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  1. blunted

    Sail Georgian Bay? Sign this.

    Indeed a pretty battery. We have enough trouble making big batteries for cars at this point. It gives me pause on the future of giga batteries vis a vis Chicom lock down on rare earth metals involved. They are still very complicated to build, they cost a metric fuck ton and I must admit I haven't seen any giga-batteries working in practice, but perhaps I have not looked hard enough. Phil, good example. Marmora is about as physically close to the market as is the Bruce peninsula, but to your point, at least they are not fucking up a nice beach with this. I suppose once they start running the system there won't be too many issues with invasive fish species in those ponds either, score one for the fish mulchers. Good on them for experimenting at least.
  2. blunted

    Sail Georgian Bay? Sign this.

    Just imagine if we didn't have all the wind and solar in the province causing unpredictable momentary spikes and dips in production of electricity, we wouldn't need anything like this. To be clear, I am not suggesting this is the right thing to do in this place at this time, but as a technique it is often called out by renewable supports as exactly what needs to be done to help get renewables working properly. It's too bad it'll never find a place to happen because everyone objects to everything all the time. One more proof of the law of unintended consequences. I dare you to find one quarry in the province that the greens would let you do this too without running you through the ringer. It's almost certain they would find a frog living in the quarry that would of course make any such change to the quarry catastrophic and thus verboten. Perhaps we should have way more nuclear so we don't have to come up with scheme's like this one. That way base load is always covered with zero emissions energy production, close to where it's needed in the GTA in particular. There was a time, not long ago, when we were quite good at nuclear energy production. Too bad we let that skill set slide so badly or we wouldn't need those upright bird choppers and these water park fish mulchers to dysregulate our electrical grid.
  3. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    I don't need helmets for foiling, just a shin guard.
  4. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    Maybe you should of used a helmet, sounds like your head isn't quite right
  5. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    A TP52 is mostly three people controlling a boat and everyone else hiking, with periodic running about by everybody on board in short bursts, like a foiling boat. I hear what you're saying but if you think crew work and sail handling doesn't apply to an AC boat, I know a few AC fellows who might beg to differ. To each his own. foilers are fun to sail, a rather different sensation that's for sure.
  6. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    I understand BobBill's discomfort with technological progress, things we have grown up with are comforting and familiar, the new can seem cold and antiseptic, in his case dangerous, thus his seeming thirst for helmets. I present the evolution of downhaulers as an example of why this might leave one feeling cold with the modern solution to the problem of changing the angle of a line. Indeed the modern solution is lighter and more efficient but somehow not as pleasing.
  7. blunted

    Greta

    I've finally figured it out, St Greta is a sock puppet run by Titiana McGrath. Good thing, we need more girls in sailing.
  8. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    Ironically he can act as a "foil" to many conversations...…. Sad humor face
  9. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    I'm sure DL might like to imagine a variety of things that are best left unsaid here and now. I'm on the wing, Fredo is in the tender, that's Rohan Veal driving. Drawings by Steve K yes. A few minutes later we were doing the Veal Heel too. Which was a little unnerving at the time. That was a fun day, we got to meet so many cool people though that program. I seem to recall it was sailing that day, not something else. Yep right there in my Calendar, Wednesday sailing with Rohan.
  10. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    Da fuck??
  11. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    Smiles, wind, waves, chicks, sails. It's probably sailing.
  12. blunted

    Fduck Foiling!

    Props to Paterson composites
  13. blunted

    Greta

    Well every little bit counts in the battle of humanity to save the world, err, reduce CO2. It doesn't have to be inspiring to work, help, make a difference, does it? Too bad manufacturing numbers suck in NA, it's a tragedy for the middle class who used to be able to make a living from it. It's also a strategic disaster for the West. If things get hot with China one day, it's a bummer they will have made most of our electronics and many major technological inputs to our collective society such as all those transformers atop electric distribution poles. Imagine a world where you couldn't order those anymore and you have zero capacity to manufacture them amongst your allies because everybody outsourced it to the lowest bidder who happen to be your evolving global strategic enemy. They, the Chinese, could take a 4% haircut on GDP and destroy the supply chains of the West in a few short months. Also, does 4% of 30% of global emissions mean something? Particularly for the worst emitter in the world? Let's say they did move it all to the US and you clipped their economy by 4% and we did twice as well in the US on related emissions that would still reduce global emissions by 0.6%. It's not nothing. (Yes I understand GDP may not correlate directly to GDP but we need some kind of theoretical framework to think about these things and it makes a simple point, who knows it could be even better) None of the above changes the fact that things manufactured in NA would still be held to higher production / environmental standards than those not made here. That's not just CO2 but worker conditions, worker rights, environmental protections, and countless other regulations that protect consumers and the environment that don't exist to the same degree elsewhere. Some shipping going zero co2 neutral, cool, that helps too. Every little bit helps. I wonder if Greta would consider any of the above to be even close to a good start? As I suspect it won't measure up for her in general terms. Think about it, even the back of napkin calculation showed that turning the entire US / China trade relationship upside-down might only reduce carbon emission by less than 1% globally. How much more tumult will it take to get to say net neutral in 20 years?
  14. blunted

    Greta

    One would assume that if you repatriate the manufacturing to the West it would still offer a net CO2 reduction as the West has far tighter emissions standards, for absolutely everything we do, make or drive. The cost of goods would obviously rise due to higher standards, higher pay for workers etc., but it would grow the GDP of the West faster. Being more expensive, less products might be purchased which could also reduce total net consumption and production of plastics. Not a bad thing at all. Once upon a time we had this thing where we made goods durable, they were called durable goods. They would last beyond the next firmware update and not need to be binned every 18 months. Perhaps we could try that again. So ironically, Orange Man Bad's approach to shit kicking China on the trade front and working to repatriate manufacturing jobs could actually have net global environmental benefits by getting production out of largely unregulated shit holes and back into Western domains. That's gonna be a stumper I suspect.
  15. blunted

    Greta

    You asked about motivations for denial, but you don't think that the general populations intransigence is a motivating factor? You don't think that people are motivated to disavow "climate science" in inverse proportion to what the material impact on their life might be? At the root of the question you proposed is the concept of Denial. I think this is where so many of the people who push for fundamental radical overhaul of society in the name of climate change mitigation entirely miss the boat, they entirely avoid or deny human nature. People don't like change almost more than they don't like shitty environments. Change entails risks, almost always, regardless of how you phrase it, position it, dress it up and so on. Those risks of change, say going from a nice big gas powered SUV to a more compact EV are immediate to the people being asked to make the change, such as (Just an example) that I can't find places to charge it, for how big it is it costs 1.6 times as much up front as my gas vehicle.That it loses efficiency in the winter (Kind of a thing for Canadians) And so on. yes, I understand there are also 22 ways in which an EV might be great, but you don't need to sell me, you need to sell 1 Billion people in the first world on the idea. You are asking them to balance those risks (Which you may dismiss, but they may not) against far off risks that they have a lot of trouble perceiving. Moreover you are asking them to totally modify their lifestyle to achieve a goal that is unlikely to happen in their lifetime (No matter how good and noble). The far easier option for a huge swath of people is TO DENY THAT IT"S A PROBLEM AT ALL. This denial solves accomodates for the cognitive dissonance of living in the world today Nothing about what I have said supports "deniers". rather it speaks to human motivation and human nature as a reason they might embrace "Denialism". It's a highly motivating factor, hanging onto the way your life is, broadly speaking.