Electric Cars are a Bad Joke

Electric cars are really coal-powered cars.

The green lobby, those people who are so passionate in their belief in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change, would have us all driving electric cars ~ if we are allowed to own a car at all.  The next step in their mad strategy is to take all diesel cars off the road, on the grounds that a diesel is more polluting than the equivalent petrol-powered vehicle.

Seems that either the climate change fanatics either know bugger-all about engineering, or they’re liars, or both.  Actually it’s both.

Yet these lying, ignorant charlatans have persuaded some lying, ignorant politicians to pledge to ban all petrol and diesel cars from major world cities within the next couple of decades.

The thing is, electric cars, using the technologies we have right now, are more polluting than an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, dust to rust, over the lifespan of the car.

Electric cars aren’t pollution-free; they have to get their energy from somewhere.  ~  Alexandra Paul

Where do you think the electricity comes from to power your ‘green’ electric car. More than half of all electricity in Great Britain comes from burning fossil fuels, and about a fifth comes from nuclear energy.  Ergo, less than 25% of the electricity powering your so called green car comes from renewable resources.  That’s not going to change any time soon.  To provide all the power the UK needs from just wind turbines would require 25,000 of the things, (about 8,000 wind turbines are currently operating around Great Britain).

Another thing is that electric cars have to be bigger and heavier than a small and efficient petrol-powered car, because of all those big, heavy batteries the thing is lugging around.  A Nissan Leaf electric car weighs a half a ton more than a Nissan Micra, and the Leaf is a hell of a lot more complicated.  As the brilliant auto-engineer Colin Chapman said, the goal for all good engineers is to add simplicity and lightness to the cars he designs and builds.  All that extra weight the electric Nissan Leaf is carting around uses up 33% more power than the petrol Nissan Micra.

If the drivers of electric cars really want to be green, they should be buying small and light vehicles, and not monsters like the two-ton Tesla Model S, (twice the weight of a Nissan Micra).  Admittedly the Tesla is a much cooler car than a Nissan Micra, but the Micra is much less likely to burst into flames.

Thirdly, the enormously powerful batteries needed by an electric car are one of the nastiest and most dangerous technologies on the planet.  To make these batteries means mining rare earths to produce the scarce metals; cobalt, lithium, and nickel.  And that means huge holes in the ground ripped out by huge mining machines.  Cobalt, lithium, and nickel are much much harder to get out of the ground and process than are coal and oil.

And, what happens to all these complex batteries at the end of their life?  Recycling lithium-ion batteries is complicated, difficult, dangerous, and damned expensive.  By 2030 there will be about 10 million tons of useless lithium-ion batteries dumped in tips, landfills, or just shipped to India and China.

If those three damning indictments weren’t enough, think of this ~ to make an electric car uses up more steel, aluminium, plastics, glass, rubber, fabrics, and electronics than a roughly equivalent petrol-powered car.  After all, the damn electric car is bigger, heavier, and more complicated than a conventional vehicle.

The good news for those of us who think people who buy electric cars are deluded fools, is that they are.  A brand new Nissan Leaf, with a decent specification will set you back about £26,000 in the UK, (that’s about $34,000).  Actually the 2018 Nissan Leaf costs over £30,000 but the UK government will bung you £4,500 to persuade you to buy one.  The huge depreciation suffered by electric cars means that in 3 years time that same Nissan Leaf will be worth just £5,200, ($6,800), if you can find anyone stupid enough to buy the thing.  The Nissan isn’t the worst depreciating electric car, that dubious honour goes the stupidly named Renault Zoe i-Dynamique Nav Quick Charge, which has a list price of £29,000 today, and after 3 years is likely to be worth just £4,300.

Oh, and to replace the batteries on a Nissan Leaf will set you back about £5,000, which is more than the car will be worth after just 3 years.

Electric cars are a bad joke, a scam, a Utopian myth perpetuated by a hysterical green lobby whose real agenda is to wrest more and more freedoms from the ordinary man and woman, the ordinary man in the street.

But don’t let my views influence you.  If you want an electric car, go and buy one, just don’t expect me to thank you for saving the planet, because you’re not.  Not even close.

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jackcollier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

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Scenes on Sunday ~ Burning Dawn

Red sky in the morning, a witch’s dark warning.

dawn, aurora, morning

glancing across my bed

I know that it’s going

to be a hard day ahead

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jack collier

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do it to me once again

I’m not going to live by their rules anymore.

She wants what she can’t have

and she always firmly believed

that if she had her time reprised

she’d make the same mistakes again

that she’d made way back then

but she was always so good

when she was so very bad

she won’t be sorry or sad

she will just have lived

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jack collier

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time is an illusion

 

 

 

 

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Food on Friday ~ Crockpot

Slow cooking is everything fast food is not.

The weather here in England sucks just now.  I’ve caught a cold, and I’m feeling miserable.  The last thing I feel like eating is a pretty salad, or sandwiches, or pie.  What I really crave right now is something hot, nourishing, tasty, salty, and filling.  And I don’t really feel like spending ages in the kitchen.  So how do I manage that neat trick?

So what better than to get your crockpot out of the cupboard?

There are loads of fabulous slow-cooker / crockpot recipes out there; and these are just a few…

From San Digeo girl Averie Sunshine we have a crock-pot pressure cooker chicken tikka masala, which you should be able to make in just a half an hour, (if you have a suitable multi-cooker), and you should also allow time for the chicken to marinade.  This looks like a great recipe, which you could also make in your standard crock-pot, it will just take longer (but you probably don’t have to let the chicken marinade first).

Crock-Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Crockpots are great at soups, and Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has come up with this great slow cooker creamy wild rice soup with butter roasted mushrooms ~ this dish looks utterly fabulous.

Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup with Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Another soup, this time pretty seasonal from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes, we have this slow cooker pumpkin soup, which is vegan, gluten-free and Paleo ~ and how good is that?

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup

Chung ah at Damn Delicious has this very seasonal dish of slow cooker butternut squash turkey chili.  This is something you can leave in the crockpot all day while you’re at work, add in the final bits and pieces (cilantro and squash) when you get home, and you have a brilliant dinner.  Plus lots of leftovers for lunches at work later in the week.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Turkey Chili

The incredibly adventurous Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français recently posted a recipe for slow cooked paprika pork, another dish you could leave in the crockpot all day on low.  I love sweet paprika, but I’m really, really tempted to also add smoked paprika to this dish.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.

Slow Cooked Paprika Pork

Seattle girl Heather Christo has this amazingly attractive dish of slow cooker turkey sweet potato chili, with some great looking salad garnish added at the end.  I suspect those jalapeno peppers will make for a pretty hot chili.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Joanne Schweitzer at No Plate Like Home has a cool recipe for slow cooker Italian pork, and I love the sound and look of this for something other than turkey over the holiday season.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork with Rosemary and Garlic

So, for those of us who like recipe collections, Country Living has 50+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights ~ what could be better for the working woman who’s trying to have a real life?  Among these 50+ recipes there’s this slow cooker creamy beef stroganoff from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb.  Ten minutes to prepare, and all day in the slow cooker while you’re at work ~ perhaps not working much.

Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Just about a year ago I did another post of slow cooker recipes, you can check that post and it’s recipes out here.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Life is a Journey ~ Enjoy the Ride

The important thing is to enjoy your life to the fullest.

So many of us have a propensity to drift though life, to accept that today will pretty much be the same as yesterday, and that tomorrow will pretty much be the same as today.  That is no way to live your life.  That isn’t living that’s just existing.

So many of us live as if the most important things in life were going to work, making money, and then making even more money, and then buying expensive status symbols we don’t really need.  And yet, we know there is no point whatsoever being the richest corpse in the cemetery.   There is no good in lying on your death-bed when your best memories are of bad days at work.

The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments.  If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.  ~  Alan Wek

What we should all be doing is living life to the fullest, and making good moments we can remember with real pleasure.  Carpe Diem ~ Sieze the Day

Here are some personal hints and tips from me, garnered by painful effort and as the result of calamitous mistakes I’ve made over the years.  Follow some of these suggestions, and I promise you that your life will get better.

  • Make a firm promise to yourself that you are going to make the most of every hour that you have left on this good Earth.  Think about your promise to yourself, get the wording right, repeat your promise every day, write it down and keep the words safe.
  • Make yourself a list of the things that you really, really want to do.  Don’t write down the things you have to do, or the things you should do, just the things you actually want to do.  Do not limit yourself to things that sound sensible, possible, or realistic, if you want it, then write it down.  DO NOT show your list to anyone else, especially not your partner, (if you have one).  Showing this private list to others will cause strife.
  • Be brave.  Take your courage in both hands and get out there ~ have adventures, slay dragons, meet interesting people, see the far horizons.  And remember this; Faint Heart never won fair Lady.
  • Don’t ever listen to your parents, partner, lover, family, or friends when they are gainsayers and tell you that you, of all people, can’t ever widen your horizons and do cool stuff.
  • Stay fit and healthy.  Work at being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  Get a lot of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.  Eat well and healthily.  Stop smoking, boozing, and taking drugs.  Stand up straight and walk tall into your better world.
  • Always look as good as you can.  Junk all the crap in your wardrobe and buy new and better stuff.  Get a haircut, manicure, pedicure.  Lose the fat, paunch, and stoop.  Buy decent perfume, cologne, aftershave lotion, make-up, and use it wisely.
  • Do not allow yourself to be defined by your job or career.  You are not just an airline pilot, doctor, banker, hooker, or whatever.  Unless you find your career utterly, totally, indescribably fulfilling, you are not your job.  Go to work, if you have to, and at the end of the day walk out and forget it until the next working day.
  • Do not allow yourself to be defined by your apparent role in society.  You are not just a mother, husband, wife, brother, young person, veteran, bum, drunk, or whatever.  You are you, and you can be just about anything you set your mind to be.  If people try to pigeon-hole you, then maybe stop meeting those people.
  • Improve your relationships.  If you are having problems with someone; parent, partner, child, sibling, friend, co-worker ~ then do the very best you can to make that relationship work better.  But remember this; it probably isn’t your fault that certain relationships suck.
  • Leave toxic relationships.  Some connections with others are just so bad they’re not worth having.  If someone does not fill you with pleasurable feelings, if someone actually makes you unhappy, then get out of that relationship.  Tell the wazzock to leave you alone, forever, fuck off and have whatever day you want, and please don’t keep in touch.
  • Don’t worry about money.  If you have a little money in the bank, the bank doesn’t really care about you.  Conversely, if you owe the bank a lot of money, then the bank really cares about you.  Trust me, I used to be a high-powered banker, so I know all about money.
  • Finally, always cultivate and practice a really positive, optimistic, and never-say-die attitude.  A positive  physical, mental, and spiritual attitude goes a long way to making your life better, and the world a better place to be.

Nobody can suddenly start to do all of these things at once.  Some of my suggestions may be a big leap from the humdrum greyness you’re languishing in.  Start with one change today, do one thing from my list, keep doing whatever good thing that is.  Then, when you’re ready, start doing another really cool thing, form good habits, and have a Great Life.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Late Night Thoughts

Don’t try to tell your grandmother how to suck eggs.

Insomnia is Terrible

Some of us are very lucky, we go to bed, fall asleep right away, sleep very soundly, and wake up feeling alert and rested.  The rest of you may not be quite so fortunate.  You may have trouble falling asleep, have troubled thoughts before you sleep, and you may need to get up several times in the night to go to the bathroom.  You may have troubled dreams, night cramps, night sweats, nightmares, night terrors, and when you wake you may feel terrible and take a good long while to become fully alert.

I thought calming thoughts and visualized serene places.  Eventually I found myself drifting along the frenetic edges of my mind.  The sandman was nowhere to be found, as I slipped further away from sleep.  ~  Jaeda DeWalt.

On the very few occasions I do something stupid, such as drink booze coffee late at night, have a late night snack, or use social media in bed, then I too have a restless night and think weird thoughts.  You know what?  It’s never a good idea to have that late night snack.  Late night snacks will not only keep you awake, they’ll also make you fat and ruin your digestive system.  The kind of crap we eat late at night most likely destroys the good bacteria in our gut, and it’s vital that you look after the bacteria in your gut.

Another reason you may have restless nights, and always feel tired and lethargic, is that your bedroom could be keeping you awake.  If your bedroom is untidy, if there’s clutter everywhere, if you routinely leave your clothes on the bed, (or on the floor), or if you allow pets in the bedroom, then you have little chance of having a good night’s sleep.

Some of us, in the past myself included, will resort to a couple of drinks before we go to bed, in the mistaken belief that will help us sleep.  Alcohol induced sleep is not good sleep.  Not only that, drinking regularly before you go to bed is a long step on the path to becoming a boozer / problem drinker / alcoholic.  A couple of drinks, once in a while, is pretty nice, ….coffee and red wine are both good for you ~ in moderation, but too much booze will kill you.

Personally, these days I don’t drink at all, and I feel much better for never touching booze ~ being sober has a myriad of health benefits.  You should know that if you, or anyone else, has ever thought or said that you might be drinking a little too much, then you’re already a real boozer.

So how do promote a good night’s sleep?  How do you lose those bad thoughts late at night?  How do you avoid the bad dreams, nightmares, night sweats, night cramps, and all the lying awake through the night?  How do you lose the fear?

Well, it’s not just about going to bed at the same time every night, and getting up at the same time every morning, (although that helps a lot).  To have a restful night, to lose the evil that plagues you, to lose the fear, you will have to change your whole life around.

There are a million blog posts, self-help books, inspirational speakers, and people offering spiritual guidance ~ personally I wouldn’t touch most of them with your ten-foot pole.  But for what it’s worth, here are some of the things my old granny used to say to me, if I complained of bad thoughts late at night and not being able to sleep.

Probably the worst things you can do at late at night are; drinking, smoking, eating, using social media, and having long telephone conversations.  And yet, so many of us you people do all of those things, late, every single night.

Listen to the advice your grandmother would have given you; go to bed early, turn off the light, and go to sleep.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

 

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sexual geniality

there is no sentimentality in her promiscuity

suffering desires flexible morality

in a gallery of monochromatic sexuality

gladly purposely exposes her exotic duality

posed for voyeurs enjoying erotic partial nudity

her midnight selfish pleasures lacking in morality

just physicality venality amorality promiscuity carnality

a spirituality ignored with dishonesty

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk

 

 

 

 

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There it was ~ GONE!

The mystery of the vanishing blog post.

My blog post for today, Monday November 13th, has vanished.

It was called;    Interpersonal Relationships and Sex.

And, when I wrote it,  I thought it was pretty good.  It included some monochrome pictures similar to the one I’ve shared here.

Actually, on reflection, it was a terrible post, and I’m now so very glad that the fates decided to get rid of it on my behalf.

If anyone should find this lost blog post, could they be so kind as to return it to me so I can put it out of its misery.

Thank you.

Yours,

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

(You know what?  I do believe that WordPress have fucked-up.  How lucky is that?)

Scenes on Sunday ~ Monochromatic Utah

People can be lonely under a big Utah sky.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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The Guns Fell Silent

Ninety-Nine years ago today;

on the eleventh hour

of the eleventh day

of the eleventh month

in 1918

the guns fell silent

From Great Britain and  it’s colonies 744,000 were killed in combat, or were missing in action, and 1,675,000 were wounded in the Great War ~ The War to End All Wars.

If I should die,

think only this of me,

that there’s some corner of a foreign field,

That is forever England.

~ Rupert Brooke

Jack Collier

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