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by JJJ
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

No it’s free movement is there wether or not you choose to bring goods in that is subject to regulatory requirements is the individual choice Knowingly That the goods are subject to inspections So, again, a border. A border where you will be checked. I bring you again the Gibraltar case, there's fr...

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

So your definition of free movement is one where you can only cross on foot? Ask the Gibraltarians how does that work for them. Obviously you don’t understand what I wrote, the checks were purely customs checks pre 65 due to smuggling of goods across the border in vehicles and vehicles were tempora...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission

This is the only televised debate that was shown in Spain. All local candidates and with their Spanish party featuring much more prominently than the European affiliation. http://www.rtve.es/m/alacarta/videos/especiales-informativos/especial-informativo-debate-elecciones-europeas-26-2019/5233957/?m...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission

Except it wasn't. Other than in political circles, and always as a maybe/probably thing. Except it was. There was even a series of televised debates featuring the candidates. All a sham. This is the only televised debate that was shown in Spain. All local candidates and with their Spanish party fea...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission
Replies: 21
Views: 1554

Re: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission

Well LR did 8,5% in the election, their worst election result at these EU elections, and probably (someone check) in history at any election since the French revolution. The campaign was a national one like always, and until that changes, the Spitzencandidat system can't work. I would be minded to ...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

The truth is the EU is not a commie welfare protectionist state, nor a cutthroat free market advocate. It lies somewhere in the middle depending on where the winds of realpolitik blow. It would be quite disingenuous to think it could work any other way. Which could also be termed hypocritcial in te...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

Has there ever been a trade deal environmentalists won't oppose? Probably not, but at least they're being consistent, unlike the EU. The EU receives flak from free marketers for being too protectionist, and from greenies/anti globalists for being too open (and from the British press for both of the...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Partly correct, nothing in the WTO rules say you have to have a certain standard for a border in fact you don’t actually have to have one . There is no rule in the WTO requiring its member governments to secure their borders. Where other WTO members might object is that WTO’s non-discrimination rul...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

There was a border where documents were checked. Which is the point I've been making the whole time. . What your are referring to on the Irish border are customs checks, if you or you family arrived at the border in vehicle, you needed to declare goods bought and in the case of a car or truck custo...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

It took a re-aligning to create the CTA (again, basically RoI adopting British laws) Immigration into Britain, free movement was still avalible within Ireland itself There was a border where documents were checked. Which is the point I've been making the whole time. Until 1952, that is, when Irelan...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 1983

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

I have a company car, that's my excuse to not bike to my job even though it's very close (but with a steep hill to climb). Here in France the electric scooters are all the rage, with the caveat that as you age, your reflexes and ability to stand on them diminishes, leading to many accidents (and of...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

So is this a... (pardon the pun) a "done deal"? Everything has been signed and approved and is in place? Or is there still a formal legislative process needed to finally accept and implement it? Just curious. Tugg Announcement, meaning it has to be ratified by each country before it is fo...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

got a link from someone that isn´t a Lobby Organisation for Irish, or other, farmers? How about environmentalists: https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-mercosur-mega-trade-deal-not-over-yet/ https://www.france24.com/en/20190629-eu-south-america-agriculture-trade-mercosur-farmers-environmentalists Has...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

And in response to that there was a huge ban for involved factories. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-brazil-meat/eu-bans-20-brazilian-meat-plants-hits-35-percent-of-exports-idUSKBN1HQ2AN The EC said the ban was related to "deficiencies detected in the Brazilian official control system.&q...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

I think you just are unable to have enough respect for the EU negotiators. They are very used to theses deals and how to enforce them. https://www.ifa.ie/new-eu-report-finds-brazil-cannot-guarantee-standards-on-meat-exports/ "the Brazilian authorities seriously misled the EU Commission, and ca...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

You mean the 1923 agreement that forced Ireland to abide by Britain rules on immigration? (a very post-colonial thing). This lasted until the war, and wasn't reinstated until 1952 because UK wanted assurances that Ireland would follow British immigration law. https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hans...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Because both UK and RoI are in the common market and have freedom of movement of people. There are rules and mutual commitments to ensure there is no border. . The Irish have had free movement since 1922, also we had the Anglo-Irish trade agreement which pre-dates joining the EEC/EU. Show me the ru...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Don’t need too as the UK said no to a hard border even on no deal under TM, but will have to wait what the new PM position on the matter is. Besides nothing going to be built before October anyway on the UK side atleast, I haven’t heard if the ROI have started building a customs check point on the ...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

What most likely to happen is what JJJ said in post #15 in the "EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement" thread In other words: an actual border. The UK should be upfront to their Irish citizens and tell them what's coming. Don’t need too as the UK said no to a hard border even on no d...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

A101 wrote:
What most likely to happen is what JJJ said in post #15 in the "EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement" thread


In other words: an actual border.

The UK should be upfront to their Irish citizens and tell them what's coming.

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by JJJ
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement
Replies: 101
Views: 5054

Re: EU and Mercosur Reach Free Trade Agreement

I'm still trying to take this in. We're being told that after Brexit border controls will have to be introduced to protect EU standards. How exactly is the EU going to monitor food standards and implement traceablity across most of the South American continent? Same way they are being done right no...

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by JJJ
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

I’m no expert but it just seems to me spending tens of billions of $ to come up with a F35 + 20-30 years from now is not a smart move. Who else is going to buy it? Whoever wants to and comes up with the money. But that's secondary to the first and foremost reason: technology independence and job cr...

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by JJJ
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

I’m no expert but it just seems to me spending tens of billions of $ to come up with a F35 + 20-30 years from now is not a smart move. Who else is going to buy it? Whoever wants to and comes up with the money. But that's secondary to the first and foremost reason: technology independence and job cr...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best coupe under 65k
Replies: 49
Views: 2131

Re: Best coupe under 65k

The fact is, the 124 is a Mazda. So why spending more money on a less trendy brand when you can have the same car, a better brand, and better service? :-) Because the engine on the base 124 beats the Mazda's base engine (that turbo helps at low revs). If you're talking the 2-litre then sure, I'll t...

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by JJJ
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defence, the life cycle for jets essentially tripled with the fourth generation and these issues became more important. Exactly, and that's OK as long as there's no alternative. As long as resources can be po...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defence, the life cycle for jets essentially tripled with the fourth generation and these issues became more important. Exactly, and that's OK as long as there's no alternative. As long as resources can be po...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

The claims in the article haven’t been entirely clear. What they are talking about is weapons/sensors/systems integration, not actual flight control software updates. Because those were never released despite repeated demands. 3 out of 40 computers, I believe it was the line at the time. With the T...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3609

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Kill switches and codes...Good Lord...what some people will believe. There's a nugget of truth there. US manufacturers do not fully release the software code which for example has been a major sticking point in Spanish AF operations of F-18. Not until 2 years ago, and only partially the SAF got acc...

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by JJJ
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Final two PM contenders: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Now the Conservative Party members will have their say. So the next Tory PM will be the one comparing the EU to Nazi Germany or the one comparing the EU to the Soviet Union. Good luck with those "renegotiations"! :rotfl: Is that the ...

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by JJJ
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buy house or car?
Replies: 60
Views: 2686

Re: Buy house or car?

Putting 3% down (which I can take from my 401k and repay easily), the payments would be $1,800 (including HOA, PMI, and property taxes). Is 3% down the norm for house purchase down payment in America? That's nice. Here in Malaysia it's 10% down, which is a major stumbling block for many would-be ho...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buy house or car?
Replies: 60
Views: 2686

Re: Buy house or car?

Here's the story: I'm in the Seattle area, where the housing market is hotter than a summer in Phoenix. My lease is currently $1800/month and unless we experience a sudden crash in the economy this year, it doesn't look like my lease rates will go down any further. Enter the decision to buy a place...

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by JJJ
Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

A101 wrote:
What I am interested to see is what will Brussels do if ROI ignores the order to harden the border.


Put a couple giant refugee camps right off N1 and N2, a couple hundred metres from the border.

No need for fencing on the North side.

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by JJJ
Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2106

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

Try telling that to our IT people who insist on everyone using the standard surface pro device connected to a rather rubbish 4K screen. If it's going to spend most of its life hooked up on a screen you can get more performance out of a PC laptop half the price, or a PC box a third of the price. You...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2106

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

Our Macs at work are very stable computers. The alternative (MS Surface Pro / Surface Book) seem to have no end of troubles. I have one as well, only ever use it in a meeting or as a last resort. A MS Surface is an alternative to an iPad, not a proper computer. And I'd take a surface pro over an iP...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2106

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

Our Macs at work are very stable computers. The alternative (MS Surface Pro / Surface Book) seem to have no end of troubles. I have one as well, only ever use it in a meeting or as a last resort. A MS Surface is an alternative to an iPad, not a proper computer. And I'd take a surface pro over an iP...

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by JJJ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Converting to Apple Mac from PC
Replies: 46
Views: 2106

Re: Converting to Apple Mac from PC

This. I’m sure with tricked out hardware and GPU I would be able to run the P3D flight sim better on a PC than on Boot Camp, but I like that my Mac almost never crashes no matter how hard I run it. My wife has learnt not to push her iMac and MacBooks too hard, though. Crashes happen, and from her s...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

aviationaware wrote:
JJJ wrote:
Most leaders topping the US are indirectly elected.


That's misleading at best. Most states have laws that bind the electors to the vote of the people in their state.



Nope. Governments in multi-party systems (which are the majority) are all elected this way. Otherwise they just wouldn't work.

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

The EC commission president is first selected by the council (itself elected, since it's the heads of state of each member state) then ratified by the parliament. Then each member state government (elected) appoints their own Commissioner, which are again confirmed by the Parliament. Yea. Jointly. ...

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by JJJ
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

Well they are unelected. Being appointed in a backroom by elected people does not make you an elected official. Sorry to bust your bubble there. By that measure most people in most governments are unelected. I hope you apply the same standard to your own. Everyone in the United States government is...

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by JJJ
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

I mentioned it above. There were not one, not two but three distinct instances in which the EU did not accept a no to one on their proposals and just had the vote repeated. This happened to Denmark on the Maastricht Treaty, Ireland on the Nice Treaty and Ireland again on the Lisbon Treaty. That's a...

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by JJJ
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

When the result displeases the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, Such as? I mentioned it above. There were not one, not two but three distinct instances in which the EU did not accept a no to one on their proposals and just had the vote repeated. This happened to Denmark on the Maastricht Treaty, ...

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by JJJ
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

aviationaware wrote:
When the result displeases the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels,


Such as?

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by JJJ
Fri May 31, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

What I find ironic about the rise of populist right parties in the EU, and them talking about bandying together to change the EU (especially before the election, not so much now), is that it doesn't make sense. They want to do what's best for their own country, regardless of the consequences to oth...

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by JJJ
Thu May 30, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 105
Views: 4284

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

One very good example of how bad regulation can be is Germany, where coal mining is subsidized by the government. Yes, by the same government that accused Trump of nihilism because he left the Paris Accord. Where do you get your news? Germany closed their last hard coal mines last year, and lignite...

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by JJJ
Thu May 30, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 105
Views: 4284

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

One very good example of how bad regulation can be is Germany, where coal mining is subsidized by the government. Yes, by the same government that accused Trump of nihilism because he left the Paris Accord. Where do you get your news? Germany closed their last hard coal mines last year, and lignite...

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by JJJ
Wed May 29, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

I am totally opposed to EU freedom of movement. My primary aim of voting Brexit. Why should Dutch, German, French and Czech Nationals be given a right to freely move to the UK, whilst our closest Allies (Americans) cannot. The same with Commonwealth nations. Why is it ok for Europeans to freely mov...

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by JJJ
Mon May 27, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

The default position of a country is to be protectionist. I'm not necessarily opposed to protectionism. But at least own up to it, man. The EU is pretending to be the biggest free trader in the world when that's just not true. You didn't read the quote right then: the EU is the biggest free trade b...

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by JJJ
Mon May 27, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

Of course the EU is not born out of a free market idea, but is a fundamentally protectionist endeavour. For the left, the EU is a big business cartel, for the right the EU is a giant communist organisation. For free market advocates it's a giant protectionist racket, for labour unions it's a thinly...

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by JJJ
Sat May 25, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 363
Views: 18517

Re: EU elections

Then the EU must say at which date the EU elections are going to be held, not given the individual countries a choice. And then the EU must impose laws regarding these elections to supersede laws in the countries. I am admittedly not up to speed on what all Brussels dictates but wasn't there some r...

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by JJJ
Wed May 22, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1978
Views: 105656

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreaue

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Name change to UK Department for International Trade (DIT) (july2016) EU Directorate-General for Trade (DG TRADE) coordinates trade relations between the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world. And there is a Scottish Directorate for International Trade and I...

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