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  1. 4 points
    The way Julian has been treated by the Australian government makes me wonder why anyone would want to have Australian citizenship. same goes for David Hicks. Both guilty until proved innocent.
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    Who can ever forget the Marrickville Mercedes?
  3. 4 points
    If only we had those problems; my life is more like this:
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    If you were a kid in the 1950's you might remember Bilda Brix.
  5. 2 points
    My first was a Morris Isis (not the Muslim kind), then a Morris Major Elite, then a Morris Oxford. After that it was all Fords (5 Falcons and a Festiva). All but one have been pre-owned.
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    They know how to rebuild old aeroplanes!
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    I have lived in Qld since 1968 and it may be a bit hotter, but not enough to cause it to be uncomfortable. Don't forgrt one of the things making it hotter is that most modern houses are not designed to be habitable without air conditioning. I designed and built my home and it doesn't have aircon. it may get a bit warm for a month or so if we het high humidity, but it is lack of humidity which is one of the problems of climate change. No doubt the climate is changing, I have run out of all except drinking water and if the Council had their way when I built the house I would not have had any tank water piped to the house. Beurocratic decisions are at the root of a lot of our current problems, from fire damage to housing liveability and more.
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    New Zealand with Jacinda Adern doesn't look like they're going to war any time soon.
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    A fellow sat on the barber's chair "I'll have a shave and a shoe shine... The barber began to lather his face, while a woman with the biggest, firmest, most beautiful real breasts that he had ever seen knelt down and began to shine his shoes. The Texan said, "Young lady, you and I should go and spend some time in a hotel room." She replied, "I'm married and my husband wouldn't like that." The Texan said, "Tell him you're working overtime and I'll pay you the difference." She said, "You tell him; you're closer.
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    It also pays to check the historical data on journalist deaths in Russia to keep it in context. Overall, it's higher than countries like ours for sure. Sometimes people mix the murder/disappearance numbers with the total deaths. Total deaths include war journalists lost in Afghanistan, Chechyna, Dagestan, Georgia etc.. These weren't all crossfire incidents; some murders are included in those conflict zones as well. The murder figures can be further broken down into those where official government suspicion is involved, and those by others. Russia, being the wild west type of country it is, has a lot of corruption and organized crime outside of government spheres and it's not hard for a journo to get on the wrong side of a businessman or lower level local official. But what happens is, that due to our entrenched Russophobia and ever increasing Putinophobia, we tend to take any figures as a given that it's all the work of Putin and his cronies. Basically, we believe what we want to believe. Another trend in the statistics is that journalist deaths in that country are decreasing year by year in a significant downward trend. If you look at the numbers during the 90's, it's very high, but that was an exceptionally lawless and confused decade with the fallout from the dissolution of the Union. It's nowhere near that rate now and never will be again. I can understand people thinking Putin is some sort of evil dictator, and it must be true because our media tells us so. But another truth is that the Russian Federation does need a strong leader to survive long enough to stabilize economically and socially, and Putin is one of the only contenders. The main problem is that Uncle Sam is waiting in the wings to pick over their bones at the slightest sign of weakness, like they did with the product sharing agreements of the 90's. It's only one man that stopped that theft, kicked out the Yanks and took back control of Russia's resources and revenue. That's one of many reasons why he's popular with older Russians. What happens in the future is anyone's guess. The younger generation don't know or remember that history, so the status quo is not as popular with them and things could change in the future. It will either remain much the same and possibly get stronger, or it will become just another American clone controlled by the U.S.. Luckily for Russia, there's still enough young people who don't want the latter. I remember when Medvedev was President, the U.S were rubbing their hands with glee. They finally had a relatively mild President they could sucker, something they hadn't had since their stooge Yeltsin, and it would have been a pushover if Medvedev and Putin hadn't swapped their jobs back again. The reason the Yanks hate Putin is because he isn't a pushover. I firmly believe the worst thing Russia could do at present is to get rid of Putin. If he was suddenly gone, just watch that country implode in a big way. Good fun for the U.S., but a world of pain for the average Russian. The time will come when they outgrow Putin, but at the moment they need him to steer the ship to a more stable position economically and with regard to national defence and security. We try too much to compare him with our privileged Western societies. But if you compare the state of Russia and Putin today with the Russia of the 90's and early 2000's, he's not doing too bad at all.
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    I was a paper boy in the 60's, Brisbane Telegraph was 4 cents. Great times , just about everyone gave me a 5c piece. 25% tip. Then they went to 5c. So much for getting rich quick.
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    Not sure if this is appropriate to post, but here goes. I was reading about recent commemorations of the 75th. anniversary of the liberation of Moldova from German forces and found some information about female fighter pilot Maria Kulkina. Among Soviet WW2 female pilots, she's relatively unknown compared to the well documented histories of the three female aviation regiments. The night bomber regiment flying the U-2's seems to get the lion's share of the attention, but individual female pilots attached to male regiments usually don't get much of a mention. Anna Yegorova, as far as I know the only female Sturmovik pilot, comes to mind. Maria Kulkina and her second husband were the only husband and wife fighter pilots in the Soviet Union during the war, and most likely in the world. Maria started flying at flight school at age 16 and married her flight instructor, Sergei Psarev at age 18. She graduated from civil aviation flight school at 19, after which Maria and Sergei flew as civil air fleet pilots in Tbilisi, Georgian SSR. At the outbreak of war, Sergei flew with the 748th long-range aviation regiment and lost his life in 1942. After his death, Maria applied to join the Air Force and was accepted as a pilot in early 1943 with the rank of Junior Lieutenant. Her first posting was with the 145th Separate Communications Squadron, flying communications at the front. During this time, she flew up to 15 sorties per day, totaling well over 500 sorties in total. For her actions, she was awarded the Order of the Red Star. After that, she moved to fighter aviation in late1943 and served with the 267th Fighter Aviation Regiment, flying a Yak-9. Maria married her squadron commander, Captain Yuri Antipov, and flew as his wingman. On 20th, May, 1944, she fought her last battle as part of a group of aircraft supporting ground troops in the fighting around Dubosari, Moldovian SSR. Flying wingman for her husband, she successfully intercepted two Me-109's on his tail, shooting down one and damaging the other, forcing it to retire. While doing this, she was attacked from behind by a pair of 109's and shot down. For whatever reason, she was unable to bail out. Maria's crash site couldn't be located due to flooding and rapid movement of the front away from the area. In 1972, her remains were found at a depth of 10 metres and buried at the Mound of Glory near Dubosari. This is the same small hill from where the commanding General witnessed her final dogfight in 1944. That same year she was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd degree; possibly a posthumous award. The Mound of Glory has a tank crew buried there with a tank placed on top, as well as Maria and another pilot who passed on in later times. She is still remembered and honoured by the people of the Transnistria region of Moldova. At 25, a short but full life.
  14. 2 points
    If the voter turn-out was only 37.4%, and I won't argue the exact figure, then those who did not vote abandoned their democratic right. They have no base to argue the result. Of those who did vote, then all of them can claim that they did their duty. As believers in the voice of the people, then all who voted must accept the result. If the vote had gone the way of the Remainers, would they be calling for another referendum?
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    I believe that behind every large fortune is an equally large and heinous crime.
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    It certainly has created many opportunities that did not exist before. My son started an indie PC games development company which started as a 2 person operation in Melbourne. Because his market is the whole first world the company became successful. One day he and his business partner decided that they could operate their business from anywhere and so they moved to Wellington NZ. In my own business I am tied pretty much to a geographical area, my customer base is much smaller than his. In terms of the bad stuff, I suspect some of it was happening anyway, pedophiles networks still existed the difference is now perhaps we are more aware of it. The existence of snuff films is not a new phenomenon, I heard of such things many years ago. Perhaps now the chances of getting caught may be greater than when the method was sending pictures in the post although I have no evidence of that assertion either way. The internet is a tool just like a hammer most people use it to build something useful and occasionally someone beats someone to death with one. It is easy to trawl through the net and be dismayed at what seems to be a post facts era but I believe that it is early days with this new tool. We will get better at using it. Personaly I think the good far outweighs the bad.
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    We already have allowed batterires to proliferate, phone and tablet batteries and many more. To compare litheum batteries to Strontium and Cesium etc. is a bit of a stretch. Quite rightly though the question of the life cycle of large litheum batteries (and small but I guess you are not as concerned about them). This is a common objection people have and fair enough. Imagine if we had held up the proliferation of the mobile phone because at the beginning we weren't sure what would happen to the used batteries? In the early days of the home PC old machines probably did go to land fill but because they contain valuable materials we found ways to recycle. So what does happen to all of these batteries? First of all EV batteries are generally exceeding expectations https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/16/tesla-batteries-have-90-capacity-after-160000-miles-may-last-for-500000-miles/ https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/16/tesla-battery-packs-live-longer/ Last year my son bought a BMW I3 second hand, it was 4 years old. The funny thing is I have so many times by the doubters have told me that the batteries will only last 4 years. As my son says, they come with an 8 year replacement warranty so he is pretty relaxed about it. The real world case is this after 5 years this battery is at about 97% of its original caapcity. I have driven this car many times and it is a delight to drive and cost very little to run and maintain. I wont get to drive this car again as he has bought a Tesla model 3 which I will be very excited to drive. Although batteries dont last forever, their life is not yet over. When EV batteries degrade to the point when they are no longer viable for a vehichle they still have plenty of life left in stationary applications. https://www.indiatimes.com/auto/alternative/this-football-stadium-in-netherlands-is-completely-powered-by-used-electric-car-batteries-370127.htm https://greenlight.nl/expert-views/a-second-life-for-old-ev-batteries/?lang=en https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/nissan-reborn-light-ev-batteries/ In terms of recycling things are definately happening. Tesla is developing a so called "closed loop" system https://electrek.co/2019/04/16/tesla-battery-recycling-system/ The need for these EV companies to build enough cars is ample incentive to ensure the raw materials are available. “A common question we hear is, “What happens to Tesla vehicle battery packs once they reach their end of life?” An important distinction between fossil fuels and lithium-ion batteries as an energy source is that while fossil fuels are extracted and used once, the materials in a lithium-ion battery are recyclable. When petroleum is pumped out of the ground, chemically refined and then burned, it releases harmful emissions into the atmosphere that are not recovered for reuse. Battery materials, in contrast, are refined and put into a cell, and will still remain at the end of their life, when they can be recycled to recover its valuable materials for reuse over and over again.” The fact is that large lithium batteries are being recycled, sure it is a slow start but as volume increaeses, so will encentive to reuses those valuable materials. China is doing a lot in this area but also other countries.
  19. 1 point
    No worries, Octave. I thought that might have been the case.
  20. 1 point
    It’s often been said that patriotism is last resort of a scoundrel. Now that every dog and his man has accepted that we’re in trouble, the diehard, entrenched fossil fuel lobby trots out communism, socialism (or some other perceived evil) to muddy the waters. If that doesn't work, perhaps they will say that climate warriors are actually closet neo-nazis...
  21. 1 point
    Really drifting into conspiracy territory there. Let's say that was true, it is just as disturbing how quickly this story was spread and how many people wanted to believe it was true. So do you really believe this? Equating emission controls with some sort of socialist plot seems pretty whacky to me. I live on part time work and my investments, I certainly have no wish to tear down the economy. So was Joseph Fourier a rampant socialist? How about Tyndall or Arrhenius? Are CSIRO koolaide drinking socialists? How about the board of BHP? Bom secret plan to introduce socialism. Sorry that just sounds lame. Of course there are some who may have this goal but this does not change the physics. If the weight of the evidence contradicts the theory then I will happily abandon it. The weight of the evidence supports the theory at this point in time. Sure, you can cherry pick articles graphs and study but you have to admit that the evidence against is sparse. I am going with the consensus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_consensus_on_climate_change I believe this is rational. I doesn't really matter what a few people believe, the changes are happening. I am not anti miner, in fact like any technological revolution we are going to need minerals such as cobalt, lithium, copper etc.
  22. 1 point
    The difference is this is not entertainment and meant to be funny or satire. THIS is NOW happening . All we are doing now is inventing reasons to hate groups. demonise vilify and bully them. Religion is often an element or profit which has become a religion or a big part of it, for many.. The weapons we are producing are able do extremely violent things without us even being near the ones injured and killed indiscriminately and totally isolated from it.. It's now just a nasty GAME for Power. Weapons SALES is big business and it doesn't matter who gets to buy them, really. We are involved in weapons sales, thanks to Pyne. We also have blood on our hands going to wars based on a pack of lies . Nev
  23. 1 point
    Do you have to introduce current politics into everything? I didn't intend this thread to deal in any way with our exalted leaders. Here's my first post on the topic. What made the ANZACs such effective soldiers? Those blokes who stormed the cliffs of Ari Burnu on 25th April 1915 were not professional soldiers. Sure, they had had some training in the use of rifle and bayonet, but they were not skilled in military tactics. How, then, did they make the advances they did against the defenders and then hold the ground for eight months against other troops who held all the trump cards? A 2015 publication, From Desk to Dugout - The education of a Victorian ANZAC" by Robyn Youl and Keith Hallett (ISBN 9781922175953) looks at the formal education these blokes received as they grew up at the turn of the 20th Century. They look at the material that young people used to learn to read and how the content of that material shaped the way these militarily naive men expressed themselves in word and deed. The basis of the author's hypothesis is that the introduction of compulsory education in all Australian colonies in the 1870's resulted in soldiers who could not only read Orders, but could write clear situation reports, thereby providing the Commanders with accurate military intelligence on which to formulate battle plans. The authors also discuss how the stories and activities coming from the reading material molded the minds and attitudes of these young people, so that they readily responded to the call, "For King and Country!". The authors illustrate the results of compulsory education on the common man by referencing The Anzac Book ( http://davidmhart.com/liberty/WarPeace/Books/The_Anzac_Book1916.pdf). This book was the result of an attempt to raise the morale of those freezing in the snow-filled trenches of Gallipoli in November 1915. Soldiers are expected to fight, but in the stalemate of Gallipoli, the ANZACs were told to write. So, the ANZACS were the first "other ranks" in history directed by their commanders to express themselves through poetry, prose, sketches and cartoons. These were things that these men had done as schoolboys as they worked their way through a programmed learning sequence using the Royal Readers as their texts. The contributions to The ANZAC Book are the progenitors of the many memoirs we are now seeing published by those who experienced the tumultuous years of the 20th Century. The poetry might not have been as well known as that of the English poets, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brook and others, but it conveys similar sentiments. The prose is often of a humorous bent, and why not? It was written to boost morale. So, what made the ANZACs such effective fighters? No doubt a contributing fact was that from age 6 to 14, each one had to attend school and learn the 3 R's. Having learned to read, these young men had their heads filled with the derring-do of adventure stories, setting them the expected standards of manhood. Also while attending school, the boys were inoculated with the ideas of loyalty to the Crown and of British superiority, which no doubt resulted in the overwhelming rush to the recruiting offices when War was declared. So download The ANZAC Book and see part of our history through the eyes of the average bloke who was there. And see if you can get a copy of From Desk to Dugout - The education of a Victorian ANZAC" to broaden you knowledge of how we came to be.
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    I think you'll be ok, Octave. Doesn't sound like any knee jerking there.
  25. 1 point
    There was no "F" in onions. They were sold out.. Nev
  26. 1 point
    New Zealand is small, relatively isolated and seems to be well respected in the world, so would it be feasible for it to become a neutral country?
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    Some great musical satire by mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer, written in the mid 60s but still relevant today. Who's next https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJAD2csTQ8A
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    Thinking about the title of this thread. If China had a Bit more brain !. It could & should give Hong Kong, Independent rule as a Democracy. Also TAX them, to see if it could be a sustainable revenue earner. Imagine the revenue passing through Hong kong annually. spacesailor
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    A good cautionary story about corporal punishment to kids( true story): There was this stocky youth in Alice Springs whose father belted him once too often and it turned into a fight which the 14 year-old son won. The father had a mental breakdown and was sent " down south " never to be heard of again. The son achieved more fame as a seventeen year old for rolling his ute on account of how his girlfriend was playing with him at the time. Us 15 year-olds were jealous.
  31. 1 point
    I think to the contrary. Donald Trump has taken decisions, on several occasions, to negate the war mongering actions of people like John Bolton. For example, the non-attack on Iran following downing of a US drone.
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    There's a razor? I didn't get past the first picture.
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    Good article on ABC by Dr Karl on the electromagnetic spectrum. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-08-28/is-5g-safe-dr-karl-radiation-explainer/11416070
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    That would have been an interesting trip, Bruce. I'm not very qualified to make judgements on Libya as most of what I know is second hand and might not be accurate. But I've had the impression that things were fairly good under Gaddafi. I've read where women's rights were the best of all Muslim African nations. And things like free education, free health etc.. Might even be free housing or assistance in some form. The destruction of Libya was a sad thing. I thought the original idea of NATO was self defence of member countries, but since the destruction of Yugoslavia in the 90's, they've taken it on themselves to attack and destroy countries outside of NATO; countries that were in no way threatening any NATO countries. I can see why Vlad views them as a threat as opposed to the other way around. He's surrounded by a large force with a solid track record of attacking other countries. I think he knows an attack is extremely unlikely despite all the sabre rattling, but his job is make sure NATO are denied that ability to do so. The press often distorts things a bit. Once some leaders are designated a bad guy, it's hard for the press to have a balanced view from that point on. Syria is a good example, with the Western press coverage of Aleppo. Most nights we would see footage of the devastated, bombed out suburbs, but not once on the Western media did I see footage of the other 80% of Alleppo under government control which was unaffected. No destruction, life as normal, people going to nightclubs etc.. The press would have us believe the whole city was a mess. Not by lying, but by omitting, intentionally or otherwise, certain truths to alter the context of their reporting. I get the impression with Gaddafi that there was more to him than what we were being told.
  37. 1 point
    Thanks for your posts willedoo, you sure have given us more real stuff than the media ever has. I spent about a week in Libya in the 1970's ( there was an Australian demonstration farm near Benghazi) and a lot of what you say about Putin was true of Gaddafi. Sure, the english-speaking drivers assigned to me were probably all secret police, but their enthusiasm for taking foreigner's profits back and spending the money on Libyans was genuine. And the schools where the boys and girls played in the yards were not contrived for me. Gosh I reckon that Libya was far better off under Gaddafi than it is now.
  38. 1 point
    Makes to" disappear" someone into a verb. Worked in CHILE for a while. USA makes it look as though the Russians can not survive unless they have a STRONG leader, and" I'm IT "says Valdimir so they put up with a bit of nasty stuff happening, and most just keep their head down. Nev
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    I get two local free newspapers. Both are about 95% advertising; 3% "What's on?" and 2% "news". The best thing about them are the rubber bands holding them folded for throwing. The local paper where my mother and sister live (Gilgandra) contains much more readable material, and it only serves a population of under 10,000. I've just done a survey for the Roy Morgan organisation which contained pages pages of newspapers and magazine titles I was asked if I had read. I left pages and pages of answer spaces blank.
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    They say truth is stranger than fiction, and there are so many true stories like hers that should be made into movies. Just don't let Hollywood do it, or we'll get another travesty like "Pearl Harbour"
  43. 1 point
    Don't smoke near it, Only a willy-willy. spacesailor
  44. 1 point
    I knew it! Cows emitting methane.
  45. 1 point
    I think a bit too much is read into claims of copying in aircraft design. Most worked from known theory and design, and most aircraft building nations were working on similar things at the same time. If you wanted to build a new brand of car, you wouldn't waste time trying to re-invent wheels for it. But I would agree the Spitfire is a work of art.
  46. 1 point
    Popular Art is what you are used to. If you learned to appreciate Art as a representation of landscape, or as a record of a person, then you will struggle to appreciate the work of artists depicting imaginary things. Here's a landscape by the English landscape artist John Constable, and one by Salvador Dali: How do you judge which is better? Subject matter? Technique? Is either one "better" or are they simply different approaches to the same concept?
  47. 1 point
    He said the Brief was "to create a piece that you feel suits you"
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    If the microbes won't eat it neither should you, regardless of the price. People pay more for bottled water than they will pay for milk. Buy just on price and expect quality and value? Do you still believe in the tooth Fairy? . Nev
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