China’s booming electric vehicle market is about to run into a mountain of battery waste

China’s booming electric vehicle market is about to run into a mountain of battery waste, by Echo Huang.

China’s push to promote electric cars comes with a lot of benefits for a country that suffers from terrible air pollution from its reliance on fossil fuels. But there’s always a downside—electric car batteries are toxic if not disposed of properly, and China’s on the verge of having to deal with a slew of batteries that can no longer hold a charge.

In just a few years, China has become the world’s biggest electric vehicle market, with the help of subsidies. It saw 336,000 new electric car registrations in 2016, according to the International Energy Agency. That includes both battery-only and hybrid models. Including other types of vehicles, China says it sold a total of half a million “new energy” vehicles last year. This month, China also said that it would eventually phase out sales of all fossil-fuel cars.

That fast-growing market, however, is also producing batteries at a faster rate too. The average lifespan of a lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery, the dominant type in China’s electric vehicles, is around five years …

But recycling these batteries isn’t easy, due to the sophisticated chemical procedures involved. If it’s not done properly the heavy metal contained in the battery can lead to contamination of soil and water. …

China’s not the only one facing a recycling headache. In the European Union, only 5% (pdf) of lithium-ion batteries, another common type of battery power used in electric vehicles are recycled, according to data from non-governmental environment advocacy group Friends of the Earth Europe, which pointed out that “most of the current lithium is either dumped in landfill or incinerated.”

96% of transgender youth engage in self-harm: study

96% of transgender youth engage in self-harm: study, by Frank Hodges.

The pro-gay “Stonewall” school report for Scotland with the University of Cambridge shows 96 percent of the country’s transgender youth engage in self-destructive behavior, including cutting themselves. The report also found “incredibly high levels” of mental health issues in transgenders.

“School Report Scotland” surveyed more than 400 LGBTQI Scottish students. The survey focused on bullying and name-calling but also revealed suicide attempts, depression, anxiety, and self-harm.

Besides 96 percent of trans students attempting self-harm, 60 percent of homosexuals also self-harm, the survey found.

While 40 percent of Scottish trans pupils have tried to commit suicide, a quarter of homosexuals have, too. …

Cause and effect??

The gay Stonewall group suggested that more explicit, homosexuality-focused sex education is the solution to curb the “alarming” experiences of trans and gay students.

[Former transgender Walt Heyer of Sex Change Regret] countered Stonewall’s argument that bullying and social rejection are the cause of transgender self-harm and suicide.

“It is false and misleading to say ‘bullying’ is causing 40 percent of trans people to attempt suicide,” he told LifeSiteNews. “People who are emotionally, socially and psychologically mentally fit do not attempt suicide, yet 40 percent of transgender persons do attempt suicide. It’s because they have serious mental disorders.” ..

Heyer pointed out that 90 percent of attempted suicides are a result of mental illness. He cited a major study that found “at least 62.7 percent of individuals who identify as transgender are in a fact suffering psychiatric mental disorders.”

Politicians and the mainstream media only add to the problem by “glamorizing transgenders like Bruce Jenner, in his psychological turmoil,” Heyer said. They “do a great disservice to transgender people and to those who treat them by denying them a safe environment in which to tackle the deeper issues of comorbid disorders and suicide.”

I cannot help feeling that in a few decades people will look back on this time with alarm and amazement.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Steve Bannon: Hollywood Actors ‘Dumb as Ticks,’ Like ‘Pieces of Furniture’

Hollywood Actors ‘Dumb as Ticks,’ Like ‘Pieces of Furniture’, by Steve Bannon.

“These actors and actresses; they’re all dumb as ticks. And they’re lazy. They’re like pieces of furniture… That’s why movie attendance is down, people are tired of it. It’s why they’re not watching the National Football League, cutting the cord on ESPN. They’ve politicized everything. And you guys are voting with your feet, which I think is fantastic.”

Actors are well known because they are skillful for speaking words written by others, and faking emotions. Experts they are not, and their opinions don’t seem especially valuable.

hat-tip Charles

US NFL More Unfavorable Than Ever, Nosedives by 13 Percent in One Week

US NFL More Unfavorable Than Ever, Nosedives by 13 Percent in One Week, by Katie Pavlich.

“The NFL’s net favorability has dropped from 30% on September 21 to 17% on September 28,” the poll shows. …

Naturally, among Trump supporters the NFL’s rating is in the toilet….

These numbers are obviously a result of players refusing to stand for the National Anthem and disrespecting the American flag, which President Trump brought magnified attention to this week.

hat-tip Charles

Trump Wins Bigly as Every NFL Player Stands for Thursday Night Anthem

Trump Wins Bigly as Every NFL Player Stands for Thursday Night Anthem, by John Nolte.

Looking exactly like the bunch of surly, sullen, spoiled babies they are, during Thursday night’s NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, the players might have all chosen to be muscle-bound pouters while locking arms, but… BUT!… those very same surly, sullen, spoiled babies were all standing for the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Same thing happened Monday. They locked arms. They pouted. But the Dallas Cowboys all stood for the national anthem.

As far as Sunday goes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already reassured their justifiably enraged fans that when the national anthem plays, the team will stand.

If these overgrown toddlers all need to lock arms and hold on to one another like scared little Care Bears, no one cares. If locking arms is how they choose to show unity or fight for equality or raise awareness or whatever the dumb, little SJW cause is this week, no one cares.

The backlash against these crybabies, which is still growing, has only ever been about one thing — disrespecting the American flag. We know this because it is simply a fact that when you do not stand for the national anthem, you are, by definition, disrespecting the flag.

We also know this because Colin Kaepernick, the anti-American, cop-hater who set the indefensible precedent of taking a knee during the national anthem, told us so. There was no ambiguity from the burnt-out, former 49er on this issue. He told us flat out, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

NFL players suddenly choosing to respect the flag as opposed to spitting on it, is a victory for President Trump, who spoke for tens of millions of Americans last week when he lashed out against these selfish whiners. It is perfectly appropriate for the American president to defend the American flag against breathtakingly ungrateful millionaires. …

Who will ever forget or forgive the fact that the only form of self-expression the NFL allows its player, is to hate on America.

hat-tip Barry Corke

Same-sex marriage: Yes vote a plunge into the great unknown

Same-sex marriage: Yes vote a plunge into the great unknown, by Gerard Henderson.

On the ABC TV Insiders program last Sunday, Fran Kelly … declared she was providing “some reassurance relief for those who are worried or concerned about religious protections, religious freedoms, if the Yes vote gets up”.

Kelly said Breakfast “had a look at New Zealand … a ­society very like ours”. She reported that there had been “no concerns of ­religious freedoms being con­tested or challenged”. Kelly added that “the churches seem to have no issue” following the changed definition of marriage from that of a union of a man and woman to that of a union between two people.

Reassuring… ? No, not really. What Kelly neglected to mention was that in 1990 New Zealand introduced a Bill of Rights Act. …

Section 13 provides that “everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief, including the right to adopt and to hold opinions without ­interference”. Section 14 declares that “everyone has the right to freedom of ­expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form”. And ­section 15 ­ensures that “every person has the right to manifest that person’s ­religion or belief in worship, ­observance, practice or teaching either individually or in community of others, and either in public or in private”. …

In Australia, on the other hand, the protection of religion in the Constitution is quite limited. Section 116 merely provides that “the Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any ­religion, or for imposing any ­religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any ­religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth”. That’s all. …

The unknown:

Will a Christian, Jewish or Muslim school be able to teach that marriage is a union between a man and a woman without taking the risk of being hauled before a commonwealth, state or territory anti-discrimination tribunal? The answer is, we don’t know.

We also do not know what rights parents would have, including those of the Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh faiths, consequent upon the legalising of same-sex marriage. Would they be able to ­ensure their school-aged children are not taught at school a secular “truth” that is in conflict with the religious “truth” they are taught at home? Once again, no one really knows.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

German election result puts Europe in a deeper mess

German election result puts Europe in a deeper mess, by The Australian.

The first result is that the grand federalist plans of France’s Emmanuel Macron seem to have been dealt a heavy blow. Macron, like the odious Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission…, wants to transform the EU explicitly into a superstate.

Macron’s vision is that this superstate will be dominated by the president of France — himself — and the chancellor of Germany. Juncker’s vision is that it will be dominated by the gnomes of Brussels.

Both men want to take sovereign power away from the nations of Europe and pool it in a transnational EU.

Generally, European voters hate this idea. …

Germany’s role:

The Germans, who naturally dominate the European economy, have nonetheless never been fond of Macron’s plans. They will go along with quite a lot of EU superstate stuff when they can retain the power. But if an EU superstate means someone else gets to dole out their money in bailouts, they lose enthusiasm rapidly.

The German self-conception is of a steady, sober, thrifty, hard-working people who have achieved enormous success while their more fun-loving southern European neighbours are at the beach or having a siesta. There is a deal of truth in this self-conception although it underplays the role the euro plays in Germany’s success. The euro cripples southern Europeans by giving them a permanently and structurally over­valued currency while it massively benefits German exporters by giving them a permanently and structurally undervalued currency. …

One of the weird things in the German results is that nearly a quarter of voters chose parties ­regarded by the German mainstream as extremists who must be kept out of government at all costs. The far left Die Linke, a rebranded version of the gruesome East German Stalinists of the communist era, also won 10 per cent. Add that to AfD and the German political class suddenly defines ­itself as banishing to pariah status nearly a quarter of its electorate.

It is reasonable to call AfD far right; it would be wrong to call it fascist or neo-Nazi. Some of its spokesmen have said foolish and offensive things, especially about World War II. They have not, however, attempted to justify any aspect of Nazism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

So Much Winning: NFL Ticket Sales Plummet Nearly 18% After President Trump Calls Protesting Players Out

So Much Winning: NFL Ticket Sales Plummet Nearly 18% After President Trump Calls Protesting Players Out, by Warner Huston.

“We have seen a massive decrease in NFL ticket purchases this past week in comparison to years past. Week 3 seems to usually have less ticket orders than week 2, but this year ticket purchases are down more than 7 percent from this time last year,” a spokesman for TickPick to the Examiner. …

Ratings for Sunday Night Football are some of the lowest in decades, and ratings for Week 2 were down double-digits over last season’s numbers.

hat-tip Barry Corke

Space for 100 passengers on Elon Musk’s rocket

Space for 100 passengers on Elon Musk’s rocket, by David Swan.

Speculative plans from billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk may mean cheap travel anywhere in the world in under an hour, if the ­SpaceX chief executive and newly minted South Australian power mogul is to be believed

Mr Musk unveiled design specs for the mammoth “BFR” spaceship in Adelaide yesterday, which he expects will take about 100 people at a time to the moon and Mars, and plans to send six advance ships, two with crew, by 2024.

He said with BFR people could travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using the BFR, but the most common long-distance trips could be completed within half an hour.

Mr Musk said the goals were “aspirational”, and SpaceX is yet to launch anyone into space. …

Mr Musk was also in Adelaide to launch the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in Jamestown, which he claims will go some way to solving South Australia’s blackouts. The battery is yet to be turned on. …

He said the BFR would be ­SpaceX’s biggest rocket but also its cheapest, and SpaceX is considering up to 30 launches in 2018, which is about half of all launches that occur each year across Earth.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Swiss Parliament Votes to Ban Foreign-Funded Mosques and Arabic Preaching

Swiss Parliament Votes to Ban Foreign-Funded Mosques and Arabic Preaching.

Switzerland’s legislature has voted to ban the foreign funding of mosques, including from Saudi Arabia, as well as to force mosques to use local languages instead of Arabic or other foreign tongues. …

The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted by a narrow majority to ban the financing of mosques from abroad and for generally increasing the transparency of how mosques are funded.

If the law passes the Senate, individual mosques will need to declare who they are backed by as well as preach in one of Switzerland’s official languages, namely German, French, Italian, or Romansch, Neue Zuercher Zeitung reports. …

The legislation is not backed by the federal government, however, which claims it unfairly discriminates against Muslims by placing them under suspicion and fuels extremism.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The First Casualty of Culture War is Free Speech: Standing for the anthem is the new counterculture

The First Casualty of Culture War is Free Speech: Standing for the anthem is the new counterculture, by Daniel Greenfield.

Don’t like millionaire black nationalists in the NFL refusing to stand for the anthem? Too bad! It’s freedom of speech.

The same left that decided James Damore didn’t have freedom of speech at Google now insists that football players have it at the NFL. …

The left’s recent reunion with free speech came after vocally insisting that free speech was harmful, hurtful and racist. And the reunion didn’t last long. Right after insisting that the right of NFL black nationalists not to stand for the anthem was free speech, the left pivoted to accusing those players still standing for the anthem of “white supremacy”.

It’s only free speech if the left agrees. …

The culture war is the collision between a secular leftist value system that its followers seek to forcefully impose on the entire country and the existing system of American values. When these two sets of opposing values collide, as they do when conservative speakers come to campus, Christian photographers refuse to participate in gay weddings or a tech company employee questions diversity, the most obvious victim is free speech. But free speech is always the first casualty of the culture war.

Speech is the lifeblood of culture. To win a culture war, you have to shut the other side up.

The role of the media is paramount:

In the first phase of the culture war, the left seized the commanding heights of the media. Movies, television, music, newspapers and radio were consolidated into a network echoing the same ideas. This was largely done without any compulsion though victims of the old Fairness Doctrine might disagree. Outliers like conservative talk radio remained, but much like FOX News, they highlighted the homogeneity of the rest of the media. Everyone was getting the same set of political ideas all the time.

And, most impressively, a massive propaganda machine had been built without any of the brutality of the old USSR. Instead the machinery of capitalism had created a monopoly constantly spewing socialism.

The Internet upset leftist media dominance:

But the old infrastructure model was quickly disrupted by the arrival of the internet.

The media coup had monopolized speech by monopolizing infrastructure. If you had enough licenses, printing presses and broadcasting facilities, you didn’t have to forcibly silence anyone. They just couldn’t be heard over the roar of your media machine.

The internet broke that model. Anyone could speak to millions with a site, a blog and a tweet.

Control was quickly reasserted. The media’s old stable brands were diversified with millennial internet brands. BuzzFeed and CNN might be wildly different in style, but they were vehicles for the same political message. The left still had the advertising industry connections and the networks to dominate messaging. Its entertainment side was expert at commodifying cool. …

Now what? The left want to either censor the Internet or shut up all opposition, or both:

The second phase of the culture war can only be won by controlling everyone’s free speech. The media has been trying to rig the game at the big tech company level. It’s gotten Facebook and Google to agree to political censorship under the guise of fighting “fake news” with “fact checking”. But even the term “fake news”, once the banner headline of the media’s censorship crusade, was hijacked by Trump.

Once upon a time, derailing a media narrative in such a short time would have been nearly impossible.

And that’s why the second phase of the culture war is underway. The internet has made it impossible to proceed with the culture war without destroying free speech. It’s why the New York Times is running serial anti-free speech pieces (even while condemning President Trump for threatening free speech).

The only way for the left to win the second phase is to either fundamentally change the structure of the internet so that it more closely resembles its old media model or to silence everyone who opposes it. …

Identity politics:

If you’re going to crowdsource censorship, it helps to keep your censors personally invested. And that’s what identity politics does. It also doesn’t hurt that some of the worst violations of the Constitution in the last several generations were enacted in the name of fighting bigotry. If you are going to end free speech, the best flag to fly is still anti-racism. And if you’re going to demean the anthem, do it by claiming to be the victim of racism even when you’re a privileged black nationalist celebrity who sees more money in one year than most working people of any race will ever see in an entire lifetime. …

It’s not just about silencing those you don’t like. It’s about creating a safe space in which your views are the only ones that can be heard. …

Is it hypocritical if the media doesn’t notice the hypocrisy? Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

The left wages its culture war by attacking American values while demanding respect for its own.

The anthem must be disrespected, but Black Lives Matter can’t be criticized. Piss Christ must be displayed in museums, but don’t you dare wear a sombrero for Halloween. Speakers who praise Hamas and call for the murder of Jews are welcome on campus. But there’s no room for thinkers who praise free enterprise.

The left doesn’t reject free speech because it’s a bunch of easily triggered “snowflakes”. It rejects free speech because it wants absolute power. And the first step is killing a free and open society.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: Conservative Liberals preparing back-up marriage bill

Australia: Conservative Liberals preparing back-up marriage bill, by  Sarah Martin.

THE push for gay marriage is threatening to ignite open warfare among WA Liberals, with conservatives preparing their own Bill seeking sweeping protection for “conscientious objectors” opposed to change.

A group of conservative MPs including WA Liberals Ian Goodenough and Andrew Hastie are preparing a Bill to change the Marriage Act in the event of a Yes vote.

It will include sweeping provisions to protect religious freedoms and those who oppose same-sex marriage “beyond the ceremony”. …

Mr Goodenough saidthe group had begun working on the legislation amid concern that the safeguards proposed by WA Liberal senator Dean Smith did not go far enough.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Hillary Lackey Gets Hammered by Trump Supporters For Saying Obama Admin “Honorable, Scandal-Free”

Hillary Lackey Gets Hammered by Trump Supporters For Saying Obama Admin “Honorable, Scandal-Free”, by Gateway Pundit.

Brian Fallon is a CNN political contributor and former Hillary Clinton spox. He … praised the Obama administration for being “honorable and scandal-free”.

Here’s a short list of just a few of Obama’s scandals:

  1. Benghazi
  2. Hillary’s private server
  3. Fast and Furious
  4. AG Holder being held in contempt of Congress
  5. Solyndra
  6. Delivering pallets of cash to Iran in the dead of the night
  7. Obamacare “You can keep your Doctor”
  8. IRS targeting conservative groups
  9. Bowe Bergdahl
  10. Spying on journalists
  11. Unmasking/spying on political opponents

Trump supporters torched him.

This episode demonstrates the power of the media on the echo chamber. The US mainstream media, echoed by the ABC here in Australia, consistently downplayed any negatives about the Obama administration — to the point where someone living in that echo chamber would have the impression that the Obama presidency was scandal free and, well, really good.

Yet, from before he got into office, everything about Trump was scandalous, and all his negatives (and then some) were up-played ridiculously. So our leftist friends could reasonably assume, from their media consumption,  that Trump is hopelessly scandal-ridden — certainly much more than Obama.

Given that the Russia story is a beat up because no evidence of anything significant has been put forward, on any fair and reasonable comparison the Obama administration was considerably more scandalous. Still, scandals usually take time to develop and come out.

Which neatly illustrates the main theme of this blog: the media are the problem, because they promote a PC fantasy world rather than reality.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Nasty Librarian Who Declined Melania’s ‘Racist’ Seuss Books Seen Pictured in ‘Cat in the Hat’ Outfit 2 Yrs Ago

Nasty Librarian Who Declined Melania’s ‘Racist’ Seuss Books Seen Pictured in ‘Cat in the Hat’ Outfit 2 Yrs Ago, by Gateway Pundit.

A Cambridge, Massachusetts librarian rejected a shipment of books from First Lady Melania Trump for the school library.

The librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro said the Dr. Seuss books the First Lady was donating were racist.

She is an Obama supporter — as you can see from her library propaganda.

Liz Phipps Soeiro wrote an editorial in the local paper calling Dr. Seuss a racist: “Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes. Open one of his books (If I Ran a Zoo or And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, for example), and you’ll see the racist mockery in his art.” …

Now for the capital “H” hypocrisy:

Soeiro was pictured in a ‘Cat in the Hat’ outfit just a couple years ago with a huge smile on her face.

Typical liberal–hypocritical and full of hate.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific

Bizarre Liberal Meltdowns. Racism Everywhere! Melania Trump, Dr. Seuss, Seussgate

Bizarre Liberal Meltdowns. Racism Everywhere! Melania Trump, Dr. Seuss, Obama, Seussgate

The Dr Seuss story starts at 3:00. (The first story is interesting too — highly recommended.)

A US reader comments:

I think this illustrates just how bad things are here. … Things are really bad here. Have you gotten to this level of silliness in Australia? Dr. Seuss is a racist. How did we ever get here. I can’t comprehend the reasoning.

Mark Steyn has some excellent commentary:

If everything is racist, nothing is racist. We’re nuttier than the Nazis on this…. in our cultural totalitarianism.

hat-tip Charles