Rambler

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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    If you want a bit of a reality check on how much vaccines will actually change the world (answer, not as much as we hope; although that doesn't mean they don't have a role) and argue about why the Government isn't targeting the so called 90% effective one for everyone instead of a supposed less effective locally produced one, this is an interesting article https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2021/01/covid-19-a-realistic-approach-to-community-management/
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    Playing with my 49er - what to do

    Thanks Julian. I don't think anyone coming through my training group is going to be realistically worrying about the Paris Olympics (although I should never underestimate them), and if they are, they can buy their own boat . I'm just keeping an eye out for how to put together a cheap but solid (fixed wing) and not too out of date, FX to add to my training fleet. Compared to the active Australian FX fleet (judging from Australian entries in the Geelong Worlds), there's a lot for sale at the moment, but they're far from cheap; well at least compared to other potential boats I might think about and bearing in mind I do the training for free and its all out of my money. But we've got a lot of women coming through the training at the moment and I don't have any spots I can guide them into when they're 'race worthy' (which in training parlance, basically just means they're good enough to get you around a course on a reasonable day). It would be pretty nice if we could get an active FX race fleet for paired up lighter women alongside our Fifteen one.
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    Playing with my 49er - what to do

    Dumb question Julian, but you know the issue is close to my heart. Why are they about to become more plentiful? Does that apply to Australia too?
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Oh well, at least the air would be fresh and plentiful. None of this nasty recirculated stuff.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    I wonder on what COVID spreading form of transport they're going to move their guests to these remote mining camps. It's a big difference to a 28K bus trip.
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    Playing with my 49er - what to do

    Before the FX came out, we faced the same conundrum. After sailing a 29er with my son I was stuck with it when we moved to an area with only river sailing (from Sydney with its harbour and Pittwater). The bottom line was the 29er didn't work for us. It lacked the power to go and play in the tide/current before the wind was over 12 knots. Up till then we were trying to run square in the shallows with the two sail classes; very unpleasant. But the 49er was too big and powerful for the river. You'd be bouncing off each shore every 30 seconds. We needed something in the middle. Preferably twin wired with a masthead kite to give good downwind power, but more stable and not as fast as the 49er. I doubt he'll remember it, but because I was involved in the 29er's I had cause to correspond with Julian and even incidentally raised the need with him (not that I hold against him the fact he didn't rush into production something to fit our needs) Had the FX been out, it might have been a solution, but it wasn't. But it was also designed for two lighter women, so wouldn't have been perfect anyway. We eventually found an Australian class - Formula 15 - that perfectly fitted the bill. Not quite as hard to keep upright and generally master as the 49er. And the nice thing is when you get that happy medium, you get a good number of boats out racing with the club every Sunday. It carries a good range of weights well (although we do have a problem when we get two light women wanting to sail together) and one design enough that the racing is close enough that they often consist of one long tacking and gybing battle involving all the tactical skills and just plain cunning you can muster. And people seeing that want to join in the fun. Trouble is, there haven't been that many build and we have trouble finding second hand boats to meet the demand. Picture below. Had the FX been out at that time, it might have been a different ending and we are certainly looking at the FX as a solution for some of the lighter crew combinations coming through our training skiff program.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Isn't it an infinite increase? It's much worse than anyone thought. We're all doomed.
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    LONQR 2

    I'd suggest there was originally an in wall or ceiling tank which was leaking and couldn't be replaced with anything similar. So they installed a behind the pan tank as best they could. And yes, that looks like a removable panel above the tank.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    How does the rule work if you live in a campervan. Do you put in on while driving and take it off when you stop or can you argue you never left home Or is a campervan not a house (rather than a home), so you perpetually have to wear one. Just asking for the fun of it
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Oh great. All highways out of Brisbane are jammed with traffic. The disease is spreading before it can be locked down
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    If he could spend a couple of hours every day prattling on in self promotion at press conferences he definitely wasn't working hard. Let him apply the same standard as he applies to company directors (and , oh dear, ministers) under his OHS amendments. His cock up organization of a high risk work site cost 800 lives. That's definitely worth a 25 year apology.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Is that the best you can do by way of rebuttal? Clearly can't actually argue facts so as usual, you default to attempted insults which are so lacking justification they make you look silly.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    No, the 'rightwits' (to use your words without comment) in Victoria think that the deaths there were directly attributable to the negligence of the left leaning ruling class who Having been told by a review in 2019 that their State's CTT ability was grossly deficient, did nothing, leaving them unable to cope with a pandemic when it came, and was a significant factor in the extent of the deaths in that mournfully governed State. Let the running of the quarantine system be governed by ideology and governmental laziness with the likelihood of massive failure directly built into its design, and then covered up those at the top responsible for it in a half arsed enquiry designed mainly to stop the Premier having to answer any questions about what he did. Then locked down the State to compensate for their incompetence in a way that, when combining duration with extent, was the most brutal in the World; completely failing to actually consider the risk mitigation that each aspect of it entailed, because once again they were too lazy to think about it and apply a measured approach. And added a curfew, just for the Socialist fun of it when that was not suggested by the medical authorities (and for that reason, probably illegal). Set their politicized police on a path to intimidate their own citizens. In this case the use of the word 'wit' with 'right' would entail its other meaning of reasonably smart.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Which destroyed its economy for a minimally better outcome than us, with a multiple of the business destruction and economic erosion we had. Their approach is generally regarded as stupid. And we would have had an even bigger advantage over NZ if Brown Pants Dan had listened when he was told well before this started that Victorian CTT was not up to the required standard and at least thought about the extent of lockdown he needed to achieve his outcome and calibrated what he did to that. Instead the lazy, poop dripping socialist maximized the lockdown to everyone's disadvantage. .