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gonzoracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 12:43
Feb 14, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
@mikekazimer: Then why open with a photo of an unrelated commodity and mining style as opening gambit. That association is wrong, factually incorrect, misleading and the association implied in the article lead to some gross errors in the journalists assessment. Get better at this if writing as an assessment piece, and have someone with editorial oversight check the submission. Even a 5 minute independent review would have seen the imagery used and the fact origin were cause the article to have bias from the outset.
gonzoracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 2:01
Feb 14, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
@RichardCunningham: Hey Gonzo, with all your hyperbole you forgot the Royalties issue, the Billions of Dollars that are paid by the Bauxite industry to the sovereign Country whom hosts the industry for use of the Countries assets and commodities. The money that flows to Consolidated Revenue to pay for schools, education, public housing, roads, water services, social services. So you are saying that the industry pays its workers, rehabilitates and must be transparent about environmental issues and rehabilitation, creates employment and job opportunities and contributes to the Country in payroll tax and tax revenue benefit from wages to the Govt, and then has to pay again as often a major source if GDP to a country to use the Bauxite to turn into a saleable and exportable product, or creates its own down stream process industries and spawn further economic activity and benefit.? So it pays for the roads for me to get to MTBing, the fuel subsidies to drive to MTBing, has made my car substantially more economic and lighter and efficient, and if I stack has paid for the hospital attend and the doctors and nurses to fix me up. Composites are not even in the same ball park RC, and a balanced and complete assessment would prove what a lot of hot air your assessment is with pre conceived and industry supported biases
gonzoracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 14, 2018 at 1:57
Feb 14, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
@RichardCunningham: Actually if you researched Bauxite mining, as identified recovered by strip mining, there is no "Big Holes in the Ground" ya doofus. And then you have the first evidence photo, a totally unrelated mining method of hardrock, so a different commodity AND different mine style. But its all mining anyway so my anology must be roughly correct Haha, trust me Im a journo. You have failed to address that the evidence you supply re the bauxite supply chain comes from a composite manufacturer/owner, hardly an independent expert. And that he "drove trucks" so again he must be an eminent expert in the full supply chain. I mean if his truck consumed X, over a shift that's how many tonnes of bauxite, that then makes how much aluminium? How many cars or aeroplanes to set some context, per litre of fuel. Perhaps its the gallons to litre conversion that's stuffing the analysis? In those views and lenses it may be efficient and effective when considered how automated and scaled these operations are. Same for the composities in terms technology adoption.....?. We had no photos of sweat shops and layout slave factories working for a pittance in far east Asia, not 1 interviews with those individuals to balance the ledger. "I worked in a sweat shop frame lay out place for 2 of my currencies and a bowl of rice a day, and its sold for $US2k, so there must be some gross margin there", or some such other eminent statement from the bottom of the food chain. So for a primary level assignment I think a C may be appropriate, but I would expect an editorial piece to at least apply consistency, rigour and transparency to be at High School level, and sir, this ain't. #paidcompositeadvert
gonzoracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 12, 2018 at 13:17
Feb 12, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
Hey Gonzo, with all your hyperbole you forgot the Royalties issue, the Billions of Dollars that are paid by the Bauxite industry to the sovereign Country whom hosts the industry for use of the Countries assets and commodities. The money that flows to Consolidated Revenue to pay for schools, education, public housing, roads, water services, social services. So you are saying that the industry pays its workers, rehabilitates and must be transparent about environmental issues and rehabilitation, creates employment and job opportunities and contributes to the Country in payroll tax and tax revenue benefit from wages to the Govt, and then has to pay again as often a major source if GDP to a country to use the Bauxite to turn into a saleable and exportable product, or creates its own down stream process industries and spawn further economic activity and benefit.? So it pays for the roads for me to get to MTBing, the fuel subsidies to drive to MTBing, has made my car substantially more economic and lighter and efficient, and if I stack has paid for the hospital attend and the doctors and nurses to fix me up. Composites are not even in the same ball park RC, and a balanced and complete assessment would prove what a lot of hot air your assessment is with pre conceived and industry supported biases.
gonzoracing RichardCunningham's article
Feb 12, 2018 at 13:05
Feb 12, 2018
Carbon vs Aluminum: Separating Environmental Fact From Fiction in the Frame Materials Debate
Haha, I see what you did there to paint the Aluminium industry so poorly. "I used to operate a haul truck at an open pit copper mine. Aluminum is mined in a similar manner." And that was made by a Composite manufacturer. And with that and scant any further research by the author, aside of cause the gratuitous picture of an open cut hard rock mine pre rehap, says Al is evil. Lets have some facts eh Richard Cunningham. Bauxite is a laterite deposit that is mined in thin strips, The Vegetation top soil is removed, the bauxite is recovered, the top soil is replaced with landforms and the vegetation replanted over a 10 year period. Or the ie WA and QLD Australian example agriculture or forestry returned. So the land isn't destroyed and returned to former purposes. And hey bloke, what about what that offers the community. Jobs for people , indigenous communities in a range of disciples across environmental, engineering and processing including opportunity for indigenous parties. Your assessment considers none of that on the benefit side? Not very balanced or researched And then the energy issues. Yes to turn Bauxite to Alumina to Aluminium is energy intensive , however industry is located where energy is cheap, ie Hydro sustainable in Canada, or where natural gas exists, or through renewables. Of so some countries operate some Aluminium industries in unsustainable manner, but these are third world shitholes that operate ALL of their industries unsustainably, be it agriculture, forestry. manufacturing, energy, banking. I think on balance you assessment has used the composite manufacturers to tell you how bad Aluminium supply chain is, has not done any value add assessment of that industry to the community, and has finally used a poxy UNRELATED mining photo of a DIFFERENT COMMODITY to lump Al in with the Devil. This is poor and should have failed PinkBike Editorial content assessment.....oh never mind. eBike anyone?
gonzoracing TimBigHitFSRII's article
Feb 10, 2018 at 13:45
Feb 10, 2018
gonzoracing devinci's article
Nov 21, 2017 at 13:55
Nov 21, 2017
The Wright Line With Keegan Wright: EP1
Eye Protection. That's where its at Bro.
gonzoracing mikelevy's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 20:40
Nov 15, 2017
2018 Racing Rumors - What's True and What Isn't
@Knackerbags: watch canyon fill this gap in coming periods, aftermarket named components.
gonzoracing mikelevy's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 14:01
Nov 15, 2017
2018 Racing Rumors - What's True and What Isn't
@trauty: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/fabien-barel-sam-hill-mike-jones-alexandra-nz.html Never happen Gonzo...........
gonzoracing mikelevy's article
Nov 15, 2017 at 13:52
Nov 15, 2017
2018 Racing Rumors - What's True and What Isn't
@trauty: Hows this one. Sam joins Canyon to be with former team mate Brosnan and a dedicated focus to lift brand exposure and penetration in combat of direct shipping YT in Australasian market. Aligns Sam to Bike Park sponsorship assocaitiona of Madena in Tasmania, and creates a super team with less travel obligations and expectations under Chain Reaction. equally, Nigel, also with young family and having done the hard yards in getting Chain Reaction team up first in DH and now EWS, decides that he also wants to step back from Team Management of both disciplines, and focus on just endure and his aspirations to take the No1 Masters Enduro spot, decides an offer to run a Team Rider/Manager of a enduro focused outfit under same brand, and moves also, then physically relocates to a climate to focus team and training objectives consistent with less travel and more favourable climate. The DH side of the team continues to be run out of Europe by the former Multi World Champ. Both the Chain Reaction loyalties and indebtedness have been paid back in spades by these two, and the duration has been longstanding, due for change.
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