Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...
Most road signage in Western Australia is designed as target practice for the next hoon hanging out the passenger side window with a 12-gauge.
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My parents' cars were LNG070 and IOZ782. They upgraded in 1983 when I was 6 and I can still remember them.
As a Victorian, number plates have been letter-letter-letter-number-number-number since the 1950s, and they changed to number-letter-letter number-letter-letter about 5 years ago. Unless, of course, you choose your own. So if you get it wrong, you get it wrong by choice and not by chance.
Should have imported your senate model from much further south, then.
Australian senators are elected from each of the states by proportional representation, six (sometimes twelve, it gets silly, don't ask...) of them elected each time around, for twice as long as the ones in the green house. Anyone who can muster about 15% of one state gets a seat.
Practical upshot is that it's exceedingly rare for any of the two dominant groupings to get an absolute majority, and compromise becomes a necessity. Sometimes it's with centrists, sometimes with fringe nut-jobs (witness the Motoring Enthusiasts Party), but unless an idea has consensus appeal, it's likely to be voted down.
Listening to leaders of a megalomaniac tendency (e.g. the one with the Italian suits, or the one with the eyebrows) rail against brutal reality has at least the entertainment value of watching a toddler throwing rubber toys out of the playpen, and for much the same reason.
His Orangeness was impeached for bringing influence to bear on Ukraine in 2018 to make it appear as if Joe Biden was linked to allegedly corrupt activities.
Allegations of back channel communications between Russia and Trump Tower during the 2016 election campaign have never been tested in court. This might have something to do with the effects investigating those events might have on the employment prospects of certain DoJ officials.
Whether soliciting foreign aid to influence the result of a democratic process in one's own country is treason is therefore left as an exercise for the voter.
Recently made the journey from Singapore to Penang by rail. All of the stations were purely functional modern architecture except Kuala Lumpur. While the main KL Sentral was a cavernous concrete and steel multi level thing, the original Kuala Lumpur station, I think Edwardian vintage, is a fascinating pseudo-Indian Mughal architecture, combined with the KTMB (Malaysian Railways) headquarters across the road, quite astonishing.
First there was Dial-A-Prayer, then Dial-A-Recipe, and even Dial-A-Footballer.
But the south-east Victorian town of Sale has produced one to top them all.
It all began early yesterday when Sale police received a telephone call: "You won't believe this, and I'm not drunk, but there's a wombat in the phone booth outside the town hall," the caller said.
Not firmly convinced about the caller's claim to sobriety, members of the constabulary drove to the scene, expecting to pick up a drunk.
But there it was, an annoyed wombat, trapped in a telephone booth.
The wombat, determined not to be had the better of again, threw its bulk into the fray. It was eventually lassoed and released in a nearby scrub.
Then the officers received another message ... another wombat in another phone booth.
There it was: *Another* angry wombat trapped in a telephone booth.
The constables took the miffed marsupial into temporary custody and released it, too, in the scrub.
But on their way back to the station they happened to pass another telephone booth, and -- you guessed it -- another imprisoned wombat.
After some serious detective work, the lads in blue found a suspect, and after questioning, released him to be charged on summons.
Their problem ... they cannot find a law against placing wombats in telephone booths.
-- "Newcastle Morning Herald", NSW Australia, Aug 1980.
-a bus commute home is a very big exception
-who have your students been near today?
-who has your wife been near today?
Some people (such as essential service workers) still have a normal work day's exposure to a random selection of our community even with a lockdown in force. Can you tell me who on your bus is a nurse? An ambo? The bloke who cleans the public toilet? If we could predict modes of transmission we would not have gotten into this mess in the first place. Meanwhile, we need data.
Speaking as a front-line health care worker who does know what the app claims to do and how it claims to do it, I'm prepared to recognise its imperfections and say to everyone in this country who can: download it. Use it.
Australia is tantalisingly close to completely suppressing this thing. Yes, the epidemiology that the app is based on is probabilistic, but, guess what: transmission of the virus is probabilistic over a population.
And if, $deity forbid, clusters start popping up again, then we need to put data into the hands of public health physicians quickly. Contact tracing stops small clusters becoming big ones. That is the sole function of the app.
Capacitance range: 32 to 200 uF.
Rated Energy:150 to 500 Joules.
Dissipation factor 120 Hz: 2.5X10-3.
Rated voltage: 1800 to 6000 VDC.
Test Voltage : Between terminals: 110% rated DC voltage for 10 seconds. Terminal to case: Up to 10 KVDC.
Typical operating life: 2000 to 10,000 Cycles.
Temperature range: -40°C to 65°C.
I've worked with these for 20 years and never seen or heard of one exploding. Suddenly I feel very glad of that. I suppose to overload one of those to the point of detonation takes more than one wall socket.
Then imagine the fun you can have, being a citizen of a non-EU non-Schengen country whose government had in place visa waiver agreements with most Western European countries before Schengen came into force. These agreements are still in force. The Schengen countries are obliged to respect them, regardless of the 90/180 limitations and regardless of time already spent in other Schengen countries. And there's a convenient chain of nations, from Scandinavia down to Spain, every one of which says they'll grant you a 60-90 day visa on arrival.
If you can prove you were legally in each one of that chain of countries, and in the country you're in at the moment, it's possible for such a non-EU citizen to stay in the Schengen area for nearly two and a half years. Legally. Visit the UK somewhere in there, however briefly, and with the right timing you can reset the clock entirely.
And then try explaining that to the NESB plod who asks to see your passport.
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