Fah Kiew Tu

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    Tasmania, Australia
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    Boats, books and bulldozers

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  1. Fah Kiew Tu

    Sorry Farmers, You've Been Stabbed in The Back

    I don't think you guys quite realise how widespread the idea is in a lot of US citizens' heads that it's still the 1950's. Them days when the USA was the last country standing out of the ruins of WW2 with massive industrial base and world-leading tech, plus the biggest, richest pool of consumers on the planet. Lots of people still think like that. They don't get it that the gap has narrowed, that the EU is rich, that China has in many ways newer & better tech than the USA does, India is growing and getting richer. IMO the rest of the world can get by without you if you insist on taking yourself into isolation. It'll hurt for a while, no doubt, but you're no longer capable of demanding things your way. Not arguing about the way China has built its industries as IMO they've engaged in everything from blackmail to outright espionage, BUT - the US companies aided & abetted them every step of the way to outsource production and willingly transferred incredibly valuable IP while doing so. They could have told China to piss up a rope and equally your Govt could have done the same thing by forbidding the sorts of joint venture IP transfers. Nobody wanted to get in the way of the short-term money. Now - shrug. Good luck with the tariffs. That's a great way to screw over your own consumer base because they have few options and pretty much all of them cost more. FKT
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    Ultimate cruising boat?

    Maybe I should take another look - I'm always interested in seeing ideas for making stuff. Some things that used to be pretty difficult WRT metalwork have become a lot simpler with the advent of cheap CNC plasma cutters (or even non-CNC plasma). Ditto for CNC routers & laser cutters for plywood. FKT
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    Who has said they fought & beat the Palestinians other than you? Historically I'd say the Palestinians abandoned their land on the urging of the Egyptians, Syrians and Jordanians in 1948, with the assurance *by those combatants* that they could return after Israel was overrun. Guess what..... The Israelis certainly fought and beat Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Last I looked, Jordan was actually a big part of what used to be called Palestine, so arguably the Israelis did indeed beat them. Perhaps the Egyptians, Syrians and Jordanians should pay reparations for misleading the Palestinians about the outcome of the 1948 war. You're still stuck in denial. 3 wars, 1948, 1967, 1973. 3 Israeli wins. Pretty definitive. You want to roll things back to a mythical time rather than deal with the world as it is today. That's why you're irrelevant and I keep bringing up the Ottoman Empire - it has as much bearing & responsibility as your fictional position does. I still think the whole place is going to go tits-up in a major way and a great deal of the responsibility for that will be on Israel for its short-sighted and ultimately self-defeating theft of land on the West Bank. They would have been a lot better off re-drawing boundaries, declaring victory and evacuating the occupied areas they weren't planning on annexing (and living with the low-level war a la Gaza that would surely have followed). But no, their greed is going to be their undoing, which is why I've no time for them at all. Basically I think Mark is correct - the Rabin/Arafat 'agreement' was the last best hope. It went into history and nothing like as good an offer will ever come forward again. FKT
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    If you'd been paying attention you'd have noticed that I said many times over that the Zionist movement prior to the withdrawal of the UK Mandate were by & large outright terrorist organisations, and that I regard a hell of a lot of the hard-line Zionists who want to push the Palestinians right out of "Greater Israel" as racist religious bigots. Thing is, there were a lot of terrorist movements that turned into nation-states post WW2. We just don't want to talk about them. Well, most people don't. Try Kenya as a successful example. I call it as I see it. Someone wants to call me an anti-Semite or whatever, I take that as them saying they have no actual argument to make and are trying to shut me down. Doesn't work. FKT
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    Really when you think about it, it's all the fault of the Roman Empire. They destroyed the Jewish homeland after all. Point being, as I said to Meli some posts ago, you can't unscramble the egg. Israel exists. It's affirmed its existence by winning 3 wars. Until all those people in denial - like Meli - acknowledge and accept that fact, nothing of benefit for the Palestinians is ever going to happen. Insisting on things like the right of return for 5.7 million people is just the same as saying that you're not serious about discussing a settlement because it's never going to happen short of force of arms. Good luck with *that* when you're dealing with a nuclear-armed State. I've said many times over that I do not like or support what Israel has done with their creeping theft of land. The problem is that the longer things go on, the harder it becomes to unravel this. Getting them to evacuate Gaza was controversial enough and didn't end at all well so it's hardly an encouraging precedent for a more widespread evacuation of the West Bank. Sooner or later a contiguous Palestinian State will be de-facto impossible. People like Meli are actually making this more likely. FKT
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    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    Actually that thing is a Class H firearm in Australia, but it's good to see you trying to educate yourself. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    I actually could care less about Liz nd all her offspring to the n'th generation. However I *do* like having a relatively independent last-resort authority that can put the kybosh on stupid political games. You're too young to have voted back in the 70's; I was just old enough. Voted ALP in 1974 and the joint sitting got us Medicare. Voted against in 1977 because the ALP Govt had really, really lost the plot. The Lefties are still bent out of shape over that but the GG sending the decision to the people got a very substantial electoral result. So - I'll quite happily support a republic when someone puts forward a proposal that actually does something other than causing the PM of the day to have even more power than they do now. However if you think that any Govt or any persuasion will put forward a model that removes their power and transfers any of it to a President or equivalent, I think you'll have a very long wait. FKT
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    Fuck I love this place.

    No - back in Hobart now. I recommend you don't come here for another month or 2 - the weather still sucks. Probably have a spare mooring if you do come here; I just had one moved & beefed up for a 14.5m boat. Still a bit small for yours I realise but it'd likely be available. FKT
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    Ultimate cruising boat?

    Truly excellent idea. I appreciate people doing stuff like this, it makes me feel so much better about my own efforts. Last post well over 18 months ago so I suspect there was a quiet death along the way before the first sheet of ply was cut. I *did* appreciate the proposed timeline though - made my day really to see such sweet innocent naivete... FKT
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    Fuck I love this place.

    Yeah - I tried to PM you but the software said no. There might be a way around that but finding it exceeded my 10 second attention span so I gave up. I'll be at the hospital on the hill most of the week installing their new diagnostic software. Probably come down your way anyway to catch a glimpse of blue(ish) water, look at OPB's and have a beer with fish & chips - IIRC there was at least one decent cafe there plus the used boat junk err valuable antiques store (assuming it has't gone out of biz). I could do with some bronze trim rings for my new toy. Launch day approaches. FKT
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    In point of fact, 99% of people inside of Oz wouldn't care either. FKT
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    Fuck I love this place.

    I'll be in Brisbane with all expenses paid by his State Govt. FKT
  13. One of my best friends died a few years back and left me with 2 cases of Inner Circle Director's Special dark rum (78% ethanol) to work my way through. We were planning on working our way through it while sailing in the new boat off Rockhampton. I think I'll be cursing Roger in the morning for many years yet. FKT
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    Fuck I love this place.

    If I did, I'd be doing it..... Next week I have something better to do though. Spending LB's tax dollars on booze and food. FKT
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    To the Spineless Twit who Wrote NYT Op Ed

    Probably that he's nowhere *near* as rich as he claims to be. With an ego like his, that's more than enough reason to hide the returns, and also why the IRS would have no interest. FKT