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by JJJ
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

Olddog wrote:
They can try and see if the sales say at same level. And if they sell less who cares? Competition will fulfill this void.


Pretty much. Margins are there.

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

Of course you can technically "live" without it, but then consumers are still paying bearing the costs by being disallowed from purchasing the products they want and forced to purchase a likely sub-optimal, weak sauce, and/or compromised substitute. The only thing optimal about social med...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

Plus, if there's anything the Chinese have proven is that they can live without the western FAANG and make their own versions. Or VK/Yandex in Russia. Of course you can technically "live" without it, but then consumers are still paying bearing the costs by being disallowed from purchasing...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

In such a scenario it's also quite probable that newly increased costs in one area (social media/search marketing in this case) could then be taking spend away from native European media. Hard to predict, but certainly not as simple as getting "free money." My point remains. Whether ad mo...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

Increased ad serving costs for EU based advertisers for one. These companies also offer a lot of consumer-purchased products and services that could certainly see increased costs to be born by EU consumers. That's one way to look at it, but since companies generally have a fixed advertisement budge...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 3083

Re: TikTok

This is what China essentially does now. Does the US want to be like China? I know there's a lot of admiration in certain circles about autocratic governments but this is a bit too much. No the US does not. And it is not in fact I assume are not suggesting the USA is? Tugg Still a very long way, bu...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 3083

Re: TikTok

It sets a nasty precedent, it’s a foreign company which has successfully challenged the big US owned social media companies, so the US govt bans it and force’s the sale of it to a US company. This could easily happen again in other industries, look at the US motor industry it’s a dead man walking, ...

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

I wonder how Southern Europeans who have a much higher proportion of own housing would like it if housing markets in their countries become unaffordable. That's exactly what happened in the years leading to 2008. The policy of zero interest rate ... After 9/11 interest rate of ECB went from 4.75 to...

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Healthcare Plan Imminent
Replies: 58
Views: 2989

Re: Trump Healthcare Plan Imminent

Olddog wrote:
I guess the GOP is trying to condensate the plan with just five words so he has a chance to repeat it .


Pay up or shut up.

5 words exacty.

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

So a lot is paid by German and other countries savings via inflation. Moreover savers react and shift their wealth into properties. Own housing therefore becomes difficult to finance for a young family. I wonder how Southern Europeans who have a much higher proportion of own housing would like it i...

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

A Google tax is paid by Google, a Facebook tax is paid by Facebook, etc.. Users don't pay for their services, they are "for free" and make their money from advertisements, so how on earth would this be an indirect tax on EU consumers then? Increased ad serving costs for EU based advertise...

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by JJJ
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Whoah, who said anything about ditching your native language? I think an official common language is necessary for European integration to be successful, but that does not mean that there is no place for regional languages. I would be perfectly happen if that common language would be Spanish or Ger...

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

It's the same with Swedish in Finland, yet you can speak English almost everywhere. Except when interacting with government officials, because they are not by law required to speak it. Since almost everyone in Europe has been taught English for a couple of decades by now, making it in official lang...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Yes, you can use your English skills to order a pizza anywhere in Europe. But have you ever tried running a business in a non-English speaking country in English? You are at a major disadvantage if you get anything done at all. Compare that to India where English is an official language. This is al...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Breaking down the language barrier as you put it is simply impossible. Freedom of movement is an individual right but it's something you have to undertake on your own. If you're going to move somewhere keep in mind you're moving to a different culture, a different language and you should plan accor...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

I agree with you about the language part but not about the culture part. Breaking down the language barrier should come before any further attempt at EU integration is made. Freedom of movement is an important mechanism to balance out economic disparities between regions. But without a common langu...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

As an Italian citizen educated in British system, I would like to share my humble opinion. I am totally for Brexit, the EU is a dangerous project. There is no way we can live under same rules from Helsinki to to Nicosia.Language,culture style of life is obviously so different! That's why Europe is ...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at a Protest in Austin
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Shooting at a Protest in Austin

Texas is not the place to be aiming a gun at someone unless you intend to shoot it. https://www.statesman.com/news/20200727/texas-law-gives-no-simple-answer-in-garrett-foster-killing-at-austin-protest Unless there's video evidence I don't think we'll ever know the dead guy actually pointed the gun ...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

A promise hey, that’s why Salmond was campaigning for independence as the only means of staying in the EU Scottish independence: EU stay ‘needs’ Yes vote A VOTE for independence is now the “only way” to ensure Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union, Alex Salmond claimed last night. 1...

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by JJJ
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MLB Players Kneeling
Replies: 112
Views: 3673

Re: MLB Players Kneeling

Still also waiting for evidence that other developed countries a. have less freedom or b. have routine instances of playing a national anthem in sports Here you go, matches between teams from the same country, Mexico and Argentina, won't spend my day looking for more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

A101 wrote:
olle wrote:
After Brexit the SNP will use every crack to drive a wedge.


Ah Scotland’s Future, Hubris of Nicola Sturgeon and the Third War of Independence


Why are you against sovereignty?

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Besides Brexit, Scotland apparently better handling of Covid-19, may encourage the Scots to separate from the UK and join with the EU. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/25/uk/boris ... index.html The state governments in Australia had different ideas on how to handle the outbreak, I haven’t heard anyone ...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed
Replies: 74
Views: 3263

Re: Eu budget of 1.82 T Euro agreed

Truly amazing landmark agreement indeed! Not just for the agreed size of the EU budget, nor for the fact that a massive COVID solidarity fund is included, but for the fact that there's now a new financial instrument attached which is a joint debt mechanism I don't see how paying more tax or pushing...

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by JJJ
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Arion640 wrote:
I see the Dutch PM is becoming the modern day David Cameron. Likes the idea of the EU in its current form, but keeps Merkel and Macrons power trip from getting out of control. Good on him.


The Dutch, Austrians, etc. have always played that role.

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by JJJ
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Explosions across Iran
Replies: 35
Views: 1860

Re: Explosions across Iran

Either Iran is having some awful luck, or Israel is being a naught boy. Israel, Saudi Arabia, USA.... there's plenty of actors throwing money at the NCRI and assorted opposition groups in Iran. The situation within Iran is extremely tense, over 700 banks were burned during protests a few months ago...

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by JJJ
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German court bans Tesla ad statements related to autonomous driving
Replies: 32
Views: 1462

Re: German court bans Tesla ad statements related to autonomous driving

Reliability is superb, so is the range, so this is simply not true. There have been fit and finish-issues, and growth pains in the customer relations area for sure. I don't think bumpers falling on a rainy day fit and finish. https://insideevs.com/news/434581/model-3-rear-bumper-issue-affected-cust...

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by JJJ
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German court bans Tesla ad statements related to autonomous driving
Replies: 32
Views: 1462

Re: German court bans Tesla ad statements related to autonomous driving

cpd wrote:

Tesla still appears to have an edge on the electric components.


At the expense of reliability, it seems. They also seem to be fudging range numbers which is definitely not a good sign.

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

An organization cannot exist without funding. Those people need a better slogan. Any slogan that requires someone to say, "well, we don't actually mean that" needs revisiting. "Reform the police" would play better. Defund does not necessarily mean completely defund. If you take ...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

It depends on who you ask. For many activists, "defund" the police means exactly what it sounds like....they want no funding to go to policing and they want police departments abolished. "Defund the police" is a terrible slogan for that reason. If you don't actually mean "d...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

The problem with policing in this country is akin to a hangnail that could be fixed with some trimmers. Instead, people are taking a hammer to the entire hand and are now acting surprised when their hand hurts. Take a look at a few of these. "Defund the police" doesn't mean what you think...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thoughts on Gun Control
Replies: 120
Views: 4802

Re: Thoughts on Gun Control

I basically agree overall with this. I al;ways bring it back to my family and how they "regulate" guns within the family. A typical hunting family, you need to prove you can properly handle a firearm before any family member is given a gun or is allowed to go hunting or bring a firearm in...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

Nope i would not be troubled about a customs border for goods, A lot of Northern Irish business owners (and quite a few in the South) are. Gibraltarians also voted overwhelmingly against Brexit because they know what a border does. It's very easy to downplay something that doesn't affect you (at le...

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by JJJ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

The problem with policing in this country is akin to a hangnail that could be fixed with some trimmers. Instead, people are taking a hammer to the entire hand and are now acting surprised when their hand hurts. Take a look at a few of these. "Defund the police" doesn't mean what you think...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 457
Views: 18201

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

A101 wrote:
Yep as by you’re definition EU produced vehicles will also skyrocket with all the extra tariffs etc


EU manufactured cars have a big local market and several big tariff-free export markets.

British industry OTOH will have a much harder time justifying its existence, especially foreign owned.

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trying to locate members
Replies: 67
Views: 2911

Re: Trying to locate members

Jetsgo wrote:
Was PHX787 the one who had the Japanese fetish?

I haven’t seen Klaus around in a while.


He still pokes around in the Brexit thread every once in a while.

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EMT Breonna Taylor Death by Police the Result of a Re-Gentrification Plan Gone Wrong
Replies: 46
Views: 1721

Re: EMT Breonna Taylor Death by Police the Result of a Re-Gentrification Plan Gone Wrong

I must admit to being surprised that the charges were dismissed, he shot a cop, they may be reinstated, who knows. If they are dropped because they did not identify, wow. The police say they identified themselves at the door before taking it, but they haven't been able to find any corroborating evi...

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

I think it might be interesting to introduce legislation to disband police forces and just allow private security firms to provide protection to communities. It would be paid for like an HOA assessment. That way communities that want protection can pay for it. Those that don't can just go without. ...

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by JJJ
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Violent crime surges across the United States
Replies: 263
Views: 11284

Re: Violent crime surges across the United States

I think it might be interesting to introduce legislation to disband police forces and just allow private security firms to provide protection to communities. It would be paid for like an HOA assessment. That way communities that want protection can pay for it. Those that don't can just go without. ...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

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

Exactly. While individual countries (Spain, Greece, etc.) might be more reliant on UK tourism, for the EU as a whole it's the other way around. Not really, UK outbound tourism to the EU is 72.4mn whereas it receives from the EU 24.8mn tourists. The way I look at it those 24,8 million tourists are o...

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

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

I've had some great trips to the UK and I would love to go back once the pandemic is over. But if I would have to queue with those that require visas, there are 25 other countries that will let me in without looking at my passport and they will start to become more attractive as holiday destination...

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by JJJ
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 34311

Re: Another day another police killing

t is almost as if police officers are afraid to do their jobs now because they can be arrested and charged with crimes even if they don't do anything wrong (see: Atlanta). They should have no reason to be afraid if they do their jobs correctly. As for Atlanta, that’s your opinion yet to be confirme...

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by JJJ
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU
Replies: 82
Views: 4327

Re: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU

These border closures are useless containing the virus globally. In the end every person in this planet will get the virus anyway and only the strongest survive. The whole point of limiting freedom of movement is that people get infected gradually so that healthcare systems cope with the load. Ever...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU
Replies: 82
Views: 4327

Re: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU

This would be a good time to close all the European bases that house US armed forces and bring them back to US soil. The Europeans are more than capable of defending themselves, no need for US military on European soil. Other than the immediate neighbors of the bases (i.e. most people) yup, won't c...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU
Replies: 82
Views: 4327

Re: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU

I'm suspicious of the Chinese numbers too, but that's what they have to go by at this time. I can't blame them for wanting to ban Americans indefinitely. The US response to this pandemic has been an absolute disaster. Scores of people won't do something simple as wearing a mask to stop the spread b...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU
Replies: 82
Views: 4327

Re: EU may permanently ban US citizens from entering EU

Indefinitely means it will be reviewed, and removed when the risk is reduced. EU shouldn't be allowing UK residents back in yet either tbh. The fact that the EU is taking Chinese and Russian BS numbers at their face value is beyond ridiculous. BS or not current Russian reported numbers are above th...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU may indefinitely ban US citizens from entering EU
Replies: 82
Views: 4327

Re: EU may permanently ban US citizens from entering EU

Travel from China, as well as some developing countries, will be allowed, the report states. LOL. Yeah, import those millions of hidden COVID cases from China and developing countries (no testing there, so nothing to see, people). Sounds like a plan! Perhaps they should "Huge a Chinese" a...

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by JJJ
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protesters has dumped the statue of Hans Christian Heg into Lake Monona, Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: Protesters has dumped the statue of Hans Christian Heg into Lake Monona, Wisconsin

trpmb6 wrote:
Not much different than them defacing the statue of Grant, a known abolitionist who was gifted a slave by his slave owning father in law and turned around and freed him.


Or Cervantes, a writer who was himself a slave of the moors for 5 years until ransomed.

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by JJJ
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

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

You are reaching now, are you really comparing Nazi Germany and specifically Adolf Hitler with Brexit? You mean comparing the guys which slowly built an us vs them confrontation based mostly on lies to reinforce a perceived national identity at the expense of "non-nationals" with the Nazi...

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by JJJ
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

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

Yes if it was a free and fair vote and open to both sexes the electorate voted in As we have seen not everyone agrees, but the majority view prevails in a democracy irrespective if I agree or not Those Jews who were stripped of their job and eventually nationality because of laws passed with due pr...

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by JJJ
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90471

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

And by that reasoning you would be fine with any future vote on anything that the minority who voted get to decide the outcome :banghead: that’s real democratic you would make Xi Jinping proud So if a referendum result stripped gays of right to marriage or women of the right to vote you'd be ok wit...

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