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by flyingturtle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Russian defense Ministry has convened a briefing on MH17. Right now.
Replies: 84
Views: 2032

Re: The Russian defense Ministry has convened a briefing on MH17. Right now.

The investigation has already concluded that the shrapnels are of a type that have never been delivered to Ukrainian forces. The Russian manufacturer has helped to make that point. Duh.

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by flyingturtle
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I've done something terrible... I made quinoa
Replies: 30
Views: 871

Re: I've done something terrible... I made quinoa

I don't even know what quinoa is. It must be an abomination from an other world.


David

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by flyingturtle
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywork goes bust
Replies: 32
Views: 4940

Re: Skywork goes bust

Now, Skywork is officially bust. The FOCA (federal office of aviation) intended to withdraw the operating permit on Monday, but upon agreement with Skywork, they only did so on Wednesday evening. The reason? Skywork wanted to fly home Berne's Young Boys football team from their successful Champions ...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Administration holds 100K Kavanaugh Papers
Replies: 112
Views: 2490

Re: Administration holds 100K Kavanaugh Papers

Merrick Garland had zero history on abortion and was unwilling to reveal his stance towards it. There was a risk of confirming a pro-abortion judge, so of course he wasn't proceeded with. Nobody needs more pro abortion judges. Uh-oh... uh-oh... in my opinion, a judge should reveal the process he wo...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skywork goes bust
Replies: 32
Views: 4940

Re: Skywork goes bust

Swiss regional carrier *cough* I highly suspect most Skywork connections were international, but here we go as a tiny little country. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: This means Bern is more or less down to some holiday charters, business aviation, the federal government's airplane base, flight instru...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 43
Views: 2932

The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

Just dropping this thing here. Among many of the points are: - the British fleet is so small nowadays, that around half of the larger ships would be tied up with protecting both carriers - only 138 F-35 have been ordered to maintain the training and the operational readiness for both the Navy and th...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: "Vigilant Switzerland": Military film from the early 1960ies
Replies: 1
Views: 449

"Vigilant Switzerland": Military film from the early 1960ies

When researching something about the 1964 national exposition, I got across this Swiss army propaganda film. When it came out, it was criticized for its high costs, and for the foreign expertise in filmmaking. The film was made in 70 mm - and sometimes projected in 3 x 70 mm side-to-side - and it re...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread
Replies: 33
Views: 3265

Re: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread

1) Knowing the current atmosphere of Hollyweird, they will manage to show as much bashing of the Commander-in-Chief (who will probably remain unnamed in the film) as they can fit in 2 hours. Well-informed sources have told me that Trump himself appears. The scenario is the White House being under a...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747-SP for sale, just $9.5m
Replies: 60
Views: 10901

Re: B747-SP for sale, just $9.5m

I saw her once in ZRH. I'll chip in 10 Eurobucks!

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread
Replies: 33
Views: 3265

Re: Top Gun 2: Maverick - Aircraft, filming, production & rumors thread

Wait? No Folland Gnats?



I'm disappointed.

I've seen "Top Gun" only once, in contrast to that other film.. but I'm curious how it will turn out.


David

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: McCain discontinue medical treatment
Replies: 25
Views: 782

Re: McCain discontinue medical treatment

I've listened again to his 2008 concession speech. His soothing, conciliatory, respectful words are so prescient today, as if he could foresee the trouble we're in now. I hope those people who represent today's GOP will get a blanket ban on attending his funeral service. I wouldn't be surprised if B...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

[quote="CARST"][/quote] I have to follow up with that picture from 2007: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MartinslochBoden_040.jpg It shows the scene from the Martinsloch. The plane is not terribly close to the mountain, but it would be nevertheless a very bad place to make a turn -...

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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

The FOCA (federal office of civil aviation) has, after deliberation with Ju Air and the accident investigation board, enacted some changes: 1. The Ju 52 must fly at 300 m AGL or higher over non-inhabited areas, and 600 m AGL or higher over inhabited areas (this doubles the previous limits) 2. The Ju...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

For those who understand Germish: Here a report on how Daniel Knecht, leader of the Swiss air accident investigation board, has been working on the Ju 52 case. The first thing he did was asking Ju Air for a model of the airplane. And then he took this model, a psychologist and every single witness t...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?
Replies: 63
Views: 3594

Re: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?

We've had this discussion already after the Germanwings crash in Spain. There are several problems, and one of them is that psychological illness only rarely means any danger. One solution is that the employer *must* provide a different, but +/- equally paid area of work when the mental illness infr...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93285

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

How does a Customer Service agent know how to start, taxi, take off in … and fly a plane like that? Flight sims. Some FlightGear planes are already that complex that you either learn to start up the airliner *correctly*, or you go the easy way and choose... "Autostart", which takes care o...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93285

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

Seeing the videos, I'm amazed how sim training enables a person to fly a plane pretty well on their first try....


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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

On August 17, a Ju 52 will fly from Dübendorf to Bensheim (Germany), and will perform two sightseeing flights there. The flight to Bensheim and the two flights are fully booked.


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by flyingturtle
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing
Replies: 14
Views: 1852

Re: C-5M Makes Nose-Up Landing

It's just the kneeling feature!!! Nothing to worry about!

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by flyingturtle
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

" Vintage planes to fly again after fatal Swiss crash " https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/ready-for-take-off-_vintage-planes-to-fly-again-after-fatal-swiss-crash/44306224 There was an interview with the head of Ju-Air on a local Zürich TV station. He came out with the lovely statement "mo...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

OMG. Thank you, noray. The mountain scenery is convincing.

Then I just don't know what the relationship is between that fateful flight and the picture shown on TV.


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by flyingturtle
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

Which leads me to the conclusion that it's not smoke, but simply a patch of (presumably) grass-covered mountain slope. To me, that's simply not possible. It would be a very peculiar and very bright grass slope that extends into a rather rocky and steep mountain face. It can't be a streak of bright ...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

Here is a tool to generate any view of mountains, given the coordinates of the photographer: https://www.udeuschle.de/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm We need to find out where the smoke trail picture was taken. I'm around mountains quite a lot, and I'm 95% sure that this must be a smoke or vapour tra...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran sanctions and new EU statement
Replies: 136
Views: 6112

Re: Iran Sanctions and New EU statment

trpmb6 wrote:
Had Obama gone through the senate this wouldn't be a topic of discussion.


Both the House and the Senate basically said "We're okay with whatever deal Obama signs, if we get to review Iranian compliance every x days."


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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

It's not a "WW2 plane" it was delivered before. How do you know the delivery date? All three Swiss Air Force Ju 52 - the later HB-HOP, -HOS and HOT - were delivered on September 4, 1939. Germany invaded Poland just three days earlier. (The same happened with several Messerschmitt 109 figh...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

Just something I picked up on Wookiepedia: In 1991, a DC-3A crashed near Heidelberg, Germany. 28 of the 32 occupants died. The plane was chartered by a filmmaker and his company; during the flight, they filmed. Causes of the accident were: - the pilots mistaking the Neckar river for the Rhine river ...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

There is a telling picture: https://ibb.co/h0T83z David Telling in which regard? Also, did the press conference mention that there was a video of the actual crash? This is a photo that was relayed to the media. I still don't know of any video of the crash. The photo was not part of the press confer...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

Results from the press conference: - airplane was intact before it crashed - it collided with the ground almost vertically and with a high speed - all persons are dead, as presumed. All victims are between 42 and 84 years old, Eleven were male, nine were female. There is a telling picture: https://i...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

https://www.srf.ch/livestream/player/srf-1


David
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Incidentally, the crash site is on the popular hiking route between Elm (state of Glarus) and Flims (state of Grisons). We can expect many more images from the crash site.

I'll stay tuned for the press conference that begins in 10 minutes: https://www.srf.ch/livestream/player/srf-1


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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

Link to a topographical map of the crash site: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=en&topic=ech&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&layers=ch.swisstopo.zeitreihen,ch.bfs.gebaeude_wohnungs_register,ch.bav.haltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visibility=false,false,f...

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by flyingturtle
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

I believe I've seen one of these Ju Air planes at an air show, flying a formation with two DC-3. Their slow flight and their rumble is majestic and dinosaur-like. (Those Ju 52 have de-rated engines, for noise and preservation reasons.) About the wreckage: It's peculiar that the wreck is upside down,...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

Moderators: can we please change the topic title to reflect the gravity of the accident? I support that. Perhaps the accident didn't get more international coverage because it's not a traffic flight. Ju-52, what's that? Boeing or Airbus would ring a bell with journalists... BBC News covers a Russi...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

MEA-707 wrote:
There was a Crossair ARJ crash in november 2001 with 24 casualties....


Thank you for the correction. :worried:


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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?
Replies: 35
Views: 3129

Re: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?

If your aircraft is not supported by the manufacturer anymore, you can buy engineering elsewhere. Your aircraft might get reverted to a lesser status, and can't be used to transport passengers or for commercial flights. Well, well, but your plane can still fly. Or you could form a company that buys...

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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

There is still no indication about how many passengers were on board. This could well be the most significant air disaster in Switzerland since 1990, when Alitalia flight 404 crashed. :(



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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

http://avherald.com/h?article=4bbf2069&opt=0

I wonder if these accidents today were somehow due to density altitude, as we currently have a crushing heat wave, with 95°F over most of the country.


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AVHerald is covering this accident:


http://avherald.com/h?article=4bbf2069&opt=0

I wonder if these accidents today were somehow due to density altitude, as we currently have a crushing heat wave, with 95°F over most of the country.


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by flyingturtle
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 121
Views: 25731

20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland

In Switzerland, today marked two deadly crashes. In a crash involving a Socata TB-10, a family was killed. Just a few hours later, in the vicinity of Piz Segnas, the Ju-52 aircraft (reg HB-HOT, old reg A-702) was involved in a deadly crash: http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/ostschweiz/story/Flugzeug-stuer...

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by flyingturtle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?
Replies: 35
Views: 3129

Re: Can a plane be maintained to fly indefinitely?

Well, yes, it's just a lot of work, and I believe that it hasn't ever been done. Even in an extensive restoration, think Lufthansa FW-200, you would reuse some parts. There are some vintage planes without any original parts but these are usually considered replicas. This question came up with the G...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Passenger claims bomb inside bag after being enraged over a $50 bag fee
Replies: 29
Views: 3827

Re: Spirit Airlines Passenger claims bomb inside bag after being enraged over a $50 bag fee

That airline should just begin to charge a bomb fee. Problem solved. :old:

"I have a bomb in my luggage!"

- "Sir, that makes 30'000."

"WHAT?"

- "Well, it's a dangerous item. First. Pay. Then. You. Fly."

David

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october
Replies: 17
Views: 3628

Re: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october

Oh, thanks for the correction. I hadn't Darwin's fate on my radar. The FOCA wanted to introduce a GPS approach to BRN's runway 32; this is now a bit... superfluous. It would have eased the noise concerns in the city of Berne, but it would have encroached on glider operations around BRN. It really lo...

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by flyingturtle
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october
Replies: 17
Views: 3628

Re: Swiss CAA suspends regional airline Skywork's AOC with effect end of october

Oh, dammit. Bummer for BRN. So, BRN won't get better bus access in the next years. They once had a connection from Berne's main railway station, but the frequency was too low to draw passengers to BRN. BRN was always the perfect airport if you had a taxi or a company car. Perhaps Darwin and Etihad c...

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by flyingturtle
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you won the lottery
Replies: 31
Views: 1320

Re: If you won the lottery

A Republic RC-3 Seabee for mee.

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by flyingturtle
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain
Replies: 183
Views: 4216

Re: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain

While I decry the shameless violence against people that vote, we'll never see Catalonian independence. Crimea comes to mind. There, I hold the position that any population, any region, any ethnic minority has a right to secede, but it must be done within the constitutional rules of the respective c...

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by flyingturtle
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Star Trek: Discovery
Replies: 15
Views: 1348

Re: New Star Trek: Discovery

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2017/10/3 ... mmand-line


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Funnily, some keen watchers have found Windows program code in one episode. Specifically, it was the reverse-engineered source code of the Stuxnet worm...

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2017/10/3 ... mmand-line


David

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by flyingturtle
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain
Replies: 183
Views: 4216

Re: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain

https://twitter.com/PaddyMcKenna/status ... 8922686464


"Uh, huh, maybe we're on the wrong path when we have to beat up women, firefighters and other non-violent people."


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KLDC10 wrote:
In another astonishing twist, the police are seen here attacking firefighters: https://twitter.com/PaddyMcKenna/status ... 8922686464


"Uh, huh, maybe we're on the wrong path when we have to beat up women, firefighters and other non-violent people."


David

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by flyingturtle
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: You Hire a Man to do a Job...
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: You Hire a Man to do a Job...

I would love to work for Mr. Trump.

If I get 6 monthly wages in advance...

David

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by flyingturtle
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain
Replies: 183
Views: 4216

Re: Police act brutal against referendum voters in Catalonia, Spain

The point of no return has passed. None of the two sides wants to lose face. With the police brutality against those reckless terrorist voters the Spanish government has lost much more than they could win. Now, the Catalans will push much more for independence. Much more. Well done, Mr. Rajoy. David

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by flyingturtle
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 190306

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with reports of suspected damage to leading edge above #4 engi

Oh my gosh...

Maintenance and/or engine manufacturer will have some serious explaining to do.


David

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