Open Forum: February 2, 2019

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  1. stackja

    Townsville Power Outages
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  2. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2924655, posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Waylon Jennings
    From Wikipedia

    The Winter Dance Party tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on January 23, 1959. The amount of travel created logistical problems, as the distance between venues had not been considered when scheduling each performance. Adding to the problem, the unheated tour buses twice broke down in freezing weather, with dire consequences. Holly’s drummer Carl Bunch suffered frostbite to his toes (while aboard the bus) and was hospitalized, so Holly made the decision to find another means of transportation.[26] Before their performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a four-seat Beechcraft Bonanza airplane from Dwyer Flying Service in Mason City, Iowa, for himself, Jennings, and Tommy Allsup, to avoid the long bus trip to their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. Following the Clear Lake show (which ended around midnight), Allsup lost a coin toss and gave up his seat on the charter plane to Ritchie Valens, while Jennings voluntarily gave up his seat to J. P. Richardson, who was suffering from the flu and complaining about how cold and uncomfortable the tour bus was for a man of his size.[27][28] When Holly learned that his bandmates had given up their seats on the plane and had chosen to take the bus rather than fly, a friendly banter between Holly and Jennings ensued, and it would come back to haunt Jennings for decades to follow: Holly jokingly told Jennings, “Well, I hope your ol’ bus freezes up!” Jennings jokingly replied, “Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes!”[29] Less than an hour and a half later, shortly after 1:00 am on February 3, 1959 (later known as The Day the Music Died), Holly’s charter plane crashed at full throttle into a cornfield outside Mason City, instantly killing all on board.[30]

  3. Leigh Lowe

    Funniest line ever about American Pie.
    Reporter : “But what is the meaning of American Pie?”
    Don McLean : “It means I’ll never have to work again.”
    The monthly royalty cheque dropping into the mailbox in Maine must be still pretty tasty.

  4. John Constantine

    ECMWF MODEL.

    European weather model just comes out with a catastrophist call of a further 60 inches for Townsville in coming days, on top of what has already landed.

    Surely not, but being alert but not alarmed time.

    Got a mate moved up there for work not long ago and it hasn’t been long since he sunk a bore for water for his garden.

  5. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2924659, posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Hoagy wrote Stardust. Otherwise known as ‘Golddust’.

  6. stackja

    Earlier:

    Water Restrictions
    Level 2 water restrictions are now in force within the Townsville area. This excludes Cungulla and Paluma Township service areas (see below for more information).

  7. egg_

    How does one model a chaotic system?

    Monty in a field of rakes?

    Red Noise:
    Also known as “random walk” or “drunkard’s walk”. “Red noise” describes the shape of the power spectrum, with pink being between red and white.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Got a mate moved up there for work not long ago and it hasn’t been long since he sunk a bore for water for his garden.

    I am waiting for the day when Big Gummint meters my garden bore.

  9. Rockdoctor

    Areas around Cluden & newer Onoomba should never have been developed. But Lancini, Paul Honeycomb & Griffin from Geon run this town… Be interesting to see some of these areas in next few days. I remember some of them 6ft under in wet seasons of 20 years ago…

  10. twostix

    lol brutal few days for the left.

    Whenever m0nty starts saying “you lot” in his posts you know he’s boiling with frustration.

  11. twostix

    And poor old Hark.

    Couldn’t keep up the whole angel schtick, no staying power, complete NPC meltdown.

    Sad.

  12. Armadillo

    LOL mOnster earlier today trying to claim that Trump “bribed” Stormy to shut her up with ill gotten political campaign donations.

    Dude, he allegedly bonked her 10 years before he ran for President. TEN YEARS. In all that time, she never said a word. Nothing.

    mOnts would have us believe he rang her up and said “Errr…remember when I bonked you 10 years ago, here’s some money. Don’t say anything to anyone”.

    NO. She EXTORTED him for financial gain. There was no “bribe” involved. She obviously threatened him, got the cash, and then asked for some more.

    Kavenagh was slightly different with that other Sheilah. It was EXTORTION without proof for political (and ultimately financial) gain via publicity seeking. What a bint she was.

    The Left’s heroes are usually sluts, bints and mass murderers. Not necessarily in that order.

  13. John Constantine

    Ptoperty developers that threw up sprawling housing developments on floodplains.

    Sue them first, then blow them from the guns, or blow them from the guns first and sue the pink mist?.

  14. Armadillo

    I believe they opened the floodgates about about an hour ago.

    For residents, it’s better to have floodwater up to your knees than up to your eyeballs. Advice is if you can’t evacuate your home, then move to the highest point in your home. Predicting 10,000 homes will likely go under.

    Disclaimer: Mrs A has Facebook. She was muttering something similar to the above when I stumbled past on the way to the fridge. I just nodded. The above information may or may not be accurate.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Radio check, over.

  16. Armadillo

    Damn you spaminator.

    I believe they opened the floodgates about about an hour ago.

    For residents, it’s better to have floodwater up to your knees than up to your [email protected] Advice is if you can’t evacuate your home, then move to the highest point in your home. Predicting 10,000 homes will likely go under.

    Disclaimer: Mrs A has Facebook. She was muttering something similar to the above when I stumbled past on the way to the fridge. I just nodded. The above information may or may not be accurate.

  17. twostix

    Ptoperty developers that threw up sprawling housing developments on floodplains.

    Local councils and state planners that encouraged them to.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Seems that one William Shorten – you may have heard of him – boasts a military career.

    William spent a year, in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of “Private.” Private Shorten. F.M.D.

  19. Armadillo

    Has Arky convinced anyone else to hand over their credit card details to the Russian mafia in my absence?

    His new “cash for comment” scam sucks.

  20. Memoryvault

    Radio check, over.

    Receiving five – five, over.
    Evening Zulu.

  21. Armadillo

    William spent a year, in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of “Private.” Private Shorten. F.M.D.

    I’m guessing there were no height restrictions for the reserves?

  22. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Receiving five – five, over.
    Evening Zulu.

    Loud and clear, Memoryvault.

    I hesitate to ask, but is Mrs MV traveling well?

  23. Arky

    Skip to the two minute mark to miss the self promotion:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgdcUI-
    5OAM

  24. Armadillo

    I’ve never understood the height restriction thing. Dwarf tank crews make sense. As do dwarf submariners.

  25. Armadillo

    Dwarf “Gunners” would also be handy if you ran out of ammo.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m guessing there were no height restrictions for the reserves?

    From memory, height restrictions were abolished in the early 1980’s.

  27. Pedro the Ignorant

    Floods in FNQ, drought in NSW, cattle dying by the thousand in NW Australia, fires in Tasmania.

    Goebbels warming and burning coal is responsible sez the Greeny ratbags.

    Just a reminder: “My Country” by Dorothea McKellar.

  28. Armadillo

    Skip to the 2 minute mark:

    No.

  29. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    cattle dying by the thousand in NW Australia

    Sorry, Pedro, if those cattle died because someone had “gone walkabout,” and didn’t do their job, I hope they throw the book at them.

  30. Armadillo

    Arky, you do realise you have to get to 100 subscribers before they pay you anything?

    I can’t see it happening. Not with that Model A bullshit.

    Have you considered firing yourself out of a cannon? Self-immolation?

  31. Armadillo

    How about a cage fight with a Girrafe [shudder]?

  32. Memoryvault

    It’s okay Zulu. it’s not banned subject. I’ve already had my drunken pout.

    Our GP is my partner in our quest for the gold medal in straw clutching. We spent an hour with him on Friday. He has located a group of surgeons in Melbourne with some success operating on stomach cancers that have mestatised into the other organs in the abdomen.

    They have agreed to do at least an initial assessment on Marilyn. With any sort of luck we could have an actual date sometime next week.

    Baby steps. But least they are in the right direction.

  33. Cpt Seahawks

    Have you considered firing yourself out of a cannon? Self-immolation?

    Arky has not gone political yet from what I’ve seen, risk/return I suppose. Cannons are not that good as click bait.

  34. Memoryvault

    Just a reminder: “My Country” by Dorothea McKellar.

    Thanks Pedro.
    Should be read out loud at least once a week in every classroom in Australia.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Front page of tomorrow’s Australian has Sally McManus comparing the anti strike laws, to the apartheid regime, in South Africa.

    “Waar’s jou pass, Kaffir?”

  36. Mark A

    Memoryvault
    #2924695, posted on February 3, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Best of luck MV.
    Look at you! You were resigned to go and yet, here you are better than 5 years earlier.
    While you are kicking there is hope.

  37. Arky

    The depth of the recent online de-platformings will probably never be known.
    As the traditional mainstream media has been shown to be incredibly unpopular, they are partnering with their equally unpopular friends in big tech.
    While you, and many others may turn off CNN, believing it to be biased rubbish, your feeds and searches will likely prioritise these sources, making it harder for alternatives to grow, or new ones to establish themselves.
    Trump’s election and Brexit vote have spurred them to accelerate the process of closing down dissent.
    The online environment will look very different in two to five years time.
    These companies will become much more eager to pull the trigger on conservative views.
    Those in the centre, or reasonable liberal or libertarians should understand they are well in the sights.

  38. Armadillo

    Arky is an ex-school teacher, so he probably needs a lesson in business. The following advice is free.

    Arky, you need to provide a product that your customers wants to buy. It’s like me “winding out” the favourite and offering better odds than the TAB or Sportsbet. That’s what the punters want to “buy”.

    My humble suggestion is that you find out “what your customers want” and then sell it to them.

    For example, start a “Cat Challenge”. A Cat will “challenge” you to make a video on a certain subject of interest. You make the video, and in exchange, the Cat agrees to subscribe.

    Note to Cats: Flooding Arky with requests on the toxicity of arsenic will get tedious. Use your imagination.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Should be read out loud at least once a week in every classroom in Australia.

    I’m remembering a pub, just off the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, in 2004, where five Australians, none of them sober, recited “My Country” by Dorothea McKellar, and went on to join in “Sarie Marias”, sung by the handful of unrepentant Boers at the next table. The girl behind the bar was from Melbourne..

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Best of luck, MV and Mrs. MV. New surgical techniques, often heroic, can and do save lives.
    Not always, but often enough to give it a go. They can also extend life if not save it, giving it some extra quality too. Hold hands often and remember Helen’s advice: josh each other about your s3xy lives. It’s never too late to laugh.

  41. Arky

    Joe Rogan interviewed Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
    Down votes on that video are running at 30 000 to 5000 up votes.
    The comment section is full of very angry subscribers.
    Here is a sample comment:

    Blackrock Rugby
    21 seconds ago

    Fuck you Joe. You fucking sell out.

    Burn in hell.

  42. Armadillo

    Arky, maybe a video on something to do with dealing with teachers?

    Depending on the subject content, Mrs A might be prepared to re-subscribe. She’s the one with the credit and debit cards.

    I only deal in cash.

  43. Armadillo

    To be honest, I can watch political commentary from independent journalists for FREE.

    The “watch Arky shoot himself out of a cannon” might be your best angle.

  44. Arky

    Funny as hell that comments section.
    I guess comments might have to go from YouTube:

    Dylan Carr
    2 minutes ago

    We have all just witnessed the death of the biggest podcast on the planet.

    Paul McLean
    2 minutes ago

    Enjoy sucking Satan’s dick Joe, you weasel

    1

    Alexander Nelson
    2 minutes ago

    As jordan peterson said if one person is saying it’s probably not bad, is thousands are saying it you’re probably not right.

    hachmejo
    3 minutes ago (edited)

    Stop deleting honest fan comments. Joe Rogan must come out and say he values free speech.

    AK 4o
    3 minutes ago

    This was hard to watch. Rogan is just blowing this gu

  45. Armadillo

    I don’t suppose you can sing or tap dance?

  46. Memoryvault

    Evening Mark, evening Lizzie.
    Thanks for the words of comfort from both of you.

    Yes Mark, five years ago I was in a countdown (are you an ex Jo Nova fan too?).
    I lasted through to early last year, but by the beginning of April I was in The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. Nobody expected to leave there alive, but then the senior cardiac surgeon came on saw me with Marylin present.

    His message was simple. He had never seen a heart so fvcked. Nonetheless, he would like to operate but as a valuable learning lesson, nothing else. My chances of survival were minimal. With Marilyn’s blessing, I agreed to it.

    And yet here we are, almost year later, alive and kicking. I am sometimes accused here of being a pessimist. Not true! I am the world’s greatest optimist.

    However, I’m also a realist. Which is why I find the folk here so frustrating sometimes.

  47. Armadillo

    Arky, you should take note of MV’s post above. Ideas abound.

    Performing open heart surgery on yourself would get the punters in.

  48. Pedro the Ignorant

    Sorry, Pedro, if those cattle died because someone had “gone walkabout…..,”

    Joins a long list of failed abo station “enterprises” funded by taxpayer money.

    Best one I heard of was the .gov purchased pearling lugger in Broome that never left its dock, rotted out and sank at its mooring, but was continued to be refuelled, resupplied and manned for three years after it foundered.

    Having said that, there are at least three cattle stations in the NW run by the local abos that are employing and feeding a swag of families. Might never make a dollar profit, but at least are paying their way and supporting otherwise unemployables.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The girl behind the bar was from Melbourne..

    Middle aged Australian, teaching a howlingly pretty girl, from Melbourne, how to serve Scotch and water, to Scotsmen, in a Scottish pub. I’ll carry that one to my grave.

  50. Memoryvault

    Having said that, there are at least three cattle stations in the NW run by the local abos that are employing and feeding a swag of families. Might never make a dollar profit, but at least are paying their way and supporting otherwise unemployables.

    Therein lies the core of the matter, Pedro. Such people, such enterprises, exist all across Australia. They never get any publicity, and they have to fight for for every scrap of help they may get.

  51. Old School Conservative

    If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

  52. Memoryvault

    Middle aged Australian, teaching a howlingly pretty girl, from Melbourne, how to serve Scotch and water, to Scotsmen, in a Scottish pub.

    On the job learning, Zulu. Australians are very good at it, given half a chance.

  53. Memoryvault

    If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

    It’s complicated pollie-speak, OSC.
    It’s like learning another language.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    On the job learning, Zulu. Australians are very good at it, given half a chance.

    Australians, working overseas, have a very good reputation, for ” a days work for a days pay.”

  55. Armadillo

    A mate of mine rented some land to the local Aboriginal mob to set-up a “Shearing School”. He would send down sheep from another property for them to shear. They built a shearing shed, “shearers huts” and everything there.

    He sent down 100 sheep in the first shipment and got 65 returned. The others went AWOL or were EIA (Eaten in Action). Not that he cared. He was reimbursed for the losses, but declined to send anymore back.

    They ended up giving him what was left of the shed and the shearers quarters when the lease expired. They also repaired the fencing, and had the site cleaned up.

    Profitable enterprise for him (and all concerned). Despite that, he wouldn’t ever do it again. It wasn’t worth the headaches.

  56. Armadillo

    If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

    I’m certainly no expert, but the “Spillway” I believe. When it can no longer handle the excess, they have no choice but to “open the gates” or risk a wall break.

    That’s my understanding of it. Others will know better.

  57. EvilElvis

    If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

    It’s a current day MathsFlannery (not to be confused with a clutch of climate change wankers, a MassFlannery). It’s quite obvious that the dam is holding 2.61 times it’s actual volume.

  58. Steve trickler

    Good fun.

    Stunning images from the Hubble, laced with CGI in this clip. The music holds its own.



  59. Armadillo

    Severe water restrictions on the way in here. Everything is dead as a door nail.

    Left at 6AM this morning to give a hand at the Bowlo top dressing the green (mixture of bore and tank water for watering).

    Anyway, just down the road from home there is water running down the gutter. Some bastard watering their lawn I suspect. Come back past at 9PM tonight and it’s still running down the gutter.

    Now I’m thinking it might be a burst Council main that hasn’t been reported. That or a widow “lawn watering thief” turned on their backyard sprinkler and had a heart attack. Probably lying in their backyard in a pool of water and spittle. I’m not sure. Should I ring someone? Maybe. Maybe not.

    This sounds like a job for Arky, the investigative journalist. It would be facinating watching a video to find out the truth. I’d be prepared to subscribe and pay $2.71 per month. The truth is out there.

    [Note to Arky: You can’t tell people “it’s a couple of bucks a month”. It’s in US dollars or Russian Roubles or something for your sham subscription. Be honest about it. Honesty in business is everything].

  60. Armadillo

    Arky, I’m going to start charging you for advice. Slightly different “business model” to yours. It’s $1 (AUS) per post. The initial consultation was FREE.

  61. Rossini

    Anyone know what Australia ‘s federal govt debt is at the moment?

  62. Rossini

    Apart from too bloody much!

  63. Memoryvault

    Anyone know what Australia ‘s federal govt debt is at the moment?

    What are you – some kind of sadist or something?
    Most of us have learned to firewall such destructive thoughts.

  64. Armadillo

    Google says this:

    Australia’s net government debt as percentage of GDP in the 2016–17 budget was estimated at 18.9% ($326.0 billion); much lower than most developed countries. The budget forecasted that net government debt would increase to $346.8 and $356.4 billion in 2017–18 and 2018–19 respectively.

    The bolding is cute. Of course it’s “much lower than most developed countries”.

    I wouldn’t suppose the Australian Government spends a bucket load of money with Google by any chance?

  65. Mark A

    Rossini
    #2924727, posted on February 4, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Apart from too bloody much!

    Closest I found.

    As at July 1 2018, the budget estimate of net debt in Australia was about A$341.0 billion.Aug 6, 2018

  66. Memoryvault

    much lower than most developed countries.

    As JC and others have pointed out – irrelevant.
    In most other countries the debt is owed to the citizens of that country. In other words it’s lagrely an internal matter. Ditto for Japan.

    In Australia the debt is mostly money borrowed overseas. We have no alternative way of settling it internally. We either pay it back – with interest – or declare ourselves bankrupt as a nation.

    You trally need someone like JC to explain it better.

  67. C.L.

    And that, folks, is the end of sovereign borders …
    In The Australian:

    Refugee fix: PM calls in doctors

    Scott Morrison has bowed to demands for an independent medical review panel to vet asylum-seeker transfers.

    This “independent medical review panel” will, of course, be composed entirely of doctrinaire leftists who will wave everybody through to Australia on ‘psychological’ grounds.

  68. Memoryvault

    Marilyn stirs, so it’s goodnight from him and goodnight from me.

  69. Armadillo

    It’s a shame the Australian Government won’t be subject to the new stringent credit controls they demand on consumers (to be enforced by banks via Government dictate). All as a result of the Banking Royal Commission.

    Unless you can account for where you spent your last dollar on a roll of toilet paper, you won’t be getting a loan. And the banks will trawl your bank statements to see when you bought it. God forbid you make cash withdrawals from a pub or transfer money to your TAB account.

    The new regime will require you to declare your expenditure (like doing a budget). They want to know everything about you, and the paper work requirements will be extreme. As will be the checking of what you put on your loan application compared to what your bank statements reveal.

    Mrs A is in the banking industry, so I can verify that as correct. The banks won’t take a chance anymore. There will be an almighty credit squeeze. Not because the banks don’t have the money to lend, but because they are forbidden to take risk (on threat of massive fines and other penalties).

    Meanwhile, the Government will continue to borrow overseas on the back of a beer coaster. She’ll be right mate. Just like our parents and grandparents used to borrow.

    Mind you, the Government is borrowing on your behalf. The creditors won’t be asking Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard or Malcom Turnbull to pay it back. See that can? You’re holding it.

  70. Armadillo

    We all get to pay the price for the stupid few. Again.

    The bank manager trying to make target. The gullible/idiot/dreamer customer. The greedy finance broker.

    Surely the courts can decide what “predatory behaviour” is. It’s not that hard. If some shonk rips someone off, they should be punished accordingly.

    Instead, as citizens, we are ALL put in “the dock”. It’s collective punishment. Plain and simple.

  71. Armadillo

    Arky, you need to set up a C2C (Citizen to Citizen) and a B2B (Business to Business) loan network.

    You would be like “the middle man” and take a cut of the negotiated interest rate. Your main role would be “dispute resolution”, which you could film and post to the Internet.

    I’d subscribe to that.

    [You owe me $1 for “business advice”]

  72. Armadillo

    Arky, you probably should get legal advice before proceeding.

    [Now you owe me $2 for “business advice”].

  73. Armadillo

    I could probably make $100 off Arky before sunrise, but I can’t be bothered.

    He hasn’t paid Mrs A the $2.71 back yet for watching his stupid “subscriber only” video. I very much doubt he’s gunna pay the invoice I send him.

  74. I’m remembering a pub, just off the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, in 2004, where five Australians, none of them sober, recited “My Country” by Dorothea McKellar, and went on to join in “Sarie Marias”, sung by the handful of unrepentant Boers at the next table. The girl behind the bar was from Melbourne..

    Particularly cute, as “Sarie Marias” is a Scottish tune.

  75. Armadillo

    I might list him with the Credit Reporting Agencies and wait and see how his next Loan Application goes.

    It’s a sure fire way to get payment if he needs to borrow money in the next 7 years.

  76. If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

    The answer is obvious once you’ve seen a dam at, say 200% of capacity.
    Sort of like a hotel having 110% occupancy .

  77. JC

    The answer is obvious once you’ve seen a dam at, say 200% of capacity.

    Stop wasting our time with your regular cute but stupid shit. Driller, go clean the bar.

  78. Anyone know if there’s ever been a night when JC hasn’t been on here drunk?

  79. None

    morrison is an fwit.

    THANK GOD MISSY HIGGINS STOOD UP TO THE SODOMY FETISHISTT PRESS AND SOMEONE GAVE HER GOOD ADVICE.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6661757/Missy-Higgins-reveals-medias-attempt-retreat-public-life.html

  80. None

    Oh no. mV. You or your beloved? Courage.

  81. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    If 100 percent means totally full, how can a dam be at 261 percent?

    Sinclair auto blocks all my comments while claiming he doesn’t, but I’ll answer in case this gets through.

    I presume you’re talking about Wivenhoe.
    When two new dams were proposed in the mid 1970s, one for drinking, one for flood protection, some genius (the Premier I think) said nah, let’s have a twofer.
    Wivenhoe dam was then built to server both purposes, with two volumes of water attached to each.
    The first 100% is for drinking water. The next 100% on top of that is flood protection. So the dam’s real max volume is somewhere above “200%” but it’s unwise to allow it to get much over 200%.

    Must have been a close call, as according to the web site the absolute max is 268%.
    https://www.seqwater.com.au/water-supply/dam-operations/wivenhoe-dam

    But yes, that figure means it has all the planned drinking water capacity stored plus another 1.61 times as much on top of that in excess that has supposedly averted flooding in the CBD. At least until more rain came and they screwed it up.

    Funny thing is that SEQWater stopped showing Saturday morning level measurements about 20 months before the 2011 flood happened. They published measurements 7 days a week for many years, then on 17 May 2009 was the last Sunday reading, and the weekend measurements stopped after that. Just a co-incidence I’m sure, as they published level readings of 186% in the 3 days before the flood and still nobody thought to open the valve.

    [I have no idea why your comments are always caught up moderation. Rest assured this situation is even more annoying for me than it is for you. Sinc]

  82. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    The Ben Garrison comic is great.
    Remember how all the Progressives moaned that Trump was too old to be president?
    Clinton is only 2 years younger, and Trump will have been president for 4 years.
    Expect age limits to be tossed down the memory hole if Killary runs again.

  83. rickw

    Great selection Tom, thanks!

  84. md

    The world awaits: will the Left win and undermine Brexit or will the peasants’ revolt succeed.

    ‘Brexit plan to evacuate the Queen’, shrieks the headline of the Sunday Times. This is a new low for Project Fear.
    The propaganda campaign — conducted by Britain’s Deep State with generous financial support from the likes of George Soros (who has donated at least £400,000 to the campaign to derail Brexit) — has attempted to frighten us with threats of everything from an outbreak of super-strong venereal disease to a collapse in the supply of drinkable water.
    Now they’re so desperate they are roping in the royals.
    According to the story:
    The Queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of riots triggered by a no-deal Brexit under secret plans being drawn up by Whitehall.
    Oh yeah? So “secret” that a “Cabinet Office source” has felt compelled to get them splashed all over page one of Britain’s bestselling broadsheet newspaper.
    If this really were a leak of any importance there would be an inquiry as to the whistleblower and heads would roll. But none of this will happen, of course, because a) the plan is not secret or important, and b) its only purpose is to generate scare-headlines like the one the Sunday Times has duly trotted out on behalf of the Remain propaganda machine.

  85. md

    Second post of this comment, this in an attempt to resolve the ‘awaiting moderation’ issue:

    The world awaits: will the Left win and undermine Brexit or will the peasants’ revolt succeed.

    ‘Brexit plan to evacuate the Queen’, shrieks the headline of the Sunday Times. This is a new low for Project Fear.
    The propaganda campaign — conducted by Britain’s Deep State with generous financial support from the likes of George Soros (who has donated at least £400,000 to the campaign to derail Brexit) — has attempted to frighten us with threats of everything from an outbreak of super-strong vene real disease to a collapse in the supply of drinkable water.
    Now they’re so desperate they are roping in the royals.
    According to the story:
    The Queen and other senior royals will be evacuated from London in the event of riots triggered by a no-deal Brexit under secret plans being drawn up by Whitehall.
    Oh yeah? So “secret” that a “Cabinet Office source” has felt compelled to get them splashed all over page one of Britain’s bestselling broadsheet newspaper.
    If this really were a leak of any importance there would be an inquiry as to the whistleblower and heads would roll. But none of this will happen, of course, because a) the plan is not secret or important, and b) its only purpose is to generate scare-headlines like the one the Sunday Times has duly trotted out on behalf of the Remain propaganda machine.

  86. md

    I give up. Does anyone have a list of the words that trigger the ‘awaiting moderation’ block? I’ve simply copied an extract from this article and I can’t see anything controversial in it.
    Delingpole: Brexit ‘Project Fear’ Hits Peak Hysteria with Plan to Evacuate the Queen

  87. Mark A

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #2924772, posted on February 4, 2019 at 6:22 am

    md
    #2924770, posted on February 4, 2019 at 6:14 am
    compe… lled

    It has the banned word/name of P..e..ll

  88. calli

    It has “comp-elled” in it. The Spaminator picks up the Cardinal-word.

    Worth reading though. Thanks md.

  89. Bruce of Newcastle

    I need eye bleach after Branco.
    And maybe a drive of the porcelain bus.

  90. I see Blair’s site has gone full subscription.
    $28 per month.
    You’ve got to be kidding. I could buy a lot of beer for that and amuse myself.

  91. pete m

    100% is the safe operating limit for the dam wall.

    Dams have flood contingencies built in which allows the dam to hold back usually double capacity.

    However, it cannot do it for long and usually then releases water to bring it back to under 100% asap.

  92. Entropy

    David from Canberra
    #2924658, posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:56 pm
    Time to look again at the Bradfield scheme? If it can prevent a 30-year or 100-year flood surely that adds to its economic value? Not familiar with FNQ geography so I don’t know if Townsville rivers can be included

    No. Bradfield might have been queensland borne, but he must have been looking at an A4 map when he drew that idiocy up. Distances are too great, the land is too flat, there is too much evaporation, and the big flows in the rivers too rare for it to ever make rational sense. And in any case there is heaps of land much more locally to make use of water in east coast dam storages to need to send it thousands of km away.

    Anyway, the current brouhaha in Townsville is coastal, quite localised, even if unprecedented. The crisis will enlarged to the Burdekin today, but it is already got one ginormous dam on it, and it is already overtopping by metres.

  93. bespoke

    Arky
    #2924701, posted on February 3, 2019 at 11:48 pm
    The depth of the recent online de-platformings will probably never be known.
    As the traditional mainstream media has been shown to be incredibly unpopular, they are partnering with their equally unpopular friends in big tech.
    While you, and many others may turn off CNN, believing it to be biased rubbish, your feeds and searches will likely prioritise these sources, making it harder for alternatives to grow, or new ones to establish themselves.
    Trump’s election and Brexit vote have spurred them to accelerate the process of closing down dissent.
    The online environment will look very different in two to five years time.
    These companies will become much more eager to pull the trigger on conservative views.
    Those in the centre, or reasonable liberal or libertarians should understand they are well in the sights.

    Good summery, even the most mild comment will be considered hate speech soon.

  94. Mark A

    Farmer Gez
    #2924780, posted on February 4, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I see Blair’s site has gone full subscription.
    $28 per month.
    You’ve got to be kidding. I could buy a lot of beer for that and amuse myself.

    I didn’t know it was that much?

    I have added this to Firefox and it works for most sites with a bit of nagging on some.
    You can’t comment I think but you can read.

    So far hadn’t noticed anything untoward my security software is comfortable with it.

  95. calli

    pete m – over-engineering used to be a hallmark of Australian civil works.

    Our new lizard overlords will change all that.

    We have so many “events” so breathlessly reported now that a real “event” becomes a Meh. That dam was running at under 70% a couple of weeks ago. You can see from the pictures that all the older houses are up on stilts (for coolness as well as the Ross River). What did they know that the current crop of town planners don’t? It’s a Mystery.

  96. DrBeauGan

    Bruce of Newcastle, I am worried about snowflakes. Real ones. I have seen some nice photographs of them and there are three things that puzzle me.

    First, why are they flat? Second, why do they have hexagonal symmetry? And third, the real bummer, how do they grow symmetrically? How does water at one corner know that it’s OK to turn into ice at one location because it already has at five other symmetric locations?

    The first two are perhaps derived from the shape of the H2O molecule, which has a distinct plane since it’s a sort of V-shape. I have a vague notion that graphite has hexagonal symmetry, and maybe snowflakes do for the same reason. But none of that explains why they grow symmetrically.

    I have looked on the interwebzy thingo and got bullshit from a physicist. I’m used to that, but it still irritates me. I wish people who don’t know the answer to a question would just say they don’t know. It’s very easy to ask questions nobody knows the answer to, and there is no shame in admitting it, but stupid vanity gets in the way of Truth. That annoys me.

    Any idea, particularly on the symmetry of growth question?

  97. DrBeauGan

    Ps. There are some pictures of real snowflakes which are very striking all on the internet.

  98. stackja

    Anna Bligh on news about banks, next item Qld floods.

  99. stackja

    Vic fires – NSW rivers lack fresh water, fish die – Qld floods. Droughts and flooding rains.

  100. Geriatric Mayfly

    But none of that explains why they grow symmetrically.

    Even harder to understand, for bears of very small brain, as to why out of the billions of crystals that form, no two are exactly the same.

  101. Black Ball

    https://www.steynonline.com/9170/the-day-after-tomorrow

    All these weather ‘events’ just coincide with the release of one of the worst movies ever made. 15 years after it’s release. As a commenter on Steyn’s post opines, it’s almost as if climate doomsayers like Hark want these things to happen to deniers of AGW.

  102. calli

    Like fingerprints.

    Some are five-sided, some eight, but the vast majority are hexagonal. Every journey to the ground is different.

  103. stackja

    Senior Labor figures unaffected by franking credits reforms that hit self-funded retirees hard
    John Rolfe, News Corp Australia Network
    February 3, 2019 11:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Exclusive: Labor’s elite will avoid their $56 billion attack on hundreds of thousands of Australians’ superannuation, and some will retire on nearly $200,000 a year.

    A News Corp Australia investigation reveals only two of Bill Shorten’s top-20 team members are likely to be among the 840,000 Australians hit by the ALP’s nest egg raid, which will leave some self-funded retirees on modest incomes with 15 per cent less to live on.

    I am shocked!

  104. bespoke

    The Cat Snowflake debate of 4/2/2019

    Are they truly symmetrical or is it only to the human eye?

  105. DrBeauGan

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2924796, posted on February 4, 2019 at 8:11 am
    But none of that explains why they grow symmetrically.

    Even harder to understand, for bears of very small brain, as to why out of the billions of crystals that form, no two are exactly the same.

    That doesn’t surprise me, GM. In fact if two were the same it would worry me alot. Like the way Jack Frost does window panes differently.

  106. DrBeauGan

    bespoke
    #2924801, posted on February 4, 2019 at 8:18 am
    The Cat Snowflake debate of 4/2/2019

    Are they truly symmetrical or is it only to the human eye?

    They are not entirely symmetrical in micrographs, but it’s very close.

  107. stackja

    Residents flee as fire rips through Spencer St apartment tower in Melbourne CBD
    Josh Fagan and Reece Hooker, Herald Sun
    22 minutes ago

    Residents have described seeing flames jump from balcony to balcony as they fled a high-rise apartment building, believed to be covered in combustible cladding, that caught fire in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

  108. DrBeauGan

    Some of it is about space filling in two dimensions. You can get hexagons or rectangles, but you can’t have pentagons because if you try to join pentagons together they won’t lie flat. The things come out of the plane and that’s how you get a dodecahedron.

  109. Geriatric Mayfly

    That doesn’t surprise me, GM. In fact if two were the same it would worry me alot. Like the way Jack Frost does window panes differently.

    As I see it, you can only do so much with a hexagon, and all its dendritic extensions. Architecture by the squillions must have its limits. Now, if snow crystals were rhombic dodecahedrons, I could accept that there is plenty of scope for diversidy.

  110. DrBeauGan

    As I see it, you can only do so much with a hexagon, and all its dendritic extensions. Architecture by the squillions must have its limits.

    It’s all a matter of the combinatorics. Those dendritic extensions give some awfully big numbers. If there are 10^{100} possible snowflakes, you aren’t likely to see two the same.

  111. John Constantine

    Australia’s politicals to sign away sovereignty over borders by capitulation to a panel of united nations quislings with the power to mass import the world’s poorest mentally ill directly into Australian cities and hospitals.

    Comrades.

  112. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dr B – Water molecules naturally form a flat six sided arrangement due to hydrogen bonding.

    Liquid water has maximum density at 4 C, below that it expands as the temperature becomes too low for the hydrogen bonding to be broken. So as the water molecules team up in six sided rings the density becomes less compact. Ice of course floats on water.

    Because of the preferential planar 6 sided structure accreting water molecules will tend to stick on the protruding bits of the growing crystal – and on the same plane, since that the is most thermodynamically favoured result. The most energetically favoured site is the one nearest to the core of the crystal where there’re more hydrogen bonds. So as one ‘arm’ grows the water molecules will accrete preferentially on the shorter arms. But as the longer arm already is of a certain shape it will influence the shape the next arm to the left and right, which will thus be of very similar shape – and so for all the six arms. You therefore get randomness in the arm that grows out furthest, which then gets duplicated in all the others.

    It’s all driven by the specific thermodynamics of the water molecule, plus the 107 degree angle between the H-O-H bonds, which makes a hexagon easy to form.

    There’s also a pi-bonding favourability for hexagonal molecules – like the famous structure of benzene as worked out by Kekulé. Graphite also. Water draws upon the same thermodynamic basis via antibonding orbitals.

  113. mh

    Townsville can’t take a trick. Body-slammed by Clive Palmer, then drowned by dam operators.

  114. John Constantine

    If you have a mentally ill kid in the third world, the people smuggling crime syndicates can put them in front of a revolutionary panel of Australian activists dedicated to the lefts revolutionary war to overthrow western industrial civilisation.

    Comrades.

  115. Eyrie

    ” that caught fire in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. ”
    No hope of the entire Melbourne CBD burning down is there?

  116. Snoopy

    Townsville can’t take a trick. Body-slammed by Clive Palmer, then drowned by dam operators.

    Help is at hand. Palaszcuk will give Townsville mouth to mouth resuscitation.

  117. Percy Popinjay

    More news on the recent toxic feminayzee landwhale dummy spit event:

    High-profile former Sydney Morning Herald and The Age columnist Clementine Ford implied in her explosive resignation tweets last week that Nine’s takeover of the papers had been a factor in her falling out with the organisation.

    In Ford’s much-publicised Twitter rant, she attacked the new regime at the papers under Nine as “new FFX”, shorthand for “new Fairfax”.

    But SMH sources claim Ford’s issues with its editorial management pre-date Nine’s December takeover of Fairfax.

    As it became clear last week, there was an issue with Ford breaching the paper’s social media policy in September, when they suspended her with pay for two weeks for her much-publicised Twitter comments calling Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “f..king disgrace” (which she referenced in her series of tweets this week).

    Four months later, in January, there was a separate dispute about a Ford column due to run in the Daily Life section of the SMH and The Age.

    Diary has been told by one ­senior SMH source the column was about “calls” for laws in Australia to be relaxed to allow women to carry guns.

    The SMH operative claimed Ford was given “some unremarkable editorial feedback” on the column by her section editor. “Her decision to resign was a surprise to everyone here,” the high-level SMH source said.

    And what of Nine, or “new Fairfax”? Did its senior management play any role in her departure? Diary has been told the first anyone at the Nine network’s Willoughby bunker knew of Ford’s resignation was Wednesday afternoon, after she resigned on Tuesday night.

    Ford tweeted at the end of last week that she had picked up some work at Morry Schwartz’s The Saturday Paper and at ABC Life, the public broadcaster’s lifestyle site.

    From the Oz’s media diary which also includes this little gem from Leak Jr.

  118. Bruce of Newcastle

    I should add that steric hindrance is a key for snowflake formation. The water molecules accreting are in the form of gaseous water vapour – at a very low concentration. So as the water molecule diffuse to the growing snowflake they tend to stick on the outer bits. The inside bits, though the more energetically favoured sites, are hard to get to because of all the almost-as-good outer sites. So you get a diffusion limitation to the growth of the inner parts and the snowflake is fluffy.

    In liquid water this happens less because there’s water surrounding the whole growing crystal, therefore the more energetically favoured sites can be reached and attached to – so you get a solid block of ice. But the underlying crystal structure is still hexagonal.

  119. stackja

    Residents report seeing crocodiles in Townsville floods
    CLARE ARMSTRONG, MADURA MCCORMACK, SAM BIDEY, Townsville Bulletin
    February 4, 2019 12:23am

    TOWNSVILLE residents have reported several crocodile sightings across the city as floodwaters continue to rise.

    A three metre crocodile was reportedly sighted by emergency services on Bowen Rd near Rosslea on Sunday night.

    Erin Hahn shared a photo of a freshwater crocodile spotted in front of her father Shaun’s house on O’Reilly St, Mundingburra.

    “He saw a small freshwater croc and called my family out to look,” she said.

    “[The] property is fine, water lapping at the footpath.

    “[The croc] swam off back down the street.”

    Ms Hahn said her father had once lived in the Northern Territory and wasn’t bothered by the crocodile.

  120. Ragu

    SUPERBOWL!

    Go Pats. Because supporting anything from California will give you cancer.

  121. Tel

    So as the water molecules team up in six sided rings the density becomes less compact.

    Water is insanely complicated for a machine with only two moving parts.

  122. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Bruce o N. I am still surprised by the influence of one dendrite on its neighbours being enough to force them to be amost identical.

  123. Tel

    But the underlying crystal structure is still hexagonal.

    Not always, sometimes you get the frost ferns, which are not even slightly hexagonal.

    https://michpics.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/frost-ferns/

    You can also supercool water and keep it liquid if it’s clean enough and there’s no starting point for the crystals to fuse.

  124. Digger

    When a dam starts to spill it is over 100% capacity. If it spills by say 10m then the size of the water holding area behind the dam has increased significantly and extends up the river/s in the catchment. This expanded holding area can be significant and easily bring the volume of water behind the dam to over 250% of its designed holding capacity…

    Not rocket science….

  125. lotocoti

    Help is at hand.

    Presumably with a fly-waver in tow for the one hearing impaired person who doesn’t watch a channel with live closed captioning.

  126. stackja

    Abandoned construction site impeding on residents lives
    WILL ZWAR, NT News
    February 4, 2019 1:30am
    Subscriber only

    TROUBLESOME construction holes across Darwin city have had a significant impact on a number of resident’s lives — and they have little sign of reprieve.

    Resident Sam Kansal owns an apartment on Montoro Ct and said for years a hole in the ground has plagued his and his tennant’s lives.

    It is one of just a number of vacant decaying lots around Darwin city.

    The lack of work on the hole has meant it gets filled with water during the wet season, which often remains stagnant for months.

  127. Geriatric Mayfly

    Water is insanely complicated for a machine with only two moving parts.

    And betimes there is another, which was of particular interest to those racing to make an atomic bomb in WWII, particularly the Germans. I believe Norwegian water was especially blest with this small extension.

  128. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1m
    With Caravans marching through Mexico and toward our Country, Republicans must be prepared to do whatever is necessary for STRONG Border Security. Dems do nothing. If there is no Wall, there is no Security. Human Trafficking, Drugs and Criminals of all dimensions – KEEP OUT!

  129. stackja

    Centre Alliance pushing to ban water being used on cotton exports to save the Murray
    Tory Shepherd, State editor, The Advertiser
    February 3, 2019 11:19pm
    Subscriber only

    Cotton exports should be banned to save the Murray, Centre Alliance says.

    The South Australian party will introduce legislation within days to stop precious water being used to irrigate cotton crops destined for overseas markets.

    Almost all cotton farms use water from the Murray-Darling system.

    And almost all of the cotton is exported, with China the biggest buyer.

    Mass fish deaths, allegations of water stealing, and the damning findings of South Australia’s Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin, have focused the nation’s attention on the river system and the huge challenge of saving it from being drained by drought and irrigators.

    Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick plans to amend Australia’s export laws, saying exporting cotton was “like exporting water”.

    Meanwhile:

    Lake Alexandrina (South Australia)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  130. DrBeauGan

    DrBeauGan
    #2924824, posted on February 4, 2019 at 8:58 am
    Thanks Bruce o N. I am still surprised by the influence of one dendrite on its neighbours being enough to force them to be amost identical.

    It’s a long way away on the scale of molecules.

  131. Myrddin Seren

    Abandoned construction site impeding on residents lives
    WILL ZWAR, NT News

    Melbourne Grammar

    Monash Uni 3 year journalism degree

    Work experience kiddie at Their ABC

    on to NT News and…..

    Resident Sam Kansal owns an apartment on Montoro Ct and said for years a hole in the ground has plagued his and his tennant’s lives.

    Our moral and intellectual superiors in the Media Party.

  132. stackja

    Dam to peak at 11am, flooding to last until midnight
    CAS GARVEY, JACOB MILEY, EVAN MORGAN, Townsville Bulletin
    February 4, 2019 7:38am

    CURRENT WARNINGS

    Authorities are warning people to limit unnecessary travel and if it’s flooded, forget it — there is still a major flash flooding warning for many areas of Townsville so if you are not moving to an evacuation centre or higher ground, stay off the roads.
    A major flood warning remains in place for the Ross River, with a risk to life and property of residents in low-lying suburbs including Rosslea, Hermit Park, Railway Estate, Townsville City, Oonoonba, Idalia, Cluden, West End, Rowes Bay, Garbutt, Aitkenvale, Cranbrook, Currajong, Mysterton, Pimlico, Mundingburra, Douglas, Annandale, Kirwan and Thuringowa Central and South Townsville areas.
    More heavy rain and destructive wind is forecast for the Townsville region today

    8am Monday:

    Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill says the city needs to work together to get through this flooding emergency, with a severe weather warning for more heavy rain and flash flooding today.

    “We’ve modelled the effects of the rainfall and what’s expected, we’re being told we’ll probably see a peak in this flooding around 11am and then what we’ll have is, we won’t see any movement until about after midnight,” Ms Hill said.

    “Honestly it’s scary, it really is.”

    Driving along Charters Towers Road where she caught up with The Bulletin.

    “The Kirwan area has held up really well, the expected inundation from the Ross River didn’t occur, obviously there’s still flooding from rainfall events,” Ms Hill said.

    “As we move closer into the city and closer to the mouth of the Ross River we can see here it’s difficult. Some of these areas I think will be okay, it’s lapping at the doors but four-wheel-drives burning up the streets all they’re doing is creating problems for business owners.”

  133. Snoopy

    Meanwhile:

    Lake Alexandrina (South Australia)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Totally curious that that Wikipedia entry makes no mention of Charles Sturt’s discovery of Lake Alexandrina in 1830. Or how he found it to be open to the sea. Or salty away from the Murray’s inflow. Or of the seal he saw.

    Inconvenient facts.

  134. Entropy

    Cotton farmers, the devil scapegoat for greenies everywhere. That irrigators have been unable to extract water for a couple of years is not relevant. That they haven’t been able to grow cotton becuase of this is not relevant. That there is no water in the MDB is becuase it hasn’t rained is not relevant. They are irrigators, therefore guilty.

  135. duncanm

    Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick plans to amend Australia’s export laws, saying exporting cotton was “like exporting water”.

    well, yes. But my (limited) understanding is that cotton is actually a perfect crop for this, as it is planted only when there’s water available — ie: we export it rather than dumping it into the sea.

  136. DrBeauGan

    believe Norwegian water was especially blest with this small extension.

    I doubt if Norwegian water was richer in deuterium than anyone else’s water. Norwegians may have been blessed with more isotope separators.

  137. stackja

    MS – NT News up the creek?

  138. calli

    Cotton is a debbildebbil juju textile.

    In the lizard-brain it is slavery, dark satanic mills, lint for explosives, and now a water thief fish killer. Therefore doublebad.

    Strictly rationed into colourful hipster skinny pants, it is acceptable. Naturally.

  139. duncanm

    cotton growers should move to hemp — that’ll make the lefties heads explode, and it probably makes sense economically.

  140. calli

    Hemp is a great fibre. Tough as nails. Should be more of it.

  141. The belief that Lake Alexandrina was always fresh water is an urban myth of recent times.
    Anyone who has been to the SE of South Australia and views the rolling range country that represent the in and out of the sea over thousands of years could only laugh at the concept.
    Old bush covered sand dunes and limestone in huge quantities are the essential feature of the region.
    The barrages keep the sea out, like Dutch dykes.
    It is an unatural man made fresh water lake that has been permanently cut off from the natural cycles of the rivers and sea.
    Jennifer Marohasy covered this all at depth but her science was drowned under a tide of political bullshit.

  142. Mother Lode

    Centre Alliance

    As soon as I see ‘Alliance’ in a party name I think ‘Leftists’.

    As soon as I see ‘Centre’ I think Leftists who realise the word ‘left’ is a turn off.

  143. duncanm

    Fortunately, old Clammie will have no problems at the ABC

    Their social media policy is so weak as to be useless.

    STANDARDS
    The following four standards apply to work and personal use of interactive services by Workers,
    40 using both ABC accounts and personal accounts at any time:
    1. Do not mix the professional and the personal in ways likely to bring the ABC into disrepute.
    2. Do not undermine your effectiveness at work.
    3. Do not imply ABC endorsement of your personal views.
    4. Do not disclose confidential information obtained through work.

    Note no restrictions on being an abusive, senseless bint.

  144. Another point, from my experience in catchment management. European settlement increased runoff into rivers and lakes. Old dead trees in natural lakes tell you that the system was a wetland and not a permanent lake until very recently.

  145. calli

    I was wrong about the five/eight sided snowflakes, according to this guy. A fun site, I liked the “designer” section. ❄️

  146. RobK

    On the snowflake debate: as Bruce said, the snow forms with water changing phase whilst it is in low concentration as a gas or minute water droplet supported in a mixture of atmospheric gases and associated particulates.

  147. Boambee John

    MV

    Peter

    Just catching up on the overnight traffic.

    Best wishes to Mrs MV. As you have personally experienced, sometimes when there is no hope and there is nothing to lose, a desperate measure can give a new hope.

  148. Geriatric Mayfly

    I doubt if Norwegian water was richer in deuterium than anyone else’s water. Norwegians may have been blessed with more isotope separators.

    I was being a bit tongue in cheek there Dr. A great deal of derring-do to destroy the Norwegian facility, which I think had more to do with abundant hydro power and stored deuterium than the arrangement of water molecules in the local creeks.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My humble suggestion is that you find out “what your customers want” and then sell it to them.

    My suggestion is that you find your customers first. Identify a need, a gap in the market, and fill it.
    I did that once, for someone else. The idea took off, and substantial money was made, although I was not involved in the implementation nor rewards, for meanwhile, I’d met Hairy and was otherwise occupied.

    Arky, your two skill areas are teaching, and fitting and turning. Could you combine those in an online course somehow? Who might do it and why? As a professional upgrade maybe, or as a hobby, or an applied skill your course provided to an existing workplace. Who might pay for it? The ‘students’, or someone who wants them to have this skill?

    Alternatively, you were a top mathematics teacher. Teach your teaching skills online to others who want to also be top maths teachers. Or you could join the market of ‘student maths tutoring’, although I think that may currently be oversupplied. If you developed an online course for teaching maths effectively, you could then market it to TAFE’s, Universities and other providers of teacher training. It would have to have pizzazz and perhaps have to fit curriculum needs. There is already stuff out there, but yours could be better, maybe specifically addressing those teachers who don’t feel confident teaching maths because they’ve been roped into it due to the shortage of maths teachers.

    Or maybe there is a market for simply ‘understanding maths’ for those who had a bad experience with maths at school who for whatever reasons would like to know more now. Perhaps identify sub-markets – carpenters, builders, anyone who needs to measure and calculate or estimate properly. Call the course simply that. ‘Understanding Maths’. Or jazz it up. ‘The Maths They Didn’t Teach You at School’. Or ‘Maths For Fun and Profit’ or ‘Maths for Tradies’ etc. Run an online video course and also a printed set of course notes. People like print back up when they are learning new stuff. Maybe investigate the need for a maths ‘bridge course’ for entry to certain degrees etc. Nurses, for instance? They cannot risk bad maths. Some horror stories of improper dosages there to start your marketing.

    Experiment with pricing structures. Run inexpensively at first till you establish the market. If there is a lot of institutional or corporate interest, up the price as they can afford it. Discount for the early birds. Get an online system that will accept credit cards; this is a business. Keep good records. Sort out the tax and legal aspects. And good luck. Lots of business experience here on the Cat, good folk who won’t charge Arma’s rates for a few tips. 🙂

    Or Arky, simply branch out into other areas where you want to express and develop your communication talents. Make more of your ‘interview’ videos, or your fitness videos (both have a certain style but need tightening, editing), and try to flog them to various media or organisations, such as online fitness sites, gyms etc. It’s hard graft though breaking into these fields.

    Whatever. Get an angle. For instance, I’d do great ‘advice to the lovelorn’. I’ve missed a great future as an agony aunt. 😀

  150. John Constantine

    Cotton is the new roundup.

    The chicoms own the hated Cubbie station cotton, so expect buybacks, not banning.

    Comrades.

  151. Snoopy

    calli
    #2924852, posted on February 4, 2019 at 9:35 am
    I was wrong about the five/eight sided snowflakes, according to this guy. A fun site, I liked the “designer” section. ❄

    Very disappointing, Calli. That’s not how it is done. The accepted approach is to heap invective and scorn upon proponents of the ‘all snowflakes have six sides’ camp.

  152. John Constantine

    Rewilding of western industrial agriculture, dynamiting the dams and bulldozing the irrigation ditches is the end point.

    The speed and intensity of the hatred their media has mobilised against irrigated cotton is bemusing.

    Unfortunately, this hate will not dissipate, their media lefties will simply unleash it on the next target.

    Comrades.

  153. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2924858, posted on February 4, 2019 at 9:47 am
    Or you could join the market of ‘student maths tutoring’, although I think that may currently be oversupplied.

    Businessman wanted to open a cafe in street, he was told, that there were 3 cafes there already.

    Good he said, then there are people who like to go out for a cuppa, I’m going to do well.
    All you have to do is be a bit better or different or both.

  154. DrBeauGan

    The speed and intensity of the hatred their media has mobilised against irrigated cotton is bemusing.

    Unfortunately, this hate will not dissipate, their media lefties will simply unleash it on the next target.

    As I’ve said before, leftism is a vile religion based on envy, hatred and power lust. It appeals to the worst in human nature.

  155. Snoopy

    WTF? ABC Breakfast showed, with tacit approval, a genset being operated inside a house.

  156. lotocoti

    exporting cotton was “like exporting water”

    What’s next?
    Exporting aluminium is “like exporting electricity”?

  157. Geriatric Mayfly

    Cotton is the new roundup.

    Not far off the mark when one looks at the over exploitation of the Amu and Syr rivers and the disappearance of the Aral Sea, which was once the fourth largest lake in the world.

  158. Mark A

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #2924867, posted on February 4, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Cotton is the new roundup.

    Not far off the mark when one looks at the over exploitation of the Amu and Syr rivers and the disappearance of the Aral Sea, which was once the fourth largest lake in the world.

    True and shows you how the socialist regimes treat the environment.

    But tell me this how is it better to let the water run out to see than use it in a controlled way?
    It’s not exactly, that before settlement the rivers were flowing all year round.

  159. JC

    I’d like to clarify something about my comments directed toward Cronkite as some people don’t appear to understand where I’m coming from and the motivation. It’s true that I believe Cronkite is a proto-fascist scumbag and it’s a belief that I’ve been clear about all along.

    The other criticism I have of him is that I believe he’s been trying to turn the idea of climate scepticism on its head through his attempts to introduce the other side of the same coin. Scepticism deals with the prevailing theories introduced by the gerbiling community. I and many others here are sceptical of gerbil warming theories. However that doesn’t mean, that because I’m sceptical I will readily accept any junkscience Cronkite is attempting to peddle here. That’s not what scepticism is about. You don’t have to accept any bullshit peddled as science that is supposed to counter gerbil warming. That’s exactly what cronkite is doing and that’s why he thoroughly deserves a decent beating every time the fascist shows up here with some newly concocted junk theory. As I’ve learned, Cronkite is not on the side of sceptics. He’s a peddler of false information.

    Hope that clears it up.

  160. Snoopy

    Not far off the mark when one looks at the over exploitation of the Amu and Syr rivers and the disappearance of the Aral Sea, which was once the fourth largest lake in the world.

    I expect these rivers are largely fed by snowmelt and therefore water is extracted every year as opposed to irregular flood water harvesting.

  161. Armadillo

    Arky, stick with the cannon schtick.

  162. lotocoti

    Rewilding of western industrial agriculture …

    You have to wonder if or why ‘they’ expect to survive the ensuing Great Famine.

  163. John Constantine

    Australias elites have signed unswerving capitulation treaties to submit to transnational law on safe runnoff of water.

    The end point of this can be extended to control timing and volume of runnoff and sediment and chemical and fertiliser applications to any land that interacts with rainfall that interacts with a waterway.

    Their hussein obama used waters of the united states laws to bring crushing state control to rural amerika.

    Australia has signed up to quiet strangulation along the same lines.

    Just too soon to spring their trap yet.

    Comrades.

  164. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Senior Labor figures unaffected by franking credits reforms that hit self-funded retirees hard
    John Rolfe, News Corp Australia Network
    February 3, 2019 8:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Exclusive: Labor’s elite will avoid their $56 billion attack on hundreds of thousands of Australians’ superannuation, and some will retire on nearly $200,000 a year.

    A News Corp Australia investigation reveals only two of Bill Shorten’s top-20 team members are likely to be among the 840,000 Australians hit by the ALP’s nest egg raid, which will leave some self-funded retirees on modest incomes with 15 per cent less to live on.

    The Opposition leader himself and shadow finance minister Jim Chalmers are set to be unscathed by their plan to abolish cash refunds for excess tax credits on share dividends, as is Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen who last week dared those affected to “vote against us”.

    Mr Bowen made the comment, which Treasurer Josh Frydenberg labelled “arrogant”, after being confronted by a self-funded retiree living on about $60,000 annually who said he would be $5000 a year worse off under Labor’s changes.

    I care not for thy plight, Augustus, for I am aboard the chariot?

  165. Ragu

    Hey, feelthebern,
    Did you ditch monday to watch the game?

  166. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s not exactly, that before settlement the rivers were flowing all year round.

    No ice bound watersheds is our biggest problem. We rely on the courtesy of passing fronts and visiting monsoons, neither of which display any constancy; vagaries which can render Oz a very dry land mass. Therefore the urgent scramble to impound every drop of rain that does fall, and the raging debates which ensue when river levels are depleted, salinated or made toxic.

  167. RobK

     Perhaps this will help increase the Labor vote and help the nation develop better climate change policies.
    You are planning to vote for the climate you want?
    You do need to have that seen to.

  168. Siltstone

    lotocoti
    #2924866, posted on February 4, 2019 at 10:01 am
    exporting cotton was “like exporting water”

    What’s next?
    Exporting aluminium is “like exporting electricity”?

    That will be one angle used to progressively shut down aluminium smelters in Australia and free up large blocks of power in the hope that delays widespread blackouts.

  169. cohenite

    I’d like to clarify something about my comments directed toward Cronkite as some people don’t appear to understand where I’m coming from and the motivation.

    You’re coming from the position of a troll who is motivated by puerile ego and a desire to protect your investments in renewables.

    As I’ve learned, Cronkite is not on the side of sceptics. He’s a peddler of false information.

    This is alarmist trolling 101; accuse the sceptic of what you yourself are, an aider and abetter of alarmism.

    So to conclude: you support renewables, alarmism and islam.

    And by the way you went off and had a sulk and this gibberish is the best you could come up with. I went over to Jo’s place waiting for you to make an appearance as per your junk comment I had been banned from there and in response to my challenge for you to make a comment there to which I would respond; lo and behold you didn’t appear. You’re a flat track bully head prefect, give it a rest because you’re wasting everyone’s time.

  170. struth

    Almost all cotton farms use water from the Murray-Darling system.

    And almost all of the cotton is exported, with China the biggest buyer.

    Good Moaning.

    What a load of horse Hockey.

    There are a couple of big cotton farms out on the hay plains, etc, yes, but cotton farming extends up to way north of Emerald in QLD, down through Goondiwindi, Dalby, etc and they’re not using all river water from the Darling Tributaries, as there is not reliable supply that far up.
    I could be wrong but I’d say there is just as much cotton grown in Qld as NSW and using regular dam water and even artesian water that wasn’t headed for the Darling system anyway.
    If you are just looking at NSW, that might be true.

    And what did the fish do virtually every year before the damming of the Murray, when the seasonal rivers of the Murray Darling and including the Murray, did the usually Australian river thing, and dry completely up?

    This is another case where it’s just the left screaming louder to drown out the facts, (pun intended)

    More and more pay walls will have to go up for media sites as they realise sponsorship is just not cutting it.
    So it’s a brave new world for them.
    Maybe they should have stuck to good journalism and actually did some.
    I really don’t need Tim Blair or any right wing commentator giving me opinions, even if they are right.
    I have my own and I can get them seriously challenged (which is needed at sites like this)
    Even if it works out I am never wrong (tedious sometimes)
    Be buggered if I’m going to pay for opinions.
    You lot have enough of them.

    So I do not lament the loss of most media.
    Journalism is not a uni degree.
    It’s reporting facts you find.
    Any half wit can do that, and do it well when not politically brainwashed and compromised as ours are in the MSM (by doing Uni degree run by communists)
    I would definitely not lament the closing of the government socialist propaganda arm, the ABC.
    There is absolutely no need for this behemoth.

    These dickhead MSM outlets are run by those that think they know better, the elites, and like our politicians prove time and again, they haven’t got a clue.

    Outsiders ratings are booming, absolutely going through the roof.
    The only way that’s coming off the air is the offenderati can close it down.

    The same with this great site.

    The war will come.

  171. cohenite

    I see that Townsville state and federal seats are currently narrowly Labor. A fair slab of One Nation though. Perhaps this will help increase the Labor vote and help the nation develop better climate change policies.

    Dams are multi-purpose; they can be used to store drinking and irrigation water for dry spells and hydro power, or be left empty as a bulwark against flood flows.

    Since the advent of alarmism the use of dams has been corrupted by alarmist idiots. The Wivenhoe dam disaster involved a dam which had as its primary purpose flood mitigation after the 1976 floods in that area. But because bastards like flannery said it would never rain again Wivenhoe was used as a drought mitigator and was full of water at 200% of capacity. Accordingly, when in 2010 it rained again, it could not be used as a flood mitigator and in fact had to release water exacerbating the flood conditions. 11 people died.

    I’ll bet London to a brick similar circumstances apply here with the current rains and reservoir storage.

    Alarmists and greens really are shit.

  172. cohenite

    Set off the censor again. Boy o boy: used sp.ll and it got canned.

    I see that Townsville state and federal seats are currently narrowly Labor. A fair slab of One Nation though. Perhaps this will help increase the Labor vote and help the nation develop better climate change policies.

    Dams are multi-purpose; they can be used to store drinking and irrigation water for dry sp.lls and hydro power, or be left empty as a bulwark against flood flows.

    Since the advent of alarmism the use of dams has been corrupted by alarmist idiots. The Wivenhoe dam disaster involved a dam which had as its primary purpose flood mitigation after the 1976 floods in that area. But because bastards like flannery said it would never rain again Wivenhoe was used as a drought mitigator and was full of water at 200% of capacity. Accordingly, when in 2010 it rained again, it could not be used as a flood mitigator and in fact had to release water exacerbating the flood conditions. 11 people died.

    I’ll bet London to a brick similar circumstances apply here with the current rains and reservoir storage.

    Alarmists and greens really are shit.

  173. JC

    Cronkite is attempting to lie about me by suggesting that because I believe he’s peddling junk science it means I support ruinables.

    Laughable.

  174. Arky

    Or Arky, simply branch out into other areas where you want to express and develop your communication talents. Make more of your ‘interview’ videos, or your fitness videos (both have a certain style but need tightening, editing), and try to flog them to various media or organisations, such as online fitness sites, gyms etc. It’s hard graft though breaking into these fields.

    Whatever. Get an angle. For instance, I’d do great ‘advice to the lovelorn’. I’ve missed a great future as an agony aunt. 😀

    ..
    I’m not looking to market anything.
    Quite simply, I’m doing what I like and sharing.
    Watch if you like. Don’t if you don’t.
    The subscription thing is because:
    1. I like that Subscribe Star is not YouTube.
    2. I can make things that only go to a handfull of people who have a confirmed interest in what I’m interested in. I am very uncomfortable when I see a thread that has tonnes of comments about me.
    It derails the thread and bores the shit out of people.
    Very happy with the support and interest shown, uncomfortable that it isn’t the right forum to impose myself so much.
    I have stuff I want to do without the troll input from the small number of dickheads on here who fuck things for everyone else.
    I experimented with trying to seperate my comments here from the videos by using another name. And by not commenting at all for a while.
    I’m now just going to ask people not to fill up the open forum with stupid shit about what I am doing.
    I won’t respond out of courtesy to those who come here for the good commentary. That includes positive and supportive responses to my content too. Sorry, but I have to respect the blog.
    An audience of twelve would be manageble and my ideal. More than that, and I will start culling.
    The end product of my labour will be a half hour vid showing the whole resto from the ground up.
    I hope it all comes together into a coherent whole. I have hundreds of hours of footage to go through.
    I am very satisfied with the process so far and have really enjoyed most of my interactions with “you lot”😊.
    I think the large YouTubers are going to get knocked off by the new alliance between big tech and traditional media giants.
    IT is right. Artisanal is the way to go.
    Many little guys doing good stuff locally.
    Have a go yourselves if you have the hankering. The more the betterer!

  175. Snoopy

    TheirABC newsreader almost wears out the newsroom’s thesaurus describing a proposed new border “barrier” or “structure”. Anything but the “W” word.

  176. DrBeauGan

    I’ve thought about your explanation BoN, and still don’t understand why hexagonal symmetry.

    You’ve got a V-shaped water molecule with hydrogen arms. The angle of the V is just under 107° which is not a nice number. Two of them are sufficiently low in vibrational energy to have their hydrogen atoms bond. So they make a W. (Incidentally, why do we call it doubleyou? Doublevee makes more sense.) I guess both could bond so we get a diamond shaped thingy, but that doesn’t seem to lend itself to further development. So another low energy water molecule comes along and we get a trebleyou. The different Vs don’t have to be the same way up, so calling them doubleyou and trebleyou could be misleading, but at least they could form long chains. And the far ends could hold free hands to form loops. But where does the hexagonal symmetry come in?

  177. struth

    Hark! I see that Townsville state and federal seats are currently narrowly Labor. A fair slab of One Nation though. Perhaps this will help increase the Labor vote and help the nation develop better climate change policies.

    My boss works in mysterious ways, sometimes.

    [Do I even need to cue the outrage?]

    No outrage.
    Thought you being so young and depressed about the end of the world, we’d give it a go and respond to you.

    You have now shown yourself to have the same left wing characteristic of the tribalist left, like Monty.
    You don’t acknowledge what you can’t answer, and keep chanting the tribal left wing bullshit despite all evidence, and, people making arguments you can not answer so choose therefore to just ignore.

    We tried, and I can only speak for myself, but wallow in your misery.
    When you are an old man, and the world is still here, and you are feeling like a young man but trapped in a body that restricts you greatly, you will be consumed with hatred for those Marxist arseholes that wasted your youth (being depressed) on this planet and made you’re life a misery.
    But the person you’ll be most shitty at, will be yourself , for being so gullible.

    I have been talking directly to you, and from now on I will only be talking about you and people like you.

    The worst traits of humans cause leftism.
    Self entitlement (you’re special and know better) and the arrogance born from that.
    Laziness, and envy.
    We can tell you are too far gone.
    You’re Monty level brainwashed.
    We knew you were a moron all along but felt sorry for you and your doomsday fears.
    You can lead a lefty to the fountain of knowledge, but you can’t make them drink.

  178. Snoopy

    According to TheirABC the major reason why Nissan has decided to not build the new diesel X-Trail in the UK is BREXIT. Hardly anything to do with the threat of the EU banning diesel-powered cars. No, no, no.

  179. Geriatric Mayfly

    Anything but the “W” word.

    Because its the “M” word upside down.

  180. cohenite

    Head prefect let me make it plain. I don’t give a fig really about you, it’s a blog where I find it useful to talk about the issues which concern me. I’ve dealt with 100’s of trolls and been banned from many blogs for my stance on alarmism which I think is a terrible connivance on humanity. My grasp of the science is better than most even though my science qualifications are at an under-graduate level and I’ll generally defer to or at least consider what the PhDs say. As I said the science still has to be rebutted but in a way which mirrors how alarmism has packaged and peddled its science: in sound-bites for the idiot media and the cowardly pollies.

    You’ve made it personal for what ever reason and that’s just 2nd nature to me. So keep it up, or not; it’s all the same to me.

  181. DrBeauGan

    Arky, I think we accept the videos in the spirit in which you make them, as a fun thing to do. ‘Dillo teases you of course, which is allowed. I quite enjoy them. I’m happy to have you or others post them here, it’s interesting entertainment and innocent. If you took over the blog there might be some complaints, but you don’t.

    Please post them here so I don’t have to subscribe. Nobody has to watch them if they don’t want to.

  182. C.L.

    ‘Dillo teases you of course, which is allowed.

    Right but it is getting a bit old.

  183. Arky

    Struth.
    There is a test for a troll.
    Do they ever concede any point?
    There are a half a dozen trolls on here who are terminally unable to concede even the most minor point.
    You cannot have a productive argument with such an individual, because argument requires being able to follow a train of points to their logical conclusion.
    You may have noticed that this is impossible with these types. You just go around in circles.
    In some cases this is by design, because they only come here for the sport of derailing a hot thread on a topic that is trending against their team.
    Others are just mentally deficient or immature: they are not up to following an argument.

  184. C.L.

    100% is the safe operating limit for the dam wall.

    Dams have flood contingencies built in which allows the dam to hold back usually double capacity.

    However, it cannot do it for long and usually then releases water to bring it back to under 100% asap.

    Thank you, Pete, for succinctly answering this obvious question.

  185. Arky

    DrBeauGan
    #2924898, posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

    ..
    Bookmark the page then.

  186. C.L.

    Breaking News!!! Police have officially issued a photo of the two men that attacked Jessie Smollet!

    https://twitter.com/realkareemdream/status/1091841999169310720

  187. struth

    Just personally arky, I’d love to see you do something like an on line western studies course, or similar.
    But you’ve got to do what you enjoy.

    The internet is global and of the billions on the planet there will be maybe fifty or so people at this moment doing up a model A, and thousands more restoring all sorts of Vintage cars.
    There are far more computer savvy people here than me, but there must be Model A or vintage car restoration chat rooms, would you get some business from them?

    Look I don’t know much about the social media side of the internet , I can’t stand it.
    I am a musician who doesn’t do face book!!!!
    Unheard of.
    So I’m unheard of.
    I can’t bring myself to do it, I had a go at face book and it’s all just complete falseness and palavering insincerity.

    I am actually underground with it.
    Take for example, others do my facebooking for me.
    This Saturday night just gone I played at a pub and when I started there were four people in the whole pub.
    I could have kissed butt on facebook advertising but the pubs generally do that, but I don’t do this all year round at the moment so not well known.
    What happens with the internet is people broadcast that they are in this pub and “this bloke is pretty good” by facebook, and before you know it the pub gets packed.
    It’s weird how they come from nowhere.
    Then people have their phones recording you and telling you they are “livestreaming” to their mates.
    It works, and they way my psychology works is the facebook thing just puts you in with all the other suckholes spending their days telling everyone how much love they have to give the world, and begging for an audience.

    I got the crowd going, the pub happening, and it’s so bad that once you actually get a crowd, musos who are permanently on facebook some how know it’s happening and come down to do “a few songs with me, if that’s what I want”.
    Parasites.
    And all your new best mates who , like last gig, had been on auditions for the x factor three times , and is starting her own band, is a singer (all too lazy to pick up an instrument) and will sing a song or just try to grab the mike, while I’ve got a handful of guitar.
    Insanity .

    Point being, I let others use facebook, It’s tired and old and I don’t want to use the services of a company I can’t stand, on a platform I find repulsive.

    So Arky, This site is the only one I want to use, and the only one I do, so I’m not the guy to ask, but I reckon there would be business for your model A videos out there, for sure.

  188. Leigh Lowe

    However, it cannot do it for long and usually then releases water to bring it back to under 100% asap.

    The timing of release depends upon the weight of each water molecule.

  189. Rebel with cause

    Even in a good rain year bugger all water makes it from the Darling into the Murry. Most of the water evaporates in the shallow Menindee Lakes. It is just lies from South Australia and greenies to say otherwise.

  190. C.L.

    Spare a thought for the clean-up workers in Townsville. When the water recedes, the sun comes out, the pong kicks in and the humidity hits the 90s, it’s going to be truly horrendous.

  191. C.L.

    I have to assume Shorten thought that ABC cameraman simply fell over.
    He looked amused.
    Not judging him, though; the bloke was attended to immediately by a swarm of people. No need to weigh in to such a scrum unless you’re a medico. As Bolt points out, however, no such rationality governed the judgments heaped on Sophie Mirabella.

  192. Tel

    There is a test for a troll.
    Do they ever concede any point?

    Do they even have the capacity to show some recognition of the point you are making?

  193. Snoopy

    Spare a thought for the clean-up workers in Townsville. When the water recedes, the sun comes out, the pong kicks in and the humidity hits the 90s, it’s going to be truly horrendous.

    Where’s Kevin?

  194. struth

    Even in a good rain year bugger all water makes it from the Darling into the Murry. Most of the water evaporates in the shallow Menindee Lakes. It is just lies from South Australia and greenies to say otherwise.

    Exactly correct.
    The piddling creek that joins at Wentworth was always thus.
    All Australian rivers west of the Great Dividing range are basically dry or floodways, naturally, and to even call them seasonal to some degree is incorrect.
    It’s why the yoof of Australia is so easily fooled when it comes to Goebbel’s Warning propaganda.

    They live in a country that is and has always been, for thousands of years, a land of extremes.
    One only has to look at the reproductive system of a kangaroo, to note it is completely built around droughts and floods.
    Many of our animals prove it has been thus for long enough for them to adapt to it.
    The left love anti Christian type science but will throw Darwin’s theory of evolution straight out the window if it interferes with the religion of Global socialist control.

  195. struth

    You’re dead right about trolls, but I could see he was of no real life experience, or travelled etc, and was absolutely brainwashed, so , we don’t want to be like the left and just ignore what you don’t want to hear, or you are no different.
    He’s new so it was worth a crack.
    That’s what makes us different from the left.
    But he failed, so troll it is.
    What if you could change one young blokes mind and make them happy by trying to let them know about the world, and you didn’t give them five minutes.
    I’ll go to my grave doing what I think is right , thanks.

    But it is done.
    Leftism has to have a welcoming mind.
    That means one prone to envy, laziness and entitlement.
    So , I have given a person prone to be a loser, enough effort.

  196. Arky

    Armadillo is a genuinely funny little disease vector.
    Best when he is on about the news of the day.

  197. DrBeauGan

    Arky
    #2924903, posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:15 am
    DrBeauGan
    #2924898, posted on February 4, 2019 at 11:07 am

    ..
    Bookmark the page then.

    Ah. You aren’t factoring in my colossal laziness.

  198. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve thought about your explanation BoN, and still don’t understand why hexagonal symmetry.

    Dr B – Sorry I wasn’t specific.

    Water forms a benzene ring like structure. The ring is an OH-OH-OH- skeleton, with hydrogen bonds alternating with sigma bonds. The structure is especially stable as it can easily flip to HO-HO-HO- where the oxygen atoms give their hydrogen to the neighbour and hook up with the hydrogen atom of their other neighbour. That smooths out the electron wavefunction of the six bonding electrons into a single quantum state – which is what make benzene so stable.

    The other 3 hydrogen atoms stick out like the hydrogen atoms sticking out of the benzene structure.

    Because the bond angle is 107 degrees not 120 it means the hydrogen atoms are slightly above and below the flat plane of the hexagon.

  199. DrBeauGan

    Monday’s fred open.

  200. struth

    Spare a thought for the clean-up workers in Townsville. When the water recedes, the sun comes out, the pong kicks in and the humidity hits the 90s, it’s going to be truly horrendous.

    Around 2011 we had a big flood here, and I was still driving my own truck.
    I got caught trying to get home at a place just south of Rockhampton called Marmor.
    By the way, the flooding south of this little village was man made, caused by a dam wall known as a raised railway line.

    The dumb copper could have stopped everyone at Marmor, but he decided he’d like to go and stand a k or so down the road where the flood waters were rising, telling us to turn around and head back to Marmor.
    I was only a single trailer then, and could manage the turn.
    Marmor became a little Island with a BP on it, filled with stranded trucks and cars.
    You then see the worst of people.
    People from cars buying up all the bread and milk in the roadhouse to put in the cars etc, and general panic.
    I had myself positioned, oddly enough, right next to another truck that had an aluminium fishing boat , complete with motor , so that was handy, and tried to get some sleep.
    That level of rain must be experienced.
    My Kenworth was water tight but not on that night.
    I lay sweating in my jocks on the bed when the UHF crackled to life at about two in the morning and said they were letting only the bigger trucks through.
    Still in My jocks (and without filling my log book in) I took off, drove through the floods and drove one of the most incredible drives I have ever done.
    Just trying to see the road, the few other blokes , no one was talking and we couldn’t see each other anyway, and had a full huge tree wash past me in the headlights.
    Just white.
    God knows how I made it home but I did, a seven in the morning still in my jocks, (couldn’t pull over anywhere) and then the waters around the town came up and flooded me in, I got a few days off unable to get out.
    C.L. reminded me of it with his humidity remark.
    There is no humidity on this earth to be experienced like the humidity of a receding flood in the heat.

  201. Bruce of Newcastle

    And Dr B, before you ask: the three hydrogens sticking out of the hexagon can themselves be part of adjacent hexagons. Every hydrogen in the plane is then sitting between three oxygens – one sigma bonded and two hydrogen bonded, with the bond flipping between each state in a smoothed quantum wavefunction. So the plane is repeating hexagons of 3 oxygens and 3 hydrogens, with some hydrogens sticking up or down out of the plane.

  202. struth

    By the way, my house was fine in the flood because we are on high ground and an old raised Queenslander.
    Even then, the lawns needed re- levelling and later the house, I do that myself with a water leveller.

  203. Dr Faustus

    The Australian energy market is considering a rule change where consumers could be compensated for reducing electricity use to help the grid during peak demand.

    But energy giants are opposed to the suggestion, with EnergyAustralia arguing retailers are best placed to deliver demand response to their customers.

    “A demand response aggregator is likely to create inefficiencies and costs within the market that will be borne by customers,” its submission says.

    Translation: Energy giants are best-placed to convert $9/GJ gas into $14,500/MWh electricity during times of peak demand;
    …and will find ways to claw back any lost super-profit from the captive mug punters;
    …and, while doing so, will smack the Energy Market Regulator like a red-haired stepchild.

  204. Armadillo

    I am very uncomfortable when I see a thread that has tonnes of comments about me.

    I’m just teasing you, Arky.

    Yeah, I know. Teasing is almost unheard of at this blog.

  205. Cohenite:

    I don’t give a fig really about you, it’s a blog where I find it useful to talk about the issues which concern me.

    Nicely put, Cohenite.
    Onya, mate.
    Oh, and here’s a short video on trimming and milling a cedar log.

  206. JC

    Winston

    Go check the bed pan count, you bolivating ignoramus.
    We know you really try hard to sound smart and authoritative.
    It doesn’t work, no matter how many pile ons you try to join. You fucking clown.

  207. Ragu

    The Patriots winning all the time is different from St George winning 11 straight.

  208. Ragu

    Oh

    Is the Head Defect going full wõg.

    Settle down Melbourne wanker.

  209. Zatara

    LA Rams Say They Might Skip Trump White House Visit if They Win the Super Bowl

    Pardon me while I say ….. Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    The Trump curse strikes again.

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