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  1. Is it just me but listen to the opening 15 or so seconds of Wave and the redemption song above ...
  2. That way way back in Gouth Withlam's time and the mistake made was also made by the NSW Gov at the time in the Bathurst / Orange was they are inland... as a people we like to live on the coast line and generally speaking our coast lines get more rain than inland... Just saying if they moved say 50K, public service positions to at random, Grafton, Newcastle and Gosford or similar sized regional coastal centres and we took decentralisation more seriously it would improve the quality of life for both big city folk and regional centre folk... An example the ATO moved just under 900 jobs to Gosford, many where locals travelling to Sydney each day... the effect has been huge in Gosford and Main Street [Main Street is a long street that the Gosford CBD is located on] pre ATO was lifeless, soulless, and crap... today its changing and has some hip little places ...
  3. Tommy comes home from school and sits down to dinner and says to his mum "I have the biggest dick in year 1 - why is that mum?" Mum smacks him round the ears and says "Because you are 28 you f**king imbecile now try not to slop your dinner down your Jets shirt"
  4. Erimus, Carns, Goat, I am not trained in anything outside business, accounting & tax....but I read widely ....and share if you want to read past this point, what I recall some years back reading about an Italian study into anxiety. Essentially what it said was excise and being involved in a sport in a team environment turned around lots of lives... there is something to do with excise and how the chemicals in your body react and put that into a structure and mostly a caring structure according to this study was hugely beneficial. The sport was Football coming from Italy but the article indicated any sport. My personal experience when I played in the over 35's for 31 odd years and may go back to the over 45's this year, is many people get a lot off there chest after a game, standing or sitting around having a couple of beers... and I was always amazed when a team felt a player was struggling how those around simply tried to help... As new parents, especially as the Dad its quite hard and if you are in say an over 35 team with other Dads tis amazing how shared experiences and words to the wise help a lot...
  5. Beyond interesting and well worth a listen ... nay ... should almost be a must listen...
  6. Midfielder

    Music Thread 3

    Good Blues playlist if you listen in youtube...
  7. Good read and me thinks much of what is said could apply to Australia. https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/brexit-is-a-futile-tragedy-that-will-be-reversed-in-a-few-years-20190811-p52g15.html Brexit represents the catastrophic failure caused by Britain's "unwritten constitution" and a radically unbalanced and unequal federal arrangement (the "union" of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). While the government and Parliament restrained themselves within the conventions, an appearance of normality was sustained. But when factions on the far wings, right and left, of the main political parties saw an opportunity to seize the agenda on the UK's relations with the rest of Europe, they did – especially on the right. This was the Brexit referendum offered by then prime minister David Cameron to quieten – as he thought – the far right wing of his Conservative Party. iDespite all the noise and dust, there is no majority for Brexit in the UK. In the referendum the Brexit vote was 37 per cent of the total electorate – 26 per cent of the population – which, by the way the figures for votes cast on the day fell out, gave a 51.89 per cent “win” for Brexit. (Note that had this been the proportion of the total electorate it would still not be enough to trigger vast constitutional change in most civilised states in the world. There are scarcely any where a simple majority, let alone a small one, would permit this: for such a change, a supermajority would be required, of 60 per cent or 66 per cent either of votes cast or the entire electorate. Almost 5 million people were excluded from the franchise. This included 16 and 17-year-olds, expatriate British citizens who had lived abroad for more than a certain number of years, and EU citizens resident in the UK and paying their taxes there. Almost all of these groups – as we know from polling – would have voted for Remain, giving a pro-EU majority in excess of 54 to 55 per cent. Moreover, the Leave campaign committed electoral fraud, was prosecuted for it, and has since had to pay fines and costs of almost $500,000. A High Court judge said that if the referendum had not been “advisory only” it would have had to be voided because of these crimes. Note that Theresa May lost her parliamentary majority in a general election in 2017 trying to get a mandate for Brexit. What is happening now, with Boris Johnson as the “dead cat” (distraction operation) Prime Minister, is a desperate last effort by the Brexiters to drag the UK out of the EU. The three years since the referendum have shown a) the extremely serious economic impact of leaving the EU and b) the strength of feeling in the majority of the populace for remaining in the EU. The Brexiters’ endeavour to use the spurious “mandate” of the referendum to get the UK out has run through three prime ministers, three governments, and a lost election so far; they know if they can’t do it now they never will. It’s their last chance; demographics and history are strongly against them. Regarding the right: in January 2020 new EU laws come into force stopping EU citizens from holding funds in offshore tax havens. The backers of Brexit are high net worth interests with billions offshore. Regarding the left: the old unreconstructed 1960s left (than which there is nothing more conservative ... the dull-witted Corbyn et al) sees the EU as a capitalist conspiracy. If any form of Brexit happens, it will not last. It will be reversed in a matter of a few years at most. Sheer demographics guarantee it: the under-50s in the UK are strong Europeans. So Brexit is futile – but hugely damaging. It is an unforgivable constitutional debacle. But it shows the way to very necessary reform in the politics and constitution of the UK. The underlying weakness of the “Westminster Model” of parliamentary democracy is a danger to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, and nearly 50 other ex-British Empire countries around the world. The UK is the first to fall apart because it hasn’t papered over the cracks with some constitutional adjustments, as in Australia and elsewhere. A C Grayling is a British philosopher, author and commentator. His forthcoming book, The Good State, explores the weakness of the Westminster model and its danger to former British colonies and will be published by Oneworld in February.
  8. RE published in the OZ from a Wall Street Journal Article.... Please please please read, share, and sent to people.... https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/world-switches-on-to-batteries/news-story/c8001f93f60619e724a88c4afd868a83 A global wave of investment in high-capacity batteries is poised to transform the market for renewable energy in coming years, making it more practical and affordable to store wind and solar power and deploy it when needed. Government-owned utilities and companies are buying batteries that can be larger than shipping containers. Some like Tesla’s new utility-scale battery can hold enough energy to power every home in San Francisco for six hours. Battery makers also are working on more advanced models that will hold more power and last longer. In the US, the Silicon Valley-based firm introduced its new battery technology called Megapack last month that Pacific Gas & Electric plans to use in California. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is developing high-capacity batteries for a 1000-megawatt venture in Utah that it touts as the world’s largest renewable-energy storage project. In the UK, ScottishPower is spending $US7.2 billion on renewable energy, grid upgrades and battery storage between 2018 and 2022. The utility owns Scotland’s largest electricity network and operates in Europe’s windiest region, and generates all its power from renewable sources after selling its last fossil fuel assets in January. China’s goal is to increase the use of renewable energy and batteries by 2030 as part of a massive national energy overhaul aimed at helping to reduce the use of polluting coal-fired power plants. And the World Bank Group has set aside $US1 billion to invest in battery projects, including one of the world’s largest mixed solar, wind and storage power plants in India and a battery project in South Africa anticipated to be the largest of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. “We certainly feel a momentum in the market for batteries,” said Riccardo Puliti, global director for energy at the World Bank. High-capacity batteries have previously been too expensive for most energy providers to invest in, which has slowed the growth of renewable power, according to analysts. “The lack of cheap and readily available energy storage has been one of the impediments for wider adoption of renewables,” said Ravi Manghani, director for energy storage at consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. But storage-battery prices have dropped nearly 40 per cent since 2015, according to Wood Mackenzie data. The prices of lithium and vanadium -- two of several key raw materials that are used in such batteries -- also have declined over the past year or so. The batteries have the potential to solve problems that have hampered the adoption of wind and solar power. The reliability of those sources can vary when the wind is calm or the sky is cloudy, and some of the power can go to waste if there is no effective means to store it. Such problems have left renewable energy vulnerable to criticism. “When the wind stops blowing, that’s the end of your electric,” President Donald Trump said in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference. With high-capacity batteries, utilities can store energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels and then provide it to customers when weather conditions are less than ideal or during periods of high demand. Some batteries are the size of a refrigerator, while others are far larger, and utilities generally deploy several at a time. There are several competing battery technologies. Lithium batteries are less expensive and the most widely produced, but vanadium-based batteries have a longer lifespan and can hold more power. Utilities around the globe deployed a record 6.1 gigawatt hours of energy-storage capacity in 2018, enough to power about 50,000 households for a day, according to Wood Mackenzie. That is relatively small, but spending on high-capacity batteries is set to grow sixfold to $US71 billion by 2024, according to Wood Mackenzie. In California, Tesla and other firms are delivering batteries that will replace three ageing gas plants. The storage solutions will provide power to the grid during periods of high demand. China is already a major user of high-capacity batteries. China and South Korea deployed more than 40 per cent of the new gigawatt hours put into service worldwide for stationary energy storage solutions last year, according to the market intelligence firm IDTechEx. Meanwhile, the World Bank’s battery program is aimed at providing power to the more than 800 million people worldwide particularly in parts of Asia and Africa that don’t have access to electricity. The bank expects to raise an additional $US4 billion in private funding to drive ventures such as the partnership with South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom to develop a 1.44 gigawatt-hour battery. ScottishPower’s investment in batteries is intended to help prevent some of the wind power it generates from going to waste and to help balance the electricity supply on the grid. Scotland produces more wind energy than it can use, and it currently sends excess production to other parts of the UK, but some of that energy is lost because of the lack of storage capacity, according to the utility ScottishPower. “Our vision for the future of energy has storage at its core,” ScottishPower Chief Executive Keith Anderson said. Wall Street Journal
  9. Every major war in the last 500 years has been started in result to trade .... this trade war between the US & China is not good news...
  10. Midfielder

    Music Thread 3

    You may enjoy it this is a link it shows only really the kitchen and dinning room, but it has a 400 seat capacity auditorium .... It is a weird place, I have done some work for them .... but has an unbelievably friendly air about it was opened in 1979 and still going ... https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x6b72b35661ccaab1%3A0xadc97f3e33df593e!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipP2yxhwSW2gEPNqRf1BPbHcVfQR2RmoynXbGlk2%3Dw355-h200-k-no!5settalong 50 - Google Search&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipMZ82565Oc2GV_8_mNOWuZ5bpo0DFSTfdu9cAeG&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjg9M6YgvHjAhWHXisKHcOuAlYQoiowE3oECAoQBg
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    Music Thread 3

    At Ettalong we actually have an over say 55 club... younger can go but the crowd tend to keep them away... should be more of them many senior folk go there its cheap has reasonable facilities largely run by volunteers ... heaps of sports and actives... it sits in a reasonable size building and aside from sport & rec cards etc... runs plays, hosts events like birthday parties etc.. Check it out... as I said should be a lot more of them ... especially in Western Sydney rather than let people rot in their caves... https://www.seniorsnews.com.au/topic/ettalong-50+-leisure-and-learning-centre/
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    Music Thread 3

    From the volt lovely sing along ....
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