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  2. Actually the description probably makes this property look not quite so desirable given the asbestos problem and need to earthquake proof this building . "A historical air-traffic control tower next to Wellington’s airport is for sale, on a prime hillside plot of property with “unbeatable views” of the town and harbour. Built in 1959, the old tower served for 60 years before its replacement was built farther down the road, according to its listing. “If the views and character aren’t enough to hook you, the tower is believed to be the only one in the world to have a residential address and its own letterbox,” the company says. But DIY-ers beware: the tower will take some work before it’s a home for any aviation enthusiast. First and foremost it’s full of asbestos, the listing says, and also requires some earthquake-proofing. This is New Zealand after all. And if you do want to convert it to a home, it might be an interesting transition. The tower “boasts many of its original 1957 design features, including a cramped floor plan, narrow stair-only access to all four levels, a lack of natural light in many areas, and one toilet,” the listing says. “It has had a lick of paint in at least the last decade and the kitchenette is circa 2000s chic.” The real-estate firm in charge of selling the parcel says the land is worth about $US363,000, and has the “possibility of development” into something completely different. That might sadden some locals, though, who nicknamed the old tower “Arnold.” “It has sat up there on the hill and served us well for 60 years, so we will have some mixed feelings about seeing it go,” Airways CFO James Young said. “While we know it’s most likely that the property will be bought by a developer and cleared to build new homes, it’s nice to imagine the old tower being given a new life through some creative grand design.” The new tower is just down the road. I took this picture from a hill on the other side of the airport. Wellington airport must be one of the worlds best airports for for aviation watching/photography, The grey building (bottom left) is Spruce Goose Café. On my regular visits to Welly I sit on the outside area of this café and drink a nice coffee or craft beer (usually both) and photograph the comings and goings at the airport.
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    A Royal Commission. Just what we need, a good way to keep spending money to no advantage and it lets the media spout away without having to do any real work. Then years later when it is all finished, nothing happens. Have a look at what the enquiry into the banks accomplished. Already the government is going in completely the opposite direction to the findings.
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  6. Just checked his profile again. Last visit Sept. 5. ???
  7. What about Trump and the US military alliances. Has his determination to get the US allies in NATO and Asia to kick in their fair share of the costs of military backup caused those Nations to pull back from the alliances? I cannot vouch for the political leaning of the producers of this video, but its content is worth discussing. Amazingly, the only alliance that seems to be holding is the ANZUS Treaty.
  8. Anger of Murdoch's tactics has finally reached boiling point. Parliament is being petitioned to set up a Royal Commission to investigate how the Murdoch empire is running this country. Some of you may not like who is speaking about getting this investigation up and running, but there is some bipartisan support for exposing the King maker for what he is.
  9. I try to publish my opinions where the intelligent members of society gather. Places like this.
  10. Covid self test. Covid self test.mp4
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    LIFE IS SHORT, SO DRINK THE GOOD WINE FIRST! I talked with a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way. He said, "Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.” “I was working on my MBA on-line. I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical benefits coverage.” I felt sorry for him, so I asked “What happened? Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?” “Oh no, nothing like that” he said. “I was unexpectedly paroled.”
  12. There's also the sleeper factor. A lot of people who may be leaning toward Trump might not publicly say so for fear of being howled down. The polls were a long way out last time.
  13. I am guessing that it s a means of moving a lens in a light ray, to direct where it is wanted.
  14. Willedoo. What you are really saying is that you consider the US voters to be idiots. I agree with you and have been tipping Trump to win for ages.
  15. Well said, OME. Did you post copies of this to all our political representatives?
  16. I don't think it's a case of swimming against the tide. I think it's a case of picking at which stage the ebb and flow have reached.
  17. At the risk of swimming against the tide, I'm still tipping a Trump win. Possibly a re-run of 2016; losing the popular vote and winning the electoral college vote.
  18. George Santayana was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist who first stated that, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". This is often paraphrased as, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it". I've just finished reading Donald Horne's 1964 essay, "The Lucky Country", and have come away with the dismal realisation that during the past 55 years, nothing has changed in the Australian society, either politically or industrially. What was called the "colonial cringe" still exists, maybe with less reference to Great Britain, but cringe we still do in the presence of advancing Nations in Asia, the Sub-Continent, and even New Zealand across the Ditch. Whenever has there been a sustained political agenda that wasn't torpedoed by State's factionalism from both Conservatives and Non-Conservatives? The Whitlam years were a flash in the pan during which some advances were made, but the agenda was soon reined in with a return to colonial subservience. The Conservatives made a return to the Squatocracy of the 19th Century by entering into trade deals that relied on digging up the country and shipping it off across the seas, only to bring it back as manufactured goods. They stifled investment in manufacturing here that could have taken advantage of the lower costs of transporting our own raw materials to processing plants. What happened to Australian intellectualism? Australia is the only "First World" country where the production and consumption of the many forms of literature ( and here I will include light drama made for TV broadcast, such as the drama series of the 1980's) is reduced to the triviality of "reality" shows based on imported concepts. Our newspapers and services generally continue this attention to triviality. What political content they have confines itself to attacks on politicians themselves, rather than promoting discussion of political ideas. Our education system is a failure. While it is necessary for pre-teens to be taught the 3-R's, once they reach their teens emphasis should be put in developing their innate skills, whether these be in the manual arts, the ability to think, or to engage in music, dance and the other "Arts". I'm not suggesting a return to 19th Century industrial conditions where the Elite took the cream and left the whey for the masses. There is as much need in society for the trolley boy as there is for the philosopher. So much opportunity for creating wealth from processing our raw materials, be they animal, vegetable or mineral, has been lost because short-term thinking has lead to these assets being sold away to foreign industrial empires. Not even our faithful support of joint manufacturing agreements with foreign corporations has prevent those corporations from cutting the ties that bind when the corporations see a better bottom line from exploiting the economies of developing countries. Australia has really taken on the features of a banana republic. We toil to produce raw materials for other Nations who add value to them. We promote the uniqueness of our flora, fauna and landscapes to the people of those Nations who profit from adding value to our raw materials, and in this promotion we make ourselves kowtowing servants, fulfilling their food and accommodation needs as they spend a week or two seeing the sights cocooned in their coaches and never meeting the Australian people they are moving through. Horne's title for his book was meant to be ironic, but, as usual, lack of intelligence amongst the media of the day saw it to mean "recipients of unplanned good fortune". The title was a jab at the fact that "Luck" has nothing to do with the application of skill. You can be lucky and win the lottery. You can be lucky an pull off a jackpot. But it takes skill and intelligence to develop and idea into something from which you can profit, either socially or financially. For the past 55 years Australia has relied on luck to maintain itself. Innovation and development of ideas has been ignored. Now our luck is running out. COVID has killed everything associated with our promotion of the continent's uniqueness. China's development of its own natural resources has put our coal and iron ore market at risk. Australia's political alliances have resulted in China reducing some of its purchases of food stuffs. Perhaps our luck will turn with the effects of Brexit as the markets in Great Britain become open as they were before the Common Market closed them to us. But once again, we see Great Britain as a market for raw materials, and we must accept their manufactured goods as payment in return. The time has come for Australia to throw off its acceptance of being a colonial outpost of the rest of the World. It's time to plant some genetically modified Tall Poppies who will make our financial institutions open up to risk capital for the construction of manufacturing facilities, and to support education and skills development in all their forms. It's time for us to tell those who seek political positions that they are employed by Society, and Society is well and truly fed up with their antics. It is unfortunate that the only way the people of Australia can sack the whole Parliament is by getting such a motion passed by Parliament. Now there's a Catch-22 for you. .
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  20. I suppose this is why we are happy to support Microsoft. It might almost be monopolistic, but at least that monopoly is doing things for Mankind. Is it wrong that it should be well rewarded for its efforts?
  21. Yes, this is a common tactic... even in Aus, where it is not so much about whether or not to turn up, but who to cast your vote for (e.g. look, he is leading by so much that unless you vote for us, they weill be an elected dictatorship). Or, they rely on donkey votes, etc. This is a sobering and worrying article: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-election-pennsylvania-special-rep/special-report-why-the-pennsylvania-vote-count-might-throw-u-s-into-political-crisis-idUKKBN2781FQ?il=0 America is a dangerous place...
  22. POLLS SHOW BIDEN AHEAD! Well, that's what the media is reporting, but don't forget that there is only one poll that matters -the one on 3rd November. Is the Trump team using the same game plan that got him into The Office in 2016? Is it relying on one thing that we have here - compulsory voting. All the Trump team has to do is fire up its Party's supporters with the thought that Biden could win unless they get themselves to the polling booths, and at the same time promote those polls that say Biden is a shoo-in so that his mob don't bother voting. The plan worked in 2016 and I doubt if the American voters are a wake up to it. Forget about Russia, North Korea and Iran interfering with the election. The US media is hard at work, virtually legally, making up the minds of the US electorate.
  23. I'm not usually a fan of Microsoft but this development is mind blowing (to me, anyway). And a version of this software is currently available on Google Play.
  24. Wouldn't mind buying this place. I am quite familiar with this place, the control tower is in a suburban street, The new tower is also in a suburban street. https://www.realestate.com.au/news/old-airport-control-tower-turned-home-for-sale-in-new-zealand/?rsf=ps%3Afacebook%3Anews%3Anat&fbclid=IwAR21t3zEYE2viswMXoakTYfSctQySyfj8U9q_J8fJrbLQuOeuv_GeG5pyMU
  25. I got this message: Hi Peter, Thank you for your email. We have forwarded it to our Museum of Optics in Germany and will let you know what it is once they have replied. Kind regards, Ines
  26. ...including artilery gunsights. During WWI they sold mobs of them to the British, via Switzerland.
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