Fah Kiew Tu

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  1. There, there. You just stay in your nice comfy little city condo. Let us people who live in the countryside get on with life and use the tools we need to for the job at hand. I haven't shot anything in years but there's a wallaby outside the back door that's looking pretty sick and *definitely* shouldn't be out at this time of day. I guess I could kill it with a shovel just so people like you can feel better, but if I have to I think I'll just use the appropriate tool for the job. I'll wait a bit though, I've lots of them about the place and I hate to have to put one down. FKT
  2. This. I drummed that lesson into all my kids from a very early age. I got some shit for it from friends when their kids wanted to play pretend shooting games and I wouldn't allow it. I pointed out that we had *real* guns and I didn't want to let bad habits set in early. Youngest child is 29, they all know how to shoot both long arms and hand guns. Not really interested, that's not the point. I'd trust them behind me with a loaded firearm, which is more than I can say for 95% of the people I know. FKT
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    Trump, Lysol, Discuss

    Nope. We put you on a tropical island. Don't need bars. FKT
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    Trump, Lysol, Discuss

    Well, there goes all the Christians, Islamics and Jews just for starters. FKT
  5. The rot probably really set in when cops started referring to the general public as 'civilians' and set themselves aside as a band of brothers with overweening loyalty to the group not the public. Lying to protect one of your fellows becomes the norm and anyone who doesn't is a rat to be ostracised and removed from the force. Once you have this mindset in place it's really difficult to break it. Body and car cams are a good first step. No police footage? It didn't happen. Doesn't matter if 6 of your fellow officers said it did, that just means there were 6 body cams that should have recorded what went down and absent that, the presumption is that there are 6 lying police. Don't like that? Find another job. Perhaps bouncer at a nightclub would be a better fit. Policing can be a very tough job. They get a lot of power and with that should come the responsibility and the judgement to use it wisely. Bottom line though, they are servants of the public, not masters and it seems far too many forget that. FKT
  6. How's that un-invention machine coming along? Got an example to demonstrate yet? Or North Korea's compliance with all those signed agreements not to develop nukes, how's that one going for you? How about missile tech and Russia's violation of the treaty? I'll help you out on that one, here's a link: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/02/the-inf-treaty-is-dead-and-russia-is-the-biggest-loser/ I do enjoy your contrived attempts to conflate international arms agreements with small arms control in a country awash in them but really - only someone like you could actually believe it. The sad thing is, you probably taught your students that sort of crap too. FKT
  7. So explain to me how that Aussie woman in her nightie got shot & killed by a cop SHOOTING ACROSS HIS PARTNER. Talk about a violation in weapons safety training right there. My take from a long way away is, your cops are very poorly trained *as peace officers*. As killers their training seems to be first-rate. FKT
  8. It's not just those (sheep) fucking Kiwis. Happens here all the time too. I HATE beetroot. One place I really like to eat at, I sent the damn burger back and asked for another one. They asked if it'd be OK if they just took it out. Suure, and every trace of the damn juice from the bun and other bits, too. I've stopped buying burgers there. Simply not worth the hassle. FKT
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    Ever ponder... WHO wants to re-open?

    How are those buggy whip, lamp lighters and 95% of blacksmiths going these days? Or typists? Technology changes, the environment changes. You have to change with it. We didn't see this change coming quite like this, but it's here. Some form of pandemic, some time, was always on the cards. If it's a job you think will come back and you've sufficient personal resources to sit it out, sure, wait for the job to come back. Otherwise, adapt to circumstances and do something else - or do that anyway while waiting. That's what I'd do myself, take any job I could actually perform that was on offer regardless of whether it was the one I really wanted. Shit, this is so obvious I don't really understand why people don't get it. I likened my working life to a game of snakes & ladders on more than one occasion. Anyway I can't see what this has to do with my point, that being that people on the whole rarely work ONLY for the money, provided the $$$ is above the minimum they need for the essentials. Libraries are listed for opening soon, I can get more books to read. FKT
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    Ever ponder... WHO wants to re-open?

    Actually, the 'dumber' tag is on you. Because you've completely skimmed past the magic word 'only'. People do NOT work ONLY to eat (or get money to buy food to eat). They have to earn enough money to eat, true, but after that....? They work because they enjoy it. I've had a lot of jobs I would have done for free, and quit others when the shit ratio exceeded the money ratio, regardless of the fact that I was getting paid a hell of a lot. FKT
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    Remember Kent State

    How about you list those areas that you claim that arms control has worked in? Because an agreement not to *use* something doesn't remove the future ability to change one's mind. Remind me again how many agreements North Korea made on their way to developing a nuclear weapon and how faithfully they've kept them. How's that un-invention machine coming along? Got any successes to report? People like you amuse me. You're so stuck to your mindset that nothing is going to change it. Meanwhile, the world is what it is regardless. Probably why you're a retired poli-sci professor and I'm a retired engineer/scientist. I had to build things that actually worked in this world, not some other one. FKT
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    Trump's Covid Positive Valet in maskless WH

    None of them get sick. FKT
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Pallet racking - you can use all that vertical space too... FKT
  14. You literally *cannot* manage that. There are more guns than people regardless of age, skin colour or any other characteristic you care to use. The owners vote. There is no political consensus to remove guns from the general population. There probably isn't even 50.001% supportive. You really, really cannot force anything highly unpopular onto the general populace in a democracy. I keep suggesting that the anti-gun people start the process for a Constitutional amendment and repeal the 2nd, be done with it. Funnily nobody wants to go there. So what you're basically saying is, nothing can be done. I don't believe that. But the simple answer to remove guns fails because you can't actually do that. Hell, even the UK still permits shotguns. WRT the cops, a good start would be a minimum age of 25 to start. Then courses that emphasise that they are a Police SERVICE not a branch of the bloody military, and that they are there to SERVE not dictate. And body cameras all the time they're on duty, no exceptions whatsoever. No arrest is valid without a body camera on, automatic assumption *against* the officer's word absent camera footage. Not my country, haven't lived there in 20 years, no skin in the game. FKT
  15. That works and I'm fine with it as long as available resources (hospital beds, ventilators, available medical staff, drugs et al) are sufficient to meet the demand. The moment that isn't the case, we ration care. Now the exact mechanism is open to debate, but the fact of rationing isn't. Calling someone a heartless prick because they put forward their priorities just demonstrates that you're a sanctimonious one with nothing to bring to the table WRT how we ration. But we all ARE going to ration. Hard decisions have to be made. It's best if they're made in advance of need. Talk of death panels is just bullshit noise. We could use first past the post, for example. Meaning that a 75 year old with seriously compromised health and drug abuse issues gets the last available intensive care bed while the 20 year old university student who arrived 5 minutes later dies due to the lack of a bed. We could use money. Person A has health insurance at the platinum level, goes to the last available bed. Person B without it dies. We could use best estimate outcomes. Gets fuzzier but still - does the 20 y/o uni student get the bed over a 70 year old in poor health? How about the 70 year old in excellent health but with a mental disability? We could use social utility. Person A provides more value to society than person B so gets that last bed. Or pick your own set of criteria. We're going to use *something*. It's intellectually dishonest to pretend otherwise. I've been part of this discussion for the last 30+ years. FKT
  16. Bullshit. I taught my kids to circumvent authority. And do their best to not get caught. Obey authority? You must be joking. I built an entire *house* and didn't ask permission first. FKT
  17. Yeah but you're Australian. My experiences are pretty much the same. My GF attended the wedding of one of her Sudanese students - coal black, 6' tall and drop-dead gorgeous - who married a white Aussie boy. He checked what the custom was & arranged for the requisite number of cattle to be bought for the father's extended family still in Sudan. Everyone was happy. Great party. FKT
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    Crazy furling jib cover idea - work with me here

    Yeah well - I have *2* offset companionways, a second-hand jib on a home-built furler and flat junk sails. I'm a major danger to myself and every other boat on the water every time I drop the mooring pennant. Oh well. Somehow we manage. FKT
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    Remember Kent State

    It really doesn't matter. You can't un-invent a technology so you have to learn to live with it for good or ill. Not to mention the quantifiable difference between a weapon capable of killing 6 figures of humans in a single release versus one capable of killing 1 to maybe a hundred or so if a full-auto. One requires a huge team, the other only requires a nutcase. And the tech required to build/maintain them, plus the longevity without maintenance. It's all about the tech level available. You can't wave a magic wand and make it go away. You can't remove the knowledge out there. You can't effectively remove the tools available to build the tools to build the weapons. All you can do is legislate to the level supported by the consensus mass (which is NOT 50.001%) and educate. Best defence against abuse - elect wise leaders and have an ongoing, targeted and strong education system. And throw the book at abusers. FKT
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    Crazy furling jib cover idea - work with me here

    Pity you didn't keep doing so but never mind - you've now made it onto my ignore list. FKT
  21. Mate, if he was wearing a mask, it would be *obvious* that he was a criminal trying to disguise his appearance and therefore fair game to be shot on sight. Especially when he has a skin colour other than pale pinkish to light tan. FKT
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    One of the very few advantages of getting older is, you stop thinking like that. Eventually. Or so I've been told. I can say from experience that your brain learns to override your gonads most of the time WRT decision-making. FKT
  23. That already happens here, it happens in pretty much every place on the planet except *maybe* the USA where if you've a shit-ton of money you can buy your way past those in better personal condition to the head of the queue. You want to get over yourself on this one. Rationing of access to medical care is universal. You guys may do it on money, we do it on likelihood of successful outcomes. I mean, your way has produced such *wonderful* and utterly outstanding results, right? I'm right with crabby on this one. If resources are limited and there's a choice between an obese, diabetic middle-aged person with a shit record of looking after their own health and someone in better shape, I'm saying the resources go to the person in better shape. Sounds like you'd favour either a strict FIFO approach or the most bux approach to health care access. That makes you just as much of a heartless prick as anyone else, just using criteria you approve of. But I very much doubt that you'll ever actually articulate what basis you'd personally prefer for making these sorts of judgements. Then you'd also be vulnerable to some other person criticising you for being heartless because as I've said, there is ALWAYS rationing. So as I said, get over yourself. My first wife has worked in newborn screening for nearly 40 years and had a lot of children die. I know the effect it has on her but you HAVE to allocate resources. I think you've been extremely fortunate in living a life where you haven't had to make those sorts of decisions and can moralise from the sidelines. It's fucking easy to criticise others, how about putting your personal criteria forward for criticism? FKT
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    Post-covid Cruising?

    They don't here - inbound foreign go straight into 2 weeks quarantine in a hotel. No exceptions because as usual some 'smarties' thought the rules didn't apply to them so everything got tightened up. Friends of mine arrived from Japan to Sydney, just got out of quarantine this week and are now back on their boat. They were *NOT* permitted to go straight to the boat on arrival. No idea what your rules are but the 'trust' model fails at the first person who is so selfish & self-entitled as to not follow the rules. If that person is also a carrier - now you have a whole new cluster to chase down, quarantine and hope you've stopped the spread. FKT