I was outraged this week to see a number of …

Comment on The street is to skaters what the ocean is to surfers by Neil Rilatt.

I was outraged this week to see a number of cars and trades vehicles driving down the mall during the busiest part if the day. In addition, I regularly witness motorbike riders in the southern, pedestrian end of the mall, as well as riding across the park in front if my house – an ostensibly children friendly zone. Cars! Motorbikes! In pedestrian and public places! Surely much more of a danger than a non motorised piece of wood.
Of course, the vehicles are sanctioned in these areas for trade deliveries, mall repairs, security and policing, but they are there and no one is trying to ban them under the assumption that as long as they are allowed there, accidents will happen. Because generally they don’t. And really, that’s because the people piloting these vehicles are sentient beings with special awareness and finely tuned motor skills, enabling them to exert control and not ram into pedestrians willy-nilly. The anti-skateboarding collective talk like skateboards are some catastrophic and uncontrollable force that will mow down pedestrians at random – the assumption being that the skaters don’t have the spacial awareness of other vehicle drivers and can’t control themselves around other people. Nonsense. I imagine if people are sitting on the seats, no skater is going to demand they move on so they can grind it up – they are also human beings and are capable of complex notions such as ‘respect’ and ‘not just ramming everyone all the time’.

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$75m power station the wrong decision: WA experts
Jim, Steve and Janet Brown, and anyone else who insists on repeated the same tired, old boring logical fallacy: YES, WE ALL UNDERSTAND THAT WE NEED TO GENERATE POWER WHEN THE SUN IS NOT SHINING. FFS.
We know that sometimes it is night! We know that sometimes it is cloudy!
That is why NOBODY is suggesting we turn off all the gas generators and switch to 100% solar.
Jesus Christ, let’s have a bit of intellectual honesty in this discussion, please.
Nobody wants a return to the dark ages! But some are certainly keen to see us stuck in last century.
The age of fossil fuels is coming to an end and a lot of us want to invest in newer, cleaner, more innovative technologies that are available NOW.
And no, Steve Brown, a 100% gas powered station is, by definition, NOT A HYBRID STATION.

Rubbish house lenders have 71 loans in Alice
I freely admit to being in no position to comment on the funding sources of other commercial banks in Australia.
Maybe you can investigate those too and get back to us?
I’m simply asking some questions which you have made no attempt to answer.
I do know the big 4 get the benefit of taxpayer-guaranteed loans at stupidly low interest rates from the RBA, to be drawn on at their discretion, which is probably worth several orders of magnitude more than $34m a year.
Maybe you can tell us how many loans each of them have issued in Alice Springs and whether there have been any tangentially connected domestic disturbances in those properties?
Or simply tell us what point you are trying to make by conflating these things.
It’s funny, I don’t remember you reporting on which mortgage lender financed the purchase of the houses being used as meth labs in recent years.
Again, what are your implications and why is this in any way newsworthy?

Rubbish house lenders have 71 loans in Alice
I’m struggling to understand what is newsworthy here. Is it the responsibility of a mortgage lender when the property owner doesn’t take care of their property?
Would this still be news if the lender was ANZ, Bendigo Bank or Westpac? Somehow I think not. What is the implication here and what do IBAs funding sources have to do with anything? Seems like Erwin is on a witch hunt to me.

Pandora’s Promise: go nuke or not?
Some great links Paul, thanks for clarifying. However, the 1.5% reference in the Wikipedia article refers to hydro and wind only – solar and biomass consumption, one can only assume, are lumped in the ‘others’ category which itself accounts for 8.7% of total consumption, according to the figures there. Lies, damned lies and statistics indeed! Maybe more so when Wikipedia is involved.
Estimates of lives saved due of nuclear power are interesting, though this is based on climate change abatement through avoiding CO2 emissions, which would equally apply to renewables.
I simply think that our future energy supplies should tick the “does not have the potential to cause nuclear winter” box. Obviously we haven’t yet had the ultimate technological breakthrough to solve all of our problems, but we also shouldn’t mistake political intransigence for technological barriers when it comes to the progress we are, or aren’t, making.

Pandora’s Promise: go nuke or not?
A bit of false dichotomy concerning which causes more damage – climate change or nuclear accidents – since the climate change already well underway will make extreme weather events, and therefore the chance of nuclear accidents, much more likely. Shouldn’t we be aiming for zero harm?
And I think the major breakthrough we need is in spinal implant surgery for the political class, rather than any technological innovation.

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