Oops, here comes another new migrant to Australia, every two minutes and twenty seconds we add another migrant to our population. Through migration last year we added 250,000 new migrants according to the Bureau of Statistics with most settling in NSW (98,600) and Victoria (86.900). That’s an increase on the previous year of 31% and 23% respectively.
Migration & our jobs
According to the OECD we are the fastest growing country with the population heading to 25 million within months. Some say we are heading for disaster with high unemployment with millions never having a job and a burden on welfare that we may not be able to sustain without crippling taxes.
With automation, robots and increased IT usage and less meaningful jobs, our young will find themselves acting as caddies to rich Chinese or mowing golf fairways. Mass migration makes our politicians look good with improved GDP figures, but this false image will bite their backsides if productivity doesn’t improve. We need more houses, improved roads, increased growth in produce to feed the growing population, increased transport, ethnic groups come with large families looking for jobs for their young, our own kids will face difficulty in this area and because of increased unemployment several will fall into the homeless basket. Sydney is reported to be losing residents and being replaced by migrants about 14,000 residents left last year. Overcrowding on our streets, on our roads, trains and buses, increased crime and pollution. This is a recipe for disaster and a revised migration policy is vital before it is too late.
In the not so distant past we have heard the political chattering classes drag out the term “clean coal”, whatever that may mean! This would seem to most people something of an OXYMORON1, because whenever I pick up a lump of coal, my hands are invariably dirty, and if a piece of this coal touches my shirt, trousers and shoes, they get dirty.
The originator of this term I believe, is the intrepid Minister for The Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg MP, Member for Kooyong (in Victoria).
All the emotive bollocks about “dirty polluting coal” being bandied about by the press and the chattering classes (commentators and politicians), the under-educated, illiterate, intellectually challenged and the ideologically ill informed Greens and Labour politicians predominantly, does nothing to explain the coal shambles in a rational and coherent manner for the punters, those of us, who suffer this political leadership.
A line in the sand needs to be formed so that the public have access to the problem, and the correct solution for the real problem, economically and technically driven on physical engineering facts, and NOT ideology.Yes, some Liberal ministers are also guilty as well, particularly Josh Frydenberg, who looks decidedly uneasy in interviews and sends out an incongruous message on this subject. This term is even on the prime ministers lips these days, although I suspect he has no clue of what it really means.
What makes up coal as a “fossil fuel”
Just remember that all those trees and the vegetable / animal matter that go to make up coal as a “fossil fuel”, must have grown in the environment of the day, in the world, somewhere in time past. The fact that the trees grew to such size, and in such abundance, plus the aquatic animal species were in such proliferation, would suggest that the environment of that time was pristine, and not “polluted” in any way.
It is plainly obvious to the alert observer that the trees and vegetable matter were then transported hydraulically (Noah’s Flood) at some previous point in time to their current position, and then had huge quantities of sand, mud, rocks and dirt washed over the vegetable debris to compact it, which then lead to the formation of coal layers. This is what you see in coal mines, trunks of trees with root systems, ripped branches, leaf matter, turtle shells, sand, mud and rocks all mixed in.
My question for the mantra chanting Greens, the lunatic left of Labour, Get up, Crikey and the host of other self -appointed saviours of the planet is this: “How is it that when we dig this hard black stuff up, crush it into a powder, and then burn it in a high temperature furnace with excess oxygen, it magically gives off “pollutants”, as a by-product of combustion?”
Why are they not challenged about the absurdity of their utterances on the floor of Parliament and in the media to answer this question.?
It does not make sense really, but if you believe that you get “pollutants” from combustion of compressed carboniferous material, you must be smoking some mighty powerful substance!
By products of burning coal
The other by-products of burning coal, namely silicates, glass, slag and fly ash, are all remarkably inert substances. Just crushed rock really, full of silica, bauxite, ferrous compounds, and trace mineral elements. I will admit that the trees did tend to concentrate the sulphur and nitrogen compounds as they drew in water solutions, so that is why you get SO2 & NOx gases from coal-fired power stations emissions. Most of that can be scrubbed out chemically from the furnace exhaust gasses, leaving us with heaps of good old clean CO2, which of course is plant food, and hence the greening of the earth in recent times.
And by the way, to the members of the climate- catastrophe press gallery; Please do not show us any more pictures of power station cooling towers, which give out white fluffy steam from the top of the tower. This is not pollutants, but just water vapour, good old pure H2O, stuff that all plant and animals need to use to grow.
Newer generation of coal
The coal that will be burned in the newer generation of coal fired power stations ( HELO) being contemplated, is still the same coal as is currently being burned in older generation power stations. They still have the same CO2 output, with SO2 and NOx gasses. Magically, the coal fuel for these power stations now becomes “clean coal” if it is used in the new power stations!
Obviously this is plainly ridiculous, and illogical.
What must the public think? That our politicians are barking mad, to use that phrase!.
The only difference with the new generation coal- fired power stations is that they are more energy efficient, typically 4 – 5% above existing coal fired power stations i.e. they are able to maximise the heat output for a given quantity of coal, which translates into more electricity for every ton of coal burned.
Additional reading – The coal formation process
For further detailed explanation of the coal formation process, I would refer you to this link The Formation of Coal Creation Research Australia maintain an informative and technically rigorous web site run by a Professional Geologist, who has additional qualifications in biology and plant genetics, the two links below being a sample on this subject.
NOAH’S FLOOD? How can you recognize rocks that have been laid down by a flood?
POLYSTRATE FOSSILS: Apart from vertical fossil trees, are any other fossils found as polystrates?
1. oxymoron – noun. a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g.coal and clean coal ).
Call Centres – what does it mean for local jobs?
Many of us are surprised when we ring up a company call centres for assistance or information and we find ourselves talking to someone in the Philippines, India, South Africa or New Zealand.
More and more companies like NRMA, Telstra, CGU, RACV and others have call centres abroad because it is less expensive and more profitable. However, this means hundreds of local jobs have gone off shore and our work force suffer.
Companies don’t have to put up with silly union strikes, wage increase demands, work rules and other union demands. In addition, wage differences are immense, for example, an Australian contact worker will demand over $50,000 a year in wages, in comparison an employee doing the same job will earn $5,573.00 a year in the Philippines.
Apart from an accent difference the call center employee is likely to be more friendly and competent at resolving the problem than the local person. On this basis we cannot compete regardless of how hard we try; many manufacturing businesses have also found operating off shore and exporting their products into Australia is far more profitable than operating in our country. The militant unions, high wages, business tax, strict operating restrictions are some of the reasons for closing operations over here and starting up off shore, where raw materials and wages are lower.
Suggest lower business taxes and Labor Party blow a fuse, suggest reducing wages and scrapping penalty rates and the unions threaten walk outs and strikes. The result high prices for locally manufactured products, dominant unions, high wages and more companies packing up and moving off shore or contracting call centres abroad. In other words, we are our own worst enemy.
A single drop of rain can start a massive rain storm that floods the land below.
What we didn’t know is that bacteria can form rain and is found all over the world. The same bacteria that causes frost damage on plants can help clouds to produce rain and snow, this suggests that bio-precipitation might be more common than first reported.
Apparently before a cloud can produce rain or snow, rain drops, or ice particles must form. This requires the presence of aerosols, tiny particles that serve as a nucleus for condensation. But air born microbes, fungi, bacteria or tiny algae can do the job just as well. Unlike mineral aerosols these living organisms can catalyze ice formation, even at temperature below 0 degrees Centigrade. These tiny microbes have been found all around the world in snow.
Well there you have it these tiny rains making bacteria are responsible for flooding our cities and heavy snow disasters in the UK and US.
To think it all started with a single bacterium ridden drop of rain, perhaps we will look at a rain drop differently in future.
Can a casino boost income for the economy and improve tourism for the area?
There is no doubt a casino can attract mega bucks and that is good for traders in the area. Whether it is good or not can only be viewed by countries that have casinos. Las Vegas has been a major draw card for tourists in the US and pumps millions into the country’s economy via their casinos. Not only does casinos attract gambling dollars but are excellent venues for entertainment and good quality restaurants and sales of many retail products. Look abroad for an answer i.e. Since the liberalization of casino licensing in 2002, gaming revenue reached a massive US $45,09 billion dollars in Macau.
In Singapore revenue reached $4.1 billion US dollars. Taxation of the casino industry has become a significant source of economic funds for the Macau government. Yes, there is a risk of increased crime rates, but it can be controlled and as the Gold Coast has proved, not destroy the city. If we expanded the casino industry billions of dollars will pour into our country, boost our tourist business and attract some of the best artists in the entertainment industry to our shores. To some people the mere mention of casino sends them into a frenzy, gnashing of teeth and a major bout of criticism, only thinking it will drive people to gambling beyond their means and put them in debt. Hey, you don’t need a casino to do that as the humble poker machines are already achieving it.
Australia’s weapons of war – even third world countries with nuclear weapons can blow us out of the water.
The weapons of war are now becoming more sophisticated and advanced than at any other point in time. Russia has developed a nuclear weapon that can hit a target anywhere on earth with impunity, cannot be shot down.
China has developed a hyper velocity missile that travels fast, very fast and cannot be shot down. Currently cruise and ballistic missiles can be targeted and shot down, ground, ship and air interceptors could destroy them. However, the new missiles with high speed can avoid being destroyed by conventional weapons and that is frightening.
The US are spending over $10 billion on sensor detection equipment capable of detecting, tracking hyper velocity missiles. The new missiles make protecting attacks on US bases, aircraft Carriers and allies around the world more difficult or impossible.
0ur defense in comparison is like a bloke with a tin helmet and a shotgun sitting on top of Parliament House hoping to shoot down any low flying cruise missiles aimed at us. We don’t even have an anti-missile battery, nor any nuclear weapons to retaliate with because the progressive-left throw a fit when anything nuclear is mentioned.
We can no longer rely on the US now to deflect a missile attack on us. We are remarkably vulnerable as a nation, even third world countries like India and Pakistan armed with nuclear weapons can blow us out of the water without any risk of effective retaliation.
We cannot fiddle about any longer trying to manufacture ships and submarines that will be obsolete when completed and ineffective against modern missiles. Our scientists and armament experts need to be focused on missiles, miniature weapons technologically, advanced supersonic weapons and hypersensitive detection equipment to shield us from attack and we need to do this now as we have been asleep at the wheel.