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by Derico
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

It almost seems as if the current generations in the USA cannot take even a little bit of inconvenience, let alone sacrifice, in their lives (excluding those who have military service or combat behind them or engage in voluntary or philanthropical work). I look around the world and to be honest, al...

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by Derico
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

It almost seems as if the current generations in the USA cannot take even a little bit of inconvenience, let alone sacrifice, in their lives (excluding those who have military service or combat behind them or engage in voluntary or philanthropical work). I look around the world and to be honest, alm...

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by Derico
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Asian American and situation of minority in the United States.
Replies: 21
Views: 1151

Re: Asian American and situation of minority in the United States.

Someone once said, that in receptor societies " the unskilled immigrants are blamed for not succeeding and dragging the country down, and the skilled immigrants are blamed FOR succeeding and dragging the individual (native) down". Racism and or xenophobia are really much more basic than ex...

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by Derico
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 282
Views: 53519

Re: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy

It's going to be very hard to see flights returning to secondary cities in Argentina from overseas, given the situation with COVID-19 in the region and beyond. Unlike what the media is incorrectly reporting, the virus is not out of control in Argentina, quite the opposite. The only area with widespr...

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by Derico
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

How about the middle road? No strict lock-down, but when you do go out please social distance and wear a mask in public? How difficult can it be.... With a good chunk of the population simply refusing, and protesting "fascism" when told to wear mask, it is pretty hard. But with a largely ...

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by Derico
Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

The problem with the people in all countries that want to totally open again, is that they want to totally open, but also are too lazy to take all the extra precautions to make it work. It's like the people that like the adult pleasures of sex but don't want to deal with the adult consequences.

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by Derico
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage
Replies: 185
Views: 5734

Re: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage

I always find it quite fascinating how everyone almost without exception is for "secession" or self-determination of a region of any other country, but the same idea in one's own country becomes treason. It's just an observation and not a criticism, though it is quite often one sees that w...

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by Derico
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 91
Views: 2933

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

Most North American cities "grew" after WWII which was the era of the automobile. All the infrastructure went to accommodate cars and low density housing in suburbs so most of the metropolitan areas cannot be economically covered by mass transit. Now it's too late to do urban planning so b...

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by Derico
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 47
Views: 2913

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

No, both are faking. Both are in deep trouble with COVID-19 so need another issue to deflect the attention. After repeated Modi's shocks to Indian economy, Corona dealt a major blow to Indian economy, it will take decades to revive. So, Modi needs an issue. With COVID-19 spotlight on him Xi also ne...

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by Derico
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?
Replies: 45
Views: 2376

Re: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?

Actually, you would probably see far more unrest in the USA if you did not have those emergency measures right now. The reason there is hardship is because the USA has been in denial for decades about it's economic growth. I have said it many times here before, asset inflation should not be consider...

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by Derico
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

I really do believe this virus has a "sweet spot" of temperature and humidity. Every time the environment in a country has changed to where the temperature is around 8-13C the cases spike. People cluster inside a lot when it falls below 14C (57F), and because the virus itself seems to rem...

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by Derico
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump vows to end violence now
Replies: 171
Views: 8876

Re: trump vows to end violence now

The US president should read what happened in Chile when the president there for days and days talked about how they should get tough with the people protesting (which was a small minority), but because he sounded so tone-deaf about what it was all really about (inequality), the protests grew massiv...

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by Derico
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 15920

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Unfortunately, some other countries, like Chile, just got the virus later than others. They stand today where others were 2 months ago. It's a shame that they should have perfectly known what was coming and didn't manage to avoid it. This is absolutely incorrect. As I was fearing, as soon as news s...

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by Derico
Sun May 31, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23690

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

It would seem increases testing is showing for more cases, with less deaths, however the recent sharp uptick in cases in Brazil , Peru, and India do lead to concern that we will see a sharp spike in deaths in June. Unfortunately, some other countries, like Chile, just got the virus later than other...

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by Derico
Sun May 31, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33574

Re: Another day another police killing

Fights in CNN, near the White House, and in many cities at the same time? Angry people, hateful people everywhere? Shootings? None of those specific problems are new. But what is new is that it is the president of the country through 4 years of division and hatred within his own country and against...

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by Derico
Sun May 31, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33574

Re: Another day another police killing

Fights in CNN, near the White House, and in many cities at the same time? Angry people, hateful people everywhere? Shootings? None of those specific problems are new. But what is new is that it is the president of the country through 4 years of division and hatred within his own country and against ...

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by Derico
Sat May 30, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33574

Re: Another day another police killing

I'm sure China is having a field day with all this. They repress protests, but they tell us we can't? They fudge the numbers, but they tell us we can't? In the end, all the big countries are acting with total disgrace and their behavior in the last few years makes it clear that none of them are a fo...

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by Derico
Fri May 29, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to sign executive order against social media
Replies: 84
Views: 3190

Re: Trump to sign executive order against social media

Why does anyone use Twitter? What is the purpose? Famous or wealthy people can just have their own websites to post announcements, or hire someone to do it. And the rest of us have nothing of any interest to post ( in my case, neither do rich people or celebrities). So why. Twitter allows a more pe...

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by Derico
Fri May 29, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to sign executive order against social media
Replies: 84
Views: 3190

Re: Trump to sign executive order against social media

Why does anyone use Twitter? What is the purpose?

Famous or wealthy people can just have their own websites to post announcements, or hire someone to do it. And the rest of us have nothing of any interest to post ( in my case, neither do rich people or celebrities). So why.

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by Derico
Fri May 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 33574

Re: Another day another police killing

The US police system was paramilitarized a few decades ago, for what reasons who knows. This is the result. In most countries I have visited, it is clear the police officers in the street are part of the civilian population, they engage their communities and make it clear they are not to feared. In ...

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by Derico
Mon May 11, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt
Replies: 89
Views: 2823

Re: U.S. Mercenaries Captured in Venezuela After Failed Coup Attempt

Let the Venezuelans continue to be punished for their collective stupidity and gullibility for voting in Chavez. They’re not a threat to anyone while poverty and starvation ties them down. Maybe the lesson that Argentinians continue to forget will sink in. I don't think you, or anyone else on this ...

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by Derico
Wed May 06, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan
Replies: 45
Views: 2151

Re: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan

I would use a line of rugby union and just say: it's the Northern Hemisphere's fault, as usual!

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by Derico
Tue May 05, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2468
Views: 86924

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Not an economist, but I doubt that an usually successful city state (Singapore) can be compared to a nation with innumerable provinces and varying economies. Successful is relative. I was just thinking about this the last two days. Singapore has been raved out for years on end, but without any seri...

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by Derico
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stupid things observed during COVID
Replies: 421
Views: 22548

Re: Stupid things observed during COVID

I may get a lot of heat for this, but I think it's a valid observation. I recently watched some news from Europe and North America about the unemployment and food crisis due to the economic shutdown. Of course, I totally understand that no one can really prepare for this kind of situation without be...

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by Derico
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?
Replies: 15
Views: 1211

Re: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?

Why would the military tarnish their reputation in this situation? Brazil's institutions have shown in the recent past they are solid enough to hold their leaders more accountable than the for about 20 years now incorrectly named "advanced democracies" in other countries. With examples cit...

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by Derico
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paying back the debt incurred for COVID-19 response
Replies: 23
Views: 715

Re: Paying back the debt incurred for COVID-19 response

A good start would be if corporations actually paid any tax at all... anywhere in the world. It almost seems this crisis came in at the "right" time in a way. The world had gone completely out of balance on the side of allowing big business to run the world. Yes, it sounds anti-capitalist,...

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by Derico
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is brain drain good or bad for the country of origin?
Replies: 23
Views: 1599

Re: Is brain drain good or bad for the country of origin?

The best way to enforce quality is the way German or US governments do it. Transparent markets, safety regulations overseen by the government. You are living in the glories of the past. There is really very little that is transparent about the US market, thanks to the lobbying and poor practices by...

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by Derico
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The US doesn't follow the WHO so how can they blame them now for the situation inside their country. This is the worst kind of shirking responsibility Will someone on this planet ever stand up to this guy and call him out? Anyone doesn't want not to be a hero? Has this guy ever owned up to any mista...

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by Derico
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The three key charts for the progress of the epidemic in South America. Chart 1: how many days for infections to double Chart 2: Daily virus death count Chart 3: transmission reproductive capacity https://i.postimg.cc/Bt9pnwQ9/virusult.jpg (graphs from Elpais.es, data from Elpais.es, Lanacion.com.ar)

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by Derico
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Is Lending All These Countries The Trillions & Billions of Dollars?
Replies: 24
Views: 1328

Re: Who Is Lending All These Countries The Trillions & Billions of Dollars?

Here we go again, people complaining about debt during the one time when it is actually warranted: war, pandemic, or recession. Maybe instead of having rates at near 0% PLUS lowering taxes PLUS running deficits when economies were touted as "booming", central banks could have raised rates,...

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by Derico
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

The West was caught completely napping due to poor investment in their healthcare systems for many years, caught in a bubble of arrogance that I could not happen to them, and in a culture of exaggerated individualism and distrust of authorities. You're making an awfully wide generalisation there ma...

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by Derico
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Looking at the numbers, I'm not too sure if I would call that plan a good choice (so far). If herd immunity plan was universal, Italy,Spain and the USA definitely missed some pieces of the puzzle. There are several possibilities. 1) No mask policy (vs) Mandatory mask policy (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chin...

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by Derico
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why are we going so hard against nature fighting Covid-19 like we are doing?
Replies: 145
Views: 6000

Re: Why are we going so hard against nature fighting Covid-19 like we are doing?

While the OP is fundamentally wrong (we still live in the jungle, but that doesn't mean we can have a little compassion and selflessness), I do understand the point of those against what has happened. The reason the world has reacted to Coronavirus the way it has is really simple: To protect lives (...

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by Derico
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Reading the news reports from multiple countries, governments are outraged that the USA is using the dollar ploy to allocate itself more quantities of masks. Now, it is not so much the USA's fault that the mask manufacturers are being so shameless as to redirect shipments to the US because the banki...

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by Derico
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega Church Pastor Jailed for Soliciting Congregation to Attend Massive Services
Replies: 104
Views: 3091

Re: Mega Church Pastor Jailed for Soliciting Congregation to Attend Massive Services

I never liked megachurches, in fact I have said it here a few times over the years. I find almost all of the "new churches" that come out of North America to be complete jokes and dangerous. Though others also emerge in other countries. The COVID-19 crisis has confirmed my thoughts. In alm...

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by Derico
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Kind of an odd side story, there are 2300 Argentines stuck in Andorra, yes Andorra. Now this is a country with a population of barely 70.000 people. So they would be making up 3% of the population there, and cannot return to their country. Why are they there? Andorra due to language is a logical des...

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by Derico
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

@Dericho I hope you are right about temperature. I can think of a couple of big cities in Africa at altitude, though - Johannesburg (1753m) and Nairobi (1795m) where it is not so hot. If the low level cities in SA and Kenya suffer little while those two suffer a lot, that would lend weight to your ...

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by Derico
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I fear for refugees in camps. The outlook for them looks bleak to me. Same for people in the favelas of South America, the shantytowns of Africa, the slums of India, anywhere where a lot of people are crammed together in poor conditions. Being a prisoner is very risky, too. It is too much of a coin...

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by Derico
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 65966

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I fear for refugees in camps. The outlook for them looks bleak to me. Same for people in the favelas of South America, the shantytowns of Africa, the slums of India, anywhere where a lot of people are crammed together in poor conditions. Being a prisoner is very risky, too. It is too much of a coin...

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by Derico
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162018

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Argentina has suspended repatriation of citizens from all over the world temporarily. Before the temporary ban was instituted,40 to 50 thousand people had been returned to the country on chartered flights, 27 thousand on AR, 11 thousand on LATAM. The government estimates 10 to 15 thousand Argentines...

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by Derico
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should US impose Sanctions on countries who have "Wet Shops"?
Replies: 32
Views: 1547

Re: Should US impose Sanctions on countries who have "Wet Shops"?

Forget sanctions, people here are so darn shortsighted. We need a comprehensive global treaty on how to handle emerging diseases in the future. All nations who sign the treaty agree to: 1. Certain standards of prevention and healthcare, and investment targets in their hospital system (including larg...

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by Derico
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed
Replies: 17
Views: 938

Re: 2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed

Why would the games be held somewhere else? I don't find Europe or the USA any safer than Japan in regards to health. And at least in Japan there is less crime.

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by Derico
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World should Sue/Get reparations from China over CV-19
Replies: 21
Views: 788

Re: World should Sue/Get reparations from China over CV-19

I get people are angry, so I will reserve judgement on the true sentiments of anyone for or against any type of measures at this stage when passions are heated. Objectively you won't get reparations, and it's unfair to punish the many for the perceived ills of the few. As for some claims that Chines...

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by Derico
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162018

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Again, some may not like "shutting everything down", but the reason this was done is both objective and subjective. Objectively, this is the FIRST wave of this virus, a virus no one has immunity against, and no one knows how to treat it or lower the death rate. So it does make some sense t...

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by Derico
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162018

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

I can only go with what the media is saying. They are saying in Italy and the US there is massive violations. Paris and England as well. Spain haven't heard much yet. But a couple of Spanish tourists did "escape" the quarantine in Argentina and now have an international capture order. I'd ...

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by Derico
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162018

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

So it's time to admit it: Western people (as opposed to Asians), it appears are just not culturally capable of self-restraint in the same manner that made the lockdowns work in Asia. At least Southern Europeans are not. Jury still out on northerners I guess. I simply don't comprehend how is it hard ...

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by Derico
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?
Replies: 93
Views: 4215

Re: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected You?

I'm in Taiwan so I have warched everything on TV and my life has been very minimally affected. It's surreal to know that this year all my personal friends con mainland China, Korea, Japan, now in Europe, the USA, and Argentina have been forced to stay home and suspend their lives, all the while I ha...

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by Derico
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 162018

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

We haven't heard much from Africa or South America. What is going on there? Most of Africa’s cases have been in Egypt. Many African countries have regular trade links with China, but not large tourist influx - Kenya and South Africa are exceptions, but they have already banned Chinese and European ...

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by Derico
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?
Replies: 155
Views: 4777

Re: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?

I just heard the comment of Trump of about the "chinese virus". It was so totally sly and calculated. He is a ------- head of state for ---- sake!! We all know this comment could lead to some crazy out there to harm a completely innocent man or woman, boy or girl. I am so sick of this tras...

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by Derico
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?
Replies: 155
Views: 4777

Re: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?

I agree China's reputation is already hurt because of this. They had the chance to be stricter on the wet markets and decided not too after a while. But, it is also very difficult to enforce personal responsibility. Even for a massive state apparatus like Mainland China, you can't catch 100% of peop...

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