'Planet Oz'

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As the Wizard of Oz has now found his Ruby slippers it would seem fetching to take a look at the World of Oz, slightly smelly or coming up  roses?  

Some of the following clips have been mentioned here via Generation Alpha & Beyond Green.  Now, where else would a Planet Oz meeting some thermals end up  .... Beyond the Straights, the Straights !! Straight jackets on ? 


 "The Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows? Because, during the first week, the United States will go to the polls to pick a new president – an event that will act like a giant weapon of mass distraction in Marrakech. The Republican candidate, Donald Trump has pledged to pull the US out of the UN process on climate change and cancel the global deal agreed at the last talks in Paris. Like other high-profile Republicans, Trump is not even convinced that humans cause climate change in the first place. Let’s just say he’s wrong... "  Interesting stuff.

I ne'er been to Marrakech, tho a two week invocation is out of the Q  lets take a tippity leaf out of the Oz book & go all out virtual... and let off some steam.

'The Heat is On'?  Get some 'Balneotherapy'.


"Since 2009 Arena has funded seven geothermal projects at a cost of more than $40m. Only one is still active.

In 2013 the agency established an international geothermal expert group to review Australia’s prospects for commercial geothermal energy generation. That group came to the conclusion that, despite more than $1bn worth of investment from the private sector and governments since the 1990s, the Australian geothermal energy sector faced significant technical hurdles, and the prospect of commercial viability before 2030 was slim...."

"Geothermal energy is harnessed in three main ways. The first is the simple hot spring beloved of tourists and health-seekers..."

"The second option is a geothermal heat pump, like the one used to control the temperature at the Geosciences Australia building in Canberra. This doesn’t so much use geothermal energy as take advantage of the Earth’s thermal mass to absorb heat during summer and release it during winter..

The third option – and the one causing headaches for Australia’s nascent geothermal energy industry – is geothermal electricity generation. The problem is not a lack of heat but rather how to economically tap into it..."  Fascinating.


Nope, I still canna get me head around the Irony .... 

I guess a smile can last ten thousand years.

Awwwe : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-riMdNooyRg

Wot no Lizzards?

Meanwhile back at Camp Frexit : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/04/oil-firms-announce-1...

Oh: http://www.sbs.com.au/comedy/article/2016/10/31/backdate-lifetime-ban-bo...



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Perth A Pit

"Billionaire Gina Rinehart’s trusted iron ore executive Barry Fitzgerald won’t be getting the keys to the city of his native Perth.
Not after the violent swipe Fitzgerald took at the West ­Australian capital while speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne yesterday.
"It came about as Fitzgerald — the 63-year-old chief executive of Rinehart’s beloved Roy Hill mine — spoke about the size of his mine, the largest single ­open-pit mining operation in the world.
“If you’re familiar with Perth, you can see the size of our mine superimposed on Perth,” he explained of the Pilbara crater, Roy Hill.
“For those of you that don’t like mining remember, in 25 years time when we finish mining, that footprint will be rehabilitated. All the pits will be filled in,” he continued.
“And thestinking stain on the Swan River valley of Perth city will remain,” he added, urged on by who knows what memory from his Perth childhood. “So just work out which one is the nasty environment.”..."
What  a Howler ... ship 'im over :-))

"Gina Rinehart’s $US7.2 billion Roy Hill project produced nearly 3.2 million tonnes of iron ore last month, indicating it has ramped up to nearly three-quarters of its 55 million tonne per year capacity.

The strong production comes with iron prices continuing to defy predictions of a slump, hitting a six-and-a-half month high of $US66.80 a tonne overnight.
Speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne this morning, Roy Hill chief executive Barry Fitzgerald said the company was on track to hit a shipping target of 25 million tonnes for 2016.
Mr Fitzgerald said that the October production was the equivalent of an annual rate of about 40 million tonnes.
Earlier this month, Roy Hill minority partner, Japan’s Marubeni said the project would reach full operational capacity in the March quarter of 2017.
The mine is controlled by Mrs Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, with other partners including South Korea’s Posco and Taiwan’s China Steel Corp."
Ah, so ... the reinvented British version ;-0
Oh. OK: http://imarcmelbourne.com/whitepapers/

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TPP : Duck Extremes

More translationals from the equatorial opposites....



"....So, what exactly was wrong with the TPP? It is difficult to know where to start.

The problem with free trade deals is they rarely are about trade. In fact, trade usually is a side issue. And the TPP was a classic case in point...."

'the dodgiest deal you never heard of ...'


"...The hearings are held in secret at a secret location — an idea that does not quite gel with the concept of "free" or democracy.  

The combined effect of all these measures was to elevate the legal status of multi-national corporations, any of which openly flout their tax obligations, above the rights of citizens in the countries in which they operate.."

"Mr Trump may have done Australia a favour in scrapping the TPP. But if he acts on his pledge to reimpose old style trade barriers, Professor Warwick McKibbin and Dr Andy Stoeckel reckon Australia will end up a major casualty.

Imposing a 40 per cent tariff would cause America's GDP to decline 1.2 per cent. If everyone else retaliated, they estimate the US economy would shrink more than 5 per cent and enter a deep recession, sparking a 5.6 per cent fall in Australian economic growth.

That will not make anyone great again."



Ah, so .... Commonwealth & Magic Puddings?


Yup thats a dodgy sounding TPP I never heard of ...




Nope canna find it: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-work

How annoying...



"The treasurers' meeting also discussed the $115 million partnership agreement between the Commonwealth and states and territories which funds critical homelessness services.

The current agreement expires mid-2017 and Ms Smith said they were anxiously waiting for an announcement about the next agreement."


I'll be back.


Ah, so  ...



Brexit the 'distraction' ...





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Earth's a Kit

G'day Matey Potaties,


"The wreck of a former slave ship lying just off the coast of Perth is being scoured by maritime archaeologists using new technology to revisit earlier excavations and help learn more about Australia's underwater past...


"This isn't the equivalent of saying let's go to Mars or let's go to Pluto. This isn't something that no human being has done before..."


fascinating ...

"People describe powers of attorney as a licence to steal"


Hypothetically ... Hypotenuse.

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Down Under

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SXX: Bob on the Ball?


"Here's the video of Robert Goodwill in the EU-Home affairs subcommittee saying:

"Indeed, in 2 weeks time were cutting turf on a new mining operation to employ 1000 people"

You can watch for yourself on the following link. Fast forward to 11:24 if your not interested in the full subcommittee!"   via iii



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Frazzle Rock

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The 'Coal Fetish'

it couldn't happen 'ere ;-)


"“This is not an issue about renewables good-or-bad, or coal good-or-bad for that matter. It’s about competence,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today on the energy policy debate.

“Renewables have a very big place in Australia’s energy mix and it will get bigger. The cost of renewables is coming down.”

But last week Mr Turnbull ramped up that debate on the role of renewable energy sources for the political heat it put on Labor.

The coal fetish — an irrational commitment to the mineral — has been at the centre of this, as shown by Treasurer Scott Morrison taking a lump into Parliament last week and ministers taking turns to fondle it....

"Further, coal provides a handy platform from which to attack as unsustainable the Labor policy of a national 50 per cent renewable energy target to be reached by 2030.

It is likely the Opposition will re-examine its commitments to renewables because of the practical obstacles of reliability and storage, and because of the political speed bumps...

"The Prime Minister has long said he was “technology agnostic” but clearly he has had a kilowatt each way.

He has ordered further research into the storage of renewable energy and a major investigation of pump hydro, which uses renewable power to raise water to a suitable height and then drops it onto hydro generators when the electricity is needed.

However, he risks having to constantly defend his comments condemning renewables after the South Australian blackout last year.

Today Mr Turnbull said: “Of course, windmills did not cause the blackout.

“The blackout, as I’ve said many times, was caused by a storm breaching transition lines. That’s perfectly obvious. And that’s the only point that was made.

“However, the introduction of a massive amount of wind energy, variable renewable energy, made the South Australian grid very vulnerable — very, very vulnerable indeed — to breaches of the transmission lines and the overloading on the (electricity) inter-connecter in Victoria.”

fascinating ...

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High Rise Wize?

fascinating ...


"...two in three people will live in our main cities in the future, as Australia’s population soars to almost 30 million....

"...The government said it would help solve housing affordability problems but experts disagree...

"...Urban sprawl happens because people want to live the Australian dream, in a house with a block of land all to itself... the preference for the Aussie house means neighbourhoods end up opposing council plans for higher density developments...

"...“The irony that I find incredible is that the benefits one might imagine from sprawl, lots of trees and places to go, things like parks — we actually get less and less of those imagined benefits.

“Houses are being built on the spare land and people are being sold houses with more than what people need in terms of the number of bedrooms and do you really need a games room?”  Professor March believes that building up rather than out would mean there’d be more space for parks, bike paths and gardens..."

"There are no schools close by, cafe culture or shopping precincts. Professor March said if everybody had the option to live close to the city, with more high-density housing, more people would be close to what they need.

“We don’t have to build up very far. Don’t imagine tower blocks, just four or five stories,” he said..."


Yep, considering the derth of Village life ... and the rise or fall of the Parish. I was just kinda wandering ... all that space. Four UK supercity's?

Oh well.


March. ... nice name for a city ... or mebbe a dog.


Ok ... top tune ;-)


Patrick Stewart - Great Yorkshire Mayor? 


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OZ: Handy Platforms


"Consultation on the environmental impact statement closed at midnight on 22 May. Six hours before the deadline, the NSW planning department had thousands of submissions - too many to collate and count immediately. The NSW government will be the final approving authority, with approval required from the commonwealth under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act."


"Aboriginal Australians represent about 2.5% of Australia's 24 million people.

Mr Turnbull said this week also marked 20 years since a landmark report about Australia's Stolen Generations, a government policy of assimilation that was in place until the late 1960s."


"NERVOUS Sydneysiders thought the worst when they were rocked awake in the early hours by a mystery — and extremely loud — bang.

Steph, from Sydney’s lower North Shore told news.com.au “I genuinely thought the Harbour Bridge had blown up it was so loud... "