Phony Tony Clutching At Straws

With his approval ratings at an all time low leave it to Phony Tony to take another leaf out of the George “Dubuwah” Bush, Dick the Destroyer, Karl Roves handbook for Fascist leaders. Right on cue a well known Australian Iranian “Terrorist” somehow obtains a gun and takes 17 people hostage right in the heart of Sydney. Just in case we were sceptical of who supplied the gun, ammunition and wrote the story line for the drama the “Terrorist” makes sure to get in some advertising for the Islamic State aka CIA funded “Good Guys” in Syria who have now morphed into regional bogey monsters and Petro Dollar funded Iraqi Shi’ite separatists in the north Western Iraq/Syrian border regions by forcing the hostages to display an Islamic State Flag for all the News Corp camera’s.

Just in case there was any doubt that the “Terrorist” might come clean and let everyone know how the whole thing was planned and orchestrated by the CIA on behalf of Phony Tony’s PR machine the Sydney Police are forced to kill the “Terrorist” and two hostages to make sure that the burden of guilt is laid firmly on the part of the “Terrorist”.

Cue obligatory Phony Tony photo ops with bereaved members of the public laying flowers for the dearly departed. What better way to attack the Xmas spirit and rev up Islamaphobia than organising the murder of normal Australians working in a chocolate factory in the heart of Sydneys’ tourism district.

Anyone who actually believes this story was a random tragic event initiated solely by an unscrupulous, angry Muslim needs to seek help for their perception of reality disorder immediately.

“We can’t breath” with the level of hypocrisy on display.

Graphene Based Fuel Cells

A combination of Graphene and Hexagonal Boron Nitride (hBN) can enable hydrogen to be harvested directly from air. Used as membrane with an electrical current this combination may be the next step for fuel cell design.

Theoretically this would allow fuel cells to harvest the hydrogen they need to function directly from the air removing the need to manually add additional water fuel to the batteries. This could result in a very long life fuel cell. In combination with solar panels whit could provide a simple method for transforming energy from the environment in the form of sunlight and air to a sustainable power supply. Scaled up this may become an important contributor to the issue of night time power supply.

There is the slight issue of requiring a power source to allow the hydrogen to split from the water molecules. The researchers suggest that fuel cells can be used as the power source to enable a completely fuel cell based power system that extracts energy from the air. According to the report the combination of Graphene and hBN enables a more efficient water splitting process. The key to this efficiency gain appears to be the specific combination and the addition of catalytic nano particles such as platinum. This combination apparently out performs all other existing combinations on the market.

If it is truly more efficient then it could allow fuel cells to compete on price with solar + batteries or become a part of a solar + fuel cell hybrid system. So instead of using sunlight to charge your batteries while your car is parked at the mall use it to power your fuel cells so they can extract energy from the air around.

Just a slight problem is that the amount of energy required to split hydrogen from it’s watery bonds is equivalent to the amount of energy that is gained from hydrogen. Hence it is a bit of an accounting trick to say that the combination is more efficient. Really it is more efficient than other combinations but it is not changing the laws of physics to enable hydrogen to be split from water molecules more efficiently than any other method. It simply takes a specific amount of energy to achieve this goal. Like lifting weights to move an object with a specific mass takes a specific amount of force. There are many ways to achieve the required amount of force but there is currently no way to use less force to move the object. Splitting hydrogen from water requires a certain amount of energy and provides the same amount of energy that was used to split it.

Storing hydrogen is very tricky as the atoms are the smallest of all atoms so they cannot be easily contained. Graphene does provide a solution to that problem as hydrogen atoms are blocked by the very dense electron cloud that the structure of graphene enables. A combination of graphene+hBN fuel cells and graphene containers may enable us to bootstrap the hydrogen economy. At some point though we need to spend some energy to get the hydrogen into a useable form. The majority of the worlds hydrogen currently produced is a by product of the petroleum refining process. That is not sustainable so at some point we have to find a method of generating hydrogen that does not absorb electricity from the grid. With fossil fuels in rapid decline this process is likely to be a difficult nut to crack.

In the meantime we can continue to build out wind+solar and over time we will be able to move away from the intrinsically dangerous and destructive energy supply that currently dominates. The future looks bright for sustainable energy solutions.

The Case For Space

A short film highlighting some of the adventures that Space tourism will enable in the not too distant future.

Lie Detector Tests For CO2 Denialists

Perhaps the numerous so called leaders in positions of authority that are also climate change sceptics or denialists should be forced to undergo lie detector tests to prove that they really do think that Climate change is not being caused by human emmissions of Carbon into the atmosphere.

If you are really a denialist then surely you won’t mind proving that you completely believe the words that emit from your mouths and are not simply well paid spokesperson’s for the Fossil Fuel industry. That your grasp of basic physics is such that you genuinely do not understand or comprehend the scientific facts as they are presented and agreed on by the vast majority of climate scientists. That you do not trust the UN, NASA, the Presidents of the USA, China, Germany to make decisions based on the science and physics they have been exposed to over years of intense scrutiny and debate.

Climate Change vs Carbon Pollution

NASA has released a detailed visualisation of climate data gathered from across the globe which graphically details the extent of human generated Carbon emissions over a single year.

The Case For Human Intervention in Climate Modulation

Everyone knows the “chem trail” conspiracy. What most people don’t know are the physics behind them. It’s no surprise that the US government has been studying the options for enabling “business as usual” consumption of fossil fuels for as long as possible. So in order to allow the world to keep pumping out carbon into the atmosphere various tricks have been devised to limit the amount of sunlight entering the atmosphere. Rather than encouraging a large decrease in consumption they would prefer to lower the amount of sunlight. Further polluting the atmosphere in the process. The long term negative effects of this process have yet to be determined.

The missing element from the report linked above is the analysis of the negative or unintended effects of the various proposals. The law of conservation of energy is a good place to start. Suppress climate fluctuations in one place and other places would surely get larger ones. Also, according to the well developed area of “perturbation theory”, once fluctuations in one place get large enough they will grow and overwhelm the whole system.

Kim Dotcom is Larry Flint of a New Generation

Whether the Government in NZ changes or not with the next election Kim Dotcom won’t receive any favours. But even with the odds stacked against him he has shown he is more than capable of fighting the system under his own steam.

Larry Flint was vilified too for his personal tastes and business model of making money out of smut but he fought the US government on Freedom of Speech and won. Dotcom is on track to be the Larry Flint of this generation. He is fighting for internet freedom and against the global mass surveillance apparatus.

They don’t like him. Not because he was successful, not because he was exploiting the vagaries of copyright law and the internet. Google, Twitter and Facebook have the same business model too. They don’t like him because he was circumventing the spy apparatus and not implementing the full firehose feed to the NSA. They also didn’t like the amount of traffic that was being consumed by the users of his network. He wasn’t helping them to make mass surveillance and global spying easier. So they had to take him down.

The global spy machine is a monster that has outgrown it’s masters. As Dotcom has now shown it can even be used to retrieve evidence that can take down the very people it is supposed to serve. The NZ Government is scared of the possibility or betrayal by their own actions but that is nothing compared to the fear that the real puppet masters have of being subject to the spy apparatus for their criminal wheelings and dealings.

The New Zealand election is litmus test of the way intelligent society is focusing their attention on the system that has been created by the Military Industrial Complex. Scotland is a big deal for Europe but NZ is a big deal for the whole world. The canary in the coalmine of the western worlds tolerance for global mass surveillance and loss of privacy.

NZ Journalists asleep at the wheel

While the world digests the latest information revelations from Greenwald, Snowden and Assange regarding the overreach of the NSA and the 5 eyes spy network, the integrity of NZ journalists covering the ongoing saga of Kim Dotcom vs the NZ government and specifically the Prime Minister John Key has sunk to an all time low. The clearly biased reporting of the NZ press in favour of the NZ government when the overwhelming mountain of evidence points to collusion between John Key, Hollywood and the various stakeholders in the western spy apparatus show a lock of global insight and willingness to be lead by tunnel vision rather than detailed analysis of the actual evidence presented.

Instead of looking closely into the facts that have been put forward and dissecting the timeline of events that occurred over the past 6 years while John Key has been at the helm of the GCSB and the NZ spy apparatus they prefer to take aim at the messengers instead. The unrelenting hypocrisy of the NZ media in presenting a biased attitude towards the information being given to them in clear and unmistakable language is a true indicator of the degree to which the NZ system has now been corrupted.

There is a rot in the global surveillance system and it is becoming a cancerous, tumourous, gangrenous stench. The global western powers should take note of the pace of the growth. They are now at severe risk of being consumed by the monster they have created.

Comprehension is not a Belief System

The recently released study on the level of disagreement versus agreement with climate science is widely interpreted in the mainstream press as a question of believing in climate science or not. They make a point that the countries with the highest levels of distrust or doubt in climate science are all the English speaking countries with US, AU, UK having the highest proportions of doubters.

What the journalists appear to miss it that climate science like all other scientific disciplines is not a belief system. They should not be saying that people believe in climate science. It’s categorically not true. You do not believe in the scientific research any more than you believe in the taste of an apple. It’s a matter of comprehension. Either you read and understand the research and data or you do not. No one asks you to believe that the television works or that we have satellites that allow us to communicate at near the speed of light. No one expects you to believe that we can launch a rocket into orbit or fly a plane from one city to the next.

We are not expected to believe in the climate science. It’s a matter of physics. The build up of the green house gases CO2 and Methane causes additional heat to be trapped in the earths atmosphere. This is basic fundamental physics in action. We can measure the density of the Gasses in the atmosphere over hundreds of thousands of year due to the records stored in the polar gaps. We can measure the atomic weight of the elements to ascertain the origin of the gasses and the quantities of each contributing source.

These items are debatable with data sets and measurements but they are not something that you have to believe or disbelieve. It’s is knowledge that is to be comprehended/ tested and quantified. That there are large numbers of people who are unable to comprehend even the basic physics of climate science is a testament to the failure of the education system in the countries where the proportion is highest.

Australia OneUp’s Amerika in Stoopidity

Australians deserve a pat on the back today after managing to oneup Amerika in the stoopid stakes and taking on the mantle of country every other country is laughing at. By allowing Phony Tony and his gang of cronies to officially endorse the anti climate change dogma of the ignorant and selfish fossil fuel industry bigwigs they have managed to solidify their place in an elite club of countries hated and ridiculed by the rest of the world.

It’s quite and achievement to knock Dubuwah off his post as most ridiculed Politician in the world. Phony Tony can take pride in his ironic achievement as being crowned the worlds stoopidest Politician.

The bitter irony is that by removing the carbon tax he has decreased the incentive for the coal companies to transition towards future proofing their industry by targeting fertilisers to green the desert and super strength light weight carbon steel for the transportation industries. Instead they want to continue burning up this valuable resource for energy. This is even more ridiculous because Australia has abundant renewable energy resources that every other country on the planet would consider a perpetual gold mine.