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  1. Maybe so. But their media will be telling the punters "all good. Nothing to see here".
  2. In short, I have no doubt in my mind that rapid climate change is real, it is accelerated by human activity, and we can influence the trend. However, I believe it has become a scape goat that conveniently diverts the attention of the public away from the much bigger risk to humanity. That is #1. OVERPOPULATION Closely followed by all the multiple types of pollution caused by greed - maximising profits ahead of business integrity. Unfortunately overpopulation is a really hard thing for individuals to accept responsibility for. And is political suicide for politicians to voice an opinion on. Every Mammal on the planet assumes itself to have an inalienable right to breed. Ultimately that will be the downfall of humanity.
  3. I get your point, Peter. However that's no reason to stop our move toward more sustainable use of our resources! For instance moving away from burning or exporting so much coal right now would have a short term inpact on our economy. But all that coal would still be available for later use, and the longer it stays in the ground, the greater its value! We are going hell for leather to get it out as fast as possible by allowing foreign investors to mine it, and not getting anywhere as much return as we would if we mined it ourselves slowly over a longer period. It still wouldn't save any rhino's but it would be better for our economy in the long term, and slow down the pollution of our world. But our leaders don't plan for our future, beyond their election cycle.
  4. Having visited that area a number of times, I quite enjoy the colours and shapes on and around Uluru. Quite delightful to see it when cold and wet, with rain tumbling down. However it has never really "moved" me. One time, whilst awaiting the sunrise colours(along with a mob of shivering camera wielding tourists), I looked over my shoulder, away from the 'rock'. There in the distance stood Kata Tjuta. It's domes poked up through the ground mist, and glowed gold in the first rays of sunshine. That "moved" me spiritually. I turned my camera away from Uluru. I simply HAD to go and walk through them. And although I have no real reason to be 'connected', that place felt very special to me. It's a personal thing. That feeling of connectedness.
  5. Just as a slight diversion from OP, years ago I had a friend who was part indigenous. He informed me that the truely sacred rock isn't Uluru itself (although that is still significant). The really special place is a much less interesting (to white fellas) small area of rock that sticks up out of the ground nearby. But the indigenous don't tell the white fellas about that because they'll desecrate it. I have no way to verify this, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's true. I find Uluru to be an impressive big rock. I personally have felt that the Olga's are more special. Mount Augustus is older and larger than Uluru, and it turns all the same magical coulurs as Uluru. It's also easier to climb than Uluru because one side is still buried.
  6. My wife has a different interpretation of "half cocked"! Her ex-husband was a gun nut, but that had nothing to do with his hair trigger.
  7. Marty, "just waiting for summer to set in. " You must have missed it. Summer was last Tuesday. It was 28 degrees all day . Just before the grey cold drizzle set in.......
  8. "a hair trigger, or does he go off half-cocked? " Aren't they one and the same?
  9. It's an austerity move. Soon to be adopted by Britain, as soon as they exit the EU.
  10. It sounds like a story of democracy's death by a thousand cuts. We colonist seldom get such insights into what's happening or how it's happening.. But I blame that on our yankcentric MSM. BTW, are any other countries unhappy with their membership of the EU?
  11. Mike, AUD$37.875 Billion sounds like a lot of income from mining, but it should be viewed in relation to the other sources. A quick search (Wikipedia) gives perspective for 2016 ( probably not much has changed since then).... _____________________________________ GDP by sector Services: 61.1% Construction: 8.1% Mining: 6.9% Manufacturing: 6.0% Agriculture: 2.2% (2016)[7 ________________________________ Mind you, although "Manufacturing" rates almost as high as mining, I can't think what we still manufacture in Australia!
  12. nomadpete

    Quickies part 2

    But.... but..... Phil, really? Everyone knows that the world really isn't a sphere!!! It's an oblate spheroid.
  13. Did nobody notice..... The American electric police car has a BULL BAR ! There should be a big heaadliine in the media to tell all those doubters that there is a Tesla designed for Australian roads!
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