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  1. There's also the sleeper factor. A lot of people who may be leaning toward Trump might not publicly say so for fear of being howled down. The polls were a long way out last time.
  2. At the risk of swimming against the tide, I'm still tipping a Trump win. Possibly a re-run of 2016; losing the popular vote and winning the electoral college vote.
  3. The States aren't provinces of one sovereign country. They are independent sovereign States who have agreed to join together in a federation of sovereign States. That's why we all have our own separate governors and Queensland's relationship with the Crown has no relationship with say, Western Australia's with the same Crown. Unless of course it's an issue under the governance of the Federation's government where the states are bound to share common ground. Technically not separate countries, but the next thing to it. On the world stage there's no such thing as the country of Australia. There is no independent country called Australia. It's the Commonwealth of Australia which has the same meaning as Federation of Australia or Confederation of Australia. In any dealings with the rest of the world, it's the Commonwealth of Australia acting on behalf of the sovereign States of Australia who have joined together to make up that Commonwealth. A bit like separate workplaces belonging to the same union.
  4. With the coal, it's inevitable that we'll lose that trade to China. Whether it happens now or later, it will still happen. At this stage they've only stopped buying thermal power station coal and not high quality coking coal. China has plenty of coal but not enough rail infrastructure for their mines to keep up with demand, so it's cheap and easy to make up part of the shortfall shipping it in. But they are improving the rail situation and when decent rail infrastructure is in place to bring it in from Mongolia and outlying domestic coalfields, it might be game over for a lot of our China coal trade. Renewables might have a big impact in the future as well. On the subject of foreign ownership, I see in the news today that R.M.Williams is back in Australian ownership thanks to Twiggy Forrest.
  5. I read that we export 80% of our seafood and that 80% of our domestic consumption of seafood is imported. So I guess that means we export the good stuff and import the dodgy stuff for us mugs to eat. The clever country.
  6. Yes, it's looking a lot better for the Government than it is for the LNP. Latest polls out put Labor ahead of the LNP at 52% to 48% 2PP. Newspoll gives the Premier a 76 per cent approval rating for her government's management of the coronavirus. Also a personal approval rating of 63% compared to 37% for the opposition leader. And that's after a big boost in figures for Frecklington since the campaign began. Before that she was in the mid twenties on personal approval. The importance of those polls is that half of Queensland voters are expected to vote early, starting Monday. So even with two weeks to go until polling day, the current opinion polls will reflect how a lot of people will vote. Someone recently told me that the Premier is a moron and has to go. If that's correct and she wins another term, that makes 10 years that a moron has kept the LNP from government. So what does that make the LNP if a moron can continuously beat them?
  7. Back in the early 80's we were doing exploration work around the Lake Frome region and came across a refrigerated rabbit van in the middle of nowhere. It had 'Rabbit Export Pty. Ltd.' written on the side of it. Never saw the people though and don't know how they got the rabbits - whether shooting or trapping. That was before calicivirus when the area was infested with rabbits. In 1984, while flying over Quinyambie Station we saw a huge patch where everything was dead, almost as far as the eye could see. Rabbits in that country can live their whole lives without a normal water source. They get all their moisture from the roots of the plants and trees they kill. They seem to make a burrow under a shrub or tree and when they finally kill it, they move onto the next one and so on. Some years later after the virus was introduced, we flew over the same area and it was remarkable how the environment had bounced back. Having worked a lot in that central country, over the years I've noticed two big influences on the environment. First, the massive reduction in the rabbit population due to calicivirus, and second, the huge spread of Buffel Grass in the Northern Territory.
  8. Pre-poll voting starts in Queensland on Monday. Interesting to listen to numbers cruncher Antony Green on the radio. He said he's expecting it to be close, but also expecting a result on the night, ie: a government with a majority. He wasn't giving much away, but from his comments he could only be expecting a government win or the LNP to get their nine extra seats required. At this stage the LNP seem to be the only ones that think they can take nine seats. It will be an interesting election night with a government with only two seats majority and a heap of marginal seats on both sides. It was notable that after months of slamming the government over border closures and urging it to open everything up, the opposition leader has now stated full support for the closures and for that of the Chief Medical Officer's decisions. They must have finally figured out that they were out of step with majority public opinion.
  9. It's one of the many things that can trigger meningitis. The snails and slugs can be infected with Rat Lung Worm disease which causes meningitis. There was a case of a young 19 year old bloke who swallowed a garden slug for a joke at a party. He lived, but is severely brain damaged and quadriplegic. A colleague recently died of pulmonary meningitis so I looked up meningitis and it's causes. After reading it, it makes you wonder if it's safe to get out of bed.
  10. This a photo of what was our local butcher shop when I was a kid. Naturally enough, the butcher's nickname was 'Butch' and he was a returned soldier like almost everyone back then. He served as a butcher during the war in the 2/1st. Australian Field Butchery Company. The shop had the sawdust floor and the big wood chopping block. Everyone used to bring in their old newspapers to give to the butcher. The meat was wrapped in that white proper paper then finally wrapped in newspaper. He had a few acres out of town and bought sheep, cattle and pigs and finished them on the block before slaughtering them and bringing the carcasses into town. The meat was local grown and killed and fresh, top quality product. As what happens with all these things, governments feel a need to constantly regulate us into oblivion. The bureaucrats made him concrete the floor and get rid of the newspaper. From memory, I think the wooden block was a no no as well. The new regulations to kill his own meat were too great and too expensive, so he stopped doing that. He had a butcher employed, and because of that one employee, the government wanted him to build a shower and amenities block at great cost, so he let the other butcher go. He ended up working alone and buying in carcasses from one of the big meat mobs. I think a lot of regulation is just for the sake of regulation, rather than based on factual figures of people becoming ill from a health risk.
  11. Had to bookmark that one; it's making me hungry.
  12. 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.
  13. The fastest ever crewed trip to the ISS is set for Wednesday. Roscosmos are using the new Soyuz-2.1a rocket which carried it's first crewed flight back in April. The trip will take just over three hours with only two orbits.
  14. I don't think this part of the nomination could be taken seriously. As far as his legacy goes, I think some of it will depend on how much hold the warmongers have over Joe Biden if he wins. If the U.S. rachets up the war machine under Biden, then comparatively Trump's legacy will be that, for all his faults, he at least tried to tone down U.S. warmongering. On the other hand, if the Democrats do a term or two without blowing too many people up, that would dilute trump's legacy.
  15. That must have been a while ago. My grandfather was using a tractor drawn header through the sixties, but we had a self driven petrol engine Oliver from about '61 onward. When the grandfather passed away, his headers were still in the shed. One was an early horse drawn stripper, another was a horse drawn machine with a sliding knife and the other was the later tractor drawn one. The headers and a couple of sulkies went off to a local historical organisation. It would be interesting to drive one of these new machines. It would be like a space ship compared to the old ones.
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