The “C-3” was imho the best option, but USN wanted more V-22’s. Was the proposed "C-3" also the cheapest option? The V-22 isn't the cheapest right? What about aircraft such as the C27J? Was it considered? It would have seemed a strong choice, with its large cargo capacity, good speed, pre...Jump to post
As with everything, the US needed a plan when you attack a country, a plan to exit. The Taliban surrendered quite fast, but the US refused to move on. That was the key moment to have a chance to really change Afghanistan for the better. We can not imagine that today, but in the 1960-ish, Afghanistan...Jump to post
World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem' The world’s wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says. It says the world's wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, according to the UN. The wealthiest 5% alone – the ...Jump to post
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minsk_Protocol If we read the Minsk 2 agreements, in particular point 4 and 9, the Ukrainian interpretation is out of the question. First elections, then starting from the next day I believe Ukraine starts assuming control of it's border. Ukraine should be in charge ...Jump to post
Living in Japan, was stopped once by a cop asking to do a 'standard ID check'. I asked what for, they said a 'foreigner caused trouble in this area'. I asked what kind of trouble, and they wouldn't say, and asked to see my passport. Even though I told him I was a resident and had an ID, he still as...Jump to post
Not too much interaction with the Dutch police and in general they are quite relaxed and just doing their job. My only truly negative experience with law enforcement was near the Red Square. I Moscow there is a bullshit rule at the time, don't know if it still exists, that you. need to have a 'permi...Jump to post
On a related note, when the Ukrainian government seriously and openly talks about what they plan to do to the population on an official level when (more like IF) they regain control of their territories, do they actually expect people living in the Eastern Ukraine or Crimea to actually ever want to...Jump to post
The problem is that Minsk agreement(s) contain several items that are interpreted differently by Russia and Ukraine. One of the most obvious is that Russia insists on Ukraine talking directly to the separatists. Given that they are completely controlled by Russia there is the only reason why Russia...Jump to post
Would you vote to abolish your own? Yes, without hesitation. I actually agree it’s undemocratic and a bit weird. But I wouldn’t wanted the queen scrapped just to be replaced by another politician. No thank you. Why not? In Germany, Austria, Italy, and Israel for instance it works just fine. The pre...Jump to post
Though around 20% in the UK tend to want to see a Republic and many abroad cannot understand a Constitutional Monarchy today, i think the 'outdated' part as regards the UK is not them but the electoral system, certainly the European Constitutional Monarchies are not the backwards nations some like ...Jump to post
Apparently, Ukraine's only option is, cede its territory to Russia anytime Russia wants some. This type of dishonorable hybrid warfare is dangerous for global stability. Russia doesnt randomly want some. All they want is the Russia aligned russian speaking east Ukraine to join Russia, and EU can ha...Jump to post
One of the principle of EU is free movement of goods between its member states, and Ireland is one of its member states. Rest of EU←→Ireland←→North Ireland←→Rest of UK In this chain of entities, since (rest of) UK decided they will not follow EU's trade regulation, there must be some sort of barrie...Jump to post
johns624 wrote:I'm well aware of Europe's history. I'm just having some fun, is all. We get dumped on, a little turnabout is fair play.
Geez, maybe Northern Ireland should secede and join the US. They seem to be acting like us and not the rest of "enlightened" Europe! :lol: :lol: I am not entirely sure of what you mean by this. One can interpret this in so many ways ;-) We are constantly being preached to as to what a vio...Jump to post
johns624 wrote:Geez, maybe Northern Ireland should secede and join the US. They seem to be acting like us and not the rest of "enlightened" Europe!
Yes, read about this in the news. Quite astonishing, you ask your supporters to donate money and deceit the very same people to have a "consent" checkmark on to donate the same amount every month or donate twice as much. Read about someone who wanted to donate 500USD and ended up "don...Jump to post
I suspect many of the youth rioters are unemployed, due to a mix of multi-generational employment issues, Brexit and Covid-19. People not working have time on their hands and not enough money, so tend to get involved in anti-government and anti-social activities. They brood in their 'tribes' listen...Jump to post
You are right, however this is in part a consequence of it, which cannot be ignored. Extremists on both sides in N.I. know this and are acting accordingly, having been much more marginalized before. There was a reason the Democrats in the US were so concerned too, given their involvement in facilit...Jump to post
Look Brexit is done, so that is not a factor anymore, there is a new reality, Northern Ireland is out of the EU, with the exit deal in place, including the border in the Irish Sea and the open border between the Republic and the Northern part of the Iles. The question is how to move on, and get out ...Jump to post
The Guardian view on the riots in Northern Ireland: situation dangerous Violence by loyalist youths over the Easter weekend is evidence of an increasingly febrile atmosphere The rioting that took place over the long Easter weekend in Northern Ireland was relatively small-scale. But its significance...Jump to post
This has been an annoying NIMBY issue to me for ages - but now survey data shows that even as planes get quieter, airport neighbors’ ire grows at lower sound levels than before. Could it be that the issue is less about the noise itself and more about the explosion of narcissism in American society?...Jump to post
For that matter, Russia as a whole may have a "little man" complex, having lost the power it assumed it had under the Soviet era, and now smarting under sanctions, corruption, and poor government. Putin plays the nationalistic card, and he does that brilliantly. It is a very dangerous car...Jump to post
Good for Norway.
prebennorholm wrote:M564038 wrote:Zero homocides first quarter 2021,
So obviously Breivik hasn't been released from prison yet.
But beware when that happens (cannot last all that long). He has changed his name to Hansen (full name Fjotolf Hansen).
You could turn that around: it’s frightening how much Russia is dependant on Europeans buying their gas. But while the EU is (slowly) moving away from fossil fuels, the same can not be said for Russia. There's always energy hungry China. So what do Russians think of China. I know Putin and Xi are b...Jump to post
zkojq wrote:Wait people don't seriously think that Ukraine is about to invade Russia, do they.
Not beyond the realm of possibilities that Russia , China , Turkey , North Korea and Iran could arrange a coordinated attack on Western interests and overwhelm NATO and surprise the USA on a level that would make Pearl Harbour look like a minor skirmish. An asymmetric attack on several fronts would...Jump to post
I don't even know how things could go back to normal at this point, short of giving Crimea back. Even then, Russia has been given out Russian passports like crazy in eastern Ukraine, so now the Putin regime is claiming to have a large group of Russian citizens in Ukraine. So that is the real danger...Jump to post
So two weeks in and things look grimm. Dutch PM Rutte narrowly survives no-confidence vote Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte has narrowly survived a vote of no confidence over his conduct during talks to form a governing coalition. But he remains under pressure after parliament adopted a for...Jump to post
Correct. I went to a Ukrainian Catholic grade school in the 60-70's with many first and second generations Ukrainian-Americans. It was always called "The Ukraine" by everyone. I'll take my personal experience over some "scholar". I don't consider it any different than calling it...Jump to post
If the Ukrainians are moving troops up to the border what do you expect the other side to do? Russia should not be a side. Of course they are a side, it’s right on there border. Ukraine does not threaten Russia in any way. Russia has occupied part of Ukraine. So no, if is not 'of course'. But indee...Jump to post
For another forum I belong to it was reported 2-3 weeks ago that Ukraine had begun moving more equipment to the front, this is Russia’s response. I thought that there were no Russian troops in Ukraine (except Crimea of course, which the Putin regime illegally according to international law, grabbed...Jump to post
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40016/russian-armor-floods-toward-border-with-ukraine-amid-fears-of-an-imminent-crisis I'm surprised this is not getting picked up by other news agencies. Is this simply saber rattling, or the start of something more aggressive ? For another forum I belong to i...Jump to post
hopefully, it will not be the start of more Russian aggression. Not a good sign, though. Does the Putin regime need another distraction from internal problems.Jump to post
Ever Given has finally been freed! Sorry for paywalled reporting https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/ever-given-unstuck-and-moving-reports-20210329-p57ezh.html Sorry to be the party pooper, but no it hasn't. Just the stern of the ship has been freed. The bow still is stuck in the mud. Accordin...Jump to post
Cut Scotland off and let it float up towards the North Pole... they will freeze. I will be sorry to see them go - I have some good Scottish friends and it’s a beautiful country. But I’ll tired of the anti-English. I’m tired of the politics. Just go do your thing. Scotland will be a failed state and...Jump to post
aljrooney wrote:A Navy T1 has just crashed in Cornwall near Culdrose. Both pilots ejected and are OK
https://news.sky.com/story/raf-jet-cras ... t-12256136
Analysis: UK is now halfway to meeting its ‘net-zero emissions’ target The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 were 51% below 1990 levels, according to new Carbon Brief analysis. This means the UK is now halfway to meeting its target of “net-zero” emissions by 2050. The milestone was reached afte...Jump to post
The chairwoman of the chamber is called Khadija Arib, interesting. Why interesting? There are around 1million Dutch citizens of Moroccan or Turkish descent. She was born in Hedami, Morocco . Her parents probably took her to the Netherlands and was raised and educated here. She. has been a member of...Jump to post
The formation of a new coalition has been suspended due to one of the verkenners (scout) has tested positive for Corona. Why they do not do this digital is beyond me. All the parties involved are inner crowd, so they know each other very well and things haven't progressed enough for a final push. B...Jump to post
The formation of a new coalition has been suspended due to one of the verkenners (scout) has tested positive for Corona. Why they do not do this digital is beyond me. All the parties involved are inner crowd, so they know each other very well and things haven't progressed enough for a final push. Bu...Jump to post
This move might be a step up for the long-anticipated A220-500. I still think that that would be a great move by Airbus. It will eat into the A320-market, but it will hurt Boeing more and force them to act sooner than they want to.Jump to post
Isn't it a blessing for India that people struggle with housing and education? No. It isn't a solution for the problem if you define your problem as "overpopulation". This graphic shows that India overall has a fertility rate of 2,24 and Bangladesh of 2,06. Bangladesh has implemented a po...Jump to post
I wouldn’t take this vaccine no matter who told me to. Why? And which vaccine are you talking about? BBIBP-CorV? Spoetnik V COVID-19 vaccin? Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccin? Moderna COVID-19 vaccin? AZD1222? EpiVacCorona? CoronaVac? Ad5-nCoV? BBV152? Or all of them? Are you principally against vacc...Jump to post
I was in line for my vaccine and almost bailed out to be honest. Good for you, you are protected and you have protected the community There are a few people that have died after receiving these vaccines and it has not been widely reported. correlation and causality? I do not know what cases you are...Jump to post
I mean the last major polder was reclaimed from the 'sea' is over 50years ago, I mean let's go and reclaim some more. The derde maasvlakte gave quite a lot of land. All of it industrial though. Well, mostly industrial, a small beach was thrown in to keep the NIMBY's satisfied. ;) Also, in the Marke...Jump to post