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  1. So many of these characters from the war are more interesting than Hollywood's fictional heroes.
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    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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. My grandies are protesting, while I'm away burning AvGas.
  6. It grates to recognise the historic achievements of such an imperfect person, but yep, he has made a big difference.
  7. America, a time warp where you can still see things long ago phased out by everyone else. Miles, feet, inches, pounds, fluid ounces, Fahrenheit, gas guzzlers, guns everywhere, institutional corruption, ... and now incandescent light bulbs. Perhaps the place is overdue for a major trauma, which would allow them to take stock of everything they thought was true. They could toss out all that is silly or destructive about their society. Maybe they need to reset their country, as did Germany and Japan, two of our planet's most successful nations.
  8. Maybe Trump wants America to be a sheltered workshop using old technology... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49591143
  9. Trump has created "a culture of fear where scientists are being intimidated." https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-silenced-meet-the-climate-whistle-blowers-muzzled-by-the-trump-administration/ Even in the worst days of the Cold War, Soviet scientists could speak out; what has happened in the Land of the Free?
  10. Good point, Spacey. NZ history might be much longer and more interesting than the official version. There is considerable evidence for people being there at least 7,000 years ago.
  11. Back to my topic; there are encouraging signs of decency in some of the Murdoch family: "The connective tissue of our society is being manipulated to make us fight with each other, making us the worst versions of ourselves." https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/james-murdoch-fox-news-empire
  12. In Japan many toilets have a little hand-wash basin on top of the cistern. When you flush, water runs over your hands, then into the cistern. I've seen some at Bunnings. Earlier generations thought wasting water was sinful; when we moved into town my mum kept a plastic basin in the sink to catch water that would otherwise have gone down the drain. Her garden appreciated the water, as well as the extra nutrients.
  13. The life span of warships seems to be getting very short; many of us get more years service out of our cars.
  14. The best definition of technology: The art of arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it.
  15. That turned into a colossal Own Goal scored by the PM when he went after the ALP over dodgy donations. He was front and centre in supporting this candidate. Seems like his party didn't do their homework.
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