Fah Kiew Tu

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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Those cutesie-pie dolphins regularly commit rape. Ever seen a killer whale play with a penguin? Let's not anthropomorphize too much here. As I've said many times, I respect the vegans and find their moral position both admirable and consistent. Meat/fish eaters who merely want to outsource the killing so as not to have their sensibilities offended, not so much. FKT
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    Brexit, and all it entails

    Yeah but that's the *EU* problem. What could they actually do if the UK said fuck it, we're not having a border between NI and the south part? It's not our problem, we're happy with trade to go across the border. YOU deal with it. Honestly that'd have to be a treally tempting position to take. Make the border an Ireland/EU problem. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Pity she doesn't actually have any 'fettling' skills or the willingness to learn them, hey? Makes life a lot easier if you can't find someone else to do it all for you, or the money to pay for it.... FKT
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    This Could Get Big And Nasty For Donald Trump

    Funny you should say that - it's exactly how I felt when details of the USA's 'extraordinary rendition' AKA kidnapping and foreign secret prisons, where people could be tortured out of sight and oversight, became public. I'm all for coming down on KSA, for sure, just let's not get too carried away with the bleating. Your hands are far from clean. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Probably, but what they're doing has to be applauded. Seems like the Greens are finally getting rid of Lee Rhiannon. If they also dump her fellow nutcases then both sides are moving away from the extremes a bit. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I feel no need to add that one to my collection - I already have a copy of 'Sailing for Dummies' and it's a bit over my competence level. Thank God for steel boats, where everyone else suffers more from a collision..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Not hardly. They must thank whatever gods they believe in that Shorten's Opposition Leader. OK, he's doing a good job of making a monkey out of the Govt, he's still a completely untrustworthy weasel with zero charisma or credibility. Doesn't mean he won't get elected, after all Abbott managed that. Just - things could be a lot worse for the Govt than they are now. Whatever. It's warming up down here, 23C today, the new boat might actually get out of the shed if the crane & transport people turn up for the site inspection, things could be worse. I'm off to the marina shortly to play with OPB's and bill them for the privilege. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Yeah well - both Jones, Hadley and the unlamented Laws have made their careers out of abusing people and shilling stuff. My personal solution is to never listen to them at all. Only way I know about Jones is, it was reported in the Australian. I was delighted to read the judgement - the photo of Jones was pretty good too - judge had told him what a prick he was, did it in court and he can't go on the radio and abuse them without committing contempt of court. Bonus. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Same. And WRT Alan Jones - I think it a pity we can't deport the prick. I rarely agree with Walid Ali but IIRC he described Jones as malignant. That was far too kind a description for that toad. It was with great joy that I read how he comprehensively lost the Queensland defamation case, with substantial damages awarded against him. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I don't shoot for sport, first up. Strictly pest control and quite rarely even that, nowadays. Generally feral cats because I prefer to see lots of small marsupials than another bloody cat or 2. I had a native quoll living under my deck for over a year. However, when I read/hear comments like that, I immediately think 'City kid. Hope they bloody well stay there'. A place where their meat comes in nice shrink-wrapped Styrofoam trays and they never, ever have to think about the factory farming and abattoir slaughter that was the precursor to their meal. Close friend of mine is a Buddhist vegan. He's a modest man. Perhaps he's full of spiteful self-righteousness like at least one member of this forum, but he's polite enough to keep it to himself. We feed him meals that fit within his ethos when he visits and life is pretty harmonious. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    That'd have to be correct. You'd hate to live around here. 4 of my immediate neighbours are armed. One was shooting rabbits yesterday afternoon. It'd be better for your nervous disposition if you never visited Australia. Even the police are armed. Not to mention the Moreton Bay crocodiles. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Sure. As long as they don't bring their husbands with them and they can't get them in later via family reunion. After all if they're so subservient to their 'lords and masters' I'm pretty sure it's not going to be a good thing to have the entitled ones here too. The current situation is unsatisfactory. I understand NZ will take a lot of them. OK let NZ have them with the proviso that such refugees to NZ can never get entry to Australia; that should be a pretty simple technological fix these days with biometric scanning. If NZ won't go along with that, then really it's not our problem as it indicates the entire plan is a backdoor entry here. Honestly NZ has form here - it's one of the reasons why we put restrictions on NZ citizens accessing the various social security benefits, education et al. I agree with Shaggy to an extent that we need more workers here *in the country regions*. My friend in Hobart trains a bunch of immigrants, her latest bunch is from Brazil. What we DO NOT need is a bunch of people with low chances of getting paid employment and therefore staying on support benefits. So WRT the people on Nauru & Manus I'd probably be open to getting them out of there, preferably to NZ but in some cases here, but ONLY on a different visa class that carried no automatic right to citizenship or family reunion and no right to settle in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. I think Adelaide would be perfect honestly, they have infrastructure and need more people. Or Rockhampton. Or Mt Isa. Dubbo might be good. 5 years continuous paid employment and then you can apply to have your visa conditions altered. Not before. That would address the 'live on social security forever' issue. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    The worst thing about them is, they think they're top predator. Everyone here would know that's bullshit. LB has to be top of the food chain (or something) in Moreton Bay. At least the dugong population there is growing nicely. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    You haven't answered my question on how your Sudanese refugee got here, either.... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Most of our country is bloody desert. Of *course* Australia has a low population density - big place, poorly supplied with water, population highly concentrated on the fringes mainly in the SE corner. What's the density like there? Lot higher than Arizona, New Mexico and probably Oklahoma as well. Maybe even higher than Texas. Figure out a way of stopping immigrants from moving to the SE areas (OK Brisbane too, LB) - and I mean a way that *works* not some visa condition that will promptly be ignored - and maybe we can consider enhanced immigration. However immigration of people with skills we need is nothing like the same as taking in hundreds of thousands of illiterate peasants then their extended families and having to feed & educate them to the point where they can get a job. If they ever get a job. The statistics aren't wonderful. One of my women friends is a trainer here in Hobart and a lot of her students are immigrants or refugees from camps that were given visas overseas. I haven't heard of any of the self-selected lot doing training with here here in Hobart and I'm pretty sure I would have. Mind you this is a backwater. I really don't want more people moving here. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Thanks. How are the crocodiles in Moreton Bay ATM? FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    So what? She didn't ask the Malaysians first and anyway it was a really stupid idea with no controls. It was a thought bubble to distract attention from the problem *SHE AND RUDD* created. In your case it obviously worked. Some of us pay more attention. ....... and, how *did* your Sudanese refugee get here, Meli? Your reluctance to answer gives me cause to believe that I'm correct, he was assessed by Australians in an overseas camp and offered a visa. IOW, as far from being a self-invited boat person as you can get. Every boat person your bleeding heart admits to Australia is another person like that too poor or without the opportunity to reach Indonesia who will remain in a camp overseas, because we're never going to open our borders to all comers. I reiterate, I have no problems taking refugees from those camps. I am not going to accept that people can turn up on our shores and demand we take them in outside *very* limited cases. If this makes me a selfish, hard-hearted arsehole, I'm OK with that. It's *my* country. Calling me names certainly won't change my attitude. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Let the UN deal with them, then. I proposed a variant of that years ago - hand them over to the UNHCR to look after in one of their camps anywhere but Australia. We could up our contributions some. You still don't grasp the basic difference on attitudes - someone's desire to get on a boat and turn up on Australian shores doesn't make them our problem, it makes it their bad judgement call. We *will not* be forced to take in anyone who arrives regardless of their story. I'll make an exception for people from occupied Papua as we are their nearest safe haven from their Javanese colonial masters. Your Sudanese refugee - how did he get here? On a boat, or out of a camp after assessment by Australian officials prior to his departure? Good friend of mine works with some Rwandan refugees - they applied from a camp and were accepted. Nobody has any problems with that (well some outright racists do but they get told to FOAD). If your heroes Rudd & Gillard hadn't opened the doors there wouldn't *be* anyone stuck on those islands; there was only a small handful of people left in detention when the Govt changed. Not to mention the 1000+ that died in the attempt to get here. FKT
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    E-nav on the cheap

    I downloaded a couple of the OpenPlotter releases. One was buggy on my Pi 3B, the later alpha/beta build seems pretty solid. There are 3 or 4 Pi computers floating about this place. They're nice compact little computers. FKT
  20. That map is the dumbed down cutesy-nice version for the would-be tourists. The reality is far worse. Lotta white sharks around Tasmania for example. Don't ask LB15 about the crocodiles in Moreton Bay either. FKT
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    Who really believes tariffs are good business

    Still doing business there, though. Be better off using Mexico as the cheap labour source. I kind of admire China for the way they basically screwed over those multinationals who thought they were going to exploit a bunch of ignorant peasants and make even bigger profits. OK, what China did in forcing domestic partners and stealing IP was pretty rank (it still is pretty rank). Nobody made the corporations agree though. Turns out they weren't so smart after all and a focus on short-term P&L doesn't work out that great when dealing with a *big* country that can take a longer view. I still don't like China's practices, though, but I do admire their rat-cunning. FKT
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    Who really believes tariffs are good business

    That's true - the bit you elide over is, they did it with the full assistance of the US corporations who wanted to boost their profit margins by dumping expensive workers and safety/environmental laws. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Hmmm - might have to look for a mooring or 2 to purchase over that way - could rent them to the septics and offer them time on a range as part of the package. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    I'd have to drop my IQ a good 60 points below yours to fit in there and unfortunately the scale doesn't actually go negative (though judging by some of the posts on that forum, it should). I'm on final warning on a different local forum now. Seems they object to superior knowledge combined with PhD level sarcasm no matter how exquisitely polite. Reminds me of the laugh I got when one of my women friends, who was a bit on the delicate side, managed to achieve, after some intensive coaching on not letting people get her upset, the distinction of being asked by her CEO if she wouldn't mind not being so politely rude in a contentious meeting..... FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Nah, thanks all the same. Port Arthur is closer. FKT