4U9525 Alps Crash & MH370 Fly on Green Tech Batteries Anyone ?

Green Tech Batteries Anyone ?

The latest preliminary analysis of the Flight Data Recorder suggests Alps Crash 4U9525 lost power due to a  dead short on battery which cut the power supply to the fuel pumps and the ignition on engines, so therefore lost speed to semi stall. Then as the wing and tail controls were set and locked for level flight she went into shallow dive at first, but then as she lost altitude air resistance slowed her and tipped her into an even steeper dive. This probably explains French Crash Investigator claims that Lubitz deliberately accelerated several times before final final impact each time acceleration due to steeper dive leading to her becoming a virtual V1 just before the actual crash itself ?

I could never understand why MH370 was never found since I flew from Singapore to Cairns in daylight when the sea to the north of Indonesia was flat calm and I could see the shallow sea floor quite clearly from my window seat.  The theory that MH370 went down off Perth in the Roaring Forties was almost certainly just a scam to attempt to sell satellite tracking for all commercial aircraft, plus prevent the real wreck being found and an excuse to end the search on the flight path.  Perhaps only an imbecile like Tony Abbot could fall for it and whilst he was correct to end the Aussie Carbon Tax he’s still foolish enough to continue to waste money emulating King Canute attempting to prevent climate change.

The simple fact is if the truth came out about the ultimate reliability of the latest Green Tech batteries came out everyone would stop flying in newer planes even if the authorities dare not ground them.  People who watch Top Gear may have twigged after they had to abandon a test of the latest Tesla super-fast electric sports car when it died before it even turned a wheel.  If the truth does come out it will implode global stock markets after busting the airlines, the battery manufacturers and the mining companies involved it the extraction of the minerals concerned.  No doubt that will take their banks down with them and the only alternative will be for national governments to Nationalise all insolvent banks under their jurisdiction !

What have the Tories ever done for Scotland ?

The SNP and to some extent Scottish Labour are always bleating how it was Margaret Thatcher who deliberately destroyed their manufacturing industry as mostly located in the Fourth-Clyde belt.  However, if you delve into unwritten history deeper its clear that the real culprit  was the then EEC 8 Hour driving day as adopted by Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan probably to appease the T&G Transport & General Workers Union. The T&G didn’t care about the cut in driving hours as most respectable companies complied with their paid 50 hours minimum working week whether HGV drivers worked it or not.

What Killed Scottish Manufacturing Industry and the Traditional BR Goods Train ?

As a teenager during the mid 1970s I got friendly with the drivers and owner of a small local haulage contractor.  During the school holidays I would ride ” shotgun ” all over the north of the UK as far as central Scotland.  I got a job there as an apprentice HGV fitter, then after passing the motor vehicle technicians exams at tech went HGV driving myself.

Back in the 1970s the company I worked for did all the main transport for Serfco at Darwen.  Their main job was recycling cast iron borings from the heavy engineering industry, customers included British Leyland Coventry engine plant, Vickers at Barrow and a few places up in central Scotland.   That’s how I got right into the heart of Ravenscraig steel works, the cast iron borings were heated and pressed into ” piglets ” about the size of an egg.

The old UK driving hours regulations allowed 10 hours driving per day, spread over 12 and a half hours total time.  It was therefore practical to get to the Forth-Clyde belt and back in the day from Manchester.   Most of the Lancashire-Scotch traffic came home empty unless you had a quick easy back load handy, or would pick something up down country in the case of tippers.

Even though there were no tachographs at the time, the introduction of the EU 8 hour driving hours destroyed UK road transport efficiency. The new EU log books were easy to fiddle as you need not state your destination, however, in 1981 the tachographs were introduced.  Industry in central Scotland was decimated when the tachographs eventually came in, mostly due to Dumfries & Galloway police paranoidly enforcing the 40 Mph HGV speed limit on the A74.   Srathclyde had a spell at it also but could see the damage to the economy, it didn’t help rail freight either. Manchester-Glasgow road freight became impractical on a daily basis, costs increased not least because you had to pay the driver expenses for a night out.

Now there were lots of empty wagons in central Scotland who couldn’t get home for a load the next day so spent the rest of your day loading one to take back.  Products like spuds and whiskey, basically anything not in a particular rush and you could use traditional railway stock.   The yard of the haulage garage where I worked backed onto the Blackburn-Hellifield line so you couldn’t miss what was going on.  The trains just got shorter and shorter, Scotch wagons were also taking stuff back in the other direction.  The final nail in the coffin was the APT and the need to take the catch points out of the WCML  so all partially brake fitted trains were withdrawn.

The result was even more wagon’s on the road and everyone had to buy new more powerful equipment, then they did it again in 1985, new 38 tonne weight limit when they should have gone straight to 44 tonne and allow a ” full ” 40 foot ISO container to be handled by road at either end of a rail journey.

Cheap transport is vital to the sustainability of the economy of any nation, yet politicians would appear to have been blind to this basic economic fact.  Ken Clarke’s Road Fuel Tax Escalator decimated manufacturing industry everywhere except perhaps the south east.  At least fuel duty was not increased in the recent ” emergency budget ” but further rises in the Labour pipeline were not withdrawn.  Will the politicians ever learn ?

Collateral damage included the closure of the former GWR railway works at Swindon which maintained the BR slow freight train locomotive fleet !

At least John Major got the EU driving day up to 9 hours ( 4.5 continuous as opposed to 4 ) and 10 twice a week plus built the M74 all the way down to the M6 at Carlisle althoug that was somewhat offset by a safety-fascist campaign to fit speed-limiters to all HGVs. Said campaign was fronted by the then really popular late night TV James Whale Radio Show with film footage shot inside a Vauxhall car observing the speedo at indicated 50 through 50 limit motorway road works.

Of course their Leg-Iron car ( as with standard small speedo reading 10% fast ) then got passed by a HGV doing true 50 fitted with an accurate Tachograph ( annually tested to be within +/- 1% ).  Whale then went on to portray that all HGV drivers were dangerous lunatics as did Bob Greaves of Granada Reports this time in a transit with a big speedo and likely to be more accurate like those originally fitted to the Mini but still not a tachograph.  John Major was then forced to introduce 60 MPH speed limiters on all new trucks then the EU under Labour Niel Kinnock piled in and limited everything to 56MPH which still stands and explains the frequent congestion on our UK motorways today.

At least it will now be practical to use the A roads as upgraded again by the Tories more efficiently as David Cameron’s Transport Minister Claire Perry has got the A road speed limit for HGVs up to 50 Mph now.  In fact HGVs will be able to go flat out on the EU limiter using the 10% plus 2 Mph plod rule particularly at night where before if you caught up an HGV in your car he had to slow to 40 in case you were Plod as you can’t tell in the mirrors.  David Cameron also has the right idea on the EU viz stay in but repatriate powers over home legislation whereas Labour and the SNP would appear to be quite happy to continue with the current virtual EU Corporate-Nazi IV Reich as a drag on our economy !

Road Fuel Efficiency ! ( My brossen99 from 2009 )

” Slow down! A recent study commissioned by What Car? Magazine showed that the average car consumes 38 per cent more fuel at 70 Mph than it does over the same distance at 50mph. At 60mph it uses 34 per cent more than at 40mph. The average driver travelling at 90mph on a motorway will spend £1.20 more on fuel every eight minutes than a driver travelling at 70mph. The 90mph driver will have travelled farther in that time but will still be spending 40 per cent more per mile than the 70mph driver.”
As an extremely well qualified automotive engineer I can assure you that the above paragraph is complete motor industry propaganda aimed at costing the motorist more in the long run.
Some of you may have seen various articles on alleged ” eco driving ” and not being a trained automotive engineer like myself probably taken it all in like a toilet.   Perhaps the greatest sin is the advice given is to change up at 2500 Rpm ( 2000 in a diesel ) which is completely misleading.   An internal combustion engine is at its most efficient at the Rpm where maximum torque occurs.  This can be gleaned from the owners handbook and the economy trick is to select a gear which comes close to the said Rpm at your desired target speed.   An engine will ” sup juice like a fish ” at any RPM significantly below maximum torque whilst at moderate ( 1000 ) Rpm above maximum torque Rpm fuel consumption does not increase significantly.   
The theory that creeping around at 40 saves fuel is complete nonsense in my long practical experience, its all about work done times efficiency ( only 30% ) times time taken.   70% of the fuel is used just keeping the engine at operating temperature and lost through the exhaust.
Miles per Gallon is not a true measure of fuel consumption. The true measure is grams per kilowatt hour, as used by transport engine manufacturers. The total amount of time under power is the factor which determines Mpg. Almost all internal combustion engines are most efficient at or near full load. This is because the heat lost through cooling and the exhaust is almost constant under any load condition.
The fuel consumption of a vehicle is a bit like trying to fetch water in a bucket with a significant hole in it.  The longer it takes you to get from A to B the more fuel you will use, or in the case of the water in the bucket the faster you get there you will have more left at the destination.   Sir Frank Whittle knew this when he perceived the jet engine.    In practice it works out that the most efficient average speed for a modern motor vehicle is close to 60 Mph, after that air resistance starts to come into play.  
However, dependent on vehicle design air resistance can fall as the vehicle goes faster and builds up its own near perfect streamlining so true 70 on the motorway is not an efficiency problem in such a case.   ( most car speedo’s read 10% fast ).   If you need to calibrate your speedo follow a lorry on the motorway at a accurately limited fuel inefficient 56 Mph.  Fuel consumption for 38 tonne tankers running from Lancashire to Glasgow and back on nights increased from 9 Mpg to 7 Mpg on the introduction of speed limiters during the 1990s.   Of course other factors than air resistance come into play like the now inability to store momentum running at hills, but apart from the Lune gorge at Lancaster little opportunity for this exists on the road north loaded.
A 1980s OU programme I watched several times outlined that all you need to do for aerodynamic stability is to round the corners off on a square van.  My practical experience tends to bear this out, my Seddon Atki 400 with 265L RR Eagle and 13 foot 7 inch tautliner was a good education.   It seemed to take you ages to accelerate upwards from 50, then at about 57 it was just like falling through an invisible wall and you were soon doing close to 70.  Just like the OU programme said, a vehicle will build up its own streamlining as speed increases.
My  2006 1000cc Kia is no better in fuel consumption or performance than my ” tweaked ” 1989 1000cc Metro, admittedly running on leaded petrol.  Perhaps the greatest unnecessary modern polluter is air conditioning, out in Aussie in 1987-88 it was said that you needed a 1600 Toyota Corolla with air conditioning to get the same performance as a 1300 without it.
Don’t have AC on my Kia, no point in this country and all that complete bullshit they put out about driving with the window down causing a significant increase in fuel consumption doesn’t stand scrutiny.  The whole vehicle aerodynamics quasi-religion is complete claptrap, in the late 1970s we were told to ignore it as negligible in any motion calculation.
Furthermore, if you chug around at 40 Mph in top gear carbon deposits are likely to build up in your engine leading to reduced fuel efficiency over time.  Similarly, if you have a turbo its life is likely to be significantly reduced driving at low Rpm over a period, start black smoking and fail the MoT.   Driving on full throttle in too high a gear risks blowing the head gasket not to mention unnecessary stress on the crankshaft bearings and connecting rods.
As an integral part of ” the motor industry ” it is highly probable that What Car ( reliant on corporate advertising ) will attempt to increase business for other motor industry cartel members.
Sorry Its being silly and wont let me space the paragraphs !

Thinking About taking out a Loan to buy Solar Panels ?

Twitter is being blitzed with adverts for Solar Panels promising 14% returns on the back of government incentives, but is it just a trap to steal your home as the banks can force you to put your house on the market for missed payments on debts of only 1.5k now !

Green Deal or Green Steal ? ( First published 2012 )

Everyone must be familiar with the Green Deal as proposed by the government in the alleged quest for energy efficiency, most addresses must have been cold called first from India and then with a recorded message even if like me you are theoretically on the Telephone Preference Service. It is alleged that insulating your loft and cavity walls plus double glazing can save you a fortune on your energy, however, consumer group Which has grave reservations about the assessments for the Energy Performance Certificate.   It would appear that said assessments only take into account an average of an average and therefore it may be the case that after taking out the government backed LOAN they want you to, you may not actually save any money as a result of the works undertaken.   There is also some question about the early payment clause, if in future you actually have the money available to pay off the loan early you will be hit by huge Bank charges.

Most people who’s house has been upgraded since the mid 1980s will probably already have some loft insulation ( the biggest energy loss ) and most people have double glazing by now, cavity wall insulation can cause major damp problems. It would appear that the Green Deal has all the hallmarks of a stock market parasite investment scam to entice currently solvent people into taking out a loan against their house in the hope that their unfortunate victim will never be able to afford to pay it off.  I suppose this particularly applies to pensioners who currently own their own home outright, who are income poor yet their only aim in life is to pass their property onto their children. Its all too easy to be enticed by the prospect of lower energy bills as already 15% inflated by Green Taxes and rising, yet your energy payment will simply be replaced by the repayment of the loan so that in actual fact many people could save precisely nothing, or in some cases pay out more every month.

The whole Green Deal is wide open to miss-selling and anyone even thinking about it should be wary of the snake oil salesmen likely to move in for a quick buck, I suggest that people should be very very wary of anyone claiming that they can save money by taking out a loan and going into debt, especially pensioners who may not be as sharp minded as they once were.  If you are short on ready cash it is said that a good set of thick curtains are almost as good as double glazing at reducing heat loss through your windows !

Greg Barker the Tory minister responsible was later sacked !

The Budget Wednesday 18th March 2015

I suppose that I should have waited until after George Osborne’s actual budget speech but I couldn’t resist commenting on what’s already been floated in the UK media.  It would appear that the main thrust of Osborne’s economic plan is big infrastructure projects like HS3 and to appease the Green vote tidal lagoons to generate Carbon Free energy.

Taking HS3 for starters it would appear that the whole object of the exercise is to provide a Welfare State for the Banks who have foolishly lent billions to greedy Ten Bob Fat Cat businesses betting on a massive influx of international Jet Set tourists.  Similarly the housing market where developers were hoping to sell summer holiday homes to said Jet Set tourists with obvious new summer holiday home developments/  New housebuilding  aimed at the summer holiday home market are already getting a massive subsidy to fit solar panels to generate just enough heat in winter to stop the plumbing freezing when the jet set fly south, not forgetting existing homes.

Talking of Green Scams perhaps the proposed Tidal Lagoons are probably the most inefficient and expensive alternative possible as far as generating electricity from the tides.  It may be the case that for the capital cost of the Swansea proposal alone the UK could have built a full Severn Barrage plus one for Morecambe Bay as well.   At least with a full Seven Barrage you can get a new direct road and rail line into South Wales, similarly one for Morecambe could bring Barrow in Furness back into the Lancashire economy where it always belonged.  With both the Severn and Morecambe Bay projects you could get electricity throughout the day utilising nearby hills to provide pump storage from reservoirs, a proven electricity storage as used with nuclear in North Wales. I suspect that the true aim of said Tidal Lagoons at various locations around the UK is to provide a calm boating lake for the yachts owned by the international Jet Set when the wind is up and the real sea is too rough on the long planned date of their holiday ?

Aspartame Slow Genocide ?

Is Aspartame ( first widely introduced to the UK around 1990 ) the cause of the rise in alleged alcohol induced violence as its in all pub mixer drink taps especially Diet-Coke, similarly Aspartame may be the cause of ADHD in kids as found low fat yogurts etc. There is also evidence to suggest that Aspartame causes weight gain plus may induce Type 2 diabetes and perhaps Aspartame is a far greater cost to our NHS than Smoking ever was and likewise some Health-Fascists want to ban relatively harmless Sugar ?

Last night I was thinking about my ex-girlfriend’s eldest son who I refer to in my Urban Air Pollution article on Asthma when it crossed my mind that Aspartame could also be a factor in asthma cases.

From Urban Air Pollution

In 1993 I got involved in a serious relationship with a five years older than me former childhood sweetheart who’s marriage had broken down with two male kids, the eldest in the last year at primary school, youngest just starting and she arranged to rent a house in my village.  Her eldest son suffered from asthma but also mild coordination problems and was subsequently diagnosed as having a mild form of autism, and ADHD probably precipitated by the acrimonious divorce circumstances.   He used both the blue acute and brown alleged preventative inhalers perhaps not as fully effective due to his coordination problem and I recall once having to take him down to the treatment room at Clitheroe Health Centre to use a nebuliser after one particularly bad asthma attack.  It is interesting to note that he enjoyed our trips out to preserved steam railways and being tall for his age big enough to dangle his head out of the front coach door window in all the smoke and ash particles from the locomotive without experiencing an asthma attack !

Rough Case History

I was informed said eldest son was quite badly ill as a baby with stomach problems but got over it and was doing quite quite well academically and reading by 5 his mum having gleaned a full set of 1960s informative kids books from jumble sales etc.  Then his younger brother was born and his behavioral problems started and were put down to him feeling left out when his mum was looking after her new son as a baby.  I’m not up to speed on when his coordination problems were identified but it was probably via his primary school where his reading ability failed to improve despite his theoretical head start.  When I first met him he was in the last year at primary school, his hair was really long as he wouldn’t allow anyone to cut it and he seemed a little bit withdrawn but that improved when I took him and his brother on days out in my car.  He went to the local secondary school in 1994 but got expelled before the end of the 1st year but by then I had shown him how to use both buses and trains which was quite useful to him later as he was not allowed to drive.   After being assessed by a child psychologist at hospital Social Services sent him to a private boarding school near Grange, after which his condition did improve, perhaps due to him consuming less Aspartame in Low-Fat Yogurts ?

I can recall how his ADHD was pretty bad around the turn of the new year 1995 even though he was initially delighted with his Xmas presents.   We bought him an LMS express steam train train set and I had gone round the second hand stalls at railway exhibitions and picked up a Flying Scotsman and a set of the LNER teak coaches that went with it.  I had some old track and points at home so made him a good layout on the floor in the loft and he seemed quite happy playing until one day he threw the Scotsman so hard onto the floor it bent the die cast chassis.  Perhaps the extra Aspartame he had consumed over the Xmas period had accumulated and precipitated his wobbler, and perhaps ADHD is worse in thin kids as fat kids can absorb more without symptoms.  His younger brother also had ADHD but only mild in comparison and perhaps due to the fact that he had a fair bit more meat on him if not obese ?

Getting back to my Asthma observations it seems that my ex-girlfriends eldest son first contracted asthma when he was about 5 as well, and his age at that time probably coincided with the widespread introduction in the early 1990s.  I’ve lost contact with him now but he has never had a job but he’s well into Man United and passed the football referee’s exam on the rules of the game.

No doubt open minded analysis of NHS records will prove Aspartame is the root cause of many chronic illness problems attributed to modern lifestyles and junk food by the Health-Fascists.  And perhaps like in Monty Python’s Department Store Sketch where you can’t say Mattress you can’t allege Aspartame is a danger to health or the Health-Fascists will all put a paper bag over their heads and everyone will have to stand in the tea chest and sing Jerusalem.

There must be a strong case for a complete BAN on Aspartame in the UK ASAP !

West Virginia Oil Train Derailment ?

I was just thinking that the controversial Keystone pipeline could significantly reduce oil train traffic on US railroads and no doubt Wind Farm Subsidy junkie Warren Buffet is keen to stop it given his railroad investments.  However many such derailments could be easily avoided by the provision of a Caboose and a man at the end of the train or if it really long one in the middle also.   I’ve just seen the latest BBC news report and this time it would appear to be down to the state of the track and perhaps Buffet is presiding over The Great Smashem & Cheatham Railway, unfit for purpose like Railtrack was here in the UK back in 2000 ?

It is often the case that the such derailments are caused by an axle bearing overheating to a point where the end of the affected tanker axle sheared off thus causing the derailment and fire.  If there had been men in cabooses at the end and in the middle if it was a particularly long train even if they didn’t actually see any smoke they would have smelt the overheated axle-box and stopped the train long before it derailed.  This principle was amply illustrated in an old B/W US railroad film entitled Fast Freight I once saw which was made at the time of the introduction of diesels.

The same principle applied here in my home UK where back in the mid 1980s it cost BR an absolute fortune ( multi-millions ) to repair Summit Tunnel on the old L&Y Manchester-Leeds line between Rochdale and Todmorden after an oil train fire inside.  Again it could have been easily avoided with a guard in a brake-van even if he was made technically redundant with the provision of line-side automatic hot-box detectors.  I was once informed that said hot-box detectors were pretty unreliable often stopping trains for no good reason thus encouraging staff to ignore them for the efficient running of the network.

Making a New Claim for ESA !

I just tried to make a new claim for ESA having been declared ” Fit for Work ” as I couldn’t be arsed filling in and attending the WCA bullshit a couple of years ago as I had lost the cash anyway on the 365 day rule.  Having got my sick note sent into the local DWP office by the hospital I then had to contact the DWP phone line in order that they could fill out the full claim form and forward it to DWP Belfast for processing.

I rang the said number and had to wait about five minutes to get through after which the call was answered by a friendly sounding guy from my local DWP office who informed me that the call would take 35 to 45 minutes to complete. He had no trouble coping with my broad Craven accent and the call proceeded in a professional manner allowing me to ad lib at times with a few jokes and even so it was complete in the stated time. The time included double checking all the information given for mistakes after which I signed by phone as advertised.

A couple of days after I got a letter stating that I couldn’t claim ESA due to a lack of national insurance contributions during the past couple of years since I told them to get stuffed to avoid the hassle of the WCA.  Belfast were alleged to send me a copy of the phone interview and I can’t remember the exact chronology but it was well after the time promised.  Furthermore the paper copy of my phone call interview was on 20 pages of A4 with no staple in the corner of the pack so it soon got muddled up out of order although I did spot several mistakes including the start date which was over a full month later than I stated.

Not withstanding I rang the number given to amend the document only to find that the number given was now out of date and had been changed and the voice at the other end informing me of the new one was far too fast to write it down with no repeat.  And it didn’t end there as I was also bombarded with several letters ( again from Belfast and lost count ) asking me to ” tell them about the change ” with a pre paid envelope to send back the slip they sent.

Obviously if you were genuinely unwell it would be impossible to cope with all their Ministry of Silly Walks bullshit especially if you were suffering from a mental health problem which probably explains why so many mental health cases bounce back into hospital just to keep warm and dry and have a full belly.

It must be obvious that the current system is unfit for purpose but perhaps the problems are mostly due to PCS Union members acting like a virtual Zonder Commando in order to throw flak at the Tory minister IDS on the behalf of the Labour Party and cunningly hidden by the fact that its down to Belfast in Northern Ireland where Labour don’t stand for election.  However it was obvious that Gordon Brown bought the votes of DUP MPs on 42 days detention by promising a fat government grant for an aircraft factory at Belfast with a huge investment promised from the corporate multinational owners.  Fortunately it all fell trough when the bill failed to pass in the Lords.

See https://nollyprott.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/is-ids-a-mrs-wilberforce/