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    DrWatson reacted to AJ Oliver in What is it with the media?   
    For Christmas, we donated to your wonderful DOC - least we can do. 
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    DrWatson reacted to Black Panther in UN latest climate outlook   
    I have no idea what cars cost.  I don't own one.
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    DrWatson got a reaction from 2flit in This Weekend's Achievements   
    Pogo 36
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    DrWatson reacted to Fish in Vendee Globe 2020   
    I wouldn't say 'bit the dust' just yet. He's just got a slight welsh onion. If he can fix that up, he'll be fine. Tack over and keep it out of the water in the first instance. Its a fair way to go until the front falls off...
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    DrWatson got a reaction from erice in New toy in Auckland...   
    FOB. Seen this weekend...

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    DrWatson got a reaction from erice in unpowered old punt   
    Single cable super common in Europe. There are four of these ferries across the river in Basel, nicely spaced between the bridges you you have additional options when on foot. I used to take this one abotu 3-4 times a week during the summers to get to the watering hole on the other side there where the steps are. A pop up bar each summer, 5 buck beers in the sun

     
     
    At first I thought the double cable might be for a river that runs both ways - don't laugh, there are many in the world, or at least over a tidal channel. 
     
    But here in Otago I think the second cable is a controlling cable only, and doesn't take any load per se, more to stop the thing getting completely broadside to the stream (for whatever or however that might occur?)
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from 2flit in This Weekend's Achievements   
    lastly a few pics of the boom tent in operation. And scenery.
     
     




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    DrWatson got a reaction from AJ Oliver in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    This kinda raises a huge "fake news conspiracy" flag for me...

    Also, many people seem to conflate socialism with Communism. It's the same as conflating global capitalism with fascism (Nazis). They're wildly different.

    Norway and Denmark are examples of states following a democratic Socialist approach - They're a far cry from DPRK and China. 
    Bernie Sanders would be a pretty normal sort of candidate in Western Europe... 
    But the fear imaginary communist bogeyman still runs deep in the psyche of the "free and fair American way"

    Still, it's not surprising in a country where likely half of grown adults actually think that angels are real...
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Fish in looking forward to biden   
    But I'm looking forward to reading about how he goes to jail after this. 
     
    And how he gets taken to the ICC..
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    DrWatson got a reaction from aardvarkash10 in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    This kinda raises a huge "fake news conspiracy" flag for me...

    Also, many people seem to conflate socialism with Communism. It's the same as conflating global capitalism with fascism (Nazis). They're wildly different.

    Norway and Denmark are examples of states following a democratic Socialist approach - They're a far cry from DPRK and China. 
    Bernie Sanders would be a pretty normal sort of candidate in Western Europe... 
    But the fear imaginary communist bogeyman still runs deep in the psyche of the "free and fair American way"

    Still, it's not surprising in a country where likely half of grown adults actually think that angels are real...
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from lateral in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    This kinda raises a huge "fake news conspiracy" flag for me...

    Also, many people seem to conflate socialism with Communism. It's the same as conflating global capitalism with fascism (Nazis). They're wildly different.

    Norway and Denmark are examples of states following a democratic Socialist approach - They're a far cry from DPRK and China. 
    Bernie Sanders would be a pretty normal sort of candidate in Western Europe... 
    But the fear imaginary communist bogeyman still runs deep in the psyche of the "free and fair American way"

    Still, it's not surprising in a country where likely half of grown adults actually think that angels are real...
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Black Panther in Corona virus statistics and reality   
    This kinda raises a huge "fake news conspiracy" flag for me...

    Also, many people seem to conflate socialism with Communism. It's the same as conflating global capitalism with fascism (Nazis). They're wildly different.

    Norway and Denmark are examples of states following a democratic Socialist approach - They're a far cry from DPRK and China. 
    Bernie Sanders would be a pretty normal sort of candidate in Western Europe... 
    But the fear imaginary communist bogeyman still runs deep in the psyche of the "free and fair American way"

    Still, it's not surprising in a country where likely half of grown adults actually think that angels are real...
     
     
     
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    DrWatson reacted to Black Panther in looking forward to biden   
    I look forward to not reading about trump anymore. 
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    DrWatson reacted to syohana in Corten Steel sheets   
    I've heard of rod rigging but steel sheets sound a bit heavy. How do you get them around the winch?
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    DrWatson got a reaction from bazzathemammoth in Judith Collins: "Obesity is a personal choice"   
    Personal choice.  This is about more than just obesity. This hits at health measures to curb obesity, it means they consider drug addiction also a personal choice, it puts the blame for poverty firmly on those in poverty. It appeals to National's core voters who are, to be honest, often out of touch with reality. The first cry i hear from the right is that "they should have thought a bit more before having kids" which is not only post fact, but verging on invasion of privacy at the least, and at the worst on a level of authoritarian interference in private lives that we as a society should roundly shun. People in poverty have poorer access to reproductive health - so you gonna tell them not to have sex? Often, religious groups (including those on the far right) champion the policy of having more kids, and catholics are not supposed to use birth control. 
    Like poverty is a personal choice also?
    I propose an exercise. Draw up a realistic budget for a family of six, including two teenagers. Mum n Dad working minimum wage. Living and working in Auckland, Include rent, transport, clothing, food, electricity and all the other things. Make some assumptions about where the family lives, and where the parents work. Also consider things like no freezer, because there's nowhere to put one / no money to buy one. etc.
    Now show me how they can get enough calories without buying low quality processed food. Remember, fruit and veggies are low on calories compared to potato chips. 
    And show me how they can spend enough quality time with their kids. 
    I'm serious.
    I challenged someone to this about a year ago, and their answer was that mum should be working 60h a week and Dad 80h... They were serious, they thought that that was a legitimate answer - not sure who was supposed to look after the kids... or when the parents were supposed to sleep. 
     
    Here are some numbers to get you started. You guys can fill in the rest.
    He's a construction labourer getting $25/h, 40h a week. 790.33 a week after PAYE and kiwisaver.
    She's an office cleaner working 30h a week on minimum, 18.90 an hour. 471.73 a week as above. 
           So he's driving to Long Bay everyday to work on houses being built there: 80km a day, 400km week
           She's driving to the city 40km a day, 200km a week. Their schedules don't allow them to share a vehicle - or evenings.
     
    Rent: 580 a week in Manurewa
    640 left ---
    Cars and petrol ?? let's say an old corolla ('95, 6.5L per 100km - 30 bucks a week) and a hiace van (mid 90s diesel, 8.6l/100km, $42+$30.4RUC). 540 left. Maintenance? Depreciation?
    Electricity ?? 23kWh per day at 28c per unit + daily connection (30c) = 47 per week. 493 left... 
    Phone/s?
    Insurance?
    Clothes ?
    School stuff?
    Shoes?
    Dental?
    Food and toiletries and cleaning stuff...
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Zozza in looking forward to biden   
    If you didn’t  lock down in Nz, you’d have a case load of probably 100s of thousands, ICUs would be over full. And more than 2-5% of cases would die. But worse, everyone else who needs ICU to survive an event/ a car accident, a heart attack, a Stroke a whatever  - would not get that icu treatment and they’d likely die. 
     
     
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Black Panther in looking forward to biden   
    But JA didn't allow children to be locked in cages separated from their parents for crossing a border as genuine migrants, and then lose their details so they can't be reunited with their parents. 
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    DrWatson reacted to Fish in looking forward to biden   
    Far better to not state any goals at all and not really bother trying to do anything accept feather your own nest, like the last govt. Key, wouldn't admit there was a housing problem... Labour, admit there is a housing problem and get roasted for not fixing it overnight.
    Double standard, much?
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    DrWatson got a reaction from lateral in Looking for a Gori prop blade 16x12 RH   
    Might be wrong but I think the boat B00B00 sailed to NZ was always planned to be imported and sold when they got here. I don’t think his choice is necessarily anything to do with euro vs Nz production. Pretty sure if there was a pogo 12.50 at the right price he’d be all over it like a virus at a GOP convention. 
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    DrWatson got a reaction from Bad Kitty in Looking for a Gori prop blade 16x12 RH   
    Might be wrong but I think the boat B00B00 sailed to NZ was always planned to be imported and sold when they got here. I don’t think his choice is necessarily anything to do with euro vs Nz production. Pretty sure if there was a pogo 12.50 at the right price he’d be all over it like a virus at a GOP convention. 
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    DrWatson reacted to B00B00 in Looking for a Gori prop blade 16x12 RH   
    Fogg, I brought the Ross 1066 Margaritaville. Got to sell the SR26 if anyone is keen!
     

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    DrWatson reacted to Fish in Coastal 2020   
    I personally think media / social media coverage is a nice to have in a yacht race. It is not important to me as a competitor. The trackers are handy, and easy, though. I go racing for the challenge and adventure, not to get my photo on Facebook. Understand there are different drivers for coverage though, mainly ROI for sponsors.
    I def would not advocate changing the date the race is run. The Coastal is a Labour weekend icon, and generally scene as the opening event of the summer racing calendar.
    The issue for me is the cut off time. Moving the slower boats start time earlier would be a pragmatic way to go.
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    DrWatson got a reaction from 2flit in Coastal 2020   
    That’s cool and I’m glad it was enjoyable. But I’d also like to hear from some of the 85% of boats (some +140 crews) who didn’t make it into either the media feeds or the race cutoff. 
     
    Remembering of course that all their entry fees contributed considerably to the financial cost of running the race and hosting the party - probably 25k or so?
     
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    DrWatson reacted to Fish in Coastal 2020   
    Again I'd like to highlight the comments about how good the party was.
    Is the Coastal Classic a yacht race or a party?
    The quality of the racing is being substantially degraded to enable a better party.
    The event starts on the Friday of a long weekend. It is possible to have a substantially later cut off time and still get Auckland boats back home in time for work on Tuesday.
    The Coastal has become a completely binary race with one set of weather conditions to be considered a good race (SW 25-35). There are so many elements and nuances of yacht racing, especially overnight / distances races that can come into play, if the race wasn't artificially constrained by the early cut off time.
    I started distance racing in the UK with the JOG and RORC channel racing. No organised parties, the party started when all the crews got in, and opened the rum. Whenever that was. But there was such a diverse range of conditions and experiences. Sneaking into Cherbourge in a sea fog with a light house loom, the green flash at sunset mid channel, stonking kite runs down channel with the wind up our chuff, concentrating hard and drifting across a calm painted ocean to catch the tide into St Peter port, upwind beats, big seas, calm seas. Trying to beat around tidal gates (similar to getting around Cape Brett).
    Now the Coastal is limited to SW 25, and a certain type of boat. It is excluding large numbers of existing boats. Contrast to the SSANZ series, who are enabling a very wide range of boats to compete, and finish. Numbers are going through the roof. And they still manage a social side / party as well.
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    DrWatson reacted to SloopJohnB in +ve Burnsco Gulf Harbour   
    AJO look what is in my workshop.
     
    A 1:24 scale radio controlled version of her, complete with twin drives with feathering propellers.

    Even the steering wheel works.

    The rigging is fun there will be 170 metres of running rigging heres the test rig to sort out the sheeting systems.

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