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  RAAF Radschool Association


Vol 30

December, 2009

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.


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We've got lots of photos of people who were on Radschool Courses, some recent, some from a long time ago - and, we have our first page 3 girl!!!!


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Sam tells us about the new and free anti-virus program just released by Microsoft and warns us about piggy-back software that creeps into your machine.


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Do RadTechs have more girl children than boy children - we ran a survey and we now have the results


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Ted's got lots more interesting stuff to tell us about including checking on your prostate, something we should all be doing, and a few tips on how and when/where to wear campaign medals.


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Bill Dixon tells us his story - on his posting to 11 Sqn and getting the P2V5 Neptune.


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Not many know that Hitler had  a stealth fighter/bomber that, if bought into service earlier, could have altered the course of the war.


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Why was 35 Sqn called Wallaby Airlines?? Don Pollock was around at that time and he tells us why.


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Recently the old Caribou was put out to pasture and 38 Sqn had a party to celebrate or was that to commiserate. We've got lots of photos from the weekend,


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We've got some fabulous photos of the old Lancaster in full flight in Canada. What a magnificent old aircraft.


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We're looking for people, perhaps you can help.


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This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.


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Your say



Global warming!


We thought we were finished with all this but it's a topic about which a lot of people have strong ideas. We were sent a PDF file which was written by Viscount Christopher Monckton, a member of the UK House of Lords. This article really puts the boot into Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth." It was written for the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI). 


It seems the UK High Court has "debunked" most of the assertions in the movie and went so far as to refer to the movie as "political indoctrination".


The article by Christopher Monckton concludes by saying:-  "As many as 35 serious scientific errors or exaggerations, all pointing towards invention of a threat that does not exist at all, or exaggerations of phenomena that do exist, do not reflect credit on the presenter of the movie or on those who advised him".


You can read Christopher Monckton's report  HERE


One thing that should be watched very carefully is the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be held in Copenhagen from 7th December to the 18th December. This conference will try and get all the world's nations to sign an agreement that could be detrimental to our Nation's prosperity. The agreement would compel all nations to form an unelected "World Government" which would move a major portion of all developed countries' wealth off-shore and give it to third world countries - all in the name of "Climate Change." Janet Albrechtsen, who writes for the Australian, wrote about it on the 28th October 2009 - you can read what she wrote HERE.


You can read a copy of the proposed treaty HERE and you can hear Christopher Moncton interviewed on the subject by Alan Jones on 2GB HERE.


And as far as CO2 being the bad boy on the block and the chief cause of global warming, it seems one of the world's leading scientists in this area, Richard Lindzen, the  Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT reckons that it's all garbage. He recently complained about the "shrill alarmism" of Gore's movie  "An Inconvenient Truth" and acknowledges that although global warming is real, increased carbon emissions might be causing the warming -- but they also might not!!

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He says "`We do not understand the natural internal variability of climate change. The evidence now suggests that the Greenland ice sheet is actually growing and that Alpine glaciers have been retreating since the early 19th century and were advancing for several centuries before that. Since about 1970, many of the glaciers have stopped retreating and some are now advancing again and more importantly, the world has not warmed one bit for the past 10 years!!!. And, frankly, we don't know why."


Richard Lindzen was interviewed by Michael Smith on Brisbane's radio station 4BC on the 4th November, you can hear the full interview HERE - it is very interesting. Listen to the man's credentials and compare them with all the "experts" in the press and those well learned chaps on the ABC.


And here are two more interesting sites,  HERE and HERE


You'll also notice that the term "Global Warming" is been quietly dropped - it was all garbage from day one as the earth has not warmed for the past 10 years, the new catch cry is now "Climate Change" which has been going on naturally for ever.


What IS going on???  It seems to us that climate change and global warming and carbon trading and all this stuff is a matter of Politics - and not science at all.


Apart from the Politicians who are pushing the barrow, no one seems to know what it's all about - and when you question it, you are branded a sceptic. Well, I don't know about you - but I don't like being critically classified by these people just because I question what they consider as an axiom.


Because the financial interests are so huge and (it seems to me) there is so much miss-information out there, a Royal Commission should be convened to look at it - a vehicle where independent and credible witnesses could be called and give evidence under oath so we could get to the truth of the matter, because right now, all we are being fed is heap of biased opinion - from both sides.




The following is an excellent example of how junk science  can be used to unduly alarm the general public over an environmental  issue that is in reality nonexistent:   We think the general population is becoming conditioned to become alarmed  about environmental issues that are really the practice of "junk  science?"


Would you sign a petition demanding strict control or  total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide" for all of the  following reasons?


1.   Dihydrogen monoxide can cause excessive sweating and vomiting; 

2.   It is a major component in acid rain; 

3.   It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state; 

4.   It can cause death if accidentally inhaled; 

5.   It contributes to erosion; 

6.   It decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes; and 

7.   It has been found in tumours of terminal cancer patients.  


So, what do you think? How would you vote? It sounds like pretty  dangerous stuff, Yes? Well, dihydrogen monoxide is in fact water - H20.


The moral of the story? Get all the facts  first. If you are missing just one, it is easy to be fooled.





We still get a few mails from blokes asking why their name does not exist on the "List of Members", even though they joined some time ago and sent in their $10.00.



As we've said, our old data base was so far out of date that it was next to useless so we had to ditch it and start again. We now do it all on line so there is nothing to print out and post in and as there are no costs involved, joining is now free.


Please check the list of names and if your name isn't there, please click on the "Join the Association" tag (there's one on the top of each page) fill in the details and send it to us.


Also, if you change your address, or phone numbers or email address, or you just want to say hello, or you want to give us a tongue lashing, you can do so by clicking on the "Contact Us" tag, also at the top of each page and filling in the details. It's so easy even an instrument fitter could do it, it's all done on line, no printing out forms and no postage.


Over the past couple of months we have been able to put a bunch of people in contact with long lost mates - but that's only because we have your details. Please click on the Join the Association tag and fill it in, the more people that join the more we can match up . We don't and won't give out your details to anyone so there is no risk of you being spammed.





We've been asked by a number of people to add links to their pages -  only too happy to oblige. From now, there will be a "LINKS" link on the top of each of our pages.  If you have a site in which you think our readers would be interested, let us know and we'll add it to our list.




Merry Christmas.


We hope you have a Happy and Wonderful time over the Christmas break, that Santa brings you heaps of nice things, that the New Year sees you and your family both well and happy and we look forward to seeing you all in 2010.  And as Ted Mac says:  "The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live".


Here's a little song to help you have a good time - click HERE




You can download the full magazine in PDF format  HERE.

It is a very large file, contains 160 pages and will take a while to download.


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