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    [–] Fact check: Testing the claims in Fraser Anning's first speech to Parliament Niscellaneous 1 points ago in australia

    You have to wonder sometimes if the only reason some of these speeches are made is because they know they will get a reaction from everyone else. As they say 'any publicity is good publicity' when it's really not.

    [–] Coal back on the agenda as energy guarantee deadline looms – politics live Niscellaneous 11 points ago in australia

    It's a poisoned chalice. They are absolving responsibility and forcing the decision onto the states. As a result, any increase in energy prices, pollution levels, CO2 emissions etc will be blamed on the states rather than the federal politicians.

    This is a classic PR and HR exercise in dodging.

    [–] Sky News director Greg Byrne quits over far-right activist Blair Cottrell appearing on the channel Niscellaneous 29 points ago in australia

    Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.

    [–] The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement wants you to rethink having children - RN Niscellaneous 17 points ago in australia

    The TFR for the countries you've listed has decreased a lot in the past 40 years. It's the medical system that's also keeping people living longer.

    [–] The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement wants you to rethink having children - RN Niscellaneous 20 points ago in australia

    Poor choice of name, but I can understand his line of thought. We recently hit the overshoot day for 2018 with ~5 months to go.

    However, it's not without its criticisms.

    You can not have an infinitely growing economy with finite resources. Many economists, sustainability experts and scientists have been saying this for as long as I can remember. The solution is either starve or reduce the consumption. The later has been tried ad infinitum but has been consistently either brushed aside or negatively portrayed as anti-economic growth and therefor 'socialist'. You can still have children by other means, namely adoption. Or still have children, but teach them not to over-consume.

    [–] Australian governments illegally sailed refugee boats to distant reef Niscellaneous 14 points ago in australia

    When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.

    [–] Meriton to pay $3 million for misleading consumers on TripAdvisor Niscellaneous 1 points ago in australia

    Same guy who owns Meriton, Harry Triguboff failed in an attempt to sue Australian Financial Review newspaper over an article published last August that didn't mention him but did make some critical comments about his company, Meriton.

    [–] The National Energy Guarantee is a flagship policy. So why hasn't the modelling been made public? Niscellaneous 15 points ago in australia

    "On October 17, 2017, the newly created ESB claimed in a letter to federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg that annual household bills would ultimately be A$100-115 lower under the NEG as a result of the NEG being introduced.

    The ESB said this calculation was based on its estimate that wholesale electricity prices under the NEG would be 20-25% lower than under business as usual, and 8-10% lower than under the Clean Energy Target proposed by the Finkel Review.

    No analysis or modelling was provided to justify these claims. But five weeks later the ESB had altered its forecast, releasing a report claiming that wholesale electricity prices would typically be 40% lower with the NEG than they would be without it. Underlying this claim was the assumption that only 597 megawatts of renewable generation would be developed between 2020 and 2030 if the NEG was not implemented."

    [–] Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton 'has a real problem' holding Queensland seat Niscellaneous 53 points ago in australia

    "The vulgarity of the left political campaign just shows how far they are willing to go to create division in the electorate!"

    [–] Radioactive nuclear rods leave Sydney bound for France Niscellaneous 4 points ago in australia

    Logically speaking, it makes sense to place a nuclear power plant near a water source like the ocean, I agree. Except for the massive consumption of water required; 1,514 to 2,725 litres of water consumption per megawatt-hour (MWh) for nuclear power reactors.

    That said, there are a multitude of hurdles that need to be overcome. Location, distribution, responsiveness to potential incidents, waste management, cost, stakeholder negotiations; land and otherwise, lack of trained persons and lack of training. Plus the average build time of a nuclear facility is now at 5 years, down from the average of 7.5 years.

    [–] Radioactive nuclear rods leave Sydney bound for France Niscellaneous 6 points ago in australia

    No, because the countries mentioned don't have an artesian basin that spans ~22% of the countries land mass. The basin provides the only source of fresh water through much of inland Australia. So contamination from CSG or nuclear leakage puts a lot of our agricultural lands are risk.

    I'll post this again...

    " Cost estimates suggest that in Australia nuclear power would on average be 20–50 per cent more expensive to produce than coal-fired power if pollution, including carbon dioxide emissions, is not priced … "

    Source: Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Review of uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy in Australia, Uranium mining, processing and nuclear energy—opportunities for Australia?, DPMC, Barton ACT, 2006