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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

The spending on the US president (the army of vehicles that precede and follow him everywhere) is a bit ridiculous and I would feel uncomfortable having to foot that bill. I think it's an exception in advanced democracies, though. Maybe he needs the bigger entourage because he has more threats dire...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 178
Views: 6600

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think some of the byproduct was desirable for weapons production as well. Yes, that was the main reason. And some technologies were furthermore chosen for that reason for early plants. Now about molten salts reactors, they require the salts to be chemically processed ...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 178
Views: 6600

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

According to the US EPA and Coal Ash Industry information, only 64% of coal ash is recycled. It is the one of the largest sources of industrial waste in the US. https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-basics There is the monumental cost of cleaning up all the poorly buried coal ash from the last 150 y...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Joséphine Baker inducted into the French Pantheon
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Joséphine Baker inducted into the French Pantheon

Today, Joséphine Baker was inducted into the French Pantheon, the place were great French men (and a few great women) are celebrated. The ceremony was very nice. https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2021/11/29/gettyimages-1234991489-d5c92ce1ca842603558af4f1cb57e14c6e86f793-s800-c85.webp https://cdn.radi...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

On top of not liking royalty by virtue of being French (all good kings/queens have their head separated from their bodies), it makes even less sense for all the countries (bar the UK) where the Queen/King is basically never there and has nothing to do with the people living there. Having God as hea...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

On top of not liking royalty by virtue of being French (all good kings/queens have their head separated from their bodies), it makes even less sense for all the countries (bar the UK) where the Queen/King is basically never there and has nothing to do with the people living there. Having God as head...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 42
Views: 1274

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become the world's newest republic. In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president. The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided with...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 28, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 30
Views: 1428

Re: Washington State Ferry System

Maybe Bill Gates's fast boat. January in a small boat on Puget Sound is not a very appealing thought. If the wind kick up, all bets would be off. All joking aside, some of the WSF are about the size of the cross Channel Ferries in England. The biggest ones vs the smallest ones, maybe. But I'm not s...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Washington State Ferry System
Replies: 30
Views: 1428

Re: Washington State Ferry System

From the article : $4.9 billion over 16 years to replace 10 aging vessels Surely there is a typo somewhere ? A company I'm familiar with, Brittany Ferries, is buying 200m long, sea going, hybrid battery electric + LNG ferries, with cabins, restaurants, etc., we're talking 40 000 GT ships, for 200 mi...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 41
Views: 1580

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

As for credit cards, they're not really a thing, here. What's the point of getting a credit (and pay for it) if you have the cash on hand ? Huh? You pay the same, whether cash or credit. You pay it off at the end of the month and get miles/points/cash back for free. I'm sure the vendors where you u...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 178
Views: 6600

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

Spending a billion in incentives to import anything is idiotic. If you need to import, then don't incentivitize it, give the money to a local alternative instead, so they can compete. There are all kinds of biomass, wood is only one of them. And burning wood only makes sense if you produce the wood,...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 41
Views: 1580

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

When I make a check these days the cheque book is so old the paper has started going yellow. The only one I make (yearly) is to fund my PEE, something akin to a 401K where my employer adds a contribution, so I can't just send it to the fund that manages it, it has to go through HR. As for credit car...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 26, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will China be the last country to open its borders?
Replies: 16
Views: 1061

Re: Will China be the last country to open its borders?

Well here comes the super mutant, so expect worldwide chaos in the 90 days as everyone slams borders shuts once again as the mutant is confirmed in country after country. I think it's about time for a Pyramid style Pharaoh's project (or Marshall Plan), to find a lasting effective vaccine or therape...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4431

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

That brings up a couple of learnings from this incident. First, Mr Brooks’ class of offender, repeat violent felon, likely should have been permanently jailed years ago. He had no role in society. Second, there were armed people present who could have, and probably should have, lawfully shot Mr. Br...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4431

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

I think he was pointing out the fact that Fox gets away with it by claiming they're entertainment not information. So they're admitting Fox = 100% BS.

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4431

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

He intentionally plowed into a crowd of people, killing five, injuring dozens others, but it's his PHOTO that makes him "look bad"... :roll: Some people are upset that photos of what he actually looks now came to light first instead of getting the "Trayvon Martin treatment" from...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 52
Views: 3301

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

If we assume Ukrainians (not talking about an attack on a NATO country here as that would be WW3 in my opinion) would fight on the ground, couldn't NATO concentrate on an air war ? By that I mean shoot down anything over/close to Ukraine, and bomb tanks and artillery pieces on the ground ? Or does ...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will China be the last country to open its borders?
Replies: 16
Views: 1061

Re: Will China be the last country to open its borders?

Well Europe isn't exactly opening up right now, rather closing down.

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 52
Views: 3301

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

If we assume Ukrainians (not talking about an attack on a NATO country here as that would be WW3 in my opinion) would fight on the ground, couldn't NATO concentrate on an air war ? By that I mean shoot down anything over/close to Ukraine, and bomb tanks and artillery pieces on the ground ? Or does N...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4431

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

Apparently this dirtbag, apart from his other criminal acts, had a since taken down fb account where he spewed a lot of bile about wanting to kill white people and how to claim self-defense to get away with it. If so, this is essentially a hate crime but I doubt the MSM will ever report on it that ...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed
Replies: 20
Views: 1145

Re: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed

A once respected French politician, Rama Yade, on the center right of politics (she was a minister of President Sarkozy) has gone full woke and said the other day that seeing the statute of Colbert in front of the National Assembly was a micro-aggression for her (a black woman, although not a former...

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by Aesma
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 284
Views: 12953

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Yeah or maybe for a close-up view of a revolver's barrel.

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by Aesma
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman
Replies: 284
Views: 12953

Re: Sheriff: Alec Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

An attorney for the armorer on the movie set where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer said Wednesday that he believes someone might have been trying to sabotage the set by putting a live round in a box of dummy ammunition. So, were they supposed to be blank rounds or dummy rounds? Th...

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by Aesma
Sat Nov 20, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 38
Views: 2529

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

I think that's an indication that China's standing has already gone down. Probably helped by COVID, and companies realizing that relying too much on China was a bad idea, and that China might not be a great market anyway.

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1429

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

If building a housing unit cost 100 last year, it shouldn't cost 110 this year and 120 next year. The cost of the land might go up some, but for a building of dozens of flats, it isn't that big a cost. And affordable housing is often built on public land, instead of an old public building, etc. Hous...

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by Aesma
Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1429

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

Similar things are happening elsewhere (without necessarily the same decisions taken by politicians, but all influenced by COVID of course). Here in France the hospitality industry is having trouble recruiting too. I was hearing on the radio this morning that a restaurant in Marseille was offering w...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 52
Views: 3301

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

Russia is the biggest country in the world, mostly empty. Why does he need to take bits and pieces of neighboring countries ? Yet he does it.

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 17, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 27
Views: 1492

Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification

About the US, they have regularly qualified because the qualifications are regional, so they're among the best teams in their pool. If the pools were global, it would be another story (but it wouldn't really be a world cup, more like a Euro-South America cup).

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically
Replies: 83
Views: 3559

Re: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically

From abroad nobody cares about the US VP, nobody knows who it is at any point in time. She came to France a couple days ago, nobody noticed. To me the VP is there to gain a few votes for the presidential election, Biden won so she served her purpose. If she stays unpopular and Biden is a candidate a...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Our Odd Odd Economy
Replies: 30
Views: 1429

Re: Our Odd Odd Economy

Consumers also like their cheap chinese goods, don't put it all on wall street. Maybe if we didn't import so much stuff that we used to make here - like refrigerators, tires, other appliances, etc. Oh and PPE and base pharma. I thought the Administration was going to do something about the trade def...

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by Aesma
Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best days for telework
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Re: Best days for telework

Interesting discussion so far. I find the concept of full time telework interesting. For a start I would definitely consider moving, and by that I mean moving continents, being French I can do that while staying in France, go to Reunion island for example. 3 hours early compared to metropolitan Fran...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best days for telework
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Re: Best days for telework

I dislike commuting and always welcome a break from it, so I would choose either Tues/Thurs patterns or a Wed/Fri pattern. But I prefer working 4-10s and having Wednesdays off anyhow...not sure if this is an option at French companies. About disliking commuting, you could also do it the other way a...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5339

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

the only way this will change is when governments accept that until trade has a better financial ratio, people will always be on the move. Easier said than done. If we send money there, usually it only benefits the few not the many. Should we colonize these countries again ? Should we leave them al...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 15, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 52
Views: 3301

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

No response can be made. Russia will do what it wants to do. It is not an issue for the U.S. It's an issue for every country in the world, or at least every UN member (aka about all countries in the world). Wars of conquest are illegal these days. Illegal according to who? Russia is a permanent mem...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best days for telework
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Best days for telework

Following COVID where many in my company had to telework for months on end (including me), management who really didn't like the idea have been forced to reconsider, and things have been negotiated with unions : if the job allows, we get 2 days of telework per week. For some it can be flexible (empl...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 52
Views: 3301

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

Pi7472000 wrote:
No response can be made. Russia will do what it wants to do. It is not an issue for the U.S.


It's an issue for every country in the world, or at least every UN member (aka about all countries in the world). Wars of conquest are illegal these days.

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5339

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

The level of this discussion and hypocrisy of EU makes me sick. Some history lesson is a must for these “people” (some of the examples out of the long list): 1. Immigration of refugee Jews to Turkey in 1492 when king of Spain ordered Jews to leave Spain. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra_Dec...

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by Aesma
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PMI closed due to passengers escaping from emergency-landed Air Arabia Maroc CMN-SAW flight
Replies: 16
Views: 6577

Re: PMI closed due to passengers escaping from emergency-landed Air Arabia Maroc CMN-SAW flight

Mallorca being an island, it's not exactly ideal for such purpose. Many people from Africa just want to set feet on European soil so they can claim asylum. Then it doesn’t matter much if it’s an island. Boats that illegally cross the Mediterranean often also have an island as intended destination (...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5339

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

You cannot have the cake and eat it too. You want to globalize (aka import) wealth and leave problems behind? Sorry, it doesn't work. A country suck? Maybe hundreds years of colonial rule are a part of it? And strong corporation globalizing (privatizing) wealth today do continue same trends? Sorry,...

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by Aesma
Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5339

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

I'm not sure what game Putin is playing, but I'm thinking he's miscalculating. The same people he helps in the EU to gain influence/break up the EU, all these far right politicians, are the ones the most opposed to immigration (legal or illegal). So if voters associate Putin with the migrant crisis,...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5339

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

What European non-sense. FZ and TK sell seats legally to passengers entitled to enter Belarus. What happens to them once in Belarus is hardly a problem for the airlines. Now if the EU is truly interested in helping refugees why don't they fulfil their promises and fully deliver billions in aid and ...

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by Aesma
Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tech support: Best dual HDMI dongle for M1 chip MacBooks
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Tech support: Best dual HDMI dongle for M1 chip MacBooks

When talking about "dongles" usually there is no intelligence to them, and the graphics card needs to support several outputs for them to work. I found a detailed article about the situation and workarounds : https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/how-connect-two-or-more-external-displays-apple...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 178
Views: 6600

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

Air transport, maritime transport, military applications, space launches, etc. will still be fossil in our lifetimes. I think you mean hydrocarbon fuels. It doesn't need to be fossil fuels, it can be synfuels. I'm watching a political debate on French TV between candidates of the Les Républicains p...

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dune (no spoilers)
Replies: 13
Views: 879

Re: Dune (no spoilers)

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/m ... l-details/

As an aside as often with popular movies an unrelated, low budget crap one has been produced : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15331462/
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Dune part 2 has been greenlighted : https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/m ... l-details/

As an aside as often with popular movies an unrelated, low budget crap one has been produced : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15331462/

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by Aesma
Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways' golden age: Telegraph article on how BA will get it back
Replies: 100
Views: 12324

Re: British Airways' "golden age": Telegraph article on how BA will get it back

Point 1 is outside BA's control. That's down to Border Force, a UK government agency, and they have no interest in resourcing the immigration process properly. There's little BA can do about that. They can lobby/corrupt the government to do something about it. They do lobby. But corrupt? That'd be ...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 14
Views: 996

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Yes liberal is a dirty word in France, however if you look at Macron's policies (excluding COVID related ones) he went towards liberalization and less taxes. For example he revamped the wealth tax so it only applies to real estate and not shares or cash, and lowered capital gains taxes from as high ...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 07, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 178
Views: 6600

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

But, you see, I already live in the future. Most of what you write is simply factually wrong anyway. The information you seem to be exposed to in the US regarding these questions, seems to be very volored by the influence of the fossil industry. You need to move on. As I mentioned before, time will...

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by Aesma
Sun Nov 07, 2021 1:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston
Replies: 42
Views: 2243

Re: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston

I'm reading one entrance was rushed so there may have been more people that tickets sold, and some people with high adrenaline and no care for what would happen since they didn't fork the price of a ticket... I've been to plenty of festivals, but always rock ones. There are often rap/hip-hop acts bu...

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