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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Post-Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Last post by kruddler -
Cant see Walsh milking a free by using his head as a tamping tool for the MCG surface.....its true other players like May have been trying to milk frees by giving the appearance their head has been driven into the turf but Walsh isnt one of them.

Disagree.
Walsh has definitely done OT in the past as has quite a few of our boys. It's been highlighted on the tv as well.

That being said, that Walsh incident was not one of them. Not even close.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
Last post by LP -
The renewables are not a similar level of one and done by contrast.  They all degrade over time, and with their degradation their ability to produce power does too but in Nuclears case, the power generation component is only impacted when the site needs to be closed for maintenance.
Actually this is a very big deal largely ignored by the renewable boosters.

R&D into making SolarPV, Wind and Solar Thermal last longer is big business, there are several multimillion dollars companies in Australia trying to solve the problems.

At the moment SolarPV and Solar Thermal are plagued by higher than expected labour costs, because they need so much maintenance, ground plane installs basically have crews and manual labourers continuously patrolling arrays of panels cleaning, it's a bit like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, they get to the end and start all over again. So guess what, they are shying away from building in the sunny desert locations because dust is turning out to be too much of a problem, not only cleaning but on the wind dust and sand act like mild grit blasting, so they want to build ground plane installations over dairy farms or in the wheat belt!

Secondly, the longevity of the panels and mirrors is a big hurdle for commercial investment, without access to subsidies the commercial arrays wouldn't get built, and without more subsidies they won't be maintained. It's a big reason why there are companies specialising on building only before quickly offloading the assets. My understanding this was a point of contention between Cannon-Brookes and Twiggy Forrest over teh future of the investments in the north.

The situation with wind is even worse, I have two friends now fulltime employed replacing redundant Wind generators, these are systems that have only been built this century and they are already replacing them. Even worse, the way they were built and the materials used means they can't be recycled at this time, and there is no domestic recycling solution in the works at this stage, so the obsolete hardware will eventually have to be shipped offshore. I bet that's not in the environmental cost analysis! ;)
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 16 2024 Pre Game Prognostications Carlton vs Richmond
Last post by WASurfer -
Think I read somewhere yesterday that Martin's recovery has had a setback and could be another 3 weeks away. Even if he was ready, I wouldn't be bringing him straight in. Missed the first 8 or so games and then got injured again in his first game back. Similarly, Cerra had back to back hamstrings...might be worth a run in the VFL for one game.

I can see us going in unchanged this week unless Durdin and Fantasia swap the sub role.
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Blah-Blah Bar / Re: The Climate, Environment and Energy Thread
Last post by LP -
Missing the point again LP.

Apart from the economics that means that private sector won’t go near nuclear and taxpayers will foot the bill, it’s the timeframe that is critical.  It’s simply not possible for us to build nuclear reactors in time to reach emissions targets.
Nope, it will be faster to meet total baseline demand by nuclear than it will be struggling to get there via SolarPV, Wind or other renewables. Claims to the counter are just fear mongering.

Further, counter to many claims, the cost of renewable energy is rising not falling, up 2% last year despite good domestic uptake, it's increasing because supply cannot meet demand. We kept hearing that the more renewables we install the cheaper it will get, tell that to the market! Just this week all the major energy players are revising feed in tariffs down not up, it's now harder to justify the outlay of homeowner installs than it's ever been!

Pretty odd for so many socialists who lauded the return of the SEC to be arguing against government funded public infrastructure, this is if it's nuclear. By the way, the SEC or it's equivalent is needed simply because SolarPV and Wind refuse to pay for the infrastructure that delivers energy to the grid, they only want to profit off it without any responsibility for building or maintenance. So you don't hear the same people complaining about that, I suppose they have shares!

And the batteries, who pays for that, given we need a 5000% increase in investment just for residential to be covered 24x7!

On the various claims by states, the constitutional lawyers have already kyboshed such claims that the Federal policies can be blocked by states, it's political dribble not legal fact. They have already confirmed this week the Feds have the power to declare such locations as Loy Yang as sites of National importance and as such secure domain over them. In any case, it's a a source of dollars for the states so you can expect them to fold like accordions.

Alarmism regarding handling and storage of nuclear waste is really a 60s and 70s holdover, it's a function of the media making the world a meaner place and very old news. Not only are there modern solutions, countries that are free of such public paranoia are now making big money from storage and recycling of nuclear waste.
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Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 15 2024 Post-Game Prognostications Carlton vs Geelong
Last post by ElwoodBlues1 -
Cant see Walsh milking a free by using his head as a tamping tool for the MCG surface.....its true other players like May have been trying to milk frees by giving the appearance their head has been driven into the turf but Walsh isnt one of them.
Dangerfield has form for careless tackles and attacks on the ball and shouldnt be given the elite player get out of jail free card.
The sling tackle, head hitting the ground free is another area like HTB where umpires lack consistency and have to guess when they are on the wrong side of play and cant see the head properly.