Fah Kiew Tu

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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Try nacradriver over in GA in the drugs thread. I get bored after 2 or 3 exchanges tho. Time to get back to the workshop. BTW I hope things have improved for you business-wise now the covid shit-storm seems to be abating. I doubt I'll make it up to Qld until maybe March/April at the earliest. FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Same. Any time I hear US citizens moaning about their politics and threatening to migrate to Australia, I think - fuck off. We don't want you or your toxic and divisive politics. Any of you. FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Pretty low bar though. FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    And just where are you going to get highly disciplined troops who understand and follow rules of engagement from? The west coast isn't going to secede anyway. That would cut off access to the Pacific so the rest of the country wouldn't permit it. There'd be a civil war over it pretty much instantly. Maybe if California got cut in half and the northern half went to Cascadia. Nice pipe dream though. FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Yeah and people with BJ's attitudes are doing their damnedest to make it worse. Yeah a lot of Trump supporters are racist, fascist fuckwits but if you classify every single Repug supporter as such, you've no chance of winning them over, in fact like most humans they'll double down on stubbornness. His holier-than-thou everyone not with me is against me and by definition wrong would likely make ME vote against whatever he was supporting. No fucking nuance there at all. Will demographics give you a win over time? Well maybe, but maybe not too. political parties here - the 2 main ones anyway - have made an art form out of stealing good ideas from the other side's policy statements and adopting them. It keeps both reasonably towards the centre. You guys seem to do your best to drive people to the extremes instead. Your country. If you weren't a world military/economic power I wouldn't give a damn quite frankly. FKT
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    Rethinking the drug war

    Don't tell nacradriver - he'll want to assassinate/murder you *and* your supplier *and the entire supply chain plus all the originating country's political leadership... he has to protect you from your own impulses to alter perception of reality, you know. That is, as long as you're using a drug he doesn't approve of. FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Because they've been so (in)effective in the past? Close to 50% of US voters support the status quo. Might be time for another secessionist movement. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    It's not so much that we don't *like* Texas, it's just that it's a bit - small, really. So we don't think about it. FKT
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    Rethinking the drug war

    I *did* think that, if you were going to go all hard-core drug warrior on us, you'd actually have some *suggestions* as to the things that, in your opinion, had to be done to achieve victory. Not to mention having a clear and explainable position on what 'victory' actually was. But no. All you've got is bluster and a now demonstrated inability to articulate anything at all. That really does wonders to support your position. Perhaps you should fuck off into a quiet corner somewhere and think on it a bit. Take a pad of butcher's paper and a packet of crayons - make sure you get the ones that are child-safe though, in case you accidentally suck on one when you can't find the dummy that you spat recently... FKT
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    Make America Great Again???

    Yeah - I've been saying that for quite a while now too. BJ simply doesn't get it. He's part of the problem but thinks he isn't. He doesn't actually believe in popular voting when it turns out people don't vote as he wishes. FKT
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    So..... what's the plan if trump wins?

    Most of the computer hardware is made in China anyway. Software? Consumer or high end pro? Because there's a *better* operating system than Windoze now, a quite adequate replacement for Orofice with OpenOffice, Solidworks isn't US as far as I know, PostgreSQL is a better product than Oracle and is free open source... Lots of proprietary US owned/developed software for sure, but also lots of alternatives that work fine. Other than the o/s that came installed on my Apple laptops I don't pay for any software, don't have any unlicensed/illegal software and I'm a developer. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Maybe for your home workshop. Not for mine. Small lathe is 3HP. Big lathe is 7.5HP. The baby Austrian one I don't count. Small horizontal boring mill 3HP 3 speed Dahlander wound motor. Big HBM 7.5HP. Etc. All 3 phase. A ton more machine tools (actually about 25 tonnes more in fact). FKT
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    Trump Voters are not an Aberration

    Maybe in a week or 2. Hope our Govt is ready to implement Plan B and work on the TPP with the other PacRim countries because we're going to need it. The USA looks like being a dead duck or at least a very self-centred & sick one for the foreseeable future. FKT
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    Splicing rode to chain

    Yeah. Took me 2 attempts to get a dyneema luff rope with a locked brummel splice each end the exact correct length. I found another use for the first (too long but not by much) one. FKT
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    Amateur couple rebuilds salvage cruiser

    Well, by the time they finish the rebuild, *maybe* there'll be an effective covid-19 vaccine and *maybe* the USA will have overcome its international reputation as a pestilential hole and other countries will allow cruisers entry again. As Clint Eastwood said.... FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    No over-payments here any more so that incentive doesn't exist. The payment is pretty derisory. Only real point is if you can actually use the energy yourself. Heat pump and electric hot water are 2 relatively easy ones. Battery storage - some years back I got given a big industrial UPS, 3 phase in & out. The batteries were on the way out and it was simpler to buy a new UPS than fuck about replacing sealed lead-acids then dispose of the hazardous waste. My son was working at the place & told me it was mine if I turned up with my truck & rigging gear and took it away. So I did. Not sure if I'll use it but it did strike me as an excellent start to an off-grid setup and still be able to use small (say up to 3HP) 3 phase electric motors. Assuming it still works when I get around to playing with it. Waiting for battery prices to drop and to find the elusive round tuit.. Har har. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Years ago one of my clients had an employee who thought she was indispensable. He fired her for attitude. Said he'd rather pay us to do her job & train a replacement than tolerate someone who thought the business couldn't survive without her. None of us are indispensable, it's merely a calculation of the level of aggravation needed to find a replacement or workaround once your perceived value is less than the aggravation coefficient you cause. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    I would absolutely *love* it if that happened and I'd be one of the early adopters. Thinking of putting 10kW of PV panels up ATM. I've got the space & money, just need to build the support infrastructure which *only purely by coincidence* may resemble a carport... FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Might be. Be nice if it was. Not in the next 20 years though, if you want the functional equivalent of a diesel engine's power output, range and speed of refueling. I'd absolutely *loathe* having to fire up a diesel gen set to run my workshop tools, or even worse, fire up an IC motor attached to each one (which is why factories used to run on lineshafts driven by a steam engine back in the day) so I fully appreciate the advent of electric motors. Got lots up to 25HP. But it's not the motors, it's the support structure WRT dense energy storage and speed of recharge for boats. Worse than cars because not everyone parks their boat in a marina with shore power or only wants to go 10 miles round trip. Solve those and conversion to electric drives will happen really fast. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Panoramix is wilfully ignorant and counts this as a virtue. He then blames an engine for failing due to his shortcomings. I'm not much of a sailor but I can fix pretty much everything on my boat, seeing as I built it in the first place. Including the masts, rigging and sails. Something I'd bet Panoramix can't say. Funny thing about the Pardeys - they were notorious for hanging about outside a harbour and soliciting a tow. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Yeah but not too much, unlike Venezuela, and things mostly work. Unlike Venezuela. Or in the case of public health systems, the USA. By MAGAT standards Australia is more than a bit commie. The USA stands more and more as an exemplar of what NOT to do, just as the old USSR did on the opposite pole. Seems that the USA is unlikely to survive absent major reform either. FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Oh dear. Did I forget to use the purple font for you? You need to keep in mind that in the eyes of the MAGATs, *ALL* countries with brown people and don't have English as their first language are shit hole countries. In point of fact I've always regarded Uruguay as one of the best run, most hospitable and sane countries on the planet. It's been an ambition of mine to sail up the Rio De La Plata and go there. Unlikely to happen but still... FKT
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Interesting article on how *NOT* to handle a pandemic like covid-19. This 3rd World shit-hole of a place has truly exceptional levels of mortality, just as you'd expect. The contrast with the USA is stunning. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-03/uruguay-unified-response-to-coronavirus-latin-america/12838608 Read it and weep. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Sched 80 - no need to go overboard. Standard size flanges, can't see any reason to machine something I can buy from the industrial suppliers. The main seacock setup is similar to Steve's - valve then one riser to strainer above WL then manifold to distribution lines, each with its own shutoff valve. Any or all can be isolated and there's a diversion valve to put fresh water through the saltwater coolant loop to the engine. Only 3 below WL holes, main intake, galley sink discharge and head discharge. If I go to a composting head then one of those gets taken out. Simple is good. FKT