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  1. 5 points
    I've always found this to be a good summary of our planet and the wonderful little cyberpunk future we have right now
  2. 4 points
    I know you have blood in your eye from previous personal experience, Leo, and I don't think Socialism or Communism are The Answer, but that strikes me as a little unfair. When the tsar was overthrown, Russia was the poorest country in the world; in just 40 years of that economic system they had the mighty Americans shitting themselves at losing the space race. Cuba managed to keep their universal healthcare system operational despite crippling US sanctions for the entirety of Castro's reign - re-enacted fairly faithfully in Venezuela, and being set up for yet another US backed 'regime change' war and puppet government installation. Let's not confuse an economic system with some problems but also obvious benefits with a succession of bloodthirsty dictators. Let's also not idolise one with different flaws (a 7 year boom/bust cycle for instance) and advantages because the nation has an illusion of freedom attached. Instead, let's try to acknowledge what is broken and what is superior in *all* systems and try to synthesize something better.
  3. 4 points
    That sort of shit right there is fucking poison, Leo. Left/Right is still a political divide - the race and sex (and multiple gender) fuckwittery is an entirely separate issue, and you should address it as such. Unless you want people to refer to you as a Nazi sympathiser simply for your economic stance.
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  5. 3 points
    So many of you know my husband and I own and run a Butcher shop in Esperance WA and we are becoming well known not only in our region but statewide for our crazy combinations and small goods. We got an amazing write up in the Kalgoorlie Miner over the weekend. So anyway last week I created myself a monster - but its delicious in every single way! I present to you Coffee Bacon! For those coffee and bacon lovers who have the time, inclination and equipment to give this a crack: Dry Cured Coffee Infused Bacon INGREDIENTS: 2.5kg Boneless Pork Loin / Belly 1/2 cup sea salt (NOT refined salt) 1/2 cup Muscavado Sugar 1 Tbspn Ground Black pepper 4 Tbspn Ground Coffee Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl until uniformly combined Stab the living shit out of the pork skin to allow the cure to penetrate into the meat Place the pork into a tray / tub and rub the dry ingredients in HARD ensuring everything is coated. Any left over dry mix can be poured over the meat and pressed around to give a good coating. Vacuum packing works best - but if you don’t have one available, put the meat in a PLASTIC container and cover in the fridge. Turning every day for 5 - 7 days. Once the meat is firm to touch - remove from fridge, rinse off the coating, set on a rack or hang to dry for 24 hours. This step is called “green bacon” and is ready for smoking & cooking. I use two 45 minute cold smoke cycles at 60C - apple or cherry wood works great and then slow roast until internal temperature reaches 68 degrees for about 4 hours…. (I have a professional smoking oven with a temperature probe) Cool and then refrigerate overnight (this sets the texture and flavour) and then slice and enjoy - this should keep for about 7 days in the fridge (or up to 5 weeks if you have access to a vacuum packer) or several months in the freezer. The ground coffee can be substituted for Chilli, Maple or really any other flavouring you would like to experiment with. So - my question would be - what weird and wonderful combinations have you created?
  6. 3 points
    i am not a fan of the "sorry industry", which seems to thrive on financial reparation that is siphoned off by the same shysters that thrive in western societies being black doesn't make you any more reliable than being white if you are a scammer at heart but over time i have become more and more sympathetic as to why the eora people, and by association, all the other people who are affected by the spread of white "civilisation" , have due cause to refer to it as an invasion - there's no other word to describe colonisation by an uninvited and increasingly unwanted foreign power the date chosen has no universal relevance to australia; it is a uniquely local nsw event for a nascent nation that wasn't proclaimed a single entity until way, way later at federation, or maybe even when the country was re-badged australia rather than new holland, or terra australis the fixation on jan 26 being an appropriate day to celebrate the "birth" of the nation is understandable, but from the indigenous point of view it is like celebrating a devastating epidemic on the day that the index patient was first diagnosed - the start of a disaster, so it is entirely obvious to me that it is both inappropriate to try and sell it as a day for "all australians", and provocative to ignore the reasons why that is a completely untenable and disrespectful argument maybe the day we proclaimed our nation as a sovereign nation; maybe even the day the constitution recognised aborigines as legal voters but not the day a bunch of evictees from the old dart were deposited on the shores of port jackson like some lethal contagion ejaculated up the arse end of the world; that's just pretty sick, really
  7. 3 points
    I don't like coffee or bacon, but I do like your newspaper article There was a sign on the McDonald's drive thru speaker stating "Add Bacon - $1". I considered adding bacon to the diet coke I ordered, just to be a smart-arse.
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  9. 3 points
    How about then instead of celebrating the date the constitution came in to effect, we celebrate the date it was passed into law. July 9th. Maybe not the best weather for BBQs and cricket, but good time of the year for a lamb roast!
  10. 3 points
    KAKs arguments were badly stated and tone deaf which 100% did make it sound racist. she's obviously conservative on changing the date, probably through casual privileged ignorance more than anything else. i believe she was trying to echo sentiments that ive heard expressed by some idigenous people on the topic. problem is, she appeared to be misappropriating their arguments because a) they happen to suit her, and b) they allow the perfect subterfuge of high and mighty virtue signalling to disguise how little neither she, nor her chauffeur, actually gives a shit. shes calling out the supposed tokenism and hypocrisy of Change the Daters for not being focused on "the real issues". at the same time, she is citing "the real issues" as a provocative misdirection — an effortless thing to do compared to marching in the streets — specifically as a means of engaging in and scoring points towards winning one side of a debate, that to her, is supposedly a "non-issue". ooh, whats that smell? its tokenism, hypocrisy, and KAK. she is a savvy woman. as such, its hard to excuse her for not understanding that she was effectively dog whistling the tune of those who think "Why should we care about these abos when they don't even care about themselves?", for whom there are still too many advocates in parliament. i truly doubt thats an accurate picture of what she thinks or what she meant, but boy did she royally drop the ball. that aside, suppose she was arguing in good faith but having a very bad day? i think its valid for anyone who cares about indigenous issues to be frustrated by the media cycles in this country. the slices of time in which these problems are allowed a chance to occupy the forefront of national attention are few and far between. it must be a constant battle for advocates just to get noticed. beavering away in the Tent Embassy strategising over how to pierce that giant bubble of non-indigenous complacency. and then, every year, BOOM, a giant whack of attention — but its wasted in squabbles over the most intangible thing possible.
  11. 3 points
    Yeah I enjoy those. Especially the recent ones- Zoe's facial expressions are gold.
  12. 3 points
    Mebee it be The Chain by Fleetwood Mac Have to throw this one in just cause Stevie Nicks
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  15. 2 points
    I'm not blind to union corruption. But I think it's interesting that some folks don't see corruption as the problem, but unions. Clearly such people are largely clueless as to how much of what we take for granted as the foundations of a civilised democracy, we owe to unions.
  16. 2 points
    Top of my head - Unionism and most every state, even non-socialist ones, have them, but if memory serves it began with socialist ideals. Cheers
  17. 2 points
    Which beach? http://experienceesperance.com.au/about-esperance__trashed/pristine-beaches/ 10 mile anyone?
  18. 2 points
    Neither, I like Esperance a lot and Dev is good people but it's not the easiest place to visit from the East. Cheers
  19. 2 points
    Boom. I also have something of a taste of salt in my mouth when I realise that this is the first public mention we've heard from KAK on this matter. If this bothers her so deeply, why is her first mention of it basically just an attempt to stomp on people trying to do good? Strikes me as disingenuous.
  20. 2 points
    Are you doubting the bacon or the beach !?!!!
  21. 2 points
    January 1st is my birthday, it's already awesome If commemorating the date of Federation (which, to my mind, always made sense) is too busy because it's already my birthday (oh, and New Year's, whatevs), then the date that kick-started the process of Federation - October 24th - has always seemed like a valid alternative to me (the date that Sir Henry Parkes made his speech in Tenterfield calling for Federation). March 8 seems another intelligent alternative to me as well. I've never been particularly attached to the date of Jan 26th, my family just treated it as another public holiday much like the Queen's Birthday. We never do anything for ol' Queeny's birthday, it's just a day off. So I've never been particularly bothered by talk of moving Australia Day. Go ahead, I don't mind one way or another,; as Leonid said, plenty of other dates to choose from. Gotta get a public holiday out of it, though! That's the Australian way But I also agree that faffing about with symbolism without actually doing anything behind it isn't going to achieve a great deal for disadvantaged groups, either. I'd love everyone to come to the table to work on significant issues. I might be reaching for the sky a bit there, though.
  22. 2 points
    it seems to me that, on balance, it may be a good thing for america to pull out of Syria. there are strategic reasons to keep a presence, and stay worried about Iran and Russia. but when it comes to fighting ISIS, in terms of operational realism, putting boots on the ground to fight an unambiguous standing army is very different to playing a never-ending game of guerilla whack-a-mole. whether or not i am right about that, it amazes me how quickly people can become the mouthpieces of the prevailing agenda. the same people ive heard loudly bemoaning the interventionism of US foreign policy for years, are now automatically trotting out ready-made sound bites like "Can you believe Trump wants to pull the troops out of the ME? What an idiot!". and that, it seems, is the end of it. a byproduct of his administration's agenda may actually be to nudge the military–industrial complex in a less problematic direction geo-politically, but you would never know it, when they are continually impeded by a bi-partisan pushback from top brass and others with vested interests in the status quo, and a media climate that silences any trace of sensible debate among moderates.
  23. 2 points
    /clicks to view Leonid's post Yep, that ignore feature is totally kicking goals.
  24. 2 points
    How about this? Do the BBCode yourself (like this, but omit spaces): [ color =#00ff80 ] Text here [ /color ] Colour is the usual RGB hex string.
  25. 2 points
    That's because Leo is being somewhat disingenuous Ev. The representatives in both houses both went crossbench with sequential votes but no clear vote by the Dems against an ACCEPTABLE proposal from the WH ever happened. "Temporary" probably means until next election, but you never expect Trump to admit failure now, would you ? Cheers
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