Fah Kiew Tu

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    Black Lives Matter

    Somehow, I doubt that.... Her partners might, though, the morning after. FKT
  2. Some years ago I suggested that a fleet of nuclear subs armed with solid-nosed torpedoes (non-explosive, just impact) would be useful for fisheries patrols. Just put a torp into the hull aft, hopefully into the engine room, and let the vessel sink. If they don't have all the SOLAS gear installed & working as required, so sad too bad. Problem with that is, a lot of times the crew are 3rd World slaves in essence, so you really want to kill or lock up the skipper, fishing master, chief engineer and radio operator if any. I spent a fair amount of time on Taiwanese fishing vessels back in the early 1980's doing catch identification and logbook checks after we pushed the EEZ out to 200 nm. They were a pretty good bunch of guys, taken individually, but the gillnetting and pair-trawling was fucking over the fisheries regardless. Funny how they never caught any cetaceans either, except when we were aboard. FKT
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    holy fuck... beirut

    And he'd be quite correct for small amounts. When you get to the multi-tonne level, all bets are off. We *KNOW* it can explode because there are a lot of cases in the past where it has. Our standard practice for blowing stumps and the like was a half stick of gelignite, ANFO poured on top to fill the hole, then another half stick on top, hooked together with PETN detonating cord then a detonator and safety fuse. Takes a fair shock wave to get ANFO to detonate in small amounts, not so in bulk. FKT
  4. We need a new generation of ARGOS floats equipped with mines. Fishing vessels in international waters not broadcasting AIS, or AIS position grossly inaccurate, target acquisition and sinking. The USA won't do anything, their past efforts in fucking over tuna fisheries were notorious. FKT
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    It's my world now...

    If we're really lucky, seals will learn to eat cormorants. FKT
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    holy fuck... beirut

    My shotfirer's ticket is decades out of date, but we used to use nitroprill for ANFO charges because it was - duh - prilled to better absorb diesel. IIRC the fertiliser grade AN wasn't and in fact had a coating on it that made it far less susceptible to soaking up fuels etc. So.... if my memory of ancient times is correct and nothing has changed WRT AN formulations, those sacks are for making explosives not fertiliser, though I'm sure nitroprill would work as fertiliser. I think it was a lot more hygroscopic though which wasn't a good thing. FKT
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    It's my world now...

    That's right. It's flat out impossible to catch any fish fit to eat too. FKT
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    Thinking about living aboard-what to get?

    What you really need is a better climate. I spent a lot of time working in cold conditions. The mid latitudes are far better. Frozen underwear/socks? Fuck that. FWIW I insulated all my hull down to 300mm either side of the keel with 60mm of polystyrene. Only places I get condensation are on the lovely bronze portholes. As I never open them when it's cold I have a couple ideas to address that issue. Aside from the diesel heater to warm the cabin. I think I'd be investigating a composting toilet too. Wouldn't solve the grey water discharge issues from sink(s) and shower but if you've the space it strikes me as a way superior solution to a marine head with holding tank. May well be a next haul-out retrofit on my boat. FKT
  9. Jack, the USA pulling out of the TPP was the best thing they could have done for Australia. Trump's problem with it wasn't that it was to the USA's advantage, it was because it didn't fuck over everyone else ENOUGH. IMO it's still the only good thing he's done in 4 years. As for fisheries, Jeff is right, the Chinese couldn't give a fuck for anyone else's opinion. Nothing new there, nor in the past could the Russians (whaling in particular), the Japanese (whaling, bluefin tuna), the Koreans, the Taiwanese and the Vietnamese. My first real job out of university was as a fisheries biologist and I still carry the scars. FKT
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    Has Biden heard of the Internet?

    What about the 1601'st? Don't they matter too? FKT
  11. Fah Kiew Tu

    Stage 4 lock down-Victoria

    UHT milk is pretty good, I always keep a supply on hand plus a few cans of powdered milk. Pasta & rice in large quantities. Canned fish, dried beans & pulses. A pressure cooker. Plus whatever you need to feed your addictions. In my case, a big library, dark chocolate and coffee. Maybe some red wine if I decide to take up drinking again. Boxed wine is quite drinkable and you can store a lot of it. Reds don't need refrigeration or ice too. I've got a backup generator because winter storms often result in a power outage. Sufficient capacity for the freezer & refrigerator. Not for hot water though. Gas cooking so no probs there, got a fully functional kerosene stove off of a boat in the shed too. Second last resort though - last resort is wood cooking. Those of us who've spent extensive time on boats tend to not be anywhere near as affected as the precious entitled ones who think they're going to die if they can't go to the coffee shop. One of my ex-staff once interviewed for a job in a different marine R&D place. He was asked how he thought he'd cope doing 3 week voyages. His response was '3 weeks? Normally after 3 weeks I'd be thinking maybe it was time I unpacked my gear'. We used to do up to 3 months without touching land. FKT
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    Stage 4 lock down-Victoria

    Ice cream. We use the freezers to hold summer fruit. Generally pick enough berries, apricots and other fruit to have a supply for the entire year. It's really nice to have some hot apricot crumble with ice cream in midwinter while the house is warmed by the wood fire in the corner. If I want meat I can get it fresh easily enough. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    ME! ME! ME! I guarantee, hand on heart, to recirculate any money I get. I have a long list of things I'd like to own if someone else is paying. FKT
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    Meli - be careful! Seriously

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/asylum-seeker-activists-slam-christmas-island-detention-centre-re-opening-20200804-p55ijn.html This article actually manages to lower itself to - maybe - reach Meli's level of spelling. "The detention centre first opened in 2008 and reached its peak capacity in 2010 when the then Labor government was inundated with boat arrivals and 2400 people were interred." ROFLMAO. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I've done the liferaft drill in the survival at sea course and came far too close to doing it for real down south one winter. I'll do everything I possibly can to avoid ever getting in one. FKT
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    Trump vs Property Rights

    Has Mexico started paying for it yet? FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    Can't be bothered. Your writing, formatting and grammar is too pathetic for me to bother trying to parse actual meaning from your posts. Sorry, but I'm afraid you simply don't manage to exceed the threshold level of my boredom and admittedly short attention span. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    Huh? Unless I've missed something major, the only thing you can really lay at her door is allowing people out of quarantine early on compassionate grounds - and they were infected. That was a mistake but it's far from unique to NZ. Australia has done the same thing only recently - it seems that *someone* with no brain assumed that a virus was a respecter of diplomats and wouldn't dare infect such an august personage, therefore they didn't have to quarantine. Wrong. FKT
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    Guests realistic expectations

    I have bunks for 4 and no desire to take more than one additional person to myself. The spare bunks are for if my GF wants to invite a friend of hers along for extra company. So far that hasn't happened which means all that space is available for more tools, stores and spares. Even day-sailing 4 total is as many as I want. I'm not a social person. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    Already are and have been for a while - Canada, Australia and NZ. It's not just the US citizens we don't want buying up everything and pricing locals out of their own cities. A big annual tax on non-citizens with the money directed to public housing would help but you'd have to address people gaming the system by buying real estate via a company. That's a bit more tricky to deal with. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    Yeah after a certain point you *can* tell them not to come home. And I don't know about other countries but in Australia, the Federal Govt has undisputed power over quarantine matters. They most certainly can put people into quarantine detention (prison or otherwise) and make them pay for it. If this means moving them to a quarantine station somewhere, they have the legal power to do exactly that. Armed guard or otherwise. We have remote islands with infrastructure available. I'd be really surprised if NZ doesn't have the same or stricter rules. They have one country-wide government, we have the Feds plus the State govts with overlapping rules & powers. There's a Constitutional challenge to restrictions on interstate travel ATM which I think logically should win but medically should lose. Be interesting to see how the High Court rules. If the dummies insist on their 'right' to come home and then their 'right' to not follow the rules, it'll become a lot harder to *get* home and the quarantine conditions will be a lot harder to deal with. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    Assuming that's a serious question - apply a very high annual tax on residential and farming property owned by non-citizens. Could get messy WRT property owned by corporations with majority ownership by foreigners. I'd have to think a bit on how to deal with that. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    You'll know when you're really finding the weak spots in her knowledge and logic (mind you that's as difficult as finding holes in a colander but still...). She starts whining about how you're picking on her because you're just a misogynist, not because she's willfully ignorant. It's pathetic really. Ah well, no time for this - Ardern is OK from my POV, it'll take another election win or 2 before it's apparent to me that she's outstanding or not, same as any other leader. I will say that she's doing *heaps* better than our unlamented PM Kevvie Rudd managed during the last crisis. FKT
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    Comrade Jacinda Ardern

    You wouldn't last a week here. Remember, you'd have to leave your guns at home, which means that the average 14 year old netballer would be able to humiliate you. FKT
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    What is your Political Compass

    Yeah agree. I thought that question *particularly* inane. Just because I can see it's advantages to decision-making doesn't mean I think it's a good thing or should actually be implemented. Mind you it's just as applicable to making decisions that suck as good ones, just you get it done faster. FWIW: Economic Left/Right: -5.13 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.41 As per usual. FKT