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  1. Youtube did it to me, I swear! I recently googled something about oldest company in Denmark and today youtube came up with this little gem under suggested videos. It's the oldest company in each European country that is *still* operating (i.e. there may be many even older companies, but for whatever reason they have gone out of business by now). I'm looking forward to see when he gets to Asia, as I suspect there may be some very old Chinese and Japanese businesses around.
  2. Not quite as awful as the Hollywood version of vikings... Traditional Old Norse martial music
  3. They are not immune to screw ups if that's what you mean. Like contacting all the people who been near a large grocery store... just to find out a few days later that there are two grocery stores from the same franchise nearby and the "other" one was the correct one (so nobody got tracked for days there). But apart from some such obvious human errors, it does seem to do its job. People get identified, isolated, tested and if necessary isolated for a longer time (if testing positive). @Zoraptoryeah, of course, it could have been a lot worse. The main frustration is really over wasted opportunities and incompetence. The state PM's and state governments (especially the Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian) did all the hard work and turned the initial outbreak into a success story. But complacency (and a lack of national leadership) is threatening it at the moment.
  4. The snap lockdowns is to give contact tracers a chance to identify all the people who have been in contact with somebody who has been in contact with somebody etc. to get them to self isolate (and tested), which people have done. It has worked the last 12 months... The lockdown itself is only to stop the spread in its tracks until all possible infected people have been identified and isolated. The lockdown itself doesn't stop the spread as such.
  5. Yes. I think it was draconian. Doesn't mean it wasn't necessary. The result was the 'de facto' eradication of the virus. What happens now is unnecessary, which makes the whole thing frustrating. Brisbane had two snap lockdowns, 5 days each, the last year. Big deal. Melbourne had a few too. But then one, just one, state government decides nah, we don't want to do that. Nothing's gonna happen. Nnap lockdowns is not wanted by the local businesses. Well, guess what, those businesses are going to see a LOT less business for a long time to come. Of course, the problems sort of starts at the top with no proper way of handling travelers arriving in Australia in a safe manner. Edit: Snap lockdowns in Brisbane was taken in a good spirit, turning into a fashion contest, who can come up with the most colourful and decorative masks etc. Edit2: Despite having registered for vaccinations almost 2 months ago now, no word whatsoever of any vaccine availability.
  6. Looks like things are completely falling apart in Sydney and NSW these days. Over a 100 daily new cases now. No surprise of course, if look at the NSW government and their taking ineptitude to new attitudes. No surprise it's the same political party as the federal party (who completely ****ed up the vaccination programmes) Nobody can get any clear messages from the NSW as the message changes by the hour and sometime being completely contradictory... yay The Liberal Party, the scourge of Australia (mostly kept alive by the fossil fuel industry and Murdoch Media). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-18/nsw-records-105-covid-19-cases/100302152 It is now also threatening to spill over into Melbourne and VIC, as people have been traveling from Sydney to Melbourne while being infected (employees of a removal company doing some rather dodgy stuff, not wanting to share where they went and not wearing masks, despite coming from a "red zone" mask mandatory area)... and because the federal government has no clue what they are doing, Australia is now somewhere down in the third world tier when it comes to vaccinations. The Liberal Party has offered federal support to the government of NSW of course, unlike the other two states (QLD and VIC) who had to do lockdown and got zero aid (those states being governed by the opposition party). Edit: Background... every now and then, the virus escapes quarantine, because people are only required to quarantine for 2 weeks. The federal government has been unable to provide actual quarantine facilities for people entering Australia (you would think Christmas Island was an obvious candidate now the immigrant processing has been moved offshore). So, the new "Delta" variant escaped hotel quarantine and the NSW government in their infinite wisdom decided that a snap lockdown to nip it in the bud, is only something the peasants in QLD and VIC has to do, we are gods gift of governments and therefore don't need no filthy snap lockdowns. The result? Ever escalating infection numbers and a government that makes a chicken coop appear like a well functioning organization by comparison. Glossary: NSW - New South Wales (where Sydney and The Opera House is) VIC - Victoria (where Melbourne and Australian Open is) QLD - Queensland (where Brisbane and The Great Barrier Reef is) ALP - The Australian Liberal Party (Gods gift to Fox News/Sky News... basically a bunch of morons doing what they are told by their masters) Labor is the main opposition party, but their lies have been way too unconvincing in the last few national elections, hence why the ALP is in power (their head liar/the PM has a background in marketing, his BS is very convincing for people who actually watch Sky News... which would be the same breed of people who actually believe anything coming out of Fox News)
  7. What I did today... bought @melkathi's ebook. Lets see if there really is such a thing as not too short to save the world
  8. Speaking of climate change, I've occasionally pointed out how our notorious liar and fossil fuel company pet, Scott Morrison, and his almost comically incompetent liberal government (not to be confused with the US use of the word liberal, here it means the opposite), is running the country into the ground at an impressive speed. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/16/not-engaging-isnt-the-answer-australia-under-pressure-as-us-follows-eu-lead-on-carbon-tariffs https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-57845171 "The measure was confirmed yesterday in the EU's sweeping new climate plan. Such a tax would make exporters to the EU pay more for goods like steel and cement, to level the playing field for European firms paying carbon permits. But Australia has argued that such a tariff would be "protectionist" and could breach trade rules." The latter beeing particularly funny, labeling it "protectionist", charging the same tax on imports as domestic companies have to pay. It's all about sticking your head in the sand and all the moves he's made so far to undermine any attempt at reduce CO2 emissions might come to naught. I previously mentioned how the man is fighting windmills. What few people know is, it's to be taken literally. He really does try to crack down on wind energy, solar energy and other attempts at making alternative energy usable, as it threatens the companies holding his leash.
  9. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57846200 "At least 70 people have died in Germany and Belgium after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks. Most of the victims were in Germany, but at least 11 have died in Belgium, with more reported missing. The German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia were worst hit, but the Netherlands is also badly affected." The Northern Hemisphere is having some extreme weather patterns too this year it seems.
  10. I use Killing Floor 2 when I need short term gratification. Pop in. Find a server with a game in progress and kill zombies for 20-30 minutes. Alt+F4. Pick up some other day.
  11. Not quite. Any company doing business with Cuba loses access to doing business with any US company (and subsidiaries of US companies). Let's see... balancing access to the Cuban market with access the US market? Tough choice (not really). It's cheaper than using ships to blockade the island (which hasn't been used since the missile crisis)
  12. On a sort, well, wouldn't call it a positive note, but at least *something* may have out of the Cuban protests and death of one of the protesters... https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57844864 "Cuba has temporarily lifted import duties on food, medicine and other essentials following recent unrest. As of next Monday, there will be no limit on such goods brought in by travellers until the end of the year. Thousands took to the streets on Sunday in protests over food and medicine shortages, price increases and the government's handling of Covid-19. One demand they had was for people arriving in Cuba to bring in supplies without paying customs duties."
  13. When did that ever stop Germany? They were also among the first to support Ukraine's invasion and occupation of Crimea, they immediately supported Albanian separatists in Kosovo (which was actually the something like the birthplace of Serbia in the seventh century) etc. USA is not the only ones flexing muscles when it comes to realpolitik, legitimacy be damned. Russia and China does it too, the England used to be the undisputed world champions in the sport of Gunboat Diplomacy, so not a uniquely German (or US) thing.
  14. I was semi serious https://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/stories/s709110.htm German tourist killed by crocodile in Kakadu https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/21/teenager-mauled-by-crocodile-tried-to-impress-backpacker-who-th_a_21903819/ When 18-year-old Lee De Paauw jumped into crocodile-infested waters in far-north Queensland on Sunday morning, he was convinced he would walk away with his bravado and the girl he was trying to impress. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/1411154/14ft-crocodile-kills-backpacker.html 14 foot crocodile kills backpacker (paywall, don't visit) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/28/british-tourists-film-moment-crocodile-lunged-out-of-australian-creek-at-them A crocodile attack that left a British tourist with a leg wound has been captured on camera in Australia. In the footage, posted to Facebook by Ally Bullifent, a crocodile can be seen jumping out of the water towards the women as they scream. (poor lizard was taunted by tourists... didn't get to eat them) ... Etc.
  15. You bloody racist! I'm sure those tribes are human too.... As for the Coelacanth, that one is indeed an oddity. Nobody doubts it's existence either, because hard evidence was produced (fresh corpses, not just 60 million year old fossils) Edit: I should say, nobody has good reasons to doubt its existence...
  16. They could be distant relatives to the Australian Saltwater Crocodile, which can survive on European backpackers for a long time.
  17. Believe? No, not really. Again, not quite the same as believing there is none. There just hasn't been any hard proof presented and I suspect people sometimes work themselves into some kind of self induced (mass) hysteria, seeing things, because of the way brains compensates for what they expected to see and are not seeing and then fills in the gaps for them. It's a mechanism that is so strong, that people truly believe they saw "something", because it's real in their brains, having generated the same input as if their sensory nerves had registered it. They could pass a lie detector test too, because to them it *is* real.
  18. I saw an episode once of something I suspect would have been a "ghost hunter" kind of show. It was cringe worthy. People running around with shaky-cams trying to recreate the Blair Witch Project atmosphere, using narrators with ominous voices and jarring background music to create a sense of drama where none was. Vampire Bloodlines: The Masquerade made a much better job of creating a creepy atmosphere. Anyone remember that quest? Edit: Not the haunted house (best quest ever), but the ghost hunters setting up shop in an old decrepit building, preparing to shoot an episode... I'm an agnostic in this regard too. I don't believe the ratings dependent TV shows for a second, but wont rule out either that there may be things we can't see in spectrum human sensory organs can perceive. I feel the same way about religion. Don't believe the word coming out of the mouth of a priest (any religion) for a second, but that doesn't mean The Big Bang is an all encompassing theory.
  19. Mostly playing Guild Wars 2 these days... the release of the legendary armory resulted in a mass reshuffling of gear and the revisit of living world season 3 started tonight too. I'm sort of up to speed with that. Short explanation: Legendary armory is a new feature where your legendary gear gets stored and instead of deciding which alt gets what legendary gear, they can now *all* use the same gear, as they all have access to a an "instance" or copy of the gear. I.e. if you have a legendary sword, all your toons can now use that one sword and each one select their owns stats and appearance independent of each other. Legendary prices are expected to become... legendary The revisit part is Arenanet throwing carrots at people while waiting for the next major expansion (the third expansion), which got delayed from end of 2021 to somewhere 2022 (officially blaming covid for slowing down the process). They created a new set of achievements, which is basically replaying all the existing "Living World" story content, grind your butt off, do impossible jumping puzzles and do triple backwards flips with your left hand tied to your right foot... or something. Anyway, the reward for doing it all is a legendary item (amulet iirc) once all of it is done. And people are on a stampede throughout the story, crowding my personal space on the current map(s) a lot When not doing GW2, sort of alternating between Killing Floor 2 (for some hectic co-op shooter action) and Dungeon of Naheulbeuk (sp?), the latter still being very fun to play I figure, once the dungeon crawl is finished, then I might pick of Fallout New Vegas again. I actually never completed it... cough cough. Made it to Hoover Dam several times, but something always got in the way, usually something silly like moving country or what have you, taking me away from my game for prolonged periods of time
  20. Phew, sounds good, I was worried there for a moment
  21. She was *the* grunter! I think tv stations at the time were actually whinging about it, wondering if they should censor the sound when shown in day time tv A formidable tennis player though. A career that literally got cut short (bad pun, I know) before reaching it's potential for longevity.
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