prionking comments

Posted in: Flying green See in context

While I deride a good greenwash as much as the next poster here on JT, the project to try cutting drag and therefore fuel consumption is worth a try, if for no other reason than to reduce fuel costs.

The CO2 stuff is just window dressing to satisfy the ESG and AGW alarmist crowd.

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Posted in: Right-wing incumbent favored to win as Quebec votes See in context

While it's disappointing to see such a low turnout, it is good to see that more of the people who are voting chose right-of-centre candidates. The left's endless lecturing, lax immigration policies, climate hysteria, and suppressing freedom of speech, movement and association are finally coming back to bite it. Let's hope that this is a building wave that has started in Sweden and Italy and will swamp the left until they come to their senses.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro adds platform display showing where least crowded parts of the next train will be See in context

Pukey2Today  02:13 pm JST

Where is that ?

Sounds like America.

Sounds like Australia too

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Posted in: ANA named Global SKYTRAX award winner for cleanliness, services and staff See in context

respect to both of you guys. However, I will have to disagree with you both, as my experience with JAL has been stellular and ANA service has been less than average. 

Of course every person's experience is different as well. I respect the fact you both like ANA better, but for me, ANA does not hold a candle to JAL. 

But as they say, to each his own.

For me, there's not much daylight between the two. I've used both domestically and prefer ANA from that respect, but only JAL internationally, and they were really good.

One thing I liked about JAL was (still is?) that on the 787-8 to Melbourne, it's a 2-4-2 layout in economy instead of the 3-3-3 on other airlines, giving more space widthwise. And they also offer a bit more pitch, making for better comfort on a long-haul flight.

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

Nope, I'm a realist, not a climate catastrophist. 

There is no such thing as a climate catastrophist. And you are almost certainly not a realist, because you seem to underestimate the impact of climate change.

I'm a realist, because I've heard too many prophecies of doom that never even came close to being true, as most were either just fearmongering or based on models that adequately take all the variables into account, because they can't. And I 'm a realist because I can intuitively see pros and cons of various forms of energy generation. Now I'm not an expert, but neither are the politicians and many of the business execs who are making decisions that affect us based on incomplete and/or bad data from experts, many of whom have a vested interest in pushing unreliable renewables ahead of other generation systems.

He is the very definition of a "denier". He's one of the originals.

Have you actually read or heard anything Lomborg had said? He doesn't deny climate change is happening not that some of it may be attributable to human activity. He just thinks that the catastrophists are exaggerating the threat and that their "solutions" are worse and more expensive than the problem.

And you ignore the end-to-end environmental impact of their manufacture and disposal.

There is some impact, but it isn't as bad as the alarmist say. For example, an electric car throughout its lifetime has less environmental impact than an equivalent internal combustion engine car.

I beg to differ, and there are none so alarmist as those who think the world will end if we don't embrace wind and solar yesterday. I'm not against cleaner sources of energy and vehicles, but the human and environmental cost of sourcing materials for these power and storage sources, and EVs, is very high. Especially in the cadmium mines of Africa run by the unscrupulous Chinese. If you think Westerners have a bad record with colonialism, they're Mother Theresa compared to the Chinese. Then there's the rare earth metals, which are primarily sourced from environmental vandal China, not to mention the disposal costs of batteries that have an effective operating life of 7-10 years. This will get longer, but as the number of EVs grows, that's more and more heavy metals that will have to be dealt with, and recycling them is energy intensive.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not opposed to renewables and EVs per se, but I think people rushing to embrace them while tripping over themselves to dispense with fossil fuels and nukes are doing more harm than good regardless of their good intentions.

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

Browny1,

Thanks for your reply, too, and I get that your heart's in the right place.

Indeed, tech isn't cheap and takes time to develop. No argument from me there.

Problem is, there are certain people, like Palaschuk, who are rushing headlong into tossing the baby out with the bathwater with little understanding of the implications and costs. She doesn't have to worry about accountability because even if she gets turfed out in an election, she has a cosy publicly funded pension to fall back on, and probably a cushy job as a lobbyist or consultant on top of that. Nice work if you can get it.

Meanwhile, people and businesses will be slugged with high power costs and unreliable power supplies, reducing business confidence in QLD and reducing the amount of income people have to spend on other essentials and non-essentials. We're already seeing this, and when people aren't confident about the future, they'll naturally cut back on spending as a defence mechanism.

Even if power users are subsidised by the state or federal government, those subsidies have to come from somewhere - higher taxes or borrowings. Higher taxes are as palatable as sushi left out in the sun. And borrowings have to be repaid with interest and add a burden of debt on future generations. These governments claim to operate on the assumption that certain resources are finite, which is all well and good, but that money is infinite, which it isn't if we want it to hold any semblance of value in the medium to long term.

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

2020hindsightsToday  01:44 pm JST

prionking

Ignoring climate change comes at a much higher cost than proven super grid technology and renewables, which are the only realistic option for the future.

Not at all.

Wind and solar are useful as supplements only, not for reliable baseload power. For that, you need fossil fuels or nuclear power as the only realistic options, and hydro in some locations where there is enough elevation and reliable rainfall.

Ah, you are a defeatist. Add hydro, nuclear and storage options combined with a grid that spans Australia should do it.

But you didn't respond to the statement that climate change comes with an enormous financial cost.

Nope, I'm a realist, not a climate catastrophist. All those predictions of doom have not come remotely close to fruition, abatement measures or not. The financial costs of following the catastrophist route are obscene, in the realm of AOC-onomics. The UN Agenda 21/2030 plan, which is what QLD is basing its plan on, is economically unsustainable. Bjorn Lomborg has a lot of interesting things to say about the costs of chasing the renewables pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and not many of them are nice. And he's hardly a "denier".

And you misinterpreted my response, hopefully by accident. As I said, wind and solar (with their storage facilities) are OK as supplements, but no good for baseload power because they're too unreliable and have a short service life. And you ignore the end-to-end environmental impact of their manufacture and disposal. If we rule out fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro where possible are the only realistic options, and I'm glad you included nuclear in the equation.

I bet Germany is wishing they did right now, instead of shutting it down in favour of the renewable fairytale.

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Posted in: ANA named Global SKYTRAX award winner for cleanliness, services and staff See in context

Both Japanese airlines are right up there for service and safety, and I like them both. But I think ANA pips JAL with warmer service.

Why, just a few months ago the ANA CA thrilled my inner 5 year old by giving me a souvenir postcard with the flight details written on it and allowed us to shift to a seat with ore legroom so we could stretch out and get a better view of Mt Fuji and the Alps.

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

Ignoring climate change comes at a much higher cost than proven super grid technology and renewables, which are the only realistic option for the future.

Not at all.

Wind and solar are useful as supplements only, not for reliable baseload power. For that, you need fossil fuels or nuclear power as the only realistic options, and hydro in some locations where there is enough elevation and reliable rainfall.

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Posted in: What are the pros and cons of owning an EV (electric vehicle)? See in context

My Dad bought an electric car about a year ago, mainly as a novelty because it'll likely be the last car he buys before he's too old to drive.

Some pros:

Cheap rego (depends where you live)

Brisk acceleration

Bragging rights

Depending on what make you buy (Benz, in Dad's case), free charging for 2 years at public charging stations

Quiet, so you can sneak up on pedestrians

Green halo

Some cons:

Limited public charging stations, and they can be slow so there are increasing queues as EVs become more popular. Hope you like waiting.

Home charging can be slow unless you have a 3-phase line

Limited range, and you can't just hitch a ride to the nearest service station to buy a can of fuel or an armload of batteries to get going again when the charge runs out.

Expensive replacement batteries

In some markets, living with the knowledge that you're basically a tax thief (sorry Dad!) for having taxpayers subsidise your EV purchase*

*This doesn't seem to bother some people

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

This will operate in conjunction with a "Super Grid" combining solar and wind.

No Fairies in sight.

LOL. You might need to get your eyes checked.

Hydro, fine, but is it going to be enough to provide sufficient baseload power at all times for the entire state?

As for the so-called Super Grid, I stand by the fairyland comment. This will not be able to provide reliable energy at a reasonable cost, nevermind the material and energy inputs and disposal costs this equipment involves, including toxic metals, and their relatively short service life. Everything has an opportunity cost, which the economic illiterates who pitch these projects fail to show properly - either out of ignorance or, sometimes out of outright deceit. If the public were told the truth about these renewables projects, they'd baulk assuming they can grasp basic economics. The government is relying on the hope that most people won't think about the issue too deeply, and sadly they'll probably get their wish.

And remember this is the QLD Labor government promising this. The same one wanting to host the 2032 Olympics. Where's all this money coming from? Big on pipe dreams, big on budget blowouts.

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Posted in: Australia's largest carbon emitter to exit coal by 2035 See in context

Unless they can get the government to toss out the moratorium on nuclear power, which they won't, AGL is writing its own death certificate with this decision. They've swallowed the whole Agenda 21/2030 Kool Ade, condemning themselves and their customers to sporadic energy supplies in the near future.

Of course there's still a little time to abandon the crazy and pursue stable and affordable energy, especially if they get a wake-up call from what globalist European "leaders" have in store for their citizens this winter.

But I doubt that AGL's directors will have the wisdom to heed the warnings, as these are the same people who've led the company down the path to renewable fairyland in the first place.

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Posted in: 'Blood on your hands' if world steps back on tackling COVID now: WHO official See in context

Aly, I agree with your first paragraph, but for the second, I think the developing world is growing wary of the WHO and various other UN arms and NGOs. Plenty of them promise the world, yet deliver little in the way of benefit once all the hangers-on have taken their cut - and not infrequently deliver projects that do more harm than good.

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Posted in: 'Blood on your hands' if world steps back on tackling COVID now: WHO official See in context

Aylward... Isn't this guy in China's pocket? I remember watching an interview that he did with a Taiwanese reporter back when this whole farce was in the early stages. When she asked him an uncomfortable question about China, he pretended that the signal dropped out, then quickly ended the interview soon after.

Zero credibility is being kind. Aylward and people like him have to be dragged through criminal court by their ears and be forced to cough up everything they know about all the cover-ups and disinfo.

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Posted in: GOP's hard-line tactics on migrants refocus midterm debate See in context

This is hilarious. Leftists go apoplectic when their NIMBYist policies backfire on them and decent people like DeSantis show them up as the elitist hypocrites they are.

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Posted in: 4.4 mil Americans roll up sleeves for Omicron-targeted boosters See in context

"Articles" like this one are getting more laughable by the day, reading more like desperate propaganda, begging people to get the jab, than informative news. There are no comments from anyone who's had a previous jab but won't be getting this one, or their reasons why not. Just a handful of selected comments parroting the narrative.

And there's no explanation as to why the numbers volunteering for a shot are plummeting. Wouldn't be anything to do with short-lived efficacy or the nasty side-effects that narrative pushers try to downplay or simply ignore, would it? And the corporate media, governments and covid vax makers wonder why public trust in them sits below that of used-car salesmen and game show hosts.

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Posted in: Japan weighs plan for ban on hotel guests without masks: report See in context

Japan hasn't seen mass delusion of this level since WW2. If people want to wear masks for whatever reason, there's nothing stopping them. But to enforce it is insane, given how marginally effective they are at preventing this virus's spread. I'm wearing one less and less indoors and on the train, and nobody is batting an eyelid.

Most of the rest of the world has figured it out, so why is Japan doubling down in the opposite direction?

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Posted in: Sunak widens lead in race to become British PM after party vote See in context

JimizoToday  11:43 am JST

@prionking 

I think the UK electorate is more concerned with inflation, cost of living, fallout from Brexit etc. than ‘woke’ stuff. 

Badenoch tried to score a few points on this but it’s not front and centre. 

The obsessed woke crowd and the obsessed anti-woke crowd are as useless and trivial as each other. A waste of space. Handbags at 10 paces. 

There are more important issues to deal with.

As per usual, you completely misinterpreted the post. The main issue with Sunak is his questionable allegiances as Alfie and others have pointed out. The woke stuff is just an amusing sideshow.

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Posted in: Sunak widens lead in race to become British PM after party vote See in context

theResidentToday  10:04 am JST

@Alfie Noakes: Not a bad post for a well known Corbyn supporter - you then totally lose all credibility in posting a link from The Daily Mirror.

Admittedly linking to The Mirror doesn't help, but it is true. He's probably the last person among the Conservatives who should be leading the UK.

If Sunak does get the job, the woke mob will be tearing themselves apart grading him on the intersectionality scale. POC, minority, from an immigrant family, tick. But Etonian, Tory, ex-banker....

BOOM!

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Posted in: Djokovic repeats no vaccination stance as U.S. Open slips away See in context

> factcheckerToday  02:46 pm JST

He regards his health and integrity as more important than money and compliance with a bad rule.

But he doesn't give a toss about anyone else's health. Opponents at Wimbledon should boycott any matches against this dill

Might be worth considering a name change, factchecker. The vaccine doesn’t stop transmission, so Djokovic refusing the jab makes no difference to anyone else.

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Posted in: Djokovic repeats no vaccination stance as U.S. Open slips away See in context

JimizoToday  03:21 pm JST

A man of principle

Djokovic and his partner are reportedly into entertaining conspiracy theories. All kinds of crackpottery spinning around in their heads. 

These are the type of people you laugh at, edge away from in conversation, or for the more polite, change the subject to prevent them humiliating themselves even further. 

Opponents at Wimbledon should boycott any matches against this dill

While it isn’t really a Wimbledon thing, I’d like to hear some funny chants.

I think Djokovic knows a thing or two more about performing at the top level in the world, and what it takes to get and stay there in terms of health than you do. All you have in response is the pathetic cry of conspiracy theorist!

As Jay said above, the vaccine doesn’t even stop transmission, provides questionable protection, and carries the chance of severe side effects. Not even you can deny that. And the ones who are laughing are people like Djokovic, at the delusion and rage directed against him by those who are supremely confident that they know what’s best about what people should put into their bodies.

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Posted in: Djokovic repeats no vaccination stance as U.S. Open slips away See in context

A man of principle. He regards his health and integrity as more important than money and compliance with a bad rule.

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Posted in: Unless they are having close conversations, we urge people to remove their face masks if they are commuting to work or school on foot or by bicycle, or when they are walking, running or doing radio gymnastics and other exercises. See in context

Just drop the bleedin' things altogether. They do little to stop the virus from spreading and cause more problems than they solve.

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Posted in: Visit from a princess See in context

I feel sorry for Kako and the disabled people being forced to mask up for the event by their idiotic handlers. Let people be people again.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,457 See in context

Scientific reports have clearly demonstrated masks can reduce importantly transmission, this completely contradict what you say. Your understanding of how masks work is very mistaken, viruses do not get only stopped mechanically, nor they fly around as viral particles but contained in much bigger droplets.

This is bunkum. Unless the masks are N95 and are properly fitted - which represent a minuscule fraction of mask wearers, they have very little effect. You know this, so are just being disingenuous. Graphs show that introducing mask mandates did not have any real effect on the virus spreading. Waves subsided by themselves or artificially with lockdowns of caring degrees only resurge. Not even your beloved vaccines have had much effect in slowing it down.

Go on, see if you can guess when mask mandates were introduced.

https://www.covidchartsquiz.com/masks

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Posted in: Australian PM-elect Albanese says Quad meeting in Tokyo 'absolute priority' See in context

Pukey2Today  06:56 pm JST

prionking:

Governments of both the Liberal and Labor stripe have sold the country down the river to various foreign interests, most notably to China

No need to worry. Australia has distanced itself from China:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTCqXlDjx18

Haha! I only wish it weren't satire.

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Posted in: Biden arrives in Japan for summit, Quad meeting See in context

Masks on for the public show. They'll come off as soon as these people are away from the cameras. Kishida included.

This whole event is just theatre. No reason why they have to rope off large parts of the city for this. Why not just hold it on an island or a ship?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,457 See in context

Elvis is hereToday  06:30 pm JST

SOME Japanese people have sometimes worn masks.

I'd say a VAST majority have mostly been inclined to OFTEN wear masks, especially when the air is generally contaminated with pollen and/or pathogens, and when can't be &rsed to put on makeup.

How long have you lived here? I've been here for most of the last two decades, and at any time before COVID no more than 10% or so would be wearing masks at any one time, maybe a few more on high pollen days. In any case, those masks actually work against pollen, but they have very little effect against viruses, which are far smaller and just slip through or around the masks.

They a large number MAY have been inclined to often wear masks, but most didn't actually do so most of the time. To claim a vast majority is really stretching things.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,317 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 31,457 See in context

News flash, long before Covid came along , Japanese people have always worn masks. 

Correction: SOME Japanese people have sometimes worn masks.

It reflects the fact that over 320,000 people who should be in a building we know as a hospital but can’t be because there’s not that many available.

This isn't a fact, it's fiction. Only a small proportion of these people need to be in hospital. Most people get over it just fine at home. And if most of Japan's doctors decided to treat patients in the early stages with certain medications, most of the COVID patients inside hospital and out would recover very quickly.

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