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Old 08-19-2015, 01:40 AM   #1
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5 - # of Straya threads or # of times Melbourne has been crowned world's best city

Both.

That's a whole five thymes more than Stdney.
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This is a thought-provoking read Leunig's anti-vaccination stance reveals the fantasy world he lives in | Eleanor Robertson | Comment is free | The Guardian

I've always loved Leunig, but the author here makes a pretty good argument that his anti-vacc stance isn't really all that surprising.
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Sorry, we're too busy being awesome to give a fuck about being rated the best city in the world.
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see my tweet about opal


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I did, and I can't fathom how that happened because there's literally no $3.15 fare, so that's on you.

(That said, as much as I like Opal, it's not as good as Myki; there's been a couple of times where I've had to scan my ticket two or three times, and when the gates go down on a fortnightly basis the city STOPS.)
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It was a joke, I was making a societal comment on how expensive opal is.

I don't use myki unless I have to get on a train. So easy to fare evade


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Wait stop the presses SOMEBODY SAID SOMETHING NICE ABOUT MYKI

THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE

I don't know how to handle this development.
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Oh, fair enough - Opal is really good if you're a working person making more than two trips a day, it's pointless if you're a tourist. And of course, because our government is horribly inefficient, they hired a ton of transit officers to fine people who get slugged by the increased per-trip price, so they then get fines and things get circular and stupid.

Myki works, so kudos to them.
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But Myki is also fucking useless if you aren't a working person who travels 2+ times a day. When my mum and stepdad were in town last month, we drove everywhere because to use Myki they would've both had to spend $10 or whatever it is to buy Myki cards on top of buying credit for the cards, and then couldn't have got refunds on the cards or unused credit once they left three days later. Awful system. At least most overseas smartcard systems offer the ability to return the card and get back unused credit and the purchase price.
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A dramatic 'kids arrested at the airport' scoop today. ISIS, fear, death cult. Tony and co must be having a very rough week to pull this one out again. They probably think it will win them the election. It might. Nothing else will.
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Kid Named Isis Arrested at Airport; Tony Abbott Press Conference at 11 (Flags, Also O'Clock)
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I wouldn't be surprised if they just invented it out of whole cloth; it's not like Blockhead Dutton is going to reveal any details or names.
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Remember, this government doesn't comment on on-water matters.

Everywhere, by the way, is now on-water. We're girt by sea, after all.
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Thanks to your Aussie fire-fighters who are over here in The States fghting the horrific fires in Washington State and Oregonand yeah i remember some of your country's terrifying fires, too.
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