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by art
Mon Dec 06, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

Morale in the hospitals is horrible. At my relative's In the ICU infighting to preserve "clean" quads for stroke, heart attacks, accidents, or post-operation was lost, but medical staff are bitter they have those patients dying because unvaccinated are filling up most of the ICU. Lightsab...

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by art
Mon Dec 06, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

It's quite astonishing, and worrying, how supposedly robust liberal democracies are willing to throw a firesale of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms the moment a mild pandemic appears. I take issue with your intimation that this is 'a mild pandemic', given that in excess of 250,000,000 peopl...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

It's quite astonishing, and worrying, how supposedly robust liberal democracies are willing to throw a firesale of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms the moment a mild pandemic appears. I am sorry, but this isn't Ebola and most of us will come out unscathed from an infection. What also concer...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4110

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Anyone interested in buying T-7 light fighter development apart from US, possibly? I would think quite a few countries. Huge list. Probably 50% of the world's countries fit into one of these categories of buyers 1) A country that until now could never afford a BVR multi role jet fighter. 2) Previou...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4110

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

To what country will Sweden sell a top line fighter, but is too naught for the US? Pakistan, Turkey, Egypt, Taiwan. Turkey?? They are updating their F-16's Egypt?? Ordered Rafales. Could buy Tejas Pakistan?? Would make a sale to India impossible. In any event Pakistan has no money Taiwan?? They are...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Off-topic, but why is Canada planning to buy that many Type 26 frigates at such a high price? That's more than the UK itself is planning to buy, and at greater price/unit. The higher price is because they want them built in Canada, and apparently Canadian builders cost more than 3x British builders...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/146499 Some local governments in Tokyo worries that, if only Moderna vaccines are available but no extra Pfizer supply, people might not want to get the booster dose, concerning about side effect of Moderna vaccine Unfortunately Japanese people have an annoying ha...

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by art
Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4110

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Why not buy the Gripen E direct from Sweden if you need a better than FA-50/Gripen C fighter fast and you/Sweden can finance it? And there's the rub. I think some geopolitical considerations come into play here. Biggest hurdles are the F414 derived Volvo RM14+ engine and other advanced components i...

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by art
Sat Dec 04, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4110

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Meanwhile, the belligerent giant across the puddle is wantonly annexing every coral outcrop above the water in the Philippines' EEZ. To wait for the T-7A to morph into a killer HAWK would be catastrophic. Why can't Boeing accept humble pie and cooperate on the Gripen E and market it through FMS ? I...

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by art
Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

If the disease is less mild in the acute stage, but still produces substantial long term organ damage, that's still not good. Any chance that omicron will not have that effect? Can it be expected that as the virus mutates it gradually becomes less damaging to organs? I don't have a clue. PS Did you...

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by art
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Re: the appearance of omicron, is this doing what a virus would hope to do - be more contagious than the competition (delta) but incidentally not make the host as ill as the competition? Just what we hosts want, isn't it? I just heard on BBC news that it is spreading twice as fast as delta in South...

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by art
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Re: the appearance of omicron, is this doing what a virus would hope to do - be more contagious than the competition (delta) but incidentally not make the host as ill as the competition? Just what we hosts want, isn't it? I just heard on BBC news that it is said to be spreading twice as fast as delt...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law
Replies: 18
Views: 815

Re: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/12/02/school-bullies-could-face-three-years-jail-new-french-law/ In my opinion children has no place in jail in any civilised country! I really don't see what exactly this is meant to improve, and honestly it reeks of the usual pandering to the masses by ...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 222
Views: 7109

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

It appears that the parents may be on the run. They aren't responding to phone calls or texts from their lawyer. I guess sonny is on his own now. Both the US Marshals and the FBI are searching for them. Jennifer Crumbley to son: "You have to learn not to get caught.” I hope she has not learnt ...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

Perhaps in your country, but in my country it is the Government who serves the people, not like some countries where the people are subjects of the Government. I don't know about in your country but here we elect politicians to parliament to act in our best interests - not to do what we want them t...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

I don't disagree! The Government, at least in the United States, is there to serve the people, not the other way around. Unlike in other countries, here in the United States we are NOT subjects to the Government, and the Government and foreigners need to remember that. Americans and foreigners are ...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

What is social solidarity? From the standard here, I would assume "doing what the government tells you to do." Honestly, its a troubling standard for any free society, and should we extend it, might have some implications that should trouble us all. I don't disagree! The Government, at le...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 123
Views: 3411

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

Good. It's either that or turn them away from the hospitals. I agree. In England countless people have suffered due to people with COVID-19 soaking up medical resources. People with serious medical conditions are forced to wait for treatment. People needing diagnosis for medical conditions are forc...

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by art
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

2013 red flag Gripen on red team Gripen C versus Norwegian F-16 exercises 5:0 5:0 5:1 Exercise in Sweden Gripen C versus F-15 2:0 Exercise in Thailand Gripen C versus J-11, Su-27 4:0 Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKt0_MHe8bk It seems that the secret to Gripen C success is its ECM. Makes it...

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by art
Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 43
Views: 1660

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

The timing of the photo is everything - you’d have a point if it was post-encounter. Remember regarding this very photo and evening Andrew told the BBC it could be faked and that he was taking his daughter out for pizza at the time :boggled: I don't understand how there can be doubt about Prince An...

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by art
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

The WTA has made the daring and morally correct move to suspend all scheduled sanctioned tournaments from China. Some sponsors may balk at it, but since a ranking player is involved they had to do it. Of course a similar boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held near Beijing, China will never happe...

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by art
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Every new infection is an opportunity for the virus to mutate and every mutation is an opportunity for the virus to become more contagious. I understand that that is the scientific wisdom (established to be the case; a fact). To me it follows that homo sapiens needs to exercise a duty of care to the...

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by art
Thu Dec 02, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16
Replies: 71
Views: 4110

Re: Air Force Boss Wants Clean-Sheet Fighter That’s Less Advanced Than F-35 To Replace F-16

Why not stick the F414 in the thing? IIRC the dimensions are the same or almost the same as the F404.

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by art
Wed Dec 01, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 43
Views: 1660

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Aaron747 wrote:
We should probably get a thread going for the trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s fixer/friend/partner in trafficking crime - Ghislaine Maxwell.

That was a quick trial. Last thing I heard was that Maxwell was on trial - but had not been convicted of anything criminal.

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by art
Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Nice analysis. Putting this into perspective for Canada. If Canada purchased 40 Gripen only 6 enemy aircraft would get shot down. Canada would lose 20 of their Gripen aircraft. If 40 F-35 are purchased 120 enemy aircraft are shot down and only 9 F-35 are lost. The F-35 kills 20 times as many enemy ...

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by art
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Cost matters only to 20% of the evaluation score, capability is 60% and industry offset is 20%. I think that the capability weighting should present an insuperable problem for Gripen E. However if confidence is low in estimates of F-35 overall costs being realistic (or even within the bounds of rea...

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by art
Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 101
Views: 30346

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

To mark the onset of serial production deliveries, Saab flew an eight-ship formation of test and serial Gripen Es for both Sweden and Brazil https://www.janes.com/defence-news/defence/latest/sweden-receives-first-serial-production-gripen-es I guess that a couple of Gripens must be close to getting ...

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by art
Mon Nov 29, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Why not the F-16 ? The worst of both worlds. You don't get the two engine redundancy of the FA18 nor the stealth of the F35. Wich is why I am surprised that Canada seems to have abandoned the F-18 and is going for either the F-35 or the Gripen wich are both single engine aircraft. If so, why not th...

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by art
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Who posted that 11K EU figure for F-35? Someone called @thef35. He does not cite a source. Huh, do I need post the text of the tweet for you to be able to read it? @thef35 is official LM twitter account. They retweet a Finnish aviation mag https://siivet-fi.translate.goog/?_x_tr_sl=fi&_x_tr_tl=...

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by art
Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

IMO sports organisations should be asking China how the accusations of abuse are being investigated. Perhaps party members are immune from guilty verdicts when charged or immune from being charged after investigation but are they immune from investigation? My take is that female competitors should r...

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by art
Sat Nov 27, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Pfizer is saying that it takes around 100 days to produce a vaccine targeting a new variant. So it won't be long till we have a variant specific vaccine as booster. Do you mean 100 days to create a modified vaccine in the lab or 100 days to start factory production? I see the possibility of commerc...

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by art
Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Buying the SAAB would help a US partner that needs sales. From what I have read the weightings for criteria for evaluation are: 20% industrial offsets 20% cost 60% performance Does the performance criterion make the F-35 the inevitable choice? Even if the Gripens were assembled in Canada, that offs...

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by art
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

On CNN Moderna and AstraZeneca are reported to be investigating the effectiveness of their vaccines against the omicron variant.

How long might it take to tweak the most tweakable vaccines and to get them into production if that is seen as necessary?

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by art
Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Reading preceding posts, is it just dumb to cause great disruption to travel with attendant personal and economic problems when this new variant (dubbed omicron) has reached a large number of locations already - and if it has not will be getting there soon?

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by art
Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 354
Views: 92496

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Buying the SAAB would help a US partner that needs sales. From what I have read the weightings for criteria for evaluation are: 20% industrial offsets 20% cost 60% performance Does the performance criterion make the F-35 the inevitable choice? Even if the Gripens were assembled in Canada, that offs...

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by art
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

There is a new variant detected in South Africa which is causing alarm. I hope we are not going to shut travel down again. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59427770 There are already announcements like "anyone who have been to these countries in the past 3 weeks, even vaccinated nationals, canno...

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by art
Fri Nov 26, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59427770
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There is a new variant detected in South Africa which is causing alarm. I hope we are not going to shut travel down again.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59427770

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by art
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The falsification of economic news that is India.
Replies: 10
Views: 938

Re: The falsification of economic news that is India.

There is so much falsification of news in mainstream media and even financial news that you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Consider this - https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/indicators/indian-consumers-spend-to-live-in-the-moment-despite-inflation-blues-survey/articleshow/878532...

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by art
Tue Nov 23, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

I'm looking forward to the end of this pandemic, although at this rate, I don't think it's going to be anytime soon.... 2023 at best, maybe? I fear that this disease will remain a serious problem in many parts of the world for a long, long time due to a lack of near universal vaccination. I also fe...

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by art
Sun Nov 21, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

Of course conspiracy theorists have figured out the truth. That is the point. You cannot trust the Chinese ruling hierarchy to be open, so you have to speculate as to what the truth is. And you cannot trust the Chinese ruling hierarchy to be honest - Hong Kong agreement made when the UK lease ended...

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by art
Sun Nov 21, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/59361505.amp


It seems that she has appeared at a youth tennis tournament. That would only show that she is alive, wouldn't it, not that she is free.
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Aaron747 wrote:
Now PRC state media are putting out apparently staged videos showing Peng alive:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/59361505.amp


It seems that she has appeared at a youth tennis tournament. That would only show that she is alive, wouldn't it, not that she is free.

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by art
Sat Nov 20, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14339

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

I have not followed the case but it seems that there is no enormous disagreement over the facts. So if the jury came to a decision based on the facts with due regard to the legal instruction given to them, I do not see that their verdict is in itself controversial. Those who find the verdict upsetti...

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by art
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

I'm honestly impressed at how the WTA has stood up for her and is actually fighting for her wellbeing. Plenty of other sporting leagues would have just capitulated to the Chinese government. Good to see WTA taking a firm stance. What would have really got a reaction would have been female competito...

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by art
Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

Austria to introduce compulsory vaccination in February.

Source: BBC TV news

It will be interesting to see if COVID-19 disease ceases to constitute a crisis in Austria in the months following February 2022.

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by art
Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 219
Views: 56672

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Indonesia is now obliged to pay South Korea $1.35 billion, down by nearly $85 million for their joint KF-X fighter jet development project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration concluded years of negotiations with Indonesia last week on a cost-sharing deal. https://www.defenseindustrydaily...

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by art
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2952

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

Unfortunately she likely won’t be okay, but this official, whatever he has arranged as her fate, is setting off a hornets’ nest. The WTA Tour is a global, outspoken organization. They will not stay quiet. If she is okay, she cannot simply leave the country as you suggest. PRC stamps citizens out at...

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by art
Wed Nov 17, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 101
Views: 30346

Re: Brazil Gripen E News and Discussion Thread

...the company is getting set to present Brazil’s next four Gripens later this month, as they near production completion in Linkoping. Its first export buyer for the Brazilian-designated F-39 received a lead test example in 2020. The milestone will be followed by the shipment of the aircraft in pai...

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by art
Tue Nov 16, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 249
Views: 72746

Re: Embraer KC-390 News and Discussion Thread

The great advantage of the KC-390 is that a nation that has 4 units can use them every day, as if they were commercial aircraft. It can transport more than 20 tons effortlessly, launch loads, launch parachutists through 2 doors simultaneously, as well as refuel from helicopters to supersonic aircra...

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by art
Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 381
Views: 25580

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

No surprise here... It was reported in England today by the Chief Medical Officer (or whatever his designation is) that 98% of pregnant women hospitalsed with COVID-19 were unvaccinated. I think the same applied to infected pregnant women receiving intensive care (98% unvaccinated). Source: BBC TV 2...

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