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  1. Our government is very good at saying how good it is, but when you look at what they do it becomes apparent that they are good at stuffing up. If we had to rely on the federal government, we would be in a similar position to all those European countries, The government declared that old people were at risk, but they decided that there was no need to do anything about that risk. Blind Freddy could see that if oldies in care were at risk, the first people to vaccinate were those who looked after them, that is even before vaccinating the oldies. In a similar way blind Freddy would have seen that
    6 points
  2. My dad once had a cow that could open a gate. It was one of those wooden farm gates made from 4' x 1" timber. A short sliding plank with a handle attached served as the latch and locked into a mortice in the gate post. She figured out she could hook her horn on the handle and slide the latch out of the mortice. Then she would push the gate open with her head. My current lawnmower (18yo Braford) knows the sound of my car. As soon as I round the corner of the road, she can identify me from at least 200 metres away. She will have her back turned and turn around and moo as soon as she
    6 points
  3. Just compare it with 3 or4 cars being refuelled by petrol diesel or GAS going up. The first vehicle didn't actually burn that long . 2 litres of hydrocarbon fuel properly vapourised will easily blow a house sky high. We have tonnes of fuel in tankers speeding on wet roads. How sensational can that be when things go wrong. When I see a tanker on the road , I try to distance myself from it.. That's a REAL blob of energy. Imagine one in a tunnel involved in an accident, and it all goes up. Nev
    5 points
  4. An Aussie and a Kiwi are having a beer on the deck one afternoon. After a while the Aussie asks the Kiwi: “If I snuck over to your house while you were at work, made passionate love to your wife and she had a baby, would that make us related?” The Kiwi considers that for a moment, then replies: “Well, I’m not sure about related, but it would definitely make us even!”
    5 points
  5. Problem is we have a shifty PM who believes in deception, diversion and deflection. He's too busy shuffling the coconut halves on the table to do a decent job. Too much 'don't look here, look over there'. I rate him as one of the poorest PM's we've had. Go back to advertising I say.
    5 points
  6. Cynically..... Did anybody else notice how our political leaders very publicly got the first vaccine jabs...... Then told the punters, 'It's not a race' (No need to worry, we made sure We're Ok)
    5 points
  7. My theory is, as you grow older, each unit of time represents a smaller percentage of your life.. as it is a smaller percentage of your life, it has a relatively shorter perception than the previous unit of time... While January seemed like yesterday, if you stop and think back to say, new years day, you will realise it was quite some time ago. It's sort of the same as when you look at someone who is 18 and think they are just hitting puberty at 12. We are now older and seeing people our own age is the norm.. When we were 18, people our age were simply ancient.
    5 points
  8. Whilst the US government may not have said much NASA has praised the landing. I listen to a weekly NASA podcast and the Chinese achievement was much praised. There was some criticism over the re entry procedures (or lack of) for the booster and for over the top secrecy but generally admiration. Animosity is normally between governments not engineers or scientists.
    5 points
  9. When physical strength is required then people with physical strength who also meet the other criteria for the job should be employed whether they are male female old or young. The true test is whether someone is able to perform the duties. It is ridiculous to use gender as the measure rather than an objective test of fitness for the job. Would it make sense to reject males from nursing because some people believe women are more suited?
    5 points
  10. Rowan Atkinson Drummer.mp4
    5 points
  11. I haven't been in those cold temps. but when I was in the English army and stationed at Ellesmere in Shropshire, we had the walkways completely enclosed in Ice. It thawed just enough in the day to run down and freeze int a stalactite formation. We had no fuel for our heating stoves in the billet. typical of that army. We had no lockers so hung our battle dress on a nail in the wall. One day a bloke grabbed his BD and pulled, leaving the back frozen to the wall and only having the front in his hands. That is when we took matters into our own hands and raided the fuel dump. Britain is
    4 points
  12. I had my 2nd Astra Jab today so I am now fully done
    4 points
  13. Biden, like any president, will never be perfect. On his record so far, it would have to be said that he's a big improvement on Trump; probably not hard to do. Personally, I'm not a fan of Biden or his previous record in politics, but I think this time round, as president, he's proving to be level headed, progressive and pragmatic. I also believe he's exercising a lot of his own judgement and authority and not just a puppet as his detractors say. In his short time as president, he has done a lot of positive things. He seems to be no slouch when it comes to getting down to work.
    4 points
  14. Moved from Rec.Flying site: F10 “I think Trump was awesome.” Awesome in that he probably told more lies than all his predecessors combined. Awesome in his ability to appear as a messiah to long-suffering American workers. Awesome at using populism and claiming to care about the little man he actually despises. We can refute pretty much all of your claims. Voter fraud? Many of the judges who dismissed his claims of voter fraud were republicans. “massive leftist bias of the mainstream media” . By this I presume you mean all the Ame
    4 points
  15. When you just want to do a little fishing..
    4 points
  16. May have been posted before, getting to be a long thread -
    4 points
  17. Apropos my funny video....
    4 points
  18. My dog can tell time. I have mentioned this previously and I had convinced myself that she was reading our clock on the wall. But no. She is fed a small meal three times a day on vet's advice due to a tummy problem. The clock stopped for a few days and she still asked within five minutes of the appointed time for each meal. Today I was sandblasting panels in the yard all morning, and was startled to get a push in the leg from a wet nose. I wasn't wearing a watch so I went inside and, sure enough, it was two minutes past the time for her midday meal. I am genuinely baffled by this ability.
    4 points
  19. The pages of history seldom value all those memories of which you speak. All those details that caused us grief and frustration whilst we learnt the tricks of the trade for each product, are seldom considered important in the big picture of history.
    4 points
  20. i agree but at this stage we need both. The grid we have is large and although I think it will evolve towards smaller and micro grids. This is already happening (more overseas than here). The problem is that as enthusiastic as I am, at the moment the economics are just not there yet. I have looked into a house battery and I do not need it to be the cheapest option but at the moment a battery for one household is pretty pricey and I suspect the carbon footprint may not yet be there. I suspect neighborhood batteries may be economical. Large battery storage is econo
    4 points
  21. The proliferation of home battery systems is inevitable and would make our grid both stable and much more efficient. The large power companies are as threatened by this as were centralized ice-works a century ago- when people could not imagine that every home (let alone every car) would have its own, self-contained and super-reliable refrigeration system.
    4 points
  22. I'd rather see smaller batteries. Maybe rooftop solar microgrids supplying a suburban block battery. With the ability to cross connect to a neighboring block temporarily when one battery/inverter fails. So consumers don't have a blackout when something fails. Offering reliability of supply without the big grid and allowing retirement of obsolete fossil fuelled big power stations.
    4 points
  23. It would be interesting to find if a reduction in maintenance levels, trying to reduce costs, is behind this Callide turbine failure. A pretty common scenario in many machinery-oriented operations. Rather than indulge in preventative planned maintenance, they run it way past acceptable wear levels, and only replace it when it breaks! During 1942 at the height of the War, Perths major powerhouse at East Perth was unable to source enough skilled employees and an adequate parts supply, and started running on minimum maintenance levels. At 2:00AM one morning during 1942, one
    4 points
  24. Is that because she syes her hair another colour Since lockdown, I basically grow the beard until it itches and shave it off.. The family take about a full day to realise its gone.. They were all born blonde, though.
    4 points
  25. So far, there isn't enough solar, wind or hydro power generated to run the country when any one big generator drops off. Which has the same outcome as not having enough coal fired generation available to fill the gap when any one generator drops off. There are enough generators available to supply the east coast in this case, but the grid controllers didn't have them all running on standby, because they are trying to cut the cost of electricity, in order to make coal fired electricity look cheaper than it really is. I'll bet that as a result of this blackout, there
    4 points
  26. Observant types, women. I removed mine just before coming home after months working away. After three days of saying my hair looked different, she suddenly exclaimed “you’ve shaved off your beard!”
    4 points
  27. That's it, Peter, you just got my vote for world president.
    4 points
  28. This may have been posted before, but I can't be bothered looking for it. A Russian Jew named Jacob was finally allowed to emigrate to Israel. At the Moscow airport, a customs inspector found a statue of Lenin in his luggage. "What is this?" Jacob replied, "Wrong question, comrade. You should have asked 'Who is this?' This is Comrade Lenin. He laid the foundations of Socialism and created the future prosperity of the Russian people. I am taking it with me as a memory of our dear hero." The Russia
    4 points
  29. Cynically, Sagan also pointed out that the bigwigs on earth have not yet evolved to the point where they can be trusted to be in control of anything really important. That was his opinion back in the '90's. I wonder if we have moved very far down that path of 'growing up', that humanity needs, to survive long enough to make really positive strides forward. His picture is as important as the 'blue marble' picture that was taken during one of the lunar missions. They both show clearly how tiny we are in the cosmos. Just think of the advances that could be made if, for ins
    4 points
  30. The politics of it is to brag up the U.S. achievements and downplay those of the Chinese and Soviets/Russians. Mars is a good example. Lately, with the landing of the U.S. rover and helicopter, there's been a lot of press mention that the U.S. had the first successful landing on Mars. That's total BS. Several years before, the Soviets had the first crash landing followed soon after by the first successful soft landing. Within a short time, the Soviet lander stopped transmitting data, but it landed successfully years before the Americans. A very small amount of press correctly report the U.S. l
    4 points
  31. I'm all for equal pay. In particular, I'd like to get equal pay as a bank CEO, for the same amount of work they do.
    4 points
  32. Regardless of how we define "heroes" bagging someone who went to war on behalf of their country and was captured is pretty despicable to me. Trump allegedly referred to Mcain as a loser. Would we apply this to Australia soldiers who were prisoners of war to the Japanese? Were ANZACs just doing their job? Going to war and being killed, inured or captured is a great sacrifice and whether we call it heroic or not it surely does call for respect.
    3 points
  33. Copied from Faceook.... Anybody interested in a free ride in a helicopter flight for 4 people? I'm still looking for 2 more people to join us. We leave early Saturday morning (June 26th) from Moorabbin Airport and will fly to Portsea where we will have breakfast and then lunch on a yacht. We will then do a flight along the coast to see the seals and dolphins, then returning to Portsea to go out for dinner, we then fly back to Moorabbin. If interested please PM me, preferably someone with a helicopter and a yacht, otherwise we can't go...
    3 points
  34. We took on 3 business partners in the early 1980's to assist us with re-treating about 240,000 tonnes of gold tailings on our lease, utilising "vat leaching" and cyanide. The operation was very successful, it took us a bit over 2 years to extract all the remnant gold, and we made a tidy profit on the operation. One of our partners (Don Blaxell) was a WW2 veteran who had served in an Airfield Construction Sqdn in PNG, and who had dabbled in gold for years. He was a boatbuilder by trade, and he was a pretty clever cookie. When the military found out he had extensive boat bu
    3 points
  35. This has got to be one of the cleverest E-mails I've received in awhile. Someone out there Must be "deadly" at Scrabble. (Wait till you see the last one)! PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE THE MORSE CODE: When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
    3 points
  36. Several federal government ministers have said recently with regard to the vaccine rollout that "it is not a race" the problem is that it is a race or at least should be. All we really have available are mass vaccination or lockdowns. Brazil Covid: Deaths plunge after town's adults vaccinated
    3 points
  37. Unfortunately, this seems particularly appropriate right now.... ah the scottish.mp4
    3 points
  38. I have difficulty recognising the old guy who looks out at me from the mirror.
    3 points
  39. A man only chases a woman until she catches him.
    3 points
  40. Geez how long have we had fault free marriages? THAT marriage wasn't working. Camila was always his first Love. Nev
    3 points
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