Fah Kiew Tu

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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    That one is actually feasible for someone like myself. The price is reasonable as well *if* there's the amount of equipment and in the condition claimed. I've seen a fair number of worse boats for more money. But - you'd better be very good with tools and have a fair bit of time.... FKT
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    What I learned in prison this week

    In what regard? Stalin's starvation of the peasants/kulaks in the Ukraine in the 1930's is a well documented bit of history. He managed to kill more than the Nazis managed to do in WW2. Ditto some of Mao's less than stellar 'great leap forward' exercises. FKT
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    What I learned in prison this week

    Pretty much. The Chinese *were* Communist and suffered all the predictable failures of a philosophy/economic theory better suited to ants than humans. Now they're more akin to the old Hanseatic League mercantilists who'd happily bankrupt you and leave you to starve in the gutter. I think they're still executing prisoners though - to bring this back a bit. Not to mention holding Westerners hostage if any Chinese gets affronted by being detained for breaking the law. FKT
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    I love my wife but..

    Sure they are. Just ask any jewellery shop. Then go try to sell it, see how you get on. FKT
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    I love my wife but..

    I currently have 5 dinghies..... FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    My transducer is in a sea chest. Even if it gets punched in, the boat isn't going to fill with water. A bit of forethought is a lot better than fixing shit under the gun. FKT
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    Passage Watching...

    Ah, work is the curse of the drinking err sailing class. Or are those 2 synonymous..... Lovely day here, got friends also waiting to clear out for NZ heading to Picton. FKT
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    American Cruelty

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-irish-slave-trade-the-forgotten-white-slaves/31076 The English had a lot to answer for on this front. And yeah Australia's hands aren't clean at all - we displaced the original inhabitants any time it was convenient to do so and rounded up the survivors into reservations with decidedly mixed outcomes. The only reason (IMO) that we didn't make and break treaties like the USA did was, the Australian Aborigines weren't on the whole well enough armed & in big enough organised bands to make it necessary. Part of that is likely the harsh climate. FKT
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    What I learned in prison this week

    Fully agree the druggies shouldn't be in prison. At worst it's a medical issue end IMO only then if taking the drugs impacts on others (operating moving machinery while impaired for example). I don't have a problem with culling feral animals. Culling humans who want to be predators and have demonstrated that they are willing to actually become the same is fine by me too. Some people are just plain evil or irretrievably broken, pick your philosophy, either way they can't be allowed to run loose. That restricts the choices to individual confinement or execution. Studying some as a scientific experiment cohort is fine too until they've served their purpose. FKT
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    What's your favorite multitool and why?

    Angle grinder. With the right attachment you can do almost anything with it, including opening a beer bottle. FKT
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    What I learned in prison this week

    Not the key issue for me. My key issue is, all those innocent people wrongly convicted as demonstrated by later DNA evidence. Give me a guarantee that that incorrect convictions won't happen and I'll change my attitude. IIRC there was only very recently a case where prosecutors deliberately withheld evidence from the defence that would have cleared their clients. That sort of shit has to stop a long way before the death penalty is used. Perhaps by automatically applying the same penalty to anyone/everyone on the prosecutorial side who act in less than a transparent manner on death cases. Currently permanent solitary confinement or at least compounds where the single occupants couldn't get at others would be an effective substitute but it's almost certain to be called cruel & unusual punishment so - shrug. FKT
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    So your steel boat is rusty

    That thing is working on lightly adherent rust over a solid metal substrate. I'd want to see it working on a pitted & scaly surface before I got too excited. To put it in a bit of perspective, a light wire brush followed by a coat of Jotun 605 epoxy primer would be just as effective, probably as fast if not faster and a hell of a lot cheaper. It might be useful on interiors where working around frames & stringers is difficult though. FKT
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    Brexit, WTF

    And it's in the Northern Hemisphere with a slow air interchange with the Southern Hemisphere so little effect on us. Bonus. Double points if the fallout goes across France as payback for their South Pacific tests. FKT
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    Brexit, WTF

    Lot of wisdom in that. I've personally seen a punch-up between an Aussie born of Serb descent when he found himself at a party with another Aussie born of Croat descent. The migrant parents had nicely inculcated their hatreds into their children. It didn't go down at all well with the native born Aussies there who told the idiots in no uncertain terms that if they were going to carry those hatreds on, they could piss right off back to where their parents came from. Unfortunately in Ireland North and South, it's a civil war with a lot of nasty (on both sides) religious bigotry thrown into the mix. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Standard playbook for the Left progressives for at least 3 decades as well as the Right so nothing new there. FKT
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    confidence, experience and risk

    Ha ha ha ha ha........ I have a postgraduate degree in experimental design and statistics. Software I designed & wrote has so far processed millions of childrens' blood samples looking for disorders - based on the statistical distribution of various markers. Better try again but I doubt you can top that example of stupidity WRT myself. But feel free to knock yourself out. I think you'll be another candidate for the ignore list anyway, life's too short to bother with you. FKT
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    They're OK - done a lot more sailing than a lot of people. It's unfortunate that they got 'bigger boat' disease but they aren't the first and won't be the last. At least they figured out their mistake and went back to VARUNA, wearing the egg on their faces and cutting their losses. I have to respect that. I don't give them any money but I find their videos worth watching. FKT
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    I still call Australia home

    Nearly all of us could care less about the opinions of a shit-stirrer who consistently tries to rabble-rouse by using code words for racists. On a per-capita basis we take a damn sight more refugees than you guys do so don't try to claim any sort of faux moral superiority around here. Not to mention how well our medical and social services support those same refugees, while you guys do nothing even close. FKT
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    confidence, experience and risk

    Sure. It's all good fun until someone loses an eye. Looking back I'm amazed how many of us actually survived the period up to our mid 20's... FKT
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    foil assisted cruiser

    There speaks the voice of someone who's never hit anything or got stuff jammed so it wouldn't retract. Unfortunately I know better from personal experience with a deployable side-scan sonar rig on a research ship. It got hit. It got bent. It didn't retract. Diver job when we got home. Dry dock repair job sometime later when we welded it all over and did our best to forget about it. As Clint Eastwood said, do you feel lucky? FKT
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    Brexit, WTF

    Software biz. I pay a lot of GST (actually my clients pay, I just hold/pass it on). I'm delighted to do so. As you say, low input costs so low offsetting GST amounts, mainly travel/accommodation and new toys err essential electronic devices. FKT
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    foil assisted cruiser

    This. I wouldn't have one as a gift. So you get to your next port faster. So what. Now you get to anchor in deeper water because of your draft and the foiling boards are another thing to maintain. If you're a racer or wannabe racer, fine. For a cruising boat, simpler & cheaper to just buy a bigger boat. I'd rather have a deep retractable dagger board setup. FKT
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    Down Syndrome

    Not after they're born, no. GF of mine works in the disability sector. Those people you see on TV etc are the high-functioning Downs Syndrome subset. One of the big problems with having Downs Syndrome kids is, it's odds-on they'll outlive you and if they're not high-functioning, they're going to go into a group home if they're lucky or a worse situation if they're not. Especially in backward countries like the USA. I have nothing further to say really, this is a major league minefield riddled with problems and the only person who can decide what's best is the woman carrying a foetus. She can choose to have the tests or not. She can choose to abort or not. My attitude is that when it comes to genetic disorders, it has to be totally her choice and nobody else's. FKT
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    Bezos vs Pecker

    Bezos steps on Pecker..... FKT
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    Uncooperative Californicators

    Very few are arguing against that, but it's not what you said WRT property rights when you equated a human being with a chunk of metal. FKT