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  1. Paul Every

    The Politics Thread

    On the contrary, it's particularly easy to ridicule. So you expect all the limiting factors that have long been well understood, either will be found not to actually exist or can be magically overcome by "a new study". You say there are "smarter people who can work it out", while failing to recognise that the "smarter people" in the relevant fields are the ones who say it's not feasible. You shrug off or ignore all reasoned and informed opinion just as dismissively as you do facts and logic. Conversely, you keenly support the ideas of people who have little or no knowledge or involvement in the fields relevant to the issue. You deride environmentalists even though its abundantly documented that environmental damage has been one of the largest problems with the Snowy Mountains Scheme. You've also proposed taking water from mythical river systems that don't exist. And you think you're opinion is beyond ridicule? Keep talking.
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    The Politics Thread

    You do know the Snowy actually flows south? And the Murrumbidgee is a tributary the Murray? Nothing from our ski fields flows east into the ocean. It's either into the Murray and it's tributaries, or into the Murray/Murrumbidgee via the Snowy Scheme, or a small proportion is released into the Snowy (which now needs more water, not less).
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    The Politics Thread

    And again. http://www.wentworthgroup.org/docs/Can_We_Myth_Proof_Australia.pdf Just google "turn rivers inland feasibility". There's plenty more.
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    The Politics Thread

    Exactly. And that's why the proposal is consistently dismissed for multiple reasons; economic, environmental, hydrology, topography, evaporation rates, soil infertility, social factors, etc, etc. But it doesn't prevent the uninformed or willfully ignorant from banging the drum of populist policy: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-12-19/qld-conservationists-criticise-one-nations-bradfield-plan/8132284
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    Yeppoon half ironman shocking photos

    Cyclone Marcia, a category 4, hit Yeppoon in February 2015. There was plenty of damage along the coast. Not sure how the resort fared.
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    There are some sick people out there:

    That's probably worthy of a thread or poll of its own. I don't understand the fashion of the last 5 years or so for black or predominantly black cycling attire.
  7. Paul Every

    The Politics Thread

    Of that, you have convinced me.
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    No. Bloody people. It only behaves this way because it's learned to associate humans with food. And how would it have learned that?
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    I really like Spur-winged Plovers. I marvel at the tight parental bond and tenacity required as a ground-nesting bird to successfully rear chicks in an urban environment. Especially so when they nest in some of the most exposed and vulnerable places, like sporting fields or median strips on busy roads. That protectiveness we see towards us is what protects their chicks from cats, dogs, foxes and other predators. Our cities would be barren places without such resilient species, so I see that resilience as something to be appreciated and admired rather than despised. I love watching the newly hatched chicks with their little Eraserhead hairstyles, exploring the world under their parents' constant attentiveness. And watching them develop until their sleek plumage renders them indistinguishable from their parents. Or listening to their staccato calls penetrating the night. Like many of our more familiar urban wildlife species, they are easy to take for granted. And the adults' Phantom-of-the-Opera masks are also pretty cool.
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    I've had plenty of bluebottle stings over the years, including receiving multiple stings one day in Maui. Usually it's a case of just suck up the pain and do whatever first aid is deemed most effective at the time. No big deal. Admittedly there was a warning sign on the beach that day in Maui, but I was really keen for a swim. I thought I would just chance a swim and if I got stung, I would just get out. Simple. I swam about 150 metres offshore without any incident and began relaxing into the idea of long swim. But of course, I then got stung. No problem, I'll just swim back in. I swear (and I certainly did at the time) that every single bluie I passed on the way out, had then cunningly assembled into a single line which was my exact prescribed route back to shore. Face, torso, arms, legs; I was covered in welts for days. Fast forward 25 years, all the time believing since Maui, I knew just how painful bluies could be. Earlier this year, I discovered I was mistaken. Swimming at Manly, I had covered nearly 4km before being hammered by bluebottles. Stingers wrapped around my left hand, right chest, armpit, upper arm and across shoulders and neck, also my lips, and crucially inside my mouth and around my tongue. I pulled off what I could, then swam the 200 metres to shore. Another swimmer helped remove the remaining tentacles, checking for any that I couldn't see (including peering into my mouth and me sticking out my tongue). I then went to the SLSC where I was able to take a hot shower. The pain worsened, rapidly accompanied by severe stomach cramps, dizziness, vertigo. I was crumpled on the floor of shower for about 15 minutes before friends took me to Manly Hospital. I was discharged several hours later after being given some antihistamines and doped up on Endone. While turtles eat bluebottles, I fail to see the attraction and steadfastly do not recommend it. Endone is so much tastier.
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    I was probably about 9 when I painfully learned that while you can safely pick up an adult bluetongue by the base of the tail, juveniles are far more flexible. As for children, there are some things that I'm too afraid to work with.
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    You know that rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail? I used to work with that rabbit. Well not me exactly. But someone else did in the Med building at Uni of NSW. But apparently I was the only one who was in the whole building game to go near it, so I would get a call to come down from where I worked a few floors above when it needed to be caught and restrained. As soon as its cage door was opened, it used to charge and try to bite anything that came near the door. Can't imagine what had happened to it to make it so ferocious.
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    I learned when I was 16 that a wombat bite feels like it's going right to the bone. Fortunately it didn't, but I've been sure never to let that happen again. And koalas. They hurt too. Don't worry about the beak when restraining an owl. Concentrate on the talons. It only takes a touch and they will slice flesh. Red panda cubs look so cute and are fun to play with, but their claws are like needles.
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    I can imagine. Goannas have teeth like razors. I met a reptile guy several decades ago who was bitten when removing a large lace monitor from someone's laundry. He only had 9 fingers.
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    Not so fast. I may be a contender.