Open House

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  1. Darin says:

    Voyage of the Draken Harald-

    • KG says:

      Hmmm…described as a “storm” but it looks entirely ordinary to me. Any well-found sailboat would handle those conditions with ease.

      • Darin says:

        That was early on,later in the evening they snapped the main mast-

        I thought it was neat,crossing the North Atlantic in a Viking ship even now is not a trip I would want to make :lol:

        • KG says:

          Ah..I see.
          I think they’re among the most beautiful ships ever built. There’s one in a Swedish museum which is absolutely stunning in the way it’s displayed. I’ll see if I can find the pic again.

          • KG says:

            OOPS! sorry about the size. :( I’ll remove it if you wish.

            • Darin says:

              The size is fine and yes that is a masterpiece.
              I attended a day class on Lapstrake construction once and I was amazed at just how much weight those boats could carry.The instructor made the statement that the Lapstrake boats were the spaceships of their day,given the builders took the materials of their time and pushed them to the absolute thin edge.

  2. KG says:

 By Dr Muriel Newman
    ‘..The new Food Act, which came into force last year, was introduced in response to what the Government claimed was the massive cost to New Zealand of food borne illness. However, closer scrutiny of the data used to justify the wholesale regulation of the food sector, shows the figures were unreliable.
    While the claimed economic impact of six food borne illnesses was said to be $162 million a year, medical care only cost $6 million. The balance was made up of inflated estimates of the cost of regulation, compliance, lost work output, and lost quality of life.
    In other words, by grossly inflating the ‘cost’ of food borne illness from $6 million to $162 million, the Government justified the bureaucratic regulation of the whole food industry….’
    The figures weren’t merely “unreliable” – they were a bloody lie produced by parasites seeking to extend their fiefdoms. 

    • Ronbo says:

      ….Also, to get more control over the population – He who controls the food supply controls the population.

    • mawm says:

      I’m sure that the Monday morning diarrhoea excuse and not turning up to work is counted in that cost. In my old job there were a huge number of trainees who had this infliction regularly, the seniors never seemed to suffer from it!

  3. Darin says:

    Does anybody understand what never Trump republicans are trying to achieve?-

    Good article,but it should be clear by now what they are trying to achieve.They are trying to undermine and remove from office the president of the United States because they are traitors and the enemy of the people.Simple as that.

  4. Darin says:

    Major Karl Plagge-A righteous man-

    “During the summer of 1941 the Nazis murdered over
    50,000 Jews in the area, so it was going on all around him,” said Dr Good. “He felt he had helped create this monster and that it was his duty to try to help these imperilled Jews.”

    When word reached Plagge of the impending liquidation of the Vilnius ghetto, he swiftly set up the motor repair works for army vehicles on Subocz Street and shepherded in about 1,000 Jews. Some of the men were genuine workers, but Plagge also took in hairdressers, academics, kitchen staff and the elderly. He told the SS they were all skilled mechanics.

    He also insisted that the men be allowed to bring their wives and children, saying it would be good for morale and pro duction. In time, they too were certified as essential workers.

    Dr Good tracked down survivors and documents to put together a case for Yad Vashem to recognise Plagge’s heroism.

  5. Jamie says:

    History Week – Parallels


    [Well worth the watch]

    Major Craig Wilson yesterday thanked the public, New Zealand troops and other Defence Force staff for their support following the attack that killed soldiers Lance Corporal Pralli Durrer and Lance Corporal Rory Malone in Bamiyan on August 4.


    Been watching the BBC Empire Warriors series. Golly good. Probably old hat for the Crusaders. Some of the choice quotes….

    Lt Col Colin ‘Mad Mitch’ Mitchell and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders:

    “We’re a very mean lot, I mean ahh, we’re very fair, but if any of ’em cause any trouble they’ll just get their heads blown off”

    “You want chaps who are absolute world class fighting animals”

    Highlander: “As soon as Mad Mitch says go, we’re all banging”

    Highlander: “The pipers played ’em over the line, and it was a great thing to hear. The pipes have always been used for the Scotsman to go into action, it was to curdle his blood. It was the pride of Scotland”

    Trooper: “Mad Mitch marched in, unannounced to everybody including the rest of the army [laughs] we all loved him for it really, but it wasn’t the – he shouldn’t of done it but. There’s a bit of a rouge in us all.”

    “The secret to understanding Col Mitchell is that he was truly a man out of his time”

    • KG says: Oh yes! A man of a better time than now.
      Scotland is now one of the most PC, de-balled countries on earth. :(

  6. Ronbo says:

    Meanwhile, in the formerly Free Republic And Home of The Brave, the 24/7 Media coverage of Hurricane Harvey has seriously derailed the latest Media-Democrat Party putsch against President Trump:

    …and as of last report Trump is still PUSA and starting his 9th month in office. He still maintains the support of his voter base of about 50% of the population – and the approval of Congress reaches a new low of about 19% approval.

  7. KG says:

    Aussie commonsense, which is almost a radical position nowadays:

  8. Contempt says:

    Seriously. A woman sitting next to me said our eclipse scared her because of the cross? it made over America. Then she expressed her fear of leadership (Trump) who was insane and she was applying for a passport this week and moving somewhere. Africa? Choose a country. Europe? Choose one of them. Canada? They wouldn’t take her. She represents a small percentage in these parts – scared. Shitless. WTF. When the God damn America Americans came in to fundamentally transform America the idea scared me but mainly I had great contempt for them. Still do.

    Go on a rant President Trump. Tweet your ass off. Hell I agree. So very thankful for tweets and social media and rallys. Got your back.

    • KG says:

      Don’t you dare export any of those idiots Down Under, Contempt. We’ve enough of our own. :mrgreen:

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  9. KG says:

    ‘The Coming Age of Magic
    …This idea we should be protected from our own choices may have taken deeper root than commonly realized. The right of everyone to be stupid AND avoid the consequences has become mainstreamed as the equality of outcomes.  Liberation from causality is the cornerstone of “compassion”, consequently it is the fundamental positive right offered by all paternalistic states.
    It is also a perfect definition of magic….’

    and a fascinating (unrelated) read:
    ‘The Checklist
    If something so simple can transform intensive care, what else can it do?’

    • mawm says:

      Like the much lauded “surgical checklist” anything that reminds people to do what their job is helps. The problem is that some people think that they are above the “checklist” – like surgeons! It was introduced in our theatres and the only people present for the “checklist” were nursing staff packing out and counting instruments, etc. and anaesthetist doing the induction – a busy time requiring attention to patient only. The surgeons were too busy to be there but the checklist was done never the less – usually read out in mangled english by the most junior nurse.

      • KG says:

        “too busy”? I assumed surgeons would be among the biggest supporters of checklists. Checklists might help reduce their insurance costs in the medium/long term, surely? And busy, tired people need checklists more than anybody.

        • mawm says:

          It means they have to get into theatre before the patient is anaesthetised and then sit around and wait until the nurses have cleaned and draped. Too busy…

          • KG says:

            :mrgreen: Mine was too busy discussing the intricacies of gliding with me to notice. By then everybody seemed to be waiting for him.

  10. mawm says:

    This is not going to end well ……. for Camping World. Like the majority of their clients are spoilt overpaid Hollywood actors, East Coast University professors, out of work protestors.

    I picked it up on The Donald reddit last night where many of the commenters were canceling RV orders, urging others to shop at “mom and pops” for ammo and camping gear, etc. I wouldn’t buy shares in Camping World at this time!

    • Michael in Nelson says:

      ‘The money collected to go to councils and iwi to improve waterways’ I’m sure they will, after they take the majority for ‘administration costs’!

  11. KG says:

    :shock: WTF????????????????????
    Broken thermometer leaves mercury hazard
    An antique thermometer at a Melbourne auction house has broken, with a specialist hazmat crew and scientist called in to remove the potentially deadly substance.
    The incident occurred at a South Yarra auction house about midday on Monday, with only small “but dangerous” amount of mercury spilt, an Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.
    No one was injured.’ Nothing left to be said, is there?
    The other evening a mercury bulb directly above me exploded while I was fixing a computer, showering the table, computer and my head with shrapnel. I’m no tough guy, but the only reaction was no reaction..finish the job then get up and sweep up the mess.
    Have people really become such limp-wristed gibbering softies that they can’t clean up a little mercury? Or is this yet another example of bureaucratic fascism?
    Don’t all answer at once….

  12. KG says:

    sigh….the beast that will not die. So the NZ Herald gives it a headline, natch. Gotta please the ignorant and foolish or they might go elsewhere for their daily fix of gossip and propaganda:
    ‘Sexism driving gender pay gap – study’

  13. mawm says:

    Here you go – One for KG…..

    Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

    This is an observational study of nearly 20 000 participants who were followed up for an average of 10 years.

    “During the ten year period, 337 participants died. The researchers found that participants who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed coffee (adjusted HR, 0.36; 95% CI, 0.19-0.70). There was a 22% lower risk of all-cause mortality for each two additional cups of coffee per day (adjusted HR, 0.78; 95% CI, 0.66-0.92).”

  14. mawm says:

    Hmm….. Another one for KG

    In another observational study, the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, on 135 000 adults in 18 different countries with vastly differing diets, who were followed for 7 years –

    “those with the highest intake of dietary fat (35 percent of daily calories) were 23 percent less likely to have died during the study period than those with the lowest fat intake (10 percent of calories). The rates of various cardiovascular diseases were essentially the same across fat intake, while strokes were less common among those with a high fat intake.

    …..the findings for carbohydrate intake went in the opposite direction. PURE participants with the highest carbohydrate intake (77 percent of daily calories) were 28 percent more likely to have died than those with the lowest carbohydrate intake (46 percent of calories).”

    I think you need to put in more coffee with that sugar you are drinking.

    • KG says:

      Interesting study, that. Thanks. Now we’ll wait for the study that contradicts it. :)

      I’ll double the strength of the coffee, give up the French loaves and just eat the salted butter.

      • mawm says:

        Different strokes for different folks – a lot depends on whether or not you are insulin resistant. Tall thin guys without any intra abdominal fat (a gut) are usually fine. The interesting thing in the above is that there is no difference in cardiovascular disease between the groups because high blood sugar causes an inflammatory response which supposedly causes atheromatous plaques in the coronary vessels which will increase your risk of ischaemic heart disease.

        • Darin says:

          My eldest cousin is a Nephrologist,he was telling me awhile back that there is great evidence that fat build up in and around the Pancreas and Liver is the determining factor in about 80% of type II Diabetes cases and by extension probably a fair number of Vascular disease cases.It also helps explain why not everyone with type II is overweight.
          Myself I blame Corn Sweetener which is in everything over here as the possible culprit,that and high levels of stress.

  15. Jamie says:


    Word of the day


    – A public show of respect or honour towards someone or something (esp in the phrases pay or do homage to)

    (In feudal society)

    – The act of respect and allegiance made by a vassal to his lord

    verb (transitive)

    Archaic or poetic – To render homage to

    See also fealty

    Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers