What's the main fuel used for the electricty grid, coal? It makes sense to
me that a country with little internal fuel sources would be running a high
percentage of nuclear reactors generating electricity, like France.
If the left wing propaganda of the main western news media has you convince
that American soldiers, sailor, air men and marines kill innocent women and
children on purpose, then there's no point in continuing the conversation
Greg. You've swallowed the whole big lie.
The "main fuel" is hydro power - something over 50%.
Wind power looks likely to go from 5% to over 25%.
Some really really stupid people advocate nuclear power, but after 60
years no-one has figured out what to do with the nuclear waste and the
irradiated power stations, which will need isolation and ongoing
protection for the next million years. Factor that into the cost and
nuclear power is the most expensive option so far invented.
I'm aware of the life that Iraqi people live under repressive yank
occupation - even fuckwits like you have to be aware of the number of
Iraqis dead under US occupation. It's obvious you've swallowed your
Unfortunately the discussion will go on until the effects of the US's
brutality in Iraq has been forgotten. I'd guess that will be another 2-3
generations, just like the Nazi occupation of Europe.
No, electrically powered via radio speed and direction control.
G isn't a scale, it's a grouping of narrow gauge models running on 45mm
gauge track. It includes British 16mm/foot and US 7/8" to 1" (1:13.7)
New Zealand Railways is 3'6" or 1067mm gauge. 1067/45 - 1:24 scale.
1:32 is "#I scale" (1 or One)
1:22.5 is "#III scale" (3 or three)
So the US military justice system, which has court-martialled and
convicted serving US troops for the *torture, rape and murder* of Iraqi
citizens, and has other actions currently underway, is part of the
left-wing propaganda media machine, is it Wayne? Are they telling big
I reckon you've swallowed something, alright, ya fucken' idiot.
Around here we have a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear and wind, but wind's
probably providing less than 1%. Just south of Scranton PA there were 5 or
6 400 foot high wind generators on a mountain ridge (you'd probably call
them foot hills :-). A few weeks ago when we were up that way again there
were 12. There are 5 similar units about 3 miles from Atlantic City.
However, considering the output, the cost of putting them up and the cost of
maintenance, I'm not sure they are a competitive source. I suspect the
politicans decided to put a few up to get the environmentalists off their
back. In California there are many more wind turbines than around here,
and environmentalists who bitched for decades about needing more wind power,
now complain because and occasional bird gets killed by the blades. Go
figure? We have been paying about 0.12 USD per kilowatt hour for quite a
few years, which is about 0.16 NZD. In the U.S. northwest, where
hydroelectic plants are more common, the rate is lower.
Interesting. I never heard of 1:22.5 referred to as #III scale, but then
I've read model mag blurbs and have seen websites with conflicting info on
that range of scales and gauges. I've been collecting tidbits of model and
prototype scale and gauge info for a while and compiling the details in an
Excel spreadsheet. Mind if I send you a copy to see what you think? You
may be able to fix some mistakes or add more info.
Are there any tourist Garretts running in New Zealand? I've never seen one
in the U.S. but they are really a great design to look at. There were a
couple of guys with British accents in a booth selling beautifully done O
scale Garretts at the NMRA National Convention in Philly in July 2006.
I remember reading an article in one of the model railraod magazines in the
last year or so about scratch building a model garrett in HO scale.
BTW, I've never heard this voiced by any local modelers, but it seems to me
that the Half O 1:87 part of HO is 1/2 of the British O Scale 1:43.5, and
has nothing to do with being half of the common 1:48 O scale here.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports two earth quakes on the South Island
yesterday (6.0 and 6.8). Everything OK where you are?
Mark, how many if any have been convicted of these aledged atrocities?
None? 1? 2?
All conficts have a few bad actors. I would bet that the percentage of the
150,000 American military military personnell in Iraqi comitting murders is
way lower than the percentage of murderers in the U.S. general population.
We have about 300,000,000 people living in the U.S. and about 20,000 murders
a year. Assumming each murder was committed by a different person, that
works out to be 1 murderer for every 15,000 people, with an Iraq equivilency
of 10 murderers and 10 murders for 150,000 military personnell. I can't
remember hearing any news stories about anything close to 10 military
personnell being convicted of murder, if any at all!
Just an MSS 0-4-0 destined to become an NZR Class C 0-4-2t.
Gauge/scales 1-5 were devised by Maerklin in 1891. Before that one
bought a trainset that could not be extended.
The larger gauge/scales slowly fell into disuse, particularly during the
There's a reasonably complete listing on my website. The list now
appears on various websites around the world.
There are several SAR Garratts privately owned which have not yet
appeared in public. NZR only ever owned 3 4-6-2+2-6-4 Garratts. They
weren't successful and got rebuilt into slightly less unsuccessful
Model Loco (UK) did some HO Garrett kits.
You're absolutely right - 1:48 is only US.
Britain used 7mm:1 foot.
Europe 1:45 and 1:43.5.
There have been a series of fairly hefty quakes.
In the South Island the fault line is the Southern Alps - real rugged
and minimal population.
In the North Island the fault curves from south to north-east and
includes mountains and mildly active volcanoes.
Here in the north it's all random volcanos.
The earthquakes have all been in the south and south-west in an
The nearest towns suffered tin rolling off supermarket shelves and the
like - we're used to such things.
More than a dozen, if I'm counting correctly. Never heard of the
*proven* atrocities committed by US troops at Haditha, Abu Ghraib,
Iskandariyah, or the premeditated rape and murder of 14-year old girl
and her family in Mahmudiya? All these incidents have resulted in court
martials and subsequent imprisonment and/or dishonourable discharge of
the soldiers involved, in additon to civil trials. Big fucken' lies, eh
Whyne, when even the US civil jsutice system gets involved...
Are you still going to claim that these military/civil justice
proceedings are no more than left wing propaganda of the main western
Oh well, no problems then! The Iraqis ought to be fucken' grateful, eh?
I could say that just shows what an ignorant know-nothing fuckwit you
are, but that's already blindingly obvious. It also says a lot about the
standard of US media coverage of the war in Iraq, but we'll leave that
for another time. You have more than 10 murders, and more than 10 Us
soldiers in the shit for committing those murders, as it happens.
But who gives a fuck how many murdering soldiers you sent to Iraq? Your
comparisons are utterly irrelevant, Whyne. You claim that "the left wing
propaganda of the main western news media has you convince(d) that
American soldiers, sailor, air men and marines kill innocent women and
children on purpose". And yet the US military justice system is *also*
convinced that American soldiers kill innocent civilians on purpose, and
is punishing them for it. So by your reckoning, the US military justice
system is part of a left-wing propaganda machine, and is telling lies...
Spin and bullshit your way out of that conundrum, ya fucken' wanker.
What's your URL?
I have a friend & ex co-worker who have been living in Fremont California,
near the south end of San Francisco bay since the late 50s. He says the
little ones don't even wake him up anymore.
Well, it is estimated that about 20,000 of the civilians that died at the
hands of the joint western forces, mostly U.S. Military, were terrorists.
Possibly that amount and more were killed by the terrorists, most of which
are not even Iraqis, but foreign infiltrators, including from Iran.
That's about a 4000% exageration form Al Jezira and the left wing western
No, it isn't. It would never be OK, but no-one suggested it was.
That's not the subject under discussion, since no-one made any stupid,
outlandish and false claims about the behaviour of terrorists being
benign. You, however, made outlandish, idiotic and false claims about
the benign behaviour and intentions of US troops in Iraq, which I might
add you have completely and utterly failed to support.
Why would you even do that in the first place? Why behave even half as
badly as those people whose actions you profess to despise? Are you that
stupid that you can't see how such actions completely undermine your
claims to moral authority?
I suspect you're not, and that most of what you post is mere trolling,
but I suppose it is possible that you really are the mindless racist
fuckwit your post suggests you are...
It doesn't matter how well they are *allegedly* treated, they're
imprisoned illegally, another fact that destroys any claim the US has to
Would that include the various foreign nationals who have been
repatriated by their respective countries, and released without charge?
They'd be criminals too?
Did you? Then you'd better cite some reliable news sources to back that
up, if you want that claim to be taken seriously.
Ah, that famous American prudishness. It must be great to have such a
long heritage of wowserism, repression and denial.
Don't you? According to who, you? When did you become the spokesman for
Americans who fuck?
Why does the word "fuck" make you so squiffy? Because it's something you
have no personal experience of?
No such organisation exists.
Anyway, I'm still waiting for you to back up your fuckwit ravings about
the US military justice system being part of the left-wing propaganda
Well, if you subscribe to the theory that everyone killed by the US
occupation forces is/was a terrorist then that works. OTOH if we work on
the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty then your
estimate of 20,000 civilians slaughtered by the US military is 20,000
innocent civilians slaughtered by the US military.
Imagine if 20,000 US civilians had been slaughtered in NY on 11/9!
Can you prove any of that crap or are you just mud-slinging to justfy
So far you're suggesting 40,000 innocent civilians slaughtered while the
US illegally controls their country.
It would depend how one counts - the difference in population between
the day before you illegally invaded and today's population is close
enough for me. Considering the fact that the US admits it makes no
effort to count the numbers killed, I'll take Al Jazera's figures,
particularly as they match estimates from a variety of aid
Why would you think US figures have any credence, given that you are the
I know you are smart enough to know that combat and war doesn't work that
way Greg. Somebody is trying to kill you and you have to subdue him with
you bare hands and take him to the police station to start the judical
process? Are you one of them fanatic antiwar Quakers?
I know exactly what would happen. Exactly what happened when 2700 US
Civilians were slaughtered in NY on 9/11.
The difference in Iraq and Afganistan is that very few innocents were
killed, and those by accidental colateral damage.
Prejudices? Check your mirror.
I get those figures from the broadcast news. Haven't you heard that many
weapons, and personnell from Iran have been captured, as well as personnell
from Saudi Arabia and other Muslin countries?
Illegally? The U.N. approved the action, which includes military from many
countries fighting with us. And even if we were alone with no allies, every
nation and creature has a right to defend itself. We are defending America
against her avowed enemies. after they threw the first stone.
They attached us and made us sad and sorry. Now it's their turn to be
sorry. The main stream Muslims have had decades to get a handle on their
terrorist problem and not only failed but aided and abetted them. So, we
demand that they behave like polite human beings on the global scene, just
like most of the people and nations of the world do. We demand that large
numbers of Jews and Christians be allowed to move to muslim countries and
buy land and build houses and Churches and Synagoges any where there is land
available, and walk around safely and say anything we fell like saying and
doing and get to vote etc., just like we allow the muslims to do in any of
the western Crusader countries. We demand that on what is now called Muslim
soil.........we can act just like we do here, in safety, to the point of
instituting a secular open western type society were reliously leaders has
had their testicles figuratively removed for good, just like in the western
nations. That is the obvious goal.
Like I've said before...they have three choices
Stay in their hate filled rat hole desert and mind their own business.
Become modern and secular and polite to all people.
Get pounded and controlled by outsiders.
Have you considered, regarding your delta difference theory........that
about a million Iraqis have left the country since the recent
invasion......like everyone with a half a brains and some money!!!!! A
bunch of them smelly flea infested rag head gas pumpers have even been
allowed in here, due to our liberal government, and much to the chagrin of
us real Merkins. And a surlly bunch they are.
You seem like a nice guy, but you are a hopeless liberal old hippie. If I'm
a criminal, how come I've not been arrested?