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    My wife and I had 750 olive trees on the property we sold four years ago, we are still enjoying oil which has been kept cool and out of light in stainless steel containers. No need for additives or anti oxidants or whatever. It loses its greenness and bite but is still tasty.
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    Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Bank Ltd., got economists thinking when he said: A cyclist is a disaster for a country's economy. They do not buy a car and do not take a car loan. Do not buy car-insurance. Do not buy fuel. Do not send a car for servicing and repairs. Do not use paid parking. Do not become obese. Healthy people are not needed for an economy. They do not buy drugs. They do not go to hospitals and doctors. They add nothing to a country's GDP. On the contrary, every new McDonalds outlet creates at least 30 jobs: 10 cardiologists, 10 dentists, 10 weight-loss experts - apart from people working in McDonalds outlets. Choose wisely: A bicycle or a McDonalds? Worth thinking." Walking is even worse. Those people do not even buy a bicycle.
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    I don't thin'k climate change "deniers" deny that the climate is changing, not the climate change proponents are not saying all climate change is the result of human activity (or endeavour). it is accepted over the ages (eons, even), there has been gradual shift in weather patterns. Australia had a giant inland sea, for example, which dried out over a very long time due to global weather changes. The question is how is the impact on human activity disproportionately affecting the planet? In what direction? What will be the impact? and if it is an existential threat, what can we do about it? There are many myths and misinformation/agendas propagated by the extremeties on both sides of the argument.. Unfortunately, as has been laid to bare in the current global political climate (pardon the pun) and the ease with which technology allows news and views to be permeated through society, these extremities are gathering traction - we all like to believe what we hear that confirm our bias.. I don't exempt myself from that, however, I have often swallowed the bitter pill that my belief or intuition has been trumped (pardon the other pun) by the facts - and I stress all the facts at the time. Because, when we are in denial based on accepting something that confronts our beliefs, the bar to change our mind is a lot higher than the facts we use to reinforce our beliefs... So, believe me when I say this, I want - I really want it to be that the earth's climate is changing at a rate that is alarming all by itself, of course including effect of man's endeavours beyond sustaining life clad in bear skins and dragging our women by the hair while holding a roughly molded baseball bat or club. It would mean I could fire up the avgas burner in the smug knowledge I am having fun at no-one's climate changing expense. But the reality is the science currently doesn't bear this out. @pmccarthy - I have seen and responded to many of the facts and figures you have presented. I can see where you are coming from, but to be honest, statements such as Is sort of reflective, I think. As mentioned, I (Octave, Marty_d, OK, and others) have responded to much of what you have previously written. I recall your last post was, from memory about the marginal impact human activity has on the total amount of CO2 (ot may have been something else but I don't have the time to look things up at the moment). I was shocked at how little it was and it did challenge my current analysis/assessment (I use this term because I prefer this to blind faith belief, which seems to be the charge laid at us). However, as a trained scientist, you would understand that the numbers showing the materiality of the change in a variable, by itself, is not enough to draw a conclusion of the argument - in this case, the assumption being made is a tiny change results in a tiny effect, therefore, carry on. We have to assess/observe how the change of the variable (delta) affects the system.. so I did some digging, and yes, the impact is quite material as the system is naturally at capacity (which makes sense, otherwise we wouldn't have a natural weather cycle because otherwise the system would have capacity to absorb most shocks). I found and presented the credible data/facts to show that the small change in CO2 (I think it was) was enough to tip the scales. I used the analogy of pouring water into a glass that was already full - it will spill over.. The analogy isn't 100% correct as the earth processes CO2 to allow for more to be produced - the real analogy is that there is a glass of water that remains full because there is a small hole at the bottom that drains the existing stuff, while more stuff is added - volume in roughly equals volume out.. A small increase in the volume in will cause the glass to spill over... the rate of increase over time will dictate the rate of increase of the spillage - we also have an exponential risk because as permafrost thaws, more greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, etc I have not had a response to that, yet the same old "putting up references, charts and data... people believe what they want to believe". @onetrack - It's an interesting analogy, but using historial weather records to look for outliers that are likely to occur in the lifetime of an asset that may be affected by the weather is not indicative of the weather cycles itself nor the impact man is having on the weather cycles. If you build a building to withstand the massive flood that historically comes once in 250 years, the fact it now comes once, say, every 50 years will not affect the defence of the building to it (except possibly for remedial repairs after such a flood). The CSIRO has observed the IDP and SAM are deviating from their norms far more frequently and at larger quantums with predictions it will continue over time more or less in an incremental way. There are once in a lifetime (or other time span) events, however, these appear to be occuring more frequently and hanging around longer... The earth's climate (and environment in general) is a fine balance; things such as climate gradually change over time - long times generally - except where there is an event that stimulates a rapid and monumental shift (normally - but once in a period of time are the exception). Things like large meteroites that impact earth and send dust clouds, etc... will cause rapid, but longer term effects... It can be argued human endeavour is analgous to one of those events.. given the evidence today. Whilst, just because everyone says something is, doesn't mean it is, the vast majority of the scientific community have drawn a similar conclusion and more of the ranks from the climate change "denier" fraternity join it in the face of what is reported to be overwhelming evidence. The difference between now and Copernicus' times is that there is an erosion (in many rational civilisations anyway) of the belief system over evidential science... and therefore we can have a greater level of confidence (not absolute) in the science.. It doesn't always get it right... so, say it is wrong and there is no impact. Shouldn't we deploy our vast collective technological resources to delay or push back the onset if we can rather than keep sailing the ship to oblivion? (of course, if we are not having an impact now, then you could argue that whatever we try will not have an impact on delaying the inevitable). The other thing is that people allege science has an agenda - I would love to know what that agenda is? Are they financed by renewable energy companies? Nope. Do they just want to get a bigger slice of the research pie? Maybe, but it would be a hell of a coordinated effort across many nations with different funding models, etc. Seems unlikely.. What else would they want to do.. create a distraction? For what? For whom? It just doesn't add up. Do they want us to have a reduced standard of living or return to a primitve way of life? Doubt it, though no doubt, there will be some of the extremists (such as vegan extremism) that will want us to give up eating meat (at least from methane producing animals) etc., but they are the fringe. Many are calling for small personal adjustments, but a massive adjustment to the energy mix.. And will this bring on economic ruin? Doubtful; the world changes, technology changes, there are relics of bygone industries and eras everywhere.. today, your bricks and mortar retail companies are under threat, but do we do anything to save them from the eCommerce onslaught? Not really (there may be token gestures, here and there). The reality, is that industries rise and die, and the working population adapt (some do get caught out). Instead of looking back to the fossil fuel lobby, we could have been looking forward and developing the capability in renewables - not many countries have the same idyllic conditions to do so. Netherlands, I think, are the worlds largest windmill producers - they have higher structural costs than Australia, yet can do it because it solves a problem and provides high value. China has overtaken PV cell manufacture - why weren't we in these? Because we look back.. and we will become dinosaurs as we refuse to innovate. I read the other day that ScoMo will order the government build a gas-fired power station near Newcastle, I think, if private enterprise don't build one. So far, there are no takers because they know renewables is coming, it is cleaner, its economies of scale are starting to bite so the cost of building is lower and ROI is quicker. There will still be central planning engineers, but the maintenance workforce will be required to be more distributed. Mining will still go on as well, so it is win-win.. But we decide to play a win (for the producers) and lose (for the consumers - Australia).. more lost opportunity. Our economy is already dichtomous - Mining and the rest.. and the rest hasn't fared to well of late. Provate enterprise is starting to snub its nose at fossils and they would only do that if a) they had to by law;; or b) the ROI over the asset lifetime for renewables is going to be better. I believe SA has proved it can work.. there were teething problems; there were external problems, but they have taken the lead; proven it, so we should follow.. Hopefully, before long, we won't have to feel (or have other people attempt to make us feel) guilty when we go flying. Pipestrel already have electric planes; others are working on them, and there is hydrogen powered and hybrids being developed both for regional commerical and GA... Clear skies so we reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the lead and other poisons we put into the atmosphere. Again.. . Bring it on!
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    Reminds me of the Aussie ventriloquist who was holidaying in NZ. One day he's walking down a country lane and sees a farmer, his dog and his flock approaching. Deciding to have a little fun, he stops and asks the farmer if he can talk to his animals. "What do you mean, 'talk to the animals'"? says the farmer. "Mate," says the Aussie, "I have a gift. I can talk to animals, they understand me, and they talk back!" "Bullshut" says the Kiwi, but lets the guy go ahead. The Aussie starts with the farmer's horse. "G'day mate", he says. "How's it going?" Throwing his voice, he makes it appear that the horse is answering. "Yeah, not too bad thanks!" says the horse in a Kiwi accent. The old farmer looks like he's seen a ghost. "That's amazing!" he said. "That horse has never talked to me before!" The Aussie turns to the dog. "G'day!" he says. "How's the farmer treating you?" "Pretty good," says the dog. "Nice kennel, good food, can't complain really!" The farmer looks stunned. The Aussie turns to a sheep. "G'da..." he starts, before the farmer interrupts. "Don't talk to her!!" he yells. "She tells bloody lies!!"
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    I thought Nigella always gave a well-rounded presentation.
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    Very true, but our democracy has been perverted by American-style lobbyists who set the agenda. If a political donor wants something done, it is done, despite massive opposition from the public. Conversely, if the majority of voters want certain things that strong lobby groups don’t like, it will never happen. If the average consumer knew of the underhand behavior of corporations like Coke Cola they’d never buy their products.
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    Yes, no doubt Australia does import vast quantities of packaging from Asian sources. And it's used for packaging foreign origin foods and local origin foods. Do you believe a plastics manufacturing plant guarantees food grade hygiene? Do you believe that when the food company then buys pallet loads of packaging, that they wipe clean every slip of plastic before mechanically wrapping your food in it? Does anyone check? My biggest gripe about this is the labelling of food. We cannot steer our purchasing power without reliable information. I'll vote with my wallet if I can. Repeatedly the public have called for proper labelling of foods and repeatedly the government stalled for long periods, then mandated new, useless labelling. For instance, how can I decide what is meant when my ham (sliced off the bone while I watch) or "fresh" bacon is labelled "Contains 15% Australian" ? Was that pig only part Australian?? Was the 15% just water and salt? What else is in it? Where did the rest come from? How long ago was it killed? So I walk (yes, I'll walk further to buy local) outside colesworths to the local butcher (he does his own kills and can tell me roughly where his meats came from each week). And amazingly, I get a much nicer product, even more amazingly he's no dearer than the supermarket. I've learnt to take my reading glasses when I go shopping, and I'm one of those grumpy old blokes who blocks the aisle whilst reading the labels before choosing what goes into the trolley.
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    The greatest concern to me is the amount of manufactured/processed food ingredients coming from China. These additives/ingredients range from sweeteners to thickeners (gums), "natural" flavours, colouring agents, and "antioxidants". These ingredients are generally supplied in bulk in 200 litre containers and the vast majority of them are produced via industrial processes. Typically, these ingredients are; Natural colours Sweetners such as Stevia and Stevia extracts Citric acids Proteins & Fibres (such as soy and pea) Xanthan-gum, Gellan Gum, Welan gum Extracts Dehydrated vegetables Food additives (unspecified) As an example, cooking/food oils such as canola, safflower, olive, and all the other "blended vegetable oils" (mainly cottonseed oil based), rely on the addition of an anti-oxidant to prevent the oil from rapidly becoming rancid. Many of the anti-oxidants used are pure industrial chemicals, such as butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), orbutylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and even propylene glycol. The first two are decidedly dicey additives, because they contain benzene rings and are suspected of being cancer-inducing. Propylene glycol is reportedly safe and is used widely as a food additive - but why would you add an industrial chemical to food, that is not a food in itself, and which needs to be broken down, and passed out of the body? In addition, the food processing industry is still plagued by BPA (bisphenol-A) which is definitely a cancer-inducing chemical. However, BPA is still used widely as a protective lining in cans, to prevent the acids in foods from attacking and dissolving the metal in the cans. Tomatoes are a typical high-acid content food that require a strong protective lining in the can. Buy Italian canned tomatoes at your risk - not only is the Mafia extensively involved in tomato production in Italy (growing tomato crops on land polluted by illegal dumping of toxic industrial chemicals, and controlling many tomato-processing plants, where illegal food additives are added) - but the colours and flavours added to Italian tomatoes are typically Tartrazine and other dubious synthetic colourings and flavourings. You will find cans of Italian tomatoes advertising "no added colours or flavours" - but with the Mafia controlling nearly all tomato processing in Italy, would you believe implicitly what they state on their cans? I have never seen anywhere, where processed foods imported into Australia are randomly checked for illegal additives or contaminants. The DAWE has an imported food inspection scheme in place that is "risk-based". In other words, they decide whether a food is risky or not, and whether it needs to be extensively checked. If you're a food importer, you only have to convince the DAWE your food is safe, and very little further checking is carried out. Random inspections would be a much better process. We have tight inspection regimes for drugs, yet multiple billions in drugs get through those tight inspection processes on a regular basis. https://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Food_Colourings https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/goods/food/inspection-compliance/inspection-scheme#how-is-surveillance-food-tested
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    Oh my God! Andrews has avoided COVID, but caught TRUMP.
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    One-track, thank you for sharing your beliefs with us. It doesn't fit with my view of a believable universe. But I respect your choice.
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    But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!
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    Science is in folks. The amount of scientific consensus over this is overwhelming. Saying anthropomorphic climate change isn't real is kind of like saying cancer isn't real (and trusting the fossil fuel to solve it is like trying to cure that cancer with the power of prayer). Reading Malcolm Turnbull's book at the moment and it's enlightening to hear from someone who dealt one on one with the conservative rump of the LNP. Idiots like Canavan, Abbott and their ilk have an awful lot to answer for. To be fair, so do the Greens. If they'd voted with Rudd on the ETS we'd have had a proper mechanism to price carbon for over a decade now.
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    I try to publish my opinions where the intelligent members of society gather. Places like this.
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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.”
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    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.
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    And thats the story of OMEs' life. Born just after the pubs shut. That would really piss you off.
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    (Maybe not so quick) Life in the Australian Army.. Text of a letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For Those of you not in the know, Eromanga is a small town, west of Quilpie in the far south west of Queensland) Dear Mum & Dad, I am well. Hope youse are too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than workin' on the station - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and clean ya uniform. No bloody horses to get in, no calves to feed, no troughs to clean- nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing! At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo steaks or goanna stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in the bullock paddock!! This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The bullseye is as big as a bloody dingo's arse and it don't move and it's not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of p...!! You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting truck when you reload! Sometimes ya gotta wrestle with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy - it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster. Turns out I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers - he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer. I can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before word gets around how bloody good it is. Your loving daughter, Susan
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    Bloody Indian food. I'm off to make real Aussie food - spag bol.
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    Not sure if I have already posted this... An Aussie is travelling through a rural area of NZ and sees a farmer doing something that looks unusual. He stops his car and walks towards the farmer, when he notices amongst the long grass, the farmer having sex with a sheep. "Oi! Mate!" The Aussie yells.. "What are you doing?? Back in Oz, we don't do that, we shear our sheep!".. The NZ farmer gave the Aussie a suspicous look and replied, "Ey, fella - I aint shearing my sheep with anyone!!"
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    Mick walks into Paddy's barn and catches him dancing naked in front of a tractor. Mick says, "Oi Paddy, what ya doing?" Paddy says, "Well me and Mary haven't been getting on in the bedroom lately & the therapist recommended I do something sexy to a tractor."
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    A coach load of paddies on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going..... the driver won £52!
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    I remember our first fridge, second wedding pressie, wifey had niebours around to check it out, more open door than closed for well over a week, spacesailor
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    Yep, container deposits show how we are not as democratic as we like to think. Deposits are supported by a big majority of the population. In South Australia they have been in for so many years that they have fallen behind inflation in a big way. Even so, they have been challenged legally. If you had seen the litter around an aboriginal settlement in the NT you would understand why they finally joined SA in deposit legislation. Personally, I reckon they should be much higher and on more things. Alas, that would take more democracy than we have.
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    Almost two years ago, a health scare pushed me into going on a bit of a health kick. Part of the change was in diet. I was always a reasonably healthy eater, but now I've given up most processed food and eat mainly natural organic grown food. Haven't bought a can or packet for ages. Also no red meat or pigs or antibiotic saturated, pox ridden chooks; just good ocean caught non Chinese seafood from the Southern Ocean or locally sourced. I've been determined to minimise the amount of food cooked in a factory by someone wearing a hair net and green dustcoat and have got back into gardening and growing some chemical free food of my own. Needless to say, my sole cow is very popular as a source of fertilizer. And I feel streets better for it; I think the body has de-toxed a lot of that corporate chemical crud they feed us. One of the things that p*sses me off, particularly having spent half a life in the oil game, is the amount of petroleum derived additives they make us eat. The bastards are making us eat oil. What the hell has happened to humanity that we rely on corporations to feed us. And how did we let it get to this. Were we asleep or something? And don't get me started on sugar. The food corporations biggest ticket, it's cheap and addictive. Put enough on a turd and the punters would buy it. If you took the salt and sugar out of processed food, nobody would eat it.
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    The percentage of Aussie content probably depends mostly on the thickness of the packaging.
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    One slight problem with the comparison - it's bloody hard to drive from London to Miami. Yes the equivalent distance by plane uses less fuel per person than if those people traveled by car, but the fact is they don't travel those routes by car. So you'll get a massive reduction in fuel use anyway if the plane isn't available. There was a show on SBS a year or two ago, "City in the Sky" I think it was - all about the airline industry. Basically there were an average of 1 million people in the air at any given time, or the equivalent of a medium sized city. Pretty much none of those people will be driving to destinations they previously flew to. If the flights were internal in a country and the country doesn't have movement restrictions, then they'll still be flying. If it does have movement restrictions, like the state borders here, then you won't be driving there either. Yes it's a massive impact to everyone involved in the industry, from baggage handlers to retail staff to flight crew and controllers and the people who make meals for airlines and the dudes with the high-viz vests on the tarmac. I feel for them too. But I can't help thinking that it may not be a bad thing for the environment. If countries have a high dependence on foreign tourism, like some of the Pacific islands for example, then they're absolutely stuffed. But countries like Australia and the UK should be able to rely on internal customers. People still get their annual leave and they still want to take the family somewhere - why not holiday close to home for a few years?
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    In 1929, there was a sudden bursting of the economic bubble that lead to the 1930's Depression. We are in an economic depression now, but we have sort of eased into it, which makes hitting rock bottom a bit softer. Maybe we are suffering from the effects of too much wealth for out own good. Look at which things were hit first and hardest by the lock-downs. Service industries from coffee shops to cruise liners. After that it was the apparel sellers and the "labour-saving" devices retailers. Those who have not lost out are the primary producers - people gotta eat.
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    Let's hope any awards he gets are posthumous, and he gets them quickly! I'm all for compulsory voting. An imposition on someone's freedom?? Once every 4 years you have to get off your ar$e and actually participate in the democracy you're benefiting from? Give me a break!
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    Coffee cup of the day....
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    Number and letter sizes are commonly used for twist drill bits rather than other drill forms, as the range covers the common sizes from 1/16", increasing by 1/64". Number drill bit gauge sizes range from size 80 (the smallest) to size 1 (the largest) followed by letter gauge size A (the smallest) to size Z (the largest). The gauge-to-diameter ratio is not defined by a formula, but is instead based on, but is not identical to, the Stubs Steel Wire Gauge, which originated in Britain during the 19th century. Although the ASME B94.11M twist drill standard, for example, lists sizes as small as size 97, sizes smaller than 80 are rarely encountered in practice. When a number is used to describe a size, the larger the number, the smaller the diameter. The two sizes commonly found in aircraft maintenance are #40 and #30, which are the sizes of drills used for making the holes that nutplate rivets, as well as #21 and #11 and "F" for solid rivets, and also #27, #20, #16, #10, # 5 and "I" for Cherymax rivets. You should always consult the specifications for a rivet before drilling holes as the amount of slop in the hole determines the quality of the grip of the rivet. Needless to say, you shouldn't use drills from a set of common sizes (1/16 to 1/2") when drilling holes for rivets. Another place that numbered drills are used is in carburettors to clear the galleries associated with the fuel jets. But let's not consider playing with those. The worst thing about numbered drills is trying to put them back in their correct order if you drop the box.
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    I think the best grounding in mechanical skills is a few years building Meccano when you are quite young.
  41. 3 points
    Australia declared war on the Central Powers on 4th August 1914, and our attention is most often drawn to Europe and the Middle East. But we seldom are reminded of the very first action involving Australian and New Zealand troops within a month of the declaration of war. Prior to 1914, Germany, like many other European nations, established colonies in Africa and the Pacific Rim. Germany was active in the Pacific, annexing a series of islands that would be called German New Guinea (part of present-day New Guinea and several nearby Island groups). The northeastern region of New Guinea was called Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, the Bismarck Archipelago to the islands east, this also contained two larger islands named New Mecklenburg and New Pomerania, they also acquired the Northern Solomon Islands. These islands were given the status of protectorate. Once war was declared in late July 1914 Britain and its allies promptly moved against the colonies. The public was informed that German colonies were a threat because "Every German colony has a powerful wireless station — they will talk to one another across the seas, and at every opportunity they [German ships] will dash from cover to harry and destroy our commerce, and maybe, to raid our coasts". The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) was a small volunteer force of approximately 2,000 men, raised in Australia to seize and destroy German wireless stations stations at Yap in the Caroline Islands, Nauru and at Rabaul, New Britain. The German wireless installations were ordered to be destroyed because they were used by Vizeadmiral (Vice Admiral) Maximilian von Spee's East Asia Squadron of the Imperial German Navy, which threatened merchant shipping in the region. The operation lasted from 11th September 1915 until 17th September 1915. Australian losses were seven killed and five wounded. Seaman W.G.V. Williams became the first Australian fatality of the war. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Naval_and_Military_Expeditionary_Force While losses of land forces were light in view of future operations in the Middle East and Europe, these losses were further compounded by the disappearance of the Australian submarine HMAS AE1 during a patrol off Rabaul on 14 September, with 35 men aboard. (Search missions attempting to locate the wreck began in 1976. The submarine was found during the 13th search mission near the Duke of York Islands in December 2017.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMAS_AE1
  42. 3 points
    The most effective method of dealing with illegal drugs is for the Govt to produce drugs of high quality and purity and issue them at low cost, along with drug-use health advice, to those wishing to experiment with drugs. This will have two immediate effects - One, it totally ruins the profitability of the drug-selling business, which is the main reason people become drug dealers. Two, it makes drug-using less attractive, because it's no longer illegal, and is Govt-supported. I was just wondering earlier this morning, how Duterte's programme of shooting every drug dealer on sight is working? Haven't heard a thing about it lately, has the Philippines totally eliminated drugs and drug dealers, by now?
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    I walked past a Barber shop today and saw this - it gave me a good chuckle. I think the Barbers have been doing it tough under COVID-19 rules, too.
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    Word docx file attached SMALL BUSINESSS CALENDAR.docx
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    How do you know the Chinese didn't discover Australia. The Dutch discovered it before the English and decided they didn't want it. Maybe the Chinese did the same.
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    Andrews is typical of the Professional Politician, who has never held down a real job in life, nor had any managerial experience. And his lack of ability, right through the COVID-19 mis-management, shows up clearly. Compare him with W.A.'s Premier Mark McGowan, who has had military and officer training, legal training, and a job as a Navy lawyer. His military training and skills have kicked in with his approach and handling of the COVID-19 virus management in W.A., and his popularity with West Australian voters is in excess of 90%, a remarkable effort for any politician in the last 150 years.
  49. 3 points
    Ok, I'll bite... Firstly, there's a slight irony in you trying to debunk evolution because "it's not possible", then saying you're quite happy to believe an invisible man made everything specifically for a species that in its current form has been on the planet for about 200,000 years out of approximately 4,000,000,000. There's been life on this planet for over 3 billion years in one form or another. Dinosaurs were around for about 179 MILLION years, or about 900 times longer than humanity has been here. What were they, a really long failed experiment? Secondly, you claim that it's laughable that the 200 (where does that number come from?) life support systems developed in the correct order and that many would have had to develop simultaneously. This is how evolution works. Mutations in simple systems in some cases turn out to be beneficial, these ones are more successful so remain for the next generation, over lots and lots of time you end up with complex systems, they mutate etc etc. As to things having to develop simultaneously, well, they don't. Take the eye for example. You might think it's a perfect organ which is too complex to have evolved. However, the first animal to have a modification that enabled a form of sight (patch of light-sensitive cells) was about 550 million years ago. Scientists have worked out that if sight improved by just 0.005% each generation, it would only have taken 364,000 years to develop complex eyes. Some animals have evolved to actually lose their eyes - cave dwellers which live in total darkness for example, are often totally blind (because no sight is needed in the dark) and also completely white, because no colour is needed if no one can see you. Also, it seems that you think humanity in its current form is the absolute pinnacle of life. Really? I'm a bit annoyed that I can only see in a very small envelope of the available spectrum. Many species can run faster than me, lots have better senses (not to mention sonar, that'd be handy), some can fly without having to build a plane, which would be excellent. Then there's the really cool things, like being able to regenerate limbs, or even (like some jellyfish) pretty much live forever. We have opposable thumbs and big brains, and those two mutations have been extremely beneficial, but we could be a hell of a lot better - and maybe will be in time. As to the world and everything in it being made specifically for humans - that's like a puddle saying "this hole in the ground was put here in exactly the right shape for me!" - in other words, we evolved to fit our environment instead of the other way around. Even then, if everything was made to suit us, how do you explain viruses, mosquitos, venomous insects and reptiles, bacteria, cancer, genetic disorders, chronic pain, and everything else that kills, maims, or makes life unbearable for us?
  50. 3 points
    A bit more progress.
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