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by The_Saint
2020-05-18 10:19pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2
Replies: 82
Views: 3387

Re: COVID-19 ongoing thread part 2

I'm not sure what's more likely, that he's cynically lying to convince his followers to take it, or that he's actually stupid enough to take his own snake oil. You forgot he thinks he's taking it but the White House physician is giving him sugar pills and telling him it's his snake oil. This is the...
by The_Saint
2020-05-18 12:28am
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Scifi SR-71
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: Scifi SR-71

RCS at the front makes a lot more sense and certainly space is more forgiving on cleanliness of hull. Thought, the vertical stabilisers would have a pretty weak structural join, not to mention a possible maintenance nightmare mounted directly over the engine nacelle, suggestion move the stabilisers ...
by The_Saint
2020-05-17 08:56pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?

If we truly want something to be "wild" and untouched we have to limit ourselves to only that direct influence that undoes whatever indirect influence we create. What if one doesn't care about wild and untouched and only draws the line at human survival? Then let's flatten the lot, concrete it over...
by The_Saint
2020-05-17 08:48pm
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Scifi SR-71
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: Scifi SR-71

I don't understand the seemingly random mix of streamlined and unstreamlined parts. I'm with Starglider here. To the naked untrained eye it looks pretty reasonable for layout but on closer inspection by the barely/half trained eye there's a lot of little problems. The forward fuselage chines show g...
by The_Saint
2020-05-17 06:45pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?

... Also, just as a broad question, at what point should be just let the ecosystem sort things out? The human-caused culling of biodiversity is only temporary and new species will rush in to fill any gaps we create. We don't objectively harm the ecosystem by our actions unless we damage it to the p...
by The_Saint
2020-05-17 03:29am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?
Replies: 13
Views: 618

Re: All the pretty horses and all the damage done: Culling Brumbies?

Should the camels also be culled aggressively as well? ... God yes. Bloody plague they are. There's been a couple of surveys that suggest the numbers of wild camels here are greater than those in the middle east. (I'm not 100% certain on the 'middle east geographic area' suggested in the studies, i...
by The_Saint
2020-04-24 12:58am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Some things I could use help with.
Replies: 6
Views: 2137

Re: Some things I could use help with.

I know it's an old thread (I was catching up with old news) but a great open source drawing program for tablet users is Krita.

I suggest it to a lot of the digital art students I work with and it has a high uptake.
by The_Saint
2020-04-21 11:29pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trump suspends all immigration by executive order.
Replies: 17
Views: 1650

Re: Trump suspends all immigration by executive order.

IMO Trump’s supporters are well aware that he is an idiot, they just don’t care. As far as they are concerned all they care about is whether or not he can defeat their enemies (aka all non-white-straight-Christians and anyone labelling themselves as a Democrat). If Trump has the burn the country do...
by The_Saint
2020-04-21 11:16pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Uncertainty about Kim Jong Un's health
Replies: 1
Views: 654

Re: Uncertainty about Kim Jong Un's health

How bad could it get if he dies in the middle of this pandemic ? Probably about evens with him dying without covid doing the rounds. If there's a reasonable* transition of power to a new head of state then there's a chance they might then use the covid situation to be a bit more open and collaborat...
by The_Saint
2020-04-18 02:19am
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Soundtrack covers
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: Soundtrack covers

Oh I forgot, there's always Two Steps From Hell... you'll recognise their music from almost every blockbuster trailer in the last 20 years.
by The_Saint
2020-04-18 02:06am
Forum: Artwork, Music and Photos
Topic: Soundtrack covers
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: Soundtrack covers

In no particular order off the top of my head for film and game soundtracks: Alina Gingertail << game music covers mostly Clamavi de Profundis << mostly Tolkein inspired music Taylor Davis << Like Lindsay Stirling but a smaller following 2Cellos << as the name says: 2 cellos The Piano Guys << piano ...
by The_Saint
2020-04-08 09:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Brexit and not very united kingdom politics II
Replies: 326
Views: 66293

Re: Brexit and not very united kingdom politics II

They were never going to make the end of the year even without the outbreak, with it's completely impossible. With the world shut down, really they have no alternative but to extend the transition period. If they're smart about it they'll just quietly extend while everyone's attention is elsewhere....
by The_Saint
2020-03-27 01:03am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Christchurch terrorist pleads guilty

Christchurch mosque attacks: Accused pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder and terrorism <snip> This is a surprise. But at least it skips the media circus of a trial. I wonder what made him change his plea now. Some combination of still wanting to be relevant and/or realising that the only poss...
by The_Saint
2020-03-20 09:49pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Waanyi leaders declare (economic) Independence
Replies: 3
Views: 2864

Re: Waanyi leaders declare (economic) Independence

Aside from most aboriginal/outback communities being relatively well placed for community isolation..... no. Something more important to the rest of Australia has been headlining the news for the time being.
by The_Saint
2020-03-16 12:57am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Boy Scouts of America file for bankruptcy following massive number of child sex abuse cases.
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: Boy Scouts of America file for bankruptcy following massive number of child sex abuse cases.

Bit late to the party and I hate to think this is a necro but it's not just the USA going through this. Several years ago in Australia a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse went through the dirty laundry of all major youth organisations, mostly churches but included w...
by The_Saint
2020-02-25 09:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The Impact of Different Forms of Firearms Control
Replies: 50
Views: 5602

Re: The Impact of Different Forms of Firearms Control

<snip> 1a) Would nations with strict firearms controls such as the UK, Australia , Canada, Germany, etc. benefit from an immediate switch to the enshrined rights of the US and the laws of it's least controlling state? Also, what downsides if any do you foresee because of this type of change? <snip>...
by The_Saint
2020-02-18 09:06pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia
Replies: 18
Views: 2972

Re: High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia

Given the complications you describe here and the fact that there are a fair number of people in the world with the will and resources to pay six figures for permanent residency in Australia I wonder how long it will be before someone is prosecuted for trying to buy or sell or pretending to sell Ab...
by The_Saint
2020-02-11 09:18pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.
Replies: 354
Views: 62079

Re: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.

[snip] 7. THE ABILITY TO DISCHARGE THROUGH FIRING ACTION ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ROUNDS: A. .450 BUSHMASTER; B. 5.56 MILLIMETER (INCLUDING THE 5.56X45 MILLIMETER NATO AND .223 REMINGTON); C. 7.62 MILLIMETER (INCLUDING THE 7.62X39 MILLIMETER, .308 WINCHESTER, 7.62 NATO, 7.62X51 MILLIMETER NATO, .30 CAR...
by The_Saint
2020-02-11 06:43pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia
Replies: 18
Views: 2972

Re: High Court rules Aboriginal people cannot be deported for criminal convictions, cannot be 'alien' to Australia

The catch (that of course types like Andrew Bolt and those who follow the likes of him) miss is that when the Australian commonwealth was created there was nothing written into the constitution regarding citizenship as this would contradict the British citizenship that (most/some/certain/non-Aborigi...
by The_Saint
2020-01-26 10:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The Royals
Replies: 11
Views: 2067

Re: The Royals

George married Mary Elizabeth and had two daughters: Elizabeth and Margaret. Wrong George - Mary was V's wife not VI's. Andrew was the first close-to-the-throne royal to be sent into a warzone in ... quite some time The previous example I'm aware of is Prince Albert (George VI) being present at the...
by The_Saint
2020-01-23 05:44am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The Royals
Replies: 11
Views: 2067

Re: The Royals

The Queen's annoyance I think stems from part of what I said in my earlier post. Her behaviour is modelled on her prior generations where you either 'put up' (24/7 royal) or 'shut up' (no requirement to do official things but also lose a lot of prestige and privlidges) ... eg the difference between ...
by The_Saint
2020-01-23 05:25am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.
Replies: 354
Views: 62079

Re: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.

Eh, you get used to it. The funny part is ... of all the things here that will actively try and kill you .... a firearm isn't useful against 99% and if you encounter the other 1% and aren't prior prepared you done fucked up and deserve whatever the velociraptor cassowary does to you. Really ... bush...
by The_Saint
2020-01-22 05:18am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.
Replies: 354
Views: 62079

Re: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.

Fair enough. It just seems odd when from my perspective... even when semi-automatic ownership was ... less restricted .... the common platform was the bolt action rifle, either an ex-service rifle (SMLE) or something like say a Winchester Model 70. It's like ... you all freak out at the amount of th...
by The_Saint
2020-01-22 04:42am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: The Royals
Replies: 11
Views: 2067

Re: The Royals

That's a big call considering your ruling family make the Kardashians look vaguely normal and that's based on the little I know of either. As a non-UK citizen who has Lizzie as head of state (Australia) my view is possibly a little different than our UK members but I can answer from my perspective. ...
by The_Saint
2020-01-21 09:34pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.
Replies: 354
Views: 62079

Re: Gun-advocates threaten civil war to protect their guns.

Just for kicks... as a non-american I'm not seeing any: sporting firearms (yes I know of 2-gun, 3-gun IPSC and the like but no biathlon? Olympic...... target firearms), no period firearms... oldest thing there looked to be an SKS ... where's the Garands, M1917's and anything blackpowder? It's like t...