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birnam

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  1. birnam

    SPORT

    "Aren't the Poms doing well in many sports these days?" Yeah, aren't they glad they've been an attractive destination for people with all sorts of names, ethnicities and backgrounds. Then they go and shut up shop and vote Brexit. Oz is next the way we're going.
  2. Climate change is real, global warming is real. What is unreal are expectations the Paris Agreement or any actions on climate change still won't see us having fires, floods and droughts. My reason for saying this is if any fire, flood or drought we're experiencing now is the result of 1.1 - 1.2 degrees C rise in average global temps., how in heck will the rise to 1.5 - 2.0 degrees C rise as per the Paris Agreement be a desirable outcome? Unless I can find a fountain of youth I won't be around in 2050 to hear people explaining that dislocation in reasoning. I'm a bit cheesed off by that.
  3. They could hardly write "Doing our jobs leads to satisfactory outcomes faster" as, a/ why are all those PR people on the payroll and big bucks if not to know fancy words or, b/ we can't openly admit to not being as good at our jobs as we could've been.
  4. This research was awarded the Ig Nobel prize for Psychology. May there be more like it. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/09/bel...g-nobel-prizes/
  5. Various proper news services (BBC, Reuters etc) are also reporting bald men are seemingly at higher risk - something to do with testosterone type - but smokers are under-represented in hospital admissions. I'm the wrong sex, wrong age, follically challenged and I don't smoke. Bugger.
  6. Plastic, The part that scares me is I don't know whether you're posting this stuff because you believe it or you're having fun stirring the pot. Regards, Lance.
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    Water

    We will see how much water gets through. NSW lifted its moratorium on pumping from northern-Darling catchments for 3 days. Qld never had a moratorium so water harvesting with pumps is presumably happening. Capture of overland flows are another issue. Some have some regulation, others are open slather.
  8. birnam

    CRICKET

    Cummins should demand a recount. Batsmen friendly pitches and grounds, rules and now voting it seems.
  9. Yeah, electric cars are the future. Where they're getting the electrons from to power them is still to be explained. At roughly 4kW of electricity needed for each litre of fuel displaced that's an awful lot of solar panels, wind or gas turbines, transmission lines and storage to fill the need.
  10. birnam

    CRICKET

    Bradman, by his own admission, was a bit of a flat-track bully too. Hasn't stopped lots of people holding him in high regard. I'm stirring the pot. Having said that I'd rather see a batsman make a 100 in a contest with ball, pitch and circumstances rather than 2- or 300 in a batathon.
  11. Also still to solve is where the electrons and grid are to come from to keep them going. Engineers from the likes of Mercedes Benz have been banging on about this for ages. For every litre of fuel (9-11 kW of energy) displaced will need 3-4 kW of electricity from somewhere. EVs will happen, as city runarounds they're compelling for their fuel cost and low pollution and, hopefully, lower maintenance costs. Ownership costs are still high when you consider purchase cost and potential battery replacement. Then there are the unknowns. The internal combustion engine is fantastic as long as you ignore costs like environmental damage. After all, a century or so ago the ICE was seen as solving the environmental degradation horses were causing. EVs might have similar downsides: some of the mining and chemical processes to produce the necessary metals are horrendous. Peak oil is spoken of but what about peak lithium? Interesting times.
  12. I've never been in the heady world of being an elite athlete so know nothing about the supplements they consume. My wonder is why don't the athletes take a sample of each tin, bottle or box and securely store it for testing if needed. Contaminated supplements or food, for all I know, could be a valid excuse or reason.
  13. birnam

    CRICKET

    At first glance I too thought the sanctions hit the mark, now I'm not so sure. That's because I'm not sure other countries will mete out such punishment to their own players when they're sprung for illegalities or boorishness. I was disappointed by the cheating and its stupidity, but fed up by the boorishness - particularly the de Villliers dismissal in the first Test. Fat lot of good it did anyhow; ABV and Markham haven't stopped scoring runs since. My fear is we'll swing too far the other way by expecting choirboys and saints without a bit of competitive mongrel.
  14. birnam

    CRICKET

    Greg Dyer is still the benchmark for cringe-worthy, shameful (or should that be shameless) cheating. What sets this lot apart is so many of them thought it was a good idea and even more of them played along with it. Unbelievable, except I have to believe it. Some time on the sidelines for some, careers over for others. There are more important things in life.
  15. birnam

    CRICKET

    Yeah, a good win. It will be a series of which side can scramble to a decent score after being 2 or 3 down for not many. Bancroft has eased, not erased, pressure on him. Khawaja? So much talent yet unmatched by decent scores.
  16. birnam

    BATTERIES

    Makes you wonder if Tesla should've done an Apple, i.e be a thought and design factory and outsource the making of stuff to those who know what they're doing. Musk is one heck of a technology disruptor and salesman so time will tell if he's also an old fashioned industrialist.
  17. birnam

    CRICKET

    Jim Maxwell on the ABC supposedly said something like "There are two verbs at the crease, Cook and Root" On twitter there then followed discussion they're nouns as well, and the past tense of both described England's situation. It's game on if they bowl us out for 120-ish.
  18. birnam

    CRICKET

    The thing that amazed me in the lead-up to this game was talk of a 5-0 whitewash and the superiority of this Australian side. We have some good players but so does England. Smith and Warner probably shade Root and an out of form Cook, with the rest of the batting not being anything special. Bowling-wise Australia, again, probably shades England. I rate Broad but Anderson and Ali don't seem at their best, or it could be this is their best in our conditions. If that's the case the gap between the sides is large enough I should be more confident, but I'm not. A crowd that size is also suggesting where the future of Test cricket lies, much to my chagrin. Melbourne and Sydney might justify day only matches but the likes of the 'Gabba would have to be looking on and wondering.
  19. birnam

    BATTERIES

    I'll fall off the twig before forecasts for batteries and EVs are tested in the real world, and that cheeses me off. So disparate are forecaster's readings of the tea leaves, or whatever it is stimulating their thought processes, they all can't be right. 50 million EV units a year would be 100% of total vehicle sales in 2040 on Daniel Yergin's prognostications. Yet he's forecasting EVs to make up only 30-40% of sales by then. Paradoxically, to me on first reading, is his forecast that 50M (inc. 40% EVs) sales in 2040 will see as much, if not more, oil used than 65M (20-25% EVs) sales in 2025 will. It's all to do with the total vehicle stock and cars spending more time in motion doing Ubering and Lyfting, apparently. The sort of caring and sharing economy gumph we old fogies can't possibly understand.
  20. Not from a newspaper but another case of a journo knowing there are the right words to use without quite getting it right. A print journo was a guest on a panel discussion on Brisbane ABC radio. Asked what he was doing in the upcoming days he waxed lyrical about going to see Roger Waters' "The Wall. He just knew the word opus could be used. You guessed it, unfortunately he described "The Wall" as Waters' "Opus Dei".
  21. birnam

    CRICKET

    Time is a marvelous thing. Maxwell, at this time in Oz cricket, will have an extended Test career. Jamie Siddons and Stuart Law - both better batsmen, in other times, had a combined Test career of 1 match. To steal and mangle the words of Napoleon, "It's better to be a lucky batsman than a good one."
  22. Another couple are Infigen (IFN) and Redflow (RFX). Infigen is a windfarm operator and is getting into solar PV farms as well. Redflow is a battery maker targeting up to grid scale back-up and balancing. I offer no comment if they are worth investing in. It's your money, do what lets you sleep at night.
  23. birnam

    The Banks

    Is this the same Ken Henry, bemoaning lack of consultation and the tax's impact, the same Ken Henry who on his first(?) day as NAB Chair called for corporate tax relief? To paraphrase or purloin someone wiser than me - methinks banks doth protest too much. They have little sympathy, and I'm a direct shareholder in 3 of the big 4.
  24. A quick squiz at the AEMO website suggests annual (not dispatch, daily or monthly) wholesale prices have been pretty steady. https://www.aemo.com.au/Electricity/Nationa...age-price-table The transparency of a carbon price of, say, $50, and no LGCs is the best we could hope for. AEMO clamping down on generators gaming dispatch prices might help too. My opinion, of course. Not going to happen because both Right and Left are wedded to their idealogical and political hobbyhorses. You decry privatisation. Of the big States, the one dominated by government owned generators is Qld (CS Energy and Stanwell Corp, about 3/4 installed capacity between them). Both are now required to maximise their financial performance to satisfy their common shareholder, ie the government.
  25. birnam

    CRICKET

    As an armchair expert I'm as much concerned with our bowling attack. If Starc can't get wickets early on he seems to struggle for options and skills as an innings goes on. Might be just fatigue after the effort in Brisbane. Still to be convinced by Bird but he can at least bowl more than 10 overs a day. Would've loved to see Sayers get a run just to find out if he's got something to offer at this level. He's not quick but neither was Terry Alderman. Which spinner will they bring in, O'Keefe or Boyce? Or both and punt Lyon? Who's fit and in some sort of form? Agree about Maddinson. He was picked on hope, not form. Such is the state of Oz cricket he probably won't be the last like that. Nevill was hard done by, imo. India might be a rude awakening for the other newbies too.
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