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  1. That fella Down Under

    https://youtu.be/Ve3i7ts-OXM


    :smileylaughing:
  2. Oh, just gotta pass this one on- The...

    Oh, just gotta pass this one on-



    The reason the Brits and US left France out of the new arrangement is because they didn't like the acronym...


    USFUKAUS
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    It's not unlike the early post revolution Soviet...

    It's not unlike the early post revolution Soviet governments. Schisms within the Taliban are already becoming apparent.
  4. How am I being a CCP apologist by pointing out...

    How am I being a CCP apologist by pointing out that Australia having one sole submarine base in the extreme SW of the country rather compromises it's ability to be fully operational in the waters off...
  5. Yes of course, what would good ole' sab-...

    Yes of course, what would good ole' sab- previously an oz naval officer- know compared to everyone's favourite patsy. :smileylaughing:
  6. ^^ When I was in the RAN, the mythical threat...

    ^^ When I was in the RAN, the mythical threat from the Indonesians was being played up. The "Yellow Peril". What a joke- over half of their fleet was not even seaworthy, the rest antiquated.
    Now...
  7. That's the interconnected world for ya. As a...

    That's the interconnected world for ya. As a general rule of thumb, countries that share vital mutual trade interests rarely go to war.
  8. I predict that the 'issue', to the Australian...

    I predict that the 'issue', to the Australian taxpayer, will be one of spiralling costs. To pose any credible counterthreat to this mythical Chinese invasion, Australia would need a sub base in the...
  9. Well, there is most certainly a map in my post,...

    Well, there is most certainly a map in my post, but here ya go sherlock-

    Defence Annual Report 2004-05 :: Appendices :: ADF Units and Establishments
  10. Australia's only submarine base is in HMAS...

    Australia's only submarine base is in HMAS Stirling, in the far south west of the map below-
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    Really cerebral stuff there syb. Have you been...

    Really cerebral stuff there syb. Have you been munching on smart foods? :chitown:
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    Why do I stand up for China in the way I do?

    A very simple question and one that was put to me in recently by a friend who happens to be a journalist, it wasn’t part of an interview, it was just a question posed by a curious person to a foreign...
  13. Oh yeh, us aussies are just dying to get to the...

    Oh yeh, us aussies are just dying to get to the Land of the Free. :rofl: Actually, we die on your behalf in entirely more exotic places.
  14. The US has taken less than half the amount of...

    The US has taken less than half the amount of Afghan refo's that peewee Australia has. The UK has taken even more than Australia. And how many Syria refugees has the US accepted? The decimation of...
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    It is also still classed as a developing country-...

    It is also still classed as a developing country- but the progress that has been made this century is nothing short of astonishing. A new world record!

    From the Editorial I posted #2 in this...
  16. Oh, so she's sorry. :chitown:If she is allowed...

    Oh, so she's sorry. :chitown:If she is allowed back at all, it should be to a lengthy jail sentence
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    Maybe send the Maori party back to where they...

    Maybe send the Maori party back to where they come from.
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    I think that's the long and short of it too Nort....

    I think that's the long and short of it too Nort. Like:- "it's the economy, stupid". Now try telling that to our resident Maoists in the Gang of Four! :)
  19. So you are allowed booze there. That's better...

    So you are allowed booze there. That's better than Saudi, and Kuwait anyway. Who wants to go to a place with no booze?
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    Hell no- the Murdoch press hates the ABC. So it...

    Hell no- the Murdoch press hates the ABC. So it couldn't be that bad!
  21. Heard it all before, and don't believe it. The...

    Heard it all before, and don't believe it. The generals/ yellow shirts distaste for foreigners is well known, and thoroughly exposed. We talk too mutt.
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    Well, if you wish to question Harvard...

    Well, if you wish to question Harvard Universities methodology and hard won academic reputation, I suggest you take it up with them.
    Similarly the Edelman global trust, which found a 'mere' 90% of...
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    My point was quite simple willy. An individual...

    My point was quite simple willy. An individual dissident does not obfuscate the fact that a long term Harvard study found that 95% of Chinese citizens approve of their government.
  24. According to these figures, China is a larger...

    According to these figures, China is a larger foreign aid donor than the US-


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    By which I assume you mean Desmond Shum is a...

    By which I assume you mean Desmond Shum is a dissident. OK, but it doesn't change the fact that-



    I think curious minds are more interested to know why, than to cherry pick an individual...
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    Australia's most trusted news source is the ABC,...

    Australia's most trusted news source is the ABC, Britain's is the BBC. 'nuff said.
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    I will, ta. Dissident viewpoints often have...

    I will, ta. Dissident viewpoints often have merit- just look at the lead up to the disastrous invasion of Iraq.
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    Double standards doom US 'war on terror'

    The chaotic and bloody retreat of the US troops from Afghanistan has been widely viewed as the defining moment in Washington's embarrassing failure in its 20-year-old "war on terror."

    As Saturday...
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    Can You afford the damage bill for Afghanistan,...

    Can You afford the damage bill for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Palestine, et al? I would say that is even less likely.
  30. Good stuff- there is something in that for...

    Good stuff- there is something in that for several nationalities, and a cutie too. A positive advert for the multicultural UK, and a kick in the teeth for the bigots. :)
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    Fortunately, they are as free to spread their...

    Fortunately, they are as free to spread their message, as RFA is it's own. And if someone just wants to launch an ad hominem snidey piece without addressing any of the actual content, they are free...
  32. It was the torch of God.

    It was the torch of God.
  33. The US does more than enough to prop up the...

    The US does more than enough to prop up the Saud's, which considering their double dealing and sponsorship of dodgy causes such as regressive Wahhabi Islam, & Sunni terrorist groups, is a dubious...
  34. https://media1.agfg.com.au/images/listing/82772/ga...

    https://media1.agfg.com.au/images/listing/82772/gallery/afghan-restaurant-melbourne-7.jpg


    Everyone is welcomed here...
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    To piss Off TefLers willy. Hasn't China been...

    To piss Off TefLers willy. Hasn't China been Doing just that Quite recently? :chitown:
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    Public opinion in America, like every other...

    Public opinion in America, like every other democracy, goes up and down like a yoyo. Clearly, the withdrawal from Afghanistan has affected his short term ratings, because it made real an unfolding...
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    https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2...

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Daniel-Hale-whistleblowers-Assange-Manning-Snowden-Mint-Press-News-Latuff_edited-scaled-1520x852.jpg
  38. Not recreational then? That's about as convincing...

    Not recreational then? That's about as convincing as Japanese whaling for scientific research.
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    Can you eat the grass?

    Can you eat the grass?
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    Even if he ends up like Steven Hawkings, he would...

    Even if he ends up like Steven Hawkings, he would still make a better prez than trump.
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    Some aussie. :chitown:

    Some aussie. :chitown:
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    Ditto- https://youtu.be/gWJhqOPe6rw

    Ditto-


    https://youtu.be/gWJhqOPe6rw
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    4 Corners is definitely Australia's best...

    4 Corners is definitely Australia's best Investigative journalism show (in a nation with a dearth of them). If you're the least interested in US politics and the role of the media, I reckon this is...
  44. Yep- and how many of them are in Saudi Arabia?...

    Yep- and how many of them are in Saudi Arabia? I've said it before, the only good Isil terrorist is a dead one.
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    Seriously syb? Lots of people I know will never...

    Seriously syb? Lots of people I know will never forget where they were at the time, and what they were doing. One might say, it was quite a seminal event.
  46. No, you're not- he's already dead. Or they.

    No, you're not- he's already dead. Or they.
  47. That's awful. It's one thing to kill some...

    That's awful. It's one thing to kill some innocent bystanders with 'collateral damage'- we know these drone strikes kill nine people for every one target killed, according to the Pentagons own...
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    A good thing too. A major country like Germany,...

    A good thing too. A major country like Germany, or the EU bloc, cannot afford to have it's critical energy requirements held to ransom or dictated by fickle American geopolitics. Pull yer damn head...
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    I remember when the real estate value of Tokyo...

    I remember when the real estate value of Tokyo alone was reckoned to be more than the whole USA. If there is one Constant in this world, it is change.
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    ^^ $250K + the whiskey bill!

    ^^ $250K + the whiskey bill!
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