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by GDB
Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 145
Views: 8044

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbezqLxT750

And no mention of lasers.
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This channel is run by an ex USN Submariner, so concentrates on those and general naval ones, as well as general news/analysis of intelligence etc;
A rational, informed take;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbezqLxT750

And no mention of lasers.

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by GDB
Mon Feb 06, 2023 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlK7r1oLu64
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It's been some time since a more senior Russian officer or commander got taken out, this time possibly a SF one;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlK7r1oLu64

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by GDB
Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Odd that, shutting down that investigation into several billion lost to COVID fraud schemes. Anyone would think they are less interested at least in trying to recover some of the money, which they say they haven’t got and presumably would welcome, despite their refusal to settle the NHS dispute (res...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

It’s often said the NHS is underfunded… it’s not… a huge amount of money goes to middle management and contractors. The NHS is both similar to the French system, and totally different. Similar in that it's funded by taxes including payroll taxes, and mostly free at the point of use, and different i...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Public sector workers all benefit from index linked 100% inflation proof pensions, they also enjoy considerably more holiday and sickness entitlement than private sector workers, yet expect exactly the same or higher pay rates. They had the additional benefit that every single one of them received ...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 5:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj9HD8MdAFs
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This weeks Perun, on the Arms, Aid and Escalation of supplying Ukraine.
As ever, well sourced, busts some myths along the way;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj9HD8MdAFs

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6WJ8pXCb8w
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An updated look at the various weapons being used by UK and Commonwealth military, in training Ukrainians;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6WJ8pXCb8w

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Public sector workers all benefit from index linked 100% inflation proof pensions, they also enjoy considerably more holiday and sickness entitlement than private sector workers, yet expect exactly the same or higher pay rates. They had the additional benefit that every single one of them received ...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoNPqQyhy_U

God help us!
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If you go past a newsstand today, you're sure of a big surprise,
When you see this headline, you won't believe your eyes...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoNPqQyhy_U

God help us!

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The Leopard 1's being supplied will have ammunition commonality with the Challenger 2's, which will make things a little less complicated if they are in the same unit. The Leo 1's have the classic L7 105mm. The Challenger 2's the third generation rifled 120mm. Though I doubt the UK still has stocks...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

To further the point about spending, how much as a portion of GDP does the UK spend on health compared say the EU average? We know we spend less than them, we also know the US spends way more for worse outcomes. So yes there is being efficient but for all it’s faults and interfering, it’s still way...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

And finally, comparisons with peer nations; https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/how-does-uk-health-spending-compare-across-europe-over-the-past-decade You have to add to this, what happens in the care sector and how it interacts with this, what happened to the governme...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 11:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

To further the point about spending, how much as a portion of GDP does the UK spend on health compared say the EU average? We know we spend less than them, we also know the US spends way more for worse outcomes. So yes there is being efficient but for all it’s faults and interfering, it’s still way ...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 10:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 145
Views: 8044

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PYBA1rB0Q

Some of the hysteria (and political posturing) I have seen on this in the media, Orson Wells must be laughing in his grave thinking of his 1930's radio broadcast!
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A bit more on this, plus other unusual shootdowns this week;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41PYBA1rB0Q

Some of the hysteria (and political posturing) I have seen on this in the media, Orson Wells must be laughing in his grave thinking of his 1930's radio broadcast!

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

That well known leftist Carol Vorderman (!) seems to agree, seen her on social media? On the rampage. She can count after all. A well paid professional woman, not short of money presumably, she's cottoned on to them; https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2023/feb/05/carol-vorderman-courage-wolves-are-...

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by GDB
Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

UK has had a massive productivity issue for many years. Nobody is quite sure what the answer to it is. In regards to the strikes, it's entirely public sector workers (exception of train companies). The reason for that? 10 odd years of no pay rises, and continious lack of investment and not providin...

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by GDB
Sat Feb 04, 2023 1:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

[Snip] No why would we? Under NATO we have not lost independence or ceded sovereignty that make decisions on our behalf unlike the powers of the European Commission. NATO cannot make decisions on its own all member nations have to agree, there is no voting decisions are made by consensus. No decisi...

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by GDB
Sat Feb 04, 2023 12:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1287
Views: 197824

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uidLwmtx7hI

Near Bakhmut.
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Another SU-25 Down, pilot status uncertain;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uidLwmtx7hI

Near Bakhmut.

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by GDB
Sat Feb 04, 2023 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Which are ex-Soviet, so how far back along the line do you go with this government approval needed? Just deliver them if they are needed… They are ex German, flown from 1990-2003. Never used operationally such as in Operation Allied Force in 1999, where Germany used air power in action for the firs...

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by GDB
Sat Feb 04, 2023 7:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

OK, From an economic point of view, Brexit was a mistake. For the majority of UK inhabitants, they have been subjected to a bigger decline in living standards, healthcare availability, educational opportunity, then had they remained a member of the EU. This can most easily be verified by comparing ...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

GLSDB as part of latest US package; https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxNtSlbbSBcMzdWuS_yHP_VDtlCLJ95KSf Source below from Guardian Ukraine Day 345; The US has announced a new military aid package for Ukraine worth $2.175bn (£2.2bn). The package will include precision-guided rockets and HAWK air-defenc...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

art wrote:
This talk of German MiG's makes me wonder if, apart from spares, Germany still has weapons for them.


Not having flown them for 20 years, sold them and presumably all the spares, equipment and weapons to Poland, if shelf life on missiles still remained, what do you think?

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Aren't the Polish Mig-29s ex-Luftwaffe ones and therefore they would need German government approval to send them to the Ukraine. Some are, not all though. Which are ex-Soviet, so how far back along the line do you go with this government approval needed? Just deliver them if they are needed… They ...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0iCHSAuGqg

Precision artillery against legacy Soviet;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Yw6vBzoWY
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Good kill on a rare beast;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0iCHSAuGqg

Precision artillery against legacy Soviet;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Yw6vBzoWY

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 715
Views: 74062

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Don't see an all new common SSN happening, myself. But I could easily see systems, part systems or components being standardised between the two. Don't forget that a lot of decisions are likely to be driven by the industrial offset needs between the 3 nations to ensure an "equitable deal"...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

Well in all fairness to A101, he did say earlier on that the benefit -to him- needn't be economic to make it worth. it's everybody's right to be literally willing to PAY A PRICE for the idea of being a fully sovereign nation, whatever that may mean in the 21st century still. Problem is, as the pict...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Germany has today approved the delivery of Leopard 1 tanks. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/bundesregierung-erteilt-genehmigung-zur-ausfuhr-von-leopard-1-panzern-in-die-ukraine-a-a7b78a50-c6b2-4334-8b2d-52e19b9f27f9 There is talk about 29 Leo 1 tanks already in advanced state of refurbishment (more ...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FL Don't Say Gay Author Indicted, Bro-in-Law Sentenced to 5 Years for Fraud
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: FL Don't Say Gay Author Indicted, Bro-in-Law Sentenced to 5 Years for Fraud

Must be a lot of them in FL if DeSantis won by almost 20%. Well there has been a supposed right wing influx into Florida in the last 4 years due to DeSantis’s conservative policies. And I suppose leftists moving out. But conservatives moving into Florida means less chance they’ll be able to influen...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 10:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Chinese Spy Balloon
Replies: 145
Views: 8044

Re: Chinese Spy Balloon

Hardly a new thing, as pointed out the US used to do this, though that was largely prior to Spysats. (The USSR used special camera film retrieved from a US balloon for the Luna 3 probe, which first sent images of the far side of the Moon in 1959). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqtsnHr3bkY https://...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 9:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Shoot the messenger why don't you? Because I didn't. Eyal didn't provide any actual message, just regurgitated tabloid headlines, basically. As I noted further and linked, this Dr's credentials in international relations and European affairs is very extensive, None of that was in evidence in his sh...

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by GDB
Fri Feb 03, 2023 8:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

Smal wonder so many are angry and desperate; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/feb/02/energy-profits-british-gas-prepayment-meters-scandal Worth noting that a large proportion of those on what are left of social benefits, are in employment, often more than one job. As in the US (so a we...

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by GDB
Thu Feb 02, 2023 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

To be fair, there would surely be no checks in the EU either so the rotten meat could have come in then, too? No but they can produce and sell good meat in the EU and the stuff thats out of date can just be sold and shipped to the UK instead of thrown away. They could have had good meat on the cont...

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by GDB
Thu Feb 02, 2023 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has said he is open to supplying Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets if the decision were taken together with Nato allies. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, published today, he said: "If this was a decision of the whole of Nato, I would be ...

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by GDB
Thu Feb 02, 2023 5:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half a million workers protesting in UK
Replies: 35
Views: 1537

Re: Half a million workers protesting in UK

UK has had a massive productivity issue for many years. Nobody is quite sure what the answer to it is. In regards to the strikes, it's entirely public sector workers (exception of train companies). The reason for that? 10 odd years of no pay rises, and continious lack of investment and not providin...

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by GDB
Thu Feb 02, 2023 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

I don’t think Brexit supporters understand (as it seems is typical with most things) that products coming into the UK from the EU are not checked, Jacob Rees Mogg said it’ll be too expensive if import checks comes into effect. There was a random lorry check late last year and they found out of 22 lo...

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by GDB
Thu Feb 02, 2023 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdjtJAhasYY

By a non profit group contracted to train the Ukrainian military.

From that Belgium company I posted about recently;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-xHR ... -VihKlvKGX
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Another aspect of training;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdjtJAhasYY

By a non profit group contracted to train the Ukrainian military.

From that Belgium company I posted about recently;
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-xHR ... -VihKlvKGX

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 6:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?
Replies: 40
Views: 1370

Re: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?

Saville went after underage girls, not grown adults. If they were in their teens he went for them, if they were younger, them too. Some were over the UK age of consent but in facilities for troubled kids, in the care of the state. He liked corpses too, of any age. My point remains beyond semantics,...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?
Replies: 40
Views: 1370

Re: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?

The tone might be acerbic and mocking, the subject deserves it and a necessary corrective of victim blaming; https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/31/comeback-prince-andrews-duke-photo-two-people-bathtub Victim blaming is how Savile and the others got away with it, for so long. Saville...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?
Replies: 40
Views: 1370

Re: Is Prince Andrew planning to revisit his US sex abuse case?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... le-bathtub

Victim blaming is how Savile and the others got away with it, for so long.
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The tone might be acerbic and mocking, the subject deserves it and a necessary corrective of victim blaming;
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... le-bathtub

Victim blaming is how Savile and the others got away with it, for so long.

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

Not directly related but this would not have happened under a government, of either main party, not run by Brexiteers and that massive Venn diagram overlap of corruption you get. After all, this was under Johnson. The National Crime Agency have been investigating this awful woman and husband, she si...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

What have Brexiteers and Communists have in common? Well they both are in denial about the failure of their creed, just as the old Commies used to say 'ah, but the USSR, or China, or East Germany, or Ethiopia, all of them, just did not do it right, or 'enough'. Or Trotsky should have had a chance, e...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

With hindsight maybe more artillery systems sooner, May be not. At the time there was sufficient stock of Ukrainian artilery. And despite much hype about NLAWs, in some circles it was Ukrainan artilery that stopped the Russain advance on Kiev. We did not hear about need for western artilery until t...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 2:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Oh yeah, And there's a thing called a budget. Even in war, there is a budget that needs to be allocated. Can we really say that giving Ukraine all it wants would fit under the budget that the allies have allocated? By necessity or by law? bt I agree that there is a budget. Nevertheless, a lot of th...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

A more constructive approach would be to listen to what Ukraine says it needs and to supply those needs. Better than Ukraine's supporters deciding what Ukraine needs. Things are alot more complex then just giving Ukraine everything they need. Consider the Training issue. In order to give Ukraine al...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 10:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

I misread it but the premise seems to be the same. Instead of playing the blame game and insulting the people that voted to succeed from the EU get some leadership in your government and fix your economy. Oh the vast majority of the population want that. All polls point towards a massive landslide ...

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by GDB
Wed Feb 01, 2023 9:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

So more Putin apologist, changed the messenger, hopefully these are acceptable, maybe both are just copy and paste clones. https://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-news-live-kyiv-fighting-044437870.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAEtqRQfPxgV76WqjT...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 31, 2023 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 11977
Views: 889057

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

France announces another 12 of the CAESAR SP guns for Ukraine; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-xHRN9CnoXto5gcPskANA/community?lb=Ugkx6qZHHiGEqKyKTet0bWFuopY4rHlyK6X7 For a continent that 'disarmed' and had a fire sale, there sure are several models of modern, mobile, long range SPG's available a...

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by GDB
Tue Jan 31, 2023 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: BREXIT - Three years on
Replies: 158
Views: 6202

Re: BREXIT - Three years on

The liars, crooks and general charlatans pushing it told them we would have the best of both worlds, sadly on that day, they believed it, the last push came from Farage and his racist scaremongering for which there is a small but significant enough number to push it over the edge. The types that do...

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