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OPEN MIND BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for February 10th, 2022

Keep an Open Mind and Positive Progress Comes Flowing Home!

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Barry Green, J.J. Solari, Laura, Joe Smith, Bob T., Sam Burns, The Redhead, Rogue, El Waggs and the rest of the gang

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Yale writes about this later in the news,
but this has been a week of keeping your mind open and receptive to new knowledge and resources. Hell, I’ve been faced with a number of challenges with the shop. I’ve never lived anywhere where it gets -9 degrees in the morning.

I’m learning the weather rules, the laws, electrical, generators, heating, insulation, and if I can use the large potbelly stove I’ve carted around for 20 years.

Hell, I’ve learned more about stained glass and researched how to mount it in the front door.

It’s not all non-chopper. I’m learning about ULH flatheads, and working with Departure Bike Works on our other 45 flathead Bonneville effort.

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Media Ignores Declining Temperature Anomaly--An analysis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) year-end global climate report published on Watts Up With That shows NOAA’s report hides more than it reveals. NOAA claims the 2021 global temperature anomaly was the sixth-highest of its recorded measurements.

"The year culminated as the sixth warmest year on record for the globe with a temperature that was 0.84°C (1.51°F) above the 20th century average," NOAA states. "The years 2013–2021 all rank among the ten warmest years on record."

Analyst Larry Hamlin points out NOAA downplayed the fact that the 2021 global temperature anomaly measurement marked the sixth year of decline in the temperature anomaly. The decline has persisted despite a measured increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.

The six-year temperature anomaly decline measured by NOAA is confirmed by the temperature anomaly data sets provided by NASA, the UK Met Office, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and the Remote Sensing System analysis (see the graphs below).

Every major temperature measuring system relied upon by alarmists to proclaim unprecedented warming is in the offing, threatening a climate emergency, has displayed a declining trend in the temperature anomaly over the past six years. This data is in stark contrast with the consistent upward trend projected by the climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This declining trend has occurred even as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations grew from 402 ppm to 417 ppm as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory.

After examining NOAA’s monthly data closely, Hamlin concludes it "clearly establishes that the monthly and annual global temperature anomaly measurement behaviors are strongly controlled by El Niño and La [Niña] events which are naturally occurring climate phenomena and not driven by man made contributions to atmospheric CO2 levels."

If Hamlin is correct, natural cycles, not human greenhouse gas emissions, have dominated global temperature trends for the past six years at least. If this is true for the past six years, why not think, as many scientists have suggested, nature has been in control across the whole past 150 years, during which the Earth has experienced alternate periods of warming, cooling, warming, relative stasis, warming, and now cooling again?

SOURCE: Watts Up With That

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

I would expect nothing less. I am a disabled Army Veteran. I toss up the idea to ride all the time. I am always outside the box kinda guy. I want the freedom to do what I want. I go out of my way not to be violent but speak my mind. That seems the same way custom Bikes are.

They are unique in every way. The same way Humans are supposed to be.

--Paul Dalton
Owenton, KY

If you sign up for a two-year Cantina Membership, you will receive a signed book and lotsa swag from the crew. Click for more info.
If you sign up for a two-year Cantina Membership, you will receive a signed book and lotsa swag from the crew. Click for more info.

Arizona’s legislature has introduced a SAN-supported memorial (H.C.M. 2001) urging the U.S. Congress to pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act (H.R. 3281 and S. 2736). The RPM Act must be enacted into law to guarantee your right to modify street cars, trucks, and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles, and safeguards the industry's right to offer parts that enable racers to compete. It is imperative that lawmakers continue to be reminded of the importance of passing the RPM Act into law this year.

DON’T DELAY! Please ask your state lawmakers to support for H.C.M. 2001:

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, please ask your federal lawmakers legislators in the U.S. Congress to pass the RPM Act (H.R. 3281 and S. 2736). Go to the SEMA web site for a hook-up.

THE GARAGE REPORT--My super B on the shovel…
Runs beautiful

--Da Cat

C.J. ALLEN PASSED--Tonight I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face, because I lost one of my greatest friends… I called him my pops. His name was Hessian Cj Allan. He taught me a whole lot of what I know about being a biker… He was such a legend I don’t even know where to begin to describe him… He was known as the godfather of modern motorcycle engraving.. was a founding member, and I think maybe THE founder, of the Hessians MC… He served as their National President for ages..

He loved kids.. especially his kids… he loved dogs and always had a pack of them… he loved my Cocodog… He loved motorcycles.. He loved women.. He loved his friend Indian Larry… he loved America… and he loved me. He and I went through a lot together through our long friendship, from illness to a bar room brawl.

Once I was at his house for a week, taking care of him after he had a health problem, and he was grumbling.. he grumbled a lot.. and he told me he was stuck in his house with a pack of dogs and an ugly woman…. Well tonight, that ugly woman is ugly crying into her pack of dogs over him.

Godspeed, my darling pops… thank you for all you taught me… tell Pat Leahy I miss him, too.. and I’ll see ya’ll soon as I can. Meanwhile, I will be dreaming of what heaven must sound like tonight. I love you.

- Amy Irene White-Boedigheimer

FREE SPEECH PLATFORM OF THE WEEK--There is no way to know if GETTR will be successful or not, but as the clamor for media and social media censorship continues, they are trying to provide alternatives.

We would appreciate sign ups and follows on this relatively new platform. I wish to extend an open hand to all our detractors to also come over and follow there, so, with luck, the new free speech platforms will not evolve into boring echo chambers.

We are @wattsupwiththat on GETTR, same as Twitter.

Like and share the posts on the new platform. Since we’ve been limited and shadow banned on Facebook and Twitter for years, it will be interesting to see if we can generate real organic growth.

We’ve also added a share button for GETTR at the bottom of every post. Feel free to use the %@% out of it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY--My Day is Peace

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” ? Dalai Lama XIV

--from Yale
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No, Virginia, a Climate Catastrophe Is Not Really 10 Years Away! (Guest: Kenneth Green)

Climate alarmists mistake computer models for reality. Real-world data shows there is no looming climate catastrophe just 10 years off. The alarmists’ insistence that we're facing a climate apocalypse is nothing more than a ploy for power.

Their predictions, like the computer models they are based upon, are consistently wrong. Scientists now realize that the climate is more variable than previously believed. Responding to climate change isn’t about humanity changing the weather. It’s about adapting to natural climate shifts. Society can adapt to, and capitalize on, the changing climate.

Subscribe to the Environment & Climate News podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. And be sure to leave a positive review!

HELPFUL New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Veterans Crisis Line
I think it is worth highlighting that the Veterans Crisis Helpline phone number is CONFIDENTIAL.

So a Veteran or their family member or friend need not worry about Privacy concerns due to any perceived stigma associated with mental health or disabilities.

-- Wayfarer
On the road to wellness

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BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB OFFERING--Ton Up! A Century of Cafe Racer Speed and Style
Written by Paul d’Orléans, published by Motorbooks

The definitive history and origins of the cafe racer scene by Paul d’Orléans, with hundreds of never-before published photos. A must-have for fans of fast motorcycles, and we have the only SIGNED copies.

THE LOWBROW TEAM GOT SPRUNG FROM THE PENN--The make or model of bike being built is a minor detail...

The information in this video applies to all types of custom bikes.

Follow along as Tyler installs a sprung solo seat on one of Todd's Triumphs in this tidy, detailed video.
Over the years we have created a wide array of both weld-on and bolt-on parts for mounting solo seats. We have designed these to assist you in building the bike of your dreams.


PS - Fun fact: These weld-on spring mounts are the very first part Lowbrow ever made to sell (back in the early 2000s). We now have the largest and most thorough selection of bobber & custom seat parts in the world!

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Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

--Steve Jobs

Each morning I begin with a checkup from the neck up and clear MY Mind of the stinkin’ thinkin’!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could wipe out all the stinkin’ thinkin’ in our Minds by hitting a delete button like we do on our computers?

How about, if we had an anti-virus that could block any negativity, fear, doubt or stress from entering our consciousness? And every morning we run that anti-virus to make sure that no stinkin’ thinkin’ programing has snuck in so we can delete it.

My belief is when come on to this earth our Minds are like a brand new computer with massive power and memory ready to be programed. We are virus free, perfect, whole and complete. The programmers in our lives are our parents, race consciousness, family, peers, teachers and friends.

From conception the programing begins. Unfortunately, many of us are not taught Our Truth, that we are Perfect, Whole and Complete, that we have Infinite Potential and that we have a Divine Power Guiding, Guarding and Supplying our Good at the level of our expectations and acceptance.

Many of us are taught that Life is filled with lack, limitation, fear, doubt and negativity. Much of this stinkin’ thinkin’ begins right from the beginning.

It is possible to clear our Minds of the false beliefs, of who we thought we are and what we are capable of. Each morning let’s do a virus check and get rid of any stinkin’ thinkin’. Maybe add statements like, “I can’t do it” with “I am doing It.” Our Lives will not change instantly, but change is possible through meditation. It’s like working out to strengthen your body. What you practice through meditation makes you mind stronger—it’s proven.

Today’s Affirmation: Today I move into a new Consciousness. I begin to get rid of that old programing that limited me from Living My Truth. I have always known that I am much more than I have been led to believe. Today I begin to delete that old programing, I delete stinkin’ thinkin’.

I am going to Live more Life than I ever before, a belief that I am truly and Perfect, Whole and Complete. That my Life is filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Health, Prosperity, Creative self-expression, abundance of Good and so much more. I am going to Let Go of anything and anyone that does not serve my Highest Good.

I am so Grateful to Know My Truth, to Live My Truth, to clear my Mind of the discord of the false beliefs.

And So It Is

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Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

--Zig Ziglar

THE ROYAL ENFIELD REPORT--Exodus of top executives continues at Royal Enfield; Vimal Sumbly, head of APAC resigns

High-profile exits at Royal Enfield continue, with its Asia-Pacific head, Vimal Sumbly, being the latest to resign from the manufacturer of the Bullet and Classic motorcycles.

Sumbly, who was previously the India head of British motorcycle maker Triumph, had joined Royal Enfield three-four years ago. He was projected to take charge of the national sales operation from company veteran Shaji Koshy, who was set to retire then. Sumbly, however, was made the Asia-Pacific head.

In an internal statement, the company said Sumbly played a significant role in the growth story of the region as he implemented Royal Enfield’s vision for business growth, revenue expansion, customer and influencer relationship, dealer development, and brand building. He also set up a plant in Thailand to assemble motorcycles.

Since Sumbly took charge of the region, the business grew multi-fold with about 10,000 units sales and revenue of over Rs 250 crore from the region last year.

Responding to an email seeking comment on Sumbly’s resignation, a Royal Enfield spokesperson said: “As a policy, we cannot comment on this.”

In the past six months, chief executive Vinod Dasari, head of commercial organisation Lalit Malik, and global head of marketing Shubhranshu Singh have left the company. The other key exits in recent years were of Pankaj Sharma from the domestic sales team and Rodney Copes, a former Harley-Davidson executive who was in charge of North American operations.

The exits follow a flood of title upgrades at the company, with as many as 10 CXOs being created in design, brand, and project management among other functions.

There is a two-tiering of CXOs with design and brand fetching higher merit and reporting directly to managing director Siddhartha Lal, said people in the know. Others including the chiefs of finance, information, and HR report to executive director B Govindarajan.

The exits from the top tier are leading to executives from the mid-tier and other roles also leaving the company, said, company insiders.

Constant changes to top management and roles have also delayed product launches and impacted domestic volumes, which have been struggling to grow beyond 60,000 units in 2021, they said.

The company attributed a fall in sales to a sustained semiconductor shortage. But people in the know said there are also severe demand-related challenges, which were getting masked due to the supply-side issues.

When asked about weak sales of the all-new Classic, the spokesperson said there is healthy booking momentum for the brand and once supplies improve, the company will be able to deliver higher volumes.

Anuj Dua, the brand head for the Classic, Bullet and New Launches, will now take over the responsibility from Sumbly to lead the business in the APAC region.

Royal Enfield has also seen significant churn and restructuring of roles both at the management level and mid and lower management levels.

To be sure, “right-sizing” was a key part of its Project Restore initiative, kickstarted last year, which had aimed at pulling back the company to a 25% operating margin on sales of 50,000 units.

The programme led to the axing of 90-100 people across functions.

by Ketan Thakkar from Economic Times

--discovered by Wayfarer
International Editor
Bikernet International News Desk

Source: Economic Times :

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The S&P Global Clean Energy Index removed British energy giant Drax from its portfolio after it determined the company wasn’t producing carbon-neutral or clean energy.

The Drax group, which produces 5 percent of the electric power used in the United Kingdom, vowed to become the world’s first carbon-negative energy company by 2030. Drax’s promise was to be met through its operation of power plants burning wood pellets to replace coal in generating electricity. Drax has already converted four of six electricity generating units from coal to wood pellets.

Drax is not the first biomass-burning energy company S&P booted from its Global Green Energy Index. It had previously removed French biomass burner Albioma from the list.

Numerous studies show burning biomass is neither green nor clean.

"Biomass generally benefits from confusion over two vastly different terms that often are used interchangeably: ‘renewable’ (or sustainable) and ‘carbon free,’" writes science journalist Michael Fumento in The American Conservative. "Both appeal to the touchy-feely, warm and fuzzy set, but they are not necessarily the same."

Although biomass can be renewable, burning it is not carbon neutral.

Research shows biomass burning often produces as much or more of traditional regulated air pollutants as coal while wiping out thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. In addition, the claimed carbon dioxide neutrality is vitiated by the emissions from creating the pellets from virgin wood and scrap material, shipping it from overseas, and, most importantly, because even when trees are planted to replace those harvested to burn in power plants (and they aren’t always), any emissions removed happen over decades if not centuries, whereas the emissions from burning the wood pellets are produced immediately.

In the here and now, biomass burning emits "65 percent more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour than modern coal plants and an amazing 285 percent more carbon dioxide than natural gas combined-cycle power plants," writes Fumento.

A study published in Environmental Research Letters calculated the payback time for forests in the eastern United States, where most of the biomass burned by Drax and others comes from. Under the best-case scenario—when all harvested land is reforested and is allowed to regrow to maturity—burning wood pellets creates a carbon deficit, carrying a payback time of between 44 and 104 years.

SOURCES: The American Conservative; The Guardian; Physics World


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If cars and planes and boats ran on water the move would be to use less water. Because it’s really about restricting movement, not saving the planet.

It's slow imprisonment. A planet of human corpses is what is really the goal. Government is really a form of masochistic insanity. Run by sadists' efforts to appeal to the masochists who insist they - the sadists - are necessary for "order." It's almost a species-wide curse. But hey everyone says I’m the crazy one.

--J.J. Solari

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Dale Walksler was a tremendous historian. I've visited Wheels Through Time 3 times and each time Dale was an inspiration. I witnessed first hand when HD execs and dealers came through on a ride and Dale, with a glint in his eye, schooled these execs in the history of the company they worked for. A real gentleman and every American motorcycle owner owe themselves a visit to this wonderful museum.

And, let me state right here that Matt, whom I've met each time while visiting is truly the apple. He is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and carrying the torch to this fantastic piece of large history!

Keep up the great work Matt!

Dangerous Dan
San Jose, CA
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Editor Response Thanks Dan,

Dale was truly a motorcycle genius.
Bandit , glad you are adapting to the " chilly " Dakotas
Still a better bet than California!
Agree with you on the Lot rental .....
Write a book , we love em and far more satisfying.
Cheers , Capt Ed / East Coast

Capt Ed Hardison
Corolla, NC
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Editor Response Thanks Captain,

I like your thinking. I've started another book, the third in the Chance Hogan series. First Chapter is on the home page now. It's going to be the best one yet.

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