Fah Kiew Tu

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    Post-covid Cruising?

    I've gone too soft in the head to shoot them even if it is legal. I could do it quite safely where my boat is, but no. Ditto for poisoning and similar. Besides as I learned when I owned 600 acres in NSW, it's pointless - if there's a big population reservoir, all you're doing is opening a niche to migration for excess elsewhere (wallabies from the hills in that case). Need a cleverer solution. I'll probably add some cable ties with the point up around the new PV panel and some netting. String some thin line between the lazy jacks. They don't roost on my spreaders because they're too short. But there were 17 of the little bastards on the bowsprit, main sail and dinghy davits the other day. Up from 2 a few days earlier. A safe space and they tell their friends. Thanks for the offer, I have a spare over there too slightly south of yours. That's where I send the visitors when I'm tired of them about the place. Or POW Bay. Probably going to be doing some R&M for another visiting boat soon. The workshop owner is bored with his own projects. The next one involves a fair bit of angle grinding using a big 9" grinder and I've no enthusiasm to start it. FKT
  2. People are generally pig-ignorant of what it takes to sustain their cosy existence. I was at a party in Tucson once when a young woman, when finding out she was with a bunch of mining engineers and mining engineering software types, started ripping into us about how we were destroying the planet. One of the guys who'd had a beer or 3 too many returned the favour, starting at her head and working downwards, pointing out each article of clothing/jewellery and telling her it was a product of mining so she had to take it off. Ear rings, rings, teeth fillings, blouse - synthetic - belt (plastic) bra - metal clips, synthetic rubber. All the way to her shoes. She left. Bet she didn't even stop to think about hey hypocrisy though. I've no idea what the minimum level of population is needed to maintain a 21C high tech lifestyle but I'd take a WAG at 250 million or so just to provide the pool for all the specialties. So the EU or the USA sized polity. If I'm wrong it'd be because it takes more, not less. That logistic tail is a right bastard. FKT
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    Post-covid Cruising?

    Unless you're posting from your coffin, that cannot *possibly* be true. If you get really bored you can come & exterminate cormorants in my bay. I put a new PV panel up on Thursday, went sailing Saturday, had to clean off the birdshit first. Not happy. Need to move the boat more just to confuse them. Got boats on all my 'spare' moorings out the front ATM because of the lockdown so can't even move from one to another. FKT
  4. Agree. What level of tech are you happy with? Think on how far back you want to go for you level of medicine & dentistry, for example, and what level of tech/people to maintain that tech it requires. I'm firmly in the 21C tech camp myself. Done the back to the land thing, hard work, not repaying. FKT
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    Post-covid Cruising?

    Yes, it's OK really. We went off for a day-sail yesterday. As usual bugger-all wind but still good to get out. Could probably overnight on your own moorings and have a decent argument that you haven't really gone anywhere. Job backlog is still a mile long. FKT
  6. That's just pushing a button and watching the video. He doesn't know them personally. FKT
  7. OK so nominate 18 people *that you personally know* - not just people you've read about - that you'd nominate for summary execution on the ground that the planet and human race would be improved thereby. I can't. But maybe you associate with a much worse class of people, or have lower standards. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Not defending this guy because I think he's a sleazebag, but that's not how it works here AFAIK. The mortgage brokers look for the best deal for someone wanting a loan then arrange that loan with the bank, credit union, etc. And get a commission. Therein lies the rub - they're getting a commission. Conflicted payments are a big problem. Someone like this? NFW he'd be acting in *your* best interests. After all, he needs the latest model Porsche to show how great he is. I hope he does serious jail time but he probably won't, unfortunately. It's likely that he can look forward to a lifetime with a starring role on ANPR systems though if he ever gets his driving licence back. FKT
  9. An ex-manager comes to mind.... but yeah, I doubt I could nominate 5 from real life personal knowledge. FKT
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Looks like a fuckwit who used to be on boat design's idea of a 'vessel' to go after the around in 10 (circumnavigate in a 10' boat) prize. FKT
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    Trump & China Truth Starting to Come Out

    Yeah - there is that..... See previous comment re laid decks. They look great. I'd never have one. FKT
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    Trump & China Truth Starting to Come Out

    Hundred a day, 10 days, job done. Even my friends who built a carvel planked boat weren't idiotic enough to have a laid timber deck. Anyway it's not like trying to get rid of cormorants where, for every one you shoot, a replacement or 2 promptly appears. Re-bunging actually has an end point. FKT
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    Trump & China Truth Starting to Come Out

    Not by any fault or poor judgement on your part, but your timing sucks big-time. Probably a real buyer's market for expensive large luxury toys like boats ATM, especially when you can't move them anywhere for the foreseeable future. We've been out sailing today - taking a close look from the water side at another property nearby that's for sale, looking at the possibilities for keeping the boat even closer to the house. 600m is a PITA some days. FKT
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    Trump & China Truth Starting to Come Out

    Well, all the smart & hot women move to Australia so - shrug. What's a Kiwi bloke to do.... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    As he should be. And if bad karma comes to that Pusey guy - good. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Huh? Have you ever *lived* in the USA? Even visited & driven about? They have a FAR FAR MORE even spread of population than we do. Yes there are lots clustered in big cities but there's a lot of big cities away from their coasts. Name 3 big cities in Australia that aren't on the coast or an artificial political construct (Canberra). Bonus points, name 3 more that aren't or weren't major mining support cities. FKT
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    Money versus Life

    Then you're lucky that you never had whooping cough. Another thing the anti-vaxxers are against immunising for. I got it in my 40's when one of my daughters - who *WERE* immunised - brought it home. I needed booster shots then got over it. So yeah - I know what you're saying. And for the ignorant/trolls out there, I'm NOT suggesting that you actually had whooping cough, just that the endless coughing is similar. And very debilitating. FKT
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    Money versus Life

    I like the theory, but then I remember the cosy accounting firms which were making so much money providing services from their supposedly 'chinese walled' consulting arms that their audits were - compromised. FKT
  19. I wouldn't vote for banning it, but it lacks subtlety and in the way it's applied, often accuracy. It's the basic equivalent of a right winger labeling everything to the left as 'commie' which is equally annoying, boring and pointless. It's noise. Contributes nothing to the argument/discussion. Playground child-level insults. But then again, you *do* claim to be a political scientist, retired variety, so - shrug. It's not like you're an engineer or scientist who actually had to produce something that *worked* after all. Or a piece of artwork people would pay money for on the open market, if you object to scientists/engineers. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Heh. Now fuel is effectively free, you'll be able to run those engines forever. And warm the planet too. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    So, just your average Canadian summer, then? FKT
  22. Not according to an expat I know who lives there. He said that the population cooperated and basically self-policed during the quarantine. No need for heavy-handed Army. They are a *very* different culture and accept restrictions we wouldn't tolerate as a norm. I don't doubt for a nanosecond their Govt lied and continues to lie. It's a nasty dictatorship and I have no time at all for them. But that's not the point here. The general population, once they realised the seriousness and the need to stop the spread, actively participated. They weren't forced at the barrel of a gun. So no vicious enforcement by the Army. Sunny and not blowing 35+ knots so I'm off to my boat. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    You grossly underestimate the number of religious fanatics and idiots. Nowhere near enough are going to get killed off by this to actually matter. The survivors most certainly won't change their opinions. And then there's Fauxbook and the anti-vaxxers to indoctrinate a new bunch of feeble minds... FKT
  24. I rather think he's using the Socratic method to demonstrate the point. Your entire society, and all its members, including you, are irredeemably racist. You can't even conceive of anything that's not race based. You can't see any path to a future where race doesn't matter. Yet race is almost totally a complete bullshit construct. Economic circumstance is quantifiable; race isn't. Not ONE of you were willing to explain how a woman with a Jamaican father and Indian mother was 'black', for example. Not only that but your educational institutions have bought into it so thoroughly that they use all sorts of non-academic criteria that they can bias so as to get the 'correct' racial types in and, as it's an inherently zero-sum game, keep others out. This is just plain wrong on so many levels. And those with the money are going to do everything they can to make sure that them & theirs prosper regardless. What would I do? Double-blind entrance exam system. No identifying data on race, gender, sex preference et al. No bonus points for playing some sport, or a parent who was an alumnus. Just - how well do you score in the stuff that matters in your preferred field? So writing a wonderful essay is great if you want to go into a literate area but of little weight for science, engineering and math fields where numeracy is much more relevant. And don't start on how scientists & engineers need to know how to write well - they do, it's true, but if they aren't highly numerate, they're not scientists or engineers. Writing well is a second order - at best - requirement. Yep this would discriminate against the poorly educated. Tough shit - the solution to *that* is to fix the early education system not fuck about at University level where you in theory want the best & brightest. So you'd still have privilege but it'd be based on economics, not the ability for someone with a shitload of money to buy a place their child couldn't get on competitive academic merit. And I'll admit my bias - I and my first wife got what you guys refer to as 'full ride' scholarships based on our final year high school exam results. Otherwise we'd never have gotten there; someone with wealthy parents could have bought those places. FKT
  25. To be fair, you *did* start with a 30 IQ point handicap.... and that's WRT *Meli*. FKT