Annika’s whistleblower is a hero
The Australian federal police have raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst investigating the publication of a leaked plan to allow government spying on Australians.
On Tuesday police executed a warrant investigating the “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret” which they said had the potential to undermine Australia’s national security.
The warrant from an ACT magistrate gave police authority to search the home, computer and mobile phone of the News Corp Sunday titles’ political editor.
The raid prompted outrage from News Corp Australia, which labelled it a “dangerous act of intimidation” targeted at public interest reporting.
What did Smethurst report on?
In April 2018 Smethurst reported that the heads of the defence and home affairs ministries had discussed draconian new powers to allow the Australian Signals Directorate to spy on Australian citizens for the first time.
Under the mooted plan, spies would be allowed to secretly access emails, bank accounts and text messages with approval from the defence and home affairs ministers.
Check out this Twitter thread to see the idiot son at his worst.
TFW you are Dutton’s mouthpiece and then he tries to put you away forever. #auspol
— Alex Turnbull (@alexbhturnbull) June 4, 2019
This article meant to sell renewables
It kinda fails on every single front.
Our team has modeled a high-solar and overbuilt solution for the not particularly sunny state of Minnesota. The goal was to determine the least costly combination of grid-connected solar, wind and storage necessary to provide round-the-clock, year-round energy services.
The study demonstrates that overcoming the natural variability of solar and wind can be accomplished at costs below current grid costs (so-called “grid parity”) by overbuilding solar and wind resources and adopting a grid operating strategy of allowing about 20% to 40% curtailment of excess energy generation. Energy storage is also used in our model, but the superior economics directly result from substituting excess curtailable generation for more expensive storage.
A legitimate question to ask is what would be the area required for a full deployment of oversized solar PV. For Minnesota, in the most extreme 100% PV generation scenario assuming oversizing by a factor of two – or doubling the solar needed to meet current demand – this area would amount to 435 square miles, assuming solar panels with state-of-the-art efficiency of 20%. This area represents less than 1% of the state’s cultivated crops and half of the high- and medium-density urbanized space.
Minnesota has a population of 5.6 million.
So to power Minnesota it will require 435 sq miles, which is about 1130 sq km.
To put that in perspective, the ACT has an area of 814 sq km. That means every single inch of the ACT would have to be covered in solar panels (yes, it might be a good idea!) But it would be the ACT and the some.
And in case you’re wondering, solar panels get damaged in bad weather.
And have a life of about 20 years. That’s never counted in the cost.
Speaking of cost … at no point in the article is a single dollar figure quoted. But they reckon it’s economic.
As you maths teacher might say: “Show your work!”
Hillary shouldn’t drink
There’s no excuse for this tweet – what decayed sense of self would she need to post this?
Is this real? Did someone get Hillary’s twitter password of off her private server in the bathroom and hijack her account? Never, in the history of politics, has there been someone so devoid of self-awareness if she actually tweeted this absurdity. https://t.co/zFEB4eS1nX
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 3, 2019
Hello darlin’ … Conway Twitty (d 1993)