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  1. Vegans are sure to be impressed with this lawsuit and the coverage its getting. With the start of spring and us coming into BBQing season, this kind of coverage is sure to endear vegans even further throughout backyards across the country. I admire the chutzpah of any judge that tries to start banning BBQs in Australian backyards. I can hear Sam Kekovich already. The Victorian government has joined Tas, SA, NT and ACT in allowing self identification of sex on birth certificates. I hope there will be pressure on the remaining states to follow suit. Not to mention bringing the law into line with current cultural norms, I know in Queensland the ALP government is desperately looking for a distraction to take the spotlight off the deputy premier who i think has her days numbered. I figure it will also be welcomed in NSW by those wishing to do STEM courses at the University of Technology Sydney. Women applying for these courses (traditionally dominated by men) will be awarded additional points to their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
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    Japan Travel Suggestions

    @Mexal The rugby world cup finishes at the start of November so there are probably a few tourists hanging around after that. I didn’t think summer was too bad although I live in Brisbane which has similar humidity. I know others felt it oppressive. I lived in Kanagawa and Tokyo for 5 years about 2 decades ago, so I won’t mention specific shops/restaurants as I think they’ll be closed. I travelled through a lot of Japan. Kyoto is beautiful, the skiing in Niigata is good, as are the onsen. I cannot recommend Hiroshima enough, not only is the peace park, etc. done well but there’s that shrine out in the water you’ll need to get a boat out to. Okinawa is great although you’d have to fly. Most of my time was spent in Tokyo. You can spend your time exploring every stop on the Yamanote line and by the time you get the whole way around, things have changed enough to do it again. Depending on what you like, I’m sure you’ll find something. Akihabara has electronic goods. Shibuya and Shinjuku have good shopping, as do many other stops. I always thought the ramen in shinjuku was excellent but Shibuya has that iconic crossing at Hatchiko square. Hatchiko’s story is quite touching too. There are also a few good museums and galleries around Shibuya. Ebisu has a decent brewery (Yebisu), especially if you aren’t going up to Sapporo. Avoid Roppongi unless you want to hang around with Gaijin. Visit the imperial palace from Tokyo station (although I think Kamakura is better but it’s a day trip). I recommend getting off at Harajuku and walking into Yoyogi park and visiting Meiji Jingu (shrine) then you can walk back across the train line and walk through Harajuku to Omotesando. Walk down the hill straight across from Harajuku station and through some of the alleyways there are markets and street food that are great on weekends, This is the start of Takeshita street. At the other end, turn right then walk down to the main road (~200m) and turn left onto a tree lined road through Omotesando that has a lot of upmarket shopping and food. If you don’t find anything good through Harajuku, there are more than enough places to eat in Omotesando, albeit expensive. Rereading that, there is a fair amount of walking as Yoyogi park isn’t small but you can get a train at the end from omotesando station to anywhere, or any other station you pass. Day trips from Tokyo: I would do Kamakura. Great historical city. The 5th station at Mt Fuji is decent (one of the only times I got a bus). As its not summer you won’t be able to climb, at least I don’t think so. Yokohama landmark tower is the second tallest building in Japan (after that one above Osaka train station, i think) and is good to go up for the view. The shopping and surrounds are quite good and beautiful at night. If you like theme parks, Fujikyu (Fuji-Q apparently now) Highlands is better than Tokyo Disney or Disney Sea unless you have young kids with you. Definitely Fujikyu highlands if you do any theme parks. If you are staying outside of the middle of Tokyo, that is where I always found the best sushi and yakiniku. In regards to getting a JR pass, it depends on what you plan to do and where as to which one to get. There are many options. Some give discounts on some Shinkansen (bullet train) and others don’t. I don’t think I ever actually got a seat on the yamanote line or even on another line close to there, but things aren’t as busy as you get further away from the yamanote line (which is considered the middle of Tokyo kinda/essentially). The train system is excellent and navigable but may look complex at first glance as it crisscrosses everything. It’s the best way to travel without a doubt. In a city with over 30M people, avoid driving. Ganbatte.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Right, there are multiple levels of NZ citizenship now. How very Orwellian.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Bob Brown has stunningly come out against a wind farm in Tasmania in an awesome display of NIMBY action on climate change. Luckily this has come to the attention of many in Central Queensland and I saw a caravan of mine spec vehicles heading towards Tasmania. Assumedly it will be to “raise awareness” and explain to all those heads in Tasmania the benefits and jobs associated with wind farms and electricity generation and how it might even lessen their reliance on Basslink. In a similarly woke move, Jacinda Ardern has come across the ditch to explain how it’s not Kiwis committing crimes in Australia that is having a “corrosive” effect on the relationship between the two countries but that Australia has the audacity to send them back when they do. Unfortunately for NZ, Australia is no longer accepting convicts from anywhere.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Well done. Was closer than I thought it would be. Very exciting to watch the last 10 minutes. In other Queensland news: After 6 months of being idle due to not meeting a gender quota, coinciding with 4 deaths in the industry, the State Government’s Mine Health and Safety Advisory Committee will now be able to meet. Priorities. I wonder if Jackie Trad has taken her own advice and started re-skilling yet. Anti Adani activists were planning to shut down Brisbane from 7:30 (I have to assume they don't realise what time the city gets up after origin) by swarming the roads. Local news reports warned that trains were to be the best way to get into town. Turns out the protesters were outnumbered by media and there's been no interruption that I have seen. Luckily the warning cleared the roads for the morning. Best thing they have achieved since the election.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Just because we/I cannot explain something, does not mean god or some other magic exists, or is even likely to. What isn't possible? Not much, i guess. Whats probable? This deserving a different thread but not god.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Strawman. In the sky with beard. Just because i see no evidence to believe in a God, does not mean believe in something else that has no evidence. If you were to present something that proved consciousness and free will were an illusion developed by chance that happened to instill empathy and foster group cooperation which thereby lead to group selection overcoming individual selection, i would believe it. At this stage, to my knowledge, its unproven, just like sky faeries.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Here’s a guy who lost his job running, jumping, catching a ball and using his head as a battering ram because he won’t shut up about his stupid beliefs. Then the outrage police have tried to shut down his request for donations to fight this in courts. Apparently it’s not enough the he is no longer able to earn a living because he refuses to be silent, they are now going after his wife as well. No wonder donations are over $2M already. Admittedly, its only dollaroos but its still a good start. Has anyone got a copy of or can send a link to the contract he is said to have breached? Or even just the clauses?
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    The idea that Adam Bandt or some greenie in Tasmania has a better idea than people on the ground in central queensland in regards to jobs and Adani is laughable. During the downturn people were kept on because of the work in the Galilee (including adani, macmines and waratah) was the only thing ticking along. Since then i know people that have jobs because of that work and thats before the basin even has a rail link. Clermont is basically a hub or stop on the way that undoubtedly kept the 2 pubs and petrol station going. If people outside of Queensland, or even central Queensland, really wanted to help, they could get another caravan together for august or september next year. Maybe get Jackie Trad, Steven Miles and Kate Jones involved. That would be fantastic. The arrogance or smugness of telling someone that you know more about their lives and backyard than they do is why the left wing vote has collapsed in Qld. The Qld senate count currently looks like 3 lnp, 1 ON, 1 ALP and 1 Green. And its so hypocritical. Stop Adani is fine and dandy if it has no effect on you. The moment someone's life is inconvenienced by environmental action, it quickly becomes less appealing and there's always some excuse. Look at the election. Look at Annastacia Palaszczuk's backflip this week. Some of those emigrating to NZ will be flying by burning avgas which is about as bad as you can get for climate change. They could sail but no, <insert excuse> is more important. Fortunately there is a way we can help. There is a change.org petition to install windfarms in the division of Warringah to help Zali Steggall on her crusade. Please sign and do your part.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    ABC: Clive bought the election and got nothing out of it. The scare campaign won it for the coalition. The ALP agenda isnt that left wing and climate change is a major issue for coalition. The dislike for the media is understated on the right and in the regions. When i lived in Emerald, it was seen as the Canberra/inner city/SE bubble, ignorant of regional Australia and its issues. On polls, they generally get thought of as media. Even a robot is going to get told lies. I saw posts (on social media nobody here would ever be caught dead on) talking about lying to vote compass and the left wing abc just to try to push them further left. The exit polls even showed a late swing to labor. I saw 48/52 at one point. Some people voting have given the wrong impression to anyone interested. The only media that picked the result prior to Saturday was sky news after dark. Hilarious. Are social media, old media and people here out of touch? No, it’s the children who are wrong - Seymour Skinner. For a laugh i listened to RN breakfast this morning and Fran "im an activist" Kelly. Arthur Sinodinas got asked about how Clive Palmer bought the election for coalition but got nothing in return. I sometimes doubt whether anyone on the left knows where or what the Galilee basin is, or what is stopping it from being mined. The result in Queensland will push qld alp to approve Adani, if not an lnp govt will approve it in 18 months (if results are mirrored). If adani gets approved, they will build the rail link which will open up the Galilee basin including Clive Palmers mines just north of Alpha which is likely to bring him in 3.2B in revenue per year. Not a bad return on a 50M investment. Why can't anyone put that together? The extremely unbiased Michelle Gratton was on as well. The "scare campaign' was the big factor apparently, Bill made himself too big a target even though their agenda "wasn’t especially left wing". Lol. No recognition that policies may have been issue. Maybe the alp should keep them for another election... Zali Steggall and Fran agreed that climate change was an important issue in inner city seats like Kooyong, Higgins and Warringah and that the coalition would need to do more on climate. Nobody seemed to realise the actual cost of the alp climate change policy was the election. Come to think of it, how many of our recent leaders have died on the hill of climate change? Turnbulls run as opposition leader ended because of it. Rudds great moral challenge was apparently too challenging. Gillards carbon tax and now Shortens courageous uncosting. Given coalition is at 75, they’re more likely to deal with Katter to get 76 than a climate zealot. Although i think 77 is now predicted. Joel Fitzgibbon was on as well and explaining how much the left is out of touch with regions. Says he might even run for leader. Which i think is a mistake. The ALP couldn't go for another straight white man as leader. Surely its time someone more woke. Tanya Plibersek would be a perfect leader.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Anthony Mundine has commented on the obviously racist attacks on Israel Folau. Given Israel’s posting on twitter was an expression of his ethnic origin as a Pacific Islander and Rugby Australia (no longer the ARU btw) has acted in a way that, is not only likely to but has intimidated Israel and others in the islander community, maybe there’s a case based on section 18c of the racial discrimination act. It is obviously offending the islander community and its threatening dismissal of employment, that sould constitute a criminal offence. I look forward to the ALP extending 18c to other areas like religious beliefs… From, I think the only Queenslander here, my guess would be ALP will get around 80 seats and form majority. ALP lose a couple up north but gain elsewhere. PHON will be lucky to get a senate seat here as I think Clive will get one if advertising and preferences influence people at all.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Like scott in the antarctic, Election 18 may, Tassie flight time is most critic GG tomorrow, will hear him say
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    International News Thread

    Venezuelan proven reserves includes their version of tar sands. In fact it makes up most of their proven reserves. 77.5 billion barrels of heavy sour crude (still a lot) is recoverable by conventional means. If you look at a graph of oil reserves over time you can see almost everyone is doing enough resource evaluation to move their reserves to proven and it usually jumps up in steps as new basins are proven. Venezuela have spent last 15 or so years proving up their tar sands which is why they now have worlds largest proven reserves.
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    International News Thread

    Venezuelan crude is heavy and sour. It needs specialised processing hence it is harder to sell and more expensive to refine. Guyana has sweet crude which would have absolutely nothing to do with Venezuelan claims over part of its territory...
  15. A theory has a prediction in it with a set of assumptions. Thats what makes it a theory and not just a hypothesis. Prediction wrong, time to change theory. Prediction right, use it for that.
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