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  1. 6 points
    I think you're giving him too much credit. He's done his best to destroy the leadership of many US institutions, removing long term experienced people and replacing them with sycophants and stooges. When one of these stooges either has the balls to disagree with him or doesn't grovel subserviently enough, they're fired. He's done his best to destroy the environment, with his appointee to lead the EPA, Scott Pruitt, being a climate change denier and a coal lobbyist. The EPA under Trump's administration have worsened or rolled back environmental legislation in almost 100 cases - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks-list.html His "successes" in foreign policy are overstated. His dealings with North Korea were a joke, with not one reduction to NK's nuclear capability but Kim Jong Un gained the notoriety and "face" he coveted by having the US President travel to his turf and meet with him. With China, this so-called "Master of the Deal" pulled out of the TPP, something that China desperately wanted to happen, without asking or gaining anything at all from China. Then he started a trade war to try to get the outcomes he could have got by negotiating the US exit from the TPP. As for the Middle East, point out one thing that the Trump administration has actually done themselves, rather than grabbing headline credit for things that were actually negotiated under Obama or things that were already happening between countries. Regarding the "Silent Majority", I don't think he's given them a voice at all. What he has done is empower terrorists in white supremacy groups. He claims to know nothing about them but tells them to "Stand down... and STAND BY". He is nothing but hot air and ego, and if the rust belt Americans were looking to him to save them, all they did was buy another bottle of snake oil. As for US democracy - that's where he did the most damage. For 240 years the Presidency has operated, generally, with a lot of unwritten rules and customs which, when adhered to, generally led to respect for the office and a reasonable amount of checks and balances. In four short years Trump ripped that tradition apart with his uncivil, uncouth, boorish and dishonest behaviour. 20,000 lies and counting - and still 71 million Americans voted for him (counted so far). I really don't understand why normal, everyday, decent, not-fervent-evangelical, not-white-supremacist-neo-nazi, not-racist-idiot Americans continue to vote for him. Do they think he's better for the economy? Despite all the gains made flowing from Obama's presidency? Are they still stuck in that McCarthy era of "reds under the bed" where the slightest sniff of what they perceive to be socialism (where we see "normal, even to the right of our Labor party") makes them recoil back to the Republicans, no matter who the maggoty figurehead is? And even if they think this, do they truly not give a flying f*ck about the environment, which Trump is doing his best to destroy? I don't even see a thread of silver in Trump's legacy. He's widened the divides in a formerly great nation and taken a big steaming turd on the formerly respected office of POTUS. He should have been dumped by a huge majority and the fact that it WASN'T a huge majority will only encourage another like him to float to the top of the Republican Party.
  2. 5 points
    I finally got my bike's electrical problems sorted out - sort of. It took nearly a month to get a new electronic regulator from Holland to Sweden, then five days to get it from Sweden. After a lot of checking and double checking, I've got the systems all wired up. I did have a problem with the warning light not going out, but a lot of checking wiring and putting in insulation now has the warning light glowing dimly. That's progress. I'll just have to get the generator output checked. One quick project that I finished on Monday was a vibrating parts tumbler cleaner. I made it from a 12V computer power supply fan, some scrap wood and stuff. I only had to buy four small springs and a cake tin. I am using fine Bonsai gravel as the cleaning medium. This is what it looked like when the prototype was almost finished. I've since fitted an ON/OFF switch and replaced those yellow things (lengths of hot glue stick) with lengths of bamboo garden stake to shorten the open space in the springs and to make things rigid. It hums along unobtrusively as the gravel and dirty parts flow up the outsides then down to the post in the middle. I thres some rusty nuts an bolts in for about 15 minutes and you could see that they were being cleaned up. I was going to use some silicone sealant to seal around the screws that hold the tin to the wood, but since I have another similar fan, and plenty of scrap MDF, I might just buy four more springs and a plastic bowl and make a "sub-sonic" cleaner with liquid cleaning medium. Some time ago, my grandson grew out of his 6V powered car, so I stripped it down and kept the battery and the motor/gearbox. I figured that all I needed to do was mount the motor/gearbox on a board whose joint with a base board was cut at an angle of 20 to 30 degrees to provide a slope. Then whatever container I can find will be supported at the other end by a bolt turing in bushed hole. The good thing about the motor/gearbox is that the connection to the wheels was a simple cogged insert that fitted into the output sprocket of the gearbox. This means that I can simply screw the lid of the medium container and slide it in and out of the output sprocket when necessary. However, the other day a big fat guy with long white beard, and a penchant for red clothes with white trim, engaged me to make a super hero's helmet for my Grandson for Christmas. So this is what I am spending this week making. What I am enjoying is that making the helmet is employing all my modelling, woodworking and model painting skills. If it turns out OK, I might make another super hero's helmet for my son. Both the boys are crazy for these things.
  3. 5 points
    I'll get back to the original track. US voters have become increasingly distrustful of politicians for years especially those in the rust and bible belts. Their view and influence they felt was being steadily eroded with liberal and socialist ideals and that politicians were all self serving and failing to represent them. Many evangelical or conservative Christians felt their voice had been completely over ruled by the Californian and New York/New England views. While they were Republicans many were also more right leaning and harboured racist and very conservative gun toting views and most are white. Along comes Trump, a business man, a self made billionaire (so he told them) and reality TV star. He said disgraceful things, was shown to have done disgraceful things but he struck a chord with them saying what a lot of them felt deep down but could not say publicly and he was there to drain the political swamp. They elected him. They didn't care about the lies, his dastardly deeds, he was their man. Four years down the track and his malignant narcissism, dishonesty, ignorance and cons have not fazed them at all. They believe him emphatically, all 22,000 times that he has lied are irrelevant to them and several thousand turned up in Washington to support his ridiculous assertion that he really won the election. Now all the media is fake (maybe except Brietbart). These supporters have become fanatics just as those of other despots around the world are. There is no reasoning with them. It is just a bit sad that most Republican senators are still afraid to stand up & accept the facts. So 73 million voted for him but 79 million voted for Biden. A lot of republicans voted for him because they are republicans not because they like Trump. He may have awakened many who were apolitical through his diviciveness and the polls showing he was headed for a landslide defeat but this also galvanised democrats and disaffected republicans to get him out. And they succeeded. Trump showed that he was prepared to do anything to stay in power. What he does after 20 January is anyones guess. He may start his own TV station or leave the country. He will be tied up in lawsuits for years. He may have a tilt at another term in 2024. Meanwhile US politics will get back to something resembling normality with the Republicans running the Senate & Democrats congress so the so called swamp is still there. Biden was considered a poor choice by many but he is experienced, humble and most of all is not a complete a$$hole like Trump.
  4. 4 points
    Well, Jerry, our sky newts service is owned by...... And it also features large amounts of mouthfrothing tirades by a certain old shockjock (a Jones) who generally sounds like Trump on steroids. I have watched it a couple of times in an effort to understand why some folk are so full of conspiracies and biased half-truths. I still have trouble comprehending why there are so many followers of this sort of stuff. But they are out there and, having spoken to a few, I'm starting to think that eugenics might be a good thing.
  5. 4 points
    Plenty in the US and here. I don't care who's where only when their views and rules directly affect ME and I have no say in it. Freedom OF religion should include freedom FROM Religion. It's common to argue that any criticism of Israeli actions is anti semetic. which is patently absurd. . Nev
  6. 4 points
    Victorians react to the opening of the Queensland border.
  7. 4 points
    She's Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a US politician with brains and courage. Those memes were obviously from some Trump supporter somewhere. The irony - someone who supports Trump trying to make out that any other politician is brainless...
  8. 4 points
    Which, as someone pointed out, makes it wrong for a Senator to hold a Ministerial post. It is supposed to be a House of Review, checking that any Bills passed by the House of Representatives comply with the conditions imposed by the Constitution. The Senate can also make suggested amendments to a Bill in order to have it comply. They can also make suggestions to make it work better - removing unintended consequences.
  9. 4 points
    AMAZING ONE WORD RIDDLE. Never in a million years would I have come up with the answer. What if this was the only question on the exam paper to pass your English Exam. Would you pass? What nine letter word in the English language is still a word when eight letters are removed one by one? Take a few minutes to try and come up with a nine letter word that fits The bill, then watch the attached video... Well, just watch the video....because you're never going to figure it out. One Word Riddle.mp4
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    About reporting, editing and producing 'News". Many years ago I worked in a TV operations centre in Brisbane. It was a distribution point that brought TV programme into Queensland and distributed it to TV network stations throughout the state. Although the mainstream media delighted in bagging out Telecom, they nevertheless used that same provider to get all their newsfeeds from 'down South'. So I'd sit in a room filled with monitors, and see lots of news for all the TV stations, as it came through from all over. A fair bit of news (particularly for commercial channels) came directly from US of A. Much of that got an Aussie voiceover when it arrived, but all of it had been compiled and edited in elsewhere prior to coming here. The interesting thing was when I got home and watched the news. Our local TV newsrooms took the news feeds and re-edited, sometimes changing the context by omission of critical words. Always shortening the content. Sometimes delaying a 'news as it happens' report by days. What the public got to see often was distorted. Then I'd start thinking how much editing had already done by CNN (or whoever) before sending their news OS. Is it any wonder that soshul meeja gets such a big following? But that Avenue is open to even worse manipulation. We truly live in an age of mass miscommunication. It has become really hard to decipher which bits of news is valid or even factual.
  12. 3 points
    A schoolteacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, an ancient wooden device called a “slide-rule” and a calculator. At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of maths instruction. “Al-Gebra is a problem for us,” the Attorney General said. “Al-Gebra has terrorized many young people for years. They derive solutions by means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values”. “They use secret code names like ‘X’ and ‘Y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns,’ but we’ve determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.” As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, “There are 3 sides to every triangle.'” When asked to comment on the arrest, President Trump said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of maths instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.” White House aides told reporters they "could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President!"
  13. 3 points
    Depending on how long you or your missus expect to live, I would look carefully at the effects of climate change and choose to live away from it. And be aware that sea-levels are due to rise so don't buy too low. Already there are places suffering from these things and the effects are only just starting. Already it is silly to retire in Darwin unless you can afford lots of air-conditioning. And there are suburbs of Adelaide which can flood with sea-water right now.
  14. 3 points
    I'm glad we're not generalising. But seriously folks, just think about what a bullet we've dodged here- so far. In the USA they've passed a quarter of a MILLION deaths. When that hits around 300,000, which it will relatively soon, that'll be about 0.1% of the population of the entire country. If we had a similar death rate here we'd have had 25,000 deaths. As it is we've had 907. Our death rate is 1/25th of theirs, per capita. Or less than 1/250th in total. For all the chatter from the weirdos, rednecks, whack jobs and "sovereign citizens", as a proportion of the population they're pretty small. Most of us have done the right thing, accepted the restrictions - and in the case of Victoria they were pretty hard for people - and basically showed common sense, putting the good of the community above our own individual wishes. Even our ineffectual ad-man of a PM did a pretty good job. So did most premiers, obviously there'll be some dissenting views on that, but it'll be interesting to see the polling for even the polarising ones like Andrews. As for the thing about 65% of people saying they wouldn't have the vaccine, I seriously question that. Look at the immunisation rates for children in this country, I think it's up around 90-95%. Once people see the vaccine safely being used I would not be surprised to see similar take-up. I'm bloody proud of Australians, especially you Melbournians. Well done.
  15. 3 points
    With an aftertaste of vitriol.
  16. 3 points
  17. 3 points
    Sadly, I feel like I'm living to see the movie "Idiocracy" playing out in real life.
  18. 3 points
    Back to Covid. Did you realise that yesterday the USA had more new cases than 165 other countries have had total cases. Who would want to live in a city, or even a town for that matter. As I get older my hearing gets poorer, but it is the noise of towns that really upsets me. Not only traffic and barking dogs, but also what passes as music on peoples radios.
  19. 3 points
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  22. 3 points
    There is nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you in a room full of other patients. I know most of us have experienced this, and this guy handled the breach of patient confidentiality in a unique way: A 65-year-old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk. The Receptionist said, 'Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?' 'There's something wrong with my dick', he replied. The receptionist became irritated and said, 'You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that. ' 'Why not, you asked me what was wrong and I told you,' he said. The Receptionist replied; 'Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private.' The man replied, 'You shouldn't ask people questions in a roomful of strangers, if the answer could embarrass anyone.’ The man walked out, waited several minutes, and then re-entered. The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, 'Yes??' 'There's something wrong with my ear,' he stated. The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. 'And what is wrong with your ear, Sir?' 'I can't piss out of it,' he replied. The waiting room erupted in laughter...
  23. 3 points
    All those things you have said about Trump are true, but the real fault lies with the US voter. None of them could say honestly that they did not know what sort of a bloke he was. They voted him in and then they propped him up, thinking the Potus would have to be intelligent and a thinker who could work things out. There has only been one person other than Trump to really gain anything from his presidency and that is G. W. Bush, who has come out looking as if he was not after all a complete disaster and compared to Trump he is not.
  24. 3 points
    Repeatedly putting up bad links is not the correct way to increase your post count.
  25. 3 points
    Trump survives on creating division and potential chaos. He is more a Cultist than a politician genius or statesman. His giant ego and vanity dominate his motives.He just cannot accept being beaten. He constantly refers to servicemen as "Losers and Suckers" He is drunk on Power. and the need for adulation.. Just who you need to have a hand on a big red button and be Commander In CHIEF of the US armed Forces. Thanks GOP. Well done (I think NOT.).. Nev
  26. 3 points
    The entire political process would be greatly enhanced, in both America and Australia, if political parties were dismantled and banned, and politicians observed the primary aim of electing them - to truly represent the will of their electors. Political parties are an aberration, a corruption of political process, because they take power away from individual electors, and hand it to faceless "power brokers" inside the political parties. The elected politicians who belong to Parties must observe party rulings and voting alignments, or risk being removed from the Party. The simple problem is, these rules and voting alignments only correspond with the aim of enhancing the Party position, and not the aim of improving the Nation, or its people, on a fair and equitable basis.
  27. 3 points
    The thing with Trump is he is a salesman (scam artist), He claims to have achieved great things in North Korea but what are is actual achievements? North Korea: What we know about the 'massive' new missile on parade I am sure if we look hard enough we could find the odd achievement (Mussolini reputedly made the trains run on time) The achievements I can see seem to tend towards the negative. Trump has dragged the political discourse down into coarse thuggery. If anyone can find any good he has done it surely is outweighed by the bad. Something I have always found alarming about him is the magnitude of his lies, All politicians can be creative with the truth but it is much more dangerous when the lies told can be debunked but a portion of the public know he is lying and don't actually care, shout it loud enough and often enough and it can become "the truth" During the Trump reign the bar has became set so low that his outrageous lies became acceptable because we expect so little of him. Earlier in this thread I suggested that Trump was the a much more dangerous option than Biden (whatever his shortcomings may be). As far as I know there has never been a President who would not concede and in fact is happy to incite his nuttier followers. I really fear what he might do in his next 70 days, I think he will break as many things as he can. I believe Biden has appointed a panel of Doctors, Immunologists etc to a Covid advisory panel. And not a single son in law or family member among them. I find it amazing that anyone can listen to a Trump speech and think he is anything but a spiteful buffoon. By the way anyone who would like to read the book about Trump written by his niece here is the audio version Too Much and Never Enough - Mary L Trump - Audiobook
  28. 3 points
    Ahh! Remember the days when you were King of the Kids if you had a free-wheeling rear sprocket? Until that spoiled kid up the road turned up on his Malvern Star with 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub gears.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    I think a landslide victory depends on how you define it. If Biden wins in Pennsylvania and Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, the number of Electoral college votes will be well in his favour by 304 to 229 & even North Carolina is in doubt so if Biden got that as well it would be 319 to 214. That looks like a landslide to me. With several million votes still to count Biden has received the most votes in American history and is 4 million ahead of Trump. Trumps pathological lying has made him the architect of his own demise. He declared months ago that the election was going to be rigged & told everyone postal voting was fraudulent & told his supporters to vote on the day ignoring all health concerns. Biden encouraged postal voting specifically for health reasons. Guess what, early counting favoured Trump as in person on the day votes are counted first. Postal votes are favouring Biden by a margin of about 4 to 1. As is often said, a good horse always comes from behind.
  31. 3 points
    I believe this would only be the 3rd time that a challenger has defeated a president after their first term. It is likely that Biden will get to 306 (with PA) which is the same as Trump in 2016 although Biden will have also won the popular vote. Over the last few days my belief that Trumps mental state poses a danger has been reinforced.
  32. 3 points
    Another factor in the disunited states is the absolute fear of anything considered socialist especially among those with lower education living in the mid west and southern states. McCarthyism is alive and well here. Trump has seized upon this fear and fed it well. The fact that such things as free healthcare would benefit these people immensely, they associate it with communism and lack of what they see as freedom. In a way it is not surprising that the rate of Covid infection has mushroomed when it costs $150.00 to get a test and the average annual wage in the US is $US33,000.00. The other is the absolute refusal to believe published statistics by the MAGA brigade & even educated Trump supporters who believe emphatically that Trumps record on the economy is unprecedented. Obamas job creation program is the longest in American history at 74 months straight averaging 199,000 a month, GDP growth exceeded 4% four times during Obamas time. Trump has never achieved 4% once. Obama inherited 10% unemployment & brought it down to 4.7%. The major reason for the economy going well during Trumps first 3 years were policies put in place by the Obama regime. Now due to Trumps failure to deal with the pandemic the US is in a way worse position than it could have been with a proper response. And yet the election is on a knife edge. Trump should have been thrown out but that hasn't happened although in all likelihood Biden will get there with Trump screaming and kicking BS all the way. If Trump ends up being prosecuted for even half the things he could be done for he will still be in court (or jail) in 4 years time. That is unless he manages to leave the country to skip all the debts he has to repay.
  33. 3 points
    If Trump loses, which is becoming increasingly likely - you'll see a dummy spit, the likes of which, the world has never seen from a President. If fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he has to be forcibly removed from office, all the while he's whining that he got cheated and robbed.
  34. 3 points
    We have an Australian Trump. His name is Clive Palmer.
  35. 3 points
    I just love the Banjo Patterson stories and poetry. But Auntie Pat had never heard of Banjo! She only did English poets at school, which would have been in the late 1930's. So there was a wonderful window in time when we got to hear about the man from Ironbark etc. Gosh I can just about recite them now. Once in Alice Springs , I got to be Mulga Bill at a school presentation. Wanna hear the whole poem? It will cost you a beer.
  36. 3 points
    Picked up a nice rare gem this week. It's a NOS, mint ZSh-3 flight helmet dated 1965. It's been warehoused all this time and after 55 years it still smells brand new. The new smell of the helmet and plywood carry case is so strong, I don't think it's spent much time out of the box. It's complete with the carry box, paperwork and helmet and visor covers. This model was only in production for four years from late '61 to 1965, so there's not too many around. Any that are, are usually in a fairly poor state, so it's rare to find one like this in unissued condition. It's the only new one I've ever seen, so it comes with bragging rights.
  37. 3 points
    I think that we have had the wool pulled our our eyes by the media. Do we know the same as Joe US-Citizen about conditions in the USA and how they have changes over the past four years? We are missing something. 50% of American voters can't all be nut cases or complete morons that we think would be the only ones to support Trump. What would make a Pennsylvania coal miner vote for an out and out capitalist? What would turn the same person against a person who hopes to improve the health and well-being of workers and their families. We sometimes say that Americans our our cousins - descendants of Mother Britain, but I'm beginning to think they are a brudda from a different mudda. We just don't know how their culture has formed their thinking.
  38. 3 points
    The LNP in Qld have done the same as the Liberal Party in W.A. - relegated themselves to a position of irrelevance, simply because they have constantly ignored the electors and their wishes, and kowtowed to big business and lobby groups. And I'm actually thrilled that the idiots who voted for Palmer last time have seen through the fat fools BS and diatribe. Palmer only lives for one thing - more money for Clive Palmer. He's a bigger BS-artist than Trump. In W.A., Palmer has turned the entire W.A. Govt, and 98% of the States population against himself. His BS lawsuits, trying to claim $30B from the W.A. Govt for a mining project that was knocked back, and suing Govt MP's and Mark McGowan for defamation, is typical of his bully-boy thug tactics. And I'm glad McGowan has counter-sued for defamation, because Palmers outbursts against McGowan are just outrageous, and a pack of lies. McGowan and the W.A. A-G, John Quigley (a lawyer) are feeding it back to Fat Boy in spades, and Palmer will waste every single cent he spends in W.A. early next year, trying to win over the W.A. voters. I reckon he won't even get 10% of the votes in W.A. that he got in this Qld election. McGowan has the support of 90% of West Aussies in recent polls, it's an unheard-of level of support for a pollie or a Premier.
  39. 3 points
    OME - There's more to the equation than just grain prices. Australian meat and grains are of the highest quality (although Kiwi lamb is pretty good) - and buyers buy grain according to its qualities associated with flavour, and good milling ability, and good cooking/baking attributes. Essentially, most American wheat is crap, and it doesn't command a price premium. A lot of American wheat is only suitable for feed grain. But ASW (Australian Standard White) wheat is a premium product with excellent milling and blending qualities, and is highly sought after, for Middle Eastern and Indian flat breads, European styles of bread and rolls, and for Chinese steamed bread. It is also of high purity (no excess amount of dead bug carcasses, or high levels of screenings) and low toxicity (by way of residual chemicals). https://agrocommodityasia.com/shop/wholegrainsandseeds/wheat/wheat-australian-standard-white-varieties-asw/ Australian Durum Wheat is highly sought after for its hardness and high protein levels, which make for the finest pasta. The Italians will kill for ADW, and ADW grown in Australia is nearly all exported - mostly to Italy. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/broadacre-crops/winter-crops/wheat,-barley-and-other-winter-cereals/durum-wheat-production West Australian Hard wheat is also a sought-after premium product, with a protein content of around 12%, and around 95% of W.A.'s wheat is exported to Asia and the M.E. W.A.'s annual wheat tonnage has been steadily increasing in recent decades, despite the farmed area staying fairly static. W.A. produces over 50% of Australia's wheat. https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/grains-research-development/western-australian-wheat-industry Britain is a big market that Australian producers of grains and meat would be happy to supply, if Britain was seeking more of those products from Australia. Shipping cost differences are likely not the big problem it would appear to be, with large bulk carriers being very economic over long distances. It's the holdups in ports that affect shipping costs, and internal transport costs within the various countries. Shipping to Britain from a European State would involve substantial internal costs due to old infrastructure and convoluted shipping routes and methods. Our road transport system in Australia is very effective and low cost, due to a substantial level of B-doubles and road trains.
  40. 3 points
    Whichever way the American election goes, there remains a more important imperative. Whichever way this American election pans out, there remains one issue to be addressed. It is clear that the great American concept of democracy has become so corrupted that it no longer serves the best interests of the people. Most recently it has degenerated into a psychological media manipulation war instead of a rational policy discussion. To correct this problem requires revisiting the intentions of the founding fathers and overhauling the constitution and the democratic process. Unfortunately this is most unlikely. The only likely outcome is civil unrest, (whoever wins this particular contest), probably enough to show that despotic dictators can outperform the coming American 'democracy' over the next few years. Worse for us, it seems that the present Australian Federal government is still depending upon support from 'lobby groups' and 'think tanks' to stay in power instead of long term plans. They seem intent on making us a banana republic (actually a coal republic). And are doing their best to increase our dependency on holes in the ground instead of motivating our home manufacturing base to drag the country towards economic independence. I'm not sure I like the way modern democracy is heading. Is it still the least worst system?
  41. 3 points
    Can't they just time share it? One lot get Mondays & Thursdays, another lot get it Tuesdays & Fridays, third lot Wednesdays & Saturdays and it's closed for cleaning Sundays.
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    A week is a long time in politics. Now the US wants to be pally with Vietnam in order to have a buffer between the US allies and China. I wonder if the version of Vietnamese communism is a lot less dogmatic now than it was in the 60's. After all, Vietnam has developed its economy along Western lines since peace was restored. We tend to forget that the Vietnam war ended 45 years ago - that's two generations. Look how the rest of the World has changed in that time.
  44. 3 points
    From Zeiss: Such tables were used for ophthalmological instruments until about the 1930s, e.g. corneal microscopes, slit lamps or ophthalmoscopes. You can find an example (only German) in our "Virtual Museum": http://www.archive.zeiss.de/zeig_start.fau?prj=zeiss&dm=museum&listex=Ident-Nummern&zeig=760 I hope this information is useful. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. With best regards, Ms Marte Schwabe
  45. 3 points
  46. 2 points
    He literally has no choice. As at 20 January, he becomes a trespasser in the White House and can be forcibly removed. No one is going to listen to his ravings that he's still the president.
  47. 2 points
    It wasn't the veto rights that failed, it was the failure of two members to exercise that right and in doing so, allowing the resolution to pass. Even without UN backing, the war probably would have gone ahead with the US and allies involved. But that aside, the comment about a recipe for war was in reference to war between the permanent five and not proxies. If you have three from the West lording it over two from the East, sparks will fly eventually. The right of veto makes a two against three punchup less likely. Between the five of them, they have a lot of nukes so the veto right makes sure they play together without too many fights.
  48. 2 points
    Wearing a face mask is a pretty standard thing in Japan and China. The Japanese have been doing so for a long time, mainly during the cold and flu seasons if a person has symptoms but can still get around. If you take a big step back and look at the reasons for wearing a mask, what is not ever promoted is the courtesy and care for your fellow that wearing a mask when you have a microbial respiratory illness shows. It would be interesting to compare the average number of 'flu cases per 100,000 persons in Japan, say in 2010, with the numbers in advanced economies where mask wearing was not a cultural feature.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    Failing an upset, it's looking like a Biden win. One notable thing is the closeness of the result in most states which destroys the myth of a big repudiation of Trump. If he loses, close to half of voters voted for him which will increase the chances of another Trump run in 2024. Depending how Biden handles or mishandles the next four years, it's always possible to see another Trump presidency. Biden will no doubt make inroads into clawing back some of America's previous good relationships with allies and he may make peace with some global institutions. But if the economy slips under him and he lets the war dogs off the leash, then Trump will still be in with a chance in four years if they haven't locked him up by then.
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