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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 26, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot Using Japanese Airspace
Replies: 9
Views: 4069

Re: Aeroflot Using Japanese Airspace

Kikko19 wrote:
Japan buys oil and gas from Russia. Business as usual.


So does Korea, who are also still building ARC7 LNG carriers for the Yamal to Asia routes.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 26, 2022 9:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

AFAIK you can still get that beast in an S3 and I think one of the CUPRA models. Unfortunately it does not sound as cool anymore as the one in the Audis from the 80s... these 5 cylinder engines were amazing. The S3 has the 2.0L 4 cylinder and the RS3 has the 2.5L inline 5. I had the naturally aspir...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

This is the first I am hearing about electronic parking break. So, I looked it up and what a worthless feature. Our dog likes to sleep across the center console between the driver and passenger seats. She could activate this if her paw moves in just such a way. I never thought you would be someone ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 25, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

Yup One of the best and most reliable VW engines was the 2.5L 5 cylinder both turbo and non-turbo variants on both VW and Audi models. Seriously wish they would have put that engine in the Arteon. The VW 5 cylinder and the Audi 5 cylinder are completely different engines. The VW unit is a vr5, made...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 25, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

BTW, don't get the brosband started on odd-numbered cylinders. Like the Metro or Canyon. Anything with 3 or 5 cylinders. He will not shut up about how stupid they are and the firing at the wrong time and... I don't know. I tune out after a while. Heaven help me if anyone makes a 7 or 9 cylinder eng...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 25, 2022 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

I work at Honda dealer, 22 years now. Manual trans Honda's nobody wants anymore, at least not in my area. I despise Auto and CVT and as I have to drive them daily for work I have to say getting back in my Civic Si with it's 6 speed is so much more fun. Unless its a Type R or a Si, we will never pur...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2022
Replies: 342
Views: 36047

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2022

Anchor projects on hold * Expanded international airfield and taxiway capacity • New cargo precinct • New international arrivals area • Second runway. So a second runway could be a decade away or longer and is not seen as a priority. Can they manage with just the one runway for longer period perhap...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 24, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 116
Views: 3565

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

NIKV69 wrote:
Kiwirob wrote:
There's very rarely a good guy with a gun when you need one, which makes a mockery of 2A.


The 2A wasn't created so that crime would be guaranteed not to happen. You can do better than that. :sarcastic:


Why do I need to do better? I'm not living in a country with a mass shooting problem.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 23, 2022 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 149
Views: 6921

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

They are the ones that bid for the games, and FIFA agreed to terms and corruption that have come up far short. Make no mistake ,. i had no intention of going to Qatar for these games, but their lack of diversity deserves to be scrutinized. What about the family and friends of those involved in the ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 23, 2022 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 149
Views: 6921

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

That's the conundrum at the heart of the LGBTQ+ community: we're all for diversity, and tolerance, but not towards people who disagree with us. I was talking to my gay aunt about this recently, she believes that the world had become far more accepting of the LGB community in the late 90's to early ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches
Replies: 149
Views: 6921

Re: At the last minute, Qatar bans beer from WC matches

The diversity idea requires one to accept other people’s/nation’s diversity—it’s their country, their circus. Accept or stay away, don’t try to impose your beliefs elsewhere. They are the ones that bid for the games, and FIFA agreed to terms and corruption that have come up far short. Make no mista...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia
Replies: 116
Views: 3565

Re: Shooting at Wal-Mart in Chespeake, Virginia

CaptHadley wrote:
Yay 2nd amendment! Too bad there wasn't a good guy with a gun around. You'd think being in a Walmart, especially in Virgina, that everyone and their cousin/wife would have been armed to the tooth.


There's very rarely a good guy with a gun when you need one, which makes a mockery of 2A.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 20, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Disney Cruise Line will soon own one of the world's biggest cruise ships after surprise purchase
Replies: 37
Views: 3388

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

It was mentioned earlier that Disney was going to lower capacity from 9000 to 6000. With cabins pretty well set because of ship design, how could that be done? Just a guess, but when Disney does the hotel fitting out, they may combine adjoining cabins and eliminate services from one of them, which ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 19, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Disney Cruise Line will soon own one of the world's biggest cruise ships after surprise purchase
Replies: 37
Views: 3388

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

Looks like she found a home and will not be scrapped! Have yet to define a layout but she is a big ship... Perhaps something like 1500 First Class 2000 Business Class 1000 Premium Economy 5500 Coach Class https://thepointsguy.com/news/disney-cruise-line-ship-purchase-global-dream/ 1.That's not how ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 16, 2022 4:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 140
Views: 4925

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

Why would China change because of Australia if it would not. China has shown it will only reduce when its in its own interests to do so. It’s building how many new coal fired power stations compared to how many is Australia decommissioning without replacement. Solar and wind cannot compete for coal...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 140
Views: 4925

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

Why would China change because of Australia if it would not. China has shown it will only reduce when its in its own interests to do so. It’s building how many new coal fired power stations compared to how many is Australia decommissioning without replacement. Solar and wind cannot compete for coal...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 758873

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Reporting from Ukraine explains why the next Ukranian target will probably be the Kinburn peninsula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmv0PPj-1Gg&ab_channel=ReportingfromUkraine I've been gaming that idea for the last week or so. They might be building a fleet of homemade LSTs in Mikolayiv. Miko...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 5:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 758873

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Indeed, and with both Nord Stream pipelines filled with sea water corroding their innards, there is no way back to the old status quo. Europe will have to figure out a new way forward. All this LNG import capacity means Europe is now a part of the world market, not tethered to Russia. What LNG impo...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US military
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: US military

The word Hero gets thrown around to much in the US for military personal as well.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6016

Re: Brand loyality

Cheese: been eating a lot of Havarti lately, also like Jarlsberg, but only if it is from Norway, none of this Product of Ireland/USA business. . This one makes me laugh, I've got Jarlsberg in my fridge that's made in Ireland, and Jarlsberg cheese made in Elnesvågen which is 30km from my house. The ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6016

Re: Brand loyality

Shoes: Nike / Loake I have a pair of Nike shoes that are still going. My Loake shoes may need to go back, one needs to be made higher. :( I know they will do it. Nothing wrong with the shoes, it’s my leg has healed slightly shorter. Have you thought about Trickers or Crockett & Jones instead of...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US military
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: US military

I suppose for the same reason you deserve respect! Is it that much of a deal to let someone go before you? If it is, I would say that is a really petty life!! I understand giving combat veterans there due, especially those who were injured but the supply clerk, the mechanic, the drone operator? Why...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US military
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: US military

Why do they deserve any respect? I suppose for the same reason you deserve respect! Is it that much of a deal to let someone go before you? If it is, I would say that is a really petty life!! I understand giving combat veterans there due, especially those who were injured but the supply clerk, the ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US military
Replies: 40
Views: 1877

Re: US military

Those guys and gals who were in Iraq and Afghanistan earned the privilege. Like wise during Vietnam (me). During wartime I think the privilege is deserved. I was opposed to all of those wars, and think they had a lot to do with our current sad political situation. . Even for the vast majority of se...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 09, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24097

Re: 2022 US Elections

(...) Age limits, clearly after Reagan, Biden and the Orange man voters in the US must realise age limits need to be in place for officials elected to higher office. . Usually we only have age limits the other way around (in order to become elected Bundespräsident - head of state in Germany, you mu...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 09, 2022 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24097

Re: 2022 US Elections

I wonder whether Trump will really announce his return now, and whetehr deSantis gives up without a fight. This quarrel will help Democrats, who now need to find a good candidate for Biden. From an outside view, Biden did really a great job as US President so far. I think he's almost as bad as the ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Nov 08, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guns right in USA
Replies: 99
Views: 3910

Re: Guns right in USA

Have you tried this out in reality? I haven’t but I know someone who did, it was many years ago. My flatmate in London and his friends bought a yellow school bus and toured around the country for 6 months, they bought a couple of guns at a gun show then dumped them in a river when they were ready t...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Nov 08, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law

My understanding is that the Voting Rights Act refers to minorities not just black. In that case surely Black and Latino or Black and Asian are still ethnic minorities. The issue is that the Minorities are growing so much that Lousiiana should have created a 2nd district. Instead they are using &qu...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Nov 08, 2022 6:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law

White,black,latino,asian. Reminds me of white,non-white( black,coloured,indian) The word nobody dare say today - Apartheid. That word has become all to common place in NZ right now, excepts its Maori and non Maori, the current government is laying the ground work for setting up a state within a sta...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2269

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

I like it, I want know who has their hand in my pocket when I am purchasing something. It’s usually the government, but sometimes the airline, hotel. They shouldn’t be able to hide their scams by all inclusive prices. VAT is a very efficient tax because it’s hidden and buyer doesn’t know who steali...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Nov 07, 2022 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Was watching a horror-with-a-lot-of-bikinis film and wondered...would this be a good idea? (Let me know)
Replies: 13
Views: 1432

Re: Was watching a horror-with-a-lot-of-bikinis film and wondered...would this be a good idea? (Let me know)

Heavy metal doesn't really have boys bands/girls bands, fortunately. Your premise is fairly outdated though, in #metoo and woke world it wouldn't fly. I've been to a concert of Tove Lo where she showed her boobs, now that I think about it. But it's more a "rebel" attitude. I've also seen ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Nov 07, 2022 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guns right in USA
Replies: 99
Views: 3910

Re: Guns right in USA

No, not a citizen or legal resident alien. There are some exceptions, but you unlikely to be one. https://www.shouselaw.com/az/defense/laws/gun-laws/how-to-buy/ Or you go to a gun show and buy one. Have you tried this out in reality? I haven’t but I know someone who did, it was many years ago. My f...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Nov 07, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guns right in USA
Replies: 99
Views: 3910

Re: Guns right in USA

https://www.shouselaw.com/az/defense/la ... ow-to-buy/


Or you go to a gun show and buy one.
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GalaxyFlyer wrote:
No, not a citizen or legal resident alien. There are some exceptions, but you unlikely to be one.

https://www.shouselaw.com/az/defense/la ... ow-to-buy/


Or you go to a gun show and buy one.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 06, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

*An “automatic only” license does exist, and has so for many years. I know a grand total of 1 person who has such a license. PS Driving a manual box is the easiest thing in the world, as long as that’s what you’ve grown up with and/or you have just a smidgen of mechanical empathy. Now an unsynchron...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 06, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

Since I am soon moving out of the high sierra and will no longer need a snow beast, I think its time to have a fun car, so I began the search this last week. I previously had a VW GTI Autobahn which was a kick to drive, not super fast but still a lot of fun. It had the all important manual transmis...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 06, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

I recently got a new 2022 GTI with a stick, it took them over a month to find it, when I looked I found 32 in the entire USA in one of the two colors I liked. Can't stand driving anything with an auto as I end up hurling obscenities at it when it does silly thing and tries to get me killed. Flappy ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Nov 06, 2022 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4811

Re: The death of the manual transmission

In the 16 years I’ve been living in Norway the country has gone from almost every car being sold with a manual transmission (except big luxury cars) to today where 90% of vehicles are sold with automatic transmissions.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 05, 2022 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS
Replies: 41
Views: 3483

Re: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS

I watched this interview of George Yeo (ex Foreign Minister of Singapore) on why US can not expect most Asian countries, including US close allies to follow US moves to contain China. https://youtu.be/pEQ-a6sgjvc Not sure is South Korea agrees with you. They actually hate China more than Japan. And...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Nov 05, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6016

Re: Brand loyality

Hey guys, Brand loyalty is BIG with me…to the point where my family think I’m OCD about it. Here goes some… FF program: Qantas. It directs so much of my purchasing. Supermarkets: Woolworths, due to QFF of course. Department stores: fanatically Myer, hate David Jones! Boots: Rossiters, hand-made in ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7442

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

I'm not separating the events because the events were linked. It wasn't simply a coincidence that riots broke out simultaneously across the country during protests in 2020. In many cases, the protests were uneventful. In other cases, the protests led to violent riots. Just like it wasn't a coincide...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 04, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.
Replies: 434
Views: 21868

Re: Daily Telegraph: Project Fear was right all along.

Just in my industry marine equipment used to be covered by MED, the Marine Equipment Directive, MED approved equipment was accepted by all European classification societies, LR, BV, RINA, DNV-GL, now the UK has pulled out of MED and instigated there own new set of UK standards, it's complete BS, it ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7442

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

I'll tell you what I'm talking about then, if it's so hard to decipher. Smollett, Sandman, Rittenhouse, etc (now potentially Pelosi). Lies on top of lies, to try to make anyone who doesn't agree with the crazy leftists look like some mythical MAGA, extremist. That's the media Clear? In any other we...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS
Replies: 41
Views: 3483

Re: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS

https://youtu.be/pEQ-a6sgjvc
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I watched this interview of George Yeo (ex Foreign Minister of Singapore) on why US can not expect most Asian countries, including US close allies to follow US moves to contain China.

https://youtu.be/pEQ-a6sgjvc

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS
Replies: 41
Views: 3483

Re: So much for China keeping their word on no military expansion on reefs in SCS

Can you blame them? With the US Hawks banging the war drums for conflict in the SCS they'd be silly not to increase the defenses.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: RAAF to Replace C-130Js with MORE C-130Js
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: RAAF to Replace C-130Js with MORE C-130Js

You sure on the KC-130J? Can’t see it listed Link in the first post 30 C-130J Hercules – 24 C-130J-30s and six KC-130J air-to-air refuelling variants. That's a huge boost to refueling capability. 13 tankers is a strong sign Australia will be projecting power to the South China Sea. That is 1 tanker...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories
Replies: 166
Views: 7442

Re: MAGA Pelosi attack conspiracy theories

Well, you have to forgive the rational and thinking brains out there for not quite being ready to swallow another "MAGA" attack. Weren't you one of those screaming the same things when Jesse Smolett as 'attacked by MAGA extremists" :rotfl: No clue what you are referring to, I have ne...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Nov 03, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6016

Re: Brand loyality

Electronics - Apple. I used to be a Dell fan because of their outstanding tech support. Then Dell moved support to India and it went to crap. After a week of reinstalling Windows with no success I dumped Dell and went with Apple. Their tech support is first rate and the platforms seem to be safer a...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 8:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brand loyality
Replies: 118
Views: 6016

Re: Brand loyality

I can’t imagine another brand of baked beans existing! Fred Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Whan I lived in NZ it was Watties Baked Beans, now in Norway it’s Heinz. Heinz baked beans with sausages to be more accurate, the best of the best. Australia has them but can’t find them here in Norge. He...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Nov 02, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels
Replies: 35
Views: 2269

Re: Rant on fees and taxes on car rentals, hotels

I rarely drink so large pours aren’t a concern. You know they’ve jumped the shark when fast food outlets have tip jars on the counters.

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