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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Ninety-Nine years ago today;
on the eleventh hour
of the eleventh day
of the eleventh month
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
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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Writing about politics is not my forte, nor do politics often interest me. However, I am moved to comment a little on the debacle that is the exit of Britain from the European Union ~ Brexit.
In a Parliamentary debate, Jeremy Corbyn, (the leader of the Labour Party, the guy who looks like a bad geography teacher), accused Theresa May, (the Prime Mininster, the woman who looks like the head mistress of a third-rate girls’ school), of being stuck in Brexit Groundhog Day.
For those at a loss as to the allegory, ‘Groundhog Day’ is a 1993 Bill Murray movie based on a story by Danny Rubin. In the film Murray plays arrogant TV weatherman Phil Connors, who gets stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, and is forced to relive Groundhog Day, over and over again. As it goes, the pathetic Jeremy Corbyn chose a bad allusion. The Bill Murray character is arrogant, but capable ~ our Prime Minister, Theresa May is neither. The Bill Murray character uses these endlessly repeating days to find different strategies to try and woo the beautiful Rita Hanson, (played by the beautiful Andie MacDowell) ~ I’m not even certain that Theresa May has one strategy, never mind using the time to find different strategies to get Britain out of the ugly European Union. And, Theresa May is not nearly devoting enough of her thought, time, and energy to getting Great Britain out of the European Union.
The Government cannot just be consumed by Brexit. There is so much more to do. ~ Theresa May.
However, the Prime Minister has, at least, 5 insoluble problems:
- The country is deeply divided. In the EU referendum on 23 June 2016, only 51.9% of those who voted, (72.2% of the electorate), said they wanted to get out of Europe. Not only that, there were huge regional variations, with London voting strongly to stay in the EU.
- Parliament is deeply divided. In all honesty, most of the self-serving members of parliament, (that would be about 90% of them), want to stay in the European Union. The EU is an endless ‘gravy train’ for politicians ~ when Britain leaves all those highly-paid, generously pensioned, non-jobs will no longer be open to British politicians.
- Great Britain is the number 2 source of funding to European Union Institutions, (after Germany), and EU officials and politicians are terrified of what will happen to their finances when Britain finally leaves. Consequently the EU is demanding a ‘Brexit divorce settlement‘ of 100 billion Euros ~
fuck offon yer bike. The irresolute Theresa May is currently offering 20 billion Euros. In the view of the majority of English people, we should walk away without paying a penny.
- Most of Europe has a strong dislike of England because; we are better than they are, we have won every war with them that’s ever been fought, and we refuse to learn their foreign languages. This dislike spills over among European Union politicians, officials, institutions, and their press and broadcast media. That makes substantive negotiations extremely difficult.
- Deep within herself, Theresa May seems to be someone who would prefer compromise to confrontation. She lacks confidence, having called what turned out to be a disaster of a General Election on June 8th this year. She lacks charisma, even the clown Boris Johnson has more genuine charisma than does Prime Minister Theresa May. There is no steel in her soul, one can just imagine what Margaret Thatcher would have made of Brexit negotiations ~ likely she would have hit the alcoholic Jean Claude Junker with her handbag.
Those who think in Britain they can push the Brexit button and not have a bill to pay are seriously mistaken. ~ Charles Michel
What Great Britain needs now is a Winston Churchill, not an irresolute Neville Chamberlain. (Churchill’s reputation has been hijacked by pro-Europeans, who have obviously never read his books The Second World War, or A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.)
In the best interests of Great Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May has got to be brave, she has got to be strong, and she has got to be tough. I’m not holding my breath.
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Environmentalists are killing the planet, destroying the economy, and stealing your children’s future.
A bunch of rabid environmentalists have forced the British Government to announce that all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the year 2040. Nobody ever accused rabid environmentalists of being intelligent, or having any common sense. Banning diesel and petrol cars, (or will it be all cars that have exhaust emissions?), has staggering implications that the officials, politicians, and environmentalists haven’t properly thought through.
In Sweden, Volvo has announced that from 2019 all of its new models will be either completely battery powered or hybrid vehicles. There’s a couple of interesting points here. Firstly this move will put a whopping premium on the price of all new Volvo’s. And secondly, hybrid cars still have to have a petrol or diesel engine that will produce nasty polluting exhaust fumes.
Diesel exhausts are killing us all, allegedly.
Across Europe several major cities, (Paris, Madrid, Athens), say that diesel cars will be banned from entering their environs from 2025. The Hell-Hole that is Mexico City has followed suit ~ ha! The mayor of London, Mad Sadiq Khan, wants to ban Petrol and Diesel cars from London by 2050.
These headline grabbing moves will achieve absolutely nothing except to cost consumers and taxpayers trillions of Pounds / Euros / Dollars. Banning diesel and petrol cars in the UK will impose vast costs on drivers for little environmental benefit.
There is no conceivable way that the British electricity generating and distribution systems will ever be able to provide enough power for all those battery powered cars, (and vans and busses, and trucks?). Just where will all the extra power come from? The back of an envelope estimate is that all these electric vehicles will add an extra 30 gigawatts to UK peak demand, and that means we would need 50% more generating capacity. That’s equivalent to another half-dozen huge nuclear power plants like Hinkley Point, or another 20,000 wind turbines, (which only work some of the time). I have no idea how many acres of solar collectors it would take to generate that amount of power, but they don’t work at night, which is when most people will be charging their electric vehicles.
The British Government says it will install a fast charging point every 20 miles on major roads ~ imagine how many holes in the road and road works delays that will mean.
The British Government are also considering slashing the maximum speed on our motorways to 60 mph, and what is that supposed to achieve except more fines from speeding tickets?
This all seems a bit rich considering that the whole man-made global warming agenda has been exposed as nothing more than a massive fraud. The best estimate is that if all the trillions of dollars Obama proposed to spend on his Clean Power Plan to tackle non-existent man-made global warming was actually spent, then global temperatures would perhaps be reduced by 0.057 degrees Fahrenheit ~ one five-hundredth of a degree.
Climate change is a normal, natural, and perpetual process which occurs, and has always occurred, with sublime indifference to man’s puny input. ~ James Delingpole.
There are a few inconvenient truths that politicians and environmentalists would rather the public didn’t wake up to;
- Man-made global warming / catastrophic anthropogenic climate change doesn’t actually exist in any meaningful form ~it’s nothing but a fraud, a massive scam designed to give politicians back control over an increasingly independent populace.
- There is no such thing as completely clean power. Green Energy produces nastier and longer term environmental pollution than does burning fossil fuels. Nuclear Energy is a case in point, look at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. Wind turbines have a massively negative impact on the environment, are bad for wildlife, and a blot on the landscape. All batteries are inherently polluting, expensive, and dangerous.
- Switching to electric-powered private transport will require at least a 50% increase in electricity generating capacity in any country that tries it.
- A vast investment in an infrastructure of new charging points to support all these new electric vehicles will be needed.
- Electric vehicles cost a hell of a lot more than an exactly equivalent bike / car / van / truck / bus powered by an internal combustion engine.
- Electric vehicles are less capable, and have a shorter life-span, (about 5 years), before major maintenance is required, (new batteries), than do ‘conventional’ cars, trucks, and busses.
- There aren’t enough qualified mechanics to maintain the huge increase in the number of electric vehicles the politicians propose.
- Disposing of all of the ‘dead’ batteries will require a huge investment in a recycling technology that, as yet, doesn’t actually exist.
- The value of used vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines will plummet, destroying the economies of the developed world. There is a vast investment in lending to finance vehicle purchases.
- Internal combustion engines don’t have to run on either petrol or diesel fuel. Is a ban on ethanol / methanol / vegetable oil / propane / butane fuelled vehicles also proposed?
- Are politicians also proposing to ban aircraft / railway engines / ships / electricity generators powered by fossil fuels ~ otherwise what’s the point?
- If Politicians think the backlash against Hillary Clinton was an isolated aberration, they’ve got a big surprise in store after all this banning cars crap.
In my life I’ve seen some insane ideas put forward by politicians at the behest of special interest groups, but a total ban on the internal combustion engine running on fossil fuels has got to be maddest thing I’ve ever heard. But then, politicians, special interest groups, and bureaucrats have never been known for putting much thought into anything.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford
At least I have the personal benefit of being able to totally and completely ignore all this banning petrol and diesel fuelled cars crap. Not only that, because I live in a democracy I can cast my vote in ways designed to discomfort the current crop of lightweight, insane, political pygmies. (And that’s an insult to pygmies and the mentally ill.)
Meanwhile, the Lotus 7 is 60 years old this year. Now that’s a great car.
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Our very souls may be consumed by shadows.
We each have a complex relationship with ourselves. If we have ever really suffered through something like; alcoholism, drug addiction, addiction to gambling, sex addiction, too many of the wrong prescription drugs, parental abuse, an abusive relationship, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, serious problems with our diet, mental health problems, failed relationships, job loss, loss of our home… (or more likely a mixture of all of these problems and more), then we also have a complex relationship with the whole world and everyone in it.
At times we can find ourselves in a very bad place where every voice is critical, malevolent, and negative ~ even our own inner voice. Our inner voice creates inner demons; anger, depression, fear of rejection, rejection of others, jealousy, judgementalism, self-doubt, self-hatred, worthlessness…
All the dark, malevolent Passions of the Soul are roused and exerted; its mild and amiable affections are suppressed; and with them virtuous Principles are laid prostrate. ~ Charles Inglis
Unless you have been there you can have no idea how bad the pain and anguish these inner demons can create. One will do almost anything to escape the crippling pain; including going back to our addictions, making big geographical moves, shutting down and numbing ourselves, isolating ourselves, psychotherapy, strong prescription drugs, attending 12 step groups, spirituality, retreating further into mental illness, suicide…
It is not just our inner demons. If we are in that bad place then we are also surrounded by demons. Everyone we know, everyone we meet, adds to these outer demons with their misplaced concerned advice, criticisms, and rejection. Many people do not want us to get well, they measure themselves against our struggle and feel superior, they add their negative demons to our own. When I was at my last rock-bottom I became aware that almost everyone I knew, everyone I met, was feeding off my pain. Few understand, few want to understand, and fewer still truly want to help.
Some especially gifted, intelligent, and sensitive people believe that there is a third layer of demons, in addition to our inner demons, and the tormenting demons gifted to us by almost everyone we know. Most spiritual and religious people also believe that there are more demons than the physiological and psychological. These special people believe in genuine demons, in the spiritual realm, and that some of us may be victims of these demons. In my mind’s eye I am very aware that in the shadows surrounding my soul lurk the powers of darkness seeking to torment and torture me.
Demons manifest themselves in people in different ways. For instance, out of nowhere, somebody can become very angry for no reason. That’s not just an emotion. That’s a demon. ~ Stephen Baldwin.
None of the details really matter. What I do know is that if you have truly suffered, and if you are suffering now, then you are the victim of demons who will feed off your pain, and want nothing more than to destroy you and everything and everyone you care for.
It is our demons that make us believe that our partner is sleeping with other men, that giving into our addiction will solve our problems, and that suicide is painless.
Many of us have tried over the years to face down our inner demons. Some succeed, many fail. Many fail because they don’t realise that the main causes of their misery are inner demons which seem to have an intelligence and will of their own. Many more fail because they never realise that they are also surrounded by malevolent evil demons emanating from the subconscious psyche of everyone they know. And, some fail because they are the victims of true demonic possession.
Demons are not your superiors, demons are not even your equals. All demons have is the ability to make you cause yourself pain and suffering. Demons can only torment and torture you if you let them, but most of us allow demons to torture us because we are not even aware that they are there.
Negative thinking patterns can be immensely deceptive and persuasive, and change is rarely easy. ~ David D. Burns.
Recovery begins with admitting that you have a problem.
I cannot yet face down my demons, but I know they are there, trying to make me torture myself so that they can feed off my pain. (Even your inner demons feed off the pain you cause yourself.)
Now, when I feel myself going down a negative path to my own personal hell, I can tell myself that it’s just my personal demons trying to destroy me, and that I should ignore their oppressive persecution. That helps me. A psychological bully can only bully you if you let them. Your demons have no physical power over you. Ignore them and your demons will go away. Eventually I shall be able to face down my demons and tell them to fuck off ~ and that will be a good day.
Demons are to be pitied. They have nothing but your pain and suffering. If you do not allow your demons to make you cause yourself pain and suffering, then those demons will eventually die and vanish into nothing.
You can and will get well if you do not allow your demons to torment and torture you.
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all men are created equal
Congratulations to all my American Friends.
I wish you joy of your Independence Day.
Of course, some of us over here think you made a big mistake back in 1776. Looking at who you have for President today, we may well be right, (or at least partly right).
Have a Great Fourth of July.
Modern Women know full well their own worth.
On Monday night a disaffected Muslim named Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a bomb in the Foyer of Manchester Arena as people were leaving a concert by American singer Ariana Grande. The audience had largely consisted of young women and girls. The innocent dead amounted to 22 souls and some 59 were seriously injured.
Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society. ~ Patrick J. Kennedy
The passage of the hours since that cowardly attack has not brought any peace to the hearts of the English. The mood in England today is one of sombre outrage. There is no longer much forgiveness, acceptance, nor willingness to understand the Muslim minority living among us. I have no doubt that in the months to come new laws will be enacted to curtail the activities of the 3,000 or so known jihadists living in England. It is only a matter of time before internet access is restricted for some people. The Army is already patrolling the streets of our major cities to support armed police.
The presence of armed soldiers on the streets is no mere token gesture. These soldiers are not the tourist-friendly Guards Regiments in their red tunics we are accustomed to seeing on the streets of London. These soldiers are battle ready and fully equipped to kill. The Army has already deployed around 1,000 heavily armed personnel to guard London landmarks including Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Some of these men are from elite units such as the Paratroop Regiment. Soldiers in camouflage combat gear and carrying loaded SA-80 rifles are now patrolling alongside officers of the Metropolitan Police. There will never be any official comment, but there is no doubt that elements of the United Kingdom’s Special Forces will be on alert.
This is all part of what was meant to be a secret government plan called Operation Temperer, which can put up to 5,000 armed troops on the streets in response to a major terrorist threat.
It is now axiomatic that certain elements of the Muslim community in the United Kingdom are a real and present danger to the rest of society, especially to young women. The sadly disgusting fact is that Muslim men regard free, liberated, educated western women and girls as third class citizens, little better than whores. This deliberate attack on young women who had attended a concert given by a sexually confident female pop star is a symptom of the hatred Muslim men feel towards western women.
Muslims are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime towards women including; forced marriage, sexual slavery, honour killings, sexual assault, rape and the grooming of young girls who are lead into prostitution. It is reprehensible that many of these crimes have been ignored or downplayed by officialdom in the name of racial and religious tolerance.
In the United Kingdom today our politicians and senior government officials are now protected by armed troops, from some of the Army’s elite units. Meanwhile the rest of us, we ordinary people are told to carry on as normal. These are not normal times. We ordinary people are angry and afraid. The left-leaning liberal politicians let these Islamic animals into our country, and now they are protecting themselves by putting soldiers on the streets.
I have a question for these politicians and government officials. You have the Army protecting you, but who is protecting us?
Slaughter of the Innocents.
The 21,000 seat venue had been packed for the concert and the blast was in the foyer between the arena and nearby Victoria Railway Station. The explosion tore apart innocent children and young people leaving the gig. So far 22 are confirmed dead and 59 more injured. Ariana Grande has told of her horror and sorrow on twitter.
Manchester has a large Muslim population, and this brutal suicide bombing has all the hallmarks of a Muslim / ISIS terrorist attack on innocents.
There is no understanding the mentality or motives of vile monsters who perpetrate these atrocities. However, by instigating these terror attacks, a few home-grown religious fanatics will only stir up hatred against the entire Muslim community ~ and perhaps that is their perverted intention.
I know this area of England very well indeed. My sympathies are with the victims and their families. I have no compassion for the people who made this cowardly attack.
Never lie, never cheat, never steal.
Mostly that doesn’t matter one little bit. Deep down we know when we are being lied to and we act accordingly. Little lies are what makes the world go around. Little lies are the lubrication in relationships. Little lies are what keeps us sane.
I firmly believe that lying is wrong, but I also believe that, in the big scheme of things, little lies may not matter so much.
Big dark lies are destructive, damaging, and dangerous.
Big Lies Matter.
But everybody lies, and that matters when the liars are scientists, doctors, bankers, lawyers, judges, charities, the police, the military, the security services, politicians, prime ministers, and presidents. Big dark lies by the ‘Fat Cats’, and ‘Important People’ ruin lives, affect interest rates, cause financial crashes, get people hurt, and start wars.
This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms. ~ Joni Mitchell
Big dark lies reported in just one newspaper today, (Tuesday April 11th 2017), involve airlines, bankers, more bankers, politicians, more politicians and generals, presidents… And now, we are but a short step and a few lies from WWIII. Take your choice of the spark that starts WWIII, the Middle East, or North Korea?
Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is. ~ Barbara Bush
You would really think that a President would follow the example of George Washington and be unable to tell a lie.
Big dark lies by the people you care for ruin relationships, imperil your health, imperil your mental health, cost you a fortune, and lead to nasty things like alcoholism, drug addiction, infidelity, domestic violence… A big dark lie by someone you love can kill you. And, thinking your loved one will ever change and stop lying to you is nothing but wishful thinking.
Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up. ~ Patti Callahan Henry
If you catch someone out in a lie, what can you do about it? Almost nothing.
The chances are that if you have caught someone telling a big dark lie it’s because you’ve been investigating them, for example by following their twitter feed, hacking their emails, listening in on their conversations…. and do you want to admit to that? Spying on liars is almost as bad as lying ~ almost.
The only thing you can do about being lied to is know that you are dealing with a liar, and take everything they say with a very large pinch of salt. In other words, when you know someone is a liar, believe nothing they say until you have got yourself some independent proof. All lies, and all liars, get found out eventually.
Besides, leopards never change their spots, and liars don’t ever stop lying. Catch a liar in a lie and they’ll just strive to become better liars in future.
Lying is addictive. And, once a liar, always a liar.
Some liars are so expert they deceive themselves. ~ Austin O’Malley
But you know what? Once you stop believing the lie, it loses all power over you. Once you know someone is a liar, everything they say is just pointless noise.
I’m sorry, what language are you speaking? It sounds like bullshit.
Have a nice day.