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Cake day: Jun 13, 2023


I agree with the division you propose, but I don’t think we’ve got the traffic here yet.
It was a happy day for me when I could stop posting news articles in /r/AusGuns, but it was when we reached like 1500 subs and there was about a dozen random posts a day occurring.

Coalition criticised over calls to transition australia to nuclear energy
I'm a bit surprised that news.com.au let this little bit of truth slip through: >“They’re yet to come up with a plan with where the reactors can go and how much they will cost,” the spokesperson told news.com.au. > “Even if we started today, having nuclear power ready within 10 years is being generous. They’re very much against renewables, where we are backing it. Labor has implemented the $20b rewiring the nation policy, which has produced an actual change for the future. > “There are credible reports that nuclear is the most expensive source of energy in the world, so they really need to show people the plan.”

I could cross post obviously political stuff there.
My intention is to concentrate on putting content here to build up it’s community, before splitting out into niches.

Hence why I’m g[l]ad my motorbike doesn’t count.
I guess I left my meaning too open to interpretation.

There’s some nuance missed here.

The “observation program” mentioned here, was a $1.2 billion program that was announced in the last days of the previous government.
There were no contracts, no tenders, just a vague proposal with a nebulous tax funded dollar figure attached.
The sector as a whole was using that announcement to entice investors in their own startups.
Now that it has been axed, the startups are struggling to gather further financing in what looks like a shaky industry.

I’m gad that my motorbike doesn’t count.
If I’m doing the maths right, 101 kW @ 259kg ~= 390 kW/tonne

I’m not a big fan of anyone other than the author having default rights to change anything.
But as the OP, you could copy the bots tldr up there.

And deregulate everything, and reduce funding to schools and hospitals…

Same shit.


Labor is just a little right.
Our other major party, who are far more to the right call themselves the “Liberals”.
When a new minor party started calling themselves the “Liberal Democrats” (espousing Libertarian values), the Liberals complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (who are in charge of running elections) that the Liberal Democrats were deliberately trying to cause brand confusion, they were promptly told that the Liberal Democrats name was far closer to the actual meaning of the words.
It’s all a bit of a farse.

To paraphrase the Joker, this isn’t about justice, it’s about sending a message.

If Julian was Chinese or Russian, acting in the same way on behalf of his country, the US would be doing nothing right now.
But because he’s a citizen of an ally (vassal), he’s going to be hounded forever, anywhere, until the US shows just how tough they are on “traitors”.

America: We fight in your wars. We spy on your citizens for you. We bought your bloody submarines. Can we have our problematic fuckwit back now?

Disney has announced it will stop releasing DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Australia.
cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/2401968 > Disney has announced it will stop releasing DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Australia.::undefined

Once upon a time it would have simply been a Telstra line item, subsidized by city users.

I remember having to do the maths once upon a time, and decide that I didn’t want a shift in my part time job, even though I could use the money, because it would effect my payments.
I had to reach an agreement with my employer where they promised to offer me at least X hours a fortnight (I can’t remember what it was, and there was no guarantee, just a verbal promise), because there was a point at which I was not only losing the centrelink payment, but I’d lose the rent assistance, and health care card and all the other things, necessitating my reapplying for everything.
To someone on that knife edge of paying rent and eating, with electricity for heating… That was a bit too dangerous to play with.

I’m a big fan of both raising the payment floor and the cutoff ceiling.
People claiming benefits shouldn’t be going hungry if they can’t find work AND we want to not discourage people who are currently claiming benefits from getting work.
Whether that be through simply raising the ceiling at which point the benefits are reduced, or perhaps having some sort of “earnings bank” where earning too much in a single fortnight doesn’t effect your payments until it happens several fortnights in a row, or some other clever mechanism.

Because burning it (mostly methane) creates/releases greenhouse emissions such as CO2 and N2O.

This is a very specific and nasty example of a trend I’ve witnessed becoming common on a whole bunch of issues: climate, health, economy, pedophilia, etc etc.

Useful idiots online are spreading “I’m just asking questions” garbage about “pizza gate” and the “covid hoax” and the “climate hoax” etc etc, and anyone who has to deal with this just gets beaten down and withdraws their participation.

I don’t even know who the hell could possibly benefit from damaging the BOM/CSIRO, without some multi-party and honestly contradictory conspiracy of china + russia + resource companies.

Question for locals: do you need gas connections?

Opinions on this are going to differ a lot.
I really like cooking on gas, but acknowledge it wastes a useful resource, is environmentally bad and potentially harmful to my families health.

Side question: do you have fireplaces, gas or otherwise?

It’s becoming less common.
My last house, we had an internal combustion (wood) heater as the primary form of heating.
I know several people who have gas powered whole house ducted heating.
Both of these things are becoming prohibitively expensive to run compared to decent reverse cycle (heat pump) split systems.

Like everything, there’s more layers than an onion to this.
Older houses had decent insulation as heating and cooling were hard.
Houses built from the 70s on have shit insulation, as running a heater or cooler year round were cheap and easy.

Back in the 00s, the federal government tried to kill 2 bids with one stone here - stimulate the economy whilst improving the insulation of most houses through what became known as the “Pink Bats” program
This itself become massively controversial as the program was rorted to hell, and even some deaths, leading to a royal commision.

The whole “ban new installs of gas” is a bit of a Green initiative, but it’s becoming more common across the country, starting with Australian Capital Territory, which banned it in June.

KMart Australia has no relation to KMart USA anymore, it’s completely separate.
Target is worse, it was never affiliated at all.

Falsely claiming that what I said was ad hominem is itself ad hominem.

You keep doing you mate, I’m sure chucking sickies is the least annoying thing you do at work.

I’ve already explained above why a legit sick day is important, it stops your staff having to choose between being paid and doing the right thing - not spreading the illness.

Unscrupulous business owners demanded too much of their staff, including working whilst sick - so the law was changed so that those staff would be protected.
Unscrupulous employees abused this, so a limit was put in place - you get ten days a year.
But somehow, you’ve decided that a staff protection is actually extra days off, that are being stolen from you if you don’t get sick!
“in your own head” as you put it.

I’m not currently managing a team, but when I did, I never asked for a sick note from the doctor, what a waste of time and money.
People with your sense of entitlement cause nonsense like that.

No one is entitled to your work for free.
You aren’t entitled to payment for nothing.
There’s a balance here, ever changing, with sloppy vague laws applied post facto in an effort to maintain it.
I’m not against changing it, but taking your sick days as unplanned leave is against the spirit in which those sick days were bargained.

So the system should be changed so that you can take the days with notice. 🤷

The problem is people taking days off without notice, regularly.

As currently implemented, you feel ripped off.
If you just don’t turn up on a day leaving me short staffed, you’re letting me down (my targets won’t be met), you’re letting your co-workers down (they end up picking up your slack or getting called in on their day off at the last minute).

FFS, let me know ahead of time (psst, I’m going to take a “sick” day on Friday) and maybe I won’t be grumpy.

To extend on this, which is accurate, there’s a few extra things that are worth mentioning.
Unless you’ve signed a contract that specifically changes these (and which you would need to be compensated for to make the contract legal):
Full time employees get long service leave, which only kicks in for full time employees after several years.
Certain industries in South Australia such as Electricians, Plumbers etc have transferrable long service leave (it carries across employers in what is effectively a gig job).
Full time employees are paid for public holidays, which they are not obliged to work.
A full time employee basically cannot be fired without cause - only made redundant.
If you are made redundant, you will be paid a settlement.
This is why it’s easier to get loans etc by the way, the bank has reason to believe you’ll continue your employment.

As an aside, the paid sick leave is pretty important.
If I get sick, I don’t go to work and therefore don’t spread that illness to my coworkers, and I can still pay my rent and buy food.
A casual employee has to decide if they are sick enough to forgo income for one or more days.

Unscrupulous individuals taking “mental health days”, where they’re not sick, has been a big part in the movement to casualising the workforce (in my opinion).

These animals, especially the camels, thrive in inhospitable areas.
It’s an unfortunate reality that it’s not financially viable to collect the bodies.

Every now and then someone get’s the idea of rounding up all the feral cattle in the NT.
That’s not going to happen either.

It seems wild to commit to something before we’ve really tried it.

https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp2223/Quick_Guides/FormerAboriginalandTorresStraightIslanderRepresentativeBodies#:~:text=Previous Australian Government-appointed advisory,2019).

There’s been lots, either recognised or appointed by the government over the years.
And whenever they become inconvenient (publicly saying things the Government doesn’t want the public to hear), the Government of the day dismisses them.

The whole point here is to institute a body that can

  1. Speak in parliament - which means whatever they say will be permanently a matter of record.
  2. Not get shut down the moment they are inconvenient.

The Government of the day doesn’t have to do what The Voice says and the The Voice has no veto - but they do have to publicly acknowledge what has been said to them.

I’m not against Nuclear, go for it.

It’s not cost competitive, so I don’t think the government should be subsidizing it, but I say we reduce the laws banning it to merely enforcing strong environmental protections (as we should on all things).

Let’s say we did that today.
Let’s assume you already have a site picked out and ready to go, and that no protestors are going to stop the build.
It’ll still be 10 years before it turns on and produces it’s first watt: https://www.climatecouncil.org.au/nuclear-power-stations-are-not-appropriate-for-australia-and-probably-never-will-be/
I’d be curious if you can find a source with a shorter build time quote, so link us.

In the meantime under this proposal, the existing coal plants are still going to shut down.
With the nuclear not ready to plug the gap.
So either the government pays for the construction of more coal (because no investment company or bank will touch it), or more renewables + storage is going to go in.
In fact, within a year we’d have some new solar and wind producing power, more in year 2, more in year 3 etc.
By the time the Nuclear plant passes it’s shakedown tests, we probably don’t need it anymore.

I’ve got strong opinions about which tech we should be going for based on ecological reasons, but the fact we are going to wind and solar + storage is based on pragmatic economic reasons.

Also, ANU has identified over 3000 promising sites for pumped hydro in Australia.
Some of them could probably be straight hydro I assume.
I’m not against those either, let’s go!

It’s actually the synchronous condenser’s (of which SA already has 4) and grid-forming setting on the solar and windfarm inverters (which is literally just a configuration option).

I’m dissapointed that Chris Davies from AEMO is being portrayed as pro coal because it provides the necessary spinning mass, as if he’s unaware that things like synchronous condensors exist.

Yes and no.
Canvas like that swag is warmer and tougher, so it’ll survive more abuse and keep you warmer, and if you look after it, you’ll still be using it in 20 years.
I love my swag.

So, where are you getting changed? Where are you putting your boots when you climb in at night? Are they joining you in the swag?
I carry a thick shopping bag so that I can wrap up my clothes and boots etc and keep them out of the weather yet outside the swag.
This involves me clambering into my swag in just by underwear, more than once whilst it was starting to rain. 🤷‍♂️
A tent on the other hand, you can get changed, in the dry, out of the wind, bundle everything up in the corner…

There’s trade off’s here.
But it sounds like you already want a swag, and I’m not going to try to talk you out of a good life choice.

There’s lots of situations where I use my swag, such as when I need to carry my camping gear on my motorbike.

But if it was a purchase choice of tent OR swag, I’d be getting the tent.

I regularly use my swag IN my tent.

The tent is cheaper and future proof for the kid.
The swag is more convenient if you are travelling solo as it is self contained, with all bedding etc.

I’ve got a tent, a swag and a camper trailer.
If I could only have one, it’d be the tent.

We will overprovision.
We will use long range transmission to compensate for local weather.
We will use storage.
We will all pay more for power in the short term.

It’s a myth that conventional generation is cheap. This was only (relatively) the case in the recent past as that infrastructure was already paid for, primarily by tax dollars; from the power stations, to the rail lines to transport the coal, to the transmission lines and substations.
Now the key part of that infrastructure, the coal plants, are reaching end of life.
Power prices are already trending up, not because evil renewable energy is destabalising the grid, but because the cheap old machines can no longer be maintained. Not tomorrow, but within the next few years, they will need to be replaced with something.
It will not be new coal.
Origin, AGL, EnergyAustralia, Ergon, Alinta etc have all said as much.
It’s just too expensive to build, and the prices required to pay back those loans make it a non-starter.

Currently we need coal sometimes, and due to the long start up and shut down times of a coal plant, that means we need coal all the time - contractually.
THAT is what is causing the current grid instability. Wind and Solar are mature technologies, but currently, we curtail (turn off) wind and solar output, when it is adding too much to the grid.
If we had large storage infrastructure, we would no longer need to do that, as we could take the over abundance of power and store some tiny fraction of it, for times when the sun is down and the wind isn’t blowing.
And industry is making that pivot, they’re just waiting to see how the political dice will fall, how they can maxamise their profits and minimise their costs.
They are businesses after all.

As for scalable storage technology, here’s an example we have right now: Liquid Air. It is infinitely scalable, since it doesn’t rely on perfect sites like pumped hydro (which requires an ongoing water supply, proximity to transmission and at least 2 storage reservoirs with a significant height differential).

The largest trial I’m aware of happened in the UK 10 years ago, and only had 15% efficency, but considering we were going to throw the power away anyway, and now that 15% is dispatchable, that’s suddenly a good deal even if it never acheives the hypothesized 60% efficiency.
There’s more of these being built right now: https://highviewpower.com/projects/#uk-projects
And this is just one storage technology example, chosen to address your concern of scalability.
Scale is solved, money to build it is not.

But as I said, the fact that this transition will occur is not in question and eventually the major players will have to pay for it themselves, or the government can pour tax payer dollars on it to ensure it occurs smoothly.
The fact we are seeing nonsense like “Why not nuclear?” from one particular political party, is just a step in this dance.

To use a metaphor, let’s pretend you like to go fishing…

You’ve only got so much time on the boat, say 8 hours.
Your esky can only hold enough ice to grab say 100kg of fish.
You’re pulling in fish as quick as you can, and the esky is starting to look full… Well this fish is smaller than that fish. Bugger it, I’ll throw these 3 small fish back and just keep the big fish…

Now to bring this back to reality.
Are you a big fish?

No, just until such time as storage (pumped hydro/battery/potential gravity/flywheel/liquified air/magical pixie dust - most likely a combination of seperate technologies in seperate locations) is sufficiently integrated to take the grid overnight.
Then dispatchable power goes down to gas etc, which itself gets phased out except for emergency backup when the storage grows sufficient.

Nuclear is just being proposed by certain groups as a way to delay/discourage spending on renewables and storage - maintaining the status quo of coal for a bit longer.

Ignoring the timeline, or even the net zero goal, renewable (solar and wind) + storage is already cheaper to install, and cheaper to run for a given output than anything else we’ve got.
The only reasons we’re still running coal is:

  • it’s available on demand
  • it’s already there
  • the replacement is not

The primary reason we are changing over isn’t because the companies running these coal plants are suddenly huffing the hippie bong, but because their current infrastructure is reaching end of life (the point at which it is no longer financially viable to maintain and must be replaced) and no sane bank is going to lend them the capital to build a new coal plant, because there’s just no way it’ll ever get paid back.

This is fraud, definitely the inspection company and probably the real estate agent should face repercussions for this.

It’s one thing to say “the industry will self regulate”, it’s another for the government to do nothing when the industry doesn’t self regulate.

I’m pretty sure the government has immunity from being sued for law changes.
Now if they had fucked up in some way, like failed to give you something you were entitled to, THEN you could sue them.
But for changing the export laws or a trade deal?
You’d need to establish a “right to proceed” with the High Court.
And the High Court is going to tell Clive to pound sand.

Windfall means something very specific too.
It’s not just profits, it’s profits exceeding expectations.
So if the company expects to earn 1 billion dollars profit and actually earns 1.1, it’s only the .1 that’s a windfall.

And as you say, he’s a weasel who is likely to define “public good” as “In Clive Palmers person interests”.

His calling out Shorten for gleefully politicising the bad actions of the Liberal party is some “pot calling the kettle black” bullshit.

You weren’t discussing anything.
You came along afterwards, misinterpreted one post out of context and called me out for an imagined slight.