Go Compare Meercats !

Back in the 1930s one of my old mates ( Jack Leach ) had a part time job looking after his village electricity diesel generator, which was shut down overnight, late at weekends. That was in the days before the National Grid, some farms had petrol generators, but found the cost prohibitive a, went back to paraffin unless there were visitors to impress.

Now on of the local fields is plastered with solar panels even though it could grow wheat and you can bet that all the best deals on price comparison sites require you fit a Smart Meter. Solar in useless if covered in snow and no wind when its really icy either, so watch the Smart price go up then and it might be all you can afford is to go back to oil lamps to match the Go Compare advert era,

It seems Greg Barker cares more about Climate Change targets than whether low income families can keep warm during a hard winter, there have been record low temperatures recorded in Aussie & New Zealand recently, likewise frost in Brazil but all you get on the BBC are heat waves !

It may be reasonable to believe that Co2 has no effect on our climate or weather whatsoever, but given Spencer’s observation on radiation to space perhaps Carbon Dioxide has a slight cooling effect for the following reason. The Specific Heat Capacity of Co2 is only a quarter of that of water, therefore at higher concentrations of Co2 the air loses its heat to space far quicker, and particularly on a cloud free night making dawn temperatures lower, although on the same principle the air would heat up quicker during the day. No overall global average effect but colder winters in temperate regions, with cloud cover being the main factor in summer temps but more frequently resulting in snow in mid winter.

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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Mainstream environmentalist NGO’s have always attempted to portray themselves as working in the interest of the common man, namely those on low incomes. However, the common man always comes off worse either by being directly socially cleansed from their home or by simply being unable to afford the prescribed remedy to cut C02 emissions.

The Alleged Unintended Consequences of the Carbon Dioxide Causes Climate Change Scam !
Posted on January 19, 2013

Anybody who worked in an outside job through the late 1980s and early 1990s could probably have been forgiven for believing the media hype about how man made Co2 was causing Global Warming and that urgent action had to be taken to reduce emissions, or so the environmental NGO’s like FoE and WWF would tell everyone, I must admit that I myself was a believer.

I even wrote to Friends of the Earth pointing out that the traffic calming they were promoting at least doubled pollution, especially the toxic type it has since been established that traffic calming increases Co2 by 83% and NOX ( the stuff that gives you asthma ) by 37%. In 1995 I wrote an article about it increasing pollution and sent it by snail mail to FoE, I waited a couple of weeks but received no reply so I rang their office and asked if they had received it, pointing out what it was about and was then basically told to get stuffed and the phone was slammed down on me.

By the time I had got my first internet access in 1996 I had written to every alleged environmental charity in the country and again not one single reply, I also wrote to Peg Alexander then leader of the fledgling Green party on other transport issues pointing out how to reduce emissions and costs on transport and how to get more freight on the railways based on my experience from time exploring in New Zealand and before that Australia. Again no reply as if it had never been written so I did start to seriously question the true motives behind the green movement

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I did eventually get a response from Greenpeace who simply said they didn’t care about the extra pollution just so it aggravated people so much that they walked, cycled, or took the train / bus, needless to say for anyone with a true road safety culture if anyone had deliberately set out to design death traps for cyclists they could hardly have done a better job of it than traffic calming.

It may in fact lead to a situation where said cyclist would cause more traffic pollution than what he would have done if he had caught the bus instead and the new junctions in towns with cycling priority encourage the potentially dangerous practice of passing a left turning HGV on the nearside, if you get run over by an HGV or bus at 5 Mph it leaves you just as dead as it does at 50 Mph so 20 Mph Zones are pointless and cause an extra 10-15% pollution.

Of course the cynic would say that its all about getting people to pay more in road fuel tax as increased above the rate of inflation by the escalator, which in turn decimated our manufacturing industry ( especially up north ) during the late 1990s before it was brought under control by virtual riots.

At least all road fuel tax increases have finally been abandoned now that the oil price is inflated by speculation, it was a direct tax on low income people in rural areas, someone once worked out that it was the equivalent of 10p on the basic rate of income tax for anyone on minimum wage, its always the poor who get hit by Green taxes almost as though the whole object of the exercise was to economically cleanse low income families from rural areas, now squarely Corporate Ethnic Cleansing by the current high oil price.

The very latest alleged Green potential ethnic cleansing scam is the impending Carbon Floor Price, basically a tax on your coal, and the only other alternative heating electricity price will be inflated as coal generation is currently the cheapest market option, yet another direct attack on lower income rural people on top of other stock market parasite ( Neo-Liberal / Corporate-Nazi ) ideologically inflated costs like insurance for young drivers.

I suspect that they will continue to escalate the price of coal in the UK until it works out at the same price as bottled gas, I know of a case where two teachers installed bottled gas central heating in the remote house the woman had been left to her, they just couldn’t afford it so what will happen with farm workers etc and others on low incomes like pensioners. It would appear that the whole object of the Green taxation exercise is to prop up market prices for energy speculators. I believe the Energy Bill currently includes a minimum ( ” Strike ” they allege ) price for energy, so we wont see any economic benefit from shale gas even if they do waste it generating electric when it should be used to secure a longer term future for current UK industrial and domestic use.

Looking at the broader global picture its clear that the push for bio-fuel the green NGO’s were all pushing for in the 1990s has precipitated mass destruction of of rainforests especially the habitat of the Orang-utan for Palm Oil which I am informed by a 1941 book has the highest calorific value of any vegetable oil and makes the best bio-diesel as under enforced use under an EU directive, similarly ethanol from Corn stealing food from the starving millions and inflating world cereal prices for the stock market parasite speculators yet again. Its all about generating false economic growth which in turn increases the financial apartheid between rich and poor which even in the UK could eventually precipitate regular riots for more false economic growth repairing the damage on the insurance if you can afford it.

Its the same principle with wind farms, if they ever meet the EU target it could precipitate regular power cuts and cause anarchy in towns an cities unless we pay twice for our generation capacity, wind farms don’t save any Co2 if your primary objective is to keep the lights on 24/7/365. The special magnets in wind turbines use rare earth metals which have turned where they are made in China into the most toxic area on the entire planet, you probably use twice as much Copper for wind farms as conventional power plant generation so the stock market parasite speculators are snouts in the trough again.

Their latest investment scam is wood bio-mass which puts further pressure on the rainforests in that it probably makes chipboard more expensive in comparison to imported ply-wood, I almost had a heart attack when I got the bill for some softwood joinery today, with hindsight perhaps it would have been cheaper to do the job in UPVC again to the profit of the oil companies the eco-trendies claim to hate so much.

I could go on and detail overseas examples of Corporate Ethnic Cleansing in places like Uganda where 1000s of subsistence farmers were thrown off their land and an entire village forcibly cleared in the name of a UK company Carbon Capture forestry project where rich people could buy credits to offset their flights for example and espouse their inner guilt about how their luxury lifestyle was impacting their revered mother earth.

I am informed that WWF cleared an entire African village to make it theoretically safe enough from Prince Charles to go out there and present them an eco award, similarly their Tiger farming projects are ejecting the harmlessly farming locals and making good food productive land turn back to rough scrub, all those ethnically cleansed expected to go and live in perpetual poverty and squalor of the slums in the big cities. Time to forget the cute cuddly Polar Bear image and wake up to the fact that like the real thing they ( WWF etc ) will rip your head off given half the opportunity !

If only Pinocchio’s nose had been cut for timber, then perhaps we could have built ” Jerusalem ” in England’s green and pleasant land, not the virtual ” West Bank ” separation in a nation divided by financial apartheid we would appear to be heading for if current UK government policy is not changed entirely.

We can be lighter in our footprint on the ecology of our planet if we demand that consumer goods must last a lifetime if you look after them properly, perhaps the only legislation that would be needed would be a ban on consumer credit for anything that didn’t last at least 30 years. An example would be a new car you bought in your 20s that you could hand on to your kids when they in turn passed their driving test ?

Stephen Hawking Dementia !

Stephen Hawking is 75 not looking bad for a high tech ventriloquist dummy as it spouts C02 drives Global Warming to the BBC, apparently he said Earth would turn into Venus if we didn’t cut Co2 ASAP. Venus is Venus due to the fact that its closer to the the sun and it follows that if the fire automatically turns itself up and down earth is affected to some degree.

In any case the Co2 theory was always used by by Qatar and others in the Gas industry to increase price as using theoretically cuts C02 despite the fact that it doubles water vapour, per MW of electric the biggest greenhouse gas of all. Al Jazeera , the Qatar state broadcaster is even worse than the BBC for C02 drives runaway warming propaganda, and proven to be festering the wars in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

The Co2 Gas Price Scam plus Fracking !
Posted on August 22, 2013

Ever since Ed Miliband’s 2008 Climate Change Act the whole UK energy market has been rigged to favour low carbon energy and particularly Wind Farms and the latest Strike Price for wind only compounds the situation. The price of Gas is propped up by the Strike Price for offshore wind keeping the average wholesale energy price high as expressed per Kw/h of potential electricity generated. The same principle applies to the Oil Price now that its planned to use diesel generators to back up wind in a ” Capacity Market ” probably leading to consumers having to fork out the interest payments plus profits on the capital of equipment basically paid to stand idle most of the time. All in all the perfect welfare state for the stock market parasite investment scam, get domestic energy consumers paying a private tax to fund city bonuses and lifestyles which do far more damage to the ecology of our planet like flying around everywhere on a regular basis often in private jets.

At least fuel poverty has been forced onto the agenda with Shale Gas Fracking, not withstanding the difference in geology between the UK and the US and alleged UK fracking sites already operating without environmental problems the economics for fracking in the UK just don’t add up due to high road fuel duty. George Osborne may be having economic ” wet dreams ” about the potential road fuel duty take, but it still wont be enough to escape the deficit for which the only true alternative remains default. What we really need to do with shale gas is use it as a bargaining tool to get cheaper gas off the Arabs longer term if we don’t go ahead with it, just keep it in the long grass for future reference !

The useful idiot eco-fascists have spoilt our negotiating position but then PCS Union ( who funded nodashforgas at Balcombe ) is mostly job centre staff wanting a high unemployment rate and likewise the rail managers union are probably just as much subsidy junkies as the wind industry.

Unlawfully Killed by our NHS ???

It may be reasonable to believe that rouge NHS staff are Accessory To The Fact in deliberate wrong diagnosis leading to Actual Bodily Harm ( in some cases causing permanent disability ) & even Unlawful Killing ?

Today’s resignation of the Chief Executive of Southern Health Trust may infer that the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is about to emerge about possible ” contract killings ” by both Doctors ( working in collusion with ) Nursing Staff, not forgetting the ward managers who arrange the shift rosters.

I recall when them brought one old guy onto Healey ward and left him lying on the floor barking like a dog with his back pain from the MRSA he got at Hope Hospital Manchester when where he had a back operation. The sad fact is that some NHS staff just don’t care about their patients welfare, perhaps also more than willing to accept a nice little earner on the side.

My advice to any NHS staff with skeletons in their cupboard reading this ( even those who simply passed by on the other side of the road ) is to blow the whistle and turn Queen’s Evidence ASAP or be very afraid !

The same principle also applies to those scientists who colluded in perpetuating Carbon Dioxide causes Global Warming Fraud, likewise today’s headline Green Fraudsters offering yet more bogus solutions to Urban Air Pollution !

I am minded to conclude that Brian Cox’s best mate Stephen Hawking is severely dead and has been stuffed by an expert taxidermist like Jeremy Bentham was. It would appear that they trot Hawking out to say anything about science Wall Street want the public to hear, all expertly voice syntesised. Furthermore, the only way anyone can land on the moon and get off again is to use a huge great Coil Spring like Zebedee in the BBC aimed at infants animation The Magic Roundabout !

Stainmore Line !

Whilst still at primary school I can recall being taken to Blackburn Model Railway Exhibition when British Transport Films were shown on the stage, one of them and perhaps the most exciting was Snow Drift at Bleath Gill !

My first encounter of the Stainmore Line in the flesh was when I was 13 and had started riding ” Shotgun ” with the the drivers from the haulage contractor just across the road from where I lived. My favourite wagon was MUP 875J, an ERF eight wheeler bulk powder tank as driven by the late Neville Oliver, who was originally from East Anglia, she was rebuilt by the company from an accident write-off. Her main work was delivering Ribble Cement from Clitheroe throughout the north of England, that’s how I got to go to Hartley Quarry near Kirby Stephen !

That particular day we went via Sedberg, ( the line from Clapham Junction to Low Gill was still being dismantled for scrap at the time ), but on another occasion we used the M6 to Tebay, then up the slowly rising new road on the former track-bed of the North eastern line from Kirby Stephen East as far as Ravenstonedale. There was officially a weight limit on it due to the steep gradient up and then down to Kirby Stephen West station on the S&C, perhaps fear of a runaway plus relatively low bridge. Local plod didn’t enforce it, one coming in the opposite direction even gave us a friendly wave, plus it was part of the Commercial Motor North of England Test match route.

At that time the track was still in at Kirby East, which formerly had a shed probably to provide4 banking engines, the track was also in at Hartley Quarry over the low arch bridge at the entrance from Winton. Fast forward to 1982 when I was into CB radio and from my spot on the north side of Pendle Hill I got really good friends with the late Thomas Dunn, the gamekeeper who lived at Stainmore Old Hall. He invited me to stay over one Saturday night and I met other CBers in the Pub at Winton, the locals all had great affection for their former railway.

The Achillies Heel of the Stainmore Line was always Bealah Viaduct, a magnificent cast iron structure spanning a valley towards the summit and which was designed by Daniel Booch, same guy who designed the original ill fated Tay Bridge. I was therefore inadvisable to use anything heavier than a BR Standard Class 2 ( several were sheded at Kirby East probably for banking duties ) although Class 4 engines were used on weekend north east Blackpool excursions.

Like on the Somerset & Dorset they had tried using BR Standard 9f’s to cope with the steep gradients and although they were a success, despite the low axle load the civil engineers had nightmares about their total weight on aforementioned viaduct. There was no way that any diesel locos would have been allowed to use the line even if the traction motors didn’t overheat on the long gradients.

On one trip we were sent to Ribble Cement Shap Depot, which was supplied by rail at that time for an urgent load to Workington, so I got to scout the line from Penrith to Cockermouth as well. There was still a DMU service to Keswick but using Class 50s on specials must have rendered the bridge infrastructure totally unsafe resulting in closure, they were also still dismantling the line past Keswick at that time.

One summer evening my then girlfriend and i went for a run to find what remained of the infamous viaduct but its been wiped from the face of the Earth, the low arch bridge into Hartley Quarry has been demolished to allow modern tanker access. The main haulier from there is ( former BRISCA Formula1 Stock Cars Red Top star ) Sam Ostle, who’s business is based in the yard at Kirby Stephen West station !

Library Closures, & 21st Century Book Burners !?!

Borrowing from what CJ the CEO of Sunshine Deserts used to say in The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, My education didn’t get where it is today without ordering old out of print railway engineering history books from my local library.

Some argue that easy access to a public library is an anachronism in today’s age of Smart Phones and the internet, but since libraries now have proper computers perhaps nothing could be further from the truth. It could be said that Library Closures are an attack on the educational aspirations of those less fortunate enough to be on a subsistence income either through unemployment or disability.

Long before the current cuts, ( Labour ) Lancashire County Council proposed to change our village library opening times allegedly to save money when its clear said library will still be open the same total hours and the change will save LCC nothing. They proposed closing at 6pm instead of the original 7pm and theoretically compensating by opening an hour earlier, but it may be reasonable to believe their plan was politically motivated. Perhaps their plan was primarily designed to penalise those villagers in part or full time work and in receipt of the new Universal Credit when introduced, when internet access is an essential component.

Perhaps the whole object of their exercise was to force low income people perhaps close if not already on the breadline ( and already having to choose whether to eat or heat especially in winter ) to pay a Private Tax for a Smart Phone contact. Furthermore, it will also stop people in decently rewarded full time work and perhaps commuting as far as the local mill towns conveniently ordering old out of print factual books they may be pointed towards to advance their education. Perhaps this is especially important as part of a trade apprenticeship or college course, as old books were where I got most of my worthwhile engineering knowledge.

Again some would argue that internet search engines and Wikipedia render libraries redundant, yet its often the case that when I return to my long bookmarked links they have been deleted. In the case of Wikipedia I often find that once really informative pages have since had vital information hacked out, but then Adolf Hitler was infamous for burning any books he didn’t like in 1930s !

YouTube is not immune either, informative old films often taken down for ” copyright infringement ” ( the BBC is one of the main culprits ) and its no surprise to me that its mostly anything which seriously challenges Green Ideology.

Bring Back true ecologist David Bellamy !

Cycling & Other UK Road Safety Policy !?!

Most alleged road safety experts totally ignore the simple truth that if you get run over by the wheels of a HGV or Bus, it leaves you just as dead at 5 Mph as it does at 50 Mph, but then fraudulent Climate Scientists deny the impact of our Sun !

Perhaps the problem stems from the fact that Civil Engineers not Mechanical Engineers are those charged with improving road safety, I once saw a professor from Leeds University claiming that It didn’t make you a better driver if you understood the science of vehicle motion. I would make its teaching compulsory in secondary schools even if just to make Maths and Physics lessons interesting and actually relevant to pupils future lives, plus defend them from corporate snake oil salesmen. I suspect that the fluid you need to buy for the latest emissions technology is actually pre-mixed screen-wash and can probably be safely substituted with such !

Casting back to the 1980s. Norman Fowler ( Now Lord ) when Transport Minister decreed that all trucks ( excluding Tippers ) had to be fitted with MONSANTO Clear Pass to stop spray on motorways. It was hedgehog rubber door mats under the mudguards which soon got full of shit and reduced their alleged effectiveness anyway, it also weighed half a ton which meant you were overloaded with a 20 ton load on a 40ft flat including pallets at 32 tons Gross.

It didn’t actually stop the spray it just made it finer so when theer was salt on the road your screen was soon totally obscured and you had to use the washers, unless you had one of the old toughened screens where good wipers would clear it without wash. The next problem was the manufacturers linking the wipers to the washers, which made it fatal to run out of wash as it left you totally blind, and now the Waffen SS Traffic Police do you for empty washers.

Its even worse now since the introduction of politically correct quiet road surfaces which remain wet for ages after its rained and requiring frequent washer use, the old Hot Rolled Asphelt ( the drivers called it Pig Shit ) with 20mm Gritstone rolled in which above friction afforded some actual mechanical grip in emergency braking. I recall questioning Lancashire County Council the merits of the latest road surfacing technology , and got a letter back from the then Environment Director Graham Harding, where he affected to decern the merits of the increased coefficient of friction of the coating.

Needless to say the miracle coating soon washed and wore off, and perhaps why their are so many potholes in our main roads is due to the fact that you can’t lay Tarmac in the rain and expect it to stick to the original surface, even if you use ” Tack Coat “. I have heard cases where the lunatics have even laid it in wet snow, when they must of know the drivers put a coating of water in the Box prior to loading Hot Stuff to stop it sticking.

Other examples of late 1990s LCC Officers corruption included replacing old Victorian Man Hole Covers for no good reason other than to sell them to Heritage projects for personal financial gain. Similarly Royal Mail managers replaced the VR post box built into the former weighbridge of the 1836 Bold Venture Limeworks ( Chatburn Racing Pigeon Club HQ ) and replaced it with a GR one. It could be said its actually an improvement as there is less chance of the rain getting in in an east wind, but since privatisation the residents of Sunderland Point have had theirs nicked but not replaced.

I would appear to have gone off at a tangent from Cycling but whilst at my favourite pup and otside for a fag I encountered a guy around the same age as me with one of the latest high tech mountain bikes. It looked pretty impressive with disc brakes etc but it cost £500 and on closer inspection it was obvious the Bottom Braket ( the bearing the pedals turn on ) was undersize. I pointed this out and guy admitted that there was already play in it despite being less than six month old, the small wheel bikes built in London featured on the BBC the other night look similarly afflicted.

Perhaps the problem stems from Computer Aided Design, experts at writing software may be incompetent as mechanical engineers, the competence of whom may be tested by asking them when is a 16mm bolt not a 16mm bolt. The answer is when its a Set Screw,. as the threads reduce the cross sectional area, and perhaps many of our road design incompetence is due to idiots using software intended for countries with left hand drive. That’s probably what happened with the design of the new Tilcon Wigan ( opposite Springs Branch loco shed ) concrete plant where you were forced to back artics on the blind side, a nightmare to be avoided when possible.

It would appear that Transport For London boffins have nicked my ideas for improving cycling safety, via total segregation from other traffic but done it in the most expensive and inconvenient for everyone way possible. I include my Brossen99 article in the comments which became a conversation with an intelligent cyclist and on most things we agreed. Perhaps one reason for the high accident rate ( and particularly in London ) is due to perhaps particularly young women ( but not exclusively ) attempting to prove they are doing their bit to ” Save The Planet ” as indoctrinated by the BBC. They may see it as a way to impress a potential partner, or simply pier pressure to conform with the Green Tendy herd, the Green Party is quite popular in some towns and cities. For all his faults and intellectual dishonesty on Climate Change, at least Jeremy Corbyn has a proper bike !

The abject stupidity of some cyclists who use rural roads and keep pedaling up steep hills in the lowest gear possible whilst wobbling about all over the place attempting to avoid actually falling off. Most local people learned as kids on single speed bikes when at primary school that the best policy was to ( Get Off and Milk It ) as you could walk faster than ride pushing it up hills. I can picture in my minds eye some brainwashed idiot wobbling up The Archway during evening rush hour and disrupting the theoretical efficiency of the Bus Lane, perhaps in the Vain Hope that Karl Marx can be resurrected from his nearby grave !

No amount of fancy mirrors or video cameras can solve the cycling safety problem in towns, now compounded by the short cycle lanes leading to the boxes for cyclists in front of traffic. Boxes at traffic lights just encourage dangerous practice, and perhaps all HGVs & buses need fitting with a clear sign on their bums stating DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE as in Aussie as long ago as 1987. The police just laughed when anybody got squashed sneaking down the nearside of trucks, their main then road safety problem was people attempting to stop or corner on bald tyres in thunderstorms.

It seems that the new mandatory front mirror has to be viewed through a part of the screen not swept by the wipers, and in any case mirrors are worse than useless after the salt or just dirt containing spray from the forever wet quiet road surface gets on them. There is nowhere to stop and clean them, which is impractical if they are still damp anyway, the same principle applies to the lenses of any video cameras.

Its obvious that Dick Turpin Phd and disciples are playing the corrupt politicians at there was an old woman who swallowed a fly again, next the Cycling Lobby will be demanding motion sensing technology which is likely to drive the driver insane with false alerts. Hauliers are finding it increasingly difficult to find drivers as it is now, skilled men leaving the industry pissed off by having to pay a Private Tax to some parasite company for safety certification.

I believe David Cameron has given former Nottinghamshire coal miner Patric McScab an honor for blowing billions on Smart Motorways using US Toll Roads by Stealth ANPR technology. The Average Speed Cameras need to be used to enforce a Minimum Speed for lanes whilst at the same time dumping the EU Speed Limiters to allow HGVs to make up lost time where safe to do so.

Perhaps we need to go back to find the true future as far as road safety is concerned, in the 1970s Radial Tyres transformed road safety, likewise we will need some ( as Engineering professor Stanley Unwin used to advertise on TV ) ” Wetty Grippers ” to cope with the impending Mini Ice Age. Modern and especially low profile tyres are useless in snow, combined with Quiet road surfaces and ABS make descending hills an absolute nightmare At least with the old Pig Shit with 20mm gritstione rolled in a locked wheel would dig through the snow and give you some chance of stopping.

To end on a brighter note, at least Theresa May hasn’t got a dick to keep in her pocket, perhaps a good reason to elect more women politicians and put women on company or public services boards. Its not a good idea putting workers from the shop floor on boards though, as they will probably be trade union reps, most efficient workshops made the idiot Shop Steward just to get them out of the way. We Also need to evict the criminals from the House of Lords, it seems the latest celebrity to block me on Twitter is former CBI Chairman Lord Digby Jones, and whom I perhaps mistakenly thought I could trust implicitly !