Fah Kiew Tu

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  1. Fah Kiew Tu

    the subtle pleasures of returning to your own mooring

    *AND* left it in a place where random strangers could sit inside it. Talk about asking for trouble. I'd be unhappy if some random kid wanted to sit on my Drott tracked loader without permission, and it currently doesn't even RUN. FKT
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    Donnie Has Another Stroke

    My Chinese bank account is so secret, even I don't know about it... FKT
  3. Ditto except in my case it's over 50 years. FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    Well, anti-other-country colonialism maybe. Hawaii & Puerto Rico. Bunch of other Pacific islands. Arguably the Philippines for a fair stretch. Chinese bunds/cantonments guarded by US Marines. FKT
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    Trump Ramblings 101...... He is nutz..

    Not. Assume he loses - he'll go even more batshit crazy and is still Prezident. Won't be over until Jan 21 2021. FKT
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    I'm still willing to kick in a few bucks to whoever manages to get a decent vid of the launch and either salvage recovery or 'sea trial' whichever comes first. Or of course the 'sea trial' followed by the rescue of the builder and sinking of the derelict. FKT
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    Nesting dinghy designed to plane under power?

    Lot of machinists out there. Can't say I've ever seen a decent pic of what you sell but given that and some rough dimensions I'd be very surprised if I couldn't machine them myself if I were so inclined. FKT
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    the subtle pleasures of returning to your own mooring

    Yeah but there's another adventure waiting next week so it's all good. We just went off for a daysail a couple days ago. Drop the mooring pennant, hoist the fore & jib, head down channel. Anchor for lunch, look about then home on the ebb. Not much wildlife out but hey, still a lovely day out on the water. FKT
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    Migrant Caravan

    And when you think Trump et al had already tunneled through the bottom of the barrel, along comes this gem: https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/parents-of-hundreds-of-children-separated-at-us-border-cannot-be-found-20201022-p567e1.html You people are certifiably insane for electing this poor excuse for a human being. God knows Australia cops a lot of criticism and some of it deserved, but this? If it isn't criminal, it should be. FKT
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    Donnie Has Another Stroke

    The problem with this line of thought is, Trump was an incoherent shitgibbon BEFORE he was elected. FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    They were all Democrats by definition as only Democrats start wars. At least, according to nacradriver. Do try to keep up. FKT
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    best mag for sailing binos

    Yep agree. 7X50's are the sweet spot for magnification and light gathering. You really, really notice the difference around dusk. I used to have a quite expensive telescopic sight on one of my hunting rifles. Used to piss me off that I could see a feral animal quite clearly in the binocs, put them down, lift the rifle and not be able to pick out the animal from the background even though I knew exactly where it was. That low light gathering ability is important IMO. As for weight, my boat binocs are lightweight and supposedly waterproof. My Zeiss birdwatching binocs are bloody heavy but have wonderful optics. But they were serious money 20 years ago. FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    Yeah, that. Minor technicality. Then Bush II - who was really a Democrat because only Democrats start wars - invaded both Iraq and Afghanistan because they had nothing to with 9/11 but he couldn't punish the home country of those who did. Some days you really have to wonder about the intelligence of some people. FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    Remind me - who started the Iraq wars and the Afghanistan war? FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    If you win wars, the consumption of war materiel stops. How can you make a decent profit on cost-plus contracts if the bombs, bullets et al aren't getting used? FKT
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    An impending crisis for PA

    Been saying this for years. Your dysfunctional and counterproductive 'health insurance' system helps keep people down as well. One of my better decisions in life was to return to Australia after working for a year in the USA 20 years back. I was well paid and quite happy there, but I couldn't make sense of how your system worked. As it turns out, that's because it doesn't, really. FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    I agree that the 2X rule could be gamed. Certainly would be gamed. Now what is your suggestion - something that enables a justifiable forced acquisition of property without the burden falling unfairly on the person owning the land? I doubt you'll come up with anything because you're far better at whining about how unfair X is than actually offering possible alternatives. FKT
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    best mag for sailing binos

    I like 7X50's. Mine are not eBay cheapies but were pretty cheap - Whitworths $250 AUD. I'm happy with them - autofocus, light weight, waterproof, supposedly float. Got some sort of grad in one lens that in theory allows you to work out ranges. Beyond my competence so I use a cheap Eyoyo laser rangefinder instead to settle arguments on the line if 'you're too close to the shore'... I haven't tested the last waterproof & float features and hope not to for a while. I've had an outstanding pair of Zeiss rubber armoured binocs for over 2 decades. They're heavy as hell with utterly superb optics. They don't go on the boat - they used to be my hunting binocs, these days they're the birdwatching ones. So, 7X50's in whatever price bracket you think appropriate. FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    And lack of a disincentive to a forced acquisition on an unwilling seller got you the Kelo case. FKT
  20. That was what I was thinking. Usually we get this reaction from the anti-gun people. Oh boo hoo, the nasty man with the gun didn't need to shoot (or even have a gun). He should have just fought it out with his hands like a man (and taken a beating/possibly gotten killed too). Guns always bad, nobody should have one. CF Jocal. Well bullshit. That fat fuck was being an aggressive arsehole, he initiated the confrontation, he was crowding into personal space. He got held at a distance. He then responded by hitting first using a hand loaded with heavy rings and then used an irritant spray. If he'd done nothing but yell insults from the mob he'd still be alive. Once you start a chain of violence, you don't always get to control how it ends. I suspect he'd done this shit many times and always come out on top. One less fuckwit. No loss. FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    Lot of cases where the valuation exceeds market value here. Depends on whether the market is going up or down at the time of course. Easy way to put a brake on inflated valuations though. First stage, appeal. Second stage if appeal for a reduction is rejected, forcible put of appraised property at the market value used for taxation purposes followed by an unreserved public auction within 3 months of acquisition. This last to stop govt bodies building a property empire and also to ensure the market sets the current actual value. Never get passed into law though, too many affected interests. Going sailing tomorrow so I'm leaving this for now. FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    Point. So the question is, how does one arrive at fair terms for a forced sale? In your case, it wouldn't be a forced sale so the 2X factor wouldn't apply anyway. There are lots of tricks governments can play, like changing zoning to reduce theoretical value, then forcibly acquiring at the new lower value. Even more so if they team up with private enterprise to force a sale on behalf of a private company. That should flat out be prohibited. FKT
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    If you only want to go 10 nautical miles before plugging in, sure. How many times does it have to be said that battery-electric drive does *NOT* work for boats except in some seriously limited use-cases? FFS, do the math. Nobody likes listening to a diesel banging away but if you want to push on against a head wind and/or foul tide, guess what - the diesel is your friend. The BEV drive quietly - stops... FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    Quite true and still applies here for State governments. Our Federal Govt can only take private property on just terms (which of course is a matter for expensive lawyer debate). State Govts, OTOH, can pay what THEY consider is fair value and no resort to Australian Constitution will help there. I acknowledge that some form of eminent domain is necessary but the compensation should be 2X the current market value to discourage rapacious and corrupt use. FKT
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    Kelo v. City of New London,

    Does that actually matter WRT the principle involved? If a corporation can come along and promise a local or State government higher tax revenue if they forcibly acquire real property using eminent domain laws against the wishes of the owners, is this something you'd support? FKT