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by johns624
Thu Jan 27, 2022 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the USA)
Replies: 21
Views: 738

Re: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the U

Here's a link to a story about some other countries questioning Germany's relative silence on the current crisis. It seems like the Baltic states are the most worried, for good reason. What I found most interesting is that Gerhard Schroder, a former German chancellor, is close personal friends with ...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Link between Continental North American rail network with Alaska
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Link between Continental North American rail network with Alaska

Hence, wouldn't it benefit a lot that if the freight track is to be further extended to connect directly to the Anchorage airport, and allow cargo between Asia and North America to change between planes and trains there? It would be more resilience and also.more environmentally friendly. Are there ...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Can someone unlock the locked Ukraine thread?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Can someone unlock the locked Ukraine thread?

I find it unusual that another mod was actively participating in the thread and seemed okay with it but a different mod locked it.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Can someone unlock the locked Ukraine thread?
Replies: 9
Views: 223

Re: Can someone unlock the locked Ukraine thread?

I know it drifted off topic but it should have just been cleaned up like other threads are and allowed to continue. It is a very relevant topic and starting a new thread just loses all the existing posts and information. Thanks Tugg I agree. I could see if it was turning acrimonious, but it wasn't....

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top 007 Song Openers
Replies: 35
Views: 859

Re: Top 007 Song Openers

Aaron747 wrote:
[that song just has not aged well at all - like a lot of the Wings catalog.

So many Wings songs had the tritest lyrics. Retrospectively, it let you know which Lennon/McCartney songs were Lennon's and which were McCartney's.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1886

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

One deputy told me that the courts would look harshly upon me for invoking my rights and asked if I was sure I understood the risk. There's a legal term for what that deputy did--it's called "lying". There is no law that prohibits a police officer from lying to an individual as part of an...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Speaking as a European... there is ample opportunity for countries in Europe to spend 2% of GDP on defence.. and not play accounting games about how one classifies pensions of former soldiers Maybe it would still need the USA occasionally to back up the odd threat... but it would be a strong start ...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1886

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

87GROUNDED wrote:
One deputy told me that the courts would look harshly upon me for invoking my rights and asked if I was sure I understood the risk.
There's a legal term for what that deputy did--it's called "lying".

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1886

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

Legally, staying silent in the US cannot be held against you. When people are judging you, your words and actions are just as important as your lack thereof. Especially in the face of compelling evidence. So if you are going to exercise this right in the face of an arrest( where you are going to ja...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud
Replies: 50
Views: 1886

Re: Eric Trump invokes fifth amendment about Trump Organization fraud

Legally, staying silent in the US cannot be held against you.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?

Are those airports capable of handling the A380? MEX yes, TIJ maybe. But let's assume two cities have A380 capable gates. Name them. It's not worth it for an airline to have a small subfleet of only a couple of planes. There would have to be a very serious business reason to have that. I don't see ...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

What our American friends are suggesting (let Europe take care of its own defense) is effectively the end of NATO and handing eastern Europe over to Putin. It's a solution to the current crisis, for sure. No, What "our American friends" are suggesting is that the European countries should...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazilian A-4 Skyhawk report
Replies: 8
Views: 1155

Re: Brazilian A-4 Skyhawk report

I'm surprised that they're still around, since Brazil got rid of their carrier and there aren't any foreseeable plans to get another.

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by johns624
Wed Jan 26, 2022 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Second-hand A380s to free up smaller planes?

Are those airports capable of handling the A380?

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by johns624
Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 35
Views: 2029

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

I'm glad that I took my Baltic cruise a decade ago. I don't know if I'd do it nowadays. At that time, all the Russians we met derisively called him "Putin the Great". How things change...

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by johns624
Tue Jan 25, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with them. I used to work for a company who supplied equipment to the pumping stations in Germany, why should they be sanctioned, they sold the equipment to German companies. The Germans and other NordStream2 beneficiari...

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by johns624
Tue Jan 25, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The US of course wants European NATO forces to play their part in deterring Putin from a course like that, they have been, for years. Has it been considered why Putin is doing this now? Is it economic problems/instability at home and seeking a distraction, an older man in a hurry to realize his amb...

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by johns624
Tue Jan 25, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Why should the west stick our necks out for Ukraine ? They make an excellent proxy country to do the fighting on behalf of NATO against Russia. A bit like the way the USA got the UK to do the fighting for them against Germany in the first couple of years of WW2 while lending the UK the money and as...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 11:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

True, which is why appeasement politics needs to stop. Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recently used the dreaded filibuster to stop the sanction of NordStream2. The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with them. I used to work for a company who suppli...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

. Agreed, the US cannot afford to subsidize wealthy country defense anymore. This is going to get interesting. Lightsaber The 4 largest EU economies are all larger than Russia's, and Spain's is slightly smaller. The 5 largest EU countries have a population over double of what Russia's is. They have...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

pune wrote:
I am sure apart from the huge manpower there are also other strategies they would be employing. I do agree with the other poster that U.S. just has no appetite for another war.
There's a big difference between helping out an ally and having to do most of the fighting and logistics yourself.

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

The last war involving Chile was during the reign of Queen Victoria. At least get your facts straight. They almost came to blows in 1978, which is why Chile helped the UK in the Falklands. It wasn't settled until 1984...well within my adulthood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle_conflict#:~:text...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The countries of NATO and the EU simply cannot lose that kind of war against a doddering mess of country like Russia. This is the time to make that crystal clear to Putin and his Oligarch kleptocracy. NATO (sans US) and EU wide forces are better than they were in 2012, yes or no? Because NATO could...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I haven't followed news of Germany and France actively blocking the rendering of military assistance to Ukraine but if true it's the very worst thing they can do in the long term. Here's an example. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ukrainians-slam-unreliable-germany-as-it-blocks-estonia-from-se...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

bikerthai wrote:
That was not a war.

Now, the Football War could be considered as such with significant casualties.

bt
It was a cold war...especially considering where it was happening!

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I'm waiting for Europe to deploy their expeditionary forces to show they care. Lightsaber You forgot your "sarcasm" emoticon. The only unit they have is a French-German brigade that is stationed between several different bases, which leads to a lack of cohesion. https://en.wikipedia.org/w...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 3:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

The last war involving Chile was during the reign of Queen Victoria. At least get your facts straight. They almost came to blows in 1978, which is why Chile helped the UK in the Falklands. It wasn't settled until 1984...well within my adulthood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beagle_conflict#:~:text...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Now to hope that they will be as mature as NATO might be asking too much. It would be interesting to read an article or two about what NATO members are doing to increase their military spending and their thoughts/strategies about the same. That would be useful. It shouldn't be much of a problem sin...

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by johns624
Mon Jan 24, 2022 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 223
Views: 5323

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

And I saw you are ok with the climate And where did you "see" this? Also when EV's are touching 30-40 and in some places the only sales (Netherlands for e.g. as I have shared the stats. above) so even the idea of affordability doesn't even come into the picture. Month by month they are ra...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

That's all fine. I'm not arguing against AEW. I'm arguing that $18000/hour is not the right price to pay to find fishing boats. Especially if you already have C295MPAs. The Chileans beg to disagree. They may only find fishing boats today but it's good practice for what they may be needed for in the...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 223
Views: 5323

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Anybody else see the irony in two threads going on at the same time---one about EVs and the other about Bugattis?

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I think that Russia named Bulgaria and Romania as the countries that they don't want in NATO due to their relative anonymity. If they had started with Poland and Hungary or Czechia/Slovakia, there would've been a loud "hell no" from everyone. Small bites first...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 3:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

If you want to do sea surveillance, of a fishing fleet, using an E-3 is beyond wasteful. Even if the plane is free, the operating costs must be huge. The USAF, which has one hopes lower costs due to large fleet size, charges $19000/hour. Use an ATR-72 or a CN-235 equipped for the maritime patrol. L...

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by johns624
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

I was coming more from the angle that Ukraine is regarded as a real country, while Taiwan is not (which is significant). But you are very right that Taiwan has a well trained, well funded defensive force with some good strategic advantages. I don’t know how it would go at all (although I have been ...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 223
Views: 5323

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Then leave that as your situation, which likely has less to do with distances in the US vs. Europe. The average commuter is just fine in an electric vehicle in both the US and Europe. Average commuting distances are similar. What comes next? "Your house is too big"? "You have more as...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 223
Views: 5323

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

I'm in the US and while I could see my next car, some years down the road, being a hybrid, I can't see a full electric in my future. Our distances are quite a bit farther than in Europe and EVs don't have the range. Unless your commute is more than 100 miles each way or you put more than 200 miles ...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 223
Views: 5323

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

I'm in the US and while I could see my next car, some years down the road, being a hybrid, I can't see a full electric in my future. Our distances are quite a bit farther than in Europe and EVs don't have the range.

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Maybe the US media just isn't reporting it, but have France or Germany spoken up warning Russia not to invade Ukraine? All I have read about Germany is that they vetoed Estonia giving Ukraine some old GDR artillery. I'm just asking because Macron and the recently departed Merkel have made many comme...

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by johns624
Sat Jan 22, 2022 2:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

kitplane01 wrote:

Does Chile have history of vanity projects?
No.

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Uh, you mean the Russian actions to date, to include the WMD attack in Britain, the invasion of the Donbass, and Georgia, the illegal occupation of Transdneistra, the attempt to tamper with the OPCW and Doping Commissions, assassinations in Germany and Turkey and kinetic attacks on NATO countries a...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds
Replies: 56
Views: 2765

Re: Chile purchases 3 E-3Ds

Chile gets quite a bit of used equipment from the UK. They also have one Type 22 and three Type 23 frigates. Their navy is right up there with Brazil for best navy south of the Rio Grande.

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 5929

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Romania and Bulgaria today, Poland and Slovakia next week. Czech Republic and the Baltic states the week after. Maybe the Germans can give back the east next month?

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

I can't see that Dutchy wrote like that. Criticism is something else than being against. You have strong opinions and here you are wrong. EU is not a military organisation. For Finland the real number for GDP for military is 2,5-3,5% because of conscription. Finland is not a member of NATO or EU mi...

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by johns624
Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight turned back for anti-mask passenger
Replies: 40
Views: 5982

Re: AA flight turned back for anti-mask passenger

Starfuryt wrote:
So who exactly pays for all this? Seems a tad extreme to return and then cancel a flight over a mask.
It was probably cancelled because the crew didn't have enough time left.

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

[ More integration would be by far a better idea. 2%-norm will be met in the next few years and then we, as an EU, will outspend most of the potential adversaries. Economic power is much more useful, although it needs to be backed up by force in last resort. I keep hearing how all these countries w...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The EU is a global power. This is an interesting test of the structure. Lightsaber They are an economic power but not a military one. France and Germany want an EU military, instead of NATO, not because it will unite Europe more, but mostly so that they can be the top dogs. With the US and UK gone,...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

I get the feeling that Putin is not too fearful of economic sanctions at this point. Perhaps if the United States and its NATO allies had inserted ground troops and aircraft in Ukraine last year Russia would have backed off. Change "United States" to "France and Germany" and &qu...

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police kill armed man at SFO
Replies: 1
Views: 978

Re: Police kill armed man at SFO

Sounds like suicide by cop.

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by johns624
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The EU is a global power. This is an interesting test of the structure. Lightsaber They are an economic power but not a military one. France and Germany want an EU military, instead of NATO, not because it will unite Europe more, but mostly so that they can be the top dogs. With the US and UK gone,...

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by johns624
Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 138
Views: 10315

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

GDB wrote:
that’s a lot of N-LAWs and whatever else they are carrying.
Let's hope the Ukies* put them to good use, if the time comes.
*I'm of Ukrainian descent so I can call them that. :D
PS--Maybe they can slip a few Stingers in with them.

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