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  1. I like NASA's buggy that can go sideways. About as good as a Dodgem car, but much faster.
  2. China is the worlds largest exporter of fruit juices - particularly apple juice concentrate - and they have been known to get into strife over the quality of their juices. They occasionally juice rotten fruit, when good fruit is scarce - then deal with the rotten fruit flavour, by adding chemicals to the juice to hide the "off" taste. https://www.chinauncensored.com/index.php/real-china/643-rotten-fruit-processed-into-juice-and-exported-to-the-west https://oec.world/en/profile/bilateral-product/fruit-juice/reporter/chn
  3. Your best bet might be the Zeiss archivists. I have no idea what it might be, either - but remember that Zeiss have built every type of optical device possible, from surgical microscopes to builders levels to camera lenses and binoculars - and even depth guages. Whatever device it was used for, it was to be bench mounted, and it was critical that the device was able to be perfectly levelled on every axis. I'd have to opine that it's WW1 vintage. https://www.zeiss.com/corporate/int/about-zeiss/history/archives.html
  4. One of the problems we have here is the Chinese have purchased most of our local fish/lobster processing facilities, so the profits go straight back to China, along with the catch. The only benefit locals can get, is some fisherman get fairly well paid, and a few people who work in the processing plants get jobs. But overall, the entire setup is short-sighted and driven by the big money. And if the Govt is now subsidising airfreight for our local seafood, then they are subsidising the Chinese companies who own the processing plants, and the Chinese diners. Not exactly the clever country, are we? Meantimes, the Chinese have stopped buying our barley, are stopping their cotton mills from buying Australian cotton - and now they have effectively stopped buying Australian coal. I think then, it's high time we stopped buying Chinese manufactured rubbish, that only increases the size of our landfills every year. And the Chinese are also refusing to take our recyclables! But a large proportion of that, comes from China in the first place! It's time we had a good hard look at where we source items from, where we manufacture, what we supply, and to whom - and start evening up the scoreboard a bit. The only benefit at present, is China needs as much of our West Australian Iron Ore as it can get. But I reckon the Chinese will soon develop their own Iron Ore mines in Africa, where they hold ownership of substantial deposits.
  5. It's interesting to try and do some research on the farmed rabbit industry in Australia. There basically isn't one any more. The last article I can find about Australian rabbit farming is dated 2014 - and it's relating how the rabbit farming industry in Australia is withering away to nothing, doen to just 3 producers, under the impact of disease and welfare issues and feed costs. Naturally, the PETA mob would be having a major impact, as they do on any type of animal farming. So, on that basis, I have to conclude that the large and plentiful supply of rabbit in the "Claypot Chicken", "Butter Chicken", "Curried Chicken", and the myriad of other dishes served up as faux chicken - is coming from China. https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/farmed-rabbit-on-the-fall-in-australia-as-producer-numbers-drop/news-story/0823d9540dce1951d15314622591d251
  6. There's one thing that gets me fired up - and I still haven't found the answer to it! Anytime I order or buy (packaged) "Butter Chicken" or "Claypot Chicken" - the meat isn't chicken - it's bloody RABBIT!! Now the missus and I actually have arguments over this. She claims it really is chicken - but I've eaten enough chicken and rabbit, to know the difference in the meat texture and the cuts. I don't mind a bit of rabbit - but it's a cheap low-grade meat to me, that we only ate when we were poor, or running out of available shop food. And I intensely hate being deceived, and paying for expensive chicken, and getting fed rabbit. But I cannot for the life of me, figure out where these Indian and Chinese restaurants and cheap cafes and factory-based, packaged meal producers, are getting such large quantities of rabbit? I don't know of any major rabbit meat producers in Australia, so I can only presume it's all coming from China in 200 litre drums, in pre-prepared fashion. What amused me is, I picked up a pre-prepared meal in a local IGA store - "Butter Chicken with Rice" - and the "Chicken" ingredient was listed as "Butter Chicken". I kid you not! Maybe there's a unique species of Chicken fluttering around, that I didn't know about? - a Chicken variety that has been genetically crossed with Butter?
  7. After watching at least a third of the males using public toilets leave without washing their hands - and seeing people pick their nose, then prepare food with bare hands, I tend to disagree with you Yenn. Yes, if the food is cooked to a substantial temperature, the risk of food poisoning is reduced - but I see way too many salad dishes prepared with bare hands. And don't get me started on the cooks who fail to wash salad ingredients properly (Yes, I've had my share of sand, and bugs, in lettuce).
  8. onetrack

    Quickies part 2

    Up until the age of 12, I lived with no electricity (Aladdin kerosene lamps for lighting), was fed from a Metters No 2 wood stove, had an outdoor "long drop" toilet - and we were that short of money at various times, we used hessian bags as additional blankets in Winter! I don't think any of that impacted greatly on my upbringing, or overall general health. I did have asthma frequently as a child, but it cleared up at around age 19, and I have enjoyed pretty robust health, ever since. I never picked up any of the "childhood diseases", such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc - even though I've been surrounded by kids with those diseases. I've been in hospital just twice in my life, once in Vietnam when I picked up Gastro-enteritus from black rats in our field kitchen. The cook got reamed out big-time, over that exercise. I spent 4 days in hospital, and I can assure you, I was bloody crook. The second time I got a hospital visit was purely accident-related. I was hitting one hammer with another, to drive out a pin, and one hammer chipped, and the piece of flying steel went into my chest, bounced off a rib and stopped against the wall of my lung. The piece of steel severed an artery on the way in, but fortunately, it sealed up rapidly. The swelling was pretty painful for a while, and after the doc did the X-rays, he said it was the equivalent of major open-heart surgery to get it out, so he decided to leave it there. He reckoned the body copes O.K. with foreign bodies, it just builds up something like scar tissue around it, and it rarely moves. It look like he was right, it's been there 47 yrs, and it's never bothered me. I guess when I get my quadruple-bypass done at 98, they can take it out, then!
  9. One of the things that bugs me is the number of people involved in food preparation who constantly prepare food with their bare hands! Yet, Foodsafe puts out extensive amounts of instructional placards and signs, stating you must use disposable gloves, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and ensure the chances of food contamination are kept extremely low. There are reputedly something like 13,000 cases of food poisoning, annually, that are not reported - you know, the ones where you end up with a dose of diarrhoea, or just a generally crook guts that isn't worth reporting - but which makes you keep away from the place you suspected you picked it up from. I reckon most of the chefs/cooks on TV cooking shows are partly to blame. These people are supposed to be professionals, yet they spend all their time with their fingers in the food they're preparing!! It doesn't make me want to eat anything they've prepared.
  10. 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
  11. It never ceases to surprise me, the number of MP's who are almost invisible, and merely "seat warmers", who suddenly appear when a political crisis arrives - and you're left saying, "Who TF is this MP? I've never heard of them, or seen them, before now?"
  12. I am pretty sure the Founding Fathers of America would be stunned and dismayed by the way their "untouchable" Second Amendment has been turned into a free-for-all of constant, uncontrolled, regular wilful murder - and the firearms developments of today would make their eyes pop. In the days when they framed the Second Amendment, firearms were slow, cumbersome, unreliable - and posed nearly as much danger to the user, as to the recipient of the bullet. But with the advent of better steels, vastly improved manufacturing methods, cartridge ammunition - and a potent power group in the form of the firearms manufacturers and their rich supporters - the entire Second Amendment provisions have developed a life and direction of their own that the Founding Fathers could have never envisaged. They would more than likely be appalled to see the gun worship and slaughter in the America of today.
  13. I think the greatest pointer to any climate effect by 2/3rds of the worlds aircraft being grounded, is the total amount of fossil fuels being sold/used. As I understand it, oil production has taken a hammering, thus the reason for the current low fuel prices. OPEC reduced production by 9.7M barrels per day in June to try and cope with the massive reduction in oil demand - but there's still a major oversupply situation, that is predicted to last well into next year. I do feel for all those people in the international tourism and travel industries - it has had a massive cascading effect, from luggage retailers folding, and cruise liners being scrapped, right through to group tour organisers going out of business. But little in life is certain - apart from death and taxes - and major changes to lifestyle and income, and social and financial standing, happen to many people during their lives. It has happened to me multiple times over my life. I think it's probably a good thing that the airline and tourism industries are going through a major reset. In many parts of the world, tourism was out of control (Venice comes to mind, but Venice is not alone). I think we need to ensure that tourism to fragile locations is properly regulated and that there's a balance restored to those places that were formerly overrun by millions of tourists, to their detriment.
  14. It's not a sport I normally follow a great deal - but the stepson (John) and his wife are top-flight MMA fighters and not the sort of people you want to cross. John used to do part time work as a nightclub bouncer and got targetted by 9 blokes one night. That's 9 on 1. He took them all out, without incurring any injury. He's shown me some particularly vicious moves. He's travelled the world, attending MMA events, and come back with a host of trophies. He took it up when he was 13, and he turned 50 this year, so he's got plenty of experience.
  15. It's not only the unlimited calibre and firepower of the firearms you can purchase and legally own in the U.S. - there is no limit to the number of firearms you can own. I can recall one nutter bragging about his collection of 113 firearms. Then there's these sickos posting videos showing them teaching their suckling babes to fire powerful firearms - on the basis of, "you gotta teach 'em young". These f**kwits all need to be jailed as child-abusers. The idiocy in the American firearms laws is that you can own semi-automatic AK-47's, AR-15's, Glock 22's - and 50 cal Barretts - all without any need for a licence of any kind. However, you can also own a (fully-automatic) machine gun - but it has to be registered (under the 1934 Firearms Act - because Al Capone and his mates used them, and that now makes owning machine guns a bit of a touchy subject in the U.S.) However, you can't buy a newly-built machine gun - but you can still buy a used machine gun - provided it was built before 1986. What happened in 1986? The U.S. Govt passed the Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA), which stopped firearm owners from buying new machine guns. Of course, all that did was send the price of used machine guns sky-high. I have no idea why the Act was called the "Firearms Owners Protection Act" - it should've been called the "General Public Protection Act".
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