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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020
Replies: 260
Views: 19659

Re: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020

[threeid][/threeid] Good luck to everyone in the Northern Hemishphere. Stay safe and I hope you all stay well. At the current rate, COVID-19 should be effectively wiped out in the community in New Zealand and Australia by Christmas. Will they become COVID-19 free because of warmer temperatures? No. ...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020
Replies: 260
Views: 19659

Re: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020

Good luck to everyone in the Northern Hemishphere. Stay safe and I hope you all stay well.

At the current rate, COVID-19 should be effectively wiped out in the community in New Zealand and Australia by Christmas.

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My shoes are flying more than me!
Replies: 6
Views: 772

Re: My shoes are flying more than me!

It appears that they then flew form IL back to CA, but then to SYD - they were delivered yesterday!

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 35309

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020

I haven't caught up on the news yet but how much longer is there going to be a quartantine in Australia? Is it controlled like China or still spreading like wildfire like the USA? We are nearing eradication with only a handful of new cases each day which are almost all overseas travellers in hotel ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 35309

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020

I saw a news item this morning that showed the number of quarantine places available versus the estimate of people wanted to return. If the daily capacity is reached, all returnees could be home before Christmas. There are significant problems though, with this analysis. There are 10's (if not 100'...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 35309

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - October 2020

I agree these numbers don't compute with the claims about large numbers of people desperate to return to Australia. Like I said, grain of salt. I saw a news item this morning that showed the number of quarantine places available versus the estimate of people wanted to return. If the daily capacity ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My prediction for the presidential debates
Replies: 266
Views: 18263

Re: My prediction for the presidential debates

So they are going to mute the mics in this week's debate so each candidate can get their full two minutes uninterrupted. This should be fun to watch........pass the popcorn please Only for a statement from each at the beginning of each 15 minute session. It will be interesting to see how Trump beha...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 3019

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

Zkpilot wrote:
Most Australians couldn’t name more than 3 NZ politicians! :lol:


Truth.

Mind you, I work in government but even forget the names of Premiers of other Australian states, which I suppose is OK. I never get the name of the Kiwi PM wrong.

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight
Replies: 24
Views: 1006

Re: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight

Since this has gone into piston powered aircraft rather than just airliners, My first piston flight was in 1966, in an Auster (no ideas which variant) being flown from a remote property to a town with a hospital after I drank carelessly stored kerosene. I was 18mths old.

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harris suspends travel after staffer tests COVID-19 positive
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Harris suspends travel after staffer tests COVID-19 positive

Biden is now in hiding, until the debate Thursday night. Face The Nation covered that, and the only print story I could find was in the NY Post.. From a quick "biden preparing for presidential debate" search, every mainstream outlet is reporting on this. The NYP appears to have gone earli...

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My shoes are flying more than me!
Replies: 6
Views: 772

Re: My shoes are flying more than me!

I had a different experience. I went to America on vacation and bought a few item of clothes for my relatives. One of them cheekily pointed out that the shirt I gave him from the US was made in my own country! Haha! It seems my shoes have been in Illinois for almost a week. Not sure whether I’d rat...

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: São Paulo to Orlando aboard LATAM - Airbus A350-900
Replies: 11
Views: 6225

Re: São Paulo to Orlando aboard LATAM - Airbus A350-900

Thanks for the TR - nice looking flights and a nice looking holiday.

Do you remember what they had at Epcot for Australian food? An Uber driver I had in Orlando at New Years was telling me about some other Australians who were complaining:)

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 3019

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

A big congratulations to Labour and Ardern from Australia. Let’s hope that we can all come together across the ditch soon!

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anybody else love seals (animals)?
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Anybody else love seals (animals)?

For me, seals are less attractive otters. I’m totally on board the otter train :)

That said, seals are the only of the two that I see in the wild, and I love it.

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

The examples of cash based tax evasion put forward so far have been firmly about wants rather than needs.

I have no sympathy if that option is removed.

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: My shoes are flying more than me!
Replies: 6
Views: 772

My shoes are flying more than me!

I wasn’t sure where to post this one - happy for it to be moved. I last flew in January, although some borders are now reopening so an interstate trip may be on the cards. But I ordered some shoe on Amazon a few weeks ago. They have now flown from OH to CA (slightly confusingly to the city of Ontari...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

[ Agree, wouldn't hurt restaurant employees that much, but would really screw over people like hotel valets, doormen, nannies, cleaning staff, etc. Yeah, you are right. They do deserve a reasonable base wage just like in the rest of the world. AS for my Soviet cabbages. meh. I just think the "...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Positions (Drugs)
Replies: 47
Views: 1749

Re: Political Positions (Drugs)

I would love for the legalization of weed, with tax dollars being used to curb underage use of it like Australia does with smoking Well, to some extent. Most of the tax just goes to general revenue. But cigarettes are around $30 for a pack of 25, the large prportion of that being taxes and excise. ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections
Replies: 39
Views: 1565

Re: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections

All the pundits got it wrong last time. I'll believe a Biden win when it happens, which of course even if it does, there is of course the backup plan standing back and standing by. Trump cannot ignore that he said that, it was recorded. Basically the whole entire USA politically, economically and h...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Positions (Drugs)
Replies: 47
Views: 1749

Re: Political Positions (Drugs)

I would love for the legalization of weed, with tax dollars being used to curb underage use of it like Australia does with smoking Well, to some extent. Most of the tax just goes to general revenue. But cigarettes are around $30 for a pack of 25, the large prportion of that being taxes and excise. ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections
Replies: 39
Views: 1565

Re: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections

I think Trump will win this by a massive landslide, a victory so big that he'll be able do whatever he wishes. Also, he has a backup plan standing back and standing by. Maybe I'm wrong - but it will be the victory that probably needs to happen for a complete reset. Is that a post that should have a...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

Tax cheat? The homeowner enters a contract with a tradesman to do work, work completed, pays contractor. Two consenting adults doing business as I see it. Your assumption is the government is a party to business, it’s not. It happens all the time in the US and I’m sure elsewhere. The homeowner and ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

Do workers in Australia still get their "pay packets" filled with cash each week? And as an old retailer working 8 years in Perth I can also tell you that cash does not bounce - but cheques do. I actually prefer the Aussie (and European ) approach where workers are paid a living wage and ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Positions (Drugs)
Replies: 47
Views: 1749

Re: Political Positions (Drugs)

I absolutely agree that the war on drugs was lost a long time ago. The US position has long been malign at home and amongst its circle of influence. This is an area where I am conflicted. My predisposition is to legalisation, but with tax and health measures around known harm, similar to the Austral...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)

Did you have 767 in your log previously? I flew them in the 90s quite a bit, but not since 2008. They've been out of regular service in Australia for over 5 years. Yeah. I have flown on two other 767-300s, both DL. The first was from MXP-ATL. The other was from LAX-JFK, after a 767-400 had a mechan...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

Cash is liberty, always carry a few hundred, just in case. Liberals are gung ho to get rid of cash so they can literally starve their political opponents to death, as they prone to do. Cash, at some level will always be critical. Start with tips when you go out to eat, or tips for the porters helpi...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bigger effect: 9/11 or COVID-19
Replies: 27
Views: 2041

Re: Bigger effect: 9/11 or COVID-19

9/11 ended the 747SP era. Coronavirus is ending the 747-400 era. The 744 (and quadjet era in general) was already on its way out. Coronavirus was just the final nail in the coffin (unless we're talking about cargo). List off the top of my head of pax types that were ended or made endangered species...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So let’s measure how far we stand a part. The political compass
Replies: 32
Views: 1373

Re: So let’s measure how far we stand a part. The political compass

That I was left around -6 didn't surprise me at all. That I was libertarian around -7 really did.

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 New Zealand General Election
Replies: 52
Views: 3019

Re: 2020 New Zealand General Election

So...for those of us not in NZ who don't follow this stuff closely. How likely is it that Jacinda Arden remains PM and would this be a coalition or majority government? Also, if Arden doesnt have enough seats to form a government, who is the most likely opposition candidate that could become PM? Th...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)

Wow, so you basically just booked a joyride across the continent and back? Even so, why didn't you stay one night at an airport hotel at the other end in order to catch up on rest and such?... At any rate, thank you for sharing! I wanted to fly on the 767. The only flight that was on it, was the ov...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections
Replies: 39
Views: 1565

Re: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections

I'm seeing reporting today that polling is showing GA swinging blue, with a huge early turnout. GA was last blue for Clinton in 92, and local resident Carter before that.

2016 was a salient lesson in counting pre-hatched fowl, but if forced to bet I wouldn't be putting my money on Trump.

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections
Replies: 39
Views: 1565

Re: Fivethirtyeight.com's Predictions for the US Fall Elections

Their simulation is showing the President at a similar likelihood to the same point in 2016. In 2016, Comey’s revelation more than doubled the likelihood.

In 2020, we haven’t had a revelation of that magnitude, and a far higher proportion of votes have already been locked in at this low point.

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: Los Angeles: (United 757-300 & 767-300)

What a fun report with so much variety and so many old types. That Air Wiconsin CRJ looked very tired.

Thanks for posting

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bigger effect: 9/11 or COVID-19
Replies: 27
Views: 2041

Re: Bigger effect: 9/11 or COVID-19

Absolutely COVID-19, no question.

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight
Replies: 24
Views: 1006

Re: Your first piston-powered aircraft flight

Never on a piston powered airliner. My first airliner flight was a Fokker F27 around 1975, my smallest airliner a J31 - so both turboprop. I'd been up in many single engine piston aircraft before airliners, but an R44 joyflight a couple of years ago has been my only piston engined flight since about...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

The pictures looked impressive. Innocently asked, roughly the cost to compare with the US. “Oh, I could never afford it without using cash and off-the-books builders.” "Tax cheat deprives civil society but has a nice house" As I said upthread, I support cashless payment systems, but don't...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: monarchies in the 21st century
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: monarchies in the 21st century

So we come back to the 1999/Irish model, which in turn takes us back to if the change is as small as just changing the name and official function of the GG then why bother? It's no wonder that the majority of Australians can't be bothered thinking about this! I'll be upfront - I voted yes in 1999, ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline dress codes
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: Airline dress codes

Hello, 1999 wants its thread back! I was thinking more 1960, when somebody might want to hassle a Black man by arguing 'Your shirt needs a collar' kind of thing. When I saw the OP's question I wondered if he was asking about employees/buddy pass travelers, or paying passengers? Limiting offensive (...

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by Kent350787
Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should government fund private cashless payments?
Replies: 57
Views: 2000

Re: Should government fund private cashless payments?

What you need is a Danish setup: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dankort TLDR: By law, merchants pay an annual fee based on how many transactions he does, no fees for the customer and merchants aren't allowed to pass the fees on. It's still an additional fee that wouldn't be welcomed by e.g. individu...

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline dress codes
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: Airline dress codes

Hello, 1999 wants its thread back! Offensive slogans and gross (dirty, torn, overly revealing clothing I can see issues with) but otherwise I haven't seen any issues. Admittedly I normally fly in jeans and a light sweater, or perhaps a T-shirt if heading to warmer climes, and haven't had a problem i...

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: monarchies in the 21st century
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: monarchies in the 21st century

Under my country's current contstitution, my head of state cannot be anyone other than a member of a single family living on the other side of the planet. That family deigns to allow a resident of my country to be their representative. The family prioritises the needs of their country of residence ...

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by Kent350787
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: monarchies in the 21st century
Replies: 30
Views: 1739

Re: monarchies in the 21st century

Under my country's current contstitution, my head of state cannot be anyone other than a member of a single family living on the other side of the planet. That family deigns to allow a resident of my country to be their representative. The family prioritises the needs of their country of residence o...

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by Kent350787
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thirteen Militiamen Nabbed In Michigan Kidnap Plot Against Gov. Whitmer
Replies: 100
Views: 5286

Re: Thirteen Militiamen Nabbed In Michigan Kidnap Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

Is it possible to change the thread title to read "terrorists" rather than "militiamen". Or is the title correctly following US racial profiling of fundamenatist activity?

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GOP Senator comes out against Democracy
Replies: 92
Views: 3416

Re: GOP Senator comes out against Democracy

What a weird thread this has dissolved into. There is a difference between an absolute monarchy and a constitutional monarchy. In the latter, the monarch or their representative holds reserve powers, which are only practically used at times of deadlock. It’s a delicate balance in difficult times. Yo...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks
Replies: 59
Views: 2346

Re: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks

Are NZ's borders still closed? Yes. As are Australia's international borders ie. closed to non-citizens/PR unless you can get very difficult to get government approval. Evebn approval to leave Australia is difficult to get, not sure about across the ditch. It'll be interesting to see what happens t...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GOP Senator comes out against Democracy
Replies: 92
Views: 3416

Re: GOP Senator comes out against Democracy

Really, NZ, Canada and Australia are monarchies do you see the military propping them up? neither are Republics, so they are not really relevant to that discussion. But i don´t think either of them has nutjobs claiming "We are a Monarchie, not a democracy", or do they? best regards Thomas...

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks
Replies: 59
Views: 2346

Re: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks

Redd wrote:
Are NZ's borders still closed?


Yes. As are Australia's international borders ie. closed to non-citizens/PR unless you can get very difficult to get government approval.

Evebn approval to leave Australia is difficult to get, not sure about across the ditch.

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by Kent350787
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Eddie Van Halen
Replies: 32
Views: 1262

Re: RIP Eddie Van Halen

“jump” is a keyboard song with a guitar solo in it. A good guitar solo, but so much of his work was so much better than that song, however popular. plz, that guitar solo is one of the most fiery guitar solos of the decade. Hard rock can have keyboards. No Quarter? Deep Purple, ELP, GFR to name a fe...

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by Kent350787
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks
Replies: 59
Views: 2346

Re: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks

[ A high number of daily new infections combined with the asymptomatic and mild infections for many makes contact tracing futile once infections go beyond a certain point. Furious agreement, and also with NZ as a nation being an OECD outlier (although Australia has come close). Our state of Victori...

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by Kent350787
Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks
Replies: 59
Views: 2346

Re: Would it be cheaper for the US to just test everyone in the country and quarantine the + people for 3 weeks

[Many countries locked down and essentially did the same as New Zealand, the key unfortunate difference however was that by late March the virus was ubiquitous in Europe and the US, whereas in NZ it was not, making eradication actually achievable there. Mostly true, although a key failure in the US...

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