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by Aesma
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

Reading that BBC article, you feel nothing has changed. The UK has no clear position, the government is saying "yes" to everybody, even though some of these positions contradict each other...

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 88
Views: 24920

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

luv2cattlecall wrote:
What is it about aircraft carpets that makes them cost $25/square foot?


Certification. It's what makes everything on an aircraft 5-10 times more expensive than the exact same part but not certified.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 88
Views: 24920

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

I believe QR will decide to write the aircraft off just as Emirates did with A6-EMW involved on EK521 , basically due to de blockade in the Middle East..And also due to the level of destruction of the cabin and the fuselage I don't see what the blockade has to do with anything. Nobody in Europe is ...

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who's the booziest?
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: Who's the booziest?

These numbers are hard to believe. When they say per capita, it doesn't include children. But still, considering a fair amount of people don't drink at all or don't drink much, it means there are a lot of alcoholics out there to compensate. If you're in that average it means you're already drinking ...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week
Replies: 30
Views: 752

Re: The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week

(Huffington Post, no doubt?) Each of the instances mentioned have been apologized for (or at least recognized/corrected) by the offending groups. I'm sure you know this, of course. Which makes them 10 times better than Fox and company. It's a proof of integrity. Of course, you must first understand...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?
Replies: 148
Views: 6656

Re: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?

Personally I don't willingly buy something made in Israel. But that's not new, I've done it for more than a decade. I will never go there until there is a solution for the palestinians. I don't vote for politicians who align themselves with the current Israeli government, but fortunately they're rar...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

French car production in France dropped millions, plenty of plants closed. I think in the last decade UK car production went way up and might have passed France or come close. Personally I think there is a real problem with Turkey, and even EU members like Poland and Hungary (and Romania). One of th...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 101
Views: 15907

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Interesting, a lot of full service airlines are going more upscale with their uniforms. We’ve seen a return of cabin crew hats in the last decade- NZ, QF, AZ, BA, DL, QR,EY, etc. so I’m not sure I agree with KLM this is a trend, admittedly tech crew uniforms are changed far less frequently I think ...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 88
Views: 24920

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

I'm sure if you wanted to repair it you could, and it might even make sense economically. However for an airline that whines about minute details, I guess they don't want an oddball aircraft in their fleet, and they'd rather write it off, reduce their tax liability and replace the aircraft by a bett...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Same Sex Marriage Survey Results Annoucement
Replies: 37
Views: 1508

Re: Australian Same Sex Marriage Survey Results Annoucement

If only the US had been this diligent when marriage equality became the law of the land. I will be forever grateful for Justice Kennedy's opinion, but I fear his legacy could be overturned in an instant if a more conservative (possibly ideologically driven) court is ever put in place. :checkmark: H...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Russia with truth
Replies: 444
Views: 11031

Re: From Russia with truth

I'm ready to accept that there is some bias in information we get in the western world, but at least we have plenty of journalists that are free to say so, do their job, and report their findings. For example it's clear there was a US intention to get Ukraine into NATO, a stupid idea. On the other h...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

Turkey is in a customs union with the EU, that applies to many products. Plenty of cars, including French ones, are made there. For example my Renault Clio IV has 70% chance to have been made there.

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 18956

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

I know about shortcuts Porsche's cousin VW took with diesel engines, but I feel you're not talking about that.

What do you mean by over dramatic ? Concorde had incidents when wing tanks were ruptured, yet nothing was done about it, right or wrong ?

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Russia with truth
Replies: 444
Views: 11031

Re: From Russia with truth

The west doesn't hate Russia, even though that sometimes is the image that russian media tries to portray. But, we are not so fond of the current russian leaders, Putin is generally seen as an authoritarian leader doing his best to dismantle the last remains of democracy and turn himself into a dic...

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 64
Views: 12873

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

Happens regularly in France too. Sometimes because the person being deported is unruly, but sometimes also because the rest of the passengers start making a scene when they see a deportation going on.

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Johnny Hallyday, the 'French Elvis', dies at 74
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Johnny Hallyday, the 'French Elvis', dies at 74

France’s biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, the leather-trousered “French Elvis” who sold more than 110m albums over a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 74. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/dec/06/johnny-hallyday-french-rock-star-dies-aged-74-lung-cancer He was known for...

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 18956

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

If you're super rich you probably love life so you wouldn't put a foot in a Tupolev of any variety. In fact I feel the same about the proposed supersonic business jets. When you see that Concorde could fly for decades without anybody really taking seriously major safety issues, until one crashed, it...

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?
Replies: 148
Views: 6656

Re: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?

How many religious crazies really care about this ? Was any of them likely to vote (D) ? Let's not forget the white nationalists, KKK members, conspirationists, and other nice people who are also part of Trump's base, they might not like this, they're antisemitic and always talk about international ...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How do they work Cape Air's cessna aircraft into the pattern for approach to BOS?
Replies: 32
Views: 6326

Re: How do they work Cape Air's cessna aircraft into the pattern for approach to BOS?

INFINITI329 wrote:
B777LRF wrote:
Many, many, moons ago I flew a Shorts Skyvan


That is one "interesting" looking machine


Ideal for group skydiving.

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime
Replies: 105
Views: 26761

Re: VS to lease 4 A332's to cover 789 downtime

Why are the Trents on 787 having issues and not all the others on A330 and A380's ? Do they have some new metal that doesn't work well at high temperatures ? All Nippon and Virgin seem to be tremendously affected by this at the worst time if year to be. I wonder if any 787 contracts will cancel Rol...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Blue to change its name
Replies: 49
Views: 11467

Re: French Blue to change its name

The Airline is called "French"?? Just French? Why don't they just call it "Airline" and be done with it? And why are they using the English term, the folks in France sometimes get touchy when using English words. Really, shouldn't the airline be called "Français" for t...

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by Aesma
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 107
Views: 4906

Re: Tax reform win.

My questions got avoided so here's a new one : the tax bill includes a new 20% tax on importations by multinational companies with activities in the US. How is that for low taxes, free capitalism etc. ?

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?
Replies: 19
Views: 4794

Re: Virgin Atlantic and Bio fuel, what happened?

What is needed, and will happen eventually, is a real carbon tax with teeth. Then good biofuels will be competitive.

Of course today aviation fuel doesn't even pay regular taxes !

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency

Not all crypto-currencies have a limited supply, several are unlimited.

The problem here is mainly that it's a crypto currency controlled by a government, when cryptos are here precisely to avoid such control.

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus's CTO departs after only 18 months on the job
Replies: 25
Views: 13422

Re: Airbus's CTO departs after only 18 months on the job

He probably had a role to play at Airbus, his previous one, not CTO. Airbus working on electric air taxis etc. is fine, but it isn't their core market and isn't likely to be it, ever. Paris is a booming tech hub, some say France has elected a president from the start-up nation, so closing the tech c...

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight
Replies: 303
Views: 61874

Re: Lithium-ion battery fails on UA 787 flight

I'm not overly concerned by this but I wonder why the NTSB wouldn't make any such incident reportable, then they would be able to have reliable data.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Argentina's navy lost a submarine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3191

Re: Argentina's navy lost a submarine?

So that's what I thought from the beginning, the sub was snorkeling and took on water. Wouldn't it have been prudent to just surface at that point ?

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kate Steinle shooting: illegal immigrant acquitted
Replies: 82
Views: 3687

Re: Kate Steinle shooting: illegal immigrant acquitted

There are 69 375 prisoners for a population of 67 millions in my country, so more than 200 000 prisoners for 40 millions inhabitants doesn't seem soft on crime. Some european countries have even better looking ratios.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 107
Views: 4906

Re: Tax reform win.

Francoflier wrote:
As it stands, I'd be more inclined to call the USA a plutocracy than a democracy.


They'll squeeze your entire post and just respond to that, so I'll do it before them : the USA is not supposed to be a democracy but a republic !

Whatever that is supposed to mean.

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 107
Views: 4906

Re: Tax reform win.

Trickle down economics has become (has always been ?) a religion, you need faith, proofs are optional. And you need willful ignorance to dispute the superior economic growth and widespread prosperity that is enjoyed by people of all income levels in low-tax, free-market societies. Define low tax. I...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kate Steinle shooting: illegal immigrant acquitted
Replies: 82
Views: 3687

Re: Kate Steinle shooting: illegal immigrant acquitted

Too much politicizing issues leads to unintended consequences, you push too much in one direction, and that leads others to push back too much in the other direction. The middle ground disappears. Arpaio treats illegal immigrants like subhumans and Trump praises him, then he's surprised sanctuary ci...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 107
Views: 4906

Re: Tax reform win.

Trickle down economics has become (has always been ?) a religion, you need faith, proofs are optional. I have no fundamental problem with a 20% corporate tax rate, if there is no loophole whatsoever and companies actually pay that. I somehow doubt that'll be the case. I think healthcare should be pa...

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

Does make you wonder why those in the UK remain camp are fighting so hard....... Well for once the EU appears to respect democracy. You have voted to leave, it's done. As for Brexit not being a hot topic in non UK news, the EU is rarely a hot topic anyway, people find it too complex. Lately it was ...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sexual Assault - all of it
Replies: 142
Views: 6613

Re: Sexual Assault - all of it

It seems I was right, there are both lots of accusations and he admits it. NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Matt Lauer apologized and said he was "soul searching" in a statement read out on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, a day after he was fired from his role as co-host of the popula...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sexual Assault - all of it
Replies: 142
Views: 6613

Re: Sexual Assault - all of it

I have to play Devil's advocate here: are men being given their due process? A popup from USA Today said that NBC fired Matt Lauer for sexual harassment allegations. While it is good optics to see a company taking action against sexual harassment allegations, it's also concerning that institutions ...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Moore wins in AL runoff. What next?
Replies: 388
Views: 12786

Re: Moore wins in AL runoff. What next?

I'm not aware of any US federal definition (law) about what is an abortion, what are the limits, reasons for it, etc. Everything hangs on a supreme court decision.There is a ban on a specific procedure (which is quite ridiculous, politicians and judges deciding on a medical matter...). Since US poli...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty

Heading a charity is not "whatever she makes it". Whatever she makes it, is what she was doing before.

In my opinion charities exist to do what the government won't do, so when you're linked to power, it's almost indecent to head one.

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty

You know, I am positive there would be THOUSANDS of men willing to give up their careers and be dependent on her and her earnings! If she were so inclined. Tugg But that's not the reverse situation. The reverse situation would be a successful man, say an actor, marrying a princess and following her...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

The border issue is huge both for the EU and UK. The EU doesn't want UK products to enter it illegally, and probably doesn't mind much about people entering illegally. For the UK it's the reverse, they don't want people (who could be from anywhere) entering illegally, and wouldn't mind it for goods.

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE CEO arrested on misappropriation of company funds.
Replies: 17
Views: 4725

Re: KE CEO arrested on misappropriation of company funds.

A structure might not be expensive, but a structure filled with the nicest materials like marble, rare woods, designer furniture, high technology (giant OLED screens), that can get expensive quick.

Or maybe digging a large extension under the garden like is done in London.

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty
Replies: 21
Views: 2629

Re: Rachel(Meghan Markle) is going to be royalty

In France TV news insisted on the fact that the queen was enthusiastic or something like that. Made me chuckle.

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Egypt mosque attack
Replies: 25
Views: 2286

Re: Egypt mosque attack

Extricating religion from politics is a political process, not a religious one.

I'm not saying Islam (the many variations of Islam, really) doesn't need to evolve, I'm saying that as long as using Islam to cement political power is common, you can't expect much progress.

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airlines at the dawn of a big bang
Replies: 15
Views: 8774

Re: French airlines at the dawn of a big bang

Aigle Azur, Corsair, XL Airways/La Compagnie : that kind of makes sense, as all these are "normal" airlines that will fly wherever there is demand. Air Austral, Air Tahiti Nui, on the other hand, are local governments' projects, whose only reason for being is to connect their islands to me...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Middle Landing Gear On Airbus 340
Replies: 34
Views: 13138

Re: Middle Landing Gear On Airbus 340

Holy necrothread Batman! It seems that the 340 and the DC10-30/MD-11 are the only designs that adopted the center gear with two wheels as opposed to the 6-wheeled truck that the 777 and 350-1000 have. Besides complexity (mx), does the 2x6 arrangement have any advantages over the 2x4/1x2 arrangement...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...
Replies: 50
Views: 2016

Re: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...

I don't think there is oxygen at the bottom of lakes, unlike at the bottom of the oceans.

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit - EU position
Replies: 1349
Views: 45715

Re: Brexit - EU position

Exactly, fiscal paradises can stay fiscal paradises, they just can't continue to take money from EU entities, that they wouldn't take anyway if they weren't fiscal paradises in the first place.

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Google Earth censorship of airport roads
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: Google Earth censorship of airport roads

I've caught a google street car in the impasse behind my house the other day, no more giant camera pole and garish google colors on the car, it was black with a small google logo, and small cluster of cameras on the roof, very low key.

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Four Words do you misspell all the time?
Replies: 12
Views: 478

Re: What Four Words do you misspell all the time?

1) License (shouldn’t there be an “sc” combination in there somewhere? That one is my top one too, because it's spelled licence in French (and UK English), so that's confusing and I end up being wrong in both languages. 2) connection Same reason, it's spelt connexion in French, when usually you'd e...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...
Replies: 50
Views: 2016

Re: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...

I really suspect that if you were to take Mike Hughes up 100 miles above the Earth and show him the view it would be branded a trick. Oh well, we still have the Lock Ness monster and the Yeti. ;) I used to debate at length, over months (with others) on another forum with such individuals, on the to...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...
Replies: 50
Views: 2016

Re: Flat Earth will finally be proven ...

It's well known that designing space toilets is in fact tricky and has needed lots of improvements over the years. The problem is not spationauts being ejected though, but indeed how to not make a mess of things.

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