review of aspects of the book DARK EMU by Bruce Pascoe 2014. Reviewed here by Clyde Brown.
In his book “Dark Emu”, Bruce Pascoe argues that pre-colonial aboriginals were much more than simple hunter-gatherers and were, living in towns and villages, building houses and dams, altering the course of rivers, tilling the land, sowing crops, which they harvested and stored as well as sewing their own clothes.
At the same time, he claims that they had a system of pan-continental government that generated peace and prosperity.
The book has been widely acclaimed and considered factual by a large body of readers, who in the main have little or no knowledge of aboriginal archaeology and have not bothered to research Bruce Pascoe’s claims. A generally dissenting view by some researchers, can be found at: https://www.dark-emu-exposed.org/
Peter O’Brien in his book “Bitter Harvest” undertakes a forensic investigation of Pascoe’s claims in a work covering 251 pages. Continue reading “DARK EMU – A Review”
By David Wojick
Power system design can be extremely complex, but one simple number is painfully obvious. At least it’s painful (and terribly inconvenient) to advocates of wind and solar power – which may be why we never hear about it, why it too often gets deliberately hidden from view. It is a big, bad number.
To my knowledge, this big number has no name, but it should. Let’s call it the “minimum backup requirement” for wind and solar, or MBR. The minimum backup requirement is how much generating capacity a system must have if it is to reliably produce the electricity we need when wind and solar don’t.
For most places, the magnitude of MBR is very simple. It is all the juice needed on the hottest or coldest low wind nights. It is night, so there is no solar. Sustained wind is less than eight miles per hour, so there is no wind power. It is very hot or very cold, so the need for power is very high. Continue reading “It Takes Scads of Reliable Energy to Back up Wind and Solar”
By David Wojick
New York City will soon be home to the world’s biggest utility-scale battery system, designed to back up its growing reliance on intermittent renewables. At 400 MWh this batch of batteries will be more than triple the 129 MWh world leader in Australia.
The City of New York’s director of sustainability, Mark Chambers, is ecstatic, bragging: “Expanding battery storage is a critical part of how we advance momentum to confront the climate emergency while meeting the energy needs of all New Yorkers. Today’s announcement demonstrates how we can deliver this need at significant scale.” (Emphasis added)
In reality the scale here is incredibly insignificant.
Read on here:
By Viv Forbes
Natural flood plains form where floods spread silt and mud in river valleys. Being flat, fertile, picturesque and usually supplied with surface and underground water, they attract farms, orchards and gardens. These are inevitably followed by roads, houses and businesses.
Despite all the planners with their rules, the pressure of people plus a bit of corruption has always resulted in population clustering on fertile flood plains and deltas beside scenic rivers. There is no point trying to stop or reverse this tide of history but those who choose to build on flood plains must bear the costs of the occasional flood.
Community groups will always help those stricken by floods but taxpayers and insurers should not be forced to subsidise the insurance and damage costs for those who choose to live in risky places – their choice, their risk, their cost. Naturally insurance for flood-prone property will be expensive or not available – a clear message for those with ears to hear.
More cautious 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.
Continue reading “Flood Plains are for Floods”
By Viv Forbes
What parallel universe are our politicians living in?
Their Net-Zero policy says we must reduce carbon dioxide emissions to induce global cooling.
Then their COVID closures and lockdowns destroyed the travel industry, thus slashing travel emissions. Success – one industry approaches their zero-emissions goal.
Are they pleased? No, those who were locked down yesterday are today promised Queensland government travel vouchers to visit Cairns. And the feds have already offered 50% air fare subsidies. All travel subsidies increase emissions.
And now three levels of government collaborate to promote another travel emissions extravaganza – the Queensland Olympic Games.
Maybe tourists will ride bicycles to Cairns and the Games buses, trains and planes will run on political hot air?
Do they want more or less emissions? We are confused.
Queenslanders paid to take a holiday:
Federal Travel Subsidies:
Brisbane bids for Olympic Games:
By Viv Forbes
In recent decades “our” ABC has become a pampered left-wing mega-phone.
And it is NOT ad-free. It runs continual free-to-air ads for itself and all its leftie, one-world, anti-industry, first-nation causes.
Ratings show that taxpayers don’t want to support it.
It is a billion-dollar business living on welfare. It should be shut it down, sold or donated to those who love it.
Most Australians believe that ABC television is not worth paying a single cent for:
Time to sell the ABC:
The world just marked the tenth anniversary of the tragic Fukushima earthquake, tsunami, nuclear power plant meltdown and hydrogen explosion. The name ‘Fukushima’ is clearly etched in our collective memories, and we are frequently urged to learn lessons from what happened there.
But what did actually happen – and which lessons should we learn? In other words, how do citizens, governments and the news media avoid learning the wrong lessons?
As Africa’s foremost nuclear power expert, Kelvin Kemm is especially knowledgeable about Chernobyl and Fukushima. In the article below, he lays out what actually happened in Japan a decade ago – and what lessons we would be well advised to learn from that tragedy.
There were three main lessons: Continue reading “Lessons from Fukushima”
From Heinz Dähling
Source: https://kaltesonne.de/das-gruene-hobby/ [in German; “translate to English” button in the top right]
For millennia, the use of energy sources beyond muscle strength was limited to mechanical energy from flowing air and water and chemical energy from renewable sources. The limitations of these then also limited the human population, which for millennia barely exceeded a billion. In the middle of the 19th century, around 1.5 billion people settled on earth. Only with the utilization of fossil energy sources, with technical progress in the industrialized countries and the associated increase in food production, the world population rose by leaps and bounds, to 2.5 billion by the middle of the 20th century. However, this is still moderate compared to the subsequent tripling to 7.5 billion today,which took place almost exclusively in developing countries. And all forecasts assume that this development will continue. In view of this, going back to mechanical and renewable energy sources and calling it “sustainable” is more than strange. Continue reading “The Green Hobby”