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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 31, 2023 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 20
Views: 547

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

It has been three years since the UK left the EU. Those three years have been tough, not just for the UK but for everyone. But it seems that Brexit has left the UK in a far worse position than other nations that have also had to deal with a global pandemic, an energy crisis and war in Ukraine. What...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 31, 2023 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

The problem is that the “marketing whizzes” at Ford are trying to make Mustang into a brand in of itself. GM is going to be doing the same with Corvette too in the next few years. Ultimately, I think the blame can be traced back to BMW with their ///M brand. Ultimately, that’s provided the genesis ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

Yup, like I said - just ordered a new car which will last me a good 8-10 years and then go from there, see where the technology is. The other thing is that Government car mandates call for Zero Emission Vehicles by a certain date, and the biggest misconception of that is that people think it means ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

The elephant (mammoth, mastodon) in the globe will be Toyota waking up and aggressively entering the EV world. The big problem with Toyota is that they were asleep at the wheel for many years thinking that electric cars would be a novelty and hybrid vehicles would be the way of the future, possibly...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

N1120A wrote:
frmrCapCadet wrote:
If a Porsche and a BMW can be a compact SUV, why not a Mustang?


Porsche doesn't call the Cayenne a 911 and BMW doesn't call the X5 an M5.


BMW will sell you an X5M.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 30, 2023 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/electric-vehicles-made-up-10-of-all-new-cars-sold-last-year-11673876862?mod=dist_amp_social And this was without the sub-20k car that would be announced by Musk on Investor Day 1st March 2023. That will drive nails in many a company. Add to that Musk announcements ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 30, 2023 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

Why did you cancel it if I may ask? The delivery issues are annoying. I have an VW ID.3 First Edition and despite its flaws, I intend to keep it after the lease expires - and after a few years I will make it the 2nd car. Space really, we had one for a weekend demo, I loved it, but the problem is it...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 30, 2023 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's
Replies: 70
Views: 1611

Re: 10% of all new new vehicles sold were EV's

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/electric-vehicles-made-up-10-of-all-new-cars-sold-last-year-11673876862?mod=dist_amp_social And this was without the sub-20k car that would be announced by Musk on Investor Day 1st March 2023. That will drive nails in many a company. Add to that Musk announcements ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 30, 2023 6:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alleged police brutality death in Memphis
Replies: 58
Views: 2824

Re: Alleged police brutality death in Memphis

The blood sport fashion in which media of all persuasions trumpeted the video release for maximum emotional influence was reprehensible. American messaging is truly lost in terms of ethical values. The media has been a bit flummoxed, they can't jump on the usual narrative of racist cops, this is ne...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 30, 2023 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Auckland flooded/closed
Replies: 42
Views: 9638

Re: Auckland flooded/closed

FiscAutTecGarte wrote:
decades ago many kiwis could be seen walking barefoot in public.... this could bring that back..


Many decades ago, we still do, same as wearing pyjamas to the supermarket on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jan 28, 2023 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 101
Views: 5286

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Uh, oh. So you say that pointing out -- obvious insecurity of rather small countries, who don't like to be overrun by revanchist expansionist rogue neighbours -- and thus prefer to band together into defence pacts -- is being an idiot. All right then, your views on intelligence, unsurprisingly, are...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yet another mass shooting in the US not in Cali
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Yet another mass shooting in the US not in Cali

How did we also miss the following mass shootings: 8 dead Enoch Utah https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/05/us/enoch-city-utah-home-shooting/index.html 6 dead Goshen Califormia https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/18/us/goshen-california-shooting-wednesday/index.html 5 dead High Point North Carolina https:/...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

That flew over your head didn't it, the issue is those trades don't exist in the UK any longer, or at least to the extent that they can design and install a complete electrical system on a ship this size. For what its worth, that statement is factually incorrect, as the QEC carriers, T45 and T26 su...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines looking to disperse around Okinawa Islands
Replies: 22
Views: 3366

Re: US Marines looking to disperse around Okinawa Islands

...well it's the Japanese's fault why the US is there...I'm just saying... That ended nearly 80 years ago. Why is your government still occupying New Zealand, despite the locals wishes? British rule ended nearly 90 years ago. That makes no sense. Who are the locals, I'm a local, there is no alterna...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 25, 2023 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

So? You don't think H&W trained anyone after the last ship was built? Civil engineering trades are dual use, and you would most likely find a couple that have moved off the tools and into management as well No they probably didn’t. That yards been been up and down more times than Megan on Harry...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 24, 2023 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I did say both MINOR and MAJOR defects. You inferred that because they had the backing of Navantia because they had not built a ship since 2002 all should be good, to which I pointed out that they too are not immune from making mistakes as I pointed out from design documentation not being up to scr...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 24, 2023 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?

seriously? That's what you make of this. Think whatever you like. You did say the last time your passport was checked was 1980'ish, which if true means you haven't left Continental Europe since 1980'ish, unless you're lying for effect. Putting things deliberately out of context is also lying. It wa...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?

what do you mean by "undefined"? It is very well-defined, just not in the field, the border is hardly noticeable, as with any Schengen border. Last time my passport was checked was probably somewhere in the 1980-ish, if ever ;-) So you’ve never left Europe or even been to the UK. Like a E...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Yes I agree it was a new consortium not done beforewhere there was only one prime contractor then farming out the work, but what I said still stands in regards to the detailed drawings from Navantia. I also agree not everything was the fault of Navantia, but because they were not actually part of t...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 23, 2023 7:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?
Replies: 23
Views: 1361

Re: Why did Eurostar not offer Amsterdam to London nonstop before?

Then why Brussels is happy with Amsterdam not doing any security checks even years ago? Back then UK was still in the European Union And how did they solve the problem? Both are within Schengen free movement area - indeed their open border predates that EU treaty - with the Benelux arrangements . G...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 23, 2023 1:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I would not count on Navantia as sources from the Hobart build indicate that Navantia wasthe source of many problems in the build running behind because of translation of documents into English and mixing up measurements How many ships had ASC built before building the Hobart’s? None is the answer....

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debt Ceiling: Why should the White House negotiate?
Replies: 51
Views: 2384

Re: Debt Ceiling: Why should the White House negotiate?

Obviously we'll cut all the foreign aid, sorry Haiti, but that's only going to net $6.4b/yr. Let's go to food stamps and farm subsidies next. Can all of them, farms will fail, people will go hungry and possibly die, and we'll potentially cause a little international agricultural crisis as we clean ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yet another mass shooting in the US not in Cali
Replies: 24
Views: 1253

Re: Yet another mass shooting in the US not in Cali

How did we also miss the following mass shootings: 8 dead Enoch Utah https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/05/us/enoch-city-utah-home-shooting/index.html 6 dead Goshen Califormia https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/18/us/goshen-california-shooting-wednesday/index.html 5 dead High Point North Carolina https://...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 23, 2023 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Idaho faith healing exemption remains unchanged, and more children die
Replies: 29
Views: 2186

Re: Rightwing men continue have the right to kill wives and children

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/idaho-faith-healing-exemption-remains-unchanged-and-more-children-die/ In Roman times, and actually in the US men could kill wife or children and generally avoid prosecution. Here is a modern version of that continuing in the state of Idaho Why don't you sa...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 22, 2023 6:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Jacinda Ardern is one of a very rare kind of politicians that made me think there may be a future for mankind after all. Humans generally want to be led by "schoolyard bully" kind of politicians. People who find greatness in bashing "the others". Inflated ego's who lie, decieve,...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 22, 2023 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

LOL. I was actually talking about Barrow (then Vickers Armstrong), which was the lead yard and produced all the drawings.... as per this capacity plan.. :) https://prints.rmg.co.uk/products/capacity-plan-for-mv-methane-princess-1964-m1442. But yes, H+W are getting back into defence, after years of ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 22, 2023 7:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Interesting. Guess where the worlds first purpose built LNG tanker was built ..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane_Princess :bigthumbsup: Rgds They are getting back in the shipbuilding business, part of a team but that's the way of things today; https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/belfast-awarded...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Not in great shape but it exists. NASSCO in San Diego can build large vessels over 50,000 DTW. There are numerous yards in the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes that can build vessels up to 30,000 DTW. These are military useful sizes - modest sized container ships and Ro/Ro's. But even more import...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jan 21, 2023 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Helen and Shipley weren't given as much stick, especially Helen because she was far more competent and fit to lead than Ardern. Not sure about Shipley, but hard disagree on Helen Clark. There was an enormous amount of misogyny abuse directed her way constantly from attacking her for being childless...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 20, 2023 8:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Unfortunately in the Anglosphere there are a very large number that the leader should be a white middle/upper class Englishman, or their local equivalent, to maintain, or even enhance, their privilege in their local society. Trump, UK Tory, and Morrison's Australian supporters tend this way. The be...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 20, 2023 7:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Three waters has been a mess but that's hardly a damming indictment. Three waters is one of many messes She led Labor through some pretty bumpy unexpected disasters like Covid and the largest mass murder in NZ history. Overall the economy is solid with problems that are endemic in the OECD and not ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The problem is the Canadians decided that shipbuilding wasn't necessary for it's national defense. For a country with such a proud heritage of shipbuilding, they decided that they hardly needed a navy and that there was no need to protect domestic shipbuilders from overseas competition. I believe C...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

How exactly is water infrastructure reform 'woke'? Sorry, just curious - a Kiwi friend of mine at work is constantly arguing with his 60-something dad on that very point. As he is fond of telling our Japanese coworkers, 'securing the environmental future in an island country is not political - it's...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 687
Views: 72318

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The problem is the Canadians decided that shipbuilding wasn't necessary for it's national defense. For a country with such a proud heritage of shipbuilding, they decided that they hardly needed a navy and that there was no need to protect domestic shipbuilders from overseas competition. I believe C...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Go woke, go broke… as the expression goes. Labour had an unprecedented electoral majority yet squandered it on woke policies (He Puapua, 3 waters, renaming everything etc) rather than actually governing and getting things done. That more than anything else has put people off. How exactly is water i...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

From what I understand , the party that she is part of is not doing to well in the polls ? The party was slightly trailing in December polls, but was also closing the gap after easing COVID policy, with the election 10 months out. Ahern herself was still leading the polls as candidate for prime min...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Title says it all. PM Jacinda Arden will not seek re-election and will leave office next month. She says she is exhausted. Didn’t see that one coming. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/jacinda-ardern-quits-as-prime-minister-labour-must-decide-on-new-leader/N64AC3RI65DNDAOG55Z6GHGU4Y/ Did she s...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 19, 2023 8:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NZ PM Arden to Resign
Replies: 61
Views: 2974

Re: NZ PM Arden to Resign

Title says it all. PM Jacinda Arden will not seek re-election and will leave office next month. She says she is exhausted. Didn’t see that one coming. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/politics/jacinda-ardern-quits-as-prime-minister-labour-must-decide-on-new-leader/N64AC3RI65DNDAOG55Z6GHGU4Y/ A lot of ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines looking to disperse around Okinawa Islands
Replies: 22
Views: 3366

Re: US Marines looking to disperse around Okinawa Islands

Not from the documentary I watched last year, the locals hate the US presence. The locals have hated the US presence there (generally) since 1945. However, the current Japanese government has much broader view and can see over the horizon towards China to recognize what is in the best interest for ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 17, 2023 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British government to block Scottish gender reform law
Replies: 60
Views: 2016

Re: British government to block Scottish la

How ridiculous would it be if you're recognised as a male or female in Scotland but not in the rest of the UK. This is why this law was stopped, it really is a matter for Westminster, not the devolved parliaments. Good examples are passports and drivers licenses which are issued centrally, they hav...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 17, 2023 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British government to block Scottish gender reform law
Replies: 60
Views: 2016

Re: British government to block Scottish la

My take is under the new law if I 'live as a woman' whatever that means I can now be deemed to be a woman with access to areas such as female toilets, changing rooms and refuges. Is that correct?. No, not really. . There’s a lot of misinformation going around about this law. To be clear, I do not l...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: British government to block Scottish gender reform law
Replies: 60
Views: 2016

Re: British government to block Scottish law

The cynic in me says that Nicola Sturgeon and her party introduced this law knowing that it would be challenged by Westminster as items relating to the equality act are not devolved. They can, and will, now use this to increase pressure for independence. Are trans issues in Scotland really so galva...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 16, 2023 5:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harry's New Book 'Spare': Scuffle between Harry and Willie
Replies: 155
Views: 6520

Re: Harry's New Book 'Spare': Scuffle between Harry and Willie

The US Dollar is used as offical currency in 21 countries / territories ... Colonialism ? a) You don't see the difference between "we print our own money but choose to put the UK royalty onto it" vs "we don't print our own money, we use the US dollar"? b) What does this have to ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car dependency
Replies: 69
Views: 2674

Re: Car dependency

To be fair, Japanese cities were completely in start-over mode at the end of WW2 following decimation from firebombings, but they still ended up being excellent rail-oriented metropoli But again with population density still far higher than the US. True, and applies to ROK and Taiwan as well. They ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden admin weighs ban on gas stoves
Replies: 47
Views: 2623

Re: Biden admin Ban gas stoves?

I heard that ceramic induction is actually a whole other technology different from regular induction stoves? They use magnetism to do the heating. They feature powerful, high-frequency electromagnets instead of heated coils. These magnets generate a magnetic field that heats the pan and not the coo...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 15, 2023 11:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden admin weighs ban on gas stoves
Replies: 47
Views: 2623

Re: Biden admin Ban gas stoves?

There are induction commercial ranges meant for restaurants, and they are increasingly popular with top chefs because they are faster, more responsive, efficient, and provide for a more comfortable and safer working environment. I have an induction burner and love it but it's not the same as gas. R...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 15, 2023 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6470

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

T18 wrote:
As an American with no horse in the race, I say strip all the titles from the family and make them pull their own weight like the entire tax base that supports them does now.


You do have a horse in the race unless you’re distancing yourself from his wife who is one of you.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 15, 2023 10:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6470

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

What the UK Royal Family needs right now is a Tommy Lascelles type character to straighten out everyone. A stern lecture from him would have put everyone in their place. At this point, one really wonders what Harry's endgame is? Does he expect his elder brother to give up and allow him to succeed t...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jan 14, 2023 6:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Has tom cruise flown a jet?
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: Has tom cruise flown a jet?

He flies a HondaJet, when he was in Norway he flew into the town I live in in his HondaJet.

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 13, 2023 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Harry's New Book 'Spare': Scuffle between Harry and Willie
Replies: 155
Views: 6520

Re: Harry's New Book 'Spare': Scuffle between Harry and Willie

That's up to the country who minted the coins to choose. Sure, if they feel it benefits them to display their colonial heritage, they should go for it. Nope but my dad, uncle, cousin, grandfather and great uncles who did. Only one of my great uncles ever talked about his war, he was a mosquito bomb...

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