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10 April 2018

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25 Comments

  1. David

     /  April 10, 2018

    Good to see the excellent Oban has been re elected in Hungary, the schism in the EU is now bound to lead to a big split. Austria and Italy both have now elected anti immigrant and EU hostile governments and join their Eastern bretheren. Brexit will soon be the least of the EUs concerns.

    • Missy

       /  April 10, 2018

      David, I posted on this in World Watch.

      Despite Oban’s euroscepticism Hungary won’t be leaving the EU anytime soon, mostly due to them being one of the biggest recipients of EU funding.

      I don’t see a schism happening anytime soon, though, I do see a potential 2 speed EU post Brexit, as long as the UK remain in the EU there won’t be much of a split. There are definitely signs that some – namely France, Germany, and the EU commission – are in favour of heading towards a more 2-speed EU with regards to plans for integration. It is more likely that there will be some reform within the EU in response, this is something that has been rumoured to be happening already in response to Brexit – specifically in relation to processes. Some powerful MEP’s have heavily criticised the EU over the last year or two and called on the EU to reform. From what I have heard this is something they are trying to move towards behind the scenes – despite what some of the more Europhile leaders such as Macron and Merkel are saying publicly.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  April 10, 2018

    On another blog,a miserable poster posted this. the person who is probably a failure in life,and yes he posts on a rightwing blog, it shows

    By naming Sophie Pascoe as the flag bearer of the Commonwealth games team we once again demonstrate that NZ has become a nation of virtue signalling cucks.
    The only thing that surprised me about this appointment is that they did not go full cuck and name Gavin Hubbard as the flag bearer. Having said that, I do wonder if the games officials are waiting for Gavin to win a medal in the female weightlifting competition (as he surely will) thus allowing Gavin the freak to really embarrass us all over again by being the flag bearer as the closing ceremony.

    We could have named a true sporting great in Hamish Bond, or Dame Valerie Adams but no, we have to name a one legged swimmer just to prove how virtuous we are. I have said it before on many occasions, sometimes it is really fucking embarrassing being a New Zealander.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 10, 2018

      I would think that Valerie Adams was Olympic rather than Commonwealth Games. And I am very impressed that a girl with one leg can compete and win against people with two.There are no concessions made to her disability. I admire her greatly.

  3. Griff

     /  April 10, 2018

    Chriss 57 recently has a little debate with me about the value of the HPR /Tesla power system.

    The Australian Energy Market Operators just released a report on the HPR confirming just what I attempted to point out to him half a dozen times.
    The HPR responds faster and far more accurately to energy fluctuation than legacy turbines can .
    In fact it does so faster than they can record with equipment and systems calibrated to outdated fossil fuel generation norms .

    AEMO has released a paper presenting an overview of the initial period of operation and lessons for the future of the Hornsdale Power Reserve battery and other battery storage systems.

    Initial operation of the Hornsdale Power Reserve Battery Energy Storage System (319 KB, pdf)

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 10, 2018

      So the cost of solar/wind generation includes complete redundant standby generation capacity AND enough batteries to facilitate a smooth changeover.

      • Griff

         /  April 10, 2018

        I have pointed out to you many times .
        1 NZ has hydro lakes for storage we don’t need batteries here.
        2 Wind and solar are already cheaper than running a coal plant.
        3 Fossil fuel tech is mature the price is static or rising .
        4 Wind and solar are emergent tech price is falling at around 6% a year.

        Yet you still cling to the same old garbage.
        In case you did not notice the reason they have back up generators in au is
        large fossil fuel plants are inclined to crash rather spectacularly with no warning.
        Distributed generation does not have this problem.

        Because of our existing hydro based generation system wind and solar do not have the hurdle of intermittency here in NZ.

        Solar is not only when its a cloudless day.
        It will supply power whenever the sun is above the horizon.
        If I walked outside right now to the power shed in the rain I would find my 2kw array is pushing 400w into my storage.
        It does this at a minimum between dawn and dusk provided there is headroom in the battery bank. The array will do this every single day for the next thirty years or more.

        2kw of panels cost me a grand total of $1600.
        My storage cost was another $1200 for eight second hand one year old commercial UPS units 150amps c10 into 12 volt .
        The result 14400watts of storage is more than enough to run my house for a week of cloudy sky’s.
        These heavy duty commercial grade deep cycle units should last ten years. I expect to replace them with used batteries out of an electric car when they become unserviceable in a decade for around the same price.
        The 2.5kw inverter with duel 40amp mppt solar controllers cost 1200 bucks.
        Total $4000.
        My total system cost was cheaper than just paying the $60 a month for connecting to the grid for six years let alone paying for the power drawn or the cost of running a cable from the boundary.

        Going off grid is a no brainer for those who can do simple math and wire a basic dc circuit.
        When more wake up connecting to the grid will rise in price even more as fewer pay for the extensive infrastructure. Distributed generation and energy independence is the future for us all…..

        Here is NZ weather observations .
        http://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/local-observations/local-3-hourly-observations
        Feel free to point out a day when there is no wind right around our country.
        it does not happen ever.
        Your arguments are based on nothing but ignorance your conservative bias and bullshite.

  4. Gezza

     /  April 10, 2018

    Christ I wish I could get hold of a helluva lot more patience than I’ve got !

    • Griff

       /  April 10, 2018

      Spark one up helps.
      I do have a reputation as one of the most abusive contributors on the New Zealand political blog landscape .
      That’s what an unreliable supply gets ya folks.
      Want a nicer Griff ?
      Legalize the spliff.

  5. robertguyton

     /  April 10, 2018

    “Mike Hosking: Road crashes aren’t speed-related or tourist-related. It’s idiot-related

    but it’s idiots and speed that’s the combination, not speed by itself. Any experienced, professional operator behind the wheel will tell you speed in isolation is not an issue.

    Since joining Hampton Downs and taking my car round a track at 220km/h I have not crashed, will not crash, and have concluded I am vastly less likely to be in trouble on a track than I am on a road. Why? Because there are no idiots. There is respect and concentration and rules are adhered to, and – oh the irony – ever safer cars.”

    • PDB

       /  April 10, 2018

      Nothing beats this train-wreck of a govt Guyton! Also caused by the stupidity of the people inside it.

    • lurcher1948

       /  April 10, 2018

      SHIT for brains Hosking crashes and doesn’t have insurance for track racing YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
      https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/102974035/mike-hosking-crashes-140k-alfa-romeo-days-after-saying-crashes-are-idiotrelated

      • PDB

         /  April 10, 2018

        Tempted fate didn’t he!

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 10, 2018

          Asking for it, Begging for it ! Serve him damned weill right.

      • NOEL

         /  April 10, 2018

        When I first heard you could be forgiven for thinking he had dented half the car in the slide.
        Geez just get a graffiti artist to paint some swirls and a deaths head to match the scrapes and no one would be any the wiser. As for the injury. Probably a swag of Bank Tellers with years on the front line with more pain than he;s experiencing.

      • Griff

         /  April 10, 2018

        At lest if its at the panel beater it will not be braking down .

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 10, 2018

        Poor old Alfa Romeo. It did sound as if it had been damaged reasonably badly. Fancy treating a lovely car like that so cavalierly.

  6. Sylvaine Dawson

     /  April 10, 2018

    Every time I try to engage in New Zealand politics, I tend to only end up in a darker and more cynical place with every other beating and every other downvote I get from both neoliberal conservatives and the politically correct SJWs.

    I didn’t vote in the 2017 election, fuck em’. I did vote for the Internet Party in 2014, because I like Kim Dotcom, although the whole alliance with Mana was just a disaster.

    All we got in 2017 was TOP.. but man, why Gareth??! WHY! Also, he pussied out of the idea for a UBI by renaming it into a Youth UBI, and suggesting that we should slash superannuation to pay for it. What better way to alienate the elderly from the young! That defeats the whole purpose of Basic Income – which means everybody gets it, regardless of age, gender, race, employment status, etc. So long as you’re a resident.

    Nowadays it’s just the same old, same old – tax the poor .. ban this, ban that. Painting a police car with $10,000 worth of LGBT rainbow flags is considered ‘progress’ .. and yet, we can’t even legalize medicinal cannabis .. while the US and Canada are already miles ahead of us. You’ll see – the National party will win in 2020 .. and we’ll be back to good old 2010. Back to Square Zero.

    Oh and by the way, I spoiled my Census survey. Sue me! Fuck the system. Fuck the police, and the scourge of synthetic drugs they brought with their cannabis witchhunts.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 10, 2018

      There’s a lesson there, Sylvaine. The political system means dragging a world of deadweights behind you to achieve anything. Getting out in the real world and doing things you can control yourself with a few compatible, sane and intelligent people beats politics hands down.

    • Gezza

       /  April 10, 2018

      Intelligent commentary there Sylvaine. Welcome.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 10, 2018

      Gareth Morgan didn’t suggest THAT way of paying for the UBI, did he ? What an idiot ! How did he even have as many votes as he did have ? That would have been popular – I DON’T think.