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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:09 pm

The Guardian
Plot to 'bring down' plane foiled by counter-terrorism police in Sydney

Malcolm Turnbull says counter-terrorism agencies have foiled a plot to “bring down” a plane in a terrorist attack in Australia.

Four men were arrested on Saturday night when heavily armed counter-terrorism officers raided four Sydney properties over an alleged plot to blow up an aircraft.

The prime minister said increased security measures have been placed on all Australian airports.

The Australian federal police commissioner Andrew Colvin said officers became aware people in Sydney were planning to commit a terrorist attack using an “improvised device”. ...

Australia, a staunch ally of the US, has been on heightened alert for attacks by homegrown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East, or their supporters, since 2014.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:41 am

Sunday Morning Herald
Airport security intensified following Sydney raid on Islamist-inspired terror cell ...

Bomb squad officers were among dozens of police who raided five properties across Sydney on Saturday evening, smashing their way through glass doors and brick walls and arresting four men.

Fairfax Media understands a homemade bomb was allegedly found in a Surry Hills terrace, possibly to be planted on a commercial flight to the Middle East. ...

"We have taken this threat very seriously," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said on Sunday. "You should infer we think this was credible and there was an intention and quite possibly a capability as well." ...

Khaled Merhi, Abdul Merhi, Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat were arrested at a terrace in Surry Hills and units in Renown Avenue and Victoria Road, Punchbowl, and Sproule Street, Lakemba, respectively.

They have family links to each other and links to previous plots and established networks.


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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:34 pm

Tesla beats deadline, switches on gigantic Australian battery array
Musk wins his bet, so South Australia will have to pay for it after all.

MEGAN GEUSS - 12/1/2017, 4:41 PM

On Friday, Tesla switched on the massive 100MW, 129MWh battery installation it built in South Australia, just as the state is about to head into the grid-taxing summer season. The installation was completed last week, ending a bet between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Australian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. The bet was made in March, when Musk tweeted to an incredulous Cannon-Brookes that Tesla could build and install a massive lithium-ion battery installation in "100 days or it is free."

Last year in South Australia was a bad one for blackouts caused by weather and grid failure. Some blamed the intermittency of renewables for the issues—wind has become a big player in the region's energy mix. Storage is a way to smooth out that intermittency. Tesla's installation is situated next to the new Hornsdale Wind Farm, a swath of land that can provide up to 100MW of power at full capacity.

Although the bet was made in March, it wasn't a given that South Australia would allow Tesla to build its battery installation. The electric vehicle and battery company went through a competitive bidding process to have access to an A$150 million ($115 million) renewable energy fund for a 100MW storage contract. Tesla meant to be competitive, though. In March, Musk tweeted to Cannon-Brookes that an installation would cost “$250/kWh at the pack level for 100MWh+ systems,” bringing a 129MWh system to about $32.35 million before taxes and labor. Still, South Australia has not revealed what it's paying to Tesla in total.

The 100 days didn't start after Tesla won the contract in June, though, because the company didn't count time negotiating contracts. The company announced that its 100 days started in October, after the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) approved the project. At that point, Musk said that Tesla was already about halfway done installing the batteries at the site.

https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/12/te ... ery-array/



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:56 pm

The company is bleeding $8000 a minute and the production practices are so horrible that 90% of the cars made need to be rebuilt after they come off the assembly line. Beyond that, as the first linked story reveals, the $35,000 Model 3 that was going to save the company costs $60,000 and is being produced so slowly that it should because of the hundreds of millions of dollars in deposits that have been plunked down it should be called the Ponzi.

Musk's core competence is batteries and rockets. But his cars will be his downfall. All of those Tesla drivers who love put up with the faults of the S and X models are little more than cultists.



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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:04 pm

Tesla loses EV subsidies in Germany after being accused of gaming the system
Fred Lambert - Dec. 1st 2017 7:40 am ET @FredericLambert

Germany has been a tough market for Tesla to thrive in and its sales are still way below where it first hoped for them to be. A preference for German automakers is likely part of Tesla’s issues in the market as an American brand, but the company also had a lot of difficulties dealing with the government, which is influenced by those other automakers.

Now it is even losing (again) the direct discount offered by the government to electric vehicle buyers after it was accused of gaming the subsidy system.

When Germany introduced its new plan to boost electric vehicle adoption through new incentives, including a €4,000 discount at the purchase, Tesla claimed that they were purposely left out of the program because of a cap for vehicles with a starting price of less than 60,000 € negotiated by the government and the German auto industry. Tesla wasn’t being a crazy conspiracy theorist by claiming that German automakers had a hand in this since the government did indeed negotiate the structure of the incentive with German automakers because both public money and the automakers are paying for it.

In order to make the Model S eligible to the incentive, Tesla unbundled a bunch of standard features as an option in Model S in order to reduce the base price to 60,000 € negotiated by the government and the German auto industry before tax. In this bundle, which Tesla called “comfort package”, we are talking about features like navigation, backup camera, internet radio, blind spot assist, and some very basic features like memory functions for seat positions, folding mirrors, Homelink connection that are generally standard in Tesla’s vehicles.

https://electrek.co/2017/12/01/tesla-lo ... ng-system/



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Post by Lani » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:54 am

Australian police have arrested two people after a car drove into a crowd in Melbourne.

The car “collided with a number of pedestrians” on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, said Victoria Police.

The state ambulance service say 13 people have been taken to hospital. Several are in a critical condition.

Police have said it was a deliberate act but it is too early to say whether it was terrorist-related.


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:34 am

Melbourne attack driver had mental health issues but no terror connection
CNN Digital Expansion 2017. Ben Westcott
By Ben Westcott and Lucie Morris-Marr, CNN

Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT) December 21, 2017


Melbourne, Australia (CNN)The driver of a car which plowed into Christmas shoppers in Melbourne Thursday had a history of drug use and mental health issues, police said.

Acting chief commissioner of Victoria Police Shane Patton told reporters that while the crash was considered to be deliberate, there was no evidence of a link to terrorism.

Eighteen people were injured, including at least one young child, when the car hit pedestrians outside Melbourne's iconic Flinders Street station just after 4.40 p.m. local time.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/21/asia/ ... index.html



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Post by Suranis » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:59 am

Obviously this would never have happened if Aussies had guns.


Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

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