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  1. The malaysian government were corrupt not incompetent. They were extremely competent at being corrupt. Just ask Najib. Might get better but given the history between Mahatir and anwar ibrahim maybe not so much. Cambodia on the other hand are also corrupt but no where near as practised. It's the wild west at the moment. High risk but in need of help, they will bend over backward for you before in a few years seizing you assets. They're not particularly idealogical. Just plain dishonest. Good time to get in as long as you know when to get out. And don't get on the wrong side of their politics. Which means understanding their politics. Hence my risk comment.
  2. Take some solace from the fact that beauty queens are generally moronic and intellect is fancied more by the Beta males. (and females). So they (the so called alphas) can have their shallow world of denial and self loathing whilst we can enjoy our own in peace.
  3. Dr Ando's BS called... Auction clearance rates in Sydney, Melbourne based on incomplete data
  4. The paper was written in 2014. It's not "news". It's "olds". We've just had the warmest ANZAC day ever. It's the end of April and still getting days > 27C in Canberra. Sydney will report the warmest autumn ever. Try again.
  5. I perceive that people will hire vehicles for long trips where the destination isn't serviced by airlines. As fuel prices and TCO for vehicles rises it will become less economical to own your own vehicle. I drive long distances about 5-6 times per year to places that don't have flights that are economical. (Mostly regional areas like Mildura and Gippsland) I will generally fly to Sydney/Melbourne 5-6 time a year. I take my 4WD out 10 or so time per year for trips < 100km. Four wheel driving is not a poor mans recreation. 80K setup costs for me and in spite of the number of bull bars you may see around there are not that many people out on the tracks (at least around the places we go) Farmers likely need 4WD but there are tax deductions for commercial use.
  6. So we're in a new cold war as Trump's finally been cajoled into action. When does it turn hot? Personally, I think not this time. Thoughts?
  7. I tend to agree. But then I'm a veteran of the last cold war. What will (can) Russia do?
  8. Not in the future I expect. The days of the kingswood are numbered.
  9. So we're in a new cold war as Trump's finally been cajoled into action. When does it turn hot? Personally, I think not this time. Thoughts?
  10. And are most trips in Australia to Longreach? Or are most to a destination within 25 km?
  11. Bought time I say. Music being one of the three great pleasures in life. So I'll kick off, My likes are extensive. Started liking punk (pistols, skids, iggy pop, public image ltd, joy division) graduated to manchester beat (stone roses, insiral carpets, blur, smiths, the the, ride) and then everything jazz classical, opera, techno. Australian music (chris wilson, paul kelly, deb conway (including do re mi), go-betweens, necks, nick cave, dirty three, john butler,saints, ed kuepper) eclectic (squarepusher, orbital, art of noise, ) heavy side ( alice in chains, metallica, Anyway point is most things besides gangsta rap and recent r & b. but do lie grand master flash, spearhead, massive attack, disposable heroes of hypocrisy and the like. Play: bagpipes First concert: Kevin Borich express and Mi-sex Glen hotel eight mile plains First album: the cure seventeen seconds.
  12. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  13. I doubt three years data would be long enough to draw a theory on climate whatever happened. In addition, you need a global picture rather than a continent or hemisphere. Even during cold snaps the temperatures in the rest of the northern hemisphere are higher than usual. See the map above. Cold snaps in the northern hemisphere are largely due to the Arctic Oscillation. The link has a short simple explanation.
  14. It's not really about how low a particular temperature is in a location. It's about the frequency of record cold weather versus record hot weather events globally. If there were three times as many record cold weather events as record hot weather events occurring over time (as there currently is the case with hot vs cold) you could argue the theory was debunked.
  15. Says who? Is that your own theory or just gut feeling? Here's what the IPCC report says. The facts seem to fit precisely with the theory we're being lambasted with.
  16. This is now a reheated story of a reheated story (pardon the double pun) I'm going to have to write a recursive bot program to deal with it when it inevitably raises it's ugly head again.
  17. I've made the point about weather versus climate to you before. If a cold snap in the states disproves global warming then a heatwave in Oz proves it right? Nobody has ever said that winter won't be cold anymore due to global warming. The temperature records are falling at about three to one on the warm side. If we're going to start claiming weather as representative of climate change, however wrong that is, I'll have a lot more headlines to post than you! Here's a map of the global temperatures on the 28th December. Can you spot the flaw in your assertion?
  18. We (Australia) have become vastly more interested in outgoing travellers since that guy used his brothers passport to go fight for ISIS. We are in the process of honing biometric scanning to ensure that that situation doesn't happen again. That is why outgoing passengers now pass through "smart gates". A lot of cash also gets smuggled so persons of interest can expect a lot more scrutiny on the way out.
  19. SSM passed and now law. Not a single amendment got up. A good day.
  20. Is there a result yet?
  21. Scomos pushing for super to be available for FHB. When the future is being raided you know they are getting desperate. They will stop at nothing. I'm with medved. Enjoy your life and hedge against what you can. I haven't read the article yet but will do so in a soberer moment.
  22. "Traditional" == austere? It does seem that the Japanese sacrifice individualism for the collective good. I wouldn't write off the post-apocalyptic wasteland style. Though I suspect a strict edo period resort could also work. With you as Tokugawa.
  23. Turns out not as many as claimed - here at least. The great conservative "silent majority" turns out to be a bit of a myth. Almost two thirds voted yes to gay marriage. Restored my faith in the country as it happens. I hope it emboldens Mal. But apparently the religious conservatives have hijacked the party branches in NSW and decide on candidates preselections nowadays. I'm OK with this as long as the constituents are aware of this. The Libs will eventually relegate themselves into obscurity. Time for a new party of the "middle"?
  24. I think Alexander will win the seat. The Turnbull government is on the nose but he personally isn't responsible and seems reasonably moderate.
  25. Diversity is the key to avoiding property pain Good grief. This is Labors fault and nothing to do with my own greed.