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  1. Donald trump has awarded Scott Morrison with The Legion of Merit. That is an American military award also given to political foreigners. I consider this is just another display of the USA presidents mental incapacity. Why would he ever consider giving such an award to such a no hoper as Scott Morrison? The answer is of course that he and Scott Morrison think along similar lines. Repeat something often enough and people will accept it as true, that is their common ground. We as Australians do not need the USA to hold us up as being their great friend, that just makes us look as i
    7 points
  2. Trump is the greatest failure as a world leader we have ever seen, and history will not treat him well. There will be a lot more about his currently unknown nefarious and divisive activities, appear, after he leaves the White House. He has not a shred of worthwhile human values, as far I can see. One nurse who had her husband and mother both die of COVID-19, summed up Trump in the best definition I have yet seen. She basically said, "Trump spends tens of millions on trying to find election fraud to help himself stay in power - while he spends little time, effort or money, on helpin
    7 points
  3. People tend to become addicted to what we consider vices often through inactivity. People on social service benefits become addicted to substances, both legal and illegal mainly as a result of inactivity. How can you face day after day of nothing useful to do and manage to avoid using substances to transport you from reality? I'd say the right kind of support is employment in worthwhile activities. Not mundane labouring jobs like keeping the country clean and tidy, or reclaiming the environments damaged by exotic flora and fauna. Those tasks have an importance, but doing them da
    6 points
  4. Why do we have to split the unemployed into "deserving" and "non-deserving"? That's a classic LNP tactic. Distract from the massive inequalities they all face by turning the spotlight on their addictions or lack of. Drug addiction should be treated as a medical problem, not a legal one. I've said this elsewhere but if you really want to fix the drug problem, start by taking the criminal element out of it. No one is going to pay $50 for a badly-cut dose of street drug when they can get a purer source from the local pharmacy for $10. Decriminalise and spend all that money that y
    6 points
  5. There are several arguments for making voting compulsory, but the most convincing one is that Tony Abbott is against it...
    5 points
  6. The rich get richer because the government wants them to. The rich want a government that lets them get richer and the two get into bed together. What do we see? Lowering taxes for high income earners. Rules in banking changed in direct opposition to the Royal commissions findings. Nobody in any position of authority can do any wrong, because they haven't broken the rules. The rules are mad so that those in authority are excluded form having to comply. It is a sad society, but netter than the USA. Not due to Scomo, but in spite of him.
    5 points
  7. Certainly was. I think it's called karma. What happened at the Capitol on the 6th. January is exactly what the U.S. has encouraged and fostered in a miriad of countries around the world. You reap what you sow, and now they're having their own little colour revolution. On home soil, they're getting a taste of the type of de-stabilization they've forced on many other countries over a lot of years. How does it feel is the only words I have for them. But sadly they're too dumb to learn; they'll just keep doing it.
    5 points
  8. What is so sad is that so many have stood by and allowed it to all happen. A real case to prove the old saying correct. All that is necessary for evil to prevail, is for good men to do nothing. What is worrying is that it is happening more and more.
    5 points
  9. I wish all of you who contribute to these discussions and all those who just brows here a Very Merry Christmas and even more importantly a safe new year. Don't be fooled this pandemic is nowhere near over. People such as Phil and Bex, where are they? I hope they are safe and well. Plus Ian and his family for providing this forum .
    5 points
  10. To all our valued forumite friends, have a very pleasant festive season. Thank you all for your contributions - this forum bunch have collectively enriched many otherwise droll days with thought provoking wit, helpful information, and support.
    5 points
  11. Don't write him off yet, he is still President until 20 Jan which gives him nearly a month to cause havock and given his mental condition he could well be the most dangerous man in the world at this time. just look at what he has done to the Covid outbreak. He is in one of the most advanced and savvy nations on earth and he has taken the USA to the position where they have the greatest number of covid cases per head of population, except for a few places with tiny populations, The Republican Party has a real dilemna, should they declare him incompetent before he destroys them, or should they h
    5 points
  12. We are run pretty badly but the UK has been far worse run. We tried a 10 pound Pom as a PM. He's over your way and you can keep him. That's an order. I'll have another 10 quid sent. There's nothing here. Go away. It's all snakes and spiders and crocs and cold beer, floods bushfires heat and funny slang, but WE will work it out once we stop all these holes being dug and get some unpolluted water and topsoil.. The only difference between England and the rest of the warring tribes of Europe is UK has a water barrier that doesn't work any more and all it's old colonies want to l
    5 points
  13. Thanks for adding to the mix, Jerry. I appreciate your input. If we continue down the current path of disconnection between public and government (= the difference between voters and the controlling donors), then democracy is doomed. I don't like the alternatives at all. In the current system, government of the people is controlled by vested interests. So, it doesn't act in the interests of the people. To his is unlikely to change. I really like the concept of mandating that ALL political donations should be only permitted to flow thr
    4 points
  14. The worrying part for the authorities in America is the potential for a number of cells of right-wing extremists that are planning assassinations, armed takeover, and general mayhem. The FBI have arrested 68 individuals involved in the Capitol Hill mayhem, and from that they have initiated 170 "investigation" cases (obviously involving criminality, insurrection, or talk of insurrection and assassinations). The FBI head has stated, "These 170 cases are just the beginning. We have many more to go". It is obvious they are greatly concerned over the rise of a Nazi-style takeover -
    4 points
  15. I like your point Marty. I would take it further and apply it to indigenous hunting rights and insist that these rights only applied if using traditional methods and weapons.
    4 points
  16. I fear this one-year inconvenience will not be followed by a return to “normality”. Let’s face it, the post WWII decades have been a Golden Age of economic stability, especially here in OZ. We’ve been insulated from wars by fighting them in other countries, from depressions by selling off the farm, bit by bit and from pandemics by our location. The general lack of resilience of our people is shown when ordinary Aussies riot over rolls of toilet paper. Maybe Covid-19 came along just in time to prepare us for bigger threats to our comfortable way of life. He
    4 points
  17. Probably true to some very small degree, but it's far from the main causes of drug addiction. One of the main causes is having an addictive personality. The theory is a bit back to front. To be sure, there's an element in society that have never worked much and are addicted to drugs. But it's not boredom doing it; they would be doing drugs whether or not they had a job. Most people aren't on drugs because they're on the dole. A lot are on the dole because their life has taken a downward spiral after becoming addicted when they had a good job and money to fund their habit. I've come
    4 points
  18. I was going to start a new thread on examples where we were undemocratic, but the topic fits ok here... here's my list: 1. The lack of deposit legislation... Most people don't want to live surrounded by rubbish, and deposits are known to be effective. But even where they have been in for years, like in SA, they are too little and on too few things. Most other places are worse. 2. Quarantine in CBD's. In the olden days, they knew to put quarantine places on islands etc. 3. Insane population growth. We will outgrow our food supply the way we are headed. 4. Insane impris
    4 points
  19. As Octave said, postal vote. I understand your frustration, but by destroying your ballot you're not changing anything in the system, just taking your voice out of it. The reason it's compulsory is so we don't end up with a Trump, or a Pauline, or a Clive in the top job. If voting's not compulsory then you run the risk that only the fringe-dwellers (on any end of the political divide) will vote. Hence you end up with all the Democrats in the US in 2016 sitting back at home because they thought everyone else would vote for Hilary. With everyone having to vote I th
    4 points
  20. The problems in the US have been getting worse and festering since the days of Richard Nixon and even before that JFK hailed as a great American President by most of the world was assassinated. An analysis on the ABC website by Stan Grant makes interesting reading. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-10/us-toxic-politics-started-long-before-donald-trump-arrived/13042856 The US has teetered on the verge of collapse for its entire history. For the most part the lies of previous presidents have been with reference to a specific issue. Trump though has made lying an artform and his m
    4 points
  21. The apathy has been accelerated by the modern trend of all politicians avoiding open (to the public) announcement of a complete policy portfolio, of a three year plan for which they are accountable, followed by a six year plan, has cheapened out politics to a level of meme trading. Eventually the apathy (disempowered voters feeling helpless) turns to anger......
    4 points
  22. Bruce, you have a winner of a post above, with regard to the basic problems of the U.S., its constitution, and American love of, and worship of firearms. The lie about how anyone can become really rich with hard work and a bit of talent, does have a degree of truth to it, that's why it's constantly repeated. But the basis of that ascension to great wealth and power, is that you must have the following skills; 1. Be utterly ruthless and care little about your fellow man. Rip them off mercilessly with whatever you engage in. 2. Train and work as a
    4 points
  23. Politicians are just like anyone else who has a career that requires a long "apprenticeship". These types narrow their thinking down to the requirements of their professions and live with tunnel vision. All politicians can see is the retention of their parliamentary place. You can quite easily point out those Members who do in fact work for their constituents, but that work is usually related to dealing with the bureaucratic fixed positions of the Public Service. Those Members are not the ones participating in the development of Party policies. That's left to the ambitious pushers and shakers
    4 points
  24. CAUTION! THREAD DRIFT The Spanish brought the tomato back from the New World and it was considered only as a decorative plant for a long time. Then people, the rich of course, started eating it and dying. So the survivors said it was poisonous. Turns out that the Rich were eating the tomatoes off pewter. Early pewter had a very large lead content. Because lead is a poisonous substance, its daily or frequent use resulted in the chemical leaching out of the plate, spoon or tankard and quickly being absorbed into the human body. As a result, many died from pewter poisoning. Tomatoes a
    4 points
  25. Trump should be arrested and tried for inciting an insurrection. It will take America a long time to live down this disgrace in Washington today. A day that will be remembered for a long time.
    4 points
  26. Charles Henry Pite received news that his father was dying in one of the Eastern States, and drove from Bedford Downs Station to Halls Creek, to catch a commercial (MMA) flight. This multi-seat aircraft (described as an MMA Dragon, and piloted by the famous Horrie Miller himself), crashed on takeoff on the morning of Wednesday 7th November 1934, when it failed to gain adequate altitude on takeoff. The Dragon struck a fence at the end of the runway and crashed, with no injuries to pilot or passengers. This crash, typical of the time, barely received a mention in any newspa
    4 points
  27. For the coming school year, the Australian stationery distributor, ANCOL, has released exercise books it's calling "The Wit and Wisdom of Trump" series. > > > > > The books consist of blank, unlined pages.
    4 points
  28. I don't think he really believes he won, it's more that he is psychologically incapable of accepting that he's a "loser". It's in his brain. The man is a nut job and anyone with half a brain knew that before he won in 2016. Hell, we saw it shortly after the election when he insisted that the crowd at his inauguration was bigger than Obama's, when photos clearly showed it was a lot smaller. He would say he "won" no matter what the situation was. If he lost fifty million bucks in a property deal he'd still say he won.
    4 points
  29. Hanna Reitsch was a world famous aviation pioneer for a period of 45 years in the mid-20th Century. She should be remembered as a member of the same group as Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson, Elsie MacGill, world's first female aircraft designer, known as "Queen of the Hurricanes", Melitta Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg, aeronautical engineer who became a Luftwaffe test pilot during WWII, and many more. Hanna's contribution to aviation is often overlooked because her early days and exploits were under the Swastika. Initially she was involved in the development of glide
    4 points
  30. In Victoria, we've been wearing masks for a few months, not only in certain indoor situations, but walking down the street, walking the dog etc. That's how we got 700 cases a day to zero for 61 days, till the borders opened to NSW and someone brought the virus back and spread it. It was only after weeks of no transmission that the Boxing Day test had spectators. We had no football, lost the Grand Final, and were restricted to a 5 km radius for travel for weeks. I didn't like it, but it worked. Ya gotta get serious.
    4 points
  31. Then there's the story of the farmer who was seen just standing in his paddock for days. A passer-by asked his neighbour what he was doing. The neighbour said, "Waiting for a knighthood. He heard you get one if you are out standing in your field."
    4 points
  32. Spot On, OME. Attending hundreds of road accidents as a VRA rescuer has made me quite happy about the trend towards throw-away cars. The solid old models were far more likely to kill you! Over forty years our fatalities have declined enormously, while cars are traveling faster and there are far more of them on the roads. I doubt drivers are getting any better, but I know the cars are getting safer.
    4 points
  33. I still haven't come to terms with seeing historic number plates on cars that I used to drive back when they were new. It just doesn't seem right. Also, I have trouble coping with people salivating over restored old 'classics' that I clearly recall being dogs when they were new (and haven't miraculously become glorious luxury vehicles with the passage of time)
    4 points
  34. This really was the joke that was in my Christmas Bob-Bon. Q, What happened to the turkey at Christmas? A. He got gobbled. I had to keep that one away from the 8-year-old grandson.
    4 points
  35. Hear about the Kiwi pervert? He was arrested for winking in public.
    4 points
  36. You didn't mention China which has far fewer cases per head of population than even Australia and New Zealand. It is funny that Taiwan Viet Nam Laos and Cambodia all have low numbers per head and they are all Asian. Another couple are Fiji and Tanzania. No matter what I think the stand out state is China. They had the first cases and therefore no prior guidance. The real stand out is USA led by Trump to ignore any reasoned advice, not even thinking that God would provide. For a so called intelligent first world country they have shown themselves to be complete and utter idiots.
    4 points
  37. Like a lot of Christmas present with the helmet was finished just before Santa made his appearance in the early hours. It got the Royal Seal of Approval .
    4 points
  38. To be fair to Trump, his pardons are a drop in the ocean compared to Clinton's Pardongate. It's just that like millions of others, I can't help taking the mickey out of him. It will be a boring world come January 20. Clinton pardoned hundreds, including 140 on his last day in office. They included the usual fraudsters, extortionists, kidnappers, terrorists, pedophiles and drug criminals. One of the druggies was his own brother. Bill set the gold standard for pardoning crooks.
    4 points
  39. My jaw dropped when I read this today - America's highest military award to a man who has never served in any military capacity - from a man who ensured he would never serve in any military capacity. What a bloody joke. But this is pretty common with a lot of military awards, though, anyway. Many are those, who richly deserved high military awards, and never got them - purely because no-one saw them carry out acts of incredible audacity and bravery - or because their act (or acts) did not "meet the required prerequisites". But officers regularly got "gongs", when they'd never even
    4 points
  40. They need a Legion of Clowns award for the pair of them.
    4 points
  41. The Trumpet has announced the latest round of pardons. They include a couple of Russiagaters jailed for lying to the FBI, a couple of pollies jailed for insider trading, and four war criminals. Also a sentence commutation for another pollie doing time for charity fraud. Sounds just like Donald's sort of people. Liars, criminals and fraudsters. Good one Donny.
    4 points
  42. Hit my target. Hoped to have 600 aircraft in the Showcase by Christmas. Did the 600th tonight.
    4 points
  43. Finished the kid's xmas presents and wrapped them today. They comprise a sword, shield and mini-scabbard on a belt (the blade extends through it). I took OME's advice about white under silver, which worked well, but didn't bother doing the ageing process.
    4 points
  44. There's often some small good comes out of something bad. The China thing appears to convincing some drongos in government and industry that putting our eggs in one basket is not a good idea. There's reasons why those old sayings exist. With coal, the writing was on the wall anyway. The day will come when China sources it all locally and from Mongolia and Russia. We just have to get used to the fact, move on, and establish more diverse markets. It would have eventually happened with or without a diplomatic and trade spat. If we do diversify, it will put us in a better place further down the li
    4 points
  45. Here's a suggestion. You can make better decisions with more data. At this stage you only have financial data, which is the bottom line in a sales process. Why don't you take a reasonable sample of your tank water (say 200 litres) and from that sample take a random sample of about one litre. Send that sample off for microbial analysis to see what the unpurified water contains. While the sample is away, run the purifier for a period that you consider is sufficient to properly treat the 200 litre sample. At the end of that time, take another one litre sample and send it off for analy
    4 points
  46. I laugh when I hear these escapees saying that they don't like ground floor bedrooms and want the bathroom and bedrooms upstairs. It's true that in a lot of these houses, the view from the upstairs rooms is better than downstairs, but most of these people are retirees. They never consider what will happen when their knees and hips start to give out. And what is the desire for a bathtub? Who wants to sit in a tub of dirty water, then have to use something to hose it off. And as your hips and knees give up the ghost, how do you get in and out of a bathtub? Their shower recesses are claustrophob
    4 points
  47. I, unlike many of our political and corporate leaders, have never forgotten that China is a Communist country, with its Communist system aimed at undermining Western democracies, and then replacing those democracies with Communist-aligned political systems, once they crumble. They can do it in two ways - by War, or by stealth and attrition. The Chinese have learnt that War doesn't work, so they have figured out that they can carry out their aims by concentrating on slow and steady stealth, over a long period of time - unlike our leaders, who only see as far ahead as the next election.
    4 points
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