Station country in both Kimberley and Pilbara areas that I visit on field trips are covered in this interesting blog with guest posters from cattle station women. My brother managed Liveringa Station in the ’60s, when it was a sheep station. Completely different now:Liveringa station is back!
A convoy of road trains getting ready to head out
Read stories from all over the North here. Here’s one from a Pilbara station:
By Central StationHost: Yarrie Station Sara hails from the very south Island of New Zealand, yes she still rolls her ”Rsss” particularly under pressure from time to time. She has put together a smoking video to show a few laughs of station life in the Pilb …
The most insidious installations of renewable energy are those that cause mass killing of wildlife. Flocks of birds, zapped and fried in an instance. (via Greenie Watch) Uh oh: California solar plant fries thousands of birds in mid-flight
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.
The investigators want the halt until the full extent of the deaths can be assessed. Estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.
Jon Gabriel on the history of this plant with environmentalists and regulators:
“The facility has concerned environmentalists in the past, as its construction bladed over 3,500 acres of virgin desert. Being California, the state government required BrightSource to relocate a bunch of desert gopher tortoises to the tune of $22 million. The installation also endangers pilots flying the busy Los Angeles–Las Vegas corridor; they can be dazzled by the intense light.
It remains to be seen if regulators will stop the plant’s operation, but at least the world’s largest bug zapper should educate environmentalists and green energy boosters.
For too long, the public has been told that energy production is less a matter of physics than one of morality. Renewable energy like solar and wind are sold as “good” while reliable energy sources like oil and coal are “evil.” Methods like hydroelectric, nuclear and natural gas all were initially sold as clean and green, but became demonized the instant they turned a profit or revealed unintended consequences.”
Between this and slaying bald eagles with impunity, green energy is literally killin’ it lately.
Green Groups never did believe in saving the environment, just the money that could be fraudulently attained such as subsidies for their pet projects.
Starting to save funds and become a new share holder/owner. On October 18, I will be watching for a reduction in share prices, to take advantage of (caused by green?) protesters who don’t like their banks’ energy investments:
On the 18th of October, Market Forces and 350.org will coordinate what is set to be Australia’s biggest ever day of divestment action on fossil fuels. Thousands of Australians are again expected to turn out at bank branches around Australia and publicly close their accounts in protest if the big banks won’t stop funding the dirty fossil fuel industry. http://www.marketforces.org.au/divestmentday
Australia, it’s time to divest from fossil fuelsOn the 18th of October, Market Forces and 350.org will coordinate what’s set to be Australia’s biggest ever day of divestment action on fossil fuels! We’re calling on…
Join the bandwagon, there may be a bargain in banking shares. Maybe they have to sell off their shares to pay for training. You can go off with Conservation Council of WA’s Eco Faeries, training in tree-hugging starts next week. Neville Numbat:
Interested in becoming one of the Eco Faeries? Join their training day next week to see if you’ve got what it takes.
I have heard many strange frog calls on field trips myself, but they are seriously hard to find. Many are just the size of a fingernail. Those Kings Park Botanists are amazing, and lucky guys, often being dropped into the toughest spots by helicopter.
‘Lead author, Australian scientist Robert Baker from the University of New England, whose work has challenged the orthodox climate science view that carbon dioxide is the dominant factor in climate change.’
In the run-up to this fall’s midterm elections, Democrats seem to be stifling some of their green sensibilities and embracing the recent U.S. energy revolution. Fracking has completely transformed the American energy landscape in just a few short years, and environmentalists, a key component of the Democratic base, aren’t happy. As the WSJ reports, many on the left seem willing to weather the criticism of this increasingly out of touch interest group as they tout the numerous benefits of the shale boom. . . .
But politicians on either side of the aisle would be remiss if they saw economic growth and environmental stewardship as mutually exclusive pursuits. True, fracking has unlocked a new bounty of fossil fuels, and greens are quick to remind the public that neither oil nor gas is renewable, at least on a human time scale. But the natural gas being drilled out of shale across America is green. Shale gas is displacing coal as a baseload power source (a type of power production renewables cannot yet provide), and it emits roughly half the greenhouse gases that coal does. As a result, shale gas is actually helping the U.S. lower emissions.
Moreover, natural gas plants are cheaper to bring on- and offline, which makes them a perfect fit to complement wind and solar energy, typical green favorites (when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, gas plants can provide necessary power, and then have their output curtailed when the skies clear and turbines start spinning again).
Fracking is opening up new oil and gas plays all across the country, and Democrats who previously might have vocally criticized fossil fuel production are finding plenty of reasons to hop on the shale bandwagon.
[...] Naturally, ecofascist groups jumped to action. The Hill notes, “Environmentalists, and lawmakers who oppose opening new areas to development are already pushing back, flooding the Interior Department will comments arguing against new drilling.” On the other side, the governors of Virginia and both Carolinas support Atlantic drilling for the economic benefits to their states.
Obama likes to have it both ways with energy by obstructing fossil fuel exploration, drilling and production at every turn while boasting of the increased oil production during his tenure. As we have noted on numerous occasions, however, the current oil boom is thanks entirely to increased production on private and state lands. Federal lands (and waters) have remained almost entirely off limits. And even if Obama did approve drilling in the Atlantic, it wouldn’t begin until after he leaves office.
In the case of the Atlantic, Obama’s play may be the same as with Keystone – signal that he’s about to approve something so as to motivate his ecofascist constituents to plead their case, allowing him to hear their concerns and respond by stalling, all right before November’s election. For this president, everything is politics, so whatever his angle, it’s not with an eye on the nation’s best interests regarding critical energy needs.
In this time-lapse video, watch how fast Dr Ruit works to give the gift of sight to patient-after-patient in an eye camp in Nepal.
Dr Ruit is one in a million, and that’s the problem. Your support can help us train the surgeons and nurses who are carrying on Fred’s sight-restoring work.
Fred was a man who was quick to recognise a problem and even quicker to act and find a solution. In his words: ‘When I’ve seen an opportunity, I haven’t sat down and called a committee meeting…we’ve gone and done it.’ This attitude helped him to inspire many doctors and other health professionals to volunteer their time for his national program to attack eye disease in Indigenous Australians. This program became known as the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program.
From 1976 to 1978, his teams screened 100,000 people, 60% of whom were of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage. Because of this program, the rate of curable blindness among these communities was halved.
This ‘can do’ attitude sometimes meant that Fred could be considered as being short tempered and outspoken. His early campaigns earned him almost as many enemies as friends and he was often referred to as the ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ of Australian surgery. This nickname referred to both his love of the bush as well as his temper.
Fred then heard about a civil war in Eritrea (Africa) and how there were no eye doctors to treat the people who were suffering. At the time, Eritrea was one of the world’s poorest countries and once again, Fred could not just stand by and do nothing.
‘Each year in Africa about two and a half million people go blind…and they just go blind… they sit around in their huts,’ he said at the time. So again he mobilised a team to go over and help.
By the 1980s, Fred had extended his campaign for treating avoidable eye disease and was soon travelling all over the world. A great believer in helping people to help themselves, Fred set up eye clinics in some of the world’s poorest countries. At these clinics he not only treated people suffering from eye diseases, but also taught local doctors how to treat these diseases so they could continue his work.
One of the six table operating theatres in action without operating microscopes at Lahan Hospital (Nepal) in 2001. Photo courtesy of Rex Shore and the Hollows Foundation.
As word of his work spread, more and more Australians volunteered their time and donated money so Fred could continue to establish his clinics in developing countries around the world. His dream of setting up an eye lens factory in Eritrea became a reality when Australians donated more then $6 million to the cause.
Fred’s dream was to continue to his work, so when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he set about ensuring the dream would stay alive. The Fred Hollows Foundation was established in 1992 and when Fred died in 1993, his wife Gabby continued the work of the Foundation.
Simon from Australian Climate Madness must feel that the climate debate has been won by the sceptics. I know the feeling, as posts on climate are now much reduced and it’s getting colder, so Simon has more time on his hands. He has just started aNew blog: Aussie Madness
If it’s anything like his other, it will worth a regular visit.
The power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges.
What a horrible organisation. Yet Latham is right, patronage is the driving force that’s obviously central to decisions made by the Labor system. What new Board will be set up? What new offices, jobs, travel, consultancies.
Because the union movement is the controller of its political wing the Labor Party this issue of patronage should be front and centre at the Royal Commission into Union Governance and Corruption.
I hate the thought that my son could miss out on a job because he is not Michael Williamson’s son.
Labor’s culture of patronage is of its essence a corruption of a liberal free market western democracy. I hope the Royal Commision is onto that too. (Michael Smith)
Mark Latham, former candidate for prime Minister until tossed by a Howard Liberal Party in the ’90s, wrote it up in his book, “The Latham Diaries”. Michael Smith gets it. Current Labor Opposition leader, Shorten, lives it.
[...]That’s why courts, tribunals, boards and authorities are stacked. It’s why we got Fair Work Australia. It’s why Bill Shorten goes to work every day.
The corrupt former ALP President, Michael Williamson