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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:37 pm 
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where is Disco Sister now :smoke:


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The Spanish boy who fell in a pit has been found, unfortunately he didn't make it.
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Canadian and U.S. fighter planes scramble to escort Russian jets out of Arctic region

"The North American Aerospace Defence Command said two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/airforce-arctic-canada-u-s-russia-1.4994702?fbclid=IwAR3Wq0I93iHIaLbf8DIFFD6QQ-nSQgyICVVWLyxBy88qN-612esbulpfMAg

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Let’s hope Ariana Grande is a fan of BBQ. The 25-year-old pop star got a tattoo in celebration of her new hit single, “7 Rings,” but it seems she had a slight misstep as to the spelling.

Using Japanese Kanji character symbols, Grande got the message inked on her palm. But fans on Twitter were quick to note that the way the tattoo was spelled translates to “shichirin” which means a Japanese style barbecue grill.




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Another crime, of huge proportions, welcome to the 3rd world:

Brazil dam: Startling pictures of Brumadinho collapse

Dramatic pictures have emerged of the collapse of a dam in southern Brazil at an iron ore mine which left more than 300 people dead or missing.


The images, obtained by TV channel Bandeirantes, show the moment a muddy sludge engulfed the company canteen and neighbouring buildings in Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais state.

An investigation is under way.

The mine is owned by Vale SA. This is the second such incident at one of its mines in three years.

Five people have been arrested. Prosecutors in Brazil say three were Vale officials, whose responsibilities included dealing with environmental impact licences.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47096011

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Another crime, of huge proportions, welcome to the 3rd world:

Brazil dam: Startling pictures of Brumadinho collapse

Whenever you see a news story with the words "torrent of toxic sludge," you know it's not going to have a happy ending...

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Did anyone notice the train that derails from the flood?

I'm trying to orientate the view in the video with these pictures and I believe I see the crane in the top left quadrant of the photos so the area we viewed is in the bottom left, any thoughts from anyone on this?


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I believe you are right.

Here:
https://youtu.be/qvgZ0MGs2Yg?t=11

Here you have the positions of the cameras:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68jO6QcuNrY

It seems that the guys on the car and the huge truck miraculously survived (the guys on the car saved the guy on the truck who was semi-burried...

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Finnish ski jumper Nykänen died of alcoholic and diabetic issues. He was not 60 yet. Ski jumping was in the early 70s
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Mr_Green_Genes wrote:
I believe you are right.

Here:
https://youtu.be/qvgZ0MGs2Yg?t=11

Here you have the positions of the cameras:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68jO6QcuNrY

It seems that the guys on the car and the huge truck miraculously survived (the guys on the car saved the guy on the truck who was semi-burried...


Wow, so I watched that but I couldn't understand a word...lol...but the train is on the mid to top of the left quadrant of the pictures but is not moving, the front of the train begins to fall into the pit created by the collapse and flow on the lower part of the picture and the part of the collapse flow that goes behind the crane and comes from the other side hits the back of the train and it appears like its derailing as the cars collapse together...They sure had a lot of video, so the car they showed making it up the hill was the guy in the pit, amazing... :shock:


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Watching the State of the Union address:

My 7 year old: isn’t he lying?
Me: yes
The kid: why are people clapping?
Me: no idea
The kid: this is a really weird show.
#SOTU2019

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You gotta watch this better than Guy Fawkes night 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ma ... ce-n967241



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Former Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has undergone emergency open heart surgery that has resulted in vocal cord damage.

Last year, Buckingham was involuntarily expelled from the band Fleetwood Mac. In October, he sued the band members for the $12 million he lost in Fleetwood Mac's upcoming tour.

Buckingham wrote some of the band's most well-known songs, including "Go Your Own Way," which was the lead single off the band's highly successful 1977 album, "Rumours."

Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac in 1974, the same year as the band's longtime lead singer, Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood Mac was founded in 1967.


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NASCAR's back baby!

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Jimmie wins!

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I smell smoke.....

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorspor ... ster-crash


https://www.nascar.com/

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:lol: exactly :lol:

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punknaynowned wrote:
Watching the State of the Union address:

My 7 year old: isn’t he lying?
Me: yes
The kid: why are people clapping?
Me: no idea
The kid: this is a really weird show.
#SOTU2019

[found on the internet...]


You shoulda watched it from my place. I was playing pin the tail on the Donkey with Ivanka :mrgreen:


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NASCAR's back baby!

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Lol, that's what you call.... the process of elimination!

We're ready for the 500 Sunday :)

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Well gee...do you think we can get it through inspection?

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Well gee...do you think we can get it through inspection?

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mmmmm, lookin' a little high..... :lol:

The disadvantage of living in the future when it comes to international motorsport are the times of the live broadcasts, they're inconvenient to say the least. The upcoming Daytona 500 is being televised at 8:00am Monday morning NZ time, the majority of the formula one season is broadcast at 1:00am on Monday mornings, and Indy is totally random.....Happily I have a set top box to record the stuff, however I have to live in a news blackout until I can watch the race(s).....It's a tough life :lol:

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Up here, we have "tiers" in our cable TV where to get an upper tier, you have to pay for the tiers below it. They have moved most, not all, of the raced to upper tiers...which coincided with the time when I got disgusted with $170/month cable-internet bills. I cut to just Internet which gives me internet, and straight CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS(great programming).

So now I use Internet TV and the basic channels for local storm coverage. So the big races are on channels I get, maybe 6 or 8 a year...so I'll get too see the Daytona races, Charlotte, Darlington, Indy, Homestead and a few more like that, but most races we don't get.

Not so happy with Cup since the big changes in the late 90's, individualism, and the days when small money teams could qualify and race, and individual improvements causing cars to be able to lap the field until everyone else figured it out are gone....replaced by 40million dollar cars in multi-car teams.

I personally knew some people with the Kodak 4 shop and partied with them and went to races with them, that was extra fun...then one of the son's we(~20 friends) helped(sponsored) get started as he went up through Arca, Busch, and into Cup. He had ~8.5 million /year so he couldn't compete in Cup and dropped back to Busch and Infinity. I had more fun there as he would always get us garage/pit credentials, so that was a gas...but it was just too much with the Cup teams grooming drivers in Infinity, so much money.

I'm personally cheering NASCAR's demise as when the money see's better profits elsewhere, I'm hoping we return racing to it's roots...and no "Chase" bullshit, whomever has the most points at the end of the year wins.

We still watch the races we can get though(: We use the recorder and start watching 45 minutes after the green flag...that way we can skip the commercials and catch up with real-time by the last 50 laps or so...ad-free racing(:

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This is why I like the Indy 500 they sent it back to a time when anyone who can get a car on the track can attempt to qualify...the cars are built to specs that make them basically equal but like anything a team can get a secret sauce going that makes them faster...this does not guarantee a win on race day since the track and the distance can make a fast car go to shit and a crappy car win, Indy is a true equalizer... :idea:


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This is why I like the Indy 500 they sent it back to a time when anyone who can get a car on the track can attempt to qualify...the cars are built to specs that make them basically equal but like anything a team can get a secret sauce going that makes them faster...this does not guarantee a win on race day since the track and the distance can make a fast car go to shit and a crappy car win, Indy is a true equalizer... :idea:


We miss the secret sauce :D

Yes, formula is the purest form of racing, it also scares the hell out of me!

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Plook wrote:
This is why I like the Indy 500 they sent it back to a time when anyone who can get a car on the track can attempt to qualify...the cars are built to specs that make them basically equal but like anything a team can get a secret sauce going that makes them faster...this does not guarantee a win on race day since the track and the distance can make a fast car go to shit and a crappy car win, Indy is a true equalizer... :idea:


We miss the secret sauce :D

Yes, formula is the purest form of racing, it also scares the hell out of me!


Every year the big three F1, Indy and NASCAR amaze me, their governing bodies create rules set parameters and even alter race tracks to slow the cars down and make them harder to drive and every year the engineers and drivers exploit these rules parameters and in F1 even the track limits and somehow for the most part the cars are faster the G forces are greater, lap times come down and the lap records fall.

One of these years, the high G forces will necessitate fighter pilot type pressure suits, after that it's robots.....

Locally NZ has a great little motorsport scene, there's a stock car track about 10k's from home and the fully fledged all purpose Manfield race track and drag strips galore within about 200k's of home all have regular well supported race meetings.....When I was young and dumb I was working in the motor trade which had a close association with the local car clubs and bike clubs who were all involved in motorsport, and before you know it your working on someone's team, I had the privilege of racing bikes at Manfield, and a little later on, not so young, but still dumb I got to drive a heavily modified saloon car in a couple of mechanic's races there. There's been a few demolition derbies over the years and even a weekend or two of drag strip action as a passenger doing standing 9.0 and 10.0 second 1/4 miles in the dodgiest hot rods on 4 wheels.....almost cost me my marriage when my wife saw those things going down the strip with me inside.....

In years gone by, before the fun police came along, the local motorcycle clubs would pay the council $100.00, close off and strategically festoon some streets with hay bales and hey presto instant motorcycle racing for a day. There was Lyall Bay, before it became a destination making it impossible to close roads there now, and Gracefield where the "track" weaved through an industrial area, there a double set of train tracks crossing the main straight, some of the best motorcycle racing I've ever seen was up close at Gracefield.

Recently there was some loose talk about racing returning to Gracefield, but in these days of the nannie state and environmental impacts and resource consents plus the trendy lets live in a factory brigade, I just can't see it happening.....

Also from the "good old days" department, there was the Wellington street race which ran along the Wellington waterfront and nearby streets, amazing layout, high speed bumpy straights including a bridge over a lagoon and hairpins that sorted the men out from the boys. The first race was an endurance affair all makes models and engine sizes.....won by a Volvo, nicknamed the block of flats.....

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that thing beat out some amazing machinery factory and works teams just fell by the wayside.....

They held this race in various forms for a number of years and it was part of the Australian V8 series for a while. I loved it, one of my friends ran a garage situated on the course. We built a grand stand and invited the customers down for a trackside race weekend, each year it got bigger and better, "they" shut us down on bogus breach of booze law(s) but, the following year, coincidentally, Johnny had moved his garage one block up the road, and rather than having an "observable" forecourt to party in, we were now inside a building right on the track behind large windows and with a well appointed roof top garden over looking the track.....no booze laws to break there, they could smell us, but they couldn't see us.....oh the stories.....

Eventually the cost of shutting down some main city arteries for four days and the enormous machine that it took to make that happen became prohibitive. During the lull in races, a major museum was built track side and the main Wellington City Police Station relocated to a building that would be completely encircled by the track, which would never be allowed to happen. There has been various layouts proposed over the years, but the city councils appetite for a street race appears to have gone for good.....

I'm predominantly an armchair racer now..... :lol:

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