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1) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1603621)
Posted 17 hours ago by Profile ML1
... https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/ ...

Thanks for that one.

Rather a stark reminder.

For anyone who knows anything of our world and the wild assumptions made that somehow our atmosphere is too vast to change and that somehow Mankind cannot possibly pollute us to hell... Those charts are really scary to see what is really happening, now, right before our eyes. Inexorably, year-by-year...

Just look at the direct measurements of reality:


One Year


Two Years


Full Record (from Hawaii)



Note how vast natural life is for modulating the atmosphere CO2 across each year of seasons. And yet... Our industrial CO2 pollution is overwhelming all that natural life.


All on our only one planet,
Martin
2) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1603238)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
... Tell people what may be bad (even if it changes constantly). Then....

Leave them alone.

People are FREE to do what Other's believe are bad for them. Who are the 'Other's?...

And what of the continually repeated deliberately deceitful Marketing that is carefully crafted to be ever more persuasive?

And the target people abstracted as "marks" to be exploited and damned?...


You care nothing for how the following example has come about?


Obesity 'costing same as smoking'

The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

The McKinsey Global Institute said it cost £1.3tn, or 2.8% of annual economic activity - it cost the UK £47bn. ...



That might be the monetary cost. What costs for the misery?

We are what we see and eat and drink and breathe...


All in our only one world,
Martin
3) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1603237)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile ML1
Slowly, we're seeing how to use what were previously considered as waste gasses that went up the chimney to pollute:


UK's first 'poo bus' goes into service between Bristol and Bath

The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce...

... Bristol sewage treatment works processes around 75 million cubic metres of sewage waste and 35,000 tonnes of food waste each year. A total of 17 million cubic metres of biomethane, enough to power 8,300 homes, is generated annually at the plant...



Bilsthorpe power station plans approved

Plans for a £70m power station on the site of a former colliery in Nottinghamshire have been approved. The plant, to be built on the Bilsthorpe Colliery site, would use waste to generate electricity.

... However, Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, said he has written to the Communities Secretary to review the decision. ... "A lot of people are concerned about this new technology," he said...

... the site would handle around 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year and create enough power to meet the needs of about 23,000 homes.

However, a campaign group has claimed the plant is just another incinerator...




Smelly stuff or the good and green way to go?


All on our only one planet,
Martin
4) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1602257)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile ML1
Huge solar plant lags in early production

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned.

One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.

Sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal desert near the California-Nevada border, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened in February, with operators saying it would produce enough electricity to power a city of 140,000 homes.

So far, however, the plant is producing about half of its expected annual output for 2014, according to calculations by the California Energy Commission.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_WORLDS_LARGEST_SOLAR_PLANT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-11-17-14-33-47


And more of the story is:

... Plants owners said they are learning on the fly to some extent.

"For some aspects of operation, the only way to fully understand how the systems work has been through the experience of operating," plant owners wrote in the request to increase gas use.

Holland said the company always expected a ramp-up period of four years to reach maximum output. That extended period was not publicly disclosed, however. Holland said it is outlined in confidential agreements with two California utilities buying the power, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Brightsource said on its website that the weather has generally been substantially worse than historical averages - in other words, cloudy - resulting in reduced output in certain months.

"We remain confident that over time the sun at Ivanpah will be more than sufficient for the plant to meet its expected performance targets," the statement said.



Thanks for that one. Interesting to see how it develops.

Also rather interesting in how the weather has been so unusually cloudy!


All on our on one planet,
Martin
5) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1601809)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile ML1
A few hundred years late, at least one religion slowly moves up with more recent times:


Church of England to finalise plans for women bishops

The Church of England is poised ... its first female bishops could be ordained next year.

The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July.

The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date they have not been able to take on the Church's most senior roles...

... Dean Hedges predicted it "will be a slow process", but added: "The fact it is on its way is very exciting and good news for the Church and our mission to the world."

... As a lay synod member, [Hilary Cotton] has been campaigning for women in the church for more than a decade. She said: "It is not just about having women wearing purple, it is about changing the culture of the Church to be more equal."...



All for the good at long last for a more even and balanced shining light... But why such a 2000 year long hiatus?!


All in our only one world,
Martin
6) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1601597)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
So... What does this little ditty say about the caliber behind those "MSCE" qualifications?...


Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam

A boy from Coventry has become the youngest computer specialist in the world.

Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant's exam when he was just five years old...




All just "child's play"?...

IT is what you make it...
Martin
7) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601595)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile ML1
Will the American Republicans vote to destroy our planet for the sake of perpetrating a little political vandalism?...


Yes. Next question...

And so they have, and so soon:


Keystone XL pipeline approval passes House

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline...

... The 875-mile (1,408km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the US state of Nebraska...

... President Barack Obama is said to take a "dim view" of the legislation, but has not directly threatened a veto...



Wrong thread for this but perhaps we need to get the American politics to get more real about the world and the environment above and beyond their self-serving selfish ridiculous childish petty politics corruption fiasco. Who paid them off so quickly?!...


All on our only one world,
Martin
8) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601117)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
There must be a better solution.

One small glacial step forward, one giant political leap:


US and China leaders in 'historic' greenhouse gas emissions pledge

China and the US have unveiled new pledges on greenhouse gas emissions, as the leaders of the two countries met for talks in Beijing.

US President Barack Obama said the move was "historic", as he set a new goal of reducing US levels between 26%-28% by 2025, compared with 2005 levels.

China did not set a specific target, but said emissions would peak by 2030...

... The two countries together produce about 45% of the world's carbon dioxide...

... Republican leaders in the US reacted strongly to what they called an "unrealistic plan" proposed by Mr Obama...




Will the American Republicans vote to destroy our planet for the sake of perpetrating a little political vandalism?...


All on our only one planet,
Martin
9) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1601114)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
...The federal Bureau of Land Management describes the Silurian Valley as an "undisturbed, irreplaceable, historic scenic landscape."

Now, a Spanish energy firm is proposing a wind and solar project that would cover 24 square miles of the Mojave Desert oasis...

All indeed good and important to consider as for anything that is going to have an impact on our environment.


So in contrast...

How did the vast open cast destruction working through "oil sand deposits lie under 141,000 square kilometres (54,000 sq mi) of boreal forest and muskeg" be allowed to get underway? With the implication that almost ALL that area is to be 'developed'... 141,000 square kilometres?

And then there are the big open cast mines in America and Australia where large areas and all wildlife are simply destroyed.

And the combustion results in poisoning our atmosphere and oceans...


There must be a better solution.

All on our only one planet,
Martin
10) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1601110)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
And here are a few ongoing examples that we can expect to increase for the ongoing fall-out and collateral damage from our pollution of our atmosphere.

Note that there is yet another yet more detailed good piece of reliable science now published adding up just how more extreme our weather will be pushed as we pollute further. In brief, expect lots more heavy rain for heavier deluges, more often, and with more lightning. Add in high winds to give you more storms also.

And then there is the now repeating "Polar Vortex" that is oncemore being pushed down across Canada and America... Unusual? Or now the new usual?




Waves close Dawlish railway station in Devon

Dawlish train station on the Devon coast has been closed as waves and gales batter the South West.

The line remains open to trains but a 30mph speed restriction imposed earlier this week remains in place. ...

... The disruption and damage comes after £35m of repairs following last winter's storms. When an 80m stretch of the wall was destroyed last winter, Cornwall and much of Devon were left without train services to the rest of the UK from February to April...



Trees block roads as strong winds hit Wales

Strong winds have felled trees and caused damage to buildings in south Wales as gusts of up 75mph are expected.

Speed restrictions are in place on parts of the motorway network and the A470 is blocked by a fallen tree near Builth Wells. The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning for Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, and Pembrokeshire...



Arctic blast hits Canada and US

Parts of Canada and the US have been getting their first blast of winter, sending temperatures plummeting by as much as 22C (40F) in days.

The sharply cooler temperatures are a result of frigid air pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds.

There have been more than two feet of snow in parts of Michigan. And more than 150 flights were cancelled at the Minneapolis airport.

The chill is now spreading into the Pacific Northwest. ...




Meanwhile, here is yet another continuing example of how the fossil fuels producers care nothing for the environment:

Shell 'warned Nigeria pipeline could leak before spills'

Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell was told a pipeline had reached the end of its life years before it spilled up to 500,000 barrels of oil, according to court documents seen by the BBC.

Two spills in 2008 affected about 35 sq miles (90 sq km) in southern Nigeria...



And yet 'exploration' continues even though we cannot afford to burn what fossil fuels we have already! This following example would require extraction that looks to be even more painful and costly to us all than the Canadian abomination:


'Major' coal find under Firth of Forth

... plans to build the UK's first deep offshore underground coal gasification (UGC) plant...

... environmental group WWF Scotland said the move was "irresponsible" and should be "a complete non-starter"...

... WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "We need to see Scotland and the rest of the UK move toward an electricity system that is largely free of polluting fossil fuels.

"Plans to 'burn' coal under the Firth of Forth will not deliver that aim and should therefore be a complete non-starter. "In a worst case scenario, proposals such as this one could even extend our use of fossil fuels, locking us into a high carbon world.

"Just over a week ago, scientists from the United Nations issued their latest predictions of the growing threat from global climate change and the need to be rapidly phasing out our use of fossil fuels.

"Since the developers themselves have admitted that carbon dioxide will be emitted by their plans, from a climate change perspective, this scheme is nothing short of irresponsible."



... So, too difficult to dig it up, so what the hell, go and burn it anyhow for hell both above and below our earth... Is that a good one for the Stupid or Not Stupid thread?...


All of that is all connected. Deny that is all recklessly insane?...


All on the only one planet we live on,
Martin
11) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1601101)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile ML1
The real story of US coal: inside the world's biggest coalmine

America gets about 40% of its electricity from coal - and by far the biggest share of that coal comes from Powder River. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), its use of coal for energy rose 4.8% last year, in part because of the Arctic blasts of the polar vortex. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy registered one of their steepest rises in the last quarter century.

Australia, where Peabody has three mines and which has the world’s second largest reserves of coal, has ramped up production 37% since 2000, helped by up to $3.5bn in government subsidies to the entire fossil fuel industry...

That is quite an OUCH for the environment.

I wonder how cleanly renewable we could go for that $3.5bn in government subsidies? I'm sure a lot further than the get-rich-quick and pollution-be-damned short term polluted view...


The other biggie of fossil fuels inflicted destruction is ofcourse the poisonous mining ongoing in what was pristine arctic forest in Canada. Their Alberta tar sands cover what is now a vast toxic wasteland larger than the size of some countries...

As Sarah Palin is notoriously famed for: BURN BABY BURN!...

Can that be denied?...

How soon before the whole world view turns to mark those large scale atrocities as insane and criminal and worse still, all stupidly unnecessary?...


All on the only one planet we live on,
Martin
12) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1600660)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile ML1
... The reason we don't hear about it is the reporters for MSM have Windows boxes on their desk, not *nix boxes. Ergo *nix doesn't matter.

Or it could be that with over 50 years of development and experience and the widespread use of *nix running high value infrastructure, it could be all a question of "better by design"?...

But that is for another thread.


One thing I have been reminded of recently in this day and age where users have no idea of how their car engine works or for what might be "under the hood", they really are easy prey to be victim to some powerful Marketing...

I've just had the example of one user who was utterly convinced that everything he saw on his desktop screen was somehow all "Microsoft Exchange", just like on TV. He was completely disbelieving that we have no Microsoft servers at all, none whatsoever in any of our server rooms.

And yet it all works, and works well. Even though he has no idea of the software is that paints pretty pictures and hieroglyphs on his screen every day.


(And no, we are not Google!)

IT is what you make it...
Martin


ps: Quite amusing in some ways. But also very sad for how people are such victims to Marketing and put their complete trust in 'strange voodoo'...
13) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1600425)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
... And you thought that the "secure" setting for your email meant that your email would be sent secure and encrypted?...

Not if you're connecting via some internet providers:


ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flag called STARTTLS from email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption...

By stripping out this flag, these ISPs prevent the email servers from successfully encrypting their conversation, and by default the servers will [then] proceed to send email unencrypted...




And yet eavesdropping on a telephone conversation is supposedly illegal?...

IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
14) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1600391)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile ML1
One good thing about Berkeley passing 'If It Tastes Good - Tax It':

Now we know, because Berkeley is FOR it: What NOT to do.

A question: Is this just another example of Left Wing Puritanism?

Or that is only an overly gentle response to the cruelty of the food-slime being deceptively peddled?


There is this little sequence that personally I believe should turn everyone's stomachs cold:


Pub chain criticised for calorific doughnut burger

"Family friendly" pub chain Hungry Horse has been criticised for creating a burger containing nearly 100% of a woman's recommended daily calorie intake at 1,996 calories. The Double Donut burger consists of two beef burgers topped with cheese, four bacon rashers and BBQ sauce, sandwiched between two glazed ring-doughnuts.

Critics called it irresponsible, dubbing it "a heart attack on a plate".

Hungry Horse said it was catering for a variety of tastes...

... Advertised with the tag line "So Wrong It's Right"...

... Mel Wakeman, senior lecturer in Applied Physiology at Birmingham City University, said: "To me, this is simply ludicrous and irresponsible. I am no killjoy but why is this sort of food available?"...




Call to banish fruit juice from recommended five a day

Fruit juice should be removed from the recommended list of healthy things to eat daily because it is confusing...

... Action on Sugar found many children's juices contain at least six teaspoons of sugar - more than cola - and come in cartons larger than recommended...



One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus'

One in 10 sausages and processed pork meat products in England and Wales could cause hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection if undercooked... There has been an "abrupt rise" in the number of cases in England and Wales as people do not realise the risk...

... He said the virus occurred in the animal and in the blood system and warned it would continue unless there was a "big change" in animal practices, such as introducing different hygiene measures...

... In Asia and Africa, hepatitis E is more commonly transmitted by contaminated drinking water.



And add also that "little extra" as children 'grow up'?...

Ad Breakdown: Sex and the e-cigarette

E-cigarettes are to be shown in a UK TV advert for the first time on ITV on Monday. And it's deemed too sexual to air before 9pm...

... "The old adverts were using sex to sell cigarettes to young people, but the VIP ad is just crude,"...




To my view, all very slimy and cruel and deceptive.

And yet that is condoned as good and profitable business practice?...


We are what we eat and drink and breathe...
Martin
15) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1599129)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile ML1
The latest round of world politics rolls onwards as the Fossils Fuels industry continue to lobby and to burn us out:


UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report alarmingly warned today that it was vital for the world to phase out fossil fuels by 2100.

The committee claimed that cutting greenhouse gas emissions by between 40 per cent and 70 per cent by 2050, and to near or below zero emissions in 2100 "would likely keep warming <2°C."

Its chair Rajendra Pachauri warned during a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday morning, according to official tweets from the IPCC, that "climate change will leave no part of the world untouched."

He added that the "costs of inaction" were "much higher than the costs of action. Inaction would create increasing risks to economic growth."...



Strictly come warming: Swing time at the UN

... In the end, the published report was quite a chunky document - growing by a whopping 25% in just seven days of discussions.

"More words, less meaning," said one of those involved.

While the main elements of cause, impact and solution remain unchanged from the underlying reports published over the last year, some of the inclusions and exclusions reflect the rise of the political process. Countries are jockeying for position ahead of negotiations on a new global climate treaty in Paris next year. Some are better in the saddle than others.

A strange, old school alliance between Saudi Arabia and Bolivia delivered significant changes in some parts of the document. ... under pressure from the curious Latin American-Saudi coalition, the finished document speaks of 1.5, 2 and even 3 degrees in some detail.

Even more bizarre is a completely new paragraph that begins: "Mitigation policies could devalue fossil fuel assets and reduce revenues for fossil fuel exporters..."

Then there's the ubiquitous references to carbon, capture and storage (CCS) as being a critical technology if the world wants to keep using fossil fuels. The current pace of development of CCS in the world has been glacial...

... By having the references to losses expected for fossil fuel producers enshrined in the text, by putting huge emphasis on CCS, the Saudis and others will be able to say at crucial moments that the science backs their position.

And, in a very real sense, it is true.

What was going on behind the scenes in Copenhagen is a reflection of the key difficulty facing those who want to secure a new global climate treaty - what is the ultimate priority for nations?, cutting emissions of carbon or lifting people out of poverty by whatever means necessary?...




Even the denialist biased (controversy stirring, sponsored?) The Register appears to now give muted acceptance that we are unnaturally warming our only planet.

However, are the politics and industrial lobbying going to lumber on "by whatever means necessary" to damn our planet for all?...

We can go profitably low-carbon. For everyone's benefit, why not do that sooner rather than later?


Only on our only one planet,
Martin
16) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598672)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
... Do you realize we have a friendly bet in the PM's, regarding when you will get to a dozen childish name calling posts. ...

So that is indeed your game as demonstrated.

Thank you for openly admitting your trolling.

No useful discussion from you. We can leave you to spam elsewhere. I guess vandals and pariahs are an unfortunate part of the mix even if disproportionately noisy...


Still all on our only one planet,
Martin
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1598602)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
This looks like a good idea better balance exploiting the natural environment:


Wind farm shares to be sold to locals under new scheme

Locals could be offered the chance to buy shares in new wind farms, solar farms and hydro power stations, under new government approved guidelines...

... The scheme aims to reduce local opposition to renewable energy development. It has been developed by the renewable industry alongside community groups.

The Shared Ownership Taskforce plan follows similar programmes in Denmark which have been running for more than two decades.

It applies to anything entering the planning system from Monday...



That less financially greedy approach may well be a better balance for all to gain "buy-in" and help save our planet even if only by gaining a more widespread appreciation of what it takes to industrially live on our only one planet...


Only on our only one planet,
Martin
18) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1598598)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
With "always on" broadband, expect much more of this:-

Creepy

At least that is a lot more visible than the various "tracking 'tech'" that is ever more widely used to 'track' people and what they do every moment. If only more of the victims knew?...

So we have these two small push-backs against such intrusion:


Samaritans pulls 'suicide watch' Radar app

An app made by the Samaritans that was supposed to detect when people on Twitter appeared to be suicidal has been pulled due to "serious" concerns...


Carrier IQ to settle snooping app row

A settlement has been reached in a three-year legal row about accusations that software installed on millions of smartphones spied on users...



Note how for those examples, they appear to be being 'reworked' due public opinion and/or the specter of legal action due to the victims "not being informed"...

So from that, expect ever more expansive EULAs to victimize yourself to absolve such snooping and abuse?



IT is what we allow it to be...
Martin
19) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598585)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
Can someone please explain what is causing this in Siberia .....



If not Methane then what is doing this ?...

Thanks for a beautiful example. Excellent. And a worrying example of the progress of our climate warming...

Yep, from the surrounding debris I'll agree it looks like a Pingo that has met its demise.

Possibly also, it could be a collapse into a limestone void below, similar to that suffered by some parts of Florida for example. That's less likely but depends on where in Siberia for what's there.


Regardless of whether methane or permafrost ice, a very old large formation has melted where once it was stable for an awful long time...

And like selfish idiots we are still doing this to our atmosphere and planet...
Martin
20) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598583)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile ML1
It's spelled deniers.

Is that the pathetic best you can do?

So... Ignore the entire subject, completely ignore the discussion, and instead try to ridicule over a minor typo. Amazed you deign to waste our time.


Sorry, your flatulent farts pass off as nothing more than unworthy noise and pollution. Please waste your noise on another thread.

Denial and to troll is your dream? Good luck elsewhere.


Meanwhile, on our only one planet,
Martin


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