News You May Not Have Heard About — 06/03/2018


Australian Daily Electrical Power Generation Data – Saturday 2nd June 2018

PA Pundits - International

By Anton Lang ~

This Post details the daily power consumption data for the AEMO coverage area in Australia. For the background information, refer to the Introductory Post at this link.

Each image is shown here at a smaller size to fit on the page alongside the data for that day. If you click on each image, it will open on a new page and at a larger size so you can better see the detail.

Note also the scale change for some of the images. That scale (the total power shown on the left hand axis) has been changed to show the graph at a larger size.

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Total Power Generation All Sources

Here, the black line is the total power generation from every source. This is also the same as for total power consumption, which is slightly lower after minor grid losses are taken…

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Sunday Prayer: June 3, 2018

Peace and Freedom

“May we offer to our Father in heaven the solemn pledge of undivided love. May we offer to our brothers and sisters a life poured out in loving service.”

“Why are you a Catholic?”

The priest answered: “Because of the Resurrection.” The student pressed the question: “That explains why you are a Christian, but why are you a Catholic?”

“Because of the Eucharist,” he replied.

Yes, the Eucharist is essential to Catholic belief and fundamental to Catholic life. Today, we are celebrating the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. We do so during the Year of the Great Jubilee, united with so many of our sisters and brothers in Rome where the International Eucharistic Congress has been taking place. As our Holy Father has reminded us: “The Year 2000 will be intensely Eucharistic: in the Sacrament of the Eucharist the Saviour, who took flesh in Mary’s womb twenty centuries ago, continues to…

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James Comey isn’t above the law

Peace and Freedom

There they go again. For the one millionth time, anti-Trumpers are horrified, aghast, stupefied.

The president’s latest offense against their sensibilities is a pointed use of his pardon power. So far, he has pardoned just five people, including Jack Johnson, the legendary black boxer whose conviction a century ago was an act of pure racism.

But four others involve recent, politically-tinged cases, including that of conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza. Most alarming for the usual critics, the president hints that he is just getting started and cites a possible pardon of Martha Stewart, whose conviction came under James Comey, the former FBI boss and Trump’s archenemy.


Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) told reporters he worries Trump is sending a message to witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, adding “In the United States of America, nobody is…

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PARCC: Parents Have the Final Say

Senator Howie Morales has called for an end to PARCC testing. He aptly says, “..Instead of using scarce public dollars for proven methods of bettering education — smaller class sizes, more professional development for educators, more books, librarians, nurses, counselors, and instructors for art, dance and music — the Martinez administration’s policy has been to […]

via PARCC: Parents Have the Final Say — Lisa Shin for NM House Rep: District 43

Ferry passengers [What Europe does for you]

European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for ferry passengers.

If you’ve taken a ferry journey this year, chances are you weren’t alone. There are 400 million passenger journeys to or from EU ports every year. The next time you hop on board a ferry in an EU port, think of how many aspects of your crossing are backed up with EU rules.

Your passage through the port should have gone smoothly thanks to established security standards. If your ship flies a flag of an EU country, it is regularly inspected by a specialised authority checking all the aspects necessary to its safe navigation…

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UK: Labour consults on plan for major National Health Service (NHS) restructuring

Peace and Freedom

Shadow health secretary says party will examine how to banish privatisation and restore universal public NHS

Labour will flesh out how it would dismantle Andrew Lansley’s structural NHS reforms to bring more health provision back in-house, in a wide-ranging consultation on NHS restructuring under a future Labour government.

The shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, said Labour had now rejected the possibility of working within the existing structures, calling them unfit for purpose, and said the party would consult in the coming months over how it could re-establish a universally public NHS.

The party is committing for the first time to a wholesale restructure of the health service. Overhauling NHS structures have traditionally been politically risky. The former Conservative health secretary Lansley generated controversy when he introduced sweeping reforms…

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