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  1. Snowy Hydro which we who lived through its construction fondly remember as the Snowy Scheme, was purchased outright by the Commonwealth from NSW and Vic. last year. This was just before they committed around $1.3b in govt subsidy to the boondoggle known as Snowy2.0. This was an attempt by Turnbull to shore up his hold on power. He claimed at the time : 1. No govt subsidy, 2. A cost of $2bn, and 3. Completion within 4 years. All of these have been proven false (hence my branding as "boondoggle"). As others have stated, pumped hydro is able to be placed at many locations nearer to demand than the remote Snowy. Extra transmission capacity requires another huge lump of money to distribute this power to centers of demand. Undoubtedly, this incompetent government finds little difficulty in spending from the treasury to finance window dressing. No mention over the last 6 years of the "Debt and deficit disaster" that they crowed about when they were in opposition. The states are now crying out for federal money to attempt to patch together an energy plan criminally lacking because the LNP DO NOT govern for the good of the country.
  2. Opinions only count in the fashion world. You have your answer - what you choose to do with it is (maybe) your fate! Regards Don. This is an open and respectful conversation on a forum that I've been a member of for many years. You may block people who annoy you.
  3. Years ago, there was a "$h1t hot" pilot who did things his way. Couldn't be told. Ended up dead along with his mate in a vineyard. Still happening. Most can see that the gift of flight is a rare and wonderful thing not to be abused. I'm happy to be able to do a few circuits when I can and be thrilled by the experience. As Chuck Yeager said, "Don't screw the pooch!"
  4. Definition. Theories are formulated to explain, predict, and understand phenomena and, in many cases, to challenge and extend existing knowledge within the limits of critical bounding assumptions. Definition of hypothesis: A supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. Definition of scientific fact: In the most basic sense, a scientific fact is an objective and verifiable observation, in contrast with a hypothesis or theory, which is intended to explain or interpret facts. (From a NASA fact sheet on CO2 in the atmosphere.) Scientific evidence of action of CO2 in causing warming of the climate system is unequivocal. The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century. Burning (oxidation) of hydro carbon fuel produces heat, water vapour and CO2 How many ways do you guys need to have this explained to you before 'the penny drops"?
  5. Refer to my post #80 and don't backtrack. We are able to follow this conversation without obvious memory lapses.
  6. Hit power lines and then careened into a vineyard complete with trellised vines. Hope he makes a full recovery. I think that light aircraft and movie cameras are more dangerous mix than mobile phones and young (female) drivers.
  7. Only shows that rye grass is more adaptable to conditions than your agronomist. Says nothing new about ACC.
  8. If you have an active brain you will be able to find (with a small effort) that cores recovered from glaciers reveal an accurate climate record. 'Scientists use the chemistry of the water molecules in the ice layers to see how the temperature has varied through the millennia. These ice layers also trap tiny bubbles from the ancient atmosphere, allowing us to measure prehistoric CO₂ levels directly.' { The Conversation, 19 Jun 2017 } Study of this scientific evidence shows that the co2 levels in the atmosphere are at almost unprecedented levels but also that the co2 concentration has increased extremely rapidly. If the Daily Terrorgraph is your preferred source of information maybe it is time to broaden your reading. Honestly, one can find all sorts of fairy tales. The truth is out there.
  9. Last night on The ABC 730 we saw the types who are attracted to Morrison. Light weight non-thinkers who can't see through the flim-flam of a practiced advertising con man.
  10. "When you tally the greenhouse gases from the fossil fuels exported by each country, Australia's coal and gas exports total over 1.1bn tonnes of carbon dioxide – more than double its domestic emissions – making it the world's third largest exporter of fossil carbon, behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia." I suppose that it all depends on your view of whether there is a "climate emergency". I will trust the opinion of the great majority of scientific opinion over the hydro-carbon industry. I don't enjoy the endless summer of reduced rainfall, rampant bushfires and famine. As the old saw states,"You pays your money and you takes your chances".
  11. That's not an argument, that's a debate!
  12. As the wings transmit lift to the fuselage (that is their 'raison d'etre') then the bulk of force will be as Marty suggests. However I don't disagree that the short cycle reversal of stresses would actually create most fatigue on the structure. I'm no engineer, simply trying to get a clear idea of what's happening. Don
  13. I remember seeing a piece on ABC tv about an owner of house boats on the Murray who used an Osprey amphibian to service his boats and clients. Don't know what happened to him?
  14. Forums ( The current entry from the Oxford Dictionary says: The plural of forum is usually spelled forums )
  15. No one that I can think of makes my stomach retch more than AJ. This is not about sexual identity, simply a wretched human being.
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