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Everything posted by Ironnerd

  1. DC Rainmaker in Perth

    DC Rainmaker has based in Perth for the last few months. He went out for a bike ride with the guys behind the Cycliq bike camera/light. The group was stopped by 5 police cars for illegally riding two a breast. The only positive is that the police apologised for being wrong. https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/03/getting-pulled-over-by-five-police-vehicles-while-riding-our-bikes.html
  2. DC Rainmaker in Perth

    It is a recentish change to the law. It happened about a year ago.
  3. MAFS

    Time to hand in your "man" card.
  4. My birthday is a reminder to myself to make bookings. Doctor - check up and blood tests, skin cancer clinic, dentist, optometrist and podiatrist. My "gift" from the federal government is sitting on my desk back in Australia. When I get back I will collect some samples for bowel screen screening. If you have a spare ~30 minutes please consider taking part in the ABC Cancer Study. They still need another 12,000 participants. https://www.abcstudy.com.au/
  5. Numbat and Goat

    Well done to the Perth cycling group who drew a Numbat on Strava. Last year they drew a goat. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-19/perth-cycle-group-fight-club-creates-strava-map-numbat/9562696
  6. Rotto swim canned - shark...

    But if you were an iron manufacturer with 700 reports of your irons burning people would you do nothing? Would you redesign the handle, add a guard, put a warning label on it, highlight the danger in the manual. Macdonalds could have made a more secure lid, a stronger cup, put "danger hot" on the lid, used the lower temperature like most other coffee shops, etc. They did nothing. I work in the mining industry if I had 700 reports of people being injured in exactly the same way, no matter how minor, I would be looking for a new job.
  7. Rotto swim canned - shark...

    Sorry I worded that badly. There were 700 reports of Macca coffee burning people and they did nothing about it.
  8. USA shootings and gun laws

    Ages of children are up to 17 in the estimate of 7000. The majority of deaths are older children 13+, boys and minorities. Gun advocates often quote that "80% of gun deaths are gangs". They seem to think that it does not matter as they are gang members. Most statistical studies estimate that 30%-50% of all (adult and children) gun deaths are gang related. Firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among US children.
  9. Rotto swim canned - shark...

    Agreed it was not trivial. What was important in this case was that there had been over 700 complaints about the coffee being too hot and Macca's had done nothing to rectify the problem.
  10. USA shootings and gun laws

    The point is that 7000 children have been killed by guns since 2012. What is incorrect on the Facebook post is that they were killed at school. The 7000 children killed by guns were killed at school, at home, by suicide, etc.
  11. USA shootings and gun laws

    There is a meme going around FB at the moment claiming that 7,182 students have been killed in US schools since 2012. The meme is incorrect. "Only" 138 students have been killed by guns in US schools since 2012. What is correct is that over 7000 children have been killed (including suicide) by guns since Sandy Hook in 2012. What a tragedy.
  12. USA shootings and gun laws

    Approximately 30% own a gun. The percentage of Americans owning a gun continues to drop and is at a 40 year low. However gun sales are at record highs. A gun owner on average owns approximately 7 guns. The top 3% of gun owners own over 25 guns. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/29/american-gun-ownership-is-now-at-a-30-year-low/?utm_term=.b5c587ef8298
  13. Is there an "easier" IM to qualify for Kona?

    IMWA is just after Kona and has 65 slots. After the shark and bushfire last year and the changes to the swim course numbers could be down this year.
  14. Private health, who are worth a gander?

    I am currently with Cigna as an expat. I am not sure if it applies to all clients but myself and my family get GU Health coverage while in Australia as part of my expat coverage working outside Australia.
  15. USA shootings and gun laws

    The sky is blue.
  16. The Expat Thread.

    The dirt here is grey not red and instead of seeing kangaroos and emus I see lots of gazelles and camels. Funnily enough yesterday the bus I was on had a near miss with a herd of cows. It did make me think of my old boss. What I really miss is being warm and fruit. Four weeks without fruit is too long. The first thing I eat when I get to Hong Kong is an apple. I am really enjoying working here.
  17. USA shootings and gun laws

    Yesterday a large number of students from across the US walked out of class to protest gun violence. Next week there is "March for our Lives" organised by students to protest gun violence. I hope that this is a turning point. Perhaps the generation which has grown up going to school fearful of a mass shooting will be able to enact effective change at some point in the future.
  18. Average Aussie eats 44 snags a year

    I blame the HFLC crowd.
  19. USA shootings and gun laws

    In the interest of full disclosure I have never owned a gun and have never been a member of the NRA. How about you IronJimbo?
  20. USA shootings and gun laws

    I am not convinced that having a shoot out in the middle of the school would have made matters better.
  21. USA shootings and gun laws

    Realistic and enforceable gun control would look like it does in the rest of the western world. Just because something is difficult to enforce does not mean that it should not be done. For example drugs, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving. So your "solution" is to make some minor changes that will achieve nothing. This article was published on WAToday. Gun control does work. http://www.watoday.com.au/national/study-shows-nra-is-wrong-about-aussie-gun-laws-20180312-p4z41i.html
  22. USA shootings and gun laws

    Everyone else that has replied to this thread thinks that gun control is the solution. What is your solution then IronJimbo?
  23. USA shootings and gun laws

    The Australian population has increased at the same time. So the number of guns per capita is 23% lower than it was before Port Arthur. The guns that have been purchased since Port Arthur are not semi automatic, they are "single shot"