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by zakuivcustom
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Explosion In Beirut
Replies: 66
Views: 3625

Re: Huge Explosion In Beirut

Every city with a harbour, big railway junktion or military base need to consider what would be the effect in their city. In another word, everyone going NIMBY. But looking at what's going on in Beirut, even things relatively far away (10+ miles) were affected. The damage radius is comparable to th...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Huge Explosion In Beirut
Replies: 66
Views: 3625

Re: Huge Explosion In Beirut

The 2700 tons of Ammonium Nitrate is definitely staggering.

For comparison, the explosion in Tianjin in 2015 involved "only" 800 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate, and it is enough to cause a huge amount of damage in that area.

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by zakuivcustom
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53633315 'Donald Trump says the government should get a cut from the sale of TikTok's US unit if an American firm buys it. The US president said he made a demand for a "substantial portion" of the purchase price in a phone call at the weekend with Micro...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

who cares why he bans stuff, as long as he bans the right stuff. Why is he banning any stuff? Isn’t America supposed to be all about freedom of speech? The government not censoring anything they disagree with? Seems like the US government is more than happy to restrict speech on platforms it can’t ...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Democratic Congressman Tests Positive for COVID-19
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: Democratic Congressman Tests Positive for COVID-19

so a 66 year old who doesn't wear masks, gave it to a 72 year old who does wear a mask. Which means he got it through his eyes? Masks below laboratory grade don’t necessarily prevent ingestion of the virus but all forms of masks DO prevent viral loads transmitted by aerosols from being thrown all o...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

Once Chinese reach sufficient wealth they themselves may desire freedom. There is no guarantee that democracies work better if that country is poor. To the mainland Chinese, as long as the current system can keep them "rich", there will be zero desire for changes. It is true that democrac...

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by zakuivcustom
Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

The thing is, it is not about whether Apple/Google/etc allow Tiktok to access private data or not, but rather, the suspicion that it has a backdoor that access private data of its users and sent it to some servers in China, which Chinese govt by its "law" has full access to. Yes, CIA/NSA l...

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by zakuivcustom
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Epstein Accuser Says Bill Clinton Partied on Pedophile Island
Replies: 76
Views: 3208

Re: Epstein Accuser Says Bill Clinton Partied on Pedophile Island

Meh...we all know there are lots of big names involved, hence, why nobody on either side of the aisle speaks up.

As for slick Willie - if only the Clintons can ever go away...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Honk Kong Postpones Elections for One Year
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Honk Kong Postpones Elections for One Year

Does it even matter anyway? CL had been killing the city by a thousand cuts anyway. IMHO if this is all about the Wuhan Virus, even delaying it for a month should be enough for things to settle down a bit. Also keep in mind that you are only talking about 100-150 new cases daily in HK. Many countrie...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Wants to Postpone Election
Replies: 105
Views: 5177

Re: Trump Wants to Postpone Election

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-53599363 Surely he would have spoken to the Senate Majority Leader and House Minority Leader before opening his big mouth. You know it is a stupid idea when even Moscow Mitch speak up. On the other hand, I don't blame them. The line of succession would mea...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Wants to Postpone Election
Replies: 105
Views: 5177

Re: Trump Wants to Postpone Election

Well, all I will say is, good luck with that.

Not only he has no power to delay an election, but if he really attempt to, it will goes to court on the day he issues something akin to an executive order.

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32336

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53597975

Here he goes again, in fear of losing, that he wants to delay the election (until when? 2046?).
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The gifts that keep on giving...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53597975

Here he goes again, in fear of losing, that he wants to delay the election (until when? 2046?).

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So what will Biden do about China after he get elected?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: So what will Biden do about China after he get elected?

The problem is the capitalists see China as a gold mine, and have no qualms about selling out to them to improve their own bottom line. This exactly. I have said many times - you know US is in trouble when American capitalists are the first one to complain about the China tariffs before China even ...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So what will Biden do about China after he get elected?
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: So what will Biden do about China after he get elected?

The biggest issue for China will be it's own self inflicted wounds surrounding Human rights, intellectual property and other items. Many companies are working to move work to more friendly environments. China will be making overtures soon due to all that to improve it's standing everywhere. Those o...

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by zakuivcustom
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

That is a common misconception. Fourteen states have official diplomatic relations with the RoC over the People´s Prison, but all nations recognize it. If RoC didn´t have recognition there wouldn´t be RoC registered aircraft on international airways, Taiwan citizens would be arrested when they trie...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Baseball COVID outbreak
Replies: 30
Views: 1273

Re: Baseball COVID outbreak

Not surprising, when it comes to sports team, once one person got it, it will spread like wildfire. I mean, those locker rooms had long been petri dishes even before COVID-19.

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by zakuivcustom
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Neiman Marcus Flagship Store at Hudson Yards Being Vacated
Replies: 8
Views: 744

Re: Neiman Marcus Flagship Store at Hudson Yards Being Vacated

From just reading about the Neiman Marcus store, it's a bad mix to begin with... 1. The "mall" (since apparently it's not supposed to be a mall, but rather, "vertical urban living center") itself already has every single luxury brand you can think of, plus more. 2. It's located o...

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by zakuivcustom
Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best USA Climate
Replies: 48
Views: 1800

Re: Best USA Climate

PS Upper Midwest Winter is definitely the worst in US. Those lake-effect snows are no joke. Ok...there is Alaska but the climate suck there year round. What part of Alaska are you talking about? I have been around Southeast. Summers are pretty good. Huge mosquitoes near the glaciers but I wouldn't ...

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by zakuivcustom
Sat Jul 25, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best USA Climate
Replies: 48
Views: 1800

Re: Best USA Climate

SoCal win easily IMHO. Never too hot nor too cold. Yeah, the Inland Empire never gets too hot... LOL the inland empire is singlehandedly responsible for getting me to hate SoCal Totally forgot about the Inland Empire (The furthest inland I went in LA is to eastern San Gabriel Valley area). PS Upper...

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by zakuivcustom
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best USA Climate
Replies: 48
Views: 1800

Re: Best USA Climate

SoCal win easily IMHO. Never too hot nor too cold.

NorCal is not bad, either, and is not as arid as SoCal.

PNW just rains too much, Midwest winter sucks, the South = basically summer for 9 months.

The bottom line? There is a reason why people still love California despite all of its problems.

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

Why would US kick themselves in the foot and close the consulate in HK themselves, though? If I was US I would wait for CCP to go ahead and try to close the HK consulate themselves, just to further prove that it is fully 1C1S (as if you need more proof) It was a thought process of the US going on t...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific/Dragon Retires The World's First A330
Replies: 42
Views: 9736

Re: Cathay Pacific/Dragon Retires The World's First A330

I'm surprised at the low utilization. An A330 is certified for 180,000 hours and 60,000 cycles and over 24 years, this plane was just broken in. Lightsaber I am surprised at the relatively low cycles. Those A330s are used quite heavily on those 3-4 hrs "regional" flights. Anyway, happy re...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

Exactly... Trump should just order another consulate closed and keep doing that until there aren't any left. My prediction is that the one in SF is next, as it's easy for Trump to use the reasoning (or excuse...depends on how you view the whole thing) of "harboring criminals" (the hacker)...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

To stay ahead of the game POTUS should voluntarily close the US Embassies in Hong Kong (already removed special status so China should support the affirmation of its one China two systems policy) and another one in one of the industrial cities and do so within 72 hours, since China has not requeste...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

Why is the name confusing? The people of Taiwan are ethnically Chinese, and they should go by the country in which the airline is registered at and where it's main operations are. Changing the name would be rather insulting. Look at American Airlines, it belongs to the USA not all of the Americas, ...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

(Not exactly wanting to quote Xinhua...but oh well) http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/24/c_139237144.htm In a "retaliatory" move, China ordered the closure of the US consulate in Chengdu. That US consulate location is probably best known for the Wang Lijun incident in 2012 that led ...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

It’s true. In HK the US Consulate has up to 1600 employees. For comparison the PRC representation in HK numbers only 200. Why the hell are 1600 US state department employees needed in a small region that has few US citizens there? I guess meeting with HK protest leaders who have been spotted enteri...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

Child like behavior from the White House. Want to distract the population: start a war or deport diplomats for spying. Well, actually we must be grateful for the Trump administration for not starting a war with Iran. What distraction? I highly doubt most Americans even pay too much attention to thi...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

Who are these younger generation? Now I do admit that my interaction have been with mostly folks in Taipei that have traveled around the world a little bit. But they are definitely the younger generation and are happy with keeping the status quo going on. That's why overwhelming majority of Taiwane...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

Tell that to the PRC, even Taiwan has to march under the name Chinese Taipei at the Olympics because China demands it, when is the world going to start putting the screws on Beijing reminding them they don't rule the Planet? Exactly. And quite frankly, Taiwanese especially the younger generation ar...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

It's amazing in this day and age that a little research will tell you that China Airlines is from Taiwan. And we are allowing such ill informed people to hold office and make decisions that impact our lives greatly. Don't change it people need to get a clue if the are going to be in a position to m...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed
Replies: 57
Views: 2693

Re: US State Dept orders Chinese consulate in Houston closed

It was definitely not a punch I expected US to make anyway. Trump administration is definitely rolling the dice as this should eventually lead to full disengagement. I don't disagree with the action (China policy is the one and only thing I agree with Trump), but you also have to admit that it is ri...

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by zakuivcustom
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus
Replies: 100
Views: 16592

Re: Petition to Change China Airlines name to Taiwan Airlines as Countries Mistakenly Ban it Over Caronavirus

It's amazing in this day and age that a little research will tell you that China Airlines is from Taiwan. And we are allowing such ill informed people to hold office and make decisions that impact our lives greatly. Don't change it people need to get a clue if the are going to be in a position to m...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Portland, OR: Perpetual negative news item
Replies: 268
Views: 9324

Re: Portland, OR: Perpetual negative news item

Umm...it is Portland and it had been weird since...well, forever? More seriously, I will take Portland over many cities in US. Violent crimes are relatively low (it is far from Baltimore/Detroit/South Side Chicago), good food and vibes, cost of living lower than Seattle or SF. It does have a homeles...

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by zakuivcustom
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: State Fair of Texas Cancelled This Year
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: State Fair of Texas Cancelled This Year

Much more upset about the Houston Rodeo being cancelled than the State Fair. Why is the Houston Rodeo a bigger deal than the State Fair? As a former Houstonian, the Rodeo matters a lot more and is a lot more "Texas" than the state fair for me anyway. Well, the state fair does have the UT-...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32336

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

That does not justify the vandalism that is taking place there, but the DHS actions to deal with it are horrific, and are exactly what the Chinese government is doing to Pro Democracy activists in Hong Kong. Getting somewhat off topic, but the amount of Trump supporters in that group of HK democrac...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32336

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Lot's of people say that things are unconstitutional when in reality they are legal. Pay attention to whether or not lawsuits are filed. As far as Portland and Trump's reelection chances, Trump isn't playing to the people of Oregon. He is playing to the people in swing states and red states. He is ...

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by zakuivcustom
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Chairman: business conditions poor, looking to divest assets, form more JVs
Replies: 69
Views: 16311

Re: Korean Air Chairman: business conditions poor, looking to divest assets, form more JVs

How do they feel about all those A380 they have now ? Time to park those hogs and get some 777-9's, gorgeous looking in that Korean Air Blue. They also have 747-8I's, KE always strike me as having to many aircraft, now seems a good time to reduce some types and numbers of aircraft. KE along with TG...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: First US Federal execution in 17 years carried out
Replies: 81
Views: 3146

Re: First US Federal execution in 17 years carried out

Shame that the US still hasn't abolished the death penalty as any civilized society has done. But it is their choice to have this kind of punishment, although there is no rationale for it. You forgot the savage nation of Japan. Japan is not held up as anyone’s paragon of justice - it is one of few ...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China Forms Strategic Alliance w/ Iran
Replies: 18
Views: 847

Re: China Forms Strategic Alliance w/ Iran

Full sanctions from who? It is nice to brag about sanctions, you also need to be able to enforce them.... US? Of course, those American businesspeople will be the first one that cry as they can no longer use cheap Chinese slave labors. PS What US had was a situation where they are competing with Ch...

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by zakuivcustom
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China Forms Strategic Alliance w/ Iran
Replies: 18
Views: 847

Re: China Forms Strategic Alliance w/ Iran

Why are people acting all surprise anyway? The whole "alliance" has "enemy of my enemy is my friend" all over it, nothing more.

Plus what is China going to do? Send some nuclear technology to Iran and risk full sanctions?

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by zakuivcustom
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32336

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

And the Biden campaign is feeling bold enough to start releasing ads in battleground states..... Checks list. First state is... Texas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRVQ6layb5A&feature=youtu.be If the polls are right, Trump is definitely in trouble in...freaking Texas. As Republicans already ...

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by zakuivcustom
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Mythbuster Grant Imahara Dead at 49
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: Former Mythbuster Grant Imahara Dead at 49

RIP indeed. Far too young for the bright mind to be gone.

Always enjoyed watching him on Mythbusters. I like the "Build Team" (Grant, Kari, Tory) more than Adam Savage/Jamie Hyneman anyway.

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by zakuivcustom
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?
Replies: 24
Views: 1173

Re: trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?

Instead of going that far and say "slave owner" mentality, I would say Trump still think he is running a business, where he can buy and sell assets. Yes Slavery was exactly that - assest, cargo, human chattel. How on Earth can a reasonable educated human being not see that...unless they a...

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by zakuivcustom
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?
Replies: 24
Views: 1173

Re: trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?

Instead of going that far and say "slave owner" mentality, I would say Trump still think he is running a business, where he can buy and sell assets. The Puerto Ricans? Who cares? Much like how big biz especially those venture capitalist never care about all these employees getting layoff d...

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by zakuivcustom
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 45 commutes Stone sentence
Replies: 69
Views: 2226

Re: 45 commutes Stone sentence

Drain the swamp, and fill it back in with sewage water.

On the flip side, this surprise absolutely nobody.

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

As long as you can see the Tastee Freez. That is all that matters. All the way in Illinois, that is...(No more Tastee Freez in Indiana AFAIK), but hey, with the flat terrain you can probably see Illinois from the Tower. As far as the view, though, it is no different than Reunion Tower in Dallas or ...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

Do you think that the Indiana Tower in Indianapolis that was proposed in the early 1980's will ever be constructed. I feel that it should be built as it would be an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Indianapolis in the same way as the Space Needle in Seattle or the Gateway Arch in St...

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by zakuivcustom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 664

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

https://stadsbelangutrecht.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Belle-van-Zuylen.jpg Link This 'skyscraper' Belle Van Zuylen was planned in my hometown of Utrecht. The 262meter monstrosity was canceled due to the financial crisis of 2010. With due respect, it was better disigned than the 1980 building 8-)...

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