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  1. My grandies are protesting, while I'm away burning AvGas.
  2. It grates to recognise the historic achievements of such an imperfect person, but yep, he has made a big difference.
  3. 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.
  4. Maybe Trump wants America to be a sheltered workshop using old technology... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49591143
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. The life span of warships seems to be getting very short; many of us get more years service out of our cars.
  10. The best definition of technology: The art of arranging the world so that we don't have to experience it.
  11. 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.
  12. There was a memorable scene in the TV adaptation of "Sun on the Stubble" where the farmer- who understands horses and crops, but not machines- buys one of these new-fangled T-Model Fords. He's out driving with his young son, who does have some idea, when he pulls over and stops. What's up Dad? Dad announces that the Odomoter has just turns over 1,000 miles. Following the owner's manual to the letter he gets underneath, removes a plug and drops the oil out. Then drives on.
  13. So true, Yenn. We built our solar house in the '80s, when every coffee table had books about innovative, efficient home design. We incorporated ideas that worked for earlier generations: Verandahs, rainwater tanks, gravity tanks for water pressure, a wood stove and home-made solar water-heating. A generation later, people have forgotten about solar houses. We toured project homes with our kid and could find NOTHING innovative. Most homes built today are boring, inefficient and bland- and totally dependent on their connection to external services. When those services break down, as they sometimes do, our suburbs are ripe for chaos
  14. Too right Methusala. I'm amazed that the Nobel Prizes still enjoy such a high profile. There are plenty of worthy people, but butchers and tyrants often get the Peace prize. Why? My vote for a very deserving person is Jeremy Wales, who created the world's most-visited website, but didn't get rich like so many other internet pioneers. Instead, he guided Wikipedia to being a free resource for humankind. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founder_of_Wikipedia
  15. Ukraine was to inherit nukes when the Soviet Union broke up, but decided to do without them. Libya, South Africa and Syria had reactors and were reputed to have clandestine weapons programmes. Libya's Kaddafi renounced his programme and was rewarded with destruction by NATO. South Africa is believed to have worked with Israel on weapons development; a mysterious flash detected over the South Atlantic may have been a nuclear test. https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/nuclear-vault/2016-12-06/vela-incident-south-atlantic-mystery-flash-september-1979-raised-questions-about-nuclear-test The Apartheid regime later renounced Nukes.
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