Fah Kiew Tu

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  1. Sub-contract fisheries zone defence to the French and pay them a bounty on each fishing boat captured or sunk in the EEZ. The French have half-decent subs and no real use for them, might as well give the crews some live-fire training. FKT
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    American Dumbass

    Or, looking at it from a different perspective, they're exercising prudent judgement and erring on the side of caution so as to keep entitled fuckwits that happen to have a US passport and boat registration firmly under control, should one turn up. Such as, for example, the subject of this thread in the first place... I'm OK with letting yachts come here provided the crew get quarantined under tight supervision. Anyone who thinks this is unreasonable is welcome to go somewhere else. Currently I'm going to be spending 2 weeks in quarantine just to get back into Tasmania. In your position I, too, would be sitting tight for as long as feasible. Eventually though you're going to either have to plan a long passage back to continental USA, sell the boat at a massive loss to someone local or mothball it until (if) things improve and fly home. Or you could get lucky with a sale at an acceptable price I guess, but if that was going to happen, I'd have expected the buyer to turn up by now. It's a pretty small pool currently. FKT
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    Stage 4 lock down-Victoria

    Let's not overlook the lying self-entitled twats who won't stay home for 2 weeks even after being specifically instructed to do so but still move about. Some 25% of those under home restrictions IIRC. And the border-jumpers. I've got severe doubts that Victoria can bring this back under control now - the numbers are getting too high. I completely agree with the need for the stage 4 lockdown, it might not be sufficient now though. It was obvious right from the start that the combination of a highly infectious virus with a long asymptomatic period was a recipe for large-scale undetected spread before people started getting sick. Once it really gets away, it's very difficult to get it under control again. 2 major-league fuckups are going to stand out - Ruby Princess in NSW and cheap-arse quarantine in Victoria. Those security companies that held the head contracts had better prepare themselves for a severe public reaming and should be banned from all future Govt contracts. And their directors & senior management deemed not to be fit & proper persons to own, manage or work in the industry so no phoenixing of the companies either. I'm in & out of one of NSW's biggest hospital complexes a couple times a week ATM trying to get work done, mainly working from home. I can see the time coming when I simply won't be able to go in at all. FKT
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    The Australian Sailing and RQYS Kabuki Theatre Thread

    They're all shit-scared of defamation suits, that's why there's just a lot of in-your-end-o's and no substantive statements flying about the place. 100% agree about clubs having always been venal, petty and self interested, The big thing that separates stuff is, is it *your* guys the ones in power and exercising that venality & self-interest in your favour or - not. FKT
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    Today’s Trump Deaths

    I'd much rather shove an ice-pick in each ear than listen to his verbal diarrhea. It's bad enough trying to parse content out of the written version. Usually I just give up and assume that it's just another example of some form of mental disability. Saves time. FKT
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    Cruising Cats in the PNW why not more?

    Do you mind? At least foreigners can't get in ATM. Down side, I'm currently in Sydney sans boat. FKT
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    DSS Foil Why did Wild Oats stop using it?

    Only if you got your education in some 3rd World shit-hole place. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_magnitude FKT
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    DSS Foil Why did Wild Oats stop using it?

    No, it is NOT an order of magnitude higher. FFS! FKT
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    What mods to accommodate lithium battery bank?

    Mine has 2 of the latest generation Raspberry Pi 4's with 4Gb of RAM on board, and I'm planning on adding a third one, just because I can. The whole argument WRT cell replacement is a crock though, because the default assumption is, the LFP batteries are individual cells and the LA batteries are fixed assemblages of 6 cells. You can buy single 2V LA cells after all, and the 'drop-in' LFP packs are likely not really able to be disassembled. So all of you should just drop it as it's crap. Says he who once had a big bank of nickel-iron batteries in a research setup, big array of individual cells in a series-parallel config.... FKT
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    It's my world now...

    Handy Andy's single-handed sailer? FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Have to agree that putting people on casual short hours, grossing up holiday pay & sick leave, then expecting them to get by and stay home without pay during a pandemic is the height of stupidity. I *know* a lot of people doing this sort of work by proxy - close friend of mine is a trainer. It's totally unreasonable to expect them to not go to work unless you pay them *promptly* as in, immediately, to stay home & self-isolate. They need the money, it's not like they all have a shit-ton put away from their princely wages. And if you don't pay them to stay home - expect more infection outbreaks and people not to get tested so they can say they didn't know they were infected. I thought this relentless fracturing of full-time jobs into multiple part-time ones and the so-called 'gig economy' was bad news before this pandemic and for sure it's shown up some massive flaws. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    I've said it before. We've a lot of space available on Christmas Island for people who don't want to follow the rules, and the Federal Govt has every power it needs to enforce quarantine as it chooses. Packing some off for a 3 month stay might be a good salutary lesson. FKT
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    What would you do?

    Yeah I figured it had to be something distinctly dodgy. These days if I'm going to drink I'll pay for something half decent. Not like my consumption is going to make anyone rich, or destroy my liver. Still got nearly 2 crates of Inner Circle 78% ethanol OP rum put aside for emergencies. FKT
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    What would you do?

    Agree they shouldn't. And I have NFI how they can possibly import and sell bottled wine that cheaply. Back before I lost my taste for alcohol pretty much entirely I sampled the odd bottle and it was actually - by my admittedly low standards - quite drinkable. FKT
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    What would you do?

    Maybe it's where you live because around here, Aldi doesn't seem to have that issue, judging by where they have their booze. Then again most people can afford $3.95 for a bottle of Chilean white I guess. FKT
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    The smart are getting out

    Awwwww, diddums. Wouldn't they let you stay there? FKT
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    What is hindering the US's Coronavirus efforts?

    Goes further back IMO. If you have a significant percentage of your population that point blank refuses to believe that the scientific method works and insists that their 'revealed truth' via funny books is superior to data that's checkable via scientific method & experiment, you get what you get. A bunch of backward, ignorant voters who insist on teaching shit like creationism. Of course they're not going to believe in viruses. And then there's the ongoing erosion of trust in the body politic by a succession of leaders promising to do one thing, getting elected and proceeding to do nothing of the kind. 9/11 is a classic - Saudis were responsible so Bush invades Iraq. FKT
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    How to torment a scary racist POS

    Yeah but living well is a better revenge when it comes down to it. People like that usually manage to dig themselves a deep hole without overt assistance. FKT
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    First (and hopefully last). Pan. Pan

    Why would I have a dog on my boat? If you do *and* it farts enough to trigger a gas alarm - maybe you need to take it to a vet. FKT
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    How to torment a scary racist POS

    This. Use a pre-paid Visa card for a 12 month subscription to lots of things you know he'd hate and give them his full contact details. Not only will he get all the publications, he'll also go on everyone's mailing lists for evermore. Bonus points if you know and can provide cell phone number as they use this as a form of unique identifier. The money goes to a cause he'd never support so good karma points and if the marketers hound him - shrug. FKT
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    Portland "officers?"

    Yep. Wouldn't even matter if that shotgun was loaded with blanks, at that range it'd kill without any problems at all. He's just pointed a lethal weapon at an unarmed young woman at point-blank range. If that was one of my daughters and I knew who was holding the gun, there'd be consequences. What *has* your country come to? FKT
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    First (and hopefully last). Pan. Pan

    There are 2 things you CANNOT turn off on my boat. The combined LPG/CO gas sniffer and the bilge pumps. You have to remove a fuse to disable them as they have a direct connection to the battery bank. The fuse is just there to protect the wiring. The bilge pump is wired to a very loud flashing piezo alarm buzzer & light. If it kicks in, I want to know about it. FKT
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    What's With EBikes?

    All you people with e-bikes that you're riding on shared paths with people walking - I hope you limit your speed or give at least 1.5m clearance when you pass someone. After all, you wouldn't want to become what you decry, would you? FKT
  24. Well, you can go with the Trump was political genius and that's why he won line, or you can go with the Hilary was a shit candidate and that's why she lost line, but if you deny both, all you're left with is PT Barnum. I get some amusement about people who do everything they can to deny both, taking the position that their highly qualified and popular candidate lost to a political newbie who was an utter buffoon and a totally odious human being. The stupid must have been really, really strong in that election. Given Trump's current level of support, it still is, which is truly depressing. FKT
  25. So, on that logic, you'd have to agree that Trump was a truly massive political talent, coming from nowhere to win first the primary and then the Presidential election itself. Somehow, I can hear multiple screams of anguish at this suggestion... whereas I merely think that P T Barnum had it nailed a century or more ago. FKT