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    The Politics Thread

    It was on a bunch of news outlets about 2 weeks ago: https://news.google.com/search?q=lucas heights&hl=en-AU&gl=AU&ceid=AU%3Aen
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    The Politics Thread

    There have been a number of nuclear accidents since Chernobyl. There was Japan, which not only polluted the local area, but involved a airborne material drifting toward Tokyo, and they have identified low level nuclear material in the water as far away as north america. Also a tunnel collapse at a reprocessing plant in the US which exposed a number of workers and discharged radioactive dust into the atmosphere. A French power plant discharged contaminated water into the local environment. And apparently ANSTO is a bit slack with the only nuclear facility we have here in Australia. Not exactly risk free.
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    The Politics Thread

    I misunderstood. I thought you were saying that those countries were majority nuclear power.
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    The Politics Thread

    Not true about Canada. Nuclear makes up only 14% of there electricity generation (2011 numbers, but no new nuclear power plants in that time). https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/sites/www.nrcan.gc.ca/files/www/pdf/publications/emmc/renewable_energy_e.pdf Not true for US either. Nuclear: 20%. Renewable: 17%. https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3 And looks like not true for Europe either: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Electricity_production,_consumption_and_market_overview#Electricity_generation In fact, from 2006 - 2016, Europe went from 29.4 % to 25.7 % from Nuclear, so it's actually reducing.
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    The Politics Thread

    Seems like where you see political correctness, I see a lack of respect calling someone by a derogatory name. I don't know if what you say is correct, but it sure as hell doesn't justify the previous name calling.
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    UTA 2019

    Signed up for my first 100k.
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    Wrist based heart rate monitor

    I've compared my 935 with OHR against my 910 with chest strap while running, and they were always within a few beats of each other. The OHR works great for me, but I have quite pale skin and white arm hairs. However, like someone said above, it's problematic on the road and tri bikes. I think it's the way my wrist is while riding (bent) compared to running (straight), that it gets light seepage that throws it off. For some reason I don't have the same problem on the mountain bike, but my wrist is in a more straight position it seems. The 935 is an awesome watch.
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    The Politics Thread

    So just like how the mining companies and banks work.
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    The Politics Thread

    I guess when you think about it, both the right and the left of politics is getting what they want: Dutton for PM. Double down by making Barnaby Deputy PM again, and maybe making Abbott the lib Deputy, and both sides will think it's Christmas. The only people being left out are those of us in the middle.
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    The Politics Thread

    You guys are hilarious. I'm not supporting Shorten, but I'm over Abbott running/ruining the country.
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    XC or trail for beginner?

    What makes you choose 27.5 over 29? Currently working on the Minister of Finance to upgrade my 26.
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    Retirement sale.

    What other stuff? Do you have a list somewhere?
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    Bike shipping to Roth 2017

    @Youngy2, did you end up leaving the bike at Munich airport? Can you provide any details?
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    TA Membership time

    Auto-renew off. Mostly a member for the insurance coverage. Discounted entry fees distant 2nd priority. No other reason.
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    Port 2018 - new age group

    This is a great self test. Will keep this in mind. Thanks for that!
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    The Politics Thread

    If we follow that logic, isn't it the same as someone working for BHP (for instance), making them money, but having no choice that the money they made the company goes toward a political party that is limiting that persons wage growth through their policy choices? I'm not in a union. Never been in a union. But the two scenarios (yours, and my "concocted" scenario) seem similar enough to me. I'm actually a fan of no donations, but I have no idea how that could work.
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    USA shootings and gun laws

    You are disgusting.
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    USA shootings and gun laws

    As a parent, I wouldn't want to send my kid to a school where there is a chance that the maths teacher (or anyone else) could get into a shoot out in a hallway crowded with children. When you have twice as many bullets flying around a crowded hallway (the Florida shooting WAS in crowded hallways), I suggest you are likely to have twice as many casualties, not less. I realise you feel there is something special about the US, and we can't compare it to any other country (that actually IS what you suggested above: "Make sure said country is comparable in terms of size, population, guns per capita etc though"), but in every other country, mass shootings at schools either don't occur or occur very infrequently. Statistics are statistics, and I am not bending ANY rules of statistics by pointing out that the most obvious solution based on the statistics, is LESS guns = more safety for school students.
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    Hoka one one (teach me)

    I couldn't find anyone carrying the wide versions of the Bondi and Clifton here in NQ. If you order from The Athletes Foot online, delivery is free, and you can try them on at home and return to a store for full refund if they don't suit.
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    Hoka one one (teach me)

    There may be other differences, but the Clifton is a bit lighter, but the Bondi has a smaller drop (4mm) from heal to toe.
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    Hoka one one (teach me)

    I went with the new Bondi Wide. A bit heavier than the Cliftons, and have less drop from heal to toe. So far they have been great.
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    Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise

    Good point TC. Also add Rock Climbing and MTBing at Squamish to the list. Run around (or hire bikes and ride around) Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver (about 10k, mostly seawall).
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    Canadian Rockies & Alaska Cruise

    +1 for Lake Louise over Banff. Would also recommend the hike from the LL Chateau to "Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House", and plan to have something to eat/drink there and take in the view. If you ride horses, there is a ranch in Jasper that has access to some spectacular trails. Supported bike tour on the Icefields Parkway (example: http://www.rockymountaincycle.com/icefields.html) I personally wouldn't fly across the country to Niagara when you are already in BC. I would just do more things in BC. "West is best!". Words to live by.
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    Helmets - Should we have to wear them

    I'm starting to believe we (people who ride bikes for exercise) would be safer on the roads if we could get more people riding, and not be an US vs THEM scenario. No way would I ride a bike without a helmet. Kid across the road trashed his helmet in a low speed accident where a dog ran out in front of him. But I do believe more people would ride if they didn't have to wear a helmet, so I'm starting to believe that this is the way to go. Kind of like "herd immunity", where if we can get someone within a bogan/tradie family riding a bike, maybe they won't try to injure every cyclist they come across.
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    WS 70.3 - first timer...

    Well done. If you can afford it, consider getting a power meter for pacing. I can't use HR as a measure in a race because of the excitement. My HR hits 160 before I even enter the water.