Roundup 29 Nov, the Mark Steyn Show and other things

WINDWATCH. Thursday morning, Wind provided 3.5% of demand, in the evening, 4%. Friday morning,   1.1% from 4.2% of plated capacity. This was the lowest point but supply was below 10% of plated capacity from 5 am to mid morning. At  noon it was up to 20% of plated capacity and providing 6% of demand.

ABC LIES BY OMISSION. Clive James was witty and brilliant etc etc. Jo Nova reminds us he was also a climate skeptic!


French farmers have driven a convoy of up to a thousand tractors into Paris as part of a protest against the government’s agricultural policies. The demonstrations in France follow Germany, the Netherlands and Dublin.

More tractor pictures. Haymaking in Tasmania circa 1960.

BONUS. A collection of Jo Nova posts on Agriculture.

MARK STEYN The Mark Steyn show coming from the Mark Steyn Cruise in Glacier Bay, Alaska. In conversation with Ross McKitrick, Steve McIntyre and Anthony Watts. A bit on the long side but bound to be interesting for Cats who have the time. Approaching 30 minutes they start talking about the problems with the temperature data and raise the issue of high level corruption in the system and the way models are running too hot. 38 minutes how did the debate get so polarised. 45 the corruption of the academies by issuing position statements that divide and politicise the profession – cw an economics society where the constitution prohibits position statements. 50 questions start.


Renewables are not exactly covering themselves in glory on the geopolitical stage. Cobalt, a vital component of high capacity batteries, is extracted by teams of children working in dangerous mines operated by brutal Congolese warlordsChinese peasants suffering toxic pollution released by their hideous rare earth mine (rare Earths are used to produce high strength magnets, vital for efficient wind turbines). Now we can add corruption and political instability in South America to the cost of renewables.

BANKS TORCHED IN IRAN. They think they have problems here?

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10 Responses to Roundup 29 Nov, the Mark Steyn Show and other things

  1. Wilrex

    The International B45 hay baler in the photo was one of the first power take off small balers that revolutionised hay baling for the general farmer.
    On the mainland, the New Holland model 66 soon took over as the leader, because of a newly set up dealer network with specialist training and the ability to make the bloody things tie knots on a regular basis.
    There was the 66, super66, 68, 78, 69, super69, super78, 275, 281 and more in the New Holland range.

  2. …extracted by teams of children working in dangerous mines …

    What are a few dead children in third world countries when it means saving the planet with renewables. What happens when all the rare earths run out? Are the renewables no longer renewable?

  3. Bruce

    Note also that Chinese “mining companies” have been buying-up very specific rare-earth mines all over the world, especially in the Americas.

    It falls under the umbrella of acquiring a monopoly on there materials, many of which have very high value in electronics and exotic metallurgy.

    As long ago as 2000, China was the source for over NINETY percent of the world’s production. Maybe they are upping their market share.

    China has also restricted EXPORT of these materials, but seem to have taken a great interest in California’s sizeable deposits, but, California being California, there has only been limited activity so far.

    Then, there’s the band:

    Note also that China is also going after global suppliers of Tantalum, another fascinating material.

  4. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Wilrex, I don’t recall many problems with knots. On the topic of novelty, a massive feature of the Alice Chalmers in the side-on picture was the hand clutch which enabled the tractor to slow down or stop without changing gears or stopping the power supply to the baler. The speed could be fine tuned by the hand on the clutch to match the flow of hay into the baler so it practically never jammed and the tractor never had to go into neutral to stop if necessary. There was a foot clutch as well but the hand clutch over-rode it. We got that about 1954. This describes how it works.
    The other, older tractor was a Farmall H.

  5. Wilrex

    Good times in the hay paddocks, Rafe.
    The Allis Chalmers tractor was one of the first with a two stage clutch, particularly designed for the AC Rotobaler (or vice-versa). It meant that you could stop the tractor while it fed string around the bale, without having to disengage then engage the ground drive. Other tractors without live drive meant the operator threw the clutch a few thousand times a day. Hence farmers left leg limp.

  6. Jaycee

    Used a B45 baler until it was about 50 years old. In the end knotters could no longer be repaired. New ones cost more than a newer second hand baler. The basic technology is still used in modern balers.

  7. Mark M

    Cut daylight savings to stop doomsday global warming.
    You can’t make this up …

    Too hot to walk in park’: Labor leader wants an answer on daylight saving

    “Labor leader Jodi McKay has lobbied the NSW government to consider a request made by one of her constituents that daylight saving be shortened to help combat climate change.

    Adam Marshall, now the Agriculture Minister, told the Moree Champion in 2015 that he would propose cutting the first and last months of the daylight saving period.”

    This is Australian politicians for you, tin foil hat nutters.

  8. Mark M

    24-Cylinder Monster Truck Big Rig Sells for $12 Million at Auction

    We’re gonna need some bigger carbon (sic) offsets …

  9. egg_


    What’s new?

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