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by Aesma
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Prince Philip has died

Aside from the UK, other countries with the Queen as head of state basically don't have a head of state. It's the PM, they just don't admit it.

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

It's not really a question of efficacy so I wouldn't say the best, rather people are afraid of the AZ one. If it was otherwise the best, working much better than the others against COVID/variants, we might have some interesting dilemma, but that's not the case. I'm not an antivaxx at all and think t...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Prince Philip has died

It's been several times now that I hear or read that he was so great in the RN that people expected him to become the youngest admiral, also to become Lord of the Seas or whatever it's called. Is there any truth to that ? I'm not talking about his merits, just the fact that he left the service so yo...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

There are now 8 more thrombosis cases in France with AZ, and only people in the 55-75 age group that is still getting that vaccine. 4 died. For some reason the government talked about giving priority to some new groups for vaccination, mainly teachers, except they must be 55 and take AZ : all 55+ co...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?
Replies: 18
Views: 2314

Re: Does the 747-8 have a useful purpose?

Main reason was to spoil the A380/keep Airbus honest.

That's why both are now gone.

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics

phatfarmlines : hosting the Olympics without track and field isn't really hosting the Olympics. If Japan/government wanted the games to go ahead as a matter of certainty, they would have done something similar to Israel, vaccinate everyone as soon as possible, maybe ask visitors (both athletes, staf...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relationship orthodox and secular Jews in Israel
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Relationship orthodox and secular Jews in Israel

Theocracy, what's not to like ?

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics
Replies: 17
Views: 923

Re: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics

If Japan/government wanted the games to go ahead as a matter of certainty, they would have done something similar to Israel, vaccinate everyone as soon as possible, maybe ask visitors (both athletes, staff, and spectators) to get vaccinated too, then there would be no issue. But they did the opposite.

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 54
Views: 1867

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

Wasn't there Lithium found there ? Maybe China can send 5000 soldiers there if it means they can grab that.

Cynic mode : maybe the Afghan government can hire 3500 Blackwater types and win the war thanks to taking no prisoners ?

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'
Replies: 54
Views: 12127

Re: Heathrow says airport queues are becoming 'untenable'

My only experience with LHR was a couple of months before COVID. CDG-LHR-SFO on BA to take advantage of cheap Y+ fares and on an A380. The transfer window seemed large but proved a bit stressful, the airport seemed overwhelmed by people (in October), we had to do the security (including swabs on the...

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 54
Views: 1867

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

Also if our real beef is with fundamentalist Sunni Islam (and it is) then we should start by dealing with the countries promoting this heinous ideology.

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 54
Views: 1867

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

I think removing the Taliban was the right thing to do. If the country goes back to being led by them, harboring terrorists etc., then blockade them, sanction them. We tried one thing, it failed, some people there resent it, what else is there to do ? Imagine if after 20 years of US/French/UK/Soviet...

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 1665

Re: Strange business names

Stellantis

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 216
Views: 13279

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Varsity1 wrote:
Until it makes it on the internet. Then they're crucified in the court of public opinion.

A camera in the cockpit adds no safety to the people being video'd.


Have CVR leaked that weren't fatal crashes ?

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14111

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours

I have flown CDG-BES many times. I also took the train a few times a couple decades ago, once the train was stopped not by a strike, but by a protest on the tracks ! Another time by an accident. Both on the "slow" part of the journey. Now a longer chunk of track is high speed, I had to go ...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The point I'm making is that a rational response is ultimately driven by statistics. National regulators should be able to assess their situation, report back quickly, and keep it under review. But I'm seeing very little of rational decision making in many regulators, particularly those in Western ...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Please educate me. My understanding is exercise helps break up clots or prevent small clots from being the nucleus for growing larger clots. So I'm speaking specifically about the issues with the AdV vaccines. There seems to be an immune response that targets platelets themselves. This causes almos...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 113
Views: 4396

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

Was he stopped because of the warrant of because of "driving while black" ?

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by Aesma
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 216
Views: 13279

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

There are cars on the road with dozens of cameras, don't expect aircraft to stay free of them for long.

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by Aesma
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14111

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours

Frankly, a pretty small step. Sadly, many people think that you can pump endless pollution into the environment and nothing bad will happen. You are assuming, like many, this decision is good for the environment. I think the opposite. This type of decision is like during a pandemic asking people to...

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by Aesma
Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi
Replies: 96
Views: 12275

Re: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi

OK: Someone who owns a few late model A380's might do a simple conversion like this (most likely by removing the 1st floor seats and strapping cargo to the floor as has been recently done by other airlines). However, that severely limits the types of cargo that can be carried and requires hand load...

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by Aesma
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 128
Views: 14111

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

This measure didn't originate with politicians but with a citizens' assembly : The Citizens' Convention on Climate (CCC) gathered 150 people, randomly selected but representing the diversity of French society. Its mandate was to formulate a series of concrete measures aimed to achieve at least a 40%...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber : the UK has been in lockdown for 3 months, that's how the cases dropped.

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

My arm isn't sore anymore, however I still have a bump around the injection site.

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 114
Views: 7870

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

That would be illegal here in France, where the age of consent is 15 and nobody cares what 15yo do, and under that (talking about 14yo not 10) unless someone complains nobody cares either. Also prostitution isn't illegal here (it's not exactly legal anymore, Johns risk a fine and a telephone call to...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 70
Views: 5420

Re: Are things once again heating up in the Ukraine ?

I have not been following this closely enough, but Russian tanks inside Ukrainian borders (excluding Crimea) would be legitimate targets for countries wanting to help Ukraine wouldn't they ? No need to declare war to Russia. The "Russian speaking" or "passport holding" stuff does...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 40
Views: 2213

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

Imagine Charles or William (because it would be for them) travelling around in a billionaire's yacht. What kind of message is that sending ?

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60883

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber I have asked on a French forum and got a link to an official French healthcare system page (la "sécu" ), saying that since March 31 the sécu is calling all unvaccinated 75+ to give them vaccination appointments or register their refusal. So for the 84yo you mentioned she should ...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In the US they're neck and neck but in Europe Moderna is still pretty rare.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

On top of extending the time between 2 doses (not for me, it starts in a couple of days), the French minister for health has also opened vaccination to the 55yo starting tomorrow, with AZ only. Next Friday, the 60yo can get any vaccine. It's becoming confusing and complicated... I wonder if for cert...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers
Replies: 24
Views: 5560

Re: TUI 737 weight incident traced to ‘Miss’ interpretation of female passengers

acecrackshot wrote:
Are the Euros this bored? Who would waste their time really investigating this? What would that translate to...maybe two knots of speed at V1, or less than gauge error?


Many US members make a big fuss of AF4590 (Concorde crash) being overweight...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I've now read somewhere there is a stronger immune response from using two vaccines. Which I guess is good for protection against the virus, but might not be good regarding "runaway immune responses".

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

French health authority approval 2nd dose mRNA instead of AZ: https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN2BV2W7 I'd like to know the research. I posted way upthread the UK was researching various combinations, but I thought the study went until June. I am in favor of AZ then mRNA to stretch out ...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1581
Views: 96797

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science ... protection

I have been given the Moderna 5G 1.0 jab, no ill effect after a couple of hours.
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China's CDC admits Chinese vaccines are not great : https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science ... protection

I have been given the Moderna 5G 1.0 jab, no ill effect after a couple of hours.

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Prince Philip has died

GDB : In France you swear an oath to the Republic not the president.And the Republic is not just the current political system, it's the country, its values, etc. If the president decides to go against such values, then public officials can go against the president, for the Republic. As for the argum...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Prince Philip has died

Why being anti-monarchy would be garbage ?

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former NFL player kills five in latest US mass shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3940

Re: That Didn't Take Long

He was probably having a bad day.

Thoughts and prayers.

Too bad the victims weren't carrying.

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60883

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

I'm back from the doctor, I'm getting 5G installed tomorrow. The Moderna version.

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Campaign Reportedly Forced To Refund More Than $122 Million To Donors
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

Re: Trump Campaign Reportedly Forced To Refund More Than $122 Million To Donors

So that's why they were chanting "stop the steal" ! It all makes sense now.

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60883

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

My first issue with the Sputnik vaccine is : why are Russians not vaccinated ?

As for the Chinese vaccine it seems to be crap.

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 2134

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Coffee all the way.

Tea is just hot water with some weak flavor !

When I was in Vietnam and it was very hot, some green tea was good.

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60883

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

The first to be vaccinated in France were people in EHPAD (care homes) and there was a point made in asking consent to them or their family members. Quite a bad idea... It should have gone something like "you want to see you family again, don't you ?", roll up that sleeve then ! Back then ...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 296
Views: 14170

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

If the laws were just about voter ID and nothing else it wouldn't get that attention. However it's a long list of things, most of which very questionable.

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pageant winner dethroned on stage
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: Pageant winner dethroned on stage

I can't get over the 5 lbs of make-up each one is wearing.

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Riots in Northern Ireland: situation dangerous
Replies: 46
Views: 1833

Re: Riots in Northern Ireland: situation dangerous

I think this could have been foreseen. That's why I was quite surprised that the EU proposed and the UK accepted the Irish sea border. Back to the drawing table? At the end of the day this is not (yet) an EU territory. The EU doesn't want violence, but it's not ready to have a hole in its borders t...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1268
Views: 60883

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

lightsaber : a 84yo in France can get any vaccine any time. By that I mean if there is one dose it's for her. However she might be waiting for her personal doctor to get some doses (AZ), and didn't try to get vaccinated until now (or there is nobody around her who could have helped her). Given the n...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Charles Barkley slams politicians: They 'divide and conquer' to keep power
Replies: 33
Views: 1640

Re: Charles Barkley slams politicians: They 'divide and conquer' to keep power

It's the job of politicians to tackle issues. If minorities are discriminated and politicians make changing that part of their platform, I don't really see how it can be criticized. Now, tackling non existing issues like voter fraud, or white people discrimination, yes, that's playing with fire for ...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening
Replies: 17
Views: 1621

Re: North Atlantic Ocean Current Weakening

Cold should be reserved to the mountains. Give us down there the warmth.

The climate of my country (France) could be greatly changed by this, not looking forward to it.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train Wreck in Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: Train Wreck in Taiwan

A truck fell on the tracks just before the train reached a tunnel. Pretty unlucky. I would think derailing in a tunnel would be helpful in preventing cars from doing the "accordion" thing, but maybe not. The narrow tunnel might have acted basically like a wall and the cars crumbled on each...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 70
Views: 5420

Re: Are things once again heating up in the Ukraine ?

I don't even know how things could go back to normal at this point, short of giving Crimea back. Then why did France and Germany initiate readmission of Russia back to the Council of Europe? Realpolitik--they need Russian gas. Not France. In France gas is much less used than in Germany (heating is ...

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