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  2. Yea spacey, but I have since been in a wonderful relationship for 28+yrs. She has her place and I have mine= lasting happiness. Best of both worlds arrangement. So you see mate, some of us do learn from experience
  3. That's an awful lot! Do you think they could make THAT many so quick. spacesailor
  4. spacesailor

    Iran

    Not surprising the Americans left. THAT FRENCH WAR. None of the combatants Other than the french should have been involved, Just the Locals rebelling at their NASTY Masters. (according to my teachers) spacesailor
  5. willedoo

    Iran

    Relative to people like the Taliban, they don't. The Taliban recently said they are prepared to fight the next hundred years if need be. I'd believe them. Whether the Americans are still there in 20 years time, who knows. The Vietnamese had a three level battle plan designed to fight 1,000 years if they had to. A lot of them know it will take time, but eventually the Americans leave.
  6. Amazon places order for 100 000 delivery vans from Rivian https://electrek.co/2019/09/19/rivian-electric-delivery-vans-amazon/ https://electrek.co/2019/09/19/rivian-electric-van-picture/
  7. Yenn

    Iran

    who says the Yanks don't have staying power. They have been 18 years in Afghanistan. What II say is that they don't have the mental power to know how to stop.
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  9. Octave I fully support moving to renewables as it becomes possible without disadvantaging the developing countries in Asia and Africa etc ( though developing countries is a bit of a misnomer these days). Or destroying western economies. But I disagree with frightening young children and young adults with misinformation to achieve a political outcome. And I guess I believe in capitalism and abhor socialism because of the historical precedents. As I have found elsewhere, the thinking on a chat site gets polarised one way or the other, with the minority view leaving as has happened here. On other forums I find my views in the great majority. It doesn’t mean I am right or you are right, the minority have just voted with their feet. The right answer must be supported with facts. Once a forum has polarised, posting facts just brings denial or counter-argument. I persevere here because the debate remains rational and polite. I will try to post facts rather than opinions from now on, like I just did with the post about China. I have a lot of facts to hand!
  10. The Farmers Federation have gone all socialist too.? The sky is falling in chicken little. It's about making money from obsolete concepts that muck up the environment. Liberals we once environmentalists too. Now it's politicised, but never had to be. Nev
  11. China has not stepped away from low carbon energy and continues to develop renewables. It will be interesting to see if all of the power stations go ahead. There are many reasons that the Chinese people may not accept more pollution than they already endure. These future power stations will have to stack up against increasingly efficient and clean technologies. In a purely economic sense, any investment power stations (of any kind) must be able to ensure a return for investors over its payback period. “Beijing said on Tuesday, in a position paper ahead of the UN meeting, that it would remain on ‘the clean energy and low-carbon development path’, but stopped short of setting new targets,” Reuters says. “China has cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from more than 68% in 2012 to 59% by the end of last year, but overall consumption has continued to increase,” with 1,020 GW of installed capacity as of late July. https://theenergymix.com/2019/09/22/china-plans-226-gw-of-new-coal-plants/ Compared to our 16% renewable power China has done quite well. Power generation from renewable energy sources reached 1,870 TWh in 2018, an increase of 170 TWh and making up 26.7 percent of the country’s total. Hydro contributed 1,200 TWh (up 3.2 percent), wind – 366 TWh (up 20 percent), PV – 177.5 TWh (up 50 percent) and biomass – 90.6 TWh (up 14 percent). https://www.renewableenergyworld.com/2019/03/06/chinas-renewable-energy-installed-capacity-grew-12-percent-across-all-sources-in-2018/#gref Peter you started out by saying the science is rubbish then you questioned the motives of the scientists suggesting that it was some kind of plot to bring down capitalism (although it is never explained why) and now you have moved on to subtly suggest that what we do is irrelevant so lets just keep burning fossil fuels. Because an extremely large country is only making slow progress but yet is still trying does not mean we should abandon the move away from the older methods of generating power.
  12. So many of these characters from the war are more interesting than Hollywood's fictional heroes.
  13. Old Koreelah

    Iran

    Absolutely, Willedoo! It's hard to admit it, but history might thank Trump for something: the hornet's nest that he stirred up has finally demonstrated the inferiority of America's "defence" systems. The US and its allies spend squillions propping up America's bloated weapons industry, but they can't stop cheap and innovative drones.
  14. OK, typo not picked up. Valid word, so MS Word didn't underline it. My bad. It's a wonder I can type anything without mistakes on my laptop. The bloody cursor is always ending up in the next county somewhere.
  15. SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's total planned coal-fired power projects now stand at 226.2 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the world and more than twice the amount of new capacity on the books in India, according to data published by environmental groups on Thursday (Sept 19). The projects approved by China amount to nearly 40 per cent of the world's total planned coal-fired power plants, according to the Global Coal Exit List database run by German environmental organisation Urgewald and 30 other partner organisations.
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  17. I got it, and laughed . But I couldn't resist commenting on the spelling mistake
  18. Bring back the trams,or light rail, and ban the cars in the inner city. (Brisbane used to have free 'city circle' bus service) More frequent smaller buses to cover more of our sprawling suburbs.
  19. Here's a story of a young man who gave his life fighting in the AIF during WW2. His name was Maaruff Bin Shalid and he died three weeks short of his 23rd. birthday, only a few miles north of where my father was at the time, near Balikpapan, Dutch Borneo. I started researching Maaruff a few years ago and started a Wikipedia page about him; something which I'm yet to complete. It started when I took my dad down to Leyburn in Queensland to see the old WW2 airstrip, the one where RAAF 200 flight was headquarted during their time working with Z Special Unit. As you drive into Leyburn, there's a memorial and a plaque inscribed with the names of lost 200 Flight crews and Z Force commandos. What caught my eye was the two Malay names on the plaque. We drove out to the old airstrip, one leg of which is now a bitumen road named Liberator Place. We got talking to a local lady who lived on a block at Liberator Place, and she informed us that the Malay Z Force members were taken on board as interpreters. After that, I started compiling available information on him which is the basis of this story. Lance Sergeant Maaruff Bin Shalid was born in Selangor, near Kuala Lumpur in 1923. At the time the war with Japan started, he was working as a pearl diver on a lugger out of Broome in W.A. which ended with the introduction of the National Security (Aliens Service) Regulations in 1942. As Maaruff was a natural born British Subject, he was classified as an Allied Alien and was placed in the CMF's 23rd. Australian Labour Company, one of the so called 'Forgotten Soldiers". Initially put to work on the docks, he soon graduated to the 51st. Port Craft Company, Royal Australian Engineers, no doubt due to his maritime experience. During this time, he also worked detachments to other units as a Malay instructor. In August 1944, Maaruff was transferred to the A.I.F. as a member of Z Special Unit and remained in Western Australia until transferring to the Australian Parachute Training Centre at RAAF Base Richmond, in February of 1945. After qualifying as a parachutist, he was sent to Leyburn to train with 200 Flight who operated six modified B-24 Liberators under the direct command of the Allied Intelligence Bureau. In May of 1945, Maaruuf departed for service outside Australian territory, most likely to Morotai, Dutch East Indies, where 200 Flight had a forward operating base. That same month, Maaruuf was inserted into North Borneo as a team member of Agas 2, an operation in the Sandakan and Pitas region, to perform intelligence and guerilla activities in support of the 9th. Division landings at Labuan and Brunei Bay. His second operation was Operation Platypus 7 in support of the 7th. Division landings at Balikpapan. He was part of a four man team parachuted into the Semoi region, just north of Balikpapan on 30th. June, 1945, one day before the landings. And that's where things went wrong. Out of respect for living relatives, I won't list the details here, but to cut a long story short, they were dropped ten miles away from the planned DZ, right on top of a Japanese camp. The team comprised the leader, Flight Lieutenant Alan Martin (RAAF), Sergeant James O'Dwyer (AIF), Signalman Ernie Myers (NZF) and Lance Sergeant Maruuf Bin Shalid (AIF). Flt. LT. Martin was the only survivor and eventually made his way back to Balikpapan. His story of surviving is worth telling and I can do that at a later date if anyone is interested in reading it. There are conflicting reports about the fate of the other members. One member was killed initially and Maaruuf and the other member survived until the 3rd of July. or the 5th. according to different native and Japanese sources. Reports vary as to whether it was Sgt. O'Dwyer or Signalman Myers who was captured and killed first. It was to be a while before Maaruff was laid to rest in his final resting place. He was initially buried near the river bank by either the Japanese or locals. In November 1945, he was located and reburied at the Balikpapan War Cemetery. In 1947, he was relocated to the Sandakan War Cemetery, and at a later date to his final resting place in the Indian section at the Labuan War Cemetery. In 1953, his awards were posted. He posthumously received the 1939/45 Star, the Pacific Star, the War Medal and the Australia Service Medal 1939/45. Two months later, they were listed as returned unclaimed. My guess is that they were sent to the Australian Consulate or relevant authorities in Malaya and living relatives could not be located. Maaruuf was unmarried, and with the Japanese occupation, his relatives might not have survived, or possibly relocated to another district. With Malays having no family name, they are very hard to trace. His last name is a patronym. Bin Shalid means 'of Shalid', with Shalid being the name of his father. So as their last name, everyone has their father's first name; very hard to track. I think Maaruuf was one such average bloke who did more than his share and is well deserving of recognition. I hope to finish that Wikipedia page one day; it's the least someone can do to recognize his service and sacrifice. At the moment, the only public reference to him is a few scattered records here and there.
  20. Peter, the cat might be deaf. When you said 'hearing aid', he might have thought you said 'your dinner's made'.
  21. OME, don't you recall the parody of "Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo". Here's a pic of the aids. The right one is untouched, the left one a little less so. Maybe the cat thought it was a baby mouse.
  22. Nah! It was the cat that chewed Red's "heating aids"
  23. The things that were being asked for were these 1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, 2. 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030. 3. Fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities. Seems pretty reasonable to me, I did not hear anything about to complete dismantling of the modern world as the "alarmists" claim.
  24. That's a worry, PM. Kids need hope. I agree it sounds alarmist, but there were similar levels of fear during the Mutually Assured Destruction era of the Cold War. The best news is that today's kids are doing something about it. Which issue is the greater threat? They're all interrelated. The rate at which we are destroying species and whole ecosystems is unprecedented in human history. Our kind won't be far behind. We didn't learn from the wisdom of Chief Seattle: Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life: he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself... The whites too shall pass; perhaps sooner than all other tribes. Contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste. But in your perishing you will shine brightly...
  25. Pardon me Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes.
  26. I thought you said: "I chose my wife very carefully, " And only lasted 23 years !. Try 57 And still counting . THAT'S good choosing !. (or dumb Luck ) LoL spacesailor
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