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41) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1499008)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I'll add, the only reason a solar install (which i've already said) can pay off for an individual is the fact government regulations force the power company to buy your production for far more than it's worth and you let your neighbors without solar cut you that check.

You clearly haven't read my post then. I explicitly stated that i do not receive the feed-in tariff, meaning that the power company 'buys back' my surplus electricity at exactly the same price as i pay per unit.
42) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1499006)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Not really a scientific study this, more an anecdotal personal story.

enough said right there..and you had the nerve to present it HERE?

Anecdotal it may be, but the numbers don't lie, solar power is saving me £86 per year in electricity, this is fact.
43) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1498559)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Wind power can't replace fossil fuels.
Solar power can't replace fossil fuels.
Wave power can't replace fossil fuels.
Tidal power can't replace fossil fuels.
Hydroelectric power can't replace fossil fuels.
All of the above together, that's a different matter.
44) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1498549)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Not really a scientific study this, more an anecdotal personal story.

Last year i bought 3 200w solar panels and a 600W inverter for £300.
They're mounted on a framework above the shed. They're not on the house roof because i don't have a south-facing roof and i'd have to hire contractors to install things up there anyway.
The wooden framework above the shed does face south and i built it myself. Total materials cost £50.
20 yards of armoured cable to connect the shed to the house £20.
Total install cost £370.

I don't get the feed-in tariff of 21p/unit or whatever it is these days, to qualify for that i need installation certificates and other paperwork, which would probably have doubled my cost of installation.
I'm on simple net metering, the meter turns one way (it's a digital smart meter but you know what i mean) when i'm drawing electricity out of the grid and turns the other way when any surplus is flowing back in. At the end of the month, i am charged for the net amount removed from the grid, currently at 13.19 p/kWh.

From June '12 to May '13, i spent £212.13 on electricity (not including standing charge)
System became operational 3rd June 2013.
From June '13 to March '14, i have spent £104.33 on electricity (not including standing charge.
Extrapolating to the end of May, (104.33/10*12) that's £125.20.
Net saving (212.13-125.20) £86.93.
Payback time (370/86.93) 4.26 years.
Guarantee on panels 25 years.
Profitable lifespan (25-4.26) 20.74 years.
Total saving (20.74*86.93) £1802.93, and that's if prices stay stable, which they won't.

Now, who said solar power isn't profitable?
45) Message boards : Politics : US Department of Transportation mandates rear-view cameras in all cars built from May 1, 2018 (Message 1498536)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Call me old fashioned, but what's wrong with a mirror?
46) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496584)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So if we lead the way China will follow, because they copy us, QED.

Siemens lost about a $1B in two years because of it.

Siemens made 4.2 billion Euros net profit in the fourth quarter of 2013.
47) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496573)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So if we lead the way China will follow, because they copy us, QED.
48) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496566)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I've bought some Chinese solar panels (Yingli), so they do have renewable technologies there.
49) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496093)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Haven't heard that argument since i was in school.

"Miss, miss, China's not doing her sums miss, so neither am i."

Grow up. There are lots of things China aren't doing that's still worth our while; democracy and human rights to name two.
50) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1496047)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Air is Breathable and Water is Crystal Clear.

Says a man who's never been to Izmir, Bangkok or Beijing.
I have, and you don't breathe the air there, you bite off a lump and chew.

Then there's the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plus similar situations in the Atlantic and other oceans.

There's no denying humans have had a very negative effect on parts of this planet.
51) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1496045)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I have been showing everyone what causes climate change. That would be the moon, and our tilt in our axis.
No you haven't, leaving aside the fact that stating something does not equal proving something, the moon doesn't cause climate change. Nor is it responsible for the tilt in our axis, what it does do is stabilise the Earth to stop it wobbling around that tilt, so if anything, the moon prevents climate change.
Everyone is up set about that change, this is evident by the nomenclature used, thay have asked for solutions. I don't see how my offering solutions to their problem can be called off topic. Bottom line---it is NOT off topic.
Getting rid of the moon (apart from being a silly idea), is off-topic for the reason stated above.
I will ask again, is climate change needed for life on this rock, human life in particular?
Human beings are one of the most adaptable macro-life species on the planet, as evidenced by the fact we can survive at all latitudes from the poles to the plains of Africa.
Even if some other species die out as a result of the planet warming, more will take their place, that's what evolution does.
So whilst climate change may not be necessary for life to continue, i have no doubt that life will continue despite climate change.
That answer your question?
52) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1496022)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Some universities in England have allowed some lectures to be segregated by gender so as not to "offend" religious sensibilities.

Do they? Certainly don't at Manchester, York, Leicester or Coventry.
53) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1496021)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Well i knew it was on LBC yesterday, didn't catch it because i was at an orchestra rehearsal for a concert tonight, but i knew it was on because they spent about half an hour discussing it on the Today programme yesterday morning.

Full debate can be watched on YouTube here.
54) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1495645)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I vote we keep the moon.

I was always fascinated by what it would be like on a planet like uranus which rolls around the sun on its back... so thanks Julie - I now know and won't give it a try :)

That's mainly because of how fast it spins, not the angle. If Earth rotated like Uranus but at it's current speed of 0.000694 rpm (1 r/day) it would be less drastic.
55) Message boards : Politics : Crimea (Message 1495569)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Rule 34...

Wasn't she in an Elton John video? Looks like Nikita.
56) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1495566)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Before anyone takes it personally, i was intending my former post as a jibe at the school, as to how bible-bashing is no basis for running a school.
You can't just cherry pick the bits you like, "for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword". (Matthew 26:52)
57) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1495546)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
This is a nasty little story about bigotry: Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like A Boy


"You're probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment," read Doris from a part of the letter.

Then i refer the school to the following from Timothy 2:12:
"I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. She must be quiet."
I trust they employ only male teachers.
58) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1495510)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Talking about Taliban style of government US supreme court hears arguments on Obamacare contraception provision

Don't you just love it when religion gets to dictate what healthcare women are entitled to?


The central question to be debated over 90 minutes of oral arguments on Tuesday is whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for all contraceptions at no cost as the act requires, even if the corporation's owners object on religious grounds.

Yes! Next.

I agree, it's a silly state of affairs.
59) Message boards : Politics : Twenty Four Seven (Message 1495509)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
But Labour's shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth said: "This is a lightweight battle between two men who will never be prime minister."

Meow!
60) Message boards : Politics : Men are from Mars........ (Message 1495140)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
1 Tall rather than short (or at least taller than the woman)
6'2", haven't met many women taller than that.
2 Dark haired rather than blonde
Ginger, what does that count as?
3 Handsome rather than plain
Not for me to judge.
4 Masculine but clean (hygiene is important to woman)
I shower twice a day, that's probably enough.
5 A little rough and dangerous but safe and gentle – with them
Neither rough nor dangerous, i'm not a fighter i'm a fleer
6 Risk takers until they’re married and / or have children
I've kayaked mamy of the roughest rivers in the UK
7 Flat stomach - small butt
Slightly padded.
8 Broad shoulders - narrow waist
Just broad generally
9 Wealthy or have future wealth potential
Not doing too badly.
10 Leaders rather than followers
I work by myself, so both.
11 Able to make them feel good even if it means lying (convincingly)
Convincing liar, i can do that.
12 Confident and relaxed
Any more laid back i'd be horizontal.
13 Popular with others but focused on them – the woman
Focusing, that's something a camera does i think.
14 Physically fit but not so it dominates their lives
See 6.
15 Intelligent enough to understand them but definitely not a nerd
Hmm, PhD in biological chemistry, that's pretty nerdy.
16 A little wild but tameable
Fully house trained.
17 Adventurous in their past and present but only adventurous with her in the future
See 6.
18 Unpredictable – for a while
Eh?
19 Experienced with sex but prepared to give up other women for them
Let's not go there.
20 Good listeners
See 11.
21 Definitely not weird – unless being weird is the norm for the social group
See 15.
22 Able to dress with style and reasonable fashion but not a dandy
I wear what fits.
23 Loving but not possessive and stifling.
Definitely not possessive!
24 A sense that they're prepared to walk away – if they really feel like it
Definitely.
25 Able to make them laugh! (Hugely important)
Never had much trouble there.

...and the best tip of all?

stay sober or at least reasonably sober.
With my alcohol tolerance, getting drunk is too expensive.


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