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Odds and Ends

On the wind turbine noise front:


Senator David Leyonhjelm wants government to monitor wind turbine noise
It seems the only thing colourful crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm hates more than red tape is wind farming.
Despite typically being a fierce opponent of new government regulation, the Liberal Democrat is calling on the government to set up a new regulator to monitor noise levels near wind turbines.
He claims a Senate inquiry he set up has uncovered “credible evidence” that some people are suffering health concerns caused by low frequency noise and vibrations known as infrasound.   (Click on link for more.)

Wind farm effect on balance ‘akin to seasickness’: scientist
• JUNE 12, 2015 9:21AM
  Medical faculty associate profes­sor of neuroscience Simon Carlile said it was time to properly examine the effects of low-frequency wavelengths and recognise that, like seasickness, they don’t affect everybody.  (Click on link for more.)

It is most interesting to me that researchers are now realizing that some people may be affected and not others.  This makes it much more difficult for the wind industry to say that if not everyone is affected, it’s not real.



At first this looked a bit odd.  The original story came from UFO digest.  (http://ufodigest.com/article/wind-farms-may-be-responsible-mass-honeybee-disappearance)

I’m not sure if there’s any real research on this or it’s just based on correlation, which does not necessarily mean causality.  In searching, I found three interesting research studies being conducted by the University of Wyoming concerning insects and wind turbines.  The links are below.




(Thank you to Ron S. for alerting me to the above articles.)

From various sources:


If only Americans stood up like this.  Environmentalists use this technique, when they’re not advocating killing birds and bats with useless wind turbines.  We need the voices of those who see through the hype to protest the waste and environmental destruction.  Here it is more difficult to get news coverage.  The media is only interested in the hype, not the truth.

Meanwhile, a new analysis recently released by American Bird Conservancy based on federal data found that more than 30,000 turbines have been installed in areas critical to the survival of federally protected birds — with an additional 50,000 turbines planned for construction in similar areas.

Me:  All I think of here is “Silent Spring”.  We couldn’t kill bugs and feed people, but we can build monstrosities that kill birds and bats while desecrating the landscape.  How in any rational person’s mind can computer projections be more real and more important than actual birds?  I suppose the same people that wanted to save the birds and starve people?  It seems that what they “value” is a moving target.

Update:  From the Daily Mail–

Residents to be given onshore wind farm veto: Tories vow to ‘halt the spread’ of turbines by preventing them being ‘imposed on communities without consultation’
Councils in consultation with residents will have final say over windmills
3,000 are currently awaiting consent and could be affected by new rules
Local Government Secretary says communities ‘should be free to decide’
Trade body Renewable UK expresses concerns about new regulations
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3128924/Conservatives-vow-halt-spread-wind-farms-countryside.html#ixzz3dQK9cd1R

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Earth Day 2015

My Earth Day write-up, a bit late:

I was planting seeds for plants for the garden. I got to thinking about environmentalists, etc. I now only buy seeds from one or two seed companies. Last year, I noticed a No GMO logo on many of the catalogs. This resulted in my immediately canceling any company with the logo. I sent them all letters telling them I would not buy from them because my health was dependent on a genetically modified substance. Not one company cared if their non-GMO stance would harm me. They only care that putting Non-GMO on their catalogue increased their sales. So much for the idea that these people “care”. They are as mercenary as any oil company when it comes to profits. It’s about making money, pure and simple.

If you add to this the push to eliminate meat from people’s diets, you end up with millions of dead diabetics. If we can’t synthesize insulin from e-coli bacteria and we do away with livestock, there can be no insulin. I have seen no concern whatsoever about this possibility. Environmentalists only care about the planet, not the people on it.

Then there’s the millions spent on bird-killing paltry sources of so-called renewable energy. It’s a complete lie to call wind and solar renewable. The fuel may be available on nature’s schedule, but until wind and solar convert themselves to electricity on their own, they are not renewable. Mountains of mining, manufacturing and land loss are all a part of this “free” energy. It’s a complete misrepresentation of the reality of a long ago discarded energy source.

More importantly, the money thrown away on these failures could have gone to help people in say, Haiti, who are dirt poor and have no defense against hurricanes, etc. However, global warming is about throwing people into abject poverty, not about helping the poor out of poverty. Poverty has an extremely low carbon foot print. Someone said North Korea was a model for fighting global warming–I forget who it was. I’m hoping they were kidding.

Celebrating Earth day by picking up trash, planting a tree, etc. in fine. No one wants a dirty planet and we can always use more trees (unless it’s a corporation using Costa Rican farms to plant trees and supposedly offset their carbon use–that is unacceptable). However, Earth Day should not be used to guilt children into believing a certain type of light bulb will save the earth or a certain car will destroy the planet. Unfortunately, many people use Earth Day to try and push humanity backward, to the time of disease and poverty. If we really care about people and the Earth, we will start helping those in true poverty rise out of their situation and be able to deal with life more effectively. We can help people and still respect the earth.

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Earth Day 2015

I am still addressing health issues, so my Earth Day post will be delayed.

Feel free to share how you celebrated Earth Day.


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Out for a while

Due to health issues, I will not be blogging as much.  I will return when the issues are resolved.


Wind shows it’s lack of credibility

I learned today that I am not only a “denier” I am a “clean energy hater”. Seriously, the wind industry has nothing to offer now except name-calling? I realize that’s actually true, I’m just surprised to see them so blantantly admitting they can’t sell their product, so they sell hatred instead. Very, very sad.

I suppose I could point out that wind and solar are anything but clean–mining, manufacture, radioactive waste disposal, landscape destruction, bird and bad killing all seem to be less than “clean” energy. Perhaps wind’s definition of “clean” is not what the rest of the world uses? One more like they accuse fossil fuels of using—whatever makes the sellers of “clean” energy money. Maybe it’s not about saving the planet or clean energy at all. The new “hater” term certainly says so.

In reality, I don’t hate clean energy. I just haven’t seen any such thing in the real world.

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Interesting screen shot

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I came across this while surfing websites.  You can click on the photo for a larger version.  I have no idea what the website is about, but I thought the photo on the screen spoke volumes about alternate energy!

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Recent articles I have found interesting

I have listed the link and first paragraph or my own commentary for each article.  Click on the link to read the rest of the story.  Many of these articles are found on https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com.  I recommend heading over to the blog for more interesting posts on renewables, energy and global warming.


“An investigation is continuing into the collapse of a wind turbine near Fintona in County Tyrone.  The turbine, valued at more than £500,000, was one of eight on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain.  It collapsed on Friday night, scattering debris over a wide area. Winds were said to be light at the time.  The director of Screggagh Windfarm Ltd said they were working with the suppliers to ensure the site was safe.”


“Renewables use sun, water, wind; energy sources that won’t run out. Non-renewables come from things like gas, coal and uranium that one day will. But unless electricity and motorised transport are abandoned altogether, all “renewables” need huge areas of land or sea and require raw materials that are drilled, transported, mined, bulldozed and these will run out. Wind turbine towers are constructed from steel manufactured in a blast furnace from mined iron ore and modified coal (coke). Turbine blades are composed of oil-derived resins and glass fibre. The nacelle encloses a magnet containing about one third of a tonne of the rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium. Large neodymium magnets also help propel electric cars.”


This after Duke Energy was fined about a year ago for eagle deaths on its two wind plants in the same area.


Sage grouse up, golden eagles down in numbers in this particular area.  There’s no way to know why the eagle numbers are down, but the fines on wind plants would indicate the wind plants may be having an effect on the numbers.

The Science of Doom

Evaluating and Explaining Climate Science

Enthusiasm, Scepticism and Science

on the origins and impacts of Global Warming Alarmism in the history and philosophy of science


“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. - J Robert Oppenheimer.

Knowledge Drift; The Science of Human Error

How bad knowledge contaminates good data

The Carbon Sense Coalition

Wind power is not what is advertised

William M. Briggs

Statistician to the Stars!


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