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by dobilan
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus unveils three hydrogen concepts
Replies: 142
Views: 11942

Re: Updated: Airbus unveils three hydrogen concepts

At least they are not saying they'll fly on batteries. Maybe some desperate PR measure to stir some public interest. Maybe even keep the shares afloat a bit more.
Speaking of technological breakthroughs from planemakers, any news from the fusion reactor of Skunk Works?

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by dobilan
Mon May 18, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Times: China could scrap all current Boeing orders
Replies: 35
Views: 7553

Re: Global Times: China could scrap all current Boeing orders

Isn't China rushing things a bit? I mean the COMACs are still to fly reliably... Of course there is always Airbus but I have a feeling "the Bus" will be in the same boat as Boeing as far as China orders are concerned...

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by dobilan
Mon May 18, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 24253

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

""It would generally seem to be that having a center/center-left government and a female leader in charge is good for your life expectancy in a time of crisis."" ...or authoritarian communist regimes. Or middle age style religious tiranies. Or even better, a certain dystopian dic...

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by dobilan
Thu May 07, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan
Replies: 45
Views: 2209

Re: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan

Oh yeah..let's whitewash China. Had the virus been in Europe earlier than China, we should have had the outbreak in Europe earlier than China. Have you read any of the news articles??? I've read all kind of stuff these days. But I cannot see how could have been the virus dormant for a few months in...

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by dobilan
Thu May 07, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan
Replies: 45
Views: 2209

Re: Europe's coronavirus outbreak may not have originated from Wuhan

Oh yeah..let's whitewash China. Had the virus been in Europe earlier than China, we should have had the outbreak in Europe earlier than China.

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by dobilan
Sat May 02, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is the Earth worth now? ...And after C9?
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: What is the Earth worth now? ...And after C9?

This estimate shows the fallacies of playing with numbers. The "value" of Earth is the same since it is a more or less closed system. Furthermore, the concept of value has a sense only in relation to humans and the way they relate to material goods. Once vital goods like basic food or drin...

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by dobilan
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 67298

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

@waterbomber... I'm not questioning the seriousness of the epidemic but the economy should open somehow in a month or two. There is a limited amount of time societies/states can resist without a functional economy. I would say a few months. We've already spent between 1 and 2 months of quarantine, d...

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by dobilan
Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

My young kids were paying some online game and saw a user, presumably a child too, with username "ChinaCovidKillsUSA". This is VERY disturbing, apparently children are being brainwashed to blame China. Get you act together, USA! Stop that compulsory urge to blame and punish others. It's v...

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by dobilan
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 91221

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

"Despite having many people unemployed, the UK still needs Romanians to feed the UK. Wonder if these migrants earn the minimum wage to stay in the UK. Or will the Eastern Europeans always bail the UK farmers out?" There is quite a scandal in Romania at the moment regarding the chartered fl...

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by dobilan
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5595

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

I think mass tourism as we know it, with masses of people rubbing shoulders on the streets is done for the time being. I mean the "open to tourism" will be literally that: the EU countries will allow non EU residents to come as tourists without further justification, not that will be easy ...

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by dobilan
Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5595

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

Probably one year till back to normal for EU-US/Canada and maybe EU-Russia relation tourism. Probably not so soon (5-8years) for EU-Asia and EU-rest of the world. Anyway, until fuil economic recovery people will have more important stuff to do than international tourism. BTW, any opinion if firms li...

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by dobilan
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 67298

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

"US COVID-19 fatalities ( https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america ) project as 60,415 fatalities by August 4, 2020, comparable to 58,200 US military fatalities in the Vietnam War ( ref: https://www.arch ives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-statistics ). Two clusterf&a...

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by dobilan
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 67298

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

" I also think there is nothing communist about communist China. Billionaires and communism don't go hand in hand." - I think this is very much true. Having been born in an ex-communist (socialist) country and having been with my job both in the US (WA state) and China (Beijing) I think th...

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by dobilan
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Is Lending All These Countries The Trillions & Billions of Dollars?
Replies: 24
Views: 1382

Re: Who Is Lending All These Countries The Trillions & Billions of Dollars?

Somehow I think this crisis will serve as an excuse to reset all the crazy debts that the states have made in the last decades. Happy scenario : Print money like crazy >> inflation >> purchasing power decreases >> average Joe&Jane will pay for this crisis >> hey, be grateful that you're alive >>...

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by dobilan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

"I think we in the US should start producing critical things such as medicine and medical equipment away from China" not only in US but every country with some industrial and agricultural base should be able to produce at least a minimum quantity of critical goods such as basic food, medic...

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by dobilan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Yes the landgrabbing, lebensraum, teritorial expansion were the resultant but the background for almost all the nationalist/militarist regimes that went to power in the 30's and 40's was given by the economic and social hardships that countries were facing after the Great Depression in the early '30...

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by dobilan
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

WW2 did not begin with the Allies or Axis knocking each other's door and say "hey bro, wanna go to war?" In fact, it started with the "phoney war" in Europe and with a de-facto embargo against Japanese in Pacific. People went to great lengths to avoid the war (remember Neville Ch...

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by dobilan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Harsh times are ahead and as far as states are concerned, size will matter. Because with size economies of scale and economic/military power come. For EU, Brexit and Covid crisis are growth pains. Hopefully EU will emerge out of this as a full federation like US or Russia for that matter. As far as ...

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by dobilan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 67298

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

" It would be interesting to know how things are going in China now they’re starting to come out of lockdown, but we’ll likely never know the true numbers." I would stop looking at what China says and does because thei are clearly doctoring the numbers. I would rather look at Italy and Spa...

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by dobilan
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Well...hard decisions lie ahead. It's not about well being and keeping things the way they were because this is not possible anymore. The lack of foresight and negligence of the decision makers is a thing of the past (2 moths ago) and cannot be repaired. It's about keeping alive the lifelines of glo...

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by dobilan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

"The worst of the effects could have been cushioned by global coordination to relieve the unprecedented demands upon both business and citizens" I don't know if we can really talk of global coordination in a zero sum game. Like it or not, global resources are limited so for the time being ...

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by dobilan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

"But again, I'm no historian. So please elaborate on which wars in history were started because of a global economy collapse. " - look no further than WW2. The '30s crisis brought Hitler to power along other nationalistic/militaristic regimes in Europe and Far East. WW1 was also catalysed ...

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by dobilan
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6883

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Also some states (the more authoritarian the riskier) will soon feel internal pressure over the entire Covid situation (economic hardships, lack of food, quarantine) and will try to vent it by finding external scapegoats/ennemies or conflicts. Also the more economical imbalance will have, the more g...

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by dobilan
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164679

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

@aesma, but the state can always buy/nationalize patents for manufacturing critical goods. This will facilitate manufacturing and give the state agility and options for procuring.

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by dobilan
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."
Replies: 96
Views: 3414

Re: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."

Let me give a try: - I would have been ordered a parallel care system for Covid patients, either makeshift hospitals like China did or makeshift hospitals for mild/medium cases in available community buildings or hotels. Nowadays in Italy or Spain the hospitals are literally biological reactors, the...

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by dobilan
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."
Replies: 96
Views: 3414

Re: "If I was Governor, I would handle the COVID-19 Pandemic like this..."

@aesma, it's not about the economy only. Isolation, lack of sunlight and fresh air, lack of physical activity can be killer by themselves. Not to mention mental health and state. If the quarantine is not handled with care we can expect indirect deaths and social disobedience. Yellow Vests and such h...

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by dobilan
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164679

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

One of the problems (at least here in Romania) is that while the government impose restrictions that are heavier as the days go by (obviously hurting the economy), they do not target the communication and enforcement to the most risky groups. While medium age, kids and the more educated youngsters s...

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by dobilan
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164679

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

What I'm really starting to fear is that the current lacking vision and panic driven decision will end up into major economical and geopolitical imbalancely which will ultimately drag the world into a major war (maybe even WW3 style). And then the current pandemics will look like a walk in the park....

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by dobilan
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?
Replies: 155
Views: 4873

Re: Should China Pay Reparations for COVID-19?

"It very likely won't be a direct payment from China but rest assured China will pay dearly from loss of business and trade barriers until they get their act together." - I fully agree. China cannot pay even a fraction of the damage that is done (and is not done yet) and won't do that anyw...

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by dobilan
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164679

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

@T4thH, there is a need for basic protection measures at physician practices and hospitals. People are flocking like crazy to the doctor for mild or even imaginary symptoms and regular supply channels for basic protection measures aren't nearly enough. Ideally they would be locally manufactured sinc...

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by dobilan
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 164679

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

@jouhou...here (an eastern member of EU) basic protective items and biocide solution are starting to dry up fast even in the hospitals and physician cabinets. Could you share knowledge resources for locally manufacturing them (biocides, surgical masks, maybe "N95 grade" masks) for readily ...

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by dobilan
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!
Replies: 28
Views: 1926

Re: London to get 360 roof top infinity pool, Bonkers!

I'm sure the designers and owners of these things will find a way to greenwash they as super-eco-planet-friendly. Isn't it the same place where "extinction rebellions" do occur? I see them as a waste of resources in the first place.

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by dobilan
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service
Replies: 71
Views: 13289

Re: 120 Million Pounds Raised to Return One Concorde to Service

Hey...I know it would be though but restore a Concorde to flight today seems to me far easier that being James Watt or Christopher Columbus centuries ago, or even Apollo 11 team half of decade ago. Legally speaking to do regular passenger flight would be indeed nearly impossible BUT as an experiment...

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