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  1. I really do not quite know what to make of this, but it is frighteningly plausible: https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-chinese-lab/news-story/0bc7c4f52892eb2e51e788b8e2e45c07 A separate thread for CV news was probably due anyway. To my mind the containment has been pretty much consistently bungled, especially with regard to the Diamond Princess but I am still trying to resolve just how Australia is dealing with it. Initially the banning of inbound flights etc. whilst perhaps somewhat heavy-handed definitely kept the numbers low and contained in Australia. But now - the deal is that if a returned person from the infection zones is found to be contagious, primarily now at the Darwin facility, they are passed along to their state of origin for isolation and care. Question. How do they safely get there without potentially contaminating others ? No one seems yet able to answer that with much confidence and meanwhile Japan, which has a health system at least as advanced as ours seems to be losing the containment battle, as is South Korea. This is a long way from being over. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Catch 22 scruffy- be nice to help-involves contra-indicated proximity in the main. Been doing a deal of remote support, mostly O/S, means being awake odd hours but that's ok. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    it really is a bit eerie around here, usually quiet but not THIS quiet. I do need to get some petrol tomorrow, not that I'm driving far but I would like to have a full tank so long as that is not hording - it's the way I usually keep my tank unless on a trip. Nothing says I can't but nothing says the petrol station will be open either - it was closed Sunday for "cleaning" and again Monday, I assume they had a case but not being reported. SA is weathering it quite well, actually realistically Australia is in general, a couple of encounters with cruise ships aside, but Easter might be a little trying. Not for me, I never go out over Easter anyway, it's usually the time of year when the suicide merchants take to the roads. Actually I'd happily look after some kids but right now my very close family are all keeping a sensible distance and if you know anything about kids it is that "social distancing" in not in their vocabulary Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Such invented words broke probably before Brexit and definitely at Megxit, ridiculous media crap.... Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Eh, I have long referred to software as being nailing jelly to a tree, dig and you will always find flaws, even in Milspec systems. They will never get ALL the bugs out, nor should they be expected to. Cheers
  6. I'm never inclined to leap to judgement over aircraft accidents but the early evidence of the similarities between LionAir and Ethiopian are rather stark. The AAIs will obviously look at the evidence from an unbiased standpoint and Boeing will doubtless start squealing that the pilots should have known of the potential issue from their NOTAMs but other possible causes are longer reaches given the evidence to date. Air accidents are always tragic when lives are lost but there are some nasty similarities not only between these two crashes but also another period of Boeing's history. There were a spate of crashes of the 727 in its early days. The common denominator was found to be primarily a lack of understanding of the deep stall characteristics of rear-engined jets which were new to the aviation industry particularly with an aircraft the size of the 727. Boeing resolved the issue with additional warning systems, an improved stick shaker/pusher system and training but not before several aircraft had crashed. Even that did not stop the Papa India Trident crash when the pilot repeatedly disabled the very systems telling him he had a deep stall condition caused by neglecting to extend the leading edge slats for take-off. Pilot error of course but the airliner industry moved away from rear engine designs despite several, including the 727 and Trident, going on to have long mostly accident-free service lives. I once spoke to a BAC-111 co-pilot who saved his aircraft when the captain had given up in a deep stall on a training flight, the possibility remained but pilot awareness improved and the likelihood of further incidents pretty much vanished. I've no problem with rear-engined jets at all, flown more than enough of the smaller varieties, but the deep stall condition is nowhere near as marked in shorter bodied aircraft. I don't think I'll be getting on a 737Max until the report is in. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Actually there was a large group of concerned women in South Australia who kept repeatedly saying there was reason to question the media reports and that the possibility of finding an unbiased jury was moot. Ultimately they were vindicated but not before the woman was put through hell in a trial by media. I'm not slandering you at all Ev, you are being foolish, scruffy put it better than me, he may well be guilty but under the law it is unproven. That is the same law that would protect you, or attempt to, if you were falsely accused of anything. Pell's name is forever smeared, the church is damaged, for which quite frankly I believe that it richly deserves but under non-presumptive justice he cannot be proven guilty and therefore must be set free. If being set free with your reputation in tatters is truly free of course. The conundrum will remain, he may be guilty but he also may be innocent and neither you nor I nor anyone else can provide enough proof to convict him. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    I'd be more interested in his nefarious dealings in the Vatican Bank, which do have substance tbh. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    Get your head around it, he has a right of appeal, the appeal found grounds for reasonable doubt. Nothing says he didn't do it, it just cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt which is the way our system is structured to protect the innocent even if sometimes the guilty go free. I suppose you were one of the crones baying for blood over Lindy Chamberlain... Fool that you are. Cheers
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    i see dead people

    Could well be right, amused me she was five years older than Sean Connery who was secretly already balding Yeah I enjoyed Jason as well. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Oh he's a lot senile, his job only exists because of juggling to keep the numbers up for Netanyahu in the train-wreck that is Israeli politics. He'll likely be promptly replaced now there is actually an urgent need for an effective Minister for Health in the country - usually in Israel its a rubber stamp job but not when there is a virus loose. Israel is not doing terribly well in the crisis, probably very difficult within their orthodox communities: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/coronavirus-in-israel-closure-on-more-cities-death-toll-rises-ultra-orthodox-town-1.8737999 If it gains a foothold in Gaza the loss of life with be dreadful. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    It seems the justice system has said there was in the end insufficient evidence which is far removed from his being not guilty but insufficient to incarcerate him. That's a principle of our justice system that underpins the belief that it is better to err on the side of innocence than to falsely convict. Sometimes that can be painful but the justice system if it is to be worth anything has to be impartial which is why he's walking free even though everything circumstantial and anecdotal points to his guilt. It is probably not enough for those who want him incarcerated but he is disgraced and out of church office, that will have to suffice. Cheers
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    i see dead people

    Honor Blackman, quintessential Bond girl has died, 94, peacefully. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/honor-blackman-who-played-pussy-galore-in-goldfinger-has-passed-away/news-story/70736f2f5dfde704eb0c24066115073b Pussy Galore was the oldest ever Bond girl but she certainly did not look it. RIP. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    As backpackers do People still do not really get this - Kal has a reasonably high turnover of people passing through, heck, I think one of my brothers is there this week - essential services to keep the trains running. If people leave there asymptomatic but infected it spreads - very insidious bug, Esperance is doing the right thing. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Was only a matter of time. Just listening to the radio most every sport is using the net to keep interest going as events are cancelled. Perhaps one of the more interesting ones is NBA, they have players coming on line to play CoD etc with you Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    There are probably a few other places that could try to isolate in that manner but Esperance is a bit unusual Stay safe. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Seems like a good idea Dev, Kal has a much higher turnover of people and is on the main rail line, better to keep Esperance isolated. Cheers
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    What's on your mind?

    I seem to have precisely one non-net connected timepiece left in my life, everything else adjusted itself - I had to wind my watch back. Then again I gave up setting the microwave clock several power cuts ago. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Wait... He can read ? I'd suggest my five year old great niece would run rings around him in alliteration and comprehension - he seems to invent nonsensical words at a rate that exceeds that of Dodgson. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    The translation could be suspect though... Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    I guess if CC is an offered option, not noticed on speeches with a signer but could well be. Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    Must admit, my ability with signing is very limited but to me most of the signers that I've seen are utterly unintelligible , a very hard of hearing neighbour with some skills agrees. Most of them look like they are suffering St Vitus Dance... It was a "thing" way back I think during some natural disaster or another that gained global credence for some reason but I completely agree sub titles would make far more sense. Of course it would also allow those who speak English rather than Georgian or Trumplish to get at least some idea of what was being said... Cheers
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    I see the good Governor has taken a leaf out of Trump's book - Trump stood between the camera and one of his specialist's slide show presentation, Kemp blocks his signing person. Both seem equally infatuated with themselves... Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Here's some detail on the buyout offer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremybogaisky/2020/04/02/boeing-buyout-layoffs/#33b067bc3643 Essentially looking to reduce head count. They may well get a lot of takers, they have not had to lay staff off in a number of years so consequently they do have a lot of older workers. Many would have been through the series of layoff-s back in post 9/11 and even earlier so they would know their jobs are not always secure making the prospect of being paid to leave likely to be attractive. Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Don't know if this is good news for Boeing or not but at least it promises to clear the log-jam on one of their programmes, the KC-46 Tanker: https://www.airforcemag.com/usaf-boeing-reach-plan-to-replace-kc-46s-problematic-remote-vision-system/?fbclid=IwAR2tuzxJPbxs3HMJOMqdgzy08TCYixhpU1k7Ru1xFD-LjZ4fKBj47Qp6AQc Just what the buyout offer Boeing is making to its employees is is not made clear in the article at all. The problems with the tanker, to be fair, are not really of Boeing's making. The Air Force had insisted on a remote operation capability for the probe because everything else about the basis of the aircraft, the 767, was good but it would have not been a good airframe to position a boom operator in the tail of as has been the case with the earlier -135 and KC-10 aircraft. It COULD be done but not well. Further the airforce have the lofty goal of eventually automating probe refueling although its not really clear what the path to that is or how they expect it to work. Put bluntly the tech in 2001 which was born out of developing the project bid in the 90s was just not up to the requirement, now it is and there is a better than even chance that it can be done cheaper now, and better, than ever before. That may make it a win-win for Boeing and the Air Force. Really Boeing has been playing very much hardball with the Air Force because not only do they have by far the most experience with tankers but they have the only US airframes that can be adapted. There is no way the USAF would be allowed to go off-shore and buy the Voyager for example. Cheers
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