Down Under & Queensland

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" The idea of a shortage in Australia — the largest gas exporter in the world — is an “absurdity”, according to energy analyst Bruce Robertson of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “We are swimming in gas, the idea that we cannot provide for our own population is just a total failure of our energy policy,” Mr Robertson told ... "

“There’s plenty of gas around, even on the east coast,” he said. ”Companies are sitting on permits, not developing them and restricting supply so they can make a lot of money.” It’s created the bizarre situation that sees Australian gas being sold in Japan for a wholesale price that is cheaper than the price it’s available for in Australia.... “Australia is unique in its sheer stupidity in allowing companies to exploit our resources and not insist they provide for our domestic market,” he said. “We are uniquely stupid.” 

How Now, there's a common theme...

Is 'Clean Coal' the answer: "...If the A$16.5bn (£10bn; $12.5bn) project goes ahead in Queensland's Galilee Basin - and latest indications are that it will - the coal produced there will emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than entire countries such as Kuwait and Chile, claim its opponents. Delayed for six years by a stream of legal challenges and environmental impact assessments, the so-called Carmichael mine - to be developed and operated by the Indian mining giant Adani - has polarised Australians.  Supporters, who include local communities, the federal and Queensland governments, and, naturally, the resources industry, insist that it will bring jobs and prosperity to a depressed region of Queensland..."  Source:  

Good ole Adel, what do we know about Adani?

The 100 Day Challenge?

"Elon Musk, boss of electric car firm Tesla, says he can help solve South Australia's power crisis within 100 days - and if not he'll do it for free. The offer follows a series of blackouts in the state.  On Thursday, Tesla executive Lyndon Rive had said the company could install 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage in 100 days.  When asked on Twitter how serious he was about the offer, Mr Musk said if Tesla failed, there'd be no bill."

"The state of South Australia has suffered from blackouts since September last year, leading to a political spat over energy policy. Tesla has been expanding its battery business alongside its car production. This week the US company launched its Powerwall 2 in Australia, the world's top market for rooftop solar. Battery storage is one of several options the government is looking at to help ensure reliable power supplies as Australia grows more reliant on intermittent wind and solar power..."   La La Da

Just a minute : "One by one, though, the company has cleared the regulatory hurdles, albeit with 190 state and 36 federal conditions now attached to the project. Last December came the high-profile announcement that the last major element had been approved: a rail line to transport coal from the mine, 400km inland, to the export terminal, near the Great Barrier Reef.  An Adani spokesman notes that the company has already spent A$1.3bn on the project, including more than A$100m on legal fees - "without putting one shovel in the ground". Those figures, he says, "show the company's commitment".

"... In October, Rio sold its 46.6 per cent stake in the Simandou mine to Chinese miner Chialco for between $US1 billion and $US1.3 billion... The timing of the emergence of the payments could indicate the discovery of the correspondence as part of the "due diligence" by the acquirer of Rio's stake in the project, its partner Chinalco. By self-reporting the payments, Rio could be seeking to soften any possible future prosecution or fine that might eventuate..."

"Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (Chalco) ... trading segment is engaged in the trading of alumina, primary aluminum, other non-ferrous metal products, and crude fuels; energy segment includes coal mining and power generation, including conventional coal-fire power generation and renewable energy generation, such as wind power and photovoltaic power, and corporate and other operating segment includes corporate and other aluminum-related research, development, and other activities."

A Common Denominator: "chief executive Sam Walsh will co-chair the Australia-India CEO Forum, a key plank in the government’s push to sign a free trade agreement with the world’s largest democracy by the end of the year.... 

“Rio Tinto has long recognised that India has the people, geography, and political frameworks to be a powerhouse economic force. India has a very exciting future and I look forward to playing a part in developing new investment opportunities in this vibrant nation," Mr Walsh said.

Gautam Adani, chairman of the Adani Group, which is building Australia’s largest thermal coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, will be the Indian co-chair. “It is an honour to play a role in enhancing this vital partnership. India has no more reliable friend or partner than Australia, which is showing its clear intention to help power India’s future," Mr Adani said."

"The contract was priced at $US3.80 per MMBtu, which is less than half the current price, even though gas prices have fallen sharply with the drop in oil..."

"Mr Walsh said Rio was in good shape for whatever growth path it takes as a result of his past three years’ work repositioning the company. And continuing his penchant for talking in the third person, Mr Walsh said: “In relation to Sam Walsh, I will be retiring from Rio Tinto but, let me assure you, I will not be retiring from life.’’ 


Diamonds in the rough ...

Meanwhile, back in Blighty ... Up North (as it 'appens)

Oh, OK:

"I FIRST visited a shale gas well in Pennsylvania in 2011 while writing a report for a think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, founded by Lord Lawson, the former chancellor. At that time, most energy analysts were still arguing that shale gas was a flash in the pan. I concluded that that was almost certainly wrong and that we were witnessing an energy revolution of huge significance...

The tiny group of middle-class southerners who go north to protest about this stuff are not representative of public opinion. Let us not give in to the 21st-century Luddites, commercial interests or foreign crony-capitalists who do not have our interests at heart.    Viscount Ridley is a Tory peer who spoke in a House of Lords debate on shale gas. This is an edited version. He was chairman of Northern Rock from 2004-07."

Riddles ... ;-0 (comments)

Oh, hang on  "Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which creates a "chilling effect on free speech".

He also called for tighter regulation of "unethical" political adverts. The British computer scientist said he wants the people who have helped develop the web with blogs, tweets, photos, videos and web pages to help come up with practical solutions to make a web "that gives equal power and opportunity to all".   Certain algorithms can favour sensationalist information designed to surprise or shock users rather than reflect the truth and can "spread like wildfire" ... He suggested companies could put subscription payments and small automated charges in place to make money without these types of adverts."

Ya, I thought about a slot on't pc to post a piece prior to each comment n article posted but then hey ho ... stoopid is wot stoopid does ... 

I spose ya can eat coal...






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The Missing Link

"And so it proved.  -  America went from importing to exporting gas. The shale boom pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the American economy through domestic production and lower prices. The environmental problems were minimal. President Obama’s Energy Secretary confirmed this in 2015, when he said: “I still have not seen any evidence of fracking per se contaminating groundwater.”

Over the past decade, America has cut its carbon dioxide emissions faster than any country, thanks almost entirely to the shale gas revolution. It did so while simultaneously bringing heavy industry back onshore, whereas we have driven it away.  Saudi Arabia tried to kill the shale drilling business in 2014 by flooding the market and cutting prices. It failed –the technology keeps improving and the break-even price gets lower and lower.  Last November, I was on a shale-oil site in Colorado watching the new quiet-fracking fleet do its work: an operation that takes about the same length of time as building a wind turbine and is as limited in area, but produces hundreds of times more energy and is about two per cent as prominent in height in the landscape when it is finished.

In 2011, I wrote that “shale gas faces a formidable host of enemies in the coal, nuclear, renewable and environmental industries – all keen, it seems, to strangle it at birth, especially in Europe”. I was right about that too.  What was the reaction of the environmental movement to this gift from the gods?

To oppose it with all its might, even at the cost of telling the truth. This year, Friends of the Earth was forced by the Advertising Standards Authority to withdraw several misleading claims it had made about shale gas. It even resorted to arguing that sand is carcinogenic. It did not quite have the brass neck to complain about dihydrogen monoxide, which is injected in large quantities into shale gas wells – for those whose chemistry is rusty, that is H2O, or water.

Who is behind this anti-shale propaganda?   Let us look at who stands to suffer from a successful shale revolution here.   First, the subsidy-drunk renewable energy industry, still trying to justify things like burning American forests for electricity. The former Department of Energy and Climate Change chief scientist, the late Professor David MacKay, found that in particular circumstances, using wood pellets to ​generate electricity could have a carbon footprint almost twice that of coal and four times that of gas, and yet we subsidise foreign wood pellets and stand in the way of shale gas.

The second group with an interest in undermining British shale gas, apparently, is a foreign power. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Nato Secretary-General, has accused Moscow of campaigning to undermine shale gas.  Here is a quote from National Review magazine in 2015: “Russia has ramped up covert payments to environmental groups in the West. By supporting well-intentioned environmentalists with hard cash (often without their knowledge), Russian intelligence gains Western mouthpieces to petition Western audiences in its favour.”

Sure enough, the Kremlin’s mouthpiece, RT, Russia Today, has been broadcasting anti-UK shale propaganda on its “Keiser Report”, including the line that “frackers are the moral equivalent of paedophiles”.  The US Director of National Intelligence said very recently: “RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health. This is likely reflective of the Russian Government’s concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global energy market and the potential challenges to Gazprom’s profitability.”

This is what we are up against.  We will be burning gas for decades to come under any policy. Even the National Grid’s extreme “gone green” scenario for future energy policy sees us burning almost as much gas in 2035 as we burn today. But more than that, we have a huge chemical industry in this country, employing hundreds of thousands of people directly and indirectly.   It needs methane and ethane, derived from natural gas wells, as feedstock.

That industry will disappear rapidly if we do not exploit domestic shale. It has repeatedly warned us of this.  As the GMB union puts it, if exploratory drilling reveals a plentiful supply of UK shale gas reserves, “is it not a moral duty for Britain to take responsibility for providing for our 
own gas needs from those supplies rather than importing gas from elsewhere”?

Beneath Lancashire and Yorkshire, in the Bowland shale, lies one of the richest shale gas resources ever discovered.  Just 10 per cent of it would be enough to provide 50 years of British needs. We know how to get it out, using sand and water to make millimetre-wide cracks a mile and a half down, with minimal environmental risks..."

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The Musks Mission ...

"... events have exposed significant issues with the state's ability to supply enough energy. A practice called load-shedding - shutting power off in periods of high demand - has been controversial.

Bodies including the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Climate Council have warned the problem will get worse without intervention.

It does not only affect South Australia - there is also concern for the nation's most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria....

South Australia has become increasingly reliant on intermittent renewable sources - such as wind and solar - meaning supply is reduced when there is little wind or sun.

This has led some to criticise renewables, but others maintain they are not just environmentally friendly but also cheaper to produce.

Regardless, solutions under discussion include better links to interstate power, domestic gas production, coal and - as Mr Musk advocates - improved battery storage... "

On Thursday, Tesla executive Lyndon Rive had said the company could install 100-300 megawatt hours of battery storage in 100 days. Mr Musk went on to quote a price of $250 per kilowatt hour for 100 megawatt hour systems.

However Australia's relevant minster, Mr Canavan, on Monday appeared to downplay the conversation between Mr Turnbull and Mr Musk.

"I think it's just discussions at this point, and I don't believe anything specific to South Australia was discussed, but we support all technologies," Mr Canavan told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"For a politician to stand up and say that 'I've got the solution, all we need is 100 megawatt of batteries' is fraught with danger," he said..."

Oh. Isn't Elon Musk the US (Trumps) Energy Advisor ...  and those darn Romans stored energy in salt ... 

Anyhoos once again the reality is better than the fiction   ...

Back in Blighty ... flashback courtesy of the YP Ridley ...

Ok. Sit back enjoy the shift ... polarity.

"lets make Australia cool again!" seriously?  lunatics running the Assylum ...

Is it a bet? Is Musk a spoiled brat?

Musks on Mars ...

Rolling ... in real time. just don't ask wot this has got to do with the Common Wealth.

Proto Indo European linguistics ... PIE ooh thats interesting ... 

Uncomfortably warm.

Ah, so ...

Oh Dear ...


"Mr Cannon-Brookes called Mr Musk a “legend” and tweeted “you’re on mate. Give me 7 days to sort out politics & funding”. He also asked for a quote for approximately 100MW at “mates rates”.

Mr Musk quoted a price of US$250kWh at the pack level for 100MWh plus systems, about half the original price Mr Rive suggested of US$400-600. That price would have cost about US$50 million (A$66m) for a 100MWh system, making it around A$33 million for Mr Musk’s quote.

Later Mr Cannon-Brookes appeared to suggest he had enough financial support to build as many as 10 of the 100 megawatt hour battery farms.

The Twitter exchange has also seen other companies get in on the act and South Australia appears to be flooded with similar offers.

Zen Energy, based in Adelaide, has also stated it is ready to build a 100 megawatt hour battery farm in South Australia at a cost of $100 million, and which could be online by next summer, according to the Australian Financial Review.

Lyon Solar and Carnegie Energy have also indicated they could help.

Mr Cannon-Brookes tweeted he was “excited to see what comes this week” and he was not the only one."

Hmmm ... mebbe Crazy has an intergalatic tolerance 

Mebbe not.

Oh,OK ... it would be simplistic to slap the Musks around the face with this one ...

Mind, it would be foolish to forget the Architects.

Mao springs to mind... Oops .. hey ho. Oi King Pin ... gertya finger out.

100 a day huh...

tick tock.

Ne'er bite the hand that feeds ...

Crawls back into cave.


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Weak in 'Pictures'

No Doubt.

Do Bears ...


"WITH allies like these, who needs enemies?

It was 10 years ago this month that the tiny Alpine nation of Liechtenstein was invaded by its nearest neighbour and apparent protector.

Yet, all was not as it seemed.

In the dead of night, 170 Swiss troops crossed the border and marched towards the country’s capital. The way eased somewhat by the fact Liechtenstein has no border guards and hasn’t had an army since 1868.

If you’d have picked a country to start a war, famously neutral Switzerland would not be it.

Indeed, Switzerland’s invasion was entirely accidental. It appears that Liechtenstein is so small that the peace loving country forget where it was. Nonetheless, it’s a mistake the Swiss keep making — 2007 was not the first time Switzerland have crossed their neighbour’s border. On other occasions they’ve even bombed them..."

It couldn't 'appen 'ere

Rolling ...

"That’s right; Switzerland really does keep unintentionally invading Liechtenstein seemingly unaware the country exists at all."




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The 'One' Trades

"US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China's President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states.

Mr Tillerson met the Chinese leader in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, as his East Asian tour comes to an end.

Mr Xi said he was glad to see good progress from Mr Tillerson's meetings.

"You said that China-US relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this," he said.

Mr Xi added that he had spoken to the US president several times.

"We are both expecting a new era for constructive development," he said.

Mr Tillerson said Mr Trump places a "very high value on the communications that have already occurred".

"Negotiations are under way for a potential first summit meeting between Mr Xi and Mr Trump next month in the US....

"he soothed ruffled feathers to some degree in February by agreeing to honour the so-called "One China" policy, which states that there is only one Chinese government.

The leaders' US encounter could now hold the key to future power-plays between the world's two largest economies."

How convenient :

"An Andy Warhol painting of Chairman Mao is to be auctioned in Hong Kong - and it could go to a Chinese bidder for a "homecoming" of sorts.

The portraits immortalised the founder of China's Communist Party as a pop art commodity in the vein of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Campbell soup.

Based on a photo in Mao's Little Red Book, the portrait series is among the most famous images of the 20th Century.

The auction of this work is expected to fetch as much as $15m (£12.1m).

This particular Mao portrait was sold in 2014 in London for £7.6m ($9.4m) and the current owner, who is not identified, has now put it up for sale with Sotheby's in Hong Kong, with the auction expected on 2 April.

Warhol began his series of silk-screen portraits of Mao in 1972 when ties between then cold-war foes China and US began to thaw after the historic trip to Beijing by US President Richard Nixon."

How convenient .. now about those 'big ships' and exporting the excess 'gas' to erm ... well, ya know that 20 year plan.   

Wot do ya mean the Earth's not flat ;-)

I guess they are all moving North ...

Oi, Nicola !!  

Ah, so ...

"The politics of Trump. Of Putin. Of [French Front National leader Marine] Le Pen. And now the politics of Her Majesty's government. Welcome to the new world order. This is the new normal - the new status quo," he said.

"Aggressive. Nationalistic. Anti-Nato. Anti-EU. It is the post-war internationalist consensus unravelling in real time.

"Winston Churchill's vision for a world that achieves peace through trade, common values and shared endeavour evaporating before our eyes."

Not quite.

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Tarzan Remains

"... In a wide-ranging interview, Lord Heseltine questioned how Theresa May could campaign to remain in the EU as home secretary but "within a few weeks" of becoming PM, insist "Brexit means Brexit".

The prime minister, he added, had seemed to change her mind on the issue, suggesting "this lady was for turning".

Lord Heseltine, who was deputy prime minister between 1992 and 1997, said he would continue to argue against the decision to leave the EU, believing it was against the UK's historic national interest.


The 83-year old said he was "now free" to speak out after he was relieved of his five economic advisory roles after defying party managers to vote against Brexit in the House of Lords.

"If anyone is listening, I will continue to play a role in trying to avert what I perceive to be a disaster of British self-interest," he was quoted as saying.

"The letters keep flowing, the invitations keep coming...They haven't kicked me out of the party yet. They kicked me out of my advisory jobs but as yet there is no suggestion I should be asked for my membership card."

Not only would Brexit alter the balance of power in Europe, he suggested that for many people of his generation, the UK's decision might be regarded as a betrayal of the country's fight against the Nazis.

"For someone like myself, it was in 1933, the year of my birth, that Hitler was democratically elected in Germany. He unleashed the most horrendous war.

"This country played a unique role in securing his defeat. So Germany lost the war. We have just handed them the opportunity to win the peace."

'Shift of focus'

He dismissed those who argue Britain's standing in the world would be unaffected by EU withdrawal, saying the UK would lose its ability to act as a bridge between both the Commonwealth and the US and Europe.

"The Americans will shift the focus of their interest to Germany."

Lord Heseltine has long been one of the most pro-European voices in his party but has rejected the Europhile tag often given to him - saying that EU membership is about enhancing the UK's national interest not giving up power and identity.

He said he had "no complaints" about the way he had been treated by the prime minister, saying they came from a different political generation and had never met, let alone discussed Europe...

"Lord Heseltine also urged Chancellor George Osborne not to rule out a return to frontline politics and disclosed that he did not vote for Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith as London Mayor because of Mr Goldsmith's pro-Brexit stance.

He also advised the prime minister to resist the "powerful" temptation to call a snap election, suggesting the result of the Richmond by-election, won by the Lib Dems, showed the "deep and bitter fury" of many voters who wanted to remain in the EU.

'Out of date'

Conservative MP David TC Davies said he respected Lord Heseltine and the generation whose world view was shaped by war but their outlook was not shared by others.

"For them the EU was not just a trading arrangement. It was a way of avoiding a third world war," he said.

"But it is an analysis that is decades out of date. We can't carry on as if we are all still living in the 1950s."

Mr Davies, who is vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British-German relations, added: "There is no chance of a war between Germany, France and Britain. We all share the same values and we are all open to each other for trade."

Responding to Lord Heseltine's comments, a UKIP spokesman said: "What an extraordinary thing to say. Has he lost his marbles?

"I never realised the purpose of Britain's membership of the EU was to stop German domination of Europe.

"For someone who is deeply pro-European to basically say he doesn't trust the German people not to misbehave shows how utterly out of touch he is with the modern world and the modern, democratic and free Germany."

Out of Date?   How ironical:

The EU without the UK will struggle to prevent the right wing from European domination.

"Although it went almost unnoticed, UKIP leader Nigel Farage's extraordinary victory speech included reference to having 'fought against multinationals and big merchant banks'. That, from a figure generally seen to be to the right of the Tories! This is the populist formula common to all of Europe's other right wing 'anti-establishment parties' … picking up some of the discarded economic baggage of ideologically threadbare mainstream left parties, and wrapping them in the flag. It's an appeal to those who are afraid, angry and left behind. It's called national socialism. Without the constraints of Brussels, could the UK be moving towards its late Weimar phase? Certainly a classic prelude to authoritarian government is an enfeebled mainstream opposition."

Meanwhile :-)




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Blackouts & Blusters

"The fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator into the September 28 event found wind farm settings “responding to multiple disturbances ... led to the Black System”.

This is despite South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill repeatedly insisting that renewables had not contributed to any blackouts in the state.

Although the report said “wind turbines successfully rode through grid disturbances”, the report found a “reduction in wind farm output caused a significant increase in imported power flowing through the Heywood Interconnector” and caused it to trip, leading to the statewide blackout on September 28.

“Had the generation deficit not occurred, AEMO’s modelling indicates SA would have remained connected to Victoria and the Black System would have been avoided,” the report found...

“Importantly, it was the “settings” within the majority of the wind farms which meant they could not ride through the voltage disturbance caused by the storm.

"During the September blackout fierce storms brought down three major transmission lines in South Australia’s north. In its initial findings in October, AEMO said nine of the state’s 13 wind farms switched off because they were unable to withstand voltage disturbances, a finding that has been consistently ignored by the Premier and his Energy Minister...

"The Premier will this morning introduce legislation as part of his $550 million “self-sufficient” energy plan to “go it alone” on power."



"What is normally a bustling gateway to the Great Barrier Reef has ground to a halt in preparation. Forecasts suggest Townsville may not be hit directly by the storm's core, but winds have already picked up and no-one is taking chances.

Most businesses have shut up shop - some have sandbags lining the doorway. The few coffee shops that have opened are doing a roaring trade. Lines of police officers and firefighters are getting a heavy dose of caffeine to prepare for the long day and night ahead.

Many tourists seem to have moved on, or cancelled their visit completely - one hotelier told me they had lost thousands of dollars in bookings.

Even if Townsville is spared the worst of Cyclone Debbie, it is already feeling the impact."

Townsville... sounds like a Twin ;-)

Mind ...  Deborough

Ah, so ...    sssccch

"A Turnbull government plan to quietly ratify the China-Australia extradition treaty has collapsed, with mounting opposition from the Coalition backbench causing the government to withdraw the treaty from Parliament..."

"Greens MP Adam Bandt has linked the fata Cyclone Debbie raging across northern Queensland to a proposed new coal-fired power plant and climate change, saying more people will suffer with the burning of more coal.

With the storm already having claimed one life, Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg condemned the Greens' comments as "unconscionable and hysterical."

Horizontal Rain ...

Blimey :$1b/8390716

"The Magnetic Island Adventurethon is one of Queensland's toughest races, and the pinnacle in a series of five events around Australia. Completing this challenge creates a lasting memory for those with the courage to take it on. Be part of the action, either as a supporter or as a competitor. Add a splash of tropical adventure to your life!"


Blooming 'eck its a 15 hr drive from Brisbane...



How Odd.

"The new barriers will be in addition to the normal road closures which had already been arranged for the Wednesday event, the spokesman added."

Hmmm ... slippery slopes.

Eh, so ...


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Oliver Palmer's Travels$106-million/8418124

"He reiterated he had not been formally accused of any wrongdoing over Queensland Nickel’s collapse.

“There are no actions against me for anything in court. I have not been accused of any crime against anyone,” he said.

“An injustice to one man anywhere is an injustice to all men everywhere.

“As for Queensland Nickel, I provided over two billion dollars of support for the company for three years to protect 3000 Australians in jobs when BHP wanted to sack them in 2009.

“The Commonwealth Government received over $700 million in tax because of my efforts.”

And just in case you have forgotten, let Clive remind you: “In 2012, I was named a National Living Treasure by the National Trust.”

Bon voyage."


"The Neptunalia was the festival of Neptune on July 23, at the height of summer. The date and the construction of tree-branch shelters suggest a primitive role for Neptune as god of water sources in the summer's drought and heat.

The most ancient Roman calendar set the feriae of Neptunus on July 23, two days after the Lucaria of July 19 and 21 and two days before the Furrinalia of July 25. G. Wissowa had already remarked that festivals falling in a range of three days are related to each other. Dumezil elaborated that these festivals were all in some way related to the importance of the function of water during the period of summer heat (canicula), when river and spring waters are at their lowest."


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The Tomorrow People

In plain English :-)

"...The need for energy storage solutions is the natural consequence of an energy grid that has an increasing amount of renewable energy sources.

"At the grid level, the resulting fluctuations in supply, combined with demand that can rapidly spike during hot weather, for example, can play havoc with the steady 50Hz electricity supply needed to power everything from microwaves to factory production lines.

"“Storage allows you to spread out the load and, if you can do that, you no longer need the big so-called base-load generators,”..."




tis all a bit of a big meth, innit?

Oh well,  one big boat

"So I need to be able to see everything (in space) all the time and know what it is when I see it."

Gosh... that has to be the most stoopid thing anyone ever said.


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Lithium Boom

"Bolivia, while it holds the largest reserves of lithium, has first to overcome several issues, including rudimentary infrastructure, a challenging regulatory environment and doubts around the security of investments in the landlocked nation area likely to continue posing obstacles to investors.

Other conductive metals suitable for battery storage are also in high demand. Analysts estimate there is more than ten times the amount of graphite than lithium in a lithium-ion battery, which is why miners are also scrambling to get their hands on graphite deposits. That race, however, hasn’t gotten as much media attention as the one about the so called “white petroleum.”

Now, about the other half ...

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The Orient Express

"Ships carrying Chinese troops are heading to Djibouti to set up Beijing's first overseas military base, reports state media.

China says the support base will be used for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and West Asia.

It will also be used for military co-operation, naval exercises and rescue missions, Xinhua said.

China has ramped up investment in Africa, as well as rapidly modernised its military in recent years.

The Xinhua report said the ships departed from the port city of Zhanjiang in China's southern Guangdong province on Tuesday...

"In 2015, at a major summit with African nations, China pledged to invest $60bn (then £40bn) in Africa's development.

Besides becoming the continent's largest trading partner, it has also poured in funds and manpower for infrastructure projects.

Many of them are railways linking up African countries, including one that connects Djibouti with the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, as well as railways in Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia.

In return, Africa supplies China with natural resources, minerals and energy...."

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All that Listens

"...I'm not sure about the Super Pit … the rock fall has put a bit of a dampener on it, but I'm sure mining will go underground again in the future and this place will retain its title as the richest square mile on Earth..."



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"A mysterious shaggy giant species of rhinoceros — named the Siberian unicorn due to its enormous single horn — turns out to have survived in western Russia until just 36,000 years ago, according to research published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

This extinction date means that the Siberian unicorn's final days were shared with early modern humans and Neanderthals.

Previously, little was known about the creature thought to have become extinct more than 200,000 years ago. But genetic analysis and radiocarbon dating have begun to reveal many aspects of how it lived, and when it died out.

A key finding is that the Siberian unicorn did not became extinct due to modern human hunting, nor even the peak of the last Ice Age starting around 25,000 years ago.

Instead, it succumbed to a more subtle change in climate that reduced grassland from eastern Europe to China..."

Dolphin shaped Jet Skiis ..

Phew ;-0

"Wombleton aerodrome has three operational runways but they are under private license with no ‘commercial’ use.

The committee heard that as plans stand, four of the 3.6 metre tall cabins would be directly ‘in line’ with one of the runways on its northern edge."