According to this post, twenty-two Victorian councils have written to Premier Daniel Andrews demanding that something be done to allow railways to operate at above 33˚C (91.4˚F).
These councils say Victoria has “far more freight than it can move”.
The issue of these regulations is that greenhouse-intensive road and air transport have, owing to the almost absolute power of the mining and road interests over transportation in Australia combined with lack of public pressure, taken essentially all the public transportation budget. This is an unsustainable and untenable state of affairs on two grounds. The first is that road and air transportation are much more greenhouse- and energy-intensive than rail – in a nation whose soils dictate lower energy consumption by native animals than those any other in the world! The second is that, for the mass freight which Australia’s super-flat terrain is suited to producing, road and air are both very inefficient vis-à-vis rail, and would be more so were fuel less cheap.
Thus, we have yet one more case whereby the need to transfer en masse money spent widening freeways and highways to improving Australia’s antiquated rail system is revealed. The question is how to do it given the silent, unchallenged power of the road lobby and the unwillingness of Australia’s suburban majority to sacrifice completely their rights to unrestricted (indeed, in environmental terms, any) private car use.
I have always believed rigid constitutional amendments to put an absolute end to new highways and require the transfer of all money thus earmarked to rail as the best way, because of its simplicity and lack of compromise with the severe low-energy-consumption dictates of Australia’s ecology. The problem is how to convey to the suburban masses why they must sacrifice their lifestyle based on spacious roads, dirt-cheap fuel and unlimited private cars to avoid not only an ecological catastrophe, but major transportation problems too.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Monday, 27 March 2017
|Morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae)|
The list below originally came from two young me (in their picture) who give their names only as “Nick” and “Jesse”.
25) Beyonce – ‘Single Ladies’
- “I’m missing a leg Sue”
- “twenty wine gums”
- “peas on toast”
- (instead of “please don’t go”)
- “when the boys line up”
- I always heard it that way as a child, along with “I was heading for my Mukden home” at the song’s beginning.
- Mukden is an old Manchu name for the Chinese city of Shěnyáng, and I always knew it made no sense after the line following
- “liberate your sons and daughters the bush is high and in the hole is water”
- “make me breakfast”
- Nick and Jesse’s listener’s daughter requested this song every morning
- “you’re in my breath, pure alcohol”
- “feel my fanny for an occassion”
- “in the bones of love we meat”
- “set fire to Lorraine”
- “Got to have fanta, fanta, fanta”
- “She’s got magic boobs, her mum’s got them too”
- “mustard and salad”
- Shelly said a colleague thought “Mustang Sally” was “Mustard and salad”. She was singing it once and I cracked up and had to correct her
- “My poo hole aches”
- “When I was little (about five) instead of saying my poor heart aches, I thought it said.... Omg... how embarassing!”
- “I'm a singlet”
- “Shout meow to the sky, you’re in my crib tonight. You keep making me reek, yeah frozen in Cadbury”
- “What more could a morepork do”
- as opposed to “What More Could A Poor Boy Do”
- “She ain’t white like a diamond”
- “Swing the lady”
- “I wish I was a prawn cracker!”
- “Feed and hug little Asians”
- “I need protection to cover my erection”
- instead of something about love and protection
- “I’m a trash heap”
- Miss five-year-old not interpreting “I'm a black sheep” correctly?
- “Yeah your sex tapes made in paradise”
- “Dirty deeds done to sheep”
Some of the lyrics were listed by Nick and Jesse as “Warning – naughty” – I have chosen to include them minus such notes. The one of ‘Every Breath You Take’ is a little funny and understandable, though everybody should know the proper word “anus” from younger than I did. I often have aches in my bowel due to a diet too heavy in sugar and I tend to accept them, but whether I would have accepted bad anus pains as a child I doubt gravely!
Friday, 17 March 2017
Today AbeBooks, where I get most of my reading material, published its annual list of the “Most In-Demand Out-of-Print Books”. I have vague recollections of such a list form previous years, but after having had other things to besides post here I decided to do my familiar thing and post the list:
- Westworld by Michael Crichton
- Sex by Madonna
- Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison
- Unintended Consequences by John Ross
- Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman
- Finding the Winning Edge by Bill Walsh
- Mastering Atmosphere and Mood in Watercolor by Joseph Zbukvic
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe
- Margin of Risk: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor by Seth Klarman.
- Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting by Richard Schmid
- Rage by Richard Bachman/Stephen King
- The Vision and Beyond, Prophecies Fulfilled and Still to Come by David Wilkerson
- Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet by Brian Shul
- Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh by Toby Harnden
- Snake by Ken Stabler
- Halloween by Curtis Richards
- Parts Work: An Illustrated Guide to Your Inner Life by Tom Holmes
- Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts
- Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell
- Down Through the Years by Jean Shepard
- The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsy Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh: The Lives and Times of the Fabulous Cushing Sisters by David Grafton
- Me and My Likker by Popcorn Sutton
- Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer
- Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by James Lovell
- The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry
- The Last Course: The Desserts of the Gramercy Tavern by Claudia Fleming
- A Life Worth Living by Lady Colin Campbell
- The Essential Woodworker: Skills, Tools and Methods by Robert Wearing
- Women and Men by Joseph McElroy
- The Art of Holly Hobbie by Holly Hobbie